American Crafts Garden Cafe | Mid Week Mojo

Opal — Layout 10

I know I say it every month when our guest sketcher Wednesday rolls around, but it’s such a treat for me to be able to bring to you the talents of one of our amazing ScrapbookSteals friends. This month is of no exception and I’m delighted to bring to you this month’s guest sketcher, Heather Conklin.

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Hello my scrappy friends, it’s Heather here. I am so excited to be the guest sketcher for Opal #10! When Kristy emailed me “So… my favorite art teacher on the planet… what do you feel about being our guest sketcher for December?  :)” my heart went all aflutter. When I heard what I was going to create with, I calmed down immediately.

I had the pleasure of playing with one of the lines that I had wished for the first time I had seen it, American Crafts Garden Cafe. I love the colors, the patterns, the embossed loveliness on lots of the papers, the fun Thickers (2 sets!), sweet little brads, cute tags, ribbon and the Delights (paper flowers).

As I started to sit down and sketch out my plan, I really couldn’t decide which of the papers to use, so I tried to use them all! Rather than limiting myself to having to choose one paper per side of my 2-pager, I used five pieces of paper and created a chevron background on basic kraft paper. This allowed me to connect the two pages together. Then, it was just a simple execution of putting down some great photographs, adding a few tags and Delights, penning in a journaling section, and adding a fun title.

I really loved playing with this collection, and even made a a card, and a Christmas layout using Opal #9! This kit is so versatile.

Thank you again Kristy and Lisa for this amazing opportunity. And my lovely ScrapbookSteals friends, I really hope that you all have fun with this sketch. I cannot wait to see what each of you create!

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Heather, what a treat it’s been having you share your amazing talents with us. Thank you again so much for being our guest and for wrapping up our Opal series! :)

Now do we have a treat for you! First off let’s announce the weekly winner of our Mid Week Mojo. Kristy Mackeen! You are our lucky random winner. If you will please send an email to customerservice@stealnetwork.com with  your address we will get a prize sent out to you right away.

Now it’s time to show you what we have secured for our Opal series prize! (This is sooooooo exciting!) Here’s what you have the chance of winning if you have completed a 10 of the Opal club sketches and have them posted and linked by 11:59 PM MST, on Monday, December 12.

Our lucky winner will receive an 8 post Ribbon Carousel (twine not included).

as well as a 10 pack of 2″ solid maple hour glass spools.

Get this girls, this is a retail value of NINETY FOUR DOLLARS! How’s that for amazing? :)

Here are the details in order to be eligible to win this incredible prize.

  1. Complete all 10 Opal layouts. Don’t forget that Opal #10 must be completed and posted by 11:59 PM MST on Monday, December 12th.
  2. Make sure all 10 Opal layouts are posted somewhere online.
  3. Provide a link to your creations on the Officially Opal blog post. This can be a link to a gallery hosting all of your creations, or individual links. Just make sure that everything is listed in one post.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, 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.

Good luck Mojo makers! I’ll see you next week as we kick off our Garnet series. Enjoy!


12 Days of Scrapbooking Giveaways | Day 7

It’s the 12 Days of Holiday Gifting, and we’re giving the gifts to you! That means 12 days of giveaways with just 24 hours to enter before the next comes up. Just like an advent calendar, each day is a mystery! Reach each day’s clue and see if you can figure out what will come in the mystery gift box.

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On the seventh day of giveaways, ScrapbookSteals gives to you,
a little lime twist and your friend Sophie too!

To enter, fill out {this form}.

And announcing the winner of day 6 — congratulations…

Cris Waters!

Contest ends December 8, 2011 at 9:00am MDT.Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. 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. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

How To’sday | Swivel Card

So you still want to make holiday cards for your loved ones and neighbors, but really want to do something with a little flair, but can’t quite think of what to create. Well then today’s tutorial on making swivel cards by Monica Sigmon is just what you may be looking for!

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Supplies:

  • Patterned paper (three different designs is nice). Cut only one of each 5 ¼ x 4; 5 x 3 ¾; and 4 ¾ x 3 ½
  • Coordinating cardstock (again can be 3 different colors) cut only one of each 5 ½ x 4 ¼; 5 ¼ x 4, and 5 x 3 ¾
  • Two brads (for swivel effect)
  • Paper piercer and mat
  • Adhesive
  • Accessories to make and decorate your presents like ribbon, brads, stamp, ink, etc.

Step 1: Decorate your presents.

Step 2: Assemble your card starting with the bottom and biggest layer.  Make sure it is right side up and in the direction it is going to be when it is all open. Take your next layer and place it on top right side up but with the bottom part up (upside down).  This way when you swivel it open it will be right.  Center it from left to right with the top edges matching and then poke your hole through both layers in the center about a quarter inch from the top edge with your paper piercer and mat.


Step 3: Put the brad in through both layers.


Step 4: Now open the swivel card and with what will be the middle layer up take the top layer and lay it on top with the bottom part up (upside down).  Poke a hole in these two layers as you did previously.

  • This is what it will look like when it is folded and also opened.

  • This snowman was done the same way.  Have fun as you come up with your swivel cards.

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Monica, thank you so much. Your cards are so. stinking. cute!

If you have an idea that you would like to be the spotlight of a future How To’sday, please send them along. Photos and text can be sent to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Be sure to check in tomorrow as our final guest sketcher of 2011 kicks things off for us with our Topaz 10 Mid Week Mojo at 9amMST.

12 Days of Scrapbooking Giveaways | Day 6

It’s the 12 Days of Holiday Gifting, and we’re giving the gifts to you! That means 12 days of giveaways with just 24 hours to enter before the next comes up. Just like an advent calendar, each day is a mystery! Reach each day’s clue and see if you can figure out what will come in the mystery gift box.

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On the sixth day of giveaways, ScrapbookSteals gives to you,
a kit filled with hot air balloons and trains out of the blue!

To enter, fill out {this form}.

And announcing the winner of day 5 — congratulations…

Tosha Focht!

Contest ends December 7, 2011 at 9:00am MDT.Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. 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. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

Holiday Shipping Dates 2011

Over the river and through the woods, straight to your house we go! As the holidays are nearing, we thought we’d give you the recommended shipping dates so your steals arrive in time to be wrapped and under the tree.

At Steal Network our lightning fast shipping is even speedier than Santa’s magic. Our elves ship same day six days a week so you can rest knowing your box of joy is on its way.

Here are the recommended ship dates to arrive by December 24*:

United States

Shipping Method
Recommended shipping
dates to arrive by 12/24
Priority Mail® Service December 21
First Class Mail® Service December 20
Fed Ex Ground December 16
Parcel Post® Service December 15
DHL December 15

Canada

Shipping Method
Recommended cut-off shipping
dates to arrive by 12/24
Priority Mail®
International Service
December 12
First Class Mail®
International Service
December 9

*Please note: This doesn’t guarantee arrival by December 24, but these are the recommended dates from USPS, Fed Ex and DHL.