Merry Christmas from The Male Room

Of course we had to have a Christmas challenge at The Male Room, although there are other options for your project this time, too, such as Winter Wishes or a different December Celebration.  

I chose a Christmas card though, since it’s the middle of summer here in Australia, and our main celebration is Christmas, so I have plenty of people I can give a Christmas card to.


I’ve kept this one fairly simple, using a printed music patterned paper for the background, and some gold stars over the black strip of cardstock.  I think this design would work well with all sorts of different colours and background papers.  I might have a play with some more like this one!
We love to see your creations, so please share your masculine Christmas, winter or December celebration projects with us at The Male Room.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

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Vellum Challenge

This fortnight at The Male Room, we are using Vellum on our projects.


I have used Vellum as a layer over the top of some patterned paper. First though, I ran the Vellum through with an embossing folder to give it some texture.  

The gorgeous vintage picture of Santa in a vintage car is from some retired Kaszazz patterned paper. Such a gorgeous image!!

I hope you will share your projects with us.

Happy Stamping!

Chris

Sketch Challenge

I do love a sketch when it comes to card making and scrap booking. The only issue I have is trying to narrow down all the ideas that spring to mind. 

Today I am playing along with the sketch challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches. And, I’ve made a Christmas Card!!  It seems too early to be making Christmas cards, but perhaps I’m just putting it off.   

I have used some pretty baubles which I found on a piece of gorgeous patterned paper from my stash. I cut the baubles out and sponged the edges for a little depth. Aren’t they pretty? 

The strip of silver along the side and the silver in the ribbon hasn’t shown up sparkly like it does in real life, probably because we have had days and days of overcast and rainy weather which has made my photos turn out a little dull. Not complaining though, we need the rain here. 

I hope you like my first Christmas card for the year, I wonder who I will send this one to. 

Happy stamping!

Chris

A Crafty Boots Christmas

Our current challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is, of course, Christmas!
That leaves it wide open for you, you must have heaps of Crafty Christmas stuff you have done by now 🙂

My card features the cute Santa, which has been fussy cut out of a piece of the Home For Christmas Designer Series Papers.  And the lovely sentiment is from the Cozy Christmas stamp set, which I have coloured using markers.
Make sure you share your Christmas craft projects with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Christmas Owl

Isn’t this little owl just too cute? 🙂


I was sorting through some retired Stampin’ Up! papers recently and came across these ones from a few years ago, and couldn’t resist making up a cute card.  The only thing stamped on this card is the Happy Christmas sentiment, just lots of papers.
Back tomorrow with more Christmas inspiration!
Happy Stamping!
Chris

A Month of Christmas Cards

That is my plan, to post up a Christmas card each day of December – whether or not the silly season takes over, is yet to be seen, however I will give it my best shot, to give you some inspiration for your own Christmas cards.
And since today is the first day of December, here is my first Christmas card for you! 🙂

 

I have made a few in this style, so you might see a couple of these (is that cheating?). It is basically a one layer card, apart from the bauble.  I have embossed the card front with the Boughs and Berries textured embossing folder, then cut a plain bauble out of the gorgeous Red Foil, then one of more elaborate baubles to go over the top in the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Both baubles are from the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits dies.    The Merry Christmas sentiment comes from a retired stamp set called More Merry Messages, however you could use one of your own favourites.  You could also stamp it directly on to the card front if you are game (or like using stamp positioners), for this one though, I chose to use a separate flag the layer above the embossing.
Stay tuned for more Christmas inspiration.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Christmas in July Reminder

Just a quick reminder to share your Christmas projects with us at Crafty Boots Challenges this week, for our Christmas in July Challenge.

Once again, my card features a gorgeous kitten image from Aurora Wings, this time in a gift box.
Happy stamping!
Chris