Monday, 2 May 2016

Darkroom Door Fine Flowers

I had a play with Darkroom Door's new Fine Flowers set - and loved them!!

Designed by Godelieve to match her Carved Flowers set, they are fantastic with and without their partner set.  I have a few samples to share today.

This one was treated with Ken Oliver Color Burst powder for a fun, arty feel:



This one was coloured with Distress Markers, for a more subtle look:


And this last one show how it looks teamed up with the corresponding image from the Carved Flowers set:


Details on how these were put together as well as some awesome samples from other Contributing Artists can be found on the Darkroom Door blog.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Gel Press Gift Tags


Check out what I made by repurposing a shopping bag from my favourite shop Typo:


A bunch of gift tags!

All the details on how I made them can be found on the Gel Press blog.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Gel Press circle book

Welcome to the Gel Press Earth Day Blog Hop!

We want to encourage you to reuse and recycle with Gel Press.  Have you thought of making Gel Press Prints on old maps?  What about old Christmas cards or even magazines?  Hop around and see what our designers have come up with for this hop.  

We will be giving away a prize again for the comments on the Gel Press Blog listing what your favorite project was and why.  We will accept comments from April 20 - April 24.  The winner will be announced April 25th on the Gel Press Company FB page and on Gel Press Junkies FB page!  

Here's my project - a circle book:


The covers of my book were made by using my Gel Press 8" round plate on cardboard scraps from a cereal box. The pages are simply photocopy paper that were only printed on one side. Instead of throwing them in the recycle box I have added a thin layer of acrylic paint with my gel plate, covering the printing.  Reusing and recycling - two ways to minimise the impact on our planet. Here's how I put it together:

Step 1
Gather supplies: 8" round Gel Press gel printing plate, acrylic paints of choice (Dylusions here) and a variety of stencils (Stencil Girl and Prima). You'll also need something to print on (thicker cardboard for the covers and some thinner paper for the pages):


Step 2
Print onto the cardboard and paper. I used a brayer to spread the paint onto the gel plate, pulling a plain layer of paint first, then adding a stenciled layer in a different colour. Each piece was printed front and back:


Step 3
Once all the printing was complete, I used a die to cut circles from the cardboard and paper. For a more rustic look, you could just cut around the circle with scissors.


I cut each of these pieces in half, then bound them together with big jump rings. I then decorated the rings with scraps of ribbon in coordinating colours.

Don't the pages look fabulous? I can't wait to write in them!


Here's the list of blogs to visit:


Teresa - You are here!
Bix  

Don't forget to leave the team some love along the way, then pop back to the Gel Press blog to let us know which project was your favourite.

Good luck!


Friday, 15 April 2016

Watery Washes Wonderfulness




You'll remember I said the new Brushed Sentiments set from Darkroom Door was my new favourite, well today I'm showing a fantastic partner set - Watery Washes:

Rubber Stamp Set - Watery Washes (NEW)

These arty blobs and streaks are designed to go under all of the sentiments in the Brushed Sentiment set.  Here are a few samples I made:








There's a heap more inspiration on the Darkroom Door blog - pop on over and check it out.

Thanks for stopping in today!


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Brushed Sentiments from Darkroom Door

This new set from Darkroom Door has shot right to the top of my favourite stamp sets list:

Rubber Stamp Set - Brushed Sentiments (NEW)


Isn't it awesome? I can see this set getting lots of time in my future!

Here are some cards I made with it:





Belinda has made some fantastic bright cards with this set - check them out on the Darkroom Door blog.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Gel Press Fabric Basket

Hey there crafty people! The team at Gel Press have put together a monthly blog hop.  Here's the deal:


Thank you for joining our first Gel Press Blog Hop! We will have a challenge every month. This gives you the opportunity to play along AND win a Gel Press for yourself. This month you can win an 8" Round Gel Press Plate!!  

Here's the link list for you to visit:



Teresa  > You're here now

Here's my project for you - a fabric basket:


 ..and here's how I made it:

Step 1 
Gather tools and materials - Gel Press 8" Printing Plate, brayer, acrylic paint, fabric (I have used a sample pack of upholstery fabric - something nice and thick). You'll also need your favourite stencil.


Step 2
Spread a thick layer of pink paint on the Gel Press plate, place the fabric on it and smooth it out with your hand to ensure good coverage. Peel back slowly.


Step 3
Spread a layer of red paint onto the Gel Press Plate, place a stencil over it, then smooth the fabric over the stencil. Peel back slowly.

Step 4
While I had all the supplies out, I thought I'd make a couple more prints in different colours. Once they were dry I cut them all out with scissors:

 I found this fabulous tutorial on the internet to sew the baskets together :
 http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2011/03/tutorial-gathered-round-basket/
 and finished up with these beauties:

 Which I promptly filled with crafting essentials:
 
 No prizes for guessing which one is my favourite LOL

Now, back to blog hop business:

Enter by going to all of the blogs (listed above). Leave a comment on the Gel Press Blog telling us your favourite project. You can comment between now and April 7. 

Winner to be announced on Gel Press Junkies on Facebook and Gel Press product page April 8th!  You will have your 8" Round Gel Press to make a project to play along with our Earth Day designs April 22! 

Enjoy the projects and good luck!


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Neon Mixed Media Cards with Imagine Crafts

I have a tutorial up on the Imagine Crafts blog showing how I put together this set of cards:



It was almost as easy to make a set of cards as it was to make one, once all the supplies were out. This set of cards is going to a friend who needs a little cheering up - one is for her and the other three are for her to pass on to someone she feels may need it. Spreading the love.....

Pop over to the Imagine Crafts bloghttp://imaginecraftsblog.com/2016/03/29/cheerful-neon-cards/ to see how they came together.


Gel Press Washi Tape

I have a tutorial up on the Gel Press blog showing how I used one of my Gel Press plates to make your own washi tape:


Pop over and check it out!


Sunday, 6 March 2016

New Quote Stamps from Darkroom Door

Love a new release! Darkroom Door have six new quote stamps available. Here are some cards I made:

Being Creative: I stamped the quote onto some calico as well as into some wet crackle texture paste for some extra interest. The dirty old paintbrush is stitched on with back twine.


This quote is called Eat More Cake. I made the cake using washi tape and the stand is the lamp post from the Champs Elysee set:


 Up next is Follow your Heart in a gorgeous scripty font. I stamped it over some dictionary page that has a thin layer of gesso over it, then added some ink spatter:


and here it is again, but this time with a heart shape die cut from it:



Up next is Stand Out. I coloured the stamps using Distress Markers, then stamped onto white cardstock. I then spread the colour around with a waterbrush to fill in the shapes:
 

Then I used the fine point of the markers to add polka dots to each letter:





Here's a great quote for friendship cards - Good Bra, embellished with a bra I made from a DieNamics die called Support Hope:

 

And last but not least is Wander. Layers of map page and vellum with some random embellishments:


All of these are available now at your local stamp shop or at the website: www.darkroomdoor.com



Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Stencil It Challenge


The challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog this week is to Stencil It!. Here's a card I made by happy accident:


The butterfly (Tim Holtz Butterfly Sketch) was stamped on a piece of card that had some Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink Spray on it. The background was made when I sprayed Wild Honey Distress Ink Spray through a stencil (Tim Holtz Bubble) onto another project, and there was so much product left on the stencil I placed it on another piece of cardstock and voila! A happy accident background. Gotta love the unpredictability of working with sprays and stenicls.

The butterfly body has some seed beads stuck on with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for looking!