3 Bugs in a Rug, Dawson | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 6

Hello Wednesday! What do you have in store for us today? Well, that would be a little Mid Week Mojo featuring today’s steal, the Dawson collection by 3 Bugs in a Rug. While we’re a little past the “little boy” stage in our family, today’s collection proved itself as being very versatile not only for baby boy type creations but for big boy creations. Oh, and there is absolutely no reason I couldn’t have used these exact papers on a layout of my biggest 40 year old boy too!

I was thrilled when I realized how perfectly the color scheme of the Dawson collection worked with some recent photos which I took of my son a couple of weekends ago on a trip to Southern Utah.

The collection came with some fun stickers and die cut embellishments which made some fun additions to my layout.

I also love how perfectly these colors worked with some embellishments that I already had on hand! Nothing beats a collection that works well with your stash.

So there you have it, Opal #6. (Phew! It’s always a pretty tough week to follow guest designing amazingness. 😉 )

Now my favorite part of the blog post, announcing who our lucky random winner is. Congrats are in order for Karly Auvinen.

Karly, if you would please send an email to our service department with your address we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you. That email address is customerservice@stealnetwork.com.

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 14th. 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 | Accordion Flowers

Tuesdays, tutorials, flowers. Does it get any better than that? I’m so excited about today’s tutorial by Brettany Quinton. The accordion flowers are so hot right now and make such a perfect addition to a project. I’m even more excited that I can now make them for myself. :)

• • • • •

Materials you will need:

  • 2 strips of paper — Mine were 12″x1″, but you can make them bigger or smaller, depending on how big you want your flower to be.
  • Scoring board & bone folder — (optional, you can fold it by hand if you would like)
  • Circle of matching paper — Mine is 1 inch, but if you change the size of your paper strips, you will need to adjust your circle accordingly.
  • Hot glue gun (I have used Aileen’s Tacky Glue also, but it takes a lot longer and is a little more tricky)
  • Adhesive tape
  • Ink pad (optional)
  • Button or similar object for the middle of the flower

Step 1: Score your first paper strip every 1 inch, then turn the paper over and score again on all the half inch lines. You should have a scored line every half inch, but the lines will alternate, which direction they are scored. Repeat with second strip of paper. **Note: if you are doing a smaller flower, or want it to be thinner to fit in an album, etc, score your lines closer together (every 1/4″) and the flower will not stick up as much when it is finished.**

Step 2: Fold the strips on the scored lines like an accordion. The “proper” way to fold on a scored line is to fold towards the raised line, so it ends up inside of the fold.

Step 3: Place a small strip of adhesive on one end of each strip, as shown. Adhere the two strips together, making sure they overlap one section. You should have a circle.

Step 4: Start gathering the folds together to form your flower. Pinch the center between your index finger and thumb, and gather the whole circle in. The thicker your paper is, the more tricky this step will be.

Step 5: While holding the flower in one hand, place a good sized glob of hot glue on your paper circle. Press the center of the flower into the glue, and hold it until it dries. Glue will probably come up through the center of the flower, so make sure it doesn’t burn your fingers! The middle of the flower will want to spring up, so make sure to keep pressure on it until it stays on it’s own. (If you are using liquid glue, it will take quite a while to dry. I like to place a heavy object like a paper punch on the flower to hold it while it dries).

Step 6: If you would like to ink your flower, grab your ink pad and ink all the raised & outer edges. Glue the button in the center of the flower using hot glue.

I have also made these flowers using decorative scissors to cut one edge of the paper strip before it is folded to give the flower a little more detail. Make sure it is the outer edge of your flower when you start gathering it into a circle.   The smaller flower was made using two 10″x3/4″ strips.

Have fun!

• • • • •

Thank you so much Brettany for taking the time to share your tutorial with us. I know I’m excited to try it out and I’m sure you’ll be seeing these flowers on some upcoming blog projects.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. Have a great day!

Silhouette Machine | Monday Card Madness #57

::Deep sigh of fondness:: That’s right. I love my Silhouette. I also love that I just had to create cards today using my beloved machine, as today’s steal is none other than the Silhouette SD machine and accessories. What perfect timing for the machine and accessories to pop up as Christmas is right around the corner. If you don’t have a machine, I can’t even begin to express enough *and SHOUT from the rooftops*, that you will LOVE having one. If you already have one then now is the time to stock up on new blades and cutting pads!

I decided that for this week’s sketch it would be theme-based rather than a particular design. Your challenge this week is to create holiday or winter cards. I couldn’t resist some of the card downloads in the Silhouette store not to mention the fact that the deadline for our holiday cards swap is very near and I still had a few cards I needed to finish up.

For the first card that I made I downloaded the “5×7 Lace Card Base” by Lori Whitlock (5x7_lace_card_base_C01290_20509 ). I adjusted the size to fit into one of the envelopes that I have. I then cut out the “Bespangled Tree” by Hero Arts (bespangled_tree_C00703_23067 ).  I downloaded the “Merry Christmas” title by Jamie Koay (merry_christmas_title_C20091120180538_20387), and used my sketch pens to add it to the middle of the “Beautiful Label” by Lori Whitlock (beautiful_label_C00397_20509) prior to cutting it out. I put everything together, used pop dots to make the label stand out, inked the edges, added some bling to the tree and a brad to the top and my card was complete.

Next I made a simple card by creating a basic base, cutting out a piece of white cardstock to create an inner frame on the card. Then I cut out a simple circle border (which I don’t think is in the store any longer), and placed it across the center of the card. I downloaded and cut out a “Christmas Tag” by Pebbles, Inc., (christmas_tag_C00056_67122 ). I placed that in the center of the card then turned to the print and cut feature of the Silhouette. I downloaded and print out the “Christmas Set Merry Christmas” tags by Samantha Walker (10_christmas_set_merry_christmas_tags_C00964_19210). I then cut out a brown tag and added it to the center of the card with some pop dots and added a button to the top of the tag. Oh and don’t forget the inking of edges!

I had a blast using the “Christmas Card Kit” by Lori Whitlock (hmmm, I’m sensing a fondness of her designs – adorable_christmas_card_kit_C00764_20509). Made for a super easy card that is sure to bring a smile to anyone! I added some bling and a little hand stitching to finish it up.

I was crazy excited to get to play with the Silhouette fabric interfacing again. I picked up some Christmas printed fabric and then downloaded the “5×7 Eyelet Card Base” by Lori Whitlock (5x7_eyelet_card_base_C01286_20509), the “Nested Poinsettia” by Alaa’ K (nested_poinsettia__C00421_21585), and the “Merry Christmas” sentiment by Hero Arts (merry_christmas_C00656_23067 ). I applied the interfacing to my fabric, cut it out and assembled the card. I added some stitching to the inside to finish things up!

For the last card that I made I downloaded the “Christmas Card” by Rivka Wilkins (christmas_card_C00348_2581) and put my sketch pens to use. I often forget about them or overlook them but the fact is, they make some pretty spectacular creations.

I love the shimmer of these particular pens, and having switched out the colors makes for a pretty darn amazing creation. I added a few bling gems to two of the presents and my card was complete!

So there you have it. If I haven’t convinced you that you want and need and must beg your husband or santa or mom or dad for a Silhouette, then I am not sure what to do! Hands down you will love this machine.

Now for the exciting announcement of our October Monday Card Madness winner! Here’s a shout out to Brettany Quinton who is our first time Monday Card Madness, lucky random winner.

Brett, If you will please send our service department your address in an email at customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

Today’s is the deadline for the Holiday card swap. We’ve received some pretty fantastic creations and I will be sorting and shipping them out to you very soon.

I’ll have details up in a couple of weeks regarding the next card swap for any of you that would like to participate in the next round.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!

Market Street Stamps

Stamping — that creative and aesthetically pleasing technique which I admire completely! If you are a stamper or even if you want to become a stamper (raises hand), then today’s steal the Market Street Stamps are a great way to pick up some darling stamps to add to or start your collection.

You know me and my trepidation with stamping, so I thought I’d turn to our insatiably-talented stamping expert, Misty Buck, to show you some amazing projects that you can make with the stamps offered today.

What is not to love about this darling card that Misty made using the Pretty Perfect Grid background stamp?

I especially love her addition of embellishments at the intersection of a few of the grid lines. Perfect stamp for perfect placement of extra embellies!

Look at how Misty used the Punched Tin stamp to create this card. I love how she first stamped the paper used for the circle embellishments and then punched them out! What a great way to show that a stamp doesn’t necessarily need to be used in the whole.

I’m always about finding unique and easy journaling blocks for my layouts. Misty shows how perfectly the Vintage Notebook stamp can be used for a perfect journaling block to show off your own handwriting!

You can also see on this layout how Misty used the Too Many Martinis stamp as a complimentary embellishment piece to her journaling block, and I especially love how she added some iRocks to circle areas of the stamp. Perfection!

Misty also worked her stampy magic on this card using the Here Comes the Sun stamp.

Now if that wasn’t enough to make you want to drop everything you are doing at this very moment and start stamping, check out these examples from the Senior Designer at Market Street Stamps, Tifany DeGough.

::sigh::  Isn’t stamping beautiful?

Thanks so much Misty and Tifany for showing us your magic girls! If you’d like to check out other amazing creations from Misty Buck and Tifany DeGough, you can click here to check out Misty’s blog and click here to check out Tifany’s blog.

Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you Monday with another round of Monday Card Madness.  <3

Nikki Sivils Giveaway Winner!

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker creates unique designs with the idea you will be inspired to make your very own creations with love. If you haven’t already fallen in love with them, check her entire line out here.

We have one lucky scrapper who will get:

The winner is…

Sacha Rowe!

Congratulations and thank you all for participating.

Winner chosen with random.org. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.