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Fantastic Friday | An Eggscellent Easter Project

Fantastic Friday | An Eggscellent Easter Project

I came across this amazing post from the Le Papier Studio with an idea for decorating Easter eggs with silhouette shapes. The thought of adding these designs to an egg immediately made me turn to my Silhouette for shapes.

I came up with fun images for my kids to decorate their eggs with, organized them on a page, and then cut them out on to regular contact paper.

There are a few ways that you can create the silhouettes on your eggs.

  • Color the egg then add a sticker for a stark, crisp, white decoration.

  • Add the sticker to the egg then add to dye.

  • Add the stickers in layers, alternating lighter to darker colors of egg dye, and adding designs as you go.

You can see in this egg where my daughter used the third technique (which we found to be the most fun).  She started with a dyed yellow egg, then added a chick silhouette.

She then submerged the egg into pink dye for a final result of a yellow chick on a pink egg.

Here is another example with the same technique.

We found intricate designs best for wrapping around the egg, as they had a little more flexibility. You can see in this egg, where I removed part of the design and what was left was the silhouette of the design. So pretty!

One more tip is that the contact paper holds better to room temperature or warm eggs.

We also found today’s steal, the Prima Patterned Ribbon Spools, to be a perfect companion for spicing up a regular egg. After dying the eggs, a simple band of ribbon hot glued around the center of the egg truly added a unique and decorative touch!

Have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Easter!

My Mind’s Eye Mega Fun! | Mid Week Mojo #38

My Mind’s Eye Mega Fun! | Mid Week Mojo #38

If you are a lover of My Mind’s Eye, then today’s steal, the Mega Paper and Embellishment Bundle is one you don’t want to miss.

I’m typically a collection scrapper and don’t find myself mixing papers from different collections too often, so I had a blast working with papers from four or five different My Mind’s Eye collections for this week’s Mid Week Mojo.

I was very excited when one of our amazing fans, Jennifer Collins sent me photos of her and her hunny to scrap. I couldn’t believe how perfectly the photos worked with papers from so many different collections!

I was also excited to use a technique that I’d seen on a layout by another one of our fans, Brenda Smith. I loved how she rolled different colors of papers to create a unique and colorful border.

I used the same idea to create a border on this page for Jennifer.

I also decided to do some slightly non-traditional photo sizes for this week’s sketch. I don’t know about you, but more often than not I take photos with some distraction in the background. By cropping a regular 4×6 photo down to 3.5 x 4.75″ it’s a great way to use up some of those photos in a more visually pleasing way.

This sketch also allows for a nice-sized journaling block. When Jennifer receives her layout she will be able to record all of the smooshy feelings she has for her husband, or maybe she can even get him to write her a little love note!

Last week was such a treat to see all of the layouts using Staci’s amazing sketch. Our lucky random winner for a little scrapbooking goodness from last week’s sketch is Kathy Sims!

Congrats on your win Kathy! Please send us your address to service@scrapbooksteals and we will send out a little scrappy something to you.

We are now nearing the end of another amazing 10 weeks of Mid Week Mojo sketches. Don’t forget to be eligible for our Sapphire Club prize that you must complete all 10 of the Sapphire Club sketches (#31-40), and have them posted somewhere online such as our Facebook Fan page or your personal blog. Your Mid Week Mojo must be posted no later than Monday, April 18th at 11:59 pm MST.

Have a great day and scrap happy!

How To’sday | Emerging Color by Misty Buck

How To’sday | Emerging Color by Misty Buck

Stamping is most definitely not my forte. Thankfully for us we have an incredibly gifted stamper in our midst. Misty Buck has provided us with an amazing how to on emerging color with stamps.

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Hello there all my scrappy sistahs. I’ll do my best to turn you into stampy sistahs as well ;).

I put together a quick tutorial on a technique called  “emerging color.” It is super easy and anyone can do it. I promise. The results are fantastic! Here we go.

Step 1

Choose a few stamps and create a background on a piece of white cardstock. You can make it random or orderly, it’s up to you. The stamps you choose should have detail and be small to medium. Let these dry for a few minutes or help them dry with a heat tool. I found this to be important when embossing later.

Step 2

Get your Versamark ink, clear embossing powder and a stamp that is more “solid” (meaning that it has a lot of flat surfaces without much detail). Cover the stamp in the Versamark ink and stamp it over your background stamps however you’d like.

Step 3

Cover your Versamark stamped images with the clear embossing powder, tap it all around and then shake it off back into the container. If your background stamps weren’t totally dry, they may hold on to a bit of the embossing powder, like they did in my sample, but you can use a small paintbrush and easily knock it off of the areas you don’t want it on.

This is how your image should look with the dry embossing powder stuck to it.


Step 4

Using a heat tool, melt your embossing powder just until it becomes shiny, being careful not to overheat.

Step 5

Gather your brayer and a complimentary ink color and begin inking over your paper until you reach a color saturation you’re happy with. I don’t think you can over ink. :)

Step 6

Using a very high-tech scrapping tool called “tissue paper,” rub it over your embossed images to remove any lingering ink.

And now you have a finished product that you can use for anything your heart desires.

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Misty, thank you for this amazing technique. This actually makes me want to try my hand at emerging color.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We want to keep your ideas coming. Next week we have a great tutorial by Stephanie Umpleby on creating a photo collage.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo.

Have a great day and scrap happy!

Glimmer Mists, Take III | Monday Card Madness #28

Glimmer Mists, Take III | Monday Card Madness #28

If you haven’t become an addict of Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mists then today’s steal is one you simply do not want to miss. Really. You don’t. Since I used the glimmer mists the very first time that we featured them, I have used them on every single project since!

If you didn’t see the blog feature that I did the first time we featured Glimmer Mists you can check it out here.

While creating for this week’s Monday Card Madness, I found a new love for Glimmer Mists—coloring silk flowers.

I simply wanted to show how great of a tool these Glimmer Mists can be. No more need to buy flowers in a million different colors. Get white flowers, and fancy them up with mists!

Old Lace


Spring Violet


Sand


Perfect Peach


Don’t forget our challenge to send out joy with your cards! I have loved every minute of brightening someone’s day.

Also remember after creating your cards to post them to our Facebook fan page or personal blog then leave a link with your creation here on the blog in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness.

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for another fantastic How To’sday, this time brought to you by our Stamping Diva, Misty Buck!

Contest ends Friday, May 6th at 11:59 pm. Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, So Sophie Style

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so today and next Friday we’re highlighting some fun do it yourself gift ideas for that special mother in your life.

Today’s steal, the My Minds Eye So Sophie, Clever and Charming collections, were perfect to create two of my gift ideas with a heartfelt touch.

My mother-in-law is truly into all things that smell good. This year I decided to put a twist on the ordinary and alter the bottles of smell good stuff and add a wrap around a candle.

These turned out so cute and are so easy to add a personal touch to. I used photo tape to adhere the papers to the bottles since regular adhesive wasn’t quite strong enough.

Now my mother is quite the opposite. She does not like scented things, unless they are the flowers in her yard. For her I thought it would be fun to pretty up a little gardening set. While this gift is a little more frilly and not quite as functional as she is, I’m sure that she will appreciate the thought of having something cute for Mother’s Day.

I hit the dollar section at one of my favorite stores and found the perfect items to alter along with a big bag of wild flower mix.

I think she will love it!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Scrap happy and be sure to check in next Friday for a great Mother’s Day and Father’s Day idea.