Other Crafts

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.

 

 


Let's Celebrate Pallet Board and Shakers

We are well on our way through this new year and the birthdays, holidays and celebrations are passing by.  Does it ever feel like you just put out decorations for one event, only to take them down right away?  Hi, it's Maureen today and I have a solution to share with you -  this adorable year-round sign.  It will allow you to switch out decorations for the next holiday or event you're celebrating in a snap!  Let's see how it's done.

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I've started with the Square Medium DIY Pallet.  These are great for overall home decor and can be hung on a wall or propped up with an easel, or on a shelf.  I've base coated the pallet with an acrylic white paint, then sanded the first layer down for smoothness.

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My second layer is another coat of white on the top and bottom panels, and a lime green coat in the middle.  I've done a second coat of this one as well.

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Now, I was trying to decide what colors go with various holidays during the year and I decided on a bright red, sky blue and orange paint.  I figured those colors would suit most any event, and would look a bit like confetti!  I'm taking each color and dipping the end of a paint brush handle in to the paint, then adding a dot across the middle panel of the pallet.  I've gone back and done a second coat of each of these also, as well as add smaller white dots too.

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While my pallet dried, I picked out a few mini shaker embellishments that I will need this Spring.  For this project I'll show you the Cupcake Mini Shaker and the Easter Egg Mini Shaker.  

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I also did one for St. Patrick's Day a couple weeks ago too - with the Shamrock Mini Shaker.  You should check out all the new additions this Spring to choose from!  It was hard to pick just a few.

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Both shakers start with painting the top panel in a festive color of your choice.  The base panel is traced onto a few patterned paper designs as well.  To assemble, I've glued on the several layers to the base panel, and then chosen from a selection of sequins and beads at home to fill the middles.  One of the sequin mixes I used was the Lovely Sequin mix for the Easter egg.

Next, glue on your acrylic plate - and make sure to remove the film before you do!  I used a tacky glue for this. I glued on my painted top panels and also added some floral embellishments and ribbon to the shakers..

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I've also applied the words "Let's Celebrate" to the 2 white areas of my board with a vinyl lettering.  This font was from the Cricut Design Space but any font (or die cut letter) would work for this.  It's a fun way to instantly dress up a wood sign - follow your instructions for your electronic cutting machine, as necessary.

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To get the mini shakers to adhere to the board, I've cut several strips of magnet sheets and glued them to the back of the shakers as well as the middle of my square pallet.  Make sure the magnets line up with each other before you glue.

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You could create an entire year of celebrations and save yourself on decorating with this one board idea.  What other shakers would you choose for the Summer or Fall?  I'm really excited to keep creating new items for this board.  I hope you've enjoyed the project today!  Below is a list of a few items you'd want to have ready to create one yourself.  Thanks for celebrating with me today!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  adhesive vinyl and cutting tool or machine, acrylic paints, magnet sheets, various embellishments, shaker bits and sequins, ribbon, tacky glue, red pom pom


Bee Hive Shaker Basket

Hunting for baskets has always been a big part of our Easter celebrations.  Growing up, we always searched for our Easter baskets, and were so excited to see what they were filled with.  Have you ever thought about making your own baskets?  Hi, it's Maureen, and I have a simple basket idea for you, using a Clear Scraps chipboard mini shaker - and the fun part is that it is see-through!

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I've chosen the adorable Mini Shaker Bee Hive for my basket because this would be great for Easter, Mother's Day or even a birthday!  I also think that this works well because it has a flatter bottom to stand upright.  My first steps were to paint the back panel black, and the front panel yellow.  I'm using acrylic paints for this.

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Since my basket is open, I wanted a pretty pattern showing through the front panel, so I chose one of the mixer stencils, the Circle Grooves Stencil for this project.  I started with a white piece of card stock and sponged a first layer in a light yellow ink.  Next I went over the stencil with an orange ink, dusting only some edges of the circles on the stencil.

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From here I traced a bee hive shape on to the patterned paper and cut it out.  I've attached it to the other side of the base piece, and this becomes the inside of the box.

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The frame of the box is a 3" by 8.5" strip of black card stock.  I've scored the paper at .24" on each long side and 2.75" in on each short side.  Next, I've cut small triangles on the grooves on the long edge of the strip on both sides. This helps it fold up properly.

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This strip is folded up in a U-shape, and forms the base of the box.  I use tacky glue to secure it to the patterned side of the bee hive.  Next, I take the clear acrylic piece, remove the protective film on both sides, and glue it to the front of this basket.  I'm using tacky glue, which dries clear.

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It's time to attach the front yellow panel.  I also added a polka dot heart to this panel with some printed paper.  Instant cuteness!

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To attach the handles, I've chosen a really cheery yellow ribbon.  Yellow is my favorite color, by the way!! This is stapled to both sides of the basket, and then I glued an additional bow over the staples so they would not be seen.

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Your last step is to fill these cuties with candy!  Make sure it's a pretty color because these baskets will show all the fun goodies inside.  If your basket rocks a bit, you can trim one edge of the beehive in the back to make it flat.  These baskets are super sturdy - you can fill them with LOTS of fun!

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Would you try this project this Spring?  What other shaker items could you make?  I really love the new Spring collection of mini shakers.  I hope you give it a peek - so much fun to be had!  Below is a list of other items you'll need for this.  Happy hunting - see you next time!

Maureen

Additional supplies:  Distress inks, black and white card stock, yellow ribbon, polka dot paper, acrylic paints in yellow and black 


Easter Egg Floral Decor

This year is really "hopping" along, and I was starting to get in the mood for Easter, given the nice weather we have here in the Southwest!  Hi it's Maureen today with an Easter project.  Funny enough, I bumped into the Easter egg wood piece from the Wood Spring Collection this week, and decided to give my floral plants an upgrade.

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I usually put a holiday-inspired pick into my flowers on my end table, so this was going to be my chance to decorate one of my own.  I've started by base-coating the wood piece in white on both the front and back.  After a first coat, I sanded down the panels to get it nice and smooth.  Another coat of white paint gave it a nice finish.

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Now, I am a big fan of plaid "anything" so I was really excited to see the brand new Clear Scraps stencils that came out!  This project was going to be perfect to test run the gingham plaid on the 5x9 Plaids Stencil.  I started by taping it down over the wooden egg piece.

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My color choices are several pastel Distress inks - mostly because I couldn't choose just one!  I think Easter eggs need to be full of color, don't you?  I've taken a blender sponge and sponged over each row, with one color at a time.  Once I was done, I lined up the stencil and did the remaining edge of the wood piece.

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Next up, it was time to hot glue a dowel rod to the back of my egg.  This will allow me to stick it into a vase.

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I made another version of this egg as an Easter basket tag too and I even think you can hide them for your family to hunt, if you wanted!  Your possibilities are endless with the wood pieces in this collection.

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My final step was to embellish the corner of my egg with some felt flowers I had in my stash.  These are glued on with tacky glue.  I would like to decorate several of these for the holiday.  Scattering on a display, perhaps on my dining room table is another idea I'd try!

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Here's an option as well, which is more like a version of a topiary.  Place the dowel in a cute canning jar with some candies, a greenery ring and a bow and you have an instant display!

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Does this inspire you to get ready for Spring?  This comes together in no time and you could decorate several and be ready for any Spring entertaining you plan to do.  I hope you enjoyed this little project.  I encourage you to look at those nifty new stencils from Clear Scraps - they are so much fun!  Thanks for joining me today!  See you next time!

Maureen


Clear Scraps Acrylic Tab Slimline Album--Acrylic Organizer

Hey there everyone!  Laura here with you today to share a way to

get yourself organized this year!!

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If you are like me, I'm always looking in the "junk drawer"

 to find where I put this coupon, that business card,

a gift card I got for "x" holiday.  This year I thought

instead of always searching, why not make a colorful,

fun organizer to avoid that frustration!  It started with a

Clear Scraps Acrylic Tab Slimline Album.and the cute

Scissors Chipboard Embellishment!  I decided to 

use alcohol inks to make it bright and colorful.  I did

the cover and back in a mix of 3 colors, and then did

each individual section in one of the colors alone.

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I created a section for grocery coupons or ads.

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Another for restaurant/coffee gift cards.  Here I used

Clear Scraps Coffee Mug Chipboard Embellishment

To create the card pockets, I used a small piece of

patterned paper and attached small pieces of

cardstock (2"x4") glued down leaving the top open.

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I kept decorating simple with a few strips of scrap

paper and an enamel dot here or there. 

Just enough to give it a little pizzazz.

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To make the larger pocket pages, I folded a 9&1/2" wide

piece of cardstock in half.  It was 10&1/2" long.  I cut

out a section at the top 6&1/4" long to leave the 4&1/4"

"pocket" along the bottom.  I glued the edges to create

the pocket and punched holes to add to the album.

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This section holds rewards cards or retail shop

gift cards or coupons.  Love the cute little hangers?

Clear Scraps Clothes Hangers Chipboard with a little

twine bow.  They were painted with black acrylic

paint, and I brushed the "hanger" top with silver.

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The final pages were more pockets for cards or

tickets or whatever item needed a home!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 

Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Acrylic Tab Slimline Album,

Scissors, Coffee Mug and Clothes Hangers

Chipboard Embellishments.

Other:  Doodlebug French Kiss papers, enamel dots,

pink, green, blue and white cardstock, crop-o-dile

paper punch, metal rings, twine, alcohol inks,

alpha stickers, glue.


We Are Family 3D Frameables

Hi Crafty Friends!

It's Dana and I'm back on the Clear Scraps blog to share another 3D Frameable home decor project. Have you seen all the different types of 3D Frameables available from Clear Scraps? If not, I encourage you to check them out. 

For today's project I'll be using Clear Scraps Base and Scallop Frame Click Here and we will also be using Clear Scraps Family words and heart shape Click Here

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These are such fun to decorate and they make a great gift too.

To begin, remove both bases from your package. I chose two coordinating papers to cover both bases. The papers I chose are from Simple Stories. But any papers in your stash will work.   Trace around your wood base with a pencil, and cut out with your scissors.  Glue your paper to the base. I  recommend using a strong permanent glue like Beacon 3 in 1. Trim around the edges and using a distress tool, smooth out any rough edges. Make sure you cut out all 3 slots and use your distress tool as you previously did. Then glue your bases together making sure your slots are lined up evenly. Let dry. 

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Next take your top scalloped frame piece and trace onto another patterned paper. Glue your paper to the front of your frame. Trim away all excess paper and distress around all edges as you did for your bases previously above. I fussy cut out the scrabble letters We Are from one of the journaling cards. Then adhered along the top of my frame with pop dots. I also adhered a heart sticker at the bottom right of my frame. Then glue your frame to your frame base. 

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For my Family wood words piece, I painted the letters with some yellow acrylic paint. After it dries, I inked around the edges using my Distress ink. Then I adhered a chipboard red heart to the bottom letters.  

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For my heart shape I covered mine with a bright hearts coordinating paper. I traced, trimmed and distressed the edges as we did before.

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I used pop dots to apply my love sticker in the middle of my heart shape and added some pom pom trim around the edge of my heart!

Now slide your 3 pieces into the 3 slots on your base and you're done! Now you have a great home decor piece to enjoy year after year.

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Hope you enjoyed this project today and you are inspired to create your very own 3D Frameables!

Here are some closeups!

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Thanks for stopping by the Clear Scraps blog! We love to see what you create. So please share. Remember to check out the Clear Scraps website Click Here for all your crafting supplies. 

Until next time, hope you have a Crafty day!

Dana

Other Supplies used: Tim Holtz Distress ink Rusty Hinge, Simple Stories We are Family collection, xacto knife, pop dots, Beacon glue, paper trimmer, Distress tool, pom pom trim, yellow acrylic paint.