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Monday Card Madness #9

Monday Card Madness #9

Hello everyone!  How was your weekend?  I had such a lovely weekend celebrating Thanksgiving and my oldest daughters 16th birthday!  I pretty much steered clear of my work room all weekend so when I sat down to create today it was bliss!  I have to tell you!  I kind of love this weeks card sketch!  So much that I couldn’t stop at just one card but made 4 of them!  Honestly I wanted to keep going, but I figured that you all would like to have the sketch so that you can start working on some cards if you’re ready!

This weeks sketch is a simple standard size card that can be worked into any size card that you’d like quite easily.  It is a layered patterned paper card with 3, 1.5 x 1.5″ squares across the front, and a ribbon hanging the center square from the top of the card with a bow.

Because I am in full swing Holiday mode right now, I went for some scraps still sitting on my table from my projects last week, some of my perfectly organized winter papers to create this weeks card.

Of course I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to use some of the Thickers from today’s amazing steal of a steal. The sketch worked perfectly to spell out ‘joy’.

I then closed my eyes and grabbed another kit of papers and came up with some Fancy Pants to create this thank you card.

Next I decided to use some fun papers to create an ‘I <3 U!” card.  Once again….Thickers to the rescue!  :)

I had to force myself to stop at 4 cards and ended up with this fun ‘Thank You’ card with a slightly modified version of the sketch.

I love how perfectly this bird from one of the Thickers sets being offered today finished off my card!

I can’t believe that we have finished up another 4 weeks of Monday Card Madness!  We have loved seeing what you create.  Our Facebook Fan Page is absolutely jam packed with inspiration.  If you haven’t had a chance to take a peek please do!

Usually we would have our drawing for cards today, but being as we have 5 Mondays in November this month, you have one more week to have a crack at winning all of the cards that I have made this month!  :)

Remember to post your cards to Facebook or your own personal blog by next Sunday at midnight, with a comment and link left on the coordinating card blog posting and I will announce the MCM winner on our post next week.

Be sure to check in on Wednesday as we have an amazing guest sketcher lined up for this week!

Happy scrappin’!

Sew, you think you’re ready for this?

Sew, you think you’re ready for this?

Can you believe it?  After all of the hinting and waiting, wondering and wanting, that the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy ‘Special Steal‘ is HERE!!!! Who needs Black Friday when our awesome buyer Melodee was able to deliver the most sought after, new scrapbooking tool on the market!  I’ll be honest!  Quantities are extremely limited so go snatch that baby up before you continue on to read about what I created with the tool.

Ahhhhhhhh….Deep breath!  Now that you can relax and are the proud new owner of the We R Memory Keepers, Sew Easy, (we hope!)  take a peek at my journey with the amazing tool!

First off I decided to watch a couple of videos on how to use the tool.  It’s really quite self explanatory, but I do love seeing how others use the tool.  My favorite video found was one made by Northridge Publications.  Take a minute to watch my cute friend Kristine and the President of We R Memory Keepers demonstrating the tool.

I decided to start out simple with the regular stitch, piercing tool.  I have been dying to use a leaf design on my Silhouette so I thought the basic stitch would make the perfect accompaniment to the leaf for some place cards for Thanksgiving!

I love how easy the Sew Easy makes it to stitch.  No more having to pull out my sewing machine and no more creating uneven stitches when sewing by hand!

After that, I couldn’t  resist using the idea that Andrew gave in the video to add eyelets or brads to the holes.  I made a Christmas Tree card and used the scalloped head to create the decorations on the tree.

(Shhhhh….I know the top row of stitching isn’t quite centered.  LOL!  I just figured it gave a little character to my tree).

Next I had to try the ‘burst’ head to make a frame of ‘snowflakes’ around the photo on my layout about the very disappointing snow storm that we had last night.

Sew there you have it!  Sew fun…sew cute…sew snazzy…SEW EASY!

Monday Card Madness #8!

Monday Card Madness #8!

Hey everyone! Are you ready for this weeks Monday Card Madness? I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the creative groove today, as I spent the entire weekend, kid-free…with my hunny, celebrating our 18th Wedding Anniversary. It’s hard when it comes time to step back into reality. I sat down with Today’s Steal, the KI Memories, Paisley Parade, and I’ll be honest….the creative mojo smacked me up the side of the head!

I love when a product can move me from a creative funk into a creative frenzy! I love how the colors in this kit are not only fun and fresh, girly and boyish, but work for just about any project on the planet! That’s the sign of a great collection that can be used for not only springtime projects…..but Thanksgiving?

I really wanted to issue the challenge during this week of Thanksgiving, to create either a ‘Thanksgiving’ or ‘Thank You’ card. I decided on a different size for this weeks sketch….a card that measures 4×6.

I ended up flipping the sketch for this card in order to fit the sentiment. I love how the browns and greens in the KI Paisley Parade kit worked perfectly for creating a Thank You card that would be perfect for giving to the host of a Thanksgiving celebration.

I love the double sided deliciousness of the KI papers, and couldn’t resist using the scraps to create a couple of more cards that have a completely different feel. I used the sketch in the vertical position and created a couple of girly, girl cards. One to say hello to a friend, and one to brighten the day of a B.F.F.

I love how the embellishments that come with the KI Paisley Parade kit either add the perfect touch to make a card in a snap or will work perfectly for creating a layout.

I know I’ve said it before, but we positively LOVE seeing all of your creations on our Facebook Fan Page.

Don’t forget to share your creation with us either on our Facebook page, or on your own personal blog and leave a comment here with the link so that we can see how you interpreted the sketch.

At the end of this month, I will select a random winner from all of those that have participated in Monday Card Madness this month, to receive all of the cards that I have made during November.

Oh and be sure to check out the blog sometime on Wednesday afternoon. We are taking a breather this week from Mid Week Mojo, but I can promise you I have a little something up my sleeve that you definitely will NOT want to miss!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy stinkin’ cute candy decorations!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy stinkin’ cute candy decorations!

Take one look at this tree and ask yourself…is this not the cutest little holiday project….ever?!?!!  Today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Holiday Tree Mega Kit, has got to be one of the funnest creations for the holidays that I have ever made.

I have to tell you a cute story behind this project.  I got the tree about a week ago to photograph for the steal page.  After taking it out of the box I had it sitting on my work table until yesterday, when I finally had the time to sit down and create.  Every day my little 6 year old would pull up a chair to my work table, rest his chin on his folded up hands and stare at the tree.  It truly brought back memories of being a youngster and being so excited for the holidays to roll around, and how my brothers and I would spend hours pouring over the JC Penney catalog looking at the toy section, dreaming of what we may find under our tree on Christmas morning.  After watching my sweet boy with that dreamy look in his eyes for several days, (and almost incessant nagging as to WHEN CAN WE DECORATE THE TREE), I decided to make a crafting date with him and have him help me put together the tree.

He helped me spread out all of the supplies and then we set about creating the cupcake decorations.  Now I have to tell you, I’m definitely a visual learner and pretty much would rather eat my own hair than to read instructions.  Well, guess what…sometimes it pays to take a few moments to gather the tips from the pros, as I was heavily into the glitter coating process before I realized that I should have painted the styrofoam balls first.  Shhhhh!  Never fear!  I just added a LOT of glitter.

Aaron and I decided that we would spray the balls with adhesive and coat the entire surface.   My first thought was to ditch the cupcake idea and dress up the entire surface of the balls, but he was so sad at the thought of straying from the picture that I decided to hang up the idea of branching out and create for the love of my son.  We sprayed the balls in a box and then added glitter.  Aaron had a blast rolling the balls around until they were all sparkly.

Because I had failed to read the part about painting the balls first there were small portions of white showing through.  I sprayed and rolled each ball again.  I must point out that another great tip that the instructions had was to insert a toothpick into the ball before painting and adhering glue.  I’m here to tell you, that would have been a fantastic idea.  Hee hee!

I’m still sparkly!

It’s all good.  In the end we ended up with perfectly pink and very glittery cupcake balls.

At this point I decided that maybe reading the instructions was a good way to go, but actually came up with a few tweaks on my own which I kind of preferred.

The instructions say to press the red beads into the styrofoam.  Well, either I need to eat more Wheaties or it’s just not that easy of a task, so I took a pencil and hammered it into the styrofoam to create the space for the bead.

I also didn’t have any craft wire on hand, and didn’t like the idea of the knot of the string that the ornament hangs from to show, so I came up with a slightly different plan.  I tied the knot and then used a brad the anchor the knot portion of the string inside of the ball.

I then added a drop of glue inside of the hole, threaded string through the hole in the bead and out the top.  I then used my trusty ‘hammer’ (aka meat tenderizer), to gently tap the bead into place.

I wanted to make each of the cupcakes slightly different.  I wanted to bring out a little more contrast in the cupcakes so I decided to use the template provided and cut out the cupcake wrappers in green shimmery paper.  However, Aaron was pretty convinced that we need pink polka dot ones also, so we just did a little of both.

We then decorated the base of the tree.  I wanted it to look more like a gift so we used the striped paper that came with the kit.  I cut the papers so that there was about 1/4″ of the tree base showing on each side.

I used a corner rounder and inked the edges of the papers then used the spray adhesive to stick the papers to the base of the tree.  I went to the store and found some sparkly green ribbon to make a big bow on the front.  I love how this turned out!

Later on we moved on to the gingerbread men.  I have to be honest that I couldn’t resist using my Silhouette for the gingerbread men, rather than hand cutting them out by hand.  I also wanted to add a little more sparkle to the gingerbread men, so I took a portion of the red sparkly paper and inserted it behind the buttons and faces of the gingerbread men.  I then ran the backs and fronts of the gingerbread men through my Xyron, cut a piece of string and enclosed it in a loop between the front and the back of the gingerbread men.

I added a little marker to the arms and legs of the gingerbread men and a bit of ribbon to finish them up.

We then made the gumdrops…and even followed the directions!  :)

Next we moved on to the ribbon candies.  Even my 15 year old got in on the action and helped to glue dot them together.

I decided to go for a little more fru-fru-ness and added ribbon to the ribbon candies rather than the twine.  I love the contrast and the softness!

While my daughter was helping me she was telling me how happy the tree made her because it was so sparkly, so we decided to give our candy canes a little extra sparkle as well.  I decided to use my Silhouette again, and cut out candy canes.  I then used the spray adhesive and stuck them to some of the We R Memory Keepers glitter papers.

I then hand cut around the edges of the candy canes and then stuck the pieces together so that both sides of the candy canes are beautiful!

Last but not least, what would a candy tree be without candy!

This tree is going to make such a darling addition to my home this holiday season!  (I think my girls already have plans to make it disappear to their room!)  It makes me want to get all of our Christmas decorations out and deck the halls!  However, best of all was the time that I was able to spend creating with my kids.  Thank you Doodlebug for creating such a fun kit…..instructions included!  :)

Have a great weekend!

A Prima-licious steal and Mid Week Mojo #18

A Prima-licious steal and Mid Week Mojo #18

I’m telling ya…I’m still in awe over what we are offering today on ScrapbookSteals.  Today you have the tough choice of FOUR amazing PRIMA KITS.  When I sat down to create this weeks Mid Week Mojo, I simply had to stare, and stare and stare at all of the wonderful choices at my fingertips!

I started with my photos to help guide me in the seemingly endless possibilities.  One of our wonderful Facebook friends, Nancy Roth, asked for a little help on a sketch for some photos she was having a hard time scrapping.  She needed help with a 2 photo layout…one vertical and one horizontal.  I asked her if I could see the photos since sometimes that helps me when figuring out a sketch.  Here is what I came up with.

I sat contemplating what to create and decided it would be even more fun for me if I created a layout for Nancy.  I sifted through all of my paper choices and decided to go with the Rue 88 Collection.  I asked her if she minded and she gave me the thumbs up, so here is the layout that I made with photos of her and her sweet little man.

I know I’m a little non-traditional when it comes to boy pages and adding flowers, but after having 3 girls before my 2 boys, I couldn’t break the habit.  I really like how the flowers in this Prima kit are non-evasive for a baby boy layout.  I also added to the centers of the flowers some gems and finished off the page with some ribbon from the Beautiful Gazebo.

I thought that the Rue 88 Collection was particularly versatile and would work great for Christmas cards, so I took my scraps and made a vintage-y card.

I’ll be honest…I had so much fun making the layout for Nancy that I decided to make another layout for myself with the sketch.  For this layout I decided to use the Beautiful Gaezbo.

I finished off my layout with some ribbon and flowers from the collection as well as some buttons and a flourish from the Pebbles Chips.

I honestly can’t believe that we are almost wrapping up another 10 sketches!  Remember if you are a Diamond Club member you will be entered twice into our drawing for the big Emerald Club prize.  (For the big drawing sketches 11 – 20 must be completed, but if you have all 20 completed you will be entered twice!  :)

For this week our Random.Org winner is Becci Maines.

I positively LOVE how Becci flipped the right hand side of the sketch.  I love the colors that she used and most of all I love how she included her husbands handwriting on the tag to complete the page!  Becci, will you please send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com so that our Super Shipper Scott can get a little scrappy goodness sent out to you!

So there you go!  Can’t wait to see what pops up with this weeks sketch.  Remember you have until next Monday at Midnight to have your layout posted to our Facebook Fan Page, or your own personal blog, with a link posted here in the comments to be eligible for next weeks drawing.

As always…..happy scrappin’!