Thursday, April 27, 2017

Creating with Clear Scraps and Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here creating with Clear Scraps and Quick Quotes.  They look amazing together.  Both companies have beautiful and unique products to create with. I used the large Scalloped Portrait Clipboard by Clear Scraps and the Earth Wind Fire Collection by Quick Quotes.  Take a look~

The inside frame was kinda of tricky to create, but fun at the same time.  I used a border punch and cut four strips and then connected them together. The edges were inked with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink in Navy.  

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The banner was fun to create.  One of the papers in the Earth Wind Fire Collection by Quick Quotes is made up of triangles, so perfect to create a banner from.  Just cut the paper in strips and then snip the triangles off.  I used Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink to shade the banner pieces.

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The "smile" chipboard word by Clear Scraps is colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink/Navy.  So easy and I love the coverage you get using this ink.  The chipboard word also has two coats of acrylic sealer on it to add in brightness and shine.  The stenciling was done using the 6" Chevron stencil by Clear Scraps and the Navy PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Large Scalloped Portrait Clipboard, 6" Chevron stencil and "Smile" chipboard word
Quick Quotes: Earth Wind Fire: 109, 110, 500 and 101 ( triangle paper). Die cut chipboard sticker embellishments.
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Navy, Barn Board and Amaretto.
other: Beacon 3-IN-1, twine, foam heart stamp, scallop border punch and trim.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quick Quotes and Clear Scraps ~ perfect together!

Hi, Connie here with some Quick Quotes and Clear Scraps products. We are doing a cross promotion with Clear Scraps all this week.  Love both of these company's and their products are beautiful together~

Using the gorgeous Printer's Tray by Clear Scraps along with some gorgeous papers and ink from Quick Quotes, a celebration of Spring has begun.  The Owl Shaker by Clear Scraps is watching over our sparse, but beautiful flowers.

The Owl Shaker is filled with buttons and silk flowers.  The frame of the Owl is covered with paper from the Windsong Collection and shaded with Baby Blue PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.  A vintage seed pack was tucked in behind the Owl.

"All good things are wild and free" love the quote. So perfect for this project.  Flowers fit in that category for sure.

The silk flower petals, buttons and sequins securely tucked away the shake away.

Products Used: 
Quick Quotes: Windsong Collection : 104, 105 and 500.
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Baby Blue, Seafoam and Clay
Clear Scraps: Printer's Tray and Owl Shaker
stickers, twine, vintage flowers, seed pack, buttons, sequins.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Try It Tuesday ~ Bunting Border stamp by Darkroom Door!!!

Hi guys!
I have a fun project to share making a Bunting for a scrapbook page
 using the Bunting Border stamp by Darkroom Door.  I jazzed the Bunting up with
 some Texture stamps. So fun!!!

I prepared a collage showing the steps to creating this fun Bunting~

Spray colored ink on white cardstock.  Use the Bunting Border Stamp by Darkroom Door and stamp over the area using Black Archival ink.  Trim out.  Use different Texture stamps and inks and stamp on different flags on the Bunting.  Really easy and gives the Bunting a bright and fun look.

The Owl in the photo started this Bunting journey :)
Thanks for stopping by for 
See ya soon~

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April Chipboard tag with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with my April tag, using the chipboard tag, by Clear Scraps.  The tag background is created using pattern paper and stencils from Clear Scraps. 

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  • Select one sheet of pattern paper. Trace the tag on the paper and cut it out.

  • Glue to the chipboard tag and sand the edges with a file.

  • Select a couple of stencils and add the patterns to the front of the tag. Place them in random spots using StazOn ink.

  • Layer paper pieces to the front and adhere down.  Add dimensional adhesive for the butterflies.  

  • Add twine to the top of the tag.

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    Supplies used:
    Clear Scraps: chipboard tag, 6" Chevron stencil, 6" Quaterfoil stencil
    StazOn ink, Beacon 3-IN-1, S.e.i., stickers, rhinestones, buttons, flowers.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Try It Tuesday~ vintage truck display!

    Hi guys!
    Time for Try It Tuesday :)
    Remember this truck?

    This is such a cool vintage piece.  It also makes a very unique display piece.
     A conversation starter for sure~
    I don't have the information I wish I had on this truck, I'm guessing the 40's.
    Anyway this is how I used it this past weekend~

    Yep, real eggs too!  Can't wait to do a Christmas display using this old truck.
    Thanks for stopping by~

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    New Mulberry Collection by Quick Quotes!

    Hi, Connie here with a couple of cards using the Mulberry Collection by Quick Quotes and some printable shipping labels I printed from my Canon iP8720. Canon so graciously provided printers to the Quick Quotes team for us to get creative with so, not to disappoint, lets get creative!

    I really love how the ink on the shipping labels match the Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks on these two cards.  Simply thrilled!!!  Canon makes a great printer. Not only were these two colors printed out on the Canon iP8720, these were too. Every month the Quick Quotes team will show you ways of using a different Canon printer.

    The iP8720 by Canon will print photos but is also a crafting printer. I hope to show you ways to get creative with the Canon printer.
    The labels were cut apart and used in the design of the cards.  The papers and inks worked great together.
    Products used:
    Quick Quotes: Mulberry 500, 100 and 104
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Berry Jam, Violet, Buttercup
    Printable clip art printed using: Canon iP8720
    other: Divine Twine, buttons,
    Printable shipping label clip art

    Products used: 
    Quick Quotes: Mulberry 500, 103 and 105
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Royal Blue
    Printable clip art printed using: Canon iP8720
    Other: Divine Twine, buttons.
    Printable shipping label clip art

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Easter Shaker Basket with Clear Scraps!

    Hi, Connie here with a cute idea using the Bucket Shaker by Clear Scraps.  By using different embellishments the Bucket Shaker can easily become an Easter Basket.  The Easter Basket is displayed on a vintage Easter book that was given to me by a friend.  Super cute table center piece for Easter.

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    I used pattern paper on the inside of the Bucket Shaker (soon to be Easter Basket)  and then painted the frame with acrylic paint.  To achieve the crackle effect, apply crackle paint over the acrylic paint.  When it is dry you will have a lush, vintage looking finish on the frame of the shaker.

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    The chipboard Easter word was given the same finish as the frame but a darker acrylic paint was used on the word.  Both acrylic paint colors are in the pattern background paper of the shaker.  The inside was filled with sequins by Clear Scraps. 

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    In this photo you can really see the gorgeous crackle on the frame and chipboard word.  I love the look!! Beautiful and so easy to achieve.  It would love great hanging from an Easter Basket.

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    One last photo with the Easter Shaker displayed on a neutral background.

    Products used:
    Clear Scraps: Easter chipboard word. Bucket Shaker and Sequins/Ocean  & Princess
    Paper: S.e.i.
    Buttons: Buttons Galore & More
    Other: crackle paint, acrylic paint ( two shades of blue), Easter grass, vintage flowers and chain.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Monday, April 10, 2017

    Texture Corrugated Iron Stamp with Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!
    I have a card to share with you using the newly released Texture stamp 
    called Corrugated Iron by Darkroom Door.  My inspiration for this card came from thinking the Corrugated Iron stamp would make a cool backdrop for friends talking.
     Let me show you what I mean ~

    1. Add a piece of white cardstock to a white card, creating a card front.
    2. Using Ranger Distress Stains: Fossilized Amber and Lucky Clover, spray over the card front. Drips and splats are all good.
    3. Ink up the Texture: Corrugated Iron stamp with Archival Jet Black and stamp the image in the center of the card front.  The stamp moved and smeared, but the smear added to the charm, so it stayed.
    4. Stamp two birds (lots to choose from) from the Carved Birds Vol.2 set on the card front, using Archival Jet Black.
    5. Using a scrap piece of white cardstock mist with the Fossilized Amber.
    6. Stamp the word "friendship" from the All Occasions set and trim it out.
    7. Adhere under the birds with dimensional adhesive.
    8. Wrap twine around the word and tie off.
    9. Roll up the bottom corners of the stamped card front.
    10. Add a vintage photo corner to top right corner.
    Supply List:
    Darkroom Door: Texture Corrugated Iron Stamp. Carved Birds Vol.2, All Occasions.
    Ranger: Archival ink: Jet Black.
    Ranger: Distress Spray Stain: Fossilized Amber, Lucky Clover.
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    Thanks for stopping by~

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop~

    Hi ~
    Thanks for stopping by and showing support to those in our stamping community
     and beyond whose lives have been touched by Autism and that includes this family.
    Sit back and enjoy all of the beautifully designed "blue"
     cards.  Amazing talent among the blogs participating

    These cards were created with a stencil, background stamp, ink and cardstock. 
    About 30 minutes tops and these cards are ready to be given to that someone special.

    Supplies used:
    A Jillian Vance Design: Stitched Chevrons and Writing 101
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Sky Blue, Blue Jeans and Baja Blue
    Ranger Archival ink: Jet Black, Cobalt and Manganese Blue.
    other: Avocado Arts stamps (sentiment)
    Tim Holtz heart punch (mini)
    The hop starts at 

    blogs.  You can pick it up at either of these places.
    Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the beautiful "BLUE" cards.

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Scrapbooking on acrylic ~ Clear Scraps!

    Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using a  XL Deco acrylic shape by Clear Scraps.  These shapes are fun to make a scrapbook page from, just treat them like you would paper.

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    I have a tutorial on how this scrapbook page was created, using an acrylic shape.

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  • Remove plastic film from the acrylic shape.  With a sanding block rub up and down, on the surface, of the acrylic front.  By doing this you are taking the shine off the acrylic.  You should have a nice mat finish.

  • Wipe the surface with a damp towel and dry.

  • Stencil a pattern on the front of the acrylic shape, using the 6" Brick Wall stencil by Clear Scraps.  For best results use StazOn black ink.

  • Layer pattern paper to create a photo mat for the photograph.  Glue the photo mat to the acrylic front using Beacon 3-IN-1.

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    I really love the frosty look, of the acrylic, by sanding it lightly.   After the layering of paper, to create a photo mat, speckle the front with  irRESISTible Texture Spray.  It works great with acrylic.

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    Let dry. Add a 5" X 7" photo in the space that was created from layering the papers.

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    Supply list:
    Clear Scraps: XL Deco Shape, 6" Brick Wall stencil.
    Beacon 3-IN-1, StazOn ink, irRESISTible Texture Spray, S.e.i.

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/ DT Member

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    Stenciling with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks~

    Hi, Connie here with a project using the new Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks with a stencil. The inks work well with a sponge or taking the ink right to the stencil and if you use a sponge, shading is achieved easier.

    Several different colors of ink were used to add color to the feathers.  The inks were
    layered over each ink application~

    Supplies and process~

    Pick out five or so PowderPuff  Chalk inks by Quick Quotes.  I started with Clay.  It is a light brown so I layered the darker ink over the lighter ink color.  I created three feathers using different inks. The card fronts also have some stenciling done using the 6" chevron pattern by Clear Scraps.. Cut out the feathers and adhere to the card front with foam adhesive. Twine and buttons, along with a little stamping, completed the cards.

    Card #1 ~ Life is Good

    Card #2 ~ Rush

    Card #3~ Rush

    Products used:
    Quick Quotes: Windsong/ 100 and 101
    Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Amaretto, Mahogany Terra Cotta, Clay and Lipstick.
    Clear Scraps: 6" Chevron stencil and Feathers Layering stencil
    Stamps: Darkroom Door
    Other: twine, buttons

    Thanks for stopping by~
    Connie Mercer/DT Member

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Peace with Darkroom Door~

    Hi guys!
    I have a card to share using one of the newly released Texture stamps by
      Darkroom Door called Map.  This stamp is beautiful stamped in Cobalt ink, giving it that blue print look.  Keeping that in mind, that was my inspiration for this card. One is good but lets try three, side by side ~

    This is a fun one. Darkroom Door also has this in a background stamp.
    1. Using the Texture: Map stamp and white cardstock, stamp three images with the Cobalt ink.
    2. Trim the three stamped images to 2 1/4" x 3 1/4".
    3. Mount the three map images on dark blue cardstock. (7 1/4" X 3 1/2")
    4. Using the Season's Greetings set, stamp the word PEACE on the lower bottom panel, in Cobalt.
    5. Splat with black ink or black acrylic paint, all three panels . Both work great.  Let dry.
    6. Using the Collage: Arty Triangles and Cobalt ink, stamp on white cardstock.
    7. Select three or more triangles and trim them out.
    8. Attach a piece of twine over the first and second panel with the Tiny Attacher.
    9. Add the triangles to the twine, creating a banner.
    10. Attach the dark blue cardstock mat to white cardstock, creating a card front.
    The finished card is a hope for PEACE around the world. 
    Supply list:
    Darkroom Door: Texture:Map, Collage: Arty Triangles, Season's Greetings (Peace)
    Ranger: Archival ink: Cobalt, Jet Black (refill for splats)
    Tim Holtz: Tiny Attacher
    Divine Twine
    Thanks for stopping by~