26 December 2008

Hope Believe Joy

I totally meant to upload this card yesterday, but time got away from me! Oh well, better late than never, eh? I've used the gorgeous Darkroom Door Christmas set from my Stamping Queen December kit to make this card. How festive is that reindeer?! Lurrrve him! Merry Christmas!

Stamps - Darkroom Door (reindeer, text)
Ink - Versamark, StazOn timber brown
Paper - Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill, CansonEmbellishments - Collections chipboard heart, Kaisercraft rhinestone, twill, ribbon
Other - Plaid glass finish, glitter glue

19 December 2008

25 December

I've been working on some last minute Christmas cards this week - and here's one of them. I had a feeling this funky little gothic girl from The Stamping Queen would make a great Christmas card, and she did! I stuck with traditional red and green, because the stamp itself is so very non-traditional, but I think she'd look fab in any colour combination. Maybe I'll try blue and silver next year. But in the meantime, my grandmother has her eye on this card! lol

Stamps - Stampotique Originals (girl), Darkroom Door (seal)
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress
Paper - Basic Grey
Embellishments - acrylic star bead, poker chip, ribbon
Other - hole punch

10 December 2008


Besides sympathy cards, I think cards for men are the hardest to create. It can be a bit of a nightmare, really! That's why I've returned to my roots, so to speak, and done a collage. The Darkroom Door photobooth gentlemen made it really easy. They're a dream to distress and fun to play with. I've gone with a very simple colour scheme - grey/black and red, with a hint of copper - but I think it works. Making this card has reminded me how much I love this technique! Collage doesn't have to be hard, although it does pay to spend a little time working on the composition; you want to show off your vintage and found objects to their best advantage. And hey, that's part of the fun!

Ink - Distress black soot
Paper - Paper Loft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth gentlemen, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Kaisercraft rub-ons, vintage tape measure, Inspirables metal sticker, bingo number, miniature playing card, ribbon, beeswax
Other - matches, sandpaper, heat tool

07 December 2008

Happy Holidays

I'm back into the Christmas cards today! Here's a quickie I've made using a Paperbag Studios stamp from The Stamping Queen. Another card down. Geez, what a great feeling! lolol

Stamp - Paperbag Studios (tree)
Ink - Distress black soot
Paper - Stampington & Company, gold shimmer
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - small sequin stars, used postage stamp, buttons
Other - sandpaper, glitter glue

03 December 2008

Jingle Bells

Oooooo, lucky lucky me. Lots of gorgeous new Stamping Queen goodies arrived for me to play with last week. Given the rather sad state of my Christmas card to-do pile, I couldn't resist making my first project a Christmas one! As soon as I saw the Collections photo fobs, an idea for vintage-style ornaments sprung to mind - the fobs look exactly like baubles to me! At first I was stumped as to how I should cover the chipboard - paint didn't look right and paper proved tricky to cut around the knob and hole at the top. In frustration I turned my desk drawers inside out and low and behold the solution jumped out at me - Opals! Yay! So here are my ornaments. All you have to do is twist the wire ends together and they can be attached to the tree or even to gifts. Hope they give you a little Christmas inspiration!

Ink - Versamark
Embellishments - Designs Galore clip art, Collections chipboard photo fobs, assorted charms, glass beads, small gold bells, gold jump rings, beaded wire
Other - Opals embossing enamels, heat tool, pliers, sandpaper

24 November 2008

Fairy Nice

One of the pieces that really caught my eye in the new Somerset Studio was a Christmas ornament by Marsha Williams. I can't explain why but it jumped out at me. I thought to myself, that's a great idea, I can make one of those! Well, my hanging dolls didn't turn out like I expected - they're not the least bit Christmasy! But they were fun to make and I finally made use of some great clip art and reduced my (ridiculously huge) bead collection. Also, I think it's useful to vary your routine once in a while... it gets the creative juices flowing!

Embellishments - Christina Re brads, Kaisercraft pearls, clip art, prism beads, bells, button, lace, fibre, silk flowers, ribbon, safety pins, tassels, pearls beads
Other - core board, sewing thread and needle

21 November 2008

Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft Vol.14 No.5

Oh happy mail day! The new issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft arrived today. I'm in the adapt a stamp feature using a great new set by Darkroom Door. I made two samples for this challenge and had a blast with both of them. But I think the second one is my favourite :-)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishmnets - Collections rusty numbers, Kaisercraft pearl, Darkroom Door photobooth lady, black ric rac
Other - sandpaper

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Collections
Card - Bazzill
Embellishmnets - Kaisercraft rhinestones, lace
Other - antique brass jump ring, sewing needle or paper piercer

17 November 2008

Darkroom Door Guest Artist Part 3

Rachel has uploaded my final projects over at the Darkroom Door blog. I'm a bit sad it's all over! Thank you again Rachel for the opportunity, I've had a *fabulous* time playing with my Darkroom Door goodies :-) Please head over to the Darkroom Door website and support this great Aussie company. As Rachel says, unlock the artist within!

16 November 2008

Darkroom Door Guest Artist Part 2

The second batch of projects I created for Darkroom Door have been uploaded! Here's a little teaser. Boy did I have fun with the new robot line! My third and final set of samples will be online tomorrow. So, 'till then, have a brilliant Sunday!

15 November 2008

Darkroom Door Guest Artist Part 1

Hey everyone! Just wanted tell you - I'm the guest artist over at Darkroom Door. About a month ago Rachel surprised and thrilled me by asking if I'd like to participate in the monthly feature. My reply? Heck yes! lol. I had so much fun playing with Darkroom Door's scrumptious stamps and embellishments; I hope I've done them justice! My first two projects are over there now - but here's a little sneak peek. Stay tuned because there's lots more to come over the next couple of days.

11 November 2008

Together Forever

My final project for The Stamping Queen this month is a card that uses lots of odds and ends, including an old escutcheon I found at a garage sale (20 cents - what a bargain!) And I must give a tip of the hat to Sue - I'd forgotten about my collection of old postage stamps 'till I noticed Sue used some on her cards. They really do make great embellishments!

Paper - Creative Imaginations
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Designs Galore clip art, Darkroom Door photobooth gentleman, Darkroom Door wordstrips, Collections chipboard heart, vintage tape measure, found keyhole, silver brads, used postage stamps
Other - sandpaper

07 November 2008

Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2008

I was sooooo excited to receive my copy of the new Somerset Studio in the mail yesterday. I raced through the pages to find my card and there is was, photographed with several other gorgeous pieces. I've done a quick scan of the page below. My card, "Naughty or Nice", is in the top left-hand corner. This issue really has some stunning ideas for Christmas. I think I might try out a few things this weekend. It's overcast and raining here, perfect weather for creating!

31 October 2008

May You Love

The third stamp in my Stamping Queen design team kit was this super sweet image from Paperbag Studios. I thought it'd be great for tricky all-purpose cards, and it's really easy to jazz up with whatever embellishments you have on hand. I used some pretty fibres, a brad and a charm. I think I'll save this card for a wedding anniversary later this year :-)

Stamp - Paperbag Studios (hands)
Ink - Distress black soot
Paper - Darkroom Door
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Basic Grey fibres, crystal brad, heart charm

26 October 2008

Live, Laugh, Love

I'm baaaack! My first new piece for The Stamping Queen is a card which I think I'll use as a "get well" card since I have a need for one, and the design and sentiment are appropriate. From my new TSQ goodie pack I used a gorgeous Tuscan Rose stamp, Darkroom Door wordstrips and Li'l Davis ribbon. FYI, the stamped image is coloured with chalks. I thought metallics would look good as a background, so I used a piece of embossed copper paper and brightened it up with a handful of cute little flowers.

Stamp - Tuscan Rose
Ink - StazOn
Paper - embossed copper
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Li'l Davis ribbon, Darkroom Door wordstrips, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft rhinestones
Other - Plaid glass finish, sandpaper, chalk, fixative spray

* Updated with new photographs 27/7/2011

18 October 2008


Oh dear, I have been a bad blogger haven't I?! Shame, shame. But I've been a little bit busy with "real life", and projects for Darkroom Door, The Stamping Queen, and Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I hope to have lots more TSQ samples for you next week, and my Darkroom Door guest artist spot starts in mid-November (although the goodies have already arrived!). So... there'll be lots to blog about over the next month. But in the meantime, here's a quick tag I've made using one of my favourite arty stamps.

Stamp - Inkadinkado (folies)
Paper - Basic Grey
Embellishments - Making Memories alphabet rub-ons, EK Success sticker, lace, twill, manilla tag

09 October 2008

Stars and Stripes

This is the second card I made for the recent Stampington & Company stampers' challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. This card didn't make it into the magazine, probably because it was a bit too "American", but I liked how it turned out so I'm sharing it here on my blog. If nothing else, it was a great opportunity to use some of my vintage findings. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the stamped image is coloured with chalks.

Stamp - Stampington & Company
Ink: StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kasiercraft rhinestone, confetti stars, gingham ribbon, black satin ribbon, faux coin, small metal American flag
Other - chalk, fixative spray