Friday, July 27, 2018

One More Pop up ~ the tent with stamps!

Hi guys!
I have one more Pop up card created and embellished with stamps.
My inspiration was to create a card to persuade a person to
 go camping.  To make the card inviting with fall leaves, a big pile of them, so
 they can be jumped in.
This is the front of the card~simple, no big deal.

The inside ~
The tent is placed in a bed of leaves.  Extra leaves have fallen on the tent and ground.
The quote is explaining "say yes (to camping).

The tent looks hard to construct but it isn't at all.
The Tent Pop up die is by Karen Burniston and she has a video on how
 to put the tent together.  

Product used:
Karen Burniston: Tent Pop up die
Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink: Ranger
Buttons Galore & More
X-Press It tape
If you want to see more inspiration on using the Darkroom Door
 and Karen Burniston ~ check out the Blog Hop.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ice Cream Shaker Pocket Invitation~

Hi, Connie here with a shaker project using the Ice Cream Shaker by Clear Scraps.   An invitation for ice cream doesn't have to be fancy but it does need to be cute.  So I statred there~looking for cute!!!

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To create the pocket (that holds the ice cream shaker) a vintage library envelope was used.  Cover the envelope with pattern paper and decorate the front panel with stickers or die cuts.  Just remember we are looking for cute!

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The shaker was created using acrylic paint and pattern paper.  These are really easy and fun to put together and decorate.  They come with a back piece, two frames, the acrylic frame and then the outside cover frame.  Use a strong glue to assemble the shaker.

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The shaker fits nicely in the decorated pocket, even room for some cash or gift card.  Just a CUTE way of asking someone to go for ice cream.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Ice Cream Shaker
Clear Scraps: Sequins/Princess
vintage library card envelope
strong glue
Paper: S.e.i.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Darkroom Door / Karen Burniston Blog Hop ~

Hi guys!!
I'm super excited to be hopping with Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston.
 Showing you how these beautiful Pop~up dies work so well with the gorgeous red rubber stamps by Darkroom Door will be a blast!!!

I have created three card examples using these fun products together.
  The possibilities are endless and so fun!!

Here is the front of card#1 But everyone knows with a Pop-up card
 it is all about what is on the inside~

Products used:
Karen Burniston: 1056~ Squares-Crosshatch
Other: Ranger:Archival Ink
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks (shading)
Paper: Authentique
Scrapbook Adhesives ( foam squares)
X-Press It (high tack double sided tape) ~ a must!
wet glue

The front cover on this one, just kept it real simple (I love simple)~

I love shells, love the beach so I had to create a Summer beach card using the
 House & Fence Pop-up die and Darkroom Door's Seashell stamps (my favorite).

Products used:
Karen Burniston: 1015~ House & Fence Pop-up
Other: Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks (shading) and Adventure Waits.
Ranger: Archival inks
Scrapbook Adhesive (foam squares)
X-Press It (high tack double sided tape)

I did one last card to show how valuable the floating floor is, that comes with the
 House & Fence Pop-up die.  If you have the floating floor the sky is the limit.  You can use stamps, die cuts and ephemera to create the focal for the card. 

Products used:
Karen Burniston: 1015~ House & Fence Pop-up
Darkroom Door: Coffee Time, Stitched Borders
"Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston will be giving away a prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

                                                Connie Mercer:         ***YOU ARE HERE****

Check out the You Tube channels for these great products.  Great tips and inspiration.

Thanks for hopping with us~

Friday, July 20, 2018

Three cards using the new Grid/Texture stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here with a couple of cards using the Texture: Grid stamp by Darkroom Door.  My inspiration for this card was I wanted to include the 6 Up Stencil
in the design.  This is what I came up with~

Stamp the Frame Boxes 6 up on white cardstock.  Line up the 6 Up Stencil over the lines.  Using the Texture: Grid stamp, add the image to the inside of each square.
One tip, keep the Grid Stamp straight, makes a difference if you want the grids to be uniform.  Stamp the carved birds into each grid square.  Leaving one open
for the sentiment.  Mat on red cardstock and then the yellow card base.

Stamp sentiment on white cardstock and trim out. Adhere to empty square using foam squares, for added dimension.
Speckle with black ink or paint.  Easy and so cute!!!

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Texture: Grid, Frame Boxes 6 Up, Brushed Sentiments, Carved Birds Vol. 1 & 2.
Darkroom Door: Stencil: 6 Up
Ink: Archival: Fern Green, Cobalt, Saffron, Red Geranium and Jet Black.

The next card is using some of the same stamp sets, just in a different way.  

Spray the front of the card base with Dylusions Ink Spray.  Dab off excess ink and let dry or use heat tool to speed up
drying time.  Stamp the Texture: Grid stamp in the center of the card.  Stamp the carved birds in a stacked position.
Stamp sentiment on white cardstock and trim out.  Adhere between Carved Birds.  This a go to style for me.  Super fast
card to create when you don't have much time.  Speckle with black ink.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Texture: Grid, Carved Birds Vol. 2, All Occasions.
Ink: Archival: Jet Black, Cobalt and Red Geranium.  Dylusions Ink Spray: Lemon Zest

And one more~

Using two diffrent colors of Archival ink and the Polka Dots Stencil by Darkroom Door, create a background for the card base.
Stamp leaves randomly around the card front.  Stamp the Texture: Grid in the center of the card.
Stamp one of the large Garden Birds, on white cardstock, and trim out.  Shade the Garden Bird with Archival inks.

Stamp the sentiments, on a practice stamping of the Grid image.  Trim out and adhere with foam squares,
for added dimension.  Speckle with black ink or paint.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Texture: Grid Stamp, Garden Birds, All Occasions, Carved Leaves Vol.1
Darkroom Door: Lrg. Stencil: Polka Dots
Ink: Archival: Potting Soil, Cobalt, Jet Black, Buttercup and Fern Green

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

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!!!