Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Here's my take on Darkroom Door's theme for their ATC exchange for June, 'Landscape'.

Would you believe that I began by layering this ATC base with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint and gesso!  There's also a number of stamping mishaps hidden in the depths of the layers of this piece.  I just kept adding gesso and playing with colour until I found a pleasing solution.  Along the way, this also created a lot of texture in the paint, which I'm happy to say left a more 'painterly' effect when I stamped the tree images from Darkroom Door's Tree Line photo stamp.  I added a light layer of Torn Text background stamp and embellished the photo stamp with a section of the Film frame stamp, as well as some images from the Photography stamp set.

If you'd like to join in the ATC exchange fun then pop over here for more details!

Darkroom Door supplies:
Tree Line Photo Stamp
Torn Text Background Stamp
Film Frame Stamp
Photography Stamp Set

Sunday, 1 May 2016


'Pink and Orange' is the theme for this month's ATC exchange over at Darkroom Door.  It's always a thrill to receive the exchanged ATC's and see how others have explored the theme! If you'd like to play along with us, then pop over here for the details.

I've combined two of my favourite images from Darkroom Door's Tropical Fruit stamp set, as well as their Torn Text background stamp which is hiding away there in the background!

Darkroom Door supplies:
Tropical Fruit Stamp Set
Torn Text Background Stamp
Distress Paint - Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Cracked Pistachio

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Coming Up Roses

Darkroom Door's Rose eclectic stamp is exquisite!

I played around with the brushless watercolour technique and my favourite colour palette to create these roses.  I also worked on different ways to extend the length of the stem.

These are very pretty gift tags!
I think the eclectic rose stamp would be perfect for creating a Mother's Day card or tag too!

Darkroom Door supplies:
Distress Mini Ink Pads 

Monday, 25 April 2016

We Will Remember Them

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

I am thankful for those who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom.  What a price was paid, so that we may enjoy life, in an abundance of ways, in our amazing country Australia!

And for those service men and women, who are even now protecting our country,  our freedom and way of life,
thank you!

I have a dear friend, who has longed served our country and it's time I thanked her for it!  Here's a card I've created to thank her for all she has sacrificed for our country.  A small token, but something I haven't actually every said to her.  Thank you my friend.

Here's the details, if you would like to create a card, similar to this.

1.  Tear the edges of a panel of white textured card.  Stamp 'Large Poppy Stems' using black ink.
2.  Stamp 'Small Poppy' twice onto white tissue paper using red and black ink.  Fussy cut around the images.
3.  Scrunch the poppies up to create texture and affix to 'Poppy Stems' with double sided tape.

4.  Stamp 'Remember' onto torn vintage text with black ink and place above poppy flowers.
5.  Cross stitch 3 x's along bottom right corner.  Affix to folded card to complete.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Shelley Beach

Shelley Beach is a favoured place.  
My beloved and I should frequent it more often, but when we do, we reveal in walking gently in search of treasure - he with a camera lens and I with a pocket to collect.

Joel captured this lovely shot of shells immersed in water and when I received Darkroom Door's 'Shells' background stamp a while back,  I wondered if they might combine together.  

Yesterday I had time to play...

needless to say, we've made a date!
We're off to Shelley beach!

Darkroom Door supplies:

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Strings of Hope

February's ATC swap theme over at Darkroom Door in February was 'Tied Up With Strings'.

I had a wonderful time playing with DRD's 'Carved Pods' and their 'Coffee Stain' eclectic stamp, along with ink, paint and textiles to create this ATC.  The canvas was given to me by my dear friend Jhodi, who had buried it in her backyard for a while to 'age' it.  It was just perfect for this project and I feel pretty inspired to buy some canvas and bury it too!

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Gum Trees - Darkroom Door

Out in the front yard we have this huge gum tree, it's one of my favourite things in the garden, bringing welcome shade, providing a haven for local birds and an abundance of leaves, twigs and gumnuts!  Nearby are other favourites, a paperback and bottlebrush, which also bestows gifts I love to use when creating.  Spending time in nature and working with leaves, twigs and seed pods brings inspiration, joy and connectedness with God, the ultimate Creator!

Before creating these pieces, I set off for an early morning hunt, gathering a wide variety of leaves of different shapes, sizes and colours AND also was thrilled to find a few acorns along the way too!

I also painted watercolour paper with coffee.

To create the first piece, I painted a page of text with gesso and when dry stamped a Darkroom Door 'Gum Tree' image using black ink.  I then stamped Darkroom Door's 'Coffee Stain' eclectic stamp three times using dark brown ink onto torn coffee stained watercolour paper.  I then stitched the gum tree and coffee stained paper together.  

I then stamped the sentiment onto a gum leaf with black ink and heat set.  I layered a number of leaves and bottlebrush nuts together, tied up with raw silk and affixed to work.  Finally this was mounted onto a huge leaf.

This ATC was created in a similar way, but this time I added a acorn cap with a sweet little Darkroom Door 'Photo Booth' image.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Poppa and Poppy

Recently, I've been working on my family tree, searching for long lost ancestors.  It's been a thrilling experience, every time I link another member to it, I feel a sense of connectedness to the past and I can't help wondering who this person was, what life was like for them - their joys, sorrows and challenges and whether or not I've inherited a thing or two from them!

I've also been reminiscing about my Poppa and his beloved youngest sister, Poppy!  We once took a family trip with Poppa to visit her and I can still recall the joy it was for them to reunite face to face.

So I thought I'd dedicate this little ATC to Aunty Poppy and my precious Poppa!

I've created it using Darkroom Door's 'French Script' texture stamp and 'Poppies' rubber stamp set 

1.  The main images were created using the 'brushless watercolour technique'.  Colour 'poppy stems' using Distress Markers (Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn), lightly spay water mist over the image and stamp onto ATC (watercolour paper)
2.  Colour 'Small Poppy' using Distress Markers (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves), once again, spray with water mist and stamp onto ATC.  Using an Aquash brush, colour the poppy using the ink from stamped image and by scribbling the same colour pens onto an acrylic block, pick-up the colour with the Aquash brush to add depth of colour to the poppy.  Add a touch of purple to the poppy stems too and heat set.
3.  Colour just the flower section of 'Small Poppy' with the Wilted Violet Distress marker and stamp directly over the image to add finer details to the flower.
4.  Scribble 'Old Paper' Distress ink onto acrylic block, pick colour up with Aquash brush and colour around the images to give an aged appearance. 
5.  Once dry, stamp 'French Script' using dark brown ink and the word 'Hugs' with black ink.  Swipe edges of ATC with dark brown ink.
6.  Embellish with cross stitches and lace.

Darkroom Door products used:
Stamps:  Poppies rubber stamp set and French Script texture stamp
Distress Pens:  Old Paper, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves
Aquash Brush - fine

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Planting Happiness

Darkroom Door's Gardening Vol. 2 surprisingly lead me to painting and embroidering upon canvas.

The basic technique was as follows:
1.  Layer Gesso onto a small panel of torn canvas.  
2.  Stamp image (i.e. watering can) onto canvas.
3.  Paint image using acrylic paint.
4.  Re-stamp image over the paint and heat set.  I'd recommend using a stamp-positioner if you have one.  I didn't and it was a bit tricky.
4.  Embroider stems and flowers.  I used lovely variegated threads by DMC.
5.  Stamp sentiment, affix to card and embellish with lace.

Don't be too worried when you don't end up with a perfectly crisp image.  Stamping on canvas can lead to a more painterly effect.

I used simple straight stitches and colonial knots to create the pot full of flowers.

Random dabs of green helped fill out the second flower pot and I added some dashes of green onto the pots to balance the work.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Simply Stitch

Darkroom Door's Stitch Word Block stamp is FABULOUS!!!  This is the first time I've worked with a word block stamp and it was so much fun!

I stamped the image onto a vintage dressmaking pattern with a navy ink and used this as the centre point for the card.  All the papers are from the same dressmaking pattern and have been layered and hand stitched together.

I used the sentiment from Darkroom Door's stamp set 'Stamper' and altered it to say 'buttons' instead of stamps!  The word buttons along with the letter 's' were used from the word block stamp.

I have a huge collection of buttons, so it was wonderful to put some of them to use to embellish my work.

Here's a mini quilt I created.  First I stamped the word block stamp onto dressmaking tissue paper and added the Singer sewing machine from Darkroom Door's Dressmaker stamp set.  I then layered the stamped panel onto fabrics and embellished it with hand stitching and lace.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Grown With Love

Darkroom Door released their lovely Essentials 18 Collection towards the end of last year.  Here's a mini quilt I've created using some of the fabulous images from the Gardening Vol 1 stamp set.

It's a lovely set to use when making cards or gifts for friends or family blessed with a green thumb!

I enjoyed playing around with some Sculpey clay to create some flower pot buttons and embellishments.  They were pretty easy to make.

I used VersaMagic Jumbo Java to stamp the flowerpot image.  I then very gently heat set the ink before cutting around the image with sharp pointed scissors and then baked the button following the manufactor's instructions.

I enjoyed adding some hand stitching as I often use a sewing machine, but the texture of the canvas seemed to draw me towards simple embroidery stitching and who was I to argue!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Summer Breeze...

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016!

Those of us living in the southern hemisphere may well be thankful for a cool summer sea breeze on those steamy hot days!  We haven't had too many yet, but I'm always thankful for the blessing of a cool breeze.

Darkroom Door is once again hosting an ATC exchange throughout the year - yay!  I know I've said it plenty of times before, but it is always a thrill to receive an ATC exchange in the mail.  If you'd like to participate this year, visit here for all the details or contact me and I'd be happy to explain more about ATC's with you.

Summer Lovin' is the theme for January and the above is my ATC inspired by the lyrics from Seals & Crofts, 'Summer Breeze'.

May the new year bring you much love, joy, peace and a cool summer breeze whenever you may need it!

Blessings xx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

In Your Heart - Jigsaw Exchange

In September, I revisited the friendship theme for Shaz.  She has a lot of love in her heart and really loves and cares for those around her.  She's a faithful prayer warrior and a faithful friend!  She's also a pretty fantastic education assistant!

This first piece was inspired by her love she had for her darling dog, who sadly passed away this year.      
What a faithful friends can be found in the furry world!

The special bond and friendship of mother and daughter, when good, is like no other. 
And the friendship of girlfriends are to be treasured!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Little Songbird - Jigsaw Exchange

August's jigsaw challenge was for Jenny again.  The sweet stack of birds and foliage stamps are by Prima.  I bought them on our honeymoon in Jakarta 3 years ago and have only just got to putting ink on them now!

The gemstones are really tiny in actual size and originally created to add long to mobile phones.  I'm often using them to add a lovely final touch.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Smile - Jigsaw Exchange

In July, I was once more focused on Trish's theme, 'Life is an Adventure'.  This time I imagined Trish and her husband Rod travelling around Japanese and soaking up the culture!

I have a small but lovely collection of Japanese paper, so I dipped into that as the starting point.  The Gorgeous Darkroom Door image from the Kimono montage paper collection, along with the Kimono wordstrip and Japanese script from the Kimono Vol 2. stamp set were the perfect things to complete my little Japanese adventure!

I would love to visit Japan one day, but I think I would be too tempted to take an empty suitcase and a large pocket full of cash.  All the beautiful paper and washi tape and fabric and, and, and many other delights would be calling me to take them home!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Click! Click! - Jigsaw Exchange

Something beginning with C is the great thematic challenge that my friend Ellie presented to us!

Ellie's a great memory keeper and is often taking photographs in her daily life.  

C is for... Children, clear (film strip), chum, companion, comrade, calendar, light control and celebration...

C is for... Camera, click and capturing special moments!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Delight In Truth - Jigsaw Exchange

'Typography' was the theme chosen by my friend Susan.  She's a wonderful high school English teacher and has a great love for words, especially the Word of God.  Susan uses her words to encourage and inspire not only her students, but her friends.  

On the second puzzle piece I've used part of a stamp designed by Kristen Robinson and have simply adapted with a snippet of vintage text.

Words are powerful and can be used to share the truth of God, as well as support, teach, encourage and inspire those around us.  May we continue to learn to use our words wisely to love, encourage and spur one another on!