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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day with A Jillian Vance Design

Hi guys!
Today is Flag Day and I wanted to share a card that was created with
A Jillian Vance Design's Flag stamp, it also was published in Take Ten. by 
Stampington & Co.

Products used to create this simple card are:
AJVD Flag Stamp
AJVD Stitched Dot Rectangle thin cut die
Ranger: Archival ink

Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Try It Tuesday~Camera cards with Darkroom Door!

Hi guys!
I wanted to share a couple of cards that I created using the
Eclectic Camera stamp by Darkroom Door.  This set was also published
in the Take Ten / Summer issue 2018, that recently hit the stores.

Pretty simple card ~
Stamp the background on white cardstock and add border stamp.  Stamp
 sentiment at bottom and top of card depending on which card you are working on.
Stamp the camera out on white cardstock using black or red ink
 and then trim out and adhere to card front.  Add buttons and labels to complete the card.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Camera, Background/Torn Text, Stitched Borders, 
Whimsical Words and Photography.
Ink: Ranger /Archival: Jet Black and Red Geranium.
Buttons Galore & More
You can find these products on the Darkroom Door website and for the USA there
is a stockist list ,for stores, selling Darkroom Door products.
I aslo want to give a shout out to Stampington & Co., the publisher of the 
Take Ten magazine and many other fabulous craft and home magazines.
I hope you will check them out :)

Thanks for stopping by for 

Friday, June 8, 2018

#Barn Fun with Quick Quotes and Canon

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page, using stamps, with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  The picture collage was printed using the Canon iP8720 Printer.  

First the collage~ easy with Canon iP8720 Printer.

The collage was created using the photo program on my computer.  The photo's are 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" printed out as a 5" x7" photo.  I trimmed an inch off the top and bottom making the photo a 5" x 5".  The photo was then cut down the middle.

Using the border stamp and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink, the border was stamped on white cardstock and then cut down the middle.  The photos were placed on top of the white space (as seen in the first picture) and adhered down.  I repeated the process and ended up with a photo strip.

The banner stamp was used with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink.  The image was trimmed out and adhered to the top of the scrapbook page.

The title letters were colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks and adhered to the page.

Flowers were cut out of the pattern paper and used to decorate the page.  The journal strips were created in Word and printed from the Canon iP8720 Printer.

The pattern papers were shaded with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Inks used are listed in the supply list below.

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Earth Wind Fire Collection
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Sunset, Cactus, Vanilla Cream and Midnight Confession
Canon iP8720 Printer

Darkroom Door stamps
Scrapbook Adhesives

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Birch Wood Notes Folder with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a cute project using the Birch Wood Notes wood shapes by Clear Scraps.  The wood shapes are great for making note books as well as cards.  It comes with two pieces of Birch Wood that make a perfect front and back for any type project.  Here is what I came up with~

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Finished cover~

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Inside of finished cover~

Instructions below:

1. Cover both of  the backs of the birch wood pieces with felt or wool material.  Use a strong wet glue.
2. Cut one long piece, so the felt will act as a hinge, for the folder to fold.
3. Trim off excess felt with scissors.  Cut a slit in the bottom, felt covered, birch wood piece. Use a cardboard guide, so the line is straight for the note pad to slide in.  The note pad will need to have a cardboard lip, on the back, in order to do this method. 
4. Slide note pad into slit.

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       5.  Apply Distress Oxide ink to the front and back birch wood pieces.  Lay the ink pad directly on the birch wood and rub it all over until the color covers the birch wood.   Easy and no mess!

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       6. Emboss chipboard Hearts Lock and then stamp with Jet black StazOn ink using a script stamp.
       7.  Using the same script stamp and ink, stamp on the front cover of the birch wood piece.
       8.  Finish the cover by adding ribbon and a key.  Speckle with irResistible Texture spray.  It won't bleed into the wood.
The project is easy and makes a beautiful gift!

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps:  Birch Wood Notes wood shapes
Clear Scraps: chipboard Hearts Lock
Distress Oxide/Antique Linen
Darkroom Door /Script Texture
StazOn/Jet Black
IrResistible Texture Spray/Black
gold embossing powder
vintage trim, antique key, vintage wool or felt

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Try It Tuesday~more cards with Darkroom Door!

Hi guys!!!
Thanks for stopping in today.
It is Tuesday, a little late though~
I have three more sets of cards to share that were in 
Take Ten (guest artist) Summer issue.  You can order it from

Darkroom Door ~ Fine Leaves,  Wings and Butterflies.

Darkroom Door ~ carved Leaves Vol.1 All Occasions and Background
 stamp/Fallen Leaves.  Vintage trim and button.

Darkroom Door~ Succulents and All Ocasions.
This was so much fun and such a thrill. 
I know some of my crafty friends understand.
Special thanks to Darkroom Door for making awesome stamps that 
are so easy to create with.  They all go together.  They never go out of style!!

Thanks for stopping by for 

Friday, June 1, 2018

June 1st ~ that's today!!!!

Hi guys!!
Today is the day Take Ten's Summer Edition by Stampington & Co. is
available to purchase. I got mine, all 6 issues!!!!!
 Why so many you ask? 
This might have a little something to do with it~

The beautiful card is not mine but I am the guest artist!!  This was such a neat surprise 
(that I had to keep to myself) !!! So glad I can share it now~

These were done with the Succulent set by Darkroom Door.  
Love this set!! I want to use it for everything.

Told you~
Using vintage dictionary paper and the Succulent Stamp set, sure
 does make a pretty card.
I will be sharing more next week, of the other cards, that were published. 
Thanks for understanding !