Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Try It Tuesday~bringing back an oldie but goody!

Hi guys!!
I brought back an oldie but goody for 
Try It Tuesday.
We did these coaster note pads with the girls youth group at church.
They really enjoyed creating them.
They had an opportunity to use stamps and make a fun project too.

These are easy to make and really are useful and I love that!!!
Who doesn't love something cute sitting on their desk~

Cover the coaster with pattern paper.  The size is a 4" x 4".  Cover the clip with a 2" x 1" 
piece of pattern paper. Add trim to the clip. Stamp a sentiment for the
 bottom, under the post -it note pad and adhere.  That is pretty much it~ easy!!!

Supply list:
Pattern Paper: stash :)
Glue: any glue stick or wet glue will work
Stamp:  from my stash ( use what you like)
clip: from office supply store
trim: stash :)
Post-it notes: office supply store
Great Summer project to do with the kids.  Teacher gifts, 
Christmas presents already made
for those special events~ that is a win win!!!!

Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, May 25, 2018

Coffee Lovers Spring & Summer blog hop ~

Hi guys!!
It is that time again for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!
 Looking forward to seeing some amazing creativity using coffee and tea stamps.

Anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor/Flash prize if they link up a newly created Spring/Summer Themed Coffee, Tea &/or Cocoa project, no back-linking please. Random.org is used to draw for winners.  So all you do is link up HERE

This was a fun card to make.  I was very eager to use the new Wendy Vecchi / Note Pad stamp and the Coffee Quotes stamps by Joy Clair.  They look great!! My inspiration was ~wait coffee first, then start on my list to do.  The pretty paper is by Quick Quotes.  I used Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks to shade the inside mat of the card. 

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Spring Showers (coming soon)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Midnight Confessions, Cactus, Vanilla Cream and Cherry Blossom
Joy Clair: Coffee Quotes
Wendy Vecchi: Note Pad
Fun Stampers Journey: Dark Roast/Silk
Buttons Galore & More
Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mt. Rushmore double scrapbook layout~

Hi guys!
I missed Try It Tuesday ~ sorry!
This was the post for yesterday :)
I did a double scrapbook page using Authentique pattern paper, 
 that was in my stash.  So fun using up stash!!!

The photos are from our trip, last summer, to Mt. Rushmore.  I had lots of 
memorabilia and wanted the event to be scrapped together and all in one place.

The stitching line is a stamp set by Darkroom Door called Stitches.
 One of my favorite sets.

I created a pocket for all the memorabilia and a few extra photos.  
The journal tag was added to the pocket also.

We went junkin' while in the area and I found some really old photos of Rushmore
 in the early days. Very cool find!
So those went in the pocket too~

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, May 21, 2018

Shell Collection with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with the Deco Printer Tray Frame, by Clear Scraps, used to showcase a collection of scallop sea shells.  I assembled this one a little different because I wanted the sea shells to stand out.  Let me show you~

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The shells are adhered to the acrylic cover on the outside.  The seed beads are on the inside of the tray and require very little space.

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The banner and the chipboard star fish  is attached to the outside of the printer tray .  The only piece, inside the tray, is the die cut, in the top section, and the seed beads.  Here is a tutorial on how the Deco Printer Tray Frame is created.

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Adhere pattern paper face down on the backside of the design, you want to show on the front, of the printer tray.  Trim out the middle sections, using a x-acto knife, leaving the frame.  Cover the back of the printer tray with pattern paper.  You are ready to assemble the layers of the printer tray frame  now.

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Add color to the chipboard star fish with ink or paint.   Shade the frame with ink.

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Glue one frame section to the back of the printer tray.  Add seed beads.  Glue the acrylic cover over the seed bead section.  Glue the next two sections on, the last section being the one covered with pattern paper.  Add the chipboard star fish and sticker banner.  Let dry.  To display the Deco Printer Tray Frame, a plate hanger works really well.

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: Deco Printer Tray Frame
Clear Scraps: Sanddollar chipboard embellishment
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink
Quick Quotes Anchors Aweigh paper collection
sea shells, seed beads, twine

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mason Jar Accordian Album by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a FUN project using the new Accordian Mason Jar Album by Clear Scraps.  It is like the small shaker but bigger!  It will stand and fold like an accordian or you can use rings and have it open like an album.   This one is created to fold like an accordian.  Twine was used to assemble the album together.

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The front of the album is assembled together just like the smaller shakers.  There is a back piece (back of Mason Jar) and then two frames, acrylic and the top frame.  I painted the front frame with acrylic paint, glued the two middle frames together and then glued the frames to the back piece ( after it had been covered with pattern paper).  Fill, the center, with sequins, small seed beads or small shells.  Remove the plastic film from the acrylic layer and glue it over the center, filled with sequins.  Glue painted frame on next.  Embellish with the Sanddollar chipboard embellishment by Clear Scraps.

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Decorate the inside pages with stickers and photos.  The holes are already punched in, the Mason Jar Accordian Album, for the accordian fold.  If you want it to open like an album just cover the holes when you cover the the page with pattern paper.

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Here is the album standing up.  Both sides of the Mason Jar Album have photos, so six photos and a journal spot.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps:  Accordian Mason Jar  Shaker Album
Clear Scraps: Sanddollar chipboard embellishment

other: pattern paper, stamps, stickers, acrylic paint, small sea shells, sequins and twine.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Darkroom Door May challenge ~ Green!!

Hi guys!
Stopping by today to share my project for the May Darkroom Door
This month we challenge you to create a project using the colour GREEN! You can use other colours too, but the main colour should be a shade of green. 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, with the hashtag #ddmaychallenge
* You have until May 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!)
A winner will be picked at random (within the first week of June) and will receive a Rubber Stamp set and Photo Stamp of your choice.
To get you in the green mood, here's an art journal page I created using green gel printed circles and stamping quotes and sentiments over the top.
Good luck and happy creating!!
Here is my projects~
These are canvas zippered bags decorated with stamps and stencils by Darkroom Door.
I will list the products at the end of the post.

I used the Gel Plate to add the color to the background.  After the background was created then I stenciled flowers and leaves on using the Darkroom Door products.  I added some line brush work
to make the flowers and leaves pop !!  Trim and buttons were added to complete the look.
Products used:
Darkroom Door: Artist Palette, Artist Brushes.
Darkroom Door: Sm. stencils: Ferns and Wildflowers
Darkroom Door: Lrg. stencils:Crackle and Mesh
DecoArt: acrylic paint
Gel press
Buttons Galore & More
canvas bags (hobby store)
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Try It Tuesday~Flair!!

Hi guys!!
Let's talk about "flair" ~ I have more than my share that is for
 sure, but I love creating with them.  Recently I won a give-away, on facebook, from 
A Flair for Buttons.  I was familiar with their product and really loved all the
 different images they sell in their Etsy shop.  This is a project I did
 using some of the flair I won a few weeks ago~

A simple design, telling a story, about the cool kids!!!  Four cousins spending
 weeks together and getting along fabulously!!

Created a photo strip (love doing that) and added decorative
 borders to both sides.

I thought this piece of flair was perfect and went
 along with my story of the cool kids.

Products used:
Paper: Echo Park/Fine And Dandy
A Flair for Buttons
Fun Stampers Journey: silk
Scrapbook Adhesives

Thanks for stopping by for 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Treasures From The Sea Tag with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a chipboard sea shell tag using the new Fan-Shells chipboard embellishments by Clear Scraps.  The chipboard pieces can be inked, painted and embossed, to add color to the chipboard.  These are embossed.

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The tag is a chipboard tag by Clear Scraps and covered with pattern paper.   The sea shells were inked with Distress Oxide and embossed with clear gloss embossing powder.  Very easy and the look, the embossing technique gives the shells, makes them appear to have been plucked off the beach.  Love the look!!!

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The Distress Oxide inks give the chipboard a light and dark effect, once the chipboard is embossed.  Twine was added and then a couple of real sea shells to the center of the bow.  Text stickers were added also.  Tags are great for gift bags or to tie around a treat.  These are from the new release in January!

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: chipboard tag and chipboard Fan-shells embellishment
other: pattern paper, stickers, twine and small sea shells

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Try It Tuesday~detective work paid off!!

Hi guys!
I had a picture, that we believed to be my dad, that was
 posted to a valley information board.
  My mom saw the photo and was certain it was dad.  The photo was dated and
 that was helpful in trying to figure out the story~

After talking it over with my Sis, we believe this picture was taken during the time frame of the Cuban Missile Crisis.   The picture was taken in Oct. 1961 and dad deployed a year earlier.
I vaguely remember this time.  I was 6 years old.  

I have written the story on a journal card and included it in the
 vintage library card envelope.   I also printed out information about the event
and tucked it in the envelope.

I loved how the, Joy Clair/God's Army, stamp set worked so well for this page.
  I loved the boot image!!

Supplies used:
Paper: Authentique / Natural Collection
Ink: Ranger Archival /Jet Black, Potting Soil and Fern Green
Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Scrapbook page with Quick Quotes & Canon ~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the 49 Shades of Grey Collection by Quick Quotes and my iP8720 Canon Printer.  They pair up beautifully!!!

I started with a vintage photo about a 3"x4".  I scanned it in my computor and printed it out as a 5"x7" using my iP8720 Canon Printer.  I was really happy the details that came through by enlarging the photo.  I saw things in the photo that I had not noticed before.  

I stamped the car iamge on white cardstock and colored it with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink. So easy and it looks great!!!

I use a Q-tip for quick and easy clean-up!

Strips of paper were punched using a scallop border punch to enhance the photo area. The borders were shaded with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.

A pocket was created and embellished to hold the journal card.  Stickers and die cuts were used from the 49 Shades of Grey Collection.
Supplies used
Quick Quotes: 49 Shades of Grey Collection
Quick Quotes: 49 Shades of Grey die cuts
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Cactus, Midnight Confessions and Key Largo
Canon iP8720 Printer
Canon photo paper

Darkroom Door stamps
Buttons Galore & More
stickers for title

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Friday, May 4, 2018

Junkin'~Box from Utah #3

Hi guys!!
My last post sharing the contents of the box from Utah~
more good stuff!!!

Wooden spools of sewing thread along with belt fronts and button cards.  

Trim and miscellaneous jewelry pieces.

One of my favorite things in the box~nail set with shoe horn. It screams 1950,
 to me, but not sure :)

Loved these knitting needles~

Note set~

Dennison Christmas sticker and tag set~

Christmas card set~
So what do you think, did I make a haul or what.  Very cool items
 and I'm itchin' to create with  them.
A BIG thank you (you know who you are). So appreciate your kindness!!!