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Peachy Keen Stamps

What a treat we are in for today! Just for you, we have a special guest blogger from Peachy Keen Stamps, Angelica Suarez. Angelica is a Peachy Keen stamping pro and shows us some of the fun ways to use today’s steal, Peachy Keen Stamp Sets.

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Angelica here from Peachy Keen Stamps, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that people love customizing when they craft! We all want to receive a card with a personal touch, and we love to give those cards even more. What better way to do that than choosing a face that goes perfectly with the occasion?

My parents started Peachy Keen Stamps back in 2003, and since then, my mom Kathy has been illustrating her signature line of Peachy Faces and took the die-cutting world by storm! Luckily, she also draws some pretty cute shapes, and I’m super excited to share some ideas with you today!

This sweet card was created using Faceless Fruit and Basic Paper Doll Faces.

Paper piecing is a fun way to give an instant pop to your projects without having to be the world’s greatest coloring guru. I simply stamped the pear from “Faceless Fruits” onto some patterned paper from Echo Park and again on a sheet of pear-colored cardstock. After I cut the patterned paper pear, I put some foam dimensionals on the back so it appears more 3D.

I used Versafine Onyx ink which stamps like a dream (but just a warning, it is not Copic or alcohol marker compatible. It works wonderfully with water-based coloring methods)! To give my little pear a bit more pizzaz I used some chalks in a pink shade and colored a little tongue with a red gel pen.

This Bubbly Bumble Bee card was created using Faceless Bugs!

The “Faceless Bugs” stamps that are in the Scrapbook Steals bundle were later made into dies when Kathy teamed up with the folks at Cottage Cutz! While I used the die for this particular project, this bundle comes with the stamps which is just as easy — simply paper piece as I did in the pear card or color your bumble bee in with Copics, pencils, or watercolors!

To make the antennae appear on the black cardstock, I heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Super easy: stamp with clear embossing ink (I used Versamagic), sprinkle with white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with a heat tool until it sets.

Sweet and simple cheerful flower card created using Faceless Flowers, Flower Centers, and Simple Sallies Assortment.

If there’s one thing I love about card making — it’s the endless options you get when you pair ink and stamps. Here I’ve stamped four different flowers using Memento Ink in Cantaloupe and Distress Ink in Tea Dye. As you can see, I started by stamping my flowers off the paper and created a sense of movement. By layering positive and negative images, you can create your own custom flowers and looks. The 3/8″ Simple Sallies fit perfectly in these flowers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. The sentiments on these cards were all stamped from PK-225 Happy Flowers and Cheerful Phrases. I used my caption maker for the bee card sentiment. Have a Peachy Day!

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Thank you Angelica for sharing your incredible talents with us! Be sure to check out Angelica’s blog for all sorts of amazing creative inspiration.

Also be sure to check in tomorrow for another project from another guest blogger!

Have a great Thursday!

Echo Park Splash | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 7

Well I thought I’d make a splash with this week’s sketch, since today’s steal is Splash by Echo Park. For those of you that have been asking for another multi-photo sketch, I’m pretty sure that this one delivers!

I’d heard some of my crafty friends talking about creating a layout for 11-11-11, which used eleven photos taken throughout the day. I thought it would be fun to use that idea for this week’s Mid Week Mojo and had a great time snapping photos throughout the day, documenting parts of our normal routine.

Even though this kit is geared toward water and summer, I think it worked out perfectly to go with a wide variety of colors in my photos. Gotta love me a paper collection that is so versatile!

I used one of the sheets and cut it apart to create the wavy border across the base of my layout on both sides.

And I love the little letter stickers. Perfect for creating my subtitle.

Now I realize that this sketch is possibly a little daunting and might make some of you want to pass, so to up the ante for this week we will be doing two drawings next week to up the chances of winning for those that take the plunge! Also, remember if you don’t have photos that will work for this sketch, to be creative and combine some of the photo spaces and use 4×6 prints in their place. Just remember to have fun!

I’m so excited to announce our random winner for this week.  Congrats are in order for Nichol Tran!

Nichol, if you would please send an email with your address to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize 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 21st. 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 | Paper Pumpkins

I love today’s tutorial on making paper pumpkins by Amber Sheaves. What a fun project to do with your kiddos or at a school class party. Not to mention, these are the perfect decorative touch for your holiday table.

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I know Halloween is over but pumpkins stay up in my house until the very last day in November! I love pumpkins. So think of these as last-minute Thanksgiving decorations or file it away for next year! But, if you are just itching to get started on Christmas, there is a variation for you too. Just read on.

To make these pumpkins you will need:

  • 1″x12″ strips of paper – 24 for the pumpkin, 1 for the stem
  • 2 medium-sized brads
  • 1 leaf, if desired
  • several skinny strips for the tendrils (1/8″ – 1/4″ wide x 12″ long)
  • hole punch
  • adhesive

Step 1: Punch a hole through both ends of paper strips (make sure hole is smaller than brad head). A Crop-a-dile works great for this. A regular hole punch will work too, but you will just need to do it in batches instead of all at once. Secure all strips at one end together with a brad.

Step 2: Fan out all strips so they look like a sun. Bring the strips up and around to form a round pumpkin shape and secure with the other brad. I found the best way to do this was to start at the topmost strip and work your way down to the bottom strip (like in the ornament pic). Doing it by grabbing the opposite strip (like in the pumpkin pic) kinda left it a little weird and not quite evenly spaced. Now quick, close the brad before the strips fall down!

Step 3: Roll up the strip for the stem. Glue it together (I like hot glue because it dries so quickly) and then glue it to the pumpkin. Glue on your leaf if desired. To make the tendrils, wrap a strip tightly around a pencil and then release and glue to the pumpkin as well.

Now I also used this method to make a few Christmas ornaments. The only difference is the size and quantity of the strips. I only used 6-inch-long strips and only needed 12 of them. That’s half a sheet of 12×12 or 2 sheets of 6×6 paper. This is a great way to use up those 6×6 pads that you’re not sure what to do with. I just eliminated the stem, leaf, and tendrils, of course, and tied on some twine to hang it. I’m thinking of adding a gray or silver “stem” and and hook to make it look like a real ornament but haven’t had time to play with that idea yet. These are so easy that the kids can make them. Put them to work decorating for you! “Easy peasy” as my son would say.

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Amber, thank so much! I’m so excited to do these with my kids and let them make ornaments for their little tree.

If you have an idea that you would like to see star on a How To’sday then please send it along to me. Photos and directions can be sent to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo…with eleven photos. :)

American Crafts HollyDay | Monday Card Madness #58

Can you believe that Christmas is only one month and eleven days away! That means if you are going to make handmade holiday cards and haven’t yet started then today’s steal, the HollyDay collection by American Crafts is the perfect one to help that happen.

HollyDay is chock-full of traditional reds and greens with a splash of modern silver. There are patterns that sparkle and will entice Holiday wonder in the youngsters as well as bring a smile to your neighbors face. (Oh and this collection is so big that you’ll have oodles of left over to scrap your holiday memories as well!)

I decided to make the tags that are included in today’s steal the main focus of this weeks card sketch.  I also split the design of the front of the card, mixing two different patterns since there are really so many different choices that I wanted to show them all! (Or a few of them anyway. ;) )

The card postings that we’ve been seeing on our Facebook fan page are fantastic. If you’d like to be eligible for the November random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all!) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, December 2nd, 2011.

For those of you that participated in the Holiday card swap, your cards are AMAZING! They will be heading back out to you this week.

I hope you have a great Monday!

Boulder Innovations Magnet Boards

If you loved the collection of 5×7 magnet boards when we offered them before, then you will be absolutely beside yourself with giddiness over today’s steal of Magnet Boards by Boulder Innovations.

Not only does today’s steal come with your favorite 5×7 boards (two of them), but you get a large square magnet board and a darling photo frame. Can you say handmade Christmas gifts? Grandma will be thrilled to have a custom created photo frame of her favorite little grandkidlets!

During the ScrapbookSteals retreat, I asked some of our attendees if they would be willing to alter one of the magnet boards for today’s blog posting. I think you’ll agree that they did a fantastic job! I know I was pretty excited with what they created.

Heather Conklin took on the big board! I love how she turned it into a “notes” board and dressed up the magnets with flowers.

Jana Paddington took the plunge with the photo frame. Can you say crazy cute? She almost makes me think that the impending winter is okay. Maybe. Just a little.

Venetia Holbrook, Erin Schultz, Minousha Bari, and Melissa Dehne decked out examples of what you can do with the two, 5×7 boards.

Here is Venetia’s darling hanging board board.

Here is what Erin created. *Sigh.  I miss these girls!*

Here is Minousha’s take for a fun grocery shopping list holder.

And lastly here is an example by Melissa of a hanging board with the 5×7. Oh and I’ll be right over for some shopping! I wish.

Thank you girls for helping out today! I love what you created and you make me want to get my crafty on with some of the Boulder Innovation boards myself!

Be sure to check out these ladies’ blogs by clicking on their names for further inspirational ideas.

Have a great day!