Thursday, May 30

Selected, retired digital stamps at an incredibly low price for just 48 hours.
No rainchecks. No repeats.

digital stamps

Tuesday, May 28

A Woman With Style

I combined one of the images from the Rainy Days set of digital stamps with some patterned papers that have a fabulous vintage look to them. I even fussy cut some elements from the paper to embellish the card.

Digital Stamps:

Sunday, May 26

Sending Smiles

Deanne added some glossy accents to this little fella's nose and eyes to give them a beautiful high shine.
The reflections really help bring him to life!

Saturday, May 25

Hello Friend

Water colour paper and water-based inks are great for creating bokeh effects for cards and scrapbook layouts. All you need to do is brush the ink onto the water colour paper with a dauber, sponge or blending brush, give it a quick spritz, then press a paper towel over the surface to pick up the water and some of the colour leaving circles of lighter coloured ink. 


Friday, May 24


What could be more fun at a birthday party than a red T-Rex with a helium balloon?!


Wednesday, May 22

Love Is In The Air

These two cute cards were created by Kathy, using the new Rainy Days set of digital stamps and lots of beautiful colour! She has a rainbow featured on each card as well as pretty embellishments to match.

Monday, May 20

Quick Tip!

I don't know how it happens, but I regularly end up with a drawer full of odd-sized envelopes that don't seem to fit any standard card bases in my collection. To make use of them, I cut custom card bases from A4 or 12"x12" cardstock that fit the odd envelopes. Just make sure you store them together in your card box!

Digital Stamps:

Saturday, May 18

Sending A Smile

Cynthia has created two different cards using the new Pond Pals set of digital stamps. The first is a fabulous stepper card featuring a chilly arctic sea complete with icebergs and one happy little seal. Her second card is pencil on kraft - always a great combination - using the happy hippo and one of the coordinating sentiments.

Friday, May 17

Kingfisher and Eucalyptus

When designing the Kingfishers clear stamps, I was careful to leave enough space between the little bird and the blossoms to make masking easy. I knew I would eventually want to create cards featuring other types of foliage, including eucalyptus leaves and gumnuts. Today's tutorial is a step-by-step guide for doing just that.

1. Choose the cardstock, ink and papers that you want to use for your project. I'm going for a neutral, monochromatic colour scheme, with black and warm grey cardstock and black ink. I'll be adding some additional colouring with grey toned alcohol markers and white pencil.

2. Place the stamp on an acrylic block or stamping platform. Use a sticky note, some tape or masking paper to cover the little blossoms. You might need to cut away some of the mask if it covers any of the bird image.

3. Ink the stamp, remove the mask, then stamp onto the cardstock.

4. Choose the foliage you want to add to the design. I find it useful to lay the backing acetate from the stamp set over the cardstock to see how the images will merge. 

5. Use the same masking method to remove any details that will obscure your little bird. In my case, I had to mask a leaf that would cover the bird's beak. 

6. If necessary, use a black pen to fill in any lost details, such as the branch the little bird is sitting on. Make sure you take it up into the foliage too.

7. Time to colour. I used the darkest shades of grey in the background and the lighter shades on the bird and foliage. This helped to bring the images forward.

8. Add some white pencil in the highlight areas, including the top of the bird's head and beak, the high areas of the stick and leaves and the gumnut blossoms. Don't forget a little touch of white in the bird's eye.

9. I finished with a liquid layer of mica dust to give my little bird a sparkle.


Thursday, May 16

Absolutely Fabulous

Deanne designed this pretty card using one of the images from the Rainy Days set of digital stamps. She combined it with patterned paper and a lovely mint green bow, which works beautifully with the cardstock base.

Tuesday, May 14

Sending Smiles

If anything is going to bring a smile to someone's face, it has to be a pond full of penguins!

I've included a few process photos for those who are curious...

Digital Stamps: