Friday, June 26, 2020

Winter Cardinals by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~

Hi guys!
I have a couple of cards to share using the Winter Cardinal
by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.  This is a newly released stamp.
Guys, it is gorgeous!!!! We have Cardinals
 here on the ranch, so this stamp was a must have!!!

Card #1
This is the card on the left.  I used Panpastels for the sky (clouds)
and coloring the scene.  When I was finished I decided to redo
the Cardinal on the fence from a him to a her.  Easy to do that, just erase the 
color.  Then recolor with grey.  The snow and fence have Pixie Dust
for added sparkle!!
Card #2
This card is created using Distress Oxide inks.  I treated the inks like
watercolors. I used white acrylic paint for the snow on the fence and
tree.  Added a tag at the top for added interest.

  Would love to see you join us over on the

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie/DT Member

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Try It Tuesday~Art Journal pages.

Hi guys!
I have been creating Art Journal pages and loving it!!!
I'm using stencils, stamps and ephemera to add interest
to the pages.
Products used are Darkroom Door, Blue Knight Rubber Stamps and
 stencils from Topflight Stamps.  The background was created using
acrylic paints and a brayer.

Products used are Darkroom Door, Wow Embossing Powder, PaperArtsy,
stencils and white gel pen.  The background is created with modeling paste,
stencils and acrylic paint.  These products can be found at Topflight Stamps.

This page was created for Wanderlust 2020/Rachel Grieg's class.
The products are by Darkroom Door and Ranger Ink. Adhesive
 (for the tags) is by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.
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 See ya soon~

Friday, June 19, 2020

Beautiful by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~

Hi guys!
I have a couple of cards to share using the newly
released stamp called Beautiful by Blue Knight
Rubber Stamps. 
If you are a lover of reading and 
drinking a cup of tea or coffee, while enjoying a good
book, this is for you.
  Lovely stamp!!!
Card #1

The stamped image is on mixed media cardstock using the
Magnetic Ink Pad Handle by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps I love this thing!!
Holds my ink pad straight and gives me something to hold on to.  No more
dropped ink pad on my project!! The image is colored in with
Card #2

The background of this card is created using Distress Oxide inks.
Water the inks down and treat as watercolors.  They are amazing when
you keep adding layers of ink (drying between each color).  Really
cool backgrounds. The image is stamped and then colored in with 3
shades of Distress Oxide inks.
  Would love to see you join us over on the

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie/DT Member

Same Design, Different Cards ~ Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi guys!
It is my turn on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog. 
I have a couple cards to share that have been embossed
with WOW Embossing powders.  One card was created vertical
 and the other horizontal. Same elements just flipped the design
and direction of the card.

I have a tutorial on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog with
all the tricks.  Really no tricks, just flip the direction of the card
and repeat the process.
Vertical look~
 Horizontal look~ 
Once you do the first card the second one goes fast. All your are doing is switching the direction and placement of the embellishments. It is a fun one and I hope you will give it a try!!
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer
Creative Time: 45 minutes
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Needed:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
3D Foam Circle White Mix
Crafty Foam Tape 108′
E-Z Grand Runner Refillable Dispenser
other products used: WOW Embossing Powder, Darkroom Door Stamps, twine, cardstock, heat tool, reinforcements (for large label)
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Friday, June 12, 2020

Foot Bridge by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~

Hi guys!!
I have a couple of cards to share using the newly released stamp set
by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.  I really love the Foot Bridge Stamp.
  The Reeds and Ducks Stamps (from last Friday)
works great with this scene.


The card is stamped on mixed media cardstock and then colored
in with Panpastels. Panpastels are easy to work with and so
forgiving.  A white artist eraser will fix any mistakes~just erase
and start again.
This is how I started, water and sky in first.  I created a mask for the sky
 using a small circle punch.  I laid it on my sky area and colored around it.
I then took it off and added the yellow sun.


This card is stamped with Sketch Blue Distress Ink.  The sentiment is
stamped with Archival / Jet Black ink.  The card front is matted on a deep
blue cardstock.  The reeds (from the Reeds and Ducks
 stamp set) are added in both bottom corners of the card.
  Would love to see you join us over on the

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie/DT Member

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Try It Tuesday~ got pickles?

Hi guys!
Hubby planted a big garden and we have cucumbers
everywhere!  We gathered supplies and decided to make
Bread n' Butter pickles, the easy way.
 You guessed it~cut em up!!
Soak in salt water for about 1 1/2 hours.  I forgot to do this and it was
all good.
All you need~plus hot jars.
The yield 4 qtrs. of Bread n' Butter pickles (refrigerator style).  I used this recipe
times 4.

Bread n' Butter Pickles / Mama-Nell
3 C. Sugar
2 C. Vinegar
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. Pickling Spice
Cook on stove top until sugar is dissolved and brine is hot.
Pour brine in hot jars filled with sliced cucumbers.
Store in Refrigerator a few weeks and then eat'em!!
Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, June 5, 2020

Reeds and Ducks by Blue Knight Rubber Stamps~

Hi guys!!
I have a couple of cards to share with you 
using the newly released Reeds and Ducks by
Blue Knight Rubber Stamps.   This stamp not only makes a great lake
scene but is also awesome for patches of grass in a 
ranch scene.  Very clever!!!

Both cards are created with Panpastels.  Very easy to mark off your card
to create the water and sky.  I used the Cloud stencil to assist in
creating white fluffy clouds.

The Reeds and Ducks are stamped on a stamping platform so the silhouette
images can be re-stamped several times for a rich dark image.
Card #1
The second card is created in the same way.  I did not use a cloud stencil
just brushed straight across the card front for the sky and water.

Different shades of blues, to add waves in the water, were added.  Highlights were
 added with red, orange and yellow Panpastels for the sunset sky.

Blue Knight Rubber Stamps products: Reeds and Ducks, Birds 2
 and Mini Greetings 2. Panpastels and Cloud stencil
Other products used: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, twine,
mini staples and cardstock.
  Would love to see you join us over on the

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie/DT Member

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sea Shell Cards with Embossed Backgrounds ~

Hi guys!
It is my turn over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog.  I
have a really cool technique to share using WOW Embossing Powder
and the tear off sheet from the 3D Foam Circle White Mix. 
There is a step by step tutorial for these cards.  I hope you will take time to
 look. I am using the part of the packaged 3D Foam White Circle Mix that normally
would be thrown away.   You can also use the salvage or negative as dimensional
adhesive on projects. Works great and no WASTE!!!

Supplies Used by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L:
Extreme Double-Sided Tape 1/4"
Other products used:
Embossing Powder: WOW! Embossing Powder (Fizz Embossing Powder, Embossing Pen, and Clear Coat Embossing Powder); Stamps: Darkroom Door; Ink: Ranger Ink (Distress Oxide); Twine. Thanks for stopping by~ Connie/DT Member

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Try It Tuesday ~ my space

Hi guys!
I thought i would share a few pictures of my space I
create in.  I'm blessed to have a room just for creating so
what that means I can start a project and leave it out
until it is completed.  Nothing is messed with!!!
This is an overview from inside the room.  I have three tables clustered
together.  One is for inking and stamping. Two is for painting and three is
cutting and my die cut machine.
This is where I stamp. I stand when I create so this set up
 works well for me.
The back cabinets hold more stamps and office supplies.  The counter is
full of stamps and stencils that I use frequently.  I love to see what I have
to create with!  With that said it does make the room look cluttered but
"it is what it is".  All of like items are stored together.  Paper, adhesive,
stamps, stencils and ink have their own space.   I organize by manufacture.

This is the view when I walk into the room.  The carts are loaded with
die cut dies and more inks, sprays and watercolors.  I keep small
embellishments in the vintage canning jars.  I really love the look!
I also use cigar boxes for storage of clips and ribbon.  I love using
 old things from the past for storage.  That way they can hang out with me.
Just sharing some ideas of how I keep organized, or at least I'm thinking
I'm organized.  

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