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Silhouette Advent Calendar

I have to say that I’ve never felt the need to have a countdown calendar to count down the days until December 1st, so that I can begin using my creation of today’s steal, the  Silhouette Advent Calendar. I have to admit that I really had no idea what the huge buzz over the Silhouette Advent Calendar was until I found out we’d be featuring it here at ScrapbookSteals. The moment I saw it, I finally understood what they hype was about and I was giddy as ever, thinking about how I wanted to create mine.

Obviously with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to make my first rendition of the advent, a Christmas one. I selected papers from my collection from several different manufacturers and lines. I even ended up using some papers that I have had in my collection for over six years! Geesh I love a project that allows me to use up the “stash” so that I can justify making room for more.

Silhouette makes this project easy as ever! There are two different choices for each cubby hole. You can either cut out a decorative box or a drawer for each slot. The Silhouette download card comes with the options of both!  While I preferred the flush finish of the drawers, my son was over the moon about the different shaped boxes so I decided to mix it up and do a little of both. I really love how it turned out.

I have three tips for you.

Tip #1: Your download card may have a slight hiccup like mine did. Silhouette customer service is total rockstar and they helped me out right away. Here is what you need to do if your card doesn’t appear to be working.

1. Open the Silhouette Studio software – If you do not already have the latest version of Silhouette Studio, please visit http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software.aspx to install it. Now re-start your computer prior to running.
2. Click on the “Silhouette Online Store” button (the one that looks like a mouse in the lower left-hand side of the screen)
3. Log into your account
4. Go to the “My Account” options and visit the “My Download History” link, or if recovering everything you may use the “Recover All” option
5. Select the order number that you need to recover (if recovering specific orders only) and click on the “Recover Order” button
6. Once you have submitted your password, your images from the selected order will be downloaded to your library.

Tip #2: Make sure you have a sharp blade and one or two cutting mats with good stick! To expedite my cutting process, I used two cutting mats. While one was in use, I was getting the second one ready.

Tip #3: Use a good adhesive! I found that photo tape worked best. After all, if you put the effort into creating something so amazing, you don’t want your boxes to start popping apart!

I’m so excited about the possibilities of what can be put inside of the boxes to help count down the days until Christmas.

  • Christmas candies
  • Small toys
  • Daily activities
  • Service project ideas
  • Christmas stories

I’m still not quite sure which route I will take with mine, but I’m toying with the idea of making a “treasure hunt”, having a different clue each day, with the final prize being a new tradition of a mini album where my husband and I will write an annual letter to our children. Oh and there will be candy at the finish of course, for our short peeps who will be less than thrilled with a gooshy letter from mom and dad!

Whatever we end up doing, I know it will bring a smile to my kids’ faces and make the count down to Christmas just a little more exciting!

Oh and you can better believe that once Christmas is over I’ll be making a countdown for the next big event! The possibilities are endless.

  • Birthdays
  • Easter
  • Summer Vacation
  • Family Trip
  • Halloween
  • Birthdays

Or you can even just leave it as a darling decoration for a shelf!

Whatever you decide, we’d love to see what you create! Feel free to post your creations to our Facebook fan page for all of us to oooh and ahhh over.

Have a happy Black Friday and wonderful weekend!

Update on Cancellations

We get it, stealing is speedy business! You have to snap up that deal before it’s gone and sometimes there’s no time to think. But take a deep breath — due to changes in the Google Checkout/Google Wallet cart, there is no longer a 15-minute window for cancellations. Since Google Wallet now charges your card immediately upon purchase, we can’t accommodate cancelled orders.

Because of the steal price and speed of shopping on our website, purchasing with us is different than traditional online stores. Please carefully review your order before it is placed. Once it’s stolen, it’s yours!

That also means we aren’t able to edit your order — our shipping is faster than a speeding bullet. So fast that not even our shipping superheroes can stop it without altering the axis of the earth!

So take a deep breath, review your order, and steal!

And remember, our customer service team is always available to answer your order-related questions. Email us at customerservice@stealnetwork.com.

*Happy Stealing*

Your Holiday Stealing Itinerary 2011

Twas time for the holidays, so all in good cheer

Steal Network was stocking plenty of gifts to find here.

Jana jumped in her sleigh, her reindeer in tide,

and whistled with glee at the steals she did find.

On BabySteals, on KidSteals, on ScrapbookSteals, ho ho!

to the Internet of moms and scrappers we must go!

From your trees wrapped in lights to stockings hung with care,

the steals from our sites will soon be wrapped there.

For here at Steal Network we take pride to send joy

to families and crafters, and to girls and boys.

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The holiday countdown begins, and we have great things in store for you at BabyStealsKidSteals and ScrapbookSteals! There are plenty of exciting gifts for everyone on your list at incredible deals coming your way. Want the scoop? The steals are a secret, but here’s a rundown of our upcoming promotions so you can set your calendars.


Black Friday
We know many of you might be freezing your little toes off waiting in line for your hubby’s electronics, but while you’re sitting there, be sure to check in at all our sites — we’ll have super hot Black Friday steals you won’t want to miss!

Cyber Monday
Get your clicking fingers ready! Monday, November 28 we’ll have a steal every two hours from 9am to 9pm MST. Want to set your clock? That’s 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm MST — a total of 7 steals per site!

12 Days of Holiday Gift Giving
From December 1-12, we will have a mystery giveaway a day on ScrapbookSteals. 12 hours to enter, 1 lucky winner a day. Have any kiddos on your shopping list? Head over to BabySteals and KidSteals for 12 days of gift-giving steals!

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Are you ready to start gift giving? We simply can’t wait to spread the holiday joy this season. Wishing you fast clicking and all the steals you’re hoping for.


Happy Stealing!

American Crafts Margarita | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 8

Here in the U.S., most of us are busily into Thanksgiving Day preparations, so I decided to go easy on this week’s sketch after the madness of the last one with 11 photos.

Thoughts of gratitude fill the air and I must admit that I’m pretty thankful that I was able to work with today’s steal, Margarita by American Crafts. While some of you may be thankful for an actual margarita to help you through the day of preparations, I am thankful for the bright and happy colors that this collection contains. Why do you ask? Because it instantly made me think of this photo that was taken in the spring of one of our amazing ScrapbookSteals friends, Heather Conklin and myself. And yes. I’m thankful for her. <3

I love how bright and happy this collection is. I love the embellishments, the trims and the flower brads are pretty fantastic too!

Oh and the Thickers? ::swoon:: Can you ever really have enough? Especially when they sparkle?

Now it’s time to announce our two lucky winners from the crazy Opal 7 sketch. Congratulations are in order for Cathryn Povec,

and Stephanie Umpleby!

Well done on tackling a pretty daunting sketch! If you girls could please send your address in an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 28th. Also, if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, you can find all of the details here. As we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a great day!

How To’sday | Iris Fold

Today’s tutorial by Erica Bass, couldn’t have come at a better time. With the holidays right around the corner, this is a perfect tutorial for creating an iris fold ornament card for an exquisite look.

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I’m really excited to share Iris folding with you today. This is one of those techniques that is great on the “wow” factor but actually a lot easier than it looks. My favorite type of technique!

Supplies:

  • 4 – 1″ x 12″ strips of patterned paper at least 2  different designs,
  • Card stock with window cut out in it
  • Iris fold template
  • glue stick
  • foam dot adhesive

Step 1: First off you will need to have a piece of card stock with a window cut-out of it. You can use a paper punch or an electronic die cutter. I usually make sure I have at least 1/2″ of wiggle room because you will need space to glue on the back side of the card stock. Next, cut 4 1″ x 12″ strips of patterned paper. Cardstock tends to be too heavy for this type of folding.

Step 2: Now score the 1″ strips of paper at the 1/2″ point lengthwise so it folds in half and creates a nice fold down the center. Once you’ve created the crease open the paper and glue down the length of the card stock to create a 1/2″ x 12″ piece of paper. This is done to create a nice folded edge.

Step 3If you want to stamp the front of your card stock this is when you need to do it. Tape your card stock with the window cut out face down on the iris fold template. Next we will be gluing the paper strips onto the backside. I use something that wont damage my cardstock when I take it off. Painter’s tape works well or in this case I used some of my washi tape because it was handy.


Step 4: Determine the length of paper you will need to cover the number 1 spot on the template. Allow about a 1/2″ overlap and clip the paper strip as you go. With your glue stick, glue the outside edges of the card stock next to the number 1 on the iris fold template. Then glue down the strip of the first patterned paper. I color coded the iris fold template to correspond with each pattern of paper. Make sure you glue down following the number pattern and use the paper design that goes with the color on the template. So, the number 2 on the template is going to have a different paper glued over it. Same with number 3 and 4. Number 5 however will be the same paper as number 1.

Step 5: When you have finished gluing down the strips, you can choose to glue something down in the center of the square that is left open. Here, I have a patterned paper as my backing so I just left it open. Finally apply foam dot adhesive around the outside corners of the card front to glue to the front of the card. This is necessary because of the bulk of all the layers of paper. Pop-up glue dots would be a good alternative.

Finished card

Dress card with Iris folding

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Erica! I love this and have always wanted to learn how to create this type of fold. Thank you for showing us how to do this.

If you have an idea that you would like to see as the super star of a How To’sday please send your photos and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!