26 January 2012


My friend Leisa sent me the most beautiful brown paper bags. They're made by Poppies for Grace, a US stationary company. Technically they're for lollies but I used one to make a gift bag for Leisa's birthday. I started by painting the foliage and birds using watercolours and just a touch of glitter glue. Next up was a
multi-layered flower and a miniature peg to close the bag. I made a tag to match and voila! I was so happy with the result and am brainstorming ideas for the rest of these sweet little bags :-)

Paper gift bag
Embellishments - miniature peg, button, mulberry paper flower, silk flower
Other - watercolour pencils, gold glitter glue, large silver rhinestone

Ink - StazOn timber brown
Paper - Wild Asparagus
Card - Canson
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth lady, Prima flowers, brad
Other - sandpaper

20 January 2012


It seems all I do lately is make baby cards. I've made more baby cards in the last twelve months than I have in my entire life! The latest is this made-to-order card for my friend Leisa (hi Leisa!). The only stipulation was that the baby's name had to be on the card. And it had to have a banner. So really that's two stipulations! I couldn't resist adding a paper flower - so fun and easy to make, and I found the perfect centre for the flower - an inscribed Making Memories washer - in my collection of charms. Maybe this baby-card making business ain't so bad after all :-)

Paper - GCD Studios, assorted
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories charmed washer, Nostalgiques alphabet stickers, Collections gallery print, brad, buttons, silk leaves
Other - sewing needle, embroidery thread, sandpaper

13 January 2012

Rock Chic

This set of cards was published in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft late last year. I'm now caught up on my magazine posts! I have to say I really like these cards. I used lots of Darkroom Door products (the stamps are especially gorgeous) and kept it all very simple. The cream and black colour scheme is a bit of a change for me but I love how it turned out. It was fun, too, scavenging through my collection of ends and ends for musical-themed embellishments. It's amazing what you find when you start looking!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Darkroom Door
Card - Canson
Embellishments - Darkroom Door music photochips, Darkroom Door music wordstrips, Darkroon Door music filmstrips, Collections chipboard wings, Scrap FX chipboard music note, music charms, ribbon
Other - Plaid glass finish, sandpaper, jump rings

07 January 2012

Small Beginnings

This is a card from a recent issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The theme here was beads and I decided to use a small amount of seed beads to fill the centre of a flower. The fun bit was using a needle to apply tiny drops of glue and individual beads to the petals :-) I wanted to keep this card clean and simple so I eschewed patterned paper (eek! I'm not very good with "blank space") and kept the colours to a minimum. The ribbon stem and leaves were fun to make too.

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Collections butterfly prints, mulberry paper flower, large gold silk flower, seed beads, ribbon

04 January 2012

Can You Fly In Your Dreams?

My first post of 2012 and I'm back-tracking to a copy of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft that was released a month or so before Christmas. I had several projects in this issue, the first being a card I made for the pink/beige/blue gallery. I had an idea for a painted background and then building the design from there, so I used an old credit card to apply the pink and blue paint to a piece of canvas. Stitching the buttons and lace to the canvas was the laborious part but I love the shabby-chic effect. Totally worth the effort. The frame was a little tricky. I realised too late that I should have sanded it before applying the paint - it didn't want to stick! Ah well, lesson learned :-)

Stamp - Catslife Press
Ink - Versa Magic Agean blue
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - K&Company metal frame, lace, buttons, porcelain flower, satin wings
Other - acrylic paint, paintbrush, old credit card, sewing needle, embroidery thread