Wow! Can you believe that we have completed 30 weeks of card making? If you haven’t joined us with our weekly sketches, then today’s steal, the EK Success Basics Sale, is all you need to get you pointed in the right direction for card making.

For this week’s card sketch I wanted to focus on the beauty of the EK Success border punches. The card is a standard A2 size card with about 1″ of the bottom of the top flap cut off, allowing the inside of the card to show through.

I adore the border punches and how they make such a classy finishing touch to a pretty quick card.

I thought this particular border punch was so fun for a homey card. You could even use the punched out chicken, heart, pumpkin and flower shapes as “confetti” to include inside an invitation to a barbeque.

If you haven’t had a chance to use chalks yet, then the chalk set in today’s steal is the perfect answer for trying them out! Chalks lend such a fun addition to any of your paper crafting projects. They are fantastic for adding color to embossed images or simply adding dimension to edges of paper like I did by adding yellow chalk to the flower on this card.

The cards being posted to our Facebook fan page and blogs are spectacular as ever. I particularly enjoyed this card from last week by Amy Williams with how she created a flower out of buttons.

I was able to send out a little joy this week by distributing the cards of the first Scrapbook Steals card swap. Everyone’s creations were positively amazing and we had such an amazing response to the swap that we are going to have another one soon!

After creating your cards, post them to our Facebook fan page or personal blog then leave a link with your creation here on the blog in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. You have until May 6th at 11:59 pm MST to have your creations posted in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for another fantastic How To’sday, this time brought to you by Brittany Perry.

And in case you haven’t heard all the ruckus going on a couple doors over, our sister site, BabySteals.com is turning three on Thursday and we’re partying all week! Don’t miss out on all the fun — head over to the BabySteals blog or Facebook page or follow us on Twitter and join the sweet celebration.

Contest ends Friday, May 6th at 11:59 pm. Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older.