Monday, September 25, 2017

So easy with ~

I have a new love!  It is succulents.  They are very trendy and you see them in all markets. Paper, stamps, home decor, antique to name a few.  I see them in vintage containers, on wreaths, outside, inside everywhere.  They are just so cute, plus they won't die.  They might get dirty and need to be cleaned but that is an easy fix.

I was pleasantly surprised at how realistic these beauties look.  You have to touch them to figure out they are artificial succulents.  Low maintenance is always appreciated around my home.  No soil, sun, or water needed to have beautiful realistic plants for your home.

Same applies to the outside of your home, Hedgescapes has you covered inside and outside. Hedgescapes also sell hedges, like an Artificial Boxwood Hedge, that will make the outside of your home beautiful. The Artificial Boxwood Hedge will give you privacy plus a beautiful manicured hedge that is extremely durable and 100% maintenance free,  just like the succulents.  

For more information visit Hedgescapes.
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Thanks for stopping by and hope you take a few minutes and visit Hedgescapes.

Disclaimer: Crafty Goodies received a complimentary sample for the purpose of writing a review.  I was not compensated for this blog post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Scrapbooking with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using a chipboard bicycle and an acrylic border, to embellish my page, by Clear Scraps.

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Instructions for the chipboard and acrylic border
1. Take out 4 different acrylic paints and starting with the wheels on the bicycle, add color.
2. Let dry and start painting the body of the bicycle. 
3. Paint the seat and handle bars and then the basket.  
4. Paint the flower and adhere to the basket.
5. You can seal the chipboard piece if you like.  I left this one with a mat finish


6. The color was added to the acrylic border with StazOn orange ink.  I applied the ink pad directly to the border and covered the acrylic.  Let dry.

Design the page using pattern paper. Adhere photos. Adhere chipboard bike and basket embellishment with Quick Grip by Beacon.  Works so well, just like the name:).   The acrylic border was adhered with Zip Dry by Beacon.  The title and journal strips were added along with some small buttons.  Once the Clear Scraps elements were painted and inked the page came together quickly. Be sure and stop by the store and take a look at all the wonderful chipboard pieces that are great for scrapbook page elements, cards, home decor, Christmas ornaments and so much more.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Chipboard Bike and Basket
Clear Scraps: Acrylic Circle Punch Border
Paper: Illustrates faith
Buttons Galore & More

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog hop with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a card for the Coffee Lovers Blog hop with Quick Quotes.

I'm using the Windsong Collection with Mocha Mama, Java and Latte  PowderPuff Chalk inks by Quick Quotes. These beautiful inks, all named after coffee, are gorgeous rich colors and do remind me of coffee.

The Windsong Collection, by Quick Quotes, is very subtle but I loved how it matched the vintage coffee creamer lid I wanted to add to the card.  The blue and brown colors were a perfect match.  The stamping was done using the Mocha Mama and Java PowderPuff Chalk inks by Quick Quotes.

Supplies used:
Quick Quotes: Windsong Collection
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Mocha Mama. Java, Latte.

Darkroom Door: Coffee stamps
Divine twine
Wink of Stella
Vintage milk cap

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT member

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christmas card with 28 Lilac Lane~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team sharing a Christmas card using the Holly Jolly embellishment kit by 28 Lilac Lane.  It is never early enough to start thinking of creating special, one of a kind, Christmas cards for those special people you love. 28 Lilac Lane has put together embellishments kits that take the guess work out of creating special cards.  Holly Jolly is the Christmas embellishment kit that is full of festive embellishments that will make beautiful cards.
The cards people will want to keep and display!

Using a rubber stamp, the mason jar was stamped on pattern paper and cut out.  A Christmas/Winter scene was created inside the jar using the embellishments from the Holly Jolly embellishment kit. The snow is white acrylic paint and the small felt trees are in the Holly Jolly embellishment kit. The kit is full of sequins, beads, pearls, charms, ribbon and buttons.  Green, red, large and small buttons!! You will want to add them everywhere.

The small seed beads make beautiful centers for the sequins.  Easy to place with a drop of glue and tweezers.  A sentiment, for the Christmas card, was stamped using a rubber stamp and then cut out. Gloss was added to the sentiment for extra shine.  The card was speckled with silver paint for more shine, after all, it is a special Christmas card.

Supplies used in creating this card are~
28 Lilac Lane / Holly Jolly embellishment kit
pattern paper
dimensional adhesive
white acrylic paint ( creating snow)
rubber stamp for sentiment
pear pin/black (clipping charm and button on ribbon)

Thanks for stopping by and I encourage you to check out the 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits.  They are full of pretties!

Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, September 18, 2017

Junkin' in Montana ~

Hi guys!
I have some fun junkin' stuff to share from our travels a few weeks ago.
  I have noticed a trend with antique / junk stores, crafty stuff stuff is being added.
See what I mean~

Seam binding ribbon already dyed beautifully.  $1.75 each

Vintage yardsticks, can't pass them up if they are a good price.
 These were $3.00 -$2.25 each.
I want a six point star for above the fireplace.

These are really cool. They measure about 2 1/2" tall and 2" wide.  $5.00 each
They will make an unique photo holder.

Thought this was really neat ~ $ 5.00
Great for the back of a scrapbook page to document information or not.
Great background clutter!

It is worn but still stamps pretty good.  
Thanks for stopping by today.  I have more to share so come back:)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quick Quotes and Canon ~ scrapbook page!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Mulberry Collection, by Quick Quotes, and my Canon iP8720 printer!  The photograph I wanted to scrapbook had been scanned from an original photograph and frankly looked like a scanned photo.  The Canon printer helped to give me a better picture.

Like I said before, this is a scanned copy.  With the Canon printer  I was able to add a border around the photo, so simple, but really cleaned the edges up.

The original photo was black and white, so no grey scale on the print out, just print out.
The second picture shows the border box and the program adds a border to your photo.  Love the border around the photo.

Printed the photo out on 5"X 7"  Photo Paper Plus Glossy 11.  

1. Cut photo mat 5 1/4" X 7 1/4" and adhere photo.
2. Cut middle paper about 8" X 11".
3. Shade with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks and adhere slightly off the center of the paper.
4. Punch two borders and shade and add them to the sides of the middle mat paper.
5. Cut die cuts from selection sheet.
6. Adhere to top left, creating a banner.

7. Add twine and buttons.
8. Add title and journal.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Mulberry Collection
Quick Quotes: Mulberry Quotes & Phrases
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Violet, Clay, Midnight Confessions and Brandywine.
Canon Printer iP8720
Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy 11

Buttons Galore & More
Divine twine
border punch

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, September 11, 2017

Try It Tuesday~early again! Milk Caps ~

Hi guys!!!
I have some really cool Milk Caps to share that I picked up junkin' this past month. 
I have never seen these types before ~
They will make great additions to any art project~

This was my favorite~ I walked away with one and went back for 3 more at $3. each. The lady told me she thinks they were WW11 era.  Very cool for a scrapbook page for a boy!!

Loved this one!!  Wish I had bought all they had but again $1.75 each.  I got 5 and have used one on my card for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop coming soon.

These are really bright red and new to me.  I bought all 5 at $1. each
I made up a printable sheet of the milk caps and would like to share
 with who ever is interested.

Shoot me an email (icon on right top) and I will send you the files.
Print out on 5"X 7" cardstock and punch or cut out.  It is not the real thing but will look so cool!!
I will be out of town but if you catch me before I leave I will send out if not it will be Friday.
Hope you enjoy the printable copy!!!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sunglasses Shaker key ring with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the Sunglasses Shaker by Clear Scraps.  These Shakers are so fun to create and Clear Scraps has many styles to choose from.  If you are like me, you want one of each.

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The Shakers are easy to put together.  Each Shaker design comes with instructions on how to assemble.  They can be painted, inked or covered with pattern paper.  I chose to cover the back piece and the frame with pattern paper.  Using an X-acto knife works great.  Sand the edges off, using sand paper, and it is ready to add the sequins. Insert a small piece of felt, to make a loop, for the key ring and glue down all layers together.  I clip the edges down and let dry.

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Add the ring through the felt loop.  Decorate and embellish, the Sunglasses Shaker, and all that is left to do is add those keys and charms.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Sunglasses Shaker
Clear Scraps: Sequins Princess 
Clear Scraps: Sequins Ocean (the green only)
Beacon Quick Grip
Buttons Galore & More
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Photo Stand with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team sharing a simple and cute (as a button) photo stand.  I will be using the Haberdashery/Winter Mist buttons by Buttons Galore & More. The buttons are a beautiful mix of greens, purple, burgundy and light tan.

I created several using the supplies I had on hand.  They can be enhanced many different ways.  I wanted the original spool label to remain. I used felt to wrap around the center of the spool adding color to the project. The spools could also be painted or pattern paper could be used.  The Haberdashery button pack comes with different size buttons and is beautifully coordinated.  You get a nice mix of color!

Supply list:
wooden spools
large paper clips
felt for center of spool
Haberdashery buttons
strong glue
flowers or embellishments
tags, vintage photos, word card etc.
  1.  Insert large paper clip into spool hole, if it is loose glue it in.
  2.  Measure and cut felt for center of spool.  Wrap around the spool and glue.
  3.  Glue buttons and embellishments to front of spool.
  4.  Let dry.
These will make darling teacher gifts, sitting place cards, perfect for a vintage photo, a proud kid moment and many more.   What about holding a favorite recipe?  Lots of ideas for these photo stands.

These are fun to make and the kids can join in too.  Adding different elements can truly make them a "one of a kind" thinking of you gift.  Buttons Galore & More have gorgeous buttons that would be perfect for this project!!! Thanks for stopping by today~

Connie Mercer
Design Team Member

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Notepads with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a useful gift idea for the school year.  I created with scrap pieces of pattern paper from the Catalina Island, Farm House and Anchor Aweigh Collections by Quick Quotes.  If you have a  3" X 12" scrap piece, you have enough paper to embellish a notepad for yourself or a special teacher.

To get this size of notepad, go to an office supply house and purchase a set of 12 legal size pads and ask them to cut them in thirds.  Most stores will do the cuts at no charge.  You will end up with lots of notepads!!!  Add the pattern paper to the back of the pad with a strong adhesive.

Make a little wrap around flap, for the top of the notepad, and decorate using stickers, pearls, flowers or die cuts.  Teachers will love them!! They look so pretty on a desk or by the phone.

Supplies used:
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Caribbean Blue, Peach Tree, Seafoam

Legal size note pads cut in thirds
strong adhesive
Want 2 Scrap

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, September 4, 2017

Try It Tuesday ~ a day early!!

Hi guys!!!
  Glad to be back. Enjoyed the trip and my time with my grands. They are fun !!!
On my trip we went junkin' of course:)   I found a jadeite hand for $17.  I was so tickled.
Came home and was taking pictures of my junkin finds and I knocked it over, by accident~

The way it broke, in chunks, I thought I could glue it back~

I used 527 by Beacon. It works well and pretty fast drying, with the glass.  I put the large chunk in first.  Let it dry over night.

Next to piece these back in.  I ended up with three I couldn't get back in, so I had a 
hole in the base of the hand ~ ugh!!!!
I was planning on using buttons for the bottom~
Buttons Galore & More to the rescue.

Love the way it came together.  Took a couple of days to dry but it is strong!!! and the buttons aren't they beautiful and so perfect, to save this glass piece (that really speaks to me).

The buttons I used are the Juniper, by the pound by Buttons Galore & More, Gorgeous 
buttons!!!  All sizes and shades of green, made them perfect for this project.  
Let this be a lesson~ don't knock over your prized junkin' find but when life happens, fix it!!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, September 1, 2017

Take Ten Autumn 2017 ~ 5 cards!!!

Hi guys!!
We are back from our trip to Indiana , South Dakota and Montana.
 Lots of beautiful scenery and junk stores.  
I had such a nice surprise, when I got home , from Stampington/Take Ten Autumn issue 2017.
Five cards were published~

Supplies  were~ Darkroom Door, Ranger and S.E.I.

Next card set~

Supplies used were~ Darkroom Door, Ranger, washi tape and cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by and it is good to be home!!
We made it just fine through hurricane Harvey, just cleanup!!!