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Clear Scraps 6" Stencil -- Tropical Exploring LO

Hello all!   Laura here with you today!  And since I'm

dreaming of the beach, I thought I'd share a LO with a

fun beach and tropical exploration vibe!

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This bright fun LO was created using one of the fun NEW

stencils from Clear Scraps!!  They have a lot of new in the

store, did you know you can find it all under the special

"What's New" section!  One place to find all the new goodies,

I love that!  You can find that section of the store HERE.

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So using the 6" Turtle Stencil, I angled it along the top

and bottom of the left side of the page.  I used some

washi tape to hold the stencil in place to make it a little

easier to apply the ink.  I used a sponge applicator and

blended a darker color along the edges, then went in

with a lighter color to fill in the center.  I did overlap the 

color just a bit to give it a more blended look. You can see,

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the difference in shades on the finished turtles.  You

can actually use a spray ink, or paint too.  Before you

go right to application on your cardstock page, it's

always a good idea to try your blending/application

ideas on a piece of scrap paper first to make sure you

like the look before you put it on your cardstock page. 

This also gives you a chance to play with different color

combos, and mediums to see what you like best for the

project your working on.  It's always fun to get creative

and play with stencils!  To be able to get creative to make

backgrounds to match your project by color and subject.

If you've been afraid to give stencils a try, go for it!  You'll

have a great time making custom backgrounds for LO's,

home decor, and more!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  6" Turtle Stencil

Other:  white cardstock, Vicki Boutin Let's Wander,

Faded Jeans & Salty Ocean Distress Ink, sponge

applicator, enamel dots, twine.

Flip Flop XL Wood Shape

Hi friends...hope this finds everyone doing well!  During the summer, I  always look forward to being able to wear flip flops! Today, I'm sharing the  Flip Flop XL Wood Shape which I  used to create a cute, summery door hanging.  And I'm going to show you the techniques I  used to create my project! 


The Flip Flops measure 16.75 x 20 inches so I  decided to use spray paint to color my pieces.  I  used a light blue chalk paint for the base and black for the "thongs".  I    found it was best to do two light coats allowing each to dry in between 


I  used sand paper to smooth any edges of paint that may have accumulated.  I  also gave the edges a distressed look by sanding off some of the paint. 


Using black vinyl, I  cut a cute saying on my Silhouette and applied transfer tape to each word so I   could space my sentiment out to fit the shape. I  used a rub on tool to ensure my vinyl adhered to the wood. 


  Usually I  would use a solvent based adhesive such as Beacon when adhering wood pieces together. However since the thong cut out is rather large, I  used my hot glue gun to adhere it to the base. 


Here is a close up of my sentiment!  I  love how it turned out! 

Again using my Silhouette, I  cut 3D flowers from patterned paper and adhered around my sentiment. 


Thank you for reading today! You can see all the Wood Shapes by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used: patterned paper, brads: Simple Stories; paint: Rustoleum; vinyl, transfer tape: Cricut; adhesive: 3M; ribbon: May Arts; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; rub on tool: Basic Grey; die cut machine: Silhouette; misc: hot glue gun, cut files, sanding paper. 



An Apple for the Teacher Shaker Box

This year we all learned that teachers are very adaptable.  Teaching from home for month's with very little notice.  I created this shaker magnet for my daughter's classroom!  Whether it is at her school or in her kitchen! 
This shaker was made using the brand new Apple Shaker from Clear Scraps.   
Start by tracing the apple to give you a stamping background for the inside of your shaker box. 

 Paint your shaker as desired and let dry.

 Stamp sentiment.  I chose Dare 2B Artzy Heart of a Teacher stamp set.

Assemble your shaker and fill as desired.  


Add magnet to the back to finish.  I hope you are inspired to get creative with your shaker boxes and check out all the new items at Clear Scraps. 


NeW! Gnome Shaker goes ELF!


Have you seen all the NeW! Shakers Clear Scraps has released? If not, ya gotta take a look! You can see them here, along with a bunch of other new products that have been recently released... WHAT'S NEW

I love the new Gnome Mini Shaker...

He is just adorable! Uber cute as a gnome, but I can also see him as a wizard or santa or an ELF! And since it is July, I thought a Christmas in July project would be fun. If you are  finding yourself with extra time on your hands at the moment, why not get a little holiday crafting done?

I decided to "deconstruct" my shaker since I wanted to embellish a wine bottle and only had 1 shaker on hand. But you could also do this project with 3 shakers and fill them with sequins, tiny bells, pom poms, glitter, etc. I started with a clear bottle from a craft store and inked it green with a glass paint dauber, but you could start with a green bottle.


To make the elves, I painted the hat outline of the chipboard pieces red and the beard portion white. Then I backed them with printed papers. I accordion folded strips of printed papers for the arms and legs and added mittens and shoes with black cardstock. I used eyelash fringe yarn for the hair and inked a white pom pom pink for the nose. A swirl of trim and a rhinestone at the tip of the hat added the finishing touch...

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To assemble the project, I adhered all the elves at angles down the front of the bottle. I used a piece of white covered wire, with several finger sized bends in it to hold the sticker (back the sticker with paper). The wire was inserted in the top of the cork and I tied a twine bow at the base of the sticker. I also added a ribbon bow to the neck of the bottle.

I created a tag with the leftover plastic insert and chipboard backing from the shaker...


I painted the hat red and the beard white on the plastic piece. I painted the chipboard backing piece white. I traced the bottom part of the chipboard piece on a piece of printed paper and cut that out for his clothes. Then did the same thing for the shoes on black cardstock. The clothes and shoes were glued onto the chipboard piece, then I flipped the plastic piece painted side DOWN and adhered it as well. This gives your tag a shiny look! Eyelash fringe was used for the hair and a white pom pom inked pink was used for the nose. A green rhinestone was added to the tip of the hat. I adhered a piece of printed paper to the tag, then used 3D Dots to adhere the elf. A twine bow through the hole finishes off the tag.

Clear Scraps shakers are fun to fill and use on projects, but using all the pieces separately made for fun projects as well! 


Clear Scraps: Gnome Mini Shaker

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Mixed Media Glue, The Crafter's Workshop: Spun Sugar and Candy Apple Red Acrylic Paint, Score-Pal Scoring Board, Wine Bottle and Cork, Printed Papers, Black Cardstock, White Covered Wire, Christmas Twine, Red Ribbon, Rhinestones, White Eyelash Fringe Yarn, White Mini Pom Poms, White Tag, Scissors and Trimmer

Hello Bird House Cards by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a set of cards using the Bird House Chipboard Embellishments.


I started by inking the bird houses with assorted colors of  inks.  Each was then embossed with clear embossing powder.


I placed the 4x6 Hello Spring Stencil on yellow cardstock and taped it in place.  Then I inked the flowers with assorted colors of ink.


I removed the stencil and cleaned it.  Then I re-taped it to another piece of yellow cardstock and inked over hello.


I created a card from orange cardstock, then adhered the stenciled floral panel to the card.


The blue bird house was adhered to the left side of the card.  Hello was die cut, added to a larger die and placed on the card with foam adhesives for dimension.  Liquid pearls were added to the flower centers.


For my 2nd card, I die cut Emerald Starstruck Foiled Paper with a Memory Box die.  Cutting script paper, I glued the die cut panel to the background, then adhered the panel to a card.

The purple bird house was added to the card so it appears to be hanging from the card.  Hello, another Memory Box die, was die cut from Marigold/Glossy Foiled Paper and matted with Ebony/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper then adhered to the card.

Thanks for stopping by.


Other Supplies:  Rinea Foiled Paper, Memory Box dies, Imagine Crafts Ink, Ranger Liquid Pearls

Clear Scraps Chipboard Embellishments -- It's a Boy Card

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

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Baby cards are always good to make ahead to have a few on

hand.  This sweet simple card is easy to make!!  It started with

a simple blue card base and mat.  Next up, it was stencil time!

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Yep the plaid background was created using an awesome

stencil from Clear Scraps!  This one is the 4x6 Plaid Stencil

This stencil is truly one of my faves!  It's an easy way to

create the exact color of "patterned paper" you want as

a layering piece for a card.  The 4x6 size is perfect for this!

Clear Scraps has a lot of fun 4x6 stencils in their store too,

you can find their entire collection of stencils HERE.   To

make this I used distress ink and a sponge applicator. 

When I applied the ink, I applied more at the bottom, less

at the top to give a slight ombre look.  You could use paint,

or spray stain or ink, lots of different options with a stencil!

The little onesie in the center is a simple focal point.

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This is the Onesie Chipboard Embellishment from

Clear Scraps.   Since it's chipboard you could use ink,

paint, spray stain.  I used acrylic paint, and then I

brushed around the edges with a darker blue distress

ink to give it a little bit of depth with a shading effect.

This is another item in the Clear Scraps store that, if

you haven't, you should go and check out all the options.

You can used these on cards, mini albums, scrapbook

pages, home decor projects, banners.  It's really only

limited by your own imagination!  You can find all the

different options right HERE in the store!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Stop back soon

for more inspiration!!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  4x6 Plaid Stencil, Onesie Chipboard Embellishment

Other:  cardstock (blue, periwinkle, white), Faded Jeans Distress Ink,

sponge applicator, foam tape, adhesive, acrylic paint, ribbon.

Wine Glasses Chipboard Embellishment Shape Card

Hello! It's Jennifer back on the blog to share a fun, easy card I  created with the Wine Glasses Chipboard Embellishment Shapes! And I'm going to show you the technique I  used to make my project!  


Slim cards are the hot trend right now so I  wanted to create one using a 12x12 Acrylic Sheet.  I  cut a piece of cardstock 1/2 x 8.5 inches scoring to create a flap for my acrylic. I  cut the acrylic sheet to 3.25 x 8.5 inches. I  then selected alcohol ink in purple and applied with an applicator to the front of the acrylic sheet. I  then dropped gold and silver mixatives onto the surface and allowed to dry.


Next, I  clipped the Wine Glasses Chipboard Embellishment Shapes from the frame and colored each with Metallic Gold Gilding Polish. The chipboard accepts the paste quite well and the more you burnish, the shinier your end result. 


I  then used adhesive to apply dry glitter to the "wine" portion of the chipboard. After allowing to dry, I  added some rainbow colored beads to the glitter to simulate bubbles. 


Using StazOn Ink in black, I  stamped a sentiment at the bottom of my card (note: this is the opposite side of where I  applied the alcohol ink). 


I  layered my Wine Glasses over the top of each other at an angle.  I   adhered the bottom glass using  Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive followed by pop dots for the top.  You can also see that I  adhered a small piece of vellum behind the opening of the top Wine Glass. 


Here is a close up of the alcohol ink effect that I  used.  




Thank you for stopping by the blog! To see all of the Chipboard Shape Embellishments click HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper; cardstock: Bazzill;  Crate Paper; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; stamp: My Favorite Things; border punch: EK Success; ink: Tsuineko; alcohol ink, glitter: Ranger; metallic polish: Creative Expressions; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb, My Favorite Things; beads: Taylored Expressions; misc: gold bow clip. 



12 Inch Flamingos Mascil Canvas Bag

Hello and happy Friday! It's Jennifer here to share a project I  created with one of the new Mascils!  If you are lucky enough to visit the beach or the pool this summer how fun would it be to have your own personalized DIY bag?  I  used the 12 Inch Flamingos Mascil to stencil on a canvas bag and I'm going to show you my technique! 


I  hand washed my bag in cold water and let air dry. I  then ironed out any wrinkles so my canvas would lie flat.  Using painter's tape, I  affixed my Mascil to the front of the canvas. 


Using a foam brush and fabric paint, I  lightly applied both black and pink to the appropriate areas of the flamingos. As a rule, its best to paint dark to light so I  painted the legs/bill first.  I  allowed ample drying time between colors.  


Using my  Silhouette machine, I   cut a template for the wings of each flamingo. With a journaling pen, I  traced around the shape on the backside of some cute pink gingham fabric I  found.  I  cut each piece out with scissors and affixed using my hot glue gun. 



From my stash, I  also affixed small black buttons for the eyes again using my hot glue gun. I  love how it gives my bag a little dimension! 


Thank you for stopping by the blog! You can see all things new by clicking HERE! Have a great day! 

Additional products used:  paint: Tulip; journaling pen: American Crafts; die cut machine: Silhouette; misc: canvas bag, foam brush, button, fabric, hot glue gun. 

2020 Wood Album by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today using the Blank 6x8  Wood Album.   

As this album is blank, you can determine how you want to use it. 
I decided to  create a journal for 2020. 
With all that has been going on this year, this album will aid in documenting all that has happened.


Use assorted colors of spray inks to add color to the covers.  Use a paper towel, if necessary, to blend and blot the colors where they meet.  You can be light handed, as I was, or heavy handed, depending on the look you are seeking.  With a light effect, I love the wood grain that shows through the spray inks.  Be sure to spritz both sides of the album covers so you can choose which sides you want for the exterior of the album.


Place the 6" Shattered Glass Stencil on the corner of the front panel.  Use modeling paste to create texture and dimension over a portion of the stencil.


Remove the stencil and clean it immediately.  Place the album aside and let it dry.


Ink the 2020 Chipboard Word Title with 2 coordinating colors of ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  This adds a little bit of shine to the chipboard word title.


Glue 2020 to the front cover.


Cut papers to fit the album then add rings to finish the album.  I left the papers plain.  I plan on decorating each page as I complete the album.

Thanks for stopping by.


Other supplies: Imagine Crafts Inks and Fireworks Shimmery Craft Sprays; modeling paste

Christmas in July - JOY Greeting Card

Chris here sending you Christmas Greetings!   That's right! it is never too early to start creating Christmas Cards!  Well maybe December 26th is a little early, but then again why not start when you are in the spirit!   This card feature the BRAND NEW JOY Shaker from Clear Scraps.   Be sure to hop on over to their store to check out all the new goodies! 
To create my card background, I applied distress inks over the Clear Scraps 6" Quarterfoil Stencil.   (Hints you can use painter's tape to hold your stencil in place while inking!

 Just look at that gorgeous background!



 Mat background on to gold glitter paper and add to card base. Punch circle to fit inside of shaker and stamp your greeting.



 To decorate my shaker, I covered the shaker with embossing ink and then added embossing powders.

 Add stamped greeting and assemble shaker.

 Add your finished shaker to your background to finish card!



Flip Flops Mini Shaker Album

Hello friends! Hope this finds you well!  We are in the full swing of summer! And though things may look different this year we are still creating fun, family memories!  One of the first things I  fell in love with were the Clear Scraps mini albums!  After layouts, mini books are my favorite to create!  So today I'm sharing the 6x6 Chipboard 3 Tabbed Album featuring the Flip Flops Mini Shaker Shape


The Chipboard Album consists of 5 pages large enough for standard sized photos (4x6) or if you want to do an Instagram album, it is perfect for that as well! I  made space for 4x4 and 3x5 photos as I  usually trim my pictures to mat onto white cardstock.  


Before decorating my album, I  used white acrylic paint to cover the inside half inch of each page (both sides). You will find that the paint will dry quickly on the chipboard since it is good quality so you will not need a lot.  I  also used the same acrylic paint to color the top frame of my Flip Flops Shaker.  


Each page I  covered with patterned paper cutting to approximately 5.75 x 5.75 inches. I  did corner round the outside edges as well.  


As you can see, I  like to incorporate a lot of different patterns as well as layer embellishments around my photos.  I   love to use small accents such as stickers or enamel dots. 


Each tab on the chipboard page I placed a sticker from the paper collection I  used. They seemed to fit perfectly in the space!  


Allowing die cuts or stickers to "hang off" the edges of your page is a fun technique to use as well. Here, I  added a tag at the top of my page placing it so the top overreaches the edge of the page. I  then added some red and white bakers twine to accent.  



It's difficult to tell in this photo but here I  utilized pop dots to give dimension to my photo itself.  I  then added embellishments around again using pop dots/foam tape as needed.  Anyone who has craft with me knows I'm a big fan of pop dots! LOL


I   love adding small sentiments over the edges of my photo if space allows. 


Thank you for stopping by the blog today! You can see all the Mini Albums by clicking HERE!  And while you're at the shop, check out what's new with Clear Scraps! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, chipboard, die cuts, stickers, enamel dots, washi tape: Simple Stories; cardstock: Bazzill; corner rounder: Creative Memories; border punch: EK Success; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; ribbon: SnugHug; paint: DecoArt; sequins: Teresa Collins Designs, Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Thermoweb; sewing machine: Janome; misc: chrome book rings, thread

Friends "Stick" Together Card


Tami with you today on the Clear Scraps Blog to share a fun with you.

With most folks "sheltering at home", frequent contact with friends is probably lacking at this time. Sure we can text, keep up on social media, even video chat --- but how about good old snail mail? How excited would you be to get a card from a friend? So why not make a few cards and send them out to your friends to give the gift of friendship with a little touch of surprise. Bet you'd make their day!

This card is super easy to make thanks to the Clear Scraps Cactus Pots 6 X6 Stencil...


I used alcohol inks on glossy paper to make my "printed" papers for the cactus, pots and dirt mound. Then I traced around the cactus and pot elements with a black permanent pen and cut them out. I cut a freeform shape to set my pots on. And the background was made by inking the Chevron 6 X 6 Stencil with a blue alcohol ink; I stenciled the pattern one way, then flipped the stencil and inked again to create the pattern.

This card would also be quick to make in multiples. Just make more alcohol inked "printed" papers in the different colors, then trace and cut out the pieces.

If you'd like to see how I made this card step-by-step, please view this short video...

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Clear Scraps:  Cactus Pots 6 X6 Stencil and Chevron 6 X 6 Stencil 

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Alcohol Inks, Glossy Paper, 3D Dots, Fine Tip Black Permanent Pen, Scissors and Trimmer

Clear Scraps Medium DIY Pallet -- Jar of Togetherness

Hi there everyone!  Laura sharing a project with you today! 

It's a simple little home decor piece to highlight the togetherness

we are all getting a lot of lately!  Hopefully a good thing!!

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Clear Scraps has so many cute wooden pallet pieces!

I'm in love with all of them, and they lend themselves

to any creative project you might be thinking up!

I'm a fan of the country/farmhouse decor look, so this

adorable Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet is just perfect!

Looking for something different?  Check out all the

many choices available in the store right HERE.

Did you know Clear Scraps has an extensive collection

of stencils?  There are so many options, this stencil,

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the 6" Zinnia stencil, is brand new!  It's so pretty, and

easy to use too!  I painted the wood pallet with white

and gray acrylic paint, then after it dried, I taped down

the stencil and used a sponge brush to apply the green,

blue and yellow paint to the different areas of the stencil.

It looks light, fresh and simple, just the look I wanted!

For the top of the jar, I brushed on black distress ink,

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it's right on top of the gray paint.  It gives it that

farmhouse antique jar look to top it off just right.

The word together is a Clear Scraps Chipboard

Word Title.  This is another item with a ton of

options!  So many words available in the store,

want the word Blessed?  Love?  Laugh?  Family?

Those and so many more to discover!  Check them

all out HERE.  These work great on your scrapbook

pages too, not just for home decor projects! 

The finishing touch was a bit of twine tied around

the top of the jar.  This is a super quick and easy

project, but a lot of fun!  Great to give as a gift too!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stop back soon for

more inspiration!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Mason Jar DIY Medium Pallet,

6" Zinnia stencil, Together Chipboard Word Title.

Other:  acrylic paint: gray, white, green, blue, yellow,

twine, glue, black soot distress ink.

Hello Friend Cards by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today showcasing the Fancy Butterflies Chipboard Embellishments. 


The chipboard butterflies are perfect for all your  projects, but I wanted to use them on some much needed cards.


Using an assortment of inks, I colored the butterflies then added embossing powder to give them a bit of shine.


Using spritzed papers from my stash, I placed the 6" Post/Flowers Stencil on top, then used assorted inks to add color.


Removing and realigning the stencil, I added a 3rd flower.  For shine, I added embossing powder and heat set.


The stenciled panel was matted with green cardstock, then added to a yellow card.


The largest butterfly was added to the card at it's body only.  I let the wings stay free, so it appears the butterfly is flying.  A stamped phrase was then added to the corner of the card with pop dots for dimension.


My second card is also a spritzed panel that was embossed and die cut.


A double row of cattails was added to the bottom of the card.  The panel was then matted with blue cardstock and added to the card.  A stamped phrase was then added to the corner of the card with pop dots for dimension.


Thanks for stopping by.


Other Supplies:  Spray inks: LindyStampGang; Ink: Memento; Dies: Lawn Fawn; Stamps: Tim Holtz




Cupcake Medium DIY Pallet Shape

Hello everyone! It's Jennifer here today to share a fun little home decor project I  created using one of the Medium DIY Pallet Shapes. These are the perfect size for gifts or to display a favorite photo as I  did. I'm going to show you how I  decorated the Cupcake Medium DIY Pallet Shape and Smile Mini Shaker Shape.  


I  started by measuring each slat of the pallet so I  would know how big to cut the strips of patterned paper.  I  adhered each with my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive and then trimmed excess paper with my x-acto knife and healing mat. I  then used a sanding tool to smooth any edges.  I  also covered the chipboard base of the Smile Mini Shaker with patterned paper and repeated the same steps. 


I  painted the top chipboard frame and the edges of the middle two frames of the shaker with Distress Paint in speckled egg.  I  set aside to dry to begin to assemble my shaker. 


You can see here I  adhered the shaker at the bottom of my photo allowing it to hang off the pallet.  I  added some tiny colored sequin shapes to each letter before adhering the acrylic piece.  


I  wanted my shaker to be the focal point of the pallet so I  added a few die cuts and stickers from the collection I   used.  You can also spy a few enamel dots to accent. 


I  used the same blue paint to line the edges of the pallet as well to give it a finished look. 


Thank you for reading! Hope this inspires you to do some creating with one of the Clear Scraps DIY Pallet Shapes! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, die cuts, enamel dots:  Simple Stories; adhesive: Beacon, Thermoweb, Tombow; paint: Ranger; sequins: Recollections; glitter clothes pin: American Crafts; misc: x-acto knife, sanding tool