31 December 2013


I was super excited to receive the new bingo numbers eclectic stamp from Darkroom Door last week. Isn't it a great image? Ideal for man cards. I was inspired to create a vintage gaming theme using the bingo numbers as a background. Stamped in red ink on white card, they really pop. I found the perfect photobooth image to complement the theme and then had fun rummaging through my stash for the finishing touches. I hope this card inspires you to create something cool and manly with the bingo number stamp :-)


Darkroom Door products - DDES009 Bingo Numbers eclectic stamp, Hats photobooth
Ink - Distress fired brick
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories rub-on alphabets, miniature dice, playing cards, ribbon, gold satin wings, casino chip
Other - sandpaper, water spray bottle


1. Stamp the Bingo Numbers repeatedly on white card using red ink. NOTE - spray the inked stamp lightly with water before making impressions.
2. Tear the card and affix to a black card front.
3. Distress a Hats photobooth image with sandpaper before adhering it to a pair of playing cards. Embellish with gaming objects, gold satin wings (cut in half) and a ribbon bow.
4. Finish by creating the "Little Angel" sentiment with rub-ons.

19 December 2013

Dear Santa

If you're running out of creative steam and struggling for Christmas ideas, here are four Santa cards with a vintage twist. I used a combination of Darkroom Door paper products and frame stamps to build the cards, as well as festive embellishments like luscious red candy canes and delicate pearl-filled silk flowers. These cards are a cinch to make; the time consuming part is hand-cutting the frames, but the effort is well worth it because they look fantastic paired with the Dear Santa photochips.


Stamps - Darkroom Door Archway frame, Window frame
Ink - Brilliance graphite black
Paper - Graphic 45
Card - Bazzill 
Embellishments - Darkroom Door Dear Santa photochips, Darkroom Door Dear Santa wordstrips, Heidi Swapp silk flowers, ribbon, acrylic candy canes, pearl beads
Other - craft knife, glue

10 December 2013

Make It Merry

My final 2013 Christmas project for Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft is a set of six jumbo-sized tags. I love making tags! Sometimes the thought of making full-size cards is a little overwhelming - that is, coming up an idea and filling up all that space. A tag, on the other hand, is a manageable size and a useful way to use random off-cuts and odds and ends. Here I went all out with a retro theme. I love these sweet October Afternoon Christmas images, they really had that whimsical / retro feeling I was going for. I used lots of small buttons, tape and ribbon to keep the vibe going, as well as some inked timber shapes. Oh, and glitter. Can't forget the glitter :-)

Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Versa Magic sea breeze, Versa Magic pixie dust
Paper - October Afternoon
Embellishments - Typo tape, timber hearts and stars, buttons, ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, hole punch, sewing needle, embroidery thread

03 December 2013


Christmas is fast approaching! Have you finished your Christmas shopping? If you read through the recent Christmas issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft you may have noticed a gallery of gift card holders. There were lots of great ideas for pockets and envelopes to fancy-up those little plastic cards. This was my contribution - an acetate pouch that I filled with confetti stars and then stitched closed. I decorated it with Darkroom Door goodies and then punched a hole through the top so it can be tied to a gift or even hung from the Christmas tree. Perhaps this idea will inspire you to get creative with your gift cards this year :-)

Embellishments - Darkroom Door Yuletide montage, Darkroom Door Yuletide Vol.1 wordstrips, confetti stars, rhinetone star, ribbon
Other - acetate, sewing needle, embroidery thread, hole punch

24 November 2013

Counting Each Day

The second Christmas issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft arrived last week and I was so excited to see my Christmas projects in print. The first card I'm sharing is one I made for the sketch challenge. I found this beautiful paper at my LSS and knew right away it would be perfect for what I had in mind. I tried to capture the whimsy of the season with the pastel colours, the vintage tree and sheet music, and just a hint of glittering gold. And how could I forget the grey kitten? I couldn't!

Paper - October Afternoon
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon
Other - paper piercer, gold glitter glue

10 November 2013


Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft's first Christmas-themed issue of the year was released last month. I submitted two cards to the time management feature, which showcases simple cards you can make quickly and in bulk, and more complicated versions for special friends and family. In the first version of the card I kept it very simple indeed with just the stamp impressed on a page torn from an old music book. For the more advanced version, I added extra layers of card, tinsel and beads.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? :-)

Stamp - Darkroom Door DDCS012 Jolly Santa collage stamp
Ink - Versa Magic Agean blue
Paper - pages from an old music book
Card - Bazzill, kraft
Embellishments - Darkroom Door brown on cream alphastrips, tinsel, beads, string
Other - decorative scissors, paper piercing tool, glue

31 October 2013

You're So Sweet

I find October a busy month for card making! There's piles of Christmas cards and tags to made, as well as a few birthdays to keep you on your toes. I made this card for a certain little boy's 2nd birthday in November. I tired to keep the layout clean and simple, with just a few embellishments for interest. A Darkroom Door photochip made a great centrepiece, and I fortunately had the perfect piece of patterned paper for the background. How good does that ice cream cone look? Yum!

Darkroom Door products - Sweet Treats photochips, Sweet Treats wordstrips
Paper - My Mind's Eye
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Making Memories flower charm, Nostalgiques sticker, ribbon, buttons

17 October 2013


My final project for Darkroom Door features the beautiful new Ferns photo stamp. As you can see from the photo below, I've made a trio of tags to demonstrate the ways you can use this stamp to create three unique backgrounds. The first tag is embossed, the second faux watercolour, and the third is a soft chalkboard effect. I hope you enjoy playing with the Ferns as much as I have :-)

Darkroom Door products - DDPS027 Ferns photo stamp, Wilderness photochips, Wilderness wordstrips
Ink - Versa Mark
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - dragonfly charm, ribbon
Other - verdigris embossing powder, heat tool, hole punch


1. Stamp the Ferns on white card using Versa Mark ink. Sprinkle with embossing powder and melt with a heat gun. Trim around the image and round the corners.
2. Cut a circle from a Wilderness photochip and affix to the tag. Cut a wordstrip into three pieces and affix also.
3. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon. Finish with a large dragonfly charm.


Darkroom Door products - DDPS027 Ferns photo stamp, Wilderness Vol.1 filmstrips, Wilderness wordstrips
Ink - Distress spiced marmalade, Distress peeled paint, Distress fired brick
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon, butterfly charm
Other - hole punch, water mister


1. Stamp the Ferns on yellow card using several shades of Distress ink. Spritz with water and set aside to dry. Trim around the image and round the corners.
2. Affix a Wilderness filmstrip and wordstrip to the tag.
3. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon. Finish with a gold butterfly charm.


Darkroom Door products - DDPS027 Ferns photo stamp, Wilderness montage, Wilderness wordstrips
Ink - Brilliance moonlight white, Versa Magic pixie dust
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon, leaf charms
Other - hole punch


1. Smear white ink over burgundy card. Stamp the Ferns using pale pink ink. Trim around the image and round the corners.
2. Cut Wilderness images from the montage sheet and affix to the tag, along with a Wilderness wordstrip.
3. Punch a hole through the tag and tie with ribbon. Finish with several small leaf charms.