28 May 2011


Just a quickie post today :-) I'm still playing with the faux watercolour technique and having fun making a godalmightly mess. This a card I made for Mother's Day, very simple and but colourful and I love the little butterflies. I've made a handful of tags as well which I'll post ASAP. Hope you have a wonderfully inky weekend!

Stamps - Darkroom Door, Collections
Ink - Distress peeled paint, dusty concord, fired brick, spiced marmalade; Marvy sea foam; Brilliance graphite black
Card - Bazzill, Canson
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, satin ribbon
Other - Plaid gold glitter glue, spray water bottle

23 May 2011

Happy Birthday

Cards for men = pain! drama! angst! Which is probably why I never have any on hand and it's always a mad scramble to make something last-minute. Exhibit A - this is a birthday card I made the night before I needed it. It went through a few incarnations before I was happy to give it away. I had this beautiful Graphic 45 paper that I picked up super cheap at one of my local scrapbooking stores. It's from the Alice in Wonderland collection and I couldn't resist the rabbit print, even if he was a nightmare to cut-out! All other trims and embellishments were straight from my box of off-cuts and odds and ends.

Stamp - Inkadinkado
Ink - Brilliance graphite black, Brilliance platinum planet
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Collections chipboard frame, double-sided ribbon, buttons, lace trim
Other - embriodery thread

16 May 2011

Friendship Flowers

I think I had too much fun making these cards (is that even possible?). The mess I made - OMG! There was water and ink from one end of my desk to the other. These cards are made for a special edition of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The technique I used is faux watercolour, which involves generous amounts of dye ink and a spray water bottle. The result is an ethereal wash of colour, reminiscent of a watercolour painting. Not all stamps are suitable for this technique; bold, simple designs work best, like these Darkroom Door flowers. So....... experiment, have fun and get messy!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink -Versamark, Distress peeled paint, dusty concord, aged mahogany, StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Petaloo mulberry flowers, aida cloth lace
Other - water mister bottle

10 May 2011

Party Time

I made this card for colour challenge in a recent issue of Cardmkaing, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. The required combination was purple, yellow and sage. I decided to make birthday card using one of the gorgeous Stampington & Company stamps designed by Sandra Evertson. I have a few of them but this is one of my favourites. I love the details on the hat - those tiny people! - and the beautiful face.

Stamp - Stampington & Campany, Amazing Creations
Ink - Brilliance graphite black, Brilliance platinum planet
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Pebbles Inc. alphabet stickers, sheer purple ribbon, buttons
Other - white embroidery thread, glitter glue

04 May 2011

My Castle

This card appeared in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's all-occasion gallery a few issues ago. I'm slowly getting up to date with my "in print" posts! So, as you can see, this is a housewarming card and I love it turned out, especially the chipboard houses. I experimented with different coverings - paper, glitter, paint - but the Opals worked (and looked) the best. I'm thinking about framing this one and hanging it by the door. Most of my card go into boxes and never see the light of day again. This will make a nice change!

Stamp - Paper Artsy
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper/card - Basic Grey, Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, 7gypsies skeleton key, Collections chipboard houses, Collections rusty numer tiles, ric-rac, ribbon
Other - Plaid antiquing medium, Opals embossing enamels, heat tool