Winter Olympics

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics?
We have watched as much of it as we can, and my 12 year old is loving the snowboarding and skiing.  I think I’m glad it’s only on every four years though, our television is not usually on for so much of the day, if at all.  Sometimes it doesn’t get turned on for weeks on end!

The challenge this fortnight at The Male Room is, not surprisingly, Sport/Winter Olympics.

Heaps of options there for sporty masculine projects.

I have created a Box Card this week for my project.  I enjoy making something different sometimes, and these are quite easy to make, but very effective.

I have made my own background for this card, using Glossy white cardstock, and then with my favourite Distress Oxide Inks I have created this colourful background.  The colours of ink I used are Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans.  (Such cool names for the gorgeous colours!).Then I have used a pipette to add some splotches, and stamped directly onto the background using some words and phrases from the Kaszazz Journal Messages stamp set, and Spring Moments stamp set.  The kind of mesh look comes from the background stamp called Graffiti Mesh (awesome stamp!), and then the skiers and snowboarders are from the Kaszazz set called Silhouette Sports.
Here are some closer shots of the card:

and while I was at it I made a bookmark for my son.

I hope you will join us with your sporty projects at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris

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Skippy, Skippy……

Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo…….
Lets just say I was very, very young when Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was being aired.  It has been re-run a lot of times over the years though, and became an iconic Australian classic television series that was popular worldwide.  The adventures of a boy and a kangaroo in the Australian bush.  You can still see some of the episodes on youtube if you want to have a look.
And the reason for my trip down memory lane, the latest challenge at The Male Room, is to take some inspiration from Television.

We don’t watch much television, apart from some sport, mainly cricket, and of course the olympics when they are on.  We are looking forward to the Winter Olympics which starts in just a few days time.  However, when I started looking through my stamps for some ideas for this challenge, as soon as I saw the kangaroo stamp the song from Skippy came into my head, and there was my inspiration!

I’ve kept my card nice and simple, wanting to feature Skippy and using some of the gorgeous papers from the Kaszazz On The Surface, and Australian collections.  And the kangaroo stamp, also from Kaszazz, from the Australian Animals set, which I have stamped straight onto the patterned paper with Distress Oxide ink and then coloured using pencils.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Vintage

A masculine Vintage project is our next challenge at The Male Room.

and I do so love having a play with the Vintage style.  Heaps of fun!!

My card has heaps of sponging to give it that “old” look, and I have used some of my favourite Kaszazz stamps, the lighthouse from the Coastal Un-cut set, and Mini Messages – Happy Birthday set.  I’v also used Timeless Textures stamp set from Stampin’ Up! for the background splodges and texture.

We love to see your projects, so please share them with us at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!
Chris
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New Beginnings

Happy New Year to each and every one of you. Thank you for continuing to follow my blog posts (despite them being few and far between at present), and I hope 2018 is an awesome year for you.

It’s still holidays here in Australia, it’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s when our children have a long break from school. So heaps of beach time!!

As a result, I am just a little late with this post for The Male Room‘s current challenge. I thought I had everything organised before Christmas but somehow I managed to miss this one.

New Beginnings. I’m not into New Years Resolutions, nevertheless, this time of year always feels like time for regenerating, re-organising and just starting afresh. And my beautiful son celebrates his birthday at this time too. I can’t believe he is 12 already!!

I made him a different birthday card this year, one that I think resonates with him, and what we plan for the coming year.


I have mainly used retired bits and pieces that I’ve put together in his favourite colours, green, and the wood textures and colours.  Oh and I can’t forget that gorgeous black metal bird from my Kaszazz stash. Love it!!

Happy Stamping!

Chris

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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

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

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