October Afternoon Woodland Park | Mid Week Mojo

Pearl – Layout 8

Some days I have to pinch myself. Why, you ask? Well, because of days like today when I realize how lucky I am to have a job scapbooking. Especially when I get to play with such stunning products, like today’s steal, The October Afternoon—Woodland Park collection. The rich colors and exquisite prints are a strong foundation for an amazing creation. I think it would be really, really hard to make anything less than perfect with this collection.

When I posted this Instagram photo to Facebook last week, a friend said it would be perfect for a Mid Week Mojo!  Little did she know how perfectly it would work with the Woodland Park Collection. My heart positively swoons over this collection as it is equally as perfect for boys and girls. I’m just afraid that my layout today doesn’t do it true justice!

As always, the October Afternoon collections are filled with amazing embellishments and papers. I knew I had to use the chevron paper as chevrons are kinda my obsession. I layered my photo on several sheets of paper, and then just kept adding. Whether that is a good or bad is yet to be determined, but how can you resist piling it on when everything is so divine?

The chipboard embellies and buttons always add a nice touch to a project as well.

I used the cardstock letter stickers for the title. I love how easily they move around for the indecisive soul that can’t quite determine where to put a title. (Yeah, that would be me.) I must admit that I’m not super fond of mixing wild prints for a title so for the letter “Y” I simply added some mist to it to give it a more solid color.

So there you have it! Like I said, I’m not sure if I did this collection justice or not. I do know I’ll be adding this collection to my stash in a heartbeat! It’s AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing, this is the layout by last week’s random winner, Marisa Torp!

It’s crazy how time flies! I remember when Marisa’s little guy was just an itty-bitty. It’s so much fun seeing all of your families grow up! Watch out Marisa, pretty soon you’ll be doing the kindergarten thing just like me! :) Marissa, please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com letting them know you are our winner and we will be happy to get some fun swag sent your way.

Have a great day and fabulous rest of the week!

Don’t forget if you want to throw your hat into the Fall Term Design Team ring, applications are due by Friday at 11:59pm!

Dimensional Inking | How To’sday

Today, ultra-creative paper crafter Charity Becker is back with an awesome tutorial on dimensional inking. If you haven’t had a chance to get a little inked up recently, today is the perfect day to dust off those inkpads and put today’s tutorial to use.

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Here is a super simple technique that adds dimension to a project for literally pennies! If you like to spend lots of $$$ on each project don’t read any further. However, if you’d rather get the most out of each sheet of scrapbooking paper you own, try this technique.

Choose a die cut that is no larger than 11×11. If your die cut is too large, trim a half inch all along the outside edge. Lay your diecut in the center of a 12×12 piece of cardstock. Trace the die cut and then cut out the center of your newly traced design. Because the basis of this project is the negative of the die cut you have chosen, you will need to pay close attention to corners and curves. A craft knife will cut your shape most accurately.

Lay your handmade cardstock stencil onto a sheet of patterned paper, lining up the edges so that the two 12×12 sheets match exactly. Dab a sponge onto an ink pad and rub the ink on the inside edge of the frame. Re-ink the sponge often so that the outline appears very dark.

Ink all around the edge of the frame. Take care to hold the frame onto the patterned paper very firmly so that it doesn’t slip.

Remove the cardstock frame from the patterned paper and the result should be an inked frame with a distinct edge on the “outside” that fades towards the center. This technique will allow your patterned paper to look as if several of the same sheet have been cut, inked, and stacked.

I used this idea to mimic the bracket shape Kristy Lee is so fond of adding to her sketches. This project was my take on Amethyst # 7 using Authentique Splendid and Imaginisce flowers.

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Charity, as always, you rock. Thank you so much for your continued support of How To’sday and your amazing ideas!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on How To’sday, don’t be shy! Send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will happily add you to the line up!

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for some Mid Week Mojo.

My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing | Monday Card Madness #99

I hope you all had a great weekend! I sure did as I was able to get scrappy with today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye—The Sweetest Thing,  Lavender Collection. I go weak at the knees because it’s My Mind’s Eye alone, but add the gorgeous pinks, greens, yellows polka dots and chevrons, and I’m beyond smitten! In fact, don’t tell my husband but perhaps the “headache” I had so we couldn’t go out was a little “lavender” induced. Shhhh!

This week card sketch was inspired by the use of the embellishments in the Lavender collection.

I was immediately drawn to the circle embellishment on the top of the polka dot banner, and so my first card and basis of the sketch was created.

For the next card I couldn’t resist using the pink chevron paper. I’m so in love with chevrons right now, and this paper is pink, so it’s kind of like the best of the best of the best!

On my third card I decided to show off one of the darling crochet doilies. Crochet is certainly an art that I know nothing about so I’m kind of grateful that My Mind’s Eye has brought the beauty to me!

The next card I made I put to use some of the chipboard embellishments and added a little butterfly that I cut out on my Cameo.

As I threw the previous card down on my desk it landed rotated by 45 degrees and I realized how great this sketch works rotated clockwise by one turn.

I cannot wait to put the rest of the papers to use on a layout! In fact I love this collection I very well may need to steal a back up for when the scraps run low.

I’ve loved seeing your cards this past week. It kind of boggles my mind that we are nearing the end of not only another month but ONE HUNDRED weeks of Monday Card Madness sketches.

If you’d like to enter to win our August Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, August 31st.

Have fun creating cute cards! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got this week!

Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet Flock

Being a child of the 70’s, I have vivid memories of gorgeous colorful flocked trees that decked the halls of the holiday season. I always wanted a colorful flocked tree but, alas, it was always evergreen for us. With today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Crushed Velvet Flock, I can appease my mournful childhood memory of never-ending green by adding a little colorful fluff to my paper crafting projects. And after seeing what Design Team member Regina Mangum did with today’s steal, I can’t wait to get colorful!

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If you’re like me, you may not have even heard of flock! What is it? I like to think of it as soft, happy fuzz. I got to play with Doodlebug’s Crushed Velvet Flock and I’m excited to share some projects I made with you today.

I was a little intimidated by these darling little jars of crushed velvet flock at first, but then I realized that it would be a great way to add some fun texture to a project. I decided to create three cards with just a small sampling of the amazing colors that come in the package of 12.

First up is one for all you owl fans! After die-cutting out my tree, grass, and owls, I applied some of the flock to the shapes. To get a smooth, even texture, apply adhesive with either an adhesive sheet before you die-cut your shapes or with an adhesive applicator (like a Xyron Create a Sticker) after you have cut your shapes. Then, sprinkle liberally, press down, and shake off excess.

Next, I thought it would be fun to create a shaped card. What could be more warm and fuzzy than a happy brown bear? I die-cut the bear shape using my electronic die-cutter and applied the flock to just the top overlay. I love the touchable texture of the “fur” and added a sweet banner and fun googly eyes.

For my third card, I thought I would make a girlie thank you card for my aunt, who is a poodle lover. The trimmed fur of a poodle was just perfect to use with flock!

I love how the flock looks on the tail and legs of the poodle.

I hope you enjoyed my “fun with flock” cards today. Once I got over my initial intimidation, I had such a terrific time adding texture to my projects. Thanks so much to ScrapbookSteals for bringing a little flock into my life!

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Ack! Regina, you are crazy talented, woman! I love your cards and think I may just have to flock up some decorations for a Christmas tree. Can you imagine how cute it would be to cut out some fun shapes on my Silhouette then flock the negative space onto clear ornaments?  Yeah. I’m excited.

Have a super weekend everyone! I know I will, aka: last weekend before school starts!

Jenni Bowlin 9 to 5 Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Pearl – Layout 7

Back to school. Those three words bring such peace and joy to my heart! And you know what else does? Back to school supplies. The glorious array of organization tools, labels, notebooks, pens, pencils, and post it notes make me so happy. Today’s steal, the 9 to 5 collection by Jenni Bowlin, echoes my love of office supplies. All of Jenni’s little embellies bring the perfect “organization” to any page.

It was so much fun to see a sketch from Design Team member Katrina last month that I asked Regina if she would provide us with one. It’s a treat for me to be given some inspiration and then make it blossom in my own creative way just like you ladies do each week.

I was delighted when ScrabookSteals fan Jennifer Collins sent me photos of her sweet little lady in case I needed something fresh to work with. How could I resist scrapping photos of this little angel?

It was hard to settle on which of the six photos she sent me to use but when I saw the “he said,” “she said” note cards in today’s collection I knew I wanted to use them as a big part of the layout. I thought of how fun it will be for both mom and dad to record their feelings of the new little princess in their family.

Keeping in theme with Regina’s sketch, I used the row of tickets across the bottom of the layout as one of the borders, then used some washi in combination with the chipboard buttons and some flowers as the other border area. I also used a little Mr. Huey’s mist to alter the chipboard letters which I included on the layout.

Now for a treat in seeing already how Regina Mangum interpreted her own sketch. I LOVE THIS!

Thank you so much Jen for allowing me to scrap a photo of sweet little Julia! I have five more sitting on my desk so you never know when she may make another appearance. 😉

Speaking of appearances, your layouts this week have been absolutely fantastic! Keep it up girls! This week Julie Koets is our lucky random winner. I’m blown away by Julie’s interpretation of the Pearl 6 sketch.

I love everything right down to the texture, the stamping, and the misting. Way to take a good sketch and make it fab, girl! Julie, please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com letting them know that you are this week’s winner and we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

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 somewhere online and linked to this blog post. You can find all of the 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 week’s sketch start popping up on our Facebook fan page. If you haven’t already liked us, stop by. We have lots of fun!