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