Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be joining
the Sizzix UK blog each fortnight to share ideas on how Sizzix dies and embossing folders
can be combined with Darkroom Door rubber stamps and paper products! I've been using Sizzix dies for over 10 years now and continue to love them! Back in 2001 I started a monthly crop night called 'Midnight Madness' where a group of crafters would get together in a local community hall to craft away and chat into the night. I always brought along a red Sizzix die cut machine (remember those?) for everyone to use on the night. I've now progressed to the Big Shot machine and enjoy finding new ways to combine the dies and folders with Darkroom Door stamps. So I'm looking forward to sharing ideas with you using the both of them together!
One of my favourite dies is Styled Labels 656642. There's two different labels on this die, both perfect size for card making! Many of Darkroom Door's quote stamps fit perfectly into this die, so naturally I tend to use this one a lot. Today I have two cards to share showing how I stamp quotes onto the die...
I'm excited to be teaching some workshops next week at the Sydney Paper Crafts Festival on April 5-7, 2013. Here's the details on the classes with the details on how you can book in:
Viva La Shimmy Canvas!
Join me to create two different home decor canvases - one for the girls and one for the guys! I will share stamping techniques using a variety of mediums to add shimmer and style to your projects. You’ll use a range of products including the new Viva Decor 3D Stamping Paint and Glitter Paste, Darkroom Door rubber stamps and stencils, Ranger inks and Idea-ology trinkets. You'll learn mixed media techniques that can be applied to your scrapbooking, card making and any other paper crafts. In class you will have the use of many different coloured paints so you can tailor your canvas to your own colour tastes.
Distress Paint Tag Mini Books!
Create two different Tag Mini Books using a variety of products including Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Distress Inks, Darkroom Door rubber stamps, old book pages, Idea-ology trinkets and embellishments. I will share hints and tips on using the new Distress Paints along with ideas on rubber stamping to create beautiful multi page cards and books from mega-sized tags! The techniques you learn in class can be applied to your scrapbooking, mixed media and any other paper crafts. In class you will have the use of many different coloured Distress Paints so you can tailor your books to your own colour tastes.
For information on class times and prices, click here.
To book or for further information, please contact Rachel on 02 4388 4595 or by email: email@example.com
Click here for more information on the Sydney Paper Crafts Festival.
Hope to see you there!
Recently I went over to the UK to demo and teach at the UK's largest craft trade show, the Craft, Hobby & Stitch Show, commonly called 'Stitches'. This trip was a quick one for me, I had a lot going on back in Australia so I had to scoot over to the UK and back pretty quickly (well, as quick as you can when you're travelling half way across the globe!) I did manage one day in London before the show to get over the jetlag. Enough time to visit the British Musuem and see A Chorus Line at the Palladium Theatre.
It was my first visit to the British Museum. What an amazing place! You would need weeks to see everything that is on display. It is so vast and the exhibits are so detailed and hands on. They have staff talking about different displays throughout the exhibits and you can touch and feel some of the items. I really enjoyed the coin and money section, reading about the history of how coins and banknotes began in this world! My other favourite was the Egyptian section with the mummies. They have xrays of the remains inside and go into a lot of detail of how it was all done. Really, I could have spent days here.
Soon enough I was in Birmingham for the Stitches show and was happy to see our Personal Impressions family again. PI are the UK distributors for Darkroom Door. It's always fun to be with them during the show working on their booth. I demonstrated our new Darkroom Door stamps and taught classes to the store owners. Lindsay Mason and Dyan Reaveley were also demonstrating on the booth. Jayne from PI jumped in for a photo too - it's always great to catch up with these lovely ladies!!
Lindsay and Dy released new stamp designs and products at the show too - Lindsay has released new stamps in her Doo Lally Pip range and Dy has released new stamps, stencils and sprays in her Dylusions line with Ranger. Lindsay and I combined some of our stamps to create a cute tag - the suitcase is from the Darkroom Door 'Nomad' stamp set, and Lindsay's cute character is from the Doo Lally Pip 'Piffy on a Rockcake' stamp set! Don't you love the name!!! Here's some photos of the tag and our displays on the booth:
Lindsay filmed a quick video of our demo table and the Personal Impressions booth one morning before the show opened for the day... check it out here!
During the show I also got to meet up with a few more friends... Leandra and Jo Firth-Young from PaperArtsy (awesome new stamps and their displays are always amazing!!); Hels Sheridan (DarkroomDoor Creative Team member who LOVES Cheery Ripes so I brought over a few for her to enjoy!!) and Paula Pascual who had a fantastic display at the show with her new Sizzix dies!
As always, it was a great few days and it all went by way too quickly. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Personal Impressions booth to watch our demo's or to see the new stamps - I hope it inspired you!
A few months ago Craft Stamper Magazine featured the Darkroom Door Garden Inchies stamp set in their Stampers Challenge section in their June 2012 issue. I contributed two projects to the article. One was a decorated box:
The metal corners were also highlighted with Copper Inka Gold to bring out the detail.
The Garden Inchies were stamped onto a background I created using alcohol inks. So easy and fun to do!
I also created a pendant using a couple of Scrabble tiles. Just stamped the Inchies onto the back using Staz On ink, then coloured in with Adirondack Pigment pens. Cover with a sealer such as Mod Podge and let it dry. Add the clasp once it's all dry.
For more information on these projects and to see what the other artists created, check out a back issue of the magazine!
Thanks for stopping by!
Anna-Karin Evaldsson - South Africa
Belinda Spencer - Australia
Connie Mercer - USA
Godelieve Tijskens - Belgium
Hels Sheridan - UK
Liesbeth Fidder - Netherlands
Marjie Kemper - USA
Melissa Phillips - USA
Rachel Greig - Australia
Sephi Kemp - Australia
Susie Campbell - Australia
Suzanne Czosek - USA
Teresa Abajo - Australia
I'm so honoured and excited to be working with these artists this year! It's going to be a very creative and inspiring year ahead!
The 2012 Scrap It TV Christmas Special has been showing all week on TV4ME! We've had such great feedback on the Scrap It TV Facebook page and here on my blog. Thanks so much for watching!
As you can see, this technique is perfect for the Word Block stamps! It really makes each word stand out to create a colourful card!
Good news - I've made the instructions into a PDF download so you can refer to it whenever you please. As a bonus, I've also included step by step instructions to create a different card using the same technique with a flower stamp.
Download CustomInkPads (1.3 MB)
I hope you enjoy this technique! Thanks again for watching!