19 November 2012

Purple Tilda

I made this card for my friend Helen, to take to her when I visited with her.


  Image:  Tilda stamped for me by a friend.  I added the nose and mouth detail.
  Colouring:  Coloured pencils and baby oil.
  Embellishments:  Larger rose purchased, I think, from Bizzy Becs.  Smaller roses I made myself using Vinca punch.  And the leaves are a punch too.  The thread is one of those fancy knitting threads.  The darker purple strip (horizontal) is material, not paper.


25 August 2012

Pirate Bear

I made this card for a little friend of ours, and would like to submit it to Dustin Pike's "Bear Minimum" challenge.  It was a fun card to make.

  Image: by Dustin Pike
  Colouring: coloured pencils and baby oil
  Embellishments: Shell, and the anchor came out of a Christmas bon-bon.


29 January 2012

Rock On!

I made this card for my niece.

I have some pink fur material from a toy pig that nobody wanted - who wants a furry pink pig that is supposed to walk, but no longer does, has a broken arm, and is hard and clunky?!

I saved the fur, thinking that it would make an interesting card.  And the above card is the result.

  Inspiration: Sassy Teenager card  - Yes, I know my card looks nothing like it, but it was the card that I started from, and drew my inspiration from.
  Image: Girl Rockers by ColouringPages, Rock On was printed using the computer.
  Colouring: coloured pencils and baby oil
  Embellishments: Brads and eyelets


22 January 2012

At the beach

I made this card for my friend's birthday.

The image is cut from an old card from the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists association.  I trimmed the card down, and added it onto a new base.  I then added the starfish (painted with Glossy Accents to give them extra strength), the twine, and the matting.  The sentiment was printed on the computer, chalked, and stuck on top.  I wanted to give the card a lot of texture.  The shading around the edge was done with some oil paint on a dry brush.


21 January 2012

Artist card

Below is the card I made for my nephew's birthday. My nephew gets together with his grandmother regularly, and they do lots of crafty things and painting together.

  Image: Dustin Pike
  Coloured: Colouring pencils & oil
  Punch: Martha Stewart Laurel leaf double edge
  Embellishments: Pearls; easel from a Kinder Surprise kid's toy, and the "painting" is trimmed from a kids jigsaw piece!
  Sentiment: printed on the computer

I did the edging my drawing with a felt pen on a piece of foam, and then "stamped" that on the edge of the patterned paper.


30 November 2011

Thank you card

Below is a Thank you card that I made for my son's French Horn teacher.  I didn't want anything too fancy, so it's a fairly simple card.

I actually modified a card that I had made in 2005, and it was still in my stash.

Here's what the original looked like.

Sometimes it's really interesting to see how my card style has changed over the years.


22 May 2011

Stamp storage idea


I'm feeling quite proud of myself as I've come up with a new way (new for me anyway!) to store my clear, and unmounted, stamps.

And I'd like to share.  :)

Here's a pic:

If you'd like to know what I did, read below for some basic instructions.

You'll need
  • A ring-binder folder - a nice big one, preferably with more than two rings.
  • Clear plastic page protectors
  • A4 card (or letter-sized if you are American)
  • Sewing machine & thread
  • Craft knife
  • Ruler & pencil
On the A4 card, rule straight lines.  (In the pictures I'm going to show, I've ruled mine into 8ths.  But I've done other pages ruled into halves, or quarters, or any combination of the above!)

Place the card into the page protector, and then stitch along the lines.  Below is a pic of my stitched page.

Then, using your craft knife, very carefully cut a slit only through the plastic layer for each "pocket" on your page.  I like to cut at least about 5 to 8 mm away from the stitching, and I curve the cut up at each end.  I hope you can see what I mean in the couple of pics below.

Then it's simply a matter of putting the stamps into the pockets!

One thing that I love about this is that I can create my pockets any size that I would like.  Here's a page done into quarters, holding some of my beautiful Whiff of Joy stamps.

And I can mix & match sizes on the one page.

Hope this helps!


I've discovered that it is best NOT to sew more than one divide vertically (ie no more than two pockets going across), or the page buckles too much.  Especially when putting in the thicker unmounteds that are attached to EZMount.  Going vertically, I've divided it into 5 rows with no problem.

02 May 2011

Anniversary Card

This is a late anniversary card that I made for my husband.  There was just too much happening around the time of our anniversary, and I didn't get to make the card for him then.  I'm fairly happy with it.

I'm submitting this to Dustin's current challenge.  The criteria is to use two of the colours from his blog header.  But it doesn't say to use only two!  So I think I'm okay with the blue, brown and red (the critters on his blog header have red noses!).

  Inspiration: from this beautiful card by "Jane's Lovely Cards".
  Image: from Dustin Pike
  Coloring: colouring pencils and baby oil.  Edges shaded using ordinary felt pens.
  Other Stamps: "Delicate Leaves" by Hero Arts; Star burst, Unknown; Rose bush Topiary by PSX.
  Other details: Happy Anniversary is a sticker.


13 April 2011

Fairy bear

Life has just been waaaaay too busy this year.  And my New Year's resolution was to not be so busy!  I've made hardly any cards so far this year.  I normally make 60+ (not counting Christmas cards), so this is pretty pitiful.

Anyway, I started this card more than a month ago, and now I've finally finished it.  It's for my little niece.  I'm almost too embarrassed to send this now, but I did make it for her, so I shall send it anyway.

  Image: from Dustin Pike
  Coloring: colouring pencils and baby oil.
  Flower: Synthetic flower from bunch from cheap shop.
  Other details: The "ribbon" is a string of sequins, I've used a star-shaped brad to attach the flower, the fairy bear panel is up on foam mounts.

I'm submitting this to Dustin's current challenge, which is to make a birthday card using one of his images.  By submitting it to the challenge, I receive "Pike's Points" - these are redeemable as a discount when purchasing digital stamps from him.  I figure this is a win-win situation, as his images are great, and they aren't that expensive to start with!


20 February 2011

More fairy cards

The fairy with the butterfly above was made for a little friend, and the flower one was for a niece.  I've used this fairy before.

  Image: from www.coloring.ws.
  Coloring: colouring pencils and baby oil.
  Flower: made using instructions by StampArtic.
  Stamp: C16K Butterfly by Crafty Kids (now known as Kaszazz - I really don't like the new name).

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