Sew Easy | Monday Card Madness #60

What’s not to love about the 11am steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers? If you haven’t yet used a Sew Easy, it’s really just that — so easy! There are so many choices to start or expand your collection.

I love the ease of adding some stitching to a project with the Sew Easy. Beautiful designs. Perfect spacing. Fun floss too! Although I desperately wanted to show examples with each of the interchangeable stitch heads, I made two.

On the first card I made, I used the loopy head to create a flutter path for my butterfly.

Next I used the heart head to create a border on this “love” card. Oh, and I even added a little Shimmerz to the centers of the hearts. Gotta love mixing it up!

If you’re on the fence about the Sew Easy, jump on over. Perfect touches with perfect stitching.

Now take a breath and start thinking of what you will create with your Sew Easy.

See you back here at 1 PM MST!

Shimmerz, Spritz and Pearlz | Monday Card Madness #60

It’s only once a year that Cyber Monday rolls around — ohhh, the anticipation and excitement of what is to come! It kind of has the energy speed dating, or something like that, don’t ya think?

Well today I have a pretty exciting lineup for you. There are so many wonderful things in store for today, that I really couldn’t stop myself at creating with just one of the steals. So what does this mean for you? New blog posts for almost every steal so be sure to check back for inspiration. 😉 We’ll be seeing posts featuring the creations of Erica Bass,  and Julie Ann Cordero !

Our first steal up today is much anticipated and equally amazing. Erica Bass has done an awesome job at showing us what can be done with Shimmerz, Pearlz and Spritz!

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Here are a few tips and project ideas from Erica:

Ideas:

  • custom color any embellishment to match your project
  • paint die cut paper with Pearlz for fabulous shimmer and saturated color
  • spritz over a die cut on background paper as a masque, then remove for negative image
  • paint inside stamped images with Pearlz for extra dazzle

Tip: roll spray bottle between hands to mix shimmer into the rest of the spray to prevent clogging. Do not shake bottle up and down. If shimmer is settled on the bottom tap side of bottle against the palm of you hand a few times before rolling to loosen the shimmer up.

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Erica, I love it! Thank you so much. As far as the “sketch” goes for this week, feel free to use any of the cards that are posted throughout the day as your inspiration.

Remember, if you’d like to be eligible for the November random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all!) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, December 2nd, 2011.

I hope you you enjoy your day of speed stealing! :)

Shimmerz Giveaway Winners

Add some sparkle with  Shimmerz paints! Water-based, non-toxic and premixed paints are perfect for your crafting projects.

The three winners of the limited edition holiday set are…

Catherine Donohue

Amy Bennett

Robbyn Chomos

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.

Sweet Stamp Shop Giveaway!

A small business run out of sunny southern California, Sweet Stamp Shop creates hand-drawn, clear polymer stamps that are easy to use and fun to color. Each set is created with you in mind — fresh and whimsical designs you will find yourself using over and over again. Crafting can be expensive but these stamps make sure you get the most for your money. Just check out their site and Facebook page, and you, too will fall in love with their ideas.

Three lucky scrappers will win 2 packs of 4×6 stamps each worth $30 MSRP!

To enter, fill out {this form} to tell us, what theme of stamps would you like to see next?



Contest ends Monday, November 28, 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.

Silhouette Advent Calendar

I have to say that I’ve never felt the need to have a countdown calendar to count down the days until December 1st, so that I can begin using my creation of today’s steal, the  Silhouette Advent Calendar. I have to admit that I really had no idea what the huge buzz over the Silhouette Advent Calendar was until I found out we’d be featuring it here at ScrapbookSteals. The moment I saw it, I finally understood what they hype was about and I was giddy as ever, thinking about how I wanted to create mine.

Obviously with Christmas right around the corner, I decided to make my first rendition of the advent, a Christmas one. I selected papers from my collection from several different manufacturers and lines. I even ended up using some papers that I have had in my collection for over six years! Geesh I love a project that allows me to use up the “stash” so that I can justify making room for more.

Silhouette makes this project easy as ever! There are two different choices for each cubby hole. You can either cut out a decorative box or a drawer for each slot. The Silhouette download card comes with the options of both!  While I preferred the flush finish of the drawers, my son was over the moon about the different shaped boxes so I decided to mix it up and do a little of both. I really love how it turned out.

I have three tips for you.

Tip #1: Your download card may have a slight hiccup like mine did. Silhouette customer service is total rockstar and they helped me out right away. Here is what you need to do if your card doesn’t appear to be working.

1. Open the Silhouette Studio software – If you do not already have the latest version of Silhouette Studio, please visit http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/software.aspx to install it. Now re-start your computer prior to running.
2. Click on the “Silhouette Online Store” button (the one that looks like a mouse in the lower left-hand side of the screen)
3. Log into your account
4. Go to the “My Account” options and visit the “My Download History” link, or if recovering everything you may use the “Recover All” option
5. Select the order number that you need to recover (if recovering specific orders only) and click on the “Recover Order” button
6. Once you have submitted your password, your images from the selected order will be downloaded to your library.

Tip #2: Make sure you have a sharp blade and one or two cutting mats with good stick! To expedite my cutting process, I used two cutting mats. While one was in use, I was getting the second one ready.

Tip #3: Use a good adhesive! I found that photo tape worked best. After all, if you put the effort into creating something so amazing, you don’t want your boxes to start popping apart!

I’m so excited about the possibilities of what can be put inside of the boxes to help count down the days until Christmas.

  • Christmas candies
  • Small toys
  • Daily activities
  • Service project ideas
  • Christmas stories

I’m still not quite sure which route I will take with mine, but I’m toying with the idea of making a “treasure hunt”, having a different clue each day, with the final prize being a new tradition of a mini album where my husband and I will write an annual letter to our children. Oh and there will be candy at the finish of course, for our short peeps who will be less than thrilled with a gooshy letter from mom and dad!

Whatever we end up doing, I know it will bring a smile to my kids’ faces and make the count down to Christmas just a little more exciting!

Oh and you can better believe that once Christmas is over I’ll be making a countdown for the next big event! The possibilities are endless.

  • Birthdays
  • Easter
  • Summer Vacation
  • Family Trip
  • Halloween
  • Birthdays

Or you can even just leave it as a darling decoration for a shelf!

Whatever you decide, we’d love to see what you create! Feel free to post your creations to our Facebook fan page for all of us to oooh and ahhh over.

Have a happy Black Friday and wonderful weekend!