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Bo Bunny Grab Bag | Monday Craft Madness #6

The Bo Bunny Grab Bag is jam-packed with all the Bo Bunny goodness you could possibly want! I received a mix of collections, with trinkets, brads, flowers and more. This week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Use metal!

I chose to make a Christmas gift for a friend. The papers and trinkets worked out perfectly for me!

I started off by altering a plain wooden box. The Bo Bunny papers, with a little inking on the egdes worked so well together. A sentiment stamp, the trinkets and some plain ribbon just finished it off! I also inked and used some different Bo Bunny papers for the inside.

 

I then made a very simple journal. It was a plain paper mache journal that I inked and decorated with the Bo Bunny Papers and trinket. I used a border punch for the decorative edge and some sentiment tickets to finish it off.

 

I hope I have inspired you to use metal on your projects this week. It can be anything from trinkets, metal keys, brads – the possibilities are endless! Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the December Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online. Just include a link to this post in your photo’s caption. :) To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project ! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Liz Qualman!

Lifestyle Crafts It Kit

I love what Fall Design Team member Julie Koets has done with today’s steal, the Lifestyle Crafts It Kit. Julie worked it! This is definitely going in my ‘steal’ cart today!

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I was thrilled when I was asked to work with the Lifestyle Crafts It Kits. The tags kit that I was asked to feature had 16 different tags that are easily cut using any die-cutting machine.  These kits are perfect for all paper crafters and will take your projects to new levels!
Keeping things simple, I first set out to make a quick card using the scalloped half circle to showcase my sentiment.
I tried another card, this time using four of the different dies.  The dark red paper was cut using one of the dies, along with the strip under my sentiment that I cut from balsa wood.  The tree is even made from three of the scalloped half circles that I folded and layered into a tree shape and the trunk was cut using a small rectangle die.
For my final project, I wanted to showcase as many of the dies as possible and add some life to a two page layout.  The banner die made it super easy to cut my title banner.  All of the shapes used to embellish this layout (with the exception of two strips of paper) were cut using dies from the tags kit.
It’s hard to believe, but my term on the Scrapbook Steals design team has officially come to an end.  I was lucky to work with other talented ladies and was thrilled to work with such great products.   Big thanks to ScrapbookSteals for letting this “ordinary fan” be part of such an amazing team.  I can’t wait to see who will get to inspire us for the Winter Design Team!

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Julie – I love all of the projects you have made over your DT term! You make it all look so easy! I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you have done and we hope to still see you on the blog and on Facebook in the future. :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Authentique Holiday Mega Kit | Mid Week Mojo

Jade – Week 3 of 10
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The Authentique Holiday Mega Kit has so many papers and sticker sheets from all different holiday collections you’ll be stocked up for a whole year of photos! It has Christmas papers, Thanksgiving papers, Halloween papers, all with coordinating stickers sheets – I didn’t know which collection to use! As I have so many Christmas photos already this year, I thought I would start scrapping them while the memories are still fresh. Here is this week’s sketch. Hope you like it!

And here is my layout:

You girls totally rocked the sketch last week. Our lucky random winner for the week is Cathy Caines! Cathy – this is such an adorable  layout! Those photos are just so precious! I love the title and embellishment cluster. 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!

Just for this week, there is a small change to the rules. We are giving you an extra week to complete this layout! With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we know your time will be stretched. You have until Monday, December 31 at 11:59 PM MT to get your submissions in! :)

If you’re new, we’d love to see you join in! Each Wednesday we provide a sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MT to leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. 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.

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.

Don’t forget to come back on Friday for some great inspiration from Julie Koets! I’ve seen a sneak peek of all the fantastic projects and believe me – you’re not going to want to miss this one!

How To’sday | Crafting with Balsa Wood

Today’s How To’sday by Julie Koets is a definite must read! It’s quite simple but is such a great idea. I will certainly be trying this one myself!

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I have always been a fan of woodgrain pattern and love the rustic feel that it lends to my projects.   Did you know that you can add actual wood to your cards and layouts without adding weight and bulk?   Balsa wood is one of the lightest varieties of wood available and is sold in sheets at craft and hobby stores.  I bought a sheet of balsa that measured 4 inches by 24 inches and then cut it down into small sections to use with my Big Shot embossing and die cutting machine.
Because the wood is super thin, it can be cut with scissors or a craft knife.  It tends to split easily along the grain, so handle with care.
After the image is embossed, you can add ink to bring out the details.
The embossed background adds great texture to cards or layouts without adding additional weight.
Balsa wood can also be cut using shape dies.  If you have alpha dies, you could easily use balsa wood to cut your own dimensional title letters.
Again, I inked the edges and adhered to a card to add additional dimension and texture.

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Julie, thank you so much for sharing with us today! The embossing and distressing on the balsa wood looks amazing!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Now we  have one matter of business to take care of, and that is announcing the winner of the December ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! Our lucky random winner comes to us from the blog of Alice Carman. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Kelly Holifield! Congrats Kelly. Please email angie@steals.com and we’ll send you your code. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Thank you to everyone for participating! Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Jade series!

 

My Mind’s Eye Title Cards | Monday Craft Madness #5

The My Mind’s Eye title cards are SO much fun. They can be used for any paper crafting project! I love that the sentiments on these cards fit any occasion. This week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Layering!

I chose to make three different cards this week using the MME title cards as the main focus. The layering is so easy to do. We do it all the time on cards and layouts without really thinking about it! An easy challenge for everyone to join in!

This first card shows the layering at its best. There are a total of eight layers on this card! I matched the MME Indie Chic card with MME papers from other collections and added a little for some texture.

My next card uses another title from the MME Indie Chic collection, along with papers from MME’s Honey Cake 6×6 paper pad. I cut out the hearts using my Cricut and ‘popped’ 2 of them up, along with the title card, using pop dots. A bit of inking around the edges of the papers really highlights the layering.

I love the colors in the MME ‘Dilly Dally’ collection, and this title card really pulls the color scheme together! I fussy cut the tickets from one of the 12×12 papers and used my punch to cut out the star. I love the masculine feel to this card – it could be for a birthday, graduation or other special event.

I love how versatile these title cards are. They aren’t just for scrapbooking!

If you’d like to enter to win the December Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and upload it somewhere online. Just include a link to this post in your caption. Leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project and you’ll be entered to win! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Julie Koets!