Thursday, June 22, 2017

Scrapbooking with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a Scrapbook page using an acrylic sheet by Clear Scraps.  I created a background, for the page, using a Geo pattern stencil by Clear Scraps. 

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By sanding the acrylic sheet you get a frosted look and by adding stencils you have created a fun background for your photos. Very cool technique to use when creating with acrylic.  StazOn ink/Black was used to stencil the color on the acrylic sheet.  

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Love the frosted look of the acrylic by simply running a piece of sand paper over the front of the acrylic.  Remember to remove the plastic film.

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Layer pattern paper in the center of the page.  Add embellishments, stickers and journal strips. The chipboard word " Friends" is by Clear Scraps.  It was painted with acrylic paint and then adhered with Beacon's Quick Grip the page.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Deco Shapes
Clear Scraps: chipboard word "Friends"
Clear Scraps: 6" Geo Stencil
Other: S.e.i./paper, Beacon Quick Grip, StazOn ink

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pirates with 28 Lilac Lane~

Hi guys!
I'm hosting over on the Buttons Galore and More blog today.  I have a really cute scrapbook page to share using the Pirates Life Embellishment Kit by 28 Lilac Lane. This was such a fun kit to create with and couldn't have been more perfect, for the  photos I had, to create a scrapbook page with.


The Pirates Life embellishment kit includes buttons, sequins, velvet trim, a charm, small seed beads and pirate skull embellishments.  I used the Pirates Life kit to create my page accents and it was really fun.  I looked up pictures, of pirate images, and hand drew them out on cardstock and then embellished with the contents, in the Pirates Life kit.


The first embellishment I created was the Pirate ship.  Drawing a Pirate ship can be kinda of scary when you're not sure what one looks like to begin with.  When you have a picture in front of you, not so hard at all.  Once the Pirate ship was created, from pattern paper and buttons, it was ready to put in place on the scrapbook page.  Amazing what can be created with paper and buttons!


The next embellishment to be created was the Pirates hat.  I traced the outline of the hat on cardstock and then embellished with sequins and the pirate skull from the kit.  The embellishment cluster was enhanced with grey pearls from the Pirates Life kit.  The black velvet trim was added below the film strip of black and white photos.  I tucked in a few large buttons in the bottom Pirate cluster.  The journal text was created and added to the side of the Pirate cluster.  I hope you are encouraged to create unique, one of a kind embellishments for your craft projects using the embellishment kits by 28 Lilac Lane. 

Supplies used:
Other:
Cardstock
Pattern paper
Clear Scraps: stencil
Divine Twine
Beacon Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Try It Tuesday ~ a DecoArt Blogger Outreach Project!

Hi guys!
I'm so excited to share with you my first project with DecoArt as a member
 of the Blogger Outreach Program.  I showed a small cabinet on my blog, about a year ago, that I wanted to refinish and DecoArt help make that happen.  They provided the products and I provided the labor.

I started by cleaning the outside, of the cabinet, with warm soapy water, just getting
 the dirt and grim off.  It was really a mess.  That was one thing that drew me to the Chalk Paint by DecoArt, the cabinet didn't have to be stripped, just cleaned and then painted right
 over the old finish.  Such a plus for me!

As you can see in the first picture the condition of the cabinet was pretty rough.  The Chalky Finish/Primitive paint went on smooth and covered all the ugly dings with one coat of paint.  I applied another coat of paint (just because I loved the way the paint went on) and then let it set a couple of hours and then applied the Creme Wax.  This was done twice. The Creme Wax was applied with a soft rag, so easy and clean up was even easier.  Soap and water, that's it.

The stencil was applied to the front door.  Chalky Finish/Lace was used with a couple of drops of Carbon Black Media Fluid Acrylics to tint the color grey.  To apply the paint, to the stencil, I used a small makeup sponge.  The trick to stenciling is to not over saturate the sponge with paint. The paint will go under the stencil.  Apply a small amount to the sponge and then dab off and then go to the stencil.  I did a practice print first on cardboard. Then I could tell how much paint was too much paint.

The cabinet has a wire shelf and a wire rack, attached to the inside of the cabinet.
 Super cute!
Those were cleaned up with a wire brush and reinstalled.



The before photo on the right. What a huge difference a little paint and love can do.

Supplies used:
Americana Decor Chalky Finish: Primitive
Americana Decor Chalky Finish: Lace
Americana Decor: Creme Wax
Americana Decor: Cafe Paris stencil
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Carbon Black

other:
soft rag (to apply Creme Wax)
soft 2" paint brush (to apply the Chalky Finish paint)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program Member

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cards and Seashells~

HI guys!
I have a couple of cards to share, using the Seashells by Darkroom Door.
  A favorite stamp set of mine, at the moment.  I also pulled out an oldie but
 goody from way back ~ Autumn Leaves, who remembers them?


My inspiration for these cards was a sandy beach, with a pop of color.  The shells being the pop of color.  The large shells are stamped on white cardstock and cut out.  The background is created with the Shells Background stamp by Darkroom Door.

The sentiments are stamped on white cardstock and trimmed out.  The stamps are by Autumn Leaves, I'm thinking around 2009 ~2010 when I bought them.  I have never used them until today ~ so glad I did.  Such a fun font!!!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Seashells, Seaside inchies and Shells Background stamp
Autumn Leaves: Script set
Ink: Ranger
twine
Wink of Stella (for sparkle)
S.E.I. ( Black Tumble dye for splats)

This isn't a sponsored post, just me having fun creating with some awesome products!! 
Thanks for stopping by~
tomorrow!!
See ya soon~

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Printer Tray project with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a Printer Tray project, showcasing our Texas home, by Clear Scraps. These are some photos that were taken by a friend showcasing small, fun details of the ranch. The Printer Tray was so perfect to display these images .

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The photos are trimmed down to 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" and secured in each square on the Printer Tray. The sections were glued together with Beacon Quick Grip. The top frame is painted with acrylic paint. Buttons were put in one section of the Printer Tray.  I was going for a bold look.

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The cluster at the bottom is the Windmill chipboard embellishment by Clear Scraps.  Ivy, flowers, star and buttons were added along with the year date.  Fun project to create!

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Square Printer Tray Frame
Clear Scraps: Windmill chipboard embellishment  
other: Beacon Quick Grip, buttons, ivy and flowers, stickers, Divine twine and acrylic paint

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Earth Wind Fire with Quick Quotes~a scrapbook page!

Hi, Connie here with scrapbook page using the collection Earth Wind Fire by Quick Quotes.  I had a bunch of scrap pieces from this collection so they were incorporated into the design of the page.  Love using scraps up!!

I started by mounting the photos on a sheet of pattern paper about the size of a 8" X 10".  I stuck little pieces of pattern paper all around the edges.  I even used die cuts.  Nothing was off limits.  The stitching is from a stamp but the machine stitch would look great too.

I love the border the small pieces of paper gives the matted photos.  They are shaded with different Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Such a fun and easy project to create while using up all of those little bits and pieces that we all save.

This is my oldest son with his three boys. We are surely Blessed!!!

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Earth Wind Fire Collection
Quick Quotes: Earth Wind Fire 500 
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Midnight Confessions, Seafoam, Navy, Antique Linen and Barn Board
other: stickers, buttons and rubber stamp

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Try It Tuesday ~ Button Fruit, yum!!

Hey guys!!
Thanks for stopping in for Try It Tuesday!
I have been playing around with some big buttons. Never sure what to do
 with the big ones:)  I came up with stacking a smaller button inside a larger one and
 it lead to button fruit. Let me show you~
It started with this~


Pulling out the big buttons and separating by colors. 

I cut some small leaves out of felt and began making stacks of buttons.  The big buttons 
 for the base and the smaller ones for the center.  I stitched them together, to fill in the button holes.

 The outside color (big button) of fruit and the inside color (smaller button) to
 resemble the fruit that was being created.

Example: orange and a small watermelon :)
I also used small pieces of sticks for the stem. The button color
 was matched with cardstock for a backing for the button.
  A magnet was glued to the
 back of the button fruit.  Super cute, so I made more~

limes 
and here is the rest of them ~

oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, watermelon, apple, limes.
This is an easy kid friendly project also.  Neat refrigerator magnets!!
Products used:
Buttons Galore & More: Button Bonanza: Campy and Pastel
Buttons Galore & More: Button Basics: Bright Mix
other:
felt, small sticks, thread and needle, glue (hot glue or Beacon's Quick Grip)

The buttons were provided by Buttons Galore & More for this project.
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, June 12, 2017

Darkroom Door Face Book Inspiration page challenge~

Hi guys!
I did another challenge ~ two in one week, that is a record:)
The Darkroom Door Inspiration page on Face Book is having a challenge
 to make a card or project using an Eclectic stamp.  I chose the Eclectic/Daisy stamp
 with the Background /Stone stamp to create a card with.


I also added the Carved Leaves Vol.1 and the Texture/Criss Cross stamps by
 Darkroom Door.

The sentiment (Brushed Sentiments by Darkroom Door) is embossed with black embossing powder by Ranger. 
 The center of the flower is buttons by Buttons Galore and More.  The challenge is to use the Eclectic stamp and I ended up using five different stamps.
If you would like to play along look up Darkroom Door Inspiration page to get in and post your project.  The challenge is through the end of June.  Five eclectic stamps will be given to one lucky winner.
Hope to see you there!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tag set created with stencils by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a cute tag/card set using the 6" stencils by Clear Scraps.  Take out some scrap pieces of cardstock, ink and stencils and that will get you started.

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The cards are 4"X 4".  There are 6 cards in the set. Each card is stenciled with a nautical image from the Ocean Friends and Beach Fun stencils by Clear Scraps.  I used different color of inks for a fun look.  Each card is decorated with Sequins by Clear Scraps. See steps taken in photo below.

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I also stenciled a 5" X 7" muslin bag to hold the card set in.  It made a really cute gift.

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The card fronts were popped up with dimensional adhesive.   Easy project but does take time to complete all the fronts and stencil the bag.  The background of the bag is sprayed with colored ink spray for added color.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: 6" Ocean Friends and 6" Beach Fun
Clear Scraps sequins: Ocean, Glamour and Little Dude
Other: Muslin bag, cardstock, Wink of Stella, Archival ink and spray.

Thanks for stopping by
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Button bag and button cards with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with the Buttons Galore & More design team.  I have a fun project to share using the Patriot Button Tote by Buttons Galore & More.  Inspired by the navy, light beige, deep red and white buttons, in the tote, I created a button bag along with button cards.  The buttons are beautiful and look gorgeous on the button cards.


The button cards were created using a button card stamp and beautiful buttons from Buttons Galore & More.  Each card has a sample of the buttons, that are included in the Patriot Button Tote. No card is alike, all different buttons. Each button is hand sewn, on the card, for easy access and future use. They are created just like the vintage button cards, well almost!   A great gift idea for a person that is crazy about buttons.


The burlap bag is stitched with some scraps of material and more buttons, after all, it is a button bag.  The button cards fit nicely in the bag.

The finished project with the cards inside the button bag.

Products used:
Buttons Galore & More:  Patriotic Button Tote HB 106 

Other:
ink, stamps, burlap bag and scraps of material.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with Darkroom Door

Hi guys!
Thanks for stopping by today.  I saw on Simon Says they were showcasing
 Darkroom Door with a Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
 I haven't done a challenge in years and I love Darkroom Door so I created a card
for the Monday Challenge.  The theme is Masculine.

I used only Darkroom Door stamps to create the card. A jar full of nuts,
 the kind most guys love the most.


Products used:
Darkroom Door: Tool Shed, Frame Stamp/Mason Jar and Background Stamp/Woodgrain.
Ranger Archival Inks: Potting Soil, Jet Black, Tree Branch, Coffee and Watering Can.
S.E.I.: Black Tumble Dye
twine

The link to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is in the first line, hope to see you there.
This is not a sponsored post just me creating with some great products.

See ya soon~

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer cards with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a couple of cards created with some summer fun in mind.  I used some paper scraps left over from the May Club Q kit.  I did some stamping and stenciling to create the embellishments for the cards.  The Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks are so perfect for this!

Layers of paper were added to the card front.  The paper edges were shaded with Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalk inks.  The ink adds great definition to the individual papers used to create the layers.

The anchor, on the card above, is from a stencil. Love the rich color you get from the Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  You can determine the shade, light or dark, by how many times you apply the ink to the area being stenciled.

The flip flops are stenciled and the square embellishments, at the bottom, are stamped. Add a sentiment, buttons, twine and you have a created a fun card for the summer.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: May Club Q
Quick Quotes: Adventure Awaits
Quick Quotes: Clay, Jade, Bora Bora, Blue Lagoon and Midnight Confessions.

other:
Clear Scraps: stencil
Darkroom Door: stamps
Divine Twine
Beacon
Buttons Galore & More

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, June 2, 2017

Stampington & Co. Take Ten Summer 2017 edition~ 9 cards!!!

Hi guys!
I had some good news last month from Stampington & Co.
Nine cards (the most I have had published at one time) published in the
 Summer edition of Take Ten.

Take Ten is a magazine for cards that take no longer than 10 minutes to create.  
 These cards fit that description, fun and fast!

All Occasions set. 
Darkroom Door: Happy Birthday set, Big Numbers, Simple Sayings and Frame/ Film stamp.
(magazine says Stampin' up) oops!
I usually use scraps of paper and start there.  Sometimes I don't have a paper name :)

Seaside card set.
Darkroom Door: Word Block / Seaside and Seaside Inchies

Camera Tag set.  
Darkroom Door: Box Brownies and All Occasions.
These are tags, stamped on the fold to create the tag.
Very easy and cute :)
Thanks for allowing me to share. Have a great weekend!!
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