Monday, August 13, 2018

Cards with Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here with a simple and cute card using the Eclectic/Typewriter stamp by Darkroom Door.  Sometimes we need a quick card and this was the inspiration behind this design.

Applying several colors of Distress Oxide, to your craft mat, add water and run the white cardstock through the inks.  Keep picking up
color until you have the look you love.  Let it dry a few minutes or heat dry the inked cardstock.  Stamp the Typewriter on water color paper with 
Archival / Jet Black ink.  Use a water paint brush and color in the Typewriter with one of the Distress Oxide inks used to create the background
of the card.  Using the balloons from the 10th Anniversary stamp by Darkroom Door, stamp them above the Typewriter and color in with the Distress Oxide inks used
in creating the background of the card. Stamp the sentiment and adhere it to the Typewriter image. Speckle with ink.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Typewriter, Happy Birthday, 10th Anniversary stamp.
Ink: Distress Oxide: Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves.  Archival: Jet Black
Watercolor paper

Here is another small and quick card that is perfect for tucking into a gift bag.  I'm using
 the Thank You Sentiment strip by Darkroom Door.  

The card base is about a 4" x 4".  Stamp the Thank You Sentiment strip two times, side by side.  Trim out a 3" x 3" section.
Mat it on colored cardstock, with foam squares, for added dimension.  Mount that piece on to a coordinating
piece of cardstock and that will be adhered to the card base.  

Stamp the small Succulent out on white cardstock.  Using two different color inks, randomly ink up the stamp.  Trim out and adhere
to the card front. Speckle with black ink.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Thank You Sentiment Strip, Succulents.
Ink: Archival: Jet Black, Fern Green and Plum.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Paper Bag Pocket with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Secret Garden Collection by Quick Quotes.  This is a beautiful, bright collection with lots of fun colors.  So pretty!!

This page has a total of five pictures.  Three of which are in a pocket on the side of focal pictures.  All the pictures were printed on the iP8720 printer by Canon.   

The pictures are 4"x6" in size. 

The title was colored by the PowderPuff Chalk inks by Quick Quotes.  So fast and always look great!!!  The pocket, for the extra photos, is a paper bag.  Just secure the paper bag under the main focal point, leaving the bag opening to the outside.  By doing that you create a pocket for extra photos or journal notes.

The folded card holds the other three photos and the journal notes, that tell the story.  All were
printed out on the iP8720 Canon printer.

The card just tucks in the opening of the bag.  It is great for journal
 entries that are private also.  

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Secret Garden Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes: Whistlin' Dixie chipboard die cuts (out of stock)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Capri Blue, Bermuda and Midnight Confession
Canon iP8720 Printer

chipboard title
paper bag

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Fun~Shaker album with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with the Boat Wood Accordion Shaker Album by Clear Scraps.  This was such a fun project and would make a great Summer craft  or family project.  Clear Scraps has eight different albums to choose from.  Check them out here. 

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1. Paint inside pages, front and back, using acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
2. Add pattern paper to back cover and inside front cover.

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3.  Using the 6" shiplap mascil, stencil the front and back pages, using brown ink.
4. Emboss anchor with copper/brown embossing powder.

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5. Stain cheese cloth with Distress stain or ink.  Stain netting also.
6. Create cluster for bottom corner of cover.

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7. Glue layers together (creates the front cover) using a strong glue.  Add sequins and beads to the sections. 
8. Tie the album together using hemp or a strong twine.

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9. Add photos to inside of album and add finishing touches.  You can use stamps to create embellishments for the pages also.  A fun way to use your stamps!

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10. Journal story~

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Backside of album showcasing photos and quotes

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Front cover and front side pages.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Boat Wood Accordion Shaker AlbumAnchor Chipboard embellishment and 6" Shiplap stencil
strong wet glue
Paper: My Minds Eye/wood grain
Paint: DecoArt/Chalky Finish
Distress Stain
Embossing Powder: Emerald Creek
Button Galore & More
game piece, shells, hemp, stickers, netting and cheese cloth.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Eclectic Suitcase stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here with a card using the new Eclectic/ Suitcase stamp by Darkroom Door, like a background stamp.  Single image stamps make for a fun card background and so easy!!! 

Stamp the image several times on white cardstock.  You can position the stamp or stamp in random places.  I positioned the suitcase to make rows of suitcases.  The created background was then adhered to a cream colored card base.
One image was stamped out and then trimmed.  The carved leaves were stamped to look like they were behind the luggage.  The Texture/Script stamp was added 
for a vintage feel. 

The suitcase was adhered with foam squares and then embellished with Word Bands by Tim Holtz / Idea-ology.  

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Suitcase, Texture/script, Carved Leaves Vol.1, Mail Art.
Inks: Archival: Potting Soil, Jet Black, Fern Green
Tim Holtz/idea-ology: Word Bands

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Friday, July 27, 2018

One More Pop up ~ the tent with stamps!

Hi guys!
I have one more Pop up card created and embellished with stamps.
My inspiration was to create a card to persuade a person to
 go camping.  To make the card inviting with fall leaves, a big pile of them, so
 they can be jumped in.
This is the front of the card~simple, no big deal.

The inside ~
The tent is placed in a bed of leaves.  Extra leaves have fallen on the tent and ground.
The quote is explaining "say yes (to camping).

The tent looks hard to construct but it isn't at all.
The Tent Pop up die is by Karen Burniston and she has a video on how
 to put the tent together.  

Product used:
Karen Burniston: Tent Pop up die
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink: Ranger
Buttons Galore & More
X-Press It tape
If you want to see more inspiration on using the Darkroom Door
 and Karen Burniston ~ check out the Blog Hop.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ice Cream Shaker Pocket Invitation~

Hi, Connie here with a shaker project using the Ice Cream Shaker by Clear Scraps.   An invitation for ice cream doesn't have to be fancy but it does need to be cute.  So I statred there~looking for cute!!!

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To create the pocket (that holds the ice cream shaker) a vintage library envelope was used.  Cover the envelope with pattern paper and decorate the front panel with stickers or die cuts.  Just remember we are looking for cute!

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The shaker was created using acrylic paint and pattern paper.  These are really easy and fun to put together and decorate.  They come with a back piece, two frames, the acrylic frame and then the outside cover frame.  Use a strong glue to assemble the shaker.

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The shaker fits nicely in the decorated pocket, even room for some cash or gift card.  Just a CUTE way of asking someone to go for ice cream.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Ice Cream Shaker
Clear Scraps: Sequins/Princess
vintage library card envelope
strong glue
Paper: S.e.i.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Darkroom Door / Karen Burniston Blog Hop ~

Hi guys!!
I'm super excited to be hopping with Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston.
 Showing you how these beautiful Pop~up dies work so well with the gorgeous red rubber stamps by Darkroom Door will be a blast!!!

I have created three card examples using these fun products together.
  The possibilities are endless and so fun!!

Here is the front of card#1 But everyone knows with a Pop-up card
 it is all about what is on the inside~

Products used:
Karen Burniston: 1056~ Squares-Crosshatch
Other: Ranger:Archival Ink
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks (shading)
Paper: Authentique
Scrapbook Adhesives ( foam squares)
X-Press It (high tack double sided tape) ~ a must!
wet glue

The front cover on this one, just kept it real simple (I love simple)~

I love shells, love the beach so I had to create a Summer beach card using the
 House & Fence Pop-up die and Darkroom Door's Seashell stamps (my favorite).

Products used:
Karen Burniston: 1015~ House & Fence Pop-up
Other: Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks (shading) and Adventure Waits.
Ranger: Archival inks
Scrapbook Adhesive (foam squares)
X-Press It (high tack double sided tape)

I did one last card to show how valuable the floating floor is, that comes with the
 House & Fence Pop-up die.  If you have the floating floor the sky is the limit.  You can use stamps, die cuts and ephemera to create the focal for the card. 

Products used:
Karen Burniston: 1015~ House & Fence Pop-up
Darkroom Door: Coffee Time, Stitched Borders
"Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

                                                Connie Mercer:         ***YOU ARE HERE****

Check out the You Tube channels for these great products.  Great tips and inspiration.

Thanks for hopping with us~