Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Clear Scraps You & Me Birch Wood Frame

Hello! Today on the Clear Scraps blog I  have one of the new Birch Wood Frames that were debuted at Creativation last month! I'm always amazed on the ideas Susan has and these Wood Frames don't disappoint!  I  used the You & Me Birch Wood Frame which holds a horizontal 4x6 photo.  

I    started by painting the frame in dark grey but it looked too flat to me. So, I    decided to try a technique Susan had taught me at the show! After my grey paint was dry, I    used an old candle to rub wax onto the surface of the frame. I    then applied white chalk paint in sections using a spatula to  scrape off the paint before it dries. Your end result is a distressed look with the grey showing through the white.  I    did go in and add a little more white chalk paint to cover some of my scrape marks. Its definitely a learning curve! 

I    covered the frame portion with a black plaid print and adhere with my Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  Taking different patterns, I  cut these rolled flowers by Paige Evans found in the Silhouette shop! I    adhered buttons from my stash to some of the centers as well as added chipboard leaves.

I  finished by using my hot glue gun to adhere ribbon to the top of the frame as well as added a bow!  I  love how it turned out!  
Thanks for looking! Check out the new Clear Scraps products by clicking HERE!
Have a great day!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Simple Stories Romance: Adore

It's finally Friday! We are supposed to get between 5-8 inches of snow over the weekend. I'm so over it! LOL Good thing February is halfway over!  Speaking of February that means Valentines Day is coming up next week!  Today I'm sharing a layout I  created using Simple Stories' Romance collection! 

I    used the XOXO cut file (#187135) from Simple Stories found in the Silhouette shop with white card stock and cut it down to 11x11 inches.  I    backed each row of with different patterns from Romance and then adhered the entire piece onto the woodgrain print. Of course, I  had to stitch around the edge with my sewing machine! 

I  love all of the coordinating stickers and die cut pieces found in the collection! I  layered a few around my title along with the beautiful floral washi tape!

 I    always love when Simple Stories includes a banner piece on the sticker or chipboard sheet! Here, I    used pop dots to affix the banner under my photo. 

I    clustered some of coordinating stickers at the top of my photo. I    love the mix of pinks and greens...so non-traditional for Valentines day!  

Thank you for reading!  You can see the collection in its entirety by going to the Simple Stories products page. Also check out all of the NEW upcoming collections!  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dream Big

Happy Thursday!  It's almost the weekend!  Today was my last official day at work...I  have mixed feeling about it and may or may not have cried after I  left. Anyway, I  won't get into that. Instead, I    want to share one of my favorite layouts I  created for Clear Scraps.

The Dream Catcher Chipboard Embellishment is the focal point of my page and I'm going to show you how I  added my color!  

I    first painted the Dream Catcher with white acrylic paint....a couple coats is usually sufficient. 

Next, I  applied my embossing ink to the front of the chipboard.  I  then layered three glittered embossing powders across the dream catcher. I   didn't create definite borders and allowed my colors to intermix. 

And here is the end result! I  love how it turned out...I    wanted to match the ombre effect of the chipboard on my title and the feel of the collection I    used. 

I  used "Pie Chart Heart" by Paige Evans (#219822) for my background and inserted different patterns from the Bohemian Dreams collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios.  

Thanks for stopping by! Check out all of the variety of Chipboard Embellishments by Clear Scraps by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Clear Scraps February Tag

Today I'm sharing my Clear Scraps tag for this month! I  always adore Valentine theme scrapbook papers and embellishments!  I  began with covering my chipboard tag with this beautiful ombre pink patterned from Pebbles' Forever My Always  collection.  I  set it to the side to add some bling to my Arrow Heart Chipboard Embellishment from Clear Scraps! 

I    knew I  wanted to use a red embossing powder so I  used a cardinal red as my base color. 

Once my paint was dry, I  covered the chipboard with ample amount of embossing ink and added my red glitter embossing powder.  I  then set using my heat gun  

I    layered coordinating stickers and die cuts from the collection before adhering my Arrow Heart with Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive.  Using a pop dot, I    added a cute ampersand sticker to the front right.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Lots of great new products are in the Clear Scraps shop!  Also, check out the blog for more inspiration from the design team! Speaking of design team, Clear Scraps is looking to add designers...if you love working with all types of crafts, this team is for you!   Details can be found HERE

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hello 2018

Look who's back! I've really neglected my blog this past six months! One of my new goals was to blog more...and here we are into February already LOL  Better late than never right?  To be honest, I've been dealing with some unresolved health issues and my energy has been lacking.  I  put my notice in at work the beginning of December however I'm still working 1-2 days/week to help cover. 

Today, I'm sharing a layout I  created for Clear Scraps using the new 2018 Chipboard Word Title. Its always fun to make a page about goal/resolutions for the new year.  I've learned to not be too rigid with my rules; especially lately. 

For my title, I  used the chipboard "hello" from Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Bohemian Dream along with the Clear Scraps 2018 Chipboard Word Title. And I'm going to show you how I  colored my chipboard! 

I    almost always start with a few coats of acrylic paint for my chipboard to give it a good base.  Here, I  used a basic white paint; it soaks into the chipboard well so three coats is usually good. 

Next, I  used my embossing ink and glitter blue embossing powder. After I  set with my heat gun, I    went back and added more embossing ink and a glitter light pink embossing powder. You can see the area that didn't quite get covered.  My rule is that almost every mistake can be covered up with an embellishment thus the heart sticker LOL 

Frames are one of my favorite shapes to use! Here, I    layered both chipboard and die cut pieces in a line across my page.  I    inserted small embellishments in or around the frames. 

Thanks for reading!  Check out all of the fun chipboard shapes by visiting the Clear Scraps shop
Have a great day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Clear Scraps: Star Chipboard Embellishments Layout

Hello and happy Sunday!   I know its been forever since I've blogged.  I can't seem to keep up with anything lately...honestly, things have been kind of rough so anything extra is getting pushed to the wayside.  Anyway, I wanted to share a fun layout I did for Clear Scraps using the new Star Chipboard Embellishments.  

I started with one of the XL Deco Shapes and colored the outside edges in Mermaid with Ranger Alcohol Ink.  Using a solvent based ink/medium is your best bet because the acrylic is a non-porous surface.  The alcohol ink won't run or smear and "adheres" to the acrylic quickly. 

Here you can see a close up of the alcohol ink on the acrylic! 

I colored my chipboard pieces using Distress Paint in Cracked Pistachio and set them aside to dry.  

For my layout, I used Shimelle's new collection Little by Little! I knew I wanted to get my hangs on it when I saw it at the show in January!  

The stars make great accents on my page along with the patterns papers and extra embellishments!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out all of Clear Scraps fun products by visiting their online shop! Have a great night!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Clear Scraps Heart Printer Tray Frame

Hello friends!  The week is almost over and I'm glad...looking forward to a weekend away with my Scrappy Girls for a fun crop!

Today, I am sharing one of the new Clear Scraps products: the Printer Tray Frames!  I used the Heart shape for my project along with Jillibean Soup's Hardy Hodge Podge collection! 

The Printer Trays are a great way to mix up your layouts or to create a fun home decor piece!

I love the dog print included in this collection and wanted use it on my front frame. Using Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Adhesive is the BEST because its solvent based and won't discolor or warp your projects and it dries quickly!  I applied my adhesive directly to the front frame and onto my patterned paper.  Once dry, I cut off the excess paper using scissors and an exacto knife. Also, using a sanding tool helps as well. 

One of the fun things to do with the Printer Trays is to create a "shaker" space! I added chunky glitter and coordinating wood veneer pieces. 

I added die cuts from the collection to fill a few of the windows..using pop dots helps create dimension.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Check out the variety of Printer Tray Frames by visiting the Clear Scraps Shop!