So long, farewell …

July 22nd, 2014

We have had a few staff leave at work lately, and a few new arrivals to go with that.  So farewell cards have been in demand lately.

First of the departures at work was a casual who has been working with us for a few years, first as a student then recently as a grad.  She has moved back to Sri Lanka with her husband.

I had already done an engagement card, a ‘congratulations’ card for graduating, and a wedding card for her, so I needed to come up with something different – went for a different palette also.


Butterfly farewell

Butterfly farewell

This is quite a simple design, similar to one I have done before.  Butterfly stamped in Eggplant Adirondak ink onto purple patterned paper which has been edged in Eggplant Ink.  Layerd onto handmade white silk paper edged with copper.  Kraft cardstock folded to a square, edged in Eggplant.  Copper Brilliance used to stamp flourish randomly in the corners. Strip of striped purple paper laid across the craft card.  Butterfly layers added at an angle.  Two small flowers added to lower corner.  Purple gems added to centre of flowers and butterfly body.

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Vintage birthday

July 20th, 2014

This was for D’s sister, her birthday was in June.  He was after something ‘not girly’, so I had to have a think about it, and what papers and stamps I have.  I went with a steampunk themed card using Graphic 45′s Steampunk Debutante collection.

Steampunk Debutante birthday

Steampunk Debutante birthday

Cream square card, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink.  Bo Bunny Timeless paper trimmed to fit.  Winged Manniquin dressform torn around, edged in Vintage photo.  Layered onto square of corrugated card edged in Vintage photo then onto card.  Cog added to one corner.

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A vintage dragonfly birthday

July 17th, 2014

Recently Daedalist requested a card for a male family member.  I decided to try out some new things I had to play with, and a different colour scheme to my usual ones.  I think it is quite striking.


black dragonfly card

White cardstock stained with Antique Linen Distress ink and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The Stampers Anonymous Dragonfly legend was stamped with Vintage Photo ink.

Black Co’ordinations cardstock was embossed with a chicken wire embossing template, and then sanded back to show the core colour.  Dragonfly card image layered on top of the embossed card.  Ink swiped on part of the raised sanded parts of the card.  A piece of twill was swiped with Antique Linen ink then wrapped around the Dragonfly and embossed card.

Patterned paper distressed around the edges, swiped with Vintage Photo ink, and layered on to a black square folded card edged with Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink, then the Dragonfly panel layered on top.  Star punched from patterened paper offcut, edged with link and placed on the dragonfly pane.

The rest is below.

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Card making frenzy – Day 1

June 18th, 2014

So I am on leave this week, sick leave to be exact.  I wasn’t allowed to drive yesterday or today after having an operation, and so today I decided to set myself some crafting challenges for the week.

First up, using papers and embellishments (mostly papers) that I have scattered all over my work desk – offcuts, things I liked and put there but am yet to use etc – and also the papers I often get free with crafting magazines.  Stamps and other embellishments are allowed, but no other papers (but not to worry, the pile is huge).

This evening I managed to make 8 card.  Part of the challenge was to use the paperstack (book) of Romantic Garden paper by Meg’s Garden – the papers are beautiful but the elaborate designs and square shape makes them somewhat difficult to use.  I had a similar issue with my Vintage Christmas Cards last year, you can see that each paper is pretty much an artwork in itself.  But just sticking on paper that covers the entire front is not really cardmaking to me, I need a way to make it my work.

Anyway, here are the results.

Cardmaking frenzy day 1 - Romantic Garden theme from Meg's Garden (square)

Cardmaking frenzy day 1 – Romantic Garden theme from Meg’s Garden (square)

This first card uses a whole sheet of the paper.  You can see how elaborate the designs are, and I hate to throw out any of that.  in this one the paper is trimmed slightly to fit, distressed around the edges, and the two butterflies were stamped on it.  Paper then mounted onto a square card.   I am probably going to add some gems to the butterflies, but I haven’t decided on the colour yet.


Cardmaking frenzy day 1 - Romantic Garden theme from Meg's Garden  (C6)

Cardmaking frenzy day 1 – Romantic Garden theme from Meg’s Garden (C5)

Details and other designs are below the cut:

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Engagement card

June 10th, 2014

This is for a family member, I posted it off last week so I hope it arrives soon.  And because of the embellishments I actually put it in a padded envelope, so no need for a stamp on the card envelope.  It was actually very difficult to come up with a concept and colour palette, as I don’t know the person I am sending it to.

Shabby chic engagement card

Shabby chic engagement card

Base – cream square, edged in Vintage Photo distress ink then smudged with copper ink.  Set aside.  On a smooth piece of white card (not glossy, but coated), stamp background images (mesh, butterfly etc from the Stampington Fresh Flowers Elements set) in Victorian Violet distress ink.  Stamp over this with the Rose Print collage stamp in Vintage Photo distress ink – after it was inked, I carefully removed ink from the heavy border of the stamp so it blended with the background more.  I then inked up just the Rose on the stamp in Cosmic Copper Brilliance ink and stamped it again.

Stamped square was mounted onto gold paper, and then onto floral paper.  Cream lace wrapped around this, then whole set mounted on the base card.  Pink Petaloo flower added to top left corner, and pink pearls added to both sides to enhance the corner aspect.  Key and heart lock (from Prima Wooden Shapes lock and key set) stained with Cosmic Copper brilliance ink, glued to the card, and pink pearls added to each.

Inside and envelope below the cut.

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Spellbinders workshop

May 19th, 2014

Last Saturday I did a Spellbinders workshop at Fantasia at the Bella Vista store.  It is the first time I have done a class there, the workshop area is very nice and set out classroom style. I have a die cutting machine (a Big Shot) and while I use it for embossing and some dies (mostly the Tim Holtz ones as they are easy to use), I wanted to find out other things I could use it for, and also see how some of the smaller dies are used – the ones that don’t come with their own foam padding.  I didn’t get to use the dies as much as I wanted (a lot of the stuff was precut in packs), but I did get new ideas and also a demo on how to use some of the other materials.

Spellbinders make dies, including the Nestabilities concentric shapes, as well as embossing folders and a few other interesting items.  For this class the dies shapes were pre cut for us in each card pack, and we were able to do embossing and other cutting ourselves.  Light blue and tan inks were also supplied for this class (but sadly not ours to keep).

Card 1 from Spellbinders workshop

Pink flower card – Spellbinders workshop

The base card (light blue) was edged with tan ink.  Printed paper was embossed with M’Bossabilities double sided embossing folder (there are two design options on these).  This was distressed around the edges, then inked using a brayer, and layered onto cream card, then onto the base card.

White Nestabilities label 17 was embossed with the the same embossing folder and edged with blue ink.  Fancy oval was embossed with Imperial Gold Ovals one, and layered onto the tag.  Piece of lace attached to the bottom, purple bakers twine wrapped around the lace, and pink button attacked to the twin.  Pink flowers added to the centre of the oval frame.  Bling elements added to the top of the label shape.


Heart card - Spellbinders workshop

Heart card – Spellbinders workshop

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Chinese wedding

May 12th, 2014

In February I attended a wedding that was held to coincide with Chinese New Year.

I decided to go with the theme, and use some of my asian papers.  I did a similar design for friends a number of years ago, but haven’t used it since (and that time I used my Luck Dragon stamp also)

Double Happiness

Double Happiness

‘Double Happiness’ (Hero Arts) stampped on cream cardstock, edged in dark red ink.  Layered onto gold paper.  Base cream cardstock edged in dark red, and then layered with gold paper and red yuzen-shi paper.  Stamped image layered on top, and cream flower with cream pearl added to the top left corner.

It is a simple design, because I wanted the complexity of the hand screen-printed papers to be the main feature.  I liked the over all effect, and I used a lot of red and gold because they are culturally considered good for a wedding.

Flourish baby shower card

April 7th, 2014

My work colleague went on maternity leave, and before she left we went to her baby shower.  I did a card for the group present we gave her.  I have done a lot of pastel baby cards and I wanted something a bit more vibrant – I also know that S and I share a love of purple.

Purple baby shower card

Purple baby shower card

Stamp-It flourish collage stamp in Adirondak Eggplant stamped on cream cardstock, edged in purple ink.  Layered on silver paper, and then onto a purple printed japanese paper.  Layered onto more silver, and then onto cream cardstock that has been prepared by stamping flourish from same set along the top and bottom, and edging in purple ink.  White flower edge in purple added to top corner and purple pearl added to the centre.

All stamps (except Congratulations) are from the Stamp-It A5 Set 20 (code: siset020mc) by Mickey Choo, which I got for my birthday last year from Wystii and N.  As with all the Mickey Choo and Laura Koh sets, the stamps are gorgeous – full of filigrees and flourishes and beautiful little touches.  I have a few of these sets, they an unmounted red rubber set that come already mounted on cling foam from a Western Australian company.  Good quality stamps and highly recommended.

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A January Birthday

March 31st, 2014

I’m a little behind with some of my updates.  I’ll try to get them up over the next week or so.

First up is a birthday card for one of  my work colleagues.

Summer floral birthday

Summer floral birthday

I liked the background paper and wanted to make it a feature.  So I found a stamp that had a similar style flower and used that on the front of the card in black, no other colouring.  the stamped image was edged in black, as was the gold paper.

I wanted to lift the colour palette a little, and so added the purple washi tape in the two corners.  Although all the layers of paper are taped down separately, the washi tape was positioned so look like it was holding it all together.

Very steampunk christmas

January 9th, 2014

I waited until the people I sent them to got these, but they should have been received by now:

Steampunk Christmas Trees

Steampunk trees

Steampunk christmas trees


Several versions, all made up with a big key stamp as the trunk and cogs and gears as the branches.  I really liked this design, was very happy with it.  A wooden cog stained with copper ink had a starring role in lieu of the star on top of the tree.

Christmas stars

Christmas stars

I saw this design in a magazine and was able to adapt it.  I spent an evening punching all my paper offcuts into stars so  have a big bag to choose from now.  The stitching is a stamp which made things easier.  This would be very easy to adapt to other occasions also, not just for Christmas.

And finally my most labour intenstive one:

I Saw Three Ships:

I Saw Three Ships A Sailing

I Saw Three Ships A Sailing

My steampunk christmas easel card, based on the carol ‘I Saw three ships’.

This was very complex and described below, along with additional images.

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