Monday, 12 November 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #222

Hello my dear visitors and welcome to my crafty space.
Hope your day is going well so far.

It's time again for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.    Judy is our lovely host and the Theme is
As always, you may create whatever you wish as long as it follows the Theme.

I have a masculine card for this Challenge.  Another quick and easy one I made a while ago which I felt was eminently suitable for this Challenge. 

 This one was made with lots of scrappy bits of papers that were left on my work desk.  I'm pretty sure they are a mix from Kaisercraft and Prima.
 I did a little machine sewing on this but, as you can see by the photos, that didn't go terribly well.  The thread kept breaking and, when I finally checked it, I found that the machine wasn't threaded or tensioned properly.  Duh!!  I was going to use another piece of dp but, went over the zig zag stitching again just to make sure it was working, and then decided that I would use it anyway.  Waste not, want not!!  LOL!!
Trimmed a couple of the paper pieces into little banners .. just because.
Cut a little banner from one of the scraps and added a sticker for the greeting.
I do love adding clocks to my masculine cards.  This one was fussy cut from a sheet of Kaisercraft dp (don't remember which collection) and then mounted on a piece of chipboard.


Pop on over to the CCM blog and take a look at the fabulous creations by my Team mates.  I'm sure you will feel inspired to play along with the Challenge.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #222 - Lots of Layers

Thank you so much for stopping by and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.


Monday, 5 November 2018

Masculine Flip Fold Album

Hello everyone.  Welcome to my crafty place.
Hope you are having a wonderful day.

I'm here to share with you the Masculine Mini Album I created for my Guest Design spot over at Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.  I had been wanting to create a masculine style mini album for a while and thought that this would be the perfect project for this post.
On the MAMC post, I shared the first half of the album and also shared how it was created.  In this post, I will show you the completed Album.  If you'd like to see the tutorial as well, HERE is the link.
This will be quite a long post so you might want to grab yourself a cuppa.
The outside of this album measures 5.5 x 6.5" and the inside pages are 4.5" x 6".  The spine is 2" wide.
The papers I've used are a mix from Studio Light's Industrial 2.0 paper pad and Kaisercraft's Factory 42 paper pad.
 The inside cover and the first page set.
I haven't done much embellishing in this album but I have added  a few cogs here and there and a little bit of washi tape as well.  I have also stamped some splatters and coffee stains, added a little stenciling and inked the edges of all the papers with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
I created two sets each in two different styles of  pages.  So, there are 4 page sets in this book but, as you will see, there are a lot of places for photos, etc.
This page set opens up firstly to the left as seen above ..
.. and then the page on the right lifts up to reveal a folded card ..
 .. which is tucked into a side opening pocket attached at the back.
You may notice that I've added a few of Tim Holtz's Snarky Small Talk Stickers to this book.  If you'd like to see them properly, simply click on the pictures to get a larger view.
This is the back page of the first set and the first page of the second.
I have used a stacked hinge to bind my pages to the spine and have left a gap of about .25" in between each set so that the pages will sit nice and flat when opened.
The back page of the first set has a double belly band which is held down by some magnets ..
.. and opens up to reveal another photo mat.  All of the above mats and pages are attached to, and held by, a single hinge.
The second page set opens out to the right, and there is another underneath which opens out to the left.  It also has a folded card tucked into a pocket which is attached at the back of the set but this pocket is open at the top..

The back of the second set and first page of the next.
   This little flip up opens to reveal a double photo mat (or journaling spot).
The next two page sets are the same design as the first two but, of course, I have used different papers (from the same paper pads) to decorate.


The little flip up here is the same as the one from the second page set but I have changed it a little in that it opens up first and then flips up.  The first one flips up first and then opens.  I'd like to say that it was deliberate but I didn't realise that I actually put the papers on the wrong sides .. LOL!!
I can actually still flip it the right way but I wanted the dark grey papers showing on the outside of it as it is a nice contrast to the papers underneath.

The cover is made of chipboard.  As you can see I used a piece of hessian style material to cover the spine and, although the material is glued down, I added the brads for some extra interest and strength.  After all, this is a man's book and is going to get some rough handling!  LOL!!
I used a piece of corrugated board under a chippie frame by Little Birdie and a word strip by Scrapmats, to decorate the front of the book.  The frame was heat embossed with a mix of black and bronze embossing powder and the word strip was edged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
The chippie decorating the spine is also by Little Birdie and was heat embossed similarly to the frame on the front.

This book is fairly plain but I really enjoyed working it all out and creating it.  Between this book and the Junk Journal I created a while ago (you can see that here) I rediscovered my love for making books and I am itching to go and make another.  Hopefully, soon.

Sorry that this is such a long post but I hope you managed to stick it out to the end and that you enjoyed seeing my little album.  If you need some inspiration for your own Album making, pop on over and pay a visit to the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog.  The DT ladies create the most amazing books and I'm sure you will find plenty of inspo there and, if you enter the Challenge, you will have the chance of doing a Guest spot as I did.

Happy album crafting everyone!
Take care and God Bless

Monday, 29 October 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #221

Hello everybody and welcome to my crafty space!  Hope you are having a good day!!

It's time for a new Challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.
Angela  is our lovely host and the Theme is -
As always, whatever you wish to create is fine, as long as you use lots and lots of colour!!

For my DT contribution, I have created a simple tag.
I started with a piece of watercolour paper and used Distress Inks to add the colour.  The colours I used are Mustard Seed, Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky and Seedless Preserves.
Dried the inks a little with my heat gun and then daubed gesso through a Floral stencil by Kaisercraft, went around the edges of the flowers with a white gel pen and added a little stamping.
Once all of that was dry, I cut it to fit a 6.5" x 3.5" Craft Tag by Ranger and glued it down.
The flowers and leaves are by Little Birdie and I added some prills and micro beads in and around the cluster.
The die is Sevington Border by Memory Box.  This was a scrap left lying on my desk.  Thought it was time to put it to good use.
The sentiment was generated on my computer.  I have a page of little quotes and sayings which I typed out in Word and then printed off.  So handy when you need a quick little quote for something.
The ribbon for the bow was coloured with the same Distress Inks used for the background.
So, have I inspired you at all to join in with the Challenge?  Pop on over to the CCM blog and take a peek at the creations by my Teamies.  I'm sure you'll find plenty to inspire you there.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #221 - Explosion of Colour

Thank you so much for stopping by.  It is so lovely to have you visit and thank you for any little comment you may care to leave.
Have yourselves a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Friday, 26 October 2018

You're Tagged - A Masculine Card

Hello my dear friends and welcome to my crafty space.
Hope you're having a great day.

I'm here to show you a masculine card today.  I made this one a few months ago but never got around to sharing it.

If I remember rightly, the papers are from Kaisercraft but I have no idea which collection they are from.
I cut 4 layers of paper to fit the size of the card and then tore the two top layers diagonally across.
Created a couple of tags from another sheet, added some twine and a little stamping ..
.. and tucked them in between the torn layers.
The ruler is a piece cut from a scrap of Prima paper and the sentiment is a cut apart from Kaisercraft.
For a little added interest, I attached the twine to the card with a couple of staples, slid on a paper clip at the side, and I was done!!

That's all from me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by and for any comment you may care to leave.  I do appreciate it.

Have a fabulous day my friends.
Take care and God Bless.