28 January 2010

Love Birds

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! Here's my third and final project from Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft, and, I hope, a little bit of inspiration for you. Fussy cut paper, chipboard birds and rhinestones. What could be easier?! It's versatile too - you could use this card for an anniversary, engagement or a wedding. Have fun with this one :-)

Paper - Sassafras Lass
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Collections chipboard birds, silver charm

25 January 2010

You're A Hoot

This is the second piece I made for the Print Blocks stampers' challenge in the new issue of Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine. You can see in the close-ups that I used the stamp to decorate the cardstock before adding the layers of embellishments. This is a great way to showcase a smaller stamp and also keep the patterned paper to a minimum.

Stamp - Print Blocks (owl)
Ink - StazOn jet black, Versamark
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, lace, ribbon, pink and silver sequins, buttons
Other - Perfect Pearls interference red, brush, iridescent glitter glue

22 January 2010

Whoo Loves You?

The new issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft is out and my copy arrived arrived in the mail this morning. I have two cards and a tag to share with you. The first two pieces were for a Print Blocks stampers' challenge. Such a fun stamp to work with. The last card is a Valentine's Day offering which I made for a special gallery in the mag. But first...

When was the last time you used googley eyes on a stamping project? I hadn't used them for years, until I took one look at this little owl stamp and just knew they'd be absolutely perfect for the card I had in mind. Sometimes I'm really lucky and an image of the finished card will pop into my head, which is really handy when you're working to a deadline. Other times it's a struggle just selecting what stamp to use. Thankfully this card was the former. Googley eyes and all :-)

Stamp - Print Blocks (owl)
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - American Crafts ribbon, googley eyes, brads
Other - scallop-edge scissors, watercolour pencils, glitter glue

16 January 2010

Shades of Autumn

There are some absolutely stunning designer wrapping papers available nowadays. I made this tag to match a birthday present I'd wrapped in the most *gorgeous* Art Nouveau-style paper. It's hard to see in the photos, but I've stamped the tag with a floral motif from the Stampers Anonymous plate "Mini Ornates". Silly me, I forgot to reverse the cardstock before stamping :-)

Stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - Brilliance platinum planet
Paper - designer wrapping paper
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - jewelled leaves, lace, ribbon
Other - Fiskars border punch

09 January 2010

Measuring Up

This is an ATC I made using a corset template from the June/July 2009 issue of Stampers' Sampler. To make this card I reduced the template to about 75%, covered it with paper, and added some hand-stitched details and lace. I was a bit stumped as to what the background should look like, until I remembered my tape measure stamps. I think my New Year's resolution should be to use my poor, neglected unmounted stamps more often!

Stamps - Collections (tape measure), Paper Artsy
Ink - StazOn jet black, Tim Holtz Distress vintage photo (tape measure)
Paper - Wild Asparagus
Embellishments - lace
Other - embroidery thread, sewing needle, sandpaper

03 January 2010


It's raining and humid here so I'm taking advantage of the dreary weather to make a few cards. This is a birthday card I made for my cousin. I love the rich purple-red tones. It's not a colour combination I use often; I may have to re-think that :-)

Stamp - Stampington & Company Claudine Hellmuth Faded Memories plate
Ink - StazOn jet black, Tim Holtz Distress vintage photo
Paper - Allison Ellis Designs, vintage European text
Card - Canson
Embellishments - K&Company sticker, Jolee's Boutique miniature playing cards, glass beads, mesh, brads, charm
Other - white acrylic paint, paint brush