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Bo Bunny Winter Joy

Can you believe that the holidays are creeping up upon us? Today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Winter Joy Collection is positively amazing. It’s such a beautiful collection in purples, blues and greens.

These papers would be great for a myriad of holiday-themed layouts and projects, but I thought I would show you how to make a quick and easy dimensional snowflake which you could make to put a homemade touch to Christmas tree decorations.

My girls have made these snowflakes for years and have had them hanging all over their room.  I’ve never learned to make them so I sat my Sarah down for a little crafty time to teach me!

Here are the basic directions.

  • Cut paper into squares. For our snowflake we used 6×6″ pieces of paper. Fold the paper in half one way, and then again in the opposite direction. Fold in half and then in half again so that you have a triangle like this.
  • With the point of the triangle pointed upward, cut strips across the width of the triangle starting from the side of the paper which is folded. Do not cut all of the way through to the other side.

  • Open your folded paper and it should look like this.

  • Beginning with the inner most cuts, fold together and staple or secure with a glue dot. Flip the paper over and do the same with the next two cuts. Flip the paper again and repeat the process until you reach the outermost cut.

  • Your completed square of paper should look like this.

  • Repeat this process five times for one snowflake. You can use the same papers or different papers for variety.

  • Once all of your snowflake arms have been completed, staple two of them together at the tip.

  • Next staple the remaining four arms to the middle of the neighboring snowflake arm.

  • Once your chain of snowflake arms have been stapled together, begin stapling the bases of the tips together one by one.

  • Your completed snowflake should look like this.

We added a scalloped circle to the middle of the snowflake with a piece of chipboard embellishment to finish it off.

These snowflakes can be made in any size and would truly make the cutest decoration for a tree.

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Jillibean Soup, Cream of Mushroom | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 10


Wow! Another ten weeks have whisked by and here we are at the final installment of our Topaz Club series. To celebrate we have a new manufacturer to the ScrapbookSteals family once again — welcome Jillibean Soup! I love today’s steal from the Jillibean Soup, Cream of Mushroom collection.

This collection is so rich and fun and perfect for fall. I was so excited when I realized how perfectly it would work with some very recent photos that I took of my son on one of our day dates.

I absolutely adore the trims that come with this collection. They make the perfect addition to the page along with the Journaling Sprouts.

I’m quite certain that this is one collection that I will be excited to pull out and use again.

Now before I get into the details of the exciting Topaz prize which has been brought to us by Kiwi Lane Designs, I will announce the winner of the Topaz #9 random drawing.

This week’s lucky winner is Kassandra Missen. Not only do I love this layout but I am incredibly touched that the sketch inspired her enough to create a page out of chronological order.

Kassandra, if you will send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

Now for the scoop on the big Topaz prize.

Kiwi Lane Designs has graciously sponsored the Topaz prize by sending us these three templates to give to one of you!

  • Tiny Sweetheart
  • 12″ Abbie Road
  • Wildflower

To add a little fruity kicker to the combination we are throwing in a combination prize pack of Lime Twist by My Mind’s Eye for an approximate total prize value of $60.00! What better combination than to use a little Kiwi Lane Design love on some brand new My Mind’s Eye papers? Right. I didn’t think there was a better combo!

In order to win this amazing prize package here is what you need to do.

  1. Complete all 10 topaz layouts. Don’t forget that Topaz #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, October 3rd.
  2. Make sure all 10 topaz layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations in the “Totally Topaz” blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck everyone! May the scrappy mojo be with you.

Totally Topaz

In order to win this amazing prize package here is what you need to do.

  1. Complete all 10 topaz layouts. Don’t forget that Topaz #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, October 3rd.
  2. Make sure all 10 topaz layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations in this blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Good luck Mojo makers!

How To’sday | Distress Ink Tutorial

It’s Tuesday once again and we know that means it’s time for another great tutorial from one of you! This week our How To’sday is an awesome tutorial on Distress Ink by Charissa Miller.

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I have recently gotten into using lots of Distress Inks for cards and other projects. I wanted to write up a tutorial on the basics of Distress Inks. They really are very easy to use and create such a great look.

The first thing to know about Distress Inks is that it makes sense to buy in color families so you can do blending. For example, buy three blues (such as three of them I use in this tutorial) or three reds or three browns. You, of course, can buy single colors, but these inks really do their best magic when they are blended.

For my project I chose four distress inks: three blues (lightest to darkest) and one purple

Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord.

To use them you just need a piece of cardstock. You can use a colored cardstock if wanted, though I mostly use white or cream cardstock so the colors of the Distress Inks can really shine.

I use the Inkessentials tool from Ranger.  The foams simply stick onto the tool and are easily removed. You need a foam for each color or else you will not get the true colors from the inks.  I have decided that I also need a few more of the tools, so that I do not have to constantly change my foams when doing a project, but that is not really required.

You will notice that I have a piece of paper beneath the cardstock I am going to work with This is because when you apply Distress Inks you start with your foam off the page and blend it onto the page. You can see where I have both a green and a brown Distress Ink color on the page already. If you start with the foam on the page you end up with a nice impression of the foam, which while not bad, it doesn’t give the smooth blended look Distress Inks are known for.

I started with Tumbled Glass and covered the entire piece of cardstock. You can see from the photo that the way Distress Inks are formulated gives darker and lighter areas without any effort. From there I did Broken China on 3/4 up the page, Faded Jeans on ½ up the page, and then I used my darkest color Dusty Concord on the bottom ¼ of the page.

Here is how they look all on the paper.

It looked pretty good on my first pass, but I went ahead and worked in reverse (darkest to lightest) making sure that all of my colors were well blended with no sharp lines anywhere.

Here is what it looked like after I touched it up. I then decided to add a little bit of texture to it using a cloud stamp I had and some glittery clear embossing on Versamark which I heat embossed.

It’s a subtle effect but it brings out the idea of the sky from the Distress Ink coloring.

Here is the card I ended up making with this cardstock piece.  I inked the edges of the light blue cardstock with Broken China to help it pop.

Distress Inks are a lot of fun and make a nice addition to your ink/stamping stash! They come in a wide variety of colors and you can do so many different things with them beyond this basic inking technique.

Imaginisce Berrylicious | Monday Card Madness #51

If there’s any paper collection to wrap up the summer in a perfect way it would be today’s steal, the Berrylicious collection by Imaginisce.

This collection just screams “smile,” and I had a great time mixing up the papers and elements to create the cards for this weeks Monday Card Madness. I am especially fond of the mix of swiss dots and stripes and decided that a card design which would allow a portion of the inside paper to peek through would be perfect to show it all!

I can’t help but think that receiving a card made with the Berrylicious collection would be a surefire way to put a smile on someones face. I look forward to keeping up with the challenge of sending out joy.

In case you missed it we are underway with our next ScrapbookSteals card swap.

Here are the details:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

I know it’s a slightly tighter turn around than we normally have but think of how great it will be to have a variety of handmade goodness to send to your neighbors and friends to wish them a very happy holiday season.

Well, that’s it from me today. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for that amazing day of the week where we are treated to a tutorial by one of you!