Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Birthday Blog Hop Winners!!

Before we begin, don't miss today's post with Connie Mercer's fabulous art journal pages featuring Darkroom Door stamps. Check it out here when you are done checking out the winners below!

Winner winner, chicken dinner!!

Thank you so much for celebrating with us for our 4th Birthday Hop! Hopefully you were inspired by all the wonderful cards and got some good ideas for your own projects. Each designer has picked a winner from their comments and each will receive a $25 gift code to spend in the Topflight Stamps store. One grand prize winner was picked from the main hop post comments here and they won a $100 gift code! If you see your name in the list below, contact the designer to get your code.

Winners list:

Grand Prize for $100: Jes!

Contact us for your code Jes, congratulations!

Designer post winners:

Lisa Hoel - Shades of Royalty

Jennie Atkinson - Tammy P

Cornelia Wenokor - Conil

Karen Bearse - Deb Bacon

Dina Kowal - Dee Earnshaw

Kathi Rerek - Patty B

Connie Mercer - Mary in Oregon

Ericka Strange - Tanja Souter

Jenny Marples - Clintine Steele

Autumn Clark - FitWarrior

Rachel Greig - Patricia Boyd

Gwen Lafleur - Mary Herman

Annette Allen - jordanbev5

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks again!!

An Art Journal Page with Darkroom Door Stamps

Hi, Connie here with an Art Journal Page using stamps and stencils by 
Darkroom Door.  I also used some left overs from the
Mixed Media Canvas Bag project, from a couple of weeks ago.

When creating the canvas bag I cleaned my brayer on a couple of
Art Journal pages thus giving me a cool background for this
project.  I also pulled a couple of prints (from the Gel Press)
 using deli paper.  So I collaged pieces on the pages.

I used stamps and stencils by Darkroom Door to create a mixed
media type background.  Random streaks of Fresno Chalk paints
were added also.

A Paper Doll was added along with Quote. More stamps and more
stencils.  Nice thing about art journal pages is you can
keep adding, or covering up and re-adding to get the look you are
 after. A fun process for sure!

Products used:

Stencils: Circles, Brick Wall.  Eclectic: Sketchy Stars
Quote: Possible

Fresno Chalk Paints by PaperArtsy : Lawn, Gold Rush, Turquoise,
Eggshell and South Pacific.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Happy Purrthday!

Greetings! It's Tuesday, so it's Kathi here with you today to share a project. This week my teammates and I are showcasing the wonderful products by Darkroom Door. I really, really wanted to use the Television Eclectic Red Rubber Cling Stamp and kept debating what to do with it. Since I needed a card for my Godfather, who is turning 94 and loves cats, I decided to mix things up a bit.

Here it is!

I started by stamping the Television Eclectic Red Rubber Cling Stamp three times onto Copic friendly cardstock and once onto a Post-It Note. The Post-It Note version was fussy-cut around the. perimeter of the tv and the picture portion was also cut out. This mask was placed on each television set as the kitties from the Moody Kittens Clear Stamp Set was stamped. I used my stamping platform for this. 

The TVs were fussy-cut, colored with Copic markers, and edged with a dark marker. You'll note that I opted to color the kitties in grey scale so that they looked like black and white television shows to match the vintage vibe of the Television Eclectic Red Rubber Cling Stamp. They were set aside while I created the background.

The Abstract 12 Red Rubber Cling Stamp by Darkroom Door was stamped with black Archival ink onto Mixed Media Cardstock. I had to use a manual stamp positioner to add additional length to the border, but after a few botches, I got it right. The top part of the card was blocked and Graphite Elements Ink was applied with a whiskery shaving brush thingy, then heat set.

The bottom/graphite part of the background panel was covered and Sundance Elements Ink was brushed on with another whiskery brush thingy, lightly sprayed with water, and heat set. Fun Flowers Background Red Rubber Cling Stamp by Darkroom Door was inked with Sundance Elements Ink, then randomly stamped on the top portion, then heat set. The background panel was trimmed to 8.5" x 3.5" then edged with the two colors of Elements ink used previously.

Onyx Black VersaFine Ink by Tsukineko was used to stamp the sentiment from the A Purrfect Day Clear Stamp Set by Heffy Doodle onto a scrap of the leftover yellow-brushed cardstock, heat set, then die-cut.

The image panel was adhered to grey cardstock then to a yellow card. The three television sets and the sentiment die-cut were adhered. Grey gemstones from the stash were used to finish the card.

If you'd like to know more about this card, please visit my blog Kat's Tales of Stamping.

 Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, March 29, 2021

Lots of Darkroom Door Play

 Hello Topflight Stamp Fans, remember today is the last day to join in and comment on our 4th Birthday Blog Hop! Prizes to be won!!

Karen Bearse here & this week is all about Darkroom Door (DRD), one of my favorite companies. They have a wonderful catalog of red rubber stamps & stencils. I have a full tutorial on my blog as well as links to owner/designer Rachel Grieg's YouTube travel journals. 


I prepped a travel journal in the hopes for some upcoming travel at some point! Also while I was at it, lots of ephemera was made to use in this & other journals, art journals & art cards. Great to make these images ahead of time & have them at the ready.

Let's look at the products used for my travel journal play. I have a lot of Darkroom Door stamps and used them! Starting with Paris. Did you know that DRD has categories of stamps like Film Strips? These are great used in a strip or cut up individually. 

Another category of stamps is Collage, I used Steampunk Squares. These images can be used for travel, time or whatever your imagination comes up with. Another Collage set that is new for me is Butterfly Post  I see lots of possibilities for making postage type stamps etc. 

Words, oh my pretty words aka Sentiment Strips, another category. For this travel journal the words from Adventure are just perfect. 

Don't forget you can use these with Lots of Labels to make all kinds of cool combinations. Plus you have to like that hand!

Speaking of butterflies this set Fine Butterflies works very well when stamped & left blank to color when I am traveling. It is great on a journal page or planner page. 

Is it possible to have too many favorites?  Coffee Time, who doesn't need this set? Last but not least how about some Buzzing Bees?

 Of course we need ink to play with these stamps. Many colors of Prism Ink were used. It was really fun to use multiple inks on one stamp, creates some dynamic looks. Also try using different papers, it is a great way to get more use out of our stamps. 

Of course stencils are great to create, add a splash of color, create a border or use a marker to add words or titles. Grunge Borders & Journey Stencils open up lots of possibilities.

Washi Tape helps by adding a pop of color or images to your planner or journal pages. For other products that I used see the tutorial on my blog. Thanks so much for joining me. I hope you get a chance to get inky today!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

AALL & Create Tracy Evans Hare Easter Cards


We are having a birthday blog hop with lots of chances to win prizes from Topflight Stamps, so please click HERE to see that post.  

Hi friends!  It's Autumn Clark from SewPaperPaint with you today to share a couple of mixed media Easter cards inspired by the gorgeous Hare stamp by Tracy Evans for AALL & Create.  He is one of my favorite designs by Tracy and I really wanted to use him as an Easter image.  I've shared another card with him HERE in the past and love when a stamp is very versatile.  

For this card, I imagined Mr. Rabbit hopping through a field bringing treats to my kids, so I tried to recreate that thought with paper.  

I pulled a bunch of gel printed papers I've made over time the Gel Press printing plate and various AALL & Create stencils.  I stamped some of Tracy's flower stamps and the bunny and fussy cut them all.  I used green printed paper to make layers of grassy hills, mounted over a blue sky print.  I hope this card has inspired you to pull out your prints and make some stamped scenes yourself.


Since I had my prints all on my art table, I pulled together a second card.  Again with the Hare stamp, this time layered with flowers by Olga Heldwein for AALL & Create.  I simply adore this flower set.  I stamped the flowers with grey ink and used grey Frescos to print the bunny.  


For both cards I added a sentiment sticker, a doodled border and machine stitching around the edge.  I was tempted to make the second card into a "welcome baby" card, but don't know of any babies being born.  But you could certainly use this stamp to make a sweet baby card, in addition to so many other themes.  Thanks so much for joining us today!  Hugs, Autumn

See even more inspiration for using this stamp in my previous post HERE.

And find these stunning stamps at Topflight Stamps today! 

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Time to Celebrate with Visible Image

Happy weekend! Have you had a chance to hop along with the Topflight Stamps 4th Birthday Blog Hop? Check out the post here for chances to win!

Ericka here and today with a colorful card using the new release from Visible Image.

I love both of these sets. The Visible Image Grunge Tones set is perfect for adding textures to your cards and I love the variety of sentiments in the Lost For Words set.

I used my gel press with some acrylic paints and then added the Grunge Tones randomly to the gel press to add some shadow stamping.

I added the sentiment and used some sparkle embossing powder and white gel pen for added fun.


Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out both the blog hop and the great sale going on now!

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