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Darkroom Door - Thursday, June 17, 2010

Melissa Phillips has created another gorgeous project using the Hello Baby Vol 1 stamp set. Check this out:


The lace.... oh. my. goodness!!! It's just soooo sweet.

Melissa has used the Hello Baby Vol 1 stamp set along with the Dots Background stamp.



Isn't it gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing Melissa. What a treasure this card is!

Meanwhile... I'm back from the Brisbane Scrapbook Expo. It was a fabulous weekend with loads of people dropping by our booth to check out the demo's. I had 5 or so different techniques that I concentrated on during the show, but hands down the most requested technique was the crayon resist. It seems you all love it, and I can understand why. It really does lift a stamp and give it a whole new dimension. I do have some demo tags left over from the show, but they're still packed away. Once I finish unpacking I'll share them here on the blog.

If you're wondering what the technique is, I've used the Crayon Resist Technique on a Scrap-It TV segment, which you can see here.

If you'd like to join me in a Crayon Resist card class, I'll be teaching it at Scraploot on June 26th. Details can be found here.

Family Recipes Book

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 28, 2010

Our From The Kitchen stamp set is just perfect for making your own recipe book! The 'Recipes' word stamp fits perfectly into the large label stamp so it's easy to make the cover label for your own recipe book. Godelieve has created a fabulous recipe book to show you here:


Darkroom Door Plaid Background Stamp
Darkroom Door From The Kitchen stamp set
Darkroom Door Alphastrips 04
Marvy le Plume II pens
Blank Book, green ribbon, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, Silver embossing powder

  • I inked up the Plaid Background stamp with Marvy Le Plume markers.
  • Cut the stamped cardstock into 4 pieces and distressed the edges
  • Glued onto black cardstock.
  • I stamped the large label and "Recipes" on cream cardstock, cut out and glued onto black cardstock.
  • Cut out letters from the alphastrip to for  "Family".  I used Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to put the letters in place.
  • The whisk is stamped and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Carefully cut out and glued onto the plaid background.
  • I attached this piece to the linen book cover with bookbinding glue.
  • Tied a green ribbon around the book.


The whisk looks fabulous embossed in silver!


What a great recipe book! This would make a great gift too, especially to someone who's just moved out of home and needs a bunch of recipes! Not only that - how awesome does the Plaid Background look with the different colours!

Thanks for sharing Godelieve!

From The Kitchen - card, bookmark & labels!

Darkroom Door - Friday, May 21, 2010

Godelieve has been busy with the From The Kitchen stamp set... check out the gorgeous card, bookmark and labels that she's created:


The card has a detachable bookmark that can be taken off and used in your cook books to mark your favourite recipes!


Great idea, hey!! Here's Godelieve's instructions for the card:

- I used the Spellbinders Label One Nestabilities to cut 2 labels.
- Plaid background was stamped with Distress Ink #Old Paper.  Distressedwith Vintage Photo & Old Paper
- I used parts from the Enjoy Life set and the From the Kitchen set tomake up my own sentiment :)  Stamped with Vintage Photo.
- finished off with linen thread and a button



Here's another bookmark idea:


Instructions for creating the bookmarks:
- I scored a square piece of cardstock on the diagonals, cut the piece inhalf to get two rectangular pieces.  I folded one piece into a triangle= bookmark, and cut the triangle from the second piece to glue ontothe front of the bookmark.
- I stamped the Plaid Background on the front and back, decorated withstamps from the "From the Kitchen" set.  I used the small letters fromthe "Alphabet Medley" set to stamp "Secret".

Next some labels:


- The round labels are stamped on Plaid Background and cut out.  Layeredonto brown scallop Nestabilities diecuts.
- I also cut two heat shaped labels, stamped the words, layered thehearts with brown cardstock.




Godelieve used these stamps: From the Kitchen, Enjoy Life, Alphabet Medley, Plaid Background.
Distress Ink
- Vintage Photo & Old Paper.

Love these - especially the warm colours! Thanks for sharing Godelieve!!

SIA Make & Take Card

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, May 12, 2010


This is the card we made for the make & takes at our SIA booth. They use a combination of our new Background Stamps and new Photobooth sheets.

Here's how you can make it yourself:

  • Stamp Harlequin Background onto Almond coloured card with Sepia inkpad. Sponge the edges of card with Sepia ink.
  • Stamp French Script Background onto a smaller piece of Almond cardstock using Jet Black inkpad. Mount onto black cardstock. Sponge edges with Sepia ink. Mount onto front of card.
  • Trim two images from the Friends & Lovers Photobooth sheet. Attach to card as shown. Create small hats with red cardstock, ink edges and attach to their heads! (idea from Teresa & Godelieve)
  • Stamp sentiment from All Occasions stamp set onto Almond cardstock with JetBlack inkpad. Trim and mount onto black cardstock. Trim and attach to card.

Happy Mother's Day!

Darkroom Door - Sunday, May 09, 2010

Wishing all the Mum's out there a very Happy Mother's Day today!

Tracey Strong has inspired us with this fabulous Mother's Day card...


Isn't it gorgeous!!!

Darkroom Doorstamps: PLAID background, ALL OCCASIONS set; BUTTERFLIES set, VIVA LA FLORA VOL 2 set
Photochips: VIVA LAFLORA

Kraft,light blue, white card

Distressinks: frayed burlap, weathered wood, black soot
Stampin’Up punches: Scallop, round tab

Instructions from Tracey:
Iwas inspired by the different use of the Stampin’ Up punches inAustralianCardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft Vol 16 No 1.

  • Base card isfolded kraft card.
  • Stamp the PLAIDbackground onto white card using weathered wood ink.  Trim to just smaller than folded kraft card, and swipe edgesof plaid card with frayed burlap ink.
  • Distress aphotochip around the edges, and then sew a border with white cotton.  Layer onto a square of card 9 x 9cmwhich has been sponged around the edge using frayed burlap ink.
  • Over the plaidbackground I’ve stamped the dandelion from VIVA LA FLORA VOL 2 using frayedburlap, as a second-generation stamp (very faint).  Punch the round tab towards the right hand side.  On the punched-out tab, carefully stampHappy Mother’s Day using black soot ink and trim.  Ink edges of each word with frayed burlap.
  • Punch a scallopfrom a scrap of light blue card and sponge edges with frayed burlap.  Stamp a butterfly onto scrap of whitecard using frayed burlap and trim carefully.
  • Assemble card:first stick the plaid background onto kraft card.  Position layered photochip to left side of card.  Stick the scallop over the punchedround tab on the plaid background and then position mounted words overscallop.  Attach butterfly and addblue gemstone.

Thanks Tracey!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Mother's Day today!!!

Big Numbers 30th Birthday Card!

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 10, 2010

Looking for ways to combine lots of different stamp sets and images to create a beautiful card? Godelieve has done just that... check out her latest card:


We showed a little sneak peek of this card during the 15 Days of Giveaways, and now you can see the full complete card!

What we love about this card is the combination of the Big Numbers stamp set, All Occasions stamp set, used with the Plaid Background stamp and added a few little Art De Fleur Montage images to finish it off. The combination works so well!!


The Big Numbers set is so handy - you can create an age birthday card at any time - any age!


Note how Godelieve has used different words from the All Occasions set to create her own sentiment! The 'on your' is stamped from the 'on your wedding day' sentiment. See, Godelieve's a clever chickie!!

Here's the full instructions for the card from Godelieve:

- I inked up the numbers 3 and 0 with two shades of Colorbox Fluid Chalk inks, and stamped them on a Plaid Background
- distressed the edges with Tim Holtz paper distresser and tied ribbon around this stamped piece
- Words are from the All Occasions set.  I combined several sentiments, stamped on Plaid Background too.
- After inking all edges, I glued the stamped piecers onto brown cardstock and assembled the card.
- Two flower images from the gorgeous new Art de Fleur montage sheet are used as finishing touches.


Just beautiful don't you think? Thanks for sharing Godelieve :)

Rockin' Bookmark & ATC

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 03, 2010

Sarah has created a rockin' bookmark and ATC using the Rockstar Stamp set and Background stamps!


Here's Sarah's instructions...

Magnetic Book Mark:
Cut a piece of black Bazzill cardstock to 2.25x9.5" and fold in half to create a bookmark.

Cut 2 pieces of red Kaisercraft paper to 2x4.5" and stamp with the DD Plaid background stamp using black ink. Ink around the edges with black ink before adhering it to both sides of the bookmark base.

Stamp the guitar and the star onto white cardstock using black ink, cut out, and glue it to the front of the book mark. Cut the Rock from "Rock & Roll" which is stamped onto white cardstock with black ink. Ink around the edges, and then attach it to the front of the bookmark.

On the back of the book mark, adhere the words "Live Out Loud" which are stamped onto white cardstock with black ink.

Add some Basic Grey magnetic snaps to the bottom inside of the bookmark flaps so that when you put the flaps over your book page, they magnetize together keeping your bookmark from falling out.

Here's the front:


and the back:


ATC: Stamp the Dots Background with black ink onto Red Kaisercraft paper,ink around the edges in black, and attach it to the black Bazzillcardstock base.

Stamp the Guitar onto white cardstock with black ink, cut out, andadhere to the background. Do the same with the record stamp. Thewords "Rock and Roll" were stamped onto white cardstock with black ink,and cut out. Ink the edges with black ink before adhering to theATC.


So how's that for some cool, rockin', groovy projects!! If you were in the Darkroom Door Black, White & Red swap in Feb you may have received one of these ATC's in your returns as this is what Sarah created for her swap! Cool huh!

Hope you're all having a fabulous Easter weekend!

15 Days of Giveaways Day 6

Darkroom Door - Saturday, March 06, 2010

Thanks for all of the great comments on the Art de Fleur rubber stamps! I'm so pleased that you like them as much as I do :) I've not had a chance yet to really, really play with them as I've only just returned from my trip in Europe, so still adjusting back to Aussie time! However... I'm looking forward to playing with them a lot more over the next few weeks!

For now... we must press on to the next lot of products! This time it's the Art de Fleur paper products which include Photochips, Montage, Filmstrips and Wordstrips. Here's a look at all of them:





I loved working on this collection. I've always loved creating polaroid transfer images, and really enjoyed creating a complete series of collage style flowers. I love everything about it - the randomness of each image (no two polaroid transfers are ever the same), the varying backgrounds, the different flowers, the creamy colours... all of it! I hope you enjoy using these images as part of your projects.

Here's a few samples:


The background was created with the Floral Background stamp using Archival Olive ink. Then layered the Art De Fleur Vol 1 Filmstrip over the top. Inked the edges of the filmstrip a little with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Trimmed the words from the Art de Fleur Wordstrip and added them to the card.

Same design, just horizontal:


And one more in a different colour scheme (using Archival Plum ink):


Here's a great ATC created by Sarah:


She's used the Art de Fleur Photochips as a background, then added an Art de Fleur Montage image on the front which has been distressed with a paper distresser. Added a Photobooth image and an Art de Fleur Wordstrip word. Here's a close up:


So many ways all of these products can be used!

To be entered intoday's giveaway, leave a comment here and tell us: what would you liketo create with the Art de Fleur Collection? A winner will be drawnrandomlyfrom today's comments... and will win a goodie pack that includes Art De Fleur PhotochipsArt De Fleur MontageArt De Fleur Filmstrips and Wordstrips. 

Winnerswillbe announced on 16th March 2010. There will be a different prizeeach day and your comments are only valid for that days drawing. So formore chances of winning a prize, check back each day and leave acomment to be in each draw!!!

Unlock the artist within!

Plaid Background Scrapbook Layouts

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ok... time for some scrapbook layouts!! Sarah has created some fab layouts all sorts of rubber stamps from our collections. Check them out:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background Stamp.
Roses Photo Stamp.
Full Bloom Vol 1 set (Rose).
Little Dreams set (Flourish at sides).
Alphabet Medley.
Wildflowers Vol 1 (Butterfly).
Buff Tags

Other Supplies:
Patterned paper - Basic Grey, MME.
Heidi Swapp Damask Sticker.
Kaisercraft Pearls.
Ink - Versacolor "Pinecone" and "Old Rose".


* I used a sketch from www.pagemaps.com as inspiration for my layout.
* I stamped the Rose, Roses photo stamp, and the plaid background stamp onto buff tags with Old Rose ink. The journaling spot and butterfly were stamped onto a buff tag with Pinecone ink.
* The butterfly was mounted using double sided foam mounting tape.
* The flourishes on the side were stamped with Pinecone ink. I used the same stamp, alternating between different sides of the stamp to get the border pattern.
* "Maggie" and "1912" were also stamped with Pinecone ink using the Alphabet Medley stamp set.




Darkroom Door Supplies:
Plaid Background Stamp.
Alphabet Medley Stamps.
Journal stamp.
Marvy Pen - No 54 Burnt Umber

Other Supplies:
Basic Grey papers.
Bazzill cardstock.
Ribbon, Kaisercraft flowers, gem brads, eyelets.
Pinecone Versacolor Ink
Mint Versacolor Ink
Magenta Verscolor Ink

Details from Sarah:

I cut a large strip of basic grey off white coloured paper and created a lace border down the edges with a Fiskars border punch. I attached it to the background paper.
I used the same colour paper to stamp the plaid background stamp onto with Mint Verscolor ink. I  rounded the corners, and inked around the edges with Pinecone Versacolor ink. I attached 5 pink eyelets on each plaid piece, and then adhered them to the layout. I then laced a pink and white polka dot ribbon through the holes and tied a bow.

I stamped the title, and the journaling block onto cream coloured basic grey cardstock with Magenta Versacolor ink. I inked around the edges of the words in the titled, and glued them to my layout.

I journalled onto my layout using a Marvy Pen (No 54 Burnt Umber).

The plaid background stamp was the perfect pattern to compliment my daughter's school uniform! It's such a great stamp because you can get so many different looks just by changing colours!


Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Pearlescent Pink Gerberas Bind-It-All Album

Darkroom Door - Monday, February 22, 2010

Ready for another great project by Godelieve? Well of course you are! Check this little beauty out:


Darkroom Door products:
Pink Gerberas pearlescent paper
Purple Butterflies Pearlescent Paper
Floral Background
Stamp sets: Ornate Elements, Enjoy Life, Wildflower

chipboard covers (recycled) and butterfly(scenic route)
white pages
pink envelopes
inkpads: Brilliance #Graphite Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk #Pink Pastel
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper


How to:
- I used bookbinding glue to cover the chipboard with pearlescent papers.
- I cut out the middle flower to create a window
- rounded the corners using the corner chomper from We R Memory Keepers
- Colored the edges with a black permanent marker
- stamped "enjoy" from Enjoy Life set on pearlescent paper, stitched it onto white cardstock
- First page is a vellum one, I stamped butterflies and a quote from the Wildflower set
- I stamped the floral background on the second page, and put a chipboard butterfly on it, covered with pearlescent paper too.
- There are more white pages, vellum pages and a few pink envelopes inside the album
- I stamped "Limited Edition" from Ornate Elements on the inside of the back cover.



and when you open up the album, you can see this butterfly inside. (see it hiding behind the vellum in the picture above?)


and the back of the album:


Isn't it gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing Godelieve!