Saturday, September 29, 2018

National Coffee Lover's Day Blog Hop~

Hi guys!!
I'm happy to be sharing my card for National Coffee Lover's Day!!
I'm always up for creating coffee cards.
 Cool weather is the best time for a hot beverage like coffee and
 hot chocolate.  We just need some cool weather and soon would be awesome!!!

This card is created using the PowderPuff Chalk inks by Quick Quotes. I love the
 soft look of the card.  Color was added, to the stamped images, by using a Q-tip
 and grabbing a small amount of ink and applying it to areas needing color.
I thought the art image stamps were perefct for this card!!!

Supply list:

Joy Clair : Coffee Quotes, Brick Background and God's Masterpiece
Scrapbook Adhesives 
buttons and twine.
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Mason Jar Shaker Album by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with the Mason Jar Shaker Album by Clear Scraps.  I'm using it to showcase my new hobby of trying to grow Succulents.  Everyone says they are so easy, maybe so if you don't have 4 baby kittens that like to play in your potted plants.   The shaker albums come in several different shapes and cute styles.   So cute!!!!

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My inspiration for this album was a place to showcase my Succulent plants and to share it with others.  That was before the kittens started playing in them.  I'm not giving up though, the Succulents are making a come back~
Instructions on putting together this cutie~

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 · Pattern paper was adhered to the back of the front shaker section.
· The backs and inside pages were painted with acrylic paint on both sides.
· The back page was also covered with pattern paper.
· The jar lids were painted with gold acrylic paint.
· The inside shaker was filled with buttons, sequins and a stamped succulent image.
· The album was tied together with twine.
· The 2018 title chipboard piece by Clear Scraps, was embossed.  The chipboard was colored with green ink and then clear embossing powder added and then heat embossed.

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The images and story was added.

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More photos of the inside pages.

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This is the back side of the album.  I stamped the back page with a stamp saying " homemade".  A few stamped Succulent images were added for decorations.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps:  Mason Jar Shaker  Album and 2018 Title chipboard piece
Acrylic paint/DecoArt
Buttons Galore & More
Stamps/Darkroom Door
Ink/Archival and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink
twine, stickers and washi tape

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Try It Tuesday~sketches, anyone?

Hi guys!!!
I have been printing pictures,on my iP8720 Canon printer, and
 scrapbooking them using sketches!!  Very fun, kinda of gets me out of my box~

I love how this one turned out. I used stamps, by Joy Clair, for the embellishments.
I strayed a tad from the sketch ~

I was a picture short but made it work.

Love the embellishment box that replaced the journal box on the sketch.
Here is the second scrapbook page using a sketch.

Here is the sketch, stayed pretty close.  I always like to use sketches as
 a starting place doesn't mean I will not stray off on my own, just say'in!!

Flipped the title and embellishment cluster a tad :)

Products used:
Joy Clair stamps (affiliate link) Echo Park, Authentique Scrapbook Adhesives,  markers,
 Archival ink, and stickers .
Thanks for stopping by for 
Connie M.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Challenge for Darkroom Door FB Inspiration page~

Hi guys!
This months challenge is BLUE ~anything blue!!!
Who doesn't love the color blue with Darkroom Door stamps ~ I do!!!!

Stamps used:
Darkroom Door: Typewriter/Eclectic, Handwriting set, Carved Leaves Vol.1 and
 Brushed Sentiments.
Ink: Ranger Distressed Oxides / Blue tones
Scrapbook Adhesives
twine and button

September Challenge: Blue!
This month we challenge you to create a project using the colour blue! 💙💦👕🧦👡💎🐦🐳🐟🌀
Whether it's a card, art journal page, mixed media project, tag... anything goes! Your project just needs to include a Darkroom Door Stamp or stencil and blue as the main colour.
Here's how to enter the challenge:
* Create a project using a Darkroom Door stamp and/or stencil, using blue as the main colour. You can use other products and colours 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 September 30th, 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 October) and will receive a Rubber Stamp set and stencil (or equivalent) of your choice.
Good luck and happy creating!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Try It Tuesday~ out dated phone books, keep em'!!!!

Hi guys!
A fun post today.  You know that stack of out dated phone books pull
a couple out before you get rid of the stack, trust me on this~

they are fun to craft with.  The tissue type paper covered in text make the thin dies
 so easy to cut several layers at one time.  They are great for journal pages
 and collage pages too.  I made vintage flowers !!!

1. Tear three to four pages out together (keep them together) and use a spray mist
 or ink to add color.

2. Heat dry to speed the process up. Add as many colors as you like.  Watercolors
 would be great too.

3. The half sheet made two complete flowers.  Each flower section has three layers.
 Scrunch the layers up for more dimension.  
4. Staple in the center, to hold the flower together. Shade with ink.

Supplies used:
out dated phone book
cardstock (for card base)
A Jillian Vance Design: Big Christmas Greetings, Sentimental Script, Leaves & Petals die and Pop Up Petals
Dylusions inks: Dirty Martini, Squeezed Orange, Post Box Red and Lemon Zest
Archival ink: Jet Black
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink: Barn Red
FSJ: Cranberry Bliss Silk 
Buttons Galore & More
Scrapbook Adhesives (foam sqaures)

Thanks for stopping by for
Connie M.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wood Album with ephemera ~ Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a useful and cute teacher's gift using the Notes Wood Album by Clear Scraps.   My example is more like a junk album.  It holds duplicate photos and ephemera that is really cool.   It has envelopes for storage and blank pages for notes.  Let me show you~
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·  Paint all sides with acrylic paint.  Let dry.
·  Stencil the front of the album using the 6" Bouquet Daisies flower stencil by Clear Scraps.
·  Acrylic paint options up to you.  Create what you love.

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With a no.1 fine liner brush outline the flowers and leaves from the stencil with black acrylic paint.  Add a small amount of water, to the black paint,  so the brush flows smoothly.  The stencil was my guide.  By doing this the flowers really pop and look like they were painted on free hand.

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Before the front was sealed, it was sanded lightly and then wiped down with a soft cloth.   The front cover was then varnished with a mat sealer.

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The pages really reflect a junk album type look and I love it!!!  Add things you love to it.  The pages are made from cardstock and ephemera.  The photos are duplicates.  I used stamps to decorate and add interest to the pages.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: Wood (notes) Album and 6" Bouquet Daisies stencil
Darkroom Door stamps
Acrylic Paint/DecoArt
seam binding trim/charm

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Try It Tuesday~ scraps, what they are good for!!

Hi guys!!
I know you have a box of scraps, I think everyone does.  I always try to use
 them for small 
projects.  Kinda of like a freebie to me~

I have a drawer for every color.  Comes in handy to
 have them labeled too.

Started out with these cuties~3 for $1 from the dollar store. 
Now is where the scrap papers come in.   Pick out papers that are big enough
 for the front and back of the small note books.

I used X-Press It tape (like score tape) and adhered the paper to the front cover.
Then take scissors and cut around the cover (don't even need to sand the edges).
Gather up chipboard stickers and embellishments to add to the front covers.

I just used odds and ends of paper collections for the decorations.  I added some
word stickers to the front also.

Now for the reason~
My mom is in an asisited living facility and my sister had this awesome idea  for us to make crafty gifts, for the ladies that assist my mom.  Sis put a basket in her room and we are trying to keep it full of crafty goodies.  Mom likes the basket too, she gets lots of vistors!!!
Just a little thank you and a little act of kindness go far:)
Thanks for stopping by for
Connie M.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Friday Challenge 91 with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with this months challenge.  You know I love photo strips, on scrapbook pages, so I got to thinking~what about photo strips on cards.  They are easy to make and look great on a card.
So let's do this~

Instructions for photo strips:
* First find a small stamp and get your Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks out, you will need them.

*Using white cardstock make swatches of ink down one side.
*Stamp your small image in the center of the color swatch.
*Punch the swatch out with a square punch.  can be 1" or 1 1/2" doesn't matter.
*Cut strips of paper from the Secret Garden collection (CN103) and then down the middle. See picture.
*Mount square swatches on white cardtsock and trim out into a strip.
*Add Secret Garden strip to each side of image strip.  Cut the strip at the length you need for the cards.
*Stamped sentiment using Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink.
*Adhere to card fronts.
*Decorate with twine and pearls.

The Secret Garden paper is so bright and vibrant, I thought I would try to scan them into my computer and print them out as note cards.

*You will need to flip the image so it comes out the right way.  I added a little ink splats and a hand made stamp at the bottom of the cards.  The white cardstock size is 6" X 12".   The Canon iP8720 printer was used for this.  The cards printed beautifully.  I will be doing this again!!!!

The scanned and printed out cards are slightly lighter in color but they look great. and will be gladly received by someone.
Products used:
Quick Quotes:  Secret Garden (CN103 and CN105)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Vanilla Cream, Tropical Punch, Capri Blue, Key Largo, Bermuda, Lipstick and Midnight Confessions.
Canon iP8720 Printer

Joy Clair
Darkroom Door
twine and pearls

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer