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Congrats to the Graduate Frame

Be still my heart - my youngest son is graduating from high school!  Hi, it's Maureen with you today, and I was so excited to see my son's Senior pictures come in the mail.  I knew that the shots looked great, but they were even more so when they were printed!  I ordered several to make scrapbook pages and other crafts, but I wanted a special picture to put in a frame.  And I chose the Clear Scraps interchangeable 3D Base and Square Frame for this very shot!


I was also excited to see the newest options in the 3D Word-n-Shape categories...there's a new Congrats with Hat set that seemed to be made for this very occasion.  Yay!  I've started with a base coat of acrylic white paint on the word "congrats" first.  Then I got out my Distress inks and started shading a layer of gray, then black, in an ombre pattern going up the title.  I added a black acrylic paint sponged on the very top.


I wanted this display to look very masculine, since the shirt in the picture is very colorful.  So, I've chosen some simple black, gray and white patterned papers from my stash to allow the picture to stand out.  I've traced the bottom base shape on the back of a patterned paper, cut it out and then glued it on with a tacky glue.  I took a box cutter blade to the inner ridges.  The top piece is painted with an acrylic black paint.


To set out in decorating the front, I've traced the front frame piece and graduation hat in 2 other patterns of paper.  The frame middle is cut with a blade again too and glued to the front of the frame.  


The wood part of the frame then is mounted on the back panel with tacky glue, and I've taken care only to glue three sides down so I can slip the picture through the top.


For the graduation hat, I was going for a bit of dimension, so I mounted the top of the mortar board with some foam pieces first.


Did you know it's really easy to make a tassel?  I like to make these for lots of projects, so I took a red bakers twine, wrapped it around my fingers several times and cut off the end.  Next, I slipped another piece of twine between my fingers and tied the loops together.  The final step is to trim the loops off at the bottom - easy breezy!  Simply glue this tassel on to the hat wood piece with tacky glue, and a fun button embellishment to hold down the rope piece.


I also am using a really cute chipboard diploma from the Graduation Chipboard Embellishments set that I wanted to add - this was painted black, mounted on some printed paper and trimmed.  I found a red ribbon and embellishment to glue to the middle to make it look like it was wrapped in a ribbon.  And, then - don't forget the white gel details!


At the last minute, I added a red star behind the graduation hat to pull more of the school colors into the display.  It makes everything pop and will look really snazzy on a table display for a party later on.


Do you have any graduations to attend this year?  If so, I hope you'll consider this project as a gift or for decorating at a party.  This is such a fantastic way to display those great memories you want to share with others.  


My additional supplies are listed below - I hope you give this a try, and thanks for stopping by!


Additional supplies:  acrylic paint, tacky glue, Distress inks, patterned paper, red bakers twine, assorted embellishments, red ribbon, white gel pen, box cutter or sharp blade


Mason Jar Recipe Holder

 Hello - it's Sandy Diller here today with a project that is fun and useful.  I just love it when my crafting fun turns out to be something I can enjoy and use for a long time.  I used this Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet Shape from Clear Scraps to create this recipe holder.  These would make great Christmas or Birthday gifts for the people in your life who enjoy cooking.


When you are not cooking this is great way to display your favorite photos.
To begin this project - trace around the Mason Jar and cut out.  Since this pallet shape has gaps between the wood slats I slid it together to add some edging.  


Adhere the edged paper to the pallet - I like to use dry adhesive for this so the paper does not buckle.
You could use double sided tape or as I did, my Xyron machine.
The shape of the lid was cut out of a metallic silver paper but gray could also be used.
Next the lid piece was crimped and edged with a darker gray color.


Twine was added.



I used strawberries and some small flowers to decorate my jar but you could use any dies that you happen to have in your stash. 


After all the berries and vines were colored I arranged them the way I liked and then added a clip to hold my recipe or photo.


Thank you for joining me and I hope that you have been inspired.
Until next time - happy crafting,

Springtime and Butterflies!

Hello Crafters!

It's Dana and I'm back on the Clear Scraps blog to share a Springtime Home Decor project! I'm so ready for spring aren't you? Clear Scraps has so many fun products to choose from to decorate your home for spring.

For my project today we will be using several products from Clear Scraps, medium wood pallet, Deco,  Click Here  chipboard fancy butterflies, Click Here and spring/flower wood shapes Click Here 


The papers I chose are from Graphic 45 Nature's Notebook collection. 

To begin our project, I chose 3 different coordinating papers from the 8x8 paper pad. Traced around each section of my pallet, cut off at the bottom. Then glued each paper onto each section of my pallet using Beacon 3 in 1 glue. I trimmed around all edges and using my Clear Scraps sanding stick, Click Here I distressed around all the edges. Then applied distress ink around all edges of my pallet. 


Next I took my wood flower and traced onto another coordinating paper. Glue paper to base of flower, trim with xacto knife and distress and ink around the edges. Take your wood Spring words and add some yellow acrylic paint to the surface and around all edges. Let dry. 

Fussy cut some of the butterflies and flowers from other papers in your paper pad. Ink edges. I took a scalloped die from my craft stash and diecut from another coordinating paper and set thede aside. 


Now cut apart one of your Clear Scraps fancy butterflies from the package. You can save the other butterfly for a future project. I took acrylic paint in brown and painted the butterfly body and antennas. Let dry. Then I applied glue onto the wings of my butterfly and sprinkled Fire opal and gold glitters onto the butterfly wings. Shake off any excess glitter and set aside to dry.


Take a foam mat and embossing tool, and rub in a circular motion in the center of each flower to create some lift  to your flower petals. 


Now we are ready to build our flower. I glued my scalloped piece with foam tape on the back and adhered in the center of my wood flower shape. Then added my two fussy cut flowers on top of each other. I applied foam tape on the back of my wood flower and adhered towards the top left side of my wood pallet.


I then arranged my other embellishments onto my wood pallet. Once I was satisfied with the placement, I adhered onto my pallet with Beacon glue. For my chipboard butterfly and spring wood words, I added some foam dots to the back before adhering onto my pallet. I added a crystal flower gem over the dotted "i" on my spring words. I glued my fussy cut butterflies onto my pallet and added a chipboard sticker sentiment in addition to crystals gems over the holes of my chipboard sentiment piece. 



To finish my design I glued some metal ornate corners to the top and bottom if my pallet. You can add a ribbon, tulle to hang your home decor piece or display on a stand. 


I hope I've inspired you today! And you will start creating your Springtime Home Decor projects! Thanks so much for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog!

Be sure to share your projects on our Clear Scraps Facebook Creative page. We love to see your crafty makes! Don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps website Click Here and see all the new products available now! Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Other Supplies used: Graphics 45 Nature's Notebook collection, Graphic 45 ornate metals corners, sanding tool, scissors, foam tape and dots, Beacon 3 in 1 glue, sanding or distress tool, Tim Holtz Distress ink-Rusty Hinge, Martha Stewart glitters- Florentine Gold, Fire Opal, yellow acrylic paint, trimmer, foam mat, small embossing tool, crystal and flower gems. 





Train Chipboard Embellishment Mini Album

Hello crafty friends! Its Jennifer on the blog today to share a mini album I created documenting a fun day I spent with my son last summer!  To say he is a train fan is a big understatement!  We followed the Union Pacific Big Boy steam train through small towns in Southern IL to St. Louis.  


I thought the Train Chipboard Embellishment Shapes would be the perfect focal point for the the front of my album!  I used both black and red acrylic paint to color my chipboard.  


For my book, I used an all time classic: the 6x6 Regular Chipboard Album. I applied white acrylic paint to the outside edges as shown (on both sides of each page). 


For the front cover, I added paint to the right half because I wanted to be able to use on of the new Mixer Stencils.  Once my paint was dry, I blended three coordinating colors of Distress Oxide Ink using the 5x9 Plaids Mixer Stencil


Using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive, I adhered my Chipboard Embellishments over the stenciled effect as shown.  I then adhered patterned paper along with small embellishments. 


For each page, I cut a 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inch piece of patterned paper for my background.  From there, I built on by layering additional patterns as well as embellishments. For the inside of the front cover, I usually like to reserve it for journaling about the event my book will be about. 


As you can see, I like to add color as well as layers. I'm also not afraid of adding embellishments right onto my photos. 



Here is another example of a page strictly for journaling.  I find that it is just as important as the photos...especially if you are not able to take many photos.  We were in the car a lot that day; plus, my teenage son just "loves" it when his mom takes his pictures LOL 


This is the only photo I got of us together LOL  He's over 6 foot tall; I'm 5ft 2 on a good day so you can barely see me.  





Thank you for reading today! You can find the large variety of Chipboard Embellishment Shapes by clicking HERE! And don't forget to check out what is new with Clear Scraps while  you are there! Have a great day!


Additonal products used:   patterned paper, die cut shapes, chipboard shapes, brads, enamel dots, puffy letters/stars, stamps, stickers: Simple Stories; cardstock: American Crafts; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, Tsuineko;  stapler: Tim Holtz;  paint: DecoArt, FolkArt; ink: Ranger; letter stickers: Jillibean Soup; sewing machine: Janome; typewriter: Brother;  ribbon: Snug Hug; misc: thread, chrome book rings, hole punch.

Rainbow Cloud Mini Shaker


Tami here on the Clear Scraps Blog today with a project featuring a NeW product to share with you.

Have you checked out all the NeW Mini Chipboard Shaker designs yet? View them HERE

You can use Clear Scraps Mini Shakers for lots of different projects - both on their own as well as combined with other Clear Scrap products.

I've used them on gift tags, cards, magnets, layouts as well as incorporated them on home decor items.

I used the Cloud Mini Shaker...

Mini Shaker Cloud

to create this rainbow and verse mini hanger...


I started by painting the top layer of the chipboard with black paint.

Then I used a fine tip permanent black marker to write the verse on the acrylic piece. If you make a mistake, you can use a little alcohol to remove the writing and try again :)

I filled the shaker with several types of white filler including sequins before assembling it.


I used some double sided tape to adhere the ribbons and silver cord to the back of the shaker. To reinforce the hold, I glued cardstock over the pieces as well.


This item would make a nice gift when you just need a little "something". Maybe a thank you to a Sunday School Teacher. Or hang it in your child's room or somewhere in your home to catch a little inspiration when you see it.

You could also cover the back completely and use it as a gift tag for a baby gift. Multi-purpose as the recipient could then hang it up in baby's room.

Clear Scraps: Cloud Mini Shaker

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Black Acrylic Paint, Black Fine Tip Permanent Marker, White Sequins, White Mini Fill, White Iridescent Shred, Rainbow Ribbons, Double Sided Tape, White Cardstock and Silver Cording.

Who Doesn't Love A Beach Vacation?!

Hey everybody! Leslie here, sharing a fun vacation-themed project featuring our Base with Square Frame and Word n Shape Vacation-Palm Tree! We have some new themed Word n Shape products in the store that coordinate with the Frameables bases and frames, and I was thrilled to have been asked to create with one of these new ones! So I asked myself 'Who doesn't love a vacation on the beach?!' With Spring on the way, it's not too early to start planning... or at least dreaming, lol! 


I started by covering the small oval base piece with aqua cardstock and the large oval base piece with teal cardstock, and then adhered them together. I colored the palm tree and the Vacation word with alcohol markers. I left the frame untouched because I thought the raw wood color coordinated nicely with the beach scene. I printed the digital beach scene image on white cardstock, fussy cut the umbrella and trimmed the portion with the chairs which I sandwiched between the frame pieces. I adhered the umbrella on three layers of heavyweight cardstock and adhered it to the frame lining up the pole. I die cut letters from the aqua and teal cardstock and offset the teal ones beneath the aqua ones prior to adhering them to the top of the image. The finishing touches were adding the seashell brads (prongs removed) on the bottom right corner of the frame with collage medium and pearl bling strips around the larger oval portion of the base.


Here are a couple more angled shots. The darker colors really pop on the lighter colors for some great contrast!

Clear Scraps products used:
Base with Square Frame
Word n Shape Vacation-Palm Tree

Other products used:
Cardstock, digital beach image, alcohol markers, dies, glue and collage medium, brayer, die cutting machine, brads and pearls

I hope you're inspired to get out those craft supplies and play! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

GnomeBunny Like You

It's Sandy Diller here today to share a fun little Easter project with you that I hope will bring a smile to your face.  This adorable Medium Wood Gnome 2 is from Clear Scraps and all I did was add some cute paper, bunny ears and some Easter eggs.  I hope you like it. Our little friend has been on a successful Easter Egg Hunt.

I began with the beard - since I am using textured paper I flipped the beard piece over and then traced and cut it out.

Before adding the beard to the Gnome, I used an embossing folder to add texture.  This folder is actually a wave pattern turned upside down.


Next I selected some paper and then used my Xyron machine to make it sticky, you could also use glue or double sided tape.  I covered the wood pieces with the paper and then sanded the edges.  I used some ink to add color to the edges and give it highlights.

Next came the ears - these were made using my electronic die cutter but they can be easily made by drawing the shape on white paper and cut our using scissors. The ears are are 5.5" tall and at the widest point they measure 1.25".


To make this little guy stand up I used the base from one of the Frameables, covered with paper and then added some grass using a die from my stash.



The two base pieces were stacked together lining up the openings.


Just for fun the flower from the Word n Shape Friends-Flower was added.



For the finishing touches the hands and nose were covered with paper and some colorful Easter Eggs were added.

Thanks for joining me today,