Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Try It Tuesday~ let's go junkin' !!

Hi guys!
I have some fun junkin' stuff to share for Try It Tuesday.  I didn't get to create,
 I was creating food for Thanksgiving.  We had 53 peeps as best as
 we could count. Wonderful day!!
Ok here we go ~

This is a really cool Ball canning jar, it has small bubbles in the glass, beautiful!! 
I paid $5 for and was surprised at the price~

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I paid $4 for this large tall, skinny spool. I thought is was cool and has
 possibilities for a Christmas tree.  Do you see it?  

I paid $9 for this floral frog..  I've never seen one like it.  It holds paint brushes 
really good.  Check out the link~

I never pass these up~ I paid $4 for a quart size bag full.
  This is what I did with them, go HERE.

This is a Chicken feeder, It is new. I couldn't walk away~
I paid $32
I will be doing a blog post on how I'm using it soon:)

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pine Cones~ two different ways, with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with my November tag and a Fall card, created with the 6" Pine Cone stencil, by Clear Scraps.  I put pine cones in the same category as sea shells, I love creating with them and I love them just hanging around.

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 The tag is acrylic and stenciled with StazOn ink using the 6" pine cone stencil by Clear Scraps.  Remember to remove the plastic film before applying ink or paint to the tag.

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 I attached pattern paper to the back of the tag  and made a rag bow for the top of the tag.  The chipboard word "Cherish" is, one of many words, by Clear Scraps.   Check out the store to find all the words available.

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The card was created on white cardstock and then backed with pattern paper.  I used the same StazOn inks for creating the pine cone.  

Clear Scraps products used:
6" Pine Cone stencil
Acrylic tag
Chipboard word ( Cherish)
Other: Darkroom Door stamp. Quick Quotes paper, StazOn ink,  buttons,  material and twine.

Thank for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fall Card using stencils by Clear Scraps ~

Hi, Connie here with a fall card using cardstock, ink and stencils by Clear Scraps.  I used one for the background and one for the embellishments.  Let me show you~

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The trick is use different color of inks and it will give the background that beautiful
fall color, that we all love.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: 6" Twig Leaves and 12" Fall Leaves
other: cardstock, ink, twine, bling, ticket and stamped sentiment

Thanks for stopping by and have a BLESSED Thanksgiving!!
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Vintage milk cap tags~

Hi guys!!
Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday!!!
Remember these~

I can't take credit for this idea but I saw it done at a craft show and
  put my spin on it.
Take a look~

I think these will adorable on packages or a small kitchen tree.  Haven't decided which way I want to go.  Even tied on the handle of a coffee cup, I could go on and on. So many ways to use them.
Here is a little collage of the steps to create these~

Not hard at all~

All you need is the milk caps, hole punch, twine and grommets. 
See ya soon~

Monday, November 21, 2016

Christmas in Central Park card~

Hi guys!
I have a Christmas card to share, using the Christmas Script background stamp and the
 Central Park photo stamp, by Darkroom Door.

Simple design with pleasant results !

Products used to create the card:
Darkroom Door: Central Park/photo stamp, Christmas Script/background stamp, Merry Christmas set and New York Vol.2 set.
Ink: Ranger archival and Distress ink
Cardstock: white, red and black.
irRESISTible colored texture spray: white

This is not a sponsored post, just me creating with awesome products!
Thanks for stopping by~
Tomorrow is 
see ya soon~

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quick Quotes and Want 2 Scrap~ mini album!!

Hi, Connie here with a mini album by Want 2 Scrap and Quick Quotes.  The chipboard album is by Want 2 Scrap and the pattern paper is, the Farmhouse Collection, by Quick Quotes.

I turned the Waterfall Chipboard Planner, so the rings were on the top, to become a flip album.

Step 1:  Cover the chipboard with pattern paper, sand the edges and ink around the pages with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks. 

Step 2:  Add color to the chipboard quote, by Want 2 Scrap, using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.

Step 3: Decorate the front of the album and add the chipboard quote. Enhance with pearls and charms by Want 2 Scrap.

Step 4: Create the inside pages using the Farmhouse collection by Quick Quotes.

Products used:
Quick Quotes/Farmhouse: 100, 101, 102, 103 and 107.
Quick Quotes PowderPuffChalk inks: Peach Tree, Sky Blue, Navy, Seafoam and Midnight Confessions.

Want 2 Scrap: Chipboard Quotes, Waterfall Chipboard Planner and Say it with bling/pearls

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Totes with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a fun tutorial on creating a decorative tote bag using stencils by Clear Scraps.  I have two tote bags to show using different stencils by Clear Scraps. Here is the first one with a tutorial on how it was created.
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1. Place a piece of cardboard inside the canvas bag in case the paint bleeds through.
2. Take the Sunflower stencil and mark an X on the top of the stencil and that will be your starting point. You will lay it over the Sunflower when you do the center; the X will come in handy to get the stencil lined up with the flower petals.
3. Pour out some yellow paint and apply it to the stencil brush. Brush the paint out on scrap paper and then take it to the canvas bag.  Repeat the process to get a smooth application of paint.
4. When the petals are completed, remove the stencil and add brown paint to the center. Using the stencil brush or a sponge, with an up and down motion.
5. When the brown paint is dry, lay the Sunflower stencil over the Sunflower (this is where the X comes in handy to line up the petals).
6. Pour out some black paint and apply the paint to a stencil brush and stencil in the black center dots on the Sunflower.
7. Using other Clear Scraps stencils apply more color to the canvas bag. Make sure the paint is dry before laying the stencil on the canvas bag.  It is OK to stencil over each design, kind of fun. 
8. Speckle the bag by using an old tooth brush. Thin out the black paint by adding a little water and load up the tooth brush with the paint. Stand over the project and run your thumb through the tooth brush.  The effect is great looking.   Try not to get drips but if you do, those look great too!!!
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Products used:
Acrylic paint: white, black, green, orange, purple, yellow and brown.
Stencils by Clear Scraps: 12” Fall Leaves, 12” Sunflower, 12” Chevron and 6” Fruit of the Spirit.
Other: Stencil brushes, sponges, paper towels, old tooth brush and water (to clean brushes).
Here is the second bag using the 12" Tree Branch stencil by Clear Scraps.

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Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Try It Tuesday~ Buttons Galore and More

Hi guys!!
I have a cute project to share using vintage tart tins and the fabulous Buttons Galore & More.
No lie~so darling :)
I love the look of the burlap covered in vintage finds, fabulous buttons 
and charming photos.  I also have a tutorial to share on how the top
 of the pincushions were created.

1. Gather supplies. I will have a supply list at the end of the post.
2. Stuff the muslin bag with Poly-fil. 
3. Stuff the muslin bag inside the burlap bag.
4. Roll in a ball and stuff in the tart tin.
5. Glue around edges with hot glue.
6. Decorate the top with ribbon, buttons, small photos, decorative 
pins and vintage finds.  I used hot glue to adhere the ribbon and buttons.


Supply list:
Vintage photo: Darkroom Door
Other: trim, vintage finds, decorative pins, vintage tart tins/jello mold, muslin bag, burlap bag (4x6), stickers and Poly-fil.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Buttons Galore & More.  If you love buttons, check out all the unique, one of a kind buttons.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kinda early~Christmas card!

Hi guys!!
I have been creating a few Christmas cards, kinda early for me :) 
I usually fly by the seat of my pants!!
I really loved the way this one came together and wanted to share it with you.

The background is created by applying 3 different inks to the stamp.  The window is stamped on white cardstock and cut out.  The banner is super cute!!! I used the Triangles BG stamp by Darkroom Door.  This one~
Just stamp a small part of the stamp and cut them out .  Love it!!!!
The pocket watch, pine leaf and label were all stamped on white cardstock and cut out.  
I clumped and over lapped the images. 

Products used:
Darkroom Door Stamps: Triangles/ BG, Window/frame,  Polka Dots/BG, Pine Leaf/Ecletic, Pocket Watch/Ecletic, Christmas Reindeer
Ranger: Archival ink/black, red geranium, library green, saffron and coffee
Paper: white and black cardstock
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Midnight Confessions 
S.e.i./Tumble Dye: black
Links on side bar.

This is not a sponsored post, just me creating with some awesome products.
Thanks for stopping by~
Hope you can make it for 
See ya soon~

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cool junkin'~

Hi guys!!
I have something really cool to share~
If you ever see one of these floral frogs pick it up.  I've never seen one until
 last weekend.  I paid $9 and the seller wasn't sure if she wanted to sell it at
 first, but then did.

 I put painting brushes in it and love the look ~

The big brushes take up so much room in a jar, but this is perfect.  Markers, ink pens,  even some hand tools would work with this.  Just thought it was cool and wanted to pass it along!!!
Have a great weekend!!
See ya soon~

Thursday, November 10, 2016

More Winter Bliss with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the new, soon to be released, Winter Bliss collection by Quick Quotes.  I also used some Want 2 Scrap and Xyron products~ can't go wrong with a line up like that.
Another page showcasing the gorgeous patterns in the Winter Bliss collection by Quick Quotes. The paper squares and embellishments were adhered with the help of Xyron.  Let me show you~

Even the chipboard title by Want 2 Scrap fits through the Xyron 510 Sticker Maker.  Sure makes it easy to adhere the chipboard word to the project.  So easy and no mess.

To add color to the chipboard title Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink to the rescue.
Beautiful color and easy!!

And I used more of these cuties~

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Winter Bliss (soon to be released), 1101, 1103 and 1104.
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Blue Lagoon, Midnight Confessions.

Xyron: Mega Runner and 510 Sticker Maker
Want 2 Scrap: chipboard title, enamel dots/turquoises
stickers, black ink spray, steel dies and hand punch

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2016

Hi everyone!
I'm thrilled to be included in the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop for 2016.
This is my second year to create for this exclusive and one of a kind blog hop.
  A great place to find ideas to make handcrafted holiday gifts.
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For my project I chose to make these mixed media style zippered bags.  They would be great to store art brushes and markers in or maybe makeup brushes.  Many uses for them.


Supplies needed: gel plate, brayer, DecoArt acrylic paint, acrylic block, texture shapes, Stencil1 stencils, Buttons Galore & More and canvas zippered bags. Side note:  It is just as easy to make one as it is the do four bags at once.  
#1. Choose 3 to 4 paint colors, from DecoArt, and add small drops of paint to the gel plate. (The gel plate will stick to an acrylic stamp block)
#2. Using the brayer and going away from your body, smooth out the paint.  Don't over mix.  Just a couple of times going away from your body will do the trick.
#3. Use a texture tool and run it through the acrylic paint, that is on the gel plate.
#4. Treat the acrylic block, as you would when you use rubber stamps. Stamp on the canvas.

#5. Keep stamping using the acrylic block until the paint is all off.  Stamp different sections of the bag.
#6. Repeat the process of adding paint to the gel plate.  When you want to start fresh, wipe the gel plate down and rinse the brayer.  You are ready to start again.
#7. When the bag is covered with color, it is at this point you are ready to use Stencil1 stencils on the bags.
#8. The last step is adhering buttons by Buttons Galore & More.

I also created two more projects using DecoArts, Stencil1 and Buttons Galore & More~

#1.  Supply list:  DecoArt Misters, DecoArt Modeling Paste, Stencil1 and Buttons Galore & More.
#2. Place the stencil on the canvas tote bag. Use the back of a palette knife to apply the modeling
 paste to the project.
#3. In a downward motion apply the paste.  When the stencil is covered (or as much as you want  show) pick up the stencil.  The design will be on the canvas bag.  Place the stencil in a tub of water and soak for a few minutes.  The modeling paste needs to be dry before using the paint misters to add color.
#4.  Stencil other images on the bag carefully, not to disturb the modeling paste.
#5. Add color to the background of the bag with the DecoArt Misters. Add trim to finish bag.

Last project, a small canvas portfolio created using a gel plate, DecoArts acrylic paint, Stencil 1 and Buttons Galore & More.

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