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Patriotic Shaker Wand

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Main

Hi again!  It's Annie, and today I'm getting you ready for those Memorial Day parades and picnics with this fun patriotic shaker wand.  I have two young kids who love parades, so this is a great little project to get them excited about those summer events.  Since it's a fairly simple project, it's also a great way to get them involved in crafts too.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Painting

Start by painting one chip form from the Mini Shaker Star with navy blue acrylic paint.  Then paint a ¼" wooden dowel with red acrylic paint.  Allow both to dry fully.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Paper

Using the chip back in the mini shaker kit, trace the star shape onto some patriotic patterned paper and then trim the shape out with scissors.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams - Shaker

Adhere the patterned paper to the chip back with liquid adhesive and then adhere two of the chip forms on top with more glue.  Pour red, white, and blue sequins into the star shaker.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Assembled Shaker

Peel off the protective film from the acrylic divider and carefully adhere it on top using strong adhesive (I chose red liner tape) to enclose the sequins in the shaker.  Then, adhere the painted chip form on top.  Carefully paint the back and edges of the assembled star shaker with navy blue paint to give it a nice finish.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Adhere Rod

Adhere the wooden rod to the back of the star shaker with a little hot glue.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Assembled

Add streamers of red, white, and blue satin ribbon to the rod and then tie a big bow out of patriotic ribbon directly beneath the shaker element to embellish.

Patriotic Shaker Wand by Annie Williams for CS - Kids

These wands are quick are easy to make, so you can mass produce them for a picnic or let the kids make their own.  With tons of mini shaker shapes to choose from, this is a project that works for almost every holiday too!  Which holiday and shaker shape would you choose?

~ Annie

Additional products used: ¼" wooden dowel, red and navy blue acrylic paint, patterned paper, red, white and blue satin ribbon, gingham ribbon, red liner tape, liquid adhesive, hot glue gun

Acrylic Box by Clear Scraps

Hello Everyone!  Design team member Kim Cornwell here to share my design team project.  I have altered this lovely Acrylic Box.  I love boxes and this one was perfect for my desk to hold just about anything.


Assembling this box was so simple to do.  I used glossy accents and hot glue to keep the box together.  I covered it with pattern paper which is double sided so it even looks nice on the inside.  I inked the edges of all the paper with distress ink.  Once assembled I wrapped some black lace around the whole box.  I then added some flat back pearls to embellish the lace.


I then decorated the top of the box.  I added a paper doily, some flowers and a pearl spray that I cut up.  For finishing touchs I added a string of pearls around the bottom of the box and some wooded feet.


This box is a perfect addition to my desk.  

Thanks for stopping!

Kim Cornwell

Spring Cards by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today using several Clear Scraps Clearly Frame Embellishments.  I am dreaming and wishing for Spring so I decided to create two bright floral cards with the acrylic embellishments..


I used the Small Rectangle Deco Frame and the Small Oval Scallop Frame as the focal elements of my cards.  Removing the film from both sides of the frames, I painted both sides with pink paint.  This ensured that I could use either side on my cards.


Putting the frames aside to dry, I stamped several flowers and leaves,  colored them with Memento Markers, then fussy cut them.


I adhered yellow panels behind the frames then placed the frames on wood grain panels before adhering them to the cards.


The flowers and leaves were adhered  around the frames.  Several butterflies, punched  from Rinea foiled papers, were added to each card.  A small sentiment was stamped and punched out to finish off the cards.

Thanks for stopping by.


Other supplies: Plaid Paint, Memento Ink and Markers, GinaK Stamps, Rinea Foiled Paper, Punch




Create Your Own Personal Phone Stand


I just love the Clear Scraps phone stands!  I love that I can personalize them to fit the phone owner's style! I created this one for myself!  Because sometimes your have to spoil yourself too!   

I started my creation process with Clear  Scraps Regular Phone Stand.  The phone stand is acrylic, so you can create on the underside and all the awesome shows through! 


The transparency of the acrylic also allows you to select the "perfect" part of your papers to frame.  After I selected the perfect area of my papers, I traced and cut the phone stand out.   I cut the sentiment out and inked all the edges. 


Adhere the sentiment and some inked paper flowers onto the "paper" phone stand.


Using a glue that dries clear, adhere to phone stand.  


   Here is another close up of the finished project.


I hope you are inspired to get creative!  these would make perfect gifts for teachers, or even your recent graduate! 

Phone Stand by Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the Vintage Wood Phone Stand by Clear Scraps.   There are so many ways you can add color to these phone stands, I chose to use acrylic paint.  I have seen them with pattern paper and with nothing, natural wood.  I loved all the looks!!!

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Start by sanding the wood lightly and then add a coat of color.  I used acrylic paint.  The center cluster is put on freehand but stencils or decoupage are other options for added design. 
The checker border under the flower cluster is a border stencil by Clear Scraps.  They have some really cute ones~check them out!  The last thing I did was speckled it with black acrylic paint.  

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Super cute!!! Clear Scraps have several different styles and designs.  They even have them in acrylic.  Check out all the inspiration on the Clear Scraps Pinterest Page.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Mom acrylic layout

Hey, Clear Scraps friends! Leah here with you today sharing my take on the Mom 12x12 Acrylic Layout.


With the acrylic layout all cut out for you, it is so much fun to decorate. I started by removing the protective film from the backside of the acrylic. I adhered only the word MOM to pattern paper, then cut away the letters using my craft knife. I then used alcohol ink and daubed the color all around the rest of the acrylic. Once that dried, I removed the protective film from the front of the acrylic, and accented all over the acrylic with a Viva Decor paint pen and let it dry.


I adhered the acrylic layout to a white cardstock background, but beforing adhering it all the way down, I placed my photos behind the frames of the acrylic. When doing this, I found it easier to use a wet glue, so I had time to adjust and move my photos around as needed.

I embellished with flowers and a Butterfly Mirror Embellishment.


I think this is one of those layouts that would look amazing hanging up as a home decor item.
To all the moms, grandmoms, aunts, fur moms, and dads that are also mama's, I hope your Mothers Day is filled with love and happy memories.

Leah Crowe

Products Used:
Clear Scraps Mom 12x12 Acrylic Layout; Butterflies Mirror Embellishments
Pattern Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy (Lucky Charm)
The Paper Studio Flowers
Ranger: Alcohol Ink; Distress Oxide
Viva Decor Paint Pen
Beacons 3-in-1 Glue

Truckloads of Butterflies Card

Hi everyone!  It's Annie, and I'm back today with a bright and cheery springtime card made with some stencils and a really cute chipboard truck.  I live out in the country and see old farm trucks like this almost every day...they're usually carrying hay or boxes of veggies, but wouldn't it be nice if they were spreading butterflies once in a while?

Butterfly Truck Card by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Main

I created the background by blending a few different color inks onto white cardstock.  When the inks had dried, I positioned the Butterfly Flock stencil at the top left of the cardstock and spread embossing paste that I had colored with yellow, orange, and red inks over top.  Then, I carefully added a little sparkle to the butterflies with a glitter pen when they had set.

Butterfly Truck Card by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Detail

The Old Truck chipboard embellishment was colored with Distress Oxide inks using a small sponge dauber to get into all of the nooks and crannies and making sure to add a few faint dirt and rust spots for fun.  To add some of the bumpers, fenders, and other details, I placed the Old Truck stencil over the different parts and applied a slightly darker ink (the stencil image is slightly larger than the chipboard piece, but can be moved around to add the details).

Butterfly Truck Card by Annie Williams for Clear Scraps - Flat

I mounted the truck to the card front with foam tape and then stamped a small sentiment onto a die cut cloud before adding the whole thing to a 5" x 7" card base.

I hope you enjoyed this bright and cheery card project and thanks so much for stopping by today.  Which of the chipboard embellishments would you use on a springtime card?

~ Annie

Additional products used: white cardstock, various inks, embossing paste, glitter pen, foam tape, sentiment stamp

Amazing Grace

Hello and happy Friday! It's Jennifer to share a home decor project I  created with some of the new Clear Scraps products!  I  love working with the Medium Pallet Shapes and new Stencils!


Starting with the Plaque Medium DIY Pallet Shape, I  applied brown acrylic paint to the surface.  Adding a bit of water to your paint will result in a faux stain finish as the birch wood accepts the paint nicely! 


Here is the end result of the paint/water technique!  I   love the look of it as well as how the grain of the wood is highlighted! 


I  wanted to add a little bit of accent to my pallet with the 4x6 Butterfly Flock Stencil.  I  lined it up underneath the Farmhouse Stencil to ensure I  would not overlap my images. Using some washi tape from my stash helped to block off the area I  wanted to use.


With a small spatula, I  applied a light coat of modeling paste to both sides of my pallet.  You can allow to air dry or using a heat gun will hurry things along.  


Once my paste was dry, I  applied yellow Distress Oxide ink to the surface. I  allowed some of the white of the modeling paste to show through as well.  


Here is the end result of the modeling paste and stencil.  It isn't perfect but I  think when using mixed media it doesn't have to be! 


Lastly, I   secured my Amazing Grace Farmhouse Stencil to the front the pallet with washi tape. Using a foam paint brush I  carefully applied black acrylic paint using a "dabbing" motion.  I  wanted to be sure I  did not have bleeding underneath my stencil.  I  admit I  wasn't thrilled with how my painting turned out but sometimes its trial and error. 


I  also added hand punched butterflies to accent my pallet using both patterned paper and vellum.  I  then used my hole punch at the top left and right panels of the pallet so I  could add a fun buffalo plaid ribbon to hang my creation!  


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  Hope this inspires you to work with some of the new Pallet Shapes and stencils! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, sticker: Simple Stories; paint: DecoArt; ink: Ranger; modeling paste: Teresa Collins Designs; pearl accents: Jolee; punches: Martha Stewart; misc: buttons, ribbon.






Mason Jar Pallet Decor with Clear Scraps~

Hi, Connie here with a pallet project, using the Mason Jar Pallet, by Clear Scraps.  I really love this one!!  The decorated Mason Jar Pallet looks great as front door decor.  Clear Scraps has many different shapes that make great DIY home decor projects.  Check it out~Wood Pallet Shapes.

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1. Sand the wood pallet lightly and then add a coat of color to the pallet.  Let dry and sand again lightly.  This will give the pallet a distressed look.
2. Apply the Our Home stencil to the front of  the Mason Jar Pallet, using a soft sponge and acrylic white paint.

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3.  Add bluebonnets or a flower cluster to the Mason Jar Pallet.  This can be achieved using a stencil or freehand. 

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4.  Add color to the mini Texas Pallet embellishment and then add the flower cluster.

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5. Tie the mini Texas Pallet embellishment around the neck of the Mason Jar Pallet, with jute or ribbon.
6. Speckle the completed project with black acrylic paint.  I always do this with an old toothbrush.  Water the paint down and you will get really good splats!!!

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Products used:
Clear Scraps: Mason Jar DIY Pallet Shape
Clear Scraps: Mini Texas Pallet Embellishment Shape
Clear Scraps: Our Home Stencil

acrylic paint
old toothbrush

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Mixable Sassy Album

Happy May Day Clear Scraps family! Today I'm sharing the versatile Mixable Sassy 8x8 Album.

This album is mixed with three acrylic pages and two chipboard pages. I started by printing off pattern paper I found in Silhouette Studio. The mermaid paper was perfect for my granddaughters birthday theme party she had recently.


On each acrylic page I adhered the pattern paper using Ranger matte medium to the backside of the acrylic.

SassyAlbum2_LeahCroweBy adhering the paper underneath the acrylic it leaves the topside shiny.
I used enamel paint on the acrylic pages by creating dot accents. It dries quick and is an easy embellishment that adds a nice touch.

I printed some photos off in 4x6 and 2x3" to add to the album.


I just have to give you a close up of Grandma's little mermaid. Isn't she sweet?

Too bad she didn't leave the headband on very long. lol
Celebrating her first birthday was a blast, and adding the moments into Clear Scraps Sassy 8x8 album made it so easy.

Cake was om nom nom delicious. :)

The last two pages I left room for her mommy to add more photos of her choice.

SassyAlbum6_LeahCroweI bound the album together using Book Rings, which you could then add ribbon or anything to brighten it up more.

Leah Crowe

Products Used:
Clear Scraps: Mixable 8x8 Sassy Album; Book Rings
Cardstock: Recollections; Pattern Paper: Silhouette Studio
Maggies Holmes Ephimera, Puffy Stickers, American Craft Stickers,
Prima & The Paper Studio Flowers
Shimelle Wood Buttons
Wendy Vecchi Enamel
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Silhouette Studio File: 265234