Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler Part 4

Darkroom Door - Monday, May 19, 2008

And now for the grand finale of Michelle's projects! Here is a card she has created using the Full Bloom Photochips:




Mat Lily Photochip on burgundy and white cardstock. Then mat onto green cardstock.
Wrap lengths of ribbon around the green cardstock at the edges. To create a tailored bow follow these instructions here. Mat on burgundy greeting card. Cut out Tulip Photochip and adhere to bottom of card. Here's a close up:




And we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Michelle for being our Guest Artist this week! We all love the ATC's and card you have created. It's so inspiring to see how many different ATC's can be created using the same supplies. :) Thanks again Michelle! Love your work! :)

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler Part 3

Darkroom Door - Saturday, May 17, 2008

Here are the final 3 ATC's created by the talented Michelle Loffler!

Live, Laugh:
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 1, Doors
* Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Venetian
* Collections: Chipboard Houses

Using two 'Collections' houses, randomly stamp using Stazon and Venetian Vol1 stamps. Edge with 'fired brick'. Cut out photobooth girls and distress their edges by sanding. Adhere to houses as shown. On a scrap of kraft card, stamp the lock and door knocker in 'fired brick'. Cut out and mount to the tops of the houses using foam tape. Adhere words as shown. Mount houses on San Marco paper cut to ATC size.

Postcard from Venezia:

* Darkroom Door Photochip: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies, Gentlemen
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 1

Cut Photochip slightly shy 3.5 x 2.5" and sand edges. Mat on black cardstock. Cut out Photobooths and roughly sand edges; adhere to bottom of Photochip. Using Stazon stamp postage cancellation on the top of the Photochip. Stamp a contrasting colour onto some kraft cardstock and cut out the circle. Using foam tape, adhere on top of the one already stamped to create a 3D effect.

The Door:
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors, Venetian Vol 1

Using Stazon, stamp the door onto transparency. Adhere transparency onto vintage dictionary paper. Cut out the transparency/dictionary and mat onto 2.5 x 3.5" kraft cardstock leaving a border effect. Stamp the "things unknown" stamp onto craft cardstock using Tim Holtz  Distress "old paper". Stamp banner stamp over the top using "fired brick". Cut out the banner and adhere to top of transparency using foam tape. Stamp another "things unknown" stamp onto craft in black, cut out the words "the door" and mat on black cardstock. Mount on banner using foam tape. Stamp both keys on black cardstock with gold ink. Cut out and fix with a brad.

And if you think that was enough eye candy.... check out all 9 ATC's together:

Amazing! Don't you just LOVE them! I love the texture and layering, and the combination of elements in all of them. Thank you SO much Michelle for sharing your fabulous talents with us! 

Please drop by tomorrow for our final project by Michelle and we'll also announce the winner of the Darkroom Door goodie pack! So here's your last chance to enter. Leave a comment here to be in the draw! Tell us which is your favourite ATC, or what you'd like to create with some Darkroom Door goodies, or about your travels to Venice, or anything!

Hope you are all having a creative weekend!

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler Part 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 16, 2008

Here are 3 more inspiring ATC's from the wonderful Michelle Loffler:

Things Unknown:

* Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors

Stamp two "things unknown" words on kraft cardstock using Stazon and Tim Holtz 'fired brick'. Cut out strips of each. Edge black cardstock with white ink. Mount alternating strips of words as shown. Cut out door montage and sand the edges. Position below the words. Stamp a key, cut out and mount using foam tape.


* Darkroom Door Filmstrips: Venetian Vol 2
* Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian Vol 1
* Darkroom Door Paper: Esplori, Rialto, Ti Amo

Using Esplori paper, cut ATC 2.5 x 3.5". With the Venetian Vol1 stamps, randomly stamp using Tim Holtz 'fired brick'. Place strips of Rialto paper across the top and bottom of the ATC. Ink all edges in 'fired brick'. Mount "adventure" word on another strip of Rialto, cut out and adhere as shown. Stamp the "Venezia" in black as shown. Mat filmstrip onto white card, then onto Ti Amo leaving a wide border, then again onto white card. Adhere as shown. Using a corner rounder punch, punch the top left and bottom right corners of the ATC.

Every Intention:

* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Photochips: Full Bloom

Sand edges of San Marco paper. In Word type the saying, print and cut out strips. Dab 'old paper' inkpad over the saying to age it. Cut out rose chip and photobooth - sand all edges. Place strip of Rialto along the bottom. Fix all pieces in place.

Don't forget to leave a comment to go into the draw for the goodie pack!! :)

Guest Artist - Michelle Loffler

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 15, 2008

Michelle_photoName: Michelle Loffler

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Lives: Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Known for:
Love of all creatures great and small, being behind the camera, being a coffee snob :)

Blog, website or gallery:   
None, but she is often published in Stamping & Papercraft magazine! 

Loves to:

Go on family outings, relax in the sunshine, watch primetime TV, shopping, Agility training with my dog and going on holidays!

Loves to create:
ATCs and beyond the page projects. I love collage, vintage and arty and I have a huge digital collection of vintage photos and ephemera I hope to one day use! I spend more time collecting than I do creating!

Favourite Darkroom Door product:
Oh that's easy .. the Photobooths !!!
I also love the San Marco paper - just gorgeous.
I love the way the collections co-ordinate, it makes pulling together projects fast and easy.

Have you ever been in a darkroom?
I have once for school but can't really recall. I didn't pay much attention at school it's no surprise I can't remember the details of the darkroom visit.

Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
Well for a start, the attention I was lacking in school. I'd bring my own camera, a list of questions, some munchies and lots of excitement. I would be like a sponge because there would be so much to take in.

Are you afraid of the dark?
Only of the pitch dark, you know the kind of dark when you are out camping and you get up in the middle of the night and cant see a foot in front of you? That's scary!

Michelle has created a set of 9 ATC's and a card. We'll feature all of them over the next few days, so please remember to come back each day to see her fabulous work! Here's the first 3 ATC's:

Wise Shopper:

* Darkroom Door Paper: Ti Amo, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Doors

Stamp door ATC on Ti Amo paper. Cut to 2.5 x 3.5" and sand edges. Cut out Photoboth image and create a frame by cutting out strips of Rialto paper. Ink edges of frame. Fix in place. Using clipart, print a shoe and cut out. Fix in place.

Explore Venice:

* Darkroom Door Filmstrips: Venetian 02
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian 01
* Darkroom Door Montage: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Paper: San Marco, Esplori

Cut San Marco paper 2.5 x 3.5" and sand edges. Stamp banner onto Esplori paper and cut out. Stamp the word 'explore' onto the banner. Adhere on an angle as shown, trimming the left edge as needed. Stamp the lightpost on white paper using Stazon. Colour using watercolour pencils. Cut out and adhere to ATC. Cut out Venice words with curved corners, ink edges. Cut out filmstrip, sand edges and adhere to ATC.


* Darkroom Door Paper: Esplori, San Marco
* Darkroom Door Photobooth: Ladies
* Darkroom Door Wordstrips: Venetian
* Darkroom Door Stamps: Venetian 01

Using Esplori paper, cut ATC 2.5 x 3.5". Cut two thin strips of San Marco paper and place along the top and bottom of the ATC to give a border effect. Stamp postage cancellation stamp at the top of the ATC. Adhere a length of sheer black ribbon along the left hand side of the card. Cut a rough square of black mesh and a square of natural mesh and adhere to the centre of the card. Stamp the "visita al campanile" stamp on a piece of Ti Amo paper. Cut out and mount onto San Marco paper leaving a border effect. Adhere to top of the mesh. Cut out Photobooth girl and adhere as shown using foam tape. Cut out random words and distress using Tim Holtz "old paper" "fired brick" and Stazon for edging. Adhere to ATC as shown by slipping underneath the mesh.

Giveaway! Giveaway! Giveaway!
Leave a comment here to be in the draw for a Darkroom Door goodie pack worth $25! Includessome of the products that Michelle has used here including Photobooth Ladies & Gentlemen, Venetian Montage, Venetian Filmstrips and Venetian Photochips. We'll draw a winner on Sunday! All comments that are posted over the next few days will be entered into the draw. Good luck!

Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see more of Michelle's ATC collection!

Guest Artist - Sarah Schwerin Part 4

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 04, 2008

Last but not least, here is the finale of Sarah's projects...

Live, Laugh, Love:
* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Vol 1 stamps
* Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
* Stampbord
* Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
* Bazzill Cardstock
* Lace
* Ink

Colour the background of the stampbord pieces using 2 colours of alcohol inks (Cranberry and Terracotta) by applying them with the blending tool. Stamp the images onto the Stampbord pieces with Stazon ink and scratch the highlights into the stampbord. Distress the edges of the cardstock with a paper distresser.

Here are a couple of close ups:

Isn't this card fantastic? I love it! Please help me give a HUGE thanks to Sarah for being our guest artist for this week and sharing her ideas and amazing art with us. Three cheers for Sarah! Hip Hip Hooray! You really are an inspiration Sarah. Check out her work in the May 2008 edition of Australian Paper Crafts where her work is featured on the front cover! And don't forget to drop by her blog for more projects.

Here's your last chance to be in the draw for the Darkroom Door goodie pack! Leave a comment and we'll announce the winner tomorrow!! You've gotta be in it to win it - so tell us which of Sarah's projects you loved the most, or tell us what you'd love to create with the goodies! The pack includes a Full Bloom Montage, Ladies Photobooth, Filmstrips, Wordstrips and more.... :)

Guest Artist - Sarah Schwerin Part 3

Darkroom Door - Saturday, May 03, 2008

More from the talented Sarah Schwerin! Don't forget to leave a comment to be in the draw for a $25 Darkroom Door goodie pack! Drawn on Monday - so get your comments in!!

Spread Your Wings:

* Darkroom Door Stamp from "Little Dreams" set.
* Stampbord
* Bazzill Cardstock
* Lace, Brads.
* Dimensional Magic

Stamp the image onto stampbord and colour parts of the image with art markers. Scratch the highlights into the stampbord. Cover the entire piece with Dimensional Magic to create a glossy finish. Mount onto the card using double sided mounting tape. Emboss the background cardstock with a Cuttlebug and highlight the raised pattern with white ink.

Tulip Happy Birthday:
* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Montage
* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Filmstrip
* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Wordstrip
* Brads, Ink, Bazzill Cardstock.

Mount the Tulip filmstrip onto the tulip tag with double sided foam mounting tape. Ink around the edges of the words with Tim Holtz Distress ink and adhere to the tag. Add some matching black and white brads to complete the look, then mount the tag onto the card front with double sided foam mounting tape. Distress the edges of the cardstock with a paper distresser.

Thanks Sarah! Drop by tomorrow for the big grand finale of Sarah's projects! It's a beauty!! In the meantime, leave a comment here to be in the draw for the goodie pack!!

Guest Artist - Sarah Schwerin Part 2

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 02, 2008

Here are some more fabulous creations by the ultra fabulous Sarah Schwerin!

* Darkroom Door Venetian Papers (All four designs).
* Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters
* Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint
* Tim Holtz Distress Inks
* Bazzill Cardstock
* Brads
* Carolee's Creations letter stickers.

The layout is based on a sketch from Becky Higgins' new "Scrapbook Page Maps" book.
Create the background by inking an entire piece of sandy-coloured Bazzill Cardstock with Black Soot distress ink, and rubbing over it with a wet piece of Cut'n'Dry foam.
Scratch the border into the cardstock with a paper piercer to reveal the sandy colour underneath.
Paint the Grungeboard letters with crackle paint and ink over them a little for more definition. I used crackle paint around the photo which I scratched off in some parts to give a more distressed look.
The heart shape was punched from the red venetian paper also.
I scratched out the background of the photo (a) because the background colour in the photo didn't look good with the papers, and (b) to again add a more grungey look. I also added some brads for texture.

Here's a close up of the title:

Thank You:
* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Photo Chips
* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Wordstrips
* Bazzil cardstock

Mount the Photochip and Wordstrip words onto bazzill cardstock. Emboss the background with a Cuttlebug machine and mount onto white bazzill. Attach to the card front. The words are raised using double sided foam mounting tape.

Thanks Sarah!

Don't forget to leave a comment to be in the draw for a Darkroom Door goodie pack!!

Guest Artist - Sarah Schwerin

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sarah_photoName: Sarah Schwerin


Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


Lives: Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Known for:
* Being mischievous, hating housework, and having to have everything RIGHT NOW! LOL!!
* Design Team Member for Scrapbook Savvy
* Owner and operator of "Inkurable Stampers" - The Aussie Stamping Challenge Blog.
* You may have seen my layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories, For Keeps Creative Scrapbooking, and Scrapbooking Basics.
* You may have seen my card projects published in Australian Papercrafts Magazine. (One of my cards is on the cover of the May Edition in stores now).


Blog, website or gallery:       
* My Creative Existence Blog
* Inkurable Stampers Challenge Blog
* Scrapbook Savvy Gallery


Loves to:
Take photos; create art - whether it be scrapbooking, cardmaking, or other projects; visit inspirational blogs; watch DVD's on the couch; sleep in; and spend time with my family. And Im always up for a challenge, so I often enter online scrapbooking and papercraft challenges.


Loves to create:
I love giving anything a go! I love learning new techniques and trying different styles. I've been doing more stamping recently, and am very taken by the collage and art stamping stuff I've seen lately. As long as it's papercrafts, I love it!


Favourite Darkroom Door product:
Oooh! That's a hard one! I love it all! LOL! I really like the Full Bloom Montage, and I LOVE the stamps - and if I had to pick one favourite I don't think I could! I have three sets so far - "Wildflower", "Little Dreams" and "Full Bloom Vol1" but I will probably end up buying the rest! Especially after I see all the gorgeous projects from the other Darkroom Designers!


Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Yes! I did photography in Year 11 of High School and I loved it! I was often in there at lunch time working on projects.  I didn't do it in year 12 for my HSC because I didn't think our teacher / equipment was good enough to get me the marks I wanted. Now that I'm a scrapbooker, I really wish I studied it further! LOL!


Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
OMG I'd just about die if I could come there! LOL! That would be awesome!
I'd bring my full attention! I could learn sooooo much there! A note pad and pen would come in handy so I could remember everything (because I'd be so overwhelmed at actually being there I wouldn't be able to retain much info!!). And, I'd have to bring some film to develop the "old fashioned way"! I'd also bring my digital SLR too to get some shots before the lights went out! And I'd bring chocolate - to keep the hostess happy! LOL!!


Are you afraid of the dark?
A little! Not in my own house - I often walk through the house at night in the dark with no problems. But if I were at someone else's house I would be scared silly!  Something about unfamiliar surroundings. I'd be terrified if I ever came across anything ghostlike or "paranormal" but I think I'm more afraid of the real people that might jump out at me than the dead ones! LOL! I'd be scared outdoors too - I would hate to go camping or anything like that. I'm a city girl, so it is never really very dark, so I'm not too scared outside here, but if I were in the woods or on a farm or something I'd be petrified! Too many scary movies I think!


Sarah has created so many cool projects with detailed instructions, so we'll add some of them here now and we'll then add a project here every day for the next few days! So keep checking back to see what she has created! First up, here's some cards and an ATC, along with Sarah's instructions for how she created the piece.


Passion, Destiny, Love:




* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Photochip
* Darkroom Door Venetian paper - San Marco
* Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink
* Lace, Bazzill cardstock

Mount the "San Marco" paper onto bazzill cardstock, and sew around it haphazardly with both zig zag and straight stitching. Wrap the lace around it and dye with distress ink. The whole piece was glued to the card base, so as not to have any stitching on the inside of the card.
Cut the photochip to size and sponge with distress ink, then scratch into it with a paper piercer to create a border which is also sponged with distress inks. Mount it onto bazzill cardstock and then onto the cardfront using double sided foam mounting tape. The Wordstrips were also sponged with Distress Inks.


Create Art:




* Darkroom Door Venetian Paper - San Marco, Ti Amo, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
* Darkroom Door Ladies Photobooth
* Darkroom Door script stamp from "Little Dreams" set.
* Ranger Crackle Accents
* LYM gem brads
* Collections ATC base
* Collections chipboard body
* German Scrap wing

Cut the 'Ti Amo' paper to ATC size and stamp background using the script stamp.
Cut a piece from the 'Rialto' paper and use it as a border across the bottom.
Cover the chipboard bodice with 'San Marco' paper and coat it with Crackle Accents. I also used the crackle accents at the bottom of the ATC.
Tint the words with Distress Ink to give them a more subtle colour.
Cut around the Photobooth lady's head and mount it to the card with double sided foam mounting tape.
I used metallic rubons to highlight the detail in the wings.


Thank you Sarah for sharing your amazing projects with us!

Venetian Vol 2 card

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 28, 2008
Here's a sample card using the masked lady from the Venetian Vol 2 rubber stamp set.




How to:
1. Stamp scroll onto teal cardstock and attach to Juneberry card.
2. Stamp the masked lady onto white gloss card using Jet Black Archival ink. Heat set with heat tool.
3. Colour the image using Adirondack Dimensional Pearls (watered down).
4. Mount onto black cardstock and attach to the card.
5. Stamp quote onto white cardstock, trim, and mount onto black cardstock. Attach to the card using foam tape.


Thanks for stopping by today! 




Darkroom Door Designer - Rachel Greig

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

RachName: Rachel Greig


Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


Lives: Central Coast, NSW Australia


Known for: adventure, taking risks, encouraging others to take risks, photography, and having a laugh. Oh, and for designing Darkroom Door product!


Blog, website or gallery: Rachel Greig Photography, Darkroom Door


Loves to: make a mess! And chocolate slice. YUM!


Loves to create: Anything – cards, layouts, books, ATCs etc. I’d love to get into more altered art and jewelry too. My style is anything from simple and quick to more elaborate arty projects.


Favourite Darkroom Door product: No specific favourites, love them all for their own reasons. However, when I discover a new way of using a product that I didn’t think of when I was designing it, I do tend to have a soft spot for that product for a while ☺ I feel like giving it a little gold star!


Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, every night when I turn out the lights to go to sleep. ;) But really, yes, much of my life has been spent in darkrooms. I eat my carrots. I see well in the dark. 


Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? A very good sense of humour!


Are you afraid of the dark?  Yes, and I still freak myself out when I’m in the darkroom (honest!) If I need to take the rubbish bins out when it’s dark, I think about what could jump out from the trees beside our house. My imagination gets the better of me sometimes.


How did Darkroom Door begin? I used my own still life and travel photos in my creations and artworks. I thought others may like to use the photos too, so I began the Filmstrips range a few years ago. I then went on to design some paper and rubber stamps that are distributed through Stamp-It Australia. My ideas have continued to grow and expand, so I needed a new business to be the platform and consolidation of our collections. So Darkroom Door began. Why the name? I am at my creative best in the darkroom. When I go through my darkroom door, I know I enter a world that is unlike the outside. It’s dark, it’s creative, it’s magic. You just never know what magic will happen behind that door. I want you to experience that too. I want to share it with you. I want you to unlock the artist within!


And onto the artwork... although I don't do a lot of layouts these days, I have created a couple of quick ones using a few different products... here they are:




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Esplori paper, Venetian Wordstrips.




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Ti Amo paper, Venetian Vol 2 Filmstrips, Journal stamps.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Blush paper, Journal stamps, Ranger Archival inks (Olive, Grape, Tangerine, Carnation), Stamp-It Chipboard letters.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Meadow paper, Full Bloom Quartet Vol 2 paper, Making Memories rub ons, Tim Holtz Chronicles foam stamps, Adirondack Snow Cap paint dabber.


Thanks for looking - hope you enjoyed it!