Monday, 28 May 2012

Roses are red...

Gosh, I have been busy crafting this last couple of weeks!

Above is a cute card I made featuring the Marianne Design Creatables LR00145 flower set die. Would you believe it took AGES to make as I found the roses a little fiddly to put together (I'm all fingers and thumbs some days) but I am really happy with the result. I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 nesting dies to create the frame border.

I also made the following couple of cards on behalf of my good friend, Debbie. I stamped the flowers onto white card then coloured them with pink Copics and fussy cut them. The flower vase I created on the computer after yet more fiddling around. I rolled my 'script' stamp across part of the card first with pale green Versa Color Chalk Ink then added a strip of white and hot pink ribbon and foam mounted the flowers and vase. A rather simple card, but a pretty one I think.

My next card features one of my favourite dies, the Lacé Dots Rosette. When used with double-sided paper this die creates a wonderful intricate pattern and it's great for mounting onto coodrinating papers. I used my Cottage Cutz butterfly die, which again is rather fiddly as all the pieces are die-cut individually then glued together. Still, it's a pretty butterfly that sits quite nicely in the centre of the rosette.

Well thanks for looking.
Please check back soon as I'll have my next project for Cardmaking Online uploaded on 4 June :)

Friday, 18 May 2012

Stamp Layering Tutorial


In this tutorial I will share with you a simple yet effective stamp layering technique, which can be used to create depth of field in a design incorporating more than one stamp. As you can see from the example above I have used three stamps in my design:

Stamp one: an owl
Stamp two: a tree
Stamp three: moss

I have positioned the tree behind the owl and have stamped moss around the base of the tree without stamping over the base itself. This has been achieved by masking the first image before stamping the next image partially over it, and so on.

This stamping technique is versatile to use with many different stamps, although it is easier to see where you are positioning your stamp if you use a clear stamp mounted onto a clear block.  I used black ink in my deisgn, however you could use any colour of ink. I also created my stamp 'masks' using sticky notes, as they are easily removable and do not leave any residue on your project.

Before commencing, choose which stamps you would like to use in your design and decide which stamp you would like to appear at the 'front' of your stamped design, for example I chose the owl stamp. This is the stamp which you will use first.


1.  Create a 'mask' for each of your stamps: take a sticky note and place it with the sticky side down on your craft mat. Ink your stamp and stamp the image one onto the sticky note, ensuring as much of the image is over the area which is sticky underneath. Repeat this process for each of your stamps using a new sticky note for each stamp.
2. Trim around the image/s leaving a 1 mm border and set aside.

3. Stamp the owl onto white card. Place the owl mask over the stamped image ensuring it is positioned exactly over the image as shown below.


4. Stamp the tree partially over the masked owl then remove the mask to reveal your image.


5. Now repeat the above step but this time apply a mask to the base of the tree then stamp moss as shown below.


Your image is now complete and is ready to incorporate into a project.

I used my image in a card, as shown below, along with a couple other cards featuring this technique.


White card
Black ink
Clear stamps: owl, tree and moss
Clear stamp block
Sticky notes

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Cardmaking Online - Lacé Dots Rosette Card

My latest project on behalf of Cardmaking Online features the Lacé Dots Rosette cut and emboss template which when used with double-sided paper, creates a beautiful topper suitable for any project. There are a number of Lacé dies which offer a slightly different result to the one I've used but what I love about them is that they are so easy to use and yet the end result looks like it was a bit tricky to achieve!

The Lacé dies can be used with any die-cutting machine, I used my Cuttlebug and plates A, C & B. I then embossed the die-cut rosette by processing it through the machine again with an embossing tan mat. You can just about see the embossed dots on the black spotted paper - I'm sure the dots would be more visible on a lighter paper, but I liked the contrast of the black and white in my design.

To complete the rosette I simply folded back each '<' shape to the right (to expose the reverse side of the paper) then hooked it under the next piece, and so on. I mounted my rosette onto red card so that it would be easy to see the reverse side of the paper. I embossed the red card with my dots embossing folder to continue the spotted theme.


In the centre of the rosette I foam-mounted a die-cut butterfly decorated with stardust Stickles. Some silver peel-off mini ornament stickers and a silver peel-off greeting complete the card.

Cottage Cutz Die - Butterflies
Provo Craft Die - Small Circles (3.8 mm diameter)
Ranger Stickles - Stardust
American Crafts Galaxy Marker - White Paint-Like Ink
Black/White Dotted Paper - 130 mm x 130 mm
Red Card - 115 mm x 115 mm

Friday, 4 May 2012

Cardmaking Online - StudioLight 3D Decoupage Rose card

Hello blogger friends!

Well hasn't the weather turned wet and cold all of a sudden? Well, it has in South Gippsland anway! All the more reason to hibernate indoors and get my craft on, I think. Here's a card I have been busy working on this week for Cardmaking Online. It features beautiful 3D roses and a matching frame from the 3D Die-Cut Studiolight Frames 1 set.

This 3D decoupage set comes with two die-cut frames and two sets of die-cut flowers, so you can get two projects out of the one sheet. Given the individual pieces are die-cut they are very easy to punch out can be transformed into beautiful 3D toppers in a matter of minutes.  

Here's what the original decoupage sheet looks like:

This sheet is quite versatile - I used the round frame and coordinating 3D flowers to make a Mother's Day card for my first project for Cardmaking Online a few weeks ago.

To make the above card I embossed the C6 pink base card using the cArt-Us Flower Branches embossing folder and coloured the embossed design using an American Crafts metallic gold ink marker. I then applied a light coating of gold Ranger Perfect Pearls to the inked design to add a little shimmer. Once this dried I adhered a length of maroon grosgrain ribbon to the centre of the card and adhered two lengths of gold satin ribbon to both sides of the maroon ribbon (refer photo above for placement).

The 3D flowers were assembled to the base flower image using small foam squares and using a paint brush and a little water I applied gold Perfect Pearls to highlight the yellow/gold areas of the flowers as shown below.

I cut around the inside of the frame to separate the frame from the base flower image and foam-mounted the frame to the centre of the card then adhered the 3D flower inside the frame using double-sided tape.

If you're interested in making this card you will find step-by-step instructions and a product list on the Cardmaking Online blog.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, please feel free to leave a comment :)

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

October Afternoon - We've been waiting for you - baby card

Hi all!

Here is my latest baby card creation, which I have just completed... 


It features October Afternoon 'Ducks in a Row' papers and stamps, which I think are just gorgeous and suitable for either a baby girl or boy.  I was so inspired by a card I saw featured in Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine recently I just had to purchase these super cute products and try them out for myself!
I stamped the duck, duckling and butterfly images onto white Bazzill cardstock and coloured them using yellow and skin tone Copic markers.  The blue border was die-cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities Label One die and was mounted using foam squares to create a 3D effect. A touch of Glossy Accents applied to the ducks' beaks, a little lace and a computer-generated greeting complete the card!

I'm now busy working on my next project for Cardmaking Online so please be sure to check back here at the end of the week. 

Enjoy your day :)