Thursday, September 30, 2010

Art Boxes!

One of the classes I taught this month at Erina Scrapbook Store was these cute little art boxes:

We used gorgeous products from Collections Elements including chipboard art boxes, patterned papers, "Artistic Expressions" (the printed words) and a very cute little sanding tool.

The butterflies are from the Darkroom Door Butterflies stamp set. They were stamped, cut out, attached inside the boxes and a Kasiercraft Pearl was placed in the centre.

A cute little project to make for yourself or to give to someone as a gift!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Red, White, and Black Card.

One of my favourite colour combos is Red, White and Black (as if you couldn't tell!) - and yesterday's post reminded me of a card that I created back in August last year that I haven't showed here yet! Here it is:

I have used an image from the Full Bloom Darkroom Door Filmstrip, and the background stamp is from the Darkroom Door Ornate Element set, which I created a shabby chic background with using embossing powder and paint.

I used some lace, a paper flower, a vintage metal button, some red ribbon and thread, and a Making Memories metal tag to embellish the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Handbag Love....

I never have interesting handbags. I usually only have one handbag at a time - black and practical. But I saw this handbag in a store the other day and fell in love. So I spoiled myself. Yes!

Crazy, huh?!

Totally inspired by my love of all things Vampire.....



Monday, September 27, 2010

Bleach Stamping Cards.

Hi again! (Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself, so feel free to leave a comment and say "Hi" back! LOL!).

One of my favourite stamping techniques is Bleach Stamping - where you create an inkpad using household bleach and use it as your ink. When you stamp onto cardstock it bleaches out the colour and gives you very different results depending on what colour and type of cardstock you use. As well as stamping with bleach, you can also use it to colour your images. I posted a bleach stamping and colouring  tutorial over at Inkurable Stampers many moons ago - go and check it out if you'd like to give it a go!

I taught this set of 3 bleach technique cards as a class at Erina Scrapbook Store back in March:

I used hot pink Bazzill Cardstock (both Swiss dots and Smoothies textures), black bazzill cardstock, stamps from Kaisercraft, black ink and embossing powder, and some flowers and ribbon.

When you want to colour with bleach, it's important to remember to heat emboss your images, otherwise the bleach will bleach the ink that you stamped the image with.

On these cards, I also used bleach to "ink" around the edges of the Smoothies cardstock.

Once the bleach has dried, you can safely stamp inks over the top.

Always remember to work in a well ventilated area, and wear an apron!

Happy stamping!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Time for an ATC!

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing an ATC that I made a while back called "Beauty" using some gorgeous paper products from Darkroom Door:

I used an Art de Fleur Photochip as the background, and inked around the edges using Walnut Stain Distress ink. On top of that is an image from the Art de Fleur Montage sheet, which I cut out and then distressed the edges before attaching it to the ATC.

The lady is an image from the Ladies Photobooth sheet that I silhouetted and attached to the ATC before wrapping some lace and ribbon around it, then mounting onto a bazzill cardstock base.

The word "Beauty" comes from the Art de Fleur Wordstrip. I cut out the word, and inked around the edges before adhering it to my ATC.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!

One of my recent Darkroom Door Creative Team tasks was to work with the brand new "Seaside Vol 1" stamp set:

I got carried away and ended up making three cards! Here are some sneak peeks:

You can see them in all their glory, with details on how I made them, over at the Darkroom Door blog here.

Then check out what Jill and Melissa did with the same set here. Beautiful!



Friday, September 24, 2010

Girls' Night in for Pink Month!

It will be a great day!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Desk Calendar.

Hello there!

Waaaay back in January I taught a class at Erina Scrapbook Store where we created a perpetual desk calendar. Here it is:

There is a separate card for each month, and the idea is to record birthdays, anniversaries, and other events on the front of it so that you don't forget to send a card or a gift. Once you've made a card for the occasion, you file it behind the month card, ready for when you need it!

I adapted a business card holder tutorial I saw on Splitcoast Stampers to create this much larger desk calendar - the month cards measure 4.5x6.5".

To decorate the month cards I used stamped from 7Gypsies, bazzill cardstock, pink and white polka dot ribbon, and images from the Darkroom Door Viva la Flora Montage Sheet.

Here is what each page looks like:

The back of each page has a notes section where you can write any important info about the occasion, or the people you are making the card for. (i.e - "Aunty Pearl doesn't like the colour purple" etc).

This would be a great project to make for an end of year teacher's gift, or for your mum or grandmother who may have lots of children's / grandchildren's birthdays to keep track of!

Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shabby Chic Cards.

Hello again!

I recently taught this set of 4 Shabby Chic cards as a class at Erina Scrapbook Store:

I used gorgeous lace doily stamps from the "Tea at Elsie's" set by Kaisercraft. The French Script Background stamp is from Darkroom Door.

The papers I have used are from Kaisercraft and October Afternoon. I stamped the pink paper with the French Script background stamp using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and the definition paper was inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink using a foam blending tool.

The edges of the paper were distressed with an edge distresser. The base cards are made from Bazzill Bling cardstock ("String of Pearls").

The lace doily stamps were stamped onto the pink paper using white ink, and heat embossed using white embossing powder. They were then cut out, and mounted onto the cards with foam mounting tape.

Sand coloured netting was wrapped around the backgrounds before adhering them to the card bases. Brads and flowers were attached for added interest.

The background papers were inked around the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink using a foam blending tool to add to the shabby vintage feel.

Lots of inking, tearing, distressing = lots of fun! The ladies in my class had a great time and were all really happy with their creations!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cards for new arrivals!

Hello there!

I recently taught a set of 4 baby cards at Erina Scrapbook Store using the "Hello Baby Vol 1" stamp set and the Plaid Background stamp from Darkroom Door. Here they are (click pic to enlarge):

The plaid background stamp is just perfect for baby cards - and as you can see, stamping it in different colours instantly gives you a different look for baby girl, baby boy, or more neutral colours.

The bears, booties, pram, and greetings have all been stamped using the same colour brown ink - the look of the card has only been changed by the colour of the background stamp and the colour of the card base. Just goes to show how versatile your stamp sets can be!

Don't  you just LOVE that bear? It's sooooo cute, and stamps up really well. On the brown card, I have cut out a 2nd head and 2nd pair of legs, and adhered it over the first with foam mounting tape, which gives it great dimension and really makes the bear stand out! I did the same on the pink card, but just the head. The blue and yellow card images are just single layered, mounted with foam tape.

Here are a couple of close ups which show the dimension:

You can see photos of each individual card, and read more about how I made these cards on the Darkroom Door blog here.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, September 20, 2010


This month, the challenge over at Inkurable Stampers is SHOES!

Your entry can be anything at all - as long as you use at least 1 stamp when you create it!

Here is my example:

I created a paper shoe using a template I found online here. The base is Bazzill cardstock, which I stamped using the Darkroom Door Floral Background Stamp using "Old Rose" ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Lace was added around the edges of the shoe and some gem brads added to the front.

You can see more photos of my shoe over at Inkurable Stampers here, where you will also find lots of links and ideas for you to create your own "Shoes" themed project!

Entries are due by Midnight 30th September 2010 (AEST) and so far there have been NO ENTRIES so you have a fabulous chance of winning something cool if you send me an entry soon! As an added incentive, the first 7 entries I receive will go in the draw to win a cool set of stamp - see more details here.

So pop on over to Inkurable Stampers, check out the details of the Shoe challenge, and go and get stamping! :)


Friday, September 17, 2010

Fun Vintage Christmas Cards.

Have you started making your Christmas cards yet? Every month since July I've been teaching a Christmas card class at Erina Scrapbook Store - in July I taught 2!

One of the classes I taught in July was creating these 4 fun Christmas cards (click to enlarge):

Aren't they a hoot?! :)

The vintage images are from the Darkroom Door "Friends and Lovers" Photobooth sheet - to tie them into the Christmas theme, I attached Santa hat brads to their heads, and voila! Some very merry looking couples! They make me giggle - I reckon it looks like they've had a few drinks at the office Christmas party! LOL!

For the background I used the Star background stamp, which I stamped in red onto Kraft cardstock, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The other stamped elements on the cards come from the Christmas Reindeer stamp set.

For more info on how I made these cards, and close ups of each card, pop on over to this post on the Darkroom Door blog.

Stay tuned for more Christmas card ideas!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

She looked ahead and smiled....

One of my Darkroom Door Creative Team tasks was to use the new Photobooth images in a project. I just love the Photobooth people - I often wonder who they were and what their lives were like - and what they'd think of seeing themselves on a card or ATC! LOL!

My idea was to use one of the people and turn it into an art doll - which I did, but the idea kind of grew and I ended up putting it on a hanging canvas, and am pretty happy with the result. Here's how it turned out (click photos to enlarge):

The canvas board is 5x7" and the hanger is from Crafty Individuals. The word "Enchanted" that is inside the nameplate comes from a Darkroom Door Viva la Flora Wordstrip.

The background on the canvas was created using lots of different paints and Glimmermist sprays, as well as torn sheet music and foreign language book pages. It was then roughly over-stamped in black using the Harlequin Background stamp.

The Photobooth lady comes from the "Hats" sheet. Her body is made from chipboard that has been covered with a book page, gesso, a paper doily, some lace, and a small chipboard heart. It looks a bit phallic for my liking, but oh well. At least it's not pink! LOL!! Her wings are German Scrap. The letters that spell the quote are from the "Alpha White" Alphastrips.

Some lace at the bottom of the canvas, and some gorgeous beaded trim finish off the piece.

A bit different from what I normally create, but I had fun doing it! I wanted to show that the Photobooth people can take on a life of their own, and be used for more than just cards and ATC's.

The other girls on the Darkroom Door CT did some fabulous things with their Photobooth projects - pop on over to the DD Blog HERE to see their creations.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Masculine Cards!

Hi there! I'm back! Seems I went missing from my blog for a month - boy that time went fast! Can't believe it's been so long between posts!

I've been busy with one crafty thing or another, not to mention recovering from a nasty case of Tonsillitis, looking after sick kids, and the boring everyday tasks of life!

One thing that has been keeping me very busy is preparing and teaching class projects at Erina Scrapbook Store. One of my recent classes was a set of 4 masculine cards, and seeing as how it is Father's Day here in Australia today I thought it was a great time to share them! Check them out (click to enlarge):

There are 2 "Happy Birthday" cards, and 2 "Happy Father's Day" cards.

I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft, the Darkroom Door Harlequin Background Stamp, Darkroom Door Gentlemen Photobooth images, and the sentiments come from the Darkroom Door "All Occasions" stamp set - a real must have for your collection.

I think my fave from the set is this card:

The guy wearing his crown makes me giggle!

Here's one of the Father's Day cards:

You can see the other 2 cards close up, and read more about how I made these cards by visiting the Darkroom Door blog here.

So - how often do you make masculine cards? One of the things I hear a lot in classes is that people struggle with masculine card designs. These were really easy to make, and lots of fun! So next time you're at your desk, why not make up a few spare cards for the blokes in your life - it's not as hard as you think! You mightn't think so, but they do appreciate the effort! (Well, most of them anyway! LOL!).