Cardz 4 Guyz

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Firstly today, I am very excited to let you know that I am now a member of the Design Team for Cardz 4 Guyz, and so will be posting heaps more masculine cards for you.  The challenge is fortnightly, and I hope you will share your projects with us and pop in and check out what is going on.  Here is the link to the challenge blog: https://cardz4guyz.blogspot.com/
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Today I am sharing my first card as a member of the Design Team, and fittingly, the theme is Music.  You may not be aware that I was a professional musician in a former part of my life and still play a lot of music, these days as an amateur in support of my son who also plays an instrument.

Cardz4Guyz Music Card

The only stamping on this card is the sentiment.  Everything else is from various sets of Designer Series Papers.  The music and wood background papers are both from Pressed Petals Designer Series Papers, and the gorgeous little bird has been fussy cut out of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Papers.
The sentiment is normally straight but since it is a photopolymer stamp, I have curved it onto the clear block, to create some nice shape.

Why not come on over to Cardz4Guyz and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been doing with this challenge.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Everything is Rosy

Oh my goodness!
This is soooooo gorgeous, and I don’t know about you, but I want this!!

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley is being released on the 1st of May, and is only available until the 31st of May unless it runs out before that (which is highly likely).
Here is a sample made using this Medley.

Everything is rosy Sample 1
So much gorgeousness.
And the variety of products that is going to be included in the Medley is extensive, filled to the brim with coordinating products for endless creative possibilities.
Suitable for cardmakers, scrapbookers, gift box makers, it has everything you could want.
The cost is $139 and looks like it will be well worth saving your dollars for this one.

Everything is rosy products
I will post up a reminder closer to the date, but in the meantime, save those dollars because this is a one off, you can only get it in May, and only while stocks last. (In other words, order it on the 1st of May, because it will probably sell out fast).
You will be able to order your Everything is Rosy Product Medley through my online store.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Butterflies and Gingham

My box of new Stampin Up! goodies arrived yesterday so I have had a heap of fun playing with some of them today.
Being a butterfly lover,  I absolutely loved the Butterfly Gala stamp set from the Occasions catalogue as soon as I saw it.  And it’s fantastic that it has a matching punch, although mine is on back order (guess it has been pretty popular!) so I had to cut the butterflies out by hand today.

Butterfly Gala Set 1

I have used the gorgeous Gingham Gala Designer Series Papers, and some retired doilies that I still have from a few years ago.  The butterflies have been coloured using a Blender Pen and some gorgeous new ink colours, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Flirty Flamingo (they are new to me).

Butterflies Blue

Butterflies Green

Butterflies Purple

I think my favourite is Highland Heather, how about you?

It’s been so good to get back into some stamping and creating, and the ideas are starting to flow too quickly to keep up with.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Simply Papercraft Challenge

This fortnight our sponsors at Simply Papercraft Challenges are:
Stitchy Bear Stamps

and Faery Ink


The image I have chosen from Faery Ink is called Soulful Singer.

I have coloured her with Copic Markers, then layered the image over some silver and white cardstock which I have run through the Big Shot with embossing folders.
And for my second card, I have used the Musical Notes images from Stitchy Bear Stamps.

The duke box is a stamp that came with a magazine, which I have coloured with Copic Markers, and then stamped the sentiment using a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp.
Thanks to our fabulous sponsors for this fortnights challenge.  Please share you work with us at Simply Papercraft Challenges, we love to see what you have been creating.
Happy stamping!
Chris

 

The Male Room – Spots and Stripes

For the next couple of weeks at The Male Room we want your masculine style projects to include SPOTS AND STRIPES.  Don’t forget you can make any type of papercraft project – but it must be for the men in our lives – both young and old.

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I have used some polka dot papers for my background and then layered some strips of cardstock in various colours on an angle over the patterned papers.  Such a great way to use up some of those strips that we all seem to collect.

The car stamp and the sentiment were freebies from a magazine I bought recently.  Both the car and the “Happy” have been fussy cut and mounted on dimensional tape.
I hope you will join in with our challenge at The Male Room.
Happy stamping,
Chris

Stars or Stripes Reminder

Just a quick post today to remind you to join us at Crafty Boots Challenges for our Stars or Stripes Challenge.
I have used both stars and stripes for my card today.

My card features another great masculine digital image from Tiddly Inks, Golf, which comes as a bonus with the Father’s Day Vintage Truck image.
I have made this card for someone special who has gone above and beyond to help us find our new house (more about that soon!!).
Happy stamping!
Chris

Crafty Boots Stars or Stripes

I have gone with some Stripes on my cards for this week’s Crafty Boots Challenge, but you could choose either Stripes, Stars or even both!

This first card uses some retired Stampin’ Up! patterned papers, and features the cute little Ellie digital image from Tiddly Inks, which I have coloured with Copic markers.

My second card also uses a Tiddly Inks digi, called My Dads Truck.  I have left the image un-coloured this time and mounted it on some wide striped papers from the new Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.

So why don’t you come on over to Crafty Boots Challenges and show us your stars or stripes!
Happy stamping!
Chris

Simply Papercraft

Today is my first challenge with the Simply Papercraft Design Team, a fabulous papercrafting Challenge blog.

I have made a card using a digital image from Rosey Hearts called Spring Witch.

Such a cute image, but I thought she needed a lovely little black cat! 🙂  The kitty image comes from the Stampin’ Up! set called You Little Furball.  And the patterned papers are also retired Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Papers.  The gorgeous ribbon (which I was given as part of my Mother’s Day present!! Lucky me 🙂  ) is lovely and shimmery and shiny but doesn’t show up well in the photo.

Make sure you pop in and check out what the rest of the Design Team have created, and do share your own creations with us too, at Simply Papercraft.
Happy stamping!
Chris

New In Colours

With the release of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue only a few days away, I thought I would introduce you to the new In Colours for 2015-2017.

 

I have made a card using a combination of Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe.

The flower is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, which has been heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The flowers have then had some Mint Macaron ink painted onto the cardstock to give a little depth of colour, using a Blender Pen.
I will be back with some more ideas using some new goodies over the next few weeks.  Contact me if you live locally (Canberra, Cooma area) and would like one of the new catalogues.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Sketch Challenge

It’s my turn to host the challenge this week at Crafty Boots Challenges, and for the next two weeks my challenge to you, is to use this sketch to make a project:

There are one or two additional rules for our sketch challenge:
  • you can rotate the sketch and you can re size the elements if you wish.
  • do not move the elements around too much, the original sketch layout should still be recognisable.
  • you can use any materials you like to make anything you like, for example, a card, a box top, a gift bag, a scrapbook page, an ATC, an inchie, etc.  Just as long as the original sketch design is obvious in whatever you make.

I have made two cards this week, the first a Clean and Simple card:

and secondly, a more vintage style card featuring some different patterned papers and some lace:

I thought the teddies in this paper series were just too cute, so had to make them in to a card.  For this card I have turned the sketch side on, and used the teddy pattern on the papers to represent the circles of the sketch.  So you can see, there are heaps of ways you can use this sketch, and we would love to see your projects, at Crafty Boots Challenges.

Happy stamping!
Chris