Friday, February 15, 2019

Candy Wrappers with Joy Clair~

Hi guys!! It's my turn on  Joy Clair's Blog.
I created two different candy wrappers, for your fave candy bar and your fave person,
using stamp sets by Joy Clair.  These are so fun to create and who doesn't love receiving
a candy bar all decorated  fancy style !!!

The sets I used are all from the January new release.  Different stamp sets, 
that are so different but work so well together.  I have all the details (plus more photos)
  over on Joy Clair's Blog.

Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Clear Scraps Hearts Wood Phone Stand~so cool!

Hi guys!!
I have a fun and super cute project using the new Hearts Wood Phone Stand by
 Clear Scraps.  I added a fun feature to this and can't wait to see what you think!
Clear Scraps has some really cute phone stands, in both acrylic and wood, in the online Clear Scraps store.

A pocket was attached to the back side, of the wood phone stand, for a note pad.  I have all the details (and more photos) on the Clear Scraps Blog.  

Even hubby thought this was pretty clever.  Sometimes I'm charging my phone, while using it and need a notepad to right down information.  This works so well, right at my finger tips!!

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Hearts Wood Phone Stand (link above)
Beacon 527
Scrapbook Adhesive 
Acrylic paint
Decorative paper
note pad
vintage library card holder
Thanks for stopping buy~

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Try It Tuesday~ The Sketchbook Project 2018

Hi guys!!
I have finally finished with the Sketchbook Project 2018.  I always amazed
 at what these long term type projects pull out of me.  I'm happy with the sketchbook
 and enjoyed every minute creating!!

I created with some of my favorite supplies and incorporated my favorite colors.
To get a better look at each page here is link Crafty Goodies:Sketchbook Project 2018.
All the details and product list on this page. 
Thanks for all the interest and support .
I appreciate it so much!!!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Classic Cars Vol.2 part 2 by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!!
Happy Monday!!  I have the other two Classic Cars Vol.2
projects ready to share with you.  Darkroom Door really hit a homer on this set.
So cute, great for guys!!!

1. Create a background using layers and layers of random colors of acrylic paint.  Mine started out as a page that I had cleaned the roller from the Gel-Press on.  It has hints of pink and purple under the green and yellow tones.
 I dulled that with the black paint. 
2. Add texture to the pages with stencils and modeling paste.  The white modeling paste applied over paint kinda of takes on the colors of the paint and I lost the look I was going after.
3. So I re-applied the stencil using acrylic paint.  The paint stayed white and I loved it on the black painted spots on the pages.
4. The sides of the pages were stamped with Stitched Borders set, giving the look that the pages were stitched with a sewing machine.
5. The center was created by stamping the car images on vintage dictionary paper with black ink. When the journal was closed the center paper tore apart. 
6. Stickers were added and stamped with StazonOn/black ink. (The stickers have a shiny surface and I wanted to make sure the text was not going to smear.)
7. Add speckles with black ink over the vintage dictionary paper.
8. Shading was added to the center, where the paper tore.
9. Vintage photo corners were added to the vintage dictionary paper.

Products used:
Darkroom Door; Classic Cars Vol.2 & Vol.1
Darkroom Door: Stitched Borders
Darkroom Door; Vintage Office
Darkroom Door: Lrg. Mesh Stencil
Ink: Archival/Jet Black
Ink; StazOn/Black
Paint: DecoArt

1. Using the Torn Text background stamp and gray cardstock, stamp the image on the cardstock with black ink.
2. Using the Lrg. Mesh stencil apply in random spots, on the card front, using black ink.
3. Do the same thing with the Lrg. stars stencil, random spots on the card front with black ink.
4. Stamp the car on a smaller piece of gray cardstock and apply the Lrg. Mesh stencil in random spots with black ink.
5. Matt the smaller piece on black cardstock.
6..Adhere to the card front.
7. Stamp sentiment with black ink on white cardstock and trim out.
8. Shade with black ink and adhere to card front with dimensional foam squares.
9. Speckle with white ink.
10. Add card front to a folded white card base.
11. Add three rhinestones to each star on the front of the card.

Products used:
Darkroom Door: Classic Cars Vol.2
Darkroom Door: Torn Text background stamp
Darkroom Door: Lrg. Mesh stencil
Darkroom Door Lrg. Stars
Cardstock: Letter It by Ranger
Cardsock: White
Ink: Archival/Jet Black and Dylusions/White Linen by Ranger
Other: black rhinestones

If everything goes good I'll have my Sketchbook Project up for 
Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Darkroom Door ~ Classic Cars Vol.2

Hi guys!!
Darkroom Door has some great new stamps that were released in  January.  I
had the opportunity to create with some of the newly released products.
First up is Classic Cars Vol.2 ~
Classic Cars Vol.2

Such a cool set !!! Great for the men in your life and car lovers.

1. Using the Sunshine Background Stamp with grey cardstock, stamp the image using black ink.
2. Adhere a tag to the center of the card front.
3. Stamp the front facing car on white cardstock. Color in the head lights to match color of trim on the tag. I used watercolors to achieve this look.
4. Trim out to a rectangle shape.
5. Adhere to card front. Center the rectangle over the tag.
6. Using the Large Mesh stencil apply random spots on card front.  
7. Add circle sticker (had in my stash).  Mat the card front to beige cardstock and then again on black cardstock.
8. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock with black ink.
9. Trim apart and shade each section with black ink.
10. Add to card front using dimensional foam squares.
11. Speckle with white ink.
12. Adhere to folded white card base.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Sunshine Background Stamp
Darkroom Door Large Mesh Stencil
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Dylusions Ink Spray: White Linen 
Cardsock: Letter It by Ranger

1. Start with a grey piece of cardstock for your card front.  
2. Stamp the Grid Background Stamp on the grey cardstock with Distress Oxide Ink (Black Soot).
3. Using a spray bottle of water mist the front of the card. The ink will oxidize and create a distressed look. Dab off extra water. Dry with heat tool.
4. Stamp the car (front side view) stamp on card front.
5. Stamp numbers (from Vintage Office) in left top corner of card with Black ink.
6  Stamp the car (side view) on grey cardstock with black ink.
7. Trim out three sides and gently tear off bottom side.
8. Mat on beige cardstock. Repeat the tearing technique on the beige cardstock also.
9. Adhere to card front.
10. Mat the card front on beige cardstock and then black cardstock.
11. Then add to a folded white card base.
12. Speckle card front with white ink.
13. Stamp sentiment on beige card stock and trim out.
14. Shade with black ink and add to card front.

Supplies used:
Darkroom Door Classic Cars Vol.2 Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Vintage Office Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Grid Background Stamp
Cardstock: Letter It by Ranger
Distress Oxide Ink Pad: Black Soot
Archival Ink: Jet Black 
Dylusions ink Spray: White Linen 

I have two more projects up on the Darkroom Door Blog.
I will post them here on Monday.
 This is a BIG release lots of stamps and stencils!!!

See ya soon~

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Scrapbooking with Joy Clair!!

Hi guys!!
I'm blogging over at Joy Clair today.  I have a really fun scrapbook page
 using several of the new January release stamp sets.
The stamps make for fun and creative embellishments for scrapbook pages.
All of the fun details and more pictures are on the Joy Clair Blog. 

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you will jump on over to Joy Clair's 
and look at all the new stamps sets.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Celebrating Mardi Grass with Joy Clair's Unashamed stamp set!

Hi guys!!
Today the Joy Clair designers are showcasing the Unashamed set with lots
 of different and fun ways to create with this set.

 You can follow along from the
 Joy Clair blog.
I started creating my background for the journal page by adding color with
the gel-press. I also cleaned my roller on these two pages.
Vintage music paper was added with collage medium.  The next
step was adding texture paste through a stencil. I chose a round circle design.

The next step was stamping the Joy Clair/ Unashamed images on the pages.
The masks were stamped (Archival ink/Jet Black) and then painted with acrylic paint.
The sentiments were stamped on watercolor paper and lightly washed over with color.
The Broken Brick background stamp (retired) was applied randomly to the pages.
Also the UH-OH ink Splatter stamps were stamped in random places on the pages.

I highlighted parts of the images with white acrylic paint.
The sentiment squares were adhered to the  journal pages.
 The pages were splatted with white acrylic paint and then I stencil with black ink
 a square type pattern randomly on the two pages.



Have fun hopping along!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer

The new Medium DIY Pallets and Script Word Quotes by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the new Medium DIY Pallets with the new Script Word Quotes by Clear Scraps.  These were designed to go together and they look fabulous all dolled up with paint and pretty paper.   My projects were painted with acrylic paint, but paper looks amazing too.
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These were created with the clean "beach" look.  I hope you see it too!!!!

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The pallet shapes were painted, with watered down acrylic paint, giving the project a colored stained look.  The wood grain is still peeking through the paint.  The script wood quotes are painted with off white acrylic paint.  I did not water the paint down for this.   When all painted pieces were dry, the edges were sanded to give the distress look (that I so love)!  I added holes to the top of the Medium Pallets with the crop-a-dile tool.   I used heavy twine for the hanger.  When it was all put together the pallets were speckled with white acrylic paint.  The easiest way for me to achieve that perfect splat is by using an old toothbrush.  Easy to control the splats!!  Just water down the paint that you are splatting with.

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: Square Med DIY Pallet
Clear Scraps: Heart Med DIY Pallet
Clear Scraps: Choose Happy XL Script Wood Quote
Clear Scraps: I Love Us XL Script Wood Quote
Beacon 527
Acrylic paint
twine or rope

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Family Frame with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the large regular Landscape Clipboard and the "Family" wood script word by Clear Scraps.  Pairing these two products makes for a cute way to showcase a vintage family photo.  I started like I would create a scrapbook page and then added the word to the page, then clipped it to the clipboard.

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Any pattern paper, that you love, is great place to start building the base of the clipboard.  This is not glued or attached to the acrylic clipboard.  I wanted the option of changing out the page and creating a new page for a new event or season.  Totally your call if you want to make it permanent or not.

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The wood script word "Family" is painted with acrylic paint and then the edges were sanded down for that distressed look.  Adhere the word to project base with strong wet adhesive.  I used Beacon 527.   Last thing I did was speckle the project with watered down white acrylic paint.

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My focal photo was a vintage photo from 1954.  Very special to me.  Tie seam binding on the clip for an added vintage look.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Large Regular Landscape Clipboard
Clear Scraps: XL Script Word "Family"
Beacon 527
Vintage trim
acrylic paint
pattern paper
small embellishments

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Try It Tuesday~Pop Up dies are the bomb!!!!

Hi guys!!
A while back Karen Burniston had a design team call for 2019.  I decided
 to submit my creations using her awesome Pop-up dies.  The reason I love
 them is you can create really fun interactive cards using her dies with stamps, die cuts 
or other paper craft products.  I didn't make the team but had a fun time creating
these cards!

This card is using #1015 House & Fence Pop-up die with Carved leaves Vol.1 by Darkroom Door.
See what I mean, stamps work so well with these Pop- up dies!!

I loved the platform on this card and that is the reason I bought this die. So many
ways to create with it. The cupcake can be cut down and an image can replace the
cupcake.   #1008 Cupcake Pop-up die with Stars , Happy Birthday,
 Brushed Sentiments  by Darkroom Door and pattern paper.

This one was my favorite. I love the tent design. I think it is so clever and darling.
#1048 Tent Pop-up and #1049 Camping Charms.
I will be posting a short video of each card opening on Instagram 
(so If you are interested follow me)
Thanks for stopping by for 
and sorry I'm running late again.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Showcasing "Blossom" by Joy Clair~

Hi guys!! It is my turn on the Joy Clair Blog.  I am creating with the awesome Blossom set.
by Joy Clair.  It is a Succulent set that has wonderful sentiments based on scripture. 
 I really love that!!!  It is a set that you will see me use many times.  Really, over and over again!!

I have all the details written up over on the Joy Clair Blog. 

I hope you will take a look at all the, wonderfully creative, stamps sets that have
 been released in January.  You can find them in the new arrivals section.

Each new set has creative examples so you can see how the stamps were used.  Sometimes that is all you need is to see an example to get you to thinking of creative ways you would use the stamp set.
It works for me ~

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Try It Tuesday~ stamps as embellishments with Joy Clair!!!

Hi guys!!
Sorry running late~
I have a couple of scrapbook pages to share with you.  The
first one is using Joy Clair stamps as embellishments for the page.
I love doing that~

The Polaroid banner, the camera, heart sentiment and the single Polaroid frame
 make for  the perfect embellishments.  All you do is stamp them out (either on the page)
 or on white cardstock and cut them out.  Add a little color and
 you have embellishments for your page.

I always turn to stamps when I need embellishments and don't have what I'm looking 
that comes with the paper collection.  That is more times than not.  I usually
 buy single sheets of pattern paper.
This is from Illustrates Faith and God's Focus by Joy Clair.


No stamping on this one, just stickers and die cuts from the paper pack.
This is a really old paper set~Jillibean Social Soup paper pack. 
 Still love the paper!!!

Thanks for stopping by~