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Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Sew Easy | Mid Week Mojo #42

Ahhh — what’s not to love about today’s steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers. I know so many of you out there have been waiting ever so patiently for its return, and let me tell you — it was well worth the wait! The new stitching heads are positively amazing.

I had so much fun working the “Lazy Daisy” stitching head into the focus of this weeks Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I have always been an admirer of the fancy stitches in needle work, but it’s just not a talent that I possess. I guess I should figure if I’m still struggling to finish a Christmas piece that I started in 1994, that maybe needle work isn’t my thing.  ;)

Having the Sew Easy made it easy to make some of those fancy stitches on this layout about my recent meet up with some of our North Western ScrapbookStealers!

The straight stitch is one of my favorites. I love getting the perfect size of stitch with a simple roll of the tool. Brilliance, I tell ya—brilliance!

Now it’s time for the much-anticipated random winner of last week’s amazing sketch by Sheryl. Our lucky winner this week is Stephanie Umpbleby.

Stephanie has treated us week after week after week with layouts featuring a trip that she had to Europe. I’ve loved seeing a peek into her travels and am so happy that we will be able to supply her with a little something extra to keep those pages coming. Stephanie, if you’d like to send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

I hope your day is absolutely scrap-tastic! Now if I could just head back to Washington so I could hang out with these wonderful scrappy sisters some more. That would be fantastic.

How To’sday | Make Your Layouts Pop on a Dime by Charity Becker

How To’sday | Make Your Layouts Pop on a Dime by Charity Becker

Tuesdays have quickly become one of my favorite days of the week. I love seeing all of the different ideas that you have to offer. I’ve been a fan of  the art of Charity Becker since the first time she posted on our Facebook fan page. I was delighted when she sent in a tutorial for today’s How To’sday.

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Here are three inexpensive techniques that will make your pages pop!

Add Dimention to Photos

Supplies:

  • ¼ inch cardboard (the type used to package calendars)
  • glue stick or adhesive

The first technique is the easiest. The photo on the layout stands ¼ inch off the page without sagging or the use of millions of pop dots. Simply cut a piece of cardboard ¼-½ inch smaller on all sides than the photo.  Adhere photo to cardboard, adhere cardboard to page.

Protect Your Rub-ons

Supplies:

  • glue stick
  • rub-ons

The second technique uses another common household item — a glue stick. If you like rub-ons you know they stick to page protectors easily. Carefully rub a glue stick across the surface of any rub-on and let dry. A matte finish will result and page protectors will quit stealing the glory of your layers of rub-ons.

Make Handmade Paper Embellishments

Supplies:

  • ink or chalk
  • patterned paper with well-defined images

The third technique is a great way to create an outstanding border or frame and creates dimension for handmade paper embellishments.

I call this technique finger crimping. It requires ink or chalk, and patterned paper. Cut a design from patterned paper (fussy cutting) or stamp images onto card stock and cut out. Ink or chalk the edges (front and back) of the image. This will make the paper pliable and create definition.

Place thumbnail a couple millimeters from the inked edge and press the paper up with your finger tips.

Press down on this edge so that it curves up and toward the center of the image. Repeat around all the edges.

The image below shows half a flower petal pressed up (step 1) and the other half curved toward the center (step 1 and 2).

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Charity, thank you SO much for such an amazing tutorial! I’ve been scrapping for 15+ years and learned something new today.

If you have a great idea that you’d like to see featured on our How To’sday then please send it along to kristy@stealnetwork.com. Don’t be shy! No idea is too big or too small. We want to learn from you.

We’ll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

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Bo Bunny, Jazmyne—Monday Card Madness #32

Bo Bunny, Jazmyne—Monday Card Madness #32

I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day and had a great excuse to get a little crafting time in for yourself or your mother this weekend. If you ended up with a little extra scrappy money to spend, (or just need a great excuse to add some more scrappy goodness to your stash), then you’ll love today’s steal, the Bo Bunny—Jazmyne Collection.

I don’t know if it is the gorgeous plums and greens or if it is the amazing array of embellishments, but it sure made making cards for this week an absolute breeze.

The embellishments for this collection really mapped the way for my cards. I just love the springtime, feminine feel of this collection.

It was such a treat over the past week to see cards popping up on our Facebook page which were crafted for Mother’s Day.

I love that Stephanie Umpleby got her little helpers involved on these cards for Grandma.

And I love the color scheme and paper flower on this card by Kristin Hoffart.

I can’t believe it’s been another month of card making for all of us at ScrapbookSteals.

We’d like to shout out a  huge congratulations to Kelly Marks, our lucky random winner for the month of April.

Kelly, if you can please send us an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

I know a lot of you have been asking if you could participate in another card swap. Our first one was such a great success that I think it’s time to get our second card swap organized.

Here are the details:

  • Create 10 cards of any variety, signed on the back (we all want to know who made what)
  • Cards must include envelopes
  • Mail the cards to our warehouse, to be received no later than June 3oth. (ScrapbookSteals, ATTN: Card Swap, 2181 S. California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84104)
  • Email me at kristy@stealnetwork.com once your cards have shipped so that I know whose cards to be on the lookout for.
  • I will then swap the cards and return cards from 10 different artists to you.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

I hope you have a great Monday. Be sure to check in at 9am tomorrow for another great How To’sday, this time by Charity Becker.

Silhouette Machine—Simply Put, Amazing!

Silhouette Machine—Simply Put, Amazing!

I quite literally breathe a little sigh that’s a mixture of love, adoration, satisfaction and amazement each time I power up my Silhouette. In my humble opinion, today’s steal, the Silhouette SD Machine has got to be my favorite and most-valued scrapbooking tool—ever! If you don’t have this machine, I promise, you will not be disappointed in making the investment, and with Mother’s Day right around the corner, you’ve got leverage! :)

I’ve had the amazing opportunity of exploring the functions of the Silhouette SD machine in greater depth the past two times that we’ve featured them as a steal on ScrapbookSteals.

The first time I focused on the overall functions of the amazing machine. Check out a few photos of the projects that I did.

The second time around I had a blast working with the fabric interfacing and with some flocked and smooth heat transfer material.  Here are some photos.

Because we are so excited to be offering a huge variety of the Silhouette sketch pens this time around, I decided I’d focus mainly on these, and boy am I glad! I think my machine has just gained a whole new level of appreciation from me!

Because I was a little unsure of what to do with the sketch pens, I turned to the amazing Silhouette blog.

I love how easy the blog is to navigate and how inspiration-filled it is.

I decided to put a twist on the May 2nd. Mother’s Day card tutorial and make a card for my own mama.

I truly cannot believe that I have had my machine for six months and have not explored the glorious option of sketching!

I couldn’t resist making another card for my mother-in-law.

I love that I now know another use for all of those gorgeous, intricate designs which are available to download at the Silhouette store.

I wish all of you the ability to have a Silhouette of your own. I could not live happily, scrappily ever after without mine.

Have a great weekend and an amazing National Scrapbook Day!