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Random zentangle card


I did try to make this zentangle pattern random but it is very difficult not to end up making a pattern, not that it would have mattered in the slightest.  I shaded in the wide areas rather than the pointy areas just to get a different look.  The photo is taken from above and it looks curved because my card wouldn’t lie flat.  Instead of black and white I might do this one again in colour next time.

Live, Laugh, Love butterfly card


Here is a card made using a background page that I made during a demo at my local scrapbook crop.  I was demonstrating how to begin art journal backgrounds but these pages can be used for other purpose too.

Inks/paint:  Crafter’s acrylic paint Spa blue, Light antique white. Turquoise and Basic primary yellow and gold.  India black ink.

Card:  Bamboo watercolour paper, white card and black card.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Fairytale frenzy and Mini muse, free stamp (craft stamper mag).

Stencil:  Balzerz designs Mini cubist

Butterfly – live the life you’ve imagined card


I was trying to be clever with the background paper for this card.  I had already made the background a while ago with spray colours and I used salt to make a blotchy pattern on it but I wanted a few more layers in keeping with the recipient’s likes (numbers and accountancy) so I used stamps with those themes but just quite low key in the background.  The butterfly is stamped onto acetate and coloured on the back side using Copic pens and Stickles.

Inks and paints: Stazon black, Black India ink, Dylusions Vanilla custard, Chroma jewels slate, Cosmic shimmer Aqua lagoon, Hot jewels Lime, Acrylic paint Light antique white, Lumiere Halo blue-gold, yellow

Card:  white, watercolour paper, acetate

Stamps: Stampers anonymous Mini muse, Fairytale frenzy and Urban tapestry, Paperbag studios Scrap journal, Paperartsy Words plate 6, Clingables flourishes, Inkadinkado Mindscapes

Other:  Stickles, Copics pens blue and yellow, Diamond glaze (to glue acetate)


Jazz blues card


I found a great Jazz blues stamp the other day that was just perfect for a  birthday card I wanted to make for a friend who enjoys jazz and blues music.  The background is an image from a Greek magazine (thanks Lizzie) cut down to fit the card.

I think the band is called King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band.

Inks:  Archival cobalt blue, Adirondack sailboat blue

Card:  white card

Stamp:  Graphic45 ‘Curtain call’

Other:  gold peel-offs colour using Faber castell multimark pen.

Zentangle card humbug style


I caught a little bit of zentangle on a TV show a few weeks back (I think was the lady doing the demo was called Mel) and this was roughly the pattern she was doodling.  Mine isn’t quite the same as I have angled my stripes differently and also the shading.  The pattern reminds me of these old fashioned sweets you used to get that were kind of pyramidal and stripy – humbugs.  I think zentangle lends itself really well to male cards and this one is for Fraser.  Happy birthday Fraser!

Puzzle (secret message) card




I have been watching some youtube videos on how to make these secret message cards and this one I made for Harry’s birthday is an amalgamation of a few.  It is very easy to make but you have to make sure you don’t stick down  the panels that move.  The arrows point to the places to pull open in order to reveal the secret message inside.  Check out this great mission impossible secret message card video as it shows how it is made clearly and what a great idea for wedding invitations.

Card:  Basic Grey patterned card, brown, white.
Ink:  Stampin up Crumb cake and Soft suede
Stamp:  All night media paw print
Other:  computer generated words, arrow mask, Sizzix jigsaw puzzle die

Camel birthday card


For this card I used an old photo which was not great but I really wanted this image as her gift (gold camel charm for her bracelet)  was to remind Ceara of her trip to Tunisia.  Here Ceara is feeding the camel something like dried cactus.  The original photo was far too bright and once it was scanned ended up with pink and blue stripes across it so I changed the colour of the sky and added a grungy background for a bit of texture and a grungy border.  I did make the centre lighter than the area around it but that didn’t come out too well once it was printed out.