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How To’sday | Felt Flowers

I don’t know about all of you but I. Love. Flowers. If I’m ever looking at a layout, thinking that it needs just a lil’ something, my go-to is flowers. I love this technique which Julie Koets has been so kind to share with us for this week’s How To’sday. Not only would paper versions of these flowers be spectacular on a layout or card, but they are certainly the highlight of Julie’s beautiful head bands.

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I love the texture and simplicity of felt flowers and decided to try my hand at making my own.  I am making a headband for my beautiful niece and decided to create a few simple flowers to adorn it.  All you need is some felt (I purchased mine at my local craft store for 25 cents a sheet), scissors, and a glue gun.

To make a “loopy” flower,  I cut a strip of purple felt approximately 9 inches by 1.5 inches and ran a line of hot glue along one edge.

If you don’t have a glue gun, you could use fabric glue, but I don’t have the patience to wait for things to dry.  After running your strip of glue, fold the felt in half, sealing the edges together.

Using a good pair of sharp scissors, make snips from the folded end every quarter of a inch, stopping a quarter inch from the bottom so as not to cut into the glued area.

Then start rolling the felt strip tightly, adding a drop of hot glue every couple inches to keep the felt wound tight. Secure the end using more hot glue.

Fluff out the loops of your finished flower, which is now perfect to add to a layout, a hairband, or whatever strikes your fancy.  You can make the flower larger or smaller by adjusting the width and length of your felt strip.  This finished flower turned out to be about 2 inches in diameter.

You can also make a similar fringed flower, using just a single layer strip of felt and making snips every quarter of an inch or less to make a “fringe”.  I used a strip of pink felt which measured approximately 9 inches by 1 inch.

Once fringes are cut along the entire length of felt, roll the felt into itself, securing with a drop of glue every so often as you go.

Fluff out your fringes and snip off the ends of any fringes that are sticking out too far.

Lastly, I made a rolled felt flower by cutting out a circle of felt 3 inches in diameter and cutting a loose spiral pattern into the felt.

Starting with the outer edge, start rolling the felt and secure it every so often with hot glue.

Finish it off by gluing the end (the center of the original spiral) to the base of the flower.

I glued all three of my flowers onto a fabric headband that I picked up at my craft store.  I’ve also used these flowers on a shadowbox layout that I made for a friend and I think they’d look darling as a brooch by gluing  or stitching a simple pin to the back.

I can’t wait to see how pretty this looks on my beautiful niece! I tried to get one of my boys to model it for me, but seeing my camera in hand, they wisely refused. Instead, I had to use our favorite stuffed puppy to model my handiwork.

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Thank you so much Julie! I know my girls, as well as myself, will be eager to put this new technique to use.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial, don’t be shy! Send your photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com, and you may be the star of our Tuesday tutorial.

Have a great day!

Twinery Giveaway Winner!

The best part about Twinery is how many different types of projects it can dress up. Whether you’re wrapping baked goods or adding an adorable, colorful accent to your newest scrapbook page, those lucky enough to snag it at a steal will definitely be tying Twinery to all your upcoming projects.

But wait, three lucky scrappers will be sampling all the different delicious colors as the winner of the 14-color sampler pack!

The winners are…

Karen Weingartner

Kimberli Bean

MaryJo Larrison

Congratulations and thank you all for participating!

Winner chosen with random.org. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Basic Grey Life of the Party | Monday Card Madness #49

Do you feel like your creative life is a little lackluster? Then today’s steal, the Basic Grey Life of the Party Collection can definitely bring some of that inspiration back!

I don’t know what it is about Basic Grey and their amazing 6×6 pads, but I truly couldn’t not stop at one or two, or even four cards for today’s Monday Card Madness. Instead I had to create five cards with this inspiring collection.

I love the mix of not only patterns and colors — embellishments and buttons, but the fact that this kit is sporting some wood grain just makes me smile!

Wouldn’t you have to agree that the Life of the Party collection is definitely one that is packed with goodness?

If you’d like to be eligible for our next monthly drawing, your cards will need to be posted and linked by Friday, September 30th, at 11:59 pm MST.

Also full details on the next holiday-themed card swap will be posted next Monday, so start thinking crafty vibes along the Thanksgiving  / winter / holiday / Christmas theme. As always it will be a 10 card swap.

We’ll see you tomorrow for our next amazing How To’sday!

Have a great Monday!

The Twinery

The Twinery

You’ve all seen it — the glorious colors of twine from The Twinery. If you haven’t had the pleasure of owning twine for yourself, then today’s steal, Twine bundles from The Twinery is just for you! Because the world of using twine is so expansive, I thought it would be fun to have a little help with today’s blog post and offer a bunch of different ways to use twine, by sharing examples from some of our amazing ScrapbookSteals friends. I asked these girls to share whatever struck their fancy in relation to the twine world. I think you’ll agree that they have provided some pretty fantastic inspiration.

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Take a peek at the fun ways that Brenda Smith, Chloe Salerno, Erin Colby, Heather Conklin, Karen Weingartner, Melissa Dehne, Misty Buck, Van Nguyen, and Venetia Holbrook have used their twine. Not only will you be inspired with great techniques for layouts and cards, but you will find ideas for storage and even homemade toys! For further details on these girls’ amazing creations, you can click on their names and explore their blogs.

Now if that isn’t quite enough inspiration for you on unique ways to use The Twinery, Twine, then be sure to check out the blog at The Twinery. There you will find oodles of inspiration to whet your twiney delight!

Now the hard part—deciding which colors to get! Eh, just go in on them with some buddies and get them all! And if you haven’t already, be sure to enter the Twinery giveaway!

Have a super fantastic weekend!

Twinery Giveaway

Whether you’re gift wrapping, crafting or giving baked goods to a dear friend, Twinery‘s twine adds a fresh, nostalgic look to any project at hand.

The uniquely twisted strands and fresh colors makes the baker’s twine not only attractive, but also eco-friendly in every way — it’s made of plush 100% cotton, is made in the USA, and is even bio-degradable! This isn’t like any twine you’ve ever seen — it’s fun, vibrant and made with the creative crafter in mind! Add an eye-popping, candy-striped burst of color to any project with ease.

Check out the Twinery blog and Facebook page for tons of “twinespired” crafting ideas and free printables. The possibilities are endless!

We are giving away a sampler pack with a bit of all 14 colors (Maraschino, Mandarin, Lemondrop, Peapod, Caribbean, Lilac, Pink Sorbet, Honeydew, Blossom, Charcoal, Cappuccino, Buttercream, Stone and Denimto three lucky winners!

To enter, visit the Twinery website, then come back here and tell us what color of twine would you like to see next?

~Update: contest now closed ~

Contest ends Friday, September 9, 2011 at 11:59pm 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.