Monday, October 29, 2018

Spooky shakers with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a cute idea using the shaker images as special Halloween treats.  These would work perfect for co-workers, teachers, friends and children.

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These are easy to make and you can spooky them up or down.  Mine are more cute than spooky but your choice.  Assemble the shaker, using bright orange and purple papers. Remember to remove the plastic film, from the acrylic window shape, before adhering to the chipboard frame.  Fill with sequins and then, using a strong glue, create the shaker.  To make it a treat, tie a candy bar to the shaker image.  I used Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars.

Supplies needed:
Clear Scraps: Bat Shaker
Clear Scraps: Ghost Shaker
Beacon Adhesive
Pattern paper
Candy bar
Sequins, twine, buttons and stickers (boo)

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, October 26, 2018

Darkroom Door ~ Artist Pallette and Artist Brushes

Hi guys!!
I have some fun cards to share using Darkroom Door's Artist Palette
 and Artist Brushes.  These are really fun to create especially if you love
 art elements.  The brush set is a must have ~ so very creative!!!

The background is creating using Distress Oxides from Ranger.  Stamp the ink
 out on your work mat and add water.  Run the card through the ink.  Let dry.

Same technique just very lightly. Used a water brush to paint in
 color on the brushes. Speckled with ink.

This card the brush was painted and then cut out and then added to the card front.
Three different ways to use these two stamp sets.  Hope you will give it a try~
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Try It Tuesday~Guadalupe County Fair 2018

Hi guys!!
I have the results of the Guadalupe County Fair to share with you.
I love entering the projects, I have created, for the company's that I work for.  It can
turn out good or bad :) Sometimes I agree with the judges and
 sometimes I don't but it is still loads of fun. The Fair is struggling to find it's place 
in 2018.  I love supporting this type of wholesome, family friendly activity.
I urge you all to participate in your local and or county fair. 
Remember the Pumpkins with DecoArt ~

paint pouring, such a cool way to add color to pumpkins. Kinda of messy
 but I love the results!!

The top three photos are some vintage items that did very well this year!!!
Some of my favorite pieces .
The pop-up tent card / Karen Burniston pop-up dies and most of the projects
 left are using Clear Scraps products and Darkroom Door (printer's tray used stamps as
embellishments).  I entered my hand carved stamps also.
Thanks for stopping by for 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ghost Necklace with Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with a cute project using the small Ghost Pallet shape by Clear Scraps.   These small pallet shapes make fun and easy necklaces that children (and fun adults) will want to wear on Halloween night!!!

This is really an easy creative project.  Start by painting the ghost white.  Add the face with bright and different colors of paint.  I went with green for the eyes.  I used the spider web stencil, by Clear Scraps, and added it to the corner of the ghost pallet.  The chipboard bat is embossed and then adhered with a strong adhesive.  Next tie green twine around the ghost and add a orange button. Punch a hole in the top ( with the crop-a-dile) and add an "o" ring and then the chain.  Add a small piece of distressed fabric by the "o" ring.  Seal with a mat varnish and call it done and cute!!!

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Supply list:
Clear Scraps: Sm. Ghost Pallet, 6" Spider Web stencil and Chipboard Bat embellishments
Beacon Adhesive
Acrylic paint/DecoArt
Embossing powder/Emerald Creek
twine, fabric, button

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Try It Tuesday~World Card Making Day 2018

Hi guys!!
I wanted to share with you all the cards I created on World Card Making Day.
Darkroom Door and Joy Clair had challenges for the day.   It was so fun to create and 
post my cards on their sites.  I hadn't done that in years. So fun!!!
Here are the cards I did using Joy Clair stamps~
Check out all the inspiration from the World Card Making Blog Hop.
Lots of ideas for cards using Joy Clair stamps!!!

This card was created for the October Challenge at Joy Clair.  You 
can find out the details HERE.
I didn't stop there. I pulled out my Darkroom Doors and created a couple cards!

This is the card I created for World Card Making Day using 
Darkroom Door stamps. It was 
posted on the Darkroom Door Facebook page.

This is the card I created for the October Challenge for the Darkroom Door
 Facebook monthly challenge.  Travel is the theme for the month.  I put
 a "travel" spin on the card:)  You can find the challenge HERE on the Facebook
 Inspiration page.
Thanks for stopping by for 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tractor Time with Quick Quotes~

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Secret Garden Collection by Quick Quotes.  The collection is full of bright and colorful paper designs, some bold and some soft.  I like the combination of both in a collection.

The photos are about a 3"x 3".  You can collage them on a 8" x 10" sheet of Canon Pro Platinum and print them out.  I used my Canon iP8720 printer for this.

The embellishments are created using stamps and Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk ink. 

I stamped the images, on white cardstock, and then, using a Q-tip, colored in the images with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Trim each image out and they are ready to add to your scrapbook page.

Layer papers in the center of your page, add the photos and then decorate with the stamped images.
Title your page.  The letter stickers are colored with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks.  Makes it so easy to have the color you need for your title.

Supplies used:
Quick Quotes: Secret Garden Collection (coming soon)
Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk inks: Kokomo, Midnight Confessions, Cool GrayFeather Gray 
Lipstick, Buttercup and Cactus.
Canon Pro Platinum 8" X 10" photo paper
Canon iP8720 Printer
Scrapbook Adhesives/foam squares
Joy Clair / Blessed Harvest
stickers, twine

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Try It Tuesday~Paint Pouring with DecoArt~Pumpkins!

Hi guys!
I have a project using the paint pour technique by DecoArt.  I started with three really
 old plastic pumpkins from Wal-mart.  They have seen many fall seasons. 
I had the idea to create the marble effect, on the pumpkins, that is so popular.
So I started with this ~

I had painted the pumpkins many times over the years.  They were all
 different shades of orange.  Another reason I loved the paint pour idea!!

1. Prepare the area for the pour.  
2. Choose paint colors, add to cups.
3. Add pouring medium (2:1 paint to pouring medium)
4. Stir each color with stick.
5. Combine each color into one cup.
6. Pour over object.

Designer note~
The top pumpkin has an undercoat of acrylic paint.  I found out the paint doesn't drip all the way down because it is a round object.  I ended using my hands, to add color from the paint that had dripped off, to the bottom of this pumpkin.  The second picture, the undercoat of paint, was painted on about 3/4 of the pumpkin~worked much better.  The pumkins dried for about 8 hours before the Top Coat was applied.

Hot glue was used to secure jute around the stems of the pumpkins.  I painted the Top Coat (instead of doing the pouring method) on with a soft brush. I wanted the bottom and underneath, of the pumpkin) covered also. Worked great!

Products used:
DecoArt Pouring Medium
DecoArt Top Coat
DecoArt acrylic paint
felt (bottom of pumpkins)
hot glue
 Thanks for stopping by for 
Thank you DecoArt for the Pouring Medium and Top Coat supplies!!
Connie M.

Monday, October 8, 2018

A FUN Halloween project with Clear Scraps!

 Hi, Connie here with a fun Halloween project, using the new Tall Pallet Pumpkin shape by Clear Scraps.  This is sure to be a real kid pleaser.

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Paint the birch wood pumpkin pallet shape with orange acrylic paint.  Use brown acrylic paint for the pumpkin stem.  Let dry.
Apply the web design, using the 6" spider web stencil by Clear Scraps, to random parts of the pumpkin.  Stencil with either black paint or black ink.
Speckle with white and black acrylic paint, that has been watered down.  Let dry.

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Emboss the two chipboard bat embellishments along with the chipboard spider with black embossing powder.
Apply a coat of mat sealer to the pumpkin and let dry.
Distress material scraps with Distress Stain and let dry.

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Construct banner using the small acrylic banner pieces. Tie distressed material on twine and adhere to pumpkin.  Add a few black buttons in random places on the banner.
Add chipboard bats (for eyes) with strong adhesive.  Paint eye balls in center with white and black acrylic paint.

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Paint mouth and outline mouth with white acrylic paint.  Outline pumpkin with black acrylic paint.
Adhere spider to stenciled web.  Add eyes to spider with white acrylic paint.

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Such a fun project.  Not so spooky but really fun!!!

Supply list:
Clear Scraps: Tall Pallet Pumpkin, 6" spider web stencil, Spider Chipboard embellishment, Bats chipboard embellishment and Banner embellishments
Beacon Adhesive
Acrylic paint/DecoArt
Embossing Powder / Emerald Creek ~ Rocky Road (bat eyes & spider)

material scraps, buttons, twine

Thanks for stopping by today!!
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, October 5, 2018

Robin bird card set with Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!!
 I have some cards to share using Darkroom Door stamps.
These were sent in, for publication, before I knew the magazine was not
 going to continue.  

This is a set of three cards, simply created on white cardstock.  The Polaroid stamp
 is stamped on the card front. I love the #hash tags stamps by
 Stampers Anonymous for the sentiment. The first card is a reverse stamping technique.
Easy to do~stamp the image on an acetate sheet and then transfer to the cardstock. The image is lighter in color, than the other two cards.  I wanted the Robin bird to be looking in all directions.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door: Polaroid frame, Robin eclectic and Carved Leaves Vol.1
Stamper Anonymous: Tim Holtz #hashtags
Ink: Ranger Archival/Potting Soil, Jet Black, Leaf Green
Scrapbook Adhesives
Beacon (wet glue)
buttons, ric rack
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Try It Tuesday ~ handcarved and handmade!

Hi guys!!
I have some cards to share for Try It Tuesday.
The fun part, I created with a set of my handcarved stamps.

I carved these last year and enjoy creating small cards with them. 
 Mix and match it all good and so fun!!!  

I stamped the images using Archival ink by Ranger.  It is my go to ink for stamping.
I love to outline the images and add little pen strokes.  I use a fine
 tip black Pigma Micron liner pen.  Works great!!!

The cards about a 4" x4".  Perfect for a gift bag or small wrapped gift.
Supplies used:
Speedy Carve
Lino Cutter
Archival inks
Pigma Micron pen
white cardstock
Thanks for stopping by for 
Connie M.