18 November 2015

Turn the Page

This is such a cheeky quote! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to use it for the Darkroom Door stampers' challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. This is really a very simple card. I stamped the books on white card, tore around the edges, and mounted it on pretty white and kraft patterned paper. The quote is actually one solid image that I stamped on kraft card and then trimmed to separate the words. And just for little bit more pretty, I added the polka dot ribbon and paper flower. Happy reading!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic cinnamon, Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill, white, kraft
Embellishments - mulberry paper flower, ribbon

03 November 2015

Marvellous Adventure

I was thrilled to receive a set of book-themed stamps for a Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft stampers' challenge. Reading is one of most favourite hobbies and these Darkroom Door stamps inspired so many ideas for a bookworm like me! For my first card I used the book stacks to make a background paper, repeatedly stamping and colouring with watercolour pencils. The quote about reading gave me an idea for a travel-theme so I stamped the sentiment on a small airmail card and added an old inky pen nib to tie the reading/travel themes together. I have another card to share featuring this stamp set - stay tuned!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress black soot, Distress, vintage photo, StazOn jet black
Card - white, kraft
Embellishments - mini postcard, vintage pen nib, cord
Other - watercolour pencils, water mister bottle, matches

22 October 2015

In the End

Masking is a great little technique; it's simple to master and can produce amazing results. I made this card for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's recent masking challenge. Here, I combined the masking technique with faux watercolour, which caused me a few headaches when it came to stamping the triangles: the watery ink kept seeping under the mask! After several attempts and stacks of ruined cardstock later, I managed to get it right with a thin paper mask. I think the result was worth the effort but it's probably not something I'll do again in a hurry!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - assorted Distress, StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - buttons
Other - gold glitter glue, water spray bottle

05 October 2015


It's a long weekend here in OZ and I've been taking advantage of the quiet to do a little family history research. This has been a hobby of mine for 17 years. It seems fitting, then, that I share a family themed card I created for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The challenge was mini frames, and I immediately had an idea for a family tree. I found the most perfect piece of patterned paper at my LSS and set to work making the 'tree.' In my stash I have an old timber paintbox that I converted into storage for my collection of found objects. I re-discovered these small metal 'frames' - actually bits of broken old jewellery. I painted them, then attacked them with sandpaper to reveal the textured metal beneath. I love the look of them set against the aqua blue paper and white card; a happy marriage indeed :)

Paper - Prima
Card - white
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth, Darkroom Door alphastrips, ribbon, assorted metal
Other - acrylic paint, sandpaper, paintbrush

18 September 2015


Feathers! This was a challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft a short while ago. I pulled out one of my trusty Stampington sets and got to work creating this card. The background is simply a couple of feathers stamped multiple times in three shades of metallic ink. The little bird was next, then the egg trio, and finally the sentiment. I find it hard to resist a bit of bling - understatement of the year! - so on went the rhinestones and pearls, along with a bundle of knotted ribbon. Happy crafting :)

Stamps - Stampington & Company
Ink - assorted Brilliance, assorted Versa MagicStazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Kaisercraft pearls, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon

03 September 2015

Everything You Do

It's Father's Day on Sunday so here's a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's Father's Day gallery. I found the perfect sentiment which I cut from a sheet of Kaisercraft paper, and it all grew from there, really. The washi tape, printed ribbon, and cute little mustache looked great together and complemented the subdued colour scheme. Because I didn't have a suitable stamp on hand - and I wanted a personal touch - I hand wrote 'Father's Day 2015' on a small kraft tag and attached it to the ribbon with a jump ring. Father's Day done!

Paper - Prima, Kaisercraft
Card - kraft
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, Typo resin mustache, ribbon, glass bead
Other - jump ring, pliers, red pencil, black pen

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