Monday, October 23, 2017

Darkroom Door monthly challenge ~

Hi guys!!!
 I have another card to share, celebrating 10 years in business, for Darkroom Door.
This was the September challenge that is hosted on Face Book.  It is a private page so you will need to be approved and then you can start creating and win prizes!!!
Every month is a new challenge. October's challenge is tags.  Make a tag using Darkroom Door stamps!!! Simple. Post on the challenge page and hopefully your name will be picked :) to win  Darkroom Door stamps!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door stamps: Pocket Watch/Ecletic, Happy Birthday set and Woodgrain/Texture.
pattern paper/7Gypsies
Divine twine
Distress Oxide inks/Ranger
Archival Ink/Ranger

Thanks for stopping by~
(no Try It Tuesday this week)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Think, Try It Tuesday even though it is Friday!

Hi guys!!
I had plans to run this post for Try It Tuesday and it didn't happen.
  So how about Try It Thursday :)  I wanted to do a quick post on the Guadalupe County Fair,
 acually the results from what I entered this year.  So here it is~

the coffee cards (Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Quick Quotes, Darkroom Door)
canvas bag (DecoArt, Stencil1, Buttons Galore & More)
candy cane ornaments (Buttons Galore & More)

create frame (Buttons Galore & More)
sequin USA Flag(Buttons Galore & More)

candy cane (second picture)
altered paint brush ( DecoArt, Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop)

thankful wreath (Clear Scraps, DecoArt)

shell box by Andrea (grand)
spooky clipboard (Clear Scraps)

my mom's girl scout manual (antique division)
tabacco tin with vintage buttons (antique division)

kodak trimmer (antique division)
shell mobile truck (antique division)
So that is what took up my time last week!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Tree with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team.  I have a fun and festive project to share today using one of the Foundations Decor pieces, Christmas Tree with Presents.  The embellishment bottle, O'Christmas Tree added some green sparkle along side some really cute Christmas buttons.

Supplies needed:
Foundations Decor/Christmas Tree with Presents by Buttons Galore & More
Christmas themed buttons/Tree Trimmers and December 25 by Buttons Galore & More
Embellishment Bottle/O'Christmas Tree by 28 Lilac Lane
pattern paper
strong adhesive
acrylic paint: red and beige
wire cuters
ink (for shading)

Steps in creating this Christmas decor piece~
  1. Paint sides and back of the wooden shapes, with arcylic paint, that are not to be covered with pattern paper.
  2. Trace the shape on pattern paper and trim out.

      3. Shade paper with ink and adhere to wood surface.   Turn glued side down and let dry.

Repeat the process for the packages that set under the Christmas tree.  The ribbon shapes were painted, also with acrylic paint.  The fun part is always decorating and adding beautiful embellishments and Buttons Galore & More has plenty of gorgeous buttons!  Use a strong glue to adhere the Christmas buttons after sniping the shanks off with wire cuters. 

After the embellishmensts are adhered, speckle with black ink.  The embellishment bottle by 28 Lilac Lane is full of small clear seed beads, green sequins, different sizes of green tone buttons and small pearls.  So pretty and so perfect for projects of all kind.

Such a cute and easy project for the whole family to join in on.  Buttons Galore & More has a great selection of Foundations Decor pieces to create for the up and coming Holidays.  Not just for Christmas either. Be sure and check out the many selections of crafty and fun projects for celebrating and decorating your home this Holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by.
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Club Q kit with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here today sharing ideas from the October Club Q kit.  The papers are from the Sonata Collection by Quick Quotes. The paper colors are screaming "Fall is coming" and I'm so ready.

This is a page and a half connected and that is able to fold back to a 12" x 12"  The inspiration came from wanting all the photos, from this day, on one page.  This is how the fold out was created~

#1. You will need two sheets of 12" x 12" pattern paper.  The paper sheet trim off the salvage.  The second sheet, trim off the salvage and cut in half, giving you a 6" x 12" piece of paper. Set one half aside. Taking the other half trim 1" x 12" off of the sheet and set it aside.  You will use it on the pocket, for the fold out page. Score down the middle of the 1" x 12"piece of paper.  That is the hinge that will allow the paper to fold out and in. Adhere one side of hinge to the 12" x 12" and the other side to the 6" x 12".
#2. You now have attached the two papers together creating a fold out type page.
#3.  Folded in collage view.

This photo is showing that both papers are almost but not quite touching each other. That is what you need so the page will fold in and out.

#4. The 5" x 12" of pattern paper you set aside is what the pocket was made from. Fold up on the bottom of the 5" x 12" and adhere the sides together, creating a memorabilia pocket.  The second picture, on the collage, is showing that the back of the pocket was used for more photos.

By closing the hinged paper to make a 12" x 12" page you have created another spot to add photos.
Two different events on the same day, all on one page ~ achieved!!  The left over pieces from the kit I made a couple of cards.

and the second one~

Quick Quotes: Club Q October kit
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Amaretto, Mahogany, Sunset, Desert Sun and Midnight Confessions
Canon iP8720 (printed journal strips)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Spooky clipboard with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a"Spooky" project using the Small Regular Portrait Clipboard by Clear Scraps.  Stencils and chipboard images came in handy when the decorating began but first I needed to give them some character. 

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The "Spooky" word, the pumpkin and the spider needed some color.  First the pumpkin~
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I used Distress Oxide inks when adding color, to the stencil, to get the shape of the pumpkin.  Water was sprayed, on the pumpkin carefully, to make the pumpkin looked aged and worn.  It was then cut out and stamped over the top, with a chicken wire stamp using black Archival ink and then set aside.

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The "Spider" chipboard by Clear Scraps was stamped with Versa Mark and then embossed using black embossing powder.  Red rhinestones were added for the eyes.

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The "Spooky" word was inked with black Archival ink and then Stickles/Rock Candy was applied randomly to the letters, giving a drippy letter effect.   The pattern paper was adhered to the clipboard and stenciled with different images and shapes.  Layers of paper and die cuts were tucked behind the pumpkin.  The "Spider" was adhered to the top of the pumpkin.  A straw, ribbon and a charm were added to finish the project.

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 A fun Halloween project for everyone to enjoy!! 
Products used:
Clear Scraps: Small Regular Portrait Clipboard 
Clear Scraps:  6" x6" pumpkin , 6" x 6" Chevron and 6" x 6" spider web
Clear Scraps: Spooky chipboard word
Clear Scraps: Spider chipboard
Distress Oxides by Ranger, Archival Jet Black ink by Ranger
Black embossing powder
Stickles by Ranger
die cuts and pattern paper
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, October 9, 2017

Darkroom Door celebrating 10 years in business!

Hi guys!!!
I have a quick and fun card to share that I created for the September Facebook
 challenge for Darkroom Door.  Every month there is a different challenge
 using Darkroom Door stamps.  Check it out~

I created a background for this card using stamps from the Photography set.  I just repeated the image for the background.  The Film strip border stamp was used along with camera stamps.
I love the Box Brownie stamp!!  This is the closest I have to a camera like that.  Paid $5. for it !!
Anyway (rabbit trail) Darkroom Door celebrated 10 years in business
 in September~I hope they have 10 more!!
Products used:
Darkroom Door: Border/Film Strip
Happy Birthday set
Big Numbers set
Photography set
Box Brownies set
Background/Torn Text
ink: Distress Oxide
Archival / Jet Black
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink
The October Challenge is Tags!!
You can find the challenge here~   
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Challenge #80 with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with the October Challenge #80 for Quick Quotes.  I love adding memorabilia to my scrapbook pages.  Adding pockets to the front of the page is one idea but I used a map for the background, on the page, I'm sharing with you.  Take a look~

My photo strip, created on the iP8720 Canon printer, is adhered to the map with dimensional adhesive. I used Anchor's Aweigh by Quick Quotes as my pattern paper. So perfect for this project.

The pattern paper and die cuts, used for this page, were shaded with PowderPuff Chalk Ink by Quick Quotes.  Not only are the inks good for shading they are great for stamping images, as in sea shells!!

The shells were stamped and then shaded with the same ink they were stamped with. Next, cut them out and line them up, for a sea shell border, under the map. Such a fun project!!

Looking forward to seeing what you create with memorabilia
Products used:
Quick Quotes: Anchor's Aweigh Collection
Quick Quotes : Anchor's Aweigh die cuts 
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Clay, Caribbean Blue, Terra Cotta and Sunset
Canon iP7820 Printer 

Darkroom Door stamps
Buttons Galore & More

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop~

HI guys!!! 
Thanks for joining us for the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop
Make the rounds and be inspired!
The challenge put before us was to alter a paint brush.  I've never tried that :) kinda of scary too.
But here we go. Hope you enjoy!!

I had such a fun time creating this.  I started out going in one direction and turned out doing completely different techniques and using different colors.  I wanted a shabby chic look and I think I accomplished that.
Gesso handle and then paint with color.

I used stencils and modeling paste to create texture on the handle. I added different colors of modeling paste, with my fingers, rubbing it into the grooves of the brush.  I kept doing this until I achieved the "look" I wanted.  You know the one~ when you say , that's it!!!

I wanted this altered paint brush to double as a pin board.  So I kept that in mind while
 I was creating. I needed a way to display the brush because I wouldn't be using the
 handle as a hanger (it would be upside down).
I came up with this~

 This is the way I will display my altered brush.  I can change out the photo but I really love this one. I "give thanks" for them every day. Such a blessing to us!!

 And here is a closeup of the embellishment collage~
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink was used to shade the leaves and the "6" embellishment showcased on the front of the altered paint brush.  I used Helmar 450 to adhere the elements.

Products used:
DecoArt / gesso, modeling paste, paint.
Viva/modeling creme (orange, gold and cream color)
Stencils: Crafters Workshop, Clear Scraps.
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks
Tim Holtz
Buttons Galore & More (in jar)
Maya Road/Ken Oliver embellishments 

Next stop is Joan Borgelt ~ The Gov's Place.
If you get lost you can return to hop by going to D's Paper Studio.
You can see the "Be Inspired Giftaway" (prize pack) at D's Paper Studio.
Four winners will be chosen from all the comments, on all the blogs, along the hop.
 Winners will be drawn via and announced on Tuesday, October 10th
 at D's Paper Studio.
A BIG Thank You to all of our our awesome Sponsors ~

Quick Quotes, Heartfelt Creations, Helmar and D's Paper Studio.
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ a makeover, as in EPIC!!!

Hi guys!
I have a FUN project, one you are going say "really"~
It is quite the makeover.

Looks like brand new right, well it didn't always look like this~
This is a makeover of a vintage 1950's coca~cola ice chest my son
 came across and gifted to me.  Lucky girl :)
Here is a picture along side the original before any work was done on it~

First step in the makeover was to STOP the RUST.
Hubby sprayed a "rust killer" (Ospho) on it and let it sit for a day.  He sanded it ever so slightly.

Then it was spray painted with red.  Let it dry really good ~ now it was my turn to work on it.

I used a #2 paint brush and painted the Coca~Cola on first. I used white acrylic paint by DecoArt.  It took 2 coats to cover and make the letters smooth.

Finished the first side and then painted the words on the backside.  It took me a couple of hours to get the words back on.  The words were sealed with a clear coat spray.

I still want to put moss around the edge of the plastic (holding the succulents) ~
just got to get to town to get some.

Succulents came from Montana. 

Thanks for stopping by for 
My son wants it back!!!