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Last week I was able to go to a little trade show, right here in Salt Lake City. I have been in and around the crafting world for over a decade and this is the first time I was able to attend a show without boarding an airplane first. This was a small show and closed to the public, so I thought I would show a little of what I was able to see from some of our favorite brands. (Please excuse some of my iPhone photos)

My Mind’s Eye

Bo Bunny

Echo Park & Carta Bella Paper

Silhouette - I’m loving what they are doing with fabric.

Graphic45

Lawn Fawn

Simple Stories

And last but definitely not least…

Teresa Collins

I have been trying to pick a favorite for days now, but I just can’t.  Do you have a favorite? Let us know!

 

GRAND PRIZE Giveaway | scrapbookSTEALS.com 5th Birthday

my mind's eye joyous giveaway

It’s that time of year again…time to celebrate! One of the best ways to celebrate is to start a giveaway! This is no ordinary giveaway, it’s the biggest giveaway we have ever come up with. Check it out.

Enter below and one lucky winner will win one of each of our STEALS from Birthday Week! That’s over $1100.00 worth of prizes! (physical products only)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest ends Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:59pm MST. Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with Rafflecopter. The contact information you provide will not be shared outside STEALS.com. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older.

Silhouette| Mid Week Mojo Rose #5

Rose – Week 5 of 10
New to Mid Week Mojo?  Get started here

I think it is safe to say that the  Silhouette Cameo machine is one of the coolest machines in the crafting world. From glass etching, to advent calendars and cutting out just about any image you can imagine, the possibilities with this machine are actually endless. For this week’s  Mid Week Mojo I had to enlist a little help. I have not yet become an expert at using a Silhouette Machine, so the wonderful Jessica Arrant volunteered to create a layout using her machine. She created an awesome background using the new stencil material. Check out the awesome chevron pattern.

Here is the layout:

Here is the sketch:

See some close ups of Jessica’s amazing work below. But first, when I put out a request from our design team members to help out with this, they all jumped at the chance to help. (Love those girls!) Here is Wendi Robinson’s take on Jessica’s sketch:

Here is Sara Case Strickland’s take on the sketch too:

Here is Kristina MacKeen’s interpretation of the sketch:

I love the different interpretations of the same sketch.

Here are some close ups of the awesome background Jessica made using her Silhouette Machine and Stencil Material:

A big congrats to Michelle Duffy, you are last week’s winner!

Please send an email to giveaway@steals.com and include your address and tell them you are our Mid Week Mojo Winner and we will send some scrapbook swag your way!

To enter to win this week’s prize, complete this sketch (Rose #5) and have it posted somewhere online by 11:59 PM MST March 18th. Leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your Rose #5 creation.

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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 details here. 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.

Bo Bunny Hello Sunshine

Today we have a great project from Design Team member Kristy Mackeen. She has created an awesome birthday banner with  Bo Bunny’s Hello Sunshine.

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Hi! Happy Friday! I’m happy to be here today to show you a fun project using Bo Bunny Hello Sunshine. I love the cheerful papers and embellishments in this collection. With both my munchkins having birthdays coming up, I thought this collection would make a great banner that I can use for both a boy and a girl.

Thanks to my Cameo, creating this banner was a breeze. You can see all the pieces, cut and ready for inking here.

I went to town inking the pennants and the background layers to really make them stand out. Using foam tape, I adhered the backgrounds to the pennants. For added dimension, I used foam squares to attach the letters. All of this gave the right amount of height to the banner, and made it easy to layer the different embellishments from today’s steal.

Here are a few close-ups of the pennants so you can see how the buttons, trinkets, brads, rub-ons, & layered and chipboard elements play so nicely with the papers.

And the best part? There is so much in this kit, that I will be able to make some cute birthday cards to match the banner!

 

How To-sday | Turn Your Handwriting into a Cut File

Today we have another How To-sday from our design team member Charissa Miller. Charissa is a pro at using her Silhouette Die Cutting Machine. Check out how she creates cut files from her own handwriting.

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Hey everyone! Today I want to show you how you can turn your own handwriting into a cut file for your Silhouette. It is actually a very easy process and gives you lots of opportunities to add a bit of yourself to your projects.

First, you need to capture your handwriting. There are a couple of different ways to do this. The first way is that you can simply write with a black marker onto a white piece of paper. Write with a bold enough tip so that you will get a thicker line – remember you will be cutting this out! Once you have written your word and are pleased with the results, take a photo of your word with your phone or digital camera. Then email it to yourself or otherwise get it onto your computer.

The second option is to use a touchscreen device (tablet, laptop) to capture your handwriting, again saving it and emailing it to yourself or otherwise getting it on your computer. This is the method I used with my touchscreen laptop.

Once the image is on your computer, you will want to open it in a piece of software, such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, and save the image as a .png file. You will be able to open a .png in Silhouette Studio.

Open Silhouette Studio and select to open a file. You will have to select all files in the drop down menu to ensure that you can see your .png file you saved.

Once, you have the file open, you will use the Trace function in Sihouette Studio. The first step is to Select the Trace Area. This is done by simple clicking and dragging a box around your text.

Then it is time to actually trace. Before hitting the trace button, you want to make sure that you turn OFF the high pass filter – this can cause some crazy things to happen with tracing. For words where you want to trace both the inside and outside edges, you will select Trace.

Once you have traced your text, simply click and drag on the text and you will pull away the original image revealing your new cut file.

This next step is very important — you want to make sure you add your new file to your library. Otherwise, you risk it disappearing. Once it is saved in your library, you will have it always available to you. Go into file and click Save to Library. From there you can name your file, mark key words, etc.

Once saved into your library, you can manipulate your new cut file like you would any other Silhouette file. I used mine to create the title “page” for my word of the year album. I used the double side adhesive, so I could use glitter to actually make the word.

Hope this inspire you to add your handwriting to your projects with your Silhouette.

 

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Thanks Charissa! I absolutely love this idea and you did such a good job making it easy! Come back tomorrow for the next installment of our Rose Mid Week Mojo!