Make Life Beautiful

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


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


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


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


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

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


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



Clear Scraps DIY Mason Jar Pallet--Jar of Blessings

Hi everybody!!  Laura joining you all today with a sweet little fall home decor project!

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This was created using the Clear Scraps Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet Shape.

To create the base on the pallet, I painted the top of the jar gray and used some

black ink to distress once the paint was dry.  Then I traced the top and bottom of

the jar on the leaf patterned paper, cut it out, inked it, then glued to the pallet.

The center was fun, I did end up covering most of it up, but it's painted and stenciled.

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I started out with the brown paint, and then set aside to dry.  Once it was

ready, I placed the Clear Scraps 6" Chevron Stencil centered in the middle.

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I used a sponge applicator to dab on orange paint for a nice pop of color.

Now that the base was set, it was time to paint the Clear Scraps Blessed

Chipboard Word Title with the matching orange paint, then set aside to

dry while I started on the NEW Mini Shaker Maple Leaf.  The frame was painted 

with green, then dabbed with some brown.  I traced it onto some patterned paper,

cut out and glued to the solid back piece, then glued the outline layers on to

build the shaker up to hold the sequins.  Next thing was to add the sequins,

then glue down the acrylic layer.  I thought I'd show a picture of the protective

plastic that is on BOTH sides of the acrylic so it doesn't get scratched or all

fingerprint filled.  I carefully peel off the back, glue it down, THEN I peel off

the other side like you can see in the picture here:

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Now it is nice and fingerprint/scratch free and I can glue down the final layer of the

 frame I painted green/brown.  Easy but such a great little feature on these shakers!

Then I just put it all together and added a few finishing touches with some paper

scraps, twine, and enamel dots. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Stop back soon!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps:  Mason Jar Medium DIY Pallet Shape

6" Chevron Stencil, Blessed Chipboard Word Title

Mini Shaker Maple Leaf Shaker

Other:  Echo Park-A Perfect Autumn paper, twine,

enamel dots, acrylic paint--green, gray, brown, orange,

Distress Ink--Black Soot, Vintage Photo, sequins, adhesive.

Thanks Card with Twigs and Leaves Stencil

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


I glued the frame around my card front...


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


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



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

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

Tools: Trimmer, Scissors, Removable Adhesive and Painters Tape

Hello Fall Home Decor Project

Hello Crafty Friends!

Dana here with a Fall Home Decor Project to display on your door or wall. I love decorating my home with seasonal decorations. Clear scraps has so many products to choose from. Click Here and see what's new.

For this project I am using the Hello Fall 4x6 stencil Click Here

For the wooden base I'm using Clear Scraps Jumbo Wooden Rounded Tag shape Click Here

I also chose one of the Clear Scraps chipboard trees Click Here


First of all I painted my Jumbo Wooden tag using Folk Art Chalk paint "sheepskin" cover the front surface and sides of tag. Let dry.


I also painted my chipboard bare tree with brown acrylic paint. Let dry.


Next I took my Hello Fall stencil and using some masking tape, I adhered my stencil towards the top of my wooden tag piece. Then using my Distress Inks and a ink dabber, I applied each color randomly over my stencil using a light circular motion. Make sure your stencil is secured firmly to your wood surface to prevent it from moving. Carefully lift your stencil off and then touch up any areas where the ink may show using your sheepskin chalk paint. Let dry.

Now I applied some Finnibair Rust paste to the bottom edge of my tag, using a stiff old paintbrush. Using a pouncing motion, I applied each layer of color till I achieved the look I desired. I also applied some green acrylic paint over the layer of rust paste, in scattered areas.


After the paste dries, I took some Beacon 3 in 1 Glue to adhere my chipboard tree to the bottom of my tag. 

Then I took a Gemini die and using my diecutting machine, cut out a variety of different colored leaves from scrap papers. I then glued my leaves on some of the bare tree branches, on the ground and some below my tree to resemble them falling.


To finish off my tag, I scattered a few glittered leaves onto the surface, some with foam dots to add some dimension. Also adhered a chipboard sentiment. 

Last I took my jude cord (included in your package) thread it through the hole in the top of your tag and tied into a knot. Hot glued a silk flower on top. 



I hope this project has inspired you! This tag will look great hanging on your door and is sure to be a seasonal fall decor piece you can use for many years to come. 

Thank you for visiting the Clear Scraps TypePad blog! Until next time, happy crafting!

Other Supplies used: Beacon 3 in 1 Glue, Finnibair Rust paste, Distress inks: orange marmalade, mustard seed and rusty hinge. Gemini Papercraft diecut leaves, Folk Art Sheepskin acrylic paint.


Winter Mittens Card by Steph

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


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


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


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


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


Thanks for stopping by.


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


Featured Designer Ramya Abhijit Paul

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



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



Materials Used:

Featured Designer Maya Yang

Hello everyone and happy November! It's Maya on the blog today sharing a mixed media thank you album using the Thank You Wood Card and the Brick Wall Masking Stencil. The wood cards are just perfect to use as a front and back cover to a mini album! Below are the process pictures of how I created this album. 
First, this is the thank you wood card pack that contains 2 wood pieces (size 3.75 x 5.75). To start this album, I painted the front and back wood pieces in pink acrylic paint.
When the background paint dried, I painted another layer by adding some brick pattern using lighter pink acrylic paint and Brick Wall Masking Stencil.
For the inside covers, I cut down 2 cards from a 4 x 6 journaling cards paper, trimmed them to 3.75 x 5.75, and adhered with tacky glue.
Next, I chose 4 patterned papers for the inside note pads and cut them to 3.75 x 5.75. I also punched holes in the note pads and added the book rings.
For the cover decoration, I chose some patterned stickers, paper flowers and burlap ribbon to decorate the front and back cover. I also tied a piece of lace ribbon on the book ring.
And here is the finished back cover.
I hope you are inspired to create a mini album of your own using a Clear Scraps album. Have a wonderful day! Blessings.
Additional Products Used:
Patterned Paper, Ephemera: Carta Bella "12 x 12 Spring Market Collection"
Paint: Master's Touch Acrylic Paint Set
Adhesive: Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Tool: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile all-in-one tool

Thankful Pumpkin

Hello, Kelly on the blog with Clear Scraps and using their awesome wood products! I decided that I needed a fall sign for my door.

Supplies - 
assorted paints
crackle glaze
To start this project, I painted the pumpkin in green acrylic paint, when dry, I brushed on the crackle glaze and let that dry overnight. 
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When the crackle glaze was dry, I painted orange paint over the glaze to get a crackle, the heavier the layer of paint the larger cracks that form. 
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Here is a close up of the cracks in the paint. 
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Next, I used a stencil and added the word Thankful in dark green paint, the same color is used on the stem of the pumpkin. 
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Then, I used gold gesso adding splatters of paint over the entire pumpkin. I added the sunflowers with a bit of hot glue and my pumpkin palette is ready for display!
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Thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to your creations using Clear Scrap designs. 

Sisters In Bloom

Good Morning all my crafty and creative friends, This is Dora!! I made this project for my mom. She is giving it to my aunt Donna for her birthday. They are sisters who love nature and especially the spring when everything is in bloom. I created this to show how a bond between sisters is like nature.... The seasons change - but through it all they bloom together in harmony! I am using the Heart Wood Shape and the Tree Stencil for this project. 

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Here is the video tutorial - I hope you enjoy and remember - you can create anything that your imagination can dream up!!! 



Thank you for stopping by and watching the video. Here are some close ups of the project!! 

Be sure to check out ClearScraps and all their new goodies on the website!

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Clear Scraps Bat Swirl Stencil--Candy Cutie LO

Hello everyone!  Laura here with some inspiration for you today!

I've got a fun Halloween LO to share with you using the Clear Scraps

4x6 Bat Swirl Stencil to create a fun border.

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I love cute and simple don't you?  This one is just a few layers of different

patterned papers but to make a stand out piece that anchors everything,

the border was created on plain orange cardstock with the Bat Swirl stencil.

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I used a sponge applicator to apply a light pounce of black acrylic paint

to keep the look a little distressed for more of a spooky Halloween look. 

I positioned the stencil a few different ways as I moved it to make the

pattern look more random.  You can see the angle of the stencil in the

picture, it's not just straight up and down, tho you could do that too. 

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After I got the look I liked, I went back with the sponge applicator to

brush around the edges of the border to add a little more depth and

interest to the softer bats and swirls.  This frames it and makes that

part "pop" a bit more.  A few scattered stickers and enamel dots added

a nice finishing touch and tied it into the rest of the LO.


It's honestly so much fun to play with stencils like this!  Sometimes I just

take a scrap piece of paper and play.  You can try different looks with paint,

or an ink, or spray mist, or markers, or?  Get creative!  If you like the look,

you can save it to use later for a border or accent on a LO or home decor.

You can find all of the different stencils in the Clear Scraps store HERE

There are lots of them to choose from--so many ideas!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Stop back soon for more inspiration!


Supplies Used:

Clear Scraps: 4x6 Bat Swirl Stencil

Other:  Orange cardstock, black acrylic paint, twine, enamel dots,

Doodlebug Candy Carnival paper and stickers.

Halloween Mini Shakers Layout

Hello and happy Saturday! It's Jennifer on the blog today to share a layout I  created using two of the new Mini Shaker Shapes! I  love Halloween and was excited to see the Boo and Spider Mini Shaker Shapes!  


I  started with using black and orange Distress Spray Ink on a sheet of 12x12 white cardstock with the 12 Inch Spider Web Mascil.  You can use as much spray ink as you desire depending on what kind of end effect you want. 


Here is a close up of the end result of my background! I love that there is a good mixture of both orange and black. 


I  set aside my cardstock to work on the two shakers. I  painted both chipboard bases and top frames with Color Shift paint in black which gives it a nice shiny look. 


Before adhering my Spider Mini Shaker Shape, I  used embroidery floss to create a line for the spider to "hang" on.  I  then used my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive to affix my Shaker to the layout. 


I  used the Boo Mini Shaker Shape as the title of my page. You can see I  added patterned paper to the base of the word followed by adding in a mix of sequin shapes. 


I  then added in a 3x4 journaling card as well as stickers to accent.  


I  cut strips of patterned paper and adhered them to the edges of my page. I  then added a double stitch with my sewing machine. 


Thank you for stopping by the blog today! You can check out all of the Mini Shaker Shapes by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers: Carta Bella Paper; cardstock: Bazzill; Distress Inks, archival ink: Ranger; stamp: Studio Calico; paint: Folk Art; adhesive: Beacon, Tombow, 3M; enamel dots: Simple Stories; sequins: Teresa Collins Designs, Making Memories; sewing machine: Janome; misc: thread, embroidery floss.

Mother Earth

Good Morning everyone, This is Dora, and we are creating some mixed media dimension. How are we doing that you ask? Well, we are going to go all out and layer lots of mediums!! Hold on tight, because this one is probably one of my most favorite pieces yet!! In this project I have used the wood flower shape, the brick wall stencil, the chicken wire chipboard , the cog wheels chipboard, and the coffee stain stencil.  

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As always the first thing I do is prepare the surface with a coat of gesso. Then I use the stencils to create some texture and pop on the surface of the piece.


Once the texture paste is dry fully, I coat it with clear gesso, and begin to give the piece some colors. For this one I am using alcohol inks, with a blending solution, so they move around on the surface. The colors are deep, rich, and grungy. This will help everything on top to stand out more when the piece if finished. 


Then I start highlighting the raised areas with white and green mixed media inx. Taking either a fan brush or a flat brush, gently go over the raised areas. This will give a whole new look to the background. 

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Now here is where I really start having some fun. I collect the elements I want to use. I emboss the ones I would like to stand out, along with coloring the chipboard, and paper elements. Once you have them arranged and where you want them - Use some matte gel medium (or super strong glue, not hot glue) and adhere them down.

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As you can see from the last picture above, I have started adhering the pieces to the project. I have the focal point (her face) in a certain spot to make it look like the forest is flowing from within her. For some optional ideas, you can add some microbeads, stones, glitter, or anything else you would like to, for more of a pop. I have chosen to keep her natural and the way she is when finished. Here are some final pictures of how she turned out!

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I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to get creative with nature. I always love blending the natural world with the not so natural world. The imagination is limitless and there are so many things one can do to create art. So, get out your supplies and keep creating. Hope you have an amazing day!! Blessings always <3

Be sure to check out ClearScraps and all their new goodies on the website!




Googly Eyes Steampunk Gears Halloween Card


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


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

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

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


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


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




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


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


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


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



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


THEN, it was time to add the GOOGLY EYES!


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


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


Clear Scraps: GEARS STENCIL 

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

Tools: Paper Trimmer, Scrap Paper and Blue Painters Tape 

Nativity Mixed Media Acrylic Tag


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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




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

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

Fall Pumpkin Medium DIY Pallet Shape

Hello friends! It's Jennifer here today to share a fall themed home decor project I  created using the Pumpkin Medium DIY Pallet Shape!  This is one of my favorite times of the year and even more so I  love creating fall projects!  



I  began by painting my pallet with orange chalk paint. Most paints will work with the birch wood but chalk paint dries quickly.  Next, using the 12 Inch Twig Leaves Mascil, I  applied a thin layer of modeling paste to the top and bottom slats of the pallet.  I  allowed the paste to dry thoroughly as well as washed my Mascil. I  then blended three colors of Distress Oxide Inks to the modeling paste again using my Twig Leaves Mascil as guidance. 



And here is a close up of the end result! I  did use sand paper to go over the top to give it a more distressed look. 


As an accent, I  added the Mason Jar Chipboard Embellishment Shapes to the right of my photo.  I  painted the chipboard with black chalk in and inserted a saying from a cut-a-part from the collection I  used.  


I  also wanted to add flowers to the top of my Mason Jar but the ones I  had didn't quite match. I  used orange and green spray inks to color my paper flowers and allowed ample time for drying. 


I  adhered my flowers using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive layering them to look as if they are coming out of the jar.  I  also added some bakers twine to accent. 



Thank you for stopping by the blog today! Hope this inspires you to do some fall crafting with Clear Scraps!  See the DIY Pallet Shapes by going HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers: Carta Bella; cardstock: Bazzill; modeling paste: Teresa Collins Designs; paint: FolkArt; Distress Ink, Distress Spray, metal clip: Ranger; bakers twine: Whisker Graphics; flowers: Mon Ami Gabi; adhesive: Beacon, 3M; ribbon: SnugHug; misc: vellum, sand paper