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We R Memory Keepers It Factor | Monday Craft Madness #40

When we get a collection to feature on ScrapbookSteals.com one of my favorite things to do is scour the internet trying to see what brilliant crafters have done with the product. The process always simultaneously inspires me and makes me feel lame because they are always better than I can do. When I was looking at We R Memory Keepers’ It Factor I loved all of the really cool embellishments including wooden die cuts, clear acrylic stickers and plastic alphabet blocks. I found an awesome blog post over on the We R Blog by their design team member Aly Dosdall that shows off these awesome embellishments and what you can do to them. So today’s for Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Home-Made Embellishments

Create or alter your own embellishments. Layer stickers, cut die cuts out of paper, or just alter some of your favorites. Check out the layout Aly created:

The layout of Aly’s daughter’s new glasses is bright and fun, but look a little closer at all of the home made embellishments. With the “teal trunk” paper from the collection she used her circle cutter to make die cuts.

She then decided to fancy up the acrylic stickers to help them stand out a little more by using a coloring tool and permanent ink.

Aly also used the positive and negative alphabet blocks for her title. I love the eclectic look these letters add to the layout.

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For this round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until October 31st to play along. Here are the links to the previous themes:

Monday Craft Madness #39 Mini Album

Monday Craft Madness #38 – Tags

Monday Craft Madness #37 – Memory

If you’d like to enter to win the MONTH Monday Craft Madness prize, fill out the form below!

That’s right, we have an all-new way to enter to win our Monthly Craft Madness Prize! Fill out the form each week and get easy entries for being our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or sharing the inspiration photos on Pinterest. You get to pick and choose how you want to enter! Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc) following the week’s themes for a huge chance to win — 10 entries for each project!

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At the end of the month, we’ll go through all the entries and pick one winner who will receive an awesome scrapbookSTEALS swag bag full of goodies!

Simple Stories Legacy | Monday Craft Madness #37

I love the sentiment of today’s steal.  Simple Stories Legacy Collection has a beautiful sentiment of looking to your past and your family. I fell in love with the look of the collection and the quotes included. The whole collection reminded me of how my grandma, aunts and cousins all got together to make quilts for everyone’s wedding showers. So today for Monday Craft Madness I created a little wall hanging that reminded me of those quilting days ….. So today’s theme is:

Memory

Create something that celebrates a favorite memory of yours. Here’s what I created:

I found an 8×10 frame at a local craft store on clearance for about a dollar. I turned it into a little shadow box and I can change the inside however often I would like. It’s hard these days to connect our children to their family’s past. I think it’s important. Hopefully this is a little reminder and I can work harder on that.  Check out some close ups of the project. As usual I am in love with my pop dots.

 

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This is a new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until October 31st  to play along.

 

If you’d like to enter to win the MONTH Monday Craft Madness prize, fill out the form below!

That’s right, we have an all-new way to enter to win our Monthly Craft Madness Prize! Fill out the form each week and get easy entries for being our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or sharing the inspiration photos on Pinterest. You get to pick and choose how you want to enter! Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc) following the week’s themes for a huge chance to win — 10 entries for each project!

At the end of the month, we’ll go through all the entries and pick one winner who will receive an awesome scrapbookSTEALS swag bag full of goodies!
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Now for the winner from our last month’s Monday Craft Madness. Congrats to: Theresa Pool Riggs!

Theresa, please send an email to giveaway@steals.com and include your address and tell them you are our Monday Craft Madness Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio II | Monday Craft Madness #29

In a few months I will be celbrating my 20th wedding anniversary. (I know it’s shocking as I seem so young.) I have been wanting to work on a project as a gift for the hubby and when I saw Steal Name It was the perfect collection for a little journal album I can give my husband. Today for Monday Craft Madness I started a mini remembrance album….. So today’s theme is:

Mini Album

Create something mini or show us your favorite mini album. Here’s what I created:

I found a little mini album with a chipboard storage box in my stash. I covered the box and the mini album with the B-sides of the 12×12 papers. I love how they are chalkboard on the front and bright bold colors on the back.

 

Inside the little 3×3 sheet protectors are the perfect size to add little love notes I have collected over the past 20 years. I am excited to fill the album with those notes…now to just remember where I hid them.

 

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This is a new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until August 29th to play along.

If you’d like to enter to win the MONTH Monday Craft Madness prize, fill out the form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s right, we have an all-new way to enter to win our Monthly Craft Madness Prize! Fill out the form each week and get easy entries for being our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or sharing the inspiration photos on Pinterest. You get to pick and choose how you want to enter! Create a project (card, layout, altered project, etc) following the week’s themes for a huge chance to win — 10 entries for each project!

At the end of the month, we’ll go through all the entries and pick one winner who will receive an awesome scrapbookSTEALS swag bag full of goodies!

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Now for the winner from our last month’s Monday Craft Madness. Congrats to: Holly Stoddard! TEXT.

Holly, please send an email to giveaway@steals.com and include your address and tell them you are our Monday Craft Madness Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

How To’sday | DIY Mother’s Day Flowers

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we have created a short How To-sday tutorial on how to make your Mom the best flowers she will ever receive!

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Craft Supplies:
Paper (we used 2 sheets of 12×12 scrap paper)
Pipe cleaners (or a straightened wire hanger)
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (low temp)
Scissors
Wire cutters (if using a hanger as stem)

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Step 1: Gather your materials. If you are using thicker paper (like cardstock) make sure it is still flexible enough to curl with your fingers. Be sure you are using low temp hot glue because you’ll be able to feel it through the paper as you work – don’t want to burn yourself!

Step 2: Cutting. You will need quite a few petals of each of 5 different sizes, ranging from about ½ inch to 3 inches wide. For each flower you will need at least 4 petals of each size. So that each petal is unique and organic feeling, cut them out by hand and avoid using templates. Make them different: some can be pointy, others can be rounded. Make more than you need.

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Step 3: Shape your petals. Roll the edges of each petal back, and pinch the middle of the base slightly. Don’t worry if they don’t all come out the same. This will just add character to your flower.

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Step 4: Make the center of your flower. For this you will need one piece of your paper about 2½ inches long, with a rounded tip. To shape this piece, roll it into a tube. Unroll it and put hot glue along the inside. Then re-roll it around your pipe cleaner (or coat hanger). Add one more dot of glue to secure it in place.

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Step 5: Attach your petals. Beginning with the smallest petals, apply hot glue at the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem. Your second petal should over lap your first. Continue adding petals to your flower, moving to larger sizes of petals.

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And voila! You have the perfect flower for your perfect mother!

 

 

Provo Craft New Cricut Explore

We are so excited to have the new
Provo Craft Cricut Explore today. The machine that combines an electronic cutting machine with Cricut Design Space, you can even use your existing Cricut Cartridges. Saying the possibilities are endless is actually true with this awesome machine.

I was able to meet Desiree Moss from Provo Craft about a month ago at a local Scrapbook Expo. Not only is she an awesome girl, but she is a fashion designer and made three magnificent dressing using the new Cricut Explore with her co-worker Anna Rose Johnson.  Check it out.

Butterfly Dress

Designed and built by Desiree Moss

Bodice:

I used the bodice pattern without the bow from vogue pattern v1102 with a thin lining material.

Skirt:

I took the measurement of the waist and gathered yards and yards of tulle into a circle (estimate: 30 yards). I used 5 different types of tulle to get the perfect amount of poof and color.

Embellishment:

First I used the Cricut Explore to cut 180 butterflies. This was about 20 sheets of paper.

After the skirt was sewn to the bodice I used Mod Podge to glue gold metallic paper butterflies (cut out with Cricut Explore) flat onto the bodice in a checkerboard pattern. In the blank spaces of the bodice, I hot glued a butterfly with wings bent at different angles to give it a 3D effect. After the bodice was filled butterflies, I moved down to the skirt. On the skirt I positioned and glued the 3D butterflies heavy around the waist and hips, fading out down to the hem on one side of the dress. On the bare side of the skirt I glued a few butterflies under three layers of tulle.

To add a finishing touch, I made a beautiful beaded collar necklace. I cut the necklace base out with Cricut Explore out of wool felt. Then glued two ribbons to the side to tie around the neck and make a nice bow. To embellish I used all types and sizes of beads to make it look intricate and glitzy. It was the perfect finishing touch to the dress.

 

 

Leather Triangle Dress

Designed and built by Desiree Moss and Anna Rose Johnson

Annarose cut hundreds of leather triangles using the Cricut Explore. Then we glued them onto a  pre sewn dress. Then I sewed all of the triangles together so it looked like one solid fabric. If you look up close you can see they are all tiny pieces triangles sewn together.

Maroon Flapper Felt Dress

Designed and built by Anna Rose Johnson

Wool felt circles cut out using Cricut Explore. Layered and adhered to form the dress. The fringe is paper circles sewn together to make garland. Finished with some gold trim.