22 December 2015

Christmas from Australia

Well, there's just a few days to go now and I'm pretty organised except for posting this, my last Christmas project of the year. It's a set of Aussie-themed Christmas cards featuring the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Ideally I'd have preferred to have them on the blog last week but time got away from me. Better late than never, eh? As you can see I used one of my go-to techniques (faux watercolour) to stamp the images before layering them on patterned paper and white card for a crisp, modern look. I excavated my old Christmas punches from the stash in my desk drawer and created little bells and sprigs of holly to decorate each card. Tape, rhinestones and cotton twine provided the finishing touches.


Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress peeled paint, Distress forest moss, Distress spiced marmalade, Distress fired brick, StazOn jet black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - white, yellow and green off-cuts
Embellishments - Darkroom Door wordstrips, Kaisercraft rhinestones, washi tape, cotton string
Other - water mister bottle

11 December 2015

Merry Yuletide

Every year I make a batch of small gift tags for Christmas. I think they look great on smaller gifts and bags (although I have been known to use them on large presents!). This little group is simply made with layers of card, patterned paper and a Darkroom Door filmstrip. To embellish, I used a combination of thin gold ribbon, washi tape, and chipboard stars coated with gold ink and glitter. Fun, easy, and cost effective. What could be better?!

Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold
Paper - Carta Bella
Card - Bazzill, white, kraft
Embellishments - 2Crafty chipboard stars, Darkroom Door yuletide filmstrips, Darkroom Door yuletide wordstrips, washi tapes, ribbon, gold glitter glue

30 November 2015


The Christmas countdown has begun! Only 25 days until the big day. Have you started your Christmas cards? Here's an idea for bulk production, as featured in the annual simple/advanced Christmas challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. In the first version (make 40 a night) I used strips of washi tape to form an abstract Christmas tree. You don't even need Christmas designs, just nice bold colours and patterns that pop on the white background. In the advanced version of the card (make 25 a night) I simply added a layer of patterned paper, extra tape, ribbon, and rhinestones. So there you have it! A fresh, modern Christmas card that's easy to produce in quantity. Happy crafting :)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill, white
Paper - Kasiercraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, black ribbon, assorted washi tapes

18 November 2015

Turn the Page

This is such a cheeky quote! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to use it for the Darkroom Door stampers' challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. This is really a very simple card. I stamped the books on white card, tore around the edges, and mounted it on pretty white and kraft patterned paper. The quote is actually one solid image that I stamped on kraft card and then trimmed to separate the words. And just for little bit more pretty, I added the polka dot ribbon and paper flower. Happy reading!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Versa Magic cinnamon, Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Kaisercraft
Card - Bazzill, white, kraft
Embellishments - mulberry paper flower, ribbon

03 November 2015

Marvellous Adventure

I was thrilled to receive a set of book-themed stamps for a Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft stampers' challenge. Reading is one of most favourite hobbies and these Darkroom Door stamps inspired so many ideas for a bookworm like me! For my first card I used the book stacks to make a background paper, repeatedly stamping and colouring with watercolour pencils. The quote about reading gave me an idea for a travel-theme so I stamped the sentiment on a small airmail card and added an old inky pen nib to tie the reading/travel themes together. I have another card to share featuring this stamp set - stay tuned!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Distress black soot, Distress, vintage photo, StazOn jet black
Card - white, kraft
Embellishments - mini postcard, vintage pen nib, cord
Other - watercolour pencils, water mister bottle, matches

22 October 2015

In the End

Masking is a great little technique; it's simple to master and can produce amazing results. I made this card for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's recent masking challenge. Here, I combined the masking technique with faux watercolour, which caused me a few headaches when it came to stamping the triangles: the watery ink kept seeping under the mask! After several attempts and stacks of ruined cardstock later, I managed to get it right with a thin paper mask. I think the result was worth the effort but it's probably not something I'll do again in a hurry!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - assorted Distress, StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - buttons
Other - gold glitter glue, water spray bottle

05 October 2015


It's a long weekend here in OZ and I've been taking advantage of the quiet to do a little family history research. This has been a hobby of mine for 17 years. It seems fitting, then, that I share a family themed card I created for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft. The challenge was mini frames, and I immediately had an idea for a family tree. I found the most perfect piece of patterned paper at my LSS and set to work making the 'tree.' In my stash I have an old timber paintbox that I converted into storage for my collection of found objects. I re-discovered these small metal 'frames' - actually bits of broken old jewellery. I painted them, then attacked them with sandpaper to reveal the textured metal beneath. I love the look of them set against the aqua blue paper and white card; a happy marriage indeed :)

Paper - Prima
Card - white
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photobooth, Darkroom Door alphastrips, ribbon, assorted metal
Other - acrylic paint, sandpaper, paintbrush

18 September 2015


Feathers! This was a challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft a short while ago. I pulled out one of my trusty Stampington sets and got to work creating this card. The background is simply a couple of feathers stamped multiple times in three shades of metallic ink. The little bird was next, then the egg trio, and finally the sentiment. I find it hard to resist a bit of bling - understatement of the year! - so on went the rhinestones and pearls, along with a bundle of knotted ribbon. Happy crafting :)

Stamps - Stampington & Company
Ink - assorted Brilliance, assorted Versa MagicStazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Kaisercraft pearls, Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon

03 September 2015

Everything You Do

It's Father's Day on Sunday so here's a card I made for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's Father's Day gallery. I found the perfect sentiment which I cut from a sheet of Kaisercraft paper, and it all grew from there, really. The washi tape, printed ribbon, and cute little mustache looked great together and complemented the subdued colour scheme. Because I didn't have a suitable stamp on hand - and I wanted a personal touch - I hand wrote 'Father's Day 2015' on a small kraft tag and attached it to the ribbon with a jump ring. Father's Day done!

Paper - Prima, Kaisercraft
Card - kraft
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, Typo resin mustache, ribbon, glass bead
Other - jump ring, pliers, red pencil, black pen

25 August 2015

Whimsical Words

A recent challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine focused on kraft cardstock. I made a simple, one-dimensional card which allowed the card itself to shine. I used a combination of small stamps, inked in different colours, to create an all-over chintzy pattern. A bit of old-school colouring with a white pencil added a bit of contrast and the sentiments, stamped in bold black ink, gave the card a hint of drama!

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black, assorted
Card - kraft
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones
Other - white pencil

04 August 2015

50th Anniversary

I think this card might be one of my favourites from last year. Am I allowed to say that?! I love the sweet vintage photograph and the fluffy gold flowers, and the peek-a-boo effect of the cut-out window. I like that the sentiment is oversize and studded with tiny pearls. It wasn't a difficult card to make, just time consuming organising the composition. I wanted to emphasise the window with acetate, and I always have issues stamping on plastic - the sheet moves just as I press down the stamp and the image is blurry! It took a few tries but I got it in the end. Worth it :)

Stamps - Darkroom Door
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold, StazOn timber brown
Paper - Prima
Embellishments - Words or Whatever wood cut-out, Kaisercraft pearls
Tools - paintbrush
Other - acetate, gold glitter glue, gold acrylic paint

12 July 2015


It's absolutely freezing in Newcastle today! But it's perfect weather for staying indoors and getting creative. Here's a card to inspire all the travel lovers out there. It's a celebration of Venice, its architecture and colour. I actually designed this card with the idea of using a beautiful vintage crystal bead I'd been saving for a while. This card with its festive Venetian mask seemed like the perfect opportunity! I also added a few shiny metallic embellishments and beeswax for that vintage feel and texture.

Stamp - Cherry Pie Art Stamps
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Basic Grey
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, Darkroom Door Venetian photochip, Darkroom Door Venetian wordstrip, cotton cord, gold stars, vintage margarita crystal, brass jewellery finding
Other - heat tool, beeswax, watercolour pencils