Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Garden layout with pocket

Thanks to the lovely Sheree for the design and pocket idea which I scraplifted for this layout. We've been doing a lot more work trying to grow things in our garden lately.

Paper, chipboard: Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety
Stickers, journal cards: Echo Park Summertime
Other: DIY mist (distress ink broken china reinker and mica powder), Prima packaging, sewing thread

Monday, October 25, 2010

A card, just because...

It was pretty exciting cracking open my Crate Paper Snow Day collection pack on the weekend and making something with it. Totally unrelated to snow or Christmas, but in my opinion, versatility is one of the fabulous things about this pack.

TIP You know how Spellbinders circle dies leaves a lightly embossiedinner edge on your die cut cardstock circle? I added some glitter using a glue pen- the embossed border is the perfect guide. It gives the impression of an extra layer without one.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Ink: Colorbox chestnut pigment ink
Paper: Crate Paper Snow Day, PTI rustic white cardstock
Other: Spellbinders large circle dies; PTI felt, PTI flower die, Prisma glitter; various buttons

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pink and green pastels

I find it hard to work with pastel colours usually. But they are great for baby cards. Die cut layers and buttons are basically the features of this card. Simple but classic.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink mega mixed messages
Dies: PTI fillable frames #1; Spellbinders labels 4
Paper: Basic Grey
Other: distress ink, PTI twill (ripe avocado)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A card in ten minutes

Jennifer McGuire does amazing videos. And she has recently started a new stamping series called Holiday Thinking Inking. Visit her blog to find out more.

I used one of the techniques she showed in the most recent video to create the background for this card. I love how quick and easy it was to get a layered look to this plain white cardstock. The whole thing was done and dusted in less than ten minutes. I will say that I think this works best with heavy weight cardstock or watercolour paper. Mine is 300gsm (about as thick as you can get).

Tip: Use a tiny hole punch to make a notch in the side of the card where you want the twine to wrap around- it sits much more nicely in place on the card.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Finally, a layout

I've been bitten by the knitting bug quite badly in the last couple of weeks, so scrapbooking has taken a bit of a back seat. But it was nice to get a page done "just because" on the weekend.

Paper & chipboard: Crate Paper Brook collection
Other: Basic Grey mini mono stickers; Studio Calico chipboard alpha, fabrips; Jillibean Soup corrugated alpha; paint; My Minds Eye Life Stories journal card.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Gate fold card

This was a super quick birthday card for a little boy. I rarely do gate fold cards so I was quite stumped for a while, but turning it 180 degrees and adding some felt and stickers made it pretty fun in the end.

Cardstock Papertrey Ink aqua mist
Stamps PTI Everyday button bits
Stickers Echo Park Summertime, Sassafras Lass
Other: PTI cloud dies, felt airplane from fun felt set.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Love is simple

Another World Cardmaking Day challenge at, this time a window card theme by Sheree. Dies make easy work of cutting windows in cards and it does jazz up even the most simple design.

I printed the template onto the red cardstock (use the inverted image & print on the back), cut it out and then die cut through all the layers on the card front. The felt heart I just cut freehand.

Paper: Basic Grey
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink pure poppy
Tools: Be My Valentine template by Papertrey Ink, felt PTI ocean tides, die Spellbinders.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

World Cardmaking Day Challenges

There are some great challenges designed to boost your card stash over at Here is one of my entries so far...more to share later.

So many people are in love with the Restoration collection by Crate Paper and I am no exception. I really like the idea of cutting out individual playing cards from the paper and using them as numerical embellishments- this will be a birthday card for a little girl turning two.

I also explored some of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine- stitching just goes so well with this collection.

Paper: Crate Paper Restoration
Stamps: Papertrey Ink Just the Ticket
Other: Distress Ink (vintage photo); American Crafts Zing embossing powder (leaf); sewing machine.