Thursday, 31 October 2019

A Challenge with Michelle Lupton

I was invited by the lovely Michelle Lupton to participate in her annual "Challenge me a Christmas Card," where she invites a guest to choose a theme and then we both create a card.

Seeing as it's Halloween today, I went with "Creepy Christmas." This gave me an opportunity to dust off some neglected but very much loved stamps from Stampotique to create this:

Stamps: Dwindled, Christmas Cubed by Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney, Web by Jo Capper-Sandon
Coloured with Copic markers. The Web stamp only covered half the card front so I have filled in the right hand side with a Copic Multiliner.

You can see Michelle's very creative take on the challenge here.

A huge thanks to Michelle for the challenge and chance to update this blog - six months is enough of a break I think!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Darkroom Door's Creativity Stencil

Hi folks!

I had some fun with the new Creativity stencil from Darkroom Door.

First up is a page in my art journal, where I added and removed acrylic paint through the stencil:

You can find a step by step for this on the Darkroom Door blog.

Next up I used the stencil to apply some embossing ink, and then used some of the new Mixed Media Powder on it to give some fabulous texture:

 Finally, I used the stencil to apply some embossing paste over a water colour background, and then sprinkled some gold embossing powder, carefully selecting just one word I wanted to highlight:

Step by step instructions for these can also be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking, and I hope you've managed to find some creative time in your weekend.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Seeing Stars - Darkroom Door's new Stars Border Stamp

Hiya! Hope your week is off to a good start.

I have a couple of project ideas for the awesome new Stars Border Stamp from Darkroom Door.

First up is a card and gift combo:

I used some awesome new embossing powder from Ranger called Mixed Media Powder in a colourway called Punch. Hot pink looks fab on kraft don't you think?

Next up is a card using colours that would suit a boy:

This image was fun and easy to layer up! Add some thread and a couple of sparkly diamentes for extra fun:

The full supplies list and a step by step for each of these is up on the Darkroom Door blog.

Have an awesome week!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Girls! Girls! Girls! Portrait Inchies Stamp from Darkroom Door


Darkroom Door have a new release, and I played with the Portrait Inchies Stamp to create a couple of cards:

Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp - One in a Million Large Card

Darkroom Door Portrait Inchies Stamp - True Friends Card

You can read about how I put these together on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for dropping in today - wishing you a crafty week!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Happy New Year!

I thought I'd pop in and revive this long-forgotten little blog of mine! Where has the time gone? Anyway, new year - fresh start right?

Here's a card I made using the Square Stencil set and Big Numbers stamps by Darkroom Door and my beloved Distress Oxide inks:

Instructions on how I made this and a couple of other cards are on the Darkroom Door blog.

I hope your new year has started with a BANG! Let's make it a good one!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Darkroom Door Boxes 6up Cards


I have a couple of cards to share I made using Darkroom Door's Boxes 6up stencil and stamp:

Instructions and supplies list can be seen on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Darkroom Door - Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Hello hello hello!

Welcome to the Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston blog hop! We have a total of 20 artists participating, and both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

Here's my project - I made a boy card using Karen's Twist Panel Pop-Up die:

I'll be honest and say I have never looked twice at die sets with lots of little pieces - it all seemed to complicated for me. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this particular die set has a mere three essential parts and all the rest of the dies are for embellishment. This is something I can handle! Plus the video on Karen's website explained everything so clearly. I can see many more of these cards in my future:

The front makes it look like an ordinary card, with the bulkiness giving a hint that there's something special inside:

Seemingly suspended in mid air is a little accordion folded piece that allows for embellishment. I stamped the background pieces with the Brick Wall Texture stamp and added some figures from the Skater stamp set:

The paint spatter was achieved with the Paint Splats stamp set and the new Paint Splat Eclectic stamp as well as some real life spattering with a paintbrush and Distress Oxide inks.

The extra dies in the Twist Panel Pop-Up set made embellishing this card so easy! They cut through fabric just as well as cardstock and the dictionary paper.

Here are the products I have used:
Distress Oxide ink: Carved Pumpkin, Blueprint Sketch
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap

Now, on to the hopping part of the blog hop. Here's the complete list of participants to visit - don't forget to leave some love in the form of a comment along the way to enter into the draw for some wonderful Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston products.

Thanks for joining us and happy hopping!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Darkroom Door Sunshine Stencil Layout

Hi folks!

I scrapped! I saw the new Sunshine Stencil from Darkroom Door and knew it would make the perfect background for a layout:

I also used the Patchwork Butterfly Collage Stamp and a few others to complete the layout: 

There's a set of instructions and supplies list over on the Darkroom Door blog for you to check out.

Thanks for looking - hope your week is a productive one!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Tropical Birds stamps

Keeping with the tropical theme, Darkroom Door has released another awesome stamp set called Tropical Birds. I have a couple of cards to share using this set.

First up is the flamingo image. I stamped the bird using Distress Oxide inks then smudged the lines around a little using a waterbrush. This resulted in a perfectly soft feathery look:

I added some clear Nuvo Drops over the grass to help  give a bit of a wet look:

The next stamp I used was the toucan with its bright colourful bill:

To emphasise the bright colour of the bill, I attached a bunch of bright ribbons to the top left hand side:

 Instructions for these cards can be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Tropical Island stamps

Howdy folks! Welcome to a brand new year. I hope it's a good one for you.

I'm sharing some cards I made using Darkroom Door's new stamp set called Tropical Island. This set has some super cool palm tree images and some words to go along with them.

This stamp set gave me a perfect opportunity to create some sunset backgrounds with Distress Oxide inks:

You can see the full cards plus instructions on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for dropping in today!