Happy Go Lucky Flower Topiary

I wandered down the aisles of one of my favorite stores and there it was — a lovely flower topiary. At that exact moment the idea for a Fantastic Friday project was in the works. I snapped a quick photo with my phone and then hit the craft store for a foam base and ball to create on.

Today’s steal, the Pebbles — Happy Go Lucky collection was the perfect set of papers and embellishments for re-creating the flower topiary that I fell in love with at the store.

Here are the supplies that I used for my creation.

  • Pebbles Happy Go Lucky Collection
  • Styrofoam ball and cone from craft store
  • Hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks.
  • Ribbon
  • Random buttons and brads

Step 1:

I began by cutting out swirly circles on my Silhouette machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can cut out 4″ diameter circles then cut in a spiral shape until you reach the center of the paper, leaving a circle in the middle of paper about 1″ across.

Step 2:

The paper flowers are created by twisting the paper loosely around a pencil from the outer coil to center of the circle. You can determine the tightness of the flower by how tightly you coil the paper around a pencil. Add a reasonable amount of glue to the core of the paper, press down and your flower is ready for embellishment.

Step 3:

Add buttons, brads or other miscellaneous embellishments to the center of each flower.

Step 4:

Paint the outside of foam ball in a color that coordinates with your papers.

Step 5:

When paint is dry begin gluing finished flowers and embellishments to the outside of the ball in random patterns. You can fill in any holes with brads or buttons.

Step 6:

Next begin covering the base of the cone with rows of ribbon.

Step 7:

Once the base and the ball are covered, insert a dowel into the base of the ball. Gently insert the other end of the dowel into the top of the cone.

Step 8:

Admire your gorgeous creation!

The only thing I have left to do is head back to the craft store to find the perfect purple ribbon to tie around the base of the ball.

I hope you all have a spectacular weekend! Check in on Monday for our next Monday Card Madness and the winner of our July card creations!

Stella and Rose | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club – Layout 1

Happy Wednesday! Are you all ready to start in on our next year of Mid Week Mojo? It’s been a spectacular year and we at ScrapbookSteals are so thrilled at the growth that we have seen in each of you over the past 52 weeks. I’m so excited to start our second year and cannot think of a better company and collection to kick off the new year of sketches than Stella and Rose by My Mind’s Eye.

I’m so in love with both of the Hattie and Hazel collections that I had to make a page with both of them.

I started with the Hattie collection since I wanted to scrap a photo of my little guy. Sometimes he makes me so crazy that I have to find a photo and create a page so that I can focus on the happy moments rather than the stick of butter smeared across the kitchen floor type moments. The Hattie collection truly makes this layout shine.

I couldn’t resist working with Hazel so I asked one of our friends and fans, Lisa Zubritsky if I could scrap a photo of her little lady. I cannot believe how perfect the papers work with the photo. It’s as if the Hazel collection was created just for this layout!

I hope that Lisa likes it and after she receives it she can add the journaling to tell the story of why KK was so sad. :)

I know you all are rather anxious to find out who this week’s random winners are. Drum roll please…

The winner of Mid Week Mojo #52 is Dilnaz Heckman.

Dilnaz, I love your digital interpretation of Erin’s sketch. The colors and photos are spectacular! If you’ll send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

And now for the lucky winner of your $52.00 ScrapbookSteals spending spree! We had 31 ladies complete all 52 weeks of sketches –that’s absolutely amazing! I’m so glad that I didn’t have to choose our winner because you are all winners to me!

Kendra Klinker, you are our lucky girl!

Kendra, if you’ll email service@scrapbooksteals.com, they will get you set up with your store credit. You just have to promise to share photos of what the creations you make with your winnings! Congrats again. :)

Thank you for such a great year.  I’ve been so inspired by not only the creativity and the memories which have been preserved but by the lifelong friendships that have been formed. I’ve absolutely loved having a peek into your lives and can’t wait to get to see your families grow over the next year.

For those of you that have questions on what Mid Week Mojo is and wish to join in on our fun, you can check out all of the rules and details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

ScrapbookSteals.com Gold Club
We have one more exciting piece of news. There is now a blinkie for those of you that are members of the Gold club. You can find your blinkie here. Feel free to dress up your blogs and show off your status.

Remember to have the first layout in our Topaz series posted by next Monday at 11:59 in order to be eligible for next weeks drawing.

Have a great day and happy scrappin’!

How To’sday | Dimensional Flower Embellishments by Melissa Dehne

Tuesdays have quickly become one of my favorite days of the week. I absolutely love seeing all of the different tips and techniques that you girls incorporate into your crafting. Today’s tutorial by Melissa Dehne is such a simple and fantastic idea which can add some customized flair to any of your paper crafting projects.

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Happy How To’sday! Sometimes when I don’t have the exact size or color embellishment that I need, I will make some to meet my needs. I discovered how to make these dimensional flowers last fall and thought I’d share it with you today. It is really easy and quick when you need that little extra something on your layout.

Dimensional Flower Embellishements


  • Circle punch (or any other circle maker)
  • Two sided paper or cardstock
  • Small stapler
  • Coordinating button

Step 1
Punch out four circles any size. The larger the circle, the easier it is to work with. My circles are 1 1/4 inch.  I like to use double-sided, heavier paper/light cardstock.

Step 2
Fold each circle in half.  You can choose which way to fold them.  I like to keep mine with the same print on the top.

Step 3
Begin to overlap the folded circles (as shown).

Step 4
The last folded circle should fit in the slit right at the top (as shown).

Step 5
Carefully slide the paper circles into the stapler and staple right in the center. It doesn’t have to be perfectly centered since you will be covering the staple with a button. Just be sure that your staple holds all four circles together. Sometimes I will make an “x” in the center with the staples to secure all of the circles.

Step 6
Stapled circles should look like this.

Step 7
Use a glue dot to adhere a button to the center of the embellishment.

Step 8
Using a pen, scrapbook tool or other pointy object, gently lift the edges to provide dimension to your embellishment.

Step 9
The final product should look something like this.

Step 10
The side of the embellishment should look like this with the layers all separated.

I hope that this gives you an easy alternative when you can’t quite find the perfect embellishment. Here are a few examples of projects that I have used these flowers on.

Maybe I will see some of these on your layout in the future ; )  Thank you for letting me share today!

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Thank you so much Melissa for your tutorial! I can’t wait to give these flowers a try.

If you have an idea which you would like to see featured on a How To’sday blog posting please send it along to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our first layout in the “Topaz” club series as well as to find out who the winner of our $52 ScrapbookSteals spending spree will be!

Have a great To’sday!

American Crafts Ribbon | Monday Card Madness #42

Ribbon. Let  me guess. Most of you just went a little weak in the knees, and if you haven’t seen today’s steal, the American Crafts Dot Grosgrain ribbon, then you’d best sit down.

It always seems there are a million and ten ways to use ribbon on your projects. I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to do but settled on a triple bow row for the focus of this week’s sketch.


I am so in love with the huge variety of colors that come with today’s steal. A perfect fit for every project!

It’s amazing what a little splash of ribbon can do to a project to give it a little flair. If you’re saying to yourself that you have too much ribbon, well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. A girl can never have too much ribbon.  :)

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

In case you haven’t heard we are hosting another card swap. The past two have been an amazing success and the talent is unreal! Here are the details for the current card swap:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Don’t forget the ongoing challenge to send out joy!

Pebbles Inc. Chalk Pencils = Love

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with today’s steal, the Chalk Pencils, by Pebbles, Inc.  After having the chance to play with them I can honestly say if you are a chalk lover you will want these and may never look back at your standard chalks again!

Here are a few of the fun things that I did with the chalk pencils.

I first wanted to show how easily you can change the the shade of embossed paper. No more fumbling with cotton puffs or cotton swabs. Simply sketch lightly over the paper and the raised portions will change color while the indentations will remain the original color. You can see on this sheet of paper where I used all of the pencils offered in today’s steal.

I decided to apply that same technique to this layout that I made using Erin Colby’s amazing Mid Week Mojo sketch. You can see where I shaded only the center portion of the layout with a pink pencil, to give it a different color than the rest of the sheet. I also slightly shaded the outer edges of the paper with a brown pencil.

You can see in these close-up shots where I used the pencils to add a little definition around the journaling blocks as well as the strips of paper.

I was having so much fun with the shading embossed designs technique that I made a couple of cards. This first card I shaded the brown cardstock with a brown pencil to offer some slight variation and depth.

I then decided to take a simple white silk flower and shade it so that it coordinated with my card.

Here’s the final card that I made, by mixing two shades of chalk pencils on the front of the card.

I truly had a blast creating with the Pebbles Chalk Pencils and was pleasantly surprised with the results. If you’re a chalk lover then don’t even think twice about picking these up! Just think of all of the fun you can have, blending things up with not only your layouts and cards but with all of your stamping projects as well.

I hope you have a great weekend. Check in on Monday for your next Monday Card Madness.