Category Archives: Papermania stamps

Advent cardmaking: Santa

Hello all… well I figured it was about time the main man made an appearance!

I ended up with a mixed media card this time… just because I fancied playing with paint and I LOVE this star die so much!

Want to see how I made this? Check out my video here.

Happy crafting!


Christmas in August… the final one

Ok I might not have taken photos of all the cards I made for my parents but over the last two weeks I’ve been sharing some designs of the cards I made all over the course of one weekend… And they must have all been pretty simple as I managed to make 50 cards in total (plus a few birthday cards as well).  Here is the last one. 

I kept it simple with the sentiment and snowflakes and robin stamped in Black soot distress oxide onto the card blank and then a simple addition of some glitter for the robins scarf. Cute! 

And that is me finished with Christmas in August.  Will probably now not touch the Christmas stash for a few weeks before I start my Christmas cards in earnest so enjoy the break. Will be back to some art journaling tomorrow which will make a nice change.

Happy crafting!


Christmas in August… keeping it easy

Today I have a simple solution to making multiple cards… 

In my stash were some patterned cards which I imagine came with a magazine or something to add as card toppers originally.  I of course have no idea what they were meant to be like so I kept life really simple and heat embossed a large sentiment in gold across them. 

On the red one I also added some white snowflakes and to the trees one I added some glitter glue to feel like they have the unfinished touch! 

Neither of these are exactly what I would normally do but it used up some of the stash and was a simple solution that added to the pile of cards I was making for the parents.  I actually had a few of these but did them all the same so no need to photograph them all! 

Happy crafting!


Christmas in August… pretty pink! (310 & 311)

Another lovely pair of ATC card toppers and then some more scraps cards using resist technique and pink and purple colours…

All of the backgrounds were created using an old Papermania background stamp and stamping in versamark and then heat embossing with white powder.  I didn’t do a clean job of stamping it but it didn’t matter for the purpose of these backgrounds. 

Once I had heat set the embossing I started added ink in bright pinks and purples using a mini round gelli plate.  I love the effect this gave of overlapping the colours but keeping some defined edges a bit like patchwork. 

I then cut them into panels… two ATCs and two squares. 

The ATCs I made little embellishments from the Festival of Trees stamp set and matching punch. 

For the squares I chose die cuts to add features. I also die cut a little bit of the inked paper left over using the swirly scribbles thinlits to provide the contrast swirls against the white card blanks. 

I mounted the card toppers onto some pre embossed card blanks and added touches of glitter to finish. 

Love love love these modern and fresh cards. 

Happy crafting! 


Happy Fathers day… ahem… ok maybe I am a little late with this

I do have an excuse for being late with my father’s day card… my parents live in Spain and although I could have popped it in the post to him, I decided to save the cash and give it to him when he was back in the uk. So today he got to open his father’s day card. 

It was quite a simple card to make. I used the painty background I created in a session with friends last month and then added the Dad stamped letters  (DoCrafts/papermania) which I heat embossed and cut out. 

A fun and easy card. So happy fathers day dad! 

Happy crafting!


For ATC’S sake … 100!

I used a scrap of textured cardstock that I had got some pattern and colour on already. Not entirely sure how I did this to be honest… it might have been gelatos? 

Anyway… I added the stamping using White acrylic.  Then added the shading using Inktense pencils and blended with water. I also added the little scrap of fabric and the stamped bird. 

Finished off with doodles and a stamped quote. 

Happy crafting! 


For ATC’S sake … 86

Just a single ATC to share today. 

I used some Gelli printed dsp for this one… it was a spotty paper and then has some fun patterns printed on the top. of course I forgot to take a picture of that! So to start this one I added some stamping using White acrylic.  Next I added added lovely circle die cut I got in added swap. Next the script bird stamp which I stamped on another piece of scrap which had some ink on it. I added shading and depth using the Inktense pencils and then the sentiment I inked using the alphabet stamps. 

Really love how all the colours work together and the white paint pops on the background. 
Happy crafting! 


Raggy Doll Christmas house # 4

Another of my Christmas houses to share today. Of course there is also the coordinating card. 

This is the point I got to with the house when I first took pictures… yes nearly but not quite finished. I went for a slightly brighter colour finish for this one including some neon pink paint flicks! I also went for an iridescent medium roof and some clear sequins to decorate.  I added word stamping to the house which also tied it in with the card.

The card started life as a piece I had wiped texture paste onto so already pretty cool. I added the paint in patches and also added chalk fresco finish paint to give it some “white” space.  Then I started stamping.  

I used the big Papermania stamp to add the subtle words and then the word joy from a Paperartsy set. The Christmas lights across the top are from the same set. 

Next I added iridescent medium through a stencil and let it dry. I also added the Tim Holtz die cut trees. 

Now time to finish off…

Glitter, sequins and a sentiment, inking and mounting and distressing all going on to finish off the card.

Now back to the house. 

I made the windows and doors look more integral to the house by adding some shading using the Pitt pens from Faber-Castell. I also added a little more of the iridescent medium rubbed in with my finger to give the house more of a sheen. 
One more to share tomorrow… please pop back to see how the final one looks.

Happy crafting!


Raggy doll circle journal

So I have caught up on one of the circle journal projects I have going on… this is Lynn’s journal pages (currently loose leaf) and the background that Jackie made for the starting point. 

Lots of lovely rich colours and patterns and layers of papers. 

The theme for this month was beach so I grabbed some replica seaside related things and chose a bikini clad girl as a feature. The girl is from a small set of sketch pads with women’s outlines on so you can design clothing. I spotted them and thought they were ideal for art journalling.

I drew over the girl with charcoal to provide a more sketchy look… and added a bikini. 

Then to decide on the layout and how to finish the page.  Although there was plenty of pattern in the background I decided to add more using some Hot Picks fish stamps and then a Paper mania postcard stamp. I also added some fresco finish paint but soon realised that Jackie had used Dylusions so experienced blending and bleeding… that made me change my plans a little when it came to adhering the items on top of Dylusions.  

After trying with Matt medium and spreading the red colour onto the tickets a little I then opted for hi tack glue for the title and the picture of the girl.

I added some washy colour to the girl too which added some depth and then decided it needed more texture. I grabbed a Clarity stamp stencil and used glossy transparent texture gel through the stencil to create some texture at the bottom left hand side. Once that was dry I wanted to add some ‘sand’ so used distress ink and a blending tool for the bottom part of the page. 

Finally added some shading and outlining and edged the page with black archival to frame it. Really happy with how this came together. 

Happy crafting!