12 July 2015


It's absolutely freezing in Newcastle today! But it's perfect weather for staying indoors and getting creative. Here's a card to inspire all the travel lovers out there. It's a celebration of Venice, its architecture and colour. I actually designed this card with the idea of using a beautiful vintage crystal bead I'd been saving for a while. This card with its festive Venetian mask seemed like the perfect opportunity! I also added a few shiny metallic embellishments and beeswax for that vintage feel and texture.

Stamp - Cherry Pie Art Stamps
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Basic Grey
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, Darkroom Door Venetian photochip, Darkroom Door Venetian wordstrip, cotton cord, gold stars, vintage margarita crystal, brass jewellery finding
Other - heat tool, beeswax, watercolour pencils

24 June 2015


When was the lat time you made a shaker card? I confess I hadn't tackled one for a long while. But when Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft issued a call for shaker cards I jumped at the chance to revisit this style of cardmaking. I chose a seaside theme and although I would have preferred to fill my shaker with sand I didn't have any to hand. Coarse silver glitter was the next best thing, so I used a generous amount of that along with a handful of confetti stars. Something else I hadn't used in a while was epoxy stickers. I forgot how cool they are! Bespoke embellishments are a breeze with these babies. Shaker cards might be slightly labour intensive to make, but they sure are fun. And the possibilities are truly endless.

Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door seaside montage, Darkroom Door seaside photochips, Darkroom Door seaside wordstrips, K&Company epoxy stickers, glitter, confetti stars, cotton string
Other - mounting foam, acetate

02 June 2015

True Friend

This is the companion card I made for the Lil'inkers Designs stamper's challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I had fun with this one! I used the feather stamps to make my background, stamping directly onto the kraft card front. Next I smothered the chipboard bird with glitter and created a little nest for her using coiled, frayed string and a few egg-like beads. Finding the right size stick proved a challenge! I experimented with different ways of attaching the stick to the card and found a needle and thread to be the most effective method. Finally, it was just a matter of stamping the sentiment. Done!

Stamps - Lil'inkers Designs
Ink -  Versa Magic aegean blue, Versa Magic pixie dust, Versa Magic moonlight white, StazOn jet black
Card - kraft
Embellishments - Collections chipboard wren, beads, white cord, small stick
Other - glue, sewing needle, embroidery thread, gold glitter glue

22 May 2015


A little while ago I participated in a stampers' challenge for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I received a beautiful set of  Lil'inkers Designs feather stamps in the mail and got to work creating two cards for the challenge. This is one of them. I used the largest feathers in the set to make my background, stamping them in metallic inks on a neutral cream cardstock. I then added a second layer of feathers that I fussy-cut and attached to the card with mounting foam. The whole look is clean and simple with just washi tape and a few sequins to finish. Stay tuned for the second card, coming soon!

Stamps - Lil'inkers Designs
Ink - Brilliance cosmic copper, Brilliance galaxy gold, Versa Color cinnamon, StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, sequins
Other - mounting foam

08 May 2015

Love You Mum

It's Mother's Day on Sunday - have you made your cards yet? Here's a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The star of the show is clearly the vintage playing card. Isn't it beautiful?! You can find gems like these in antique stores, markets, or even online. The colour scheme I chose - green and blue - was entirely inspired by the pretty aqua of the playing card. For contrast I used gold, chocolate brown and cream, and textural elements like multi-layered flowers and pearls.


Paper - Couture Creations
Card - Bazzill, kraft, vellum
Embellishments - Darkroom Door alphastrips, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, Typo washi tape, gold ribbon
Other - vintage playing card

01 May 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Well, not quite here in Australia! We're heading into winter but I loved the idea of pink hearts, birds and flowers for a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's vellum challenge. I used the vellum in two ways - as an overlay background and for a ruffled detail at the bottom of the card. Vellum can be tricky to work with. It doesn't like heat and humidity, and regular double-sided tape has an annoying habit of showing through. Here I used a special vellum adhesive tape that worked a treat, as well as a few staples for added strength and interest.

Paper - Couture Creations, pink hearts vellum
Card - kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard, ribbon, lace, buttons, gold glitter glue
Other - stapler and staples, vellum adhesive

17 April 2015


Ooops! This card appeared waaaaay back in the January edition of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft, in the Valentine's Day gallery! Although it's too late to inspire a VD creation, perhaps it may give you an idea for an anniversary, engagement or wedding card. I used a few old favourites to make this card, like my old heart-shaped paper punch. And beeswax! Lots of lovely, warm, beautifully scented beeswax :)

Ink - Distress vintage photo
Paper - Graphic45
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth friends and lovers, Darkroom Door red alphastrips, rhinestone stars, ribbon, lace
Other - water colour pencils, paintbrush, heart punch, beeswax, heat gun

27 March 2015

Cardmaking on a Budget

Here's a set of cards I created for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's cardmaking on a budget feature. Most of have a few tubes of paint lying around, so why not use them to make a unique, easy, and cost-effective feature for your cards and other paper projects? It's simply a matter of flicking a loaded paintbrush over a sheet of cardstock and allowing the paint to dry before applying the next colour. This is such an easy effect to achieve, and by experimenting with colours (paint and card) you can achieve a different look every time!

Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Kaisercraft pearls, ribbon, gold glitter, gold confetti starts, seed beads
Other - Dymo label maker and tape, Carl heart punch, Carl butterfly punch, acrylic paint, paintbrush

05 March 2015

Miss You

Faux watercolour is one of my favourite go-to techniques. I like that you get a different result every time you stamp the image. I love the painterly effect of the waterlogged ink. It's just a fun, easy way to make a card.

Step 1 - Ink your stamp with a water-based ink like Distress. Solid, less intricate designs work best.
Step 2 - Mist the inked stamp with water (use a spray bottle). The more water you use, the more dramatic the result.
Step 3 (optional) - Re-mist and stamp again to create 'generations'.

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress peeled paint, StazOn timber brown
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft pearls, Darkroom Door wordstrip, ribbon, lace
Other - stapler, acetate, water mister bottle, acrylic paint, paintbrush

08 February 2015

With Love

This is the second card I made for the recent 2Crafty chipboard challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I experimented a lot with this card, playing with ideas of how to cover the chipboard in unique ways. In the end I painted the pieces with H2Os and I love how they turned out! I discovered the best way to achieve the rainbow look you see below was to apply the darker colours first, building my way up to the lighter shades. I also let each layer dry before adding the next. This prevented the colours running and turning muddy. H2Os have a beautiful shimmery effect that really suited this project. I hope this gives you a few ideas for your next chipboard design.

Paper - Echo Park
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard Francesca's journal frame, 2Crafty chipboard Ava's butterflies, 2Crafty chipboard card sentiments, Typo washi tape, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Other - LuminArte twinkling H2Os, paintbrush