Thursday, November 30, 2017

Darkroom Door November Challenge ~

Hi guys!!
I have my Darkroom Door Challenge card, for November, to share with you.  The challenge was to create a Christmas card.  Pretty easy with all the wonderful Christmas stamps that Darkroom Door has created!!

The card front is created out of vintage dictionary paper.
  Love the look of stamped vintage paper.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Pine Leaf, Stitched Borders, Christmas Reindeer Set and Season's Greeting
ink: Archival ink
paper: Bo Bunny, S.E.I.
Buttons Galore & More
Wink of Stella
You can find the facebook challenge on the Darkroom Door Group page.
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Try It Tuesday~ Glove forms!!.

Hi Guys!
Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday!!
My mother-in-law gave me these, super cute, glove forms and I thought they
 would look really cool made into a Christmas decoration .

There is a set of left and right hands and then a single glove form.  The first thing I did was spray paint them with a beige color of paint (all I had).  

The set was tied together, with twine, and then  hot glued Christmas greenery, pine cones and berries to make a cluster where the two hands were tied together.  Ribbon and twine was added also.
A small tag was added with the sentiment (Joy) stamped on it. 

The double hands~
So cute!! Can't wait to hang on the door of my crafty room:)

The single hand~
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Texas Printer Tray Frame by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a Texas Printer Tray Frame by Clear Scraps.  I was so excited about this product release. Clear Scraps also released a smaller version of the Texas image in a shaker. How cool is that all my Texas friends!!!

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I used pattern paper, along with my photos, to create the inside back of the Printer Tray.  The photos were cut to fit, in the space, by tracing the shape on the back of the photo.

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I used buttons and labels, taken off old work shirts, that belonged to my husband, to fill two of the divided areas of the Texas Printer Tray.  I thought the shirt labels and buttons were such a neat thing to add to the tray, since the tray is about him "working".  Hoping the family will think that is neat too!

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After the Texas Printer Tray is completed on the inside, it is ready to glue the pieces together. Remember to remove the plastic film from the acrylic before using glue.  I painted the top frame with brown acrylic paint and then glued the sections together.  A tip when it is glued together, I turn it over and put a heavy book on it so it is drying flat.  The front is decorated with stickers, buttons (from husband's work shirts) and twine.  Another thing I like about these Printer Tray Frames, is you can fit then into a scrapbook page protector and add them your album.

I added a pocket to the back for my journal spot.

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: Texas Printer Tray Frame
Paper: S.E.I.
Beacon 527
acrylic paint/brown for frame

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Scrapbook page with a pullout with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page, using the left overs, from the October Club Q Kit.  The kit has some beautiful pattern papers from the Sonata Collection. So pretty!!!  It is also has tones of chipboard die cuts that be colored using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Take a look~

The first thing I needed to create was the collage for the focal photo.  I has some really neat vintage tractor pictures, from when we went to our friends in Montana, so I used those. You should see these tractors in real life, so cool!

The journal strips were also printed out on the Canon iP8720 printer along with the photo collage.  Next was coloring the chipboard pieces, that I wanted to use for the scrapbook page, with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.

After the coloring and shading, of the chipboard, was complete the focal photo was matted with black cardstock and then adhered to the Sonata pattern paper. One strip of adhesive was put on the top and one strip on the bottom, leaving room for a pull out photo to be hidden.

The top photo shows the photo hidden and the second photo shows that it can be pulled out. The tag is covered with pattern paper and adhered between the black mat and the photo.  Makes it easy to pull the photo out and slide it back in place.

Supplies used:
Quick Quotes: October Club Q Kit
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Sunset, Desert Sun, Green with Envy, Mahogany and Midnight Confession

Buttons Galore & More
Divine Twine

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, November 20, 2017

Pumpkin love~

Hi, guys!!!
I love this time of year and I love a good "old fashion" Pumpkin.
I created a card using Lawn Fawn and Darkroom Door stamps.

I'm funny about my Pumpkins~I like them small and simply looking.  The one by Lawn Fawn is a favorite of mine.  The "post card" stamp is by Darkroom Door. 
 Love it too!! So perfect for this card.
The leaves and the sentiment are on the same set as the Pumpkin by Lawn Fawn.  

I colored the Pumpkin with Distress Oxides using a paint pen.  The ones you use water with.  Love the look so much!  The images were stamped on watercolor paper also.
Finished the card off by layering pattern papers and cardstock to create the card front.  Speckled with ink , added twine and a small orange button.  
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, November 17, 2017

Celebrate with Stars by Buttons Glaore & More ~

Hi, Connie here with the Buttons Galore & More design team sharing a couple of Birthday cards using the themed buttons "Stars" by Buttons Galore & More.  The buttons come in four different colors: green, yellow, blue and red plus two sizes.  Perfect primary colors, great for creating crafty projects with.

Supplies needed to create these cards : Star themed buttons by Buttons Galore & More, Bingo cards, pattern paper, birthday stamp set and ink, stickers (optional), twine, cardstock and strong glue.

1. Trim pattern paper to 4" x 12" and score at 6". Fold to create card base.
2. Shade around the bingo cards with ink.
3. Layer cardstock and 2 bingo cards and adhere to card base.
4. Stamp sentiment on the bingo card.
5. Speckle with ink spray and let dry.
6. Add twine and Star button to top of card.
7. Randomly scatter the Star buttons, around the bingo card cluster, on the front of the card.

The cards can be created quickly and created assembly style.  Great to add to a gift bag or will look beautiful on a package.  They are bright and colorful and EASY!!!  I love easy~ sometimes easy is good and these cute Star buttons add dimension and texture to the card, making it so fun!

Special cards for special people don't have to be complicated to create when you have beautiful themed button embellishments to create with.  Buttons Galore & More has a large selection of themed buttons for every holiday and event.  They have created some really cute themed buttons!!!  Check them out~

Thanks for stopping by today!
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

More of the October Club Q by Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page and a fun technique.  I will be using supplies left over from the October Club Q Kit by Quick Quotes.  The kit is full and will easily make more projects than it is designed to do.

I was having a hard time fitting all the photos, that I wanted to use, and the focal picture plus saving the giraffe looking so cute, in the corner, so this is what I decided on ~ cutting the focal picture to make room for the photo strip.

The picture was perfect for this technique, nothing was lost from the focal photo.

The photos were printed out on my Canon iP8720, by re-sizing them to 2" x 3" making it possible to print two on a 4" x 6" sheet of photo paper.  They were then trimmed and pieced together making the photo strip.  Perfect for going right down the side of the focal photo.

Supplies used:
Quick Quotes: Club Q October Kit
Quick Quotes: Sonata Collection (exclusive to Club Q October Kit)
Quick Quotes: 49 Shades of Grey/SH104  and Die cut sticker sheet
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Midnight Confession, Sky Blue and Sunset.
Canon iP8720 Printer
Canon photo paper

Buttons Galore & More
rubber stamps
Scrapbook Adhesives dimensional foam squares

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Monday, November 13, 2017

Shakers with a twist~ Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a twist on the popular Shakers by Clear Scraps!!!  When I'm creating I try to use items in different ways.  With that being said these are a couple of diffrent ways to use the Shakers.  I think these would be super cute gifts for teachers.  So easy the children can create too!

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The Texas Shaker is created using pattern paper and acylic paint.  After the back piece is covered with paper, the top frame is painted, the palstic film is removed from the acrylic Texas shape and the sequin mix is added to the shaker, glue top frame down to the body of the shaker.  Now for the twist~

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Add a spool to the back allowing for a pencil to be placed in the spool hole.  Paper or felt can be added around the spool and then using a strong adhesive attach to the back of the shaker.

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A note pad could be given with this too, for extra cuteness!!  The Star Shaker is created the same way except instead of using the spool hole for a pencil, I glued a small cloths pin to the back of the shaker.

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This could hold a quote, photo or card, you decide!!!  One tip, when attaching the spool to the shaker, make sure it is flush with the shaker, so it will adhere good (that is why I used felt around the niddle of the spool, it is thicker) 

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Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: Texas Shaker
Clear Scraps: Star Shaker
Clear Scraps: Glamour Sequins
sequins, buttons, pattern paperm acrylic paint, vintage wooden spools, twine, pencil and cloths pin

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Tree button pins with Buttons Galore & More~

Hi, Connie here with Buttons Galore & More design team sharing some really cute, wintery Christmas Tree pins.  The pins were created using a beautiful mix of buttons called Winter Wonderland.  They are beautiful and perfect for this project.

These were created using a triangle shaped piece of wood but chipboard would work also.

Supplies needed:
Gorgeous Winter Wonderland buttons by Buttons Galore & More, wood or chipboard shaped triangles, pin backs, felt, strong glue and acrylic paint.

  1. Paint the back and sides of the triangle shape.  Sit aside to dry.
  2. Trace triangle shapes on felt and trim out.
  3. When paint is completly dry, glue felt on front (not painted) of triangle shape.
  4. Using strong glue place buttons on the front of the traingle and glue them in place, creating a tree.
  5. Repeat this step for all triangle shapes.
  6. Let dry about 10 minutes .
  7. Glue pin backs on the backside of the tree pin.
  8. Add the sticker word oon top of the buttons.
  9. Attach to a gift card.

I used die cut cards, that come with sets of paper, to attach the Christmas Tree pins to.  I love the beauty of the button mix. These colors really scream Winter to me.  Another idea to give the Christmas Tree pins a different look is to add ribbon or twine,  or highlight the buttons with ink or paint.  So many ways to personalize these pins. How about one in each color!!!

These are so easy to make and will make sweet little gifts to share with teachers and family friends!  Great family night project for the kids to join in on.  The beautiful thing about buttons, they are gorgeous and easy to work with.  Always leaving you with a beatiful and unique project!!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop, Day 2 ~ decor Ideas!!

Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining me for the second day of Handmade Holiday 7th Annual Blog Hop . Today is Holiday Decor Ideas, can't wait to hop!!! 

 We've gathered some of our favorite companies and blogger friends to share with you their best handmade decor ideas online. These decor ideas are great for the holidays but can be used all year long (just by adding or subtracting embellishments). Visit all the links in the hop, leave a comment, pin your favorites, and decorate handmade.

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For my decor project I chose to create button balls and for a added twist, gift tags (if you decide to gift them).

The button balls are easy to create, just takes time:)  This is how they were put together~

Three ingredients:
3 Styrofoam balls 2.8"
buttons ( Buttons Galore & More)
glue (white)
1. Apply the buttons, a section at a time. (If you try to do to much, at one time, the buttons fall off).
2. Let dry a good 20 minutes. Then do another section.
3. When one half is complete, I put the button ball on a stand and sectioned it off  and continued.
4. The buttons are overlapped when needed to be. 

The button balls with an added gift tag using the products by Scrapbook Adhesive.

Instructions for tags:
1. Cut tag shape from pattern paper.
2. Adhere to manila tag with Scrapbook Adhesive tape runner.
3. Add embellishemnts with Scarpbook Adhesive foam squares.
4. Attach to button ball with twine.

Thanks for stopping by~