Guest Artist - Sarah Schwerin

Darkroom Door - Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sarah_photoName: Sarah Schwerin


Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


Lives: Sydney, NSW, Australia.


Known for:
* Being mischievous, hating housework, and having to have everything RIGHT NOW! LOL!!
* Design Team Member for Scrapbook Savvy
* Owner and operator of "Inkurable Stampers" - The Aussie Stamping Challenge Blog.
* You may have seen my layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories, For Keeps Creative Scrapbooking, and Scrapbooking Basics.
* You may have seen my card projects published in Australian Papercrafts Magazine. (One of my cards is on the cover of the May Edition in stores now).


Blog, website or gallery:       
* My Creative Existence Blog
* Inkurable Stampers Challenge Blog
* Scrapbook Savvy Gallery


Loves to:
Take photos; create art - whether it be scrapbooking, cardmaking, or other projects; visit inspirational blogs; watch DVD's on the couch; sleep in; and spend time with my family. And Im always up for a challenge, so I often enter online scrapbooking and papercraft challenges.


Loves to create:
I love giving anything a go! I love learning new techniques and trying different styles. I've been doing more stamping recently, and am very taken by the collage and art stamping stuff I've seen lately. As long as it's papercrafts, I love it!


Favourite Darkroom Door product:
Oooh! That's a hard one! I love it all! LOL! I really like the Full Bloom Montage, and I LOVE the stamps - and if I had to pick one favourite I don't think I could! I have three sets so far - "Wildflower", "Little Dreams" and "Full Bloom Vol1" but I will probably end up buying the rest! Especially after I see all the gorgeous projects from the other Darkroom Designers!


Have you ever been in a darkroom?
Yes! I did photography in Year 11 of High School and I loved it! I was often in there at lunch time working on projects.  I didn't do it in year 12 for my HSC because I didn't think our teacher / equipment was good enough to get me the marks I wanted. Now that I'm a scrapbooker, I really wish I studied it further! LOL!


Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you?
OMG I'd just about die if I could come there! LOL! That would be awesome!
I'd bring my full attention! I could learn sooooo much there! A note pad and pen would come in handy so I could remember everything (because I'd be so overwhelmed at actually being there I wouldn't be able to retain much info!!). And, I'd have to bring some film to develop the "old fashioned way"! I'd also bring my digital SLR too to get some shots before the lights went out! And I'd bring chocolate - to keep the hostess happy! LOL!!


Are you afraid of the dark?
A little! Not in my own house - I often walk through the house at night in the dark with no problems. But if I were at someone else's house I would be scared silly!  Something about unfamiliar surroundings. I'd be terrified if I ever came across anything ghostlike or "paranormal" but I think I'm more afraid of the real people that might jump out at me than the dead ones! LOL! I'd be scared outdoors too - I would hate to go camping or anything like that. I'm a city girl, so it is never really very dark, so I'm not too scared outside here, but if I were in the woods or on a farm or something I'd be petrified! Too many scary movies I think!


Sarah has created so many cool projects with detailed instructions, so we'll add some of them here now and we'll then add a project here every day for the next few days! So keep checking back to see what she has created! First up, here's some cards and an ATC, along with Sarah's instructions for how she created the piece.


Passion, Destiny, Love:




* Darkroom Door Full Bloom Photochip
* Darkroom Door Venetian paper - San Marco
* Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink
* Lace, Bazzill cardstock

Mount the "San Marco" paper onto bazzill cardstock, and sew around it haphazardly with both zig zag and straight stitching. Wrap the lace around it and dye with distress ink. The whole piece was glued to the card base, so as not to have any stitching on the inside of the card.
Cut the photochip to size and sponge with distress ink, then scratch into it with a paper piercer to create a border which is also sponged with distress inks. Mount it onto bazzill cardstock and then onto the cardfront using double sided foam mounting tape. The Wordstrips were also sponged with Distress Inks.


Create Art:




* Darkroom Door Venetian Paper - San Marco, Ti Amo, Rialto
* Darkroom Door Venetian Wordstrips
* Darkroom Door Ladies Photobooth
* Darkroom Door script stamp from "Little Dreams" set.
* Ranger Crackle Accents
* LYM gem brads
* Collections ATC base
* Collections chipboard body
* German Scrap wing

Cut the 'Ti Amo' paper to ATC size and stamp background using the script stamp.
Cut a piece from the 'Rialto' paper and use it as a border across the bottom.
Cover the chipboard bodice with 'San Marco' paper and coat it with Crackle Accents. I also used the crackle accents at the bottom of the ATC.
Tint the words with Distress Ink to give them a more subtle colour.
Cut around the Photobooth lady's head and mount it to the card with double sided foam mounting tape.
I used metallic rubons to highlight the detail in the wings.


Thank you Sarah for sharing your amazing projects with us!

Venetian Vol 2 card

Darkroom Door - Monday, April 28, 2008
Here's a sample card using the masked lady from the Venetian Vol 2 rubber stamp set.




How to:
1. Stamp scroll onto teal cardstock and attach to Juneberry card.
2. Stamp the masked lady onto white gloss card using Jet Black Archival ink. Heat set with heat tool.
3. Colour the image using Adirondack Dimensional Pearls (watered down).
4. Mount onto black cardstock and attach to the card.
5. Stamp quote onto white cardstock, trim, and mount onto black cardstock. Attach to the card using foam tape.


Thanks for stopping by today! 




Darkroom Door Designer - Rachel Greig

Darkroom Door - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

RachName: Rachel Greig


Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


Lives: Central Coast, NSW Australia


Known for: adventure, taking risks, encouraging others to take risks, photography, and having a laugh. Oh, and for designing Darkroom Door product!


Blog, website or gallery: Rachel Greig Photography, Darkroom Door


Loves to: make a mess! And chocolate slice. YUM!


Loves to create: Anything – cards, layouts, books, ATCs etc. I’d love to get into more altered art and jewelry too. My style is anything from simple and quick to more elaborate arty projects.


Favourite Darkroom Door product: No specific favourites, love them all for their own reasons. However, when I discover a new way of using a product that I didn’t think of when I was designing it, I do tend to have a soft spot for that product for a while ☺ I feel like giving it a little gold star!


Have you ever been in a darkroom? Yes, every night when I turn out the lights to go to sleep. ;) But really, yes, much of my life has been spent in darkrooms. I eat my carrots. I see well in the dark. 


Let’s say you’re invited to come into our darkroom for a day. What would you bring with you? A very good sense of humour!


Are you afraid of the dark?  Yes, and I still freak myself out when I’m in the darkroom (honest!) If I need to take the rubbish bins out when it’s dark, I think about what could jump out from the trees beside our house. My imagination gets the better of me sometimes.


How did Darkroom Door begin? I used my own still life and travel photos in my creations and artworks. I thought others may like to use the photos too, so I began the Filmstrips range a few years ago. I then went on to design some paper and rubber stamps that are distributed through Stamp-It Australia. My ideas have continued to grow and expand, so I needed a new business to be the platform and consolidation of our collections. So Darkroom Door began. Why the name? I am at my creative best in the darkroom. When I go through my darkroom door, I know I enter a world that is unlike the outside. It’s dark, it’s creative, it’s magic. You just never know what magic will happen behind that door. I want you to experience that too. I want to share it with you. I want you to unlock the artist within!


And onto the artwork... although I don't do a lot of layouts these days, I have created a couple of quick ones using a few different products... here they are:




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Esplori paper, Venetian Wordstrips.




Supplies used: Venetian San Marco paper, Ti Amo paper, Venetian Vol 2 Filmstrips, Journal stamps.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Blush paper, Journal stamps, Ranger Archival inks (Olive, Grape, Tangerine, Carnation), Stamp-It Chipboard letters.




Supplies used: Darkroom Door Meadow paper, Full Bloom Quartet Vol 2 paper, Making Memories rub ons, Tim Holtz Chronicles foam stamps, Adirondack Snow Cap paint dabber.


Thanks for looking - hope you enjoyed it!



Full Bloom Photochips

Darkroom Door - Saturday, April 05, 2008

Here's a few quick cards that can be made with the Full Bloom Photochips, Full Bloom Wordstrips and quotes and words from the Full Bloom Vol 2 Rubber Stamps. This first card is super quick and simple. Just grab some cardstock that is the same colour (or similar) to the petals on the flower, some ribbon, and  a little Wordstrip word. This same design can be repeated with all 6 Photochip images in the packet, just alternate the colour of the cardstock according to what colour the flower is. When made as a complete set it really looks like a rainbow! But here's just one for now:




This card is similar, but I have inked the flower with Antique Linen Distress Ink to give it a slightly warmer tone, and have scratched the edges. The tiny tags have been stamped with the tiny words from the Full Bloom Vol 2 stamp set.




Lastly, for this card I have stamped directly onto the Photochip itself. The Photochips stamp beautifully, and can be heat set if you're using a longer drying ink. I used Archival Grape for this card.



Thanks for stopping by today!



Stamp Camp Photochip Challenge!

Darkroom Door - Monday, March 31, 2008

I've just spent a fun weekend in Staveley, New Zealand teaching at the 2bStamping Stamp Camp! On the Friday night all the ladies were given a challenge pack from Doreen (owner of 2bStamping) which included a Venetian Photochip image, some Venetian Wordstrips, and then a selection of black and white card stock and ribbons. Everyone was challenged to create a card of some sort using anything from the challenge pack, and the card had to remain black and white. There was a flurry of activity and ideas being thrown around as the challenge was being done! I was so impressed with all the ideas and creations, and especially loved looking at all the different ways they used the Photochips! There were lots of prizes and stamps being given away too - which I hope you all enjoy!


The ladies were happy to share their art here on the blog too, so please enjoy a selection of these wonderful cards from the 2bStamping Stamp Camp Challenge:





Aren't they wonderful cards!! Such a great assortment of ideas! Thank you to everyone for sharing your creativity and taking part in the challenge, and for also making my weekend so memorable. I had a fabulous time, and hope to see you all again someday!

Here's a couple of group shots of everyone from the camp:



Thanks to each and everyone of you for a great weekend!