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Teresa Collins Candy Cane Lane | Monday Craft Madness #44

The holidays are different for me. I used to love wrapping presents and surprising my kids. Well they are all now teenagers and the fun and magic have dwindled a little bit. It seems all they want for Christmas this year is gift cards.  Not terribly fun for me to give, but if that’s what they want I guess I will have to play along. Today for Monday Craft Madness I tried to use a creative way to give my daughter gift cards from some of her favorite places. I used Teresa Collins’ Candy Cane Lane Collection to make this fun gift card holder….. So today’s theme is:

Gift-Giving

I’ve used this process to create mini albums before, this time the gift cards fit perfectly. I was able to create the base of this mini album with ONE sheet of 12×12 cardstock. Here’s what I created:

Here is a pattern you can use to create something similar. Score and fold along the dotted lines and cut along the solid line.  You are scoring horizontally 2 inches from the top and 2 inches from the bottom, and across the middle at 6 inches. Then scoring vertically every three inches. Cut along your middle score from the side to the first score at the 3 inch mark.

 

Then simply fold up the 2″ flaps and then in half at your 6″ score. Fold either side of the paper accordion style. Use your favorite adhesive to hold the whole thing together, slip in your gift cards and embellish how you like. Voila! – a perfect gift for a picky teenager.

 

I also added some of the 3×4 cards that come in this collection to the inside of the pockets but you don’t need to do that. I only decided to do that because the paper I chose had words and they ended up upside down when I folded up my mini album.

 

 

 

Hopefully she will like it.  We would love to see and hear about some of your hand made gift giving ideas – the holidays are getting closer and closer!

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This is a new round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, and our last one of 2014! You have until January 2nd 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: Kimberli Bean!

Kimberli,  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!

 

 

How To’sday | DIY Ombre Glitter

We hopped on the ombre bandwagon for this How To’sday with Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.

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1) Create 5 different shades of glitter: the two pure hues, the darker hue mixed with a little of the lighter shade, a 50/50 blend, and the lighter hue mixed with a litter dark.

2) Apply regular old glue.

3) Swipe the glue onto cardstock using a thick business card for a flat application.

4) Sprinkle the glitter starting with the ends and make your way toward the middle.

5) Shake off excess glitter and keep it as a “middle” base for your next ombre project. Just add a little light or dark to it.

This is a very simple idea that can be used on anything from crafts to cards. Get creative and go wild with it — use complementary or contrasting colors! In the future, I think I’m going to make ombre glittered tea lights using this method.

 

Fancy Pants Timber Grove | Monday Craft Madness #15

Today for Monday Craft Madness  we are thrilled to have some design team projects from Fancy Pants Designs. They all used  Fancy Pants Timber Grove to make their projects. As I looked at these creations and the Timber Grove collection, I had a feeling of warmth and family. After the freezing winter so many of us have survived, I love the warm, family feeling these projects bring….. So today’s theme is:

Family

Create something about your family, for your family or something that reminds you of family. Here’s what Fancy Pants’ designers created:

This card by Jenny Evans made me remember snow days as a child sitting by the fire drinking hot chocolate.  Love this card

This cute card is so great with all of the layers although it kind of makes me want to say goodbye to winter instead of hello.

This layout by Greta Hammond shows exactly what we all feel when we think about our families. The bright happy stars she created are the perfect embellishments. 

We are so thrilled to show a couple of projects created by the fantastic Jodi Sanford, Creative Director of Fancy Pants Designs. Jodi is the sweetest girl and always puts her family first, and it shows in her projects.

We hope all of these projects made you think of your family and the warmth they bring to your life.

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For this round of our monthly Monday Craft Madness, you have until May 2nd to play along. Here are the links to the previous themes:

Monday Craft Madness #14

Monday Craft Madness #13

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!

 

Create Your Own Enamel Dots | How To-sday

Today we have a guest  How To-sday from our one of our fans  Erica BassWith enamel dots being all the rage in scrapbooking, Erica shows us how you can create some of your own.

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My favorite scrapbooking embellishments are the enamel dots made by various scrapbooking companies. I tend to use up a lot of a certain size or color, so I have a bunch of partial packages laying around unused on my scrapbooking desk. That’s why when I heard about melting beads to make your own enamel dots, I kinda went crazy and made a ton because I was so excited. Here are the supplies you need in order to make your own.

  •  Perler beads (found in the kid’s crafting area in stores)
  • or Pony beads (also found in the kid’s crafting area in stores)
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven or Toaster Oven

Depending on which bead you choose to use, preheat your oven to the following temperature and use the following cooking times (Please note that if you choose to melt the Pony Beads, use proper ventilation in you kitchen):

Perler Beads -185° F (20- 35 minutes)

Pony Beads – 400° F (10-20 minutes)

Spread out your beads beads in a single layer one inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put the baking sheet into the oven and set your timer to the lowest time above. Make sure you are paying attention to the progress of the beads melting. This is definitely fun, but caution is also required.

When all of the beads have melted and no longer have a dimple in the center, pull them out of the oven and allow to cool for five minutes before handling them.

Here is an example of a bead that needs to be melted longer.

This is how I organized my enamel dots after creating many batches.

Here is a before and after comparison of the different sizes of the beads and the dots they create.

These homemade enamel dots made a great embellishment for my cute little craft. I hope this inspires you to make some of these enamel dots for your own craft projects!

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Thanks Erica! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!