Clear Scraps--Printer Tray--Santa's List Home Decor

Hello everybody!  Laura here with you today!  Who's ready to decorate for the holidays?  It's such a great time of year, and there is nothing better than homemade goodies, and that includes decor for your home or as a gift for friends and family!  So let's get started with some inspiration using one of my faves, a Clear Scraps Rectangle/Square Printer Tray Frame!

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These are so fun to create, and the ability to put layers both under and on the clear acrylic is one of the things I love about them!

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Here at the top--the frame was painted with black acrylic paint, and while it dried, I cut out the different pretty holiday papers to add to each frame.  Here's a tip: rather than try to get the cut exact, cut the paper about 1/4 inch larger all around and glue it to the back of the first frame layer you'll glue down on the solid back layer.  Makes things so much easier!   You can also see the layering--the corner, some little hearts on on top of the acrylic, while the Santa, December, trees, are under the acrylic layer.

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Clear Scraps has the perfect embellishments that you can customize to your project!  This upper right corner has the Mini Shaker Tall Bulb that's painted with brown and gray acrylic paint, dabbed with white paint to give it a snowy look, and then embellished with Santa paper, stickers and the Holiday Sequins and Fall Sequins mixed.  The Xmas Bulb Chipboard Embellishments are painted in pretty shades of green acrylic paint and lightly "frosted" around the edges with white paint.  Twine bows finish all the ornaments off.

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You don't need to do a lot of decorating to each square either.  I cut out this Home for Christmas sentiment journal box (these fit perfectly!) and then added more of the Holiday and Fall Sequin mixes.  To see all of the Sequins and Fillers Clear Scraps has in the store, you can find them HERE.

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Well we all know Santa needs his sleigh and reindeer, so the Clear Scraps Sled Chipboard Embellishment is just perfect to put with Santa, his reindeer and a few decorative stickers.  The sled was painted with green and gray acrylic paint and brushed with white.  Are YOU on the naughty or nice list?  Find all the chipboard shape embellishments right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Rectangle/Square Printer Tray, Mini Shaker Tall Bulb, Holiday & Fall Sequins, Xmas Bulb Chipboard Shape Embellishments, Sled Chipboard Embellishment.

Other:  Acrylic paint:--green, gray, white, black.  Simple Stories-Simple Vintage Christmas Lodge paper and stickers foam tape, twine.


Shaker Star Album Focal

Hi crafty friends! 

It's officially December which means that I am busy making memories for my December Daily. So, I found it fitting to share a tutorial on how I created my cover focal for my album.

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Grab your Mini Star Shaker and let's start crafting. To begin, I start layering the star cut-outs, leaving one out to be the the top of the shaker star.

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I then grab some craft foam, a marker, and the top star cutout. You can place the solid backer piece to the side as we will not be using it. Not trace your star onto your craft foam. These traces stars will add more dimension to our focal piece. Therefore, you should make as many additional foam stars as necessary.

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Cut those stars out and layer them behind the chipboard layers that we initially created. Remove any excess overhang. Now take white paint and paint the top layer of the star that you set to the side.
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Grab your album, and add your dimensional star to the front. 

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Add in your shaker mix. 

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Then add on your acetate window. Be sure that the film is removed from all sides.

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Add embellishments, and there you have your album focal. I chose to add chipboard stickers and a paper flower. I also went over the edges of the star with stickles to add a little more shimmer and interest. I wanted to keep the shaker mix visible, so I chose to make a cluster off to one side of the star. 


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I love the look of this layered shaker star and hope you do too. It makes the album cover more festive which is perfect for a December daily.

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. As always, happy crafting and happy holidays!

-- Natasha 


Jingle All the Way Acrylic Sled Centerpiece

Hi Craft Friends!

December is here! I'm Dana and I'm back with a centerpiece home decor project that's sure to please. I used Clear Scraps Acrylic Sled Box. Click here If  you haven't tried using acrylic, this one is not only easy to make but doesn't require alot of products. 

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Remove all 5 acrylic pieces from your package. You will need to peel off the protective film from all pieces on both sides. I like to peel off one side at a time as I work. That way you won't scratch your acrylic. 

I covered the bottom blades and swirls area with some tacky craft glue. Then sprinkled over top some Martha Stewart Florentine gold glitter. Set aside your pieces to dry throughly before proceeding to the next step.

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Now I took some Christmas cardstock from my stash. I traced and cut out two side pieces and did the same for the front and back pieces. 

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Cut out all pieces with a scissors. Then using a clear drying glue or tape runner, I adhered my pieces in place. Then taking an xaco knife I trimmed off any excess paper,  being careful not to scratch your acrylic. 

To decorate my side pieces, I applied a few Dazzle sticker snowflakes and swirl pieces. I added a Merry Christmas sentiment on each side as well as a 3D Anna Griffin Christmas embellishment. Here's a closeup!

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Now you can assemble your acrylic sled. I recommend using Beacon glue. It's strong and has a permanent bond. Apply the Clear disc stickers included in the package onto each section where you applied glue. Let dry throughly.  

Now the fun part of decorating the inside of your sled! I took a piece of fake snow cloth and tucked into the center area of your sled. I tucked in a few Christmas sprigs and pinecones. Added a small Christmas tree at the top. I applied some Stickles glitter in Christmas Red, Acqua Blue and Gold onto the branches of my tree in scattered areas. 

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With a piece of leftover scrap paper from Bluefern, I fuzzy cut this couple and inked around the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs. I bent the image slightly into a circle and tucked them on inside the front of my sled. To finish I glued a small Christmas wreath on the front portion of my sled. Here's some closeup photos!

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I hope you enjoyed my project today! I think this would be the perfect centerpiece decoration on your dinner table this holiday season. We'd love to see your crafty makes so don't forget to share on our Clear Scraps Facebook Creative page!

Be sure to visit the Clear Scraps website Click here for all your crafty supplies and see what's new. 

Until we meet next time, Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays to you! 

Dana

Other Supplies Used:

Beacon glue, scoring tool, paper trimmer, xaco knife, Christmas patterned cardstock, Dazzle or other Christmas sentiments and stickers, Anna Griffin Christmas embellishment, Stickles glitter in Stardust, Gold, Acqua Blue, Christmas Red, Martha Stewart Florentine gold glitter, scissors 

 


Clear Scraps--Shiplap Shapes--Vintage Christmas Home Decor

Hi there everyone!  Laura here with you today to share some inspiration for creating your own Christmas home decor using the Clear Scraps Shiplap Shapes!  I've started this project with the Clear Scraps Cutting Board Shiplap Shape Large

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The cutting board was painted with white acrylic paint and then left to dry.  Next I took the Clear Scraps 5x9 Plaid Stencil and used a red acrylic paint with a bit of pink mixed in to color match and stenciled onto white cardstock.  Once dry I matted this strip onto a piece of black cardstock to make it pop a bit, then glued onto the bottom of the cutting board.  I fussy cut out some pretty embellishment pieces and added those using some foam tape to create dimension. 

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The Clear Scraps Christmas Chipboard Word Title was painted red, then coated with glitter glue.  The pretty ornaments are from Clear Scraps too!  They are one of their chipboard embellishments.  These are called the Star Bulb Chipboard Embellishments.  They remind me of old vintage Christmas ornaments.  They were painted and I added a coat of glitter glue to these as well.  I then went around the wreath (that was also fussy cut and glued onto the cutting board shape) and added touches here and there of glitter glue. 

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If you haven't perused the Clear Scraps Store to see all of the great options  you are missing some amazing crafty goodness!  You can create something for about every holiday or special occasion you can think of with all the options available!  You can find all the Shiplap Shapes HERE---and remember they come in small, medium and large!  The same goes for the Chipboard Shapes and the Chipboard Word Titles.  You can find so many fun embellishments that you can customize to YOUR project!  That's my favorite thing about them!

Well thanks for stopping by today!  Come back soon for more inspiration!

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Cutting Board Shiplap Shape Large5x9 Plaid Stencil, Christmas Chipboard Word Title, Star Bulbs Chipboard Embellishments.

Other:  Red, white and pink acrylic paint.  Mintay Merry Little Christmas collection, tulle, twine, stardust gliter glue, foam tape, glue.


Holly and Present Chipboard Tags

HiYa!

Tami here with you on the Clear Scraps Blog today. It's hard to believe it is December already! I'm not ready for it! LOL! But it's here, so it's time to get moving towards the Holidays. 

Tomorrow, my hubbie and I will be setting up the tree and decorating all by ourselves for the first time in YEARS! Our youngest moved out recently, and it's just us this year to get our tree and house decked out for the holidays. No short order since I own about 15 totes FULL of vintage Christmas Decorations from the 1920's through the 1950's. Its fun each year to go through my treasures to see which lucky ones will get selected to be used and which ones will be safely stored away to wait their turn.

I love most things vintage, but vintage Christmas holds an extra special place in my heart. I love the soft, pop colors from the 50's especially. So when I craft for Christmas, vintage styles inspire me.

Clear Scraps introduced some new Chipboard Tags. The tags have an extra piece that can be embellished and added on top of the tag...

The 2 designs I used are Tag Present and Tag Holly Chipboard Embellishments.

Here are my finished tags...

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I started by printing out vintage Christmas sheet music scaled to the size of the tags. I printed them out on white cardstock, then whitewashed them to soften the design.

Clear Scraps Sanding Stick makes it easy to remove the excess paper from around the tag. I did line up the music with the left edge of the tag, you don't need to cover the shaped portion of the tag with the music paper. 

Then I painted the shaped portion with white paint.

For the embellishments, I inked the pieces brown, then backed them with white cardstock. Next, I used watercolors to color the designs.

Once everything was dry, it was time to embellish.

I added the ribbons and trim along the bottom of the tags, then adhered the embellishments, Next I used a bit of brown watercolor to distress the edges of the tag. When that dried, I added a little bling around the edges of the tags and to the areas I painted pink.

All that was left was to repunch the holes and tie them with ribbons and trim.

Here's some closeups of the details...

I like the color of chipboard, so I left the backs plain to add the "to:" and "from:". I think the tags are pretty enough to be hung on the tree after they have done their duty of identifying whose gift is whose. You could paint the back or cover it with cardstock if you like.

You can use all kinds of things for the embellishments, you could back them with foil, fill them in with glitter glue or maybe back them with different tone on tone printed papers.

Please come back soon and see what other Holiday inspiration the design team has to share with you!

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: Tag Present and Tag Holly Chipboard Embellishments and Sanding Stick

Other: Vintage Sheet Music, White Paint, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Clear Snap: ColorBox Palamino Dye-Stress Ink and Frost Smooch Glitz, Watercolors, Ribbons and Trims


Christmas Mini with Clear Scraps Chipboard Embellishments

Hello and happy Friday!  It's Jennifer to share a fun Christmas mini book I created using using some of the new Chipboard Embellishment Shapes! Every year, I love making a book just for Christmas memories whether it be a "December Daily" of sorts or just something to jot down favorite traditions!  I began with the 5x7 Acrylic Tab Album as my base; a great classic! I lightly painted off white chalk paint around the edges of each page to give it a "snowy" effect. 

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The "star" of the front of my album is the new Gnome Chipboard Embellishment Shape.  I painted the chipboard first with red and black chalk paint.  Once my paint was dry, I added embossing ink followed by red embossing powder to to give my gnome some shine.  Then using my Beacon Adhesive, I backed patterned paper behind the nose and beard. 

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For my inside cover, I wanted a space for some journaling. I  added the new Bell Bulbs Chipboard Embellishment Shapes at the top (again using paint + embossing powder).

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Here, I utilized one of the 4x6 cards from the collection I used as an extra page in my book. I spruced up the tree with coordinating enamel dots as well as added die cut presents at the bottom. 

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On the back side, I left a slot for a photo or additional journaling. 

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For my next page, I cut a 3.75 x 12 inch piece of patterned paper. I scored at 6.25 and placed the fold at the top.   I adhered the Star Tree Chipboard Embellishment Shape to the front with my Beacon Adhesive. 

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Here is a close up of what the inside of the page looks like. I added a journaling spot as well as an area for a photo. 

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I  know I'm becoming predictable in my mini albums but I love creating pocket pages!  Here, I  stitched a pocket using two pieces of patterned paper. I then added tags as well as 3x4 journaling cards. I  affixed one of the Two Presents Chipboard Embellishment Shapes.

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Here is the partner in the Two Presents Chipboard Embellishment Shapes!  I backed this present with patterned paper before adhering to my page. 

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Here is a close up of the backside of the previous page: 

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I had found some old silver star overlay paper in my stash and decided to use it as an extra page. I layered fun ephemera around the Tag Holly Chipboard Embellishment Shape as shown. 

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On the backside, I  tried to "mirror" my embellishments using the Tag Mittens Chipboard Embellishment Shapes

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And here is my last page which is reserved for a fun photo! 

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I  covered the back of my album with a great candy cane pattern and added a circle journaling spot to add the date. 

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Thank you for stopping by the blog! You can find all of the Chipboard Embellishment Shapes by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, enamel dots, die cut shapes, stickers, brads, washi tape: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill;  adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; paint: DecoArt, FolkArt; embossing ink: Ranger; embossing powder: Ranger, Recollections; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; sewing machine: Janome; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers;  tiny stapler: Tim Holtz; misc: thread, chrome book rings, ribbon


Merry Christmas

Hey guys, it’s Tmika.. with a process tutorial. If you know me, then you know I do not prefer the color purple. I don’t know why, I just don’t. However, when I saw this new paper collection at Scrapbook.com I had to pick it up. It definitely intrigued my shabby chic side and it peaked my interest on loving purple just a teeny bit more. I know my purple people will love reading that, lol!

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I making a sign for my craft room, because I love all things shabby and this will fit right in with my other shabby projects. Not much purple there… For obvious reasons… But it’s a start. I started out using the Slimline Acrylic Wave mini album as my base. I absolutely love clear anything! Clear bags,  clear totes clear… packaging all of it… So when I saw this I knew exactly what I wanted to do with all of the pieces. I will slowly create some wall art using each of the pieces. The wall art will be pretty substantial as there are five pieces to the set! 
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I gathered more items from my stash that I knew I was going to use. I grab some puffy stickers, some colored tree branches, flat back pearls, A little lace, and chip board.

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After I removed the plastic coating from the front, I started With my brick stencil. I love this 2-piece set called 5 x 9 grunge brick stencil.

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I used some white ink and dabbed over the top of the stencil to create my mixed media base. Let that dry for a little bit before moving onto the next part.
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After the ink dried on the acrylic piece, I started with my rub ons  from the paper collection. 

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Next up I grabbed a little bit of lace to add to my shabby chic layout. Just a little will do you!

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I had some leftover paper flowers that I print and cut out from a previous project. So I decided that they should go on this layout as well since the colors matched perfectly! 
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I had this gold snowflake in my stash from a few years ago. And I figured it would match perfectly. I cut it in half and laid it on the lay out with a pop dot and some hot glue. I wanted it to peek out from behind the focus point just a little bit.

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I pulled some of the papers from the 6x6 paper pad that I wanted to use and cut them into a few strips. I adhere the strips with white glue on top of some chipboard to create a sturdy foundation. I also did a little fussy cutting from some of the flowers in the paper, however I did not use them in the layout. I’ll save those for another time.

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I staggered my chip board paper strips on top of each other and secured them with hot glue and a foam dot. I added the other side of my snowflake to even out the layout.

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I grab some flowers from my stash and started to prep them. I curled out the ends with a thin paintbrush to create little green curly cues. I also fluffed out the flowers because they had probably been sitting in my flower drawer for a couple months.

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I laid coordinating flower colors down on my layout in a nice even spread.

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I added the words merry Christmas to my Layout using the gold puffy stickers. I thought it looked perfect on the right of the layout.  

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And as a final touch, I added some Gold sparkly trim to use as my hanging element. The acrylic album has three holes punched on the side. I covered one hole in the middle with the rub ons. I left the other two open so that I am able to pull the gold trim through. I tried that in the night to secure it and there we go! 
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I absolutely love how my layout turned out. It definitely touches my shabby chic side. And I may have to give purple a little bit more of a chance, lol! I hope you have enjoyed what I created! Until next time…

 

Virtual Hugs, 

Tmika


Let It Snow Acrylic Tag

Hi crafty friends! 

The Christmas season has arrived. I love making tags during the season, so join me as I make a mixed media tag today. 

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First, we will need one of the tags from the Acrylic Tag Album set. Once you have you chosen one, remove the protective backing from one side. This will be the side will be working on. Now grab your rub-ons and add those all over. Be sure to leave empty spaces throughout. 

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Now grab your ephemera pieces. I chose to use a mix of acetate images and flowers to embellish this tag. Layer those up to form a colorful base. 

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Do not hesitate to play with  height and/or hide parts of your elements. Once you have a base you are happy with, grab one of the Star Bulbs Chipboard Embellishments.

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I chose to use a distress oxide sprays to add a base layer of color. I then went in with red embossing powder and added splotches of color to add texture and interest. 

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Once that is completed, adhere your chipboard bulb to the tag. From there, layer on more elements. I chose to add heat to some of my acetate elements to add movement. This further added interest to the tag as each element was layered on.


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Now your tag is pretty much complete. To add sparkle, I used glitter paste. I also used art stones and thread to further embellish.


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I then went back in with a bling piece and a ribbon tie for the top of the tag. There you have it. 

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I think this tag is so beautiful. Layering elements is something that I have to continuously practice. There is no one way to go about it. Just find elements and a rhythm that works for you. 

 

Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. As always, happy crafting!

-- Natasha 


Christmas Tag Cards

Hello Crafty Friends!

Dana here! The Christmas season will begin soon. I always want to start making my Christmas cards early, but that doesn't always happen. How about you? Today I have some easy Christmas cards you can make in no time. They feature Clear Scraps new chipboard tags!  I chose the Holly Chipboard embellishment Click here  and the Tag Present Chipboard embellishment Click here they the cutest?  

To begin our project I cut apart both tags and chipboard embellishments from the chipboard frame. (Save your outside frame for a future project) 

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I covered the small holly embellishment with Stickles Holly Glitter and the berries I used Stickles Candy Cane glitter. The present embellishment I covered with Stickles Gold glitter on the bow. And Copper glitter on the present. Set theses aside to dry. 

Take your tag pieces, and trace onto patterned paper, cut and mark and punch your holes using a paper punch. Then using Beacon glue, I adhered my papers to both tag surfaces. Trim away the excess paper from each tag using a x-acto knife. You can smooth away any rough edges using a Distress tool or sanding tool. The papers I chose are from Crate Paper "Hello Santa" collection. 

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The cards I'm using measure 6x6. But you can adjust this to any size cards you have in your crafty stash! My base papers measure 5 3/4 x 5 & 3/4 inches, leaving less than 1/4" white border all around. Glue your base papers onto your card surfaces.  I like to chose what sentiment and embellishments I want to use for decorating my card and plan my placement before gluing down. 

Santa card: Take your holly embellishment and lining up the edges on your tag. Then glue in place. I added some red enamel dots inside the holes on the berries. I fussy cut out this cute Santa and adhered on my tag using foam dots on the back. I added my sentiment along the top ND a white enamel dot over the hole on my sentiment title. Then using foam dots, I adhered December 25th ephemera piece!

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Present Tag card: I glued my present embellishment onto my tag just as we previously did on our Holly tag. Then glued my tag in the center of my card. I adhered a holly sticker over the hole on my chipboard tag. A Dazzle sticker Merry Christmas sentiment and Christmas tree sticker. I chose a sentiment and glued at the top of my card. I added some sticker Christmas trees on each side of my chipboard tag. To finish up my card, I adhered some sticker stars in scattered areas on my card.

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I hope you enjoyed my tutorial project and you'll start to make your own Christmas cards to send to a special friend or family! 

Here's some closeups for you!

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Thanks so much for visiting the Clear Scraps blog!  Be sure to visit the Clear Scraps website and see all what's new including these Chipboard Tag Embellishments! Click here

Until next month, Happy Cardmaking!

Dana

Other Supplies Used: Beacon glue, xaco knife, Distress tool, paper trimmer, scissors, Stickles glitter in Stardust, Copper, Holly. Gold and Candy Cane, enamel dots, foam dots, Crate Paper Hello Santa collection, 6x6 card bases


Gift Wrapping Time

Hello,  it's Sandy Diller here today with a fun little idea.

It's time to shop and wrap up those gifts to place under the tree.  I like to make double duty items for the holidays.  This trio of gift tags can be attached to your packages and then placed on the tree as an ornament.  I like to add a personal note and the year on the back of mine.

I created this fun trio by starting with the Wood Holiday Collection.  I painted them and then added some fun embellishments from my stash of gems and rhinestones. 

Let the gift wrapping begin,

Sandy


Welcome Christmas Shiplap Sign

Who is ready to welcome Christmas?  I'm getting ready to pull out the Christmas decorations, as many households are.  Our traditional day to decorate is the day after Thanksgiving.  I'm hoping to replace an older wreath above my fireplace this year, and thought I'd do something different.

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Hi it's Maureen today - and I wanted to share a project I did for my mantel that is part sign/part wreath.  I'm calling it my Welcome Christmas decor!

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I've started with the Large Shiplap Circle and painted it red.  It took about 3 coats, including edges and sanding it down for a smooth finish.

I'm using the XL Welcome Sentiment Wood Shape, painted in white - both front and sides so you can look at it from any angle.

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For some fun, I'm using a battery operated light set and attaching it to the back of the Welcome sentiment.  I started by taping it into place so it's in the correct spots, then I went back over it with glue.  The battery pack is held in there with a strip of ribbon glued to the back like a pocket.

Here's what that looks like all lit up!

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For the additional sign highlights, I've chosen the Bell Bulbs Chipboard Embellishment.  These are painted in white along with the sentiment, and then highlighted with glitter glue.

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I hadn't quite decided if I was going to hang this sign yet, or put it in an easel, but just in case I did have my husband drill a hole in the top for a hanger.  He's generally better at the tools than I am, ha ha ha!

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I also added a simple bow by tying together 6 strips of ribbon together and adding a floral embellishment to the middle for some bling.  This is glued to the top of the circle with either hot glue or tacky glue.

This is going to be so fun at night hanging over my fireplace.  This project is quick and easy so you can get to the holiday festivities faster.  I hope you give it a try as you welcome Christmas in your home!

Maureen

 


Clear Scraps Chipboard Embellishments--Family Traditions LO

Hello everyone!  Laura here with you today, sharing

a little scrapbooking inspiration.  I've got a LO that

would be perfect for those Thanksgiving pictures

you are bound to have after spending the day with

family and friends.

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It's full of warm fall colors, and family togetherness.

The base is olive green cardstock, and I started

building the layers with one of the Clear Scraps

stencils that has quickly become a favorite!  It's

the 5x9 Leaf Stencil that I dabbed on using a soft

orange/yellow paint.  The stencil gives you 2 great

options to use on all sorts of projects in any season.

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After layering in some plaid patterned papers, it

was time to embellish.  I used a few stickers and

twine, and also grabbed some of the Clear Scraps

chipboard.  The Family Chipboard Word Title

is a perfect addition to sum up the LO idea.

It's painted with acrylic paint (same as the

leaves with the stencil) and then brushed

with some distress ink to make it pop a bit.

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The  Gnomes Chipboard Embellishment

was decorated by painting his beard with

gray acrylic paint, his little shoes black

(I used a brush for the detail work) and

then I cut a piece of paper in the shape of

of the nose and added paint and ink 'til

I got a look I liked.  While that dried, I

had already traced him onto some pretty

fall patterned scrapbook paper, so it was

time to fussy cut him out, then glue to the

front (hat) or back (beard) of the gnome.

I added a band and some stickers to the hat.

When I glued him to the page, I saved the

nose for last and added foam tape under to

give it some dimension.  Then a few more

stickers across the front and he was done!

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  5x9 Leaf Stencil, Family Chipboard Word Title,

Gnomes Chipboard Embellishment.

Other:  Echo Park Fall Fever Collection paper and stickers,

acrylic paint--orange, yellow, gray, black, white, pink,

Walnut Stain Distress Ink, twine, glue, foam tape.


Be A Rainbow In Someone Else’s Cloud

Hey everybody it’s Tmika here with a quick post. Have you ever heard the saying, “ Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud“? This is a quote by Maya Angelo. It rings true in so many ways for me. I have a great friend circle which I am so very proud of. Whenever I am in need of a rainbow in my cloud, there’s always someone that I could find to be just that. Whether it’s a listening ear for a venting session or a chitchat, or a shoulder to cry on whether physically or virtually… I am grateful that I have people around me that I could count on.  In this instance, I’ve captured a photo between friends. The three of us have been friends for a very long time. From left to right, myself, Audrey and Sheryl. We met on YouTube and clicked instantly, as a larger group. Now our group has gotten smaller over the years… But that just means more love to go around. And these three amigos are sticking together!

Without going into too much detail, because this is not my story to share… I was able to be part of a rainbow that was in someone else’s cloud. I was so grateful that I was able to be there to give a physical hug, share tears and a few laughs along the way. So today I wanted to share with you guys the short story – a little bit of my life – and this beautiful layout that speaks volumes in and of itself. Let’s get into the details..

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This is a 12 x 12 page layout using Basil card stock. I’ve picked up glitter paper from DCWV  and cut them into rainbow strips using my Cameo. I shortened the strip on the right side in order to present my focal piece. My cloud! This is the Cloud Mini Shaker Shape that I added a beautiful sequin mix to. I painted the outside white with acrylic paint and then went over that with glitter.  Because when you are a rainbow you have to shine, right? 

I didn’t want to overcrowd the layout, inadvertently I think I did though… Just because I’m me 🤷🏽‍♀️ I added some of the sequin to my rainbows. Oh, did I mention that I stitched the rainbows on to the layout? No? I stitched the rainbows together on the layout with my sewing machine. In case I hadn’t mentioned it…

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 I also typed out the sentiment with some gold mirror paper and laid that out on the side. I used some ephemera from my Maggie Holmes ephemera box. It’s a mix of different collections so I couldn’t pinpoint what belongs to which.  

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I drew an outline with a fine tip pen around the border of the layout. I did distress the edges to add some distinction between the two base pages. 

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Finally I added some little page flags in the upper right hand corner to fill some of the negative space. 

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I felt that I should make the photo black &white because that reads as raw.. which is the emotion 

Im trying to evoke in this layout and post. I hope I have captured that.

I hope you like what I created and I also hope that you have a friend circle that you can count on and or lean on. In addition to that, I hope you are a part of a friend circle or someone can count on and or lean on you. Until next time…

 

virtual hugs,

Tmika


Fall Large Milk Can Shiplap Shape

Hello crafters!  It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a project I created using some of Clear Scraps fun Shiplap Shapes!  If you have not had a chance to create with these, you must try them!  There are large and small sizes with a variety of shapes!  I used the Large Milk Can Shiplap Shape as the base of today's project! 

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I began by giving the front of my Shiplap shape a light coat of white acrylic paint. I didn't worry about full coverage. 

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Next, I took a tea light candle and rubbed wax over the surface of the wood.  (be sure your paint is dry before doing so) Taking orange chalk paint, I applied in sections and scraped off with a scraper (I forgot to take a photo of this step) 

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I purchased a 7 inch Embroidery Hoop at a local craft store.  Using brown acrylic paint with water and applied to the front and sides of the hoop. I wanted to give it a stained look.

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Next using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive, I applied patterned paper to the middle third of my shape.  I trimmed the excess with my x-acto knife and a healing mat. 

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I set aside my Milk Can and painted the Small Cow Head Shiplap Shape with white acrylic paint. I  then sanded the edges with sanding paper to give it a distressed look. 

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I cut a sentiment on my Silhouette using black vinyl and applied it to the front of my Cow Head

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Using a hot glue gun, I affixed my floral pieces and ribbon to the embroidery hoop.  

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Next, I affixed my Cow Head to the left side of the embroidery hoop again with my hot glue gun. 

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Thank you for stopping by today!  You can find all things new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, chipboard heart sticker: Simple Stories;  adhesive: Beacon, hot glue gun; paint: DecoArt, FolkArt; ribbon:  May Arts, Recollection;  vinyl, transfer tape: Cricut; Die Cut Machine: Silhouette; misc: floral pieces, jute, embroidery hoop, tea light candle


Fall Vintage Truck Tiered Tray Decor

There used to be a home not too far from my house that had an old, beat up truck out front.  You would often see people stopping by to take pictures with it, as it was parked out on some farmland and looked so authentic! 

Hi it's Maureen and I'm here to share a project with you that reminds me of that vintage farmhouse truck.  It's a classic look to any home decor!

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This set is part of the Tiered Tray series from Clear Scraps.  Many of the tiered tray items are great sets to decorate with.  If you're not familiar with tiered trays, it's a trendy way to decorate a 2 or 3 layer plate tray with seasonal or themed items.  You include pieces of decor like signs, candles, figurines, etc. and display it in kitchens, on counters...practically anywhere!  They also sell a DIY Tiered Tray to get you started!

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I've chosen a basic black and white gingham background and these items with the see through background are covered with patterned paper.  To get a long lasting set, you can attach this with decoupage glue and seal the top if you desire.  I've trimmed them to the shapes required prior to adhering them.

The trims of the set, both front and sides, are done in a black acrylic paint.  This may require 2 coats, depending on the the thickness of your paint.

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Some spots have sunflower "peekaboo" areas.  For areas with small spaces, I've used a golden yellow acrylic paint and traced where the area will "peek" out to make sure there is coverage.

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For the main sunflower pieces, however, I decided to add a bit more detail.  This larger sunflower and the garland are highlighted with an orange streak of paint down the middle of the flower and then a light brushstroke of white.  I love the dimensional look of this!!

My truck is turquoise paint, much like that truck near my neighbor's house.  It gives a splash of brightness to the set - I've dry-brushed some of the edges in white to make it look a bit older.

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Arranging items on a tiered tray takes some practice.  I recommend adding a tall, then short item together.  Try to mix items up together in groupings, such as 1 candle to 2 wood pieces - then move on to another spot and do 1 wood piece and 1 figurine.  The fun comes in designing it yourself!   Keep working at it until the plate space is relatively filled in.

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This set comes with a garland which is fun to add to the table, the tray or even nearby in your decor!

I hope this project inspires you to take a look at the Tiered Tray Wood Shapes available at Clear Scraps.  There are so many different options for all seasons!  I also think these items would make great plate decorations for Thanksgiving too.  Thanks for joining me today!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  paints in black, white, gold yellow, orange; decoupage glue, twine, patterned paper

 


Christmas Card Display

It's almost here!  Christmas Card Season that is. 

We love to receive and display the lovely cards we get from friends and family.  It's Sandy Diller with you today and I have a fun way to do it with this festive display board.  

I began this project using the Bulb Medium DIY Pallet Shape.
I painted the Pallet Shape a festive green and then added some gems and some metallic paper strips.  Actually, the paper strips are car detailing that
I found at the auto supply shop.  It is self adhesive as well.
 

 Next came some tiny clothespins from my stash.  I simply glued the clothespins on leaving room for all the cards to be seen.
 
 
To finish off the ornament I painted the top silver and then added some silver crimped paper.
After a hole was drilled in the top I added some ribbon to hang it.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sandy

 


Clear Scraps--Wood & Chipboard Shapes--Pumpkin Patch Home Decor

Hi there everyone!  Laura with you here today to share a

little fall/thanksgiving decor with you!

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This starts with a great basic--the Clear Scraps Wood Shapes.

The best part is, the 2 types I've used here come in THREE

packs!  You can make 3 different projects using these

together to create, or you could use them individually

as well!   These would make such awesome gifts--how

about a hostess gift if you are heading to Thanksgiving

at a friend's or family member's house?!!

I've used the Wood Deco 3 Pack,

Clear Scraps Deco Wood Shape

and the Wood Rectangle 3 Pack for this project.

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The are both traced/cut out out from pretty

patterned paper and then glued down to cover the

wood pieces.  You can paint them or stain them,

or--whatever you'd like to do.  Part of the creative fun!

Next thing, I brushed the edges with some distress ink.

I kept it super simple for this project.  Just a couple of

journal cards, stickers, and enamel dots  from a collection

kit, and then the embellishments from Clear Scraps,

the Pumpkins Chipboard Embellishments, and the

Stack Pumpkins Chipboard Embellishments.  I cut out

pieces of patterned paper to glue onto the back of the

pumpkins to give them a pop of color.  The front

of these pieces was painted with orange and green

acrylic paint.  It give a nice frame to the multi-

color papers behind them. 

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They make a great focal point for this project and so super

simple to create!  Love making home decor whether it's

for decorating my own home, or for gifting to friends and family!

 

If you check out the Clear Scraps store you'll find these

and oh so many other options to make some great gifts

for the upcoming holiday season!

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stop back soon for more inspiration!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Wood Deco 3 Pack, Wood Rectangle 3 Pack,

Pumpkin Chipboard Embellishments,

Stack Pumpkin Chipboard Embellishments.

Other:  Echo Park Fall Fever Collection,

Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, Orange and Green

Acrylic Paint, enamel dots, glue.


Give Thanks Memorydex Card

Hi crafty friends!

 

Today I am sharing a a beautiful pink autumn memorydex card. If you are not aware of what a memorydex card is, it is basically an updated version of a roladex used for memory keeping. It also serves as a way to share your art with someone else. You can add a message, photo, or journaling to the back. 

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My memorydex card features gold stitching and tons of layering. I used the Fancy Butterflies Chipboard Embellishment and the 4x6 Plaid Stencil  for this projects. Once I layered my base papers for the memorydex, I used the Plaid Stencil to add some texture using modeling paste. While that dried, I covered one of the Fancy Butterflies with nuvo drops. 

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Once everything was dried, I added a little color to the areas that were stenciled and then began layering all of elements. I treated this memorydex card just as I would have a regulars A2 or Slimline greeting card that I create. Finally I went back in and added some shimmer and small details.

 

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Now my memorydex card  is complete. I think I will send this to crafty friend to show have grateful and thankful I am for them in this season.

If you choose to recreate this project, please be sure to share in the Clear Scraps Creative FB group and tag me. 

Happy Crafting,

Natasha

 


Gather Tall Pumpkin Pallet

Hola!

Tami here on the Clear Scraps Blog with a project I'd like to show you.

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving will be here in a little more than a WEEK! Are you ready? Got your menu and shopping list done? Working on getting your home ready for company? "Company clean" always instills a certain panic in me ;)

How about fall decor? Is your home all decked out in autumn finery? If you could use just a little more fall crafting take a look at this...

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I used the Tall Pumpkin Wood Pallet Shape and Gather XL Script Wood Word to make it.

I like the color aqua and I've noticed that lots of fall decor is incorporating the color. The accent walls in my living room are painted in several shades of aqua. I used some paint that closely matches the colors in the room as the base for the pumpkin so it would coordinate. Not all pumpkins have to be orange do they?

Once the pumpkin had been painted, I added accents of orange and brown and blended them in with a bit more aqua to create a distressed look.

The Gather Wood Word was painted with a brownish orange paint and distressed with brown paint applied with a dry brush.

I adhered the word to the lower portion of the pumpkin...

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then tied a burlap ribbon bow and some fall foliage around the stem of the pumpkin...

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I haven't decided if I'll put this on display on my buffet table or hang it on my door on Thanksgiving. I actually have a wreath hanger on the inside and outside of my front door, so I'm thinking this would be perfect to decorate the inside side of my door.

Thanks for joining us here on the Clear Scraps Blog, please come back soon.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: Tall Pumpkin Wood Pallet Shape and Gather XL Script Wood Word

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Aqua, Orange and Brown Paint, Burlap Ribbon and Fall Floral Spray

 


Turkey Jar Mini Shaker

Hello everyone!  Does it seem like Thanksgiving comes faster every year?  I know it sounds cliche' but it seems to be true!  It's Maureen with you today and I decided since Thanksgiving is coming fast, I should figure out a quick project that you could do in one sitting.  It's a turkey magnet!

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Now you may remember...I made one last year too!  I'm pretty particular to turkey art, ha ha ha.  I have a collection of these on my fridge.  This one is using the Mason Jar Mini Shaker and it's an adorable idea, whether you create it with your kids or simply to give away to a dinner host for the holidays.

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I've started with a base of kraft paper cut in the shape of the jar.  Then, taking some brown Distress ink, I'm stenciling on a pattern with the Houndstooth 6" Masking Stencil.  This gives it adorable texture without going overboard on a paper pattern and it's one of my favorite stencils.

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Glue the base on to the bottom piece of the shaker, and then apply 2 of the border pieces.  Then, I've filled the shaker using the Fall Sequins mix.  This is one of my go-to color combos...I use it all the time!

Using a dryer sheet, I like to rub the inside of my acrylic piece to eliminate static before I glue it over the sequins.  Note - make sure you take off the protective liner on both sides too.

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Now, for the top border, I am using a brown permanent marker.  This is a fast way to get to color without the mess of paint, and the chipboard takes the color well.  Glue this on to the very top.

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It's time to "dress your turkey."  Ha ha ha!  I'm using a die cut for a Thanksgiving hat from my stash and adding it to the top of my shaker.  You could cut this in either paper, like me, or in felt!  The front face pieces are also die cuts.  I've used a heart for the beak and, you guessed it, a candy cane for the wattle!  Really!!

My eyes are another die cut which is simply a zig zag pattern cut up to look like eyelashes.  And don't forget a cute little bow!

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Now, if you wanted to use this as a magnet, here is a picture of how I would assemble the back.  Glue the feathers down first, trimming off any bulky tips.  Then, take a sheet of magnet paper from any craft store and glue it over the feathers.  Given the weight, make sure you have enough magnet to hold it up!

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And you are finished...whether you have kids who would like to make these, or even if you're a kid at heart - this project is for everyone!  I hope you will give this a try.  Come see us on the Clear Scraps Pinterest board for more ideas like this for the holidays!  

Maureen

Additional supplies:  kraft paper, Vintage Brown Distress Ink, brown Sharpie, tacky glue, assorted feathers, plaid card stock (beak and buckle), red card stock (wattle), black card stock (eyes) brown card stock (hat) die cuts in a heart, candy cane, zig zag and hat shape, red bow sticker