Thursday, April 19, 2018

Darkroom Door April challenge ~ Mother's Day card

Hi guys!
The monthly challenge for Darkroom Door Inspiration
 Facebook page is a Mother's Day card. You have until the end of April to post
 your card on the Darkroom Door Inspiration  page.   

The background was created using the lrg Mesh stencil and the sm. Ferns stencil. Archival Black ink was used. The Succulents were were stamped with Distress Oxides and then embossed. I love the texture the embossing gives them. The sentiment is from the All Occasions set.
A vintage piece of music paper was rolled and added with some green twine and buttons, to
 complete the card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Succulents and All Occasions
Darkroom Door: Lrg Mesh stencil and sm. Ferns stencil
Archival ink
Distress Oxide ink
Clear embossing Powder
Buttons Galore & More
Divine Twine
Beacon Adhesive
Fun Stampers Journery/Dark Roast Silk
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Thanks for stoppping by~

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Try It Tuesday~more junkin' !

Hi !!
Thanks for stopping in for a late Try It Tuesday!!!
I have some really neat junkin' stuff to share with you today. Some I
found and some items were  given to me but all of it is really cool.

I really don't know about this dice other than I think it is super special. It was a gift and it is large.
Did you notice I have it turned towards "six" (six grands) ~love!!!

I have a thing for vintage boxes (that is a whole other blog post).  I think they are really neat, the graphics, the colors, the style ~ so cool!! I use them to store craft supplies in .

This guy, hanging on the post, not wanting to leave Texas, came from my mom's house. It is pewter
and heavy.  Not sure about it but I like!!!

I call this guy, army guy.  He came from my mom's house and I think he is darling. 
 Ceramic with no markings.

Another piece from my mom's ~ super cute!!!
Ceramic 

This was $4.  I think this is a receipt hook.  I think it would
 be great wall hook for a mini album.

Found these at resale shop, in our area, for $2 each. Love the colors and they had plenty
of the "cool" factor!!!

Found at the resale shop for $1. You know I can't walk past these.  I have many of these and plan to make bells from them (just need time).


Thanks for stopping by~
I need a junkin' trip:)


Monday, April 16, 2018

Acrylic Scalloped Scrapbook Page with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a scalloped edge acrylic scrapbook page using products by Clear Scraps.  I have created a short tutorial, to give a visual, of how the page was created.

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Four photos were collaged to make a film strip type photo and then mounted on solid paper.  The pictures are of a hail storm that came through our area,
a few days ago.  The only one I can remember while living in this area of Texas.  Pretty exciting, too!!

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Pattern paper was chosen for the scrapbook page.  The "Mother" chipboard word by Clear Scraps, was inked with Distress Oxide, coated with clear embossing powder and then using a heat tool embossed.  By embossing the chipboard word, the word stands out and the word has a shiny texture.  Remove the plastic film from both sides of the acrylic before adhering the pattern paper to the back of the acrylic.  Trace the shape on the pattern paper and  cut out.  Adhere to the back of the acrylic with Beacon Quick Grip.  The background paint splats were added with irRESISTible / gold embellisher.  It sticks to acrylic really well.

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A journal pocket was created, out of a vintage library envelope, to hold the story of the hail storm that came through Belmont Texas.  What a day, is right!!!!

Products used:
Clear Scraps: XL Scallops acrylic sheet
Clear Scraps: chipboard word "Mother"
Beacon Grip Grip

Other:
irRESTISTible / gold by Imagine Crafts
S.E.I. paper
stickers
vintage library envelope and card

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, April 13, 2018

Creating Made Easy April Kit ~ Birch Wood Signs

Hi, Connie here with the Creating Made Easy April Kit by Clear Scraps.  The kit comes with a package of rectangle Birch Wood shapes that are perfect for painting or altering.  I used a couple of stencils by Clear Scraps ( not in the kit) and made a couple of word signs. 

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The wood is so smooth, no need to sand it before you paint.  I love that!!!

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After the color was painted on and the Birch Wood was dry, the stencils were used to add a word or words (in my case).  The boards were hand sanded, to give a vinatge look, and speckled with black and white acrylic paint watered down.  I always use an old toothbrush to splat on my projects.  I feel I have more control as to where the splat will end up.

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Hubby drilled the top holes for me and wire was added for the hanger.  These would be so cute attached to a gift bag or hanging on the wall or door knob.  Stickers and ribbon were added also.

Products not included in the kit are:
buttons, paint, stencils.

products used:
12" Imagine stencil by Clear Scraps
6" Imagine stencil by Clear Scraps
Creating Made Easy April Kit by Clear Scraps

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Creating Made Easy April Kit~Tenspeed Bike Chipboard with Clear Scraps

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page showcasing the bike chipboard embellishment that is in the Creating Made Easy April Kit by Clear Scraps.  The scrapbook page is created using all the goodies that come in the April Creating Made Easy Kit.  I added a few stickers (not in the kit) to complete my title but that is all.  Let me show you~

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Three of my grands were doing the ranch walk with me and I don't get their company very often, so I wanted to create a page on this special time together.  A border punch was used to add a decorative border, to the strips of pattern paper, that go above the middle section that hold the photos.

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The little flower stickers and the ta DAH sticker are in the kit with many more to choose from.  The text stickers are not included in the kit but from my stash.

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The bike chipboard embellishment was inked using Distress Oxide ink/ Black Soot and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I love the texture it added to the bike chipboard.  A little flower was added to the bike's handle bar.

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On the back of the scrapbook page a pocket and journal card was added so the story could be told of how much I enjoyed their company on my ranch walk.

Supplies:
Creating Made Easy April Kit by Clear Scraps
Tenspeed Bike chipboard by Clear Scraps

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Scrapbook Page with Quick Quotes and Canon

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the new collection Spring Showers by Quick Quotes.  I used my iP8720 Canon printer to print out some cool clip art to create with.

First to create the collage, no problem with iP8720 Canon Printer and the Garden Image program that comes with the Canon Printer.  All you do is select the pictures you want collaged and then print.  So easy!


The next step was to find and print the clip art that I wanted to create with.  I googled tennis shoes and picked from that group.

The image was printed out on 4"X6" cardstock, then trimmed out.  The tennis shoes were shaded with Vanilla Cream powderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.  I loved the look the ink gave them, like they were will worn.

Because the shoe image was bigger than I had expected, I cut it in half and added half to the bottom of the page and the other half to the top of the page.


I stamped some text words, that related to how you would feel when you finish a 2 mile walk, with Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.  I then used the Deep Sea PowderPuff Chalk ink to color the letter stickers, so the words and title matched in color.


Supplies used:
Quick Quotes: Spring Showers Collection ***coming soon***
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Midnight Confessions, Deep Sea, Cactus and Vanilla Cream.
Canon iP8720 Printer
Canon Photo Paper: glossy

other:
Darkroom Door stamp
Wendy Vecchi stamp
Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares
stickers

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Creating Made Easy April Kit~Pocket Page

Hi, Connie here with a pocket page to share, using the Creating Made Easy April Kit and the 12" acrylic sheets by Clear Scraps. This is a great project for saving memorabilia together with the photos that were taken at the event.  I love keeping it all together. So easy to create and the pocket holds plenty!

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Photo Strip Instructions:
First lets create the photo strips that are in the pocket.  By printing the photos smaller and adhering them on a strip of paper,  more photos can be shared on one page.  I'm all about one page capturing the entire event.

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Four photos are collaged on  4" X 6" photo paper and printed out.  The collage is cut down the middle giving two photo strips.  Mount the photo strips on pattern paper.  You can make as many as you need to tell your story.

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Memorabilia and Photo Pocket instructions:
Cut a piece of pattern paper 12" x 4", shade with ink and use a decorative border punch on the top edge. Shade with ink when finished.  This will be the pocket that holds the memorabilia and photo strips.

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Chipboard Guitar Instructions:
Ink the chipboard guitar with Distress Oxide/Vintage Photo, cover with clear embossing powder, shake off the extra and emboss with a heating tool.

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Instructions to assemble the Pocket Page:
Remove plastic film from both sides of the 12" X 12" acrylic sheet.  Add the pocket to the bottom of the acrylic page using Beacon adhesive or a tape runner. Mount the focal photo on the top left.  Mat with coordinating pattern papers from the Creating Made Easy April Kit. Turn the acrylic page over, to the backside of the pocket page, an adhere glue (Beacon 527) to the areas where the pocket was adhered and the focal photo.  Those spots of glue will hold the background pattern paper in place without showing glue stains through the acrylic ( sometimes happens).  Tag a small drop of glue in each top corner of the pattern paper, so the paper is secure.  Lay the acrylic front over the pattern paper you are using for the background.

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Add the chipboard embossed guitar to the pocket and continue to decorate with stickers.  Add photo strips and memorabilia to the pocket.  Journal the event and add the journal card to the pocket, if you like.  Speckle lightly, with acrylic paint, on the pocket (be sure to cover the top of the page with scrap paper before you speckle).

Product used:
Creating Made Easy April kit
Extra products (not included in kit):
title stickers, acrylic paint

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, April 2, 2018

Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hi!
I'm always eager to support a great cause like
Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop
I enjoy creating cards with a message of 
encouragement and support. 
I hope you will take a look at the great cards and tons of prizes too!!
My grandson is 9 years old, soon to be in double digits.  He struggles with many issues
 but he is loved by many and he such a blessing to us!!  I hope by doing events
 like these, people will become educated to the world of Autism.  

The background is created using a stencil and three different color of blue inks.  The light bulb is stamped, on white cardstock, and cut out.  It is then painted using watercolors. The sentiment is stamped on the card. Sequins are added in random spots.  Twine is added to the top of the card.

Stamps: Avocado Arts, Butterfly Reflections.
Ink: Ranger Archival
Other: Buttons Galore & More, Divine Twine and FSJ (Dark Roast Silk)


Creating Made Easy April Kit ~ Travel Album

Hi, Connie here to share the Travel Acyclic Brag Book, that is in the April Creating Made Easy Kit by Clear Scraps.  It is such a fun project and super cute!!!  Mine is all ready for pictures, just need a road trip.

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The kit is packed with creative paper, embellishments, acrylic goodies and the new Birch Wood rectangle shapes. 

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First remove the plastic film from the acrylic Travel album.  Trace the shape on the pattern paper and trim both front and back image out.  The inside pages were sized at 6 1/2" X 3 1/2", trimmed and the corners were rounded.  Adhere papers to the acrylic album and pages.  I used Beacon 527, works great for this.

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A view of the front cover and back cover.  Stickers and washi tape were used to create the album cover.  Dimensional foam adhesive was used to secure the stickers to the acrylic cover.

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Ribbon was used to create a handle for the album.  All I did was wrap the ribbon around the handle and then tie off. Cut ribbon tails at an angle.

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The inside pages were created using pattern paper cut in rectangle shapes.  Adhere to the acrylic pages (remove plastic film) with a tape runner.  Line up the paper to match the backside on the acrylic.  The paper will look like one sheet!

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Image and word stickers were added to each corner page.

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The back cover page, has a pocket that can be used for memorabilia or extra photos.
All products used for this project are included in the Creating Made Easy April kit except for the adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, March 30, 2018

A set of cards using stencils by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a set of cards using the 6" Bird on Branch and the 6" Shiplap stencil both new releases from Clear Scraps.  My inspiration was to create a mini canvas and use it for a card front.  I cut a piece of canvas in thirds and  came away with a 3 1/2" x 4" piece of canvas.  That is where I started~

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I stenciled the bird on the canvas first with brown acrylic paint.  I use a makeup sponge to give it a dark to light look.  A stencil brush would give the bird a more even look when using acrylic paint.  The shiplap stencil was used next with black acrylic paint.

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Beads and sequins were added for color.  The cards were speckled with black ink before mounting them on the brown checkered pattern paper.  I stitched the card front to the brown checkered paper for more texture.

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Once all the steps were done the card front was mounted on the card base.  I used kraft cardstock for this.  The cards are smaller than a regular size card perfect to hand deliver or for a gift bag.

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Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: 6" Bird on Branch stencil
Clear Scraps: 6" Shiplap stencil
other:
Beacon
Darkroom Door stamps
Kraft cardstock
canvas, acrylic paint, pearls, sequins, thread and pattern paper

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member