A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Flowery Twofer

I've got two flower cards for you today.

For The Flower Challenge "Colour Your Flower":

A simple stamped and watercoloured image, with a vertical sentiment. It's larger than my usual A2 as it's a big image.

Addicted to CAS and Simply Clean and Simple both want to see a flower.  I wanted to make a notecard for a friend who loves all things Scottish so I used a thistle flower.

Stamped, coloured with markers, trimmed with a stitched rectangle, bordered with green, and popped up on fun foam on a purple card base.

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Stamps Happen Sweet Peas, Hero Arts sentiment
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper - watercolour paper, off white cs
Size - 6.25x4.75"
Accessories - watercolour paints

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Old Island Stamp Co. thistle
Ink - Memento London Fog, Vivid Cobblestone
Paper - white, green, purple cs
Size - A2
Accessories - markers, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam

Monday 20 May 2024

Christmas Twofer - Scandinavian and Humour

52 Christmas Card Throwdown wants to see something Scandinavian style.  I thought it was the perfect chance to use my Nordic Frames dies and also a stamp of a Scandinavian reindeer.

I stamped the reindeer with Versamark on navy cs (it looks black in the photo but it is really navy) and heat embossed in white.  Then trimmed the panel with one of the Nordic Frames dies, cut one of the other frames out of off-white cs, layered it all on another piece of navy cs, and then finally on an off-white card base.  I added a small sentiment stamped in navy on a little strip of off-white cs.

My second card is for the "Lots of Laughs" challenge at The Paper Players.

I embossed a piece of green cs with pine tree branches to represent the tree mentioned in the stamp.  I stamped the image of the cat on watercolour paper and lightly watercoloured it.  I die cut the three tiny ornaments and put them on the card as if they'd fallen off the branches.


Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Studio Light reindeer, Penny Black sentiment
Ink - Versamark, Distress Chipped Sapphire
Paper - navy and off white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Greetery Nordic Frames, white embossing powder

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Technique Junkies
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - green, gold, and white cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Sizzix embossing folder, mini ornament dies, grey watercolour paint

Saturday 18 May 2024

Blue Ornaments for Peace on Earth Challenge

Many of you know that blue is my favourite colour so when I saw the latest Peace on Earth mood board, I was pretty happy.  The top left image (see the mood board at the end of my post) made me immediately think of a set of Penny Black ornament stamps I have (but shamefully had never used).

I stamped and heat embossed the pine branch in silver (having seen the silver tinsel in the top right image).  I then stamped and heat embossed the outer two ornaments in sparkly blue.  On a separate piece of cs, I did the same with the centre ornament, cut it with the matching die, and popped it up on dimensional tape.

I bordered with silver mirror card and added it to a matching blue shimmer card base.

There's lots more inspiration over at the Peace on Earth Challenge blog.  We'd love to have you join us and be inspired by our mood board or just post an "anything Christmas" card.

Since I've never used the ornament stamps and die before, I'm linking it up with the NBUS challenge.

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Stamps - Penny Black ornaments, Hero Arts sentiment, unknown branch
Ink - ColorBox Royal Blue and Silver
Paper - blue shimmer cs, silver mirror cs, white cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - Stampendous Blue Magic embossing powder, Ranger silver embossing powder

Thursday 16 May 2024

Starry Peace and Embossed Flowers

Jingle Belles want us to create cards without a speck of decorative paper - cardstock only.  Inkspirational wants a Seasonal card.   And Cardz 4 Guyz wants stars and / or stripes.

Except for the stamped sentiment, everything is cardstock.  I started off with a piece of gold shimmer cs that I'd cut a large star out of for another card. The star opening was just the right size for my sentiment so I stamped and heat embossed it on cream cs and layered the gold cs over it. I die cut a few tiny gold stars and two cream doves and scattered them about to tie in the themes of stars and peace in the sentiment.

If it's hard to read the sentiment in the photo, it says "Star light, star bright, a wish for peace on earth tonight."

I needed to make a congratulations card for my niece who is getting her PhD.  She always tells me she likes cards I make with dry embossing on them so it was the perfect opportunity to make a card for Can You Handle the Pressure "A Twist of Flowers".

I created the background piece by rubbing the debossed side of the embossing folder with pale pink ink and then ran it through my Cuttlebug.  For the focal panel, I used a brass Dreamweaver stencil.  I rubbed it all over with various mini Distress inks to get darker colours and a variety of colours compared to the background, and then ran it through my Cuttlebug to get the stencil to create embossing.  I bordered the focal panel with silver cs and die cut the sentiment out of the same silver cs.


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Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Great Impressions sentiment
Ink - ColorBox gold
Paper - gold shimmer and cream cs
Size - 4.25" square
Accessories - Spellbinders star die, SSS tiny stars die, Memory Box tiny doves dies, gold embossing powder, fun foam

Supplies for card :
Ink - various pink and mauve Distress inks
Paper - white and silver cs
Size - A5
Accessories - Dreamweaver flower stencil, unknown embossing folder, TH sentiment die