22 April 2014

Little Hearts

What did you do this Easter long weekend? I spent my time making cards for my friends birthday; she likes to have plenty on hand for birthdays throughout the year. I made two sets of five cards - this is the first set. As you can see they're very simple, just a few elements in the design, but the result is fresh and cheerful with just a touch of whimsy. You could easily get a production line going with this design and make them in bulk. Bundle the cards in lots of 8-10 and package them in a pretty organza bag. They'd make wonderful gifts.

Paper - assorted off-cuts
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Typo tape, Darkroom Door alphastrips

16 April 2014

Live Well

Here's another card you may have seen recently in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I made this card for a sketch challenge, which are always fun. It's interesting to see how several people interpret the same sketch. This is a simple card that would be great for a birthday. The background is stamped with a chevron pattern in pale pink ink (I really like the look of this ink on the pastel yellow card). The images of the confectionery are from Darkroom Door - I used the montage sheet and the coordinating wordstrips to create the shapes and layout the sketch demanded. And for the final flourish, well, I couldn't go past a big ribbon bow.


Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic pixie dust
Card - Core'dinations, Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door sweet treats montage, Darkroom Door sweet treats wordstrips, ribbon
Other - circle punch

22 March 2014

Admit One

There was a very unusual challenge in last month's Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine - no layers. The idea was to create a card without any additional layers of cardstock and patterned paper; you had to stamp and/or embellish directly on the base card. As you can see I stamped my card with a very detailed stamp that I water coloured and then spritzed with fluid ink. I probably could have left it as is but I couldn't resist a few travel-themed trinkets and a bit of ribbon. Give it a go this weekend!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn timber brown, Tattered Angles black cherry glimmer mist
Embellishments - Collections antique postcard, ticket stub, coin charms, key, silver ball chain, old postage stamps, ribbon

20 February 2014


Have you seen last month's issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft? It featured a wonderful gallery of chalkboard themed cards and I was very lucky to have my design printed in the mag. I used chalkboard two ways - as a patterned paper background and an embellishment. I made my own chalkboard bunting by painting shapes cut from balsa wood black and then stamping them with white letters. I was thrilled with the result and will definitely make them again! I finished my card with a stamped image of two young girls, ribbon bows, flowers, and a small black clip.

Stamp - Darkroom Door, alphabet of your choice
Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Distress black soot
Paper - Bella!
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon, small clip, mulberry paper flowers, metal button
Other - paintbrush, balsa wood, black acrylic paint, water mister, sandpaper

16 January 2014

Have Your Cake

Here is the second card I made for the Flourishes stampers' challenge in last month's issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I dug out my old watercolour pencils for this one - not something I do often but it was good fun, I really should practice more! I stamped and coloured two of the smaller images from the set, thinking I'd turn them into bunting (the icecream cone and popsicles worked best). Of course I had to stamp and colour the cake, it was just too cute to leave off the card, and I really wanted to use the "Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!" sentiment. Mmmmmmmm, cake.

Stamps - Flourishes
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - rhinestone stars
Other - string, sewing needle, mounting foam, watercolor pencils, paintbrush

04 January 2014

Blowing Wishes Your Way

A couple of months ago Jane at Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft asked if like to participate in a Flourishes stampers' challenge for the December issue of the magazine. Of course I said yes! I received the
Pinwheels and Popsicles stamp set in the mail and immediately set about creating two cards with these sweet, whimsical stamps. First up is a card showcasing the pinwheel design, which I stamped multiple times on coloured cardstock. I organised the pinwheels in pairs and attached them to the card front with mounting foam for a hint of dimension and movement. I was fortunate to have this cloud print paper on hand which suited the theme perfectly. A few rhinestones... a bit of ribbon... done!

Stamps - Flourishes
Ink - Versa Magic midnight black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill, kraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon
Other - mounting foam

31 December 2013


I was super excited to receive the new bingo numbers eclectic stamp from Darkroom Door last week. Isn't it a great image? Ideal for man cards. I was inspired to create a vintage gaming theme using the bingo numbers as a background. Stamped in red ink on white card, they really pop. I found the perfect photobooth image to complement the theme and then had fun rummaging through my stash for the finishing touches. I hope this card inspires you to create something cool and manly with the bingo number stamp :-)


Darkroom Door products - DDES009 Bingo Numbers eclectic stamp, Hats photobooth
Ink - Distress fired brick
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories rub-on alphabets, miniature dice, playing cards, ribbon, gold satin wings, casino chip
Other - sandpaper, water spray bottle


1. Stamp the Bingo Numbers repeatedly on white card using red ink. NOTE - spray the inked stamp lightly with water before making impressions.
2. Tear the card and affix to a black card front.
3. Distress a Hats photobooth image with sandpaper before adhering it to a pair of playing cards. Embellish with gaming objects, gold satin wings (cut in half) and a ribbon bow.
4. Finish by creating the "Little Angel" sentiment with rub-ons.

19 December 2013

Dear Santa

If you're running out of creative steam and struggling for Christmas ideas, here are four Santa cards with a vintage twist. I used a combination of Darkroom Door paper products and frame stamps to build the cards, as well as festive embellishments like luscious red candy canes and delicate pearl-filled silk flowers. These cards are a cinch to make; the time consuming part is hand-cutting the frames, but the effort is well worth it because they look fantastic paired with the Dear Santa photochips.


Stamps - Darkroom Door Archway frame, Window frame
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill 
Embellishments - Darkroom Door Dear Santa photochips, Darkroom Door Dear Santa wordstrips, Heidi Swapp silk flowers, ribbon, acrylic candy canes, pearl beads
Other - craft knife, glue

10 December 2013

Make It Merry

My final 2013 Christmas project for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft is a set of six jumbo-sized tags. I love making tags! Sometimes the thought of making full-size cards is a little overwhelming - that is, coming up an idea and filling up all that space. A tag, on the other hand, is a manageable size and a useful way to use random off-cuts and odds and ends. Here I went all out with a retro theme. I love these sweet October Afternoon Christmas images, they really had that whimsical / retro feeling I was going for. I used lots of small buttons, tape and ribbon to keep the vibe going, as well as some inked timber shapes. Oh, and glitter. Can't forget the glitter :-)

Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Versa Magic sea breeze, Versa Magic pixie dust
Paper - October Afternoon
Embellishments - Typo on a roll tape, timber hearts and stars, buttons, ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, hole punch, sewing needle, embroidery thread