Thursday, December 16, 2010

More Christmas cards

These cards are made with images from the new Oxford Impressions Christmas plate Sleigh Bells. This card expresses my wish for peace this Christmas.

This quote seems made for these boys.

This card makes use of the masking technique. The quote is from the St. Nicholas collection.

I was so happy to see this formerly retired image back in this collection. She is one of my favourites. The snowflake was cut on my KNK electronic die cutter.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dress form christmas card

I had fun combining this image from the Oxford Impressions Dress Forms and Corsetry plate with the Christmas tree from the Sleigh Bells plate. I drew the lights on the form and coloured the whole thing with Copic markers and air brush.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Corset cards

I did this series of cards using images from Oxford Impressions' new plate, Dress Forms and Corsetry. These are kind of unusual for me as I am not a pink person generally but liked the colour for these images. The background were all done doing a kind of master sheet, randomly stamped with various images from the plate, using distress inks.

Monday, October 4, 2010

More sea cards

Continuing with The Deep plate from Oxford Impressions, I used actual reef photos and stamped images to create this undersea world.

I used amber crystals for the eyes on the octopus.

The seahorse also has a crystal eye. The sea creature images were stamped on glossy cardstock and coloured with waterbased and pigment markers.

I really enjoyed using my photos with the images. Regardless of how exotic the stamped images are, the reef is even more spectacular. I did have to soften the pictures so that the stamped images were not lost.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Deep Sea Voyage

Suzanne at Oxford Impressions has been doing plates that are steampunk in feel. These cards are done using images from The Deep plate, based on Jules Verne type sea images. The gentleman is from the Steampunk Elements plate. My version of a diving bell was done using my Klik N Kut to cut out the basic shape from cardstock. I covered it with metal tape and added dimension using Ten Seconds Studios metal tools and acrylic paint. The background was done with Ranger Colour Washes. The fish were stamped on cardstock, coloured with Copic markers and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I used prismacolour pencils for the sea weeds and corals.

Taking a cue from the ladies that use Stampscape stamped images in conjunction with photos, the diver was stamped onto a photo from a recent snorkelling trip. The porthole was cut and embossed with my Wizard and circular dies. I used the copic airbrush to create the wood look. Pencil crayon defines the individual boards.

Monday, August 23, 2010

80th birthday card

A few months ago, Ileana Russell, I Scrap Designs ,shared this great cutter file. I just knew it would be perfect for my dad's 80th birthday. It was a little hard to photograph, because I used mirror card to get the chrome look. It tends to either reflect the light everywhere or show the photographer in the pic. Oh well, I think you get the idea anyways.

This was cut with my KNK cutter, using black cardstock, mirror card and a cream cardstock that I antiqued with distress inks. I used my Scor-it to do the embossing on the mirror card. It was a big hit at my dad's party.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

3rd birthday card

It's hard to believe that my granddaughter is now three. She still loves Elmo but has also developed an interest in the princesses and fairies. So this year's card is more girly than the previous ones. She is cut out of cardstock using my KNK cutter and an EPS image from Brands of the World. I shaded with chalks to give dimension and added glitter to the wings. The word phrases are cut from vinyl.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Alice humour

These cards use images from the Illustrated Alice plate at Oxford Impressions. They are coloured and airbrushed with Copic markers. The word phrases are computer generated. I hope these bring a smile to your day.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Published in Somerset Studios

Thursday was a fun day. I returned home to find the latest Somerset Studios magazine in my mailbox, as they had published 2 of my cards from the call for art for Alice in Wonderland. I had taken pictures before submitting them and would like to share them here and to mention that the stamps are from Oxford Impressions, as the stamp credits are missing in the magazine writeup. Of course, their photography is much better than mine and they staged them really nicely, but you get the idea.

Friday, February 19, 2010


This card uses images from the Bonbon plate and background text from the China Dolls plate from Oxford Impressions. It's my take on the coveted item, lovingly torn out and the page saved from the catalogue. For boys, I think it used to be bicycles and wagons, and in my imagination, the girls would have loved the dolls and the tea sets.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


This card uses a wonderful image from the Stampsmith. The image is coloured with waterbased markers, used as paint. The heart was cut with a cuttlebug die in my Wizard. The word phrase is done with a dymo label maker. Does Cupid have you in sight?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Some Valentine cards

I like the simplicity of this. The decorative paper pulls this all together very well. The stamped image is coloured with waterbased markers applied by paintbrush.
The images are all Oxford Impressions.

This card is coloured with both Copic markers and the airbrush and overstamped with distress inks. The hearts are made on my KNK electronic diecutter, using a file by Mary. All stamps are Oxford Impressions.

I really like this image for the haunting quality she has. The stamped image is coloured with waterbased markers, applied as paint. All stamped images are by Oxford Impressions.

This girl is so Parisian, I thought she was perfect for outside the candy shop. She is coloured with waterbased markers, used as paint. The store image is coloured with Copic markers. All stamps are Oxford Impressions.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Simply Alice

Often I find that some of the most effective cards can be some of the simpler ones to do. This classic Alice image from Oxford Impressions is stamped with Memento black ink on cardstock from the Paper Temptress and coloured with Copic Markers. The phrase is a green core black cardstock strip, run through a dymo label maker and sanded. The background layer is a scrapbooking paper. I enjoyed doing the purple caterpillar and this paper matches well and pulls it all together.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Winter cards

Due to an unforseen postal delay, I didn't receive the St. Nicholas plate of stamps from Suzanne at Oxford Impressions until after Christmas. So I decided to make winter cards, rather than holiday ones. For this card, I used gold mirror card, embossed with my Wizard using a cuttlebug folder, and coloured with Ranger alcohol inks. I think the effect looks like pierced metal. I used images from the St.Nicholas and Winter Snow plates.

The bird was stamped with Memento black on card from the Paper Temptress and coloured and airbrushed with Copic markers. I kept the card fairly simple, using layers to accent the colours in the image.

This card is stamped with Memento black, coloured and airbrushed with Copic markers. I used antique linen distress ink to overstamp the label onto the image. All stamps are Oxford Impressions.