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.

03 October 2013


As soon as I saw this stamp I knew wanted to make something bright and colourful, sort of like a graphic rainbow. My inspiration was the zig-zag layout of the stamp, and for my first card I recreated that layout with a multi-coloured cardstock background. My second card also plays on the rainbow theme, but this time I stamped the quote on small pieces of coloured card and put it back together like a jigsaw puzzle. Both cards are simply embellished because I didn't want to take away from the bold pop of colour. This is such a cool, funky stamp. Have fun with it!

Darkroom Door products - DDQS003 Journey quote stamp
Ink - Brilliance cosmic copper
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - ribbon, large flat-back pearl
Other - mounting foam


1. Cut eight 35mm x 130mm rectangles from assorted cardstock. Cut each shape diagonally to form a triangle. Adhere to the card front in alternating colours.
2. Stamp the Journey quote on white card using copper ink. Trim and affix to the card with mounting foam.
3. Finish with a ribbon bow and a flat-back pearl.


Darkroom Door products - DDQS003 Journey quote stamp
Ink - Versa Magic midnight black
Card - Bazzill
Embellishments - Kaisercraft rhionestones, ribbon
Other - gold glitter glue, mounting foam


1. Stamp the Journey quote several times on different coloured cardstock. Cut out and piece back together. Adhere to white card and then to the centre of the card front.
2. Affix bunting and ribbon bows to the card. Coat some of the letters in the quote with gold glitter glue.
3. Round the bottom corners of the card and embellish with rhinestones.