Fun & Games stamp set ideas!

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yesterday we shared projects using the Playing Cards stamp set and today we're continuing on with the games theme and sharing projects with the Fun & Games stamp set!


This set is full of cool game pieces... a Joker card, Bingo card, chess pieces, dominoes, bingo numbers, card suits, dice and a couple of quotes thrown in too! So much fun can be had with this one! Here's some ideas from the Creative Team:


I've used the Splatter Background, then layered the Bingo card and Joker card along with the Fun & Games quote.

Godelieve has created a fab card using the chess pieces:


She's used a checkered background paper then stamped and adhered the chess pieces on top! Very striking! Here's another card that she's created:


Using the Joker and Fun & Games quote. The background is from the Ornate Elements stamp set.

Michelle has created an Inchie Wall Sampler:


Notes from Michelle:

I used a tin bottom and used it to created an Inchie Sampler of Wall Art. This hangs beautifully on a wall just by just sitting the tin over the top of a hook.
At first I was going to mount the inchies on the inside of the tin and have it as a shelf sitter and then I got to thinking how you could mount either side depending on how you wanted to use it. You could even mount both sides and have changing art!


To create the inchies, Michelle has stamped randomly using blue and red inks! Looks fabulous!


Jill has also created some wall art... check this piece out:


Jill's used the Bingo card stamp along with the Enjoy the Game quote. She's also snuck in a 1920s Chic lady and embellished with real vintage game pieces and cards. Fabulous!!!!


And last but certainly not least, Sarah has created a fun ATC:


Sarah's used the Joker and card suits as the main images, and the Bingo card in the background. Love how she's layered the joker face... see here:


Inspiring stuff - that's for sure! There's so many different stamps in this set, so it's easy to mix and match to whatever you need! And here's a little bit of extra info... if you look at the dice and the dominoes, they show all the numbers from 1 through to 6. So if you need a specific number, it's right there for you!

Hope you enjoyed these ideas using the Fun & Games stamp set! As always, thanks to our Creative Team for sharing such amazing artwork to inspire us all!! :)

Sweet Treats Collection Project Ideas!

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 08, 2011

Today we're sharing projects created with the Sweet Treats paper products such as Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips!


Even more yummy goodness in these images... including jelly beans, choc chip coookies, sweet jubes, and chocolates!

Michelle created a set of cards using various images from the Sweet Treats Montage sheet:


She's also used the String Sentiments stamp set. Check out more photos and details here.

Here's a few cards I've made with the Photochips and Wordstrips:



Jill has created a set of cards too...


Jill's sewn the images onto the cards and has cut the words from the Wordstrips and inked them up before adding them to the cards.



And lastly, a couple of more cards created with the Filmstrips: (Criss Cross Background stamp was used too)


And a little ATC:


You could create this as a little gift card or tag too, just use a folded piece of cardstock instead of the ATC base.

Hope you like the ideas! And a very happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's out there :) We hope you get spoilt with lots of Sweet Treats!!! :)

Sweet Treats Vol 1 Stamp Set Ideas

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 05, 2011

We're going to show off the Sweet Treats Vol 1 stamp set today!


Look at all those yummy goodies in this stamp set :) I have to say, this was one of my favourite collections to photograph! We ordered two dozen cupcakes for the photo shoot and of course... what's one to do with them after the photos have been taken? Eat them of course! They were the most delicious cupcakes I'd ever tasted, so rich and moist. Yum! And now every time you stamp with these cupcake stamps, you can think of me eating them all up... hahaha! Of course I had plenty of takers to help me eat them (thank goodness!)

So now that we have the stamps, here's some great ideas on how to use them:


The lollipop stamp was stamped onto glossy cardstock with Jet Black Archival ink then coloured with Marvy Le Plume pens. Also used the Criss Cross Background stamp for the background!


Moving onto the cupcakes, here's a card Godelieve has created with the cupcake cluster:


Godelieve's used Distress Inks and pencils to colour the image, along with some glitter to make the icing sparkly :) Good enough to eat I say!! You can read more about this card on Godelieve's blog here.

Sarah has also had some fun with the single cupcake stamp... here's a card she's created:


Sarah created the tablecloth by stamping the plaid background stamp on pink paper using Victorian Velvet distress ink. The shadow underneath the cupcake was created with a light grey Copic marker.


The quotes are perfect for using inside the card too!


And here's a fabulous idea from Sarah on how to create wrapping paper...


Doesn't that look fantastic!!! Love it!  Sarah created the wrapping paper by stamping the images onto brown packaging paper! The cupcakes were stamped with Timber Brown Stazon ink, and the other stamps were stamped with Distress inks. She also used a Star stamp from the All Occasions stamp set.

Here's a look at the wrapping paper when it's flat:


And another look at it used for wrapping a gift:


Fabulous! Makes me want to eat all those cupcakes all over again :)

Hope you're inspired to create some yummy projects for yourself now too - click here to have another look at the  Sweet Treats Vol 1 stamp set!

Love Letters Collection projects

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Today we are sharing projects created with paper products from the Love Letters Collection:


This is one of my favourite paper collections - I love the romance, the postage stamps, the hand tinting on the photographs... it's all so vintage and regal. The images lend themselves to many different project types - card making, ATC's, mixed media, jewelry etc!

Here's some projects the whle creative team have created to share with you...

Sarah created a series of cards using the Love Letters Photochips:



Love how the Photochips have been trimmed around the couples!

Jill created some cards using the Filmstrip images:


You can read about these cards in full here. Love how Jill has combined them with the Art de Fleur Photochips! They look fabulous together!!

Michelle has created a beautiful display box using various Love Letters elements:


She's also used a few Sweet Treats Photochips too - see them in the background? They bring a really soft touch to the project too - seems that lots of other collections are suitable for mixing in with the Love Letters!!!

Here's some close ups to show the crackle medium Michelle has used on the images:


All of our paper products are made with thick cardstock that can withstand lots of paint or other mediums being used on them!

Read more about how Michelle created this project here.

Here's a card Michelle has created too using one of the Love Letters Filmstrip images:


The Flourish stamp was stamped and embossed on the white background too. So nice!!

Godelieve created an ATC using one of the Love Letters images:


See more about this project here.

And last, I've also created a bunch of projects using the Love Letters images.. first up is a card using the Filmstrips:


Also used the French Script Background stamp and some Love Letters Wordstrips.

I couldn't stop at one card though, these Love Letters images are too easy to work with! Here's a bunch of other cards I've created with the Photochips:





I've used lots of Background stamps for these, they just bring that extra touch to the cards!

So... there you have it! LOTS of ideas on using the Love Letters Collection! These images are very addictive to work with, especially if you love vintage imagery.

Thanks for reading this far, hope you've enjoyed all the samples!

ATC Wallet Folder

Darkroom Door - Friday, April 29, 2011

Sarah Schwerin has created a fun little ATC wallet to store some of her artist trading cards in..


Darkrom Door Materials used:

* Butterflies stamp set
* Wildflowers Vol 2 stamp set
* Love Birds stamp set
* Flourish Background stamp
* French Script Background stamp
* Splatter background stamp set
* Chorus stamp set
* Vintage Photo & Barn Door Distress Inks


Details from Sarah:

I created this ATC Wallet and ATC set after seeing an article in Craft Stamper Magazine.

I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft, then stamped the Darkroom Door background stamps over the top using Barn Door Distress ink. I then inked around the background pieces with Vintage Photo DIstress Ink.

The main images were stamped in brown ink and heat embossed using Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. This gave the images a rough, distressed texture.

Some elements on the ATC's were mounted with foam mounting tape for dimension.

The ATC's slot inside the folds on the sides of the Wallet for safe keeping.



Flourish Butterflies Card Set

Darkroom Door - Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sarah has created a beautiful set of cards using the Flourish Background and Butterflies stamp set:


Darkroom Door Products used:
* Flourish Background stamp
* Butterflies stamp set
* Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
* Vintage Photo Distress Ink
* Foam blending tool.

Details from Sarah:

I created these cards for a class that I taught recently.

For the dark pink pieces I stamped the Flourish Background stamp onto white cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then inked over the top of it with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a foam blending tool.


For the lighter pieces I stamped onto white card using the Victorian Velvet distress ink.

I also used old book paper, and I inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The butterflies and some of the squares were mounted to the card fronts using foam mounting tape.


Just beautiful Sarah!!! Thanks so much for sharing these with us!

To see what classes Sarah is teaching, check out her blog here.


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:


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:



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:


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


And here's one using the Flourish Background stamp:


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:


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:


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 :)



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.

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

Love Letters Filmstrip Projects

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 21, 2011

Our Creative Team have created some fabulous projects using the Love Letters Filmstrips. Here's an artist trading card created by Godelieve:


Supplies used:
Filmstrips: Love Letters Vol 2
Wordstrips: Love Letters
Background Stamps: Criss Cross, French Script

You can see more photos and info on Godelieve's blog here.

Jill has created a series of cards by combining the Art de Fleur Photochips with the Love Letters Filmstrips:


Supplies used:
Photochips: Art de Fleur
Filmstrips: Love Letters Vol 1 & Love Letters Vol 2
Wordstrips: Love Letters




Such wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing these with us Godelieve and Jill!!

Guest Artist - Belinda Spencer Part 3

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 18, 2011

We've had so much fun sharing Belinda's projects with you this week! Today we have the last few projects... this time with a real vintage and rustic feel. Here they are:



The first layer of this card is some San Marco pattern paper DDPP001. The edges have been torn and then it has been scrunched up, flattened out and inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The next layer is the Old Truck Stamp DDPS006 which has been applied to Bazzill cardstock with Jet Black Staz On. Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Weathered Wood Distress Inks have been rubbed into the image, the edges were torn and then Frayed Burlap applied to the edges. Some Tattered Leather and Sand Glimmermists were flicked across the surface and then the image was handstitched onto the card. The Gentlemen Photobooth image was distressed and inked and added with a metal charm. I stamped the sentiment onto cardstock and then cut out the individual words, mounted on chipboard, inked and added to the card.



I used the Crayon Resist Technique for the Old Truck image on this card. I cannot wait to get my hands on some of the new release Photostamps to give this technique a go too!! I used a combination of Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood and Forest Moss Distress Inks, then distressed and inked the edges with Frayed Burlap too. The Plaid Background Stamp was applied to Bazzill with Jet Black Staz On and then the same inks were rubbed in to this also. The Gentlemen Photobooth image was sanded, inked, edge distressed, inked again and then coated with a good layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. The letters were cut from an Alphastrip and mounted on Kraft and chipboard. The sentiment from the Vintage Automobiles Stamp Set was stamped onto Kraft and then the individual words cut out, monted on chipboard and inked.



I made the background for this ATC by stamping the word ‘Vintage’ multiple times on Kraft using Weathered Wood Distress Ink and twice with Timber Brown Staz On to make it stand out. I then flicked some Sand Glimmermist over the top. I stamped the Vintage Automobile onto Kraft with Jet Black Staz On, cut out and added to the ATC. The front part of the car that stuck out, I simply cut off and added at the top right corner of the ATC. Waste not, want not!! The Gentlemen Photobooth image was sanded, distressed and inked and added with some jute and a metal charm.



I scrunched, distressed and inked a piece of Esplori pattern paper before painting with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint for this ATC. I added a small square of Kraft stamped with the Plaid Background Stamp, inked, scrunched and distressed. The Vintage Automobile stamp was applied to cardstock with Timber Brown Staz On. I rubbed in some Antique Linen Distress Ink, drew a border around it, distressed and inked the edges before coating with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. The ‘Vintage’ word was treated in the same manner minus the distressed edges and mounted on chipboard.

Don't you love all the texture! We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Belinda for having a play with our products and for sharing her creative ideas with us, and for all the great explanations on each project! You've been a wonderful Guest Artist and I'm certain you have inspired all of our blog readers :) Thank you!

To see more of Belinda's work, check out here blog here.

Guest Artist - Belinda Spencer Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 17, 2011

Today we have some projects using the Hello Baby Collection by Guest Artist Belinda Spencer! Check these out...



This simple ATC has a Kraft cardstock base with some Core’dinations layered on top. The beautiful baby image from the Hello Baby Montage has been edge distressed and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then has been mounted on Kraft cardstock. Individual letters were cut from the Hello Baby Wordstrip and mounted on Kraft and chipboard. To finish I tied a length of jute around the ATC with a gold metal dummy charm attached.



I have stamped my favourite Plaid Background Stamp onto some Full Bloom Blush pattern paper using Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I then distressed the edges, crumpled up the paper and flattened out again. I distressed and inked the edges of  the Hello Baby Montage Sheet image and layered on top. The butterflies were heat embossed with Ranger White Embossing Puffs onto some white Bazzill sprayed with Cherry Limeade Glimmermist and then sewed onto the ATC with buttons and white thread.



The Plaid Background Stamp was applied to the textured side of some white Bazzill on this card using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The edges were distressed and inked with the same ink.  I sprayed a piece of white cardstock with some Peacock Chalkboard Glimmermist, applied the sheet music stamp from the Melody Stamp Set DDRS011 with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and distressed the edges. The Hello Baby Montage image was simply distressed and layered on top. The words from the Hello Baby Wordstrip DDWS012 were distressed and mounted on Kraft cardstock and added with 3D foam for added dimension.



I heavily sanded the Photochip on this card to soften the black background. I rubbed in some Tattered Rose Distress Ink and sprayed with Vintage Pink Glimmermist. The edges were distressed and gingham ribbon added. My favourite Plaid Background Stamp was applied to some Full Bloom Blush pattern paper DDPP008 and heat embossed with Ranger White Embossing Puffs. Some soft pink and white lace was added to the top and bottom and the pieces layered together and secured with some handstitched crosses. I heat embossed some butterflies from the Butterflies Rubber Stamp Set using the Embossing Puffs again. I added wings to the baby image by stamping the largest butterfly onto transparency using Blazing Red Staz On, folding in half and securing with a heart stick pin. The words were created from the Hello Baby Wordstrip.



This is a really simple layered card in neutral colours to suit either a girl or boy. I first cut some Full Bloom Meadow pattern paper DDPP007 to fit the card base.  I distressed the edges, scrunched up the paper, flattened out again and inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. For the next layer I simply applied the Plaid Background Stamp to some Kraft cardstock using Timber Brown Staz On. I think that background stamp has to be my all time favourite. It is so versatile. Next I flicked some Tattered Leather Glimmermist across the surface of the card. The Hello Baby Photochip DDPC009 forms the final layer of this card. I coloured in the teddy with the No. 30 Rosewood Marvy Le Plume marker, distressed the edges and inked with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink before adding some jute and a metal charm. Finally the words were created using the Hello Baby Wordstrip.

Fabulous projects Belinda!!! I love how you've cut out the letters from the Wordstrips to create your own words using smaller and larger letters... very creative!!

Stay tuned... as Belinda has one last bunch of projects to share with you using all things vintage!