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American Crafts Ribbon | Monday Card Madness #42

Ribbon. Let  me guess. Most of you just went a little weak in the knees, and if you haven’t seen today’s steal, the American Crafts Dot Grosgrain ribbon, then you’d best sit down.

It always seems there are a million and ten ways to use ribbon on your projects. I had a hard time narrowing down what I wanted to do but settled on a triple bow row for the focus of this week’s sketch.

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I am so in love with the huge variety of colors that come with today’s steal. A perfect fit for every project!


It’s amazing what a little splash of ribbon can do to a project to give it a little flair. If you’re saying to yourself that you have too much ribbon, well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. A girl can never have too much ribbon.  :)

Don’t forget to have this week’s card sketch posted to our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog by August 5th at 11:59 pm in order to be eligible for the July random drawing.

In case you haven’t heard we are hosting another card swap. The past two have been an amazing success and the talent is unreal! Here are the details for the current card swap:

  • Create 10 cards. They can all be the same or each can be different.
  • All cards must include an envelope.
  • Cards must be received to the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by August 31st. (ScrapbookSteals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California, #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Once your cards have been sent in the mail, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, to let me know that I need to be on the lookout for your amazing creations. I will then randomly re-distribute the cards and mail back 10 different cards to each participant.

Don’t forget the ongoing challenge to send out joy!

Pebbles Inc. Chalk Pencils = Love

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect with today’s steal, the Chalk Pencils, by Pebbles, Inc.  After having the chance to play with them I can honestly say if you are a chalk lover you will want these and may never look back at your standard chalks again!

Here are a few of the fun things that I did with the chalk pencils.

I first wanted to show how easily you can change the the shade of embossed paper. No more fumbling with cotton puffs or cotton swabs. Simply sketch lightly over the paper and the raised portions will change color while the indentations will remain the original color. You can see on this sheet of paper where I used all of the pencils offered in today’s steal.

I decided to apply that same technique to this layout that I made using Erin Colby’s amazing Mid Week Mojo sketch. You can see where I shaded only the center portion of the layout with a pink pencil, to give it a different color than the rest of the sheet. I also slightly shaded the outer edges of the paper with a brown pencil.

You can see in these close-up shots where I used the pencils to add a little definition around the journaling blocks as well as the strips of paper.

I was having so much fun with the shading embossed designs technique that I made a couple of cards. This first card I shaded the brown cardstock with a brown pencil to offer some slight variation and depth.

I then decided to take a simple white silk flower and shade it so that it coordinated with my card.

Here’s the final card that I made, by mixing two shades of chalk pencils on the front of the card.

I truly had a blast creating with the Pebbles Chalk Pencils and was pleasantly surprised with the results. If you’re a chalk lover then don’t even think twice about picking these up! Just think of all of the fun you can have, blending things up with not only your layouts and cards but with all of your stamping projects as well.

I hope you have a great weekend. Check in on Monday for your next Monday Card Madness.

Celebrating 52 Weeks of Mid Week Mojo!

Celebrating 52 Weeks of Mid Week Mojo!

Let’s hear it for our first full year of Mid Week Mojo!

Now for a little recap regarding our 52 week giveaway of a $52.00 credit to the ScrapbookSteals store. Here’s what needs to happen.

  • To be eligible you need to have created, posted and linked all 52 of the Mid Week Mojo’s either to our Facebook fan page or to your own personal blog.
  • If you have already provided links to the first 50 layouts, on our recent “I’m Gold” posting, I have record, so no need to send them again. Just be sure to post in this blog posting that you are members of all 5 clubs plus links to Mid Week Mojo #51 and Mid Week Mojo #52.
  • If you are still catching up, please provide links to whichever layouts/clubs you have not provided yet, in a single posting.
  • You will have until Monday,  July 25th at 11:59 PM MST to post your comment on this blog posting in order to be eligible.  No exceptions!
  • Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Guest Designer Erin Colby | Mid Week Mojo #52

Guest Designer Erin Colby | Mid Week Mojo #52

Can you believe? It’s been one full year of amazing Mid Week Mojos, and we want to celebrate! We asked our ever so talented friend and fan Erin Colby to help us document this amazing milestone by asking her to create with today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Family Keepsake collection.

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When I got the message from Kristy during the middle of our Words With Friends game asking me to be a guest sketcher I must admit, I dropped my phone, exited out of the game, and started it back up. I had to make sure that it wasn’t some freaky glitch and that I wasn’t dreaming! After getting over the initial shock and excitement, my nerves started to take over. We have had so many amazing guest sketchers and well we all know that Kristy knocks it out of the park week after week. How was I going to measure up to all that?

When I found I’d be using We R Memory Keepers Family Keepsake line I knew I wanted to use a photo from earlier right before we dropped off my husband for his deployment. Our daughter is such a little daddy’s girl and I have been waiting for just the right paper to complement the photo. The papers in this kit are beyond beautiful and of course some include WRMK’s famous glitter!


After creating my initial layout and sketch I knew I wanted to create another one using the die-cut embossed tags that come with the kit. The tags are perfect for quick easy go to titles. I had some photos from when we were building our home a year ago and decided they would go perfect with the “Home Sweet Home” tag. On both layouts I used the embossed stickers for that little extra touch. I love the fact that this kit can be used for so many different layout “themes”.


I, of course, need to take a second to thank Kristy and ScrapbookSteals.com for this amazing opportunity and all of you for your wonderful words of encouragement and inspiration. What a great little “family” we have going on over here.

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Erin, thank you SO much for your amazing creations. What a great way to wrap up our first full year of Mid Week Mojo Madness! It’s been the highlight of my week, seeing all of your wonderful creations, and I look forward to what the next year of Mojo will bring.

As for now let’s have a shout out for Lisa Zubritsky. She is our random winner for last week’s Mid Week Mojo.

Lisa you are always such an inspiration with your creations! If you’ll send your address in an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Now for a little recap regarding our 52 week giveaway of a $52.00 credit to the ScrapbookSteals store. Here’s what needs to happen.

  • To be eligible you need to have created, posted and linked all 52 of the Mid Week Mojos either to our Facebook fan page or to your own personal blog.
  • If you have already provided links to the first 50 layouts, on our recent “I’m Gold” posting, I have record, so no need to send them again. Just be sure to post in the “52 For Me – That’s ONE YEAR of Mojo!” blog posting that you are members of all 5 clubs plus links toMid Week Mojo #51 and Mid Week Mojo #52.
  • If you are still catching up, please provide links to whichever layouts/clubs you have not provided yet.
  • You will have until Monday,  July 25th at 11:59 PM MST to post your comment on the “Celebrating 52 Weeks of Mid Week Mojo” posting in order to be eligible.  No exceptions!
  • We will still hold our regular weekly drawing as well. Layouts for MWM #52 must be posted and linked to this blog posting by July 25th 11:59PM MST in order to be eligible for our regular weekly prize. If you create both layouts you may have two entries.
  • Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!

Now get scrapping and good luck!

How To’sday | Faux Batik Embossing Technique by Misty Buck

How To’sday | Faux Batik Embossing Technique by Misty Buck

Misty Buck, one of our favorite stamping queens has done it again. This week for How To’sday, Misty has created an amazing tutorial showing us how to do a faux batik embossing technique.

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Oh, it’s so good to be back and creating. Five weeks of vacation with no crafty goodness is just too long. I love this particular technique that I’ll be sharing with you today. It really doesn’t take but a few minutes and the results are so eye catching.

To begin with you’ll need to gather a few tools. You will need:

  • Mulberry paper or something similar like rice paper or high-quality tissue paper
  • an iron
  • Versamark watermark ink
  • clear embossing powder
  • an embossing gun
  • at least two colors of stamping ink
  • bold stamps with lots of surface area
  • a sheet of copy paper
  • a paper towel
  • white cardstock

Begin by stamping a few images around on your mulberry paper with your Versamark ink. Sprinkle the clear embossing powder over the images.

Next heat emboss the powder with your gun

Now grab your inks and begin liberally sponging your complimentary colors directly onto your mulberry paper until you get the desired look.

Now you are ready to iron. My iron only sees the light of day when I’m ready to craft. It may not even know what a shirt is at this point.

Lay your paper towel down on your ironing board, place your inked up mulberry paper on top of it and then finish the sandwich with a piece of copy paper.

Iron the copy paper until you see the embossed images show through onto it. Essentially, you have just ironed out all of the embossing powder on your paper.

Take your paper out and notice the vibrancy of your stamped images and how they pop against a white sheet of cardstock. You can mount your mulberry paper onto other colors of cardstock but the effect will be muted.

Note: I use my ATG tape runner to mount my mulberry to cardstock but you can also use spray glue for a more even coverage.

Cut out a piece of your beautiful faux batik paper and use it on a project.

I hope you all enjoyed this stamping tutorial — any new converts to the stampy side of life yet?

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Misty, thank you so much for yet another amazing stamping tutorial. If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, don’t hesitate to send them our way! You can email your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

We have several great tutorials in the line up! Be sure to check in next week as well as tomorrow for our 52nd Mid Week Mojo! We have a guest sketcher to celebrate one year and she will knock your socks off!

Have a great How To’sday!