Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shell Bags with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with some ideas on using the 6" stencils by Clear Scraps.  I started with zippered canvas bags (pencil bag) and created a background using the Gel Press.  It is an easy way to get color to your project.  My inspiration was to create bags that could be used for shell collecting and also washed.   Another idea was for safe keeping of special shells.  So here is what I came up with~

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Two different sizes were created to they make a good looking pair.  The Clear Scraps 6" stencils were prefect for this project. Worked well and the size fit.  Stencil the images on with acrylic paint and then wipe the stencil off with a baby wipe.   Works wonderful at keeping the stencils clean.

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The Ocean Friends 6" stencil worked great with Circles 6" stencil.   The circles were enhanced with white acrylic paint by using a paint brush and circling the black circle image.  Love the white acrylic paint for this.  The fish were also outlined with white acrylic paint.   Buttons were added for dimension and color.

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The word "FUN" was stenciled on the large bag and outlined with white acrylic paint.   That technique really makes the images and the word pop off the project.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps 6" stencils: Ocean Friends, Plaid, Circles and Wishes.
Acrylic paint/DecoArt
Gel Press
Buttons Galore & More

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Try It Tuesday~ tags and shells!!!

Hi guys!
I have a set of sea shell tags to share today.  I sent these in for publication in 2015.
  They weren't picked up but that means I can share them with you.
I absolutely thought they were beautiful and still do :)  

I'm not going to be able to tell you to much about them other
 than the stamps that were used.  The paper name is long gone out of my head.
I know that it is "old" ~

All of the seashell images were stamped and then cut out.
 Foam sqaures were added for dimension.  The tag was created out of patterned paper.
Texture stamps were stamped randomly to create a background for the seashell images.

The tag topper is a punch by Stampin' Up!  
It always amazes me what you can do with scrap paper and stamps!!!

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door stamps: Seashells, Wildflowers Vol. 2, French Script/Texture, Scratches/Texture and Criss Cross/Texture stamp.  Texana Designs/Sand Dollar stamp.
Ink: Ranger
cheese cloth (color with ink)
small sea shells
Wink of Stella ( shimmer)
Tag punch/Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by for 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Thank You Sentiment Strip by Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here to share with you a couple of greeting cards created using the Thank You sentiment strip by Darkroom Door.  This stamp is such a brilliant design.
I love the fact that you can use it as an background stamp also.  So versatile !!!

Stamp the Sentiment strip two times, side by side on white cardstock.  Trim out the section you would
like to be your background for the card. Adhere it to colored cardstock and adhere to the card base.
Stamp out the little bird, shade it with color and trim it out.  Adhere it to the card front.
Stamp the sentiment out, on white cardstock, trim out and mat it on the same color of cardstock  chosen
for the mat.  Speckle with black ink.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door:Thank You Sentiment Strip, Garden Birds.
Ink: Archival: Jet Black, Saffron, Potting Soil and Cornflower Blue.

The next card is a fun creation!!  Using the same principal just in a different way ~

Stamp the Thank You Sentiment Strip on white cardstock.  Trim out six words and shade with ink.
Stamp the Mini mason Jar on white cardstock and trim out.  Shad the inside with ink.  Stamp the small heart close to the bottom
of the mason jar.  Add the Thank You sentiments inside the jar.  Mat on black cardstock then mat on blue cardstock and
adhere to the card base.  Add the Thank You under the jar.  Add the word " jar! " with stickers.  Speckle with white ink or paint.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Thank You Sentiment Strip, Eclectic: Mini Mason Jar, All Occasions.
Ink: Archival: Cornflower Blue, Red Geranium and Jet Black
stickers, white paint(for splats)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Try It Tuesday~ Pouring Medium with DecoArt !

Hi guys!!
Super excited to share my second project, with DecoArt,  as a member
 of the Blogger Outreach Program.  I'm creating with new and fabulous 
Pouring Medium and Top Coat by DecoArt!!

A tutorial was created to help show you how these projects were created.  I hope
 it makes you want to create some ART of your own.  So EASY and so FUN!!!

#1 ~ My starting point.  A large cardboard box was used to catch the paint drip.  
#2 ~ Vintage junk store find, a lazy susan that needed an update.
#3 ~ Added paint ( 2 parts paint to 1 part Pouring Medium) to plastic cups.  
#4 ~ Stir Pouring Mixture, into paint, with wooden sticks.   Pour paint colors (dark to light) in a large cup. 

#5 ~ Flip cup, (turn project up side down) and place cup under project and do the "flip".
#6 ~ Start moving the project, so the paint moves and covers the surface of the project.
#7 ~ With the surface covered, the handles were painted, with a small brush, using the drip off paint from the project.
#8 ~ Project at rest.

#9 ~ A small amount, of paint mixture, was left over from the lazy susan pour so I used it on a small 8" X 10" canvas.

#10 ~ Up close photos of the beautiful swirls of color.  I ended up using five colors 
to create this look.

#11 ~ When applying the Top Coat, pour over project and move the project up and down
 to cover the surface.  Drying depends on the type of surface you are covering.  The wood lazy susan took a good 5 hours and the canvas about 2 hours.

Products used:
DecoArt: Top Coat
DecoArt: Americana Decor/Lace
DecoArt: Americana Gloss Enamels/Desert Turquoise and True Blue
DecoArt: Dazzling Metallics/Festive Green and Splendid Gold

Supplies needed:
Cardboard with sides ( for pouring area)
disposable cups
baby wipes
disposable gloves
paper towels

This is a sponsored project for the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program.

Thanks for stopping by for 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Chipboard embellishments, perfect for scrapbooking ~ Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the chipboard shapes and titles by Clear Scraps.  I love adding these chipboard embellishments to my pages.  They are easy to add color to and they happen to look fabulous plain!

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The pictures were trimmed down, so they would fit across the page, and then matted on white cardstock.

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Paper borders were added to enhance the photos.

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The chipboard pieces were embossed using Distress Oxide ink and embossed with clear coat embossing powder.  They were both done at the same time and they both came out differently.  The "GameOn" title came out a mat texture and the film strip is shiny.   Could be the difference in the chipboard, no sure, doesn't really matter~ both look great!!!

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I love clustering the chipboard shapes with other textures and embellishments.  I used stamps and stickers to create the cluster.  The small photos were trimmed out of a large photo to fit inside the chipboard film strip.  I love how it looks.  All of the photos, in the film strip, were from one 4"x6" photo. Kinda cool!!!

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Clear Scraps has a large selection of words and phrases that make great titles for scrapbook pages.  Check them out~

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Chipboard Words & Titles: GameOn
Clear Scraps: Chipboard Shapes: Film Strip
Beacon Glue
Pattern paper: Bella Blvd.
Ink: Ranger: Distress Oxide/Jet Black
clear embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th~

Happy Birthday America!!
A card celebrating the USA using Darkroom Door products!!

Be safe and have a great day~

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Darkroom Door Inspiration FB page Challenge ~ June/July vintage card!

Hi guys!!
My take on the June/July challenge on the Darkroom Door Inspiration

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Gazette BG, Box Brownies, Photography, Stars, Carved Leaves Vol. 1, Whimsical Words and the Lrg. Mesh stencil.
ink: Ranger  and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.

June/July Challenge: Vintage!
This month we challenge you to create a project in a vintage style! Whether it's vintage themed stamps, vintage style colours or embellishments... bring out the days gone by in your projects! As always, you need to use Darkroom Door products (stamps, stencils, or paper) in your projects.
Here's how to enter the challenge: 
* Create a project using any Darkroom Door stamp, stencil or paper product. You can use other products too, but DD products must be one of the main elements or features of the design.
* Post a photo here in the Darkroom Door Inspiration group
* You have until July 31st, 2018 to enter.
* Project must be new and not previously uploaded to the group.
* Create as many projects as you like! (of course you are always welcome to upload ANY other project you create with Darkroom Door products too, not just ones for the challenge! We like to see what you are creating!)
TWO winners will be picked at random (within the first week of August) and will receive a Rubber Stamp set and an Eclectic Stamp each of your choice.
To get you in the vintage mood, here's a card I created using the new Handwriting stamp set
Good luck and happy creating!!
Hope to see what you have created!!!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Secret Garden Collection by Quick Quotes~ a scrapbook page!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Secret Garden Collection by Quick Quotes.  The colors are rich and vibrant and so colorful!!!

The pictures were printed out on the iP8720 Canon printer.

I printed two photos on one 4"x6" photo paper.  I did this twice to get the four pictures I wanted to use on the page.  The pictures were adhered to make a photo strip.  It is such a good way to use multiple photos on a scrapbook page.  The focal photo was printed on the iP8720 Canon printer also.

The chipboard word was colored, using PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.  The banner was created out of the orange arrow paper from the Secret Garden Collection.  The flowers are from a flower punch I had in my stash and then shaded with the PowderPuff Chalk ink by Quick Quotes.

The journal strips were written in Word and printed out on the iP8720 Printer by Canon.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Secret Garden Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes: Whistlin' Dixie 500
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Sandy Shore, Sunset and Midnight Confession
Canon iP8720 Printer
twine and pearls

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Try It Tuesday~ grab your suitcase, with Darkroom Door!

Hi, Connie here with a couple of cards using the new Eclectic: Suitcase stamp by Darkroom Door.  I'll start with the World Traveler card~

Stamp the Postage stamps background stamp on white cardstock.  Use several different colors of ink to mimic the different colors of postage stamps.
Mount the background on two different colors of cardstock, bringing in two of the colors from the background.  Stamp the suitcase on white cardstock and trim out.
Stamp stickers out for the suitcase using the Correspondence and Vintage Office set by Darkroom Door. and adhere to suitcase. Add a Paper Dolls image by Tim Holtz/Idea-ology.
Brass look alike brads were added to the suitcase using a Pearl Pen by Viva.  
Stamp the words World Traveler on white cardstock, trim out and adhere to card front.  Speckle with ink splats or paint. Stamp postage cancellation image on front of card.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic: Suitcase, Vintage Office, Nomad, Correspondence and Background: Postage stamps
Ink: Ranger/Archival: Saffron, Cobalt, Jet Black, Potting Soil and Fern Green
Pearl Pen: Viva/Bronze
Paper Dolls/Tim Holtz Idea-ology

The next card is called Follow Your Dreams using the same Eclectic/Suitcase stamp by Darkroom Door.

This card is created much the same way as the first card.  Stamp the background, on white cardstock, using the Tickets stamp by Darkroom Door.  Stamp Lady Liberty, with black ink, on the side and adhere to the card base.

Stamp two suitcases out, on white cardstock, using Archival (Potting soil) and Distress Oxide (Walnut Stain) and trim out. Overlap the suitcases and adhere to the card front.

Stamp the suitcase with words and stickers from different Darkroom Door sets. Add the paper doll to the card front.  Add some color to the flag by using the Cobalt and Red Geranium Archival inks.
Speckle the card with ink or paint.  Add the Brass look a like brads, to the suitcase, using the Pearl Pen by Viva.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic: Suitcase, New York Vol. 1, Nomad and Background: Tickets.
Ink: Archival: Cobalt, Jet Black, Red Geranium and Potting Soil
Ink: Distress Oxide: Walnut Stain
Pearl Pen: Viva/Bronze
Paper Dolls: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Monday, June 25, 2018

Creating with chipboard by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using chipboard shapes and the title year, as embellishments, by Clear Scraps.   I love using chipboard on scrapbook pages! It is easy to make it what you need it to be.  If you want to use paint, emboss it , ink it or leave it plain ~ you can decide what look you like.

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The two chipboard peices were embossed with chunky embossing powder.  I really love the look of embossed chipboard.  Clear Scraps has a large selection of chipboard images, shapes and title words.  They are always adding new items to the store, so check it out!

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The embossed chipboard is adhered, to the page, with Beacon 3-IN-1 glue.  So shiney and it has a varigated look to it.

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I wanted to keep the program, from this event, so I created a slide out behind the photo mat.  All you do is adhere along 3 sides, of the mat, leaving the one side  open to slide the item in and out of.  This technique could also be used to create a secret space for journaling.  The tab on the program makes it easy to pull it out.

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A photo strip was created, at the bottom of the page, making sure all the pictures, of the event, are in que.

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This is a special time for my granddaughter and her family!!  She is one smart cookie!

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Chipboard/Circle Vines
Clear Scraps: Chipboard Title/2018
Beacon 3-IN-1
Bella Blvd. paper
Embossing powder: Emerald Creek

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Eclectic Typewriter with Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here with cards made using the new Eclectic Typewriter stamp by Darkroom Door.  This is a fun stamp for card making but I can also see it used for scrapbook pages.

The background was created using the large Polka Dots stencil by Darkroom Door.  The stencil was placed on top of the card base and ink was applied with sponges.The background came to life very quickly.
The little bird was stamped out on white cardstock, shaded with the same inks that were used for the background and then trimmed out.  The typewriter was stamped on white cardstock and shaded with one color and then trimmed out.

A cluster was created, in the center of the card, by stamping the Texture/Weathered Stripes stamp as a focal point for the typewriter image to be adhered.  The little bird was adhered, along with the sentiment, on the typewriter.
Speckle the card with ink or paint.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Typewriter, Happy Birthday
Texture/Weathered Stripes, Love Birds, Garden Birds.
Darkroom Door: Large. Stencil/Polka Dots
Ink: Archival/Jet Black, Distress ink: Faded Jeans and Bundled Sage

The next card shares the same beautiful greens and blue colors!

The background of this card was created using the Large. Stencil/Mesh by Darkroom Door.  Two different Archival inks were used, Watering Can and Aquamarine.  The typewriter was stamped on white cardstock and shaded in with 
same Aquamarine ink.   The sassy lady was stamped on white cardstock and colored in using Faber  Castell pencils.  She was shaded and trimmed out.  The Polaroid frame stamp was stamped on white cardstock, stamped and trimmed out.

Behind the Polaroid image the Texture/ script stamp was used for the text.  The sentiment was added to the top of the typewriter.  Speckle card front with ink or paint.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Typewriter, Texture/Script, Frame/Polaroid, Just My Style  and All Occasions.
Darkroom Door: Large. Stencil/Mesh
Ink: Archival: Aquamarine, Watering Can and Jet Black.
Faber Castell/pencils

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Try It Tuesday ~ the money shot !

Hi guys~
You are in for a treat!!
I love these photos and those eyes..  Speaks to me :)

The pictures are a couple of years old.  I found them the other day and couldn't 
wait to work them up.  The pictures are cut down so I could get all four pictures across the page.

The money shot was matted to highlight it as the focal point of the page.  Don't miss the the 
thumbs up, look close. Thumb is up!!!!!
He is such a fan of his grandy!!
The BEST  of times, they go by so fast!!!

Products used:
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
die cuts
Scrapbook Adhesives
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, June 15, 2018

USA ~ Made in America with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a patriot craft that uses the Pallet (fence) shape by Clear Scraps.  I turned it on its side and saw a flag, waving in the wind, so that is where I started.  The Pallet shapes are cut from Birch wood right here in the good ole' USA.  I favor American Made products and that is what Clear Scraps is ~ Made in America!!

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I created a few step out photos, so the process, of masking off the flag stripes could be shown easily.

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To create the blue part of the flag, mark with a pencil the center of the pallet fence shape.  Mask off two rows down (as shown in the first photo).
The second and third photo show how the red and white stripes were masked off.   The tape  used is painters tape.
After the stripes were steniled in, a messy black line was applied by using a liner paint brush.  It cleans up the paint lines really good and gives the flag a primative look.

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I used stencils by Clear Scraps to add the words, the chevrons, the ship lap and the stars to the flag.

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The chipboard Stars, by Clear Scraps, were embossed with gold embossing powder and then adhered to the flag in random places.

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I have it on my craft room door~just love it!!!!
Products used:
Clear Scraps: Pallet ( Fence) birch wood shape
Clear Scraps: 6" stencils / Chevron, Stars, Shiplap, Imagine.
Clear Scraps: Chipboard/Stars
Beacon: 3-IN-1 glue
DecoArt acrylic paint
DecoArt creme wax
sanding block, drill and wire (for hanging)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member