Thursday, 28 June 2012

DT Project 2 Darkroom Door London Plate 2 by Astrid

Good morning everyone and welcome to the Snazzys DT blog.

I’m sure that by now you will know how much the DT love the Darkroom Door London stamp sets. If you are a regular here you will have seen some amazing projects already over the last few weeks. Remember, you can win the set of your choice by leaving a comment on Gillian’s first post here
For my second project, using the stamps I decided to do a kind of mini lay out that could either stand by itself or be used as a cover for a London travel journal.
I started by stamping the Westminster Abbey stamp first on a piece of smooth white card and then on a mask created from a post it note. As you can see I also punched out a circle mask as I wanted it to look as if the moon was rising behind the building.

Next I sponged Weathered Wood Distress Ink all around it and then removed the masks.

I then used a water brush and some more of the distress ink to add some shadows and just a bit of an indication of buildings in the distance. I then used this stamped piece as the focus of my lay out for which I used my favourite Prima Almanac Collection, both papers and elements. We show cased these a couple of months ago and they belong to my all time favourites!!

The final stage was to embellish the lay out still with some roses and black pearl swirls from my stash.

Well I hope you enjoyed my second project. I just know you will all want to come back next Monday when the wonderful Hels Sheridan will show us her first post for Snazzys

Monday, 25 June 2012

Design Team Project #1 by Astrid

Hello everyone and a very happy day to you. Today I am sharing my first project for this month using the absolutely wonderful Darkroom Door London Collection. With this project I am using Volume 2. I LOVE Darkroom Door stamps in any case, but this particular collection must be one of my all time favourites.

I decided to make a wall hanging using a little canvas board from my stash.
I started by covering the canvas board with some collage papers attaching them with Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte. Next I put a thin wash of watery Gesso over it, mixed with a tiny bit of Paintdabber in Coffee. This was to blend the papers together a bit. When that was dry I added some texture paste with a bit more of the dabber through a stencil to add some texture

Time for some stamping. I chose various of my background stamps including some of the wonderful Kaisercraft stamps that Snazzys stocks, in various places onto my background with Black Archival Ink. I also chose 3 of the stamps from the London Collection and stamped them in a mix of Black and Coffee Archival Ink and then fussy cut them. I added them to my canvas together with a computer generated title, and then felt it needed some more texture, so I decided to add some Distress Crackle Paint. I only have very few colours so I chose Distressed Linen, but when it was dry didn't like it. So out came the Gesso again to colour over it. The final steps to finish the canvas were to ink right around the edges with Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, followed by some chalk ink in dark brown. I also shaded around all the main stamped images to make them pop a bit more with a charcoal pencil and added a bit of shadow with vintage photo and a few high light with a white pencil. I added a chain and some Tim Holtz Tassles and that was it. Hope you like it and don't forget, if you want to be in with a chance to win a set of these wonderful stamps, leave a comment HERE.

I will be back with one more project later on in the week, - until then, stay crafty!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

DT Project #2 by Minxy : Featuring:

DARKROOM DOOR: London set Vol 1
Hi snazzy folks, sorry for my delayed posting of this project, 
I got a little sidetracked as I have just adopted 2 kitties from out local shelter.
If your a kitty lover and wanna see them hop over to my blog.
So on to my project:
I went with the Piccadilly Circus image as my main focus, stamping it in black archival on a pre stamped distressed union jack. 
To highlight the image I glossy accented the stamped image.
Next I used my versafine satin red inkpad to stamp a london bus, and the cut out and mounted both pieces on some black card. I then mounted this to a kraft coloured card,
I finished with a Tim Holtz word band that I brushed with some white acrylic paint to make the message pop, and attached with some screwtop brads.
Just shows that with the same products you can get 2 totally different looks {see Gillian's 3rd project card Here}
Thanks for stopping by, don't forget there is still lots more inspiration to come with Astrid and and Hels first DT projects.

Monday, 18 June 2012

DT Project #1 by Minxy : Featuring

DARKROOM DOOR: London set Vol 1
TANDO CREATIVE: lazercut board 'London Set'
Dylusions Ink Spray
Hiya snazzy peeps, Hope you've all enjoyed the projects so far this month, There is still plenty more where that came from, Starting with this string of bunting.
Yep I've gone the good old fashioned patriotic route for my project.
I first cut 5 triangles from an old cotton pillowcase, I left 1 white and then sprayed the others with London Blue and Postbox Red Dylusions sprays. Once they were dry I stamped each piece with images from the DD london 1 stamp set, in black archival ink.
Next I coloured some of the Tando london board shapes with copic markers. I then attached the shapes to the bottom of the butting with a wet glue, 1 per flag.
Then it was just a case of punching holes in the tops and adding eyelets, and then tying together with ribbon.
I'll be back later in the week with my second project, hope to see you then.
Stay Inky

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Design Team Project #2 featuring Darkroom Door London 2 stamp set (by Lesley)

Hello again All,

I said I'd be back later in the week with another project and I am ........... by the skin of my teeth, lol!  I'm afraid it's been one of those weeks but never mind, make it I did and this time I've made a little triple hanging frame (Snazzys have loads of fabulous alterables).

I started by separating the three little frames and then covered them with black Gesso. I followed this with adding some texture paste which I stamped into with one of the little stamps from the Darkroom Door London 2 set (spritz stamp with water first and clean immediately after stamping).  It doesn't really matter which one as it was only for the texure.  I left this to dry before repainting the whole lot with Black acrylic paint and leaving to dry once more.  I then dusted the textured areas with Perfect Pearls.

I stamped the largest stamp from the London 2 set using Onyx Black Versafine ink onto cream card twice and then selected three areas from the image to cut out and place into the frames. 

Again using the Versafine ink I stamped the little street sign and a bird from the 7 Gypsies Lille set onto cream card and embossed with clear embossing powder, cut them out and adhered to the frames.  Finally I painted some cream acrylic paint across an Ideology Wordband, wiping it off whilst still wet so that it just went into the characters but it shows up much better irl.  I then attached it to the frame with some of the clear Stix 2 dimensional strip.

Well, that's it from me for this month folks but we still have plenty of lovely projects and inspiration to come from Nicky, Astrid and Hels so do pop back regularly to see their fabulous work.

I'd like to add that it's great to see so many lovely folk leaving a message on Gillian's first post this month!  If you haven't done so already, pop back HERE and leave a little comment to be added to the random draw to win a set of lovely Darkroom Door stamps and a Versafine ink cube..

See you all again soon and thanks for visiting.

Lesley  Xx

Monday, 11 June 2012

Design Team Project #1 featuring Darkroom Door London 2 stamps (by Lesley)

Hello Again,

Wow, the months are surely whizzing by again this year don't you think!  June already and what do you think to the brilliant news that Hels is joining our team?  Following on from Gillian's fab projects last week it's my turn to showcase the beautifully detailed Darkroom Door London 2 stamps.  For my first project this week I've chosen to design a card.  

I deliberately kept this really simple to show the fabulous detail and quality of these lovely stamps.  All the images were stamped in either Versafine Satin Red or Archival Cobalt.

On the two images stamped in Archival Cobalt I picked out just a few details with a waterbrush and Barn Door Distress Stain and the buttons from my stash were stitched onto the card.

I matted and layered the images onto co-ordinating cardstock before attaching them to the card and then held my breath, lol, while stamping the London definition and the taxi images directly onto the card.

Don't forget, if you would like to be in the end of month draw to win a set of these gorgeous stamps plus a Versafine Satin Red cube go here to leave a comment ............. but leave me one here first............ please ;-).

I'll be back later in the week with another project so hope you can pay us another visit.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Design Team Project #3 ....

 Good morning everyone, I'm back with my final project using the Darkroom Door London Collection stamp set and yes it's another card this time with a vintage feel to reflect the main stamp image.

 I started by layering a sheet of printed newspaper imagery from the Kaisercraft Black & White Timeless Paper Pad to 6x6 Kraft cardstock, which was then swiped over with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), the edges have been distressed using the Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser and then edged with Archival Ink (Coffee).

 To adhere the centre piece, the strip along the bottom & the Ideaology Word Band I have used my new fav 3d product .. Stix2 Clear Foam On A Roll (available from Snazzy's).

For the centre panel I used Manilla cardstock which has been inked with Vintage Photo, then spritzed with water, again it has been distressed at the edges and inked as above.

Lesley is up next (Monday) with her projects for the month, if you would like to be in with a chance of winning either Vol 1 or Vol 2 from this collection, please leave a comment HERE.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Design Team Project #2 ....

Good morning everyone Gillian here,  today I'm back sharing a quick & simple card using the gorgeous Darkroom Door London Collection Vol 1 & 2, some 6x6 white cardstock, Versafine Ink (Satin Red), Archival Ink (Jet Black), the background paper is from the Kaisercraft Black & White Timeless 6 1/2 Paper Pad.

 I love the "Sketch" like appearance of the Big Ben image to which I have simply stamped three times, masking off part of the stamp each time to give the appearance of the iconic landmark fading into the distance.

I will be back later in the week with one final project. To be in with a chance of winning either Vol 1 or Vol 2 from the London Collection, stop by and leave a comment HERE.


Monday, 4 June 2012

Design Team Project #1 Featuring .... Darkroom Door & DT News

Good morning everyone ... June is now upon us and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are under way, hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend whatever you may be up to.

This month the Design Team will be working with the fabby stamps from Darkroom Door (and in particular the London collection) to tie in with the celebrations.

Before I share my first project of the week, a huge thank you to you all for leaving such great comments on our PanPastel projects ... Kirsten was our lucky winner who will receive a set of PanPastels.

Okay on with my first project ....

 I started out by painting all of the wooden chest with acrylic paint including the metal hardware, allow to dry before applying second coat.

I then stamped images from Darkroom Door London Collection Vol 1 (DDRS073) with Archival Ink (Coffee). I then used Distress Inks in (Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs & Rusty Hinge) to age the edges of the chest.

I then applied Distress Inks (Vintage Photo) several times to the hardware, again to give it an aged/distressed look. The small compass is from Tando Creative which I have painted with acrylic paint then smooshed with Distress Inks before applying a generous layer of Distress Crackle Paint (Rock Candy)

 I have painted the Ideaology Foundation metal feet with acrylic paint as above, once dry I then swiped some Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge) over the top. I have added some rope adhering with Cosmic Shimer Dries Clear Glue.

so that's my first project of the week but before I go ....................................................


After weeks of having to keep this news under wraps I can finally reveal that the latest member to join the Snazzy Design Team is none other than "The" Hels Sheridan ...... hurrah, hurrah hurrah!!

Now most of you will be familiar with Hels work, Hel's is a Certified Ranger Educator and a very talented artist in her own right, Hel's also appears on Create & Craft for Creative Expressions and is on the DT for Craft Stamper & The Stamp Attic, so we are delighted that Hels could find time to join our fab team. 

Each member of the DT will continue to blog every week as we have done up until now, Hels will appear after Astrids week to blog, then it's back to me for a new months project.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and support here on the DT blog, please stop by and let us know you have been here by leaving a comment ... every month there is candy for some lucky winner, it could be you next. This months winner will receive either Vol 1 or Vol 2 from Darkroom Door London Collection ... the choice is yours :)


Saturday, 2 June 2012

Panpastel Winner & Watch This Space ...

Good morning everyone, Gillian here with this months winner of the PanPastel Set. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and left the DT girlies a comment. There were 39 comments, however only 34 were eligable to enter (sorry Nicky, Astrid, Lesley & Val) lol .... 
so without further ado Mr Random.Org selected number ....

29 which tally's with isisimaginings (Kirsten) ... Congrats, please e-mail me HERE with your details & your 3 colour choices.

I will be back on Monday with some new projects featuring .....

ahhhh c'mon you didn't think I was gonna spill the beans just yet :)

Watch This Space ... on Monday I will also be announcing our latest DT member to join this fab team ... believe me we have all struggled to keep this under wraps for the last few gazillion weeks ... (well it feels like it's been that long lol) .... so see y'all Monday bright & early.

Have a fab Jubilee weekend whatever you may be up to, here's to our Queenie ... chin chin!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Design Team Project #3 by Astrid

Hello everyone and welcome to the last post featuring the wonderful Panpastels.

This time I will show you how just 5 colours: Hansa Yellow, Permanent Red Shade, Phtalo Blue Shade, Burnt Sienna Shade and Titanium White can be used to create a whole rainbow of colours in a painterly sort of background.

I started with a piece of water colour paper and gave it a very light dusting of yellow. I then punched out a circle from a post it note, stuck it on to the water colour paper to save out the sun and used the various pastels to create a landscape. My next step was to add further details with some of my Prisma Color pencils I also used a Tim Holtz stamp stamped in Archival Black for the birds. Finally some more of the pastels to blend it all together.

Well I hope you have enjoyed all of the projects using the Panpastels the DT members have shown you this month and don't forget there is still a chance to win a set of three of the pastels by leaving a comment HERE.