It's my turn on the Sizzix UK blog again and this time I've shared a Happy Birthday card using Darkroom Door stamps and Sizzix dies. Click here to jump over to the Sizzix UK blog to read the details on how it was created!
I'm excited to be heading to Canberra next week to be teaching another class at Wrapped In Paper on March 15th, 2014!
Little Treasures Card Class: Darkroom Door Shadow Frame Stamps are a fabulous foundation for creating stunning layered cards by using a combination of Shadow stamps, Background Stamps, Rubber Stamps, Montage images, Filmstrips, fabric, metal embellishments and more! I will share lots of ideas and techniques including masking, stamp kissing, sponging, distressing, ink spray stamping, layering and collage techniques. You will create treasures of art and learn ideas on how you can use up those little bits and pieces in your own craft stash!
Please contact Wrapped In Paper on (02) 6255 5009 for more details and to book your spot!
During a Nepal trek in 2005, I was one of the 'slower' trekkers in our group. Along our trek one day, I came across a group of children who were on their way home from school. I stayed with them for a while, laughing, talking with them (with another Nepalese as our interpreter) and showing them photos of themselves that I was taking with my digital camera. They loved it and so did I!
I spent a good while with them before I continued on to camp. Upon arriving at camp, I found out that the faster trekkers in our group had unfortunately missed the children. We all have a different experience when we trek, and on this day it reminded me it's good to be slow sometimes!
Earls Court, London. 1996. Photographed with a Canon 100D using Fuji Velvia Slide Film. Exposure approximately 30 seconds.
I'd just arrived in London. It was my first trip to the UK. We arrived with no accommodation plans and found a room at the top of some shops in Earls Court for a couple of nights. Our budget was slim, so it was certainly nothing to rave about - but we remember it as the 'blue room' as the walls were painted a very bright shade of blue. I shot this out the window while we watched the cars and people on the street. It had been raining which made the road and water reflect the lights even more.
In 1998, this photograph won an award in Photography International magazine.
How about you? Have you ever stayed in Earls Court? Have you been to London? Would love to hear your stories!
In 2012 my brothers Peter Greig and Tim Roche along with my sister in law Frances Greig and friend Jorden Martin were involved with the Sydney Vivid Festival. For those not familiar with this festival, it is an annual event of light, music and ideas along the Sydney Harbour foreshore. Pete, Tim, Frances and Jorden had several installations and displays along the wharf side of Sydney Harbour, outside the Sydney Dance Company.
Here are Frances, Peter and Tim inside one of their displays:
Walk This Way installation - the path would light up when movement was detected along the bridge.
This next installation was another interactive piece where the lights and colour would change according to the movement it detected from those standing in front of it. The kids had a great time with this one!
It's a fabulous festival for a lot of reasons... first of all, it's free to the public! You can walk from Wharf St along the foreshore right around to Circular Quay and onto the Opera House to see all of the lights and installations. What a spectacular backdrop! It's also great fun for the kids - many of the installations were interactive this year so they had a chance to play with light and sound. This festival embraces lots of different artists, giving them a chance to show the world some of their creative ideas.
Here's some more photos I took during the festival:
The Opera House also comes alive with colour and images projected onto it!
The Contemporary Art Museum was a wash of colour, as was the Customs House below.
To see a great video of the Customs House display, click here. It's fun to watch!
I'm so proud of what Pete, Tim, Frances and Jorden achieved during this festival! It's not easy being picked to curate part of the show and their pieces really brought a lot of fun to the experience :)
The Vivd Festival is in Sydney each June. If you're in the area, I highly recommend checking it out!
1. Create a green card base by trimming the cardstock to 240mm x 150mm and fold in half.
2. Ink the Darkroom Door French Script Background stamp using Venetian Orange Archival ink and stamp onto the top left and bottom right corners. Ink the Darkroom Door Flourish Background Stamp using the same ink pad and stamp onto the bottom left and top right corners. Sponge around the edge of the card using Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
3. Use white cardstock to cut one piece from the Sizzix Baroque die 656633. Ink the flower from Darkroom Door 'Bold Blossoms' stamp set using Distress Markers (Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door) and stamp onto the die cut cardstock. Squeeze some Viva Decor Transparent Gloss Gel onto the petals and allow to dry.
4. Sponge the edges of the die cut cardstock using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Wrap bakers twine around the base of the cardstock and tie at the front. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.
5. Create some labels using the Sizzix Pillow Box with Labels die 658268. This die has three different sized labels on it so you can choose the one that suits your sentiment!
6. Sponge around the edges of the die cut label using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. Stamp the sentiment from Darkroom Door 'Orchids' stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink. Adhere to card using foam adhesive.
Hope you have enjoyed today's idea! Thanks for stopping by!
Hi there! Today I'm sharing more ideas using Darkroom Door stamps and Sizzix dies together. One of my favourite dies is the Sizzlits Paper Rosette. It's so easy to use and if you're looking for some extra texture and dimension for your project, this is the die to use! I think my favourite way to use it is to create flowers:
Here's how I made this card:
1. Trim Yellow cardstock to 12cm square. Ink up the Darkroom Door Postcards Background stamp using Venetian Orange Archival Ink and stamp only a small portion of the stamp onto the centre of the yellow cardstock.
5. Sponge Peeled Paint Distress Ink around the edges of yellow cardstock
and adhere to 13cm square piece of green cardstock. Tap Olive Archival
Ink onto the edges of the green cardstock to give it a textured look.
Adhere panel to folded 14cm square cream card.
6. Cut two flowers using the Paper Rosette Sizzlits die using orange cardstock. Fold into flowers and adhere to the card using a strong glue. I used Glossy Accents.
I love that you can cut thick pieces of grungeboard, chipboard, fabric and lots of other materials using this die.
Here's how I made the card:
Arc De Triomphe
1. Fold a 210mm x 150mm piece of dark brown cardstock in half to form a horizontally opening card.
2. Die cut Grungeboard with Tim Holtz 'Ornamental' die. Sponge with Forest Moss and Stormy Sky Distress Ink. Stamp French Script Background Stamp over the top with Archival Jet Black inkpad.
3. Punch a hole on the left and right sides of the grungeboard using a Crop A Dile. Thread black ribbon through both holes.
4. Adhere Grungeboard to card using foam tape. Finish wrapping the ribbon around the inside of the card and tie on the right hand side of the card as shown.
5. Stamp Arc de Triomphe from the DDRS050 Champs Elysee stamp set onto Fawn Cardstock with Jet Black ink. Trim and sponge edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Adhere to left side of grungeboard.
6. Stamp the little flower from the same set onto Fawn cardstock using Sepia ink three times. Trim around each flower and sponge the edges. Adhere to the grungeboard.
7. Stamp ‘Paris’ from the ‘Cafe de Paris’ stamp from the Champs Elysee stamp set using Jet Black ink. Distress the edges with a paper distresser and adhere to the grungeboard with foam adhesive.