Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Tag with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with my July Tag using the acrylic tags, and other goodies, by Clear Scraps.

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Product used:
Clear Scraps acrylic tag, Clear Scraps 6” Stars stencil, Clear Scraps 6” Dual Flags stencil and chipboard word by Clear Scraps.
Pattern paper, white cardstock, acrylic paints, Archival ink, Quick Quotes PowderPuff chalk inks, black Sharpie, Beacon 1-3, StazOn ink and stamps by Darkroom Door.

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  1. Stencil just the stars of the Flag stencil on navy blue cardstock and cut the square out. This will be paper pieced on the Flag.

  2. Stencil the rest of the Flag using red ink on white cardstock. Stencil the Flag Pole with Black ink. Cut out.

  3. Remove plastic film from both sides of the acrylic tag. Stencil Stars on the front of one side.  You can use acrylic paint or StazOn ink.

  4. Paint chipboard word with navy blue acrylic paint or ink.

  5. Stamp Statue of Liberty on white cardstock and cut out. Any Patriot symbol can be used.

  6. Attach pattern paper to the back of the acrylic tag with Beacon 3-1.

  7. Place embellishments on front of tag and adhere with Beacon 3-1.

  8. Splatter with white acrylic paint.

  9. Add trim.

  10. Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, July 27, 2016

    Creating a page from paper scraps with Quick Quotes~

    Hi, Connie here with a tutorial for using up those paper scraps, left over from other projects.  I'm using the Earth Wind Fire collection (coming soon) by Quick Quotes.  I had some pretty good size scraps  to create with.  Basically I pieced them together to make one sheet of paper~

    This is how I began~

    1. Gather your scrap papers.
    2. Piece them together creating one sheet of paper by laying the pieces on cardstock or another paper from the collection.
    3. Ink around the edges of the scrap pieces with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.
    4. Adhere the pieces to the base sheet.
    5. Add color to the chipboard word with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks and adhere to the page.

    Then to top off the project, I framed it!

    Quick Quotes products used:
    Earth Fire Wind collection (coming soon): 111, 107 and 101.
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Green with Envy, Antique Linen, Navy, Seafoam and Midnight Confession

    stickers, buttons, ink mist and flower punch.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Try It Tuesday~ another makeover !

    Hi guys!
    Thanks for stopping by~
    I got this jar set ,as a gift, from a friend.  I loved the idea but did not love the knobs or the color of the jar lids.  So I did a make over :)

    I started by taking the knobs off  and painting the lids my
     signature Connie green color :)

    Looking better already!! 
    I then added some vintage glass knobs to finish them off~

    The jars used are a salsa jar, and pickle jar, not sure about the bigger jars.
    Any size would be fine.
    See ya soon~

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Brushed sentiments by Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!
    I quick and easy card using the Brushed Sentiments set by Darkroom Door.

    This is a great looking card for when you are in a pinch for time.  Quick and easy!  Stamp the appropriate sentiment  all over a piece of white cardstock, creating a background. Stamp the same sentiment in a different color of ink.  Trim out the background that was created, to card size.  Mat on black cardstock and then a coordinating cardstock.  Stamp and trim out leaf. Add to card front~
    Darkroom Door products:
    Brushed Sentiments
    Carved Leaves Vol.1
    Archival ink/Ranger
    Wink of Stella ( to leaf)
    Thanks for stopping by~

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    A little junkin' from Indiana~

    Hi guys!
    I have a some junkin' to show you from our recent trip to Indiana. 
     I really think Indiana has the best junk.  I always bring something home with me~

    Can't help it, I'll buy these old school books every time.  $10

    $12.  Think the green color sold me:)

    jello molds ~ $6.

    Reel set~ $10.
    I have no idea what to do with this, but I really thought it was so cool and great 
    color, maybe that is what caught my eye :) 

    My daughter-in-law gave these to me. She collected them in her teen years, She 
    doesn't remember why.  I think it was the beautiful faces~ I can only
     imagine the life they lived~
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Mama said with Quick Quotes!

    Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Earth Wind Fire collection (coming soon) by Quick Quotes.  The collection is full of beautiful papers to create with.  Blue, green and a pop of orange color that looks amazing together.

    The round flowers are on one of the patterned papers, in the collection, and were cut out and used as embellishments to create with.  I love clustering embellishments on a scrapbook page.  This collection also comes with a page that is covered with triangles. Perfect to create a great looking banner for the corner of the page.

    The bottom cluster is mounted on a library card envelope.  The tags were created using the Vellum Quotes/families by Quick Quotes.  

    Quick Quotes products used:
    Earth Wind Fire collection (coming soon)
    Vellum Quotes/Families
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Antique Linen, Coal Miner, Light Moss and Midnight Confession

    buttons, white small tags, twine, ink mist stickers and corner punch.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    Try It Tuesday~ last pictures of the makeover!

    Hi guys!
    I have a few more pictures from my room make-over.  These are more pictures of organizing and removing clutter.  Hope you get inspired~

     Frame in the window (off the floor) de-cluttering some more.

    Clipboards (didn't realize I had three sizes) ~ love the look.

    This is inside my closet ~ my dad's, my father-in-law and brother-in-law's shirts 
    made into aprons.  These were folded on a shelf.  Ready to use!!

    This was given to me already painted with the green color I love. I changed out the knobs to vintage glass and loaded it with ink. I still have room on the desk for paper crafting.

    Thanks for stopping by~

    Where Bloggers Create 2016

    See ya soon.

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Bold Arrows with Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!
    I have a couple of cards to share using the Bold Arrows Eclectic stamp by Darkroom Door. This stamp is not only great for cards but for a scrapbook page also. Great embellishment that you can stamp out in any color you need .

    Miss you card~
    Using the World Map background, stamp on white cardstock. Spray  the background with a mist of light blue.  I created the mist with a light blue Gelato.  Slice a piece, off of the end of the Gelato, and add water.  When the Gelato dissolves, add it to a mini mister.  Stamp the Bold Arrow using three different coordinating inks.  If the inks get on other sections of the stamp, just wipe it off with a baby wipe. When the Bold Arrow is inked up, stamp on white cardstock.  Trim out. Stamp sentiment and little star from the All Occasions set and adhere to card front.  Add the post mark sign.  Speckle with black ink.
    Darkroom Door products:
    Bold Arrow/Eclectic
    World Map/Background
    All Occasions
    Archival ink
    white cardstock
    Blue cardstock

    Celebrate card:
    Using the Tickets Background, stamp on white cardstock using different shades of inks. I chose the blue and deep green as my two colors.  Trim out and mat on  a coordinating cardstock and then the card front. Stamp the Bold Arrow using three different coordinating inks.  If the inks get on other sections of the stamp, just wipe it off with a baby wipe.  When the Bold Arrow is inked up, stamp on white cardstock.  Trim out and add the card front. Stamp and cut sentiment out by hand. Add the Bold Arrow.  Add Paint Splats.
    Darkroom Door Products:
    Bold Arrow/Eclectic
    Brushed Sentiments
    Paint Splats
    Archival ink/Ranger
    white cardstock

    For more inspiration using the Bold Arrows go Here and Here.
    Thanks for stopping by~

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Flowers, Carved and Fine by Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!
    I have some cards to share using the Carved Flowers set  and Fine Flowers set by Darkroom Door.  I tried to explain the way I line the stamps up so fine set is over the carved set. By doing this small thing I had no problem getting the image I wanted. 
    Let me show you~
    I found when using the Carved Flowers with the Fine Flowers together, if I had something to focus on I felt I wasn't stamping blindly. 

    By putting a small dot on the back of the Fine Flower stamp, at the high point, I was able to line it up over the Carved Flower stamp and stamp directly over the Carved Flower image with the Fine Flowers stamp. The lines lined up for a very pleasant look.  The lines do not match up perfect, it is a messy look.

    Using this method I stamped all of these images and made simple gift tag style cards.  It took about 10 minutes or less.

     These are the sets I used for these cards.

    Thanks for stopping by~

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Clear Scraps and Faber Castell ~perfect together!

    Hi, Connie here with some muslin bags to hold my Gelatos in from Faber Castell. I created them using stencils from Clear Scraps and Faber Castell products.  They were a ton of fun to make and I love that the  Gelato sets are all together in a cute, mixed media type bag.  Let me show you~

    Faber Castell_Clear Scraps_Connie Mercer

    I have prepared a tutorial to share with you how they were created~
    The muslin bags are 5: X 7" with a draw string.  I put a piece of cardboard inside the bags so the color would not bleed through.


    Using a Clear Scraps stencil and Whipped Spackle by Faber Castell, add texture to the front of both muslin bags.  Use the back of a palate knife and apply the Whipped Spackle to the cutout spaces on the stencil.  Spread, pulling towards you.  You don't want the stencil to lift up.  Let dry.


    Using Gelatos, color over raised area.  Mist with water, let it set a minute~then use a paint brush to move the color around.  The blue and green bag is showing the color added before the water was applied.  The image above, the water has been applied and moved around with a paint brush.  Let it dry.  Doesn't take long at all for the bags to dry.


    To add color to the background, slice a piece of Gelato off and place it in a mister.  Add water and let it set a minute so the Gelato can dissolve.  Shake it up and you are ready to apply the color to the background.  I used two different colors of Gelatos this way.  Let dry.


    This is the fun part!  Using Clear Scraps 6" stencils start adding images to the front of the muslin bags.  Let them overlap.  Use Gelatos for color.  I also used acrylic paint.  You can also stencil with ink.  Just mix it up.  If you like add more color to the background.


    The last thing is adding a "word".  I love doing that!  I stenciled the word on using Clear Scraps stencils.  Ink or acrylic paint (black) will both work.  I highlighted the words with white acrylic paint.  I speckled the fronts, of the muslin bags, with white acrylic paint and then sewed the button on.
    Here is a couple more pictures of the muslin bags, that now hold the Gelatos, and fit perfect in my mixed media cart.

    Clear Scraps_Faber Castell_Whipped Scpackle_Connie Mercer

    Faber Castell_Clear Scraps_gelatos_Connie Mercer

    Clear Scraps products used:
    6" stencils: Humming Bird, Chevron, Quaterfoil, Spiral, Spiral Dots, Polka Dots, Imagine, Circles, Daises and Wishes.
    Faber Castell products used: Whipped Spackle, Pastel Gelatos, Primary Colors/Gelatos, PITT Artist pen/Black Bold.
    other:  acrylic paint, distress mists

    Thanks for stopping by ~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member