Guest Artist - Louise Nelson Part 4

Darkroom Door - Saturday, January 28, 2012

We have two layouts from Louise to share with you today which wraps up her Guest Artist feature with us for this week. These two layouts are amazing... check out all of the texture in this first one...




Materials Used:
DDPB003 Photobooth - Friends & Lovers
DDWS016 Paris Vol. 2 - Word Strips
DDWS005 Viva La Flora - Word Strips
DDRS017 Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamps

From Louise: I've never used images of unknown people on my layouts before, so I thought it would be a fun challenge for me to scrap a layout around an image of people who I didn't know!
The images of couples and friends that are included in this Photobooth line are just perfect for mixed media arty projects!
To coordinate the photobooth image with my background scene, I inked the sides of the image with Tea Dye Distress ink. The word strips have been treated with the same mists that I used on the background.




Perfect Day


Materials Used:
DDWS017 Seaside - Wordstrips
DDMN010 Art de Fleur - Montage

From Louise: I was a little disappointed that this layout didn't photograph as well as I would have liked as it was one of my favourites. I just loved the Art de Fleur montage as it contained a photo of a Fuchsia.
Both my mother and father enjoyed growing these flowers. I've used the montage flower image as a photo matt as well as a feature element next to the word strip title.


We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Louise for sharing her artwork with us this week! It's been so inspiring getting a peek into your art world :)

Please remember to pop over to Louise's blog to see more of her fabulous art!! And don't forget to leave a comment here, we all love to read them! Thanks so much!

Guest Artist - Lousie Nelson Part 3

Darkroom Door - Friday, January 27, 2012

Woo Hoo! How exciting that we have so many layouts to share with you this week by our amazing Guest Artist Louise Nelson! Here is today's inspiration...



Materials Used:
DDWS014 Art de Fleur - Word Strips
VDPM904 Viva Precious Metal Colour - Copper
VDFE901 Viva Ferro Metal Effect Colour - Silver

From Louise: I just loved the Viva Decor products so much! So much so that I thought I would combine 2 of the products to get both texture and colour.
I first applied the Ferro to get the fabulous gritty texture and then to get the copper colour painted it with the copper precious metal colour paint.
You will notice from one of the close up photos that I have coordinated the word strip to the background by treating it with the same black grey mist.




Life Journey


Materials Used:
DDAS001 White Alpha Strips
DDWS001 Venetian - Word Strips
TIM19541 Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot
TIM21643 Distress Embossing Ink Pad
DDPS001 Little Door Photo Stamp

From Louise: To create the background on this layout I used one of my all time favourite embossing techniques. It is a very random embossing of the textured tissue paper that has been adhered onto the background.
To tie this in with the stamped doorway image, I used the same black embossing powder. This stamp was just perfect for this photo of me outside an old warehouse in the Port Adelaide district.
To complete the title I used both the Alpha and word strips.


Ohh, look at all those textures! Yummy!!

We have a couple more layouts to share with you tomorrow, so please check back to see Louise's final Guest Artist post! You don't want to miss it!!! :)

Guest Artist - Lousie Nelson Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, January 26, 2012

We have some more fabulous projects to share with you today by the very talented Louise Nelson!

Timeless Moments


Materials used:
DDWS016 Paris Vol. 2 - Word Strips
DDWS008 Prague Vol. 2 - Word Strips
DDBS002 Plaid - Background Stamp

From Louise: From one of the close up photos you can see that I created some subtle visual texture to the layout background, using the Plaid background stamp and Tim Holtz embossing powder.
The word strips provide a perfect description of the sentiment I was feeling when these photos were taken at my Godson's engagement party.




Love Moments


DDWS016 Paris Vol. 2 - Word Strips
VDFE0901 Ferro - Steel
TIM19541 Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot

From Louise: Whilst the photo on this layout isn't of good quality, I still love to scrap it over and over as it is one of the very few that I have of my father and I.
To set the scene for the photo, I used the fabulous Viva Ferro steel paint to embellish the chipboard butterflies. Then heavily inked around the edges of the layout with the black soot Distress Ink.
To complete the layout I used simple word strips to describe my feelings about creating this particular layout.




You're Special


DDWS002 Full Bloom - Word strips
DDA4007 Pink Gerberas 12up - A4 Pearlescent Paper

From Louise: For this particular layout featuring a photo of myself and my friend Natalie, I've used the beautiful pearlescent Pink Gerbera paper.
I cut out some Gerbera flowers, attached them straight on to the background and then artfully applied distressed gauze on and around the Gerbera images. I used a simple glue stick to adhere both the patterned paper and the gauze.



Gorgeous!! I am sure you are all loving Louise's layouts as much as I am!! We still have lots more to share with you... so please drop by again tomorrow!! In the meantime, please leave a comment for Louise, I am sure she would appreciate it :)

Guest Artist - Louise Nelson

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Louise-nelsonName: Louise Nelson
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Lives: Evandale, South Australia
Known For: Have absolutely no idea LOL, .....oh I just thought, maybe for using useless bits of crap that most people would throw away on my layouts LOL


Loves to: 'Keep it real'
Loves to create: whatever flows :)

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Ummmmmmmmm sheesh I think I have a soft spot for the stamps and the paints
Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? The intent to stay and not leave :) :) :)


We are so excited to have Louise as a Guest Artist here at Darkroom Door this week! I've always loved her arty layouts!! Let's take a look at her projects...



Materials used:
DDWS006 Wilderness - Word Strips
DDWS008 Prague Vol. 2 - Word Strips
DDMN006 Wilderness Montage
DDS017 Friendship Flowers Rubber Stamps
TIM19541 - Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot

From Louise: I so loved the words of advice in this stamp, so much so I thought that it would have been the sort of thing I would have loved to have been told as I was growing up!
With that in mind I created a layout using shocking/rude baby photo of myself in the nude on a rug :) :) :) LOL.
To set the scene for the photo and the stamped words I also used the Wilderness photo montage images, which have been inked around the images to make them stand out from the background.
The word strips from the Wilderness and Prague range were a perfect complement to the words of the stamp.






DDRS018 Trees Rubber Stamps
TIM20333 Distress Ink Pad - Peeled Paint

From Louise: I just love love Love stamps that are of flora and fauna, this set including the tress especially is a favourite from the Darkroom Door range.
I've used the stamp to subtle effect on the painted back ground. To highlight the tree stamp image, I've coloured a chipboard tree to coordinate with the stamped image and layered it over top.



Isn't Louise's style just divine! I love all of the texture!

We have more layouts to share with you tomorrow, so please check back to see what else Louise has created!

Tag layouts by Connie Mercer

Darkroom Door - Monday, November 07, 2011

We have some layouts by Connie Mercer to share with you today using the Tags stamp set... Connie has had a load of fun creating different layouts, using the different tags from this one stamp set. Here's what she's been up to...


Details from Connie:

On this one I used the medium size tag and made a banner and then again as a decoration and date tag for the felt tree.  Awesome set ~ so many ways to use these!!


Next up...


Details from Connie:

On this layout it looks like I made a pocket out of the large tags {stamped in red/Colorbox ink} but I cut a slit in the blue cardstock with my X-Acto knife ~ so actually the kid art is between the flower cardstock and blue cardstock paper.  The tags then were adhered on the slit mark~giving the pocket effect.


Great inspiration!! Thanks for sharing these with us Connie!!

Guest Artist - Louise Williams Part 2

Darkroom Door - Thursday, November 03, 2011

We're back with more amaaaazing projects by the incredibly talented Louise Williams! Let's get straight into the projects shall we?

Timeless Layout:



I used the gorgeous San Marco paper as my base for this simple layout that focuses on the photo rather than a lot of journalling. I layered as strip of the Legato paper over the top and roughly covered it with a thin layer of gesso to tone it back.  I stamped onto transparency with Stazon using stamps from the beautiful Love Birds set and layered them with some Twiddleybitz chipboard, some Basic Grey flowers cut out from paper and finished it with some Prima roses for a sweet touch.



Safe Journey Card:



This was a quick card to make thanks to the lovely Art De Fleur photochip background, which was layered over a distressed and punched strip of the Blush paper. Add in some scrunched seam binding and Prima flowers and finish with a strip of the Wilderness wordstrip for an easy title.



The Places You'll Go Layout:



This was a very quick layout to put together using the Prague photochips as a background over some neutral Basic Grey paper. I adhered them into place, roughly sewed over them and then created a sweep of white through the middle using texture paste. Once it was dry I sprayed the area with some Shimmerz My Bleeding Heart colour spray and added some Mandarin Shimmerz paint as well, allowing it to run up the page for interest. Over the top I’ve added parts of a Basic Grey Doily paper and finished it with some American Crafts lettering and Prima flowers.



Woo Hoo - amazing stuff, right? Louise has rocked our products! a HUGE thanks to Louise for creating these projects and for sharing them with us! They're awesome!

Don't forget to check out Louise's blog to see more of her artwork.

Guest Artist - Louise Williams

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, November 01, 2011

LouiseWilliams_profilepicName: Louise Williams
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Lives: in the beautiful Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand.
Known For: lots of layers and details in my scrapping, as well as adding in some mixed media techniques. I’m also a Prima Educator as well as a Shimmerz Educator and am on the design teams for Aussie Scrap Source, Twiddleybitz plus am a Design Diva for Scrapbook Creations magazine.


Loves to: Scrapbook! I’m totally addicted
Loves to create: lots of different things, apart from scrapbooking I knit, crochet, make jewellery and sew

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Loving the Background Stamps, so versatile!
Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? A large case to take all the goodies I wouldn’t be able to resist home with me!


We are so excited to have Louise as a Guest Artist here at Darkroom Door this week! Her style is just beautiful, so many layers and textures and details! Let's take a look at her projects...

Explore Layout



I started with a neutral Basic Grey background and lightly stamped using the French Script background stamp to add interest. Before spritzing and spraying with various Shimmerz inks, I added some roughly sewn on and distressed strips of the Meadow paper. I added a layer of the Art De Fleur filmstrips behind the photos and punched and added a strip of the Legato paper. The bird image from the Lovebirds stamp set was stamped onto some of the remaining Meadow paper and finished with some distress stickles. Hints of papers from Websters Pages, a book plate from Tim Holtz and some flowers scattered through the layout add a bit of dimension and the layout was finished with the word stamp also from the Lovebirds set.




The details are just amazing!!

Onto the next project...

Art Journal:



I created this journal with an acrylic album and a lot of Gesso and Shimmerz. I stamped with the Darkroom Door “Little Door Photo Stamp“ using Stazon ink onto the back of cover, so that if I made a mistake with the front I could safely remove it without ruining my stamping. Then, taking my cue from Anna Dabrowska-PÄ™kocka’s work, I layered lots of little items found around my junk jars and painted them with layers of gesso and Shimmerz paints to create an interesting cover for what is now my art journal.



Love, love LOVE this! Thanks so much for sharing these with us Louise! Your work is really amazing!

We have more projects to share with you tomorrow, so make sure you drop by to see what else Louise has been creating! In the meantime, please leave a comment here for Louise, we know she'd love to hear from you!

Guest Artist - Gina Rodgers Part 3

Darkroom Door - Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today we have two layouts to wrap up Gina's Guest Artist appearance... and what two fab layouts they are!! First up, check out this cheeky one:


How fun is this!

Darkroom Door products used:
    Alphastrips: red
    Filmstrips: blank
    'Meadow' and 'Robot Dots' papers
    Artist Stamps (ink splodges)



Gina has a fantastic way of combining all sorts of elements together to create her artwork - it looks fabulous!

Here's another layout:


Darkroom Door products used:
    'San Marco' paper from the Venetian Collection
    Wordstrips: Prague Vol 1
    Alphastrips: Black
    Montage: Art de Fleur
    Mail Art stamps (clip)




We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Gina for sharing her artwork with us this week! It's been so fun having you here on the blog!

Please take a look at Gina's own blog to see what else she's been up to and other proejcts she has been creating! And don't forget to leave a comment here for Gina too :) We all love reading those!

Guest Artist - Gina Rodgers Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Hi everyone... we have more great projects to share with you today by Gina Rodgers! Check these out:


Darkroom Door products used:
    'Legato' paper from Music collection
    'Robot Journal' (stars), 'Robot Stripes' (strips) and 'Robots' papers
    Barcode from paper strip
    Alphastrips: brown
    Filmstrips: blank
    Alphabet Medley stamps
    Mail Art stamps



Love how Gina has used the @ in the word Art (from the Alphabet Medley stamp set)

Gina has also created a set of ATC's...


Darkroom Door products used:
Art De Fleur Montage images
Mail Art stamps
Wildflower Vol 1 stamps
Prague Vol 2 Wordstrip






These ATC's are so fabulous!! Look at all the texture :) Just makes you want to run your hands over it to feel it. 

Please leave some love here for Gina - and don't forget to drop by tomorrow as we have a few more of Gina's projects to share with you!

Guest Artist - Gina Rodgers

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gina_Rodgers Name: Gina Rodgers
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Lives: Tasmania, Australia
Known For: my home-made focaccia and pumpkin soup :)

Loves to: go beachcombing
Loves to create: cards, layouts and art journals
Favourite Darkroom Door product: it's so hard to narrow it down, LOVE EVERYTHING!
Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? some gesso, oil pastels, basic tools and lots of photos...everything else will be right there!!


We are so excited to have Gina as a Guest Artist here at Darkroom Door! We love her style of scrapbooking and love what she's created using our products. Here's the first couple of layouts:


Darkroom Door products used:
    Alphastrips: brown
    Filmstrips: Wilderness Vol 1
    Wordstrips: Wilderness
    Photochips: Wilderness (the packaging!)
    Wildflower stamps (dragonfly)





Here's Gina's next layout:


Darkroom Door products used:
    Calendar Stamps
    Filmstrips: Seaside Vol 2
    Wordstrips: Prague Vol 2




We love how Gina has combined all different elements together such as stamps, Wordstrips, Filmstrips, Alphastrips etc - the layouts look amazing!

We have more layouts to share with you tomorrow, so please make sure you stop by to take a look. :)