Monday, October 31, 2016

Celebrating Fall with Darkroom Door!

Hi guys!
I have a fall card to share, using one of my favorite stamp sets, by Darkroom Door.  My favorite time of the year is fall, the leaves dropping and changing, but most of all the colors of the leaves.
Showcasing the  Carved Leaves Vol 2
These leaves look amazing stamped in fall colors, cut out and clustered
 together, just like they fell from a tree.  That was the look I was going for!

Other supplies used:
Darkroom Door stamps: Frame/Film, Brushed Sentiments, Photography and Carved Leaves Vol.2.
Archival ink by Ranger, S.e.i. Tumble Dye/Black, Wink of Stella, Authentique paper and stickers.

This is not a sponsored post, just me creating with some awesome stamps!!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, October 28, 2016

Christmas Ornaments with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a fun project and a cute way to decorate a Christmas tree!  I used the Holiday Themed Chipboard images from Clear Scraps and painted them with acrylic paint.  Very fun and I love the handmade charm that they have.  Here are the ornaments~


I used the 6" Holly Christmas Bulbs stencil on this one with acrylic paint.


I used the 6" Holly stencil on this one with  acrylic paint.

Very fun for all ages!!

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Memeber

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Quick Quotes and Xyron ~ Perfect!!!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the new collection, Winter Bliss, by Quick Quotes. We are also, so excited to be using products by Xyron.   

The Winter Bliss collection is full of pinks, turquoises and blue shades of color.  Reminds me of a good winter storm. Love the colors in this collection. Spot on Quick Quotes!! Using the Xyron products made adding adhesive, to the embellishments, a whole lot easier.

#1 ~ The 510 Sticker Maker machine, with a permanent refill in place, is perfect for applying adhesive on a long script word.  Makes it so easy.  Load the word, facing up, and run it through the Xyron 510.
#2 ~ For the small embellishments use the 150 Sticker Maker. Doesn't get any easier.
#3 ~ When you have run the embellishment through the machine, rub the embellishments with your finger, to make sure the adhesive adheres to embellishment.  Then tear off the backing and it ready to stick down.
#4 ~ The Mega Runner was used for adhering the papers together and the photos.  You can use as much as you need or as little. The adhesive comes out in little sections.  It also has a cap over the adhesive tip for when your not using it.  Thought that was very helpful and a great idea!!

The journal strips were adhered with the Xyron 150 Sticker Maker too.  So easy and convenient.

The arrows were adhered using the Xyron 150 and the Winter Bliss stripped pattern paper was adhered using the Xyron 510 Sticker Maker. 

Supplies Used:
Quick Quotes Winter Bliss: 1103, 1104, 1105. (coming soon)
Farmhouse Die Cut stickers
Farmhouse Chipboard Die Cuts
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Aqua, Caribbean Blue and Midnight Confessions
Xyron: Mega Runner, 150 Sticker Maker and 510 Sticker Maker

stickers, white cardstock, corner punch and Tumble Dye by S.e.i.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Try It Tuesday ~ with Buttons Galore & More

Hi guys!!!
Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday!!!
 I have these gorgeous buttons by Buttons Galore & More to create with
 and I have the perfect project to use them on.  

I had some material that matched the buttons, so that is where I started~

Remember these? I made them in 4-H . My first project I sewed 
using a sewing machine:)

Step 1 ~ Cut the material 7" long and 6 1/2" wide.
Step 2 ~ Fold the material with it meeting in the center.  Make a straight edge on each side and glue it down.  I used hot glue.
Step 3 ~  Glue the end together with hot and glue and clamp for a few minutes.
Step 4 ~ Turn them right side out and sew on the buttons.  
The facial tissues come 8 to a pack and are called a pocket pack.
Eight small little "thank you" gifts is what I see!!

Please visit Buttons Galore & More, if you love buttons you will love this site.
See ya soon~

Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Blessings with S.E.I.

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the Simple Blessings Collection by S.E.I.  Fall is right around the corner and I have a grandson that loves pumpkins, so I knew what I needed to make!!   A pumpkin it will be.

I used a wooden letter "C" and turned it on its side to get the shape of a pumpkin.  I adhered a tree branch to the top for the pumpkin stem and then covered the wooden letter with pattern paper from the Simple Blessings Collection. The edges of the wooden letter were sanded down after the paper was adhered, for a clean smooth edge.  Using the die-cut pack and the sticker pack I clustered embellishments around the branch, at the top of the pumpkin.  Gave it a fun festive look.

Black and red Tumble Dye were speckled on the front of the pumpkin, creating this home decor piece for Fall.  
I hope you enjoyed this project!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Try It Tuesday~hand carved stamps and what I made using them!

Hi guys!!!
I have been carving stamps this past couple of weeks. I did a little "creature set" ~
I don't draw very good, so I found a beginners drawing book (in steps) on how
 to draw simple images.  Very helpful!!

Supplies I used to create "happy birthday" gift tags~

Hand carved stamps, Dylusions ink spray, Archival ink, Manila tags,
  Whisker Graphics/twine
 and Darkroom Door "happy birthday" set. 

Step 1: Spray the tags with different colors and dab with a paper towel. Set aside to dry.
Step 2: Stamp with hand carved stamps using different colors of ink.
Step 3: Stamp sentiment on tag.
Step 4: Add twine.

The hand carved stamps have imperfections. I have some too!
Thanks for stopping by

Monday, October 17, 2016

Time Out card ~

Hi guys!!
Just a quick and fun card to share with you.  I used three different stamp manufactures on this card. Darkroom Door for the background, the chairs are from Stampin' Up! and the sentiment is from A Jillian Vance Design. 
The pattern paper is from Teresa Collins, twine is from Whisker Graphics and the ink is from Ranger.
Always fun to pull out supplies that work well together:)

Don't miss Try It Tuesday, I'm going to show you what I made with these~

Have a great day and see you soon~

Friday, October 14, 2016

Lucky Us, a page with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Winter Bliss Collection (soon to be released) from Quick Quotes.  If you love pinks, blues and teal color combinations, this is for you.  Beautiful stripes make beautiful pages!

 Three different pattern papers were used in creating this page.  I really love the pink stripes.

The title word is chipboard and was colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink.  I used the Aqua ink to add color to the word.

To get the top strip cut on a slant, cut a 2" strip of pattern paper from corner to corner.  Ink and adhere to the top of the page.

Quick Quotes products used:
Winter Bliss Collection (coming soon), W1101, W1100 and W1102
Die-cuts: Earth Wind Fire (coming soon)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Aqua, Pixie Pink and Midnight Confessions

stickers, buttons, burlap flower and leaves.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pallet Tree by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with the new Pallet Tree by Clear Scraps.  This tree is 20" x 28.5" ~ pretty impressive!! It is made of strong chipboard that will hold up to decorating of any kind. Looks great on a front door.


Paint all pieces with acrylic paint, using brown for trunk, green for tree branches and yellow for star.

Pallet tree3

When pieces are dry, lay out tree and stencil with the Chevron and Snowflake stencils by Clear Scraps.
Paint Holly Chipboard embellishments.  Dry and adhere to Pallet Tree.
Stencil on word.  Paint Star yellow and speckle with white paint.
When all parts have been painted  and decorated adhere to tree trunk.  Glue Star at top and punch holes in side of star, to run a wire, to hang with.



Add trim and seal with acrylic sealer.

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: Pallet Tree, Holly Chipboard embellishment,  Snowflake Border stencil, 12" Chevron stencil and 12" Fruit of the Spirit stencil.
other: acrylic paint, acrylic sealer, Beacon Glue, wire and trim.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Try It Tuesday~ junkin'

Hi guys!!
I entered my crafts in the Guadalupe County Fair this weekend (3 blue,7 red and 4 white ) ~ always fun but not sure I agree with the judging :) but there is always next year:).
 So how about some junkin' finds for Try It Tuesday!!

The numbers 5 & 6 ~ the six can be stamped as a 9 also.  very cool!!  
$3.00 each

No name on this hanger but I thought it was really cool to hang art from. 

Child's shoe form ~ I want to add this into a wreath with other vintage finds.

I still love creating with these milk caps~
large milk caps ~ $1.00 each 
small mill caps ~ .25 each

So cute to keep smalls in~

Face cream jar ~ it is small.  I have small sea shells in it :)

small calendar frame ~ $1.00 
medicine vial ~ $1.00   all I need is a small cork for the top.  

Thanks for stopping by~
see ya soon!!!

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Shaker Angel tag with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a great idea for a Holiday gift tag, and an added bonus~ a Christmas ornament. Yes, two functions in one.  I used the new Mini Shaker Angel by Clear Scraps! Beautifully designed  and easy to create with.

Angel tag1

I used several stencils to create a background on the large black tag.  Using white acrylic paint, a sponge and the Snowflake border and the 6" Imagine stencil by Clear Scraps the background was created.  The Shaker Angel was created using pattern paper, acrylic paint and sequins (for the inside of the Shaker Angel).  Very simple, just glue the pieces together making a frame, then glue the back on after the shaker has been filled with sequins, as in my example.

Angel tag2

These are really fun and Clear Scraps has different Shaker's to choose from.  Great for family crafting night!!

Thanks for stopping by~ 
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October tag with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a spooky tag using the new Bats Chipboard Embellishment by Clear Scraps!!  Take a look, but you have been warned, pretty scary!!!  PDF here~

Bats tag1

Clear Scraps products used: Chipboard tag, 6” Chevron stencil and chipboard bats.
Other product used:  paper/DCWV, Beacon adhesive, trim and acrylic paint.

Oct tag


  • Cover tag with pattern paper. Adhere with Beacon glue and let dry.

  • When dry sand edges of tag on all sides.

  • Paint the chipboard bats with white acrylic paint and dry.

  • Shade bats with black ink.

  • Using the Chevron Stencil by Clear Scraps apply the design, in random places, on the front of the tag.

  • Speckle the tag with black acrylic paint (the bats, too).

  • Add the word BOO to the bottom of the tag with stickers.

  • Add twine or ribbon to the top of the tag.

  • Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016

    Stitching with Whiskers Graphics ~

    Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the Divine Twine by Whisker Graphics. Cross stitching with Divine Twine is just like stitching with thread but so much easier.  The twine doesn't get tangled like the thread does making it easier to stitch a project.

    Products used: Divine Twine: red. white and navy
    other: String Creations Stitch Blank by Plaid Crafts, button, sticker and stars.

    After the placement of the colors were determined I started stitching with the white twine first.
    I threaded a needle with a big eye and began sewing like I would on material.  Easy!!!!

    I skipped around with the red and white twine because I was curious about how it would look.  So I stitched a few rows of red and then went back and filled in with the white twine.  When the stitching was completed the stars were added along with the button and sticker.  I'm pretty sure it will be the star of my Christmas tree this year.  

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Scrapbooking with Quick Quotes!

    Hi, Connie here with a couple of scrapbook pages using products by Quick Quotes.   The first one is using Urban Oasis, Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks and the cutest boy ever.

    I layered different patterned papers from the Urban Oasis Collection and inked the edges of the papers. Embellishments and stickers were added to the page.

    Quick Quotes products:
    Paper: Urban Oasis/105 and 100
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks/ Barn Board, Midnight Confession and Navy.
    Die-cuts: Earth Wind Fire (coming soon)
    Other: Darkroom Door stamps, Tomboy adhesive and stickers.


    The second scrapbook page was created using the Anchors Aweigh Collection.  I have enjoyed creating with this collection.  Anything close to the water, I enjoy!!!

    I used stencils and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks to create the embellishments that were used for this page.  So easy, just stencil the design and then cut it out and shade.

    Quick Quotes products: 
    Anchors Aweigh: 102, 104.
    Chipboard die-cuts: Anchors Aweigh
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Blue Lagoon, Seafoam, Midnight Confession, Aqua, Seabrook.
    Other: stencil, stamps, buttons, Tumble Dye.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member