Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wishes for you by S.e.i.~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Wishes for you Collection by S.e.i.  This collection has bright papers and is full of all kinds of stickers that work perfect for a scrapbook page or cards! 

I love clustering embellishments, like stickers and die cuts, together in group.  Over lapping the stickers and popping them up adds dimension to your page and brings attention to the photo. 

I love using the Tumble Dye as a mist when I have completed the layout.  It gives it a great look and so easy to apply.  Just take the lid off and tap with your finger and small drops will come out.  Very easy to control the dye this way.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

September Tag with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here to share with my September tag using Clear Scraps products!

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Clear Scraps products used: acrylic tag, 6X6 stencils (Fruit of the Spirit, Diamond, Brick Wall and Chevron) and chipboard feather.
Other products: Acrylic paint, Gesso, Gel plate, Beacon adhesive, twine and trim.


  • Remove plastic film from both sides of the acrylic tag.

  • Paint the front of the tag with Gesso and let it dry.

  • Set up your Gel Plate with the acrylic paint colors you want to use. I used four different colors. Using a brayer add color to the front of the tag.

  • When the top of the tag is dry, start using stencils to add dimension and design to the front of the tag.

  • Use the brayer to roll over the feather to add color to it, and then add a few stencil designs. Let dry.

  • Stencil on the word “Kindness”. Outline the letters with black acrylic paint and a small brush.

  • Adhere the feather to the center of the tag, with foam dimensional square adhesive.

  • Add twine and trim.

  • Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016

    Try It Tuesday~ just make it pretty !

    Hi guys!
    Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday.  I was just messing around with my gel plate
      adding some green and blue tones to print on a square piece of canvas.  I ended up with six different colors, of paint, on my canvas piece.

    Not only did I get the canvas pieces painted, I also got a couple of pages in my
     art journal prepared by cleaning the brayer on the journal pages
      I have a couple of pages ready for stencils and stamps, just need to do it.
    I think I'm scared I'll like it :) 

    I decided I would make a cover for my pocket dictionary, that is used frequently. 
    I just folded over the ends, to make a flap, and then glued it together.

    Products used:
    Stencils: Clear Scraps, Faber Castell
    Acrylic paint: Deco Art
    Canvas: Canvas Corp
    Buttons: Buttons Galore & More
    Other: Gelli Arts, brayer

    Thanks for stopping by, now go make something pretty :)

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Family Time with Quick Quotes~

    Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Earth Wind Fire Collection (coming soon) by Quick Quotes.  Can't wait to share the full collection with you. Consider this a sneak peek!

    Instructions to this are easy.  Use a favorite border punch to create a fun border and then punch another one.  So, two punched borders.  Shade both of the borders with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink. I'll list the ink names at the end.  Over lap them and adhere them to the side of the strip of paper, that has the photos on it.

    Add color to the small camera embellishment using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink. Set aside.  Using a stencil and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink a chevron design was stenciled
    in random places on the pattern paper.

    Cluster stickers at the bottom and title your page.

    Quick Quotes products used:
    Earth Wind Fire Collection (coming soon) ~ 108 and 105
    Whistlin' Dixie : die cut chipboard and die cut stickers 
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Midnight Confession, Peach Tree and Barn Board

    other: twine, stickers, metal die (family), small embellishments, stencil and trim.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop~2016

     Get ready to see some awesome cards themed for Fall and Coffee. 
     You might even want to pour yourself a cup and get comfortable!!

    I want to give a shout out to the companies that make these unique coffee related
     products ~ we love them!!!  Keep making more~
    Supplies used:
    Stamps: Darkroom Door, A Jillian Vance Design.
    Steel die: A Jillian Vance Design.
    Ink: Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink, Archival ink by Ranger.
    Stencil: Clear Scraps
    Paper and Tumble Dye: S.E.I.
    Embossing Folder: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations
    Heart punch: Sizzix/Tim Holtz
    Vintage: milk caps

    First card:

    Second card:
     I want to thank all of you for stopping by and leaving a comment with a chance 
    to win this small prize packet ~

    Coffee stencil by Clear Scraps, vintage milk caps and coffee themed trim.
     I'll pick a winner when the hop is over :) 
    See ya soon~

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Notepads with S.e.i.

    Hi, Connie here with a cute idea for a back to school teacher's gift using the Wishes for you Collection from S.e.i.  This collection has pretty paper and cute stickers, perfect for this project.

    You can make three of these notepads from one sheet of pattern paper.  First you need to make a stop at an office supply store and have them cut the legal size notepads in fourths for you. Some places charge and some don't. If you like the pads to be wider, have them cut in to  thirds.  I have made them in both sizes.

    Lay your notepad on the pattern paper and size it up, like you would mat a photo.  Should be around 2 1/2" W x 12" L.  You will need a small strip to cover up the top part of the notepad.  That is what you will adhere the sticker and sentiment to.

    Teacher's love these decorated notepads, that are super cute on their desk.  S.e.i. has cute paper collections that would be really made up for teachers or you!!

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Bread Pudding recipe

    Hi guys!!
    Here is the Bread Pudding by Pinky Hobbs recipe that I posted to
     Instagram a few days ago.
    You will love it!!!

    Bread Pudding by Pinky Hobbs

    Left over bread, cinnamon rolls or make cinnamon toast
    ( I used 5 homemade cinnamon rolls I had stuck in the freezer)
    6 fresh eggs
    5 cups of milk total (I added 1/2 cup heavy cream)
    1 cup of sugar ( I used 3/4 c. sugar)
    3 tsp. vanilla (Mexican vanilla)
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    raisins (1/2 cup) or not
    Butter the pan ( 9x11) I think :) 
    Soak over night and then bake at 325 degrees ~ 45-50 minutes. 
     I soaked mine for 3 hours and then baked.
    It is delicious warmed up for breakfast!!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Try It Tuesday~ heart tart tins, different!!!

    Hi guys!
    Try It Tuesday time :)
    You know how I love the heart tart tins, they speak to me all the time. 
     I had found another set of them a few months back so I have been creating!!

    I love them this way too :)

    I popped up the center heart shaped paper and then decorated the fronts
     with paper and stickers by Bella Blvd.  Each heart tells a different story.

    Love Grows Here

    A True Heart

    Grow In His Grace

    These will make super cute gifts or stay super cute on my
     counter, haven't decided yet!  I love creating home decor re-purposing
     something from the past.

    vintage heart tart tins
    Illustrated Faith/She Blooms by Bella Blvd. collection with stickers
    Jillbean Soup/rhinestone embellishments
    Tombow adhesive
    small easel
    I'm on 
    It has been about 4 years with the old phone.  I didn't think I 
    would enjoy the new phone so much but I am.
    Would love to connect if you are interested :)

    Thanks for stopping by~

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Word Block Stamps with Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!!
    Hope you had a great weekend, full of great moments :)
    I have a couple cards to share with you using the Word Block Stamps
     by Darkroom Door.

    I used the Creativity and Awesome stamp by Darkroom Door to create a 
     background for the card.  

    I love creating with the Word Block stamps.  You can stamp over the words or cluster
     on top of the words, either way you will sure create a cute card.  The words can be highlighted
    or the words can be shaded with ink or paint, so many choices!!  So fun!!

    Supplies used:
    other~ Stampin' Up!, Ranger Archival ink and cardstock, markers: Faber Castell
    Thanks for stopping by~
    Tomorrow is ~
    don't forget :)

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Prayer Journal with Clear Scraps~

    Hi, Connie here with a Prayer Journal using the acrylic 5" X 7" binder by Clear Scraps.  This is a mix or match product, making it perfect for creating  the binder most suited for your project.  I love that I can make it my own.  Let me show you ~

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    I started with the binder first and added a piece of stenciled sticky back canvas to cover the white plastic.  I used a border stencil by Clear Scraps to add a design.  They make some really cute ones! The border was stenciled on using black acrylic paint.

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    Pockets were created for scripture cards and inspirational words that I wanted to document.    The chipboard tabbed pages where covered with patterned paper on both sides.  The pages are acrylic.   I have used words and titles, as headers, for these pages.

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    Can't wait to start putting in my favorite scriptures (that I have all over my desk on post-it-notes) !  True story~    
    Clear Scraps products used:
    Build it your way Acrylic 5 x 7 binder
    Acrylic 5 x 7 pages
    Chipboard 5 x 7 tabbed pages
    Checker Border 
    other product used:
    Pattern Paper: Illustrates Faith/Bells Blvd.
    stickers, Beacon 3-IN-1 glue, trim and black acrylic paint (for splats).

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Club Q ~ September Kit with Quick Quotes

    Hi, Connie here with the Club Q Kit for September by Quick Quotes.  Such a fun kit and full of creative possibilities.  I started with the Premier Altered Kit ~

    The kit is a 4" X 6" mini frame. Very fun!!!!

    For the next project I used the Premier Page Kit by Quick Quotes to create 10 tags and one scrapbook page.  It comes with five chipboard tags. This is what I did~

    These can be used for packages or ornaments.  I also made tags out of the round chipboard centers. That is a total of 10 tags .

    All of the flower die cuts are included in the kit.  I added a few buttons and twine.

    All of the paper scraps where layered and used to create a background for the pictures.
    The quote card went perfect with the pictures, I used on the scrapbook page.

    Quick Quotes Supplies: Club Q September Kit
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Navy, Barn Board, Light Moss, Seafoam, Razz- Berry and Antique Linen.

    Whisker Graphics: twine
    S.e.i. : Tumble Dye
    stickers, extra buttons

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    Try It Tuesday~more paper bags!

    Hi guys!!
    I made a new door arrangement for my crafty room with brown paper lunch bags.
      So fun, easy and a quick project.  Done and Up!!

    I speckled the paper lunch bags after they were glued together.  The center is
     some embellishments I had on hand.  

    bags used~

    center embellishments~
    Chipboard word is by Clear Scraps

    I cut the edges in a different shape,  You can see the star arrangement HERE~
    Also a link to see how it is put together.

    Thanks for stopping by~