The Male Room Paper Piecing Challenge

This fortnight at The Male Room we have a paper piecing challenge.

I have come across a few different ways of doing paper piecing over the last few years and thought I would do something a little different with my card this week.

I have used this gorgeous Butterfly Die, and cut four different butterflies in four colours, firstly with the black as my outline, and then one in each of the different shades of green and blue.  Instead of using the shape of the butterfly, I have used the small pieces that have been cut from inside the die shape and stuck them into the spaces of my black butterfly, creating the colourful butterfly.
It was a little time consuming, but worth it in the end.
I hope you will share your projects with us at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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The Male Room Design Team

I finally get to share my exciting news with the world!! I have been accepted back as part of the wonderful Design Team with The Male Room.

I was a member of this great team in the past and needed a break, but it is wonderful to have been accepted back and I look forward to lots of fun challenges coming your way.
So without further ado, lets get into the challenge, which is, to use a Silhouette on your project.

My card uses that typically Australian image of a Windmill.  I love this stamp from Kaszazz, so many great masculine ideas for it.

For the background I have used some Distress Oxide inks, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilized Amber.  Distress Oxides are designed to react with water and are awesome for creating this type of background or watercolour effects.  So much fun!!

You can check out the rest of the Design Team’s ideas for this challenge at The Male Room, and we look forward to seeing all of your projects.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

Masculine Crafty Boots!

This week’s challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges is to make a Masculine project.  Ah hah… my specialty!
Yep, I really enjoy making those masculine cards, although I know plenty of you find it a challenge, so I hope you will find some inspiration this week.

I wanted to use these gorgeous new papers, I thought this particular one looked a little “spacey”.
So I combined it with a now retired stamp set, called Blast Off.  The papers come from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.
I hope you will forgive the slightly blurry photo, we have had so much rain over the last week or so, that it has been difficult to get a good photo, but you get the picture!! Haha…..
I hope you will join in with the Crafty Boots Masculine challenge, and….

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Combat Cards

It has been pouring with rain here today, in fact this little town is on flood watch. What better excuse do you need than to sit inside and make some cards?

I have been doing a lot of sorting and tidying and trying to use up a lot of my retired papers and bits and pieces, and I have been using some of these to make some cards to send off to our troops stationed overseas through Combat Cards.  Father’s Day cards are what they are wanting at present, so here are a couple I made today. 

   
 I hope you are having better weather where ever you are! 

Happy stamping!

Chris

Critters Challenge

I made a card!
It has been quite a while since I did any crafting.  Or blogging for that matter.  Time to get back into it though now that life has settled down.
Today’s card is for the current challenge at The Male Room, which is to make a project with the theme of Critters and/or Bugs.

My card uses some lovely new goodies which will be available in the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which goes live in two days time.
The stamp set is a very cute Hostess set called Love You Lots.  I think I love this little frog lots!  It’s a really gorgeous stamp set.
The papers are also new, a stack called Playful Palette, which features some of the gorgeous new In Colours, in this case, the green is called Emerald Envy, and the blue is Dapper Denim.
There is one more new stamp set which I have used here, another Hostess set called Time of Year, which features these fantastic banners.  A very useful set to own.
That’s it from me for now, however, I will actually be back a little later with….. yes, another card!!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Monochromatic

We have a Monochromatic challenge at The Male Room for the next fortnight.  You can choose any colour your like, just make it all blues, or all neutrals, and of course, all masculine!

My brick wall embossing folder has been a little neglected, so I thought I should get it out and use it for the background of my card.  I have then sponged the raised areas.

 

I have used a combination of Crumb Cake and Soft Suede for my colours, with white, which has been sponged –
a lot!
The train image is from the Traveler stamp set, and I have gone through my stash of old buttons and brads to find the hardware!
We do love seeing your wonderful projects, so please share them with us at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Anything Goes at The Male Room

A new year sees a whole heap of great new challenges at The Male Room, with our first challenge for the year being Anything Goes – as long as it is masculine of course!

I am going to share with you the Box Card I made for my son for his recent 10th Birthday.  I haven’t tried one of these Box Cards before, so had heaps of fun trying out something new.
I wanted to combine the things that my son loves, so that would be cricket, and music, and of course I needed to add lots of balloons.  Then I needed to make sure I used his favourite colours, red and gold.  So here is the end result……

The balloons are stamped and punched out and come from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  The number “10” was die cut from Red Foil using the Large Numbers Framelit Dies.  The cricket image is one I found online, and everything else is from my stash! 🙂
Here are some photos from different angles.

 

Please come and join in with us at The Male Room and share some of your masculine projects with us.

Happy stamping!
Chris