Dressember update

As we are over half way through December I thought I’d give you an update on Dressember. If you didn’t see my post earlier in the month I am participating in a campaign raising funds to end human trafficking. The campaign is called Dressember and participants all round the world commit to wear a dress every day of December while raising funds  and awareness about the fight against modern day slavery.

We are now three weeks into Dressember and I have worn a dress every day. It doesn’t have to be a different dress, some advocates challenge themselves to wear the same dress all 31 days. The first week of December was relatively mild for Ottawa but it has since got cold, cold, cold. I am wearing my dresses but often with sweaters and woolly tights.

I have been very encouraged by the support I have received from the cardmaking community. Blog readers and instragram followers have donated to the cause, as have friends I know through my classes. Thank you so much! I am approaching my goal of $1000 but I’m not there yet. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause please click this link to go to my campaign page.

I have been sending one of my cards to each donor (if they share their address with me privately) and it has been exciting to send them locally to Ottawa and Toronto, to several locations in the States, to North Wales and to Melbourne, Australia.

I don’t often include people in my cards, the skin colour gives me trouble. I decided to sidestep that problem on these cards by keeping the girls black and white so it’s all about the dresses! The top dress was painted with purple brusho; I painted on a separate piece of watercolour paper then cut it out and attached it over the black stamped image. I also gave dimension to her necklace and bracelet with nuvo drops. The second dress is coloured with Faber-Castell polychromos pencils then given some shimmer with a clear wink of stella pen. It isn’t obvious in the photo but the fur trim is embossed with diamond white embossing powder to make it sparkly.

They’re simple cards I know, but I’d be happy to own either of those dresses.


Stamps: hello gorgeous, relax & enjoy

Paper: neenah solar white, hot pressed watercolour, purple cardstock

Ink: stazon jet black, versafine imperial purple, versamarker

Paint: brusho purple

Pencils: Faber Castell polychromos
Also: WOW diamond white embossing powder, clear wink of stella pen

Tag time

Susan’s OLW challenge this week is to take inspiration from something on her Pure Inspiration board on Pinterest. I picked the line up of tags below as my inspiration then had to work out how to make it one layer.

tags    Free to use in your PERSONAL artwork. Please do not sell in anyway.

To keep it one layer I punched a tag mask out of a post it note and sponged a base of Wheat Chalk ink inside the mask. All the stamps are from the Free Flight set except the tiny sentiment. I used the collage stamp to add background to each tag and then used the bird and butterfly as well as the lace edge and the postal part of the collage to be feature images.

Unfortunately when adding the last image to the last tag I smudged ink on the card base. Not wanting to start again I changed the size of the card and continued by adding a sentiment above the tags. It ended up crooked and really did not look good so I began again and ended up adding a tiny sentiment inside a tiny masked tag, then threaded the ribbon through a whole in the card base.

I was happy with my one layer card but didn’t want to waste the tags from my original attempt so I punched them out and made a layered card.


Stamps: Free FlightWishes, Hello GorgeousLetter Background (PB)
Inks: Memento Rhubarb stalk and Desert Sand, Wheat Versamagic Chalk ink (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Penny Black Mix & Match Fall Festival
Also: Ribbon, Cord

A Fabulous Day

It’s a one layer challenge at Less is More this week to use exactly three stamps: no more,no less.

I have used the girl and purse from “Hello Gorgeous” and a slightly altered sentiment from Sweet Wishes. I covered part of the word “birthday” with a post it note so that I could wish someone a fabulous day!

The green and blue panel is sponged with Memento New Sprout and Bahama Blue, Then stamped the images in Versafine Onyx Black. The girl’s outfit is coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.

Have a fabulous week.

“Hello Gorgeous” Mini Cards

The Penny Black Blog is featuring mini cards today so I made a threesome using the glamorous girls from the Hello Gorgeous set. The transparent set includes the three girls plus all their accessories.

My little cards are  2 ½” x 4 ¼” .  I masked each one on all four sides then sponged in a light colour before stamping the accessories randomly in the same colour. After removing the post-it masks I stamped the girls and sentiments from the Wishes set  in a darker shade.

Head over to the Penny Black blog to see some more mini cards today and gorgeous tags tomorrow.


Stamps: Hello Gorgeous, Wishes(PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky & Danube Blue, Memento New Sprout & Bamboo Leaves, Memento Lulu Lavender &  Grape Jelly
Cardstock: MFP white