27 February 2013


I was thrilled to receive the new release Sydney products in my creative team parcel from Darkroom Door. I love black and white photography and knew right away that I wanted to put a heritage twist on the photos. For the background, I had the idea to create a stylised wattle motif using the Dots stamp. I inked the stamp with a combination of gold and orange ink and when the kraft paper was dry I added hightlights with paint. Next came the tricky part - placing the images on the tags. For me this is the most time consuming part but is well worth the effort. There's nothing worse than deciding it all looks wrong *after* you've stuck it down! And finally, I got to play with my heat gun and drip hot wax over the tags. Beeswax is magic stuff - it looks great and smells even better :-)

Darkroom Door products - DDBS004 Dots background stamp, Sydney montage, Sydney wordstrips
Ink - Brilliance galaxy gold, Distress spiced marmalade
Paper - kraft
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - silver brads, ribbon, gumnuts
Other - acrylic paint (yellow, off-white), cocktail pick, hole punch, heat tool, natural beeswax


1. Stamp six kraft tags with the Dots background stamp. When dry, use the blunt end of a cocktail pick to apply dots of acrylic paint.
2. Make a reinforcement for each tag by punching a hole in a strip of folded black card.
2. Cut Sydney images from the montage sheet. Mount the largest image on a hand-cut frame and arrange the smaller photos around it. When satisfied with the layout, attach everything with double-sided tape.
3. Affix a Sydney wordstrip to each tag and embellish with handmade photo corners and silver brads.
4. Glue clusters of gumnuts to the tags. When dry, drip liberally with melted beeswax.
5. Tie with ribbon.

25 February 2013

DARKROOM DOOR Bright Blossoms

Occasionally I get an overwhelming urge to KISS, or - keep it simple stupid! When I laid eyes on the new  Darkroom Door bright blossoms paper collection I knew I'd have to fight the urge to go crazy with embellishments and keep the design clean and simple. So......... I decided to make a set of six gift cards - mounted on black card - to show off the beautiful flowers, and decorate them very simply with the matching wordstips. And here's another idea: wouldn't they make a lovely gift, stacked and tied with a pretty ribbon bow?

Darkroom Door products - Bright Blossoms montage, Bright Blossoms photochips, Bright Blossoms filmstrips, Bright Blossoms wordstrips
Card - Bazzill
Other - paper piercer


1. Cut images from the Bright Blossoms photochips, filmstrips and montage sheets.
2. Cut your cards to size (10" x 10"). Experiment with placement and composition before attaching them to the cards.
3. Affix a wordstrip to each card.
4. Use a sewing needle or specialty piercer to embellish the cardstock.

15 February 2013

I Love You So Much

It's almost the weekend, so here's a sweet, happy card for a Friday afternoon :-) I made this card by stamping into molten Opals, something I don't do very often because of the high risk of making a mistake. I had to make the impression twice before I was happy with the result (I was a little over eager and wiggled the stamp slightly after pressing in into the Opals, which makes for a blurry image). I wanted to keep the background simple because the centre panel is so colourful and decorative, especially after I framed it with buttons, so I glued short lengths of ribbon across the top half of the card.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps - Paperbag StudiosMa Vinci
Ink - Versa MarkStazOn jet black, Versa Magic midnight black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhinestone, Kaisercraft pearl, buttons, ribbon
Other - Opals embossing enamels, heat gun

04 February 2013

I Love You This Much

In the January issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine I had a card in the Valentine's Day gallery. The brief was to think beyond the traditional pink and red colour combination. So of course I thought waaaaay beyond and went with chocolate, olive green, cream and purple. Yikes! This was a simple card to create, though a little messy, and could easily be adapted to suit heaps of themes. I'm thinking blue and silver stars for a boy's birthday......

Have a fab week!

Stamps - Ma Vinci's Reliquary
Ink - StazOn jet black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - timber hearts
Other - acrylic paint (green, cream, purple), paintbrush, sandpaper