Wednesday 25 April 2018

TMR - Anything but a card ....

...... Hi! I've done it again, it's been ages since I posted here. But I've a good excuse - I've been away at a crafting retreat (more of that in the new week or so), and since being back I've been busy with the school's drama production. I'm here today with my project for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#84 - Anything apart from a Card. I do have to own up to the fact that this is an old project that I made towards the end of 2017, but I just haven't had time to make anything new. However, it is in use every day:

Stamps: Visible Image - Somewhere in Time, Ahead of our Time, Rays of Light
Inks: Stampin' Up! - Smoky Slate, Emerald Envy
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Vippies Designs - Large Self Adhesive Calendar Pad

You can find full details of how I made the calendar here. This one is in our dining room. I also have a calendar in my craft room and on my office desk.

That's all from me for today as I'm still trying to get back to my normal routine. For more inspirational projects - none of them a card - check out The Male Room blog to see what the rest of the team have created. You have until midnight (BST) on Tuesday 8th May to play along - that's 7.00pm EDT in the States. Have fun!!


Wednesday 11 April 2018

TMR - Theme ......

.... Hi! I'm sorry, I thought I was going to get back on track with regular posts, but then Easter arrived and spring break. So we went away for a week and had a super fun time with pretty much no Internet! Anyway, I'm back today with my card for our new challenge at The Male Room - TMR#83. For the next couple of weeks, we want your masculine projects to feature SYMMETRY! I'm sure that word brings back memories of finding lines of symmetry in shapes during maths lessons - it did for me!! So that's what I played with - shapes and lines! I actually made a set of four cards, but only finished one:

Hugs - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Hip to be Square
Inks: Versafine - Onyx Black
Dies: Winnie & Walter Cutaways - Hugs
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black, Tranquil Tide; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella - Clear

I really like this stamp from Paper Smooches (now discontinued) as it makes super simple cards. You can leave the squares plain or colour them in a pattern, which is what I did. I used two shades of purple and created a symmetrical pattern. If you ignore the sentiment, you can fold the printed image vertically or horizontally and it will be symmetrical. I layered the finished panel on some green card and adhered it to the front of a white card. I finished this card by adding a simple greeting - I die cut it several times, in green, white, and black and layered them. I offset the white and black die cuts to create a shadow effect. I also added a touch of sparkle to the green word - just because it's a card for a guy, doesn't mean you can't have sparkle!!! On the inside, I cut a mat layer of dark green card and attached a white panel but have left it blank for my own message. I'm submitting this card to The Paper Players - PP#388.

Hugs sq - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I mentioned earlier that I made four cards - here are the other three:

Squares 1 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Squares 2 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

Squares 3 - photo by Deborah Frings - Deborah's Gems

I had fun colouring in the squares and creating different patterns. These cards have all gone into my stash and I'll add greetings as I need them. Don't forget to visit our blog to see more cards from the rest of the Design Team and also from our guest designer Majda. You've got plenty of time to play along with the challenge, submission deadline is midnight (BST) on Tuesday 24th April (that's 7.00pm EDT in the States). See you soon.

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