Friday, June 28, 2019

Washington DC and Paper House Productions~

Hi guys!
 It is my turn on Paper House Productions Blog today.
I am showcasing the Explore the World Collection and
 the Flip Album  Great products that work so well together.
By adding the Flip Album, to the scrapbook page, thirteen photos
helped to tell the story of this fun trip. Kinda cool!

I call this the 'selfie page".  These were fun photos that I had left to scrapbook.
Such a fun page!
Stickers and tag paper were used to decorate the page.
 I have all the details on the Paper House Blog with a full
tutorial on just how this came together.
  I hope you will take a look~
Thanks for stopping by~

Thursday, June 27, 2019

More from Clear Scraps ~ Scalloped Phone Stand!

Hi, guys!
Today is my day over on the Clear Scraps Blog.
I have hand painted a Scalloped Wood Phone stand by Clear Scraps.
They have several designs for phones and tablets that are so cool!!
Acrylic or wood, you choose.
 This is a fun project to create and it is a great gift!! I started by watering done acrylic
 paint so it would act more like a stain.  The stems were hand painted but stencils work great and Clear Scraps has some really cute ones. 

This is the other phone stand I created this month.  The Vintage Wood Stand is also
 hand painted with wildflowers and the checked border by Clear Scraps, is used
 at the bottom of the phone stand.  Stencils make projects like these fun and easy!!

Thanks for stopping by~

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

#teammichael and Joy Clair stamps~

Hi guys!
Today is my turn on the Joy Clair Blog.  I will be showcasing several of the
newly released stamp sets by Joy Clair.

The stamped images are stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Distress Oxide (using a water brush) and trimmed out.  This is my favorite way to color images but markers are awesome too!  This is a "no fail method" always looks great.  The super cute truck loaded with flowers is from the new Friends & Flowers set.  The darling yellow and orange banner is from the No Prob-lLama set.  The font is the Typewriter set, my fave.  Check out the hash tag that is in the Typewriter font set, so cute!

Friends & Flowers
No Prob-lLama
Typewriter Font

I encourage you to take a look at all the NEW stamps by Joy Clair.
  They are all WINNERS!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Try It Tuesday~ Mixed Media Canvas Apron!

Hi guys!
 I have a really fun project to share. Mixed Media and with lots of paint!
Our insurance agent gave hubby a canvas apron to use when he grills. 
I got a hold of it before hubby did and did "my thing" on it.

I started with all these fun colors, stencils and one stamp!
I started by adding color to the apron using Tumble Dye's by S.E.I.
I then added stencils with modeling paste. More stencils with acrylic paint
Brush work with acrylic paint.  Just kept adding until I got
the look I was wanting.  I still think I could of added stronger color to
the apron before I started applying stencil work.

The stencils were applied in random spots using different colors of paint. A sponge
was used to apply the color.

Products used:
S.E.I. Tumble Dye
DecoArt/acrylic paint and modeling paste
StazOn ink
Clear Scraps/stencils
Darkroom Door/stencils
Jenni Bowlin Studio/stencils
Canvas Corp.
Blue Knight Rubber Stamps/cowboy and dad image

Thanks for stopping by~

{{{{This isn't a sponsored post just me creating with some
awesome products}}}}

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Partnering with Clear Scraps and Joy Clair~

Hi guys!!
 Today is my turn on the Clear Scraps blog and we are partnering
with Joy Clair stamps.   I created a cute Scalloped Wood Phone Stand
 using stamps by Joy Clair.  Really fun and so many options using stamps
to help design your project.

1. Sand the wood lightly before adding color.
2. Paint all sides (I used a metallic acrylic paint) and then sand lightly again

3. The next step is making a temporary stencil.  I did this by die cutting an
oval shape on a 4" X 6" piece of white cardstock.
4. Use the negative and lay it on the front of the phone stand.  Use a soft sponge
 and add color to the inside of the oval shape.
5. Stamp the sentiment inside the oval shape.  I used Archival/Jet Black ink.
 It is a good idea to test the stamp, several times, so you get 
good coverage 
when stamped on the wood
6. Remove the temporary stencil and add the border to the top of the phone stand.
7. Outline the oval with a no.2 paint brush and white acrylic paint.
8. Stamp the leaves and ivy to the bottom of the oval.  Paint the inside
 of the leaves with green acrylic paint.
9. Add a paper flower to the center of leaves and splat with metallic paint
 (used to paint wood phone stand with).
10. Stamp small highlights and place a white pearl in the center.

The Wood Phone Stands by Clear Scraps are really fun to create and using
 stamps make really fun patterns for enhancing the phone stand.

Products used:
Clear Scraps: Scallop Phone Stand
Joy Clair: Born to Sparkle
Joy Clair: Saved by Grace
acrylic paint
Archival ink/Jet Black
pearls, flower

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fishin' with Paper House Productions~

Hi guys!
It's my turn on the Paper House Productions Blog.  
I created a bi-fold scrapbook page that is perfect for
holding many photos or memorabilia.  I used
by Paper House Productions.
The collection comes with different pattern papers
 and 3D stickers.

The front of the page looks a little deceiving, it actually folds out to a 18" x 12".
 Another six inches was added to accommodate more photos, memorabilia,
decorations and details of the day. 
And here is the page opened.  I only had two photos so I decorated the added
 portion. Along with tags, pockets can be added to hold extra memorabilia 
 or photos that make it easy to keep the events of what you are scrapbooking
 on one page. Always a goal of mine.
I have all the details on the Paper House Productions Blog along with a
tutorial on how to attach and create the 6" x 12" page.
I hope you will take a look. Fun technique!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Monday, June 17, 2019

Partnering with Joy Clair and Clear Scraps~

Hi guys!
Today it is my turn on the Joy Clair blog.  We are partnering with Clear Scraps for
some "where wood meets stamps" creations.

 It will be awesome!

I started with a Hearts Wood card by Clear Scraps and stamped, with stamps
 by Joy Clair.  Just like stamping on paper but cuter!  The wood card comes with the
 holes punched, so sand it lightly to get a smooth coat of paint on it. Be sure to wipe
 it down with a soft cloth, to remove the sand dust.
You are ready to add the paint color to the wood card.  Paint both sides and set
 aside to dry.  A few minutes is all it takes. Then sand lightly front, back and edges.

Wipe down with a soft cloth and you are ready to stamp the images on the prepared wood card.  The ink that was used in this example is Archival/Jet Black.  Once the images are stamped on the wood use a small paint brush, acrylic paint and add color to the stamped images.  The paint drys fast and painting in the images goes pretty quick too.

 The inside of the card was stamped with a background stamp by Joy Clair.  Distress Oxide was used and then sprayed with water to give the inside of the card a distress look.  Adhere to the inside of the card.  Tie front and back of the card loosely with twine or hemp cord.  Stamp the sentiment on coordinating cardstock and add to the front of the wood card.

I hope you enjoyed where stamps meet wood.  I think they liked each other!!

Products used:
Joy Clair: Deer Friends
Joy Clair: Wood Background
Clear Scraps: Hearts Wood Card
acrylic paint
Archival ink/Jet Black
Distress Oxide
twine or hemp cord

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June Challenge on Darkroom Door Inspiration FB page ~ Backgrounds!

Hi guys!!!
 I have been working in my art journal and just love creating pages!!!
The June challenge over on the Darkroom Door FB challenge page is
BACKGROUNDS!!! Create one~
The background was created using the Distress Crayons by Ranger.
The color was applied to the page and then I used a water brush to
even out and blend the colors.  Stencils and modeling paste were used for
added dimension.  Such a fun process!!!

Products used:
Darkroom Door: med. Awesome Word stencil
Darkroom Door: lrg. Dots stencil
Darkroom Door: Starry stencil
Darkroom Door: Mesh stencil
Darkroom Door: Under the Sea set
Darkroom Door: Sea Shells
Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink
Ranger: Modeling Paste
Ranger: Mix Media Heavy stock
Acrylic Paint

Thanks for stopping by and check out the challenge on the
Darkroom Door FB Page.   A winner is picked for fun prizes!!!
Post your art to the FB page and 
hashtag your art #darkroomdoorjunechallenge

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Blue Knight Rubber Stamps ~ Spotlight post !

Hi guys!
I'm a sucker for red rubber stamps and I found this company (new to me)

  I ordered a few sets and I won a set from
their newly released stamps.  So cool!  Made me happy!
One of the cards, I created, was spotlighted by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.

I created with the Cowboy Minis set (the set I won).

This is the first card~
I used an embossing folder (Tim Holtz) then added three different Distress Oxide
 inks (watered down).  The card front was dabbed in the inks and heat dried after
 each color. The inspiration was for a brick type background. The cowboy images
 are also embossed with high gloss embossing powder.

The second card~

The minis were used to create a background for the sentiment.  The
sentiment is from the Zach & Marley set by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.
Check them out~
Great designs and a great selection of stamps!
Thanks for stopping by~
***This is a non sponsored post.  Just me creating with some awesome stamps!***

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Joy Clair and scrapbooking~

Hi guys!!
It is my turn on the Joy Clair Blog.  I created with two of the
 newly released sets,  Boss Babe and Saved by Grace.  So cool, one is trendy
 and the other so beautiful.  I created a scrapbook page for my
beautiful granddaughter dancing.  Her first lead role. So proud!!

I love the Boss Babe sentiments and the hash tag that is included, in the set, makes it so trendy and fun.  Perfect for a teen page.  The Saved by Grace flowers were just what this page needed and added an element of softness.  The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with Distress Oxides and a water brush.  They were then cut out and perfect embellishments were created, for this page. 

The Boss Babe sentiments were stamped on pattern paper from this paper collection, cut in a rectangle and matted on matching cardstock and then adhered to the page.  Really love the hash tag in the Boss Babe set, you can love it or leave it.  For me I love it!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Try It Tuesday~pickin' in Indiana!!

Hi guys!
We had such a great time in Indiana with our kids. We lucked into
a pickin' opportunity and, if you know me, I was all in. 

A view of the things I got but let me back up and start at the beginning~

This is the house that is set to be torn down.  The doors were open and all
 were welcomed.  We had permission, from the owners, that we could
take what we wanted.  The house had pretty well been picked over
 but what is one persons trash is another persons treasure.  So true!!!
The old chairs, with a wicker bottom in them, caught my eye first.
They are pretty rough but will look great, just like they are, with a succulent
on them. That's the plan~
The door was taken from under a stairwell.  It is much smaller
 than a normal sized door.  It was love at first sight!!

We got three sets of black porcelain doorknobs and some hardware.
I will do something really neat with these.  They have paint on them
but other than that no chips.
 The first thing I did (like last week) cleaned the door and
 painted it  with chalk paint by DecoArt.  After each coat
the door was sanded down.
The old coat hook was also picked from the old house. It fir perfect
on the old door.  I painted one of the pallet signs, by
Clear Scraps, to make a sign for the door.

A stencil from the Farmhouse Collection was used to create the
"Amazing Grace" sign.
This is how I used these picks from Indiana~

The door, taken from under a stairwell, with the old coat hook.

The old chairs with the wicker bottom, perfect to set a plant on.

Products used:
elbow grease, lots of it!!!

Thanks for stopping by~