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!

Plaid & Floral Background Cards

Darkroom Door - Friday, February 19, 2010

Godelieve has combined the Dots and Floral Background stamps to create a couple of cards...



Darkroom Door Supplies:
Floral background
Dots background (I love that these dots are bigger than other dotsstamps I already have, and they have a bit of texture on them)
All Occasions stamps

Other Supplies:
Versamark ink, Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink, Memories Black ink
Silver Pearl embossing powder
Prima flower
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
metallic thread

-I stamped the dots with Versamark ink on lavendar cardstock, heat embossed with silver pearl embossing powder.  Cut two squares.
-The Floral background is stamped with  Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink #Pink Pastel, also cut into two squares.
-I layered the squares on another piece of cardstock, and machine stitched with cream metallic thread.
-A Prima flower with button in the center
-words from the All Occasions set, stamped on a piece of floral background.
-Adhered to a dusty pink card.



Darkroom Door Supplies:
Dots Background stamp
Floral Background stamp
Butterflies stamps
Wordstrip: Venetian
Tim Holtz paper distresser

Other supplies:
inkpad: Brilliance #Graphite Black
Spellbinders Nestabilities Label One
ribbon: Stampin'Up!
gemstones : Hero Arts

- I stamped the Dots background, the Floral background and the butterfly on smooth watercolor paper with Brilliance #Graphite Black.
- I cut the stamped dots piece to card size (the stamp is more than big enough to stamp a card front in one go, I actually had to cut off strips)
- The floral background and black layer are cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Label One.
- All edges were distressed with Tim Holtz paper distresser
- I glued everything onto a black card.
- "Dream" is from the Venetian wordstrip
- Ribbon from Stampin'Up and gemstones from Hero Arts.



and here's a real close up of the stamps to show the actual texture and how it looks on the card:


Love these Godelieve!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Happy Valentine's Day Frame

Darkroom Door - Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hope you're all having a wonderful day with those you love! I'm spending today teaching with my friends at Art Journey :) but Stew is all the way over the other side of the world back in Australia :( Nevermind! Will have to bring home some of our favourite European chocolates for us to share and have a belated Valentine's Day!!!

Anyhow - wishing you all the best day ever! Here's a project that Godelieve created for Valentine's Day:


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Floral Background Stamp
All Occasions Stamp set (Happy Valentine's Day)

Notes from Godelieve:

I used an old picture frame, sanded it and covered it with gesso.
After it dried, I sanded the frame again to give it a distressed look.

I stamped the Floral background on vellum, using Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with Ranger Seafaom White embossing powder, to create a lacy look.

I replaced the picture by the embossed vellum on red cardstock.

The sentiment and little red heart are from the All Occasions set.

Red Prima flowers and pearls add a finishing touch.




Forever Card with Floral Background

Darkroom Door - Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ready for some more Melissa goodness? Of course you are!!!! How perfect is this for Valentine's Day (or a wedding card)...


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Floral – Background Stamp 
Ornate Elements – Rubber Stamps 
Venetian – Wordstrips 
Distress Ink Pad – Antique Linen 
Distress Ink Pad – Worn Lipstick 
Other Supplies Used:
Vintage sheet music
October Afternoon paper
Melissa Frances glitter chipboard wings
Decorative scissors
Glimmer Mist
Decorative Scissors

  • Create card base and edge with acrylic paint.  Ink to distress.
  • Stamp Floral Background stamp on cream paper, trim to fit center of card and trim right and bottom edges with decorative scissors.  Ink to distress and adhere.
  • Cut a strip of vintage sheet music to fit down center of card, ink, and adhere.
  • Stamp frame on cream paper, cut out, wrap and tie with ribbon, attach a piece of trim along bottom edge, and adhere to center of card.
  • Cut out a block to fit center of frame from coordinating paper, ink, and adhere to frame using dimensional adhesive.
  • Ink edges of chipboard wings and adhere to center of frame.  Top with a flower that has been coated with Glimmer Mist.
  • Cut out “Forever” strip from Wordstrip, ink to distress, and adhere near bottom of card.

I know I rave about Melissa's cards... but come on, I know you all agree! They're pure delight!!! Thanks Melissa!

I Love You Valentine's Card

Darkroom Door - Thursday, February 11, 2010

Here's a card by Sarah. Perfect for Valentine's Day which is just around the corner!


Darkroom Door Supplies:
Roses Photo Stamp
Plaid Background Stamp
"I Love You" sentiment from Darkroom Door All Occasions stamp set.

Other Supplies:
Pink Collage Press paper
Black Bazzill Cardstock
Plain white cardstock
Red Stazon Ink

Details from Sarah:

* I stamped the Roses Photo Stamp onto the pink Collage press scrapbook paper using Blazing Red Stazon Ink, and cut out. I wrapped some white lace around the bottom of the image and adhered it to the black base card.

* The heart was created by stamping the plaid background stamp onto white cardstock, then cutting a heart shape freehand. I then inked around the edges and attached it to the card over the lace.

* The "i love you" sentiment was stamped onto white cardstock with Blazing Red Stazon ink. I cut it out and then inked around the edges before adhering it to a piece of black cardstock and trimming around the edges to create a border. I then mounted it to the card front using double sided foam mounting tape.

* I LOVE that roses stamp! It is so amazingly detailed and I've been having fun creating new looks by playing around with different inks and different coloured papers to stamp on!".