Happy Fall Y'all

 Hello Friends,

  Although it is still blazin' hot here in Arizona, I know it's beginning to cool off in other places. That made me think about a cute little garden gnome.  While I love any kind of gnome this one is especially cute because he also lights up.

In this photo you can see him greeting guests on my front porch and he is totally adorable with his fall colors.


 Here he is after dark - still greeting our guests.

I began with the Medium Wood Gnome 1 from Clear Scraps for this one.


 I began with covering parts of the base with paper, then the hands and nose were edged with a little pink.


 The beard portion was painted with orange and some small holes were drilled.
A string of battery-operated lights were placed through the holes.  Some (lots) leaves were cut out from vellum.
By using vellum, the light will shine through.


 The entire beard and lights were covered with leaves - leaving space for the nose.
On the back of the hat and beard pieces I used double sided foam tape to lift the pieces up leaving room for the lights.
 A Happy Fall Y'all sign was added and the nose and hands glued on.
Thank you so much for stopping by - hope you got some inspiration.

Bee Sweet My Darling

Hey y’all, hey!! Tmika here with a SUPER cute and sweet Mini Album. Because, why not??? I saw this Geo Pattern Accordion Shaker Album. 

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I knew right when I saw it - It had to become a Bee themed Mini Album!! The pattern was perfect for it. I used Lemon Twist paper collection from Simple Stories to decorate this album. 


I used embellishments that were gifted to me from various swap partners to make the cover SHINE! I added gold sentiments “sweet darling” to bring home the theme. This album also has been painted black to make the paper collection pop. The shaker bits on the inside adds interest and allows your eye to wander around the Geo pattern.


All of the edges have been lined with white chalk paint to make it stand out even more. I can't get enough of this book!!


The book is bound with white binding rings and wired buffalo check bows. The dangly charm just seals the cuteness deal!!


This book is ready for photos!!

What do you think??? I hope you like it and are inspired as much as I was to create it!!

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Virtual hugs,


My Little Monster

                                                                              Hello my crafty friends,

It's Sandy Diller here with a cute little frame that can be assembled quickly with such fun results.

I used the Base with Square Frame for this project.

After all pieces were painted I added a favorite photo and assembled the frame.

Once the frame was added to the base, it was time for me to embellish with some monsters and stars.


Thanks for stopping by,


Got Candy Halloween Gnomie

How many trick or treaters do you get each Halloween?  If you're like our house, we get several dozen throughout the night.  I thought I'd decorate a special gnome to keep me company this year out on the front porch as the kids stop by.  He's so darn "sweet," don't you think?? Hee hee!


So I'm starting this project with the Medium Gnome #2 because the hat looks a bit like a witch's pointy hat.  I have to say I love this size gnome because it can stand up against a wall on the floor or be added to a shelf too.  And of course, the decorating ideas are endless!  Actually that's always the hardest part - narrowing down how I want to dress up these Clear Scraps gnomes!


I began by base-coating the hat in orange acrylic paint and the arms and nose in a coral pink.  I like to sand down the pieces after the first coat of paint, then add a second coat after. 

The beard is painted in a light gray and the shoes on the gnome are done in black acrylic paint.  All items need to dry thoroughly and you can add a second coat as needed.


I really liked this Halloween patterned stripe paper I had in my stash, and thought they would look great as pants for my gnome, so I traced the backside of the paper with a pencil then cut it out a bit smaller than what I traced.  This is glued to the bottom base piece of the gnome, and trimmed on the edges where there was any overlap.

Now I wanted my gnome to look like he was holding a classic pumpkin bucket so I took the smaller of the two Jack O' Lantern Chipboard Embellishments, and trimmed off the stem.  This was painted in a couple coats of the same orange acrylic paint. 


I then took some black card stock and traced it into an oval.  I also had some black and white twine, so I trimmed a small piece of this and glued it to the back of the jack o'lantern.  Then I glued the card stock over it.  Set this piece aside to dry.


Detailing is one of my favorite parts of a painting project!  It may seem intimidating, but the interesting thing is that it is quite easy and adds such a professional finish to a project.  To detail the hat, start by taking a thin paintbrush and some black paint and follow the edge of the hat around at about 18" away from the edge.  Every so often, make an indent as if the hat is "folding."


Next, follow along on some of the edges with a thicker paintbrush and some light gray paint.  These strokes are added in several spots around the outline, but don't have to be added everywhere.  

Finally add a thinner line of white to some of the edges.  And now you have highlights!


You will do the same with the jack o'lantern - and if you don't trust yourself with a paintbrush, you can use a permanent black marker instead.  If you don't like how something looks, don't worry!  Paint over the shape and start again.


My gnome's beard is painted with dark gray and white highlights.  Here I've added some die cut letters to spell CANDY on the edge of his beard, and I speckled them with some paint colors first.  The word "got" is simply a permanent marker and my handwriting!

To add the pumpkin bucket, glue the twine down on top of the gnome's beard, and then his hands over it.  Do the same with the nose and a hat embellishment.  I've added a die cut web to his hat for some wicked "flair!"


I love this little guy - his bucket hangs loose and swings just a bit, which is like a little pumpkin-secret!  

Feel free to give this project a try to dress up your patio this season - and see the supply list below for items you'll need.  Now I'm off to find some peanut butter cups for my candy dish!


Additional supplies:  orange/black/gray/white acrylic paint, black permanent marker, black and patterned paper, spider web shape or die cut, twine


Hello Sunflowers Acrylic Sign


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

I wanted to try out my new paint pens on acrylic and decided to try them using Clear Scraps 6" Sunflowers Stencil and 12 X 12 XL Deco Squares Acrylic.

I have used techniques where you draw on, paint or ink both sides of the acrylic before and thought that would work well for this project. I love how bright and shiny the paint looks viewed from the front...


here are closeups of the sunflowers and the wood word...

I started by removing the protective film from ONE side of the acrylic. I then used a fine point sharpie to draw in the sunflowers across the entire square, letting the designs go off the edges. 

Next, I FLIPPED the acrylic over and removed the protective film from the other side. I used brown, orange and yellow pens to fill in the outlines I made on the other side. Then let the paints dry. From the side you are painting on, the inks look opaque and not that perfect. But the magic happens when you turn the piece over! When viewed from the front - the side I used the Sharpie to outline the designs - the paints are bright, shiny and look very smooth and even.

I decided the piece needed a little something more, so I found the Hello XL Script Wood Word in my Clear Scraps stash. I used the white pen to add a cross-hatch pattern all over it. Then outlined in brown to define it. I used Zip Dry to adhere the sentiment to the lower portion of the sign. 

You can display it on a stand as I have done here, or maybe punch holes in the top and hang it.

Thank you for stopping by the Clear Scraps Blog today. Please come back soon to see what other goodies Clear Scraps talented designers have to share with you!


Clear Scraps: Hello XL Script Wood Word, 6" Sunflowers Stencil and 12 X 12 XL Deco Squares Acrylic

Other: Posca Paint Pens, Black Fine Point Sharpie, Blue Painters Tape and Beacon: Zip Dry

Who's A Good Dog Clipboard Pallet Frame

I must confess.  I did indeed take my dog to see Santa.  HA HA HA!  It was so hard to resist - not only was it a fundraiser, but the picture ended up on our yearly Christmas card!  Do you have fun or playful photos like that on display at your house for your pets too?


Hi, it's Maureen with you here and I love the Clear Scraps products for this very reason - after looking for several frames to fit our Christmas card picture, I couldn't find one so I decided to make my own.  And the great thing about clipboard frames is that you can change the photos as often as you want!

So, to start making one of your own, you'll begin with the Medium Square Pallet Shape and base coat it with a white acrylic paint.  After the first coat, I always like to sand it down - sanding after painting gives you a smoother surface in the end.  Base coat it white again with a second coat.


Next, I've chosen the 5" by 9" Plaid Mixer Stencil because I had a vision that this might look a little like a ribbon on a present.  I tape it down in the corners and then blended in some red Distress ink across the surface.

Move the stencil vertically and do this again.  With this pattern, it's easy to find a line to line it up and continue the pattern across.


Next, I've stamped some small paw prints across the side and top.  I've also added a cute saying at the bottom in a black vinyl that was printed on my electronic cutting machine.


My corner is decorated with the Paw Mini Shaker, which is painted in black acrylic paint and I'm also using the Lovely Sequin Mix inside.  I did add a printed plaid paper to the bottom base before assembling my shaker.  There is a polka dot ribbon glued to the middle of the paw too.


The picture is held by a small metal clipboard piece that you can purchase at any local craft store.  Make sure to let this dry thoroughly so it doesn't come up when you add your picture. I recommend either tacky glue or hot glue for this piece.


Here is my picture frame, sitting in an easel!  I thought at first I'd make it a Christmas frame, but I actually left off some holiday embellishments in case I want to use a non-holiday picture later on.  These pallet shapes are so versatile, you could make any number of frames in minutes.

I hope you've enjoyed this project today!  My pup is INDEED a "good girl."  Make sure to check out all of the fun pallet shapes on the Clear Scraps site and I will see you next time!


Additional supplies:  acrylic paints, distress inks, patterned paper, mini clipboard embellishment, ribbon

School 3D Frameables

Hello and happy Friday! Its Jennifer here on the blog to share one of the cute 3D Frameables with you! Kids of all ages are back in school this month so I'm sharing the School-Apple Word N Shape paired with the

Square Frame with Base!  And I'm going to share the easy techniques I used! 


I began with my Square Frame with the Base. I covered each piece with different patterned papers affixed with my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  I removed any excess paper with my x-acto knife and a sanding tool. 


I trimmed my photo to fit the frame and affixed it to the back using Scor-Tape. 


Again using my Beacon Adhesive, I affixed my frame to the base as shown.  Before adhering, I did paint the outside edges of the base with green chalk paint. 


I selected different patterns for the small and large oval for my base; again using my Beacon Adhesive.  I sanded off excess paper to create smooth edges then adhered the two pieces together. 


I set aside my frame to work on my Word N Shape. For the School Word, I simply used a blending brush to add yellow Distress Oxide Ink. The birch wood accepts the ink nicely and you can go as light or dark as you see fit.


For the Apple, I painted with red and green chalk paint.  After each were dry, I lightly sanded around the edges to give it a distressed look. 


Here is a close up of my Word N Shape! 


And here is a close up of my frame!  I added stickers as well as small die cut shapes to accent my photo. 


Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  You can find all of the 3D Frameables by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, die cut shapes, enamel dots: Simple Stories; paint: Folk Art; Distress Oxide Ink: Ranger; adhesive: Beacon, Adhesives by 3L, Scor-Tape; misc: sanding tool, x-acto knife, healing mat. 

Harvest Wall Hanging

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to September! It's time to start creating those fall/harvest projects to enjoy for the next few months. When it comes to creating home decor projects Clear Scraps has so many wood pallets and shapes to chose from. You're sure to find one to suit your taste. 

For today's project I'll be using Clear Scraps Wood shape-jumbo rounded tag Click here 


We will also be using Clear Scraps XL Script wood quote Click here and oak trees chipboard embellishmentClick here 

To begin our project, I took and whitewashed some Folk Art Wicker white acrylic paint over the top surface of my wood tag. Then using some Distress Ink Rusty Hinge and a Ink dabber, I lightly brushed the ink over my painted surface. I tore some pieces of paper from Frank Garcia's Autumn Sunset collection and inked along the edges with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs. I cut a strip of paper to fit along the bottom edge of my wood tag. 


Then using Beacon glue, I adhered my papers to my tag surface towards the top and along the bottom edge. Set your tag aside for now 



Next take your wood quotes and add some gold acrylic paint over the top. Let dry.  Cut apart your chipboard oak trees (save the outside frame for a future project) Then using a pouncing motion and a stiff old paintbrush, I applied Finnibair Rust pastes in brown, red and gold over each oak tree shape. I apply the paste in layers, until I achieve the look I want. I painted the tree trucks and branches with brown acrylic paint. Let dry. 


I fussy cut a butterfly from one of my Scrap papers along with a few pumpkin images. I inked around the edges. I bent my butterfly wings slightly upward before gluing on the upper left side.


Now arrange your wood quote towards the center of your tag using Beacon glue.


I adhered the oak trees along the bottom of my tag, right along the top edge of my paper strip. I applied some foam dots to the back of my pumpkin image and adhered in the center between the two trees. 

Here's a closeup:


To finish decorating my tag, I added some Prima flowers along the top. Tied a piece of jute cord through the hole at the top. I chose to use a thinner jute cord. But you can certainly use the thicker jute cord included in your bag. I glued a few Prima crystals in scattered places on my tag and some Stickles glitter Diamond on my butterfly wings, birds breaststroke and on the pumpkins!


Another closeup!


I hope you enjoyed my home decor project for the fall season. Thanks for visiting the Clear Scraps blog! Please share your crafty makes with us on our Facebook Creative page. We'd love to see them. Be sure to visit the Clear Scraps website Click here

Until next time, Happy Crafting! 


Other Supplies Used: Beacon glue,  foam dots, Frank Garcia's Autumn Sunset paper collection, Stickles Diamond glitter, Finnibair Rust pastes in brown, gold and red, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and Rusty Hinge, paper trimmer, Brown acrylic paint and Folk Art Wicker white acrylic paint. Ink dabber, Prima flowers and crystals, jute cord.


Large Circle Shiplap Welcome Door Hanger

Hello friends and happy Friday! Its Jennifer on the blog today to share a fall home decor project I created using the new Large Circle Shiplap Shape!  I wanted to make a cute door hanger for my front door this year and am going to show you the easy techniques I used!  


I began by painting the top 3/4 of my Shiplap Shape using matte brown acrylic paint. I thinned the paint with water so the effect would look more like stain. I love how it brought out the grain in the wood!  


Once my brown paint was dry, I sectioned off the bottom third of the Shiplap Shape with painters tape.  I then applied nice, rich shade of yellow acrylic paint as shown.  

I set my Shiplap Shape aside to dry to work on my Welcome XL Script Wood Word.  I applied a coat of off white chalk paint to my title not being concerned about full coverage. 


Once my paint was dry, I lightly sanded the edges of my Wood Word as well as the front surface. 


I adhered my Wood Word using a hot glue gun centering it on my Shiplap Shape. 



Here is a close up of the Wood Word; you can see how some of the wood shows through the paint. 



I also used my hot glue gun to adhere fall colored flowers and ribbon to the top of my Shiplap Shape. I finished by stringing some wood beads onto wire and creating a U shape to hang my creation.  I adhered it to the back of the Shiplap using double sided tape and my hot glue gun. 

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  You can find all of the Shiplap Shapes by clicking HERE!  Have a great day!  

Additional products used:   paint: FolkArt, DecoArt;  tape: Score Tape; misc: hot glue gun, artificial flowers, artificial eucalyptus, wood beads, wire, sanding paper, twine, ribbon.  

Dare to Wonder

Hey!! It's Tmika on your feed here to give you something to think about. Have you ever sat and Wondered?? Just literally sat down, gazed into the air and thought. Wondered what would happen if you started that business, if you took a chance, if you took a risk.. I do. I often have to be nudged a bit to snap me out of it. I usually write down my thoughts and come back to them later. 

I say all of that to say - my Buppa - my first grandbaby..always stares into oblivion.. I wonder what he thinks about, what he sees.. does he like us?? Lol!! I captured these photos (and many many more) of my little Buppa - thinking. I just knew that these little snaps were made for a layout.

I used the Circle Medium DIY Pallet Shape as my base. I used some craft stain in espresso to give the blank wood some color. After a couple of coats - I let it dry. 

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I then went in with the 4x6 Brick wall stencil and white paste to give the layout some dimension and texture.


I used Mintay's paper collection Tiny Miracles for the surrounding die cuts. Those were all fussy cut out by hand. Cause I love my Buppa :)


I love the contrast between the dark wood and the lighter papers. I printed out and used a stitched circle die to cut them out.


I finished the layout with some lace and webbing from my stash. Added some shimmer and flat back pearls to complete the layout. 

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What do you think Buppa is thinking?? I'd love to know your thoughts, lol!!  Anywho, that's all for now. I hope you liked what I created and will try some of these techniques at home. And remember - You're never too old to WONDER!


Virtual Hugs,


Stenciled Shiplap Cutting Board


Tami here on the Clear Scraps Blog today with a project I'd like to share with you.

Have you had a chance to take a look at Clear Scraps' new SHIPLAP SHAPES? You can find them along with some other new products from Clear Scraps in the "What's New" category.

The Shiplap Shapes come in 2 sizes, large and small. I used the Large Shiplap Cutting Board to make this home decor piece...


I had painted a cabinet to match the new paint in my living room and I had some leftover paint. I decided to use that paint so it would match the colors I already had in the room.

I started by giving the wood a nice, thick coat of aqua paint and letting it dry completely.

After the paint dried, I started applying the designs on the Enjoy the Little Things, 6 X 16 stencil.

I used a dark grey pigment ink for "enjoy"...


Pigment Ink takes awhile to dry, so I sped up the dry time using a heat gun. It is important to heat set each design as it is applied so that you don't smear the portions you've already done while you ink new areas.

A dark red color was used for the "the little things" and again, I heat set each word as it was added. I also cleaned the stencil in between each word too. Again, to avoid any potential for smearing or ink transfer.

Another good hint for using stencils is to use blue painters tape to hold the stencil and materials to your work surface and to keep the stencil from moving while you ink it

Also keep in mind you don't necessarily have to use a stencil as it is made! You can just use portions of it or change the placement of the items on the stencil. In the case of this stencil, the small words underneath were too long to fit on the cutting board. So I centered "little" under "enjoy", then brought the other 2 words in closer to either side of it.

You can also use pieces of blue tape to tape off any portions of the stencil design you don't want to use that are close to those portions you DO want to use. Don't forget to mark off the edges of the stencil where the design is close to the edge. Doing this will help you to keep the ink or paint where you want it!

To finish the cutting board, I made a bow from vintage black seam binding and a dotted natural ribbon. I also tied on a few pieces of greenery for a little "freshness"...


Altering Shiplap Shapes is a fabulous way to create custom decor pieces for your home or for gifting. It's not TOO soon to start thinking ahead to the holidays! Get some of your holiday crafting and gift making done NOW!


Clear Scraps: Large Shiplap Cutting Board and Enjoy the Little Things Stencil

Other: DecoArt: Paint, Clearsnap: Colorbox Pigment Inks and Stylus & Tips, Blue Painters Tape, Greenery, Black Seam Binding and Ribbon

Sunset Anniversary Album

Hi everyone! Natasha here, debuting my first project for Clear Scraps. I thought the Boat Wood Accordion Shaker Album would be the perfect anniversary album. Make it with me!


To begin, grab a few pieces of 12 x 12 paper and map which portions you would like to serve as mats for your album. 


Grab your craft knife and glue and began adhering each wood page down one side at a time and cutting away the excess. Once completing one side, punch your holes, adhere the mat to the other side, and then punch again. Do this for all pages. 


Begin inking with dried marigold stain from the top to the middle of each detailed panel.  Now meet the dried marigold with  stormy sky stain, working from the bottom to the middle. 


Create an "acetate sandwich" once you have decided which panel would serve as the cover.*Remove the film from the side that you are adhering to the wood panel.


Choose which matted page would serve as the background for the cover. Add your sequins mix inside of the acetate sandwich.  Apply glue to the detailed panel and adhere the solid panel on top, ensuring that everything is aligned.



Using the 4x6 Plaid Stencil and picket fence ink, add detail to the top of the cover. 


Now add all of the additional decorations you would like to the front cover. I used scraps from cutting out the page mats and some flowers from my stash. 




And there you have it! Go back in with stickles, bling, and a sentiment and your cover is complete! To bind the album, I used some white cording that has shimmer. 



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please leave a comment below letting me know what you think. 

Happy Crafting,



Hawaiian Vacation 3D Frameable

Hi there Craft Friends!

I'm Dana and it's time to share another Home Decor project featuring Clear Scraps 3D Frameables! These are so easy to create and fun to decorate and embellish!  For this project today we will be using Clear Scraps Square base and frame Click here  and Word and Shape vacation/palm tree Click here   This is a perfect way to display a favorite summer vacation photo! 


For my project, I chose a Hawaiian theme since my daughter and son in law recently went to Hawaii for their honeymoon. The papers I chose are from Vicki Boutin "Sweet Rush" paper collection. 

To begin, I took out my palm tree shape and  vacation word piece from my package. Using a paintbrush i applied some bright green acrylic paint on the palm leaves. For the tree trunk base, I applied some rust paste brown and gold using a bouncing motion and layering one on top of another. I want to create a more rustic texture to the trunk. For the bottom of my palm tree, I applied a coat of tan acrylic paint. Let dry. Then applied some texture sand over the top. Let dry.


Taking my vacation words piece, I applied some Finnibair Sparks paint- Mermaid Pond on the top. Yellow acrylic paint in the middle and orange acrylic paint on the bottom. Let dry. 


Remove both of your bottom wood bases from your package. I traced with a pencil around each shape. Cut out roughly and using Beacon glue, I applied my paper to both bases. Then using a x-acto knife, I trimmed away any excess paper. Then using a Distress tool or sanding tool, smooth out any rough edges. Make sure your slots are lined up correctly and evenly, before adhering both pieces together. I added some silver rope trim along the bottom edge of my base. 



Next I fussy cut out one of the pretty flowers from my leftover papers. Inked along the edges using Distress Ink-Rusty Hinge. I applied some Spectrum Noir Glossy Highlights medium to add dimension and 3 D look. Let dry overnight. 


Taking my two frame pieces, I adhered some matching floral washi tape along the edge of the front part of my frame. 



Then I chose a favorite photo and adhered to the center of my back frame base. Then glue your top frame in place. Make sure you lined the edges up at the top. Slide into place on your base. 

Now the fun part of decorating your frame and adding any embellishments you like. I used some Jolee stickers and added foam dots to the back of my fussy cut flower and adhered to the right lower corner on my frame. I added a small flower sticker on the dot of the "I" in vacation along with some wave stickers at the bottom. To finish I adhered a "Hawaii " title sticker at the top!


Here's acouple closeups!



I hope you enjoyed my project today and will be inspired to grab your vacation photos, and make some fun 3D Frameables for yourself and to give as a gift to family members!

Be sure to visit the Clear Scraps website Click here and check out all the different style 3D Frameables to purchase as well as all the newest products available. Don't forget to share your crafty makes on the Clear Scraps Facebook Creative page!

Until next month, Happy Crafting!


Other Supplies Used:

Beacon glue, Vicki Boutin Sweet Rush paper collection, Jolee stickers, K & Company stickers, Distress tool, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge, Finnibair Sparks paint Mermaid Pond, acrylic paints- light green, yellow, orange. Finnibair Rust paste brown and gold, silver rope trim, Spectrum Noir Glossy Highlights medium.

Advent Countdown Kit

Hello friends and happy Monday!  Christmas may be a few months away but its not too early to start thinking about creating your own DIY home decor or even fun gifts to give!  Especially if you have little ones in your family that love to countdown the days until Christmas Day!  The Advent Countdown Kit is a new release from Clear Scraps which can be decorated as you like. And with wood and chipboard elements you can use a variety of mediums such as paint, paper, stamping, etc.  


Your kit includes everything seen here with 12 wood cards, frame, and hinge.  You also receive chipboard numbers, script words, as well as holly and berry embellishments.  


Also included in your kit are two dowels to hang your numbers onto your frame.  Here are two of my decorated wood cards which I  covered in patterned paper.  I added smaller embellishments followed by the chipboard numbers which I painted with black acrylic paint. 


I painted the background of the base with off-white chalk paint. I allowed areas of the wood to show through to give a distressed look to my kit. I then used the same black acrylic paint that I used on the numbers to paint my frame which fits over the top of the base.  I found using my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive worked well but you can also use a hot glue gun.    I then painted my "days until" and "Christmas" chipboard pieces in green and red chalk paint again using my Beacon Adhesive to adhere.  


For my holly and berry embellishment, I used the same red and green chalk paint.  Once dry, I  wanted to add a little more sparkle.  So, I daubed embossing ink onto each piece followed by using red and green embossing powder and set with my heat tool.  The berry piece adheres on top of the holly to give extra dimension (again using my Beacon Adhesive).  I adhered the entire piece to the upper left corner using Beacon 3-in-1.  


Here is a small snapshot of a few of my decorated cards!  Like I  mentioned, you can embellish your cards/chipboard as you like!    This project was so fun to create!  


Thank you for stopping by!  You can find this kit and all things new with Clear Scraps by clicking HERE!  Have a wonderful day! 

Additional products used:  patterned paper, stickers, chipboard stickers, enamel dots, brads, die cut shapes:  Simple Stories; paint: DecoArt, FolkArt; adhesive: Beacon, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; embossing ink: Ranger; embossing powder: Ranger; punches: Fiskars, EK Success; hole punch: We R Memory Keepers; misc: sanding tool. 

Friends Desktop Frame

Hi friends,

It's Sandy Diller here with a fun little project that will create a memory that you can enjoy for a long time to come.   I used the Friends Desktop Frame to make my memory.


Simply add the photo of choice.


I began by painting the word "Friends" with acrylic paint.
After choosing the paper and design I liked I added the paper to the frame and base using double sided adhesive.  


I did a little fussy cutting on the birds so I could add them to the frame.

Thanks for stopping by,

First Day of School Shiplap Board

August brings on the final days of summer - but here in the Southwest, school starts in the first few weeks of August!  Hi everyone, it's Maureen with you today - and whether you are excited or sad that Summer is over, I have a project that will make you smile as school begins.


We're making a first day of school chalkboard - and this is all the rage!  Many parents use it to help document that memorable first day of school - and I have an easy one you can make yourself!  I'm using chalkboard paint, and the fun Cutting Board Wood Shiplap Shape from Clear Scraps.


I've started with 2 coats of a black chalkboard paint - according to directions, you will coat the first coat in one direction, then stroke the paint brush in the opposite direction for the 2nd coat.  Let these each dry thoroughly between coats.


Next, I'm using a white chalk marker to write on the board, and my choice is a removable pen, where it can be wiped off easily.  I wanted something that would show up well in pictures, so I've decided to use the ABC Lower Case Letter Stencils.  I removed the letters from the storage ring and placed them out on the top of the board.  I've taped down the stencils lightly so they don't move as I do so. 


I'm working backwards, starting with the letter "T."  Then I remove the stencil and do the next.  By the way, the ABC letters also are a great choice for a personalized board, if you choose to do a name instead!


Taking my chalk pen, I gently trace the outside edge of the stencil letter.  Then, I remove the stencil and color in the middle.  Chalk pens are great for this project because they do not generally run underneath a stencil; however, if that happens, you can fix any edges with a wet paper towel.


I'm also adding dots to the edges of the letter with a fine tip chalk pen - there are so many ways to decorate these letters and this will match the overall theme nicely.


Next, I've chosen the apple shape from the Fall Wood Shapes collection, and traced it on a red polka dot paper.  Cut this piece out and glue to the apple shape.  I took some acrylic paint and did the stem in green.  In addition, I've given this shape some dimension by dusting the outer edges in black ink with a sponge and adding a green twine bow at the top.

The apple is glued to the board with hot glue, and then I've added some words with a black glittery sticker set.


Final details on the board include adding dots to divide up spaces where you can write details about your student, and adding a rickrack ribbon to the top and bottom for color.  I've glued those in place with a tacky glue.


My students are actually out of school now...and I sometimes miss those first day of school moments.  But this board will make a fine gift for some other parent.  How about you?  Will you give this project a try?  Feel free to save this project, and come find us out on Pinterest at Clear Scraps Crafting Inspiration Ideas.  See you next time, everyone!


Additional supplies:  black chalkboard paint and brushes, white chalk markers, red rickrack ribbon, polka dot card stock, green acrylic paint, green twine.