Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Try It Tuesday~Darkroom Door October Facebook Challenge~

Hi guys!
I have four tags to share with you for Try It Tuesday, using stamps by
  Darkroom Door!!!  The twist is, they were created all at one time.

These were created for the Darkroom Door October Facebook challenge. There is still time :)

I reversed the stamp just for a added "twist".  You can stamp all one way and the script won't be upside down. 

First I stamped the DD Tags, then added the DD Christmas Script, then the
 DD Snowflakes stamp.
The DD Brushed Christmas Vol.1 and Vol.2 are the stamped ornament images.

The tags were cut out and the stamped ornament images were added to the tags along with other embellishment.  I also used DD Christmas Reindeer (one of my favorite Christmas sets) to add extra stamping to the ornaments.

An adhesive strip was added on the tags that are up side down.
Hope you enjoy these Christmas tags. They are going to look super cute on Christmas packages.
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, October 30, 2017

Passion Scrapbooking Magazine ~ French Publication !

Hi guys!!
I have a really cool thing to share with you.  It is so random.
I had a Scrapbooking magazine, from France, contact me about a page I did in 2010 using
 70's themed scrapbooking products.  
Passion Scrapbooking, ever heard of them?

They put together an awesome magazine, very different from what I'm used to.  I love seeing how different countries publish art magazines.  The magazine is about an inch wider and an inch taller  than a USA publication.  The magazine alone has over 64 scrapbook papers, that are perforated (to tear out easy) and die cut themed images to accent the papers.  

This is a sample of how the pattern paper is in the magazine. So cool!!!

The page they asked for, was a page I did using "Little Yellow Bicycle" products
 that were themed for the 70's.  

Notice that the script is French :)  

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share this with you.  
Passion Scrapbooking's Facebook page.
Hope you take a look!!
See ya soon  with some tags for 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Documenting the Solar Eclipse with Quick Quotes and Canon~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using my Canon iP8720 and the Adventure Awaits Collection by Quick Quotes.  I wanted to document the Solar Eclipse this year, when we were in Indiana, and include memorabilia on the page.

I created a collage and printed out with the Canon iP8720, but this time I used one picture over and over again.  Love the look of the same photo being repeated to create a photo strip.

I printed the collage out, using the gray scale setting, on the Canon iP8720.  Canon photo paper Plus Glossy in a 4"x 6"  was used to print the photo out on.

The collage was cut in strips and mounted on a sheet from Adventure Awaits Collection by Quick Quotes.  Then the photo strip was mounted on white cardstock.  Love making these!

I also created a pocket for the memorabilia.  I used a library envelope (the kind that used to be in the back of the library book to hold the library card) and attached it to my page.

I printed information out about the Solar Eclipse and added it in the pocket.   Our day was documented by a journal space to the right of the photo.  Fun day!!

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Adventure Awaits
Quick Quotes: Adventure Awaits Quotes & Phrases
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Coal Miner, Latte, Navy and Midnight Confessions
Canon iP 8720 printer
Canon photo paper plus glossy 4"x 6"

wooden star buttons
library envelope
stamp for date

Thanks for stopping by!
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trick or Treats with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a fun Halloween project using the Jack O Lantern stencil and the Basic Door chipboard piece by Clear Scraps.  Candy treat bags and a card were created.  The jack o lantern stencil was used for three purposes, the background on the card, the embellishment for the treats and the door jack o lantern.  Pretty useful stencil!!!

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Card instructions:
The background was created by stenciling on white cardstock, using the 6" brick stencil and the 6" jack o lantern stencil, with black and orange inks.   The door was heat embossed with black and purple embossing powder.  One jack o lantern was stenciled for the chipboard door, trimed out and attached.

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Stickers and twine were added to complete the card.  This could easily be displayed at the treat bowl or the door as a welcome sign.  My idea was to display it by the treat bowl.

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The treat bags were fun to make and so easy!! I love easy and cute.  Stencil one sheet of jack o lanterns, with orange ot balck ink,  and use a scallop or round punch to cut them out.  Attach the pumpkin to a small bag.  Add the candy and tie closed with twine.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: 6" Jack O Lantern stencil, 6" Brick Wall stencil and Basic Door chipboard embellishment   
Beacon, stickes, twine, small paper bags, ink, embossing powder and candy ( for the treat bags).

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Christmas Shaker card with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team, sharing a handmade shaker card, using the Deck The Halls Shaker Mix, by 28 Lilac Lane.  The Shaker mixes are full of beautiful colors of sequins, beads and buttons, mixed perfectly together to get you into the Christmas Spirit or at least start your Chrismas cards!

Supplies needed:
Shaker Mix/Deck The Halls by 28 Lilac Lane
Clear acetate film
diecut shape/Polaroid
pattern paper
Christmas deer stamp
black ink
strong adhesive
Holly leaves
vintage trim

Making the shaker shape~
  • Using a diecut machine, cut out 5 or 6 shapes that will be used to make the shaker from. I used light cardboard and cut 5. You will need to pick a shape that has a opening in the center, like a frame die.
  • Glue 4 of the shapes together with a pattern paper print as the back.  
  • Cut one shape using the pattern paper of your choice.  That will be the frame for the shaker.
  • Glue the last shape and the pattern paper together.
  • On the back side of the pattern paper set glue the acetate.
  • Add the shaker mix and glue the pattern paper frame to the chipboard set.
  • The shaker is ready to adhere to a card front.

Layer pattern papers on the card front and adhere the shaker.  Continue to embellsih with stickers, buttons, holly leaves and the stamped image (deer).  Add the vintage trim to the bottom of the shaker, along with the card sentiment.  I call shaker cards "fancy" cards that scream "special person".  They are fun to make and so pretty!!!  But most of all they will be loved by who ever recieves them and that is a good thing!

Hope you are inspired to create a shaker card and use the beautiful Shaker mixes by 28 Lilac Lane.  The colors are amazing together.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, October 23, 2017

Darkroom Door monthly challenge ~

Hi guys!!!
 I have another card to share, celebrating 10 years in business, for Darkroom Door.
This was the September challenge that is hosted on Face Book.  It is a private page so you will need to be approved and then you can start creating and win prizes!!!
Every month is a new challenge. October's challenge is tags.  Make a tag using Darkroom Door stamps!!! Simple. Post on the challenge page and hopefully your name will be picked :) to win  Darkroom Door stamps!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door stamps: Pocket Watch/Ecletic, Happy Birthday set and Woodgrain/Texture.
pattern paper/7Gypsies
Divine twine
Distress Oxide inks/Ranger
Archival Ink/Ranger

Thanks for stopping by~
(no Try It Tuesday this week)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Think, Try It Tuesday even though it is Friday!

Hi guys!!
I had plans to run this post for Try It Tuesday and it didn't happen.
  So how about Try It Thursday :)  I wanted to do a quick post on the Guadalupe County Fair,
 acually the results from what I entered this year.  So here it is~

the coffee cards (Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Quick Quotes, Darkroom Door)
canvas bag (DecoArt, Stencil1, Buttons Galore & More)
candy cane ornaments (Buttons Galore & More)

create frame (Buttons Galore & More)
sequin USA Flag(Buttons Galore & More)

candy cane (second picture)
altered paint brush ( DecoArt, Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop)

thankful wreath (Clear Scraps, DecoArt)

shell box by Andrea (grand)
spooky clipboard (Clear Scraps)

my mom's girl scout manual (antique division)
tabacco tin with vintage buttons (antique division)

kodak trimmer (antique division)
shell mobile truck (antique division)
So that is what took up my time last week!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas Tree with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team.  I have a fun and festive project to share today using one of the Foundations Decor pieces, Christmas Tree with Presents.  The embellishment bottle, O'Christmas Tree added some green sparkle along side some really cute Christmas buttons.

Supplies needed:
Foundations Decor/Christmas Tree with Presents by Buttons Galore & More
Christmas themed buttons/Tree Trimmers and December 25 by Buttons Galore & More
Embellishment Bottle/O'Christmas Tree by 28 Lilac Lane
pattern paper
strong adhesive
acrylic paint: red and beige
wire cuters
ink (for shading)

Steps in creating this Christmas decor piece~
  1. Paint sides and back of the wooden shapes, with arcylic paint, that are not to be covered with pattern paper.
  2. Trace the shape on pattern paper and trim out.

      3. Shade paper with ink and adhere to wood surface.   Turn glued side down and let dry.

Repeat the process for the packages that set under the Christmas tree.  The ribbon shapes were painted, also with acrylic paint.  The fun part is always decorating and adding beautiful embellishments and Buttons Galore & More has plenty of gorgeous buttons!  Use a strong glue to adhere the Christmas buttons after sniping the shanks off with wire cuters. 

After the embellishmensts are adhered, speckle with black ink.  The embellishment bottle by 28 Lilac Lane is full of small clear seed beads, green sequins, different sizes of green tone buttons and small pearls.  So pretty and so perfect for projects of all kind.

Such a cute and easy project for the whole family to join in on.  Buttons Galore & More has a great selection of Foundations Decor pieces to create for the up and coming Holidays.  Not just for Christmas either. Be sure and check out the many selections of crafty and fun projects for celebrating and decorating your home this Holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by.
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Club Q kit with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here today sharing ideas from the October Club Q kit.  The papers are from the Sonata Collection by Quick Quotes. The paper colors are screaming "Fall is coming" and I'm so ready.

This is a page and a half connected and that is able to fold back to a 12" x 12"  The inspiration came from wanting all the photos, from this day, on one page.  This is how the fold out was created~

#1. You will need two sheets of 12" x 12" pattern paper.  The paper sheet trim off the salvage.  The second sheet, trim off the salvage and cut in half, giving you a 6" x 12" piece of paper. Set one half aside. Taking the other half trim 1" x 12" off of the sheet and set it aside.  You will use it on the pocket, for the fold out page. Score down the middle of the 1" x 12"piece of paper.  That is the hinge that will allow the paper to fold out and in. Adhere one side of hinge to the 12" x 12" and the other side to the 6" x 12".
#2. You now have attached the two papers together creating a fold out type page.
#3.  Folded in collage view.

This photo is showing that both papers are almost but not quite touching each other. That is what you need so the page will fold in and out.

#4. The 5" x 12" of pattern paper you set aside is what the pocket was made from. Fold up on the bottom of the 5" x 12" and adhere the sides together, creating a memorabilia pocket.  The second picture, on the collage, is showing that the back of the pocket was used for more photos.

By closing the hinged paper to make a 12" x 12" page you have created another spot to add photos.
Two different events on the same day, all on one page ~ achieved!!  The left over pieces from the kit I made a couple of cards.

and the second one~

Quick Quotes: Club Q October kit
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Amaretto, Mahogany, Sunset, Desert Sun and Midnight Confessions
Canon iP8720 (printed journal strips)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Spooky clipboard with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a"Spooky" project using the Small Regular Portrait Clipboard by Clear Scraps.  Stencils and chipboard images came in handy when the decorating began but first I needed to give them some character. 

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The "Spooky" word, the pumpkin and the spider needed some color.  First the pumpkin~
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I used Distress Oxide inks when adding color, to the stencil, to get the shape of the pumpkin.  Water was sprayed, on the pumpkin carefully, to make the pumpkin looked aged and worn.  It was then cut out and stamped over the top, with a chicken wire stamp using black Archival ink and then set aside.

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The "Spider" chipboard by Clear Scraps was stamped with Versa Mark and then embossed using black embossing powder.  Red rhinestones were added for the eyes.

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The "Spooky" word was inked with black Archival ink and then Stickles/Rock Candy was applied randomly to the letters, giving a drippy letter effect.   The pattern paper was adhered to the clipboard and stenciled with different images and shapes.  Layers of paper and die cuts were tucked behind the pumpkin.  The "Spider" was adhered to the top of the pumpkin.  A straw, ribbon and a charm were added to finish the project.

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 A fun Halloween project for everyone to enjoy!! 
Products used:
Clear Scraps: Small Regular Portrait Clipboard 
Clear Scraps:  6" x6" pumpkin , 6" x 6" Chevron and 6" x 6" spider web
Clear Scraps: Spooky chipboard word
Clear Scraps: Spider chipboard
Distress Oxides by Ranger, Archival Jet Black ink by Ranger
Black embossing powder
Stickles by Ranger
die cuts and pattern paper
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member