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Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders | Monday Card Madness #101

If there’s one kind of embossing I’m actually quite fond of, it’s dry embossing. No ink, no powder, no mess! :) I love being able to give a flat piece of paper dimension with the simple crank of a handle. Today’s steal, the Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders, are so much fun! I’m especially excited about the chevron embossing folder. Not only is it my current favorite print, but my current favorite print with dimension.

I just have to say, I had so. much. fun. making cards this week. Cards usually stump me for just a bit, but not these babies. I prefer a cleaner look with dry embossing to make the raised designs to really be the focus. I think that helped make these cards come together in a visually pleasing and super quick way.

Of course, the first template I reached for was the chevron print. A-maz-ing! I created this super simple thank you card by embossing a sheet of cardstock, trimming along the bottom of one of the rows of chevrons, and adding elements I cut out with my Silhouette.

I couldn’t stop at just one card using the chevron print so I made this card, which is probably my favorite card that I have ever made! I embossed a sheet of kraft cardstock, punched out some circles, then gently used my We R Memory Keepers Sweetheart Inkers and inked the raised portion of the embossing. I love how this turned out!

Next I used the the zig-zag embossing folder and made this thank you card using the same idea as the sketch for this week.

I was really enjoying the look of the embossing on the kraft cardstock so I carried on with that trend. I used one of the embossing folders from the “woven” collection to create this card.

I then finished up my card making spree with a cut out portion of the other embossing folder from the “woven” collection.

I cannot say enough loving comments about embossing folders. Now I need to get my little tooskey over to steal today before the “twirl” set is gone. That one totally has my name written all over it!

One more thing! If you don’t already know we love to give things away at ScrapbookSteals.com.

If you’d like to enter to win our September 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, September 28th.

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

We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon

Sew you want to add a little pizazz to your project but aren’t quite sure what it’s lacking? Today Design Team member Katrina Hunt shows us how easily the We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon can add spice to your project and help put a dent in the gorgeous ribbon collections we’re all hoarding.

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Hey ScrapbookSteals.com fans, Katrina here with a fun little tool that I got to use for my design team assignment. It’s the Sew Ribbon tool from We R Memory Keepers.

These are nifty little gadgets that come in a variety of styles that you can use. I used two for my project today, the Flower and Scallop. I actually had the Scallop in my stash of tools, so I had a pretty good idea of how these work. I also got the Sew Ribbon Purple and Violet ribbon packs.

On my first project I wanted to use the Flower tool. I used it to “cross-stitch” and this particular punch is just about like that, except you are using ribbon to stitch with.

The ombre trend (or graduation in color) is one of the hot trends right now, The ribbon packs are perfect to try this with. The tool is easy to line up if you just watch carefully and take your time. This is such a simple card to make, but packs a punch with the variation of color. I added a punched border strip with ribbon, a phrase sticker, and some butterflies I hand cut out of Little Yellow Bicycle Elizabeth Park paper I had.

I wanted to show these would also work on a layout. I used the Scallop tool for this one. I pulled out my Studio Calico Heyday collection (which I got on ScrapbookSteals and is available in the archive!) and got to work. I decided on my first couple of layers so I would know where I wanted to place my punch. Then I punched my holes and sewed my ribbon in place as the first step of my layout.

I added a small bow at the bottom because, well, I like bows! This ribbon is from my stash. It was a little wide by a smidge, but it worked.

That’s all from me today and this is one of the last times I will be on the blog. I have had SO MUCH fun working with Kristy, Brittany, Regina, Kerys and the entire ScrapbookSteals.com team.

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Gosh Katrina! I’m getting a little bit misty thinking about this term coming to an end. It’s been such a true delight to work with you. As always, it was such a treat to see your creations and I know you will continue to hang out and share with us. :)  Good thing we will have one last hoorah with all three of you girls on the last Friday of the month!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Be safe. Have fun. And get scrappy. :)

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October Afternoon Rocket Age Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Pearl – Layout 9

While I already think anything October Afternoon makes is “out of this world,” I think today’s steal, the October Rocket Age Collection, is like the freeze dried ice cream of the astronaut’s diet. Absolutely yummy! :)

Today we’re in for a double dose of wonderful as we’re treated to the delights of this month’s guest sketcher, Erica Bass. It’s always so fun to see what wonderful talents our happy ScrapbookSteals.com community has to offer.

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When I was asked to be the ScrapbookSteals guest sketcher the converstation went like this:

Kristy Lee: Sooooo….. How do you feel about being the Guest Sketcher for ScrapbookSteals in September?  C’mon.  I know you wanna.  <3 Let us know!  :)

Erica Bass: Ummmm…. Let me think about that for two seconds….. Uh, yeah! I’m super psyched! Details please? :D

I’m still super psyched to be sharing October Afternoon Rocket Age with you! This line has the feel of a vintage T-shirt. It has slightly muted brights combined with deep blues and soft vanillas. It was so fun to work with. The hardest part was narrowing down which pictures to use for the sketch because I had so many that would work with this line.

I was really excited that this kit comes with a 12 x 12 sheet of Chip ‘n Stick chipboard stickers and a package of super cute rubber charms. I had to wrestle it away from my son a couple times!

Like I said, I really had a hard time choosing which pictures to scrap, so I made up one more sketch for you.


The label sticker sheets are so convenient for adding a little extra touch. Here I used the small labels to create a word collage.

I really enjoyed working with October Afternoon’s Rocket Age! I can’t wait to see all of the different interpretations of the sketches this week!

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Ah sheesh girl! You totally rocked the guest sketcher spot—out of this world. ;) Thank you so much!

And now it’s that happy time to announce the winner of the Pearl #8 Mid Week Mojo. Congrats are in order for Kassandra Missen.

I tell ya, for not being entirely confident and comfortable with last week’s sketch, you totally nailed it! If you will be so kind as to send an email to service@stealnetwork.com with your address we will get some scrappy loot headed your way.

Thanks so much for participating girls! I’m excited that with a little duty change at work I’ll have a little more time to ooh and ahh over your amazing creations. It really brings me so much joy to see what you create each week.

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.

Have a splendid Wednesday and be sure to check in Friday for Design Team member Katrina Hunt’s September blog post.

Glowing Lanterns | How To’sday

Today the queen of How To’sday ideas, Charity Becker, comes to us with an amazing tutorial on how to make glowing lanterns. As fall approaches, these little lanterns might be just the finishing touch you’re looking for to top off your tables or add some warmth to your mantle.

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Glowing Lanterns

These lanterns take time to make, but are so bright and cheerful they put everyone into a party mood. Dim the lights and watch their happy glow spread smiles all around.


Supplies:

  • Thick scrapbooking paper: equal amounts of black and brightly colored
  • Border punch
  • All Over the Page Punch (Martha Stewart, Caning Pattern)
  • Quick dry adhesive
  • Large pot of steaming water
  • Battery operated candles

Lantern “Glass”

Step 1) Cut brightly colored paper to size. (Individual sizes are listed with lantern image.)

Step 2) Place paper in pot of water till wet through but not disintegrating. This process takes 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the brand of paper and its individual thickness. You’ll need scraps to test the time limit for each paper.

Step 3) Carefully peel paper apart. Some brands come off in full sheets, others have to be rolled off with finger tips. The paper is VERY fragile when wet and must be treated with care. Be sure you have extras of each sheet of paper. I used My Mind’s Eye, Authentique, and DCWV.

Step 4) Let paper dry. Iron (no steam!) to remove wrinkles. Place under stack of books to flatten.

Rectangle Lantern

Hexagon Lantern Pieces:

  • Cut four pieces of bright paper 3.5×5 inches.
  • Cut four pieces of black paper 3.75×5.75 inches.
  • Cut one piece of black paper 3.5 inches square.

Directions:

Step 1) Cut all pieces of black paper to size.

Step 2) Lay black paper on punch base so that the top and left edges just cover the magnets.

Step 3) Punch paper in 3 rows, with 2 punches across.

Step 4) Score paper 1/4 inch from top and left edges, and 1/2 inch from the bottom edge.

Step 5) Adhere “Glass” to inside of each lantern piece so that brightly colored side shows through black lattice design.

Step 6) Adhere lantern sides together by placing adhesive along scored edge. Place scored edge behind adjoining lantern side. In other words, all overlapping is done inside the lantern, rather than outside.

Step 7) Adhere and fold top scored edge to the inside of the lantern.

Step 8) Place bottom piece inside of lantern, adhere and fold bottom scored edge under. Use ruler or other tool to press down around lantern edges to secure flaps.

Step 9) Place battery operated candle in lantern.

Hexagon Lantern


Hexagon Lantern Pieces:

  • Cut 6 pieces of bright paper 2×4 inches.
  • Cut 6 strips of black paper 1.5×4 inches.
  • Cut 1 strip of black paper 1×8 inches.
  • Cut 2 strips of black paper 1×12 inches.

Directions:
Step 1) Cut all pieces of black paper to size.

Step 2) Score the length of the shortest paper strips down the center and punch both sides with border punch.

Step 3) Punch the length of both sides of the medium strip of paper.

Step 4) Punch one side of longest paper strips and score the other side 1/4 inch from the edge.

Step 5) Adhere “glass” to shortest paper strips so that the edge of the paper is flush with the center score mark. This will create the body of the lantern.

Step 6) Adhere longest strips of black paper to the top and bottome of lanter. Fold 1/4 to the back and secure.

Step 7) Adhere medium strip of black paper to the center of opposite sides as a handle.

Step 8) Set lantern over battery operated candle.

To see instructions for the triangle shaped lanterns check my blog.