Other Crafts

Stenciled Jeans

Hola!

Tami here with a project I'd like to share with you. 

Embellished jeans are growing in popularity this season, but they can be a bit pricey. With the kids heading back to school and needing new school clothes and supplies, shopping on a budget is a must for most of us. So why not add those embellishments to some inexpensive jeans or even upcycle some from a resale shop.

If you have a crafty teen or tween, they might enjoy trying this project all by themselves. It would be easy enough for younger kiddos to attempt too with a little help from mom or grandma.

I found some jeans on clearance for around $10 and decided to add a little bit of summer to them to enjoy the season a little longer before heading into fall...

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Clear Scraps has TONS of stencils in lots of great themes and designs. The stencils also come in 2 sizes: 6" and 12", so you can pick which size would work best for your project. You could even use both sizes to add a mix of different sizes of designs to your altered clothing.

I wanted to embellish the bottoms of my jeans with flowers so I selected the 12" Flower Power Stencil...

I started by washing and drying the jeans to make sure I removed any sizing that was in the fabric. The sizing can sometimes prevent the ink or paint you use from fully penetrating the fabric, or make the designs wash off easily.

If needed, also iron the fabric to make sure it is nice and flat. I tucked a few layers of paper in the legs of the jeans as I worked to prevent the ink from leaking through to the other side. Check the directions on the paint or ink you use to find out how to "set" it and make it permanent.

I used a craft ink that needs to be heat set to make it permanent.

Blue Painter's Tape is helpful to hold the stencil in place as you work. I also use it to tape over any designs that are close to the ones I plan to use so I don't accidentally ink a portion of a stencil I didn't want to use. 

I inked all the flowers first, then heat set them. Next, I outlined them with a permanent pen to make the designs stand out more. 

The last step was to sew on some buttons for the flower centers; I used white embroidery thread. You can add a drop of glue (that withstands washing) to the knot to keep the button in place.

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You could also sew on some trim along the bottom of the jeans.

Another option is to use some scrap denim to stencil designs on, then cut them out and glue or sew them on. the edges will ravel a little bit each time in the wash, distressing the look! Or you could zig zag stitch around them or use a product to seal the edges if you don't want it to ravel.

Your child will have something unique to wear to school that no one else will have! 

I hope you enjoyed today's project; please stop back by soon. Some brand spanking NeW designers have joined the team and will be sharing their projects and talent with you starting this month!

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: 12 Inch Power Power Mascil 

Other: Clearsnap: ColorBox Crafter's Ink and Stylus and Tips, Blue Painters Tape, Jeans, Buttons, Embroidery Floss and Black Permanent Pen


Enchanted Fairies Chipboard Tab Album

Hello Craft Friends!

It's Dana and I'm back on the Clear Scraps blog with a mini album project I hope you'll like. Mini albums are one of my favorite things to craft. Clear Scraps has many new album styles to choose from. The one we'll be using today, is the Chip layer tabbed album Click here

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In addition to that we will be using Clear Scraps Dragonflies chipboard embellishment Click here 

I adore fairies and whimsical designs. So these papers from Memory Place "Enchanted " collection were just what I was looking for. 

This album measures 5x8 inches, not including the tabs. First I covered both the front and back covers and all the inside pages using a variety of coordinating papers from this collection. Note: both the last album page and back cover measures 6 & 1/2 x 8 inches.  The tabs measure 1 &1/2 inches x 2 inches. I covered all the tabs with wood patterned papers. I did use Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and inked all of my papers before adhering. I recommend using Beacon glue it is perfect for chipboard and it won't buckle your papers. Set your pages aside for now.

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Dragonflies embellishment: cut apart one of the Dragonflies from your chipboard piece. You can save the other dragonfly for a future project. I painted the antennas, body and head using a black paint pen. Then added craft glue to both wings. Then sprinkled some Martha Stewart Florentine gold glitter onto both wings. Shake off any excess glitter. Set aside to dry. 

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Front cover: I fussy cut the fairy holding the flower, inked along the edges and adding foam dots to the back. Adhere your fairy over the matching image on your cover paper.  I added some Stickles Stardust glitter to her dress and the flower petals. Then glued my chipboard dragonfly towards the bottom of my page. I chose a sentiment piece from the ephemera pack, curled both ends of my sentiment piece using a bone folder. This adds some lift and dimension. To finish my cover, I stamped a sentiment using black ink onto my tab. 

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Page 1: I cut out three 3x4 Journaling cards from the 12x12 paper and scored 1/2 inch at the top. Then adhered as a waterfall on my page. I added a piece of lace at the top of my waterfall cards. 

Page 2: I took some cream cardstock and cut to measure 3 & 1/2 x 5 inches and adhered as a photo mat. I cut out a tag sentiment and glued towards the top. I added a gem over the hole on my tag. I took one of the fairies from the ephemera pack and adhered at the bottom of my photo mat, using foam dots. I stamped some images on each of the tabs. 

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Page 3: I just added a gem over the hole on the tag. 

Page 4: I created a pocket page. The pocket measures 5x 3 &1/2 inches. Don't forget to punch a hole on the left side before gluing! I tucked a few small Journaling cards from the journal pack, into my pocket. I adhered a Dream sentiment at the bottom of my pocket using foam dots. Then taking one of your border pieces from the 12x12 papers, cut and glue at the top of your page. On the left tab, I cut a sentiment phase from one of my papers and glued onto my tab. For the right tab, I stamped a few images of Stars, and Butterflies. 

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Page 5: I took another sentiment from the ephemera pack and glued towards the top of my page. I couldn't bear to cover this pretty paper so I left it blank! 

Page 6: For the last page, I adhered another photo mat in the center. I tore an image from one of my Scrap papers, inked along the edges and glued along the top of my page. Using foam dots, I adhered acouple lantern pieces from the ephemera pack. Then using more foam dots I adhered another fairy at the bottom of my page. 

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To finish this album,  I tied and knotted acouple charms on a piece of thread, and glued behind the sentiment on my cover. Then I tied some ribbons and gold tulle through each hole of the album and tied into a bow! Inside on several fairy images I applied some glitter on their dresses, using a clear Sparkle pen. 

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Here are some closeups:

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I hope I have inspired you today and you will want to create your own album. These new albums would be great for creating journals. Maybe I'll create one for you in a future project! 

Thank you for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! Be sure and visit the Clear Scraps website Click here and check out all the new products available. Until we meet again, Happy Crafting! 

Dana 

Other Supplies Used:

Memory Place Enchanted collection, Foam dots, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, scoring tool, trimmer, Beacon glue, gems, Gold tulle, green satin ribbon, Martha Stewart Florentine gold glitter, Stickles glitter Stardust, Clear Sparkle pen, Black paint pen, black ink, Dovecraft Fairy Tales stamps and Crafters Companion Enchanted Forest wood block stamps.


Gingerbread Advent Countdown Calendar

Over the years, I've had several Christmas countdown calendars, especially when my kids were little.  Each one is unique in it's own way, but most counted only the days of December.  Hi - it's Maureen today!  I want to share a project using the newest item in the Clear Scraps catalog, the Advent Countdown Kit!

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Yes, I'm working on Christmas stuff, but this kit will allow me to countdown from 99 if I want!  And, oh by the way...that's not far from now.  Ha!  Oh my goodness, this kit is so cute, and the possibilities with this project were endless...I admit, it took me a few days to decide what colors I wanted to do.  After much debate, I decided a peppermint swirl and gingerbread plaid was the way to go.

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To start, I've taken the main easel board and base-coated it in a spice brown color.  I did sand it once and painted a second coat on top - it gives it a much smoother finish that way. 

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Next, I used a gingerbread brown and burgundy card stock paper to back the board.  To cut it to the right shape, trace it on the back with pencil.  Also make sure to trace the holes for the pegs.  I used a small pin tool to poke them out before I glued to the board.  Then glue the top panel over it.

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For the number panels, I've painted them a burgundy red.  I'm using all acrylic paint for this project.  Sand and add a 2nd coat as necessary.

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I had a peppermint swirl die cut so I cut several sheets of white card stock with this panel, then laid them on top of the panels, gluing them into place.  Then I took a detail scissors and trimmed off the ends.

The chipboard numbers that come with the kit are painted in a pine tree green and the script font is painted in white.  Set these aside to dry, then later glue them on the center of each peppermint panel and on to the main board.

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Now, I also saw this really cute Holly Tag Chipboard Embellishment, and thought the outline to the holly looked like gingerbread icing!  I've painted the tag in the same burgundy red, but added some green where the holly will lay over the shape.  Next, I've painted the trim in white and glued it together.  I'm also using a small die cut in a peppermint shape and adding some red and white card stock candies to the berries on the tag, as well as some additional ones on the easel.

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I've also painted the holly leaves that come with the kit in the same manner.  Both the holly leaves and the tag embellishment were added to the top left and bottom right corners of the easel.  To glue all the items together, I'm using a white tacky glue.

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Now let's assemble the back.  When the kit comes to you, you will break apart the joint panels and then insert the tabbed piece to the joint on the back.  Next, glue the panel to the easel back.  Let this dry completely before you put pressure on it - hot glue or a tacky glue works really well and holds nicely.

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Okay, for the gingerbread trim, I've cut a few strips of rickrack shaped paper in white card stock and glued them to the edges of the easel board.  If you don't have a die cut like this, you could cut a few strips from an electronic cutting machine, purchase stickers or even paint them on!

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And now we look all ready to countdown...I even am in the mood to do some holiday baking!  Although it might be too hot yet to do so, ha ha.  Now - I'm curious; how will you decorate YOUR Advent Calendar Kit??

Until next time,

Maureen

Additional supplies used:  acrylic paints in burgundy, green, brown and white; die cuts of a peppermint swirl, mini peppermints and rick rack border shapes; white card stock; plaid card stock; tacky glue.


Life is Better on the Farm

Hello Craft Friends!

I'm Dana and I'm back on the Clear Scraps blog today with a Farm styled Home Decor project to share. These new Shiplap shapes from Clear Scraps come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and they are ready to decorate to match any decor! For my project today,  we'll be using the Clear Scraps Square Shiplap shape- Large Click here and the Clear Scraps Chicken Shiplap Small shape Click here

We also will be using Clear Scraps new mini cloud shaker! Click here

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To begin,  I took some acrylic paint "Wicker white" and using a paintbrush, I white washed the paint over the square Shiplap surface leaving some of wood showing through. Then I took some light blue acrylic paint and white washed this over the surface to create a look that resembles the sky. Set aside to dry. 

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Take your Chicken Shiplap Small shape out of your package. I traced around my shape onto one of the patterned papers from Echo Park's "Farmhouse Kitchen. I cut out along the edge, glued my paper to the front of my Shiplap Chicken shape, using Beacon glue. Then with my xaco knife, I trimmed around my shape removing any excess paper. Then Distressed around the edges till smooth with my Distress tool. Then I took some Distress Ink "Gathered Twigs" and inked around the edges of my chicken shape. I glued a black round disk for the eye on my chickens head. I also painted my chickens feet with a black paint pen. Set aside for now.

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Shaker: Remove your shaker pieces from your package. Take your top shaker piece and using a sponge brush, I dipped my sponge into some the white and light blue acrylic paint, using a light pouncing motion, apply your paint over your top shaker piece. 

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Then with a small paintbrush, paint around the sides of all your chipboard shaker pieces. Let dry.

Take your bottom shaker piece and trace around your shape onto some white card stock paper.  Cut out and glue on top of your bottom piece. Trim away any excess paper using your x-acto knife. Smooth any rough edges using a Distress tool. Then I glued one of the stickers from my Echo park "Fun on the Farm" collection.

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Then glue your next 2 chipboard shaker pieces on top of your bottom piece. Add any shaker filler you prefer. Then remember to peel off the protective film on both sides of the acrylic shaker piece before gluing in place. Add your top shaker piece and set aside to dry. Do not shake until throughly dry or your filler will stick to the sides. I added another bee sticker on the top of my cloud!

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Now we're ready to decorate and glue all your pieces in place. I like to add a variety of different embellishments and sentiments. Don't glue them down until you are happy with their placement. 

I added foam tape to the back of my chicken shape and adhered on the bottom of my Shiplap square shape. Using foam dots I added a sentiment from my ephemera pack in the center of my chicken's body. 

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At the top I took some jute cord and tied a knot on each end. Glue each end down onto my wood surface. Then I applied some foam dots to the back of my FARM sentiment letters, from my ephemera pack, then glued in place on top of my jute cord. 

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I cut out one of the 4x6 Journaling cards from the paper pack and glued on the left side of my wood shape. Adding some foam dots on the back of my tree sticker, I adhered it over the duplicate image on my Journaling card. This adds nice dimension. In my craft stash, I adhered some Farm animals 3D stickers around my journal card and on the bottom left side of my wood surface. I also adhered some of the grass stickers around the farm animals feet and also my chickens feet. 

To finish, I adhered my mini shaker cloud at the top right of my square Shiplap surface. Then with foam dots, I added another sentiment piece above my chicken. You can add a metal hanger on the back or even some jute cord and it's ready to hang!

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Here's another closeup!

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I hope you enjoyed this project today and I have inspired you to create your own Home Decor piece! Don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps website to see all the new products that are available for purchase! Click here

Thanks so much for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! Remember to share your crafty makes on our Facebook Creative page! We love to see what you create!

Until next time we meet, Happy Crafting!

Dana

Other Supplies Used: Echo Park's Farmhouse Kitchen collection and Fun on the Farm collection, Plaid Wicker white paint, light blue acrylic paint, foam tape and foam dots, Beacon glue, sponge brush, small paintbrush, Distress tool, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, black round disk, jute cord, x-aco knife, white card stock, Jolee's "Petting zoo" stickers.

 

 


Red, White and Blue Candle Ring

What kinds of decorations do you put on your table?  Do you love to decorate a table for the season like I do?  Hi everyone - it's Maureen!  Today I wanted to show you a centerpiece idea that you can use for your Summer entertaining.

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This year I've decorated my dining room in red, white and blue.  There are so many patriotic holidays that come in the Summer, and this color scheme works well all the way through Labor Day.  I was excited to incorporate some of the Clear Scraps goodies in my display this year!

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I'm starting with a basic cardboard circle, with the middle cut out.  This one I bought on Amazon, as it has an adhesive backing to it and is great for crafts, but you can cut your own.  This one is about 9" in diameter.  I've set out to wrap this with a white cord I purchased at a craft store.

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As I wrap the wreath, I am securing pieces with a hot glue gun.  Even though the wreath is adhesive, this will hold up year after year.  When the wreath is completely covered, I secure the end with more hot glue.

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Next, I'm taking the Award Ribbon Mini Shaker and choosing some beautiful Americana paper to back it with.  I've traced it around the base of the shaker, then cut it out.  As I apply the other layers with tacky glue, I'm also going to fill this shaker with an assortment of Lovely Pink and White Sequins from Clear Scraps and added a few blue stars I had in my stash.  I've painted the top trim blue, then glued all the layers together.

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While this is drying, I've also selected the Multi Stars Chipboard Embellishments to fill in my ring.  I've painted the open stars in blue and the closed stars in red.  Then, taking a die cut in a similar size, I've cut more of the cute Americana paper and glued the blue stars down on top.  For the red stars, I'm attaching some wooden buttons.

Now, I've got some leftover wired ribbon in my stash, so it was a great opportunity to use it up!  I've picked a navy blue and a red/white striped pattern, and laid one over the other.  I tie it into a simple bow, then turn the ribbon so that all the patterns are facing up.  Trim off the ends to a length you desire.

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This bow is attached to the ring with some floral wire.  I inserted the wire through the bow and again through the back of the ring.  Twist the wire until it lays flat and then cut off the ends.

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It's time to attach my embellishments!  I've chosen another sentiment from the same Americana paper pad and glued it to the front of my award ribbon shaker.  I've also cut out a couple pinwheels from a die cut I own and assembled those too.  All the items are glued on with some hot glue, and then left to sit until they are secure.  And now it's time to put it around my candle!

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When the patriotic holidays are over, this ring stores nice and flat in a storage box.  But, it won't be long before I'd be able to get it out again for, say, Veteran's Day too!  What other ideas could you create using the Clear Scraps Embellishments and Shakers??

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I hope you've been inspired to try something new on your table this season.  As always, it's been great to create with you today - see you next time!

Maureen

Additional tools:  cardboard circle wreath, white rope, hot glue gun, Americana Paper Pad (from Joanns), red/blue acrylic paint, wooden buttons, star sequins, red/white striped ribbon, blue wired ribbon.

 


Vintage Chipboard Album

Hello Craft Friends!

Dana here! Today I have a vintage style mini album. I love vintage style and have so many old photos that match perfectly with this album. 

For our project we will be be Clear Scraps Regular chipboard album.  Click here 

The papers I chose are from Blue Fern "Life's Vignettes." 

To begin our project,  I covered all my album pages with different coordinating papers from this paper collection. All papers will measure 5x7 inches. I recommend using Beacon glue. It creates a strong bond when working with chipboard. 

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Set your album aside for now. We will work on a border piece next. I chose Clear Scraps Fancy Chipboard border Click here I think these borders add such a nice touch and there are so many different styles to chose from. Using Vintage White acrylic paint I applied the paint to  both the front, back and along the sides of my border. Let dry. Then I inked around the edges of my border using Distress Ink. I added a few gems to my flower centers on my border piece on both sides. Don't forget to mark and punch two holes on the left side of your border piece. 

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Now we can decorate the front cover of this album. I fussy cut a floral piece from one of the scrap pieces, added Distress Ink around the edges before adhering to the right corner of my album, using foam dots. I also fussy cut a pretty butterfly, bent the wings slightly and adding some Beacon glue in the middle I adhered below my floral piece. I also glued a cute vintage girl along the bottom edge of my album cover!

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For the back cover I chose to not to add anything. I just couldn't cover this cute paper with the little vintage boy! But of course you could decorate if you prefer. 

Page 2:  I fussy cut out a bow and added some foam dots to the back and adhered at the top of my page. I applied some Stickles glitter to acouple Butterflies wings. 

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Set your album aside for now. Next we will be applying some rust pastes to our Clear Scraps Cog gears chipboard embellishments pieces Click here 

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I had two of these Cog Gears leftover from a previous project. Cut them apart and save the outer frame piece. We will be using this piece later.  I love using these chipboard gears on Vintage or Steampunk projects! I applied the rust paste in gold and brown layering on top of each other. I think this adds such a rusty effect that I love! Let dry. 

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Next I fussy cut out some more pieces from my Journaling cards and scrap papers from this collection. I inked all pieces with Distress Ink. I chose a vintage photo to use on page 3. I cut apart one of my Journaling cards into 2 pieces. I adhered one at the top of my photo and one at the bottom.

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 Then I took a piece of cardboard and glued to the back side of my photo, 

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 I adhered this centered on the left side of the page. This adds dimension. I adhered a butterfly, on the right side of my photo then using a tiny clip I added a sentiment at the top! I glued the smaller Cog gear to another sentiment piece from the ephemera pack, and adhered below my photo and finished this page with a vintage button at the top!

Page 4: I chose another photo and adhered at the top of my page and a butterfly on the right. I cut a piece of a filmstrip from Tim holtz idea-ology and glued across the top portion of my photo! I glued my larger Cog gear at the bottom and glued a metal wheel on top!

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Page 5: I cut a piece of paper measuring 3 &1/2 inches x 6 & 1/2. I scored 1/2 inch on the left, and adhered as a flip page. I added another photo in the center of my page. I cut out a stamp with the butterfly on it, inked my edges and adhered using foam dots towards the top. I tore another small piece of paper, inked along the edges and glued along the bottom of my page, slightly over my photo bottom edge.

Last page: take your leftover chipboard frame piece, cut apart and mighterd my corners to fit around the edge of my photo. I took some Pebeo Renaissance Gold wax and rubbed over the top of my chipboard frame pieces, using my finger. Alittle wax goes along way. After the wax is dry I adhered my pieces around my photo. Added another sentiment and flower piece and adhered at the top of my photo frame. To finish I added some sticker numerals to mark the year this photo was taken.

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Now you can add acouple metal rings through the holes of your album pages. You could tie ribbon onto your rings if you like. 

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Here are some closeups!

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I hope this project has inspired you to gather some vintage photos and start creating an album that will last a lifetime!

Thank you for visiting the Clear Scraps blog! Don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps website Click here for all your crafty supplies! Be sure to check out all the new products available!

Until next time,  Happy Crafting! 

Dana

Other Supplies Used: Paper Trimmer, Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge, Blue Fern Life's Vignettes paper Collection, Pebeo Renaissance Gold wax, Prima Patina Effects paste in Brass,  Gold and Brown Rust pastes, small scissors, gems, Foam dots, Beacon glue, Tim Holtz idea-ology film strip and tiny clips.

 


Watermelon Phone Stand

Are you a watermelon fan?  I wasn't a big fan of it growing up, but the older I've gotten, I really enjoy some for the summertime.  Hi everyone, it's Maureen today, here with you during the heat of the summer.  I thought you'd enjoy a refreshing treat today - and even if you don't like to EAT watermelon, you might enjoy this cute project.

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Today I'm sharing an adorable item that's not only fun, but fun-ctional!  It's a watermelon phone stand, using the Clear Scraps Acrylic Phone Stand item.  This is a great project to try out your painting skills, because when you use acrylic paints, you can just wipe it off and start over if you don't like it!

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My first step is to peel off the protective film from both sides of the stand.  Next, I'm taking a foam brush and doing one light green stripe down the side, center and opposite side of the back of the stand.  I'm only going about 3/4ths of the way down, because this will be the top of my watermelon pattern.

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Next, I'm taking a white acrylic paint and the tip of the brush handle, and applying small dots down the sides of each green stripe, in varying sizes.  I'm also adding a stripe of white where the green stripes end.  This will be the rind of the watermelon.

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To paint on acrylic, it's helpful to start with the top layer of your design so it will show through later.  It's like painting in reverse!  Here I'm painting the watermelon seeds on first, and to do that I'm making a black dot with paint, then pulling one side out with a pin tool.  This helps me make tear drop shapes more evenly across the stand.  I also take that tool and add small white highlights in the shape of a comma around the seed.

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Make sure each layer dries really well - I actually left mine overnight to make certain I wouldn't have any streaking.  Once the seeds are dry, I set out to cover them in a watermelon pink background with a light coat of paint.  Don't overdo it - just one or two strokes are plenty, and the image is meant to be a bit transparent.

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My top layer involves sponging some dark green paint over the open stripe at the top.  These are applied over the white dots too, and become highlights from the front.  I did go back and fill in my white "rind" again, so that it was more visually appealing from the back.

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Now, I'm also choosing to add a front image for decoration, so I've picked the watermelon wood shape from the Wood Summer Collection.  I'm painting this piece in a similar color scheme to the phone stand.  I've base coat the front and back in a light green paint, then sponged stripes on with a darker green on the back, and a half circle of watermelon pink on the front.

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I've also added the same highlight dots to the edge, making it look like a rind.  Let this piece dry thoroughly.

I am a growing fan of the items I can print in vinyl, and acrylic products are so great for this medium!  I've chosen a phrase from my electronic machine and printed in a black permanent vinyl.  I recommend following the instructions on your machine for how to apply vinyl, but I'm including basic steps below.

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First, peel away the excess vinyl and weed away the small pieces.  Rub this upside down on some transfer tape and peel off the backing.  Take the transfer tape and lay it over the area you want to apply it.  Then rub with a squeegie tool and pull the transfer tape away.

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I've added a few words to the wood piece and a phrase to the acrylic phone stand too.  I've then applied the watermelon wood piece to the top of the stand with some hot glue.

Your final step would be to seal the stand in an acrylic sealer, especially so the paint doesn't chip away over time or if you are using it outside.  Then, you are ready to take your smartphone with you, to any room in your house or even outside to listen to some music!

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I hope you enjoyed this "no-calorie" treat today - would you consider making something like this?  I'm including a supply list below, if you choose to give it a try.  Hope you stay cool this week and now, if you'll excuse me - Summer is calling.  grin  I'll see you next time!

Maureen

Additional tools:  acrylic paints in bright pink, white, black and lt/dk green; black vinyl and an electronic cutting device (I used Cricut Joy); acrylic paint sealer, sanding paper for wood, hot glue gun.


Botanical Home Decor Printer Tray

Hello Craft Friends!

It's Dana and I'm back to share another Home Decor project with you. I love to decorate my home for every season! Today we'll be using several different products from Clear Scraps. For our base I chose Clear Scraps 12x12 Printer Tray Rectangle Click here

Along with Clear Scraps Chipboard Fancy Butterflies, Click here  Decor border Click here and the new Leaves mixer stencil. Click here The papers I chose are from 49 and Market Botanical collection. 

To begin our project, I applied some creamy acrylic paint to the front shaker frame and my chipboard Deco border. I prefer to apply 2 coats of paint and after it's fully dried, I inked the edges using Distress Ink. 

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After my border is fully dry, I took my mixer leaves stencil and securely taped my stencil in place using some washi tape.

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Then taking some Tim Holtz Distress Ink-mowed lawn , I applied my Distress Ink over some of the leaves, using my ink dabber. Set these pieces aside for now.

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Next from my Botanical paper collection, I cut and glued my papers behind each window of my bottom layer chipboard Printer frame piece. I recommend using Beacon 3 in 1 Glue. It's fast drying and has a strong bond. Then I glue this bottom piece onto the back base of my Printer Tray. Glue your next chipboard frame piece on top of the previous layer. 

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Now I cut apart one of my Clear Scraps Fancy Butterflies chipboard embellishments, I had leftover from a previous project. But you could use both butterfly chipboard embellishments if you like. I added some yellow and green glitter to my chipboard butterfly wings. Then set aside to dry.

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Now the fun begins and we can add our embellishments. I like to use some fuzzy cut elements and ephemera pieces using foam dots to adhere to the different sections of my printer tray. I added a stamp, and even glued some Butterflies to my chipboard Deco border piece. I chose to add a photo of my mother inside one of the windows too for a personal touch!

Now you can add your acrylic layer, but remember to peel off the protective film from both sides of your acrylic sheet, before gluing in place. Now you can glue your final top layer in place! Then I took my Deco border piece and glued along the bottom edge of my Printer Tray. 

To finish your project, I added a jute cord on the back and now it's ready to display on your wall!

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Here are some closeups

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Thanks so much for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! We appreciate your support and we love to see your crafty makes! So please share on our Facebook Creative page! Don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps website Click here

Until next time, Happy Crafting! Let your creativity flow!

Dana

Other Supplies Used: 49 and Market Botanical collection, Tim Holtz Distress Ink-mowed lawn and Rusty Hinge, Trimmer, Beacon glue, Marta Stewart glitters- Peridot and Lemon Drop, photo, 


Time for Tea Chipboard Album

Hey Crafty Friends:

I'm Dana and I'm back to inspire you today with a fun album project featuring Clear Scraps adorable teapot chipboard album Click here

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And Clear Scraps Plaque rectangle shaker Click here

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The papers I chose to decorate my album are from Graphic45 Alice's Tea Party collection. I adore Alice in Wonderland! It takes me back to my childhood. 

To start my project, I painted the top of my teapot using a pink acrylic paint. Then painted my teapot handle with Finnibair Sparks paint- magical pond. Do this on all pages of your album, both on the front and the back. I traced, cut out and adhered all my base papers to my chipboard album using Beacon glue. I trimmed any excess paper from my album pages, using my xaco knife, and using a Distress tool smoothed out any rough edges. Then I inked all the pages using Distress Ink. Set these aside for now.

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Remove your shaker pieces from your package. Taking the bottom shaker piece, I chose one of the 3x4 Journaling cards and adhered to the center of my shaker base. Taking the top shaker piece, I covered with a blue checkered paper and cut away the excess paper and cut out the inside of my shaker frame, using my xaco knife. The taking my Beacon glue, I adhered my first two shaker pieces to my bottom chipboard shaker base. Then adding any shaker filler you prefer, I'm using Clear Scraps Spring sequins Click here and flowers filler Click here then peel off both sides of protective film from your shaker acrylic piece before adhering onto your previous layer. Lastly adhere your top shaker piece in place. Set aside to dry throughly BEFORE shaking! 

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Now the fun part begins! We can start decorating our front cover! I added some foam tape to the back of my shaker piece, before adhering to the center of my cover. This adds some dimension. I adhered acouple diecut pieces to my shaker frame. Added a 3D die-cut flower/leaves on the right side of my cover. Using my bone folder, I gently curled my flower petals before adhering with a foam dot. I love the dimension this adds. Added a sticker sentiment along the bottom edge. Then adhered a tiny blue startburst gem at the top of my teapot lid! 

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Page 1: I adhered the rabbit Journaling card to the center of my page. Adhered a chipboard teacup piece and acouple gems over the holes on the chipboard piece. I took a duplicate image of the rabbit from my diecut assortment and added some foam dots before adhering on top.

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Page 2: I took some cream card stock and cut a photo mat measuring 3 & 1/2 x 4 inches and adhered to the center of my page. Adhered a sticker sentiment at the top and with foam dots adhered a diecut pocket watch to the bottom right corner of my mat.

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Page 3: I took a 4x6 Journaling card and cut down to measure 4x 5 & 1/2 inches, scored 1/2 inch on the right and adhered as a flip page. The back is perfect for adding Journaling and a photo!

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Page 4: glued down another cream mat 3 &1/2 x 4 inches. Adhered a diecut sentiment at the top and a teacup diecut piece at the bottom.

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Page 5: I trimmed out another Journaling card and adhered to the center of my page. Added acouple sentiment stickers at the bottom of my page. And another sticker at the top.

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Page 6: another photo mat (same size as previously) and a chipboard sentiment at the top and a pearl gem over the hole on my chipboard piece.

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Page 7: I chose 5 3x4 Journaling cards, scored 1/2 inch at the top and adhered as a waterfall page. Perfect for adding photos to the back and underneath at the bottom.

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Last page 8: I fussy cut out the Tea Party image, inked around the edges and adhered at the top using foam dots. I added foam dots to the back of my Alice diecut frame and adhered to the left side of my page. Added a sticker sentiment at the bottom and acouple more diecut images to finish my page!

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To finish this album, I  attached acouple silver metal rings through the holes on all pages. I chose to tie a few matching charms onto one metal ring, tied some light pink and light blue tulle to each metal ring, then tied into a bow! 

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A few more closeups!

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I hope you've enjoyed this project today and will be inspired to create one of many different album styles Clear Scraps has to offer. Be sure to visit the Clear Scraps website and check our all the newest products available Click here

Thanks again for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Dana

Other Supplies Used: Beacon glue, trimmer, scoring board, Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Rusty Hinge, Graphic45 Alice's Tea Party collection, acrylic paints- pink and blue, Pink and blue Tulle, Alice in Wonderland charms, 2 small metal rings, bone folder, Distress tool, xaco knife 

 

 


Bee Happy Shaker Album

Hello Crafters!

Dana here! May is finally here and I look forward to warmer temperatures, blooming flowers and sunshine! Today I'm sharing a album project featuring one of our cute new mini shaker Beehive Click Here

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And Clear Scraps 8x8 tabbed chipboard album Click Here 

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To begin our project, I covered all my chipboard pages with a variety of coordinating papers from Simple Stories new Full Bloom collection. I'll be using both the 12x12 and 6x8 paper pads. All pages measure 8x8 inches. Be sure to punch your holes before adhering your papers to your album. I recommend using a Strong bond glue like Beacon 3 in 1 glue. We will cover the tabs later. 

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To utilize all our scraps and conserve paper, some of my pages I pieced them together leaving the branding strip attached at the top. This way you can get 2 pages out of one paper. 

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Set your album aside for now. We will work on our shaker next. I traced my bottom shaker piece onto my Bee paper. Cut out and glue to your shaker surface. Trim along the edges using an xacto knife. Then using your sanding or Distress tool, smooth around all the edges. Take your top shaker piece and using yellow acrylic paint, brush paint around the edge and 2 divided lines inside. After paint dries, I sprinkle some bright yellow glitter on the edges. I painted the heart with red acrylic paint. Set aside till dry. After it's dried, I glued a ephermera heart on top!

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Now take your next 2 chipboard shakers pieces and glue on top of your bottom piece. Add any shaker filler you like to all 3 sections on your shaker. Peel off the protective film from both sides of your acrylic sheet and glue on top of the previous layers. Then glue the top shaker piece in place! I added a sticker sentiment to the bottom of my hive. Set your shaker aside to dry throughly before shaking!

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To decorate the front cover of my album, I glued some Hello Spring ribbon along the bottom. Then adhered my shaker piece just above my ribbon. I added a variety of foam sticker sentiments and a chipboard sun sticker. Applied foam dots to the back of acouple ephermera bees and adhered them around the beehive. Then added a foam sticker Bee at the top!

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Page 1: I made a pocket page, measuring 7x4 and border punch trim adhered at the top of my pocket. I cut out one of the matching birdie tags and adhered a bird brad at the top of my tag. Tucked in a journaling card and ephermera birdhouse inside my pocket. I adhered a sentiment on my picket and foam dots to my bird/nest ephermera piece.

Page 2: using one of the journal elements card I scored 1/2 inch at the top and adhered as a flip up page. Underneath this, I added a photo mat measuring 4x4 from a scrap paper and a white  cardstock 3 & 1/2 inches. Added a birdie sticker on the bottom corner of my photo mat. The tab I covered with a scrap paper and sticker sentiment. 

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Page 3: using a 6x8 paper, I scored 1/2 at the top and adhered as a flip up page. Adhered a foam sticker bee on my flip page. Underneath I adhered a scrap strip aling the middle seam on my page. 

Page 4: photo mat measures 6x6 and white cardstock 5x5. Adhered in center of my page. Added some chipboard stickers, brad and sentiment sticker to finish my page. Covered both tabs with scrap papers and added sentiment stickers.

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Page 5:  Made a waterfall using 3 journaling cards and scored 1/2 inch at the top and adhered to my page. Added a sentiment sticker at left. Ephermera flower piece with foam dots and enamel dots to the center of my flowers. Covered tabs as previously done.

Page 6: another pocket page and border punch. Tucked a tag and journaling cards inside pocket. Grow foam sticker adhered to the pocket and 3 enamel dots!

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Page 7: Bloom and Grow journaling card adhered at the top as a flip up page. Score 1/2 inch at the top before adhering. Fussy cut out the bench image from one of the journaling cards and adhered underneath using foam dots. 

Page 8: white cardstock photo mat measures 6x6 inches. Added a variety of ephermera pieces,  using foam dots. Potted plant is a chipboard sticker and sentiment sticker at the top.

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To finish the album, I added some white metal rings through each hole. Tied some gold tulle into a bow on 2 of my rings. The middle ring I added some daisy ribbon and a new charm on top!

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Some closeups!

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I hope you enjoyed this project and will be inspired to make an album as a gift for your mom and add all those special photos from Mother's Day. Be sure to check out the Clear Scraps website to see all the new products available  Click Here

Thank you for visiting the Clear Scraps blog! We love to see all your crafty makes! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Dana

Other Supplies used: trimmer, scoring tool, yellow and red acrylic paints, foam dots Simple Stories Full Bloom collection, Martha Stewart lemonndrop glitter, Beacon glue, Distress or sanding tool, xacto knife, white cardstock, bee charm ribbon, gold tulle

 


Country Kitchen Cutting Board

What is your kitchen decor style?  Do you happen to have a farmhouse kitchen vibe in your cooking space?  Hi, Maureen here today - and I have the cutest project for those farmhouse decor needs you may have.  I'm using the new shiplap items from Clear Scraps, and they are adorable!!

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I've chosen the Large Cutting Board Shiplap wood item today, as this will be really fun to display on a wall or against my counter top area.  I'm also going to be working with the really fun shiplap shapes, and I've picked the Small Chicken Shiplap Shape too!

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I started with a base coat of gray acrylic paint - this is actually sanded down, and a second coat was applied to the front of the board.

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From there, I've traced some checkerboard print paper and cut it out to cover the 2nd strip of wood on the cutting board.  I've applied it with tacky glue, but another option would be to use decoupage also.

Now, when you think of chickens, you might just think of chicken wire!  I didn't want to buy real wire just for one project, but I searched and found this mesh silver ribbon that looks just like chicken wire.  It will be fun to use for other projects down the road too!  This is applied at the top and bottom of the checkerboard paper with tacky glue.

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My next step was to give our Small Chicken Shiplap Shape a makeover - in a pretty yellow color!  I've base painted the chicken in an acrylic paint, then sanded it, and coated it again.

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To assemble my display, I added a small green wreath to the board as a backdrop for the chicken shape.  To attach the wreath, I threaded the looped hanger through a checkerboard ribbon and tied it to the cutting board handle at the top.

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I added some final ribbon trim, both at the bottom of the board in black, and also a bit more of the chicken wire-esque ribbon to the top, along with some yellow too.

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My board is great as a display against my backsplash in the kitchen, but would also do well on the wall too.  I really love the simple design, and the pop of color it provides the room.  How would you display a project like this?

If you give this project a try, I hope you enjoy deciding on a color scheme!  A red or even blue color would do great as well.  Thanks for your time today - see you next time!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  acrylic paint, assorted ribbon (chicken wire ribbon from Joanns), scrapbook paper, faux green wreath

 

 


Shiplap Heart Photo Board

How often do you put pictures out on display?  Do they stay on your phone or do you get a chance to print them for albums?  Hi - it's Maureen today, with a display board idea that may help get your photos off of your phone, and on your wall!

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I am bad about getting photos printed - but, there are such good ones I have that I want to put on display, so I decided to do something about it!  This project, using the Large Heart Shiplap Wood Shape, was perfect to get some of our recent photos from vacation out in the open.

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I've started by painting a base layer of white acrylic paint on to 2 of the striped wood panels and a layer of turquoise on the other 2 panels.  These colors are my color scheme in my craft room!  It helped me to get crisp lines by using a little bit of painters tape.

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Next, I stapled a sheer polka dot ribbon in a loop on the back of the heart.  It might take a stronger wood staple gun to help the ribbon stay put.  I did the same with 2 lengths of the same ribbon going across my heart.  It's a good idea to have someone help you pull these tight, or use clothespins like I did, so your photos will stay in place.

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On our trip, we got to travel to Disney World, and since my craft room has a Disney theme, I added the Mini Wood Mouse Pallet to my design.  This shape I painted in a black acrylic paint, then hot glued it to the lower left corner of the heart.

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I've added a small, white felt heart to the crossed sections of my ribbon and the mouse pallet, giving the board a look that mimics a soft photo display board.  This is glued on to the pallet, and also helps the photos stay in place.

My final additions are a couple of card stock sentiments, using a stash of die cuts I had.  These are done in black and white paper.

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I really love this design because it is so easy to assemble, yet looks striking on a white wall in my room.  What colors would you choose for this project?

A short supply list is below if you decide to make this yourself.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you next time!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  black and white card stock, hot glue, staple gun, acrylic paint, ribbon, embellishments, painters tape


Bizzy the Bee Gnome Decor

Little gnomes, little gnomes...everywhere I turn!  Hi, it's Maureen with you today - how did the gnome trend get to be so popular?  Is it their short little bodies, or their cute little faces?  I admit I have also jumped on the bandwagon and am starting to be a regular gnome lover.

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Perhaps it's because you can dress them up as practically anything!  And that is what we are doing in this project - I've got a cute idea to turn the Clear Scraps Medium Gnome #1 into a bumble bee.  I've actually named him - Bizzy the Bee!

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The little curl in this gnome's hat is undeniably cute.  I've started with the hat, in fact.  I've traced 2 copies on to both yellow and black paper and then cut out the shapes.  I did the same with the gnome's body.

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Next, I took a scissors and cut the hat apart in stripes (the body too).  When I eliminate every other piece, these pieces become the stripes of both the hat and body parts.

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Before gluing these on, I took a sponge and some black ink and sponged the sides of the yellow stripes for dimension.  These really make the design pop on your gnome!

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I've assembled the hat and body, and then I used tacky glue to adhere the yellow paper stripes on my gnome.  This is the point you will want to coat the top with a thin layer of decoupage, if you are hoping to seal it on your shapes.

Next up is the antenna.  For this, I'm taking black floral wire and wrapping it around a paint brush handle.  I'm poking a hole in a white pom pom and using a bit of tacky glue to stick them on the ends.  Let these dry completely.

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When the antenna is ready, I've taped and glued them to the bottom gnome piece.  I'm using tacky glue because it really holds well on the wood.  Glue the striped hat on top.  One tip:  I used clothespin clips to hold the top hat to the bottom piece while it dries.  Otherwise the hat gets pushed up by the wire underneath.

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Okay, this part excites me - have you seen the newest mixer stencils??  The Wave Mixer Stencil is PERFECT for creating the hairy beard look.  First, coat the beard piece in white acrylic paint, then lay the stencil over the beard.  Use a VERY dry brush of gray paint, and brush it back and forth, moving the stencil as you go.  It's super cute!!

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My final addition to my gnome is to add the Bee Mini Shaker piece along with his nose and hands, painted in peach paint.  For the shaker, I used the bottom base and added yellow polka dot paper.  The top layer is just one of the chipboard layers painted black.

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Final embellishments are up to you.  Here I've added a rosette and his name in paper for the hat, a bow to the bee and some white gel pen details in spots all over the gnome.

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I love this little guy...and his sunny disposition!  I hope you've enjoyed today's project.  Additional products you need are below.  I'll "bee" seeing you soon!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  yellow, black and printed papers, acrylic paints, floral wire, pom poms, white and black detail pens, ribbon

 


Baby Girl 3D Frameable

HiYa!

Tami here with you on the Clear Scraps Blog today.

Clear Scraps has added some NeW additions to one of their more popular lines - 3D Frameables. You can see all the new designs HERE, they are towards the bottom of the page.

Among the NeW designs is one perfect for YOUR new addition or as a gift for a new addition! It's the adorable Baby and Rocking Horse Word n' Shape Set that is used on this sweet baby girl frame...

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I used the Deco Base and Frame with the new set.

I painted the frame and base with brown paint first, then when that dried added a layer of white. I used sandpaper to distress the paint and let some of the brown show through, especially to the edges.

I have also been experimenting with adding an "insert" for the frame so that I can add embellishments to the frame without actually attaching them. That way the theme of the frame can easily be changed out...

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I cut a piece of heavy cardstock long enough to stick out of the top of the frame a bit. I added some printed papers to the cardstock, then added an embellishment to the top and my quote to the center.

For the Baby Wood Word, I painted it pink, distressed it with a file and some ink and then added stitching lines using a white pen...

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I used two different printed papers on the rocking horse, then added some tiny flowers with silver cord to embellish it...

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I wanted to add a few more flowers to accent the frame, but I wanted them to be removeable as well, so I adhered the flowers together and let them dry. Then used a bit of poster tac to add them to the frame...

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There are so many great designs in the 3D Frameables line now. What a nice unique gift for someone special or special occasion to put together a frame and several theme sets!

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: 3D Frameables: Baby and Rocking Horse Word n' Shape Set  and Deco Base and Frame

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Printed Papers, Cardstock, Flowers, Mini Pearls, Silver Cording, White, Brown and Pink Paint and White Pen, 


Stenciled Flower Pots Canvas Bag

Howdy!

Tami here on the Clear Scraps Blog today.

I hope you are enjoying some lovely Spring weather where you live. The days have been REALLY pretty lately, lots of sunshine, blue skies and gentle breezes here in Texas.

The nice weather gets me thinking it's time to do some Spring planting! And not only in my flower pots, how about in some Springtime crafting?

Clear Scraps has some really great stencil designs and one of them is the 6" Flower Pots Stencil...

I had recently purchased several blank canvas bags and I thought this stencil would be a great way to dress one of them up a bit.

Take a peek at my finished bag...

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I started by applying 2 different colors of Fabric Ink to each flower - adding some shading around the outside with the darker color. Then I used green for the stems and brown with a bit of orange for highlights on the pots. I then heat set the inks - follow the directions for your specific type. I decided to loosely outline the designs with a fine tip black permanent pen. I had some green felt leaves so I adhered them to the stems. You could also cut some out yourself.  As a finishing touch I adhered buttons tied with twine to the centers of the flowers.

Dressed up canvas bags would make nice inexpensive party or wedding favors. Or make a set for yourself to to use when you travel. 

Thank you for visiting the Clear Scraps Blog today, please come back soon!

SUPPLIES:

Clear Scraps: 6" Flower Pots Stenci

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Fabric Tac, Clear Snap: Fabric Pigment Inks, Fine Tip Black Permanent Pen, Felt Leaves, Buttons, Twine and Canvas Bag


Rejoice Easter card

Hi Craft Friends!

I'm Dana and I have a Easter cardmaking idea to share. I think handmade cards are as much fun to create as to receive. Don't you? Have you seen all the new shakers and stencils now on the Clear Scraps website? Be sure to check them out.

Today's card features the new Clear Scraps  Plaid mixer stencil Click Here  Easter egg shaker Click Here and chipboard mix crosses Click Here

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To begin I started with a 7x6 white card and 3 bright colored Distress inks. I chose Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn. Tape your stencil in place with Washi tape. Then using an ink dabber, apply each color of Distress ink using a circular motion.

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I alternated my colors over each section of my stencil. I just love the Plaid design. Don't you? Carefully lift off your stencil from your paper. Then I matted my stenciled card onto a piece of bright pink cardstock. Trim leaving a 1/8 inch pink border around the edge. Apply some foam tape to the back before adhering to 6x6 white card base, leaving about 1/8 inch of my white card showing. Set your card aside. 

Now take your shaker pieces out of your package and using a pencil, trace around your bottom shaker piece onto a patterned paper of your choice. Then using Beacon glue, adhere your paper onto your shaker piece. Trim around the edges and using a sanding or Distress tool, smooth out any rough edges. Take your top shaker piece and decorate with paint, inks, or glitter as I did. For my chipboard mixed crosses, I cut apart one of the crosses the other crosses I'll save for a future project. I added gold glitter to my chipboard cross. Set aside these pieces till throughly dry.

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While drying, glue your next 2 chipboard shaker pieces on top of your bottom piece. Fill your sections of your shaker Easter egg with sequins, confetti or beads. I'm using Clear Scraps Spring shaker filler Click Here 

Now peel off the protective film on both sides of the shaker acrylic piece. Then glue and adhere on top of the other layers.  Add the top shaker piece. Set aside to dry throughly before shaking! I then took some pink acrylic paint and applied around the sides of my easter egg shaker. 

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Now its time to decorate your card! I arranged my Easter egg shaker and chipboard cross where I desired before gluing onto my card base. I added a few sticker sentiments, a Easter egg sticker border along the bottom edge. Then some enamel dots to finish my card!

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Here's acouple close-ups!

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I hope I've inspired you to get out your crafty supplies and start making Easter cards to send to all the special people in your life! Be sure to visit the Clear Scraps website and see all the new products they have. Click Here 

Thsnk you for visiting the Clear Scraps blog! Until next time, Happy Crafting! 

Dana

Other Supplies used: Tim holtz Distress inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn. Foam tape, Beacon glue, Distress or sanding tool, trimmer, xacto knife, Martha Stewart glitters in Cotton candy, limeade, lemon drop and gold. Light pink acrylic paint, Echo Park My favorite Easter enamel dots, stickers.