Green Collection by My Little Shoebox | Monday Card Madness #53

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was fantastic and made even a little bit cheerier by having the chance to play with one of today’s steals, the Green Collection by My Little Shoebox. The brilliant colors, the woodgrain paper and other fun patterns  in this collection genuinely make me happy and I even had to smile at the little snails. Heaven only knows I appreciated the smile as I was creating these in the midst of snow flurries!

The strong lines in some of the papers in this collection are really what drove the design in today’s sketch. These cards came came together in a snap simply by cutting some of the strips out of the Portobello paper. I then layered a couple of shapes from the die cut sheet, added a bit of ribbon to one card and buttons to the other and my cards were done!

I kept the same basic design for this card but created it in the A2 size.

Lastly I couldn’t resist using the Happy Valley paper and creating this simple card.

Can you believe I was so excited about reminding you about our holiday card swap last week that I forgot to announce the winner of our September card drawing? (Well, honestly I can believe it. 😉 )

A shout out of congratulations goes to Dilnaz Heckman.

Dilnaz, if you will please send an email to with your address we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

If you would like to be eligible to be the random winner of our October Monday Card Madness drawing all you need to do is have your card creation posted somewhere on line and linked to one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts by November 4th at 11:59PM MST.

And here is this weeks reminder on our current card swap:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, holiday or winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial!  :)

Epic 6 by Quickutz

Every once in awhile a steal comes along of epic proportions. Today’s steal, the Epic 6 by Quickutz, definitely fits that bill!

I had such a great time using a good share of the dies and embossing templates that are available today. Before I show you what I made, let’s have a quick lesson on how to use the machine.

To Cut:

  • Use gray cutting platform.
  • Place die face up on top of cutting platform.
  • Place paper, patterned side face down on top of die.  This is especially important when cutting out alphabet letters.
  • Lay cutting mat on top of die and paper.
  • Roll through Epic 6 machine.

To Emboss:

  • Use the charcoal cutting platform.
  • Place paper inside of the embossing folder and cover with the cutting mat.
  • Roll through the Epic 6 machine.

Now that you’re a pro with using the machine, let me show you some ideas that you create using some of the dies offered today.

First I made this cute little card with the anime bird. I mean how can you possibly resist such cuteness? I paired it with the dots embossing folder, the waves border (love!), the nesting flowers and one circle off of the sunburst border. I love how it turned out!

Next I wanted to see if I could turn the houndstooth embossing border folder into a main element of a card. For this card I ran the same piece of paper through the machine, using the houndstooth folder, three times, carefully lining up the folder to create a consistent embossed pattern. I used a pice of the nesting rick rack squares and also a little strip of the waves border. Super fun and super easy!

Next I turned my “kid craft” brain on and created a poster to hang on our refrigerator, more for myself than for my kiddo. My son can write his current week’s spelling on the tablet. I figure this will be a fun way for him to practice his words as well as provide me a quick reference to drill him with his words over breakfast.  For this project I used the rainbow and cloud, sunburst border, waves border, nesting rick rack and the sketchbook alphabet set.

Now you’ll note the cute clouds on this poster. For two of the clouds I used the self adhesive vellum. Can I just say that as a former avid lover of printing journaling onto vellum that this is brilliance! As much as I loved using vellum for my journaling spots, I never loved how the adhesive would always show through. Problem solved! Not only can you create cute fluffy clouds with the stuff, but you can run it through your printer and have the perfect vellum journaling block ever! Thank you Quickutz! :)

Lastly, I created this layout page which I want to give to one of you!

The moment I saw the photo frame border and brackets I thought of how cute they would look on a layout. The strip can either hold photos or it would also make great spaces for journaling. Oh and did you see how cute the self adhesive metal sheets look for a portion of the title?

Now if you caught the part where I said that I want to give this layout to one of you, here’s what you have to do. Simply leave a comment on this blog posting by Monday, October 10th at 11:59 PM MST. I will pick a random winner and notify them by email.

So there you have it! Pretty Epic stuff, don’t ya think?

Have a great weekend and as always, scrap happy!

American Crafts Hello Sunshine | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 1

I love guest designer weeks and today we are treated to two amazing sketches by our wonderful friend and fan, Van Nguyen. I also love when the steal that a guest gets to work with happens to be an outstandingly cute collection as is today’s steal the American Crafts Hello Sunshine collection.

Van, take it away! :)

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So let us all rewind back to the beginning of August and take a peek into an email conversation I had with Kristy Lee (our mojo maker extraordinaire) and Lisa Mack (our scrappy buyer powerhouse).

Kristy Lee: How do you feel about being our guest sketcher for October? I know it’s early but we like to plan.
Me: Um, YES!!  Oh…wait.  ::hitting myself over the head:: I can’t. We will be traveling for most of September and October. So, I think that’s a no. ::hanging head in shame::
Kristy Lee: Well, it’s only August. What if we got you stuff to play with now?? Calling Lisa…
Lisa Mack: Done.
Me: What do you mean done?
Lisa Mack: Tell me who you love and I’ll send something out by the end of the week.
Me: Kristy Lee and Lisa Mack, I love you.

Okay…enough of that…onto the more important stuff.

Let me first just rave a about the American Crafts Hello Sunshine collection. It is gorgeous! Drop dead stunning. Beautiful bright colors. Adorable patterns. High quality paper. And the printed craft paper – to DIE for. But in addition to all this paper, you also get two sets of these amazing Thickers (which may be one of my favorite fonts ever), dimensional stickers (which make adding embellishments so easy), chipboard borders, a massive sticker book, and printed ribbon! In all honesty, this might be my all time favorite kit.

Now, here is the sketch for the week.

And this is what I made with it.

There are a couple of things I wanted to highlight about this:

  • Circle Die Cut: First, I really wanted to highlight the beautiful patterned paper. So using a die-cut circle in kraft as my guide, I arranged a number of 2×2 squares to make a faux quilt. I also added faux stitching with my white gel pen (because, let’s be serious – I don’t even know where my sewing machine is these days).
  • Main Title: “This Girl” — The American Crafts paper die cuts beautifully. I used my Cricut to cut out the title (from Kerri Bradford Studios) and there was not a single snag in sight. I used a lace sticker from the Remarks sticker book to add a center to the flower just behind the main title.
  • Subtitle: I won’t lie. I added the subtitle just so I could use the Thickers – which are beautiful. They are printed with a white lace background which is so subtle and feminine.
  • Journaling Strips: Each sheet of paper has a tear-apart border strip that, conveniently enough, is also the perfect size of my little journaling strips.
  • Butterfly Elements: To highlight the white on white die cut background I made (using an EK success border punch), I punched out some extra border strips using the patterned paper and added American Crafts photo turns to create butterflies.

Here is a close-up of the butterfly element strip along the bottom.

Just for fun, and because i was dying to use some of the lantern elements in the other papers, I made a second layout as well.

With this one, I really wanted to use the lantern elements from one of the printed kraft sheets. So I cut each lantern out and “strung” them along a piece of embroidery floss. To create the sense of twinkling lights, I swirled some white paint (using a paint daubers) behind each lantern and then sprayed the white swirls with glimmer mist. The little star stickers are also from the Remarks sticker book in the kit.

Here’s a close-up of the lanterns.

And just for kicks, here’s a sketch if you so desire.

Finally, here is a card made with this gorgeous collection as well.

The raindrops on the printed kraft were just begging to be paired with these whimsical umbrellas. So I punched out some of the umbrellas using a 2-inch circle punch and mounted them on scallop circles. I also layered three different ribbons to create a border strip along the center of the card.

Could you also image how perfect these papers would be for a baby or bridal shower layout? The possibilities are endless and I think I might have to steal another kit for myself. I love it that much.  :)

Thanks again to Kristy Lee, Lisa Mack and the ScrapbookSteals community for this amazing and wonderful opportunity. I had so much fun creating these layouts and cards and can’t wait to see what you make!

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Van, thank you! Your creations are absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see what creations start popping up on our Facebook Fan page.

Now as if this week hasn’t been exciting enough it’s now time for our two giveaways.

First off our lucky random winner of the Topaz #10 is Deborah Johnson.

Deborah, please send an email with your address to and we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Now it’s time for the announcement of our lucky Topaz prize pack winner.  ::::drum roll:::::

Congratulations goes out to Charissa Miller. Lucky #15.

You should be proud of your dedication and hard work over the past 10 weeks (as should everyone! :) ). As a reward you are the winner of the Kiwi Lane Designer Template / My Minds Eye Lime Twist prize package. If you will send our service department an email with your address we will get your prize sent out to you and get you all set up to jump into our Opal series with flair!

For those of you that have questions about Mid Week Mojo and want to join in as we begin our next series of 10 sketches, you can find all of the information here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Congrats again to you lovely winners, thank you again to our amazing guest desginer Van, and the warmest of welcomes to our Opal Club series.

How To’sday | Altered Dry Erase Boards

Howdy How To’sday! I’m so over the moon thrilled about today’s project by Nancy Roth. I’m truly a horrid home decorator and her altered dry erase board project looks like something that even I could accomplish with ease! It would truly make my home just a little more organized and cuter! What’s not to love about that?

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I am a fan of meal planning. It cuts down on food prep time if you know that all the ingredients are in your house. Also, you don’t have to spend several minutes with the fridge open trying to figure out what to make with what you have left.

My solution was planning out a week’s worth of meals on a dry erase board…scrapbook style!

The supplies for this project are minimal. You’ll need a photo frame with glass (I got this one on clearance at Michaels for $2), printed paper, cardstock or stickers, adhesive and a dry erase pen.

First, adhere your patterned paper to the frame backing. If you have a 12 x 12 frame or smaller, one piece of paper will do. I used an 11 x 14 frame, so I needed 2 different pieces to cover the backing.

Next, create and adhere labels to suit the purpose of your board using your die-cutting machine or stickers. For my meal planner, I used my die-cut machine to create the days of the week.

Frame your creation, and embellish as desired.

You’re done! Not only is it useful, but it is a piece of art on your wall! Make sure you use a dry-erase marker on the glass, and it will wipe right off!

Don’t want to plan meals? No problem. This project can be modified to suit any purpose.

I made one for my 4 year old to keep track of his chores:

And this one is for general lists, notes or reminders:

It was a quick, fun and inexpensive project. I hope you enjoy making your own and find it as useful as I do!

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Thanks so much Nancy! I can’t wait to make these and think I’ll even make a few as Christmas gifts.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for not only the first sketch in our Opal Club series, but two amazing layouts from our October guest sketcher!

Have a great day!

Bella Blvd | Monday Card Madness #52

We have something pretty fantastic to offer you today, another new addition to the amazing ScrapbookSteals lineup, this time Bella Blvd.

I honestly loved working with today’s product.

When I was creating it was my son’s birthday, so I decided to use the “Super Stud” collection and make him a birthday card. Yeah! I’m on top of at least one aspect of his birthday. 😉

I had so much fun with that collection that I decided to make my husband a card to tell him how proud I am of him and his current training for a 50K race that he will be running in a few weeks. I figured a little note of encouragement can go a long way during these last weeks of high mileage training. Simply put, he is kind of awesome.

I couldn’t help myself and had to dabble a little in the other collections that are being offered today. Here are the cards that I made with the Flirty and Plastino collections.

And lastly here is a card that I made with the Hello Beautiful kit.

I honestly can’t wait to put those papers to use on a layout. So. Much. Fun!

Don’t forget the challenge to send out joy! Put your lovely creations to work by touching someones day. I know I’ve got a lovely stack of cards that I plan on sending out this week. I can’t wait!

If you missed the details on our current card swap, here they are:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for a brilliant tutorial. One which I can’t wait to make!