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Steal Network Buys STEALS.com

Steal Network has become an online shopping experience you’ve grown to trust and love. We have exciting news — Steal Network has acquired the domain STEALS.com!

Don’t worry, the Steal Network way of sending joy via BabySteals, KidSteals, ScrapbookSteals and SheSteals isn’t going anywhere. When shopping any site from Steals.com you can count on stellar service, lightning-fast shipping, quality products and plenty of entertainment. When you put all those together, you know it’s not just a deal, it’s a “steal.”

“Savvy shoppers know there is nothing more satisfying than getting a quality product for a great price before it sells out. Our brand reflects our mission of re-creating that feeling of pure shopping joy – the moment of you get a true steal.”

-Founder Jana Francis, an avid online shopper and mom of three.

So what does this mean for you? Shopping our sites is all about speed since these deals sell out fast. And how do you prioritize between getting deals for your kids, yourself or your hobby? Well now you get a glimpse of all the Steals sites you love at STEALS.com!

Easy to remember and fast to visit, STEALS.com opens up many fun possibilities for the future. Be sure to “like” STEALS.com on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more announcements!

2 Toned Embossing with Mask | How To’sday

So you have a nice stash of masks because they’re all the rage, super cute, and you just couldn’t pass up buying them. Problem is you aren’t exactly sure what to do with them. Well, fear no longer! Today scrappy wonder Kristy MacKeen shows us a fun and unique way to put those masks to use.

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As I’m sure we’re all aware, using masks is all the rage. I have misted with them, but I wondered how they would look as an embossed background.  I thought it would be fun to make the embossing two-toned to give my card a lot of impact without a lot of “gee-gah” (as my sister-in-law calls it). So I grabbed my mask, Versamark pad, embossing powders, blue painter’s tape, and set about to giving this technique a try.

I taped the mask to my mat so it wouldn’t move as I inked the paper.

I inked the Versamark (or embossing ink) pad directly on the paper. My pad is a little stickier than I expected, and the paper started to move as I was inking the paper so be careful!

To make a two-toned look, I sprinkled a little of the green powder on one half, knocked off the extra, and then sprinkled the blue on, making sure I overlapped with the green a little bit. Be careful when lifting and holding the paper so that you don’t smear the ink or knock some of the powder from where you really want it.

This is what it looked like when I got done with the powders, before I applied some heat.

And this is after I added a little heat. You can’t tell too well in this picture, but it came out better than I could have hoped – the blue is a smooth finish while the green has a rough finish, making the contrasting look better than I could have hoped for.

And this is the final product. I added a few mini-brads, some Sassafras Lass numbers, and a distressed cut from my Cricut machine with a scrap of green paper I had sitting on my table. The numbers/cut are popped up for a little extra dimension.

Thank you, Kristy, for the chance to share this technique.  I hope I have inspired someone to try a new technique with their masks.

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Thank *you* Kristy! I love that not only we get to put our mysterious masks to use but also the embossing powders which are all too often overlooked!  I love it!

If you have an idea that you would like to share for a How To’sday, please don’t be shy! Send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will get you added to the lineup.

Be sure to check in tomorrow to see what the fabulous Pearl Grand Prize will be.  It’s awwwwwwwwwesome! And then of course mark your calendars for this upcoming Friday which is our September Blog Hop. The designers this month have rocked it once again!

Have a great day!