Thursday, March 30, 2017

March tag with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with my March Tag tutorial using an acrylic tag by Clear Scraps and one of the new chipboard embellishments!  Using one of the chipboard bird houses it was fun to create a tag with family in mind.  Let me show you~
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1. Trim the overlay paper to the size of the acrylic tag.
2. Trim out the blue cardstock to the size of the tag.  Lay the tag on the cardstock and trace around the tag and cut it out.
3. Adhere the blue cardstock to the back of the acrylic tag.  Then adhere the green overlay paper to the front of the acrylic tag.
4. When it is dry use a hole punch, to create the opening, for the twine to be tied at the top of the tag.
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  5. Paint or use ink to add color to the bird house.
  6. Adhere to the front of the tag.
  7. Paint the word Family with dark blue acrylic paint. Let dry. Adhere to bottom of the tag.
  8. Splat white and black paint over the front of the tag .
  9. Add felt leaves, flowers and buttons.
  10. Add sentiment and tie the twine in the punched out hole at the top of the tag.

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Supply list:
Clear Scraps: Acrylic tag, Chipboard Bird Houses, Chipboard Word (Family)
Beacon 3-IN-1
acrylic paint, sticker, felt leaves, buttons, flowers and twine.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Try It Tuesday~Border stamps!!

Hi guys!
Thanks for popping in for Try It Tuesday!!!
Darkroom Door has come out with some 12" border stamps that really have intrigued me. I bought a few and started creating with them.  The one I'm going to show you is Art Studio~really fun stamp.

Card #1~
The card was created stamping the 12" border stamp on one piece of 12" X 12" cardstock.
It was then cut in half creating the fronts for two cards~

Once the Art Studio design was stamped on the bottom and cut in half, color was added.
I used a water brush with Dylusions spray inks.  A small drop of color was added to my paint pallet and I picked it with the water brush.  The color went along ways!!!

I did some splats too!!! Got to have some splats~
I have another idea for this stamp so you will see it again~

Card #2 ~
Supplies used: 
Ink: Ranger: Archival/Jet Black
Ranger: Dylusions Ink spray
Cardstock~ one sheet of white for the card and a sheet for the base.

Check out the border Darkroom Door They have released
 six styles and they are all keepers.
  I still need one more to complete my set:) and then there are the Fine Butterflies and the Fine Flowers Vol.2, got to get those :).  It never ends :):):)

see ya soon~

Monday, March 27, 2017

Texture: Corrugated Iron and hearts with Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!!
I have a card using the Heart stamp set and the
 Texture/ Iron Corrugated stamp by Darkroom Door. 
Always fun using the Darkroom Door stamps together. Texture stamps make great 
background stamps and look amazing layered up with stamped images.
  That was the plan for this  "heart" card~

1. On a scrap piece of white cardstock spray it with Dylusions: Postbox Red. If it drips or puddles, great!
2. Using the Texture: Corrugated Iron stamp and Archival Jet Black, stamp in the middle or side of the sprayed cardstock. 
3. Mount that piece on black cardstock.
4. Adhere the black cardstock to a white card, creating a card front.
5. Using the scrap pieces from the sprayed cardstock, stamp heart shapes, using Archival Red Geranium and Rose Madder inks. Stamp 5 or 6 depending  on how full and layered you want the card to look.
6. Stamp the word "love"  on the left over scrap cardstock and trim the word out.
7. Layer the hearts at the bottom of the card front. Add dimensional adhesive to some of them.
8. Wrap twine around one of the hearts and tie off.
9. Splat the card front with Dylusions: White Linen.  Remove the lid and tap on the tube to get the splats.
10. Add a vintage white corner to right top and roll the left top corner of the card front.

Supply List:
Ranger: Archival: Jet Black, Red Geranium, Rose Madder.
Ranger: Dylusions: Postbox Red, White Linen.
Divine Twine

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog hop 2017 with ~ A Jillian Vance Design!

Welcome to the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop 2017. 
 Get ready to see some awesome cards themed for Spring and Coffee. 
Probably lots of flowers too :) but not here, more like stars!!
 You might even want to pour yourself a cup and get comfortable!!

I want to give a shout out to my sponsor ~ A Jillian Vance Design 
They have a great selection of  Coffee Stamps.     
I used four different stamp sets and one background stamp by A Jillian Vance Design.  My goal was to show you that the stamps work well with each other.  They are easily mixed with other sets to create beautiful themed cards. A big plus to me and they have great sentiments (the best).  So easy to use with other sets.

The cards were created the same way just changed out ink and paper.

Products used:
Ranger Archival ink: Saffron, Coffee, Potting Soil, Jet Black, Cobalt and Red Geranium
Wink of Stella, Copic/red, Xyron sticker maker, coffee word die.

To start the hop or post a coffee card 
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March is still full of LOVE~ Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a layout page using the Expression Large Love Word by Clear Scraps.   You will need to have a pair of scissors and a steady hand to get started.  Creating with acrylic adds great dimension to a layout page.  Get those scissors~

The LOVE word is a vertical piece of acrylic.  To achieve this design the acrylic will need to be cut in half. Using scissors cut the acrylic below the heart.  Remove the plastic from both pieces.  Lay out the letters on the pattern paper and trace the shape.  Cut the letter shapes and adhere to the back of the acrylic pieces.  Ink with StazOn black around the acrylic.

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Attach both pieces of the word to the center of the layout with Beacon 3-IN-1.  Embellish the page and then tell your story.

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Shading each letter makes the word really pop off the layout page.  Dimensional adhesive is used on the extra embellishments and stickers on the layout page.  The journal strips are created  in Microsoft Word, printed out, trimmed in strips and shaded with black ink.  Every other strip is adhered with dimensional adhesive.

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: Expressions Large Love V 
other: Beacon 3-IN-1 adhesive, StazOn/black
pattern paper, stickers, black ink (for splats)  

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Windsong Collection by Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the new Windsong Collection by Quick Quotes. I played off of the subtle seafoam color in the paper and added seafoam cardstock to bring out the color in the pattern paper.

The title is chipboard and it is easily colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink.

The more you pat it with color the darker it will become.  The chipboard stickers were colored with PowderPuff Chalk ink also.

The flowers are also shaded with PowderPuff Chalk ink.  Pull them apart and it is
 easy to get good a coverage of ink on them.  

Supplies used:
Quick Quotes: Farmhouse die cuts
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Antique Linen, Seafoam and Midnight Confessions

Want2Scrap: chipboard title and Rhinestones
Divine Twine
Petaloo flowers
Tumble Dye

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ creating with vintage wool!

Hi guys~thanks for stopping in for Try It Tuesday. 
 Remember that piece of vintage wool I showed you a few days ago, it made a beautiful pin along with a few other added supplies~

I wondered how the steel dies would cut the wool and it worked great. 
I ran the wool through the Big Shot back and forth, one time. The flower and leaves
 dropped right off the wool,  a clean cut.  

I clustered the wool flowers and leaves in the center of the burlap flower
and embellished with vintage
  buttons, new buttons and twine.  The die I used to make 
the rolled flower is by Maya Road. The leaf die is by Richard Garay.  The back, 
of the burlap flower, has a clasp to pin it to a jacket or sweater.

Very fun to put together and it will look great on my beige sweater.
Supplies used:
Canvas Corp / burlap flower
Maya Road/ Rolled Flower steel die
Richard Garay/Amazing Blooms steel die
Buttons Galore & More/vintage buttons
Maya Road/resin bird
Divine Twine

This is not a sponsored post just me creating with some awesome products:)
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Corrugated Iron Texture stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!! I have another card to share with you using
 the Corrugated Iron by Darkroom Door.  So many possibilities with this stamp!!
My inspiration for this card was a flag.

1. On white cardstock spray Dylusions ink/London Blue on one side and Poutbox Red on several different spots on the other side of the cardstock.. Keep in mind "flag" idea. This idea could be done with other colors that represent another country.  This card is representing the USA in an artsy kinda of way.  
2. Using the Texture: Corrugated Iron stamp and the inked/sprayed cardstock, stamp over the sprayed ink using Jet Black ink.  Stamp several times depending on the size of the card front.  I stamped four times making a rectangle.
3. Cut a section out and that will be the card front.
4. Mat on black cardstock.
5. Still using the cardstock, that you inked and sprayed on, stamp three stars using the Stars set by Darkroom Door. 
6. Stamp one large star using Red Geranium, and the other two with Jet black.

7. Trim out the stars.
8. Stamp the words " follow your dreams" from the New York 1 set by Darkroom Door, on scrap cardstock that is left over from the sprayed and inked pieces.
9. Mat the words in black cardstock.
10. Position the stars on the card front and adhere using dimensional adhesive.
11. Adhere the words in the middle of the stars.
12. Wrap twine around the words and tie off.
13. Add pearls to card front.
14. Splat with White Linen/Dylusions ink spray. Take the lid off and hit the spray tube to add splats to the card front.

Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, March 17, 2017

Flour De Shaker by Clear Scraps.

Hi, Connie here with a gift idea using the Flour De Shaker by Clear Scraps.   Using an extra large tag and the Flour De Shaker, a super cute tag/card was made and even doubled as a gift.  Let me show you what I mean~

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This is the front of the tag,  decorated with pattern paper and stickers.  To make the fold in the tag, find the center of the tag and score two lines , one on each side of the center guide. About a 1/2" space will work great for the shaker to have space. The background is acrylic paint splatted on with an old toothbrush. My favorite way to add color randomly to a background card or tag.  Here is a few step out photos of how the Flour De Shaker by Clear Scraps came together.

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Trace the shape of the Flour De on pattern paper and cut it out.  Small nail scissors work great for this.  Use Beacon 3-1 to adhere the pattern paper to the back  shaker chipboard piece. Add sequins to the inside, of the shaker, and glue on the frame and acrylic piece.  Remember to remove the plastic from the Flour De  shape.  Use a small paint brush and paint the front frame with acrylic beige paint.  The sides  were also painted .  When the paint is good and dry, the Flour De Shaker is ready to be adhered to the inside of the tag.

An inside look before the gift was added ~

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The money was rolled up and stuck in under the twine.

Products used:
Clear Scraps Flour De Shaker
other: pattern paper, twine, embellishments, extra large black tag, acrylic paint, stickers, Beacon 3-1 adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Take Ten Magazine~Spring Issue

Hi guys!!
I have some cards to share that were recently published by Stampington & Company 
in their Take Ten magazine.  These cards (a set of three) can be seen in the
 "a different point of view" section.  

In this section you have to create three cards using the same stamp set
 and give each one a different look.
I love a challenge!!

Products used:
Paper/Teresa Collins
Ink/Ranger Archival
Decorative tape/We R Memory Keepers
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Try It Tuesday ~ Fun & Games with Darkroom Door!

Hi guys!!
Spring break is here!!! 
Time to play some games :), well creating with game pieces will work.
I created this card using the Fun & Games set by Darkroom Door.  The bingo card 
really caught my eye.

I started creating my card by stamping the images, in the set, and cutting them out.  Layer the images on the background piece, created using the Word block Stamp/Friendship by Darkroom Door.
Add to a card front and then adhere to the card base.  Add twine and speckle with black ink spray.

Love the domino's and dice!! The red hearts are pretty cute also.

Products used:
Ranger Archival ink
S.E.I./Tumble Dye/grey (speckling of card)

Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday!!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Easter Egg cards with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a couple of really cute Easter cards using the new Mulberry Collection by Quick Quotes.  This technique is easy and kid friendly. A great project to make together with the family.

Do you see all of the fun papers in the new Mulberry Collection? So bright!! I used two sheets of paper to create two cards.  Here is how they are made:

Mulberry 103 and 105.  Cut in 1/2" strips (9 total). You will have a few left over.

1. Draw an egg.  Cut it out.  The size depends on how big you want your card to be. This one is about 4 1/2".
2. Cut the strips in thirds.  That would be 4" pieces.
3. Spread liquid adhesive on the egg template and start laying the 4" strips across the template in a straight line.
4. Let the glue dry for a few minutes.

5. Cut around the egg template.
6. Shade the eggs with Blue Jeans PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.
7. Cut a double mat: large one 4 3/4" x 6"  and the one that fits inside is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Shade with Blue Jeans. Adhere together
8. The Petaloo flowers are pulled apart and shaded with Buttercup PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.
9. Adhere the Easter egg to the card front and add embellishments
10. Stamp out the sentiment, cut around and adhere.

The second version. These were really fun to create. The Mulberry Collection added just the right amount of bright, fun colors to the Easter eggs.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Mulberry: 103 and 105
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Berry Jam, Blue Jeans and Buttercup.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Make It Artsy with Whisker Graphics and Divine Twine~

Hi guys!!
Whisker Graphics / Divine Twine was featured on Make It Artsy with 
Julie Fei Fan Balzer and Joe Rotella.
  They do a great tutorial on using twine in the latest string art craze.  I have posted
a few pictures from YouTube.  Two of the projects on the table were created by me, 

The little white flower marks my projects :)

Here is a good look at my projects, remember these ~

Here is the link to view the Make It Artsy / Divine Twine sponsor YouTube video. 
This is such a fun video, I hope you will check it out.

Thank you Whisker Graphics for this opportunity