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April 2009

Spring has sprung

 In my part of the country spring has hit full force and everything is starting to bloom. Bulbs are in full force. Which also means lots of rain for those of us here in the Pacific Northwest. I made this little gift for a dear friend of mine who just had foot surgery and came home in a cast and crutches, not what she anticipated. The good thing is these flowers won't wilt and fade away like so many of the other flowers she has received.

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I used the Mini Flower Album for this. I took the flowers off of the ring and ran them through an embossing folder on my Cuddlebug to get the raised circle shapes. Then I coated the flowers with a thin layer of Modge Podge and and covered the shape with tissue paper. Once the Modge Podge dried I sanded the tissue paper off around the edges and slightly on top to give a distressed look. Top it all of with another layer of Modge Podge and there you go. I love the way they turned out.

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I'm sure you will be seeing much more tissue paper use in my future! 

Enjoy spring!

Tonya Dirk

Clear Scraps Design Team Member 

A Little Vintage

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I've recently created this project for a workshop and thought that I would share it here too. Have you thought about going a little vintage with your acrylic minis?

What you need are simply a few bottles of alcohol ink, some vintage rub-ons and embellishment. Ink your acrylic pieces with some yellow and brown shades of alcohol ink and you're on your way to getting that old vintage look.

Here are some of the pages in the mini album to give you some ideas as to how to embellish your acrylic pieces.

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You don't have to create a whole mini album. You could even create a single vintage acrylic piece to embellish your layout, altered project or even another bigger mini album. Try it!

Clear Scraps DT Member

Scrapperlicious Blog

Quickie Project...

Here is a quickie project that can be done in less then 5 min. 

Items needed:
Clear Scraps 4x4 coasters
Cuttlebug and Cuttlebug embossing folder
Scrap paper
Bind it all
Binding wire
Liquid Pearls

  • Take off the protective coating on your Acrylic coaster and place the acrylic in the embossing folder and run it through your Cuttlebug machine.
  • Once embossed take your sander and sand the raised side of your embossed acrylic.  The more you sand the more of a "frosted" look you will have on your acrylic.
  • Place your acrylic in your bind it all and punch the holes in it for binding
  • Cut a piece of chipboard down to 4x4 and round your corners (you can add paper to your chipboard if you like) and place in your bind it all and punch the holes in it for binding
  • Add your binding wire to you acrylic and chipboard and place in the bind it all and bind the two pieces together.
  • Place your stack of post it notes in the center of your chipboard piece
  • Cut some images from your scrap paper and add to the top of your acrylic
  • Using the liquid pearls smear and dot it on in random spots.
Now you have a cute little post it notebook for your purse.

Here are some photos of my finished project.

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I hope you like this little quick project and will make your own.  If you do please link us up.  These also make great little gifts and teachers LOVE them.

Elisa Kammerdiener
Clear Scraps Designer

We are off to a GREAT event!

Scrap St. Louis
April 23-25, 2009
Hosted by
For Keeps Sake Scrapbook Super Store
Our event features two full days of
inspiration, ideas, great food
and a lineup of workshops
taught by some of the most
talented people in the industry. 
Enjoy 7 innovative classes with our amazing instructors:
∑ Linda Cain (Ten Seconds Studio & Vintaj Natural Brass)
∑ Clear Scraps (Jackie Weisenburger & Janet Blair)
∑ Teresa Collins
∑ Cheryl Mezzetti (Creative Imaginations)
∑ Joey Otlo (Bazzill Paper)
∑ Margie Romney-Aslett (Making Memories)
∑ Wendy Vecchi (Ranger, Stampers Anonymous & Maya Road)

The event includes:  All 7 workshops;
                               Make-and-takes by some or your favorite companies;
                               6 full meals;
                               Instructor trunk show

This year’s keynote speaker is
St. Louis’ own
Mary Engelbreit.
For Keeps Sake also
Welcomes Stacy Julian from
Big Picture Scrapbooking who will
Speak at our Farewell dinner.
Spaces are still available for Scrap St. Louis
To sign up call:  314-487-8131

Embossing on Clear-n-Chip Album

Happy Monday Morning!

This new Clear-n-Chip album was so much FUN to play with and even as a Design Team member, I didn't realize you could do soooo much with this product line!  I was playing with the Brand New "Abbie's Love" Clear-n-Chip Album at this last CHA and ran the acrylic AND chipboard pages through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  This was very easy to do and the effects on both the acrylic AND chipboard were beautiful!  Here's the finished album...

Just the 5 of us:


After I ran the chipboard and acrylic through the Cuttlebug, I enhanced the embossed pages by adding some paint and ink.  For the chipboard pieces I used the Ranger Paint Dauber in Pearl and for the acrylic pieces, I used Stayz On ink in Fushia. 


All the papers, rub-ons and ribbon were supplied by  Scrap Within Reach , who were so generous to provide me with some of their Brand New "Afternoon Tea" line to use on this album!


Here you can see one of the accent pieces from the Abbie's Love Clear-n-Chip ablum that I also ran through the Cuttlebug and then used some of the Stayz On ink on.  You simply take the ink pad and lightly run over the top of the embossed pieces to give it a light layer of ink.  Set aside for about 5-10 minutes to let dry.


Here you can see a closer look at one of the chipboard pages that was embossed.  I've taken the Ranger Paint Dauber and lightly rubbed it on the surfase of the embossed chipboard to give it a beautiful pearl sheen.


Here's a look at the entire finished album.  I do want to mention that these new Clear-n-Chip albums come with sooo many pages and accent pieces that I had enough left over to make an another entire  album or use the pieces on other projects!

After looking into the Cuttlebug and all the FUN things you can do with it on Clear Scraps acrylic AND chipboard, I found a new Challenge blog you might want to check out.  It's Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and it has some GREAT ideas and fun tips!  Make sure you also check out all 5 styles of Clear-n-Chip albums!  My Kit Club, A Kiss on the Chic featured the Caroline's Cafe Album in the March kit and it was a SELL-OUT!! 

Have a GREAT day,

Laura McCollough

A fun and simple embossing technique...

So for my technique today I call it embossing without the heat...

Items you will need:
Clear Scraps shaped embellishments
Ranger Alcohol inks
Ranger dimensional pearls or liquid pearls

Once you have all your supplies you want to take the coating off of ONE side of your Clear Scraps shape embellishment.

Take your alcohol ink and apply it to your felted tool and start dabbing your acrylic and let dry


Once it's dry apply again and let dry and apply again. You are looking for the crackle glass look


Once you have that effect let it dry till it's no longer tacky...

Then flip your piece of acrylic over and take off the protective coating. ( I had you leave it on so you didn't get any ink on the other side.) Open up your dimensional pearls OR your liquid pearls which ever you have will work and put a nice amount onto a scrap piece of paper.


Once you have the amount you want using your finger or paint brush and spread it out a bit.


Once you have done that take your stamp and press it lightly into the dimensional pearls several times at different angles picking up as much as you can without being gobbed on.

Then gently lay it down on top of your acrylic and press down firmly several times. (be sure to not let your stamp move.)


When you lift up your stamp the piece of acrylic will be stuck to your stamp. Do not pull it off just yet. Lay your stamp down on your table with the acrylic still attached to your stamp and press down on your acrylic a couple of times. Making sure you get as much as the dimensional pearls onto your acrylic.


Then holding down onto the stamp gently lift your piece of acrylic straight up off of your stamp.

Your piece of acrylic will now look like this


put it aside and let it dry for about 10-15 min and get your card or layout ready for your "embossed acrylic"


Once dry your stamped image will look as if it was embossed on your piece of acrylic


Here is the card I made with my "embossed" Clear Scraps Acrylic

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I hope you will try this technique to emboss your Clear Scraps acrylic. I would love to know what you thought of it and see your examples of your projects. It's really simple and gets you using some of those fun supplies you have.

Clear Scraps Designer
Elisa Kammerdiener

Spring Contest!

Springtime tag

Hey everyone!  It's SPRING!  For some of you in warmer climates this may not be big news....but for me...the snow is melting and the puddles are perfect for splashing in, flower nurseries are busting at the seams waiting for all the Green Thumbs to come dig through them, and Yay....I get to put away the snowflake paper and dig out my baby chick-themed scrapbooking stuff :)

So, in honor of SPRING....let's have a little contest :)

Come visit us at the Clear Scraps Blog sometime in the next 2 weeks (April 1 - April 15) and show us a Spring-themed acrylic project of your own.  All participants will be entered in a draw for an acrylic prize pack from Clear Scraps.  Please put a link to your project in your blog comment and don't forget to leave your info so we can contact you if you win.

Good luck!  Can't wait to see your projects!!