Monday, January 30, 2017

From the past~vintage items!

Hi guys!
I have some really cool, really vintage things to show you. 
These were gifted to me.  They have been extremely well taken care of and look 
amazing for the age that they are.  First up~

Coffee Grinder
from Manchester, Iowa
1920's - 1950's

Next up~

Coal Bucket and Shovel
I don't have any information on this other than it is from Iowa also.
Isn't it gorgeous!

Next up~

Western Stoneware from Iowa.  Not sure what it held if anything. 
 The leaf stamp gives me impression it was for maple syrup.  

A small child or baby wash tub.  From Iowa also.  The is heavy
 and a really nice piece.

Chamber pot~used at night when you needed to go to the bathroom and you didn't want to go outside to the outhouse.  Will make a great slop bucket for scraps for the animals!
Hope you enjoyed these items from our American past~
I will share more soon.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Paisley Layer Stencil ~ Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a tag using the new Paisley Stencil that has layers.  You can go crazy adding the layers while having tons of fun.

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I created a step out of how the tag was created.

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I started with StazOn inks,  picked colors that looked good together.
I used a chipboard tag by Clear Scraps and applied Gesso to it.  Let it dry.
I applied the ink with a makeup sponge.   Start with the open images.
After you have your images stenciled on the chipboard tag, in random places, add the line work over the images.
To add color to the chipboard word "create" ~ use the StazOn ink with the same applicator.
Easy and fun!!!

Clear Scraps products used:
Chipboard tag
Chipboard word/Create
Paisley/layer stencil

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Try It Tuesday ~ two kinds of shakers!!

Hi guys!
Thanks for the visit today. 
You know I love vintage and love using old things,in a way, that I can
 enjoy them and having a purpose is good too.

I was given these and thought they would be amazing (yes, amazing) filled with
 sequins and micro beads.  This is my storage for them at present~


The micro beads and sequins are fun to put inside the ****new shakers**** by Clear Scraps.
You will be seeing lots of examples on Clear Scraps and my blog so stay tuned.
I love shakers ~all kinds!!

These are really fun to create with and the vintage salt and pepper shakers hold the micro beads and sequins so they pour easily into the chipboard shaker, before adhering the acrylic top.
Check them out 

Have a great day!!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Whistlin' Dixie with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Whistlin' Dixie Collection by Quick Quotes.  I matched the paper to our cloths and it worked great!!!

This photo was taken September 2016, our 42 anniversary!! I didn't realize that until I started to create this page.  The papers were so perfect!!!! I loved how I was able to create the die-cut paper look just by cutting the image from the already imprinted pattern paper.

Quick Quotes products:
Whsitlin' Dixie Collection: WD106, WD101.
Whsitlin' Dixie chipboard  & stickers
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Coal Miner, Caribbean Blue

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Follow Your Heart ~ on a Post Card!

Hi guys!!!
I'm really excited about Creativation/CHA 2017 !! Can't wait for
 it to start this weekend.
Looking forward to the new products that
 inspire me to create:)
But in the meantime I will continue to create with some oldies
 that are still goodies to me. 

And I will continue to do this too. 

Products used:
Darkroom Door: Post Card/Frame, follow your heart/Quote and  Little Ladies.
This is not a sponsored post, just me creating with some awesome products!
Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Word Stencils with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the new word stencils by Clear Scraps.  Using two different word stencils, I was able to make two different signs with  only one board.  Let me show you, so easy and so fun!!!!

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Here is side one.  Stenciled with acrylic paint.  Using the 6" Star stencil by Clear Scraps a background was created for the sign board.

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 Two signs in one~ perfect for parties or directions (as in my case)!!

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Clear Scraps products:
Word stencil ~ wonderful
Word stencil ~ adventure
6" stars

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Try It Tuesday~just flip it!

Hi guys!
Remember the paper bags glued together to make a wreath?
When you make one you are really making two.  Flip to the back side and 
create another wreath ~

If you need a refresher course on how to make them go HERE.
This was the first side I created ~

These are really fun and quick!!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Club Q January kit from Quick Quotes ~

Hi, Connie here with a couple of scrapbook pages using the Club Q January kit by Quick Quotes.   The pages go together and tell a story of Jeremy playing in the snow. He is only 2 years old so he hasn't played in the snow very much.

Designer tip:
Use the negative from the snowflake die cut sheet, that comes in the kit, as a stencil. Use Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink for color.  Coconut white is a great looking color to use for the snowflake.          

Doing that technique also adds design and color to the solid turquoise papers in the Club Q kit. 
The chipboard year is also colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink.  So easy and adds great coverage to the chipboard piece.

Quick Quotes products:
Club Q kit/January
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Midnight Confessions, Caribbean Blue, Coconut White and Aqua.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cupcake Shaker ~ Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a cute mini album that would work great for a birthday gift.   I used the Cutie Mixable and the Cupcake Shaker by Clear Scraps,  to create a birthday album.

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I did a step by step to show you how the mini was created ~

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Supplies needed: Cutie/mixable by Clear Scraps, Binder pages 5 X 7 (chipboard), Beacon 3-IN-1, pattern paper,  Cupcake Shaker by Clear Scraps and rhinestones (filler for the shaker).
Cover the bottom part of the chipboard Cupcake with pattern paper.
Cover the top part of the Cupcake with a different pattern of paper and cut it out.
Adhere both parts, top and bottom to chipboard. Let dry.
The Shaker part of the Cupcake comes with three top chipboard pieces.  Glue one on the top of the cupcake.  Sandwich the acrylic in between the the second and third piece of the top chipboard. Add rhinestones (or filler) to the first one you glued to the covered chipboard top.  Glue the sandwich piece to the first one, covering the rhinestone (filler).
Paint or ink the chipboard part of the top of the Cupcake.  Decorate.

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The back cover is acrylic with chipboard inside pages.

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This will look darling with the pictures from the birthday party added.

Clear Scraps products used:
Binder pages 5 x 7
Cutie/Mixable mini album  (front and back cover only)
Cupcake Shaker

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ Top 10 projects from 2016!

Hi guys!!
 I'm excited to show you my top 10 projects for 2016 and
hoping they will inspire you to create something new and to try something different:)
Here we go~
I did this one for Clear Scraps, it ended up being the label for the acrylic Letter Box.

These canvas squares were done for Clear Scraps using their stencils.

This was also created for Clear Scraps. It is showcased in the company catalog.  I love the new Shakers.

This scrapbook page was created for Quick Quotes.

This pocket page was created for Quick Quotes.  I loved that I was able to get so
 memorabilia in the pocket.  The event is contained :)

Scrapbook page created for Quick Quotes.  Our boys!!

Created for Whisker Graphics.  I love what it represents to me.

These gift bags for a small loaf of bread, did very well on social media. 
 Created for Whisker Graphics.

These were created using Divine twine by Whisker Graphic.  These will be on the PBS show Make It Artsy ( Julie Fei Fan Balzer) yes I'm name dropping :)  first part of this year.  I'll let you know when it airs. Both projects could be on the program.

This was created for Darkroom Door and made the company idea catalog and magazine.
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, January 9, 2017

Word Album with Creating Made Easy/Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a "Winter" Word Book Album from the Creating Made Easy January kit by Clear Scraps.  It is a mixable so the book comes with acrylic pages and chipboard pages. I love the acrylic look, so I rarely alter it.  I did add paint splats to this one~

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I have a tutorial showing how the chipboard pages were covered with paper from 
the kit. Take a look~

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A X-Acto knife was used to trim the ends of the pattern paper, to fit to the chipboard pages.  Then the paper was adhered to the chipboard page.  The edges were sanded, so there was no over hang of the paper. Then ink around the edges, if you like.

Take the plastic film off of the acrylic pages front and back.  You will have a rich glossy finish.

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The inside pages with photo mats and embellishments.

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Products used: Creating Made Easy January kit by Clear Scraps: Clear Scraps: Word book "winter"
Other: Beacon adhesive, paint plats (white and black), trim

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member