Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas card for gd

I don't normally do cute, it's just not my style. That said, I am having great fun doing cards for my granddaughter. Given she is under 3, cute it has to be. I also enjoy using my cutter for cards for her. This card features her favourite red guy, and no, it's not Santa. The tree is a KNK file shared on Sandy's blog here , done by Bryan and Cara. The font for the greeting is hiccups.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


These angels are from Oxford Impressions, currently unavailable. I love the musical angels, they always bring to mind the phrase " Glory to God in the highest". Wishing you all a very blessed and Merry Christmas.

More Madonna Images

Continuing with the various art representations of the Madonna and child images, these cards are done with stamps from Oxford Impressions which are currently unavailable. I used alcohol inks on gold mirror cardstock which had been embossed with a cuttlebug folder for the Madonna and children image. The Silent Night word stamp from Wordsworth on the first card is embossed with gold detail embossing powder. All other background stamps are Oxford Impressions.

Also, please check out Suzanne's blog, or the Oxford Impressions site. She is having a Christmas card contest with many stamps to be won.

Edited for picture.

Friday, December 18, 2009


These images are from the Blessed Are plate of stamps from the Stampsmith. I am fascinated by the different art interpretations of the Madonna and child image and in the case of the first picture, of Joseph. These stamps make wonderful cards for friends of faith. All are stamped with Memories black on glossy cardstock, and coloured with water based markers used as paint. The metallic background for the blue madonna was done using a gold paper, run through a cuttlebug folder and coloured with alcohol inks. I like to keep these fairly simple, with few embellishments to make the main image pop. It also makes them easier to mail.

Supplies used - Stampsmith stamps, cuttlebug folder, wizard, distress inks, alcohol inks, various cardstocks and fancy papers

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanks card

It's always a bit more difficult to design a card that is for many individuals, both male and female. Fortunately the thanks card was for people who assisted in a Christmas project so I could use holiday colours. The word is done on my KNK digital die cutter using an erasable pen, so that I could emboss the image with gold detail embossing powder. I used a stardust pen to fill in the letters. The thanks phrase and the white card base are edged with gold brilliance ink. The label layers are gold and silver, as the background paper has gold and silver glitter in it. Then came the fun of trying to photograph it. Metal papers are notorious for causing reflections that are distracting, but hopefully the picture gives you a good idea of the effect.

Supplies used: White cardstock, gold and silver metallic papers, KNK, font PassionsConflictRob, gold embossing powder, stardust pen, ribbon, brad, Prima poinsettia, japanese paper

Thursday, November 26, 2009

3 poinsettias

I haven't been feeling very creative lately, as I have had a bad cold that morphed into a sinus infection. This isn't perfect ( I'm not showing anyone the back lol) but I was pleased in general with the overall effect, and that my muse has decided to return and play. This polymer clay necklace is done in Christi Friesen style. I chose not to seal the poinsettias to maintain the more organic look.

This shows the flowers in a little more detail. I used Premo polymer clay. The swarovski off white pearls get this lovely golden colour when baked in the clay.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Who we are

This card uses an image from the Stampsmith. It is stamped on glossy cardstock, coloured with waterbased markers used as paint. All the mounting layers and the edge of the image are distressed with vintage photo distress ink. The phrase is computer generated. I wish it wasn't so true for so many.

Supplies used- Stampsmith stamp, distress inks, various papers and cardstocks

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Birthday cards

Sometimes the simpler cards can be quite effective. These cards use Spellbinders dies for their design elements. I used the renaissance heart border, as well as the ovals and scalloped ovals. The edges are accented with teal chalk ink and distress inks. The monogram letters were cut on my KNK digital cutter, using a file from Ginny's Happy Cuts, available at Paperthreads. The embossed line edge on the D card was done using the Scor-it.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween cards

This card uses an image from Oxford Impressions and a cutter file from Ileana Russell, I Scrap Designs, for the phrase. I thought it was a great one for this image and made for a fun card. It is coloured and airbrushed with Copic markers.

This is a simple card using images from Oxford Impressions, that just sets a mood or tone for Halloween. Distress inks were used to colour this card.

This is my take on a more ghoulish card. The stamps are all Oxford Impressions. I remember reading a bunch of Poe's short stories as a teen and thinking that he had a very strange mind. But I still remember some of them, even these many years later. Distress inks and acrylic paints were used to colour this card.

All the images on this card are from Oxford Impressions as well. It is coloured with distress inks and copic markers.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Haunted Halloween

Suzanne at Oxford Impressions has a new plate of Halloween images called Haunted. These images work well together and with the images on her other two Halloween plates called Trick or Treat and Wicked.

These images are stamped with Memento black on Heavenly White cardstock, from the Paper Temptress, masking as needed. The children are coloured with Copics markers and the background is airbrushed with the Copics. The word phrase is computer generated using the Blackletter font, while Beware is stamped.

The girl and pumpkin are stamped with Memento black on Heavenly White cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. The wings are made with hot glue in a Krafty Lady mold from After Midnight stamps. These are mounted onto a gold framed specialty paper window, topped with gold embossed lace on black cardstock. This is mounted on a cuttlebugged green card, accented with Brilliance gold, mounted onto orange card, then a black base.

My husband says this card reminds him of the movie Beetlejuice. The girl is stamped on Heavenly White cardstock, with Memento black and coloured with Copics. The background was made with various distress inks, overstamped with Memento inks.

Supplies used: All stamps Oxford Impressions, Copic markers and airbrush, distress inks, cardstock from the Paper Temptress, various cardstocks, Memento ink, Krafty Lady mold, Cuttlebug folder

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New pic of card

I was originally going to pull the previous post but thought it might be better to leave it, to illustrate a mistake I made. I got a little too cute with the card and just caused confusion. In the previous version I mixed the Bette image with the Joan Crawford quote, as a kind of ironic statement, but just ended up with a card that didn't make a lot of sense. Lesson learned. I also gave her back her blue eyes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Star card

For those of us who enjoy the hunt for new craft supplies, I thought this might be a fun card. Both the Betty Davis image and Joan Crawford quote are from the Stampsmith. Rumour has it that they were not the best of friends, so I don't think they would really have quoted one another, but since this is my card, I get to ignore that detail. I also chose to give Bette brown eyes instead of blue in my card universe. lol She is stamped with Memories black on glossy cardstock, and coloured with water based markers and chalks. The image is edged with vintage photo distress ink. The phrase is stamped on ivory card, overstamped with a small flourish in teal and grey and mounted with other papers to make a paper ribbon. The image and phrase are mounted onto black cardstock, then decorative paper then onto black and a card base.
For those playing along with the Gingersnap Creations challenges, with the opportunity to win a stamp from the Stampsmith, good luck!

Supplies used: Bette and phrase stamps from the Stampsmith, small flourish Inque Boutique, waterbased markers, chalks, glossy cardstock, various cardstocks and papers, brads, inks

Thursday, September 10, 2009


The current Gingersnaps Creations challenge is to use bling. This Stampsmith image, appropriately named Bling, fits the bill to a tee. She is stamped in Memories black on glossy cardstock, coloured with waterbased markers applied by paintbrush and with chalks. She is mounted on a navy layer, then a white panel coloured with Brilliance inks, direct to paper, then onto a mirrored card layer and finally onto a navy card base. The word phrase is from the Stampsmith as well. I had to play a bit with the camera angle to show the sparkle of the crystal embellishments and the effect of the mirror card.

Supplies used- Stampsmith stamps, mirror card, various cardstocks, Memories black ink, Pearlescent sky blue and Pearlescent purple Brilliance inks, crystals

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pirate Prince

Estelle at the Stampsmith and Gingersnap Creations are teamed up this month, featuring movie stars and with the chance to win a stamp by the Stampsmith on the Gingersnap blog. This card uses the Stampsmith's image of Errol Flynn, the original swashbuckler prince. He is stamped in Memories black on glossy cardstock, and coloured with waterbased markers applied with a paint brush. He is mounted on black card. This is layered onto a scrapbooking paper with a nautical theme, which was aged with distress inks, teal splatter and stamped compass in grey in bottom corner. The pirate quote was computer generated on paper, and distressed. The prince quote is printed onto gold vellum and embossed with detail powder.
What a smile he had!

Supplies used- stamp from the Stampsmith, scrapbooking paper, card stock, waterbased markers, SU splatter stamp, Judikins compass stamp

Friday, July 24, 2009

America's Sweetheart

I really like some of the new pendant dies from Spellbinders and felt that the renaissance heart one would be perfect for this Stampsmith image of Shirley Temple. She is stamped with Memories black on glossy cardstock and coloured with watercolour markers, used as paint. I cut out 8 of the hearts from the incandescant white paper from the Paper Temptress, airbrushed them with a Copic marker, then applied them to the central pendant. This is mounted on a green parchment panel with dimensionals. I cut the border out of the same incandescant paper, airbrushed it and applied it to the base which was cut with the border. The words were done with vellum in a dymo label maker and accented with Copic marker. The edges are inked to add depth.

Supplies used- Stampsmith stamp, glossy cardstock, waterbased markers, Spellbinders renaissance heart pendant and borderabilities, Copic marker and airbrush, vellum, pearls, all other papers from Paper Temptress, SU dye ink

Flower card

This card was done using my KNK electronic die cut machine and a lovely file from Ginny's Happy Cuts at Paperthreads. I have tried to have the photo show the lovely sheen on the white incandescent paper from the Paper Temptress. The flowers are accented with glimmer chalks and the papers distressed a bit with the splatter stamp from SU , using Brilliance inks in gold and sky blue. The edges are inked with Frescoes blue grotto and Antiquities Topiary.

Supplies used- KNK, file by Ginny at Paperthreads, all papers and cardstock are from Paper Temptress, Glimmer chalks, Frescoes ink blue grotto, Antiquities ink Topiary, Brilliance inks in gold and sky blue, stamp and punch from SU, brad, gold detail embossing powder.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Road Trip

I really like this image from the Lucy plate from the Stampsmith. I'm sure most of us have memories of similar car trips, with special friends or family. The image is stamped with Memories black on glossy cardstock and coloured with watercolour markers, applied with a paint brush. The travel scrapbooking paper is aged with vintage photo and walnut stain. The edges of all layers are antiqued with Ranger distress inks in walnut stain, vintage photo and black soot. The word phrases were cut on my Klik N Kut electronic die cutter.

Supplies used- Stampsmith stamp, Memories black ink, glossy cardstock, scrapbooking paper DCWV, various cardstocks, Ranger distress inks, KNK, font used- thwack

Friday, July 10, 2009

A vibrant wedding card

Recently I was invited to a Hindu wedding and needed to make a special card. As their traditional wedding colours are gold and red, this made for a much more vibrant colour combination than is normally used for a wedding card.

I used cardstocks from the Paper Temptress' Christmas collection for this. The phrases were done using an erasable pen in my KNK electronic die cutter, and embossed with gold detail powder. The word layer and the gold one were done using my Wizard and Spellbinders Labels 4. I airbrushed them with Copic marker R27. Aged Mahogany distress ink was used to edge the card. The roses were cut on my KNK using a really interesting paper called red plastic that cut really well and has a kind of suede like texture. I used Charcoal Pallette ink on the edges of the petals for extra definition. The file for the roses is by Jennie Bean Crafts and is available from Paperthreads. I had great fun doing this non-traditional wedding card and love the rich feel of it.

Supplies used- Paper Temptress cardstocks and papers- red pepper column, gold metallic, red plastic, parchment, KNK, file from Jennie Bean Crafts at Paperthreads, Wizard and labels 4 die, Copic airbrush and marker, ribbon, gold detail embossing powder, font used is Passions Conflict Rob, distress ink