Thursday, December 13, 2018

Making Christmas Cards Special with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a couple of  Christmas cards using the new Holly Jolly Holiday Collection by Quick Quotes and just for fun, I printed out some Christmas cards, using a vintage photo, from my iP8720 Canon Printer Really happy with the results!

The card design is pretty simple.  Mat coordinating pattern paper to the cardstock base.  Shade with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks (listed below).  Add a smaller piece of coordinating pattern paper to the card front, shade with the chalk inks and adhere to card front.  Mat die cut image on cardstock and adhere.

Stamp sentiment, using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink, on cardstock and trim out.  Adhere to card front.  Add twine and small wooden embellishments.  The wooden embellishments are colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Colors beautifully!!!

I wanted to put a photo inside the card, so I came up with this (with the help of the iP8720 Canon Printer) ~

I got to playing around with the Image Garden (program that comes with the iP8720 Canon Printer) and made a card to go inside the created card.

I printed it in Gray ink on 4"x6" Canon photo paper.   Very easy and love the look!!!
Then I tried printing a vintage photo on cardstock ~

The trick on this one is to flip the photo (as shown in the top photo).  The cardstock size is 4"x10".  You will have a small margin
of paper to trim off.

I think certain family members will love these cards, so I will be printing more. 

Supply list:
Quick Quotes: Holly Jolly Holiday Collection
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Desert Sun, Barn Board, Cactus, Vanilla Cream and Midnight Confessions.
iP8720 Canon Printer
Canon photo paper/High Gloss
Beacon 527
Stamps: Joy Clair and Darkroom Door
Scrapbook Adhesives

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Snowflake Christmas Ornament by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a Christmas Ornament using the Snowflake Shaker by Clear Scraps!!! This makes a fun family craft night project.  Shakers are always fun to create and shake !!!  This one is created with a fun twist ~ perfect for that special photo.

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The top frame, of the shaker, is embossed with Distress Oxide ink and high gloss embossing powder.   It is really shiny!!   Add pattern paper to the back of the shaker.  Glue the frames together with a strong wet glue and let set for a minute.  Add the sequins and sparkle to the inside of the snowflake.  Take the embossed frame and glue the acrylic frame to the back of the embossed snowflake.  Remember to remove the plastic film from both sides of the acrylic snowflake frame.  Glue the front of the snowflake to the base of the snowflake.  Decorate the front.

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Emboss the word "Holiday"  Distress Oxide ink and high gloss embossing powder.  Glue to front of snowflake.  Add small holly leaf and red button.  Glue black velvet ribbon on a cloths pin then glue the snowflake shaker to the cloths pin.  Now you are able to clip that special photo to the snowflake shaker ornament.  It is all ready for your 2018 Christmas tree or it would look super pretty on a Christmas gift.

Supply list:
Clear Scraps: Snowflake Shaker
Clear Scraps: script word "Holiday"
Beacon 527
Distress Oxide Ink
embossing powder/high gloss
holly leaf, button and velvet trim
cloths pin

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Easy and Quick Gifts~

Hi guys!!
A quick Christmas gift post.  These are perfect for girl friends and
 all other friends:)  I had a little buddy help with this project.
  He is really good too~

He is always eager to help me with assembly work~ 
Our projects were making coater clip type notebooks and the long notebooks
 for the ladies, at the facility, my mom is at.

These are coasters covered in pretty Christmas paper with a post-a-note pad attached.
It is all held together with a decorated cloths pin.  

Add twine and some rhinestones for a festive look.  I packaged them in clear bags.

Another easy project! These require the legal size note pads to be cut in thirds. 
 Most of the time the office store will have the cutter to that.  
You will be charged a small fee.  Not bad at all and they are really cute decorated!!

Cover the back of the notepad with pattern paper.  Use strong adhesive either
 tape or wet glue.  Cut a flap to go over the top.  Decorate using stickers or stamps.

All packaged up to send !! They don't take long at all 
especially when you have a cute helper.
Products used:
Christmas paper from stash
Joy Clair /You and Me Sentiments  (affiliate link) *** on sale ***
X-Press it adhesive tape
Ranger Archival ink/Jet Black
cloths pins
legal size note pads (cut in thirds)
twine and embellishments
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, December 3, 2018

Clear Scraps~Printer Tray Frame, Christmas style!!

Hi, Connie here with a really fun Christmas project.  You will need the Printer Tray Frame by Clear Scraps.  They have several different designs, this can be created with any design ~ so just pick your favorite!  You will also need some festive chipboard pieces for the Printer Tray spaces.    Get some paint, glue, photo, pattern paper and you are ready to create a Christmas themed Printer Tray.

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1. Paint the top frame with acyclic paint.  I went with a Hunter green (really dark green).  Let dry. 
2. Gather the chipboard pieces that will go in the spaces of the Printer s Tray and lay them out.
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Designers note ~ When I picked up my frame to paint , I flipped it making my design wrong (what photo shows) so I just went with it.  No biggie!!!! 

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4. The next step is embossing the chipboard embellishments.  (Stars and lamp post).
5. The holly and 2 hanging ornaments were painted with acrylic paint.  Set aside while back frame is prepared.
6. Cover back of frame with pattern paper and glue on frames thus creating the open Printer Tray.  The acrylic frame cover was not used for this project.  (Makes a great acrylic scrapbook page for later.

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7. Add prepared embellishments to each section on the Printer Tray.  Use a strong wet glue (supply list below).
8. Speckle with white acrylic paint, when all sections are filled in.  I use an old toothbrush and water down the paint.  Works great!!
9. Add photo last.

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Supply List:
Clear Scraps: 12" Small Rectangles Printer Tray
Clear Scraps: chipboard embellishments ~ Stars, Christmas Bulbs, Holly and Street Lamp Post
Beacon 527
Distress Oxide Ink

Embossing Powder/high gloss
DecoArt/acrylic paint
Pattern Paper/Quick Quotes
stickers, twine, buttons, rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, November 30, 2018

Coffee Lovers Fall/Winter Blog Hop 2018

Hi guys!!
It is that time again for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
 Looking forward to seeing some amazing creativity using coffee and tea stamps.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor/Flash prize if they link up a newly created Fall/Winter Themed Coffee, Tea &/or Cocoa project, no back-linking please. is used to draw for winners.  So all you do is link up HERE.

Such a fun card to create.  I created the background with the Distress Oxide inks and dragging the cardstock through the different colors.  All of the shading was done using the PowderPuff Chalk inks by Quick Quotes.  The coffee cup was stamped out on matching paper from the Autumn Brilliance collection by Quick Quotes and then trimmed out and shaded.  The sentiment was added along with the small wood heart and twine. A complete list of products used is listed below.

Supplies used:
Inks: PowderPuff chalk inks by Quick Quotes: Cool Gray, Barn Board and Midnight Confessions
Distress Oxides ( for background)
Stamps: Darkroom Door and Joy Clair (affilate link)
Scrapbook Adhesives / foam squares

Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November Challenge with Darkroom Door~ Christmas card!

Hi guys!
It is almost the end of November but still a few days left to create a Christmas card
 using Darkroom Door stamps and share on the Inspiration page on FB.  
I created a simple Christmas card with a little fussy cutting, not much! The November
 challenge is about Christmas and Darkroom Door has some great sets.  You can view them HERE.

 The background was stamped on white cardstock and the other images were
stamped on white cardstock and cut out.   The background was matted on black
 cardstock  and then adhered to the red card front.  The images were arranged
 and adhered to create the "jolly" scene.   I added buttons and speckled the
 card front with black ink.  Add "Jolly" word and tie with twine.
Supplies needed:
Darkroom Door stamps:  Brushed Christmas Vol.1, Cacti, Christmas Script and Pine Leaf.
Ranger: Archival ink: Jet Black, Dandelion, Red Geranuim and Leaf Green.
Buttons. Twine
Scrapbook Adhesives: foam squares and tape runner
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, November 26, 2018

Snowman Pallet Decor with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a decorated Snowman Pallet shape by Clear Scraps.  Great looking for your Christmas decor.  Snowmen love hanging out on front doors, under Christmas trees or by fireplaces.  See what you think~

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To create this project you will need acrylic white paint to begin.  Water the paint down and paint everything except the hat. By watering the paint down it will cover more wood and give the project a distressed look.  The hat will be painted black and gray, then stenciled with some snowflakes. (Not showing up in the photo but they are there.)

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Paint a carrot nose and a smiley face on the snowman's face.  The eyes are small round dots.  Dip the end of a paint brush into black paint and use that to place the eyes on the snowman.  Works great and makes them the same size, which is hard to do sometime.

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Paint the chipboard holly with green (for the holly leaves) and red (for the holly berries).  Accent with white on the berries.  Adhere, when they are dry, on the hat.

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I used the 6" Holly Fun stencil to add the holly around the snowman's neck.  I used a soft foam brush to apply the paint to the stencil.  Dab off the paint.  To much paint will go under the stencil.

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Add the sticks for the arms.  Paint the mini Tree pallet shape and add it to the bottom of the snowman.  I placed holes in the top of the hat with the crop-a-dile.  So easy this way.  Speckle with black paint.  I speckle using an old tooth brush.  I like to have control on where the paint is going.

Clear Scraps: Snowman Pallet
Clear Scraps: Mini Tree Pallet
Clear Scraps: 6" stencils: Holly Fun and Holly X-mas Bulbs
Clear Scraps: Holly Chipboard embellishment
DecoArt: Acrylic paints
twigs (for arms)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member