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



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.


Mixed media – Paper Blocking

August 28th, 2014

I created this for the August 2014 Craft stamper ‘Take it, make it‘, it is the first time I have entered anything like this and I enjoyed the opportunity to play around and challenge myself.  NOTE:  sadly I missed out uploading this by the cut off (I blame the International Date Line), but I still had a lot of fun making it.




I have created Curiosities based on the following articles:

  • the Paper Bocking style as shown in the ‘Pretty in Pink’ article by Jean Hardy, August 2014, p10; and
  • making my own embellishments from silicon moulds, as shown in ‘Hearts and Flowers’ article by Trish Latimer, January 2014, p30.

I really loved the concept of paper blocking, and it meant I dared to use those papers I love so much I keep ‘saving’ them for something special.  Now I have used them but still get to keep them.  However instead of using a pencil to outline the papers, I used my sponging block to swipe aged mahogony ink around each piece to give definition.  It seemed to really pick up the creams and burgundies in the papers.  The Gold leave Rub n Buff is also randomly on the canvas, and also on the embelishments I made using paperclay.  I added a little more texture around the edges with my Ageing Block from Lucy’s Stamps (sadly no longer in business)


Curiosities - close up

Curiosities – close up

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Fuchsia wedding

August 16th, 2014

I realised that although I had mentioned making a wedding card for a colleague, I had not actually put it up here.  N was returning to Sri Lanka for a very colourful and vibrant wedding, and I wanted to reflect that in my card desigh.  So here it is – brightly coloured and using one of my favourite papers.


Fuchsia wedding

Fuchsia wedding

Fuchsia cardstock folded in half to A6 size.  Light pink cardstock trimmed to be slightly smaller than A6 layered on top.  Chiogami paper with pink and purple patterns (my favourite!) layered onto gold paper then onto the left hand side of the pink panel.

Dandelion woodprint by Christine Adolph was stamped in Adirondak Wild Plum ink edged with Vintage Photo distress ink.  Vintage photo ink swiped around the edges, then layered on the right of the pink panel, overlapping the chiyogami paper in the middle.  Three paper flowers of different sizes edged in Wild Plum ink, attached to card.  Purple gems added to the centre of the paper flowers and the flowers on the dandelion woodcut image.


Card workshop 101

November 11th, 2013

I have a few posts to catch up on all the cards I have been doing.  I will hold off on posting my steampunk Christmas design for now, but I am pretty happy with it so far.  I need to make a few adjustments and I think add a contrasting coloured ink, but other than that I think this design (a variation of the one I was going to do last year but the stamps didn’t arrive in time) is a go.

I also have a design in mind for my New Years cards, which I give / send out to those I don’t see at Christmas time.  I found a perfect text / sentiment stamp in a bargain bin at a craft show last weekend.  I wasn’t looking for something like that but as soon as I saw it I knew it would be great.  And then I was looking at a craft magazine this week and saw a design I really like, with a similar sized text panel on the front.  I will need to adapt it a little but I have a good idea of what I want to do, I just need to play around a bit.

Anyway in the mean time I had the idea of posting up a few cards I have done that I like but for some reason I don’t think they quite work.  I know some people who see these posts do their own artwork and have a good eye for colour and design, so perhaps there will be some good suggestions as to what might make improvements.

First up:  One sighted / Illusion

One sighted illusion

One sighted illusion


Victorian gentleman

April 14th, 2013

I made this when I was playing around with vintage photo distress ink before Christmas (when I was waiting for my order of stamps to arrive).

Victorian gentleman

Victorian gentleman

Base white card edged with vintage photo ink, then stamped with script stamp.  Gears stamped in top and bottom corners.  On a separate piece of card, colour sponged lightly over base.  Image of man stamped in the centre, then edged with ink.  Layered on gold, then onto striped paper, and then onto base card.  Two gears dye cut onto cardstock, stained with vintage photo ink, and then when dry inked with cosmic copper ink (to give a rusted look).

Overall I think the monochrome feel worked well.  I think it would be a good male birthday card, or any occasion really.

For long and exceptional service

December 6th, 2012

A very dear family friend, one I considered an honourary aunt while growing up, received a very special honour last week.  Valda became the third ever Australian to receive the Papal honour of the Benemerenti Medal.

Originally awarded to military recipients, first issued in 1831 under Pope Pius VI, since 1925 it has also been awarded to civil recipients, both lay and clergy alike.  Valda was presented with her medal on Sunday 25 November by the Bishop of Parramatta for long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, and also for the development of music and music education in Australia.

Valda is a creative, musical, incredibly stylish person.  She was my first introduction to art nouveau (through the wall paper she had in her home), and she has collections of figurines and vintage ornaments and all kinds of gorgeous things.  So when mum asked me to make a card from the family (about an hour before she was due to go to the church service presentation), I wanted to make something really special.

The card is A5 size, so an A4 piece of cardstock folded in half.  The edges of the card have been swiped with Victorian Velvet distress ink and then a piece of ‘Kensington’ paper from the Pink Paislee London Market collection has been layered on top, also edged with Victorian Velvet.  I chose this paper specially because of the music theme, and because it has an excerpt from Donizette’s Lucia di Lammermore (an opera) on it.  The main image is from a drawing by Mucha, framed and mounted with mounting tape so it stands out from the card.  Three white flowers edged in Victorian velvet ink have been attached to the frame and have sticky gems added to the centres.

The art nouveau picture is actually from the Graphic 45 ‘Steampunk Debutante’ collection, but I made sure I did not use an image with any speculative imagery.  I thought the colours and balance of this one worked really well with the music background paper, and the flowers I added tied both pieces together.

I don’t have any shots of the inside or envelope as time was really too short to scan either.  But they were not too elaborate this time, as I had to ensure my mother would be able to carry it in her handbag without damaging any embellishments that might be on the outside.  So just a few flourish stamps and a flower.  Hopefully it looks as elegant and artistic as I was trying to make it for Valda – even my dad (who never comments on such things) said how much he liked it and how appropriate he thought it was.

Display area

December 2nd, 2012

As part of my ongoing clean up and clear out of things around the house, I have been sorting through lots of my crafting materials. I much prefer to regift these to friends than just throw them out, so I did a bit of a call to find out who was interested in various things.

I managed to give some magazines to my friend Rhi that  I hope she or her sister Tanith find useful – in addition to the papercrafts I bought them for, these magazines also had knitting, crochet, sewing, glass painting and various other articles and patterns.  I tried some of the glass painting ones a while back, and it was fun but I wasn’t particularly good at it.  I still have the glass paints and I can try it again, but that in itself was not enough for me to keep the magazines, so I hope that they are fun and useful in their new home, or that Rhi can pass them on to someone else.

My friend Emma-in-Perth has two young daughters, and had expressed an interest in anything that had crafting for kids.  I managed to find some articles on that, so set those mags aside, and then also went through some others that had some very basic articles that I thought she might be able to adapt.  Emma’s style is quite like mine – vintage, shabby chic, similar colour palette.  So perhaps she can use these for different ideas for the girls.  I also had set aside some of the ‘freebies’ – sample products that come with the magazines – that I thought would appeal to young girls, and which as nice as they are I knew I would never use.  There were several stamp sets (including one with two little girl stamps and one set with cakes and sweet treats), plus a Christmas stamp set after Emma said she was going to make Christmas cards with them.

Then I started to get ruthless.  I went through my paper collections and pulled out papers that have been there for a while that were bright and colourful and would appeal to children.  I included stickers, particularly bright ones (one set of bugs and flowers I really liked, but I had had them for 5 years and not used them, so onto the pile they went too!).  Plus packets of dried flowers and leaves I got from a work colleague, and so on.  If I hadn’t used it in the past 2 years, and I thought it would appeal to a child, then I included it on the pile.  In the end it was quite a large box including the magazines, and I was very pleased to sent it off.  Emma is a lovely person who does things like finds spare copies of out of print books in second hand stores, on the off chance someone might like it, and has sent me books I was after that way.  So I was really happy to share crafting materials I have no need for with her girls, and that also means she can keep her good papers and stamps separate (because I am sure no matter how well they mean, something might get wet or inky or damaged otherwise).  So they have their own craft supplies now.

What I did not expect was for the girls to do me some artwork as a thank you, and to get a thank you card from Emma too.  I was so excited to receive it!  And then I realised that I had nowhere to display it.  I don’t really have any of my own work up, except for a few mixed media canvases in a corner on mini easels.  So I took myself off to Officeworks, got a corkboard, some coloured magnetic mini whiteboard panels, and some 3M sticky things, and set myself up with a craft display wall in the living room.

Display wall – full layout



La Tour Eiffel

September 1st, 2012

My best friend’s daughter is obsessed with the Eiffel Tower.  His family are French Mauritian, many of them are multi lingual (sadly not my friend so much), and one of them gave little G a tshirt with Eiffel Tower on it.  It immediately became her favourite thing, and she has a book on it, and even got to visit a few months ago.

Anyway I had a few stamps, images and papers relating to Paris and the Eiffel Tower, and thought I would do a mixed media canvas themed around it.  It is the first one I have done for a while, but it was a lot of fun.  I tried to make it bright and airy coloured for a little girl.

La  Tour Eiffel

Stamped image on gloss cardstock, layered on patterned paper.  Canvas painted with acrylic paint, stamped with stazon black ink, embellished with coloured flowersoft.

Elements of Design

April 4th, 2012

Following on from my previous post, this is from an article in Simply Cards and Papercraft, UK Edition, Issue 7 (not sure why this was published first, I think it is information that follows on from the previous information).

The seven elements of design are:

  1. Point
  2. Line
  3. Form / Shape / Space
  4. Movement
  5. Colour
  6. Pattern
  7. Texture

For more detail read on


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