Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 09 Inkurable Stampers Challenge!

Well, the December challenge for Inkurable Stampers is finally up, and this time it's the colour combo of Cream, Brown, and Pink! Just like Neapolitan Ice Cream! Yummo!

Here's a quick look at my examples for the month:


Pop on over to Inkurable Stampers here to find out more about how I made them and the products I used! :)

Entries are due by midnight 31st December 2009, and all entry details and participation guidelines can be found on the blog!

Happy Stamping!

~Sarah~

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wilderness Cards

Earlier this year I created a bunch of projects using Darkroom Door products for their booth at the SIA trade show. As yet, I haven't shown many of the projects here on my blog, and when I saw Rachel's Wilderness Collection cards, it reminded me to show the ones I made using the Wilderness Montage sheet.

So here they are:


The base cards are Bazzill cardstock, and I used patterned paper by Rose Moka. The Wilderness images were cut out, and mounted to the card fronts on top of a mat of hessian. The arrows on each card are Grungeboard which I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain. Here is an individual pic of each card:




For the background of the "Bon Voyage" card above, I over stamped the patterned paper with the splatter stamp from the DD Artist stamp set using brown ink.


The word were all stamped using the DD Alphabet Medley stamp set - I just LOVE that set! Not only because of the great font,but because you get 2 different sizes of alphas in the one set - great value for money!

The brads were attached to the patterned paper before I adhered it to the card front - this ensures that you don't have the ugly back of the brads visible when you open the card. :)

Thanks for looking! Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by today! :)

~Sarah~

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We have a winner!



Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and left such lovely comments for the Darkroom Door CT announcement and giveaway! It was great to hear what DD products were your faves!

Rachel has chosen a winner of the 2 gorgeous stamps and the lucky lady is.......

GEERUU!

"Congratulations, how exciting. My favourite stamp is Enjoy Life, no it's Butterflies or perhaps its Harmony or Venetian 1. I saw the new ones at the Paperific Expo and love the Little Door and the Roses. To hard they are all my favourites".

Congratulations Geeruu!

Please email Rachel at info@darkroomdoor.com who will be sending out your prize!

It was great to see so many of you excited about the Darkroom Door ranges! I hope you'll all continue to come back and check out what I've been up to! :)

~Sarah~

Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaaack!

Oh my gosh I can't believe it's been 7 months since I last posted here! Naughty naughty!

I've been having a bit of a break from blogging here as most of what I've been up to is shown over at Inkurable Stampers (which keeps me very busy!), so I haven't really had much to share here. I have been doing lots of bits and pieces here and there, like ATC's, cards, and some mixed media stuff, but haven't been doing anywhere near as much scrapbooking as I used to. This year I've done only 5 layouts! Only 2 of them were 12x12! My how things change over time.

But that is about to change!

My first big news is that I have gained a teaching position at Erina Scrapbook Store! My classes start in January, and I have lots of exciting and fun things planned! So if you live on or near the Central Coast, keep an eye out for my classes and come along and join in on the fun! They won't be just scrapbooking classes either - I'll be teaching a whole range of projects and techniques! I can't wait!

But the biggest news of all, probably the most exciting news of my whole crafting life, is the announcement today of the new DARKROOM DOOR CREATIVE TEAM!!

Why is this so exciting you ask? Because my little name is on the list!! WAHOOOOOOOOO!

I am very pleased to announce that I have been chosen as one of the members of the new Darkroom Door Creative Team! I am very honoured and excited to have my name up in lights with my ultra-talented team members:

* Jill Geraghty-Groves
* Godelieve Tijskens
* Michelle Loffler
* Melissa Phillips
and of course
* Rachel Greig

To have my name even spoken in the same sentence as these ladies is awesome enough, let alone to be on the same team as them! I am so excited to see what we all have in store for you, and I hope you are to!

To celebrate the new creative team, we're having a giveaway! But first I'd like to share with you some Darkroom Door projects that I did earlier this year that I haven't yet shared online. I did these three simple 8.5"x11" scrapbook layouts for the Darkroom Door stand at the SIA trade show (click to enlarge):


Materials used:

* Alphabet Medley Stamp set
* Photography Stamp set
* Blank Filmstrips
* San Marco Paper


Materials used:

Alphabet Medley stamp set
* Little Dreams stamp set
* Viva La Flora Vol 2 Filmstrip


Materials used:

Alphabet Medley stamp set
* Viva La Flora Montage
* Artist stamp set

So now for the giveaway!

My first Creative Team pack included the new Floral Background Stamp and Little Door Photo Stamp which I will be working with, and one lucky commenter will win both for themselves!




So, leave me a comment here, and tell me what your favourite Darkroom Door products is! A winner will be chosen by Rachel sometime Sunday, so you have until then to comment!

But guess what - each creative team member is doing a giveaway on her own blog too! So make sure you pop by each of their blogs or the Darkroom Door Flickr group and enter to win more goodies!

See the official announcement here.

It's great to be back!

~Sarah~

Friday, April 3, 2009

Inkurable Stampers - April 09 Challenge!

Well, I can hardly believe that it has been a year since my baby Inkurable Stampers was launched! To celebrate, this month's challenge theme was inspired by Inkurable's signature colours!

Your task this month is to create something (anything!) using the colour combo of Orange, Black, and White.

Here is what I created as my example:


It's a shadow box frame that I have created using stamps from the new Butterflies stamp set from Darkroom Door. I also used stamps from the Wildflower set.

Here is a close up so you can see how dimensional the butterflies are:


You can't really tell from the photo but they are a bit shimmery too as I spritzed them with Pearl Glimmer Mist. :)

It is now proudly hanging on my lounge room wall. :)

You can check out more photos with details of how I made it, as well as the full challenge details here.

And what would a birthday be without a birthday party? I'm hosting a Cyberstamp this weekend which kicks off tonight with a challenge, some chat, and a game of bingo! Full details here. I hope you'll come along and join in the fun!

~Sarah~

I'm skywatching again!

It's been a while since I've done a Skywatch post, but when I saw this jet stream in the sky the other day I knew it would be a good excuse to join in the fun again!


I've seen a couple of them in that exact spot lately - must have been the perfect conditions for jet streams on those days! LOL!

This is the view from my back deck. I never get sick of it! :)

See more skies from around the world here. Happy Skywatch Friday!

~Sarah~

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I've been a bit MIA.....

Hello again! No - I haven't disappeared! I've just been really busy of late doing all sorts of things!

I've been doing some more guest design work for Darkroom Door and have been creating up a storm for the online gallery and to display at the recent SIA Trade Show booth! Unfortunately I can't share any of it with you yet, but as soon as I can I will! :) There's heaps of stuff - cards, layouts, ATC's, and a few cool off the page projects, including a clock!

What I can show you however, are the ATC's I made for the recent Darkroom Door Filmstrips swap:


I used Filmstrips from the Wilderness Collection as well as the wilderness Wordstrips. I cut out the wordstrips and inked them with TH Distress inks before adhering them to the ATC's/

The background paper is by Rose Moka, which I have stamped at the bottom using a splatter stamp from the Darkroom Door "Artist" stamp set and Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain.

Here is a pic of the one I got to keep:


Don't you just love the image in that Filmstrip? It looks like some magical forest inhabited by fairies and pixies. :)

Here's a close up (sorry - the colour is a little dodgy):


I attached brads to the sides of the filmstrips for added interest and to enhance the rustic look of the ATC's.


In other exciting news, it's the 1st birthday of my challenge blog Inkurable Stampers! There will be celebrations all month long, and I will be hosting a Cyberstamp Birthday Party Weekend this weekend (April 3rd - 5th) so make sure you stop by for some fun and games! :)

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Thanks for visiting! I'll be back soon! I promise! :)

~Sarah~

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Crazy Amigos Challenge - Spin Art!

I was blog surfing the other day and I saw a card on Godelieve's Blog that she had done for the Crazy Amigos challenge using a Spin Art (or Spin and Splash) background. It looked like so much fun so I followed the links to Crazy Amigos, found out what on earth a "Spin and Splash" machine was, and went straight out and got one so I could do the challenge! LOL!! :)

This is the very first time that I have participated in a Crazy Amigos challenge! The challenge is to make a card using a Spin Art background. Here is what I came up with:


I used a page from a foreign book in my Spin Art machine, and a mixture of red pain and red ink for the splashes.

Here is a straighter pic of the card front:


I have used stamps from Stampotique and OBP, and Bazzill cardstock for the mat and card base. Here is a close up:


I also made an ATC:


Don't you just love Marci??! :) Here is a close up:


I had so much fun with this technique! Perfect for my scary little Stampotique girls! :) I'm looking forward to having more time to play and experiment with different papers and mediums to get different effects!

Here they are together:


Thanks for looking! Please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by! :)

~Sarah~

Monday, March 2, 2009

Inkurable Stampers - March 09 Challenge!

This month, the challenge I have set over at Inkurable Stampers is "Alphabet Stamps"!

Your task this month is to create a project using alphabet stamps!

Now, I don't know about you, but I have at least 10 different sets of alphabet stamps! Clear stamps, foam stamps, red rubber stamps - and all in different fonts and sizes! LOL! So if you're anything like me, it won't take you long to find something to use for this challenge!

My example for this month's challenge is an artwork that I made inside a shadow box frame:


You can hang it on a wall, or stand it on a desk or shelf.

Here is the side view:


I have been having heaps of fun with the new "Alphabet Medley" stamp set from Darkroom Door! It's definitely my new favourite stamp set. Here is a close up of the lettering:


Here is a close up of the little house inside the frame:


Entries need to be in by midnight 31st March 2009 (Sydney Time) and details for how to enter are in the sidebar at Inkurable.

More photos, and full challenge details can be found here.

Thanks for looking!

I hope you'll give the challenge a go!

~Sarah~

Friday, February 20, 2009

The scrap drought has broken!

It's been aaaaaaaaages since I've done a scrapbooking layout! What with work, Christmas, moving house, and my daughter starting school, I just haven't had the time!

Well, I am pleased to say the drought has broken, and I have created my first scrapbook page for 2009!


My cousin (the woman in the picture) asked me to do a layout for her to give as a gift to her god-daughter (the baby in the photo) who has just turned 21! My only instructions were "Purple" and "Butterflies"!

Now, butterflies I have plenty of, but I don't have a lot of purple papers in my whopping stash! LOL! But I eventually found some from the Basic Grey "Oh Baby" range from years ago that suited the layout perfectly.

Here is a close up:


I have used:

* Basic Grey papers
* Kaisercraft rub ons and Rhinestones
* Flowers
* Carolee's Creations tiny letter stickers
* Metal butterfly
* Scenic Route chipboard letters
* Ink

Here is a close up of the metal butterfly:


Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Mystery Revealed.....

OK! Enough suspense!! LOL! My mystery visitor was.......

RACHEL GREIG OF DARKROOM DOOR!!

And here's what was inside the box:


Yuuummmmy!!

Darkroom Door have just released 3 new collections and I get to have a play with it before the general public!!! Jealous much??!! LOL!! I will be doing some more guest artist design work for Darkroom Door, so keep an eye out on the DD blog from 1st March! :)

Here's a close up of my stash:


The new collections are "Viva la Flora", "Wilderness", and "Essentials 3".

There's 8 new stamps sets all up, as well as Filmstrips, Wordstrips, Montage sheets, and Photochips! So much yummy stuff!

The brown folder in the back of the photo is from their new range of Ecoboard A4 folders - perfect for storing your ATC sleeves, and is the perfect surface to alter to personalise your folder. I can't wait to get stuck into decorating that one!! In fact, they have a whole new section in the store for ATC supplies - check them out:


Fabulous!

So there you have it! My big secret revealed!!

Starting Thursday 19th February, the Darkroom Door Blog will host Ten Days of Giveaways from each of the new Collections! They'll share projects they have created using the new products and will have a giveaway each day for ten days. Be sure to check the blog each day for your chance to win!

~Sarah~

Monday, February 16, 2009

Squeal!

A very special person came to my house today! And she came bearing gifts!


Soooooooo cool! What? You can't see them? LOL!

So who was it, and what's inside the box? Well, you'll just have to wait and see!

What I can tell you is that I'm about as excited as this guy:

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Watch this space! :)

~Sarah~

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pixma Adventures - Part 5.

Well, I've been playing with the Pixma MP980 again! :)

This time I've used the T-shirt transfers on an actual t-shirt! LOL!

I wanted to make a t-shirt for my 2 year old niece Abbey. My sister is a big Beatles fan, and Abbey was named after their Abbey Road album - so that was my inspiration!

Here's what I came up with:


Please excuse the daggy crocheted coat hanger! LOL!!

I created the image in Photoshop using a Rhonna Farrer brush, and an Abbey Road image I downloaded off the internet (copyright free). Here is a close up:


I printed it out onto the t-shirt transfer, and then cut around the edges before ironing it to the front of the t-shirt. On the same piece of paper, I also printed a little coloured image for the back of the t-shirt:


She's going to be the coolest little girl in town! LOL! :)

My sister is gonna flip when she sees it - I'm sending it off tomorrow, so hopefully it will reach her before she looks at my blog! LOL!

To find out more about the Pixma range of printers, check out the Pixma website, and to check out what the other girls are doing with their Pixmas, pop over to the Pixma Blog! :)

Thanks for looking!

~Sarah~

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bits and Pieces!

There are a few different bits and pieces I want to share today!

First up, Kerryn tagged me with a fun photo game! Here's what you have to do:

Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your digital photos.

1. Pick the 6th Folder, then select the the 6th picture in that folder.

2. Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.

3. Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.

OK, so here's the photo:


LOL!! This photo of Oscar was taken on last May at Jessica's 5th Birthday Party. No real story - just a very cheeky 2 year old! LOL!!

OK girls - now it's your turn! I'm tagging Sandie, Renee C, Sarah T, Vicky, Jill GG, and Renee L.

Next is a sneak peek of something that I created for one of Ngaire's Top 10 Features in Scrapbook Creations magazine:


Can't show you the full project yet, or tell you the theme of the article, but I can tell you to keep an eye out in Scrapbook Creations Issue 67! :)

And last but not least, I have received another blog award!


The "Creative Funky Friend" award has been given to me by Renee Ludlow. Thanks heaps Renee! :)

That's all for now! I'll be back tomorrow with some pics of a very funky T-shirt that I created for my Niece using the Pixma! :)

~Sarah~

Skywatch Friday - 13/02/08.

It's time to cast our eyes skyward again for another round of Skywatch Friday!

Today I'm sharing some pics that I took on the 3rd February. The kids were outside blowing bubbles, and the clouds were rolling in about to bring lots of rain!

I managed to capture one bubble as it ascended skyward:


The bubble in the next photo is a little harder to see. Can you spot it?


It's just above the tree on the right hand side. :)

That's it from me! To see more great sky shots from around the globe, visit the Skywatch Website.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Sarah~

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pixma Adventures - Part 4.

I just wanted to share this great idea that I had for using the Canon T-shirt Transfers in a slightly different way!

My daughter started school last week, and the day before I realised that I didn't have any clothing labels with her name on them for the inside of her uniforms! So, I went straight to my computer and designed my own, and printed them on the T-Shirt Transfers using the Pixma MP980!

This is a really great way to use your favourite fonts, colours, and even pictures for your child's personalised clothing labels!

First, I chose the font I wanted, and a little flower image, and then created the image for the label. Then, using Photoshop, I repeated the image as many times as I could on an A4 file size.

Here's what it looked like when I printed it out:


Now that's the cool part - when you select "T-Shirt Transfer" in the paper type menu when you are printing, the printer will automatically print the image you have selected backwards so that when you iron it on it is the right way around! Too easy!

So then all I had to do was cut out the labels, and iron them on to her uniforms!

Check it out:


How cool is that? Now I have an infinite number of labels at my disposal - and I've saved money by making them myself instead of buying the expensive ones you see advertised! And if I get sick of that font, or want to change colours, I have the file on my compter and can change it whenever I like! Fabulous!

So there you have it - another way to get the most out of your home photo printer!

To keep track of what the other girls are getting up to with their Pixmas, check out the Pixma Blog. :)

~Sarah~

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Blog Award!

A while back I received a blog award, and just realised I haven't shared it yet! :)

Shirley Fyfe, Renee Dowling, and Vicky Fernando all awarded me with the "Proximity Award":


These three ladies are very talented, and have become good friends! I urge you to check out their blogs - lots of eye candy! On to the award:

"These blogs believe and invest in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers, who must choose eight more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their awards".

Thank you ladies for such a lovely award! :)

I really love getting blog awards, and really appreciate them! But I hate having to pass them on! It's too hard to narrow it down, and they're a little too close to chain mail for my liking. :) So I'm going to be a bit of a party pooper and not pass it on to specific people. I have a number of my favourite blogs in my sidebar - please check out the blogs that have made my faves list and enjoy! :)

~Sarah~

Monday, February 2, 2009

Inkurable Stampers - February Challenge!

This month, the challenge I have set over at Inkurable Stampers is "Soot Stamping" - i.e. create a project using the Soot Stamping technique. I've put a full tutorial on the blog (with pictures), so don't worry if you've never heard of it! You'll soon have the hang of it and I promise you'll have lots of fun with it!

Here is a card and an ATC that I have made as examples:


And here is another ATC:


Full challenge details and more pics of my examples can be found here.

This is a really fun technique, so I hope you'll all give it a go and join in the fun this month! :)

~Sarah~