25 August 2015

Whimsical Words

A recent challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine focused on kraft cardstock. I made a simple, one-dimensional card which allowed the card itself to shine. I used a combination of small stamps, inked in different colours, to create an all-over chintzy pattern. A bit of old-school colouring with a white pencil added a bit of contrast and the sentiments, stamped in bold black ink, gave the card a hint of drama!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black, assorted
Card - kraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones
Other - white pencil

04 August 2015

50th Anniversary

I think this card might be one of my favourites from last year. Am I allowed to say that?! I love the sweet vintage photograph and the fluffy gold flowers, and the peek-a-boo effect of the cut-out window. I like that the sentiment is oversize and studded with tiny pearls. It wasn't a difficult card to make, just time consuming organising the composition. I wanted to emphasise the window with acetate, and I always have issues stamping on plastic - the sheet moves just as I press down the stamp and the image is blurry! It took a few tries but I got it in the end. Worth it :)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold, StazOn timber brown
Paper - Prima
Embellishments - Words or Whatever wood cut-out, Kaisercraft pearls
Tools - paintbrush
Other - acetate, gold glitter glue, gold acrylic paint

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