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My Creative Existence

Updated: 2014-10-07T15:33:13.760+11:00


Introducing Inkurable Artistry!


Hello blog readers!

It's been a long time between posts!

Lots of exciting things have been happening behind the scenes - and I am excited to announce my new venture - Inkurable Artistry - focusing on Mixed Media, Rubber Stamping, Card Making and Art Journaling - and the most exciting part - an online store coming very soon!!

For now, you can stay up to date with all my upcoming classes, as well as special events that I'm hosting, by checking out the Inkurable Artistry Facebook page.

Speaking of events, if you love mixed media and you live on or near The Central Coast NSW you may be interested in attending my Mixed Media All Day Stay and Play event on Saturday August 10th 2013!

Here is the flyer:

It promises to be a fabulously creative, messy, fun day! Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

Stay inky!

A Jar Full of Happiness!


Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and a few days to relax and unwind. :)

With the new year fast approaching, talk has started about things like Project Life or Project 365 etc where you chronicle your whole year either daily, weekly, or monthly using scrapbook pages or photographs etc. I find these types of projects a little too time consuming and I never have enough time or patience to follow them through!

When I saw a friend post the following picture on her Facebook page just before Christmas, I knew I wanted to do this instead:

Such a cool idea! We should all focus more on the good stuff in our lives instead of the bad stuff. So much more achievable than the other yearly challenges around - i.e it doesn't have to be every day, and it's quick and easy - just scribble down some happiness, maybe a date and time, then fold it up and whack it in the jar! Too easy!

Imagine the possibilities - you could add movie tickets, other ticket stubs, a receipt for something awesome you bought - anything that makes you happy!

It also makes an awesome inexpensive gift! I made up a jar for each of my sisters for Christmas - here they are:

I bought the jars from Hot Dollar. A pack of bright post-it notes and a funky pen went inside. I created the labels with some Stickyback Canvas. I sprayed them with Dylusions sprays, used some stencils, and some Tim Holtz foam alphabet stamps. A bit of ribbon for the sides of the label and a bow at the top and they're done! I also attached a note to explain what to do. They looked great and my sisters loved them!

I'm yet to decorate my jar but I will share it here when I do. ;)

There's still plenty of time to make your own happiness jar! Give it a go!


Vintage Christmas Cards.


I love making Christmas cards - and there is something so special about receiving a handmade Christmas card in the mail.

I made these Christmas cards last year for a class that I taught. I didn't get a chance to show them here last year, so what better time that now?! LOL!

I used stamps from Darkroom Door, and papers from Graphic 45.

Only 2 more sleeps until Christmas! I'm excited - are you?


Ho Ho Mo!!


My usual style is very inky - lots of stamping, inking etc etc. So when I show you this next card you'll probably find it hard to believe that I made it!

There is no stamping, no inking, nothing messy at all! I got the idea from a graphic I saw on an email I got and ran with it. My friend loves Mo's, so I knew exactly who this card was going to when I made it. Here it is:

I cut the moustache out of Bazzill cardstock from a moustache cut out that I had in my stash (or stache?! LOL!). I mounted it to the card front with foam mounting tape.

I even got my cuttlebug out and cut some lettering for the inside. I also had a santa die and a rudolph die so I used bits of each of those to create this on the inside:

See - I told you it was nothing like my normal style!!

It's good to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. :)


Mixed Media Christmas Cards!


Hi everyone! If it's your first time here, welcome!!

Here are the Mixed Media Christmas Cards that I created for the Scrap-it TV 2012 Christmas Special!

They were so much fun to make! Definitely quirky and not for the faint-hearted! LOL!

If you saw the TV special, thanks so much for watching! I hope you enjoyed my segment and are looking forward to getting messy!

As my Christmas gift to you, I have created a FREE* full colour printable instruction sheet for you to download! (PDF format).

Please stop by the comments section and say Hi if you have downloaded the instruction sheet and let me know what you think! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. :)

I hope you enjoy creating your own cards, or using the techniques to make other projects! I'd love to see them if you do, so feel free to leave me a link here in the comments section so I can check them out!

Merry Christmas everyone, and thanks for visiting!


* Please note that it is free for personal use only.

Oh-Sew Inky Cards.


I just love having fun with my stamps and creating fun, quirky cards.

One of my favourite classes that I taught this year was my "Oh-Sew Inky" cards. I was really happy with how they turned out, and I just loved seeing the faces of my students when they got to play with lots of inky techniques and colour combinations! Some in the class were brand new to that level of inkiness and it was so fun to see them really let go and have fun with it!

Here are my cards:

We used Distress Inks for the backgrounds using a Tim Holtz technique called "Wrinkle Free Distress", and of course lots and lots of stamping!

Stamp brands included Darkroom Door, Dylusions, Catslife Press and Stampers Anonymous.

I chose an orange/yellow/pink combination for my cards, but some students chose other combos and it was fun to see the different creations!

It was these cards that inspired me to create the Mixed Media Christmas Cards that will be featured in tomorrow night's Scrap-it TV Christmas Special! Check back after the show to download a full colour instruction sheet for the cards featured on the special!


Getting Inky again with Darkroom Door - Part 2.


As promised, here are the cards I made using Darkroom Door's new Corrugated Iron Background Stamp!

I absolutely love all the Darkroom Door background stamps - they are definitely the favourites in my stamp stash. The Corrugated Iron background stamp is really cool - as you can see it looks great on both male and female cards, and used either portrait or landscape orientated. The best thing about the DD background stamps is that they are large enough to cover an entire A6 card front. Awesomeness!

Here are some close ups of each card:

If you'd like to learn more about how I made each card, or to see what other girls did with the same stamp, head on over to this post on the Darkroom Door Blog.


Getting Inky Again with Darkroom Door - Part 1.


Whilst I was away from my blog, a lot of stuff happened!

But one of the biggest pieces of news is that I left the Darkroom Door Creative Team. Unfortunately working full time and pressing family commitments meant that I had to give up something I really loved, so it was with a heavy heart that I left the team just over a year ago.

However, I was recently asked to be a guest artist using some of the stamps from their latest release and I was thrilled to get inky again!

Here is a card I made using the new Kombi Photo Stamp:

To create the background I stamped the Darkroom Door Scratched background stamp onto white Specialty Stamping Paper with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Once dry I sponged over the whole piece with Antique linen distress ink. I then added some Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo Distress inks around the edges.

The image of the surfer looking out into the sea is a Darkroom Door Photochip from the Seaside collection. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and adhered it to my background.

I stamped the Kombi stamp using Jet Black Archival Ink onto Specialty Stamping paper. This paper is great for getting clear crisp images from your detailed stamps, or stamps with large sold areas like this Kombi stamp. I coloured the image with Distress markers (Tumbled glass for the Kombi and Pumice Stone for the wheels and bumper bar). I cut the image out and adhered it to the front of my card with double sided foam mounting tape.

I cut "sun, sand, surf" from the Seaside Wordstrip and inked around the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I mounted it onto a piece of dusty blue cardstock (the same cardstock that I used for the card base) and adhered it to the front of my card.

I'll come back tomorrow and share some other cards I created using the fabulous Corrugated Iron Background stamp. :)


Scrap-it TV 2012 Christmas Special!


Hello again everyone!

I'm back!

I know, I know, I haven't blogged in aaaaaaaaaaages! Life got in the way. But I have a bit more spare time now, so I'll be blogging a lot more often!

There is so much to share from the time I've been AWOL, but the most exciting news is that I will be on the upcoming Scrap-it TV Christmas Special!

Tune in to TV4ME (free to air channels 64 and 74) at 6pm this Sunday 16th of December to see myself, Rachel Grieg, Dawn Lewis, and Lisa Pate show you how to create some gorgeous Christmas projects!

The special will be repeated all the way up to Christmas day, so check your guides for details!

Here's a sneak peek of my Mixed Media Christmas Cards:

They're not for the faint-hearted!!

There will be a PDF instruction sheet to download, so check back here after the show to download your free copy!

We filmed the show at Darkroom Door HQ - the girls and I had such a fun day! Here's a pic of us in our festive best:

And here's a pic of me:

I was recovering from a really bad head cold / chest infection at the time, so I dread to hear what my voice sounded like!!

The special will feature everything from Christmas cards to Christmas Crackers, scrapbook pages, wall art, gift wrapping ideas, and more!

So mark your calendars - 6pm 16th Dec 2012 - TV4ME (free to air channels 64 and 74)!


Orange, Black, and White ATC's.


Recently I hosted an ATC swap at Inkurable Stampers for it's 3rd Birthday. The theme was the Inkurable colours - orange, black, and white. We had people join in from all over the world!

Here are the 2 different ATC's I made for the swap:

For this one I used stamps from Darkroom Door, Stampotique, and Martha Stewart. The background features Gothic book text, Distress ink, and Alcohol ink splatters.

This time I used stamps from Stampotique, Darkroom Door, and I think the cat was a Hero Arts one.

All the ATC's in the swap were awesome - you can check out the whole collection here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


My new pen...


I saw a pen the other day and I just had to have it. Check it out:

$18 later and it was mine.

Here it is in all it's glory:

So awesome.

Goes so well with my favourite handbag.


Steampunk Baby Card.


Recently I've been playing with the new Wordblock stamps from Darkroom Door. One of my favourite creations was this Steampunk inspired baby card:

Darkroom Door Products used:

* Baby Wordblock stamp.
* Little Dreams stamp set.
* Steampunk stamp set (the top hat and the cogs).
* Scratches Background stamp.
* Alphabet Medley stamp set.
* Small & Large Manilla Tag.
* Distress Ink -Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet.

I created the background by sanding gloss cardstock, sponging with Tattered Rose Distress ink, and then stamping the scratches background stamp with Victorian Velvet Distress ink. I then stamped the baby wordblock stamp onto the background with Old Rose Versacolor ink, and added some vintage look lace.

I stamped "Girl" onto a small manila tag with the Alphabet stamps, and the "Little" and "Baby" comes from the wordblock stamp. To avoid getting the placement wrong, I actually cut those words out of the wordblock stamp and stamped them individually. Don't worry - I cut them with one line so that I can slot them back in when I need to use it as a full stamp again! The tag was then sponged with Tattered Rose distress ink and threaded with a dusty pink ribbon and mounted to the card with foam tape.

I stamped the lay and the hat onto a large manilla tag and sponged them with the tattered rose distress ink. They were cut out, and edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink. I then stamped the cogs from the Steampunk stamp set onto the lady's body with Timber Brown Stazon. To finish, I added some raw chipboard cogs from Twiddleybitz - LOVE these!!

I'll sare the other cards I created here soon - but if you want to check them out now you can see them on the Darkroom Door blog here. While you're there, leave a comment for your chance to win a Wordblock stamp of your choice!


Tissue Tape Techniques Class!


Hi everyone!

I've just popped in quickly to tell you about my upcoming Tissue Tape Techniques class at Pages 2 Scrap! Here's a sneak peek:

In this class I will show you a number of ways to use the new Tim Holtz Tissue Tape on your cards. You will create 4 beautiful cards that can be used for any occasion. Your cards will also feature beautiful stamps from Tim Holtz and Darkroom Door.

We will also be using the new Distress Stains from Tim Holtz, so if you've been wanting to give these a go, then this may be the class for you!

Here are the details:

Tissue Tape Techniques with Sarah Schwerin - $30.

Saturday 30th July - 10:30am to 12:30pm.


Tuesday 9th August - 10:30am to 12:30pm.

To book, please call Pages 2 Scrap on 1300 664 228, or click here to book online.

I look forward to seeing you in a class soon!


My Classes for July at Pages 2 Scrap.


Oh dear - I'm such a slack blogger! Been way too long since I updated - I have lots to share but little time to share it! LOL!

Anyway, here are the details of my upcoming cards class this month at Pages 2 Scrap:

Shabby Chic Background Cards. Cost = $30 (includes kit).

Tuesday 5th July 2011 - 10:30am to 12:30pm (2 hours).


Saturday 9th July 2011 - 2pm to 4pm (2 hours).

In this class you will learn a new background technique using the new Damask Background Stamp from Darkroom Door to create 4 shabby chic look cards. Techniques used in this class are heat embossing, paint resist, stamping with large stamps.

Here's a sneak peek:

We'll also be using dies, punches, and of course, lots of stamping! :)

I will also be teaching a Tim Holtz Tissue Tape Techniques class on the 30th of July from 10:30 to 12:30 (2 hours). I'll update you with more details for that class next week - but in the mean time if you are interested in doing it, keep the date free. :)

Before I go - just a quick reminder that our stocktake sale has been extended until Friday 8th July, so come on in to get a whopping 30% off storewide*.

Have a great weekend! I hope to see you soon!


My May 2011 Classes at Pages2Scrap!


Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous Easter Break!

I have some lovely new classes coming up at Pages2Scrap in May - here are the details:

Heritage Scrapbook Layout:

In this class we will create a single page 12x12" layout to fit 3 photos. The papers and stamps that we will be using from Pink Paislee best suit a heritage or vintage theme, but more modern photos would work just as well. Here's a sneak peek:

We will be using the Cuttlebug to emboss as well as die cut some flower shapes. We'll also be stamping, punching, inking, and distressing!

I'll be showing you how to get the most out of your stamps on your layouts by using them in the background and as custom made embellishments.

Here are the dates and times:

* Saturday 7th May 2011 - (National Scrapbooking Day) - 10:30am - 12:30pm.


* Thursday 12th May 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm.

Class cost is only $30!

It's rare that I teach scrapbooking layouts, so if you've been waiting for a layout class from me, get in while you can!


Steampunk Cards:

In this class we will create 6 beautifully vintage looking cards using the new Steampunk Debutante paper range from Graphic 45. Here's a sneak peek:

The rich browns, terrific teals and luscious images make these cards perfect for any special occasion.

The photo really doesn't do them justice, so make sure you pop in store to have a look at them in real life. :)

Here are the class times:

* Thursday 19th May 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm.


* Saturday 28th May 2011 - 10am - 12pm.

Cost for the class is only $30.00 and that includes everything you'll need to make 6 gorgeous cards! What a bargain!

This class is good for beginners as well as experienced crafters, so come one come all!

To book your spot in either of these classes please call the store on 1300 664 228, pop in store, or book online here.

I hope to see you there!


Pearlised Resist Technique Cards.


Recently I taught a class at Pages2Scrap where I created 4 cards using Jennifer McGuire's Pearlised Resist Technique. Here they are:

I used stamps from the Darkroom Door "Wildflowers Vol 2","All Occasions", and "Butterflies" stamp sets, and lost of Distress Inks and Pearl Glimmermist.

Here are some close ups:

To see more photos, and read more details about how I made these cards, pop on over to the Darkroom Door blog here!

Thanks for looking!


My April 2011 Classes at Pages2Scrap!


Oh my goodness I can't believe it's April already! This year really is flying by!

I'm here today to tell you about some classes that I have coming up this month at Pages2Scrap!

Vintage Flourish Cards:

I've taught this class twice already, and the ladies in each class have had a great time! But if you've missed out on attending either of those dates, there's still one chance left!

Friday 8th April 2011 - 10:30am to 12:30pm. Cost $43.00 (includes kit).

In the class we will be making 4 vintage inspired cards using the Flourish Background stamp from Darkroom Door, and learning a resist technique. Your very own Flourish Background Stamp plus the EZ Mount are included in your kit! Awesome value!

We will be stamping, embossing, cuttlebugging, and just generally getting inky! :)

Love Letters Cards:

In this class we will be creating 4 love inspired cards using the new Love Letters Photochips and Wordstrips from Darkroom Door. Sooooo pretty!!

In your kit you will receive a full packet of Darkroom Door Love Letters Photochips - with enough beautiful images to make 6 cards! You will also receive a Love Letters Wordstrip, and all the cardstock, trim, and gorgeous flowers that you will need to make your cards.

There will be stamping, embossing, and distressing to keep you busy! :)

Saturday 16th April 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm - Cost = $30.


Wednesday 20th April - 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost = $30.

Both sets of cards are in store now if you'd like to check them out!

To book, please call Pages2Scrap on 1300 664 228 or pop in and see us at Unit 4, 6 Morton Close (Corner of Gavenlock Rd and Morton Close), Tuggerah NSW 2259.

I hope to see you soon! :)


Beautiful Miss S!


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing a baby photo shoot for 4 week old baby Miss S. This time I got over 50 awesome shots of Miss S and her parents, so I thought I'd share some of my favourites here (with their permission):

Miss S with Mummy and Daddy:

Miss S with her Daddy:

Miss S with her Mummy:

And Miss S and her gorgeous little feet:

There's something just sooo cute about tiny little baby feet!

If you're interested in having me photograph your baby (or anything else!), I'd love to hear from you! Send me an email for a quote. :)

Thanks for looking!


She Art Girl #3.....


.......who is technically She Art Girl #2. You see, as I mentioned in my last post, She was Girl #2 from the course, but I finished her last, so now she's #3! LOL! Confused yet?

Anyway, she is my favourite - lots of stamping, my fave colour combo, a bit on the dark side, very "me":

The paper I used for her dress pieces is from Basic Grey. I've had it in my stash for years so it was nice to be able to find something to use it for!

Here is a close up:

I'm much happier with the hair on this one too. ;)

The butterfly wings are from a butterfly in this Darkroom Door stamp set. Her belt is made from German Scrap, and the rub ons are from Daisy D's and Kaisercraft.

Lots and lots of stamping this time around - I have used stamps from Darkroom Door, Stampotique, and Tim Holtz.

One of my favourite parts is the gothic book text in the background. I'm kinda sad though, because someone gifted it to me, and now I have none left! LOL!!

Well that's it from me for tonight! Week 2 of the course has already started, so I'll be back sometime in the next week to share my latest projects! :)

If you'd like to join in on the fun of the She Art Workshop, check out the details here. So. Much. Fun.


She Art Girl #2.


Actually, this is technically She Art Girl #3, however I finished her before #2, and I like #2 better, so I'm sharing this one first! LOL!! :)

This time around I went for a more vintage shabby chic look, with muted browns, pinks, whites, and of course some frills.

Here is a close up:

Her hair ended up looking a bit Princess Leia-ish, but I think it's kinda cute. I want to get better at doing hair though - I need to practice more.

Again, I've used a bunch of rub ons from my stash, and stamps from Darkroom Door, and Tim Holtz. The frills on her dress and knickerbockers are German Scrap.

Such fun I'm having!!

If you'd like to join in on Christy's 3 week She Art Workshop, check out the details here. :)

I'll be back soon with my 3rd girl - and she's! LOL!!


She Art Girl #1.


OK - here she is in all her glory - my first official She Art Girl:

 Just remember I'm new at this! :) She's not perfect, but I like her! And I love the quote because it describes my journey on this She Art Girl course. ;)

Here's a close up:

I loved creating all the different layers - something I'd never really done before and it was so freeing to just let go and create without rulers or rules or limitations.

I even got out the Viva Decor Ferro and stamped into it with my Darkroom Door French Script stamp. Once it was dry I added some white paint and some rub-ons over the top:

I've used lots of paint and inks in the background, and  few different stamps from Darkroom Door and Tim Holtz.

Her belt and boots are made from German Scrap. I've had the rub-ons in my stash for years - I think they're from Kaisercraft and Basic Grey.

If you'd like to sign up to the She Art Worksop, check out the details here.

Thanks for looking!


Enjoying The Process!


I'm currently enrolled in a 3 week online course, run by the very talented Christy Tomlinson called The She Art Workshop. I'm having an awesome time creating something different to my normal style, and learning new ways in mixed media art!I have to thank my new friend and workmate Kim Price for pointing me in the direction of this course - I'm so glad she convinced me to take the leap and sign up! (Go and check out her blog for her She-Art girls - they're awesome!).So - in Week 1 we learned all about art mediums, techniques to create our backgrounds, and of course, how to create our "She" girls. My favourite part was the backgrounds - it was so free and adventurous, and so far removed from anything I'm used to!First we added texture with paper, ephemera etc. Here's what my canvases looked like:Next we applied all sorts of art mediums like paint, inks, etc, and stamping. SO much fun! Here's what they looked like after Stage 2:The final task was to add your girls, and decorate the canvas with more stamping, rub-ons, etc etc. I struggled creating the girls, and I'm still not sure how I feel about their "no-face" look, but I'm really happy with how they've turned out! Here is the finished product:Three very different looks using the same techniques and processes! I was so far out of my comfort zone with these canvases, but I had an awesome time creating them and learned so much! It was fun using up some of the rub-ons I've been hoarding for years too! LOL!!If you are interested in doing Christy's course, you can sign up here. I highly recommend it! Christy's videos are fabulous - so much info and very easy to follow along. Awesome value for money too.I'll be back soon to share each one individually in their own blog post so you can see more detail. :)~Sarah~[...]

A Card and a Bookmark!


Hello again!I've been creating a few bits and bobs lately in between samples for classes, so I thought I'd share them with you!I bought some new Ranger Alcohol Inks colours for a class I'm teaching in March, so while I had them out I created a "polished stone" background for a quick card. Here it is:The colours I used for the background were Citrus, Sunset Orange, and Purple Twilight - all from the "Brights" range. To create the background I used my ink applicator tool with all three inks plus the blending solution, dabbed onto white gloss cardstock.Here is a close up:The stamps I used were from the Darkroom Door "Artist" stamp set. I stamped them onto the gloss cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.The squares are actually much closer together in the stamp set, however I cut around them individually so I could spread them out a bit, or use them individually if I wanted to. I used only one cut between each square so that if I ever want to stamp them close together again, all I have to do is piece it together like a jigsaw puzzle.I inked around the edges of the gloss cardstock with black ink, placed a black brad in each corner, and mounted the background onto a black Bazzill cardstock base. Too easy!I also made another bookmark, and this time I've used a bunch of new Tim Holtz clear stamps that I bought recently. Here's the front:I started with a plain white piece of cardstock (2x7") which I inked using Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw Distress inks. I then stamped different stamps by Tim Holtz on the background in Barn Door and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks. I stamped other Tim Holtz images and the quotes over the top using Jet black Archival ink, and the inked around the edges using a sponge dauber.Here is the back:Both sides were stuck to a piece of black bazzill cardstock. I punched a hole at the top with my Cropadile, and threaded some red satin ribbon through.Here are some close ups:Lots of layers of stamps and ink = lots of fun!!If you love bookmarks, then you should enter my current Bookmarks challenge over at Inkurable Stampers! The deadline is midnight 12th March, so you still have plenty of time to get an entry in! There has been lots of awesome entries so far - and we'd all love to see more! :)~Sarah~[...]

My March 2011 Classes at Pages 2 Scrap!


I've been busy creating some fun classes to share with you at Pages2Scrap this month!ATC Wallet + 5 ATC's.Saturday 5th March 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. $30 (includes kit).ANDThursday 10th March 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. $30 (includes kit).In this class we'll create 5 Artist Trading Cards, plus a gorgeous little expanding wallet to store them in. We'll be using lots of lovely stamps from Darkroom Door, and you'll learn how to use Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powders. Don't worry if you're not into ATC's yet! I'll explain all about them in class, and if you're still not hooked, I'll show you how to use them on card fronts! As well as papers etc, your kit price includes 1 full tub of TH Distress Embossing Powder!********************Alcohol Inks Cards.Saturday 26th March 2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm. $38 (includes kit).ANDTuesday 29th March 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm. $38 (includes kit).In this class we'll create 4 very bright and striking cards, and I'll show you a fun new way to use your alcohol inks! We'll be using lots of gorgeous stamps from Darkroom Door. As well as papers etc, your kit price incudes 2 x bottles of alcohol ink!********************Pearlised Resist Cards Class - REPEAT.Due to popular demand this class is being repeated! So if you missed out on this class in February, be sure to book in!Saturday 26th March 2011 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm. $28 (includes kit).In this class we will make 4  eye catching cards using the Pearlised Resist Technique, and stamps from Darkroom Door.********************If you'd like to book into any of these classes, please call Pages 2 Scrap on 1300 664 228 to secure your spot!I hope to see you there!~Sarah~[...]

Happy Valentine's Day!


Valentine's Day is not usually a day that my husband and I go crazy over any more - but we usually give each other a card to show how much we care.I made these cards for the Darkroom Door blog:I went with a simple colour combo - red, black, and kraft, with a touch of pewter - and came up with 2 cards - one quite simple and a little girly, and one more edgy and masculine.Here's the simple girly one:I inked up the wildflower stamp (from the Darkroom Door Wildflowers Vol 2 stamp set) with black ink, and then used a baby wipe to remove the ink from the flowers, leaving just the stems and leaves with ink. I then stamped it onto the Kraft cardstock. I punched 3 hearts out of bazzill cardstock, and glued them to the top of the stems.I stamped "Happy Valentine's Day" (from the All Occasions stamp set) with TH Embossing Ink and embossed it with Pewter embossing powder.I inked around the edge of the kraft cardstock with black ink and adhered it to a red bazzill cardstock base.Here is the other card:First I stamped the Criss Cross background stamp onto the Kraft cardstock with embossing ink, and embossed with Pewter embossing powder. I then inked around the edge with black ink.I then cut a heart out of chipboard (I used a grungeboard negative shape as a template) and inked it all over with embossing ink and embossed with red embossing powder. While it was still hot, I stamped "I Love You" over the top of it with silver ink. I then inked around the edges with black ink.I glued the heart to the bottom right hand corner of the background, and added some staples to the sides.I tore out a piece of the background at the top left hand corner, inked the edges with black ink, and adhered a piece of red cardstock behind the tear. I then added staples to each side of the tear.Lastly, I added some screw brads to the corners, and adhered the background to the red bazzill base card.This is the one I ended up giving to my hubby and he loved it!So whilst I had all these products out on my craft desk, I whipped up a bookmark to use as my example for this month's Bookmarks challenge over at Inkurable Stampers:The base is black bazzill cardstock. The background is kraft cardstock. I stamped the Darkroom Door Criss Cross Background Stamp onto the bottom with Barn Door Distress Ink, and then ruled a black line above it with a Sharpie.I then stamped that spooky little guy (from Stampotique) at the top of the bookmark, and the quote over the criss cross background, both in black ink. I inked around the edges with black before adhering it to the black bazzill base. I punched a hole through the top with my Cropadile, and threaded some red satin ribbon through to finish.Super easy! If you feel up for a challenge, pop over to Inkurable Stampers and give this month's bookmark challenge a go. :)~Sarah~[...]