26 August 2011

Double Trouble

I have two more projects to share from the early August issue of Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft, then I'll be up to date! This card was originally made for a harlequin/diamonds challenge but the feature was scrapped and the card was moved to an all-purpose card gallery instead. I was just thankful to see it in print :-) What I like most about this card is the stamped image. Don't you love watermark ink?! I almost always use black ink but sometimes a soft, pastel look is just the ticket :-)

Stamp - The Queen's Dresser Drawers
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Foofala
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories stickers, button, ribbon, brad, photo turn
Other - gold glitter glue, sandpaper, sewing needle, white embroidery thread

21 August 2011

Thinking of You

I think sympathy cards are the most difficult of all cards to make - harder even than boys cards. I made this set around the time I needed a sympathy card for a family friend. I searched through my stamp collection and decided butterflies fit the theme perfectly. I wanted to use only a minimum of black, hence the watermark ink. The paper butterflies were simply made by stamping a butterfly on scrap card, cutting it out, then tracing it onto the patterned paper. You can see this set of cards in this month's Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine :-)

Stamps - Darkroom Door (butterflies), Tuscan Rose (trellis plaque)
Ink - Versamark, Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Cristina Re
Card - Canson
Embellishments - Collections altered book words, lace
Other - Fiskars corner punch, sandpaper

15 August 2011

A Wise Father

I was very fortunate to have a few projects in this month's issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. I made this card for the Father's Day gallery. I was stumped at first, I didn't know what to make, but I found this Darkroom Door image in my stash and the card kind of made itself in my head, if you know what I mean LOL. I had a lovely time foraging in the garden for a good-looking stick (!) and getting messy painting acrylic leaves with a silver pen (bright green leaves just didn't look right). Stamping out the quote, letter-by-letter was a bit of a nightmare but it looks good! All-in-all, I was really happy with the finished product :-)

Stamps - Ma Vinci (alphabet)
Ink - Distress antique linen, Versa Magic midnight black
Paper - white mulberry
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door wilderness montage, acrylic leaves, button, ribbon, black mesh
Other - Krylon silver leafing pen, green wire, embroidery thread, sewing needle, small stick from the garden

12 August 2011

Ahoy Me Hearties

A while ago I posted a card I made with one of my market finds - a Lego pirate - which you can see here. It was one of two cards I made using the pirates. This is the second one. It was fun coming up with the embellishments, particularly the map-in-a-bottle which I filled with sand and sealed with beeswax, and the toy compass, one of my purchases from Sky Blue Pink.

Have a wonderful weekend, me hearties!

Paper - Paper Pizazz, K&Company
Card - Canson, Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door alphastrips, Lego pirate, miniature compass, small glass bottle, mesh ribbon
Other - sandpaper, embroidery thread, beeswax, heat tool, sand

08 August 2011

Get Well Soon

I had the most awesome suprise today: a shiny new copy of Stampers' Sampler with one of my cards inside! A few months ago I submitted a card for the umbrella template challenge, and lo and behold it made it into the gallery. What a great way to start the week!

Stamp - Stamp-It
Ink - Versamark, StazOn jet black
Paper - Kaisercraft, canvas
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Carolee's Creations alphabet stickers, ribbon, lace
Other - gold wire, pliers, watercolour pencils, scallop-edge scissors

04 August 2011

Flower Power

I'm still working on tags for my friend's Christmas present. Here are the results of my latest efforts. I based these on a set of cards I made for Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft (post coming soon!). I had leftover paper and cardstock and my desk was already a mess so I decided to make these for her collection. The paper flowers are super easy to make - cut various sized circles from patterned paper, crumple them up and stitch them together with a button in the centre. Oh, and you don't need a fancy die-cutting machine for the circles: just use a gold ol' pair of scissors!

Stamps - Inkadinkado
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - kraft
Embellishments - buttons, black satin ribbon
Other - leaf punch, hole punch, pink embroidery thread