Thursday, 31 December 2009

Distressed and moody

Gosh it has been a long time since my last post. Sorry about that , i shall try and update a bit more regularly in 2010 all being well.

I haven't done any cardmaking over christmas, thought I would have a complete break from crafting, but my resolve weakened today and I had to get out my stash. A person can only watch so many episodes of ER (I got series 12 for christmas of which I have watched all episodes and then rushed out to buy and watch series 13, the characters are starting to feel a bit like family now!!!).

The latest additions to my stash are Distress ink pads and I have to say I am well and truly hooked!! These two cards are made using a light house stamp by Rubadubadoo that I bought years ago and have never used. I tried to do a calm weather and a stormy weather version.

They are stamped in Versafine black ink, the door and light coloured with promarkers and everything else i painted by pressing my inkpads onto my craft mat and then using the ink like paint.. The message panels I made by sticking a peel off message onto white card and then rubbing over it with cut n dry foam and distress inks to get the background colour that i wanted and then peeling the peel off off to reveal a nice crisp white message underneath.
Happy New Year to all.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Darkroom Door Trees

This is my first attempt at using alcohol inks and it hasnt turned out to bad. The card is already glittered around the edge, I masked off the glittery edge with a sheet of paper and stamped the group of trees from the Darkroom Door Yuletide 1 stamp set using black Versafine ink. The Large tree is stamped in green Versafine onto white card and cut out and ribbon tied round and knotted.
The red and green background is made with Lettuce and Cardinal red alcohol ink wiped onto gloss card in a wave motion with a bit of felt. I then stamped the trees in Black Stazon. and embossed the shape of the background on my Mandala Reflections Board. I edged the panel with a Sakura gold Pen Touch metallic pen stamped the message and star on the card and then layered everything up on foam pads. Lastly I added a green crystal to the centre of the star.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Creative Card Crew Challenge 32

The challenge on Creative Card Crew this week is Scallops so I used Basic Greys Eskimo Kisses papers and a Stampendous set of stamps to make this booklet card. I used a Woodware Giant punch for the scalloped circles. The pocket at the back would be great for holding gift vouchers or CD's for a gift for someone special.

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Darkroom Door Santa

Well I fianally got to have a play with my new stamps while I am off work this week. I just love the father christmas image on this stamp set, he looks so realistic.

The swirl on the side of the card was made with my new Slice machine ( which I got for my birthday on Tuesday!) and the piece I cut out I coloured in with Sakura Superpoints and added the dotty effect with the colour remover pen and stuck it on the inside of the card right behind the aperture.

The dotty green paper is by Bo Bunny

I stamped the Santa image onto cream card and coloured the holly on his hat with superpoints and added a touch of glitterey blue with a stardust pen.

I layered him onto gold and red which I embossed on the new Mandala Reflections Embossing Board by Eazi. I also made the red border on the board also.

I stamped the baubles and the Pine leaves by colouring the stamps with the superpoints and stamping with them and then stamped the message with Versafine Black inkpad.

The crystal flower is from Kars X-mas collection.

All the stamps used are from Yuletide 2 collection by Darkroom Door.
Thank you to every one who sent me birthday cards, they were all fabulous and I will post a couple of pictures on here soon.
x x x x

Saturday, 26 September 2009

A Windy Autumn Day

I had great fun yesterday making these two shaker cards, the two little characters are just so cute and my next plan is to make snowy christmasy cards with them. I coloured the little girl in with water colour pencils, and the little boys with zig brushable pens. The papers were from Bo Bunny haloween range sprayed with a little copper glimmer mist. All the little leaves were punched out and the pumpkin was a peel off sticker.


Saturday, 19 September 2009

Happy Christmas

This Snowman is stamped onto glittery white felt and the hat and scarf onto blue felt. I coloured his nose in with an orange Sakura Moonlight Pen. The Xmas trees behind him were cut out on my Cricut machine. I made the snow flake white dots with a Sakura true white gelly roll pen. This card was stamped with Ollyfant Christmas stamps and watercoloured with Sakura watercolour pencils. The background papers are from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6 x 6 pad of paper.

These two cards were made by cutting vintage pictures from a piece of scrapbook paper and layered onto matching backing paper.The border punch on the santa on snowball card is Fiskars Scalloped Lace ( Threading Waters)

I used a medallion Peel Off sticker and Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses paper pad on this card.

For this card I used a boot stencil, I covered the top of the boots with glitterey felt, the buckles were cut on my wizard machine with a buckles die.

These cards were made with Crafty Bitz 3D Straw Wreath stickers
stuck onto gold baubles which were cut on my Cricut machine and then embossed with Fleur de lys Cuttlebug Embossing Folder.

Over the last couple of weeks I have made quite a few christmas cards, so I thought I would post a few on here to hopefully inspire others. The weeks just seem to be flying by at the moment and christmas will be upon us before we know it so the earlier I start the better. Some have been classes in my shop, some will be, and some are just cards I felt inspired to make at the time.
Heather xxx

Thursday, 10 September 2009


I had a great time last night making this scrapbook page of my Mum. This is my dads faviourte picture of her so I thought it would be the perfect picture to use with these fabulous flower peel off stickers. I painted in the flowers with Sakura Moonlight Pens and then doodled around them with a silver pen touch pen. I added a white sheer wired flower . The picture frame was made by box pleating the paper.I am quite pleased with the overall effect. I have made another page for a boy along the same line but using blue and hot air ballon peel offs, i will post a picture of that one tomorrow.
Heather x x


I have received this award from Sam at Samanthas Handmade Cards. Thank you Sam.

THE RULES:-1. Make reference to the award and publish it on your blog.

2. Share 5 things you like to do.

3. Share with 10 blogs - or as many as you wish to.

4. Notify those you choose.

So here goes my 5 things I like to do
1. Crafting of course
2. Sharing my Crafting with others
3. Baking Cakes for my family
4. Reading (Tess Gerritson at the moment)
5. Visiting Chester Zoo and walking in the Lake District
I am afraid I dont know 10 people with blogs yet but here are the ones I do


Heather x x

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Bespoke Harry Potter Cards

I made these cards for a friend at the post office, I love the pink and black one, the silver swirl was cut on my cricut expression machine with the accent essentials cartridge, and the flowers were from a box of Petaloos flowers. I made the black flower look silvery by painting silver pearl paint onto it.

The Harry Potter cards were made into decoupage using images I found online, and I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to make the stars. I hope her twin grandsons like them!

The Liverpool card was made with an image I found online and the footballs are from a bag of football confetti.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

My First Post


This is my new blog to share my cardmaking and scrapbook creations with the rest of blog land.