Autumn Flowers

Hello, Kelly Parker on the blog today with Clear Scraps Mini Shakers creating this fall-themed floral canvas to hang on the wall. 
I started by painting my canvas in green, let it dry then using teal paint with a bit of water over the green to create a mottled effect on the canvas. You can see that the paint doesn't have to be smooth and completely cover the canvas as it will have several layers of paint on it. 
Here I am applying the teal paint and taking some of it off with a paper towel.
I then used my Mini Shaker Mason Jar and filled it with the Ocean colored sequins to mimic water. I then let the shaker dry and painted the "table" on the bottom. To assemble the piece, I glued down the shaker jar, then painted the flower stems in the background, using hot glue, I added the flowers. Then added the sequins to the background. 
I now have a fall home decor piece hanging on my wall! 
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by! 

Recipe Book - Take it or Leave it!

Hello friends! Today I am on the blog with Clear Scraps using their chipboard. Below is a picture of the cover of my recipe book that I mentioned in my last post on November 17 if you want to take a look at the history of this book. 


For this project, I used the Mason Jar Chipboard Embellishments and created two pages. For the full jar, I covered it with foodie pape and then used an emery board to smooth out the edges then using ink made it look vintage. 


I then glued it to the front inside cover of my book it looks like the woman is coming out of the jar! I love it.


For the other piece of the Mason Jar chipboard, I glued a red pepper to the back of this and then assembled my page. 
I used some paper with jars on it for the background and had this image of red peppers to glue down the side and then the recipe and jar completed the page. 
Here is the completed page, this is one of the best pasta recipes and my whole family loves it!
Thanks for stopping by and try the pasta!!



Make Life Beautiful

Good Morning all my crafty friends. Dora here, with another step by step tutorial on making a simple 3D card for someone in your life. You do not have to use what I am using, but you can follow along with this post to create your very own. I am using more of the female aspects here and stepping out of my comfort zone. I normally am more deep darker colors, but today I am using more lighter and pink colors. I have created this using the brick wall stencil. I wanted to keep this as easy as possible for any new beginners, trying to get their footing on how to do mixed media/3D art. Below is a close-up of the finished piece. 


For this card - I am using watercolor paper backed onto both - heavy printed cardstock and cardboard from a box I cut down to fit. The first thing I do is apply some clear gesso to the water color paper, then use the stencil to create a textured background. 


Once those are dry, I start adding some embossing powders. These are mixed powders for mixed media, one is black and silver, the other is pink and black. I used an embossing pen to go around some of the brick squares, then I used some stamps to create wording, and finally I just dabbed the embossing pad in random places to create what looks like the wall crumbling.


Now I get to bring out all the elements I am using and this time I have kept it simple. I am using just paper elements and a few flowers/leaves. 


I begin to arrange them where I would like them by taking my focal point (a ladies head/face) and using it as a guide. Then placing the other elements around her to fit her profile. I really believe it came out better than I thought it would and I also think I may start using more of these lighter colors in my work as well! 

*Tip - if you are wanting to make something pop off the page, use some foam tape or cardboard from a box to place under the pieces, so they are elevated!


Thank you so very much for joining me this morning and I hope that you had as much fun as I did creating something beautiful for that special person in your life. I am always inspired by these amazing ladies in our team, so I am too learning new things as I go along with all of you! I hope you have a very blessed day! Below are some close-ups of the finished piece and Be sure to check out ClearScraps and all their new goodies on the website!



Thanks Card with Twigs and Leaves Stencil

Hi, Tami here on the blog today with a project and a technique to share with you.

 Thanksgiving is the perfect time to make and send Thank You cards to the special people in your lives or people that have touched your life in special ways.

A handmade card adds a little something extra to the thoughts you include inside. This card is simple to make and can be made assembly line style...


I wanted the "THANKS" to stand out, but still have the stenciled pattern on it, so I used Izink with the Capital ABC's Stencil to add it to the center of my card fronts...


You need to work one letter at a time, and let it dry before moving on to the next one. The Izink dries quickly, but this would be a good time to work assembly line style if you need multiples, just add each letter to each card front. You can see where to put the next letter as it's easy to line up through the see-thru stencil...

Once the letters have all been added, it's time to stencil. Use a bit of removable adhesive to adhere the card front to your work surface, then tape down the Twigs and Leaves Stencil. Start with the red pigment ink, and apply it diagonally, starting at the left of the card...


Do the same with the orange and olive inks, overlapping the previous color to blend them a bit...


Remove the stencil and let the inks dry, or speed up dry time with a heat tool. I had saved the "frame" that comes around the Clear Scraps Chipboard Embellishments from the Maple Branches I used on my post for November 7. I Inked it with the same colors I stenciled with...


I glued the frame around my card front...


I decided the letters needed a little more definition, so I outlined them with a brown pen and added stitching around the edges of the frame...


A waxed twine bow was the finishing touch (and it covers up the staple mark on the chipboard frame)...



Clear Scraps: Twigs and Leaves Stencil, Capital ABC's Stencil and "trash" frame from around a chipboard embellishment

Other: Izink: Jasmine, Clear Snap: ColorBox Pigment Ink: Taos Petal Point and Stylus & Tips, Kraft Cardstock, Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Glue, Brown Fine Point Sharpie and Vintage Waxed Twine

Tools: Trimmer, Scissors, Removable Adhesive and Painters Tape

Merry Christmas Acrylic Tag by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a Merry Christmas Acrylic Tag.  Christmas is not too far off and this tag would be amazing on a large gift.


I selected one of the tags from the Acrylic Tag Album.  This tag is one of 4 different tags that is included in the Tag Album.  You can use the tags for one large project or separate and use them for individual projects.

I placed the tag on a panel of Rinea Emerald/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper and cut the foil to fit the tag.  Once cut, I adhered it it.  Then, tearing a strip of Rinea Ruby Starstruck Foiled Paper, I placed it in an embossing folder.


I adhered the torn paper  to the left side of the tag as I wanted both the foils to be prominent on the tag. 
Creating a bow from Rinea Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper, I adhered it to the tag using a pearl brad.
Since the foiled paper holds its shape, you can form it as you like.


A large Merry Christmas phrase was stamped with black ink on white cardstock and die cut.  It was then matted with a larger die cut scalloped panel, also in Gold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper.


Poinsettias were added to the tag with brads.   It was easy to punch holes in the acrylic for the brads.


To finish, I added some coordinating gold dew drops around the phrase.

Thanks for stopping by.


Other Supplies:  Rinea Foiled Paper; Prima Poinsettias; Robin's Nest Dew Drops; Joy Clair Stamp


Winter Mittens Card by Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today sharing a Winter Mittens card using the Mittens Chipboard Embellishments.  The holidays are just around the corner.  Have your started your holiday cards yet?


Cutting a snowy themed pattern paper, I matted it with navy cardstock.  Next, I wrapped the panel with ribbon before adding the panel to the card base.   The mittens were colored using a dark blue ink pad;  alternatively, I could have  painted the mittens, but the ink was at hand so I went with it.  I also used puff paint to create the faux fur. 


Once the puff paint dried, I used the Stripes Layering Stancil to give the mittens a design, using red ink to create the stripes.


The mittens were added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.  Winter Wishes and Snowman Kisses from Joy Clair's Snowy Greetings stamp set were stamped on  scraps of the pattern paper and then matted with scraps of navy cardstock before being added atop the mittens.


To finish, I added some Robin's Nest Dew Drops around the card.  I also added several to the stamped phrases.


Thanks for stopping by.


Other Supplies:  Joy Clair Stamps; Imagine Crafts Ink; Robin's Nest Dew Drops; Ribbon; Puff Paint


Featured Designer Ramya Abhijit Paul

Hello everyone ! It's Ramya here and I'm happy to share another project using Clear Scrap Product Acrylic Tags.They do have a chipboard tag too, you can check out the item here.



How to:
  • First, I pasted the pattern paper over the clear acrylic tag(remove the protective film) and applied dye ink over the edges using a sponge
  • Then I designed the tag using Xmas Tree Stencil and cut the shape out from pattern paper
  • For creating the holy shrubs, I used green pattern paper and applied black distress oxide on the edges with the help of a sponge and pasted the red pom pom over the leaves.
  • Die cut the sentiment "JOY" using gold foil paper
  • Atlast assemble the holy shrub, tree & sentiment over the tags



Materials Used:

Clear Scraps Mason Jar Chipboard--Jar of Thanks Card

Hi there everybody!  You've got Laura here with you today, and I've

got a simply sweet thank you card to share!

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Do you like to make cards ahead to have on hand for little things that

pop up in addition to birthdays, Christmas, baby and such?  I always

find having a few extra Thank You cards around, so you can send a

quick hand written note of appreciation, is a great idea!  It's also a perfect

way to use up your scraps from other projects too!  I had scraps of

paper from a home decor project I completed, so I thought hey, I'll

see what I have to make a cute card!  I like to have an assortment of the

Clear Scraps chipboard embellishments around to create with. Why?

Because I can coordinate them to any kind of papers, color palette or

project.  They work well for LO's and home decor projects too, but they

are also a great size for cards!  For this one, I used the cute little

Clear Scraps Mason Jar Chipboard Embellishment.  

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I traced the jar on a scrap of leaf patterned paper, cut it out and glued

it to the base piece.  The jar outline piece was painted with dark brown

acrylic paint to match the fall theme of the Thank You card, the jar lid

is painted gray and then brushed with a bit of black distress ink to create

an antiqued look.  Then a bit of twine, and a couple of leaves that

were fussy cut and tied on make a cute little jar decoration.  It would

be fine plain too.  It's all about how YOU want to create when you use

these chipboard embellishment pieces!  Check out the Clear Scraps

store for the huge selection!  You can find them all right HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Mason Jar Chipboard Embellishment

Other:  Carta Bella--A Perfect Autumn--paper and stickers,

enamel dots, brown and gray acrylic paint, twine, black

and brown distress ink, foam tape, adhesive.

Create your Own Acrylic Tag


Back in September Susan from Clear Scraps challenged the Design Team to create Christmas themed projects using Clear Scraps Acrylic sheet or tags.  Well since I didn't have any pre-cut tags I decided to create my own from Clear Scraps Acrylic Sheets.   
Start by cutting your acrylic to your desired tag size. Remove protective film from front of tag.  (I left the film on back while I was creating on my work space.)

Apply Nuvo drops or other dimensional paint to front of tag. Let Dry. Keep Adding "snow" dots as desired. 

While your tag is drying, Heat emboss street lamp from  Clear Scraps Street Lamps Chipboard Embellishments


Cut gold cardstock to fit "lamp" 


Add streetlamp to tag. 

Add die cut Santa and greeting to tag fron. 

Remove protective film from back of tag and add patterned paper backing.  Add gold card stock trims to finish. 


I hope you are inspired to get creative with your Clear Scraps Acrylics! 


Shaker Bat and Pumpkins, Oh My!!

Hello, today I am working on several projects for the Clear Scraps blog using their shakers, I have to say, I love their shakers, they are so versatile. They can be used on cards, as tags, for gifts, as ornaments, and lots more, check them out at Clear Scraps

Supplies - 
Mini Shaker Pumpkin
Paper scraps
Emery board
I started these pieces with some scraps of Halloween paper I had and I love how they turned took me a quick minute to realize that I didn't have to cover the whole pumpkin because the edges and the stem would not show.  
Pumpkin shaker
Here is the pumpkin with the paper scraps glued down, I cut along the edges then used an emery board to take off the excess paper.
Pumpkin shaker paper
Here is the bat with some scary eyes for the background!
Bat shaker
Here are the finished pieces! 
Thanks for stopping by, I can't wait to see what you create with Clear Scrap designs!

Snowman Tags By Steph

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with a set of Snowman Tags using the Chipboard Tag Album.


The Chipboard Tag Album has 4 different shaped tags that can be used together to create a shaped mini album, or consider using the tags separately, as I did, to create different shaped seasonal tags.  


Selecting two of the tags, I inked them with green ink.  I also inked the Noel Chipboard Word Title to coordinate with the pattern paper I was planning to use.


Using the tags as stencils, I drew them on the pattern paper, being sure to select the sections I wanted to use.  Then I cut the papers to fit the tags.


Next, I inked the edges of the pattern papers with the same green ink before adhering them to the tags.  


The Noel Chipboard Word Title was adhered to one of the tags on a slight angle.


Dashing through the snow...., a Crackerbox/Suzy stamp, was stamped with black ink, matted, and then adhered to the second tag with foam adhesives for dimension.
Now just add ribbons to the tags.
These tags  would look really great on larger packages or even hanging from the Christmas tree. 
Turn the tags over and consider creating a pocket into which you could slip a gift card or even some cash!!
Aren't they sweet?
Thanks for stopping by.
Other Supplies:  Brilliance Ink; Crackerbox/Suzy stamps; pattern paper; ribbon

Googly Eyes Steampunk Gears Halloween Card


Tami here with you on the Clear Scraps Blog to share a fun Halloween card...


I love the colors of Halloween, especially the combo of Orange, Purple, and my favorite, Lime Green. And something I love to use on Halloween projects is googly eyes; they're fun right? This card combines both of those, with the added theme of Steampunk.

The Clear Scraps GEARS STENCIL is perfect to use on steampunk projects or cards or projects for the men in your life. 

I started the card by creating the background paper to stencil over by spritzing it with a light brown shimmer spray...


Then I taped the Gears Stencil over the spritzed cardstock...


Next, working with one ink at a time and blending each into the other colors slightly, I filled in the stencil design...




Here's how the stenciled background looked when finished...


Cut a 4 X 12 piece of black cardstock for the card base, then adhere a 4 X 6 piece of black printed cardstock to the front...


Cut and adhere a 1 X 6 piece of striped cardstock and a 3 1/4 X 5 1/4 piece of the stenciled paper and adhere to card front...


I inked the sentiment stamp with the 3 ink colors and stamped on a leftover scrap of spritzed background paper...



I cut some gears out of the leftover stenciled paper, and adhered them and the sentiment to the left of the card...


THEN, it was time to add the GOOGLY EYES!


I added a chipboard embellishment to finish off the card...


Thank you for visiting the Clear Scraps Blog today; I hope you will come back soon to see what the other talented members of the design team have to share with you!


Clear Scraps: GEARS STENCIL 

Other: Clear Snap: Spun Sugar Smooch Spritz, Colorbox Pigment Ink: Caliente, Lime and Iris and Blackbird Chalk Ink, ColorBox Stylus and Tips, The Stamps of Life: Spoooks2Scare Set #3, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Basic Grey: Printed Cardstock, Black and White Cardstock, Googly Eyes, 3D Foam Squares and Chipboard Embellie

Tools: Paper Trimmer, Scrap Paper and Blue Painters Tape 

Nativity Mixed Media Acrylic Tag


Hello everyone... Helen is here and today I have a Nativity mixed media acrylic tag to share with you all. I hope it is not to early for Christmas project!

I use one of the tags from the Acrylic Tag Album as the base tag. 


I removed the clear plastic covers from both sides of the tag, and then I covered the acrylic tag surface with the mod podge (gel medium will work well, too for this step).

I added the old hymnal music page on the tag and then cover it again with the mod podge and let it dried well.


After surface dried well, I trimmed the extra paper with scissors.

I covered the surface randomly with metallic paste (gold and silver), and I also added some white gesso.


When the that paste and white gesso layer dried well, I covered the whole tag with Glitter mod podge for some sparkle look on it (I really wish the camera can capture it!). Then let it sit to dry.

If you are not patient enough waiting each layer of medium to dry, you can dry them with craft heater, but have to be very very very careful to not be over heated becuase the acrylic tag can bend or the paste can be bubbly. 


Next step, I put the 4x6 Nativity stencil on top of the tag and I taped it down so it would not move around when I added the modeling paste.

I added the metallix gel on the stencil just on the navitity image.


On the craft mat, I mixed some fine iridescent glitter with the white modeling paste. Then I added the paste on the stars above the nativity image.


I put the 6x6 Ice Crystal Snowflakes Stencil at the bottom of the nativity image and I added some of the mixed glitter paste on it too.

I set the tag aside and let the paste to dry while I worked on the extra embellishment pieces.


I cut out some green and red cardstock using the holly leaves swirl and berries dies. Then, I printed the sentiment on a white cardstock, and cut it with the oval stitched die.

I added all the extra pieces on top of the tag, right bellow the nativity with 3-in-1 Beacon adhesive and some 3D foam tape for extra dimension.

Here are are the close ups on the tag...




I hope this will give you more ideas for your Holidays projects. It is coming soon for sure! Visit Clear Scraps store to check on what's new!

Thank you so much for stopping by our blog today. Have wonderful day!

You Rock! birthday card

Hello, Kelly Parker on the blog for Clear Scraps and I created a card for my son, his birthday is in September and he plays the guitar!

First of all, I have to apologize, I got in the zone and forgot to take pictures as I worked this card out but I do have an idea of how I made it. 
I painted the guitar to match my son's guitar with pictures from the internet, then set it aside to dry while I worked on the background. Here is the first layer of acrylic paint.
I found a really cool image from a magazine ad and used this as the background after layering it over a light blue piece of cardstock, this was then glued down on top of a white cardstock base. I then add the guitar and the You Rock and the Happy Birthday from my Dymo printer for the sentiment. I then added some music washi tape along the bottom of the card.
Thanks for stopping by!

Acrylic Christmas Theme Challenge


Susan over at Clear Scraps challenged our Design Team to create a Christmas Themed project using Clear Scraps Acrylic Sheets .  To be honest, it had been a while since I used the Acrylic sheets to create a card.  I forgot how fun they are to create with! You can see the dimension they add below! 
Start by trimming your Acrylic Sheet to fit your card base. Both sides of the acrylic have a protective film on them.  I always leave these on during the creation process. 
Trim away all but 11/4 inches of card base front. Use a border punch on edge. 
Punch through acrylic and card front. Cover card base with patterned paper. 
Remove protective film from both sides of acrylic.  Attach to card base with jingle bell brads. 
Layer gold card stock onto to card.  Add large snowflake. 
Add flowers to front of acrylic card and sticker greeting to finish. 

I hope you are inspired to try acrylic on your cards!