Saturday, 29 March 2014

Star Texture Stamp - Darkroom Door


I received another lovely texture stamp from Darkroom Door called, 'Star'.  I set to work on two small square canvases.  First I primed them with warm white, beige and white paints.  Then I heat embossed the 'star' texture using a pale pink embossing powder.

For the canvas above, I embossed two areas on the canvas using sections of the 'Star' texture stamp.  I then painted a little more paint over the embossed areas, rubbed some of it back with a cloth and other areas with sand paper.  I then added a little maroon ink to add more depth to the background.  Finally I stamped a floral image from Darkroom Door's 'Friendship Flowers' stamp set using Distress embossing powder and embellished the piece with lace, velvet, a pearl bead and vintage text.


For this next canvas, once it was primed, I embossed the entire 'Star' texture stamp with pink embossing powder and painted over it.  I then rubbed it back with sand paper.  Next I stamped smaller sections of the 'Star' texture stamp and a different floral image from 'Friendship Flowers' using Distress embossing powder and embellished it with laces, a pearl and vintage text.  

The 'Star' texture stamp creates wonderful shabby chic textural effects!  It's gorgeous!




Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Hi - New Darkroom Door Texture Stamp


 Darkroom Door has just released an amazing new collection of stamps this week.                              Go here to check them out!  


I received the 'Plaid' texture stamp in the mail last week and enjoyed creating this tag card with it over the weekend.


To begin with, I stamped the 'Plaid' texture stamp and five of the birds from the 'Carved Birds' stamp set onto a plain white tag with red ink and swiped the edges of the tag with the same ink.  I coloured the eyes and feet of each bird with a black fine liner pen.  


Next I stamped the 'Chevron' background stamp onto a piece of white card with black ink, cut it to size and swiped the edges of that piece with black ink and mounted the tag onto it.  


Finally I embellished the card with two circles (heart and hi) from the 'Simply Circles' stamp set, added a few cross stitches, a piece of black ric-rac and black ribbon to complete the card.  

How simple is that?  I really love the county feel you get with the 'Plaid' texture stamp and it's a wonderful size to work with too!


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Dance In The Rain - DARKROOM DOOR

'Dance in the Rain'

Towards the end of last year Darkroom Door had a new release of stamps.  I received some of them in the post and have really been looking forward to playing with them.  Today I've been working on this piece, 'Dancing in the Rain'.  I've used the new quote stamp, 'Dance' which I think is a great reminded to myself to make the most of every situation and to live life with a grateful heart!

I've combined this quote with some of Darkroom Door's paper products including:  Photobooth - Ladies, Art De Fleur and Seaside.   

Darkroom Door's paper products and 50% off at the moment, so if you like them as much as I do then get in quick and stock up!  I'm certainly going to!

Now for some exciting news!  I am super happy to announce that I will be on Darkroom Door's Creative Team for 2014.  What a thrilling way to start the new year!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Happy New Year!


Happy, happy, HAPPY New Year!!!  

I'm excited to see what new challenges and blessings this year will bring.  How about you?

I've been happily playing 'catch-up' on some postcards that should have been made for an exchange last year.  By the end of the year I was only two months behind!  Now I'm all up-to-date and that is a wonderful feeling!!!

The theme for October's postcard was 'paper dolls' and ARTchix Studios have such wonderful paper doll images to use - I made some very minor alterations to them when I put this card together.  These dolls represent each member of the postcard swap group.  I wonder if you know which doll is mine?

It's lovely to be back and I've got some exciting news to share with you soon.





Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Eiffel Tower - Darkroom Door


I've had a wonderful time playing around with another new Darkroom Door photo stamp - Eiffel Tower.  I've used Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper (TAP) to transfer the Eiffel Tower image onto fabric and then stamped the remaining images from Darkroom Door's Tour Eiffel stamp set directly onto fabric.  I embellished the floral Eiffel Tower fabric with scraps of lace, ribbon, silk, a button and a paper flower.  

This work was then incorporated into a bag that I stitch from a lovely piece of silk.  

My romantic dream of visiting Paris one day continues to grow stronger!  But for now I'll enjoy the pleasure of working with this wonderful image!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Canal - Darkroom Door


I'm hoping to explore and discover some of the wonder of Venice one day.  As a child, I was mesmerised by my parents recollections of their time visiting this amazing place.  When I received 'Canal', a new photo stamp by Darkroom Door, I thought it would be the perfect backdrop to use with Darkroom Door's Venetian Vol 1 stamp set.  Nearly all of the stamping was done on only one layer of card.


The only layered pieces are in the top right corner where I've layered a sentiment from Darkroom Door's Venetian wordstrip, an inchie from Darkroom Door's Travel Inchies stamp set (which have both been mounted onto dimensional tape) and a compass sticker (Tim Holtz) affixed to a button with a strip of ribbon and gemstone.  To finish this piece off I've added a strip of black ric-rac along the bottom section of the card.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Creativity - Darkroom Door


Fun, fun, fun!!!!  Darkroom Door's new quote stamps, 'Creativity' is a great reminder of all those wonderful things that creativity brings.  

This piece started with a plain matchbox which was altered with glimmer mist, stencils, text, paint, fabric and Darkroom Door's 'Fancy Flourish' eclectic stamp.  I then worked on a piece of canvas paper in the much the same way and when happy with the background, stamped the quote directly onto the canvas.

This piece was embellished with dried flowers, washi tape, fabric, paper flower and staples along with images from Darkroom Door's Seaside Vol 2 stamp set.

I love this quote and it seemed to give me the freedom to do all that it states as I put this piece together.  It was a really fun experience!  I hope this inspires you to be more creative and experimental too!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Fancy Flourish - Darkroom Door


A very vintage Christmas to you!  

It's never too early to get started on handmade Christmas decorations is it?  I know I always have the greatest intention to create handmade ornaments for loved ones each year, but find myself in a last minute frenzy to get them completed in time.  I'm thrilled to have made such an early start!

Darkroom Door's new eclectic stamp, 'Fancy Flourish' was just the inspiration I needed to set to work on ornament making.  I stamped the flourish a number of times and then fussy-cut around each image.  I layered the flourishes onto a small crocheted doily and then added an image and words from Darkroom Door's Dear Santa montage sheet and wordstrips.  I added a little bling around the edges of the Santa image with glitter glue.

The ornament was then embellished with wire, beads, bells, fabric and a section of the holly stamp found in Darkroom Door's Yuletide Vol 2 stamp set.

How about you?  Have you made an early start towards having a lovely handmade Christmas this year?

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Pocket Watch - Darkroom Door


I've had the loveliest time creating this romantic gift using one of Darkroom Door's new Eclectic Stamps, 'Pocket Watch'.  

I've create a three dimensional pocket watch that opens to reveal a romantic photograph from Darkroom Door's Love Letters photochips (which could easily be exchanged with a wedding photo of your beloved).  Darkroom Door's Ornate Elements stamp set provided the perfect 'etched silver' effect for the outside of the pocket watch.


The small glass bottles not only provide the structure to allow the pocket watch to be free standing, but are also wonderful vessels to fill with treasures!  The first bottle is filled with gold sand, twigs and embellished with silk fabric, dried flowers and a note from Darkroom Door's Love Letters Vol 2 stamp set.  The second bottle is entrusted to hold a love letter (written on the back of a postcard also found in the Love Letters Vol 2 stamp set) and finished with a touch of glitter.  The final bottle is filled with glitter and embellished with washi tape, a pearl bead, pin and an inchie image of the Eiffel Tower from Darkroom Door's Travel Inchies stamp set.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Oscar Wilde - Darkroom Door


Darkroom Door has a new collection of stamps, 'Quotes'.  This quote from Oscar Wilde, 'Sensational', inspires me to be a journal keeper... I've created the cover for what I thought could become a tag journal - the perfect size for travel!  

I've stamped the quote onto a piece of silk (and heat set the ink).  There's layers of canvas, fabrics, lace, washi tape and atlas paper affixed to the tag to create the background.  The collage was then completed with Darkroom Door stamped images, dried foliage, a pen nib, vintage postage stamps and a button (with compass image stamped upon it).

I used the following Darkroom Door stamp sets:  Travel Inchies, Correspondence and Montmarte

Now to go find something sensational to write about!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Miniature Travels - Darkroom Door

'Voyage of Love'

Darkroom Door's latest inchie stamp set 'Travel Inchies' is fabulous fun!  I enjoy working with tiny, miniature sized things, so this set of travel inspired inches has brought much inspiration (and an even greater desire to adventure up to the northern hemisphere again one day!).

This first ATC includes some layering of vintage atlas papers and a lovely washi tape to create the background.  I stamped the inchies on white paper and created the tea stained look with Ranger's Old Paper Distress Marker and an Aquash brush.  I stamped the compass inchie onto a wooden button too.  The photograph is from Darkroom Door's London montage collage sheet, cut to an inchie size.  I embellished this piece with airmail twine, an English postage stamp, words for Darkroom Door's Prague Vol 2 Wordstrip and also cut the flag from an USA postage stamp.

'Explorer'

This next ATC has been created for Darkroom Door's Anything Goes ATC swap for September, so if you participate, you might find one of these in your new collection of ATC's!

Once again I've used a page from a vintage atlas to create the background and painted a layer of Pearl White paint over it.  I stamped the London Bridge directly onto the ATC and added a piece of vintage paper to it. The other inches were stamped onto various papers and a jigsaw piece.  I used some other Darkroom Door stamp sets to further embellish this piece:  London Vol 2, Steampunk, Photography and Montmarte.  To complete this piece, I added another word from Darkroom Door's Prague Vol 2 wordstrip, an English vintage postage stamp, hand stitching, a staple, small tag and some airmail twine.

If you've never worked with inchies before, this stamp set is a great starting point, especially if you have travel adventures to scrapbook!  

I'll be back soon with some more Darkroom Door goodness!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Resuming


After an intensely busy term at school, it's been lovely to rest and relax this past week.  I hadn't been able to find the creative energy to play in the 'studio' until yesterday.  Even then I had to push through the doubt and fling away the perfectionism to get to the point of freeing myself up enough to play for the pure fun of it.  This little bird spoke to me as I splashed the paint around and let me know that it was time to 'resume the work' and be playful!  

This piece has grown into a series of six!  

Do you want to see more?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Edwardian Ladies - Darkroom Door



The Edwardian Ladies collage stamp by Darkroom Door is a delight to work with!  I stamped the image directly onto a white shipping tag with Versafine Onxy Black ink, heat set it and then coloured the image with Distress Makers and an Aquash brush to create a watercolour effect.  Then it was simply a matter of adding lovely layers of vintage paper, fabrics, lace, washi tape and some gorgeous velvet flowers.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Henry & Harriet - Darkroom Door


I've been having a great time with Henry & Harriet (a new Darkroom Door collage stamp) at my house this week!  I've had some TAP (transfer artist paper) by Lesley Riley tucked away for quite sometime and thought it was time to have a play with it.  I stamped Henry and Harriet onto a piece of TAP and then ironed it onto some sage green raw silk.  I was really impressed with how much detail was transferred.  The piece then evolved into a necklace as I stitched and added layers of fabric, lace, paper and found objects.


I was very blessed to be able to attend the Craft Fair in Perth a few weeks ago and some of the fabrics I purchased were wrapped around these lovely tags.  They are definitely worth recycling as they are really sturdy, but still able to be put through my sewing machine.  I roughly covered the tag with gesso and then set to work stamping and layering fabric, paper, found objects and stitching.

I think the Darkroom Door stamping sets, Love Letters Vol 1 and Vol 2 were the perfect compliment to Henry and Harriet, especially the sentiment... 'LOVE does not consist in gazing at each other, but looking together in the same direction.'

Monday, 3 June 2013

Shadow 6 Up Frame - Darkroom Door


Oooohhh, Darkroom Door's Shadow 6 Up frame stamp is so much fun to work with!  For this first card, I roughly inked up the stamp, missing small sections of the rubber, and then stamped in onto textured card to give a more weathered look.  I then punched a square hole into one section of the frame to create a window.

I added a number of stamped images from Darkroom Door's stamp sets:  Seashells and Seaside Vol 2 and embellished the work with vintage buttons, a pearl, a shell, thread, lace, washi tape and a section cut from an old map. I used 3D mounting tape on my work, adding a section of map under the window and affixed it to black card.


London was the next theme in mind as I continued to play with the Shadow 6 Up frame.  This time I stamped the compass (Sail Away), pattern (Ornate Elements) and postcard (Champs Elysee) images onto three sections of the stamp and then inked the remaining blocks to create a mix of patterned and solid blocks.  You need to be pretty organised and work fairly quickly so that the ink doesn't dry out!

The card was then embellished with images from London Vol 1 filmstrip and London montage.  I stamped the United Kingdom section of the World Map background stamp onto the back of a Scrabble tile and Trafalgar Square label (London Vol 1 stamp set).  The number from the small tag is from the Ornate Elements stamp set.  A few other treasure were added to complete this card:  silk fabric, eyelets, game spinner, vintage text, a wooden jigsaw piece and pen nibs.

Darkroom Door's Shadow 6 Up frame stamp is extremely versatile and great one to add to your collection!  I really love it!

Monday, 27 May 2013

In My Heart


'In My Heart'

Emotional connection is what I experienced most whilst creating this piece.  I'm discovering in a richer way, that this is actually what is of most importance to me in the process of art making.  There's much buried in my heart - faith, joy, frustration, fear of rejection, fear, fear, fear!, love, hope, resentment, excitement (and much more of course), but nearly always prayerfulness and it most often ends in thankfulness to God, for without Him I would be lost in a very dark and lonely place.  Connecting emotionally as I create, is helping me to release those bound up emotions, search for truth and pray through them for God's guidance, healing, peace, love and joy.

I worked slow (as I usually do) and found myself in a place of remembrance.... remembering the amazing and creative lives of my mother and grandmothers; reflecting upon the wonderful gift they have given me - the joy of living a creative life - what a heritage!  I miss each of them terribly, but am so thankful that each one of them continues to play a huge part in who I am today and the art that I make.  I am incredibly blessed!

I'm also very thankful for the many artists who are so willing to impart their knowledge, skills, time and talents to those around them, both locally and globally.  Something I find truly remarkable, is that often times these artists may never even know the incredible impact they have had on others and their art making.  

A number of years ago, Lesley Riley turned my art making right around, allowing me to steer it in another direction.  Did she have any idea of the impact she made on me back then?  No, she didn't, but I have since told her once or twice.  I was participating in her class, as quiet as a mouse and soaking in with wonder all that she was teaching.  I felt a greater sense of freedom in the way I approached my work and was thrilled to discover new possibilities for art making.  I'm still learning so much from Lesley, and I don't think I would have broken through some of the boundaries that were necessary to smash in order to create this piece.  So thank you Lesley, and thank you to all those creative souls that are willing to mentor, teach and share their creative lives with others.  You may never know the impact that you have on someone's creative life, but I pray you will be blessed in some way because of it!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Musical Cherubs - Darkroom Door


I think this new Darkroom Door frame stamp may well be one of my absolute favourites!!!

For this first piece, 'Always Find A Song', I stamped Darkroom Doors new frame stamp 'Musical Cherub', directly onto a piece of vintage sheet music that I had previously painted with a light layer of gesso.  I then stamped the sentiment found in Darkroom Door's stamp set 'Chorus', into the centre of the frame and added the copyright number to the frame from some of the remaining sheet music.  I then had a lovely time embellishing this piece with some pressed hydrangea flowers, silk fabric, sheet music and cross stitches.  


For this next piece, I stamped the Musical Cherubs frame onto a scrap of white paper and trimmed around both the inside and outside edges of the frame and layered it over a lovely image from Darkroom Doors 'Love Letters Collection Vol 2' stamp set using 3D mounting tape.  I stamped 'Paris' found on the postcard of the same stamp set and placed it behind the lower section of the frame.

The frame was then added to a number of layered papers, including sheet music and embellished with Darkroom Door's postal stamp found in the 'Love Letters Collection Vol 1' stamp set and a floral image found on the 'Art De Fleur' montage sheet.  Lace, silk fabric strips, buttons, flowers and pearls were then used to complete this collage.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

A Dashing Good Time with Darkroom Door


He's dashing, isn't he!!!  I've been having a lovely time playing with Darkroom Door's Gazette background stamp.  I created the background to this piece by stamping 'Gazette' with VersaFine Smoky Grey ink onto white paper and then once again stamping it onto another piece of paper, without re-inking the stamp, to get a more faded effect.  After that, it was just a matter of cutting the papers up to create this composition.  

Other Darkroom Door products used to complete this project are:  Dashing Gents, Champs Elysee, Steampunk stamp set, Regal frame and Love Letters montage.




Monday, 13 May 2013

Outburst of the Soul - Darkroom Door


I love this thought that, 'Music is the outburst of the soul'.  I love to sing and I especially love those moments when I really lose myself in the melody or lyrics of a song.  I find myself all goose bumpy and emotional and lost in the wonder of it all.  There's nothing like it!  It's fun to sing with my beloved too and it's such an amazing way to connect with someone.

I've been having a lovely 'dress-making' time as I played around with the new Darkroom Door background stamp, Postage Stamps.  I've simply stamped the background onto some white paper with pink ink, scrunched it up a bit and created the shape of a skirt.  I scalloped the bottom edge of the skirt with scissors and added a little layer of lace underneath the skirt.  Then I hand cut a torso shape to go with it, adding a swipe of ink around the edges of the skirt and bodice.

I've also used words and images from two of Darkroom Door's stamp sets to create the background :  'Chorus' and 'Champs Elysée'.  Finally, I added some additional music inspired bits n bobs and  a bit of lace complete the collage.

Now it's time to turn up the music and have a little sing-a-long!  It's good for the soul!






Monday, 29 April 2013

For Rosemary - Mothers Day with Darkroom Door


My lovely mother-in-law,  Rosemary, is a very skilled dressmaker and I wanted to create something extra special for her, as it's 'our' very first Mothers Day since I married Joel!  Darkroom Door's Dressmaker stamp set was the perfect starting point in creating this card for her.

There's quite a lot of layering of papers and inks and paint in this piece. 



I've created this effect on the dressform by stamping the bust section a second time on scrap paper with pink ink, cutting it out and over-stamping it with Darkroom Door's Floral background stamp and swiping ink around the edges to create dimension.


There's some fussy cutting too!


And a tiny bit of hand stitching, lace, tulle and a pearl button were the finishing touches!

Having been 'motherless and grand-motherless' for some now, it's pretty exciting to have a mum to once again make special things for!  

The Darkroom Door products I have used for this piece are: