Other Crafts

Pumpkin Cutie Magnet

I have pictures of both my kids in their very first Halloween costume, and each year I take out those magnet frames and put them on the fridge in the Fall.  However, this year the frame for my son's picture broke.  Never fear...Clear Scraps to the rescue!


Hi it's Maureen - I'm here to share an easy project for any of those Halloween memories you'd like to remember.  I've created a magnet frame using the Tall Pumpkin Mini Shaker.  This project was so nice to put together quickly on a weekend when I was focused on decorating my house for Fall. 


I've started by painting the outside layer with acrylic paint.  I'm doing this in white, yellow and orange because I thought the shape looked like a candy corn.  With these colors, I noticed I needed at least 2 layers of paint.


Next, I traced the shape on my picture with a pencil and cut it out, trimming it in just a bit to eliminate any extra edges.  This picture is glued to the base shape.


Once the top layer is dry, I've assembled the shaker.  I've added the 2 bottom trim layers, and then spooned some of the fun Fall Sequins and Spooky Sequins inside.  The next layer is the acrylic shape - make sure you take the protective liner off of both sides before applying.  The final layer is the candy corn painted layer and all are set aside to dry.


One of the paper pads I purchased for Halloween had such cute sayings so I knew I needed to work this in to the project somehow.  For this, I've cut the sentiment out in a square shape, then added 2 larger squares behind it as a decorative frame.  These are glued to the back of the shaker.

To get the shaker to stick to my fridge, I'm choosing to use a thin magnet sticker sheet.  I've cut the pumpkin shape out of this sheet and adhered it to the back of the pumpkin.


Now it's time to document the year - I can't believe this picture was taken so long ago!  For this, I selected one of the Heart Chipboard pieces and colored it with black marker.  The date and some embellishments are done in a white gel pen.


My project is nearly finished - adding a bow to the top makes it complete!  Now I have 2 handmade frames again on my fridge, and a lot of special memories of Halloween past.  How do you document the memories of past holidays in your life?

Thanks for joining me today - a supply list is below for your convenience.  See you next time!


Additional supplies:  acrylic paints, tacky glue, ribbon, black marker, white gel pen and assorted sentiments and cardstock


Stenciled Flower Pots Canvas Bag


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...


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!


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


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.


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.


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. 


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!


Here's acouple close-ups!




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! 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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..


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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


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. 


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. 


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.  


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


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.


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

Here are some closeups!



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!


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. 



Heart Mini Shaker Scarf Pin


Tami here on the Clear Scraps Blog with you today.

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Have your lunch or dinner plans made? How about your outfit for the day? Have you perused your wardrobe for the romantic colors of the holiday?

Well you are further along than me if you have! If you haven't; you better start checking things off your Dia del Armor to do list!

The weather here in San Antonio is a bit cooler than usual, so I was thinking I might need to add a jacket and scarf to my Valentine's Day dinner outfit.

And after I decided on those, that sent me looking through my vintage jewelry collection for a suitable scarf pin. But I didn't find anything that said "pick me!"

So I decided to make my own; and I started with Clear Scraps Mini Heart Shaker. Here's how it turned out, I thought it went well with the romantic lace trimmed scarf I had...


And here is how I made the scarf pin step by step...

I painted the solid back of the shaker with pale pink paint, and one of the outline hearts red. After the back dried, I adhered a doily over it.

I trimmed the excess doily from around the heart, then added a lace heart and satin puffed heart at the center. Next I stacked and adhered the other 2 outline layers of the shaker and filled the shaker with different sizes of clear rhinestones.

Once the shaker was filled, I adhered the acrylic heart* to the back of the red painted heart, and then adhered both to the shaker. I added a small cluster of pink paper roses and a sentiment at the upper right of the shaker to add a little more embellishment. *Be sure to remove the protective film from BOTH sides of Clear Scraps acrylic pieces.


All that was left was adding a pinback to the back of the shaker, or you could add a ribbon to use to tie the shaker to your scarf to protect the fabric from damage.

This shaker could also be used to make a card or to embellish a gift bag.

I hope you enjoy your Valentine's Day!


Clear Scraps: Mini Heart Shaker

Other: Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry, Pink and Red Acrylic Paint, Doily, Lace Heart, Puffed Satin Heart, Clear Rhinestones, Pink Paper Roses, Sentiment and Pinback

Let's Ink A Phone Stand!

Hi everybody! Leslie here, sharing a very vibrant alcohol inked project. I've been having the best time lately playing with alcohol inks and creating pretty backgrounds for cards and other projects, so I took the inking one step further and inked our Regular Acrylic Phone Stand! OMGosh, this was fun and so easy - acrylic really takes the inks well! And, as I do with my regular alcohol ink backgrounds (usually on vellum), I pressed gold foil onto the ink when it was just about dry to get some pretty veining.


I started by removing the protective film from one side of both of the phone stand pieces. I dropped Cranberry, Poppyfield, Watermelon, Sunset orange, Honeycomb, Sandal, Peach Bellini, Sunshine Yellow and Lemonade alcohol inks onto the surface of each acrylic piece.


I added more ink to different areas and when I was happy with the coverage, I set them aside to dry. When they were almost dry, I pressed gold foil onto multiple areas, leaving small bits of the foil. The veining really pops on these colors.


When they were completely dry, I painted the edges of both pieces with gold acrylic paint. When that was dry, I removed the protective film from the back of both pieces and covered them with gold cardstock. 


I assembled the stand and added red enamel dots.


Here's an angled shot. Turned out so pretty!


Clear Scraps products used:
Regular Acrylic Phone Stand

Other products used:
Gold cardstock, alcohol inks, gold foil, craft knife, adhesive, gold acrylic paint, enamel dots

I hope you're inspired to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,

Clear Scraps Scallop Slimline Album--Hello Winter Home Decor

Hi there friends!  Laura here to share some inspiration

with you today!  Are you a fan of winter?  I'm generally not,

but it sure can be pretty at times!  And hey, any season that

gives me an excuse to craft cute home decor projects, well,

I'm all in!  I've got an "out of the box" project today!

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This looks like it might be a 12x12 scrapbook page.  But it is

indeed a home decor item that you could put on an easel to

display, or add a ribbon to and hang up on your wall.

It starts with the Clear Scraps Chip Scallop Slimline Album.

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Yep, a mini album turned into a home decor project!

  This pic shows the way I planned out the start.

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This is how the pieces would look once overlapped. 

I found the easiest way to decorate was to do one section

at a time, rather than gluing everything together first.

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The base is a 12x12 piece of chipboard with a sheet of  

kraft cardstock glued to it and inked.  After the first piece

of the album was decorated with paper and embellishments,

it was glued to the base.  Then I did the same with the other

2 pieces--but left the top edge unglued to create pockets.

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For embellishments along the bottom panel, I used some

Clear Scraps goodies that were the perfect addition!

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This little cutie is the Clear Scraps Mini Shaker Snowman.

He's filled with a mixture of the Clear Scraps sequins from

the Winter (I pulled out red) and the Fall sequin mixes.

The scarf was made by using a couple of small scraps of

paper and cutting little fringe detail.  Another addition is

the Clear Scraps Word and Shape Winter Snowflake set. 

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These sets match the 3D Frameables from Clear Scraps,

but they also make great embellishments!  I painted

with acrylic paint, then added glitter for a little sparkle!

I created tags to slip in between the layers to add

 pictures or journal memories. The mini clothespins

mean you can update the pictures yearly.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Chip Scallop Slimline Album,

Mini Shaker Snowman, Word and Shape Winter Snowflake,

Winter and Fall sequins.

Other:  PhotoPlay Paper--For the Love of Winter collection,

Rock Candy Distress Glitter, acrylic paint--

white, blue, aqua, kraft cardstock, clear

rhinestones, twine, mini clothespins, Walnut

Stain Distress Ink.

Clear Scraps Slimline Tab Album--Dreamer Mixed Media

Hi there everyone!  Laura with you today to get those creative

juices flowing in the New Year with a little mixed media album!

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The perfect starting point for a great mixed media album is a

Slimline Album from Clear Scraps!  You can choose chipboard,

(this one is the Chip TAB Slimline), or acrylic or wood.

To create the distressed look on this project cover, I

 started with a wash of distress paint in a soft green color.

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Next step was to frame out the front cover a bit.

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Bronze distress stain was brushed directly onto the edges.

The back cover got the same treatment.  To add to the

distressed appearance, a layer of Walnut Stain ink was applied.

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I used a sponge applicator and brushed the entire surface and

heavily all around the edges.  Some black distress spray was

spattered on the surface, and blotted to keep the look soft.

The cover was embellished with some stamped gear images,

metal pieces, and the gorgeous clock face.  That one is the

Roman Clock Chipboard Embellishment from Clear Scraps.

It got the same treatment as the cover, just a little heavier

on the bronze color to give it that patina metal look.

Here is the peek at the inside pages...

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On the right side, it's a simple piece of cardstock cut to size, then

folded in half.  Love to add inserts to these albums!  And there's

a little something hiding behind that...

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This page is just something to look pretty in between.

Of course you could always add a pic or a journal card!

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I included some lined cards on this page to add thoughts or

prayer requests.  Can also add a page or two of lined paper

in here later as my lists for the year grow.

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A fun section to add ideas and thoughts for new projects!

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The final section is one to add thoughts on improvement,

health, volunteer opportunities, etc.

Hope you enjoyed hanging out today!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Chip TAB Slimline Album,

Roman Clock Chipboard Embellishment.

Other:  Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint and Spray,

Black Soot Distress Spray, Walnut Stain Distress Ink,

Antique Bronze Distress Stain, Kraft cardstock, twine,

Stamperia Mechanical Fantasy paper collection,

 Asst'd metal embellishments, mini alpha,

Stampers Anonymous Observations,  ribbon,

enamel dots, foam tape, glue.

Turkey Magnet Place Setting

Hi Clear Scraps friends!  Do you set a formal table for your guests at Thanksgiving?  I really enjoy decorating my dining room for this festive dinner.  I thought it would be fun to create a project that I can put at each place setting that is both decorative and can be given as a gift.  I wanted this one to be a bit more casual and fun and I came up with a turkey face, made from the Mini Shaker Tall Bulb.  What makes it a gift is that it is also a magnet!


I started with a base coat of brown acrylic paint on the top layer of the shaker.  I like to give this a couple coats and I've painted the edges also.


Next, I took the bottom layer and traced it on to a piece of Thanksgiving patterned paper - it has the cutest sayings on it!  This is glued to the bottom layer.


For the inside shaker pieces, I've used the Fall Sequins which are a perfect combo color scheme!  From here, I glued on the other layers with a clear tacky glue and let dry.

It's time to make the face.  I love the wacky faces you can make from punches and die cuts!  This turkey comes together with 3 circles in varying sizes, and a die cut that is originally a candy corn.  For dimension, I usually like to dust the edges with some ink and a sponge.  Glue the die cuts to the front and add white detail to the eyes.  If you don't have a candy corn shape, a simple triangle will work also.


For the back, I've glued feathers in a circular pattern around the back.  Once dry, I've also added a thin strip of magnet tape - but I did use glue to make sure it stays in place!


To complete the look, I added a small piece of felt to his beak.  Is this called the "waddle?"  Hee hee! 


This project is finished and ready for the dining room place settings!  Or, you can hang it on the refrigerator for your own fun decor, or instead attach it to a gift if you prefer.  I hope you've enjoyed this idea - there are lots of shakers to choose from on the Clear Scraps site, so don't hesitate to check it out!

Thanks for visiting!


Additional supplies:  brown acrylic paint, assorted feathers, printed paper (Photo Play), magnet tape, tacky glue

Falloween Square Frame

Hello all!  Maureen here, and happy to report that I am decorated for Fall!  Sometimes I can't decide if I want to go overboard on Halloween decor or if I want to put out Harvest themed items.  I have a set of fabric pumpkins that I love in my stash of decorations - and they do both.  This project was inspired by that - because all I do when Halloween is over is turn them around.  I'm going to show you how to do that with the Clear Scraps Square Frame and Base.


I've picked colors and paper that will work for both themes, and have painted the first base of the frame with black acrylic paint.  The bottom base is covered with an orange polka dot paper, which I've attached with decoupage. Glue these together, and include a slit for the frame.  I'm setting aside some paper to cover the frame next.


To do this, I trace the frame with pencil on the paper, then cut out the shape and the middle.  This is again attached with decoupage and allowed to dry thoroughly.


Now, for this project, I've also chosen the Word and Shape Fall set to add to my frame.  I've started with painting the pumpkin in the following stages.  First, base coat the pumpkin on both sides in an orange acrylic paint. Next, mix a bit of the orange paint with one drop of white paint, and sponge a circle in the middle on one side of the pumpkin. 


After that dries, do it again but do a 3 to 1 mix of white to orange.  This will give your pumpkin face a "glow."


Okay - I hear it all the time...I don't know how to paint!  I can't do faces, shading, round circles, etc.!  Well, yes you can - by using a few tools to "cheat."  Ha! First, the Jack O' Lantern face:  take a black permanent marker and draw the outline of the pumpkin face, and some dimension lines, then color it in (or paint if you prefer). 


When that's finished, find a good white gel marker and draw a small line and a dot on one edge of your details.  Try to stick to one edge so it's uniform.  If you mess up?  Paint over it and try again!


Here's a close up of our glowing face!


For the other side of the pumpkin, take a dowel or pencil head and dip it in white acrylic paint.  Make dots in a pattern across your pumpkin and let dry.


Then, take a Q-Tip and dry brush just a tiny bit of white paint (make sure it's almost dry!) or white chalk ink on one edge of each polka dot.  Next, take some dark green paint, paint the stems...and for dimension you can do the white brush trick again with white or orange, or speckle the white paint on top with a toothbrush.


To get the ombre look on the word "Fall" I've decided to use Distress Oxide inks, because they blend so well.  You may want to consider spraying these with an acrylic coat to avoid smearing.  I've done a white painted base coat first, then sponged yellow in the middle, orange at the top, and finally red on the top edge.


Here's the fun part - I've cut 2 different sayings on my electronic die cut machine, and used the 'offset' feature so they have a shadow.  One is in black and white for Halloween, and one is in a Fall plaid scheme.  These are both about 5" in length. 


Adhere the top letters on with glue (or pop dots) and then attach velcro pieces to the back.  Line them up with the coordinating dots on the right side of the frame.  This will allow you to switch the titles out with the seasons!


My pictures are simply set inside the square of the frame.  It won't be in an area where they fall out, so I just put one in front of another when I'm ready to change them.  But, if you'd want them more stable, you could use double sided removable tape or more velcro dots too. 


I've also added a small wooden leaf to the Fall polka dotted pumpkin also.  Here's the Halloween side - my cuties are grown now, but this was one of my favorite pictures and I'm glad I have the Square Frame to put it in!


Here's the Fall side, close up...this is a great way to secure great memories of the kids when they are little. 


I really enjoyed this little project!  Clear Scraps Square Frame and Base  will last me all through Fall, and I can change it up by flipping the pieces around and reattaching them when I feel inspired.  Below are other supplies I've used.  I hope you give the frames a try by switching them up like this - check them out on the Clear Scraps site.  Until next time!


Additional supplies used:

White, orange and black acrylic paint, patterned paper, decoupage, Distress Oxide Inks (various colors), Fall leaf wooden embellishment, black marker, white gel pen



Featured Designer Sandy Diller: Steampunk Wood Phone Stand

Hello Friends,

 It's Sandy Diller here with you today and I have a fun and easy project.  We all know how hard it is to make or buy gifts for the guys in our life so this project is perfect for gift giving or stocking stuffers with it's masculine elements.  Any guy would love having this Phone Stand on their desk for easy viewing and charging.


3D Frameables Class at CKC San Marcos

Howdy! Tami here!

For those of you in the South Texas Area the CKC Convention at San Marcos September 9-11 may be of interest to you.

After a few years absence the convention is BACK! I will be teaching a class using Clear Scraps' 3D Frameables.

We will be making the Deco Frame and Base as well as 2 themes - Fall and Welcome - to use with the frame. The class is being offered both Friday 9/10 and Saturday 9/11...

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If you would like to just pick up a class kit; please feel free to do that. Other than your basic supplies, everything that is needed is included in the kit. The class kit also includes directions with full color photos.

You will also get a bonus project sheet. You can purchase the Home theme at the Just Crop Booth at the convention and use the printables to embellish a 3rd theme to use with your frame.

Online registration for CKC San Marcos ends on 9/6, so if you plan to attend and want the discounted price on classes and crops, plan to sign up soon.

I've also been working on the door prize bags. I used 2 of Clear Scraps' 6" stencils - Doily Mat and Zinnia - along with pigment ink to embellish plain kraft bags...

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I sometimes loosely outline stenciled designs as I like the hand drawn-look it gives a project. 

I felt like the designs needed the definition to add some PoP and stand out against the kraft background.

I'll be filling the bags with door prizes from Clear Scraps, Just Crop and Beacon Adhesives.

I hope to see you there!