Friday, 9 December 2016

Small Christmas cards

I was asked last week to make a few Christmas cards for a friend of mine.  There were two restrictions - they had to be small cards (these are 10.5 x 7.4cm), and the sentiment could NOT be black.  This is what I made:
I used a stencil that I have been using a LOT this Christmas, the Mini Doodle Bloom Stencil from The Crafters Workshop. I went over the stencil with Festive Berries ink, blending out towards the right side so that I had white space to gold heat emboss the sentiment from Hero Arts.  I added some detail to the stencil using Icicle Stickles. 
I used almost the same technique for the second card, but I used the Mini Ceiling Tile stencil from The Crafters Workshop instead.
 Thanks for visiting :)   I have a special post tomorrow - you won't want to miss it!!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 18

Welcome back to part 18 of my Christmas series, "Challenge me a Christmas Card". My cardmaking friend, Lesley O'Connor, challenged me to use pink, green and gold. I came up with this CAS card:
 I used stamps from CASual Fridays set "Christmas Carols".  For the poinsettia flowers, I first stamped the large flower in Hero Arts soft pink shadow ink.  I then took the same stamp and inked up just the tips of the petals with mint ink from Simon Says Stamp and stamped them in between the pink petals. I then took the medium sized flower stamp and stamped in Hero Arts Bubblegum ink over the top.  I finished the flowers with some hand drawn dots of gold gel pen in the centre, and a bunch of little dots in pink, mint and gold (the pink and mint dots I made by picking up ink with a metal stylus). The sentiment was stamped in Hero Arts intense black ink.
 I have a few more challenges up my sleeve - I hope to see you again soon!

Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Stamper's Challenge with Darkroom Door

I recently had some cards published in the Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft Magazine - so exciting!  These two cards were part of the Stamper's Challenge, using stamps from Darkroom Door.

You can check them both out in the November issue of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft Magazine (Vol 23 No3). 

Thanks for visiting :)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 17

Welcome back to Challenge me a Christmas Card!  My cardmaking and FB friend, Marion Vagg, challenged me to make a card using only black and white.

 Thanks for visiting - come back again soon for more challenges!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas tags

I wanted to make some simple, quick Christmas tags today on some white cardstock I'd already cut with a tag top (cut with a punch from Stampin' Up).  I started thinking I would stamp the outline "Peace Poinsettias" from Hero Arts in black, then stamp the solid poinsettia inside the outline to colour it. But at some stage, I changed my mind. 

I pulled out my Inktense pencils and coloured them, before adding some water (I didn't use watercolour paper, I had to be sparing with the water). I then decided I needed a background colour, so I pulled out a Distress Ink reinker in Tumbled Glass, and painted it close to the poinsettias.  I then thought I was done, until I looked at my desk and saw my Wink of Stella brush, and I had to add some glimmer.  The last thing I did on the cardstock was decide that the space in the bottom right would not be for my to/from message, but for a sentiment from Avery Elle, which I stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, and clear heat embossed. The final step was to add some red ribbon with white polka dots.
 Thanks for visiting :)  I'll be back again tomorrow with another "Challenge me a Christmas Card" post.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 16

Welcome back! Today, I have a card that took a lot of thinking - I was challenged by Denise K at choir to make a Sci Fi Christmas card.  I've already made a dinosaur card (yes, dinosaurs are science fact, but a dino wearing a Santa hat is more science fiction!), but I wanted to go with a sci fi theme that would appeal more to my geek/nerd friends. I was also challenged by Helen N at choir to make a pop-up/3D card. So say hello to bobble-head Santa Picard.
 Thanks for visiting - come back for more Challenge me a Christmas Card soon!

Saturday, 3 December 2016


I recently had a bunch of people to thank in my choir - I organise the supper roster for my choir, and there were lots of people who contributed yummy things for supper this year (and some who went above and beyond - I'm looking at you, Bek, Hui Jun, Di and Heather). I wrote out a little thank you card for people who were repeat contributors. Here's a small selection of the cards I made. I used a sentiment from Avery Elle's "Big Greetings" on each card, and then used a bunch of different stencils and Distress Inks.

(PS These cards are LITTLE - about half the size of a standard card.)
Thanks for visiting :)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Challenge me a Christmas Card 15

Welcome back to Challenge me a Christmas Card part 15!

For this card, I actually combined three separate challenges.  My workmate, Trisha, challenged me o use the Australian Christmas Bell (Blandifordia nobilis) on a card.  My friend Maddie wanted me to make an Australian-themed card "without the cliche of Santa at the beach".  My choir friend, Di, wanted me to put a Christmas Carol on a card.  So I combined the three!

 For those friends in the northern hemisphere, Christmas in Australia is hot.  It's early summer and our northerly winds bring the heat down from Central Australia. Another thing you may not be aware of is that we have Australian Christmas carols - not many, I grant you, but they exist!  This one is my favourites - the words are by John Wheeler, the music by William G James.  (check out the lyrics at
I used the "softly" stamp from Penny Black for the flowers and leaves. Of course, I did not find a stamp for the sentiment, so I wrote that by hand.  The flowers and leaves were first stamped and clear-embossed onto kraft cardstock, then coloured with Inktense pencils and some water added. I also added a little bit of Wink of Stella to the flowers. A few extra leaves were stamped, fussy cut, and adhered with dimensional adhesive.
I'll be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes!
Thanks for visiting me for my latest "Challenge me a Christmas Card" post - stay tuned for more!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Fusion - Happy birthday roses

Welcome to a new Fusion Challenge!  For this challenge, I went with the sketch:

I'll also be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - this week, it is Anything Goes!
Thanks for visiting :)

Season's Greetings from the A Blog Named Hero Facebook page

Hello!  It seems like every second or third Christmas card I make has this Hero Arts "Peace Poinsettia" stamp on it! Oh, well, it is my favourite!

I'll be sharing this card at Time Out challenge, where the theme is Christmas with an optional twist of glitter or shimmer.  I'll also be sharing this card at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - their theme is "Anything Goes"  and at CAS on Sunday for their Christmas challenge.

Thanks for visiting :)