14 August 2016

With Gratitude

Triangles was the name of the game for a recent challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine. I made a little triangle template and went to town with my scrap paper collection. The result was a bunch of paper flowers, mounted on torn white card stock and embellished with sequins and buttons. I went with a simple thank you card, but you could adjust the design for any theme or occasion, from sympathy, to get well soon, to birthdays. Experiment with patterns and colours to make old world vintage flowers or bright and breezy contemporary ones. Enjoy and have fun!

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - assorted off-cuts
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - buttons, gold ribbon, sequins
Other - mounting foam

24 July 2016

Sea Horse

Here's a fun card I SHOULD have blogged months ago when it appeared in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's Stampers' Anonymous stampers challenge. How cool is that blueprint seahorse? Amazing. As soon as I saw it I knew immediately what I wanted to create - a water colour image (heavy on the water) using bright neon colours. This is a very detailed stamp so I used a fine-tipped brush to place the paint accurately and prevent cross contamination of colours. Continuing the ocean theme, I splashed blue paint around the image (note - I used a mask to protect the seahorse) and layered fibrous mulberry and handmade papers to add texture. A lime green mesh bow tied it all together.

Stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - white mulberry, blue hand milled
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - glitter, ribbon, gold brads
Other - water colour pencils, paintbrush

08 July 2016


Celebrate! The weekend is almost here and I thought this card was perfect for a Friday afternoon post. I used one of my much loved Stampington designs here, stamped on a scrap of hand painted paper I had left over from another project. I dressed her up with some rhinestones and a teeny tiny ribbon bow and added a border of paper and velum flowers. The 'celebrate' sentiment is stamped on a strip of frayed twill and secured to the card with staples. And speaking of which, doesn't a piece of pretty patterned paper make a great card base?! Just remember to use the heavier kind of paper and make a simple liner from a piece of white copy paper and you're good to go.

Stamps - Stampington & Co., Ma Vinci
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - Basic Grey, vellum
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, buttons, twill, ribbon
Other - stapler, staples

22 June 2016

Thank You

How nice it is to say 'thank you'. Nicer still to say it with a handmade card. To make this cheerful, kaleidoscope-of-colours card I used one of my favourite techniques, 'faux watercolour'. It never fails to produce amazing results. This time I stamped the smaller butterflies from the Darkroom Door set on sturdy cream card and then liberally sprayed it with water - enough so the inks started to run but not so much that the butterflies blurred and became unrecognizable. I then tore the card into strips, attached them to a bright yellow base card, and stamped a piece of vellum with the sentiment, which I attached to the card with staples. A pair of small glittery butterflies were the final flourish. Thank you for visiting :)

Stamps - Darkroom Door, Inkadinkado
Ink - assorted Distress, StazOn jet black
Paper - light green vellum
Card - Bazzill
Embellishemnts - Typo washi tape
Other - gold glitter glue, water spray bottle, stapler and staples

08 June 2016

Live the Life

I'm not sure I can express in words how much I enjoy making paper flowers - but I hope this card might show you! I made a trio of my go-to flowers to decorate this card. I simply cut different sized circles from patterned paper - a great way to use all those off-cuts! - scrunch them up, layer them one on top of the other, and finish with a button, or, in this case, a large faux gem. I find this method great for bulk quantities and it's so easy you can make the flowers while watching tv! Multi-tasking at its finest :)

Stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - StazOn jet black
Paper - , Graphic 45, assorted off-cuts
Embellishments - large rhinestone gems, washi tape

08 May 2016

Wild Things

Hi there! Just stopping by to share a card I made for my cousin's birthday last week. It's a very simple card - although placing those hearts in neat rows was a bit of a nightmare :) I do love those rainbow colours though. So bright and breezy! And I thought the 'Wild Things' quote was perfect for a 23 year old. I used only a few simple embellishments - a handful of rhinestones and a pair of lime green bows. Nothing too complicated or fussy. This card is all about colour.

Stamp - Darkroom Door
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon
Tools - Carl heart punch

16 March 2016


Always love playing with new stamps for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's stampers' challenges :) This time it was a set of Stampers' Anonymous blueprint stamps designed by Tim Holtz. I chose the shell to work with first; it's such a pretty shape! This card is a bit of a pink extravaganza, from the ink to the patterned paper to the embellishments. You may have noticed I stamped the shell in bands of colour to achieve an ombre-effect. This is a great little technique for stamps with clean, simple lines. TIP - I like to mask the top and bottom thirds of the stamps with post-it notes before inking the middle. You'll get a nice straight edge this way. Remove the masks, carefully line up your pad with the inked section and ink away. You should now have a seamless transition of colour. Happy stamping :)

Stamp - Stampers Anonymous
Ink - Versa Magic pixie dust, Brilliance pearlescent orchid, Memento rhubarb stalk
Paper - Basic Grey
Card - Bazzill, cream
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestones, Typo washi tape, Darkroom Door wordstrip, sequins, ribbon, tassel

09 February 2016

Je t'aime

Valentine's Day is just around the corner..... so here's an idea for a vintage-inspired card for your loved one. I personally think romantic themes and vintage go hand-in-hand. I also think vintage and collage go hand-in-hand. So here's my take on Valentine's Day this year :) I started with a collage-style patterned paper - it saves a little bit of work and the effect is great! - then added an old-world tinted photochip and assorted vintage embellishments like lace, glass beads and pearls. And in keeping with the French text on the patterned paper, I used a wordstrip with the simple phrase je t'aime.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Paper - Authentique
Card - Bazzill, white 
Embellishments - Darkroom Door photochip, Darkroom Door wordstrip, Kaisercraft pearls, cord string, mulberry paper flower, pearl bead drop, heart charm, pink glass bead drop, photo corners, lace

02 February 2016


Stampers' challenge part 2! This is the second card I made for the Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft Waffle Flower challenge. This time I wanted to do something a little different and unexpected, so I used the large cactus stamp to make one large, multi-layered flower. This involved stamping the cactus using three shades of ink, then fussy-cutting (a lot of fussy-cutting!) the leaves and arranging them in a pleasing way to form the flower - this probably took the most time. Two buttons tied together with string provided the finish touch.

Stamps - Waffle Flower
Ink - StazOn jet black, Brilliance pearlescent orchid, Versa Magic pixie dust,Memento rhubarb stalk
Card - white
Embellishments - buttons, fine cord string

19 January 2016

For You

I was so excited to receive this set of Waffle Flower stamps for a challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft! I've been planting lots of succulents this summer, so I just had to use this potted succulent stamp to make a card. I had the colours of Mexico in my head when I put this one together, from the mosaic cardstock background, to the colours I used to watercolour the image. So. Much. Fun!

Stamps - Waffle Flower
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - satin ribbon, washi tape, cocktail stick
Other - watercolour pencils, paintbrush

07 January 2016

Lucky Star

First post of the new year and this gem encrusted card seemed apropos! I guess the *trickiest* thing about making this card was designing the star template and then cutting out the window. The *best* part was sorting through my collection of gems and filling the star with sparkly pretties! I used core board to attach the star to the blue card but you could use mounting foam if you wish. Then it's simply a matter of adding a stamped sentiment, washi tape and a bow. Happy 2016 :)

Stamps - Ma Vinci
Ink - Memento rhubarb stalk
Card - Bazzill, white
Embellishments - Typo washi tape, assorted glass gems and rhinestones, red cotton cord
Other - craft knife, core board