American Crafts City Park | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 7

I love the first Wednesday of each month. I love everything about it. Not only is it Mid Week Mojo, but it’s our guest sketcher week as well! Today we have an exceptional treat as Charissa Miller totally rocks to perfection today’s steal, the American Crafts City Park collection.

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I am so excited to be September’s guest sketcher! I remember when my Facebook chat window popped up with Kristy asking me how I would feel about being a guest sketcher.  I had been having the worst day and it immediately turned around (I believe I squealed out loud, which greatly confused my daughter).  I was so excited and then, yes, extremely nervous.  My husband was convinced I had lost my mind when I excitedly called him to tell him the good news, but men don’t get it anyway.

Then when Kristy asked if I would like to work with American Crafts City Park, I almost fell out of my chair.  I have loved City Park since it was first released, but had never gotten a chance to get it. I am a sucker for the bright, cheerful colors in the collection and the fun, floral embellishments.

This first sketch was inspired by some photos my mom took of Akiha playing at our neighborhood play structure. I was so happy my mom had taken these, because for whatever reason I have no good photos of Akiha playing in our neighborhood and the colors and mood of City Park just call for children playing outside!

The first thing I noticed when I received the collection was the absolutely gorgeous Delights paper flowers. They simply needed to find a home on this layout layout.

I’ve been seeing more and more layouts with these long embellishment “strips” along one side of the layout and the Delights were perfect for this. Plus, I got to add a few of the chipboard stickers and glitter stickers as additional embellishments to really fill out the idea of a flower garden outdoors.

I also really loved the ribbons that came with this collection, particularly the little yellow pom-poms. So cute!  They worked perfect to frame my journaling block.

I wanted to do another sketch, because I had to find a way to use the glittery cloud paper. I seriously felt this overwhelming need to use it. I might have a small cloud obsession … only a small one though! Plus these photos of Akiha passed out in our chair were just the perfect colors for City Park.

I am not usually a fan of flat stickers, but the glitter emphasis on the stickers gives them so much pop. Plus, I was able to layer them with the chipboard embellishments that do pop off the page and it gives such great dimension to the layout, even though the embellishments are simpler on this page. Oh, and who can forget the gorgeous Thickers? I am particularly fond of these soft blue green ones.

After completing the two layouts, I decided to make some cards out of some of what I still had left! The cheerful color of the collection lends itself to lots of happy sentiments.
I had to use at least one of the tags that come in the collection — I absolutely love them. They are so colorful and happy. I could not manage to get them into a layout a way that I liked (even though I tried and tried), but this yellow floral tag certainly made for a cute card!

There are lots of dogs in the collection, so I made this thank you card using some of the dog paper and stickers. My mother-in-law is a dog lover, so I have a feeling this card will be making its way to her eventually.

Here are the other two cards I made:

Here is the best part of the collection though – while I am basically out of embellishments (a couple embellishment heavy layouts and cards will do that to you) I seriously have enough paper to do two more layouts and at least four more cards! There is a lot here!
I want to thank Kristy and Scrapbooksteals for letting me guest sketch. I had so much fun and definitely will always be grateful for the experience!

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Charissa, thank you so much for being our guest this week. You have truly done an outstanding job with the City Park collection. I’m sure you will be as eager as I am to see what everyone creates with your sketch this week.

Remember that you have until next Monday, September 12th at 11:59 pm MST in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing. For those of you that have questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo, you can find all of the details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Now it’s time to announce our lucky random winner from Topaz 6. Congrats goes out to Cyndee Kawa!

Cyndee, thanks so much for participating each week! I truly love your gift of being able to capture the every day moments of your family’s life. Precious memories for sure. If you will send an email with your address to, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

Have a great day and get scrap happy!

How To’sday | Stamping with Bleach

How To’sday | Stamping with Bleach

Stamping. It’s that glorious and mysterious world which has so many possibilities. Did you know that you can do stamping with bleach? Erica Bass shows us how to use this unique technique in today’s terriffic tutorial.

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I love experimenting with all the different things that you can do with some rubber stamps and ink. Stamping with bleach is one of my favorites. You get a lot of impact with very little effort.

A few supplies you will need:

  • A non reactive tray (ie paper plate, or small plastic plate will do)
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • one piece of paper towel folded
  • bold image rubber stamp
  • water based ink
  • brayer

First you will need to ink up your brayer on the ink pad by rolling the brayer on the pad until the whole roller is loaded with ink.

Next brayer your background color onto a piece of white card stock. Keep adding ink until you get the desired effect. (You can also sponge ink onto your paper if you don’t have a brayer.)

The next step will be to have some sort of non-reactive tray with a folded paper towel to make a little bleach puddle on. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area and protect your surfaces and your clothes. You’ll need enough bleach on the paper towel to be damp without being dripping wet. Choose a bold stamp, very few fine lines that could cause the bleach to bleed too much when you stamp with it. When you stamp your image on the paper it removes the ink that was brayered on.  After you are done stamping remember to rinse your stamp with water then clean it with a conditioning spray.

Here is a close up on one of the places I stamped. What I love is the color variations you get from the chemical reaction. The ink surrounding the image changes a little bit turns a little more blue. FYI: after the bleach dries it becomes inert so it won’t damage your scrapbook pages over time. Just make sure you let it dry completely before placing anything else on your page. The drying process can be sped up with a heat gun at least ten inches away from the page so it doesn’t get too hot.

Here is an example of too much bleach (too wet).

Here is an example of not enough bleach (too dry).

And finally here are some examples I made with this technique:

Thanks for letting me share this technique! I hope some of you go try it!

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Erica, thank you so much for teaching us this unique technique! I love knowing that I can multi task my cleaning supplies  into my crafty world.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured for a How To’sday tutorial, please don’t hesitate to share. You can send your photos and instructions to

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo installment, this time brought to you by one pretty incredible guest sketcher!

My Minds Eye Halloween | Monday Card Madness #48

I love this time of year! In fact our weather here in Utah is definitely starting to have that nip in the air in the mornings and evenings and that  means that autumn is right around the corner. With fall comes one of the most fun holidays to celebrate—Halloween. Today’s steal, the My Minds Eye Haunted and Blackbird collections are the perfect additions to add to your collection to be ready for all of the fall time fun!

I was so excited about the major cute factor of both collections that I really just started creating cards. I tried to stick to a plan, but I was having so much fun with the papers that I sort of morphed from one sketch idea to another.

Here is the original plan so that is what we will go with for the official Monday Card Madness sketch.

The first card I made I mixed up a little of both collections. I absolutely LOVE the flocking of the Haunted papers and the fun characters of the Blackbird collection.

On the next two cards I put to use one of the super cute border di-cuts from the Blackbird collection.

My daughter, Sarah, even asked if she could jump in on the card-crafting fun and whipped up this cute little number.

I then made another hybrid card using pieces from both collections. Doesn’t the bat border from the Haunted collection work perfectly on this card?

I then realized how versatile the Haunted collection actually is. Even if you aren’t a fan of Halloween, this collection can certainly be used to create some pretty amazing, non-Halloween themed projects.

Yup, it’s official. I think I’m ready for fall!

I guess we are one month closer to the crisp cool air and that means it’s time to do our August card drawing.

Our lucky winner for the August Monday Card Madness is, Deborah Johnson.

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

For those of you that participated in last card swap, the swap will be happening soon. I will email each of you and let you know when to be on the lookout for the cards in return. :)

Also stay tuned for details of our next card swap, holiday-themed style!

As for September cards, in order to be eligible for the monthly drawing your cards will need to be posted and linked by Friday, September 30th, at 11:59 pm MST.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our next amazing How To’sday — this time brought to us by Erica Bass.

Have a great Monday!

Silhouette SD | Holiday Advent Calendar and Tattoo Paper

So you missed it the first time. You cried because you couldn’t get it the second or third times. Hopefully this time is the charm and today you will be on your way to becoming the proud new owner of today’s steal, the Silhouette SD and accessories.

Any of you that follow the blog, know how much fun I have with my Silhouette. If you recall the first time I I explored the basic functions and went a little vinyl cutting crazy .

The second time around I explored the fun of heat transfer and fabric interfacing.

The third time, I dove into the world of sketch pen fun.

Honestly, can you believe what an incredible little machine it is? Well, I’m about to tell you that I think with some of the add-ons that we are offering this time I’ve had my most. fun. yet!  :)

Welcome to the world of magnet and tattoo paper!

For at least a couple of years I’ve wanted to make a muffin tin advent calendar. The holidays are always such a fun time of year and it’s just that much more fun when you can add a little extra something for the wee ones to help count down the days until the big man delivers some holiday cheer.

To make my advent calendar, I simply found some print and cut designs in the Silhouette store which I liked and re-sized them so that they would cover the opening of my mini muffin cups. Then I printed the designs onto the magnet paper and sent it to my Silhouette machine to cut them out. Now the hard part will be waiting for December to actually use it!

I must admit that I had a fantastic time working with the tattoo paper. My kids definitely had a bit of fun too! Again super easy to do. A quick trip through the Silhouette image store for some print and cut designs, print, cut out and voila! Muscle bling for my boys.

A butterfly for my beauty.

And a little mustache mayhem for me and my little guy.

When I was talking with my friend about alternate uses for the tattoo paper, she suggest trying it out on some candles. What a great idea!

I bet if you didn’t want a Silhouette machine before, you do now!  :)

Oh, and one more thing. Do you remember the giveaway for the Doodlebug Butterfly Lacing Cards a few weeks ago? Jennifer Blomquist is the lucky winner! Jennifer if you can send us your address to we will get those shipped out to you.

Have a great weekend!

Introducing the Today’s Steal Android App!

You have been begging for it — if you’re addicted to stealing from BabySteals, KidSteals and/or ScrapbookSteals, you know you need to be able to steal wherever you go. We have already given you the iPhone app — now we are presenting our newest mode of stealing — the Today’s Steal Android app! Never miss a steal again when you can steal on the go!

You can download and view the app here or it’s always available in the app store when you search “Today’s Steal.” Happy stealing!

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