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Let’s Have a Surprise Party!

Wishing a very *happy birthday* to our owner, Jana. What is a birthday with a few surprises? We are throwing a “surprise” party with Surprise Steals on all three sites.

Though it may not seem like it, soon we will be officially saying goodbye to winter and gladly welcoming the warm days of spring. You can start getting inspired with this colorful, springtime kit from Echo Park.

Hurry, get one while they last!

~ Echo Park Springtime Collection Kit Surprise Steal ~
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When you’re done, check out the surprises over at BabySteals and KidSteals too!

What’s Your Destination? | Mid Week Mojo #33

What’s Your Destination? | Mid Week Mojo #33

Today’s steal, the Heartfelt Travel Collection, by TPC Studios totally marks the spot on a travel collection.  While this collection would be great to scrap vacation photos, I was inspired to use the papers for a different purpose—to create a layout about my latest addiction, Words With Friends.

As soon as I saw this collection I knew it would be perfect to create a layout about my game and my friends that play with me.  The sign of a great collection of papers is one that inspires creations beyond those of its intended purpose.  It’s sort of like winning the lottery with scrapbook papers. It was the postcard art and the map paper that initially sparked my idea for my layout.  Once upon a time the world shared written words only via mail service, but now we can share words via cell phone.

My layout this week is really packed with photos, which can be quite a challenge, so I decided to make the “official” sketch a single pager, with the option to expand if desired.

I love the Heartfelt Travel collection for its whimsical and vintage feel, which truly inspired the non-linear design of my layout.

The collection is absolutely packed with goodness.  There were so many embellishments to choose from, but I had to force myself to save my favorite travel-themed elements for a trip that I will be taking to the Northwest in a couple of months.

I did however, splurge with the self-adhesive gems and the velvety ribbon.

The Heartfelt Travel collection would also be fantastic for creating

  • heritage layouts
  • family vacations
  • recipes passed from generation to generation
  • a layout about your special someone
  • cards
  • altered trading cards (get that vintage look without the work)
  • Americana projects

Now our travels turn to our Canadian friend, Joanna Alcock, who is the random winner of Brittany’s amazing sketch #32.

Joanna, please send us your address to and we will get your prize sent out to you.

Good luck with this week’s sketch. Remember to comment on this blog post with a link to your photo of this week’s Mojo page (a link to a photo from our Facebook fan page or personal blog) no later than Monday, March 14 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

Have a great week in your travels and scrap happy!

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. One entry per person. Winnings are not for resale.

How To’sday: T-shirt Makeover by Cristine Redmond

It’s How To’sday again!  I love featuring ideas from you crafty divas. Today’s how to comes to us from Cristine Redmond with a fun idea for a t-shirt makeover.


My daughter has a cute, magenta-colored shirt that has been collecting dust in her closet, so I decided to alter it to make a Valentine’s Day shirt for her.

Using my Silhouette, I created this template using a rhinestone pattern. It originally only had two hearts, but I altered it to make three. I taped the template down to the shirt to make sure it didn’t move while I was placing the rhinestones.

I placed the i-rock rhinestones in the holes of my template using a wet q-tip.

Once all of the rhinestones were in place, I secured them using my i-rock. I secured them with the template in place first, just in case they moved or didn’t stick. Then I removed it and went over them all again just to make sure they were really stuck on the shirt.

This is the final product!  I love love love how it turned out and my daughter is super excited to have a “new” shirt. I definitely had fun using my new toys! :)


I was so inspired by Cristine’s idea to mesh together the functions of the Silhouette and the iRock that I used her idea to make this St. Patrick’s Day Card.

Thank you Cristine for your great tutorial!

If you’d like to see your how to featured on an upcoming How To’sday, you can email directions and photos to We’d love to put you in the spotlight.

Check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo sketch, featuring a layout about my latest addiction, Words With Friends.

Have a great day!

Monday Card Madness #23 + Chalking Basics

Monday Card Madness #23 + Chalking Basics

Did you know that you can use chalk on your crafty projects?  Today’s steal, the Pebbles Chalk Mega Kit is the perfect collection to have on hand for adding a little color to your project.

Let me show you some simple steps for putting the chalking technique into action.

While it’s entirely possible to use chalks by themselves, I prefer using them with Versamark ink which gives the chalk a little better hold to your project.

After adding the ink to the top sides of my shapes, I used the stylus and pom poms included with the Pebbles Chalks to add color to my project.

I love how easy it is to customize the colors on a project with using chalk.

One of the things that I love about the Pebble’s chalks over any of the other brands I’ve used before is the two-toned color palate.  This takes the guess work out of what colors to use to add dimension to your project.

I also used the two-toned technique in creating the layered flower on this card.

Please keep sharing your Monday Card Madness creations on our Facebook fan page or your personal blog. Leave a comment here with a link to your creation and you will be eligible for our monthly drawing of a little scrappy prize.

We’d like to shout out a huge congrats to Brenda Smith, our lucky random card winner for February.

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.

How About a Sneak Peek? Ready, Set…Chipboard!

How About a Sneak Peek? Ready, Set…Chipboard!

Every once in awhile there’s a weekend steal that is just begging to be shown on the blog (I have way too many ideas for weekdays only).  Since we don’t have weekend blog features, I asked Melodee if we could have a sneak peek afternoon posting of the goodness that will be coming your way tomorrow, the Cosmo Cricket Ready Set Chipboard Kit.

One of the things that I love about tomorrow’s steal is the wide variety of projects that can be created with one kit.

I figured I would do my best to entice Mother Nature to deliver warmer weather by creating a cute shadow box decoration and a card using the “Togetherness” chipboard collection.  Nothing says spring like bunnies, pinwheels and birds.

I am always looking for inexpensive items to alter and make cute.  A trip to the dollar store for a photo frame, some patterned paper and a little paint yielded this cute decoration for my girls’ room using the “Pixielicious” chipboard set.

Look at how perfectly the butterfly flourish worked to complete this card.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty tired of winter, but look how darling these wintery projects turned out with pieces from the “Mitten Weather” collection.

You’ll also get a set of “Lavender Bling” letters as part of tomorrow’s steal. Can’t beat that and can’t beat the price either! You will just have to check in tomorrow at 9AM to see about that. ;)

Have a great weekend!