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

25 September 2014

Le Cirque

I mentioned in a previous post that there are stamps in my collection I could never part with. No. Matter. What. These Zettiology alphabet stamps are among them. I bought them on eBay a few years ago and although I haven't used them much, I love them to bits. They're so fun and quirky! I made this card for a circus theme challenge in Somerset Studio. Inspiration struck, and I excavated the Zettiology stamps from my stash and inked them up, some for the first time. But hopefully not the last :-)

Stamps - Zettiology
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Kasiercraft, Sullivans, assorted
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, rhinestone stars, ticket stubs

07 September 2014


Father's Day is here and I'm late posting my card! If you caught the August issue of Cardmkaing, Stamping & Papercraft you might have seen it in the Father's Day card gallery. If not, here it is, better late than never :-) I wanted to create something really different this year - think vintage industrial collage. I started with a piece of thick core board that I covered with strips of mesh, then aluminium tape. I punched in a some rivets and then coated the whole thing with black paint, wiping off the excess with a damp cloth. The next stage was building the collage - super easy with a Darkroom Door photobooth image - and I made the banner out of scraps of paper and card, confetti stars, and alphabet stickers.

I hope this gives you a few ideas for your next man card!

Paper - assorted off-cuts
Card - Bazzill, core board
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth hats, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Pebbles Inc. alphabet stickers, confetti stars, ribbon, mesh, wire
Other - black acrylic paint, paint brush, sponge, sandpaper, hole punch, eyelet setter, verdigris embossing powder

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


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


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