Sunday, July 24, 2011


Great to see the sun today...still cold, but at least no rain!

I have come across a couple of techniques that I just had to try out.
Used them on this card

I found this awesome heat embossing technique using silver embossing powder and utee.
This technique was so much fun I made a few bird cages. On some I used gold embossing powder instead of silver. On one of the gold bird cages I omitted the black paint. They all looked fabulous!

The embossed background was made by dabbing Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks onto a Cuttlebug folder and then lightly misted with water. Insert water colour paper and emboss through the Cuttlebug.

The tape across the bottom of the card is masking tape which I have rolled over a inked stamp.I applied some color to the tape with Antique Linen Distress Stain.
It's just like Tim Holtz's tissue tape...only easier on the pockets! Thinking it will also look good with a music pattern.

The bird cage and birds are Tim Holtz mini dies. (my fave!)
Brown/white twine to 'hold' bird cage.
'Love Birds' sentiment (Darkroom Door) stamped onto grunge paper which had been coloured with Faded Jeans Stain.
White paper flower sprayed with Bell Bottom Jeans Glimmer mist.

I am entering this card for TWO challenges. Simon Says show some embossing and Stampotique Designers Challenge to uses flowers.

I enjoyed making this card, so made another

On this card I used Forest Moss and Spiced Marmalade distress inks for the background. Same technique used on bird cage as first card, but changed the silver for gold embossing powder.
The branch is from Tim Holtz mini Branch and Leaf dies set.
The white flower was misted with Apple Glimmer mist .
Both cards have a folded black base to bring out the colours.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Napkin Birthday Card

Made this card for my mother in law for her 95th birthday. She is an amazing woman for her age. Only looks about 75 and is still able to get out and about on her own.
I had to make it quickly last night and added the flowers this morning. Her birthday lunch was today!

I am not 100 per cent happy with it, but my MIL loved it!

Started with a folded 4x4 white card. Tore the napkin and adhered to card with napkin glue.
Sponged some Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of napkin and on some of the white spaces on the card.
Stamped birthday sentiment (EK Success)in Rusty Brown stazon ink and punched out with Word Window punch. Sprayed two white paper flowers with Crushed Sand and Gold glimmer mist before adhering to card.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Tonight I have made a tag for Try It On Tuesday challenge.
This week it is all about birds and bees.

I applied Distress Stains Faded Jeans,Broken China and Forest Moss to manila tag.
Stamps are Love Birds and Wildflowers VOL2 from Darkroom Door. All stamps were stamped in black Versafine ink. Weathered Wood Distress ink swiped around outside edges of tag.

This was a fun and quick tag.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Scrapmatts House

This was made at a Scrapmatts class while at the Brisbane Craft Expo.

Just realised I have a couple of things to add to the front cover.

Was a lot fun painting,inking and assembling the cover.
The house album has 6 chipboard pages. I have some ideas brewing for the pages.
Will be adding lots of ribbon and fibres to the book rings.
I was going to put an old family photo in the frame, but decided to use this gorgeous image instead.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


This card is for THREE challenges today.Whoo! Go me!
Stampotique Designers blog challenges us to use scraps and must use Stampotique stamps.
CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to use Kraft,Clean and Simple, Masculine!
Playdate Cafe using the colour theme.Tried to bring out the colours in 'Eric'

Folded Kraft card for base.Stamped 'Scratches' background stamp(Darkroom Door) in Vintage Photo distress ink onto the kraft card. LOVE that stamp!
'Eric' (Stampotique)another favourite! stamped on scrap white card,coloured with markers and aquapen and then adhered to the kraft card.
A scrap of hessian used to 'mat' the sentiment (smile)from Darkroom Door 'All Occasions' stamp set.
Please let me know what you think if you have time...I love to get comments! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Susan, over at Simplicity has challenged us to make a one layer card using stamped images and/or sentiments.
NO extra cardstock
NO embellishments
NO masking
No sponging

CAS (clean and simple)

We could layer with ink.

On a folded white card I stamped the Reindeer in Barn Door distress ink.
The sentiment stamped next in black versafine ink.
This was surprisingly fun to I made about 12 cards in a few minutes.
Some with a different sentiment.

Some I had to add a little bling

See the bling on the nose?

And then got carried away!

All stamps are from Darkroom Door 'Christmas Reindeer' set.

Monday, July 4, 2011


The Artistic Stamper has a challenge to use HOT COLOURS.

I needed to start on my Christmas cards, so this is what I made.

Its a very quick and simple card.

Distress Stain Wild Honey over white card.Then swiped Wild Honey distress ink direct to paper at random and around edge of card.
Stamps are from my favourite Darkroom Door 'Christmas Reindeer' set.
The Reindeer and words inked with Barn Door distress ink.
'PEACE' was stamped on white card,cut out and adhered with foam tape. The other two words were stamped direct to card.
Gold Kindy Glitz for the antlers.The black card base make the colours even more vivid.

I think I will be making a few of these simple Christmas cards for people who are likely to throw it away!

Distress Stains make it so quick.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Quick and easy card today.

Wild Honey distress stain applied to white card. Stamped Darkroom Door word stamp in black Versafine ink. Stamped just the HELLO in Dusty Concord distress ink on scrap white paper,cut out and edged in Wild Honey distress ink. This was popped over the black HELLO with foam tape.
I then took a larger piece of white card and stamped the Darkroom Door Scratches background stamp in Dusty Concord ink. This piece was used to mat the word panel.Then adhered to folded black card.

Entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show a WORD

My word is HELLO.

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