How nice it is to say 'thank you'. Nicer still to say it with a handmade card. To make this cheerful, kaleidoscope-of-colours card I used one of my favourite techniques, 'faux watercolour'. It never fails to produce amazing results. This time I stamped the smaller butterflies from the Darkroom Door set on sturdy cream card and then liberally sprayed it with water - enough so the inks started to run but not so much that the butterflies blurred and became unrecognizable. I then tore the card into strips, attached them to a bright yellow base card, and stamped a piece of vellum with the sentiment, which I attached to the card with staples. A pair of small glittery butterflies were the final flourish. Thank you for visiting :)
Stamps - Darkroom Door, Inkadinkado
Ink - assorted Distress, StazOn jet black
Paper - light green vellum
Card - Bazzill
Embellishemnts - Typo washi tape
Other - gold glitter glue, water spray bottle, stapler and staples
I'm not sure I can express in words how much I enjoy making paper flowers - but I hope this card might show you! I made a trio of my go-to flowers to decorate this card. I simply cut different sized circles from patterned paper - a great way to use all those off-cuts! - scrunch them up, layer them one on top of the other, and finish with a button, or, in this case, a large faux gem. I find this method great for bulk quantities and it's so easy you can make the flowers while watching tv! Multi-tasking at its finest :)
Stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - , Graphic 45, assorted off-cuts
Embellishments - large rhinestone gems, washi tape
Hi there! Just stopping by to share a card I made for my cousin's birthday last week. It's a very simple card - although placing those hearts in neat rows was a bit of a nightmare :) I do love those rainbow colours though. So bright and breezy! And I thought the 'Wild Things' quote was perfect for a 23 year old. I used only a few simple embellishments - a handful of rhinestones and a pair of lime green bows. Nothing too complicated or fussy. This card is all about colour.
Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon
Tools - Carl heart punch
Always love playing with new stamps for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's stampers' challenges :) This time it was a set of Stampers' Anonymous blueprint stamps designed by Tim Holtz. I chose the shell to work with first; it's such a pretty shape! This card is a bit of a pink extravaganza, from the ink to the patterned paper to the embellishments. You may have noticed I stamped the shell in bands of colour to achieve an ombre-effect. This is a great little technique for stamps with clean, simple lines. TIP - I like to mask the top and bottom thirds of the stamps with post-it notes before inking the middle. You'll get a nice straight edge this way. Remove the masks, carefully line up your pad with the inked section and ink away. You should now have a seamless transition of colour. Happy stamping :)
Valentine's Day is just around the corner..... so here's an idea for a vintage-inspired card for your loved one. I personally think romantic themes and vintage go hand-in-hand. I also think vintage and collage go hand-in-hand. So here's my take on Valentine's Day this year :) I started with a collage-style patterned paper - it saves a little bit of work and the effect is great! - then added an old-world tinted photochip and assorted vintage embellishments like lace, glass beads and pearls. And in keeping with the French text on the patterned paper, I used a wordstrip with the simple phrase je t'aime.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Paper - Authentique
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photochip, Darkroom Door wordstrip, Kaisercraft pearls, cord string, mulberry paper flower, pearl bead drop, heart charm, pink glass bead drop, photo corners, lace
Stampers' challenge part 2! This is the second card I made for the Cardmaking, Stamping & PapercraftWaffle Flower challenge. This time I wanted to do something a little different and unexpected, so I used the large cactus stamp to make one large, multi-layered flower. This involved stamping the cactus using three shades of ink, then fussy-cutting (a lot of fussy-cutting!) the leaves and arranging them in a pleasing way to form the flower - this probably took the most time. Two buttons tied together with string provided the finish touch.
I was so excited to receive this set of Waffle Flower stamps for a challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft! I've been planting lots of succulents this summer, so I just had to use this potted succulent stamp to make a card. I had the colours of Mexico in my head when I put this one together, from the mosaic cardstock background, to the colours I used to watercolour the image. So. Much. Fun!
First post of the new year and this gem encrusted card seemed apropos! I guess the *trickiest* thing about making this card was designing the star template and then cutting out the window. The *best* part was sorting through my collection of gems and filling the star with sparkly pretties! I used core board to attach the star to the blue card but you could use mounting foam if you wish. Then it's simply a matter of adding a stamped sentiment, washi tape and a bow. Happy 2016 :)
Stamps - Ma Vinci
Ink - Memento rhubarb stalk
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, assorted glass gems and rhinestones, red cotton cord
Other - craft knife, core board
Well, there's just a few days to go now and I'm pretty organised except for posting this, my last Christmas project of the year. It's a set of Aussie-themed Christmas cards featuring the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Ideally I'd have preferred to have them on the blog last week but time got away from me. Better late than never, eh? As you can see I used one of my go-to techniques (faux watercolour) to stamp the images before layering them on patterned paper and white card for a crisp, modern look. I excavated my old Christmas punches from the stash in my desk drawer and created little bells and sprigs of holly to decorate each card. Tape, rhinestones and cotton twine provided the finishing touches.
Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress peeled paint, Distress forest moss, Distress spiced marmalade, Distress fired brick, StazOn jet black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - white, yellow and green off-cuts
Embellishments - Darkroom Door wordstrips, Kaisercraft rhinestones, washi tape, cotton string
Other - water mister bottle
Every year I make a batch of small gift tags for Christmas. I think they look great on smaller gifts and bags (although I have been known to use them on large presents!). This little group is simply made with layers of card, patterned paper and a Darkroom Door filmstrip. To embellish, I used a combination of thin gold ribbon, washi tape, and chipboard stars coated with gold ink and glitter. Fun, easy, and cost effective. What could be better?!