Your Holiday Stealing Itinerary 2011

Twas time for the holidays, so all in good cheer

Steal Network was stocking plenty of gifts to find here.

Jana jumped in her sleigh, her reindeer in tide,

and whistled with glee at the steals she did find.

On BabySteals, on KidSteals, on ScrapbookSteals, ho ho!

to the Internet of moms and scrappers we must go!

From your trees wrapped in lights to stockings hung with care,

the steals from our sites will soon be wrapped there.

For here at Steal Network we take pride to send joy

to families and crafters, and to girls and boys.

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The holiday countdown begins, and we have great things in store for you at BabyStealsKidSteals and ScrapbookSteals! There are plenty of exciting gifts for everyone on your list at incredible deals coming your way. Want the scoop? The steals are a secret, but here’s a rundown of our upcoming promotions so you can set your calendars.

Black Friday
We know many of you might be freezing your little toes off waiting in line for your hubby’s electronics, but while you’re sitting there, be sure to check in at all our sites — we’ll have super hot Black Friday steals you won’t want to miss!

Cyber Monday
Get your clicking fingers ready! Monday, November 28 we’ll have a steal every two hours from 9am to 9pm MST. Want to set your clock? That’s 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm MST — a total of 7 steals per site!

12 Days of Holiday Gift Giving
From December 1-12, we will have a mystery giveaway a day on ScrapbookSteals. 12 hours to enter, 1 lucky winner a day. Have any kiddos on your shopping list? Head over to BabySteals and KidSteals for 12 days of gift-giving steals!

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Are you ready to start gift giving? We simply can’t wait to spread the holiday joy this season. Wishing you fast clicking and all the steals you’re hoping for.

Happy Stealing!

American Crafts Margarita | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 8

Here in the U.S., most of us are busily into Thanksgiving Day preparations, so I decided to go easy on this week’s sketch after the madness of the last one with 11 photos.

Thoughts of gratitude fill the air and I must admit that I’m pretty thankful that I was able to work with today’s steal, Margarita by American Crafts. While some of you may be thankful for an actual margarita to help you through the day of preparations, I am thankful for the bright and happy colors that this collection contains. Why do you ask? Because it instantly made me think of this photo that was taken in the spring of one of our amazing ScrapbookSteals friends, Heather Conklin and myself. And yes. I’m thankful for her. <3

I love how bright and happy this collection is. I love the embellishments, the trims and the flower brads are pretty fantastic too!

Oh and the Thickers? ::swoon:: Can you ever really have enough? Especially when they sparkle?

Now it’s time to announce our two lucky winners from the crazy Opal 7 sketch. Congratulations are in order for Cathryn Povec,

and Stephanie Umpleby!

Well done on tackling a pretty daunting sketch! If you girls could please send your address in an email to, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you would like a chance to win this week’s random drawing, you will need to have your sketch posted and linked to this blog posting by 11:59PM MST on Monday, November 28th. Also, if you are new to our Mid Week Mojo challenge or have any particular questions, 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.

Have a great day!

How To’sday | Iris Fold

Today’s tutorial by Erica Bass, couldn’t have come at a better time. With the holidays right around the corner, this is a perfect tutorial for creating an iris fold ornament card for an exquisite look.

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I’m really excited to share Iris folding with you today. This is one of those techniques that is great on the “wow” factor but actually a lot easier than it looks. My favorite type of technique!


  • 4 – 1″ x 12″ strips of patterned paper at least 2  different designs,
  • Card stock with window cut out in it
  • Iris fold template
  • glue stick
  • foam dot adhesive

Step 1: First off you will need to have a piece of card stock with a window cut-out of it. You can use a paper punch or an electronic die cutter. I usually make sure I have at least 1/2″ of wiggle room because you will need space to glue on the back side of the card stock. Next, cut 4 1″ x 12″ strips of patterned paper. Cardstock tends to be too heavy for this type of folding.

Step 2: Now score the 1″ strips of paper at the 1/2″ point lengthwise so it folds in half and creates a nice fold down the center. Once you’ve created the crease open the paper and glue down the length of the card stock to create a 1/2″ x 12″ piece of paper. This is done to create a nice folded edge.

Step 3If you want to stamp the front of your card stock this is when you need to do it. Tape your card stock with the window cut out face down on the iris fold template. Next we will be gluing the paper strips onto the backside. I use something that wont damage my cardstock when I take it off. Painter’s tape works well or in this case I used some of my washi tape because it was handy.

Step 4: Determine the length of paper you will need to cover the number 1 spot on the template. Allow about a 1/2″ overlap and clip the paper strip as you go. With your glue stick, glue the outside edges of the card stock next to the number 1 on the iris fold template. Then glue down the strip of the first patterned paper. I color coded the iris fold template to correspond with each pattern of paper. Make sure you glue down following the number pattern and use the paper design that goes with the color on the template. So, the number 2 on the template is going to have a different paper glued over it. Same with number 3 and 4. Number 5 however will be the same paper as number 1.

Step 5: When you have finished gluing down the strips, you can choose to glue something down in the center of the square that is left open. Here, I have a patterned paper as my backing so I just left it open. Finally apply foam dot adhesive around the outside corners of the card front to glue to the front of the card. This is necessary because of the bulk of all the layers of paper. Pop-up glue dots would be a good alternative.

Finished card

Dress card with Iris folding

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Erica! I love this and have always wanted to learn how to create this type of fold. Thank you for showing us how to do this.

If you have an idea that you would like to see as the super star of a How To’sday please send your photos and instructions to

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

Shimmerz Giveaway

Shimmerz paints have the spunk and sparkle to help any project shine! The ideas and inspiration to use these marvelous iridescent paints are endless.

The paints are water-based, non-toxic and premixed — no recipe or mess. They are super shimmery, dry on glossy or non-porous surfaces and are perfect for use on acetate or metal.

Owner Stacey Mcelyea started her own business as a stamper and scrapper herself. Check out her website and Facebook page.

3 winners, and each will receive the full limited edition holiday set!

To enter, go to the Shimmerz site, then come back and tell us what new colors you would like to see using {this form}.

Contest ends Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT.Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with 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.

Pebbles Floral Lane | Monday Card Madness #59

I’ll be straight up honest with you all. I am absolutely, totally, positively, head over heels in love with today’s steal, Floral Lane by Pebbles, Inc. Maybe it’s the rich color scheme or maybe it’s the the unique texture of the papers. Perhaps it’s the fact that the world is beginning to look dreary and these papers are a little vacay to spring, or it might just be that today is my 19th wedding anniversary and love is just in the air! Whatever it is, today’s steal, for me, is love!

I had the best time creating cards for today. I love the plethora of embellishments that are part of the collection not to mention the darling cut off strips, which became a key part of this week’s card design.

I am so excited about this kit that I’m dying to use my many, many leftovers to create a layout to hang on my wall.

Hopefully all of the state side girls that participated in our holiday card swap have their cards in hand and are enjoying all of the beautiful creations which were made. Don’t fret Canadian friends, your cards are on the way!

I know it’s only been a couple of weeks since our last card swap wrapped up, but I’m going to throw out the information for the next card swap.

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements are that cards with envelopes are received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by January 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

If you have any questions please let me know.

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 have a great Monday!