2012 Stamping Cruise - Thank you!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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What can I say? Put simply - the 2012 Australia / South Pacific Stamping Cruise on board the Rhapsody of the Seas was LOADS of fun! Our stamping group was amazing, they came from all over Australia and New Zealand and together we spent 13 days at sea exploring the islands of Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu! I had an absolute ball teaching all the workshops. As you can imagine, the classroom was buzzing with excitement as new projects were being completed, new techniques being learned and new friendships being made.

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The photo above is our stamping group. A big thanks to Lorelle (pictured in the front row on the right), owner of Crafting Cruises, for all her hard work and effort in co-ordinating the group.

Here is just a sneak at some of the projects that I taught on the cruise. I will share the projects in full when I return from Europe in a couple of weeks. But for now, I just wanted to give you a glimpse of the fun stuff we got up to :)

First up was a 2012 Stamping Cruise Journal:

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We also created framed shadow box with loads of texture:

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Another great class was a Seaside Printers Tray:

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There's just a few of the classes I taught... the stampers also created a lot of cards and a 2012 calendar in another 3 workshops. I'll share those photos in upcoming blog posts. 

I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to the generous companies who helped make this cruise such an amazing adventure! These wonderful companies either sponsored workshops, donated prizes or sent in products that could be used to make cards for charities. I am forever grateful for your generous support: 

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While on board the ship, our stampers created a total of 212 cards which will be donated to Aussie Troops so they can write home to their families and Ronald McDonald house. Thank you to all of the stampers who contributed their time and creativity while out at sea! It was a fantastic effort which I am sure will be appreciated by many!!!

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One of the best rewards of an adventure like this is not only the chance to explore new places, but the friendships that are created along the way. Thank you so much to all of you for sharing this journey with me!

- Rachel

2012 Stamping Cruise sets sail!

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Well folks, today is the day we set sail for the 2012 Australian / South Pacific Stamping Cruise! To say we're excited is an understatement!! The past few weeks have been crazy here in the studio and warehouse, packing boxes, ticking things off our packing list, making sure we have everything we need for the workshops. (I always feel like we'll forget something, even though I've gone over things a thousand times!) But now... we're ready to set sail!

The ship will leave Sydney Harbour today and we'll sail for two days before arriving to our first stop at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. Throughout the cruise I'll be teaching 6 workshops. I know many of you are wondering what I'll be teaching... so I'll share the projects once we return. Our group consists of 50 ladies, plus partners, friends and children. The stampers will also have 24 hour access to the stamping room, so I'm sure there's going to be some fun nights ahead!

As we leave the harbour I'll be updating on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow me there!

I'm really looking forward to spending the next 12 days out at sea... stamping, snorkelling and swimming! Let the journey begin...

- Rachel

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New dates for Australia 2012 Stamp Cruise - more spaces available!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Hi everyone,

As many of you know, The Cruise Crew and I have teamed up to offer an Australian South Pacific Stamping cruise in 2012 on the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas. The cruise was to depart in March, however Royal Caribbean have informed us that the Rhapsody of the Seas will now be having renovations done to the ship at that time, so all of their March sailings had to be cancelled. To all of those booked on the Stamping Cruise, I am deeply sorry this has happened.

We have secured a new cruise date, with the same itinerary, departing on 22nd January 2012.

It is exactly the same cruise as our initial cruise, only with new dates (and less time to wait!!)

We now have more spaces available, so if you are interested in joining us, please click here for all of the information!

I was recently in Sydney and saw the ship in port at Circular Quay...

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Behind the scenes: I am busy planning all of the workshops, prizes, goodie bags and more... it's going to be a fun and fabulous trip! As we count down to the cruise, I'll share more behind the scenes stuff as we go along :)

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A beautiful day in Sydney Harbour!

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If you have any questions about the Stamping Cruise, please contact Lorelle at The Cruise Crew or myself at info (at) darkroomdoor.com

Workshops at Dawn Bibby Design Studio

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy Monday everyone! It's been a busy time here at DD HQ over the past few months, and I have lots to catch up on with the blog... especially with photos from workshops that I have been teaching and trade shows. Last month I went over to the UK and taught some workshops at Dawn Bibby Design Studio in Lancashire. It was a fabulous day!! Here's some photos from my time there:

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The workshops were great, the ladies really made me feel very welcome and together we all had so much fun! I didn't manage to take any pictures during the first class, but here's some from the second class:

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We created an accordion book using the Art de Fleur Collection and using Viva Decor Ferro on the covers. Texture was created by stamping into the Ferro with Background Stamps. Look at all the gorgeous covers here:

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Here's some close ups of the texture... soooo yummy! This one is using the French Script Background stamp:

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And here's one using the Flourish Background stamp:

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We all had so much fun with the different stamps and all the different colours of Ferro! The different combinations are endless!

Here's a sneak peek at the inside of the books:

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Everyone had chosen a different colour scheme to work with, and they all turned out so amazing! I love it when we all get to do 'show and tell' at the end so we can see all the different books together.

We all had a fabulous day. Dawn and all the staff were wonderful, all of the ladies who completed the workshops were so fun to be with too. One of the ladies, Sheila, had recently had a birthday and received this fabulous calendar that was created by her friend Karen:

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Karen used the Alexander Bridge stamp from the Notre Dame Stamp set for the main image and Chocolatier stamps for the images on the sides. How fabulous does this look! What a great gift - Sheila was over the moon when she received this :)

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Of course the workshops went by really quickly, time flies when you're having fun, right? Before I knew it, it was time to pack up and head down to the Stitches Trade show. I'll blog about that soon too. Here's a pic of Dawn and I at the end of the day.

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A huge thanks to Dawn, the staff and all the students for a fabulous day!!

Kylie's Card Craft Workshops

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Last month we went to Kylie's Card Craft in Latrobe, Tasmania to teach two days of workshops. The store is located in the main street of Latrobe, conventiently near the local pub, over a historic stone bridge...

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Next to the store is a heritage listed building which Kylie uses for her workshops. It's now connected to the store, and since it's heriatge listed, the front of the hall must remain in it's original state... pretty awesome if you ask me...

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The hall itself is really big, everyone had plenty of space to move about and work on their stuff. They have regular classes here each week and crop nights too. Here's all the ladies working away on their projects...

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One of the classes I taught was the Viva Decor Canvas where we used Viva Decor paints along with a bunch of Darkroom Door products to create a nice little piece of art to hang in your home or creative space. With so many delicious paint colours on offer, everyone's canvas was different.

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Check out the Precious Metal Colour paint on this canvas... very metallic and very yummy!

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Although everyone had the same pieces to work with in their kit, there were lots of ways to add variety to their canvases, by using different words, different images and of course different colour combinations. Here's some close ups of a few canvases from the day:

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I even managed to finish a canvas in the class too...I have left this in Kylie's store, so you may see it on display there:

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Kylie's store is filled with so much great product... of course there was the Viva Decor section:

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and a wide range of stamps including a lot of Darkroom Door sets:

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And here's Kylie and me... we had a lot of laughs together throughout the weekend. I love anyone with a good sense of humour, and Kylie certainly has one of those!!! She's a lot of fun!

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Actually, all the ladies in the classes had a great sense of humour... it really was one of the best weekends of teaching I've done. So much fun, everyone was happy to get right into it and create to their hearts content. We had ladies dressing up in their (St Kilda) AFL team colours (the 2nd final was that weekend!), some wearing surgical gowns (yes, we were making that much mess!), and we were served the yummiest morning and afternoon teas along with a pub lunch every day. Seriously, can't get better than that!!

A huge thank you to Kylie for hosting the workshops and help with set up and making sure everything ran smoothly. And a huge thank you to everyone who came along to the workshops... I had a blast with you all!!!

Darkroom Door Roadshow Workshop - Brisbane

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 26, 2010

After the Scrapbook Expo in Brisbane, we held a Darkroom Door Roadshow at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. The workshop was for store owners and teachers, to give them a chance to play with our products, learn some new techniques and create some store samples. And most of all, sit down, relax and have some fun!! 

First up, we created a canvas using the Viva Decor paints, along with some Darkroom Door stamps, Montage images, Wordstrips etc. We painted up the canvas with Precious Metal Colour, then used Terra, Ferro and Croco as the base for each tile. Added a bunch of Darkroom Door goodies to finish it off! 

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Then it was onto other techniques...

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a little bit of Distress...

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Everyone completed a tag book that was full of different techniques for stamping, using Photochips, Montages, Filmstrips, Wordstrips etc!

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There were samples around the room for everyone to look, touch and feel.

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Jill and Ngaire came in to help out during the day... we all loved their humour and having them dash around during the workshop lending a hand to anyone who needed it. In between they did get a little chance to play... here they are having some fun with the stamps:

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Ngaire checking out her fab stamping!

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Jill sponging it up with Distress Ink!

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Ngaire stamping away!!!

It was a fabulous day, with a yummy lunch, tea, coffee and lots of laughter throughout!

Of course, the day was all over way too quickly, and then it was pack up time... Ngaire is the queen of packing tape, she had those boxes all taped up in no time at all!

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And the only chance we had to get a photo of the three of us was at the very end, surrounded by boxes!!

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A HUGE thank you to all the store owners and teachers who came along for the day! I had a fab time with you all, and thanks again to Jill & Ngaire for being such great helpers throughout the day!

If you're in Central Coast/Sydney and Melbourne... watch this space. We'll announce dates for a Darkroom Door Roadshow in those cities soon!

Malaysian Newspaper Article

Darkroom Door - Monday, July 06, 2009

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The Star newspaper in Malaysia have featured Darkroom Door in an article about our recent trip to Kuala Lumpur for the Scrap-N-Crop retreat.

 

Read an excerpt from the article here!

Gold Coast Retreat

Darkroom Door - Saturday, June 06, 2009

Last weekend I was up on the Gold Coast teaching a retreat for a stamping group... and I had such a fun time with all the ladies! Of course when you put stamps, ink, food, drinks, shopping, pokie machines, Keno and sexy Photobooth men together... then there's bound to be a few laughs! Here's a few photos from the weekend...

 

The group busy working on their projects:

 

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Some of the work in progress using rubber stamps, distress ink, filmstrips, photobooth images and lots of tim holtz idea-ology embellishments:

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Thanks to all of the ladies who attended the retreat, to Jam Creations for a fabulous shop, and especially to Louise and Jane for organising such a great weekend!!! It was fantastic!! Woo Hoo!!!

Scrap-N-Crop Retreat Photos - Malaysia

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 22, 2009

Hi everyone! We're back from our trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I taught at the Scrap-N-Crop Art Retreat! To sum it up in a few words - very hot and very fun!! All of the ladies were so much fun and really got into the different techniques that we used in all of the classes. Here's a photo of the Royal Selangor Club (the black and white building on the left) where the retreat was held:

 

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And opposite the club was the clock tower of the supreme court:

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The retreat was held in the Presidents Room:

 

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And here's a few pictures of the classes:

 

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Notice the nice white Malaysian tablecloths? They weren't white for long!!!! haha. I think Distress Ink added a nice touch to them!

 

Here's the stamping table before it was attacked by the students:

 

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I don't have an 'after' photo of the stamping table, but rest assured, it didn't look this neat and tidy!! Too much fun happens at this table, that's for sure.

 

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Everyone was presented with an award at the end of the retreat:

 

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And here's a group shot of the Saturday students. I even taught 9 year old twins!

 

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A big thanks to Val and Penelope from Scrap-N-Crop for organising such a great retreat and for asking me to teach. I had so much fun meeting everyone and sharing all the products, techniques and ideas!!! Thank you to all of the students for your enthusiasm, karaoke, inspiration and friendship! I had a fabulous time and hope to see all of you again sometime.

 

For more photos, visit the Scrap-N-Crop blog here.


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