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
other:
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.

Instructions:
  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

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

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, July 17, 2017

Stencils with Clear Scraps!!

Hi, Connie here with a couple of cards using the stencil as the focal point.   Clear Scraps has many stencils that can be made the focal point of the card or scrapbook page. Sometimes you just need that single image that will standout and look amazing.  I think I can help you with that :) Take a look~
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Using pattern paper a card is constructed along with a background.  Half the work is done in creating a fabulous card.   Now for that stand alone image that will explain the card to the recipient.  I chose the flip flops from the 6" Beach Fun stencil by Clear Scraps.

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Some embellishments were added to the flip flops along with the sentiment, buttons and twine. The flip flops were stenciled on white cardstock and cut out.  I used Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink for these cards.   Stamps were used to create a border at the bottom of the card.

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The anchor is on the same 6" Beach Fun stencil. I love the way the cards look and the process was not difficult.  Stencils are a great tool in creating art. So many possibilities with one stencil. The 6" Beach Fun stencil has five large images that are great for a focal point type card like these.  I hope you give this a try~

 Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Christmas in July with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a Christmas in July project with Quick Quotes.  I have created a set of Christmas cards using the new paper collection, called Serenade, by Quick Quotes.  It is full of bright fun colors that work awesome for Christmas themed cards or projects.

The stamp adds to the "retro" look I was going for.  The bright green paper in the Serenade Collection worked great for this project.  The Santa hat is paper pieced and then colored with Lipstick PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.

The Santa face has a little sparkle on it, plus some silver ink splats.  The card and mats are shaded with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks for added dimension.  Love the washed out look, that stamping with the Quick Quotes PowderPuff chalk inks creates.  Perfect for the retro/vintage look.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Serenade Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Midnight Confessions, Lipstick and Green Leaf

Other:
Divine twine
Buttons Galore & More
A Jillian Vance Design /rectangle die
JBS/stamp retired
Wink of Stella for sparkle
FSJ/silver splats

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Try it Tuesday~Scallop Phone Stand by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a super cute, all girl, acrylic Phone Stand by Clear Scraps. These are so fun and easy to create, for that special girl friend, or yourself! Did I say, or for yourself!

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 A simple project that can be made masculine or feminine, you choose!!

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Remove the plastic film from both sides of the phone stand.  Trace the acrylic phone stand, on the pattern paper, and trim out.  Do the small acrylic piece, that the phone rests on, also. Use a X-Acto knife to cut the slit, in the top piece, that attaches to the small acrylic piece, that the phone rest on. Adhere the paper to the acrylic, on the backside, with Zip Dry by Beacon.

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Embellish the sides of the phone stand, leaving room for the phone to sit on the stand.

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The charging cord goes in the open slot at the bottom of the phone stand.  This super cute, acrylic,  phone stand makes it really easy to have a designated charging place, for the phones in the house or your phone.   So stylish looking!!!

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: Scallop Phone Stand
other:
Beacon Zip Dry
Paper: Authentique
Buttons Galore and More

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fun Stampers Journey~ new stamps!!!

Hi guys!
I recently purchased some stamps by Fun Stampers Journey and loved them~no
 I'm not selling just creating:)

I had a fun, vintage inspired label and added it to the card for that eclectic look. The watermelon pops are paper pieced.  I didn't get to fussy with this, just had fun creating with new stamps. Not sure about the paper but I think it is Canvas Corp. 

I also tried some of the inks. Loved them too!!
If you need a Journey Coach I want to recommend
Alex Gomez. She has been really helpful:) and really GREAT!!!
Thanks for stopping by~
See ya soon.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Gracey Mixable Album with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with the Mixable Gracey album by Clear Scraps.  The Gracey album has five pages of both, acrylic and chipboard.   The pages are cut with a cute deco edge that gives a finished look to the pages.

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The acrylic pages have pattern paper adhered to the backside of the acrylic. Remember to remove the plastic film before adhering paper to the acrylic pages.  Both sides of the chipboard are covered with pattern paper.  The inside pages are all ready for your favorite photos.  I chose a watermelon themed paper because we are crazy for that delicious melon in the summer.  So are the grands!!!

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The inside pages were attached, to the acrylic and chipboard pages, using Zip Dry by Beacon.  Embellishments were added to enhance the pages.  This is such a fun album to create and makes a beautiful  gift. In the Clear Scraps store there are all kinds of mixable albums to create.  Stop in the store and take a look!! Great summer projects to do with the kids.

Products Used:
Clear Scraps:  Mixable Gracey 5.5" X 8.0"
Other:
Beacon adhesive
Paper: S.E.I.
Buttons Galore & More
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate with Buttons Galore & More

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team.   I have created a kid friendly/decor project that is fun to create with children, and will look fabulous in your home or on your front door, tucked into a grapevine wreath.   The project was created using the Bon Voyage Sequin tin by 28 Lilac lane.  Take a look~

The inspiration for this project came from the sequin tin itself.  It is full of red, white and blue sequins along with white hearts and blue stars.  So lush!  Can't you see a child waving this flag at a celebration parade and then saving it, by tucking it away in a grapevine wreath for the front door?  Or display it in a vintage soda bottle, either way it will be super cute!

Simply instructions~
(1) Sketch out a USA flag on white cardstock about 4" X 6".  Separate the large blue sequins, using a toothpick, from the sequin tin.
(2) Glue the large blue sequins on the flag with gemstone glue. Add the white hearts to the blue section and let dry.  Do the same with the small red sequins, placing them in strips.  Let dry.
(3) Cut the blue section out and then the red strips.  Piece them on a 4" X 6" piece of white cardstock or grid paper.  When it is dry, mat on black cardstock.

The flag was then glued to a piece of burlap ( 5" X 7" ) and then glued to a stick. I used a stick from the yard.

Using twine and buttons, stringers were created for the side of the flag.  These were tied to the top of the stick.

I chose the vintage soda bottle verses the grapevine wreath to display the handcrafted flag.  The soda bottle is full of red buttons to hold the stick in place.  I really love the look!

Supplies used:
28 Lilac Lane:  Bon Voyage Sequin tin
Buttons Galore & More: Button Basics/Bright mix
Paper: cardstock white/black and Authentique pattern paper
Beacon: Gem-Tac permanent glue and Quick Grip
Divine Twine: red and blue
burlap, stick, soda bottle (optional)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, July 3, 2017

The new Serenade Collection by Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the new Serenade Collection by Quick Quotes.  I love the black, red and green colors mixed together with some light blue on the side.  So beautiful!!

Stamps were used, to create embellishments, to accent the page.   The Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks are great to add color to the stamped images.  A variety of different stamps were used to embellish the page.  Love mixing stamps and creating with the mix.

This corner cluster was stamped directly on the scrapbook page and added embellishments were popped up for extra dimension.

The journal cluster was created and printed using the Canon iP8720 crafting printer. Create a Word document and print it out on white cardstock..  Cut the text into word strips and create a journal corner, on the scrapbook page. The photographs were also printed using the Canon iP8720 crafting printer.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Serenade Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes PwderPuff Chalk inks: Green Leaf, Midnight Confession, Buttercup and Lipstick.
Canon iP8720 printer

Other:
Joy Clair stamps
Darkroom Door stamp
Avocado Arts stamp
stickers and buttons

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer