Guest Artist - Jill Geraghty Groves Part 2

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Jill has been busy again... and this project blew me away! Check it out:




Darkroom Door Wilderness Montage
Darkroom Door Wilderness Filmstrips & Wordstrip
Muslin, ribbons, buttons, old papers...




Jill says:

I made this to celebrate the freedom and exhilaration of glorious nature!!!  All of the Filmstrips were heavily distressed using Distress Inks and soaking in water. When they were dry, I further sanded them to give them even more of a weathered look. I adore them!


Starting by layering distressed ( seeing a pattern here lol!) tags, I have machine stitched layers of tags and photos then chose some of the gorgeous wordstrips that inspire me to see the beauty in nature.


I have then dyed some muslin (dyed again with Distress Inks) and randomly stitched layers of muslin, flowers, leftover papers and ribbons, each toned in earthy colours.


To finish off I have added vintage buttons and then hand stitched glass beads and moss coloured thread.










Isn't this divine!!! I just want to run my fingers gently over the top to feel all that exquisite texture!


Thanks Jill!!!

Christmas Reindeer Postcards

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft magazine recently featured an article showing a set of 4 Christmas postcards I created using the Christmas Reindeer rubber stamp set! Here's a photo from the article:




The article is in Vol 15 No 5. I've used the Christmas Reindeer, Ornate Elements and Melody stamp sets.


Here's some images of each postcard:










The back of the postcards look like this:




Ready for you to write your Christmas message! I hope this has inspired you to send out some Christmas mail art this year!

Guest Artist - Jill Geraghty Groves

Darkroom Door - Thursday, October 15, 2009
Jilly  Name: Jill Geraghty-Groves

Zodiac sign: Gemini

Lives: Brisbane

Known for: Hmmmm.... jury's still out on that one.


Loves to:Laugh, stay home and make art, take photos, be with my family and friends, eat chocolate!

Loves to create:
Anything and everything!  I love to find treasures and turn them into pieces of art!

Favourite Darkroom Door product: Wow - tough questions.  The entire Prague collection is divine...I could actually eat it!  I also adored the photochips and the filmstrips.

Let’s say you’ve been invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?  Distress Inks, Embossing powders, burly young men (or vampires?) to hold Rachel back while I cleared the place LOL!




We're so excited to have Jill as our Guest Artist! Her work is so detailed, textural, inked up.... just wait till you see the projects she has to show! Here is the first one:


Wall Hangy Thingy (even love her names!)



Darkroom Door Prague Photochips
Darkroom Door Prague Wordstrips
Darkroom Door Essentials 4 Collection Enjoy Life Rubber Stamps
7 Gypsies Patterned paper
Ranger Distress Inks
Ranger Embossing Powder
Vintage Buttons
Wooden skewers










Here's some instructions from Jill:


  • Scrunch up delicious photochips and "weather" using Distress Ink, water and sandpaper.
  • On a strip of old calico, lay layers of distressed papers and dyed muslin (again Distress Inks and waterspray!) and place weathered photochips at regular intervals.
  • Using your sewing machine, attached photochips using a straight stitch, treating just like you would fabric.
  • Make a loop through the top of wallhanging and insert three or four skewers tied to together (or even a funky twig!).
  • If available, add some vintage buttons to enhance the character.
  • Hang on wall and make your room look gorgeous!!!


How awesome is this project?!!! My jaw hit the floor when I first saw this... absolutely adore it! Thanks so much Jill for sharing your talents with us!!


We'll be sharing more of Jill's projects over the next couple of weeks... so stay tuned!


Unlock the artist within!

World Card Making Day Challenge Winners!

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Yes, you read right... winners! We have just spent ages going through all of the wonderful WCMD challenge cards in the Flickr pool... and we tried really hard to just pick one winner. But it was way too hard. I mean check out some of these cards:



Created by Margriet


Created by MiAnCaTo


Created by Liesbeth


Created by Stamping Mathilda


Created by Vicky


Created by Sarah

As you can see, the Flickr pool was full of wonderful entries, and this is only just some of them!!! Check out the Flickr gallery to see them all. (Be prepared to browse for a while, as they're all amazing).


So... with so many entries and one stamp set prize... what to do! So we decided to add some more prizes. Here's the winners:


Stamp set of your choice goes to: Liesbeth!

All other entrants featured on this blog post will receive a Montage sheet, Photochips, Filmstrips and Wordstrips from the collection of your choice! 


Winners: please email me (info @ with your mailing address and I'll ship your prize out to you!


Thanks to everyone who entered, I hope you had fun with the challenge! We certainly loved each and every entry!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 6

Darkroom Door - Sunday, October 04, 2009

Here is another gorgeous creation from Melissa Phillips...


Beautiful You Card:




Photochips: Viva La Flora
Wordstrips: Viva La Flora


I love how Melissa has die cut the Photochip then embossed it with an embossing folder. Gives the image a little texture and detail! :) So elegant!


Thanks for sharing Melissa!!!

Wilderness ATC Swap Video Gallery

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Wilderness ATC swap has been completed and I've finally been able to upload the video gallery to show off everyone's creations! Such great work again! Here's the video:



Hope you enjoy!


If you're interested in taking part in any of our ATC swaps, check out the full list in the sidebar on the left. We'd love for you to join us in the fun!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 5

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 28, 2009

Okay... get ready for Christmas! Here's some gorgeous tags created by Melissa Phillips...


Season's Greetings Tags:




Stamps:  Yuletide Vol. 2
Wordstrips:  Yuletide
Tags: White Size 8


I just LOVE these!! Melissa has used the Size 8 tags as the base - simply folded in half to create a little gift card. Then embellished with the Seasons Greetings stamp, buttons, ribbon and Wordstrips! So cute!!! All you need now is the brown wrapping paper or a paper bag for the gift and you're set!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 4

Darkroom Door - Friday, September 25, 2009

And the fab projects from Melissa Phillips keep rolling in.... check out this gorgeous card!


Smell the Roses:




Stamps:  Journal
Montage:  Full Bloom
Paper:  White Roses Pearlescent
Wordstrips:  Full Bloom


Here's a close up:




Love how she's used the Journal stamp as a decorative piece! All of the elements look fabulous together here... thanks for sharing Melissa!!!!


There's more to come from Melissa too... so stay tuned for more!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 3

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We have another project to share from Melissa Phillips...


Noel card:





Stamps:  Yuletide Vol. 2
Wordstrips:  Yuletide Vol. 1
Tag:  Buff Size 8


Honestly, I think we should ask Melissa to share a project every day forever... don't you agree? Her art is amazing... have I mentioned how much I love the layers and texture? Yes, I think I have ;) It's gorgeous. Imagine receiving a card like this for Christmas... I'd leave it on display for months!


Thanks for sharing your talents with us Melissa!


And for all the readers... Melissa still has more projects to share... so stay tuned!


Unlock the artist within!

Guest Artist - Melissa Phillips Part 2

Darkroom Door - Monday, September 21, 2009

Not only am I loving the cards that Melissa Phillips has created with our product, but am loving how they are photographed too! Check this one out:


Live life card:






Stamps:  Wildflowers Vol. 2
Filmstrips:  Full Bloom


Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing Melissa!