Friday, August 18, 2017

Faith wall hanging with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a mixed media project using the "Faith " stencil by Clear Scraps.   Just using the supplies, I had on hand, it was fun to create this wall hanging,as a special reminder, to keep the "faith".
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The background was created using a gel press and acrylic paints on a 6" X 12" piece of canvas.  After the background was good and dry. the stencil was placed over the background print and using StazOn ink the word "faith" was added.  Highlights were added, with acrylic paint, to each letter.   The canvas was attached to a stick (from the yard). Again just using what is available to me :) 

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Fancy trim and lace were glued to the bottom, of the canvas, along with a cluster of buttons.   A ribbon stringer was created, for the side, and tied to the top of the stick with hemp twine.  More buttons added also.  This would also look great hanging from a door knob or vintage cloths hanger.  Clear Scraps has twelve word stencils, that would make beautiful home decor projects.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Framed Art with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team sharing a framed art piece using Victorian accents by Buttons Galore & More.  The themed button selections were the perfect accent for this framed art piece. The beautiful thing about these Victorian accent buttons you can change the color so easy.  Spray paint works great!

The frame was painted with acrylic paint and sanded for a vintage look and feel.  The inside piece is vintage dictionary paper stenciled with the word "create".   Black acrylic paint was used for the stenciling.  The flowers were wrapped with twine and adhered to the side of the frame with strong glue.

The Heirloom Keepsakes buttons were glued to the side of the flower cluster.  They come in several different colors.  I used the light green ones for this project.

The Victorian Rose buttons and the Gold Filigree corners were spray painted a pewter color and adhered to each inside corner of the frame.  The Filigree corner was attached first and then the Victorian Rose button next.  The shanks were clipped off, using wire snips, to give a flat surface to adhere.  The framed art was splattered with black and pewter paint.  That process was achieved  by spraying a puddle of paint, on a paper plate, and then using a toothbrush to splat the paint on the frame.  Old technique but still one of my favorites!

Supplies needed:
Buttons Galore & More: Victorian / Heirloom Keepsakes
Buttons Galore & More: Victorian / Victorian Rose
Buttons Galore & More: Gold Filigree corners
spray paint silver/pewter
vintage dictionary paper
word stencil
flower bunch
DecoArt: green paint
sand paper, toothbrush, strong glue.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ more button brooches!!

Hi guys!
I have been super busy with four grands.  We have gone to
 the movies, made slime :), toured the caverns, went to a snake farm, made ice cream shakes,
 enjoyed swimming and marble game tournament (every night).  They also walked
 with me every night ~ great talks too!!!
Just letting you know why I haven't been around :)  it is coming to and end soon :(
I created these brooches out of vintage muslin cloth.  Twist the fabric and tack with hot glue or a strong wet glue.  Add felt to the back (to keep the brooch together).  The leaves are vintage, about 1950's.  I found them on a junkin' trip.  The buttons are from Buttons Galore and More.

My mom wanted this one !

Sent this one to a very special lady :)  
I kept the top one :)
Supply list:
Muslin fabric cut in strips 24" long about 4" wide
Vintage leaves or flowers
Buttons Galore & More will have gorgeous buttons!
strong adhesive

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Mixing it up with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using two different paper collections by Quick Quotes.  I decided on the Serenade Collection and the Mulberry Collection.  Lovely purple tones in both collections.

The photo is a scanned copy of a vintage picture of my mother.  It is a little blurry from age but I was thrilled to get it.  I printed the photo from the Canon iP8720 in a 5" X 7" size and  the journal information also.  The photo is such a treasure to me.

Embellishments were added along with Die Cuts from Quick Quotes. The pattern papers were shaded with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.   The wooden girl head is also colored using PowderPuff Chalk ink (Clay) by Quick Quotes.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Serenade Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes: Mulberry Collection
Quick Quotes: Mulberry Quotes & Phrases
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Violet, Clay, Midnight Confessions.
Canon Printer iP8720


Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ a challenge with Darkroom Door!

Hi guys!
Did you know Darkroom Door stamps does a monthly challenge on their
 Facebook page? This is the card I created for the July Challenge~ The theme was flowers.

I ended up using several Darkroom Door stamps.  I love how you can mix the sets with
 each other to create cards. All different styles and themes seem to just,
really, work great together. 
You can't ask for anything more than that :) 

On the yellow daisies, I hit the stem and tips of the flower with black ink and then 
yellow~love the shading it created!  Just like it grew from the card, well almost :).

Supply List:
Darkroom Door stamps:  Brushed Sentiment, Vintage Office, Christmas Reindeer, Mail Art, Postage Stamp Frame stamp and Torn Text Background stamp.
Ink: Archival by Ranger
Twine: Divine Twine 
Buttons: Buttons Galore & More

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Stencils and vellum with Clear Scraps ~

Hi, Connie here with some fun cards using stencils by Clear Scraps.  Creating cards with stencils is easy to do.  All you need is ink or paint to stencil in the image with. Let me show a couple of cards I created using five different 6" stencils by Clear Scraps.

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  • Create a card by folding cardstock in half (this is about a 4" X 4").

  • Stencil background by using a 6" stencil by Clear Scraps.  Archival ink was used in my examples.

  • Set your card aside and on a piece of white cardstock stencil some larger, stand alone images, using different color inks.  

  • Stencil about 4 different images and cut them out.

  • Add a piece of vellum over the background you created with the stencils.

  • Layer the cutouts at the bottom of the card.  Use dimensional adhesive (popping several up) to adhere to the bottom of the card.

  • Add sentiment over large stenciled images.

  • Add twine to the top of the card.

  • Speckle with ink spray or paint splats.
  • The next card was created in the same way, just using different stencils.

    I loved the 6" Mustaches stencil by Clear Scraps.  It makes a really cute background for a card. On this card I used some of the mustaches for the larger images.  The word "Gentle" is on the 6" Fruit of the Spirit" stencil and was perfect for this card.  Follow the same steps, as listed above, to create this card.

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    This is an easy technique for creating fun and unique cards with stencils.  Using the vellum to tone it all down and then bring it back with the images at the bottom of the card.

    Supply list:
    Clear Scraps: 6" Beach Fun, 6" Anchor & Helm, 6" Ocean Friends, 6" Mustaches and 6" Fruit of the Spirit.
    vellum, cardstock, stickers, twine, ink spray, stamp set .

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    Button Brooch with Buttons Galore & More

    Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team.  Today I will be sharing an idea using Toasted Graham Embellishment Bottle by 28 Lilac Lane.  The contents of the bottle remind me of graham crackers, rich in brown tones along with seed bead and sequins.  Taking beautiful embellishments and adding them to clothing, to accessorize, is a favorite of mine.  Making a brooch, to add to a denim shirt or straw hat, is where I started.

    Taking a small piece of burlap and twisting it, made it easy to create a rose flower for the base of the brooch.   Tag the ends with a strong glue and back the burlap flower with felt, so the flower will not unravel.

    Now the fun part.  Pour the contents of the Embellishment bottle on a dish (so you can see all of the pretties) and start selecting the buttons for the center of the burlap rose flower.

    Using a strong glue, start gluing down buttons, sequins, pearls and beads.  Overlapping the buttons and tucking in the sequins under the buttons gives for a beautiful looking brooch. Add felt leaves and twine to finish off the brooch.   Glue a pin, on the back of the brooch, making it easy to attach to a shirt or hat.

    Love how the "create" brooch looks on the straw hat.  Just attach to the hat, using the pin that was glued to the back of the brooch.

    Here is the"inspire" brooch on the denim shirt.  Love the look!!!
    Hope you give the Embellishment Bottles a try and create something to add to those hats, sweaters and shirts. Supply list here.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Fun Photo Strip scrapbook page with Quick Quotes and Canon~

    Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Earth Wind Fire Collection by Quick Quotes.  I wanted to create a fun photo strip to go under the focal photo and the Canon iP8720 helped out with that. Take a look~

    Instructions for the photo strip:

    Using the Garden Image program from Canon I created a collage, using the same two photographs twice.  Once the collage was created and ready to print out I changed the setting to grey scale.

    Once the photo is printed  cut it length ways to get the photo strip look. Adhere to white cardstock and then a darker color cardstock. I went with solid green in the Earth Wind Fire Collection. The focal photo was printed in color.

    These are so fun to make and look great on a scrapbook page. Once those elements are created the page is ready to complete with embellishments. The accent papers are shaded with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks. Die cuts are added from the Earth Wind Fire Collection also.

    Supplies used:
    Quick Quotes: Earth Fire Wind Collection
    Quick Quotes: Earth Fire Wind Die Cuts
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Midnight Confessions, Seafoam, Evergreen, Light Moss, Feather Gray 
    Canon Printer iP8720
    Buttons Galore & More
    Beacon Quick Grip
    Petaloo flowers

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    July Tag with Clear Scraps~

    Hi, Connie here with my July tag with Clear Scraps.   I used a couple of the chipboard embellishments, along with an acrylic tag, to create a festive 4th of July tag.

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    Remove the plastic film from both sides of the acrylic tag before creating your project.  Adhere pattern paper to the back of the tag using Zip Dry by Beacon.  Layer pattern paper, journal cards and stickers on the front of the tag (directly on the acrylic) and adhere with Zip Dry or use dimensional adhesive.  Shade around the tag with ink.  Add ribbon or twine to the top.  Finish embellishing with buttons and rhinestones.

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    Last step, paint the chipboard pieces (the star and the 4th of July word piece) using acrylic paint. Red for the word embellishment and yellow for the star. Let dry and adhere to the front of the tag.  Use Wink of Stella/clear to add sparkle to the star and word embellishment.  The tag is ready to tape to a big watermelon and enjoy!!

    Products used:
    Clear Scraps: chipboard word (4th of July)
    Clear Scraps: chipboard stars
    Clear Scraps: Acrylic tag
    Zip Dry by Beacon
    Paper: Authentique
    Buttons Galore and More
    Wink of Stella/clear
    divine Twine

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    Try It Tuesday~ trying out new stamps!

    Hi guys!
    Thanks for stopping by~
    Today I have a card to share using a stamp from Fun Stampers Journey.  
    They have some really cool stamps (along with other really cool crafty stuff).

    I used another funky label I had collected and used the gorgeous feather stamps as
     a background stamp too.  Tip ~When adding color to the stamp, hit it with different ink pads for a unique, one of a kind look.  Love doing that :)

    Supply list: 
    Fun Stampers Journey/Flock Together stamp
    Divine Twine
    ink: Archival by Ranger
    paper: JBS 
    S.E.I./Black Tumble Die for splats

    Thanks for stopping by for 
    See ya soon~

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Quick Quotes and Joy Clair~beautiful!

    Hi, Connie here hosting the Quick Quotes blog today.  We are partnering with Joy Clair this week with their fabulous stamps along with our fabulous ink and paper.

    I had such a fun time creating with both!!  I used my Canon iP8720 Printer for some extra fun, creating a photo strip for my page.

    Instructions on the photo strip:
    Starting at the top left ~
    Printed from the Canon iP8720 using the photo program on this printer.
    Select the photos you want in the photo strip.  Place in a 4 picture collage with no spaces.
    Print in grey scale. Cut apart length ways.
    Mount the two set of landscape pictures on white cardstock.
    Shade with a, well used, Midnight Confession by Quick Quotes.
    Mount on black cardstock and shade with Midnight Confession by Quick Quotes.  I always save my, well used, inks for when I want light shading.

    Using my stamps from Joy Clair, I stamped the images on white cardstock and cut them out.  The mason jar and flowers were colored in using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Use a q-tip and gently add color to the image.

    I created we two different sets by Joy Clair.  They are very mixable friendly.  First thing I look for when I'm looking to purchase stamps is that they will be easy to mix with other stamp sets.

    Products used:
    Quick Quotes: Serenade Collection (coming soon)
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Green Leaf, Midnight Confession, Baby Blue, Cherry Blossom, Warm Gray, Violet, Buttercup and Lipstick.
    Joy Clair: Doodle Flowers and God's Focus
    Canon iP8720 Printer

    Buttons Galore & More

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Patriotic Journal with Clear Scraps~

    Hi, Connie here with a patriotic journal using the USA chipboard piece by Clear Scraps.  Clear Scraps makes many shapes and designs in chipboard and this one is a favorite of mine.  I wanted to create  something really special with it. Something you would want to keep, so a journal was created showcasing  the USA chipboard.  Take a look~

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    Zip Dry by Beacon was used to secure the pattern paper to the composition notebook front. Stencils by Clear Scraps were used to create a fun and messy background for the USA chipboard piece. Layers of pattern paper were added as well.

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    The USA chipboard piece is painted with red and navy acrylic paint.  A star punch was used, to create the three stars, on the USA shape.  Dimensional adhesive was used to adhere the USA shape to the front of the journal.

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    The 6" chevron and the 6" star stencil, used with black archival ink, to create the background for the journal.  The stencils were randomly placed on the journal and stenciled in sections.  Just a little here and a little there, using a small section of the stencil at a time.  Simple to do with great results!

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    The back of the journal, just like Clear Scraps products, made in the USA.
    Products used:
    Clear Scraps: Chipboard USA
    Clear Scraps: 6" Chevron stencil and 6" Stars stencil
    composition notebook
    Zip Dry by Beacon
    Paper: Authentique
    Divine Twine
    Button Galore & More
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink
    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    Christmas in July with Buttons Galore & More

    Hi, Connie here with the Buttons Galore & More design team.  We are celebrating Christmas in July, with handcrafted ornament ideas, to create with the family.  Easy for little hands to make and show off, on the Christmas tree, or share with friends and family.   I created Candy Canes with big red, green and white buttons.  Easy for little hands to pick up and glue down.

    These went pretty fast and are very kid friendly to create.

    1. Create a pattern by drawing a Candy Cane on chipboard and cutting it out.
    2. Punch a small hole, in the top of the Candy Cane, and place twine through for the hanger.  
    3. Wrap the Candy Cane with jute, adhering to the top of the Candy Cane and the bottom.  Adhere big buttons to the wrapped Candy Cane with a strong wet glue.  Let dry. Add embellishments, if desired, to complete the ornaments.

    The Candy Canes are wrapped with jute loosely.  Once the big buttons are adhered the jute is secure. 

    Buttons Galore & More makes the cutest embellishment buttons.  They are called the Holiday Fun Collection.  Snowmen, Christmas Trees, Stars, Deer, Cat and Dog, just to name a few.  So fun, just like their name.   I sniped the shanks off and added the cute "Holiday Fun" buttons to the Candy Canes.  Paper Holly leaves are tucked in behind the "Holiday Fun" buttons.  These are also great for gift exchanges and teacher gifts.  A gift bag tag is another way to use these Candy Cane ornaments!   

    I'm looking forward to adding these handcrafted Candy Cane ornaments to my little Christmas tree this year, mixed with some real Candy Canes.  That is sure to make everyone happy!!

    Supply list:
    Buttons Galore & More : Holiday Fun! buttons
    Buttons Galore & More: Button Bonanza/Vintage Christmas
    Buttons Galore & More: Holiday Collection/Snowmen

    heavy jute twine
    Divine twine
    glue: Beacon Quick Grip
    paper Holly leaves

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member