Saturday, 15 October 2016

Zebra Background Stamp by Darkroom Door

Love love love the new Zebra Background stamp from Darkroom Door! Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the cards I created with it:

To see these and other cards, please pop over to the Darkroom Door blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 2 October 2016

African Trees by Darkroom Door

Among the new release from Darkroom Door is a set called African Trees. It's got silhouettes of trees as well as some appropriately sized animals. To say I love this set is an understatement!

Here are some cards I made with it:

To find out how these came together, please visit the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Art of Well Being

For our blog hop this month, the team at Gel Press® are indulging in a little introspection and asking how art helps maintain or improve our well being.

For me, the main attraction of art besides the colour and sense of accomplishment is the social aspect. It's a way for me to connect and interact with like-minded people in a safe, nurturing environment.

I feel fortunate to teach classes at my local craft shop. This gives me ample opportunity to interact with crafty people when they come along to learn a new technique or about a new product. I also get a huge sense of accomplishment when I finish planning the class, and then an added bonus at the end when I finish delivering the class and I see happy smiling people who are proud of their efforts.

This is an art journal page I taught recently:

We created a few sheets of fabulous arty paper with a Gel Press® gelatin plate, then die cut them with the teacup die. Elements of the designs were outlined with white gel pen, which really helped unify the very different papers. The alphabet stamps are by Darkroom Door.

 I loved that everyone's teacups all looked so wonderfully diverse, even though we all started with the same tools and materials.

One of the ladies had also booked her daughter in, and as she happens to be one of my daughter's classmates, it gave me an opportunity to include my daughter as well. Here is her design (that she chose to pop on a canvas to hang on a wall):

I love how art brings people together. It binds people across generations and great distances. It keeps me sane and functional.

To find about how art helps the well being of the other members of the design team, hop along and read following the list here:

Teresa < you are here now

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Wild Africa from Darkroom Door

Darkroom Door has just released an awesome collection of African themed stamps.

Here are a couple of card samples I made using one of the new stamp sets called Wild Africa Vol 3:

The detail in these images is incredible! Each set comes with two animals, some fun foot prints and some cool sentiments.

Pop over to the Darkroom Door blog to see how I made these.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Back to Basics with Gel Press®

We're heading back to basics with this Gel Press® blog hop. I had a look around the house to see what I could use to create patterns and textures with my plate.
Starting with my 8 x 10 Gel Press plate, some black paint and a brayer:

The results of my experiments are wonderfully interesting! I decided to use black paint so that the effects would show up well on white paper. I spread black paint onto the Gel Press® plate, pressed the item onto the plate and pulled the print. Here we go:

Here's what bubble wrap looks like:

And giant bubble wrap:

I went into the garden and found a nice Cycad leaf. It's relatively flat and quite sturdy:

Then I pressed the end of a cardboard roll into the paint to create a pattern of interlocking circles:

Next I found some hard plastic packaging:

And some softer plastic packaging (from some delicious donuts):

Then I found some thick sturdy Christmas trim. I pressed it onto the paint on the plate, pulled a print, then removed the trim and pulled another print:

And here is some thick twine. The print on the left is the result of pulling a print with the twine in place, and the print on the right is the ghost print when the twine was removed (it reminds me of pictures I've seen of Ebola virus!):

Lastly I scrunched up a plastic shopping bag and pressed it repeatedly into the paint on the plate:

I had myself quite a collection of black and white prints in just a short time.  They're fine to use as they are, but I went ahead and pulled out my colour sprays. Once these dry, I will use them as backgrounds for cards and perhaps even some art journaling:

Thanks for looking! I hope you've enjoyed my ideas. The design team has some awesome back to basic ideas for you to check out. Here's the list:


Thanks again for dropping in today!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Gel Press® Butterfly Cards


I have a post up on the Gel Press® blog showing how I made these cards:

I used some bright Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders over some gel prints, then cut them out with a KaiserCraft die. The sentiments are from Darkroom Door stamp sets.

Pop over to the Gel Press® blog to see the tutorial.

Hope you're having a wonderful crafty day!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Darkroom Door's VW Photo Beetle stamp

This is the card I created using Darkroom Door's cute new Photo stamp VW Beetle:

I went for a more vintage look for this image - my Dad used to own one of these when I was born and with his recent passing I have been in a nostalgic mood. I wish he'd kept that car to hand down to me, but I remember him complaining it sounded too much like a sewing machine LOL.

This is such a great image - the rest of the girls have gone to town with it! There are some fabulously bright happy samples on the Darkroom Door blog if you'd like to check them out.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Fabric Heart Decorations with Gel Press®

I used my Gel Press® plate to create these little fabric heart decorations:

I will use these to decorate gifts I plan to give in the coming weeks. They'll look fabulous tied onto a gift bag made from kraft paper!  Here's how I made them:

Step 1
I used my 8 x 10 Gel Press® gel printing plate, calico fabric and acrylic paint from DecoArt. I don't plan to ever wash these, so fabric medium is not necessary.

Apply acrylic paint to gel printing plate. I created a unique design using string and thread:

Once the fabric was printed and dried well,  I folded each strip in half and drew heart shapes on the back. I didn't use a template as I wanted each heart to be unique.

I then stuck a pin through both layers of fabric and cut each heart shape out. Then I turned the shapes over and repinned them. I even cut little heart shapes from the left over bits of fabric - these will be used in a future project.

Step 5
At this stage, I decided the shapes needed a little more detail, so I stamped some images on them using black and plum ink. I used a sewing machine to stitch the matching shapes together, and stuffed them with hobby fill before stitching them closed.

I added some twill and a fabric flower so that they're ready to use as a gift tag decoration:

Thanks for looking.

You can find loads more ideas on what to make with your Gel Press® gel printing plates on the Facebook group: Gel Press™ Junkies, and YouTube channel.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Imagine Crafts/CAS-ual Fridays Blog Hop

I'm participating in a blog hop showing some amazing products from two companies - pigment inks from Imagine Crafts and stamps and dies from CAS-ual Fridays:

I have used the following supplies:

Here's the card I made:

The background was done by inking up the stamp and repeatedly lining it up and stamping. I then created a background by repeatedly stamping one of the smaller patterns and cutting flowers from it and some blue cardstock.

To see heaps more wonderful work using products from these two companies, please start at the beginning on the Imagine Crafts blog. If you've started at the beginning and wish to continue down the list the next blog belongs to the lovely Lydia Evans.

Remember to leave comments along the way for a chance to win some awesome crafty prizes. Winners will be announced on the 27th June, so get hopping!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Darkroom Door's Skateboard Photo Stamp

Love this stamp! In the new release from Darkroom Door is the Skateboard photo stamp for that difficult demographic - the teenage boy.

Here's my card:

With a little tiny bit of cutting out, there's so much scope for you to add dimension.  Here's a side view:

Pop over to the Darkroom Door blog to see more samples using this awesome stamp.

Thanks for skating by today!