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American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Neapolitan

Isn’t it the best when we have a surprise Thursday guest blogger? Nothing like adding a little scoop of crafty inspiration to your otherwise possibly “vanilla” sort of day. For grins and giggles let’s just add a scoop of strawberry and chocolate to that vanilla and make it a Neapolitan.

Take a peek as the incredibly talented, and oh so amazing to work with Katrina Hunt, takes us on a flavorful tour with today’s steal the American Crafts, Dear Lizzy-Neapolitan collection.

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Hi, I am Katrina Hunt from “Paper, Scissors and Glue.” I am so happy to be blogging on the ScrapbookSteals blog today! When I heard that I was going to get to work with today’s steal, the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan  collection, excitement doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I have created three projects for you today, two layouts and a banner. I still have a lot of product left over to create more projects with. This is definitely a steal.

A friend of mine had a puppy party to socialize her litter of puppies and I had to take my camera for pictures. The colors in this collection are soft and muted, so I thought they would be perfect to create a layout with one of the pictures I took at the party.

I actually started the idea of both my layouts with the title. I knew I wanted to use the Phrase Garlands in my titles. The neat thing about them is that you can adjust the letters, which I did on both of my layouts. Then I trimmed the ribbon off and reattached the bows.

I also used my Silhouette Cameo on my projects. I cut the “puppy breath” phrase above and here is a close up of the heart row at the top.

My next layout, as I said before, started with the title. I wanted to show that you can use the busier papers in the collection, you just need to combine them with more subtle papers, which this collection has plenty of!

I love dimension in my projects and these little flowers have them! The best part is you can adjust those tags to how you want them laying. I ended up cutting out the camera from the 12×12 sheet of paper it came on, trimmed it down and then slid it into my flower bloom. I love that it added a little extra.

My last project today is a banner that I decided to create at the last-minute after I had my two layouts done. I just wanted to keep playing with this collection! I cut my banner base on my Cameo out of American Crafts cardstock and just used two different shapes. I then sewed, a couple of different papers on each panel. I added on of the flower blooms in the center with some left over banner pieces I had and then one of the pinwheels from the collection on each end. I wanted to add a little something to the end panels, so the wooden buttons were the perfect little touch.

I hope you will stop by my blog, Paper, Scissors and Glue. I will have close ups of each of the banner panels on there!

Thank you ScrapbookSteals for letting me create with this wonderful collection and to guest blog today!

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Katrina, your projects are stunning! And now I have a sudden urge for some ice cream. :)

Thanks so much for joining us today. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you Monday with a regular Monday Card Madness sketch to accompany yet another great steal.

Authentique Splendid | Mid Week Mojo

Amethyst – Layout 6


It’s Wednesday! Is that not the most splendid news that you’ve heard all morning? I mean, what’s not to love about another scrapbook sketch installment to our Amethyst Mid Week Mojo series. And double bonus for me and you is that today’s steal is the Splendid collection by Authentique. Splendid is the perfect combination of colors to target your every paper crafting need. And that’s pretty darn splendid if you ask me, a paper collection that I can scrap my photos of beautiful springtime days as well as photos of my kid tie-dying my carpet. It’s true. He did.

I figure enough time has passed since the redecorating of my living room carpet that it would probably be a good idea to scrapbook the experience. I figure this will be a gem to have on hand when my little stinker has a child that will hopefully be just like him! That I will be able to pull out the page and and have a good laugh while he is pulling his hair out, wondering what he did wrong.

The mix of colors in the Splendid collection are perfect for highlighting such a colorful experience.

I love how well the Splendid collection works together. It even made for a pretty splendid layout about a pretty big disaster!

And to think, since this layout is SO huge, I’ll even be able to make a page about our new carpet when we get it in a few weeks. Hooray!

Now it’s time for the weekly shout out for the Amethyst 5 Mid Week Mojo winner. Congrats are in order for Tammy Keels.

Tammy, your layout is absolutely stunning and kind of makes me really wish I had some beach time in my near future! If you will please send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will get a little scrappy swag headed your way!

If you’d like your chance to be next week’s lucky winner, here is all you have to do.

Be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, April 2nd at 11:59 MST.

If you have any other questions regarding 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.

Detailed Matting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today we are treated to a fun tutorial by our regular crafty contributor, Charity Becker.

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Detailed Matting
Fussy cutting introduces a striking design element to any project. When adding a large fussy cut image to a project you can step up the drama by matting it, but getting all those curves exact is difficult. I rummaged in my husband’s wood shop for a compass with a screw adjustment.

Adjust the compass to the desired width. Hold the compass gently in your hand so that the point is at the edge of the design element. Gently trace the edge of the design with the point of the compass, pressing lightly so that the point does not damage the cardstock. As you trace the design the pencil end will translate that design onto the cardstock at the desired width.

Trim the matting along the pencil line. Erase any stray pencil marks. Adhere to layout or project.

I used this technique for a layout about my scrappy space for the February online crop at ScrapbookSteals.

This one features tiny Mickey…he loved watching me scrap. I call him my muse.


~ Charity Becker

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Charity, I have to say that you are the Queen of the fussy cut! I love that you’ve figured out a way to make that fussy cuttin’ just a wee bit easier.

Thanks again for sharing your amazing talents. You are wonderful!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! No idea is too big or too little. Share us your tips from scrappy to crafty. We. Want. To. Know!

You can send your directions and photos to Kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little mojo!

Pebbles, Inc. Country Picnic | Monday Card Madness #77

Gather round, gather round card makers! It’s not every day that we are treated to a guest blogger like the Paper Crafts Go-To Gal, Teri Anderson who totally rocked the house with today’s steal, Country Picnic by Pebbles, Inc.

If you don’t know Teri you are in for an absolute treat. Teri has got to be one of the kindest, funniest, and most definitely wittiest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! She holds a special place in my heart as our professional crafty roots had our starts together back in 2003, and it is a delight to showcase her today at ScrapbookSteals!

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Hi everyone — what fun is the Country Picnic collection!

I just love the happy feel of it. Throw in flowers, cute tags and a pretty color scheme, and it makes a great collection for making a whole lot of happy, cheery cards.

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I literally laid this steal in its full glory out on my desk and just spent a morning making card after card with it. I couldn’t stop. It’s so easy to mix the papers with the embellishments and the letter stickers.

I mean, check these out.

I also made a tiny set of monogram cards with it.


They are simple little notecards. Each a 3 ½” square with a strip of patterned paper, a couple circles cut from patterned paper and a letter sticker monogram on it.

And here’s the fun part! I used the packaging from the package of layered paper flower to put them in.


I stuffed the cards inside the package and then threw on a few panels of patterned paper on the outside. I finished things off by adding a tag, which I added one of those lovely flowers to.

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Teri, you are awesome! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to be our guest blogger today at ScrapbookSteals. Sure love ya girl!

Don’t forget to be sharing your Monday Card Madness creations for a chance to win a monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. This week’s “sketch” is to base a card creation off of any one of Teri’s cards, and must include a flower. Be sure to have any of the March card sketches created and posted somewhere on line then linked to one of the March Monday Card Madness blog postings by Friday, March 30th at 11:59 PM MST for your chance to win.

If you want another chance to cash in on our weekly prizes here at ScrapbookSteals.com, then be sure to join us in our Mid Week Mojo! Every Wednesday. :)

I’ll see you tomorrow for another How To’sday!

American Crafts DIY Thickers + Itzy Ritzy Cans

If you look anywhere on the Internet these days, you’ll see that the world is filled with DIY projects. Heaven only knows my basement is filled with eternal, never-ending, do-it-yourself, aka: bathroom building. But who wants to get messy with do-it-yourself bathroom building when there is a far funner and craftier way to get messy? You can get your crafty on with today’s steal, the American Crafts DIY Thickers. You can spice up those babies with just the right amount of color and texture to make a perfect project. Pair it with today’s steal the Itzy Ritzy Craft Cans and you have the makings for a perfect project.

I have to admit. Making these cans were FUN! I thought it would be fun to turn my canisters into a little Easter decor (or would it be an emergency snacky stash). I went to the store, picked up some paper Easter grass, a few different colors of marshmallow bunnies and I was set.

Then came the fun part—dressing up the letter stickers! (As if glorious rows of beautiful bunnies weren’t enough!)

DIY Thickers = SUPER easy.

First, choose your decorating medium. Either micro beads (Pop!), chunky glitter (Wow!)  or tinsel type stuff (Spark!)

Next peel off the top white sheet on the Thickers letter that you are using.

Dump on your choice of Pop!, Spark!, or Wow!

Then peel up from the backing. Voila! A DIY letter, customized to match your project. :)

Splap those babies on your creation and you’re done! DIY that doesn’t take going on 6 years, like my basement bathroom.

Believe me when I say that the DIY American Craft Thickers are…..

Have a great weekend and set your alarm for Monday because we have a guest blogger that you do NOT want to miss!