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".

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Soft Colours Candle

The Peace on Earth challenge has a great mood board if you're looking for some inspiration to use non-traditional colours.  Here's the card I made:

I stamped the image on watercolour paper and coloured it with pearlescent watercolour paints trying to capture the blue and muted colour of the leaves and ornaments.  I splattered with some watered down gold paint.  I cut a thin frame out of my panel and discarded it, and then cut another out of a pale gold cs and inserted it into the gap.  I popped it up on fun foam on a cream card base.

Here's the mood board that inspired me (see bottom left image):

There's lots more inspiration from the rest of our Design Team over at Peace on Earth.  Please come and join us - you can either be inspired by the mood board or make an "anything Christmas" card. 

Stamps - Jofy candle, unknown sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - watercolour paper, pale gold shimmer cs, cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Yasutomo pearlescent paints, SSS thin frame die, fun foam

Friday, 5 August 2022

Summer on the Beach

We've been having lovely summer weather in Vancouver (even too hot at times, but lots of sunshine).  So a beach-themed card seemed perfect for the Four Seasons Challenge's last Summer challenge.  

I used a stamp I haven't inked up before and created a simple watercoloured scene, framed in black.

The Four Seasons Challenge has a lovely mood board for inspiration.  I saw the image on the top right (see the mood board below) to inspire my beach scene.  I used the colours of the drink for my umbrella and deck chairs.

I'm also linking up with Darnell's NBUS (never before used stuff) challenge.

Stamps - Inkylicious beach scene, Lawn Fawn sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - watercolour paper, black and cream cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - watercolour paints, Spellbinders square dies

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

White Pine on Kraft

This month at CAS Christmas, Trina is asking us to use "Pine" as our theme.  Here's my card:

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and pine branch in white on kraft cs.  Then did the same with the pine cone on a scrap of kraft cs and fussy cut it.  I glued its stem to the branch and popped the rest of it up a bit with foam tape.  Trimmed the panel and added it to a kraft card base, bordering it with a white thin rectangle die cut frame.

Please come and join us at CAS Christmas.  There's lots more inspiration from the Design Team and this month's Guest Designers, Elizabeth (Paper Sweetness) and Lucie (Lucie G Cards).

Stamps - SU Ornamental Pine
Ink - ColorBox white
Paper - kraft and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - white embossing powder, SSS thin rectangle frame die, foam tape

Sunday, 31 July 2022

Stencilled and Die Cut Snowflakes

Very last minute for a challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round "Snowflakes":

I went over a beautiful snowflake mask with light blue Distress inks to create the background.  Then I die cut a circular opening out of cream shimmer cs and die cut some tiny snowflakes out of the leftover circle piece.  I glued part of my stencilled piece behind the circular opening and glued the small snowflakes randomly on the stencilled piece.  I then die cut the word snow out of the cream layer and placed it on a dark blue shimmer cardbase.

Look at the gorgeous inspiration photo of a cake that Christmas Cards All Year Round used for their challenge:

Ink - light blue Distress inks
Paper - white cs, cream shimmer and dark blue shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - SSS snow die, Spellbinders circle die, Cherry Lynn small snowflakes dies, Rebecca Baer Snow Flurries mask