12 August 2014

Music Is

One of the features in last month's Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft was ombre, which is all the rage in fashion right now. There are lots of ways to "cross-over" this trend in your cardmaking - paper, embellishments, cardstock, paint, you name it. After a bit of thinking (and experimenting!), I chose graduated shades of blue ink. I used a decent sized stamp and carefully tapped the inkpads onto the stamp in three distinct bands of colour. It worked a treat!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic Aegean blue, Versa Magic sea breeze, Brilliance sky blue
Paper - My Mind's Eye, pages from an old music book
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - brads, ribbon, button, lace
Other - paper piercing tool, sewing needle, thread




24 July 2014

Good on Paper

I've often thought about thinning my collection of old school wood-mounted stamps. They take up a lot of room and if you have them out on display, like I do, they have an annoying tendency to get dusty. But there
are a few stamps I could never, ever part with - I love them that much. Foremost among them are my Acey Deucy's. I don't use them often - they sit in pride of place on the shelves above my desk, but every once in a while I ink them up and make a card or two. That's what they're meant for, after all :-)

Stamps - Acey Deucy
Ink - StazOn jet black, Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - flocked black on gold, gold vellum
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door wordstips, ribbon, brads
Other - vellum tape






06 July 2014

Seaside

If you read last month's Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine you probably noticed the sketch challenge to beat all sketch challenges. One word: circle. The thing is, I don't actually own a cutting machine. What I do have is a pair of not-so-sharp scissors. So, cue the search for a large circular item to trace onto my card stock - I ended up using my roll of double-sided tape - and voila! I had my circle. Easy. Ahem.

:-)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance platinum planet, Versamark
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door seaside montage, Darkroom Door seaside wordstrips, Kaisercraft rhinestone, silver charms, miniature thermometer, ribbon, aida cloth



24 June 2014

4th Birthday

What kind of card do you made for a little boy's birthday? This was the conundrum I faced last week when I realised I didn't have long to think of an idea. I searched through my stamps and found this little cutie - really, I didn't have much to work with, I have very few "boy" stamps! I stamped him using a shimmery copper ink and added an over-size bow for a bit of fun and whimsy. Next, I masked the interior of the window card and stamped the front with a curlicue design by Amazing Creations. I'd like to think the effect mimics old-school party streamers :-) The finishing touches are very simple - a big paper flower and "happy birthday" stamped in copper to match the kitty. Oh, and just a leeeetle glitter :-)

Stamps - Amazing Creations, Inkadinkado, Tuscan Rose
Ink - Brilliance cosmic copper, Distress peeled paint, Distress fired brick
Paper - assorted
Card - tri-fold window
Embellishments - Pebbles Inc. sticker, ribbon, button
Other - gold glitter glue




07 June 2014

Happiness

Here's a little bit of happy for your Saturday afternoon :-) I love working with black and white, it's such a classic combination. I gave it a twist, though - a splash of vibrant red and just a hint of pink. This is a very simple card, not something I make often - I tend to favour busy designs! - but it's fun to mix it up once in a while. It's also useful to have a few all-purpose cards on hand for a rainy day.

Have an amazing long weekend!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic pixie dust
Card - Bazzill 
Embellishments - Darkroom Door viva la flora montage, Darkroom Door viva la flora wordstrips, Typo washi tape, ribbon, small rhinestone heart



23 May 2014

Let's Ride!

This is the second card I made  for the Darkroom Door stampers' challenge as seen in Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft last month. This is the boy version of the card below: darker colours and no frills! I used one of my favourite stamping techniques - faux watercolour - to stamp a trio of bikes in green, orange and purple. I stamped one of the wheels a second time on a piece of scrap card, cut it out, and stamped the sentiment using black ink. I then attached it to the original with mounting foam. The embellishments I chose are quite simple and to the point - ribbon, numbers, and a few rhinestones. All-in-all, a pretty cool boys card, I think :-)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress peeled paint, Distress spiced marmalade, Distress dusty concord, Brilliance graphite black
Embellishments - Collections rusty number tiles, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon
Other - water mister bottle



20 May 2014

Live Simply

The April issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft featured a Darkroom Door stampers' challenge using a set of bicycle themed stamps. I was fortunate to take part and this is one of the cards I made for the challenge. It's a very girly creation - perfect for young girls or teenagers. I chose a combination of pastels and white, then added bunting, flowers, hearts and pearls. My favourite detail is the seed beads on the wheel spokes - so pretty and whimsical.

Stay tuned for my second card featuring this stamp set, or - as I call it - the boy version!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance pearlescent orchid, Brilliance graphite black
Embellishments - Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, Typo tape, ribbon, seed beads
Other - white paint pen



10 May 2014

Sew Thankful

It's Mother's Day tomorrow! Have you made your cards? Here's a quick idea if your mother/grandmother/ mother-in-law loves to sew. I took a break from the usual patterned paper background - choosing instead a very pretty piece of floral fabric which I cut slightly larger than I needed, then frayed the edges - much more in keeping with the sewing theme. The vintage sewing machine is stamped faux watercolour style on ink-stained white card and embellished with wooden buttons, while a cute play-on-words sentiment finishes the design.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress vintage photo, Distress walnut stain
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door alphastrips, button, ribbon
Other - fabric




02 May 2014

Hats

This is the second batch of cards I made for my friend's birthday a couple of weeks ago. Words can't express how thrilled I am with how these little cards turned out. Just looking at the photos makes me
happy :-) I used lots of odds and ends to make these cards, starting with scraps of patterned paper too small to use on a regular-size card but too lovely to throw away. I raided my ribbon and sticker stash, as well as my collection of rhinestones - which are just about overflowing their large storage container!

Enjoy the weekend, wherever you are :-)

Paper - assorted
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth hats, Darkroom Door wordstips, Typo tape, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon, stickers






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