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Studio Calico Classic Calico, Vol. 2 | Monday Card Madness #85

Sometimes I can be pretty neutral and it can be somewhat annoying to my husband. “Where would you like to go for dinner dear? Oh I don’t mind. You decide.” Or “What movie should we see? Really it’s up to you. I’m neutral.” However today’s steal, the Studio Calico Classic Calico, Vol. 2 makes me thrilled about embracing neutrality. I adore a paper collection of neutral colors and basic prints to make the perfect companion to embellishments that pop with color or even a subtle project with the right amount of warmth.

The first card that I created I wanted to add a little spritz of color with my Mr. Huey’s. I love how neutral the papers are so that I could add the pops of color and easily have the focus on the sentiment and embellishment without overpowering them.

For the next card, I used the same method and made a card for my hunny.

After that I decided to create a more neutral card and added nothing of bold color. I love how subtle the “hi” is.

I then created two more cards where I used the sketch as a springboard, and these are what my ideas morped into. I love how I was able to incorporate embellies from several different manufacturers because the papers are so perfectly neutral!  L-O-V-E!

If you aren’t aware we have a monthly drawing for those that participate in Monday Card Madness. If you are interested in playing along with our Monday Card Madness sketches and winning the random drawing for May, be sure to have your cards created and posted to one of the Monday Card Madness sketches by Friday, June 1st at 11:59 pm.

Also, be sure to check in this week for an awesome line up!

  • Tomorrow a How To’sday by Stephanie Umpleby
  • Wednesday for Mid Week Mojo and the announcement of our Summer Design Team Members
  • Thursday for an extra special treat from Charity Becker
  • Friday morning for a guest blogging spot by our very own buyer Brittany Perry and…
  • Friday night for the 2nd installment of our Design Team member and Princess of the PM Cyndee Kawa!

How’s that for an amazing! Yeah. I thought you’d agree.

Have a great day everyone!

Teresa Collins Sweet Afternoon

I am truly looking forward to school being out. Well. I say that now. We’ll see how I feel about it in a few weeks when the kids are bored and asking me every 30 seconds what they can do. But for now, I very much look forward to those sweet and lazy afternoons. Today’s Steal, the Sweet Afternoon collection by Teresa Collins, with it’s soft pastels, just screams of stress free times and barefoot walks in lush summer grass.

Today we are lucky enough to have extremely talented, guest blogger Lisa Dorsey here to show us just how sweet and relaxing today’s steal can be to preserve all of those warming memories.

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Wow, I was incredibly inspired by all of the gorgeous papers and embellishments in this kit.  The papers are so soft and pretty.  They are perfect for so many different projects.

The first project I completed was a layout about my parents. As soon as I saw the blue floral papers I knew I had to cut out all those beautiful flowers. They made the perfect border for my photos. To add to the vintage look of the photos I edited them in Pixl-o-matic.

Having two girls, we are all about pink in my house.  There are so many products in this kit that lend themselves perfectly to cards, especially pretty pink ones.  I used the 6×6 designer pad for this card along with the accessory sheets and brads.  I created the lace flower by stitching along the top edge with embroidery thread and then gathering it to make the flower.


Soft blues, yellows and pinks instantly remind me of babies. This card came together very quick and easy because of these great papers. Simply added a few lace punches to soften things up a bit.

The great thing about this kit is that there is so much to work with. I barely scraped the surface while creating this layout and two cards. I can guarantee that I will go back to these papers and embellishments time and time again.

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Lisa, thank you so much for being our guest blogger today! Your projects are perfection. If you haven’t already stopped by Lisa’s Blog be sure to swing by and say hi!

Hope you have an excellent weekend and I will be seeing you on Monday for a little more Monday Card Madness.

Today’s Steal iPhone App Update 1.1

Hey iPhone users, we have an app update for you! Head to the app store, click the updates tab and download the new version.
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When you open the app, you will be asked if you want to allow notifications. This will allow you to get alerts at 9am when the morning steal goes live. We currently don’t have an alert for the 9pm steal. If you want, you can change, customize or disable alerts by going to Settings > Notifications.
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Also you’ll notice all three features from BabySteals, KidSteals and ScrapbookSteals which will now work through Safari. You’ll be able to navigate via our mobile site, access your Steal Account and make purchases like usual.
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Just one more way to make stealing a little easier. Happy Stealing!

Fancy Pants Designs Summer’s End | Mid Week Mojo

Turquoise – Layout 3

The first time I laid eyes on today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Summer’s End collection, it was pretty much love at first sight. The gorgeous combination of muted oranges, blues and greens, really spoke to my crafty soul. While the name of the collection connotes the wrapping up of lazy days with a hint of crispness to the air, I found this collection to work delightfully with a recent outing with my three favorite boys on one of the warmest days we’ve recently had. Sheesh, I love a good versatile collection!

The embellishments in this collection were a dream to work with. Even though some may shun the flowers on a “boy” layout, after having three girls first, I just can’t break the habit and I love how the filter paper embellishments could be crumpled up a little bit to create a flower.

And of course, banners, my current addiction along with using Instagram prints. :)

I was so in love with this collection that I whipped together this layout of my “Tuba Friend” in about 20 min. Not sure if I love or hate it, but still fun to have a quick layout done about my oldest who is currently learning how to play the tuba/sousaphone.

As far as Fancy Pants Designs go, I think they have settled on perfection. :)

And now that happy time of day I get to announce the lucky random winner of last week’s Mid Week Mojo. This week Staci Jones is our winner with this adorable Halloween layout.

Staci if you can please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you! Congrats girl!

For those of you just joining us now is a great time to jump in on the fun. Each Wednesday we provide a new sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MST to have your creations posted to the internet and linked to this blog posting.

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.

Can’t wait to see the interpretations of this weeks sketch start popping up on our Facebook Fan Page. If you haven’t already “liked” us, stop by. We have a seat waiting just for you.

Have a great day everyone!

Craft and Washi Tape | How To’sday

Ahhh Tuesday! It has such a lovely ring especially when accompanied by a How To’sday by the queen of tutorials, Charity Becker. Today Charity treats us with some fun tips on how to use those glorious spools of Washi tape that are adorning our scrappy collections.

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Washi tape is a fun new craze and I’m having loads of fun playing with it. The bright colors make it a natural accent for craft paper. For this card I choose a sheet of craft paper with printed designs, but it would be just as easy to stamp designs onto craft paper with black ink.

Step 1: Using a craft knife cut out portions of the printed images.


Step 2. Trace the edge of the patterned paper onto a white piece of cardstock, then trace the cut-out areas.


Step 3: Place washi tape over the coresponding areas on the white cardstock. If the pencil makings are too dark, lightly erase so that they won’t show through the tape.


Step 4: Cut the white cardstock so it fits completely behind the patterned paper. Embellish bits of the design with floss or twine. Adhere the white cardstock to the patterned paper.

Adhere patterned paper to a card blank. Wrap the edges of the card with a corresponding color of washi tape.


I made several of these cards as end-of-year thank you notes for my children’s teachers. The inside reads, “You brighten so many lives.”
<3 Charity Becker.

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Charity, you blow my mind. I love having peeks into your crafty brain, because you have some incredible ideas that would never in a million years have crossed my mind!  Love it!

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

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the recent blog hop. Sam Barnes! You were our first commenter, and the Random.org powers choose you! Angie will be getting in touch with you regarding your $20.00 gift code to spend at ScrapbookSteals.com. Now you have the hard or easy part, whichever way you look at it, deciding what to buy! Congrats!

Just a heads up to mark your calendars now for our June Blog Hop. It will be running from June 8th – 10th and a product that is pretty darn fantastic.

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