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


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.


Cat birthday card

August 24th, 2014

My brother’s birthday was in July, and he is a big fan of cats (like all my family).  I have a tin of Cavallini & Co vintage cat poster stickers, and I found one that actually has July on it – a Harper’s cover from what I can tell.

Because I am trying to use up my paper pads and scraps, so I pulled out the green and blue colours from the sticker, and layered in onto a piece of white cardstock.  This was edged in blue ink, then placed on a piece of blue scrap patterned paper also edged in ink.

I then too piece of blue cardstock the same side as the A6 card, and embossed it with my new Coutour Creations small dots embossing folder.  The blue card was distressed with my distressing tool, and then blue ink swiped around the edges.  All layered onto the A6 white card, and three small pearls added to the top right side.  Inside ‘Happy Birthday’ was stamped in blue.

I was happy with it, recipient was happy with it, all is good.

Harper's cat birthday

Harper’s cat birthday

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.


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.


Pink baby card

November 11th, 2013

The lovely receptionist at work recently went on maternity leave, and our team gave her a farewell morning tea.  This is the card I made for her.

Shabby chic baby card

Shabby chic baby card

A4 Pink cardstock folded to A5 size, front edge punched with lace punch border.  Kaisercraft pattened paper (Bonjour Paris collection), right edge trimmed off, then layered on gold paper.  Stampington solid butterfly stamped in Victorian Velvet distress ink, then overstamped with Anna Griffin butterfly.  Layered on pink cardstock on an angle.  White flower swiped with Victorian Velvet ink, adhered to card in corner, then three pink pearls added to the centre.  The inside was white parchement paper that was torn on the edges, swiped with Victorian Velvet ink, and ‘Congratulations’ (PSX stamp) on the right side.


Daisy’s wedding

May 22nd, 2013

We have a contractor at work who is getting married on Saturday, registry office as her ‘real’ wedding will be in Europe next year wit her family.

We are going to have a morning tea for her on Friday, and I made this card for the team to sign.  I was playing with sepia, blue and cream this time, I wanted to work with a different palette.

Bird wedding

Bird wedding

Stamped tag, sponged and aged.  Layered onto patterned paper and then onto cardstock.  Embellished with ribbon and flowers.


Vintage birdcage

October 28th, 2012

I made this card for my manager’s birthday in September.  She keeps all the cards I give her -birthday, Christmas and her wedding card too – and has them on display in her office, so I need to make sure I do something different for her each year.

I know she likes vintage style, shabby chic images, there is quite a lot of cross over in our styles (including when we theme events).  So for this card I used some paper and chipboard images that I got with a magazine.  It isn’t a colour scheme I would normally use, I don’t have much that is yellow.  But I added in touches of pink which was a bit more in my comfort zone.

Vintage birdcage

White cardstock folded and edged with blush rose chalk dye ink.  Base cardstock layered with decorative paper also edged with blush rose chalk dye ink.  Pink bird image chipboard edged with blush rose dye ink, layered onto square of decorative paper which has been layered onto gold paper edged with blush rose chalk dye ink.  Assemble on base layer.


Vintage French Card

July 14th, 2012

This is for a friend’s 40th birthday.  The theme of the birthday party is actually the Roaring 40s, but as it is going to be a very civilised Sunday afternoon lunch I have gone with a vintage French design.  I guess it is more Fin de siècle than Roaring 40s, but hopefully she will like it.

Oh La La – Bonne Anniversaire

The papers, flower and butterfly are all from a Kaisercraft Parisienne set, and I have made the smaller images ‘pop’ by using mounting tape.  Although the printed papers are different colours and have different patterns, there are repeated images such as the hydrangeas and the Eiffle Tower and the butterflies.  I really like the effect, and I have tied the images together further by edging them all with sepia ink.


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