16 April 2014

Live Well

Here's another card you may have seen recently in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I made this card for a sketch challenge, which are always fun. It's interesting to see how several people interpret the same sketch. This is a simple card that would be great for a birthday. The background is stamped with a chevron pattern in pale pink ink (I really like the look of this ink on the pastel yellow card). The images of the confectionery are from Darkroom Door - I used the montage sheet and the coordinating wordstrips to create the shapes and layout the sketch demanded. And for the final flourish, well, I couldn't go past a big ribbon bow.


Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic pixie dust
Card - Core'dinations, Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door sweet treats montage, Darkroom Door sweet treats wordstrips, ribbon
Other - circle punch

22 March 2014

Admit One

There was a very unusual challenge in last month's Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine - no layers. The idea was to create a card without any additional layers of cardstock and patterned paper; you had to stamp and/or embellish directly on the base card. As you can see I stamped my card with a very detailed stamp that I water coloured and then spritzed with fluid ink. I probably could have left it as is but I couldn't resist a few travel-themed trinkets and a bit of ribbon. Give it a go this weekend!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn timber brown, Tattered Angles black cherry glimmer mist
Embellishments - Collections antique postcard, ticket stub, coin charms, key, silver ball chain, old postage stamps, ribbon

20 February 2014


Have you seen last month's issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft? It featured a wonderful gallery of chalkboard themed cards and I was very lucky to have my design printed in the mag. I used chalkboard two ways - as a patterned paper background and an embellishment. I made my own chalkboard bunting by painting shapes cut from balsa wood black and then stamping them with white letters. I was thrilled with the result and will definitely make them again! I finished my card with a stamped image of two young girls, ribbon bows, flowers, and a small black clip.

Stamp - Darkroom Door, alphabet of your choice
Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Distress black soot
Paper - Bella!
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon, small clip, mulberry paper flowers, metal button
Other - paintbrush, balsa wood, black acrylic paint, water mister, sandpaper

16 January 2014

Have Your Cake

Here is the second card I made for the Flourishes stampers' challenge in last month's issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I dug out my old watercolour pencils for this one - not something I do often but it was good fun, I really should practice more! I stamped and coloured two of the smaller images from the set, thinking I'd turn them into bunting (the icecream cone and popsicles worked best). Of course I had to stamp and colour the cake, it was just too cute to leave off the card, and I really wanted to use the "Have Your Cake And Eat It Too!" sentiment. Mmmmmmmm, cake.

Stamps - Flourishes
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - rhinestone stars
Other - string, sewing needle, mounting foam, watercolor pencils, paintbrush

04 January 2014

Blowing Wishes Your Way

A couple of months ago Jane at Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft asked if like to participate in a Flourishes stampers' challenge for the December issue of the magazine. Of course I said yes! I received the
Pinwheels and Popsicles stamp set in the mail and immediately set about creating two cards with these sweet, whimsical stamps. First up is a card showcasing the pinwheel design, which I stamped multiple times on coloured cardstock. I organised the pinwheels in pairs and attached them to the card front with mounting foam for a hint of dimension and movement. I was fortunate to have this cloud print paper on hand which suited the theme perfectly. A few rhinestones... a bit of ribbon... done!

Stamps - Flourishes
Ink - Versa Magic midnight black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill, kraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon
Other - mounting foam

31 December 2013


I was super excited to receive the new bingo numbers eclectic stamp from Darkroom Door last week. Isn't it a great image? Ideal for man cards. I was inspired to create a vintage gaming theme using the bingo numbers as a background. Stamped in red ink on white card, they really pop. I found the perfect photobooth image to complement the theme and then had fun rummaging through my stash for the finishing touches. I hope this card inspires you to create something cool and manly with the bingo number stamp :-)


Darkroom Door products - DDES009 Bingo Numbers eclectic stamp, Hats photobooth
Ink - Distress fired brick
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories rub-on alphabets, miniature dice, playing cards, ribbon, gold satin wings, casino chip
Other - sandpaper, water spray bottle


1. Stamp the Bingo Numbers repeatedly on white card using red ink. NOTE - spray the inked stamp lightly with water before making impressions.
2. Tear the card and affix to a black card front.
3. Distress a Hats photobooth image with sandpaper before adhering it to a pair of playing cards. Embellish with gaming objects, gold satin wings (cut in half) and a ribbon bow.
4. Finish by creating the "Little Angel" sentiment with rub-ons.

19 December 2013

Dear Santa

If you're running out of creative steam and struggling for Christmas ideas, here are four Santa cards with a vintage twist. I used a combination of Darkroom Door paper products and frame stamps to build the cards, as well as festive embellishments like luscious red candy canes and delicate pearl-filled silk flowers. These cards are a cinch to make; the time consuming part is hand-cutting the frames, but the effort is well worth it because they look fantastic paired with the Dear Santa photochips.


Stamps - Darkroom Door Archway frame, Window frame
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill 
Embellishments - Darkroom Door Dear Santa photochips, Darkroom Door Dear Santa wordstrips, Heidi Swapp silk flowers, ribbon, acrylic candy canes, pearl beads
Other - craft knife, glue

10 December 2013

Make It Merry

My final 2013 Christmas project for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft is a set of six jumbo-sized tags. I love making tags! Sometimes the thought of making full-size cards is a little overwhelming - that is, coming up an idea and filling up all that space. A tag, on the other hand, is a manageable size and a useful way to use random off-cuts and odds and ends. Here I went all out with a retro theme. I love these sweet October Afternoon Christmas images, they really had that whimsical / retro feeling I was going for. I used lots of small buttons, tape and ribbon to keep the vibe going, as well as some inked timber shapes. Oh, and glitter. Can't forget the glitter :-)

Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Versa Magic sea breeze, Versa Magic pixie dust
Paper - October Afternoon
Embellishments - Typo on a roll tape, timber hearts and stars, buttons, ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, hole punch, sewing needle, embroidery thread

03 December 2013


Christmas is fast approaching! Have you finished your Christmas shopping? If you read through the recent Christmas issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft you may have noticed a gallery of gift card holders. There were lots of great ideas for pockets and envelopes to fancy-up those little plastic cards. This was my contribution - an acetate pouch that I filled with confetti stars and then stitched closed. I decorated it with Darkroom Door goodies and then punched a hole through the top so it can be tied to a gift or even hung from the Christmas tree. Perhaps this idea will inspire you to get creative with your gift cards this year :-)

Embellishments - Darkroom Door Yuletide montage, Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol.1 wordstrips, confetti stars, rhinetone star, ribbon
Other - acetate, sewing needle, embroidery thread, hole punch