29 December 2012

Darkroom Door / Helmar project - Stars and Stripes

A couple of months ago Rachel from Darkroom Door asked if I'd like to participate as a guest artist in a joint challenge run by Darkroom Door and Helmar. Of course I said yes! I received the most beautiful set of stamps and paper products in the mail from Rachel, along with several bottles of Helmar adhesives. The theme of my Darkroom Door products was New York - right up my alley! I decided to make a set of four cards using a combination of stamps, filmstrips, wordstrips and the montage sheet of black and white photographs. But first I had to paint the backgrounds - the stars and stripes of the American flag. This was done with canvas, paint, and a woodcut star. They turned out better than I imagined. I kept the embellishments to a minimum - unusual for me! - and then took a million photos of my creations. Hehehehe.

Pop by the Darkroom Door blog and have a look at the other beautiful projects!


Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black, Distress vintage photo
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Darkroom Door wordstrips, Darkroom Door filmstrips, Darkroom Door photochips, Darkroom Door montage, ticket stub, buttons, flower, ribbon
Other - A5 canvas sheets, acrylic paint, old credit card, paintbrush

24 December 2012


It's Christmas Eve and time for my final Christmas post of 2012! I wanted to finish with something super bright and festive, and this gift bag fits the bill. When I sat done to make this bag I wanted to capture an old world look and feel. I thought the best way to achieve this was to distress the bag but I didn't want to use sandpaper. I had the bright idea to cover the bag with packaging tape, let it sit for a few minutes, and then peel it off. The result was better than I hoped and I'll be doing it again for sure....

Thank you for visiting my blog in 2012.


Stamp - Stampington & Company
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Imaginisce, handmade blue and maroon,
Embellishments - Heidi Swapp silk flower, Typo blue gingham tape, button
Other - medium green paper gift bag, gold glitter glue, packaging tape

22 December 2012

Special Delivery

My lucky last Christmas card might just be my favourite. I scored some fantastic stuff at last years post-Christmas sales. The wired berries were harvested from a decorative pick. After I discarded the daggy foil-covered foam presents I was left with silk holly leaves, flowers, and these gorgeous, glossy berries. At first I was stumped as to how I'd attach them to the card, but - Typo tape to the rescue! The remainder of the card was put together with scraps of Christmas papers, bunting, and a small stamped tag.

So........ I'll be back on Monday with my final Christmas-themed post. Until then, happy crafting. Just three sleeps to go!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Graphic 45, Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Typo blue gingham tape, buttons, ribbon, wired berries, hole punch

20 December 2012

Best Christmas Wishes

This card is winging it's way to the States as I type. I hope it makes it in time for Christmas! Looking at the photos below, I've realised that my three favourite design elements are present on this card - a torn paper flower, bunting, and decorative tape. The background, in case you're wondering, is a simple mosaic to torn Christmas papers, overlayed with a ribbon-tied tag.

I hope you're enjoying my Christmas projects. Just two more to share before the 25th!

Paper - Graphic 45, Basic Grey, Imaginisce
Vellum - assorted pastels
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Typo blue gingham tape, buttons, ribbon
Other - hole punch, gold glitter glue, yellow embroidery thread, sewing needle

18 December 2012


It's always exciting to receive a new issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft in the mail, but it was especially thrilling to find my Christmas ornament on this month's cover! I had a blast making it - building the layers of texture paste and sculpting it with a stamp, then painting and decorating the frame with holly leaves and beads. I was contemplating giving it away but I think I'll be selfish and keep it for myself. It looks mighty fine hanging in my studio!

Stamp - Stampers' Anonymous
Card - core board
Embellishments - Collections gallery print, ribbon, antique brass frame hanger, brad, silk holly leaves, acrylic beads
Other - Jo Sonja texture paste, acrylic paint, paintbrush, paddle pop stick, gold wire, beeswax, heat tool

16 December 2012


Hello again! I have another Christmas card to share. It's my take on the modern look - fresh colours and clean, simple lines. The punched circles aren't cut from patterned paper but from a Christmas card I saved last year. The flower is made from layers of crumpled vellum and stitched to the card with a button. I think this card has a nice summery feel to it - just ignore the snowflake!

Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories de-fined sticker, Typo gingham tape, botton, ribbon
Other - sewing needle, yellow embroidery thread, circle punch, gold glitter glue

11 December 2012

Holiday Wishes

How about a change of pace? This year, for the first time ever, I made Christmas gift bags. Okay, I only made three, and I bought the paper bags pre-made, but I still MADE them! The bag itself is simple brown paper which I partially covered with torn Christmas papers. The co-ordinating tag is made from the same Graphic 45 papers and embellished with a silk flower and buttons. And in keeping with the Christmas theme, I finished the bag with red velvet ribbon and a gold painted star.

Enjoy what's left of day!

Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Graphic 45
Embellishments - Heidi Swapp silk flower, red velvet ribbon, small timber star, white cord, buttons
Other - medium brown paper gift bag, gold acrylic paint, paintbrush, hole punch

02 December 2012

Merry Christmas

It's December! How is your Christmas cardmaking going? I'm done! This year the sum total of my efforts is:

          13 cards
          12 tags
          3 gift bags
          2 hanging ornaments

All of my gifts are wrapped; I just need to take a few final photos and then I can attach the cards to the presents! If you need an idea for a card, here's one in a traditional red/green colour combination. I used stamping, fussy-cutting and layering to create the deceptively complicated design. Give it a go and tick another card off your list :-)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn timber brown, Versamark
Paper - Bo Bunny
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - blue gingham ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, paper piercer, scallop-edge scissors