Other Crafts

"Into The Woods"

Good Morning, all my crafty friends!! This is Dora and today we are going to be working on something out of the "box" for me. As you know, I love mixed media, however, I tend to choose more steampunk, grungy, or a mix for my layouts. Well, a friend and team member (Dana), has inspired me step out and try something new! I really hope you enjoy this video tutorial. I am using the clear acrylic scallop for the back piece which you can find here!

 



Be sure to check out ClearScraps and all their new goodies on the website! I just love all their pieces, because they fit so well with the mixed media I love doing! I hope you enjoyed learning another way to use the larger acrylic pieces. I just love stepping out of the box and making things unique. Thank you for reading/watching and hope you have a lovely day!! 

Other Materials used - flowers, mini pine cones, mini wreath (bird nest), floral assortments, shaker leaves, branches from my yard, moss, the deer is from an ephemera kit, and last but not least an embroidery hoop as the frame!! 

Here is a sneak peek at what is in the video!! 

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Spread Some Cheer

Good morning all my crafty friends, this is Dora, and this morning we are going to look a a cute way to make some ornament tags. These tags are unique, because you hang them on your tree, and they are acrylic instead of chipboard/wood. I had so much fun making them and had to share them with all of you. These tags were also featured in the Stamp and Scrapbook @home expo which you can find HERE!! If you are interested in making any of these two, you can find the acrylic tag HERE, and the snowflake stencil HERE! Let's get started....

1.) Grab out your acrylic tags and make sure you take the thin plastic covering off each side. Then put a coat of clear Gesso over the front and back of the tags. This will ensure that the paints, pastes, and and stamping stay on the tags.

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2.) Choose the stencils you want for the background. I have chosen the snowflake and bulbs. Though, in the end I only used the snowflake one. Grab some texture paste, place the stencil where you want the snowflakes, and apply the paste. Be sure it is fully dry before going to the next step!

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3.) this is an option step. If you wanted to do something different, other than with a stencil, you can apply the paste onto the tag. This will give a "snow" like look. as you can see in the photo below, I also added some glitters of all sizes, along with embossing powders. (BE CAREFUL will heating the embossing powders. It will melt the tag if you are not paying attention).

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4.) Here I have taken out some stamps to give some background texture to all the white. Be sure to use a permanent ink so they stay and not bleed with anything you add on top.

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5.) Next, I start gathering up all the elements I would like to use on the tag. Here are some paper elements that I am going to distress with some inks. It will give it that vintage look when finished.

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6.) Now come the fun part... placing all the elements where you would like them to be on the tags. Once you have the composition down, adhere them using a strong glue, to make sure they stay. I am using a matte gel medium. You will also notice that I add a few extras before it is fully completed!!

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7.) This is also an optional step, but one I feel bis a must. I love making splatters all the piece when it is completed. Give a pop of color and bring everything together. For this I am using acrylic inks (watered down paints for the use of an ink). With a paint brush - small tipped - dip in the ink and tap all over the tags until it looks just how you like it.

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Below you will see the two finishes tags. I can't wait to see what you create for your tree this year. Hope that you have enjoyed learning another way to use the acrylic tags and snowflake stencil. Until next time, HAPPY CRAFTING!!! 

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Don't forget to check out ClearScraps HERE! and all the What's New HERE!

Other Materials Used - Gesso, Texture Paste, Glitter, Matte Gel Medium, Sticks from the yard, Paper Elements, Stamps, Charms, Bells, Santa Pin, and Diamond Dots.


Steampunk Family

Good morning everyone this is Dora, hope you are doing well, and having a crafty wonderful day!! This project I am sharing today is very special. I lost my brother to heart failure on Dec. 31st, 2019. Since then I have been memory keeping and trying to make sure I never forget him. So, on my younger brothers birthday, I create this as a present for him to always have something with him. I am using the Family Desktop Frame and the  Bubble Stencil .

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The first thing I always do is prepare the wood with Gesso. Here I have used black Gesso for all the pieces. 

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The next step is to add some texture with a stencil. I chose the Bubble stencil and some texture paste. Then using some copper and silver leafing finish, I paint the word "Family" on the front and back.

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Using Mica Powders I create a grungy colored background on both the front and the back.

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Next I arranged all the pieces in the position I wanted them and adhered them to the frame. My brother and his wings were last to place on, I did this with Foam Tape so that he stuck out of the frame!

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Then I laid all the pieces out and splattered them with his favorite colors. Orange, Green, and White. Taking the two bottom pieces I place them onto the bottom, adhering them with a strong glue. Let dry over night to ensure it is secure.

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The final step was to add a card on the back - From me to my younger brother for his birthday! 

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Be sure to check out ClearScraps and all their new goodies on the website! I just love all their pieces, because they fit so well with the mixed media I love doing! I hope you enjoyed learning another way to use the family frame. I just love stepping out of the box and making things unique. Thank you for reading and hope you have a lovely day!! 

Other Materials Used: Glue, Inks, Watercolor, Paper Embellishments, Printable Digitals, Die Cuts, and Project Life Card.


Sew Artful

Hello and good morning to all you crafty souls!! This is Dora, hope you are doing well, and staying safe out there!! Today I want to share something I made featuring the Blank Wood Cards found HERE! , Dress Form Chipboard Embellishment Shapes found HERE! , and the Chipboard circles/rings found HERE! Since this is a process that takes a little longer to do, I decided to make a video tutorial, that you can follow along with easier. 

Here is the full photo of the finished piece.

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Just click play below and enjoy the process!! 

As you seen in the video, it is all about placement, and how you see something come together. For me, I enjoy building up and layering items together, to create a story! 

Here are a couple photos of the finished piece so that you can see the details up close. Happy creating and Blessings!

Don't forget to check out ClearScraps HERE! and all the What's New HERE! 

Materials Used : Chipboard Dress Forms, Blank Wood Cards (2), and the Chipboard Circle/Rings

Other Materials Used : Black Gesso, Cracked Stencil, Mica Powders, Matte Gel Medium, Various Embellishments - flowers, leaves, tape measures, tags, paper, and pearls - Foam Tape, Lace, String, Buttons, and a Small Glass Bottle.

 


Wings of Fate

Hello friends! Hope you are having an amazing day! With everything happening around us, I wanted to create something fun and give a touch of beauty to someone's life!  One of the first things I  fell in love with were the Clear Scraps wood pieces!  Mixed media is my favorite, so these wood piece are perfect to create on!  So today I'm sharing the 6.5"x9.5" Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet Shape as the base, then the 4x6 Brick Wall stencil,  Rings Chipboard Embellishment Shapes, and  Wings Chipboard Embellishment Shapes

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The first things I do are prepare the surface of the mason jar with two coats of white gesso, then once dry, I use the brick wall stencil to create dimension, and texture to the mason jar. For this I have used crackle paste. Now before the paste is dry, I add some embossing powders to the top so that it sticks to the brick wall. Heat with my heat tool and BAM - You have something truly unique!

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The next steps are pretty easy. I take all the chipboard, wood pieces, and anything I want to color over, and brush them with a copper leafing finish. Let them dry. 

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This is the part most people feel a little intimidated, but it is not hard at all!! What gives it that dimension? You can use either foam tap or you can use extra wood/chipboard/cardboard as the backing, behind the images. This will "pop" them up off the page. I always like to lay out my pieces before setting them with adhesive. Once they are where I want them, I start adhering them down. Being careful as the glue is still wet. I use a matte gel medium to ensure it stays. 


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After everything is adhered down, I cover the face of the girl, and make little splatters with watercolor, and washes (liquid paint for effects). I gently tap my paint brush over the piece, with black, white, and blue colors!!


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As you can see from the close up photos, those little splashes make the piece pop! I feel it just brings it all together!!

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

Additional products used: White Gesso, Crackle Paste, Matte Gel Medium, Mica Powders, Watercolors, Glitter Art Glue, Paper Doll, Misc. Findings, Paper Flowers, Paper Embellishments, Paper Straws, wood words, Wooden gears, and cogs. 

 


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! 

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 


Foil Technique with Chipboard Shape Embellishments

Hiya,

Tami here today to share a fun technique using both Clear Scraps and our cross promo company this month —- TapeRunner

Bling is all the rage in fashion, decor and crafts, and foil is among the hottest ways to get this look.

You can easily add foil to your papercraft or mixed media project using TapeRunner and some transfer foil...

I thought that the Fancy Butterfly Chipboard Shape would look gorgeous with a foil underlay to fill in the wings.

Cut the shape from the chipboard frame...

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Trace around the butterfly shape on a piece of black cardstock...

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Use the TapeRunner to fill in the shape with horizontal lines of adhesive...

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Lay a sheet of foil transfer paper over the adhesive and rub with your finger to transfer the foil...

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Pull up the foil sheet and tada... 

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Cut out the butterfly (you may have to retrace around the butterfly if you obliterated your first tracing like I did)...

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Paint your butterfly - I used silver paint - then apply adhesive to the body and outer edges of the wings using the TapeRunner to adhere it over the foiled cardstock piece...

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I used the butterfly to embellish one of the acrylic tags Acrylic Tag Album. I painted the back of the tag with light blue, white and silver paint. I added a few scattered drops of each on the tag, then brushed horizontally to cover the tag, being careful not to overblend them. 

On the front of the tag, I used the Butterfly Stock Stencil with silver modeling paste; this combined with painting on the back of the tag, helps to add dimension.

If you’d like to see more about that technique, please view this post: Mixed Media Acrylic Tag, which describes this technique and includes a short video.

Rub-on sentiments and some silver ribbon complete the tag...

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I hope this project has given an idea of a new way to use TapeRunner.

Supplies:

Clear Scraps: Fancy Butterfly Chipboard Shape, Acrylic Tag Album and Butterfly Stock Stencil

TapeRunner: Permanent Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other: TCW: Sterling Silver Modeling Paste, Silver, Light Blue and White Acrylic Paint, Transfer Foil, Rub-one, Silver Ribbon, Palette Knife, Paintbrush and Scissors 


Canvas Gift Bags

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today with gift bags using the 4" x 6" Hello Spring Stencil.
This sweet stencil is perfect for all types of creations but I thought the stencil would be fun on canvas pouches.

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I had several canvas gift pouches  in my stash that I had been saving for a special occasion, but I could also have used paper gift bags.
Since paper gift bags come in different colors, think of the different background colors you will have.

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Placing the stencil on each canvas pouch, I used assorted inks to decorate each bag.
I only wanted to use the flowers, so I used daubers to add the inks being careful not to ink the words.

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For the center of the flowers, I used a variety of sequins from the Little Dude and Lovely sequin collections.
Just a little dab of glue was all that was needed to adhere the sequins.
Just let the glue dry before proceeding.

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Now they are ready to fill with goodies or even a gift card or two.
Since they are going to special individuals, I added gift cards to the recipients' favorite stores along with some Hershey Kisses.

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These canvas pouches had strings so it was easy to close them.

Thanks for stopping by.

Steph

Other Supplies:  Imagine Inks, canvas pouches


Stencilled Gift Bags

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today using the Clear Scraps 6" Post/Flowers Stencil to create sweet gift bags.

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Some times you want to give a small gift and it's even better if you can personalize them.

Gift bags can be great little pieces of art to create.  Using the 6" Post/Flowers Stencil, I placed it on the gift bags.  

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Because the bags were small, I arranged the stencil so only a portion would be inked.

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Using a ink tool, I added colors to the images.
Three bags were created with the sign post and flower and the other two used just the flowers. 
I kept the colors the same so I could create these bags assembly line style. 
Once the bags were done, I used beige ink around the edges of each bag.
 
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I found a stamp that fit inside the sign post.  On the other bags, I  stamped it across the flower stems.
 
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The bags were then filled with little goodies and tied shut with ribbon.
Think about personalizing the bags with special candies or even gift cards for the recipient.
 
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With so many different stencils available at Clear Scraps, think of all the different gift bags you can create.
Mother's Day is coming as well as birthdays and holidays.
What will you create?
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Steph
 
Other supplies:  gift bags, Imagine inks, Joy Clair stamps
 
 

 


Creating a Stencil Totebag

 


Greetings!  Chris here!  I have been alternating working from home and working in the office everyday during this pandemic!  And I was struggling with trying to carry all my "office" stuff to and from the office.  So I reached into my stash and found a canvas tote bag.  By itself it looked rather plain. SO... what's a crafter to do!  Embellish it!

I started by tracing Clear Scraps Amazing Grace Stencil  on to my canvas bag.

 
 

 I then started filliling in the lines using my India Ink Pitt Pens




 You can see how cool the bag is starting to look! But since I am a red girl I decided it needed a splash of red. So along the edges I add a line of my ScraPerfect's Best Glue Ever™ with ScraPerfect's No-Clog Writing Cap™.  I waited just a minute or so to allow the glue to become tacky.

I then added my red checked ribbon!

 

I hope you are inspired to get creative with your stencils! 

 

 


Vacation Jars Embellished with Shakers

Hola,

Tami here today to show you a fun was to use two of the new Clear Scraps Shakers: Mini Girl Mouse and Mini Flip Flops

Spring and Summer is VACAY time! And that means planning and budgeting for them. You might just find yourself with some extra time on your hands in the coming days, so how about spending some of it getting crafty? 

Clear Scraps Shakers are fun to embellish and fill, you can use them on cards, gift bags, make magnets or ornaments out of them, use them on decor projects --- all sorts of things.

I thought they would be a great way to embellish Vacation Jars to use to save up for a family vacay...

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The bottom layer of the Flip Flops was covered with printed paper, then the top layer was colored in with glittler gel pens. I crushed up some broken shells to fill them with; you could also add sand. Small sequin flowers with rhinestone flowers finish them off...

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For the Mini Girl Mouse, the bottom layer was covered in printed papers - I used a different one for the ears. The bow on the top layer was backed with red cardstock and colored in with black glitter gel pen. I filled the shaker with rhinestones and sequin flowers...

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Ribbons were adhered to the back to hang the shakers around the jars. This also makes the shakers removable so you can use them to embellish memories of your trip after you get back.

Supplies:

Clear Scraps: Mini Girl Mouse and Mini Flip Flops

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Glitter Gel Pens, Printed Papers, Cardstock Scrap, Flower Sequins, Rhinestones, Crushed Shells, Ribbon and Jars

 


Be Still Mixed Media Canvas

Hello crafty friends... Helen is here. Today, I would like to share this mixed media 5x7 canvas with you all.

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In the last several weeks, this phrase "Be Still" resonates in my heart and mind every day. I am learning to be still in the Lord and waiting for Him more than before. I finds more joy and hope to go through each day.

On my mixed media 5x7 canvas today, I used the 4x6 Quarterfoil Stencil and Embroidery Hoops Chipboard Embellishments.

I taped the stencil on the canvas with painter tape to hold it down while I applied the gold texture paste on the canvas. I removed the stencil and let it dried.

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After the gold texture paste dried, I added thin layer of white gesso on the canvas randomly with my finger. Then, I dried it craft heater half way and when it was still tacky, I added some DecoFoil Gold Foil Sheet randomly on it. It give the extra distress look on the background.

I cut off one of the embroidery hoops chipboard with scissors. I covered it with some white gesso, dried it half way with craft heater, then when the gesso still tacky, I added the DecoFoil Black Foil sheet on the hoop randomly. I added the embroidery hoop on the canvas with 3-in-1 Beacon glue. I held it down with some large acrylic stamping block until the glue dried well.

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I found the paper flower in my stash and I added some fine glitter on the tip of the petals with dries-clear permanent glue. Set aside to dry.

I cut out some of the butterflies out of white cardstock and I added the DecoFoil Red Foil sheet on each of the butterfly with DecoFoil Glue Pen. I did it randomly so they all would look like distressed foiled butterflies.

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I also cut out the vine out of metallic cardstock, the leaves out of watercolored paper and added some glitter on the tip of each leaf, and the banner out of white cardstock. I wrote the sentiment words on the banner with Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen.

I added each piece of the embellishment die cuts on the embroidery hoop with 3-in-1 Beacon glue. For the finishing touch, I added some of the gelato around the canvas using my finger.

This canvas is sitting on my desk as a reminder to continue to be still in the LORD every day. I hope this project encourages your heart today. 

There are many embellishments and stencils at Clear Scraps store that you will love. Check them all out! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!


Mini Mason Jar Inspirational Shaker

 
 
Greetings. Today I am excited to share this inspirational shaker I created using Clear Scraps Mini Shaker Mason Jar . I am hoping to add some magnets to the back of the shaker to add it to my fridge or even my file cabinets at work.  To recreate this project you will need:

 
Clear Scraps Mini Shaker Mason Jar 
Paint
Patterned Paper
Sequins
White twine
Metal Butterfly

Start by painting the top layer of your Clear Scraps Mini Shaker Mason Jar 
 While drying, trace and cut and then adhere sentiment from your patterned paper. 
Begin adding layers from your shaker.  

Keep adding layers.  
 

Adding glitter and sequins to fill shaker.  
Add acrylic layer over sequins.  
Don't forget to peel the protective  covering off the acrylic. 
Add your painted top layer.  
I recolored my metallic accent with alcohol markers.  

Add to shaker and finish off with a bow.  I hope you are inspired to get creative with Clear Scraps! 

Inspirational Pallet

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Hola,

Tami here to share a little positivity with you today.

We find ourselves amidst troubling times; where our everyday life has become anything but "everyday".

So I thought I'd put some pent up energy into making something positive for my home. Clear Scraps has many messages of faith in their line, and I decided to use the "Faith Over Fear" XL Wood Quote as a starting point.

I noticed that the quote fit perfectly on the Medium Deco Pallet Shape, so decided that would work great as the base for the quote. 

I wanted something colorful for the background, but couldn't find a printed paper I liked and didn't just want to paint or ink it. Then I caught sight of my washi tape; I have a "slight" addiction to it as you can see from this photo...

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Washi tape comes in tons of patterns and colors and I thought it would work well to cover the pallet with.

I placed strips of washi tape horizontally on each section of the pallet, lining up each strip directly beside the previous one. Then used a file to remove excess tape from edges.

For the quote, I painted it white so it would stand out from the background; then distressed it, especially around the edges of the letters. Loosely outlining the letters in a black pen helped define them a bit more.

Washi tape was also used to dress up the Fancy Butterflies Chipboard Embellishment.

Here is a short little video that shows you how I made this project step-by-step.

Supplies:

Clear Scraps: "Faith Over Fear" XL Wood QuoteMedium Deco Pallet Shape and Fancy Butterflies Chipboard Embellishment

Other: Assorted Washi Tape, White Acrylic Paint, White Cardstock Scrap, Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, File, Scissors, Black Pen and Paint Brush

 


Feeling Lucky Shamrock Shaker Home Decor

Good Morning friends! Leah here with you today to share another home decor item.

As you know, Saint Patricks Day is around the corner, and whether you're Irish or not, there is something to love about little Shamrocks and rainbows!

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I had this cute Mini Shaker Shamrock and knew I wanted to make something with it, so I pondered on that while I put the little shaker together.


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I adhered pattern paper to the top and bottom layer of chipboard then filled the shamrock with little rhinestones.

I happened to look up and notice my daughter's rainbow canvas hanging on my wall. I had rescued it from the trash when she tossed it over a year ago, vowing I would figure out a way to re-purpose it and surprise her. I ended up adding some black stazon ink to the background and edges, and dressed it up with ribbon and stickers, with the focal point being that adorable SHAKER!


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Look how cute this is hanging up! I love that it can be interactive with the shaker element too.

Happy Saint Patricks Day a little early!
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Leah Crowe