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".

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

A Christmas Tree and A White House

I seem to always be doing "twofers" these days!

The first one for today is for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown's colour challenge "Red, Green, & Brown".

I put the stamp in my MISTI, inked it up with various mini Distress inkpads, spritzed lightly, and stamped on watercolour paper, repeating in areas I wasn't happy with.  I added a brown sentiment, then trimmed the panel, mounted it on a cream card base, and added red gemstones to the tree.

The Paper Players want to see a house on the card.

I created a smooshed background with two shades of blue.  Then die cut the house twice out of white cs, once out yellow cs.  I glued the two white ones together, mounted it on my background, and inserted just the yellow windows from the yellow die cut.  Added a navy sentiment and a navy border, and popped it up on fun foam on the card base.

52 Christmas Card Throwdown

The Paper Players

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - various green and brown mini Distress inks
Paper - watercolour paper, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - red and gold gemstones

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Savvy Stamps sentiment
Ink - Distress Broken China and Tumbled Glass, Memento Nautical Blue
Paper - white, yellow, and navy cs
Size - A2
Accessories - unknown house die

Saturday, 14 May 2022

Snowman in Red

Time for the new Peace on Earth Challenge!  Don't the weeks just fly by?  Here's my card to help inspire you:

I stamped the image and coloured the scarf and hat band with a red alcohol marker.  Then trimmed it with a circle die.  I bordered it with a red polka dot paper, added a sentiment stamped in red, and layered it on a snowflake embossed panel.

I was inspired by the lower left image on the mood board.  There's lots of other inspiration from the rest of the Design Team so head on over to Peace on EarthIt is an "anything Christmas goes" challenge but feel free to be inspired by the mood board.


Stamps - Inkadinkado snowman, SU sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black, Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Paper - white cs, Recollections dp
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - red alcohol marker, Spellbinders circle dies, Darice snowflake embossing folder

Daredevil and Birds

Cutting it fine to get cards posted for two challenges today.

First up Cardz 4 Guyz wants "D is for .....".  I went with "D is for Daredevil" with this card:

I created the background by sprinkling green, blue, and turquoise Brushos over mixed media cs and spritzing with water. When dry, I stamped bits of text and mixed media stamps on it in grey.

I stamped and heat embossed the image and sentiment in black, trimmed the panel, bordered in dark grey, and added it to a cream cardbase.

Next up, for the Double D Challenge "Birds / Nests / Birdhouses", I have both birds and a birdhouse:

I stamped on watercolour paper, painted, bordered in red, used a dark green card base, and went over the branches with a Quickie glue pen and added some glitter.
Cardz 4 Guyz

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Tim Holtz tightrope walker and quote, various unknown text and mixed media stamps
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Hickory Smoke
Paper - cream and dark grey cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - green, blue, and turquoise Brushos, clear embossing powder

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Magenta, Make an Impression sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red and dark green cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, glitter

Sunday, 8 May 2022

A Yellow Rose on Mother's Day

Just Us Girls is looking for cards with flowers.  Since it's Mother's Day and my Mum loved roses (and grew wonderful ones in her garden), I went with a stamp of a rose.

I stamped the collage-style image of the rose and watercoloured it, and then did a light blue/grey wash over the script background. I trimmed it and popped it up on fun foam on a white background embossed with a border of flowers.

Just Us Girls

I'm also adding it to a fairly new challenge called "Can You Handle the Pressure" - cards entered in it always have to include the use of an embossing folder.  This month the optional element is "Pastels" so my card has that as well.

Please Grab Our Badge

I hope all of you who still have your mothers celebrated with them today.  I miss mine so much.

Stamps - Stamplorations
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - white cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, Crafts Too embossing folder, fun foam