Darkroom Door + Copic Colours = Printables

So … who has been drooling over the gorgeous new Darkroom Door stamps I posted on Tuesday?  I know I’m itching to try a different colour scheme on a few of them, especially Crafty Lady.  As promised, here are the printable copic colour charts to go with each image.  Just save to your computer, and you can print these as a 6×4 photo (or on your home printer, of course).

Leafy Lady copic colour printable

Crafty Lady copic colour printable

Strawberry Lady copic colour printable

Tropical Lady copic colour printable

Cherry Apple Lady copic colour printable

Flower Lady copic colour printable

Looking for the stamps?  You can find them on the Darkroom Door website, or at your local stamping/scrapbooking stockist.

CLICK HERE to be whisked to Darkroom Door.

Looking for Copic markers?  I stock them in my store, and if you want a colour that I don’t have, I can get that for you :)

CLICK HERE to peruse the Categories & discover Copic colour groups.

Darkroom Door – the secret is out

Last week I was doing some top secret colouring … and all I could do was show little sneaky peeks.  BUT … today, I can reveal all!

Darkroom Door has released their new line art stamps.  These stamps were incredibly fun to colour, and there are plenty of ways that you can level up the colouring challenge!  They would also be brilliant for collage techniques, mixed media projects and more!

DDLA002_LineArtStamp_FlowerLady Flower Lady reduced

Flower Lady

DDLA004_LineArtStamp_CherryAppleLady Cherry Apple Lady reduced

Cherry Apple Lady

DDLA006_LineArtStamp_TropicalLady Tropical Lady reduced

Tropical Lady

DDLA005_LineArtStamp_StrawberryLady Strawberry Lady reduced

Strawberry Lady

DDLA003_LineArtStamp_CraftyLady Crafty Lady reduced

Crafty Lady

DDLA001_LineArtStamp_LeafyLady Leafy Lady reduced

Leafy Lady

This gorgeous range was drawn by Lucrecia de Silva, and my favourite to colour was a definately Leafy Lady!  There are links to the stamps in the Darkroom Door store below each set (just click the stamp name to be whisked to retail heaven!).  I will be putting up printables with all the Copic colours I used tomorrow, so tune in for that one!  Big thanks to Rachel Greig for letting me play with her new stamps, and I look forward to trying new colour combos on these beauties soon!

A new school term, a new location

No … I am not moving house (I’m a bit nuts, but not totally crazy!).  I am, however, moving the blog over to my website.  This content will stay here, but new blog posts will be over at DawnLewis.com.au

Now that I’m playing with so many social media platforms, I think it’s time to streamline.  Add to the mix … writing my first book, Secretary for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies, 2 kids still struggling with high school, planning 2 overseas vacations (sadly, not for myself), and trying to make time for all that day to day stuff … well … I’m a teeny bit busy (and loving it!!!).

You can find the new blog HERE, just click the ‘Blog’ tab up the top.  There will be some old projects there, but new stuff too :D

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Video – Zombie Bookmark

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I have been trying to get this video done and uploaded for daaaaaays!  My poor computer is sick … I think it’s time for it to retire :(  Ah well … at least I won’t have to worry about it coming back to life as a zombie computer *smooth segue, hey?*.  So … as I sat at my desk, with 2 pieces of scrap cardstock in front of me, and my new zombie stamp set groaning to be used … I decided to make it up as I went!

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Ingredients …
Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad
Distress Ink – Fired Brick
Dylusions Ink – Postbox Red
Distress Ink blending tool
Double sided tape
Acrylic block
Sweet Stamp Shop – Zombies
Fine scissors
Copic markers – W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, R20, R21, R22, R24, R30, 0
XPress It Blending Card
Red cardstock 6″ x 2″
White cardstock 5.75″ x 1.75″
Non-stick Craft Sheet

It took me about 25 minutes to make (including fussing about with the camera, so maybe less actual creating time).  You can find the Memento Ink, Copic markers, acrylic blocks and the Zombie stamp set by Sweet Stamp Shop in my online store HERE.

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Crafting for a Cause – Angel Gowns

11 June 2014

Last week, as I surfed around Facebook, a single page kept popping up in my newsfeed.  My friends had been tagging it, sharing it and commenting on it … someone even sent me a PM about it.  It was Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies who have Grown their Angel Wings … yes, it’s a quite a mouthful, that title … but it tells you exactly what they do.

You see … they were looking for seamstresses, knitters and crocheters to create tiny little outfits which will be donated to families who are grieving their angel baby, as well as NICU and SIDS babies.  I may not be much of a knitter, but I am pretty darn handy with a sewing machine and a crochet hook … so I signed up to help.

At the moment it is all consuming.  I am working on a particularly large crochet order, aiming for 100 keepsake pieces by the end of this week (and I’ve already posted 100!).  At this point I’d like to say … thank you Spotlight for your 40% off coupon … the timing couldn’t have been better!  I have also made some teeny tiny micro-premmie bonnet & booties sets.  They are smaller than you think.

This is a task which carries a large swag of emotions.  There is sadness for the families who are enduring such sorrow and loss.  There is satisfaction in every piece completed, knowing it will go to a family in need.  There is pride in seeing a community of crafters come together to help others.  There is despair in knowing how many pieces we need to make.  I have participated in a similar program with the FDAA (Folk & Decorative Artists Association of Australia), with their memory box program.  Sadly, I have seen first hand what it means to these families to receive something hand-made, just for them, during these dark times.  Seven years ago my best friend passed away, and her unborn baby passed the next day … that kind of grief can’t be imagined, it can’t be soothed, and it can’t be hurried.  But I will never forget how touched her husband and MIL were at receiving that handpainted memory box.  It wasn’t the best paint-job in the world, but it was painted with love, and gratefully & humbly received.  A little kindness and thoughtfullness goes a very, very long way.

And so … this is why I am now crocheting like a crazy lady.  I am also glad to have some computer skills that are helpful to Sarah, the amazing lady who coordinates this Australia-wide effort.

On the seamstress side of things, Angel Gowns also gratefully accepts donated wedding dresses.  These are deconstructed by hand, every piece cared for and collected, and they are turned into beautiful gowns & suits for angel baby girls and boys.  Many people donate their wedding or deb dress in memory of their own angel baby.  You can read more about the organisation on their website HERE.

If you are thinking that you’d like to do something to help … that would be amazing!  There is a page on the website where you can contact them about donating a gown, or supplies.  You can follow the Facebook page HERE and keep up with the latest news.  Sometimes there is an auction, with funds raised going toward postage costs and materials needed by the volunteers (like ribbon, thread, etc), and be assured that this not-for-profit organisation does not pay its organiser or volunteers.  We do it because we just want to help.  If you would like to volunteer, send them an email or a Facebook PM.  Don’t sew, knit or crochet?  No problem.  You can spread the word, let people know what this organisation is doing, make a donation of cash, a Spotlight gift card or things like ribbon, thread, crochet cottons.  There are lots of little ways that everyone can make a difference.

Copic Colour Combo – Mocha

Copic Colour Combo of the week Mocha

There is a brand new set of colours in the shop this week … one of my fave earth tone natural blending families.  E70 – E71 – E74 – E77 – E79.  You can find them HERE, and as usual, anyone who purchases this set of 3 Ciao & 2 Sketch markers this week will receive a free blank reference card to colour & keep ($34.90 + post for all five).

Video – Masking with Stamps

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I get a lot of questions about how to stamp layered images, and the solution is masking.  It’s difficult to explain with words, so today I made a video showing you how easy it is to create a stamp mask using post-it notes.

The ingredients were pretty simple …

Pattern Paper – Studio Calico, Here + There collection
Cardstock – White (card base) + black (mats)
Blending Card (for copic colouring)
Black ink – Memento Ink, Tuxedo Black (octopus images)
Greeting ink – Close To My Heart, Lagoon
Sweet Stamp Shop – Mr. Octopus and Just the Basics (greeting)
Copic Markers – Octopus BG10, BG11, BG13 – Laptop C0, C1, C2, C3, B0000, B00, 0 – Mug Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17 – Doughnut E30, E31, E33, RV11, RV13, RV14
Double sided tape and Foam tape
Scissors & Trimmer
Post-it Notes

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Now to watch the video … just click on the link below.

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And that’s the finished card!

So … are you keen to have a go at masking?  I’d love to see your masked stamping efforts, so feel free to post your pics on the Facebook page HERE.

Looking for the goodies I used in this project?  If anything is out of stock, just email me and I’m happy to order any Copic products you need, including refills.
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