Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hello Summer cards with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with two cards using 6" stencils by Clear Scraps.   Using stencils is an easy way to make cute and quick cards.  The stencils can be used to create the background for the card or they can be used as the focal images on the card.   I did both~

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The background, for the cards, was created using Distress Oxide and then stenciling a pattern over the color.  I went with blue tones to give a ocean look.  The shells were stenciled on white cardstock and trimmed out, then layered at the bottom of each card.  Buttons were added along with the sentiment.  Twine was wrapped around the tops of the cards and tied into a bow.

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Stitching was stamped on the sides of both cards and paint splats were added to the card front.

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When adhering the trimmed out images, foam squares were added for dimension.

Supplies used:
Clear Scraps: 6" Shiplap, 6" Beach Fun and 6" Ocean Friends
Scrapbook Adhesives/foam squares
Distress ink
Distress Oxide ink
Darkroom Door/stamps
Buttons Galore & More

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Try It Tuesday~tart tins and dishes!

Hi guys!!
Thanks for stopping by for Try It Tuesday.  I haven't been regular on Tuesday
 and I'm sorry for that.  Life has been coming at me pretty fast lately.  I have a cute project to share using some junkin' stuff.  If you have tart tins and old dishes your good to go. Let me show you~

All I did was glue the tart tin to the bottom of the dish, making a dish with a pedestal.
I used Beacon Quick Grip, love this stuff!!!

 Let them dry for about 10 minutes and it is good to go.  You could also use saucers for this (just didn't have any).  The rule is "use what you have".  If you have to buy stuff, just takes the fun out of re-purposing something. 

These also would be really different to hold a birthday cupcake for someone special. 
I'm using them, in a cluster, for buttons.

Hope you will make some ~
tag me if you do :)

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Simple and cute with Darkroom Door~

Hi guys I have a few cards to share with you today.  These were created a   
couple of years ago with the paper that comes
 in the Take Ten magazine by Stampington & Co.   I was able to get
two cards from the sheet that is in the magazine.  The third card is designed from a sketch.

The papers are shinny and the stamps performed well on the paper.  I used Archival 
ink by Ranger for these.  Simple and cute.  The set by Darkroom Door is called 
Just My Style.  The papers are layered in a stack and then a little banner flag is attached to the sentiment with a small brad.

This one used the Little Ladies by Darkroom Door and the 
phone dial is by deadbeat Designs.  Inspiration for this was a sketch by Tenia Nelson.

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, August 20, 2018

August Challenge for Darkroom Door FB Inspiration page~

Hi guys!
This month the Darkroom Door August Challenge is Texture stamps!!  They have so many too!!
I chose three different Texture stamps, to make quilt type background, for the card front.

The Texture stamps were stamped on white cardstock using three different colors of Archival inks.  Then cut in 1 1/2" strips and adhered to card front. The Robin bird was stamped out and then embossed to look like a silhouette. The succulent is stamped out using two different Archival inks.  Hit the stamp randomly, with the inks, to achieve the two tone look.  The Robin bird is standing on a real twig. 

Whether it's a card, art journal page, mixed media project, tag... anything goes! Your project just needs to include a Darkroom Door Texture Stamp. Please let us know the name of the Texture Stamp too as other stampers will be keen to know 
Here's how to enter the challenge:
* Create a project using a Darkroom Door Texture Stamp. 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 August 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!)
One winner will be picked at random (within the first week of September) and will receive a Rubber Stamp set and stencil (or equivalent) of your choice.
To inspire you, here's a card I created using the Polka Dots Texture Stamp! (also: Bold Blossoms and Bright Blossoms Vol 1 stamp sets)
Good luck and happy creating!!
I hope you will join us.  There is still plenty of time to create a project!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Scrapbook page with Clear Scraps products!!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using stencils and the Life Is Good chipboard word title embellishment by Clear Scraps.  These are so fun to create with.  They can easily be painted, inked, embossed or just leave them bare, with no color.  They look great anyway you want to create with them.  Clear Scraps has a large selection of title words to choose from.  You can find them here.

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The chipboard word title was embossed using a powder that looks like sand.  Nice touch!!!  The nautical shapes at the bottom, of the scrapbook page, are created by stenciling the shapes on pattern paper (using ink) and then cutting them out.  Thought these sets (Ocean Friends and Beach Fun by Clear Scraps) were perfect for a cute border at the bottom of the page.  

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 When adding color, to the stencil, you can use more than one color.  I love doing this technique.  It gives the images shadows that add dimension to the image.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Chipboard Title " Life is Good", 6" Beach Fun Mascil and 6" Ocean Friends Mascil.
Embossing Powder: Emerald Creek/Dirty Sand
Paper: Three Bugs in a Rug
Ink: Ranger
Scrapbook Adhesives / foam squares

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Monday, August 13, 2018

Cards with Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here with a simple and cute card using the Eclectic/Typewriter stamp by Darkroom Door.  Sometimes we need a quick card and this was the inspiration behind this design.

Applying several colors of Distress Oxide, to your craft mat, add water and run the white cardstock through the inks.  Keep picking up
color until you have the look you love.  Let it dry a few minutes or heat dry the inked cardstock.  Stamp the Typewriter on water color paper with 
Archival / Jet Black ink.  Use a water paint brush and color in the Typewriter with one of the Distress Oxide inks used to create the background
of the card.  Using the balloons from the 10th Anniversary stamp by Darkroom Door, stamp them above the Typewriter and color in with the Distress Oxide inks used
in creating the background of the card. Stamp the sentiment and adhere it to the Typewriter image. Speckle with ink.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Typewriter, Happy Birthday, 10th Anniversary stamp.
Ink: Distress Oxide: Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves.  Archival: Jet Black
Watercolor paper

Here is another small and quick card that is perfect for tucking into a gift bag.  I'm using
 the Thank You Sentiment strip by Darkroom Door.  

The card base is about a 4" x 4".  Stamp the Thank You Sentiment strip two times, side by side.  Trim out a 3" x 3" section.
Mat it on colored cardstock, with foam squares, for added dimension.  Mount that piece on to a coordinating
piece of cardstock and that will be adhered to the card base.  

Stamp the small Succulent out on white cardstock.  Using two different color inks, randomly ink up the stamp.  Trim out and adhere
to the card front. Speckle with black ink.

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Thank You Sentiment Strip, Succulents.
Ink: Archival: Jet Black, Fern Green and Plum.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Paper Bag Pocket with Quick Quotes!

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Secret Garden Collection by Quick Quotes.  This is a beautiful, bright collection with lots of fun colors.  So pretty!!

This page has a total of five pictures.  Three of which are in a pocket on the side of focal pictures.  All the pictures were printed on the iP8720 printer by Canon.   

The pictures are 4"x6" in size. 

The title was colored by the PowderPuff Chalk inks by Quick Quotes.  So fast and always look great!!!  The pocket, for the extra photos, is a paper bag.  Just secure the paper bag under the main focal point, leaving the bag opening to the outside.  By doing that you create a pocket for extra photos or journal notes.

The folded card holds the other three photos and the journal notes, that tell the story.  All were
printed out on the iP8720 Canon printer.

The card just tucks in the opening of the bag.  It is great for journal
 entries that are private also.  

Products used:
Quick Quotes: Secret Garden Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes: Whistlin' Dixie chipboard die cuts (out of stock)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Capri Blue, Bermuda and Midnight Confession
Canon iP8720 Printer

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paper bag

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Fun~Shaker album with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with the Boat Wood Accordion Shaker Album by Clear Scraps.  This was such a fun project and would make a great Summer craft  or family project.  Clear Scraps has eight different albums to choose from.  Check them out here. 

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1. Paint inside pages, front and back, using acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.
2. Add pattern paper to back cover and inside front cover.

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3.  Using the 6" shiplap mascil, stencil the front and back pages, using brown ink.
4. Emboss anchor with copper/brown embossing powder.

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5. Stain cheese cloth with Distress stain or ink.  Stain netting also.
6. Create cluster for bottom corner of cover.

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7. Glue layers together (creates the front cover) using a strong glue.  Add sequins and beads to the sections. 
8. Tie the album together using hemp or a strong twine.

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9. Add photos to inside of album and add finishing touches.  You can use stamps to create embellishments for the pages also.  A fun way to use your stamps!

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10. Journal story~

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Backside of album showcasing photos and quotes

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Front cover and front side pages.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Boat Wood Accordion Shaker AlbumAnchor Chipboard embellishment and 6" Shiplap stencil
strong wet glue
Paper: My Minds Eye/wood grain
Paint: DecoArt/Chalky Finish
Distress Stain
Embossing Powder: Emerald Creek
Darkroom Door Quotes stamps
Button Galore & More
game piece, shells, hemp, stickers, netting and cheese cloth.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Eclectic Suitcase stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi, Connie here with a card using the new Eclectic/ Suitcase stamp by Darkroom Door, like a background stamp.  Single image stamps make for a fun card background and so easy!!! 

Stamp the image several times on white cardstock.  You can position the stamp or stamp in random places.  I positioned the suitcase to make rows of suitcases.  The created background was then adhered to a cream colored card base.
One image was stamped out and then trimmed.  The carved leaves were stamped to look like they were behind the luggage.  The Texture/Script stamp was added 
for a vintage feel. 

The suitcase was adhered with foam squares and then embellished with Word Bands by Tim Holtz / Idea-ology.  

Supply List:
Darkroom Door: Eclectic/Suitcase, Texture/script, Carved Leaves Vol.1, Mail Art.
Inks: Archival: Potting Soil, Jet Black, Fern Green
Tim Holtz/idea-ology: Word Bands

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer