November 8, 2011

Christmas Cards

Well what do you know, November 8th and I've created some Christmas Cards. !!


Darkroom Door Dear Santa Wordstrips 
Darkroom Door Dear Santa Montage

October 29, 2011

Magazine Recycling

I love to use magazines for collaging. My favourite magazines to use are Shop Til You Drop and Real Living, mainly because they have lots of smaller, individual images of products, accessories, decorator items, people, household items and the like which make for ideal cutting and pasting, plus they are also printed on quality paper. I spend more time imagining the use of the magazine images in craft than I do actually reading.!

My first post Magazine ATCs is an example of how I like to use magazines but I often fall into the trap of trying to make my collage neat and tidy and it kinda defeats the purpose! I need to learn how to drop the neat freak side of me.

I stumbled on an Artist who makes the most amazing collage canvas work using magazines. Derek Gores. Where would you begin making something like this? Love it. His work is stunning, he has even done a collage for his own BIO. What talent! I wonder where you'd begin to create something like this? Perhaps if you started with a photo you took, drew a sketch and then filled in the image to form the collage. Might try my hand at one when I have some spare time.!

October 27, 2011

Crowabout Week 135

A while ago I joined the Crowabout group on Flickr which is a challenge group where they post a free collage sheet to print and create some collage with. I was always daunted by the large journal pages and pieces people created so never really created much. This week I decided to shrink things down to my comfy ATC size and participate. So easy working within my comfort zone. I actually printed off two versions, one A4 size and one A6. Here's what I came up with...

If you'd like to join the group head over to

October 26, 2011

Stamp Storage

I found these super cute storage tubs at Ikea yesterday for $3.99 each which store the Darkroom Door stamps beautifully. I've got 11 in here which makes them easy to browse through but they would hold 12 at a squeeze. Would look great on a bookshelf all lined up and the plastic is sturdy quality.

Here's a link to the Ikea product

October 23, 2011

This and that ..

I have a slight addiction to gorgeous 6x6 paper pads. I never seem to have enough of them even though I never manage to use them all before I tire of the colours. I bought the new Kaiser Bonjour pad yesterday and whipped up this greeting card this morning

Last week I travelled to NSW for a short break and while I was there attended the Pages 2 Scrap Retreat at the luxurious Kooindah Waters Golf Resort. For an entire weekend I didn't manage to create an awful lot but it was great all the same. Rachel was teaching a class and being the model student I am here are my creations from her class..

I bought these cut tiny Visual Diaries from Riot Art for a grand total of $1.50. They come in black or white pages and just the perfect size for fitting one ATC on each page of 6 Inchies. As I wanted to travel light for the Retreat it was a great opportunity to start working on this little book full off odds and ends with no particular theme ... just to try different stamps, papers, techniques etc.

Until next time .....

September 28, 2011

Garden Inchie Rubber Stamp set

I've been busy creating some new projects for the Darkroom Door Blog. The new Garden Inchie set is gorgeous ... check these out. More details and other projects from the Creative Team using this set of stamps will appear on the Darkroom Door Blog next week so keep your eye on it.

September 23, 2011

ATC Winner

The random winner of the ATC giveaway is ..............

TSBroome said...
These are all so beautiful, Michelle. Thanks for sharing.
Reply September 19, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Congratulations TSBroome, email me with your 2 favourite ATCs and name/address and I'll send them out to you.

I decided to draw a runner up will also receive 2 ATCs of their choice (if not already picked by the winner ... otherwise you will be given another choice.)

Congratulations Shirley, drop me an email with your address and you'll also be receiving 2 ATCs.

shirley said...
Love them all Michelle!
If I HAVE to pick two it would be 1st row no.4
2nd row no.2 :)
September 21, 2011 11:52 PM

September 18, 2011

ATC Frenzy

Some very simple ATCs I made recently using Darkroom Door Background Stamps and Distress Inks for the backgrounds.

Leave me a comment here (or on the corresponding Darkroom Door blog post) stating your two favourite ATCs and I'll draw one random person Friday 23rd September who will be posted the two cards they like the most (worldwide is fine!).

The Darkroom Door background stamps I used are:

1st Row L to R
2nd Row L to R
French Script & Splatter
French Script
Weathered Stripes
3rd Row L to R
Word Block Journey
Word Block Christmas
French Script
4th Row L to R

September 1, 2011

Free Inchie Printables

I'm on the hunt for some printable images to use on Trading Cards and Inchies and stumbled upon a few great finds so I thought I'd share the links.

These ones shared from

Even though this next one is a Halloween theme, the images still lend themselves to make some great Inchies

Wackystuff on flickr shared some words

Constancet2009, again from Flickr some awesome bottles
 And if you dont mind parting with a few dollars, check out these gorgeous tiny images by PictureMerchants which I think are designed for scrabble tiles but I think would be great on Inchies. She has a few editions so check out her shop.

July 21, 2011

ATC Frame

Most people that know me know that Artist Trading Cards are my favorite things to create. I struggle with decorating large pieces so their tiny 2.5x3.5" size make them ideal. One of my first projects for Darkroom Door was as a Guest Designer and I made a matching set of 9 ATCs. They have been living hidden away in a folder along with all my other creations but I've always wondered about decorating walls with some of these lovely little pieces of art. I've always loved this set of cards and have finally got around to framing them.

I've also always wanted to put some of my creations in an art show so this one, together with my Inchie Sampler will be shown in a local craft show this weekend.

May 14, 2011

Mini Mono Printable Collection

I discovered an old issue of Real Living magazine on my bookshelf and some gorgeous prints caught my eye which had been framed and used as wall art. Then I discovered they were all available for download to print. Awesome for papercraft, I can imagine these prints used for all sorts of things besides wall art especially collage, trading cards etc. I'd actually share the article if my scanner would actually scan! But it's not to be.

There's backgrounds, birds, animals, landmarks, frames and patterns. Visit the Paint Place to download these great mono printables designed by Sophie Taylor. If you use any of them, I'd love to see what you create.