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American Crafts Campy Trails | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 5

Good morning everyone! Happy Wednesday to you. I’m so excited about today’s Mid Week Mojo sketch, mainly because I was soooo excited to use today’s steal, the American Crafts Campy Trails collection. Here’s a little fact about me. I pretty much detest camping. Now once upon a time I loved it (think childhood), but now not so much (think what kind of a vacation is camping when you’re the mom.  Oh yeah.  It’s not.) However I was giddy when I knew I’d be using today’s steal to create this week’s Mid Week Mojo. The colors and the designs of paper are simply divine! And there’s no need to be a camper, lthough if you are double bonus because camping papers don’t get any cuter than this! These papers are fantastic for a huge amount of things.

I wasn’t quite sure where this week’s sketch would lead but knew I wanted to have the opportunity to mix up the patterns, so there are a lot of layers and additions to make use of lots of patterns.

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I’m also a full-blown Thickers addict. I simply love the ease of Thickers and the cute factor of the two sets included in today’s steal is off the charts.

I was so inspired by Melissa Dehne’s flower tutorial on yesterday’s How To’sday post that I decided to add one to my Mid Week Mojo. I think it was the perfect touch!

Hooray for another week of Mojo-ing! Participation has been outstanding and it’s been a true treat to see all of the different creations. Our random prize winner for this week is Charity Hotrum-Becker! Charity’s layouts are always a true artistic delight.

Charity, if you’ll please send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

As far as this week goes, be sure to have this week’s layout created, posted and linked to this blog no later than Monday, August 29th at 11:59 PM MST.

For any of you that have questions regarding Mid Week Mojo 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.

Have a very happy Wednesday!


How To’sday | Large Paper Flowers by Melissa Dehne

How To’sday | Large Paper Flowers by Melissa Dehne

Happy How To’sday! It’s that fantastic time of week when we are treated to a fun tutorial from one of you. This week we are treated to a tutorial on making large paper flowers by Melissa Dehne.

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Thanks for letting me share with you today.  For today’s How To’sday, I will be showing you how to make large paper flowers.  The best part about these flowers is the fact that you can really use your imagination to create some beautiful, colorful additions to your cards and layouts.  Plus, with just three supplies, you can make them anywhere.

Supplies:

-5 or 6 large circles
-Hot glue gun
-Large button

Step 1. Punch or cut 5 to 6 large circles (mine are 1/1/2 inches)

Step 2. Take the bottom of each circle and pull the bottom together so it overlaps.  (You may want to practice this part first!)

Step 3. Place a dot of hot glue in the fold and hold together until secure.

Step 4. Continue to do the same thing with each of the circles.  These will become the petals of your flower.

Step 5. Arrange the petals around a slightly smaller circle of the same general color.  My smaller circle is 1 1/4 inch.

Step 6. Once arranged, hot glue the petals onto the smaller circle.

Step 7. Place hot glue or a glue dot to the back of a button and press into the center.

Step 8. Finished product should look something like this.  Play around with how many petals you use, vary the color of the petals, or play with what to put in the center.

Here is a sample that I made using six petals and a large brad in the center.

I hope that these flowers can bring a little beauty to your day!

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Thank you Melissa for your tutorial! What a great way to customize some flowers for your paper creations.

If you have a great idea that you would like to see featured on our How To’sday, please send them to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo and to find out if  you are our lucky random weekly winner.

Pebbles Mr. and Mrs. | Monday Card Madness #46

Happy Monday everyone! Today I have a very special treat for you. Today’s cards are being brought to us by the crafty co-worker of mine, Brittany Perry. When she asked what she would be working with and I told her about today’s steal the Pebbles Mr. and Mrs. Collection, she was pretty excited as she had making wedding cards on her list of to-dos anyway.

I think you’ll agree that Brittany’s card sketch is nothing short of amazing.

Brittany absolutely spoiled us by creating four different cards with her sketch using today’s steal. She did a great job showcasing all of the wonderful embellishments included in today’s kit.

Thank you Brittany for treating us to a unique and fun sketch and showcasing what you can create based off of it! I think we need to be seeing more of your card sketches in the future.

Don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog.  Leave a link here on our blog for the August cards by Friday September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

If you haven’t heard we are in the middle of our third ScrapbookSteals card swap.  It’s not too late to jump in and participate. If you’ve missed the details, here they are:

  • 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.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! Be sure to check in tomorrow for a fun How To’sday tutorial by Melissa Dehne on creating large paper flowers.

Doodlebug Butterflies

It’s no secret, I love to alter things. I love to take a piece of chipboard and make it my own! Today’s steal the Doodlebug Butterflies made the springboard for creating so easy. With so many different color combinations to choose from, the possibilities are outstanding!

I have to admit, once again it’s as though the manufacturer created a product just for me. Just a couple of weeks ago, we decided to do an overhaul on my teenage girls bedroom. The papers in one of the collections were perfect to match their new paint, so I decided to make them each a butterfly to bling up their message boards.

I’ll walk you through the step by step process of how I created my butterflies.

Step 1: Select the papers you would like to use to cover your butterflies and trace the shape onto the paper and then cut out. Note: while these butterflies are designed to be individual altered pieces, I thought it would be fun to layer them for added dimension.

Step 2: For added dimension, in the edges of the cut out shapes with a coordinating ink.

Step 3: I thought it would be fun to add a little heat embossing around the white edges of the butterfly. Simply brush the edges of the butterfly across a Versamark or other pigment ink pad, add desired color of powder and heat.

Step 4: I wanted to add a little more glimmer to my butterflies so I added a coating of “Old Lace” glimmer mist.

Step 5: Next I used my piercing tool and added holes around the edges of the smaller butterfly so that I could add some stitching.

Step 6: The fun part…embellish as desired!

Step 7: In order to add a little extra bit of dimension, I used a strip of pop foam to adhere my butterflies together.

Step 8: Firmly press the smaller butterfly into place on top of the larger butterfly.

Step 9: To create the wire base for the butterfly beads, I folded the provided wire in half and then used some wire crafting pliers to create a little twist at the fold of the wire, so that the beads wont fall off.

Step 10: You know me and my love of bling. I wanted to add some sparkle to the beads so I coated them with spray adhesive then rolled them through some Doodlebug Sugar Coated Glitter.

Step 11: Next I used my hot glue gun to adhere the body of the butterfly to the wings. All done!

Now I have to admit, while I was sitting at my work desk stitching the butterflies I thought how fun it would be to create some “lacing cards” for a child to have. Bet you couldn’t guess that I couldn’t resist and had to make some! I pulled out my ModPodge and my stash of eyelets and set to work.

I thought it would be fun to combine a lacing card and matching card into the larger butterfly so I used some of my Sassafras Paper Whimsies and decoupaged one set onto the butterfly and have the other set for a small child to use as a matching game. You could even add a small piece of velcro to the base as well as the backsides of the shapes to make storage easier and eliminate the possibility of losing the shapes. Add a bit of yarn and a large plastic craft needle and your kids have got a great educational game to occupy them for awhile.

I think it’s time for a giveawayso if you’d like to have your chance to win these lacing card butterflies, simply leave your comment here by Monday at 11:59 MST and I will choose a random winner to send these butterflies to.

I hope you have a great weekend and find some time to get crafty!

Teresa Collins Sports Edition | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 4

Wednesday! I love Wednesdays, and I love the timing of today’s steal the Teresa Collins Sports Edition collection. It just so happens that this week my girls are participating in their 12 hour a day band camp followed by a football game on Friday night where they are performing. I think that the sports collection coming to ScrapbookSteals right now was meant to be for all of the sports enthusiasts out there.

Now most people don’t think that Marching Band is a sport, but yes indeed it is! The kids follow all of the athletic requirements for the school and also compete against other schools. I thought it would be fun to use the collection for a somewhat non-traditional sporty layout and thus the sketch was born!

I popped over to the band camp at the end of their first 12 hour day and snapped off a bunch of shots of the tired bandlings.

The Teresa Collins collection offered a great variety of prints and designs so that I could complete my layout.

Props to Teresa Collins for designing a sports themed collection which worked to perfection with band photos.

Now it’s that time we all look forward to each week—our random drawing for a little scrappy goodness. Congrats goes out to Heather Young and her amazing interpretation of Kristy Mackeen’s Topaz #3 sketch.

Heather, if you’ll send your address in an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Be sure to have this weeks layouts created, posted and linked to this blog no later than Monday, August 22nd at 11:59 PM MST.

For any of you that have questions regarding Mid Week Mojo 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.

Have a very happy Wednesday!