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Gaming and selling cards

August 15th, 2016

Over the Easter weekend I held a card stall at a gaming convention, an alternative to running a game as I had been unwell and didn’t have time to write it.  I didn’t do my usual range of cards, instead focusing on a range that reflected the themes of the games – fantasy, horror, historical, alternate history etc.  I also did a selection of children’s cards as there is a day where younger players are the focus.

I was surprised by what did sell – dragons and wizards, and Egyptian themed things – and by what didn’t (children’s cards and anything steampunk).  I might do it again in the future, but not for all four days of the weekend.  Still it was an interesting experience – and if you are interested in anything here let me know, I probably have some left…

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Small cards

Small cards


Another wedding card- My Mothers dress again :)

August 14th, 2016

I knew there was another one!  This was from a family friend’s wedding in February.

Stamp:  My mother’s dress (Inkadinkado, Dawn Houser), stamped on to cardstock which is distressed, stained and rolled in the corners.  The dress itself was given a light wash of iridescent gold Twinkling H2Os, and then the stamped piece was layered onto a piece of gold paper (slightly offset) which was also rolled at the edges.  Meanwhile the base card (metallic cream) was edged in aged mahogany distress ink, and then a piece of Serendipty paper (with birds etc) was distressed and layered on top.  The stamped design and gold paper with then layered on top at an angle.

Then to decorate:  Kaisercraft burgundy pearls in all 4 corners, and the bottom 2 of the stamped piece (not the upper parts of that as they were rolled).  A wooden bird piece was added in one corner, and 3 ribbon roses in the other corner (attached with glossy accents)

The envelope was distressed in the same way as the stamped cardstock (edge in ink and stamped with mesh design).  I used doublesided tape and then added MegaFlakes down the side to get the foied effect, and then added a single ribbon rose and pearl around it to tie it back to the card.  I don’t have an image of the card interior, but had another strip of foiled tape.

Birds and roses wedding

A few more cards

August 14th, 2016

A wedding card (using a favourite stamp) and a farewell card.

Although this stamp, My Mother’s Dress, is not strictly a wedding one, I find it works well on wedding cards if I am designing for the bride.  I used it a few years ago for my manager, although this time I was going for a different feel and colour palette.  While there is a hint of pink, I was going for creams, and the stamped piece is mounted on a piece of gloss card that has been stained with alcohol inks in a range of browns and rust colours, making a rusted piece of card.  The dress itself was coloured with twinking H2Os, and I have used a real lace doily and some vintage style washi tape at the top and bottom.  I really liked the softness of the overall effect, and was pleased with the whole card.

Sepia and lace wedding

The second card was also for a work colleague who was leaving, as she appreciates my work I put a lot of effort in.  The lady was stamped onto patterend paper, which was layered onto craft card which had been punched down one side and stained.  I wrapped lace around both pieces, and then layered it onto a piece of matching paper (same series) which had also been stained around the edges.  A cream flower was attached to the front.

The envelope was decorated with a journalling tag from the same series, lined so I could write her name, and then a flower was attached to the front.  I really liked this one too – obviously the cream and sepia palette is a think for me right now, but I think it works 🙂

Vintage charm farewell

Back on the air…

February 24th, 2016

Despite good intentions, I once again got behind with posts.  This was due to a number of reasons, including:

  • making cards for the crazy Christmas period
  • making different cards for the New Year period
  • going into hospital for major surgery on 23 December
  • while I was recovering from surgery, my brother visited from the UK, bringing his lovely wife to Australia for the first time which meant I had hostess duties – plus I had to make some artwork for them too

The result of all that was that I haven’t had time to do much posting, but I will try to make good on that over the next few weeks.

To start with, here are some of the birthday cards I made in the second half of last year.  No instructions this time, as they are all variations on cards I have done before.

Aimee's bday card

Butterfly bday card

Sweet Treats bday

Sweet Treats bday

Jubilee bird birthday

Jubilee bird birthday

Birdie birthday

July 21st, 2015

One of my colleagues had her birthday a while back, and I wanted to play around with some new papers and wooden embellishments I got around Christmas time.

Birdie birthday - front

Birdie birthday – front

The papers are from Prima Marketing’s Epiphany collection (specifically the Striking Appearance design), which has distressed, watercolour-esque backgrounds with black doodle style images.  There is a light and whimsical feel to them, even the ones that have black backgrounds and borders.

I took one of these with a birdcage design down the side.  Trimmed the paper and edged it in burgundy, and layered onto black card, then a bit of lace wrapped down the right side.  One of the offcuts had a butterfly design on it, so I also edged it in burgundy and layered onto the first piece, overlapping the lace.  Then I used one of the matching bird wooden embellishments, which had already been painted in a whitewash.


Floral farewell card

May 21st, 2015

My former director left my workplace recently, and this is the card I made for her from those in my team who used to be in her area.

Floral farewell

Floral farewell

Cream cardstock folded to a square card, edged in blue ink.  Strip of blue, white and gold chiyogami paper mounted on blue metallic paper, and then placed down right side of the card.  Cream flower edged in blue and attached to the card, then blue diamantes placed in the centre of the flower.  Inside was ‘All the best’ stamped in blue.


Floral farewell envelope

Floral farewell envelope

There were left over bits of the metalic blue and chiyogami papers, so I used them along with another flower on the envelope to tie it all together.

Live laugh love farewell card

May 7th, 2015

One of my colleagues finished up at work recently, as her position was made redundant.  I have worked closely with her for quite a few years, and I’m very sad to see her leave 🙁

She has commented before that I usually make her cards with ‘island colours’ (she is from Fiji), so I wanted to do something different this time.  I love the botanical image over the grid pattern, and I went for a sepia colour scheme this time.

Live laugh love

Live laugh love

Offcut of card sponged with butterscotch ink, and stamped with honeycomb pattern from Stampingon elements cube.  Indigo Blue quote stamped onto the offcut in Vintage Photo ink, which was also edged in Vintage photo then layered onto a patterned piece of paper.  Brown card folded to A6 size, torn piece of ‘Art of Life’ paper from Kaisercraft edged with Vintage Photo ink and mounted onto card.  Stamped quote layered onto base card, and then flower and gem added to the lower left corner.


Live laugh love (inside)

Live laugh love (inside)

The inside was simple, just a torn piece of paper edge in ink for writing on, and the left over piece of grid paper from the front image added on the upper panel for some visual interest.

Catching up and Sympathy

April 28th, 2015

I have been busy with work and bootcamp, and am very behind with my posts.  I’ll put them up over the next few weeks.

Sympathy card

Sympathy card

This is a card I made for one of my friends when his mother passed away.  The paper and topper are from a Melissa Frances set, edged with blue and antique linen distess ink.  I wanted something elegant and simple.

Through the Looking Glass

December 26th, 2014

Recently two of my friends had a joint birthday party, fancy dress theme.  (ok the theme was Game of thrones but I wasn’t feeling it).  I had these gorgeous papers by Kaiser Craft from their ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ paper set.  They are very floral and vibrant, but there are also the classic illustrations by Tenniel throughout the designs.  The first card was for a female, the second for a male.

In addition to layering papers, I also have the matching collage pack so there were plenty of elements to stack on (like the flowers).  I also used washi tape to tie the layers together, along with the yellow butterfly that is on both cards.

looking glass - B

Alice – flamingo croquet



December 7th, 2014

One of my team members became engaged while she was on holidays recently.  I made this for her

engagement vintage butterflies

Cream card folded to make a square.  Edged in Antique Linen distress ink.

Square butterfly and text paper cut to fit, distressed and inked around the edges.  Attached to card, thne flower on gold paper added to top left corner, and two strips of washi tape added to top and bottom of the panel.


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