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Design Team Pick Week Recap

Did you miss a few steals during Design Team Pick Week? Not to worry. We’ve got a full recap right here!

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Steal some rays, and say “bon voyage” with two summer-ready collections: Echo Park Paper’s Getaway and Summer Bliss Collections, brought to you by Jessica Arrant. See the mini album made with Getaway!

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Let the bright vibrant colors and unique designs of Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions Mists and Stencils bring out your artistic style, brought to you by Sara Case Strickland. Here is some inspiration she designed.

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Get creative and chalk it up with gorgeous scrapping supplies from We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard, brought to you by Kristina McKeen. Take a gander at the adorable layout she created with it.

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Add new fonts and colors to your thickers stash and get it organized too with American Crafts’ Thickers and Thickers Storage, brought to you by Charissa Miller. See the informational video.

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Add fun pops of color to your projects with My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots and Shapes, brought to you by Wendi Robinson. She added these fun embellishments to cards and a layout.

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Hurry… things sell out fast around here. Happy Stealing!

Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Mists

Today we have a special Tuesday post from our design team member Sara Case Strickland.To continue our Design Team Picks week, Sara chose Dylusions Sprays from Dyan Reaveley. Check out how she uses them on her projects.

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It’s always fun when you get to play with some of your favourite products. And when you’re asked to play and then share your love for said product, it’s even better!

My love for Ranger Industries knows no bounds – if they sell it, I will buy. I say that without hesitation because I know what they make will always be top of the line in terms of quality and value. One of my favourite lines from them has to be Dylusions, by Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley.

Her Ink Sprays are, in my opinion, a must have tool. Not only do they spray mist, but they splat, paint, stamp, react with water, and are super bright and fun. What’s not to like? When paired with her amazing stencil designs, they really are the mist to own.

I had a blast simply playing in my Art Journal for this first project:

I misted through a stencil with white, and then flipped the stencil to stamp with the leftover ink:

I also used one of my favourite techniques, based on the water reactivity of these sprays, and did a bleach-out effect on the leaves:

After playing mixed media style, I went back to basics with a LO where I simplely misted through one of the new Dylusions stencils:

I love how the colours mix and blend! And because of the way the stencil is shaped, I got some fabulous overspray:

I went back to a bit more mixed media on the final layout and smeared white gesso over another new stencil. Once that dried I misted Ink Spray over my craft sheet, misted that with water to blend the colours and then pressed my paper into the ink puddles:

The best part about using the gesso is that you get the intense ink colours on the raw paper; muted, more pastel shades over the gesso; and then little bubbles and splats of ink from pressing the paper into the mist:

I love getting all that texture and dimension with no work – awesome!

All those different looks and I still haven’t come close to all the different things that Dylusions Ink Sprays can do. I guess that means it’s time to go play and experiment some more! Who wants to join me? Go grab some new colours and let’s see what you make with all those fun sprays!

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Thanks Sara, great pick! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!

How To’sday | Getting the Most Out of Using Sketches

Today we have another great How To-sday from our design team member Wendi Robinson

Hello and good morning,

It’s Wendi here and I am showing you how to really make the most of your sketches. If there’s anything I love, it’s a GREAT sketch to get your mojo flowing and to take some of the thinking time out of your projects.

Today I am sharing with you one of my card sketches and am going to show you how to really work that sketch. I used the same 6×6 My Mind’s Eye paper pad and sentiment to be consistent with the examples.

Here is the sketch itself:

 

First: Follow it. Use the sketch the way it is layed out.

Next: Flip it. Whether you flip it 90%, 180% or just flip some of the elements. Have fun playing around with the positioning of the sketch.

Third: Open Space. Use only a smaller space of the sketch. For this card I cut down the size of the elements used, then I left some open space and used some mist splats on it.

Last: Make it your Own. Believe it or not, the same sketch is in here. I added tons of layers. I changed some of the shapes and made it my own. There are times when I use a sketch as a jumping off point and my project doesn’t resemble the sketch very much. That is totally fine, because it gave you that boost and you let your creativity really flow.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and make sure to check out the Mid Week Mojo Wednesday sketches posted here. How will you make the sketch work for you?

Wendi

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Thanks Wendi! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Iolite Mid Week Mojo!

How To-sday | Tie Die Twine

Today we are excited to have a really cool How To-sday from our friend Charity Hotrum. We all love our twine for projects. It has become a staple in our stash. However, sometimes we just don’t have the right color handy. Charity shows us how she tie dyes her twine to match her projects.

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White twine has many uses, it stands out great against bright paper and blends beautifully with pastels. But who said white twine had to stay that way? I recently received a spool, 100 yards, of white twine from scrapbookSTEALS and instantly my imagination was alive with ways to alter it. Here’s a super easy way to make tie-die twine for that next ultra hip project you have in mind!

Step 1: Spray three complimentary colors of mist onto a dinner plate.

Step 2: Lay twine across the plate in a serpentine pattern.

Step 3: Spray the same three colors on top of the twine. Leave twine to soak up the mist for a few hours.

Step 4: Hang the twine to dry. In a drain rack over the sink will let it air-out without dripping on to a stainable surface.

Step 5: Make a fully awesome project and share it on the scrapbookSTEALS Facebook page!

SCRAP ON!

~charity

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Thanks Charity!  I love when we learn how to create custom items.  Stop by Charity’s blog, Scrappin Chaos for more info and a give-away from her.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for a Mid Week Mojo that packs a punch.

How To’sday | Mist Masking

Today we have a bonus How To-sday  from the fabulous Venetia Holbrook.  She was kind enough to share with us a cool tutorial a few weeks ago on how to make your own pendant.  This week she is sharing with us an inexpensive technique to masking with your mists.

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Hi everyone! Venetia Holbrook here, with an inexpensive way to mask your layouts for mists. I am all about saving money, because then I have more to spend on ScrapbookSteals. I used the tip I am going to share on this layout of my daughter.

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Growing up, every tissue box had to be covered. All of my relatives had handmade plastic needlework covers of varying designs. It was unseemly to have a nude tissue box. Imagine what the neighbors would think! My tissue box is inappropriately dressed, but the memory of these covers sparked an idea for me.

I looked at the plastic webbing used for this type of needlepoint, and I found there were pre-cut shapes available for less than $1.

I chose to use this circle shape.

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tip: I kept the tag on mine, but it snips right off. If you leave it on, make sure it is off the page or the area sprayed will be tag shaped too.

Place your plastic mesh on the paper.

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Spray to your heart’s content. When you are done spraying, you can rinse the mist right off the mesh in the sink. Dry the mesh off, and it is ready to use again.

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tip: Make sure you know if your mist is water soluble. If it is, and you let the mist dry on the mesh, it will run and muddy your colors if you use another mist on it.

Mixing colors and re-placing the mat does create some fun effects, like this background.

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I really hoped you liked this How To’s. There are other shapes of mesh available, so have fun playing with mists.  Here is the final effect again.

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Thanks for reading!

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Thanks Venetia!  I remember those needle-point tissue boxes in my house when I was little too!  I am going to give this a try.  Keep watching for more mists to come up on ScrapbookSteals!  Make sure to come back tomorrow for a guest Mid Week Mojo from Marissa Torp!