I am reading a book by Dr Mike Dow at the moment called the “The Brain Fog Fix”. Apparently drinking a little wine every evening can actually be beneficial for the brain (one glass per day for women and up to 2 for men), more than that however and it has the opposite effect. My first thought was ‘I’ll need to get myself a larger glass’ (so I can still just have 1 glass per day) and my second thought was ‘Ooooh, I think I have a stamp for that!’ And if you do like to indulge, apparently Champagne and Pinot Noir are the better options.
stamps: Larger Glass 94842X by Inkadinkado
inks: Versamark Clear Pad; Jet Black, Sepia & Library Green Archival Pads
papers: Ivory Matt Card
accessories: Sizzix Frame, Fancy Rectangle 658948; Gold Leaf; Assorted Flowers; Paper Butterfly; Star Dust Stickles; Snow Cap Dabber Paint; White Opal Liquid Pearls; Sunflower Sparkle & Bronze Perfect Pearls; Self-adhesive Pearls
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; magic Mount; Sailor Glue Pen
tools: Big Shot Machine; Paintbrush; Scissors; Water Spritzer; Sponge block; small Sponge
- Cut out the fancy frame from Sizzix die in ivory card. Sponge around edges with sepia ink. Rub clear Versamark ink pad over randomly. Pick up some gold and/or bronze Perfect Pearl powders with a dry paintbrush and brush over frame. The powder will stick to the clear ink. Spritz lightly with water when finished to set the powders.
2. Stamp the image in black ink onto ivory card. Cut the wording at the bottom off separately and cut out the main image around border. Stamp bottle in image, again onto scrap of ivory card in green ink. Cut out bottle and glue over bottle in main image. Run Sailor glue pen around border, and also around neck of bottle and stem of champagne glass. Set aside to dry. The glue comes out blue, then dries clear and tacky. When dry, lay bits of gold leaf over glued areas and press gently with fingers. Use a soft brush to remove excess gold leaf back into pot. I preferred to leave it a little lumpy around parts of the frame for a textured look.
3. Because the image is quite dark, I went over the ladies dress with some white paint applied by dabbing with a small sponge to highlight it better. I dotted some White Opal Liquid Pearls around her neck for a necklace and added some Star Dust Stickles to champagne glass. Set aside to dry. I still found the glass not prominent enough, so drew a line around it (a little crookedly, oops) with a black Zig pen.
4. Fix main image onto ivory card with two-sided tape, angled across decorative frame. It does actually fit perfectly within the frame, but I chose to angle it as I felt it suited the ambiance of the sentiment better. Sponge around the wording with sepia ink. Magic Mount the back of it and position on card.
5. Arrange assorted flowers in bottom left corner as desired. Place self-adhesive pearls in centers of them where needed. Glue butterfly cut-out at top of frame.
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing”
Just getting into the”zone” for my Male Cards class this Saturday. I found this gorgeous little Ned Kelly postage stamp at the craft fair back in May and have been itching to use it ever since. This card doesn’t fit with the vibe for the class, which is leaning more towards the Tim Holtz style, but still a great card for any Aussie outback adventurer.
stamps: Bush scene set111 & wording set082 by Stamp-it; Ned Kelly C905 by Stamp World
inks: Jet Black & Sepia Archival Pads
papers: White & Ivory Matt Cards; Brown & Fawn Bazzill Cards
accessories: Chalks; Silver Pen
adhesives: Super tape; Magic Mount; Tombo Liquid Glue
- Stamp outback scene onto white card with black ink pad. Colour in with chalks. Tear around edges, then sponge with sepia ink and attach onto brown matting (also torn), then fawn backing card.
- Stamp left hand side of scene again onto small piece of ivory card. Don’t colour. Sponge around it’s edges with sepia ink and attach over same part of image on main card.
- Stamp out Ned Kelly Stamp onto white card scrap. Colour in with chalks and a silver pen for his helmet. Cut out. Sponge edges with sepia ink and Magic Mount over house image.
- With the aid of a t-grid, position wording onto card front in black ink.
- Glue twig across base of card.
My first attempt at teabag art. It’s not that hard, so have a go! Worse thing that can happen is you stuff it up. Keep calm, throw it out, and make yourself another cup of tea
NOTE: if you go to my facebook page, you can see a slideshow of some other cards I have made with teabags. This will also be the theme of my first monthly “Coffee Club” group starting in September (see page on ‘Classes’ for details).
1. Firstly drink your cuppa tea
2. Save your tea bag
3. Dry them out (this may take a few days depending on the climate)
4. Empty teabag (by cutting or tearing a hole at the back depending on the shape of bag. You’ll find some tea leaves want to linger)
5. Iron your teabag (I placed my iron directly onto them, but you may prefer to place the teabag within the fold of a hanky or tea towel, or between two pieces of paper)
6. Stamp and colour your teabag. The paper of the teabag is designed to take water, so is easy to work with. I used Distress markers and a waterbrush to colour fuchsias and hummingbird, than added touches of Liquid Pearls to highlight. Assemble rest of card.
stamps used: Fuchsia G-2007 by PSX; A Cup of Tea ICO296 by Graphic 45
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stamps: Flower Amongst Flowers 4155L by Penny Black; Thank You by Stampin’ Up
inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Fired Brick Distress Pad; Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange & Postbox Red Dylusion Sprays
papers: White Matt Card; Raven Bazzill Card; Cad Yellow Mi-Teintes Card
accessories: Yellow Stickles; Petal Pink Liquid Pearls
adhesives: Two-sided Tape, Magic Mount
tools: Paper Crimper; Water Spritzer; Heatgun; Sponging Block
- Spritz your white card lightly with water, then the Dylusion inks, until there is no white left showing. Dry with a heatgun (or set aside to dry naturally).
- Stamp flowers onto card with black ink pad.
- Run card through paper crimper. This will create a soft corrugated effect (I say ‘soft’ as the indentations are not that deep). Dip your sponging block into red ink pad and lightly colour the now raised ridges of the paper. It provides a subtle background pattern and gives the illusion that perhaps the flowers are up against a corrugated fence. (Note: I forgot to take a photo of the crimping process before I added the stickles sorry, so just remember if doing it yourself only put flat card through the crimper or you won’t get as smooth a result. If you don’t have a crimper, you could achieve a similar effect by scoring your card at equal increments).
- Attach card to black matting. Run a strip of cad-yellow card across the middle of the folded black backing card and attach with two-sided tape. Magic Mount card front over it.
- Stamp ‘Thank You’ in black ink onto scrap of cad-yellow. Matt with black card and Magic Mount onto card front.
- Apply yellow Stickles to large flower heads and pink Liquid Pearls to center of small flowers. Set aside to dry.
Just what we all need – a fairy godmother to grant us our dearest wishes:)
stamps: Magical Day #40-305 by Penny Black
inks: Jet Black Archival Pad; Abandoned Coral Distress Pad; Abandoned Coral & Cracked Pistachio Distress Stains
papers: White Matt Card; Aloe Vera & Moss Bazzill Cards; Teresa Collins “Freestyle Crown” (reverse) FR1603
accessories: Gold & Star Dust Stickles; Watercolour Pencils; Crystal Glitter
adhesives: Two-sided Tape; Magic Mount; Glossy Accents
tools: Teflon Matt; Scissors; Waterbrush; Paper Trimmer
- Create peach and aqua puddles of ink with the Distress Stains onto the Teflon matt. Swipe your white card through it. Repeat if needed until covered. While still wet, dribble some Glossy Accents over it in a swirly motion. Set aside to dry.
- Stamp fairy godmother into center of now coloured card in black ink. Stamp her again onto scrap of white card. Colour in with watercolour pencils and use a waterbrush to blend colours. Cut her out and glue into place over image on main card.
- Layer card front onto light green matting, then orange spotty card, and finally onto folded grey/green backing card.
- Stamp wording in black ink onto scrap of white card. Cut to required size. Sponge over with Abandoned Coral ink. Magic Mount at base of card front.
- Apply Glossy Accents with paintbrush to fairies wings and sprinkle glitter in while still wet. Decorate star with Gold Stickles and swirl around fairy wand with Star Dust Stickles. Set aside to dry.
This is the last card from my “Colours of Grief” card making class. Bit of a somber subject I know, but one that shouldn’t be ignored. Give someone you care about a hug today, or a phone call to let them know they MATTER. It’s so easy for us all to get wrapped up in our own busy lives and problems, sometimes we don’t realise what others are going through, or not coping with, until it’s too late.
Stamps: Flamboyant 4240K by Penny Black, Empowered Words DD960A by Unity Stamp Co
Inks: Clear Versamark Pad; Gold Delicate Pad
Papers: Raven, Fawn & Gecko Bazzill Cards
Accessories: Labels die siz660060; Black Frilled Ribbon; Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Mists; Gold Brads; Fine Gold & Clear Embossing Powders
Adhesives: Super Tape; Black Magic Mount
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot Machine; Awl; Paintbrush
- Stamp flamboyant flower in clear pigment ink onto black card and emboss with clear powder. Heatset.
- Lightly spritz Sunflower Sparkle Mist over design. Pick up some of the gold with paintbrush and fill in flower shapes. Heatset.
- Stamp wording onto scrap of black card and emboss with gold powder. Heatset. Select die from set that will fit over wording and cut out label shape in Big Shot machine. Use awl to pierce hole in either side of label and push gold brads through, opening legs at back to secure. Run Gold pad around edge of label to highlight. Magic Mount label onto card front.
- Run gold pad around edge of card front. Flip over and run two-sided tape around perimeter. Peel off one side at a time, attaching ribbon frill as you go. Place black Magic Mount onto back of card. Attach finished card front onto matting of fawn card, then green backing card.
Below is another example using a clear pigment pad and embossing with clear powder onto black card. I highlighted the blossoms on the tree with gold Liquid Pearls.
One of my favourite sayings is that “Tomorrow is another day”. No matter what mistakes you made, what sorrows you suffered, after a good cry and a few hours sleep, I TRY to put yesterday behind me and face the new day with hope in my heart and a smile on my face. “Each day is a new beginning”.
stamps: Autumn Tree 4618E by Stamp-it, Birds 23.049B? by Magenta, Celestial Border 126G by All Night Media
inks: Clear Pigment Pad; Jet Black & Watering Can Archival Pads; Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Shabby Shutters, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain & Black Soot Distress Pads
papers: White Matt Card; Brown & Moss Bazzill Cards
accessories: Silver Embossing Powder; Perfect Pearl & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearl Powders
tools: Sponging block, Paintbrush; Heatgun
- Stamp wording in clear pigment pad and emboss in silver at left side of white card. Stamp tree in black Archival ink at right side of card.
- Tear scrap paper to form a valley shape. Lay this paper down over your card, covering most of it. Make sure you can see the tree roots beneath though, as it’s important that they are rooted into the ground, not floating in the sky. With a sponging block, sponge light brown ink over torn scrap onto your card to shade your hills in.
- Put some red ink on your finger and dab at base of valley. Do the same with orange ink, smudging over the red and radiating outward slightly. Now do the same with the yellow ink, creating a haze around your sun. (You can use a sponging utensil if you don’t like getting your fingers dirty). Sponge Tumbled Glass Distress ink outwards from sun, covering top right of card.
- Sponge Walnut Distress pad at bottom left of card and Black Soot at top left of card together, blending into the lighter colours on the right of card. (*optional: use the edge of your Walnut pad directly onto card to create hill-like pattern).
- Stamp birds in grey ink flying away from tree
- Dip your fingers into Bundled Sage and Shabby Shutter Distress pads and use to colour foliage of tree.
- Heat set inks with heatgun. Stamp celestial border in clear pigment ink above wording and colour with Perfect Pearl and Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls applied with dry paintbrush.
- Attach strip of dark brown card (of same length as original white card) to top and bottom edges of finished card front. I deliberately left the sides without the brown frame, to give the illusion that the scene continues off to either side of that shown.
- Fix layers onto folded grey backing card.
Buried deep in our soul, is a garden bed, where beautiful seeds lie dormant, waiting for that needed nourishment before they can begin to grow. YOU are the gardener! It is important that you take time to tend to this garden, or the seeds will eventually wither and die. Give yourself a little love and occasionally dust off those buried talents and bring them into the light. The tightly furled creative buds will slowly, tentatively, make their way up through the soil, and as more time and love is poured in, so their beauty will expand, stretching and dancing, delighting in the freedom of showing their true selves in all their colourful glory. For your garden to reach full bloom, you must find your joy within and TEND to it.
stamps: Emerson WK106 by Wordsworth; Flowers siset090 by Stamp-it
dies: Lamp Post D494 by Tattered Lace; Circle Framelits by Sizzix
1. Stamp wording in black Archival ink onto front of white Bazzill A6 card.
2. Open up card and cut out circle shape above wording using Big Shot machine and Sizzix circle dies. Cut out a circle border, sponge edges with silver ink and mount it over cut-out to frame.
3. Spritz watercolour paper with water and spray with Black Marble Dylusion Spray. Heatset. Stamp flower background in black StazOn pad over it. Using a waterbrush, bleach colour from flower petals, drying with tissue as you go. Cut design into circular shape.
4. Fit flower circle into cut-out on front of card, and fix to inside card.
5. Cut out lamp post in silver card. adhere to card front.
6. Open up card and decorate flower stamens with silver Liquid Pearls. Set aside to dry.
I like cards that are quick and easy, simple yet effective. I think this card falls into that category.
Stamps: Quite Dandy (flower) 3623K by Penny Black; Sympathy CS924 by Kaisercraft
Inks: Jet Black StazOn & Archival Pads; Weathered Wood & Stormy Sky Distress Stain Sprays
Papers: Watercolour Paper; Blue & Raven Bazzill Cards
Accessories: Frosted Lace Stickles; Water Spritzer
Tools: Tiny Butterfly Punch
- Spritz watercolour paper with water, then Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky Distress Stain sprays. Don’t be too enthusiastic or you’ll colour the entire card and that is not the effect we’re going for.
- When dry, stamp flower image to right-hand side in black Archival pad.
- The Sympathy set by Kaisercraft has 4 wording options. Stamp your chosen wording out in black ink onto white card. Matt with black card and adhere to bottom left of card front.
- Punch out 3 little butterflies in black card and glue onto card.
- Decorate flower heads with Frosted Lace Stickles.
Below is a slight variation of same card, just using another wording, dark blue stickles instead of white, and a less absorbent paper resulting in a different blending of the inks in the background. I also drew a white line down the center of the butterflies for their bodies and added antennae to each with a black pen.