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

02 June 2015

True Friend

This is the companion card I made for the Lil'inkers Designs stamper's challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I had fun with this one! I used the feather stamps to make my background, stamping directly onto the kraft card front. Next I smothered the chipboard bird with glitter and created a little nest for her using coiled, frayed string and a few egg-like beads. Finding the right size stick proved a challenge! I experimented with different ways of attaching the stick to the card and found a needle and thread to be the most effective method. Finally, it was just a matter of stamping the sentiment. Done!

Stamps - Lil'inkers Designs
Ink -  Versa Magic aegean blue, Versa Magic pixie dust, Versa Magic moonlight white, StazOn jet black
Card - kraft
Embellishments - Collections chipboard wren, beads, white cord, small stick
Other - glue, sewing needle, embroidery thread, gold glitter glue

22 May 2015


A little while ago I participated in a stampers' challenge for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I received a beautiful set of  Lil'inkers Designs feather stamps in the mail and got to work creating two cards for the challenge. This is one of them. I used the largest feathers in the set to make my background, stamping them in metallic inks on a neutral cream cardstock. I then added a second layer of feathers that I fussy-cut and attached to the card with mounting foam. The whole look is clean and simple with just washi tape and a few sequins to finish. Stay tuned for the second card, coming soon!

Stamps - Lil'inkers Designs
Ink - Brilliance cosmic copper, Brilliance galaxy gold, Versa Color cinnamon, StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, sequins
Other - mounting foam

08 May 2015

Love You Mum

It's Mother's Day on Sunday - have you made your cards yet? Here's a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The star of the show is clearly the vintage playing card. Isn't it beautiful?! You can find gems like these in antique stores, markets, or even online. The colour scheme I chose - green and blue - was entirely inspired by the pretty aqua of the playing card. For contrast I used gold, chocolate brown and cream, and textural elements like multi-layered flowers and pearls.


Paper - Couture Creations
Card - Bazzill, kraft, vellum
Embellishments - Darkroom Door alphastrips, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, Typo washi tape, gold ribbon
Other - vintage playing card

01 May 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Well, not quite here in Australia! We're heading into winter but I loved the idea of pink hearts, birds and flowers for a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's vellum challenge. I used the vellum in two ways - as an overlay background and for a ruffled detail at the bottom of the card. Vellum can be tricky to work with. It doesn't like heat and humidity, and regular double-sided tape has an annoying habit of showing through. Here I used a special vellum adhesive tape that worked a treat, as well as a few staples for added strength and interest.

Paper - Couture Creations, pink hearts vellum
Card - kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard, ribbon, lace, buttons, gold glitter glue
Other - stapler and staples, vellum adhesive

17 April 2015


Ooops! This card appeared waaaaay back in the January edition of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft, in the Valentine's Day gallery! Although it's too late to inspire a VD creation, perhaps it may give you an idea for an anniversary, engagement or wedding card. I used a few old favourites to make this card, like my old heart-shaped paper punch. And beeswax! Lots of lovely, warm, beautifully scented beeswax :)

Ink - Distress vintage photo
Paper - Graphic45
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth friends and lovers, Darkroom Door red alphastrips, rhinestone stars, ribbon, lace
Other - water colour pencils, paintbrush, heart punch, beeswax, heat gun