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

01 February 2015

Best Wishes

A couple of months back I was kindly invited to participate in a product challenge for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft using some very cool 2Crafty chipboard. First up, I made a wedding-slash-engagement card using the boy and girl family symbols. I covered them with plenty of coarse-grain glitter and set them within a circle of pretty patterned paper. The "best wishes" sentiment and the small hearts are simply coated with a rich gold ink. Love is in the air!

Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Graphic45
Card - kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard family symbols, 2Crafty chipboard card sentiments, 2Crafty chipboard hearts, Kaisercraft pearls, lace, ribbon
Other - glitter glue

09 January 2015


Have you noticed that sequins are everywhere right now? Here's a very simple take on the sequin trend. I sketched a medium-sized heart in the centre of a white card and then working my way from the outside in, covered it completely with pink and silver sequins. I stitched a few seed beads on too, for extra strength and interest, and then stamped the sentiment along the bottom of the card in pink ink. Simple but cute.... a great idea for Valentine's Day!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance pearlescent orchid
Card - white
Embellishments - sequins, seed beads
Other - sewing needle, embroidery thread

21 December 2014

Christmas Windows

For me, vintage and Christmas go hand-in-hand, and I couldn't resist making a vintage themed Christmas card this year. In fact, I made two! So without further ado, here are the cards I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's Christmas issue. The centrepiece is the Darkroom Door window frame stamp. It's such a versatile image, I love it! The rest is all window dressing (pun intended!) - layers of pretty vintage papers, ribbon, sequins and washi tape. The vintage look is really quite easy to achieve, and so much fun :-)


Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill; white, cream
Embellishments - Darkroom Door Dear Santa montage, Darkroom Door Dear Santa wordstrips, Kasiercraft rhinestones, Typo washi tape, sequins, ribbon, cord string
Other - Carl snowflake punch, craft knife

03 December 2014


It's that time of year again! Christmas is fast approaching and there are so many cards to be made. Here's an idea for a simple and advanced version of the same card - as seen in the November issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The simple version is exactly that - super simple to make in bulk. The advanced version is a bit more labour intensive but ideal for special friends and family. Enjoy!

Paper - Doodlebug Design
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door yuletide photochips, Darkroom Door yuletide montage, Darkroom Door green alphastrips, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Typo washi tape, ribbon, sequins
Other - Paper Shapers tree punch

26 November 2014

10 Quick Cards

Here's a little project I did for Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft a couple of months ago - it was for the 10 Quick Cards feature. I don't know about you, but I struggle with kids cards, so it's kind of cool to have ten cards made and ready to go (although I don't see why you couldn't use them for adults too!). I used the fun Darkroom Door Robots collection as well as a few odds and ends like ribbon, rhinestones and regular silver washers from the hardware store. Give this idea a go and stock up on your 2015 cards :-)

Paper - My Mind's Eye
Card - white
Embellishments - Darkroom Door Robot photochips, Darkroom Door Robot filmstrips, Darkroom Door Robot wordstrips, Darkroom Door Robot montage, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon, brads, washers

07 November 2014

No Greater Gift

I had such fun making this card for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I mean, how glamorous are these ladies in their retro 1940s fashions? Love it! So, I wanted to do justice to the clothes and I didn't think watercolouring would work (although I did use my watercolour pencils on the accessories). Ultimately, I decided to raid my box of patterned paper off-cuts. I set aside the prettiest designs I cold find, stamped the ladies on the paper, and cut out the dresses. Granted, the intricate fussy-cutting was a little labour intensive, but I think the end result was well worth it. Tres chic!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn timber brown
Paper - Prima, assorted off-cuts
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - buttons, ribbon
Other - watercolour pencils

28 October 2014


This card is winging its way to a friend in America. It's her birthday, and she's fascinated with anything and everything to do with this strange land we call Australia :-) So I made her a card with the iconic harbour bridge - stamped on kraft paper - and assorted Sydney postage marks. As much as I love my embellishments, I had to keep them to a minimum this time - not only do they add to the weight of a card, they just don't travel well in the mail. So, in the interest of keeping it simple, I applied glitter to a yellow silk flower for a pop of colour, and added a simple ribbon bow. Done!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic Aegean blue, Versa Magic sage, Versa Magic sea breeze, Versa Magic midnight black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Heidi Swapp silk flower, ribbon, glitter
Other - stapler and staples