28 September 2012


This month I experimented with templates for a project in Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft. I used this clock stencil, called "time travel", to make my card. The template itself is finely etched and I struggled to find the best way to use it. Quite a few attempts went in the bin! I ended up painting over the template with thinned-out black paint. When the paint was dry I used an old credit card to scrape a thin layer of beige paint over the design. The effect was so cool; I was thrilled with the result! Definitely a technique I'll try again.

Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Sticko flourish sticker, Collections altered book word, Collections antique photograph, lace, ribbon, rhinestone heart, small tag, aida cloth
Template - Crafter's Workshop mini time travel
Other - Jo Sonja's flow medium, acrylic paint (black, beige), sewing needle, embroidery thread, old credit card, sandpaper, paintbrush

23 September 2012

Orient Express

Remember when Oriental cards were all the rage? When Chinese and Japanese inspired stamps, papers and embellishments were everywhere? You don't see so many these days, which is a shame because it's such a fun theme. I particularly love the bold, bright colours, and as you can see from the cards below I didn't hold back when I made this set. I also dipped into my stash of found and vintage objects, which is always a little painful, but these cards just wouldn't have been the same without those little finishing touches.

I hope you're having a productive weekend! I've been making Christmas cards (14 down, 5 to go) and working on a top secret project for Darkroom Door! More on that later...

Paper - Yuzen
Card - Canson
Embellishments - Designs Galore collage images, Making Memories flower, Nostalgiques stickers, playing cards, ribbon, buttons, vintage faux jade jewellery finding, knotted silk cord, Chinese coin, cocktail umbrella, pink brad, vintage beads, fan charm
Other - Krylon gold leafing pen, sandpaper

14 September 2012

Can You Fly In Your Dreams?

A little while ago, when I was re-organising the study, I found a stack of illustrated school workbooks from the '60s. I pounced on them immediately! Of course I had to turn them into cards and this is one of them. As you can see I chose a vintage-style design with a hint of shabby chic. I raided my collection of odds and ends for postage stamps and stickers and kept the theme going with the stamped wings and sentiment...... Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Catslife Press, Stampin' Up!, Handprint Art Stamps, Kaszazz
Ink - Versamark, StazOn timber brown, Distress vintage photo
Card - Canson
Paper - K&Company
Embellishments - mulberry paper flower, postage stamp, assorted stickers, vintage clip art
Other - sandpaper, verdisgris embossing powder, heat tool

08 September 2012

Get Well Soon

And now for the second card I created for the Darkroom Door stampers' challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft. As soon as I laid eyes on these stamps I knew I had to make a posy. The layered flowers were easy - three doily stamps of various sizes stamped on bright card and cut out with scissors and a circle punch. And a button for the centre, of course :-) The stems were a little trickier; I finally settled on florist's wire which I twisted and looped into shape. Getting the stems to stay in place was even trickier: I had to hide some double-sided tape behind a small bow!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Brilliance galaxy gold, Brilliance graphite black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - rhinestone heart, buttons, gingham ribbon
Other - green florist's wire, circle punch

04 September 2012

Happy Birthday

I was so excited to participate in the Darkroom Door stampers' challenge in the August issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. What a gorgeous set of stamps! My first card, below, has a dark, vintage feel that I thought complimented the doily stamps. I found a few lace scraps that I used to build the flowers and I watermarked the card front with one of the smaller stamps in the set. The second card I made is the exact opposite of this one: think bright and breezy! Post coming soon...

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versamark, Brilliance Aegean blue, Brilliance moonlight white, StazOn timber brown
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - pink crystal brads, ribbon, lace
Other - hole punch