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Chalk ink Clouds | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday by Becci Manies has to be one of the most ingenious ideas I have ever seen when it comes to ink! I adore my Fluid Chalks and I think I’ll love them even more now after putting to use Becci’s tutorial on how to create clouds with chalk ink.

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Step 1. Start with your basic supplies: chalk ink, white cardstock, and a cloud template. I made mine by cutting a cloud shape into the top of a square scrap of cardstock. As you can see, it’s been well used.

Step 2. Start by positioning your template near the top of your (folded) card.


Step 3. Hold the template firmly down and start to brush your inkpad along the edges.

Step 4. Continue to ink along the edge until you have the first layer of clouds all the way across.


Step 5. My template is a bit small, so I move it and stagger it so that the cloud shape is slightly varied between lines of clouds


Step 6. Ta da! You have your first line of clouds.


Step 7. You can continue this for many lines, as far down the card as you would like. I started to use a lighter shade of aqua on the third row.


Step 8. Here is my card with all the clouds done.


Step 9. I added embellishments to the card to give it a finished look! It’s now ready to give to a special birthday girl!

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Becci—BRILLIANT! Thank you SO much for sharing your idea with us today.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to brittany@steals.com. Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Coral series.

My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Collection Vol. 2 | Monday Card Madness #107

Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Collection Vol. 2 are the perfect collections for this time of year. With the kiddos back in school and teacher’s gifts for the holidays creeping up before we know it, the variety of paper collections available today can offer all sorts of crafty ideas for any teacher gift need.

During the retreat I decided to ask some of the creative crafters sitting at my table if they would like to create some cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness. I love the different twists they put on the School Daze collection.

Jen McDermott whipped up this darling card and I just about un-invited her from sitting by me because her stamping abilities are so incredible. ;)

Cristine Redmond made this darling teacher thank you card — and again, stamping. I’m a wee bit envious I have to admit! I love how it looks!

And lastly Kelly Marks made this incredibly fun card with a great mix of the patterns in this collection.

Thank you for sharing your cuteness with us, ladies!

Now some of you may be wondering what the “sketch” is for this week and you are lucky enough to get to use any or all three of the cards as inspiration. :)

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of another month.

If you’d like to enter to win our October 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, MT on Thursday, November 1st.

Have fun creating cards this week!

American Crafts Jute and Seasons Ribbon

Fridays are sure exciting around these parts and today Fall Design Team member Amy Coose shows us just how fun it is to wrap up a cute project with today’s steal, the American Crafts Jute and Seasons ribbon.

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I was thrilled to get my hands on the fabulous jute ribbon by American Crafts.  I loved the texture and amazing colors, but my favorite thing about it is how perfect the bows you tie with it look.  Here’s a card I created using the jute in bows.

I also added it to a layout I created.

I also used the jute to create a quick home decor project. I created a framed initial C for my last name.  It was super easy, and I love the added color it brings!
It was super easy to do, and instead of wrapping the jute around the letter C, I actually did something easier, which used way less of the jute. Here is a quick tutorial of how I created it.

I can tell you I will definitely be using that jute again.  It’s a great way to add texture and color to a project.

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Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us Amy! We’re glad to have you as part of our Fall Design Team. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday! We’ll see you back here on Monday for some Monday Card Madness.

Making Memories Surprise Steal for KidSteals Birthday

Hooray — It’s KidSteals.com‘s third birthday! We’ve been able to “meet” lots of cool kids with all the beautiful layouts you share, and want to make sure you know KidSteals is the place to get amazing steals on the best children’s clothing, toys and gear out there!

If you have already “liked” the KidSteals.com Facebook page or signed up for the KidSteals email alert, be sure to do that so you can get the steals you love on gear for your kidlets.

And since we wouldn’t let a birthday come and go without a little fun for all of you here at ScrapbookSteals, hurry — Making Memories *Surprise Steal!*

Making Memories 10 x 10 Calendar Kit

Surprise Steal!

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Echo Park Everyday Eclectic | Mid Week Mojo

Mid Week Mojo Layout-Coral 5

Today’s steal, the Echo Park Everyday Eclectic collection, will forever be a very special steal for me as this will be my last official Mid Week Mojo as an employee of STEALS.com. Most definitely an eclectic array of emotions have gone into creating this layout for you today. And I won’t lie—a whole lotta tears too! You know, those pesky happy/sad tears. Happy to relive the memories, but sad to hang up the hat.

I thought it so fitting to scrapbook a photo of all of the retreat attendees outside of the ScrapbookSteals.com warehouse. The title of “Thank You” is more than fitting as I have to honestly thank EACH and EVERY one of you for touching my life, lifting me up, sharing your families, putting up with my quirks, letting me share my life, allowing me to inspire you, but most of all for being genuine friends I would do anything for. I love you all.

This collection that is so happy and colorful, fun and filled with that favorite print of mine—chevrons— and was perfect to create a layout that is filled with so. many. memories. The mix of neutrals and brights really work beautifully together and the entire collection is bursting with gorgeous patterns. I love the fab-ness of this collection, so here are some close up shots to show how wonderful it really is.

Thank you my sweet scrappy friends. I’ll be hanging out still on ScrapbookSteals Facebook page. :) I won’t be far!

Now to announce a Mid Week Mojo winner… Congrats go out to Karen NKaren, please send an email with your address to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send some scrappy swag  your way!

For those of you that are new to our site, 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 great Wednesday everyone and good luck to the future Mojo Mama! <3