Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 4

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 09, 2009

To finish off Lisa's week with us, she has created two layouts using the Robot Collection papers and embellishments! Check them out:





Darkroom Door Robot papers
Darkroom Door Robot Filmstrips
Darkroom Door Robot Wordstrips
Distress inks - aged photo
Sharpie Pen
Kaiser pearls
Basic Grey Chippie letters


Thanks for sharing your artwork with us this week Lisa!!! It has been truly inspiring :)

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Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 3

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 05, 2009

This is a mixed media album Lisa completed from her recent trip to London with the kids.

Lisa says:
I wanted something with lots of texture, I just pulled a heap of stuff I had been hoarding together and added Darkroom Door Stamps and wordstrips.


Materials List

Darkroom Door Ornate Elements Rubber Stamps 
Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
Distress inks - lots of colours
Websters Pages papers
denim off cuts
tissue paper
flannel fabric
kaiser bling and pearls
Sharpie pen







Fantastic Lisa!! Love how you've used the ornate background stamp on the circle embellishments on the cover, then carried it throughout the book!

Lisa has some more projects to share, so please drop by again soon to check them out!

Guest Artist - Lisa Pate Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Lisa has been busy with our Robot stamps! Check out these super cute bag tags...

School Bag Tags



Darkroom Door Robot Vol 2 Rubber Stamps
Darkroom Door Robot Stripes 12x12 Paper
Black Stazon
Maya Road Sheer Star Album ( pulled apart)
Jump Rings
Heat Gun
Shrink Plastic (I used rough and ready)
Making Memories Alphas

1.    Stamp two robot  images onto the rough side of the shrink plastic with black stazon ink


2.    Colour images with pencils


3.    Cut around images and punch a hole in the top


4.    use your heat gun to shrink the images ( it will curl up, just use a stamping block to squish it flat while still warm)


5.    Cut a piece of Darkroom Door Robot Stripes paper to fit the Maya Road Star and use a cropodile and eyelets to attach to the back.


6.    stamp a robot image on the star , and add childs name with the making memories alpha’s

7.    Finish with ribbons and the elastic through the top hole, use the jump rings to attach the shrunken robots to finish.


How cute are these!!! Thanks for sharing them with us Lisa - and hope your girls are enjoying them on their school bags :)

Please drop by again tomorrow to see more of Lisa's artwork!!

Guest Artist - Lisa Pate

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Lisa_PhotoName: Lisa Pate

Zodiac sign: Capricorn

Lives: in beautiful Cooranbong, NSW

Known for: A serious obsession with RED, not measuring anything, lots of layers in my work and loving a good chat and a laugh


Loves to:Do anything creative - stamp, scrapbook, sew.  Head up the Watagan mountins with my hubby and kiddies, swim the the ocean and drink red wine.

Loves to create:
anything and everything. Layouts, cards, and mini albums rate pretty high.

Favourite Darkroom Door product: The stamps - nothing like the crispness of stamping with RED rubber.

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Um, my bedroom is dark at night??  Does that count??

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  My fave inks, a couple of blocks of chocolate and a sense of humour.

Are you afraid of the dark? Not anymore :)  I was petrified as a kid.

Beaded Album Cover


Gather your supplies

Darkroom Door Stamps – Trees
Black Ink (fabric ink or permanent ink)
Album to cover ( I used an American crafts 6 x 6 modern album)
Calico fabric
6 tea bags
Small sead beads of choice, needle and thread
Cotton Lace
Iron on Pellon
Stazon ink
White paint
Cropodile and eyelets
Sewing Machine

1.    In a bowl place the six tea bags and boiling water, add the fabric and let in sit in the solution to it reaches the colour you want.  Air dry and iron it flat. 


2.    Using either fabric or a permanent ink, stamp your fave tree image onto the fabric


3.    Iron on the pellon on the reverse side of the calico (a thin pellon is best).  Using the needle and thread sew beads as desired onto the tree.



4.    Sew the cotton lace around each side, and finish with some simple stitching to border the tree


5.    On a scrap of Acetate stamp your chosen quote with black stazon ink, on the reverse side swipe some white paint to help the works stand out. Using a cropadile set make the holes and set the eyelets to attach the piece as shown.




6.    Cut another piece of calico the same size and with right sides facing sew three sides together, leaving one end open (this will be the end that you slip over the album.  Turn the right way out.

7.    Slip the whole piece over the front of your album ( I used an American crafts 6 x 6 modern album) and finish with a wrap of ribbon and bow.


Fabulous Lisa! Love the texture :)

Please drop by again tomorrow to see more of Lisa's projects!!

Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton Part 4

Darkroom Door - Sunday, January 18, 2009

Here's Gillian's last project for this week:

Wooden Tag


I love how the little 'keyhole' on this piece becomes a tiny Altered Doll :)

Darkroom Door supplies:
12x12 Paper ~ Music Gazette, San Marco, Ti Amo
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS011 Melody
Photobooth Ladies
Wordstrip Venetian

other requirements
 KaiserCraft Victorian Tag Album (just one of the tags), Tim Holtz idea-ology Grungeboard, Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Assorted versa color inkpads (used to add a bit of colour to the keyhole), Gesso, Modpodge, Brass Wings & Finding (cut in half for crown), Brads, black ribbon, Vintage Dictionary Page, Black Acrylic Paint, PVA Glue, Glue Stick, E6000 Glue or Liquid Nails Glue.


Method of construction

  • Apply strips of Printed Papers and the Vintage Dictionary Page, to the wooden base using a glue stick. Trim the edges, cover your piece with a clean sheet of paper and rub over with your brayer (or rolling pin) this gives a great finish as it removes any bubbles and helps the paper to adhere well to the wood.
  • Using a large nail file, sand the edges of the piece.  this gives the edges a nice sharpe edge.
  • Rub some Gesso over the entire piece, then wipe off with a 'DAMP - Not Wet' cloth or sponge.
  • The Gesso seems to 'settle' the background and help all of the layers work perfectly together.
  • Hold your piece up to the light and poke the hole through from the right side with an awl or other sharp tool.  (doing it from the front like this avoids any damage to your design.)
  • Once Dry Take your Lady Stamp from DDRS011 and ink the top flower section of the design, and stamp the edges of the top and bottom of your piece.
  • it's a good idea to practice first by simply Tracing your design onto a scrap piece of paper and stamping on that piece to make sure you know where you want your stamp to go.
  • Ink around the outside edge of the tag and put aside for the moment.
  • Take your Grungeboard Keyhole and ink it well with layers of Black and Rust colours allow it to dry or use your heat gun.
  • Choose your image from the Photobooth sheet (Choose a light image, if you choose a Dark image, it can distort the look of the 'Keyhole' and the shape is important because when finished the Keyhole looks like a little Angel.
  • Position the Photobooth image and the Grungeboard piece so that you are happy with the placement, then glue the Photobooth image down.
  • Using PVA glue, Glue the Keyhole down also.
  • Your Grungeboard piece has holes for brads, so drill through those same holes into the Chipboard tag.  then insert brads and open at the back.
  • Cut your words from the wordstrip and lightly distress with walnut ink
  • (Remember you can always do as I have done for the word 'IN' if you don't have the word you want on the wordstrip, most letters appear several times on the wordstrip, and you can easily cut the letters out and make new words)
  • Glue the 'Believe' to a piece of Chipboard or heavy cardstock using PVA glue
  • Ink the edges.
  • Glue the words in place using PVA glue, allow to dry.
  • Give the piece a couple of light coats of lightly watered down Mod Podge (not too watery or your paper will buckle)
  • Be careful with the first coat, wiping the brush regularly onto a scrap piece of towel so any ink or Gesso doesn't end up where you don't want it.
  • Glue on the Metal embellishments with E6000, liquid Nails or super glue.
  • Paint the back of the tag with Black Acrylic Paint.
  • Thread your ribbon through the top, and hang it from a door knob or use it as a special tag on a present.



Thanks so much Gillian for being our guest artist this week! I have enjoyed all of your projects so much! I'm sure all of you reading this blog would agree!! Thanks for sharing everything with us - your style and attention to detail is so inspiring!

Please remember to go over to Gillian's blog to see more of her fab artwork.

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Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton Part 3

Darkroom Door - Saturday, January 17, 2009

Continuing on with our guest artist Gillian Hamilton, here's another fabulous journal! Feast your eyes on this one!


Moleskin Journal ~ Dance like no one is watching


Darkroom Door supplies:
12x12 Paper ~ Legato, Allegro, San Marco
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS012 Chorus, DDRS011 Melody, DDRS019 Ornate Elements

other requirements
Moleskin Journal, collections Elements Chipboard House, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Black ribbon, Vintage Lace, Antique Mother of Pearl Button, Black thread, sewing machine, Glue Stick, PVA Glue, Black Stranded Embroidery Thread, Double sided tape


Method of construction ~ house

  • Using a Glue Stick completely cover the chipboard house with glue
    stick glue side down onto the wrong side of Allegro Printed Paper (on the 'unpatterned' part of the paper) Roll over with your Brayer (or rolling pin) this really helps the glue work better at holding the paper and gets rid of any glue lumps or air bubbles.
    Trim the edges with a pair of scissors, and file excess off with a large nail file
  • Mask the 'house' part of the chipboard house with a piece of scrap paper, leaving only the roof section exposed, Ink the Large Flourish stamp from DDRS019 with black ink and stamp the 'roof' section of the house.
  • Ink the Lady from DDRS011 with black in and stamp on the 'house' section (she makes the most elegant corner)
    Stamp the 'Dance like no one is watching' Stamp from DDRS011 onto a scrap from your Allegro Printed paper,  hand trim with scissors and ink in the black ink.
  • Adhere it to the house using a glue stick, cover with a clean piece of scrap paper and brayer the piece you have just glued on.
  • Ink up the small flourish from DDRS012 and stamp Repeatedly down the opposite side of the house to the lady and along the bottom edge until you meet up with the bottom of the lady stamp.
    Stamping over the edge of the 'Dance like no one is watching' piece.
    This is a fabulous stamp, for this purpose, make sure you reink it each time you stamp with it so the pattern remains consistant in colour.
  • Ink the outside edge of the house in Black ink
  • Using PVA glue, lightly glue some German Scrap Small Scallope border inbetween the roof and the house section.
  • Using your sewing machine, stitch with black thread around the inside edge of the house.
  • Take a beautiful button that you love, Glue it in place using a small amount of PVA glue
    Using a sewing awl or large bodkin needle, and using the button holes as a guide poke the holes so you can sew the button on.  I know the button has been glued on already, but it really looks so much nicer if you take the 2 minutes to sew it on as well.
  • Put the house to the side for the moment.


Covering the Journal

  • Take Your Moleskin Journal or something similar.
  • We are just going to be adhering the paper to the top, Using your glue stick, cover the entire top of the journal with glue, and also the spine.
  • Put the journal glueside down onto the back of the Legato printed paper (make sure you have the paper the right way up!) Rub it with your hand, to make sure you have no lumps or creases.
  • Rub the back side of the journal now with the glue stick, remember to check that the spine has glue too.... and carefully flip the journal over so that both sides are now covered with paper. roughly trim the excess paper off.
  • Using your brayer, give the journal a rub over, so that the glue works well on the cover.
  • Not too close to the spine however, because we don't want to crease it.
  • AVOID opening the cover too much while the glue is drying.
  • Take a 8cm strip of San Marco Printed Paper, using your glue stick completely cover the back of it and adhere it to the journal as shown. trim the excess off
  • Using some double sided tape, tape some flat 4cm wide lace onto the San marco Paper.
  • Then using more double sided tape adhere some Black ribbon onto the top of the lace (covering where the double sided tape is, so you can't see it) Allowing enough length for tying your bow at the side of your journal.
  • Stitch a little of the way along the length of the ribbon on the front and back of the journal just to hold it securely.
  • Then Stitch along the sides of the journal just where the San Marco Paper is both on the front and back.
  • Using PVA Glue, Adhere the house to the Journal, and weigh it down with some heavy books to set the glue and make sure it attaches nicely.
  • Tie your bow at the side of the journal.



Fantastic Gillian! You're rockin' those stamps and papers!!

Please drop by again tomorrow to see Gillian's final project :)

Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton Part 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 16, 2009

Ready for some more arty goodness? Today Gillian is sharing an Artist Trading Card with us...

ATC ~ Live laugh Love


Darkroom Door Supplies
 12x12 Paper ~ Legato, San Marco, Allegro
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS019 Ornate Elements
Photobooth Ladies
Wordstrips ~ Venetian

other requirements
 Vintage Buttons, Vintage Lace, German Scrap Small scallope border, page torn from old book, Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad, Black Thread, Sewing Machine, Glue stick,

Method of construction

  • Cut a piece of Allegro Printed Paper to 3 1/2 x 2 1/2" ATC size.
  • Stamp it with Large Flourish stamp from DDRS019 set using black ink
  • Tear a strip of Legato about 1.5 cm x the width of the ATC ink the edges
  • Using glue stick, Adhere to the top edge
  • Tear a piece of old paper from a book approx 2.5 x 3cm  adhere to the left hand side as per ATC
  • Tear a piece of San Marco 3 or 4cm to go on the bottom of the ATC, ink the edges and  adhere with the glue stick



Once you are happy with your Collaged background

  • Trim a photobooth Image, sand the edges to make it look worn then lightly ink with black ink.
  • Fray a piece of vintage lace a little bigger than the photobooth image
  • Using Double sided tape, layer the lace and image onto the ATC, and stitch on the inside edge using your machine using black thread.
  • Cut 'Live Laugh Love' from the wordstrip and distress it with Ink and add to the bottom left hand corner of the ATC
  • Glue some buttons onto your ATC and then hand stitch them on
  • lightly glue a strip of German Scrap onto the top edge of the ATC
  • Cut a Backing piece of Cardstock for your ATC and use Double sided tape to hold it together.
  • Using your sewing machine, stitch around the inside edge of the ATC, this will hold all the layers together and give your piece a Finished Look.
  • Sign and Date Your ATC & send it to a friend :)


Stunning Gillian! Love the texture.

Please drop by again tomorrow - Gillian has another journal to share with us!

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Guest Artist - Gillian Hamilton

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 15, 2009

GillianName: Gillian Hamilton

Zodiac sign: Libra

Lives: Port Macquarie NSW Australia

Known for: My Faith, Love of family, Collector of many things, History Buff, silly sense of humour!

Etsy Store:

Loves to: Pack a picnic and hop in the car with my family and just drive till we find somewhere nice to stop, no phone, no emails, no time restraints ~ it's Just us together!

Loves to create:
on a daily basis, I have this driving passion inside me that has to be released!
It doesn't matter really if it's a Stamping project, a piece of jewellery, sitting with my daughter making something with her or even cooking a delicious casserole.As long as I can enjoy the process of creating in one of it's many forms, I feel very satisfied :)

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Rubber Stamps

Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, I used to work in an Art and Craft Supply shop in my Home town of Inverell NSW.  Which had a Darkroom because my Boss was a Photographer.
I used to take Passport Photo's for our customers, we used a fabulous 4 lens Polaroid Camera, which took 4 photo's at once, and we'd duck into the darkroom and wait for the photo's to develop and trim them, it was kind of 'mysterious' to the customers, as we'd take their photo with this rather odd looking camera, then disappear into the darkroom and come back out in a few minutes with their 4 little photo's, this was in days before Digital Camera's.

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Chocolate :)

Are you afraid of the dark? Only if I don't have my husband with me :)

Moleskin Journal ~ Remember to Take Time to Laugh


Darkroom Door Materials:
 12x12 Paper ~ San Marco, Legato, Allegro, Music Gazette, Ti Amo
Rubber Stamps ~ DDRS011 Melody, DDRS019 Ornate Elements
Wordstrips ~ Venetian
Gentlemen Photobooth

other requirements
moleskin journal, collections elements chipboard house, black ribbon, rusty pickle alphabet brads, vintage optical lens, brass crown, walnut ink, versafine onyx black ink pad, Glue stick, PVA glue, E6000 glue, sinamay ribbon, sewing machine and black thread

Method of construction ~ house

  • Using a glue stick, cover the house with glue
  • Tear printed paper making sure it doesn't have a white edge and adhere to the house.
  • I used Music Gazette for the main part of the house, a small strip of San Marco near the roof,  Ti Amo & Legato on the roof.
  • I also put a little piece of sinamay ribbon amongst the paper near the roof (just to add a bit fo dimension)
  • Once you are happy with your Collaged Background, use a brayer or rolling pin on your piece, this helps adhese the paper together.
  • Cut a piece of the sinamay a little wider than the house, and cut off one of the sewn edges to avoid bulk later on.  Position it at the bottom of the house with the sewn edge that is remaining on the bottom edge of the house.  fold the edges over to the back of the house and tape down with double sided tape.
  • Tear another piece of San Marco about 3cm wide (with NO white edges), apply glue using the glue stick to the back of this piece and adhere over the 'cut edge' of the sinamay and the Music Gazette paper.
  • Stitch down the edges of the San Marco paper if you would like in random fashion (this is optional.) You can also stitch the edges of the other layers if you like.
  • Tie a piece of black ribbon around the house on top of the San Marco paper making the knot at the front for embellishment.
  • Stitch around the inside edge of the house, and ink the edges with black ink.
  • Take your 'Frame' Stamp from the DDRS019 set, and stamp with black ink onto a clear part on Allegro Printed Paper.  Stamp the 'Take time to Laugh' stamp from the DDRS011 set into the centre of the frame.
  • Trim around the outside edge of the frame you have just stamped and using your glue stick, adhere it to a piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock.  Trim around the edge and ink the edges.
  • Usinge PVA glue, glue the frame over the top of the ribbon on the house.
  • Antique the word 'Remember' using Walnut Ink.  Adhere it to the house and attach the alphabet brads.
  • Trim around the Photobooth image so that it sits under the optical lens (you could use a small scrapbooking embellishment frame) glue the image onto the house using PVA glue and then the Lens using E6000 glue or another strong adhesive like liquid nails.  Attach the crown.
  • Ink around the outside edge of the house.
  • Set it aside for the moment.



Covering the Journal

  • Take Your Moleskin Journal or something similar.
  • We are just going to be adhering the paper to the top, Using your glue stick, cover the entire top of the journal with glue, and also the spine.
  • Put the journal glueside down onto the back of the printed paper (make sure you have the paper the right way up!) Rub it with your hand, to make sure you have no lumps or creases.
  • Rub the back side of the journal now with the glue stick, remember to check that the spine has glue too.... and carefully flip the journal over so that both sides are now covered with paper. roughly trim the excess paper off.
  • Using your brayer, give the journal a rub over, so that the glue works well on the cover.
  • Not too close to the spine however, because we don't want to crease it.
  • AVOID opening the cover too much while the glue is drying.
  • when dry, lay the house onto the journal and position some ribbon where the ribbon is on your house. we want to make a tie to fasten the journal, and it looks great if it lines up with the ribbon already on your house.
  • Put the house aside once more.
  • using double sided tape attach the ribbon on the front and back, leaving enough length to tie a bow to close the journal when it is finish.
  • Stitch around the inside edge of the top, side and bottom of the journal on the front and back (this is optional, but it will hold your ribbon in place and it will also keep the paper from lifting at the also adds a nice 'finishing touch'.  Ink around the outside edge of the journal with black ink.
  • Using PVA Glue, Attach your house to the Journal, Lining up the ribbon on the house to the Tying Ribbon.  Weigh down while the glue dries with a couple of heavy books.
  • and you are done :)



Fantastic project Gillian!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. For all the blog readers out there, Gillian has been busy and we have about 4 days worth of arty goodness to share, so please remember to keep coming back to check out what she's been up to!! Pure art I tell you! Yum yum!

Until tomorrow...

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Ho Ho Ho... Santa has arrived!

Darkroom Door - Thursday, December 25, 2008


Firstly, I'd like to wish everyone who is celebrating Christmas today a very happy and merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and friends.

And secondly I'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Christmas Competition! I wasn't sure how the comp would go, but had hoped we'd get a 'few' entries, and had hoped that some people were using our Christmas Reindeer stamps to create their Christmas cards this year :) To receive such gorgeous creations not only in our email inbox, but our real snail mail mailbox felt like it was Christmas every day for us!!! I just LOVE all of the cards that were made and shared using the Christmas Reindeer set. Thank you to each of you who shared your artwork with us and all the readers of this blog!

Are you getting fidgety wondering who the winners are? Ha... it's like being a kid waiting for Santa to arrive!

Well, we think everyone deserves a prize, but the three names that were drawn out of Santa's Hat are:

1. Ava G
2. Kristine Collins
3. Robyn Wood

Please email us your contact details and the stamp set that you'd like to receive and we'll organise your prize! (note: we'll be spending some time with family over the next couple of days, so your prize won't be sent out until after the new year)

Thanks everyone for a fabulous 2008! From all of us here at Darkroom Door we'd like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and can't wait to show you what we have in store for 2009!

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Stewart & Rachel

Christmas Reindeer - Project #26

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Check out this adorable card created by Teresa Abajo for our Christmas Comp...




I used White Bazzill with an edge cardstock for the card base, and Basic Grey patterned paper from the Wassail range for the card front.  I cut the patterned paper to size and sponged some Brushed corduroy ink on the edges.

I stamped both reindeer (one with Timber Brown StazOn, the other with Stampin’ Up Whisper White), and cut around each leaving an even edge around the image.  I stamped the Merry Christmas and punched it out with my Marvy scalloped oval punch.  I punched a larger scalloped oval from some brown paper, and stuck the ovals together with some gauze in between.

I cut a strip of striped paper, pleated it unevenly, and stuck it to the card front with a piece of thin ribbon on top.   I tied a little bit of ribbon onto one reindeer’s neck.  I stamped the stars in the top left hand corner, and some of the wavy lines in Adirondack Cranberry ink. I arranged all the elements on the front of the card, and glued them down.  I left the edges of all the elements unglued to add dimension.




Just gorgeous Teresa!! Thanks for sharing!

Ok, it's only a couple of sleeps now until Christmas... the excitement is building around here! Of course Christmas is a time for family and friends... but it's also about gift giving! What is the best present you'll be giving someone this Christmas? Please leave a comment and share :)