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".

Sunday 25 February 2024

Kraft with a Christmas Tree, a Jolly Owl, and Forget-Me-Nots

Sparkles Christmas Challenge wants to see "kraft card". 

In keeping with the rustic look of kraft, I wrapped a piece of burlap around my top layer of kraft (which I'd trimmed with a wonky stitched rectangle die) and topped it with a Christmas tree die cut once out of green cs and once out of white, layered so that the white shows as if it were snow on the tree branches.  I embellished the tree with a few tiny die cut stars.

Jingle Belles challenge is "Text Me" - I picked the option of having the sentiment be the star. Stamping Sensations wants "Animals, Birds, and Creatures" - I have an owl.

I stamped the owl / sentiment (they are all on one stamp), coloured everything but the crown with coloured pencils, and coloured the crown with a gold glitter gel pen. Trimmed the panel with a square hemstitch die, added it to a red card base, and embellished with three tiny red gemstones on the holly sprig.

Just to balance out the Christmas cards, here's a non-Christmas one.  Festive Friday is celebrating International Women's Day.  I made a birthday card for a close girlfriend who loves blue and flowers.  It uses three things from the challenge list - blue, white, and a bouquet.

Stamped, coloured with coloured pencils, die cut with a stitched rectangle die, and bordered with blue cs. The sentiment is on a vellum strip wrapped around the focal panel.

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Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - TH sentiment
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - kraft, green, and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Christmas tree die, tiny star die, burlap, wonky stitched rectangle die

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Crafty Individuals
Ink - Versafine Onyx black
Paper - bristol and red cs
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - coloured pencils, gold glitter gel pen, Spellbinders square hemstitch die, small red gemstones

Supplies for card 3:
Stamps - Memory Box sentiment, Penny Black forget-me-nots collag
Ink - Versafine Onyx black
Paper - white and blue cs, vellum
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die

Thursday 22 February 2024

One More Valentine and Winter Wishes

Still trying to get my Valentines posted.  This one is for Sisterhood of Crafters "Love".

I cut a rectangle of very pale silver shimmer cs that is the same colour as the silver hearts in the piece of ribbon I found in my scrap box. I attached the ribbon down the left side. I die cut the heart cluster and the love sentiment out of red cs, and popped out the interior hearts and set them aside for a future project. I glued the outline hearts to the panel. Then I cut the heart cluster out of white glitter cs and popped out the interior hearts and added them to the interiors of the outline hearts. For some dimension, I popped the panel up on fun foam on a white card base.

For The Four Seasons Challenge "Winter" and Word Power "The Sentiment as Focus".

I made a background with light blue Magicals sprinkled on mixed media cs and spritzed with water. The snowflakes are die cut from glitter cs; the sentiment from blue shimmer cs.

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Supplies for card 1:
Paper - white and red cs, very pale silver shimmer cs, white glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - ribbon, TH love die, unknown cluster of hearts die, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Paper - off white glitter cs, off white cs, blue shimmer cs, mixed media cs
Size - A2
Accessories - blue Magicals, Penny Black sentiment die, Cheery Lynn snowflake dies

Monday 19 February 2024

A Splattered Birthday and a Flowered Heart

A birthday card for a friend who loves pink and for Seize the Birthday "Splatter" , Time Out "Birthday", and Colorful Options "Pink":

After stamping and watercolouring the image, I stamped the splatters, postmark, script etc. with a very pale ink. Added a heat embossed sentiment on a black cs strip.

Another Valentine before the month is over.   It's got flowers on it for The Flower Challenge "Add a Heart".

I put the flower stamp (a SU one but I can't remember what set it came from and it's the only one of that set I still have) in my MISTI and coloured it with Tombow markers and stamped and repeated till I was happy with the image. I die cut it with a heart die, die cut a larger heart die out of glitter cs that seemed to blend well with both the red and purple in the image, and added a purple sentiment.


Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - SU Elements of Style and Gorgeous Grunge, Tim Holtz postmark, SU sentiment,
Ink - Versafine Clair Nocturne, Adirondack Lake Mist, ColorBox white
Paper - watercolour paper, off white cs, scrap of black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - watercolour paints, white embossing powder

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - SU Fresh Vintage flowers, Impression Obsession sentiment
Ink - Distress Seedless Preserves
Paper - off white cs, glitter cs
Size - A2
Accessories - heart dies, Tombow markers

Saturday 17 February 2024

Santa and Buffalo Check

I love to use the Peace on Earth mood board (see at end of post) to inspire my card for the Design Team.  For this one, I was inspired by the buffalo check in the top right image and the Santa and sleigh in one of the snow globes in the bottom left image.

I had a little scrap of buffalo check wool ribbon that I took off a Christmas floral arrangement.  I wrapped it around a piece of black cs.  Then die cut the Santa sleigh and the sentiment twice each out of white cs and glued them together.  Then glued them on the panel.  I specifically chose that sentiment die as the swirls on the word "be" went well with the swirls on the Santa die.  I taped the buffalo check to the back of the black panel, and added fun foam around it so that it wouldn't make lumps on the card base.

There's lots of other inspiration over at Peace on Earth - a few of the other Design Team members also used the buffalo check.  We'd love to have you join us, whether you're inspired by our mood board or just want to post an "anything Christmas" card.

Paper - white and black cs
Size - 6x4.25"
Accessories - buffalo check wool ribbon, Memory Box "be merry" die, unknown Santa sleigh die, fun foam