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 September 2019

Christmas Cocoa

Reminder time for the CAS Christmas "Holiday Treats" challenge!

It's been a lovely warm week of summer weather here in Vancouver, so it's hard to think about drinking cocoa right now, but I do love this image:

Forgive the poor image - I find shimmer card stock very hard to photograph.

I stamped the image in archival ink on mixed media cs.  I started by watercolouring with my Gansai Tambi paints - they include a shimmery gold paint that I used on the background.  I did not get a very deep red on the cup and saucer so went over it with a red Intense watercolour pencil and got a much richer colour.

I decided to make the cup look more festive so I die cut some tiny holly leaves and berries out of shimmer paper and created a patterned band around the middle of the cup.  I went over the berries with Glossy Accents to make them more shiny.

I trimmed the image to have a narrow border of the mixed media cs, then added it to a piece of red shimmer cs, and popped that up on fun foam on a cream (very pale gold) shimmer card base.  It really matches the pale gold watercolour wash on the background of the image.

Looking forward to seeing what holiday treats you come up with between now and September 24th.  There's some more inspiration over at CAS Christmas from the rest of the Design Team and September's Guest Designer, Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord).

I'm also linking my card up at Christmas Cards All Year Round where they want Christmas or winter food or drink.

Stamps - Stamplorations
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - mixed media cs, green and red shimmer paper, pale gold cream shimmer and red shimmer cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, Intense watercolour pencils, Memory Box tiny holly leaves and berries dies, fun foam

Monday, 16 September 2019

Smooshed Complementary Colours

We're halfway through September so I'm here today to remind you that you only have until the 24th to enter this month's CAS Watercolour Challenge.

My card for the opening of the challenge used the most common of the complementary colours (red and green) so this time I decided to go with a less common combination.  I went with the blue/green turquoise type of blue and the red/orange that is opposite it. 

I used three shades of Distress Oxide inks for the background, pressing them one at a time onto my craft mat, spritzing with water, pressing mixed media cs into it, and drying with my heat tool before moving on to the next shade of blue.

For the wildflowers, I pressed two orange shades onto my craft mat at the same time, ran my finger through it to partially mix the two shades, then spritzing with water and pressing watercolour paper into it.  When it was dry, I die cut the wildflowers.

I framed the background with a stitched die cut, glued the flowers onto the background, die cut the sentiment from a leftover bit of the background, and popped the front panel up on fun foam.

There's lots more inspiration from the rest of the CAS Watercolour Design Team and this month's wonderful Guest Designer, Anita (Stampin with Anita).   We're looking forward to seeing what colours you choose.

Ink - Distress Oxide Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
Paper - white cs, mixed media cs, watercolour paper
Size - A2
Accessories - Tim Holtz wildflowers dies, Tattered Lace sentiment dies, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam

Friday, 6 September 2019

Two Christmas Challenges

Two cards today ready for my Christmas stash!

It's for the Jingle Belles Challenge "12 Days of Christmas" - feature one of the elements from the song.

I used a really old stamp - one of the first I ever bought.  I put it in my MISTI, inked it up with Distress markers, lightly spritzed, and stamped onto watercolour paper, repeating as needed.  I trimmed it down and put it on a stitched die cut panel with the relevant verse from The Twelve Days of Christmas (which I typed on the computer).  It's popped up on fun foam.

Next up:

This one is for two challenges - Christmas Kickstart "Get a Head-er Start" (be inspired by something in their header (I chose the snowman)  and 12 Months of Christmas "Use Kraft Paper" (I used a kraft card base).

I stamped and watercoloured the snowman image and  used a kraft cardbase for it.  I had found a wooden snowflakes that had a broken tip - it fit the space perfectly, blended with the kraft cardbase, and by setting it on the edge of the panel, the broken tip isn't so obvious.

In case you're getting tired of my Christmas cards, I promise I'll do some non-Christmas cards for my next post!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Old Island Stamping Co. "Four Calling Birds"
Paper - watercolour paper, white and red cs
Size - A2
Accessories - various Distress markers, Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, fun foam, sentiment done on the computer

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - SU Snow Much Fun, Rubber Soul sentiment
Ink - Archival Jet Black
Paper - watercolour paper, kraft cs
Size - A2
Accessories - wooden snowflake, watercolour paints, Lil Inker stichted rectangle die

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Christmas Treats

Nance is hosting CAS Christmas this month and she wants to see cards with holiday treats!

It gave me the perfect chance to try out a new stamp given to me by wonderful Bonnie Klass.  She noticed that when we had the CAS Christmas "Elf" challenge, I had to borrow elf stamps as I didn't have any, so she thought she'd fill in the gap in my stamp collection.  And the elf stamp she gave me includes Christmas treats so perfect for this challenge:

I stamped and then coloured the image with coloured pencils, blending with Gamsol.  Then trimmed the panel and popped it up on fun foam on a green card base.

Thank you, Bonnie - it is such a great image!

I'm looking forward to seeing what cards everyone comes up with featuring holiday treats!  Check out the inspiration from the rest of the CAS Christmas Design Team and this month's fabulous Guest Designer, the very talented Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord).

I'm also linking up with Christmas Cards All Year Round where they want Christmas or winter food or drink.

Stamps - Stamping Bella
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Bristol cs, green cs
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - coloured pencils, Gamsol, fun foam

Monday, 2 September 2019

Complementary Gifts

CAS Watercolour Challenge gave me the opportunity to get another Christmas card made.  Host, Jenny, wants us to use complementary colours, and the colours that immediately come to mind for me are the Christmas colours.

Stamped, watercoloured with my Gansai Tambi paints, trimmed, and put on a green border - I got out a very old Martha Stewart border punch for the bottom edge - I like the way the dots on it tie to the dots on the bottom gift.  I used a red card base to keep up the use of complementary colours.

Of course, you don't have to use red and green!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you choose!  There's more inspiration over at CAS Watercolour - the Design Team and September's Guest Designer, Anita (Stampin with Anita) have come up with some great colour combinations!

Stamps - Stamping Bella
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - watercolour paper, red and green cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, Gamsol, Martha Stewart border punch                      

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Farms and Flowers

I have cards today for a couple of challenges.

First up:

The Paper Players want farm-related critters.

So I had to do this one as it called out for a horse-themed card!

I stamped the image in brown on mixed media cs. On another piece of mixed media cs, I did a bunch of smooshing with various brown Oxide inks and then die cut a circle frame from it.

Using rustic cs for the card base and top layer, I die cut a circle in the top layer and set the stamped image behind it and then added the circle frame on top.

The second challenge is the Penny Black Saturday challenge "Anything Goes and/or Water or Watercolour":

Stamped, heat embossed in white, watercoloured - one of my favourite techniques!  I tried to do a bit of a pale watercolour shadow around it - need to work on that some more!  It's bordered with red glitter cs.

I really need to get going with Christmas cards or I won't have enough for my November sale!!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Impression Obsession horses, unknown sentiment
Ink - Ranger Archival Potting Soil, various brown Oxide inks
Paper - mixed media cs, PTI rustic cs
Size - A2
Accessories -  Spellbinders circle dies, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Penny Black Winter Joy, unknown sentiment
Ink - ColorBox white, Recollections Chestnut
Paper - red glitter and white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - watercolour paints, clear and white embossing powders

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Flying Dove

The Male Room has a challenge that lent itself to creating another Christmas card.

I chose a dove in flight, with muted masculine colours.

I stamped the dove with Versamark on navy cs, then added Heat and Stick powder so that I could add Pearl Ex - white on the dove, green on the leaf. The sentiment is heat embossed in silver. I bordered with green shimmer cs, and mounted on a white card base.

While I had everything out, I made a second one - this time a square card with the image trimmed tighter. 

I'd love to know which one you like best.

Stamps - SU Calm Christmas, Tim Holtz sentiment
Ink - ColorBox silver, Versamark
Paper - green shimmer, white, and navy cs
Size - A2 and 4.75" square
Accessories - silver embossing powder, Heat & Stick powder, Pearl Ex (Interference Green and Pearl White)

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Snowflakes and a Tree

Two cards again today.

First up, for the Sparkles Christmas Challenge "It's Snowtime":

I created my background using a snowflake stencil cut for me by my dear friend, Loll Thompson, on her Silhouette, various blue Brushos, and watercolour paper. Love the colours I got!

I die cut the sentiment out of black shimmer cs, layered it over a strip of ivory cs, taped it to the snowflake background, then bordered the snowflake background with the same black shimmer cs, and used an ivory card base. A random scattering of dark grey gemstones finished it off.

And my second card, for Christmas Cards All Year Round "Add a Tree":

I made a piece of splashed / smooshed background with various green Distress inks on watercolour paper, then stamped the musical background with one of the greens. I die  cut the evergreen, mounted it on white cs, added a heat embossed sentiment, trimmed the panel with a deckle edge die, and popped it up on fun foam.

That's it for me for today - time to go to bed!

Supplies for Card 1:
Ink - Brushos
Paper - watercolour paper, black shimmer and ivory cs
Size - A2
Accessories - blue Brushos, snowflake stencil cut on a Silhouette, dark grey gemstones, Memory Box Let It Snow die

Supplies for Card 2:
Stamps - Impression Obsession musical background, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - various green Distress inks
Paper - watercolour paper, white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - evergreen tree die, Spellbinders deckle edge die, clear embossing powder, fun foam, foam tape

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Birthday Butterfly

Seize the Birthday has the option of anything goes or "seizing the toppings" by adding butterflies.

I made a very quick card that would be easy to duplicate and flat to mail.

I used various sprays to create a background, and sprayed a little bit of colour onto a scrap of mauve cs.  I die cut the solid butterfly from that scrap, and then the top butterfly layer from a scrap of dark pink shimmer cs.  I die cut an inverted scallop background piece and the word "happy" from navy cs.

Stamps - unknown birthday                          
Ink - Archival cobalt
Paper - white, navy, mauve, and dark pink shimmer cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box butterfly dies, Spellbinders dies, various sprays

Friday, 23 August 2019

Two Cards for Challenges

First up today is a card for the Color Challenge:

There's something kind of muted about those colours that really appeals to me.  Here's my card:

I applied various Distress inks with my Clarity brushes. I'm really happy with the blend of colours. I flicked some water on it to add texture and interest, and when dry, stamped two of the three sentiments. The third sentiment I stamped on a scrap of white cs, die cut it, and threaded ribbon through the die. The panel is bordered with black and popped up on fun foam.

Next up, The Flower Challenge "Use Your Favourite Flower":

Being a keen gardener, I have many favourite flowers so this is my second entry for the challenge (could do many more if I had time!!).  This time I went with poppies:

I love all kinds of poppies.  This image makes me think of the bright orange California poppies that grow in a patch of leftover soil out in my back lane - every year they reseed themselves and look so lovely and cheerful.

I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and sentiment, then watercoloured and splattered with a bit of the orange.  I trimmed the panel and went around the edges with Distress Antique Linen.  For a background panel, I stenciled dots with Antique Linen on white cs, then used a cream cs for the base.  The focal image is popped up on fun foam.  A few stick-on pearls are in the centres of the flowers and scattered among the dots.

Thanks for coming by today!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Chocolate Baroque sentiments
Ink - Archival Jet Black, various Distress inks
Paper - white and black cs
Size - A2
Accessories -  Rebecca Baer stencil, purple ribbon, label die, fun foam

Supplies for card 2:
Stamps - Penny Black poppies, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Antique Linen
Paper - watercolour paper, white and cream cs
Size - A2
Accessories - detail clear embossing powder, Gansai Tambi watercolour paints, dot stencil, fun foam

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A Naughty Dog for a Child

Playing around on a rainy day making a CAS card with a dog that would be suitable for a child.  I think this very naughty dog tangled up in the Christmas lights would amuse a child (I have to say it amuses me!).

I stamped and heat embossed the image on white cs, then coloured with coloured pencils and fussy cut it. I glued it to a piece of white cs.

I die cut the opening in the red card base, taped the white cs behind it, and had the plug on the image coming out of the opening.

It's going over to two challenges:

Christmas Kickstart - "Christmassy Canine Companions"

And the Paper Players CAS Challenge "Cards for Kids".

I really enjoyed making this card!!  Might have to make a few more like it!

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - red and white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - coloured pencils, MFT peek-a-boo window die, clear embossing powder

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Glittered Snowflakes

I made this card on a lovely sunny August day - hard to think of snow at this time of year!  It's my reminder card for the CAS Christmas Card Challenge "Glitter".

Snow and snowflakes are the first thing to come to my mind when I think of glitter on Christmas cards so I'm afraid I used snowflakes for both of my Design Team cards for this challenge!  But ended up with quite different cards and techniques.  Today's snowflakes are stenciled:

Because glitter is so hard to photograph, I'm including this close-up done under different light:

I used a homemade stencil (made for me by my dear friend, Loll Thompson).  I mixed a bit of blue ink into a sparkly embossing paste without mixing it thoroughly.  Depending how well mixed the ink was, determined how much blue shows up in the snowflakes - I quite like the variation in depth of colour.

I die cut the sentiment out of blue glitter paper, and added a border of the same, and popped it up on fun foam on a cream shimmer card base that matches the snowflakes quite well.

Please come and join us at CAS Christmas between now and August 24th.  For inspiration, check out the cards by the rest of the Design Team and our wonderful Guest Designer, Michelle (of Seashell Creations).

I'm also linking up my card over at The 12 Months of Christmas challenge "Sparkle, Glitter, and Bling".

Ink - SU Bashful Blue
Paper - mixed media, blue glitter, and cream shimmer cs
Size - 5.75" square
Accessories - homemade snowflake stencil, Cosmic Shimmer Frosty Dawn Sparkle paste, Cutplorations sentiment die, fun foam

Friday, 16 August 2019

Butterfly with Vellum Embossed Background

Time to remind you that CAS Watercolour wants to see "Colourful Butterflies" this month!

My reminder card uses a watercolour technique for the background of the butterfly.

I took a few colours of Distress inks and tapped them on my craft sheet, spritzed liberally with water, and pressed some mixed media cs into it.  When dry, I die cut the background of the butterfly out of a section that would give vibrant colour closest to the butterfly's body, and the paler colours out on the edges.  I die cut the outline from a scrap of mixed media cs and glued it over the top.

The background is a piece of iridescent vellum - depending on the lighting and the angle, it changes from blue to plum to purple.  Here's a close-up of a photo taken outside in sunlight that shows one of the other colours of the vellum:

I ran the vellum through an embossing folder to give it texture, set it behind an oval aperture, and added the butterfly to it, popping up the wings with foam tape.

You have until August 24th to link up your CAS butterfly-themed cards.  There's lots of lovely inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and this month's Guest Designer, Amy (of Miss Lomax Art).

Stamps - Judith sentiment
Ink - Distress Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender
Paper - white and mixed media cs, iridescent blue / purple vellum
Size - A2
Accessories - Lil Inker stitched oval die, Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam tape

Monday, 12 August 2019

Blue with Black Words and Birds

Here's a Christmas card I made:

Blue, as many of you know, is my favourite colour.   And I need to make several cards for my best friend to buy, all with a peace / dove theme.

I made a blue watercolour wash background for my image, stamped it and heat embossed it in a sparkly clear embossing powder, framed it with a double stacked frame to give more dimension, and added it to the cardbase.

It's off to two challenges:

Jingle Belles "Blue Christmas"

The Paper Players "Black, White, and One Other Colour"

Stamps - Stampendous Dove Tidings
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black
Paper - watercolour paper, ivory cs
Size - A2
Accessories - blue watercolour paints, clear sparkle embossing powder, MFT stitched frame die, fun foam

Thursday, 8 August 2019

A Challenge Card and an Improved Card

I'm on birthday cards today, a brief break from Christmas cards.

Seize the Birthday wants "Flowers" as its topping.

And The Flower Challenge is "Use Your Favourite Flower".

I used a new flower stamp that I love because it is an agapanthus, definitely a favourite flower because it is blue!

I put the stamp in the MISTI and inked up with various mini Distress inkpads and markers, spritzing with water, and stamping onto watercolour paper until I was happy with the results.

I trimmed the panel with a stitched rectangle die, added a vertical sentiment, and bordered in navy blue cs.

It will go off to my cousin in England who grows the most amazing agapanthus!

On to a second birthday card.  I made this card a couple of years ago:

See this post here for the details.  I was not totally happy with it and never sent it but my friend who is an artist has her birthday coming up so I pulled it out again and revamped it a little bit:

I re-stamped the image and added some watercolour paints to the jar, the brushes, and the tips of the brushes.  Then fussy cut it and glued it on top of the original stamped image.  A simple fix but it made all the difference - I am so much happier with the card now!

Supplies for card 1:
Stamps - Penny Black agapanthus, Rosie's Roadshow sentiment
Ink - various mini Distress inkpads and markers
Paper - watercolour paper, white and navy cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Lil Inker stitched rectangle die, blue pearls

Supplies for card 2: 
See this post here