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~

Friday, January 18, 2019

Stencils and the new Rectangle Pallet Boards by Clear Scraps!

Hi, Connie here with signs!!! Really cute ones too.  All made with products from Clear Scraps.  New word stencils and rectangle wood pallets that are perfect for the Farmhouse Collection of stencils.  You are going to want them all~

These are all done very simply.  I love simple!!!!

Simple projects call for simple instructions~
Paint rectangle pallet board with acrylic paint and let dry.
Sand edges with sand paper to give the sign a distressed look.
Tape the word stencil to the rectangle pallet board with painter's tape.
Use a small round stencil brush and apply paint to the brush, before stenciling on the project, brush off some of the paint.  For stenciling less paint is better.
Add brush strokes or add borders to the wall signs.
Add a mat varnish when project is dry.

These take very little time and look amazing!!!

The stencils can be used on most any home decor or craft project.   The Rectangle Pallet boards are sized perfect for these word stencils which is so awesome!!!

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Rectangle Pallet board
Clear Scraps: S Rectangle Pallet board
Clear Scraps: Farmhouse Collection/Laundry, Gather and Farmhouse
acrylic paint
mat varnish
stencil brush and painter's tape

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Darkroom Door Inspiration & New Release!!!

Hi guys!!
I have a couple of cards I created using Darkroom Door stamps that are
 just FUN!!!  Sometimes you need to do FUN!!!

I created the background using the Sewing Spools stamp.  I stamped with 
Cobalt/Archival by Ranger  The fancy lady is set inside the Postage Stamp frame stamp.
her purse is stamped with the Cobalt ink and trimmed out. 
The fancy lady is from the Just My Style set.  She is stamped with 
Jet Black /Archival ink by Ranger.
The sentiment is stamped on white cardstock and trimmed out. 
 It is from the Happy Birthday set.

I love this set~Gervilleas by Darkroom Door.  I haven't created with it much
 but have great plans for it.  I think it is a great stamp set for flower 
fillers, kinda like I used it here.  The background stamp is Corrugated iron.
The inks are Archival by Ranger.  These are my "go to" inks!!!
The sentiment is from the Thank You set.
Darkroom Door has the new release up for pre-order on their website. 
Here is a sample of the release.

Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January New Release with Joy Clair Day 2 ~ Unashamed!

Hi guys!
So excited to be sharing my second project for Joy Clair.  They have 13 new sets
for the January Joy Clair release and they are all winners!!!! 

 This set is called Unashamed!  So cute!!!!
 I will using the images, as embellishments, for a scrapbook
 page of my grandsons!!

I loved the fancy masks that screamed "having fun" to me.  That is what I see 
in this photo.  The cute little red head was in ICU back in October
 so he can be as silly as he wants.  God is so good!!!

The masks were stamped out on pattern paper and then cut out.  Bright straws, were
added to act as a handle to hold the mask.  Rhinestones were added along stringers.  
Those were stamped from the set also and cut out.  Such a fun set!!!

Unashamed affiliate link
We will have a GIVEAWAY at the end of the reveals so keep checking the Joy Clair blog. 

Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, January 14, 2019

January New Release with Joy Clair Day 1 ~ Rise and Shine!

Hi guys!!!
So happy to show you my first project using the fabulous Joy Clair stamps.
This is from the  Joy Clair January release, 13 sets and all amazing!!!

It is Rise and Shine and you will be seeing this set again. We have chickens
 and would make great embellishments for the scrapbook page but also for cards!!

The background was created using Distress Oxide ink, watered down and
 dragging the card base through the different colors of ink.  It is a great way to
 create a multi color background for a card.

This technique worked so well for the Rooster, giving him all kinds of colors.

The banner, dividing the card, was created using the Misti.  Makes it easy to keep 
the sentiment lined up and straight while stamps several in a row.

Rise and Shine  affiliate link

Which one is your favorite? I can’t even pick one because I honestly LOVE them all!  
We will be picking one winner for each day of the release – a total of four lucky commentators! 

Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Birds with Darkroom Door~ cards!!!

Hi guys!!
Getting over being sick (relapsed), still have a cough but think
 I'm on the mend.  It is has only taken 3 1/2 weeks, so it is time:)
I have some cards to share I did for publication and the magazine 
closed its door so they were sent back to me.
They were created using Darkroom Door stamps.
  I'll post a list, of stamps used, at the end of each card.

Simple card using a background stamp and a die cut.  The leaves and bird are
 stamped and then cut out. All of those stamps are by Darkroom Door.  Love the #hashtag stamps by Stampers Anonymous.  Darkroom Door: Wood Grain Background, Carved Leaves Vol.2 and Robin

Using a background stamp with added leaves stamped in green and brown.  The bird is 
stamped on Kraft cardstock . Sentiment is added and then speckled with ink.
 Buttons are added for texture. Darkroom Door: Leaves Background, Carved Leaves Vol.1,

Stamped on white cardstock with the different leaves.  Then stamped some leaves
 out on white cardstock and cut them out.  Love the dimension it gave the card.
Distress inks are used on the bird and then cut out. Darkroom Door: Garden Birds, Carved Leaves Vol. 1 and Simple Sayings Vol. 2
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tractor DIY Pallet Shape~Clear Scraps!!!

Hi, Connie here with the new and super cute Tractor DIY Pallet Shape.  I thought this would make a perfect door sign for that Tractor loving kid and I just so happen to have one of those kids.   The boy loves tractors, especially red ones.  So easy to create with the Tractor Pallet and the "Happy Place" word stencil by Clear Scraps.

To get the tractor image on the the tractor pallet shape, the tires were painted on first.  Then the hub caps (do tractor's even have hub caps?) The steering wheel next and then the body of the tractor.  Wheel highlights where done next.   After the paint has dried the image was sanded lightly and wiped down with a soft rag.  The next step is adding the word "happy place" with the stencil by Clear Scraps!

Tape down the stencil with painters tape.  I used a small round stencil brush and applied the paint to the stencil.  I always tap off paint before going to the stencil.  If your stencil brush has to much paint on it , the paint will go under the stencil.  Not a great look!!!  So less paint is what you want.  A good plan of action is a test before going to the project being stenciled.  Highlights were added to the letters with a small line brush using white acrylic paint.  The project was sealed with a mat varnish once the paint dried.

Supplies needed:
Clear Scraps: Tractor DIY Pallet shape
Clear Scraps: Word stencil "happy place"
acrylic paint
mat varnish
stencil brush
painters tape

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, January 4, 2019

Joy Clair 2019 Design Team~

Hi Guys!!!
Fun news to share with you~

New team for the new year!!!  This was posted on Joy Clair's blog, written by Martha !!!
Coming soon new stamps and tons of creativity!!
We are very thankful for our fabulous 2018 Design Team members and this year you will see new faces and new styles in our creations. Martha Lucia Gomez continues coordinating the team, events and promotions. Also some of our seasoned designers continue as part of our Joy Clair Family. They are Lindsay AdreonAngie CimbaloHelen GullettDonna IdletMonica MaierCeal Pritchett and Kerry Urbatch. You can visit their blogs just clicking over their names.
The next Monday we will start a presentation of the new designers that are part of the 2019 Design Team. They are Betz GoldenJessica KaiserKaren LetchworthConnie Mercer and Jowilna Nolte.
Just be prepared because on January 14th you can see for the first time our First Release of Stamps for 2019!
Thanks for stopping by~