Thursday, August 15, 2019

God's Army by Joy Clair~a journal page.

Hi guys!!
Long time no see :)
I have a journal page to share I created about a month ago
with my #5 grand!  He loves doing the pages with me.
I use Distress Oxide for the background and he mixes
the colors for me (and I might add really good at it).

Because I'm blogging this late and the details were not written
down (sorry), here is what I recall~
The background is Distress Oxides watered down. I then stamped
 the images from the God's Army set by Joy Clair.
I used ARTplorations / Helen G. designer stencils to add dimension
 and texture to the pages.

I love the mixed media look to this page after the stencils are
added.  I felt like I had to much pink so I kept adding
stencils with different shapes and images.  Toned the pink way down~


Black and white paint splats were added to complete the pages.
The TH initials ~ my dad! 
Thanks for stopping by~


Monday, August 12, 2019

Abstract 03 Stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!
I have been creating with the newly released set called Abstract 03
by Darkroom Door.  I created a batch of cards using this stamp
every way I could think of.  It has so many possibilities.

First card set ~

These cards are more like a paper piecing project.  I used all three of the Abstract stamp (one
more coming) to create this pattern.  Each Abstract stamp was stamped with Archival ink on white cardstock, one time.  Each strip was cut into 1" squares.  They were positioned in a square (3 across and 3 down) to create the card front.  Random squares were adhered with dimensional
adhesive. A sentiment was added and then the card front  splattered with black ink.
  Really cute and simple stamping was used!!!!

Second card~

This is another simple stamping project.  Take the Abstract 03 Stamp and
 stamp it out three times on white cardstock using the different shades of a color.
Square up the card front and mat on coordinating cardstock.  Adhere to a folded card.
Add a silhouette image,  over the background, that was created with the Abstract 03
Stamp.   I used  the Sm. Wildflowers Stencil by Darkroom Door. 
A butterfly was added from the Butterflies set.  The sentiment is from the
Whimsical Words set.  Black ink was splattered on the card.

Third card~
One last simple stamping project.  These cards are created the same, just different
 coordinating inks were used.  The background was stamped with two coordinating 
Archival inks.  The Abstract 03 was stamped two times, randomly applying ink in
 different spots on the stamp.  The results is a shading effect of both colors.  The
background was cut in half and squared up to create two card backgrounds.
The Texture/Criss Cross stamp was stamped over the background with black ink.
The Fine Leaves set were stamped next with black ink.  You can see the outline.  The Succulent
was stamped next in two different coordinating ink colors, trimmed out and adhered to the
 card front. Sentiment flags were stamped and adhered with small brads.
 The background was matted on coordinating cardstock
 and then a coordinating folded card.

The card was splattered with black ink. 
These are small, cute and great for a gift bag card!!!!
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Birds On Tree Photo Stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!
I have been creating with the newly released stamp by Darkroom
Door called Birds On Tree.  It is one of four new Photo Stamps
added to the current line.  Super cute, too!!


First Card~

This is pretty straight forth stamping with some fussy cutting involved.  The Birds
On Tree/Photo Stamp is stamped on white cardstock, with Cobalt Archival ink,
 and shaded with Distress Ink / yellow shade. Mat on navy or black cardstock
 and then a yellow cardstock, leaving about 1" at the bottom for the feather.  Adhere to a  white folded card.  Stamp the feather out  on white
 cardstock using three different colors.  Add the ink in random spots on
  the stamp. Fussy cut the feather image and adhere it to the bottom
 of the card front.  Add the sentiment from the Whimsical Words by
 Darkroom Door.  
 Add twine and splat with black ink.



Second card~
This was really fun to create and I love how the Birds On Tree worked so
well with the Filmstrip Border Stamp.  I stamped the birds, three times, with
 different inks. The images were cut down the middle and three of the images
were used  to create the filmstrip card.
  Stamp the filmstrip border stamp on white cardstock
and trim it out.  I trimmed it with my paper trimmer. It is then cut down
the middle creating two borders, one for each side of the Birds On Tree image.
Adhere the filmstrip border to each side and attach to a folded card.
Cut 1/8" black cardstock dividers for each section. You will need two.
 Adhere with wet glue and let dry.
Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock, trim out in a word strip and adhere to
card front.  Splat with black ink.  Stamp the numbers from the Vintage Office
set in upper left corner. 

Last one,  a card set~

These are really easy to create and super cute (I think).  Stamp two Birds On Tree
 image using brown ink on white cardstock.  Stamp two images in
two different contrasting colors (that will go with the brown ink).  Cut those
images in half creating a top layer for each card.  The layer is cut about 1/2"
 on each side making it smaller. With dimensional foam squares pop up the smaller
image and adhere it over the brown image. Use the Vintage Office set and
stamp the numbers in the upper corners of the card fronts.  Using the Stitched Borders, stamp
up on the top of the smaller image, giving a stitched  look. Stamp the
sentiment (from the Love Birds set) on Kraft cardstock, trim down to a strip and
adhere to card front.  Adhere card front to black cardstock and then to a folded Kraft card.
Splat with black ink.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Heir Of God by Joy Clair~ cards!!

Hi guys!
It is my turn on the Joy Clair Blog.  Today I will be sharing a card set
 created using the Heir Of God stamp set (affiliate link) by Joy Clair.
  This set is one of many from the Color by Faith Series, of stamps, that are designed by Joy Clair.  If you are looking for "good stuff" ~ check them out.  For five years Joy Clair has been designing "good stuff"!!  The older sets coordinate with the newer sets so well.  They all work together and that is "good stuff"!
All of the details are on the Joy Clair Blog!!

Joy Clair  (affiliate link) is celebrating their 5th year in business with a 25%
discount,
on their gorgeous stamp setsfor the month of August.  Great time to
go shopping :)


I hope you will stop by~


Monday, August 5, 2019

This Is Us Word Frame by Clear Scraps!

Hi Guys!!
It is my turn on the Clear Scraps Blog and I have a really fun
and cute project to share.  I'm creating with the "This Is Us" Wood Word
Frame just one of nine designs by Clear Scraps.  You can find all
of the designs, for the Wood Word Frames, in the online store.

I used acrylic paint and pattern paper to achieve this look!
Super easy too!!!

For all the details and more pictures head on over to the Clear Scraps Blog
and it's all there.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Scissors Eclectic Stamp by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!
I'm creating with the newly released Scissors Eclectic Stamp
 by Darkroom Door.  It is so cute!!!!  I love the vintage look
and the size.


Scissors

The first card set~



1. Use the Sewing Spools background stamp to create the background for the card.  Stamp out
and add color using Distress Oxide ink.  I watered the ink down and ran the stamped image through the ink.  Just adding ink in random spots.
2. Cut the background image in half, giving you two backgrounds, for two cards.
3. Stamp the scissors twice, with Archival/Jet Black ink, and cut out.
4. Cover the scissors image with craft glaze and let dry. It will look like a 3D sticker.
5.Sew the scissor image, to the center of the card, at the handles and where the blades come together.
I kept it simple just an X stitch on both places.
6. Stamp small stars (Darkroom Door) and cut out.
7. Run the hearts through the Distress Oxide ink.
8. Add texture with the Diamond Stencil by Darkroom Door.
9. Mat the card front to coordinating cardstock.
10. Mat to a folded card base.
11. Add the sentiment or a word.
12. Splatter with black ink.

Second card~

1. Create the background from the Handwriting set by Darkroom Door.  Stamp on gray
cardstock with Archival / Jet Black ink.
2. Stamp the pen with Distress Oxide/ Black ink and emboss with a clear coat embossing
powder.  Then trim out.
3. Do the same thing with the scissors image.  Stamp with Distress Oxide/ Gray ink and emboss with a clear coat embossing powder.  Then trim out.
4. Mat the handwriting background on black cardstock and then again on white cardstock.
Adhere to a folded Gray card.
5. Attach the pen and scissors to the card front.  Add stickers and sentiment.
6. Stamp the top sticker with numbers from the Handwriting set.  The sentiment is from the Journey Word stamp by Darkroom Door.7. Splatter with black ink.

Third card~

1. Create the background using the Gazette Background stamp by Darkroom Door.  I used Archival / Jet Black ink.  Trim out.
2. Adhere to a navy or black folded card.
3. Stamp the Postage Stamp Frame with Archival ink/ Potting Soil and trim out.
4. Stamp the Texture/Plaid stamp in the center of the frame.
5. Stamp the Scissors and the Needle and Thread and trim out.


6. Add to card front.
7. Stamp sentiment (Thank You Sentiment stamps) and adhere to card front.
8. Add Postage Frame with dimensional adhesive.
9. Add twine.
10. Splatter with black ink.
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hochanda and Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!!
I wanted to pop on and tell you Hochanda and Darkroom
Door are On the Hochanda channel today (7/31/2019).   Not sure how
long the link will be good. They are having
some serious fun sharing cards, techniques and stamp sets by
Darkroom Door.  I have three cards in the show.
 Leonie even says my name:)
The set my cards are affiliated with is the
Paint Splats

2016
2016

2015
I hope you can get the show~ it is the 
Let Leonie Loose Show @ 5:00 and 8:00 (two shows)
Here is the schedule link.
Leonie shows techniques and creates right there on the show.
Very cool!!! (her favorite words)
If you haven't stamped with Darkroom Door stamps
 you are missing out!
I order directly from Darkroom Door and it takes about 14 days.
I don't mind the wait at all~

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Texas Wood Card with Clear Scraps~

Hi guys!
It is my turn on the Clear Scraps Blog today.
I'm sharing a tutorial on how this Texas Wood Card 
was created.
Clear Scraps has nine different wood cards that are super cute.  They even have
 a blank one~imagine what you create with that one.



Add a cut Texas sentiment and you have a unique, one-of-a-kind card!!
All the details are on the Clear Scraps blog, along with a tutorial. Hope you
will stop by~

See ya soon~

Friday, July 26, 2019

Bible journaling with Joy Clair~

Hi guys!
It is my turn on the Joy Clair Blog!
I wanted to share an art journal page I created using the Saved by Grace 
set by Joy Clair.
It is so fun to create in my art journal!!! Love it !!!
The background is created by using Distress Oxides watered down and
then use a water brush to add color to the white spaces.  Easy!!!
Also used is the Books Of The Bible by Joy Clair.
Great for labeling or adding verses to your pages.
The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper, colored (with the same ink used
to create the background) 
and then trimmed out and added to the pages.
The stencils used are by ARTplorations/Helen G. (check em' out)!! Very cool.
Saved by Grace
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Bird Life by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!
I'm creating with the newly released Bird Life by Darkroom Door.
I love birds so this was a win win set for me!  All of the
 new release are winners ~
take a look!

First Project:
Instructions:
Create a background, for the card front, by stamping a focal image in random
places on the card front.  I choose the small bird and stamped it in different places.
I used Distress Oxide inks to add color to the birds.  The Stitched Borders set was
stamped on all four sides of the card front.  The mixed media background was created
with blue and brown Distress Oxide inks, watered down, and placed in random areas
 of the small paper piece. The focal image (bird house) was stamped on
white cardstock and trimmed out.  Adhere the image to the mixed media paper.  Stamp
 the sentiment and adhere to a folded blue card.
Another example of this technique.
Second project:
This was really fun to create.  I used different colors of Gelatos by Faber-Castell.
You can see the colors used and then blended with a water brush.  Darkroom Door stencils
(Lrg. Mesh, Lrg. Diamonds)
were used, with modeling paste, for added texture.
The bird bath was stamped directly on the art journal page and
colored in with Distress Oxide inks. The birds and hanging bird house
 were stamped and colored with Distress Oxide inks and trimmed out.
The tree branches are from the Bird Life set and Carved Leaves Vol.1. 
The trimmed out images were adhered to the art journal pages.
The quote is  called Friends by Darkroom Door.  It was
stamped out and cut in strips.  Color was added to each strip.  The strips were
 adhered to the journal page.

Third project:
The three mixed media type clusters were created using modeling
paste with Darkroom Door stencils (Lrg. Diamonds, Lrg. Mesh and
med. Awesome).  The birds, bird bath, small film strip, and carved leaves were
stamped on white cardstock, colored (with Distress Oxide inks) and trimmed out.
The image were adhered to the mixed media clusters on the page.  The filmstrip
 border stamp was stamped on white cardstock, with black ink, trimmed out
and cut down the middle.  The two sides of the filmstrip were placed on each side
of the photos, creating the filmstrip look at the bottom of the page.  The focal
photo was matted with coordinating cardstock and adhered to the page.
The title and date were added to complete the look.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie

Monday, July 22, 2019

Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~cards!

Hi guys!
I have a couple of cards to share using this super cute stamp
 by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps. 
 (This isn't a sponsored post, it is me sharing a really cute stamp)
The stamp is called  Titus, The Great Adventurer.
It is adorable~ ok, I'll stop gushing:)

Card #1~
The stamp is stamped twice and then a layer was torn down , colored and
 then added over the complete image.  The rainbow is added with pan pastels.
It is all done with white cardstock and Archival ink.  A white pen is used to highlight the
rainbow and add some texture to the card front.
Card #2~ 
The second card is stamped on vintage dictionary paper and the matted on
black cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock and added to the 
card front.  The card front was then adhered to a folded white card.  White acrylic paint
was used to speckle the card front.

Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, July 19, 2019

Abstract 02 by Darkroom Door~


Hi guys!!
I have been creating with a new stamp by Darkroom Door
 called Abstract 02 and it is pretty cool.
Perfect for card making or for those art journal pages!


Abstract 02

First card set~



Instructions:
The images were stamped on watercolor paper, using Archival/Jet Black ink and colored with Distress Oxides creating the background (Abstract 02) for the card.  The stars, bottles and pencils were stamped on heavy cardstock, colored with Distress Oxides (watered down) and then trimmed out and added to the card front, with dimensional
adhesive.  Texture was added, to the background, using the script texture stamp.  The card front was adhered to a folded Kraft cardstock card.

Instructions:
The background, for the card, was created using the Spanish Tiles with Distress Oxide ink
stamped on coordinating cardstock.  The Abstract 02 and Portrait Inchies were stamped on heavy cardstock with Archival ink/Jet Black.  The images are shaded with watered down Distress Oxide. The images (Abstract 02 and Portrait Inchies) are trimmed out and a canter border is created.  The sentiment is added from the Whimsical Words set by Darkroom Door.   Stickers were added the card was adhered to a folded card. Black splats were added with ink.

Instructions:
The background is created using the Lrg. Mesh stencil with Distress Oxides ink,  I used four different colors and then sprayed with water so they would mingle.  The Abstract 02 stamp was used next and highlighted with a white ink pen.  The med. Creativity stencil was used also with Archival/Jet Black ink.  The Carved Birds Vol.1 and the Carved Leaves Vol.1 were stamped in random spots and highlighted with a white ink pen.  The quote stamp ~ Dance, was stamped out on heavy cardstock and trimmed into strips, then added to the art journal page.  Watered down Distress Oxide ink was added, to each word strip, for color.  Black splats were added with ink.

Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Pallet Photo Board with Clear Scraps~

Hi guys!!
It is my turn on the Clear Scraps Blog.  I will be sharing a photo board,
that photo's can be changed out on, using the Rectangle Pallet board, the
You & Me Quote and the mini vintage acrylic clipboard.

This was such a fun project ~
You can find all the details on the Clear Scraps Blog.  
Products used:
Clear Scraps: You & Me Quote


Other:
Beacon 527
Photo Play / pattern paper
Darkroom Door / film strip stamp
Scrapbook Adhesives / dimension foam squares
ribbon

Thanks for stopping by~



Friday, July 12, 2019

Teacups by Darkroom Door~

Hi guys!!
I have been creating with one of the new stamps from
Darkroom Door.  It is called Teacups and it is so sweet!!!
Love the stacked Teacups!!
My first project is an art journal page using many stencils and stamps
 from Darkroom Door.
Instructions:
1. Spray color randomly on art journal pages.  I used Dylusions ink sprays in the blue, yellow and green tones.  Let dry and dab off excess ink.
2. Add the brown color with Distress ink.
3. Stamps the Teacups stamp with Archival/Jet Black.
4. Stamp coffee rings in random areas on the pages.
5. Select some stencils, by Darkroom Door, and apply in random spots with Archival/Potting Soil ink.
6. Add quote (Darkroom Door has many to choose from) and trim out.
8. Add tag top with ribbon.

Second project using the Teacups stamp~a vintage card.
Instructions:
1. Create the background using a background stamp (Spanish Tiles) by Darkroom Door.
2. Adhere to a white or gray folded card.
3. Stamp the teacups on gray cardstock and trim down.
4. Mat on black cardstock and adhere to card front.
5. Add a vintage photo corner to card front.
6. Add vintage lace and vintage flower to bottom of teacups.
7. Add "Lovely" label stamp to cluster.
8. Splat with black ink.

Third project using the Teacups stamp~a mixed media card.

Instructions:
1. Select three different colors of Distress Oxide inks (I went with blue tones) and water them down.
2. Drag the card front (watercolor paper) in the inks~do one ink at a time. Repeat until you get the look you like.
3. Stamp the teacups on the background with Archival ink/Cobalt.
4. Stamp the carved leaves in the same ink in random places.
5. Stamp the sentiment and trim out.
6. Adhere to card front.
7. Mat on dark blue cardstock and adhere to a folded white card.
8. Add twine and a few pearls.
9. Splat with black ink.

Thanks for stopping by~