08 May 2016

Wild Things

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

16 March 2016


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 :)

Stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - Versa Magic pixie dust, Brilliance pearlescent orchid, Memento rhubarb stalk
Paper - Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill, cream
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Typo washi tape, Darkroom Door wordstrip, sequins, ribbon, tassel

09 February 2016

Je t'aime

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

02 February 2016


Stampers' challenge part 2! This is the second card I made for the Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft Waffle 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.

Stamps - Waffle Flower
Ink - StazOn jet black, Brilliance pearlescent orchid, Versa Magic pixie dust,Memento rhubarb stalk
Card - white
Embellishments - buttons, fine cord string

19 January 2016

For You

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!

Stamps - Waffle Flower
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - satin ribbon, washi tape, cocktail stick
Other - watercolour pencils, paintbrush

07 January 2016

Lucky Star

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

22 December 2015

Christmas from Australia

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

11 December 2015

Merry Yuletide

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?!

Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Carta Bella
Card - Bazzill, white, kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard stars, Darkroom Door yuletide filmstrips, Darkroom Door yuletide wordstrips, washi tapes, ribbon, gold glitter glue

30 November 2015


The Christmas countdown has begun! Only 25 days until the big day. Have you started your Christmas cards? Here's an idea for bulk production, as featured in the annual simple/advanced Christmas challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. In the first version (make 40 a night) I used strips of washi tape to form an abstract Christmas tree. You don't even need Christmas designs, just nice bold colours and patterns that pop on the white background. In the advanced version of the card (make 25 a night) I simply added a layer of patterned paper, extra tape, ribbon, and rhinestones. So there you have it! A fresh, modern Christmas card that's easy to produce in quantity. Happy crafting :)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill, white
Paper - Kasiercraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, black ribbon, assorted washi tapes

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