Friday, December 13, 2013

Vintage Christmas Ornament Decorations

Today is all about vintage ornament shapes!  Both of these projects were made using papers and Clear Scraps Acrylic from December Creating Made Easy Kit.  These acrylic ornament shapes are so fun to decorate.  They reminded me a lot of some of the OLD glass ornaments my mom had so that was my inspiration for the these.  

Visit the Creating Made Easy Blog for more information on both of these projects!

Happy Holidays All!


Friday, December 6, 2013

Clear Scraps Christmas Card

Today on the Clear Scraps Kit Club Blog, I'm sharing tips and tricks for this card.  Check it out!

Happy Holidays All!


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Frosted Acrylic Snowman Tri-Fold

The December Creating Made Easy Kit from Clear Scraps has been released.  My first post for the month with this kit is a tutorial on these snowmen.  Hop over to the Kit Club Blog and check it out!

Happy Holidays All!!

Stay Warm!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

November Kit Club - Glittering Fall Leaf Frame

I just wanted to share a sneak peak of what's on the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club Blog today!

Head on over and check out the tutorial on this glittering leaf frame!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SPOOKY Tutorial from the Oct Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club

 Up on the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club Blog today with two Halloween Decor projects.  Hop on over and check them out!!

Halloween Kitty in the light of a big harvest moon.

"Boo" Bat Banner

Happy Halloween!

Friday, August 30, 2013

My Final Post on Clear Scraps......for now......

Today my final post for the Clear Scraps Design Team will post on the Clear Scraps Blog.  It was a tough decision for me not to continue on with this team. I will still be designing for the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club, so I still get to work with the really awesome people at Clear Scraps, as well as play with one of my favorite crafting products - Clear Scraps Acrylic!!

As I was writing my final post, I noticed that I was on a roll with family photos and a vintage look.  In case you've missed them, here are links to my last few CS posts:

Please check out these projects as well as all the other designers on the Clear Scraps Blog!  And don't forget to visit the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Blog too!!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Celebrating American Heroes with the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club

The July kit from Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy is appropriately full of fun Red, White & Blue papers, stickers & embellishments.  In honor of the 4th of July, I have created this patriotic layout featuring my favorite American Hero.

Hope over to the Clear Scraps blog for tips on how to create this layout or one like it!

Happy 4th of July!!


Friday, June 14, 2013

Clear Scraps June Kit - Layout

Here is a sneak peak of a layout I made with the June Kit from Clear Scraps - Creating Made Easy June Kit.

Head over to the CS Kit Club blog for more information on this project and for lots of of creative inspiration from the Design Team!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CS - June Kit Club tutorials

If you haven't already checked out the Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club, you are missing out!  These kits are so fun to create with!  The paper packs, embellishments and acrylic are so well matched that they truly do make creating easy.

The theme for the June kit is Travel/Vacation.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the projects I made with the kit:

Plus, I still have a lot of supplies left over for more projects! 

Head over to the CS Kit Club blog for inspiration, ideas and tutorials for this kit!


Monday, June 3, 2013

Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy June Kit - Travel Album

Wow, can you believe it is June already?!  With a new month comes a new kit from Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club.  This month's theme is Travel/Vacation.  This kit is loaded with great paper, stickers, embellishments and, of course, Clear Scraps Acrylic!

With each kit there are instructions for a featured project.  This month I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to provide the instructions for this project.

You can see more on the featured project as well as more projects and inspiration from this kit at the CS Kit Club Blog.

And check back here as well, as I'll be sharing some of the projects that I have made with the kit!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Clear Scraps Summer Blog Hop - Butterfly Suncatcher

Ready for summer?!!  I know I am!!  Today is Day ONE of the Clear Scraps Summer Crafting Blog Hop!  Three days of summer crafting inspiration and tutorials and PRIZES!!!  Today, you'll need to hop by the CLEAR SCRAPS Blog, plus Rita and Leah's blogs.  Leave a comment here and at each blog for your chance to win!  Plus visit Clear Scraps on Facebook for additional chances to win!

To get you started with some summer crafting, I've created a Clear Scraps acrylic sun catcher.  Perfect to add a little pop of color in your garden.  This design is actually an improvement to a sun catcher I did about a year ago - using my Sizzix Big Shot and Tim Holtz Butterfly Die to cut butterfly shapes from used CD's.  I really like the fact that I can recycle used CDs, but there were two problems with the CD butterflies.  #1 - the shiny coating sometimes splinters off during the cutting process, and #2 the CD plastic is too brittle to bend to give the butterflies dimension.  Clear Scraps to the rescue!!

Did you know you can use dies to cut Clear Scraps?  It is a great way to make your own acrylic embellishments for your projects!  I always keep sheets of 12x12 Clear Scraps acrylic on hand to use in various projects, so I started by cutting one of these sheets in smaller pieces to run though the Sizzix and die cut.  For the sun catcher, I cut 6 CD butterflies and 6 Clear Scraps butterflies.  While I had everything out I also cut some small flower shapes in the CS acrylic.  These are always handy to have on hand. HINT:  save the pieces that the die cuts come out of - they can be used as little stencils!

After removing the protective plastic from the butterflies I daubed them with blue and purple alcohol inks.

Then I carefully bent the wings back.  I love the way these all look together!  They are inspiring more future projects!!
Assemble the sun catcher by placing three of the CD butterflies shiny side down on the table, spaced approximately where you'd like them on the wire.  Put a generous dot of Beacon Zip-dry glue in the center of the butterfly.  Place clear beading wire or fishing wire so that the wire runs through the glue.  Place another CD Butterfly, shiny side up, on top of the wire/glue to sandwich the wire.  Use another dab of Zip-dry to glue a Clear Scraps butterfly on top of the CD butterfly.  One that glue is dry, flip the butterflies over and glue another Clear Scraps butterfly to the back side.  Tie a glass or crystal bead at the bottom of the wire as a weight.

Now how easy was that?!!

Enjoy the Blog Hop!  and Happy Summer Crafting!!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Clear Scraps Dream Card

With graduations around the corner, I created a card to encourage the graduates to follow their dreams.

I used the Clear Scraps Send it Clear Card -  Half Scallop Card.  I also used the Expressions Clear Word Titles - Dream (small).

I began by stamping a butterfly stamp on the front of the card in Stazon Opaque White and then dusted it with glitter while the ink was still wet.  The scalloped border was created using  Viva Decor Pearl Pen which was also dusted with glitter while it was still wet.  A mix of silver and gold alcohol ink was used around the edges of the two front pieces.

The paper used for the background on the card is from Prima Marketing's Fairy Rhymes Collection.  "Dream" was colored on the back using Viva Decor 3D Stamp Paint.

Please visit the Clear Scraps Blog for more Springtime inspiration!!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CS Kit Club April - Hope & Penant

Have you checked out the April Kit from Clear Scraps Creating Made Easy Kit Club.  The colors in the kit are soft and neutral to easily work into decor.   Here are two projects I've made with the kit.  Visit the Creating Made Easy blog for more inspiration from the kit!

The first project is done with the Large Pennant Piece from Clear Scraps.  (not included in the kit, but available through the Clear Scraps store)   I layered two papers behind the acrylic and glued them in place using Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive.
 I used two of the Clear Scraps Flower shapes as a base for the flower section.  These were colored with Silver and Blue alcohol inks and then run through my Sizzix Big Shot machine in embossing folders to give the a little texture.  The border of the Pennant is dotted with pearls using a Viva Decor silver pearl pen.  (Note that Glue, alcohol inks and pearl pens are not included in the kit)  The swirls of pearls ARE included in the kit!!  The pieces was further embellished with die cut flowers and butterflies, and flowers and buttons from the kit.

The second project is done with the Clear Scraps Large Word - Hope.  The letters were traced onto two of the patterned papers from the kit.  After cutting the letters out, they were attached to the back of the acrylic, using Beacon Zip Dry adhesive.
I used Stazon Brown ink and a dauber around the edges of the letters for a more antiqued look.
Then bronze pearl "studs" were added using Viva Decor bronze pearl pen.  I finished by added some die cut flowers and butterflies, along with some of the flowers from the kit.  I used the bronze pearl pen to add centers to the flowers and some highlights on the butterfly.

I hope you enjoy the April Kit! 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Rose Glitter Tattoo Card

You've probably seen some glitter tattoos on TV, but did you know that Art Glitter now carries that body glue and tattoo stencils?  A couple of weeks ago I did a post to show how easy it is to do the body glitter tattoo, but now I have a great way to re-use the stencil.

For this project I used:   Art Glitter Rose Tattoo Stencil (used), Ultra-fine Glitter (#299 - Celery, #48 -  Emerald, #324 - Country Red, #355 - Sunrise, and #86 - Angel Dust)  Clear Scraps mini-album page - Deco, Tombow multi-purpose glue, spray adhesive, Beacon Zip-dry adhesive, Lime green Copic Marker, Pink Chevron paper and Pink paper from Basic Grey's True Love collection, Card blank (from Staples), Stamp from Red Rubber Designs (Friendship Blocks), Stazon Black Ink, Rhinestone swirl from Want2Scrap's Build Your Own Bling, Light Green swiss dot Ribbon, Viva Decor Glitter Pen - Lime, a couple of small paintbrushes, a soft brush or make-up brush.

Remove the protective plastic from the acrylic page and center the tattoo stencil.  Press down completely to make sure there are no ripples or gaps between the stencil and acrylic.

Put a few drops of Tombow multi-purposed glue in the open areas of the stencil and brush out with paint brush.  Be sure to cover all of the exposed acrylic with glue.

Remove the stencil and set aside for future use.

Once glue is dry (clear), dip a clean, dry brush into Emerald Green glitter and pick up just a little in your brush.  Carefully brush it onto the wide ind of the leaves.  Clean the brush by brushing on paper towel or cloth.  Dip it into Celery glitter and brush the glitter onto the rest of the leaves.  Clean your brush again, and brush the Country Red glitter on the inside edges of the rose petals.

Brush Sunrise Glitter over the remaining areas of the rose.  Use a soft brush or make-up brush to brush away excess glitter.

Turn acrylic over and spray with spray adhesive and dust with Angel Dust Glitter.

Still working on the back of the acrylic, use a lime Copic marker to color the glitter around the edge.

Assemble the card by layering pink and pink chevron paper.  Wrap with lime ribbon. 
Add sentiment stamped on a piece of pink paper.  
Glue Pink stack to the card base.  
Glue Acrylic piece in place.
Add Swirl of Rhinestones from Want2Scrap
Add bow at the top corner of the acrylic.
Finish with dots of Glitter Pen in corners of pink card and on the points of the acrylic.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Glitter up your Easter Eggs!!

Are you ready to add a little glitter to your Easter basket?  Today I'm glittering up a couple of Easter Eggs.  These eggs are real eggs that have had the yoke blown out.  You could use these same techniques on plastic, paper mache or ceramic eggs.  I wouldn't recommend it on eggs you intend to eat, for two reasons:  #1 - it would be tough to shell this egg and not end up with glitter on your hard-boiled egg, and #2 (more importantly) why would you want to destroy your art???
Begin by drawing your design onto your egg with a pencil or light colored Sharpie.  I used a silver Sharpie here so that it would show up better for illustration purposes.   If you use a blown-out egg, you have a hole at the top and bottom of the egg.  Use a wooden skewer to hold the egg while you work.  This will hopefully keep your fingers out of your design.

Use a metal fine tip applicator on a bottle of Art Glitter Body Glue and carefully trace your design.  Don't go to heavy with the glue or it will run off the rounded surface.  Once you've traced your whole design, set the egg aside to dry.  The glue is dry when it turns clear.

Use a dry brush and your first color of Art Glitter Ultra Fine Glitter - in this case Pink Diamonds.  Brush the glitter onto the desired sections of the design.  

Continue adding shades of glitter to your design.  Here I've added Country red to the teardrops and Pumpkin to the bottom sections of the "S"s.

The top sections of the S's were finished with Art Glitter Old Gold 

For this design, I made some simple 5 petal flowers and dots with the glue.  I brushed Pink Diamonds glitter onto the dots and the outer edges of the flowers.  Then I filled the centers of the flowers with Old Gold and then added some "leaves" in glue that were covered in Emerald Green glitter.

I am now totally addicted to glittering Easter Eggs and heading out to buy some more eggs!

Happy Easter all!!