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, 2 July 2022

Blue Bells for Christmas

My goodness, the weeks roll around quickly!  Time for a new Peace on Earth challenge - anything goes as long as it's Christmas but you can choose to be inspired by the mood board.  I chose the bottom right image (see the mood board below) and made this card:

No stamping on this card - just lots of die cutting.  The branch and sentiment are cut from green shimmer cs, the stitched die cut panel and card base are white shimmer cs, and the bells are blue glitter cs.  I also cut the bells from a scrap of white cs and glued them together to give the bells more substance.  They are hung from the branch with gold cord and popped up a bit with dimensional tape.

Here's the Peace on Earth mood board:

I'm also entering it in the Snippets challenge as I used scraps of shimmer and glitter cs for the die cutting.

Paper - white and green shimmer cs, blue glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Lil Inker bells and stitched rectangle dies, Impression Obsession pine branch die, Essentials by Ellen sentiment dies, foam tape, gold cord

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

A Cardinal and a Puppy

A Christmas card Twofer today.  First up for the Christmas Cards All Year Round "Red and White" challenge:

I pulled out a really old stamp that I've had for years and stamped and heat embossed it in red. I die cut the panel with a square hemstitch die and backed it with red shimmer cs. I die cut the sentiment "joy" with the same cs. The whole panel is popped up on fun foam for dimension.

And the second card is for the Christmas Kickstart "Pawfectly Pawsome Christmas" challenge.

I thought this stamp with the puppy's paws hanging over the box fit the "pawfectly pawsome" idea so well!

Stamped and watercoloured, framed with a green pierced rectangle frame, and mounted on a red card base.  The sentiment ended up crooked so I restamped it on a little strip of cs and glued it over the crooked one.

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Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Inkadinkado cardinal
Ink - ColorBox Chianti
Paper - red shimmer and white cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Ranger Rich Red embossing powder, Spellbinders square hemstitch die, Tattered Lace joy die, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Hobby Art "A Christmas Tail"
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red and green cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, MFT Pierced Rectangle Frame die

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Greenery for Peace on Earth Challenge

Time for another Peace on Earth Challenge!  It's a wonderful way to get some of your Christmas cards made well ahead of time. 

Here's the mood board that inspired me:

I used the black and white from the images but had no black and white gingham paper or ribbon, so used the hemstitch die to try and reflect the little squares in gingham.  I also used the idea of green branches and a swag.  I did have a bit of green and white gingham ribbon so added that.  The branches on my swag are die cut from a mix of green glitter and shimmer cs.

Please come and join us.  Peace on Earth is an "anything Christmas goes" challenge so you don't have to reflect the mood board if you don't want to.

I'm also adding the card to the Snippets Playground as I used up some little pieces of white, black, green glitter, and green shimmer cs.

Stamps - SU sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - white and black cs, green glitter and green shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz greenery die cuts, Spellbinders hemstitch rectangle die, green gingham ribbon

Friday, 17 June 2022

A New Wreath

Here's my reminder card for the CAS Christmas "Wreath" challenge.

I stamped the wreath in brown and the sentiment in red.  Then coloured the berries red, the tiny leaves with a dark green, and the ties on the wreath with antique linen.  I went over the stars with a quickie glue pen and added gold glitter.  I trimmed it with a rectangle die and popped it up on fun foam.

Please come and join us at CAS Christmas and show us your wreath cards!  The challenge is open until June 24th.

A good opportunity to use a never before used wreath stamp - not that I've used it, I'm wondering why it sat for so long before being inked up!  So it's also going off to:

NBUS Challenge

Stamps - Impression Obsession Wreath, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Potting Soil and Red Geranium
Paper - cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Spellbinders rectangle die, Tim Holtz Distress markers, gold glitter, fun foam