Tuesday 19 February 2013

Something For A Man - Craft-Room Challenge

Hi, thank you for showing us your gorgeous Handmade Embellishments over the last fortnight at the Craft-Room Challenge.  The entries were stunning and it will be so difficult to choose a top 3.  This week is it the lovely, and very talented, Julia's turn to choose the theme, and she would like to see us create:

Something For A Man

I find it difficult to make cards for men (and frequently end up in a shop instead, lol), so this was definitely a challenge for me, and I decided to make a little photo album with my Cinch:

The book boards were covered in Manilla cardstock and inked with DI.  Water was then flicked over and dried, and then the same with lemon juice to give a yellowish tinge.  The Stampers Anonymous main image was stamped in Archival ink then three layers of UTEE applied.  I then cracked this and added some Vintage Photo.  "Photographs" was stamped into some heated Stampendous gold embossing enamel.  The little heart has some TH Shabby dp inside, then a layer of UV resin added with a padlock dropped into it.  Once cured, a second layer was added to completely cover.  It is held closed with a clip.  I thought my other half would like it for his favourite photos.

Our challenge this fortnight is sponsored by:


who make some fabulous rubber and clear stamps
and are offering a prize to the winner of our random draw.

Apologies for this post being so short - both my little grandson and my daughter are both ill at the moment and I have been to the hospital three times over the last couple of days.  I'm hoping they start to feel a little better tomorrow.

Also, my laptop decided it will work no more last week.  I am now set up on another one for the time being but, needless to say, I am a little behind on my commenting but will catch up with my friends and new followers (a big hello!) during this week.

Please pop over and have a look at the fabulous inspiration the rest of the team have to show you - you will be impressed, I can assure you!

I hope you will find the time to join us.

Bye for now.

Maria xxxxx


Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Hi Maria, sending wishes to your little grandkids,,,, hope they get better soon. Your project is wonderful as usual. Love how you stamped photographs in the ep. Understated but gorgeous! Hugs Suz xx

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Sorry Maz,,, give my wishes to your daughter and grandson. Xx

Mervi said...

Hi Maria, lookin this,
oh I miss my BIA it's been at the cottage the whole winter!
Fabulous album, beautiful vintage touch and textures;-))m

chriscesar said...

Love it very much Maria and this time it is not a wall hanging! (lol)

Vicky Hayes said...

So sorry to hear your daughter and grandson aren't feeling well Maria and wish them both a speedy recovery.

This project is gorgeous - you have some brilliant techniques up your sleeve! The 'stamped in the wet embossing enamel' title is great and I love the cracked image too.

Take care,
Vicky x

Zoechaos said...

Good Grief Maria you are having a frightful time of it sending positve thoughts and wishes that everyone (machines included) are soon all OK. This wonderful little brag book for a man suggests that our Queen of Wall Hangings is becoming Queen of books! Love it XOXO Zoe

Jean said...

Hi Maria I love your mini album. All your techniques and elements work together so well with a lovely vintage look.
I am sorry that your daughter and grandson are so poorly,I wish them well and hope they get better real soon.Take good care of yourself as well.
Jean x

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi my lovely friend Maz, hope everyone is feeling better today, you really are having a rotten time at the moment.
You have made this note book with your usual flair and talent, it's stunning with so much detail. Love the resin, I really think I might have to investigate this. Julia xxxxx

Debi said...

i just love this Maria- all the details are perfection! Debi x

Esther said...

Hi Maz - this is just lovely, great colours and image with those cool crackle and distress details...hope your daughter and Ethan are feeling better soon..Esther xx

Anonymous said...

This is sensational. What appeals so much is the use of textures, such as stamping into the embossing powder and the amazing use of UV resin.
Such a special project you created.
The poor souls, I sure hope today sees both of them feeling so much better. You must be exhausted.
Take good care and sending a bundle of wishes your way.
P.S. I will be in contact soon :)

2amscrapper said...

love the colors and metal embellies

hazel said...

A fabulous project Maria and a great gift for a man.
xxx Hazel.

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Magnificent masculine card. striking card! Thanks for visiting and leaving the sweet luv.

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Maria, I hope that your daughter and Ethan are recovering ok and that all will be well with them very soon.

This is so brilliant as always Maria. Love all the wonderful techniques you have integrated - it looks fabulous. Will remember to try lemon juice!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me recently and leave such lovely good wishes (especially as you are under such stress). I hope that all will be well for you too. Take good care of yourself. Nicola x