Pebbles Ever After | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 3

Ahhh, I love Wednesdays. I love them even more when we have such a great product like today’s steal, the Pebbles Ever After collection. It just doesn’t get any better when you add the fact that we have a very talented guest sketcher today, Kristy MacKeen!

Kristy, the floor is all yours!

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Wow, I can’t believe I am here, about to give you the Topaz 3 sketch!!!  Scrapbook Steals Mid Week Mojos have been a primary source of inspiration for my scrapbook pages. I hadn’t even scrapped a page until the MWMs started. When Kristy asked me if I would be a guest designer, I was sitting in my grandparents’ living room and I think they thought I had lost my mind because I was giggling so much. ::somebody pinch me:: It is a lot of pressure to live up to Kristy’s wonderful sketches and all the other great guest designers. I hope I was able to do that.

When she sent me a picture of what I would be working with and I was so excited. And then I got the Pebbles, Inc. Ever After in my hot little hands, I was even more excited. The colors are so pretty and I love the textures and glitter on the pages (yes, the glitter sticks). I started looking through the pictures and realized I didn’t have any “princess” or “prince” pictures, so I set out to shoot some. Of course, my favorite subjects wouldn’t cooperate with what I originally had in mind. Then I realized I had just purchased Hailey’s first magic wand, so I knew what I had to do…

When I see a magic wand, I immediately think of Cinderella and the saying Bippity, Boppity, Bo!

So, Bippity, Boppity, Bo!  Here is my layout.

When Kristy told me this was a fully packed kit, she was right!  The gems, enamel and layered stickers add a lot of fun to a layout.

The flower brads are so pretty and have a sparkle to them.  And they fit in a scrapbook without a problem.

I also thought of all those cute little boys we have in the ScrapbookSteals family, so I immediately wanted to show that this kit can be used for a boy layout as well.

I have always seen these cute little hat pins that come with kits.  I was so happy to get a chance to use some:

One great little bonus of the Pebbles paper is the little tears offs at the bottom of each page.  One side has the paper name, and the other side has a complete strip of patterned paper.  No waste!

I hope you like this kit as much as I did. I can’t wait to see what you create with this layout. Just be sure to have a lot of fun. That is what it is all about!

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Kristy, all I can say is WOW. You rocked it girl! Thank you SO much for sharing your talents with us. It’s been such a delight to see you grow over the past year with your layouts. You’re one talented lady, that’s for sure!

Now it’s time for our weekly drawing. Charity Hotrum-Becker, you are our lucky random winner!

Charity, if you’ll send your address in an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

If you’re new to our family and have any questions on Mid Week Mojo you can check out all of the rules and details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a very happy Wednesday!

How To’sday | Glitter Embellishments

Today we have a great tutorial by Dilnaz Heckman.  I know we crafters are always looking for a great way to extend our supplies or create some inexpensive embellishments. Dilnaz shows us a great way to create some glitter embellishments without the mess of traditional glitter.

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Here’s something I discovered quite by accident. I love glitter embellishments but dislike working with powdered glitter. It is just so messy and gets everywhere. Buying glitter stickers and embellishments can be so expensive.  So here’s an easy way to create fabulous glitter embellishments cheap!

All you need:

  • glitter glue
  • cardstock
  • any kind of shape punch

Step 1: Simply squeeze glitter glue in random squigglies on a piece of cardstock. Mix colors if you like.

Step 2: Fold the cardstock and squish the glue to form random patterns. Let dry.

Step 3: Once completely dry, punch out shapes like flowers, stars, butterflies, even circles and use as you like. Simple!

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Thank you Dilnaz for your tutorial! I love finding new ways to use up product that I already have.

If you have a great idea for a How To’sday tutorial, be sure to send your photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Check in tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo, Topaz #3, brought to us by an amazing guest sketcher. You will not want to miss it!

Kiwi Lane Designs Giveaway!

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One lucky winner will be framing her memories in style! We are giving away:

To enter, tell us what you like about Kiwi Lane’s new framing concept. Watch the video below and then leave a comment to win these goodies by Kiwi Lane Designs!

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American Crafts Slick Writers | Monday Card Madness #44

If there’s one thing that every crafter should never have to live without, it’s a fantastic set of pens. Today’s steal the American Crafts Slick Writers are just that! Not only are these particular pens fantastic for journaling, they are also the very best pens for writing on slick surfaces. This means no more smearing when writing on overlays or even glass.

Aside from the American Crafts Slick Writers, I happened upon another pretty incredible crafting tool to create my cards for this week. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of the card layering templates from Kiwi Lane Designs. In fact, I have to pretty much credit this week’s sketch to the inspiration provided in the packaging of the card layering templates.

The American Crafts Slick Writers were the perfect addition to add a little extra something to my cards this week. I used them for adding some lines around the edges of the front of my cards to give them a little more dimension.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of our July Monday Card Madness random giveaway.

Congrats to Bless Lamontagne. You are our lucky winner!

Bless, if you will please send an email with your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Don’t forget to keep posting your Monday Card Madness creations. August cards will need to be posted by Friday September 2nd at 11:59pm MST in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

I hope all of you are busy making cards for our 3rd ScrapbookSteals card swap!

If you missed the details here they are:

  • 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.

Oh and for those of you that are intrigued about the Kiwi Lane Designs layering templates, you may just want to check into the blog later on today. We just may have some to giveaway. ;)

Sassafras Paper Whimsies

It’s that time of the week where I get to nurture my crafting side. Today’s steal, the Paper Whimsies by Sassafras offered me such a fun array of crafting ideas.

I know most mommies are always struggling with finding ways to keep their kiddos motivated for one thing or another be it potty training, doing jobs or my current challenge with my 4-year-old to flush the toilet. Reward charts are a great way to keep the incentive going to accomplish a task or to form a habit.

In  the past I’ve often gone with a basic sticker chart with 25 spots to fill in. This allows enough time for a habit to be formed and then a prize can be awarded. However, seeing a chart with 25 empty spots can seem a little intimidating to any short person I’m sure. That’s why I decided to make a garden incentive chart with five flowers. When the garden is fully planted by accomplishing a task then the “one” card is put into place across the top. Plant the garden again by accomplishing tasks, then the “two” card is put into place. Once the garden is planted five times then it’s reward time! The Paper Whimsies were perfect for creating this simple chart.

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Craft foam measuring 18 x 12″
  • Spray adhesive
  • Paper Whimsies
  • Magnets (such as Basic Grey magnet snaps)
  • Scrap paper
  • Ribbons and buttons to embellish

Step 1:

Cut out grass to go across bottom of foam. Use spray adhesive to attach paper to the bottom of the foam.

Step 2:

Cut out flower stems. Attach in the grassy area with spray adhesive.

Step 3:

Cut out a library card style pocket 4×6″ to hold the flowers and numbers when not in use. Adhere to the left side of the foam at the bottom using spray adhesive.

Step 4:

Cut out pieces of paper measuring 2 1/4 x 3 1/4″.  Round the edges and adhere to the top of the foam.

Step 5:

Attach either the positive or negative magnet to the top of the flower stems and attach the opposite to the backside of the Paper Whimsie flowers. Do the same process in the center of the paper rectangles at the top of the chart and the backsides of the Paper Whimsie number cards.

Step 6:

Cut out a sunshine and adhere to the upper right hand corner of chart.

Step 7:

Embellish project as desired.

You can then attach magnets to the backside of the chart and place on the front of your refrigerator or simply place in an area which will maintain interest for your child.

I then decided to create a girls’ room wall hanging using some of the Paper Whimsies rectangle cards and a flower. All I needed for this project was the Paper Whimsies, spray adhesive, a canvas and some buttons. I simply arranged the Whimsies how I liked and glued them down. This project took me no more than 10 min. and would make a fantastic baby shower gift.

I’ve gotta hand it to Sassafras! Well done on another product!

We’ll see you Monday for some Monday Card Madness.