Friday, April 29, 2016

A scrapbook page with Darkroom Door~ a cute one too!

Hi guys!
I started with some super cute pictures and added some 
 Darkroom Door stamps and Bo Bunny paper.  Let me show you~

He was so eager and excited to help me and he was a big help:)
I stamped the images the Darkroom Door with black Ranger Archival ink and cut them out.  I thought the Stamper set was perfect for this scrapbook page.

Stamps are great to use as embellishments on your scrapbook pages.
First place I look when I need cute stuff for my pages.

Products used:
Archival ink/Ranger
S.e.i./Tumble dye and ticket sticker
Bo Bunny paper
stickers, steel die

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, April 28, 2016

More of the Floret Collection by S.e.i.

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Florets Collection by S.e.i.  I love the deep blue color and gold color paired together in this collection. It looks very manly, making it perfect for my photograph. Let me show you~

The round decorative paper was created using a punch.  The flower box was created out of the Pillow Box by S.e.i.  All you do is cut the Pillow box in half and round the bottom corners.  The flowers, from the Floret Collection, are clustered around the top of the Pillow Box.  I can't forget the Tumble Dye/Black, great for adding the paint splats!  Quick to dry and great look.

A simple and quick scrapbook page, that is announcing Spring is here!  Don't those chairs look amazing? So comfy!!

Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Try It Tuesday~ a gift and a find!

Hi guys!
I have a couple of cool things to share ~one was a gift and the other a find.
Let me start with the gift~

Tones Bros. Des Moines, Iowa
I'm still thinking on this one. The lid is the best part:)
I love the idea of flowers, but that won't show off the lid. so I'm still thinking on this~
Remember this cupcake holder I found in Indiana~

I'm using it to hold my glitter.  Sometimes the glitter would get knocked over and land
 on the floor, so I'm hoping this will solve that problem.

The glitter still shines in the old salt & pepper containers.
  Small glass jars are ONE of my weaknesses:) 

I can always find a way to use cool items.  This is plastic and very retro
 looking to me.
I paid $5.
Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday~

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fine Flowers by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!
 I have a card set to share with you using the, newly released, Fine Flowers by Darkroom Door.  This set compliments the Carved Flowers Set by Darkroom Door.  

Stamp the flowers on white cardtstock using black or brown ink.  Color in the flowers using chalks.  Spray with Fixatif (so chalk won't smear).   Mat on coordinating  cardtstock and then add to card front.  Speckle with black ink or a similar product.  Stamp sentiment on coordinating cardstock and cut it out.  Add to card front.  Add sparkle mist to flowers. This is a great design to make a set of cards for gift giving.
Darkroom Door products used:
Fine Flowers
Whimsical Words
Ranger ink
Wink of Stella
S.e.i./Tumble Dye (for speckle effect)

You can find more inspiration using this set HERE~
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mixing it up with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with scrapbook page using the Anchor's Aweigh, Farmhouse and Shades of Gray Collections. The papers, from each collection, go great together making it easy to mix it up!!

I used a border punch to create the scallop edge on the different patterned papers. A great way to showcase the beautiful patterns of the paper from the different collections by Quick Quotes.  The small tag, used for a journal spot, is from the Farmhouse Collection.  

Each strip is shaded with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink.  So many great colors to create with. Makes it hard to pick one!!

Quick Quotes product used:
Anchor's Aweigh ~AW 107,  AW104
Shades of Gray~SH 101
Farmhouse~FH 101 (tag)
Anchor's Aweigh die cut stickers
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Coal Miner, Navy, Seabrook and Feather Gray

Other products:
Journal stamp/Wendy Vecchi

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My tool box~homemade!

Hi guys!
Just a quick post to share with you my tool box.  You might have seen it hanging out under my examining table~ I kept all kinds of crafty supplies in it.  When I re-did my craft space I needed a space for my tools, all in one place, so what better place for them~
Hubby made this for me about 3 years ago. 

Remember the drawer pull~

The tool box still sits under the baby examining table.  Easy to reach 
down and grab a hammer :) when I need one.

Love the handle and love that it look like my grandpa's tool box~ but most of all, 
I love that hubby made it for me :)

Good reason to keep some aged wood around :)
Thank for stopping by~

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Try It Tuesday~ more organizing, this time red rubber stamps!

Hi guys!
Been awhile hasn't it ~
Thanks for joining me~
I saw this really cool post  on Stamping Mathilda a long time ago,
 but I never forgot it.
Since I re-painted my creative space I have been organizing and clearing out.  Anyway that is what led me back to this~ laminating the information or graphic sheet,that comes with the stamp, and sticking the red rubber stamp on the back.  It look great and so easy to grab and use. Let me show you ( I even have a really cute helper, too)

I had quite a few to laminate, so I got a helper :)

He separated the stamp from the image sheet.  He really loved the Butterfly.
 We did that one first!

The stamp clings to the back of the card that has been laminated. 

The background stamps by Darkroom Door are large and heavy.  I few of them fall off the back:(
Only a few though, 2 to be exact. I can live with 2 not complying. 

I put all the smalls in the sorter box. Works great.
The machine was on sale at Office Depot and the laminating pouches are not that pricey. 
I have also done other stamps and it works the same.  Still not finished.
 Need to get my helper back over.
Thanks Godelieve for the inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, April 18, 2016

Himalaya, remember that carnival ride~

Hi guys!
I have a fun scrapbook page to share using some Echo Park pattern paper.  Who remembers the Himalaya carnival ride?   Well that is where the story begins~

My son really wanted me to ride this ride with the grands. He bought me a ticket and I surprised them by getting in line with them.  I'm glad it worked out that way, and I glad I rode the ride ~brought back lots of memories of the Mercedes Livestock Show :) when I was a teenager.

Sometimes it is good to let your guard down :) but between just us girls, I couldn't wait to get off.  I don't remember it being that fast !

Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, April 15, 2016

Watermelon Fun with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a fun mixed media project using eight  different stencils by Clear Scraps.  All you need is a tree stump cut like a watermelon.  That is not a hard request if you have a hubby with a chain saw and you live on a ranch.  Let me show you~

I love how it came together. It will look great on the patio this Summer.
Especially for a family that loves watermelon.


  • Seal the wood. So important. The wood will eat the paint, just soak it up.  Also a side note on the slice of wood, this one has been curing for 3 years.  It was good and dry.

  • Paint the red acrylic for the meat of the watermelon and then the green for the watermelon rind.  Let the paint dry.

  • Using the Clear Scraps stencils start layering.  First layer is stencil with modeling paste.  I did four separate areas.  Let dry or use heat tool to dry it quicker.  Make sure the area you are about to stencil on is flat.

  • Next add some different images and use acrylic paint.  Overlap the images.  I used white acrylic.

  • Next add another image and use black acrylic.  My last image I used green acrylic for the leaves.  I even doodled a little around the leaves.

  • The word is next. Make sure everything is dry, then stencil the word on the front.

  • Last thing I did was speckle the painted watermelon, with black and white acrylic paint, and then sealed the project with an acrylic glossy sealer. An old toothbrush works great for the speckling.

  • Products Used:
    12" Fruit of the Spirit, 6" Chevron, 6" Chicken Wire, 6" Humming Bird, 6" Spiral and 6" Doily by Clear Scraps.
    Acrylic paint, acrylic glossy sealer and modeling paste.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    A tag with Quick Quotes!

    Hi, Connie here with a creative tag using the Anchor's Aweigh collection by Quick Quotes.  This month,s challenge on the Quick Quotes Blog is a tag, so this will fit in perfect.  You can find this month's challenge HERE.

    1. Cover a standard size tag with Anchor's Aweigh 106.
    2. Shade around the tag with Seabrook PowderPuff Chalk ink.

    3. Stencil the Anchor image on the Anchor's Aweigh 102 with Navy PowderPuff Chalk ink and cut it out.
    4. Do the same with the sea shells.  Stamp the sea shells using Seafoam PowderPuff Chalk ink and cut them out.
    5. Using a background stamp and Navy PowderPuff Chalk ink , stamp the background on the tag.
    6. Cluster the elements you have cut out, at the bottom of the tag.
    7. Shade them and adhere them to the tag.
    8. Add the Quote sticker.
    9. Add twine and speckle with black ink or similar product.

    Quick Quotes products used:
    Anchor's Aweigh : 102 and 106
    Anchor's Aweigh: chipboard stickers and die cut stickers
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Seafoam, Light Moss, Navy and Seabrook.

    Darkroom Door/ stamps
    Clear Scraps/stencil
    Wink of Stella
    S.e.i/Tumble Dye (for speckling)

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

    Cupcakes with S.e.i.!!

    Hi, Connie here with a small tote bag using the Fuzzy iron-on art Cupcake by S.e.i.   A fun project and would be ideal for a child, after the iron-on was placed on the project.  The fabric markers by S.e.i were used to color in the Cupcake.  What child doesn't love to color?

    Here is a break down of how the tote bag was created. 

    Pre-heat the iron and place the iron-on, with paper side up, on the tote bag. Press firmly for 15-20 seconds. Let cool a few minutes and then peel off the backing. So cool to see the image come to life.
    Use the fabric markers by S.e.i. to color in the image of the Cupcake
    Use Tumble Dye to add color to the tote bag.  Time to go crazy with all the fun colors of Tumble Dye.
    Add ribbons and embellish to your liking.  Then add your favorite treats and share them with your friends!  This could also be used as a gift bag for that special person.  Check out the Fuzzy iron-on art by S.e.i.. So many fun images for boys and girls.  Neat birthday party idea!!
    Thanks for stopping by~

    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    More Tropical Fruit with Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!
    I have another cool idea using the Tropical Fruit set by Darkroom Door.
    This a great little gift, party favor or just plain cute.

    These are really easy to make ~

    1. Cut pattern paper to 3 3/4" W X 8" L.
    2. Laying the paper in landscape position on a score board, score at 2 1/2" .
    3. Using a 1 1/2" circle punch, punch a circle in the middle of the small paper (above the score line)
    4. Under the score line is where a pocket goes to hold the drink packet.
    5. The size for the pocket is 3 1/2" W X 3 1/4" L.  If you like, in the middle of the pocket (before you adhere it to the hang tag) punch a half circle.  Adhere pocket to front of hang tag.
    See examples ~
    6. Stamp fruit from Tropical set in different colors of ink, on white cardstock and cut them out. 
    7. Decorate the front of the pocket.
    8. Speckle with black ink or similar product.
    9. Add twine.
    These are fun to make and great to hang over a bottle of cold water.

    Darkroom Door products used:
    Whimsical Words
    Tropical Fruit

    Doodle Bug pattern paper
    Circle punch 1 1/2"
    Score board
    Ranger Ink
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Ink
    beverage packet
    bottle of water
    S.e.i./Tumble Dye/Black (for speckling)

    Thanks for stopping by~

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    Tropical Fruit by Darkroom Door

    Hi guys!
    I have a card to share using one of the new releases from Darkroom Door
     called Tropical Fruit.  Love this set!!!!

    Stamp Tropical Lady (treating it like a background stamp) on white cardstock . I used brown ink. Trim to 5" X 5". Shade edges with brown ink.  Mat on brown pattern paper. Punch out corners, shade with brown ink and adhere to the left top corner.of card front  Stamp the Pineapple and Lemon on white cardstock using yellow ink for the bottom of the Pineapple and the Lemon. Cut them out. Shade the top of the Pineapple and around the Lemon with green ink. Adhere to card front. Stamp out sentiment on white cardstock and mat it to green cardstock.
    Adhere to middle of Pineapple image.  Add twine. Speckle with brown ink or similar product.

     For more inspiration using this set go HERE~

    Darkroom Door products used:
    Tropical Fruit
    Tropical Lady/Line Art
    Doodle Bug pattern paper
    Ranger ink
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink

    Thanks for stopping by~