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Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter | September Blog Hop

It’s that exciting time again when we turn to seven talented designers to treat you with their skills! This month our amazing blog hop designers have taken today’s steal, Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter, to the next level! If you’re looking for new and innovative ways to use that sparkle then sit back, relax, and take a few moments to hop through the pages of these amazing artists. Oh, and added bonus is that you could win a $20.00 gift code to ScrapbookSteals.com by simply leaving comments on blogs along the way. I’d say that makes this a pretty sweet deal!

If you’re not familiar with how the Blog Hop works, it’s super easy and lots of fun!

If you’d like to enter to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

After checking out the seven sneak peeks, visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment every stop along the way (including this post). This month’s random winner will be one lucky person who left a comment on one of the eight blogs! So, without further delay, here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals (You are here—leave a comment!)
  2. Erica Bass - Stamping Starlette
  3. Julie Ann Cordero – Our Life In Scraps
  4. Ren-Yi Lo – Small Handed Creations
  5. Lisa Bankes-Lahiff – Lisa’s Creative Niche
  6. Neela Nalam – Memorable Scraps
  7. Amy Brock Coose – My Day to Day Life
  8. Becki Adams – Because Every Picture has a Story to Tell

You have until 11:59MST on Sunday, September 16th, to make your comment. Have a great time hopping and enjoying all things that sparkle!

Perfectly Pearl

To enter to win the Pearl  Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Pearl Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Make sure that all 10 Pearl series layouts are posted somewhere online (like Facebook or a personal blog) and linked in one comment on the Perfectly Pearl blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday September 17, 2012.

This time our fab friends at Authentique Paper are sponsoring our Pearl series prize. The amazing prize package with a retail value of $91.93 will include:

Collection kits from:

  • Carefree
  • Fresh
  • Curiosity
  • Enchanted

6×6 Bundles from:

  • Carefree
  • Fresh
  • Curiosity

So exciting! If you’re new to 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.

Good luck everyone!  :)

We R Memory Keepers Down The Boardwalk | Mid Week Mojo

Pearl – Layout 10

The first time I saw today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Down the Boardwalk collection, I was in the WRMK offices picking up a prize package for our last Mid Week Mojo Series. I turned green with envy at the lucky recipient of the entire boardwalk collection with its fresh, fun, sun bleached palate. As much as I wanted to keep it for myself, I had great faith that our wonderful Brittany would bring this amazing collection to us at ScrapbookSteals! Today, I get to use this gorgeous collection to create this week’s mojo, using the sketch provided by design team member, Kerys Sharrock.

Even though this paper collection is mainly beach themed, I couldn’t wait to get working with it. I wish I had some beautiful beach photos to work with, but being in Utah our beaches are pretty much nil. Kerys’ sketch with the sun and clouds made me think of some photos that I had snapped of my boys on a recent camping adventure. I was thrilled at how perfectly the paper collection actually worked with the photos and of course, Kerys’ sketch was a true delight to work with! (I now see why you all like Mid Week Mojo so much! It’s kind of fun to create based off of a sketch!)

I love how many different prints are in this paper collection, and the weathered look is perfect for so many uses.

There were even a few embellishment pieces that weren’t beach themed, that worked with my layout.

Be sure to check back a little later this week for Kerys’ version of this weeks Mid Week Mojo.  It’s DARLING!

Kerys, I have to admit I think this is one of my very favorite layouts ever! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

You girls totally rocked Erica’s sketches last week. Our lucky random winner for the week is Heather Gray.

Heather, I can’t believe how big your little girl is getting! She truly is a beauty. Please let our customer service know you are this week’s winner in an email with your address to service@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to send some sweet swag your way!

Can you believe we are nearing the end of another 10 week series? It seems like just yesterday that we were starting off on the Pearl mojos. To enter to win this week’s prize, complete this week’s sketch (Pearl 10) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST Monday September 17, 2012. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Pearl 10 creation.

To enter to win the Pearl Series Grand Prize:

  1. Complete all ten layouts from the Pearl Mid Week Mojo series. (You can reference this page for a link to the Mid Week Mojo sketches).
  2. Make sure that all 10 Pearl series layouts are posted somewhere online (like Facebook or a personal blog) and linked in one comment on the Perfectly Pearl blog post no later than 11:59 pm Monday September 17, 2012.

This time our fab friends at Authentique Paper are sponsoring our Pearl series prize. The amazing prize package with a retail value of $91.93 will include:

Collection kits from:

  • Carefree
  • Fresh
  • Curiosity
  • Enchanted

6×6 Bundles from:

  • Carefree
  • Fresh
  • Curiosity

So exciting! If you’re new to 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.

Good luck everyone!  :)

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!