Washi Tape Challenge

The new challenge at The Male Room, for the next fortnight, is a stash challenge.  It’s time to use all that wonderful Washi Tape that we have in our stash – be as creative as you like.  Just remember, your project must have a masculine feel.  You can make a card, scrapbook page, tag, 3D project – just use Washi!!!!

My card uses a variety of different Stampin’ Up! Washi Tapes, in some lovely bright colours.  The “happy” has been cut out of the black layer using one of the Dies from the Hello You Thinlits Dies.  The Washi Tape is adhered to the layer below so that it shows through.

 

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The “Birthday” word was stamped onto some white cardstock and cut out with the Word Window punch then layered onto some washi tape which was adhered to a strip of white cardstock and then the flags cut into the ends.

This is my final challenge as Guest Designer with the team at The Male Room, so a big thanks for having me along during May.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Make My Monday Tags and Toppers

Today’s card is a something a little different, for me at least.  I found yet another new challenge and thought it would be fun to play along, but I wanted to do something completely different.  The challenge is from Make My Monday Challenges, and it is to use Tags and Toppers.

So I have used a stamp set that is not in the catalogue, just to confuse you! 🙂 Actually, it was part of a promotion which Stampin’ Up! ran recently for demonstrators, and which I got for free (just one of the many perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!!)  The stamp set is called “Good Greeting” and has heaps of fabulous and useful greetings, not just Christmas ones.
So, I have stamped the greetings around the white layer of cardstock, and then run this layer through the Big shot with the star embossing folder (a bit of a sneak peek, even though you can’t really see it very well in this card).
I have then made a tag and punched the top with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, and used some Washi Tape to decorate the tag.  The colours I have used are real red, Pool Party and Crushed Curry.
And that’s it really, pretty easy 🙂

If you would like to find out how you can also earn the Good Greeting stamp set for free, get in touch with me and I’ll give you the details.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Be The Star

Such a useful, versatile and fun stamp set, Be The Star is my focus stamp set for this month, and therefore the stamp set you will receive if you are taking part in Stamps in Your Letterbox in July.  It’s a great stamp set for cardmaking and scrapbooking, for children of all ages, boys and girls, masculine cards, and definitely Christmas cards.

I have combined Be The Star stamp set with the Stars Framelit dies, the zigzag stamp out of  the Work of Art stamp set, splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, some of the great new black and white Baker’s Twine and some Washi Tape out of the Everyday Adventure Project Life kit, but you could just as easily use one of the other Washi tapes available (page 190 of the catalogue).  The colour combo I have used for this card is Basic Black, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

It’s been a while….

I didn’t run away, but have had some issues with my computer which has made it really difficult to post here.  So I do apologise for the break in sharing my creations.  Don’t alarmed though, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating 🙂 it just means I have lots of blogging to catch up on.
Here is a set of cards I made recently with a stamp set that I have just got, the Giggle Greetings set.  I have kept the cards simple so that the image and greetings are the main focus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed making this set,  sometimes simple is good 🙂  but I think I am feeling the need to get into some vintage / shabby style creations, but I still lots of other things to share with you first. 🙂
In the meantime, happy stamping!
Chris

Washi Tape Butterflies

I was really happy when Stampin’ Up! brought out Washi Tape – it’s so much fun to play with!  How cute are these Washi butterflies?  They are just created with some Whisper white cardstock, with Gingham Garden Washi Tape stuck on it, and then the butterflies are punched out.  Simple!

I have made some Quick and Easy 3×3 (that’s inches!) Note Cards, to play along with this week’s challenge at Friday Mashup.  Lots of cool inspiration there this week for ways to use Washi Tape on your cards.
I have been getting some crafting time in today, so will have a few more things to share with you soon.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Herringbone Cards

Last night I ran a class making some cards which used the Herringbone Technique, at the suggestion of one of my lovely stamping ladies.  I had so much fun, and really enjoyed playing with this new technique.
The first card we made used strips of patterned paper.  This one uses the gorgeous Venetian Romance.

 

I have kept the rest of the card as simple as possible to allow the background pattern to be the feature, and just used the Thanks a Bunch stamp from the Friendship Preserves stamp set, and the Window Frames Framelit Collection.
I made one using some retired papers to show how different the card could look, depending on which papers you used. It’s a great way to use up some of that stash of retired papers that you have sitting around!

The we used the same technique, only using Washi Tape instead of patterned papers, and made two cards using the two different sets of Washi Tape available in the Annual Catalogue (Page 171).  The first one is a lovely bright and cheery card using the gorgeous colours of the Gingham Garden Washi Tape.  And the second card using the Epic Day This and That Washi Tape to create a great masculine card.

 

 

 

The tutorial for this technique can be found here.
I hope you will give it a try, it is such an effective technique and heaps of fun!
Happy stamping!
Chris

New Trends

Banners, flags, arrows, grunge, splatters and washi tape.  Yes, they are all very trendy at the moment and heaps of fun to play with.  I am loving this look, although I still love my vintage cards too, but it’s nice to get into something a bit more modern too.

This card has a lot of those new trends.  It was a “Make and Take” that we received at the recent Stampin’ Up! Convention, which I have very slightly modified.
It is a single layer card (something which I am not good at!) and uses the Gorgeous Grunge and Hello,Lovely stamp sets, and a strip of Washi tape, as well as one of the gorgeous new Very Vintage Designer Buttons.

Hope you are having a crafty day.
Happy Stamping!
Chris