Card making, Darkroom Door Stamps, Ecoline inks, Mixed media

Bella Style Wednesday – Watercoloured Tag with Darkroom Door

Join me tomorrow for a gorgeous Bella Style Wednesday Project. I will be teaching you how to create a mixed media style layered tag featuring Darkroom Door Fine Butterflies and Leaves images. I’ll share simple steps for giving your stamped images a watercoloured effect using Ecoline markers, leading to endless possibilities for colouring.


Class is run as a drop-in arrangement – arrive any time 9am – 11.30am and you can create my project for $5. No need to book!

Please bring your basic cardmaking tool kit plus foam tape, fine scissors, dauber, Aquash brush & non-stick craft mat.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911.

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Art Journal, Bella Paperie, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Darkroom Door Stencils

Colourful Quirky Birds – my November Mixed Media Journal Class

Feeling like a bit of creative play this weekend? Why not join me at Bella Paperie for my monthly art journal class? I recently attended a two day retailer only workshop with Dyan Reaveley where she shared masses of her art journaling and mixed media techniques. It was a packed two days and I’m still processing the huge amount of information Dyan shared with us.

In my November mixed media art journaling class, we will channel our inner Dyan Reaveley to create a multi-page spread featuring a variety of techniques that will take your pages from go to WOW! We will journal, doodle, stencil and stamp to create unique pages that become totally your own.

The page is a bit hard to photograph for full effect, so I created a little video for you –

 

If you already art journal – bring along your usual kit, if not check the requirements list for a guide on what to bring. You will need an approx. A4 sized journal to begin with – please check in store for details.

Supplies to bring:

  • The lyrics of a poem or song that is special to you, either printed or selected on your phone. We will use the words for journaling beneath one of the pages.
  • ~ A5 size piece of cardstock for stamping images
  • colourful, permanent stamping inks
  • Dylusions shaped journaling block if you have one
  • Fine black pen for journaling
  • Pencil, rubber
  • Scissors
  • Tape to reattach journal page – Dina Wakley Media Tape or Dylusions Journal Tape is the best to purchase but masking tape or wide washi tape will also work.
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of warm & cool colours – bring your Dylusions paints if you have them
  • White gesso or white paint
  • Black gesso or paint
  • Liquitex Matt medium
  • Dylusions black & white paint pens, or small brush and black/white paint
  • Sponge for stencilling, the Tim Holtz mini ink blending tool and a few sponges will be handy
  • Variety of stencils for pattern making
  • A selection of paint brushes for mark making
  • ~ 1” wide, flat brush for matt medium
  • Quote stamps – I will bring the ones I have used (Dylusions) plus a few Tim Holtz sets with interesting quotes
  • Quirky imagery – I will have the Darkroom Door birds but bring some alternatives if you have them
  • Small amount of thin collage paper
  • Paint palette
  • Non–stick craft mat
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towel
  • Container for water
  • Heat tool

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911 to book. Class runs 10am – 2pm, November 5 and costs $30 with some supplies provided.

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Bella Paperie, Card making, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Darkroom Door Stencils, Distress Ink, Distress Oxide Ink

Mixed Media Card Class – Darkroom Door Stencil Play

Join me this Friday to create a unique set of cards & a gift box featuring the new Darkroom Door stencil collection. The techniques learnt in this mixed media card class are easily translatable to scrapbooking and art journaling.

Bring along your usual cardmaking kit including dauber, wet glue, foam adhesive & sharp scissors, black permanent ink (not Stazon), Spray bottle of water, non-stick craft mat, clear Stickles, baby wipes & an aquash brush

We will be using the following products so bring them along if you have them to save waiting –

  • Distress Oxide Inks –  Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers & Wilted Violet.
  • Distress Inks – Twisted Citron or other green, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick
  • Stencils with small patterns
  • Gelatos or dye based markers to colour flowers, butterfly & bird

Class will be held, Friday Oct 27, 9.30am – 12.30pm, cost is $25. Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Please phone 3205 5911 to book.

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Bella Paperie, Card making, Darkroom Door Stamps

Bella Style Wednesday with Collage Butterfly

Join me this Wednesday for a colourful Bella Style Wednesday Project. I will be teaching how to create easy, interesting backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks and you will be making this stunning card using the Darkroom Door Collage Butterfly.

Class is run as a drop-in arrangement – arrive any time 9am – 11.30am and you can create my project for $5. No need to book!

Please bring your basic cardmaking tool kit plus sponges, foam tape, spray bottle for water, aquash brush & non-stick craft mat.

Bella Paperie is located at Shop 33, 302 South Pine Road, Brendale. Phone 3205 5911.

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Card making, Stampendous Stamps

Stampendous September Blog Hop!

Each month I am creating a project with brand new Stampendous stamps to inspire you. You also have a chance to win them via the monthly blog hop competition run by The Stencil Specialists, the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous.

This month we are using the Owl Clock stamp and Julie has given us an extra challenge – make it Christmassy! I hope my card inspires you to try something different with your stamps.

I stamped the Owl Clock image twice and coloured all of one image with Ecoline markers. For the second image, I knew I wanted to layer the owl and one of the wings from the clock so these were also coloured, fussy cut then layered over the first image with foam tape.

Hint – always colour the bottom image as parts of it will peek through the layering. This also gives you a chance to test colour combos.

A quick swish of blue watercolour, a sprinkling of glitter and some ‘stars’ drawn in with a white gel pen and the image is done. I added a title to one of the books with a fine black pen to strengthen the ‘Christmas’ theme. I felt the image needed some extra sparkle so went over the owls wings with a glitter marker, I love the subtle shimmer.

Ecoline markers are dye based making them great for colouring as they can be blended and used with a water pen to give a range of different hues and tones.

Don’t forget to also pop over to the other blogs to check out what they have created for the hop!

Julie – The Stencil Specialists

Donna – Luv to Emboss

Tracy Moloney – Tracy’s Creative Adventures

Contest details –

To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the September blog hop post, make sure you tell us what state you live in so we know you are an Aussie. Each comment is one entry, so comment on each blog and you will have four entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after the end of the month. The prize will be cling Owl Clock CRR248.

Good luck!

PS You can subscribe to my blog to receive updates and sneaks for the next challenge.

Congratulations to Lynn Attard on winning the stamp this month!

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Card making, Stampendous Stamps

Stampendous August Blog Hop!

Edited: competition extended to August 31.

Each month I am creating a project with brand new Stampendous stamps to inspire you. You also have a chance to win them via the monthly blog hop competition run by The Stencil Specialists, the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous.

This month we are using the Autumn Points stamp, I love the dotty swirls that surround the image which makes the stamp perfect to use as a feature all on its own.

I’ve created two cards to inspire you –

 

For this one, I created a drippy background using Distress Oxide inks and stamped it with the Autumn Points image. The short end was torn to give a bit of texture and all of the edges were sponged with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

I spritzed a second piece of cardstock with Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays, then stamped just the leaves & seedpod a second time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once trimmed, I gave them a bit of shape and glued just the centre of the leaves in place on my card. This allowed the tips to lift slightly. I love how the Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays add a touch of beautiful Autumn colour and shimmer.

 

For my second card, I used a background made previously to stamp over. The background was made using shaving cream and dye inks and has a wonderful mottled texture. It’s quick to put a card like this together when you have a nice pile of backgrounds already made up.

Don’t forget to also pop over to the other blogs to check out what they have created for the hop!

Julie – The Stencil Specialists
Donna – Luv to Emboss
Tracy Moloney – Tracy’s Creative Adventures

Contest details
To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the August blog hop post. Each comment is one entry so comment on each blog and you will have three entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog and let us know what state you are from. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after the end of the month. The prize will be cling Autumn Points CRR297.

Good luck!

PS You can subscribe to my blog to receive updates and sneaks for the next challenge.

Supplies Used

  • Stampendous Autumn Points cling stamp, CRR297 & Friendly Phrases SSC1141
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks – Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey & Walnut Stain
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray – Autumn Maple Crimson & Cattail Copper Brown

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Art Journal, Darkroom Door, Darkroom Door Stamps, Darkroom Door Stencils, Mixed media

Darkroom Door Stencil Blog Hop

Recently, Darkroom Door released a brand-new product – stencils! I was lucky to be given a few to play with and have been creating happily. The stencils come in two sizes – small (4½” x 6”) and large (9” x 12”) and are lovely and sturdy, so perfect for anything you want to throw at them.

Make sure you stay with me until the end of the post for some exciting giveaway news, but first I’d like to share some of the projects I’ve created recently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The small stencils are perfect for cardmaking. I stencilled the small Darkroom Door Wildflowers using Dina Wakley black gesso over a sunset toned background created with Distress Oxides. The black images make a beautiful silhouette that can be accented with a brightly coloured butterfly and quote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mesh Background and Texture stamps and ones I constantly reach for, so I was very excited to see these turned into stencils. The small one is so useful for adding instant texture to a background for a quick card or tag. It was easy to stencil into the background of the Darkroom Door Tulips Photo Stamp. A touch of pearlescent Gelatos to colour the flowers and I had unique, pretty card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve also used small Mesh stencil for this tag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who could resist letting this little birdie have his freedom? I’m kind of in love with creating backgrounds and liquid to go into mini jars using Distress Oxide inks – can you tell?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although ‘small’ the smaller sized stencils are great for art journaling and the focal images make creating a page easy. I’ve simply stencilled the small Wildflowers using Dina Wakley black gesso across a drippy, messy background in my journal added a few words that kinda make sense and it was done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The larger sized stencils very versatile as well. I stencilled over a messy collaged background with the large Mesh stencil and matt gel medium to give a wonderfully textured effect for this page. Then a bit of colour and a sprinkling of stamped images and the page was complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you played with Dina Wakley’s new Media Journal yet? I am loving the different textures of the pages and created this super quick page using Dylusions Ink Sprays and the large Darkroom Door Wildflowers stencil. The yummy watercolour paper soaks up the spray but quickly releases it when sprayed with water through the stencil.

Now it’s time for a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment. Five lucky winners will receive 3 stencils of their choice! Winners will be drawn from comments left across all the blogs, so be sure to leave a comment on each blog for more chances to win! Comments received before midnight Friday 4th August are eligible to be in the draw. Winners will be announced Monday 7th August on the Darkroom Door blog and Facebook page.

Hop along to the other blogs here:
Darkroom Door: http://www.darkroomdoor.com/Blog
Teresa Abajo: https://thetamarisk.blogspot.com
Belinda Spencer: http://happyscrapspace.blogspot.com
Autumn Clark: http://sewpaperpaint.blogspot.com
Godelieve Tijskens: http://stampingmathilda.blogspot.com
Anneke De Clerck: http://somefiddlingonthekitchentable.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for joining me today and reading to the end, make sure you visit everyone else to see what goodness the other girls have created. Good luck!

Darkroom Door stamps used –

  • Sets – Wings, Wildflowers Vol, Discover, Steampunk, Fine Flowers Vol 2, Full Bloom Vol 2
  • Eclectic – Compass Eclectic, Robin, Mini Mason Jar, Paris Postcard
  • Texture – Mesh
  • Word Block – Wellbeing, Journey, Wilderness
  • Collage – Butterfly Post

 

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Art Journal, Darkroom Door Stamps

Triple Treat – Darkroom Door Style!

Earlier this year I was invited by the amazing Alison Bevis to participate in a full day creative workshop called Triple Treat. I’ll be teaching alongside Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door and Linda Drynan who has taught for Craft Giraffe for years.

 

Here is a sneaky peek of the art journal page that I will be teaching. It’s full of techniques and colourful texture.

It is sure to be a fun day, especially when it will be full of stamping techniques and all things Darkroom Door.  There will be three different classes with kits, lunch & afternoon tea plus a goody bag. Alison has been running these events in Brisbane for ages and I’m honoured to have been invited to teach. If you need to do some shopping, that will be well covered by a bunch of local crafty retailers.

Check out the Facebook page for details and book your seat if you are interested. Spots are almost full! If you are keen to know about the other events Alison runs, follow her page Alison’s Craft Events on Facebook.

 

Card making, Christmas, Stampendous Stamps

Stampendous July Blog Hop!

Each month I am creating a project with brand new Stampendous stamps to inspire you. You also have a chance to win them via the monthly blog hop competition run by The Stencil Specialists, the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous.

This month we are using the Pine Ornaments stamp designed by Fran Seiford and is a sweet trio of Christmas ornaments just waiting for you to embellish them. As we didn’t run a hop last month, Julie has kindly created a bumper giveaway this month to celebrate the launch of the new Stampendous catalogue.

In honour of the bumper prize, I’ve created three cards to inspire you –

 

The first features a touch of red fine glitter. I’ve stamped the image with a grey ink to give more of a contrast to the luscious red & gold ribbon and sparkle from the glitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next is a cute tag with the image embossed with Stampendous white embossing powder. I love how well this powder works on fine images like this one.

 

Lastly a card using soft pastels with pops of purple. I’ve also stamped this one with grey ink to give the design a subtle look.

Don’t forget to also pop over to the other blogs to check out what they have created for the hop! This month we say goodbye to Dot Leathbridge from Ink Art Designs as she takes on a new venture. This means we say hello and welcome to Tracy Moloney from Tracy’s Crafty Adventures.

Julie – The Stencil Specialists

Donna – Luv to Emboss

Tracy Moloney – Tracy’s Crafty Adventures

Contest details –

To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the July blog hop post. Each comment is one entry so comment on each blog and you will have three entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only (please tell us what state you live in) and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after the end of the month. The prize will be cling Pine Ornaments & Pen Pattern Bird stamps, two Dreamweaver Die sets, two packs of adhesive rhinestones, two jars of speciality embossing powders and one jar of the brand new ‘Twinkle Glitter’.

Good luck!

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Card making, Stampendous Stamps

Stampendous May Blog Hop!

Each month I am creating a project with brand new Stampendous stamps to inspire you. You also have a chance to win them via the monthly blog hop competition run by The Stencil Specialists, the Australian wholesaler for Stampendous.

This month we are using the Build a Lighthouse set designed by Fran Seiford. This set is like a make your own story and comes with a free stencil for the lighthouse, rocks, water and house. There is also a coordinating cutting die and pop up die sets – so the variations really are as endless as your imagination!

 

I’ve created a lighthouse scene, complete with keepers cottage using the stamp and stencil. It is so easy to make something really unique.

Don’t forget to also pop over to the other blogs to check out what they have created for the hop!

Julie – The Stencil Specialists
Dot Leathbridge – Ink Art Designs
Donna – Luv to Emboss

Contest details –
To enter please visit each blog post and comment on the May blog hop post. Each comment is one entry so comment on each blog and you will have three entries into the contest. Make sure you only comment once per blog. This competition is open to Australian residents only and the winner will be selected randomly by Julie after the end of May. The prize will be Cling Build a Lighthouse set rubber stamp set.

Good luck!

PS You can subscribe to my blog to receive updates and sneaks for the next challenge.