Sunday, 19 September 2021


Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Natalie!

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (silver, gold, copper, black), Techniques (die cut, heat embossing), Elements (gears, metallic frame, ).

INCLUDE: metallic colours, die cuts, frames

MODIFY: gears to daisies, die cut sentiment, orientation, 

EXCLUDE: heat embossing, 

I started by creating my black panel with gold frames. Then I die cut the daisies from different metallic cardstock scraps from my stash and arranged them with some overlap. My sentiment was cut 3 times and stacked up, and I added gold and silver pearls as accents.

Friday, 17 September 2021

Get MORE from Background Stamps


Background stamps are more versatile than I thought! This week's video explores this hardworking craftroom hero. Check it out here (and more cards below!):

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Sunflower Thanks

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Mom42Gran21.

I chose this card as my inspiration

LIST: Colours (autumn tones of orange, green, red, purple, blue, gold accents), Elements (3 flowers, leaves, stamped sentiment strip, torn edge), Techniques - blended? background
INCLUDE: colours, flowers, leaves, gold accents
MODIFY: one flower, fewer leaves, inlaid die cut, gel plate/ stencil technique on background and flower/leaves, die cut sentiment
EXCLUDE: torn edge
SPIN: Square card

This card is a a real mix of products from a number of my favourite companies. The sunflower is from A Jillian Vance Design, and I liked the outline design so much that I got out some Waffle Flower leaf dies that also have that outline.

To colour my cardstock background and inlaid pieces, I used my gel plate and some stencils. I love how the starburst stencil on the flower actually makes it look like there are more petals. And if you look closely, you can see the stencil pattern on the flower centre as well - I just blended dark brown ink over top of it so that I could retain the subtle pattern.

Friday, 10 September 2021

Craft Room Tour - 2021 Update

Good morning! I thought it was about time to share a craft room tour update - thanks to the pandemic, I've made a couple of significant changes (and those resulted in some other minor changes). Here's a link to the video:

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Bicycle Cards


So this card is one that didn't make it into my video about making 'masculine' cards - we often think that sporty cards work well for men, and they do! But my friend loves to cycle and I know she will love this card (and the one below). She just moved into a new home, so this Christmas sentiment from Ellen Hutson is perfect, even if it doesn't tie perfectly with the bike motif! 

I think Gerry summed it up best in her video - instead of making cards for men, let's just make cards for people - we're already very good at that!

For this card I cut the Penny Black bicycle die 15 times from black cardstock and 15 times from white. I glued the black outlines onto a white panel, then added in the coloured 'inner wheels' from the white die cuts.

For the second card, I took one of the leftover white die cuts, coloured it with a rainbow of Copic markers and stacked it up with a few of the other white die cuts.

This sentiment is a very old wooden stamp from Stampin' Up, but again, it's perfect for a cycling card.

Sunday, 5 September 2021

Floral Birthday Wishes

Congratulations to this week's Feature Stamper, Shirley (shirlb19). 

I chose this card as my inspiration:

LIST: Colours (black, white, pink, green), Techniques (stamping, colouring), Elements (geometric background, floral, stripes, lace, no sentiment)

INCLUDE: black, white, green, floral

MODIFY: pink flowers to multi-colour, b&w stripes to frames, stamping to die cuts, added sentiment

EXCLUDE: ribbon

SPIN: format (mini-slim)

I created this mini-slim card with new frame and floral dies from Crafty Meraki. I cut the nested frames from both black and white, and inlaid them onto my cardbase. I cut the leaves and flowers from white cardstock and ink-smooshed them, and added some white splatter when they were dry. I layered up two each for the flowers, for extra interest and dimension.

My sentiment strip is actually part of a leftover white frame (another use for these versatile frame dies!)

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Friday, 3 September 2021

Solving the Mystery of Making Masculine Cards


Why do we struggle so much when we're making masculine cards? Gerry and I have been talking about different strategies we can use to solve that mystery - start with my video here: