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Oliver | Monday Card Madness #35

Oliver | Monday Card Madness #35

If you feel like you’re seeing a little bit of deja vu, then you’re not mistaken! Today’s steal, the Oliver collection by Basic Grey is just what you mommies to little boys have been waiting for. I was beyond delighted when I realized I’d be creating with this fantastic collection for cards since I had so much fun creating with Olivia last week.

Just like the Olivia collection, the Oliver collection is filled with amazing distressed designs and fantastic embellishments. I love how the patterns go together with ease, so I decided to create a sketch that allowed snippets from five different prints.

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I flipped the sketch on the side and created a couple of more cards.

I loved the papers so much that I ditched the sketch and created one more card that allowed more of the cute monkey paper to be seen.

I hope you’ve been sending out joy! All of these cards will be finding their way to someones mailbox or they will be a part of the card swap that ScrapbookSteals is hosting. If you haven’t heard the news, here are the details.

Card Swap 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, Salt Lake City, 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 ten different artists to you.

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

Don’t forget to be eligible for this month’s card drawing, your creations will need to be posted to our Facebook fan page or personal blog no later than Friday, June 3rd at 11:59pm MST. Post a link to your creations on the applicable blog post if possible. You have a few more days so get scrappy!

Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. 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.


ScrapbookSteals 9pm Giveaway Winner!

It has been so fun to start bringing you two steals a day here at ScrapbookSteals.com. Hope you all are enjoying the extra steal at 9pm. Now we are able to bring double the crafty goodness! It is so fun to read the stuff you’d like to see on here. You can be sure you will see some of your requests coming up as a steal.

Now for the best part — announcing the lucky winner of the $50 gift code. The winner is…
Amy Rowland!
Congratulations and thank you all for participating.
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Winner chosen with random.org. Winnings are not for resale. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Fantastic Friday | Using Transparencies in Scrapbooking

Fantastic Friday | Using Transparencies in Scrapbooking

After nearly 16 years of scrapbooking, I can’t recall a time that I’ve used a transparency overlay to create a scrapbook page. Luckily today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Transparencies Mega Kit, allowed me the opportunity to put an end to that nonsense! I guess I’ve always been a little intimidated by them, but after using them I can’t believe that I never gave it a try. Let’s just say transparency overlay = super easy scrapbook page.

To start with I chose three of the overlays that I thought would be fun to work with.

For the first layout I wanted to create on a white background so that the boldness of the green transparency could be true. It’s one thing to always be thinking about when working with overlays—what the final product is going to look like.

I built my page on a white piece of cardstock in a matter of seconds. I wanted Sarah’s name to be subtle after the overlay was in place so I used green letter stickers for a monochromatic look.

Next I attached the transparency on top of the white background using mini glue dots. I then added a few embellishments on top of the transparency to give dimension and my layout was complete!

I used the same technique on the next, building the page, adding the transparency, then adding embellishments on top for dimension.

You can see on this layout where I added some paper designs to the base of the layout, beneath the transparency, then added the transparency for the perfect finishing touch.

Now if you’re thinking to yourself “what on earth would I do with thirty overlays,” rest assured there are lots of uses for the transparencies.

I used one of the transparencies to create a simple and stunning card.

I created another card, cutting out a window of flowers on the front. I added a slice of transparency to the inside creating a fun window through to the inside of the card.

Last but not least I made a quick bottle wrap for a bottle of bath salts that I keep by my tub. The beauty of the transparency is that I can keep it by my tub and it doesn’t matter if it gets wet!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone and don’t make the same mistake that I made — waiting 16 years to use transparencies!

Isn’t Life Fine and Dandy? | Mid Week Mojo #44

Isn’t Life Fine and Dandy? | Mid Week Mojo #44

Every once in awhile there is a scrapbook collection that is, well, spectacular! Today’s steal, the Fine and Dandy Collections by My Minds Eye is just that — mouthwatering!

I was tickled pink when I saw the Tickled Pink collection since I knew it would work so perfectly for photos of my recent trip to Pikes Market in Seattle, WA. Of course I had to create a two pager so that I could showcase only a fraction of the amazing eye candy that the market provided.

I love how perfectly happy and warm the papers are, which actually describes my trip perfectly. In fact, I didn’t believe that I could get a sunburn in Washington, but sure enough, I did.

The embellishments that come with the collection are truly the perfect addition to finish off a layout to perfection.

It was such a treat to see all of the interpretations of last week’s sketch. Our lucky random winner for this week is Erin Colby.

Erin has been a long time Mojo Maker and her layouts are always so fun and fresh. Congrats Erin! If you would please send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Don’t forget in order to be eligible for next week’s drawing, this week’s mojo needs to be completed and uploaded to either our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog, by Monday, May 30 at 11:59pm.

Just one more thing before I leave you today, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our next online crop. It will be happening on June 24th. You can find all of the juicy details here!

Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. 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 To’sday | Stitching Paper by Cristine Redmond

How To’sday | Stitching Paper by Cristine Redmond

It’s Tuesday once again when we are treated to yet another fantastic tutorial from one of you! This week we are treated to an amazing stitching tutorial by Cristine Redmond. Let’s face it, stitching is all the rage and what a snazzy and simple addition it makes to your crafting projects.

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I love to stitch on my layouts and cards because I love the “yes, I actually did this by hand” look it creates. I’ve had a few comments on some of my layouts as to how I did it, so I thought I’d create a How To’sday post showing how I do my stitching. There is no right way to do this, so you may figure out an easier way.

Supplies needed:

  • cardstock
  • stencil, template or Sew Easy tool
  • floss (embroidery floss, twine, Sew Easy floss)
  • pencil
  • paper piercer (you can use a needle if you don’t have one)
  • ruler (if you’re a stickler for straight lines
  • tape
  • scissors

For this tutorial, I’m using a stitching template from Bazzill Basics. It has the holes laid out for you and all you have to do is follow along.

If I’m doing words, I like to draw out lines just to make sure I’m stitching them out in a straight line.

For this step, you can either use your pencil and put a dot in the center of the holes or just take your paper piercer/needle and punch the holes as you go. I like to get my template drawn out in case I need to move/alter it.

Here is what it looks like after all of my letters have been dotted.

Take your paper piercer/needle and poke small holes where the dots are.

This is what it looks like after all of the letters have been pierced.

I like to erase any lines or dots that are showing because it’s much easier to do at this point rather than at the end. Now it’s time to stitch!

Starting with the backside of the cardstock sticking up, put the needle down the 2nd hole (of the letter/shape you’re starting with) and pull the floss through. Use a piece of tape to secure the end to the cardstock.

Flip the cardstock over so the front is facing you and put the needle in the 1st hole.  Pull the floss through.

Flip back over to the back side and put the needle in the third hole.  Pull the floss through.

Flip the cardstock back over so the front is facing you and put the needle down the 2nd hole.  Pull the floss through.

Continue with this pattern until the letters or shape you are stitching is completed. Use tape to secure the end down to the cardstock.

This is what the back will look like.

And this is what the front will look like.

Much prettier, right?  ;)

Here is an example of a free-hand design I did on a layout.  I wanted to create a couple branches to do a cherry blossom embellishment. I drew out the branches and then pierced holes with a needle.

This is what the completed branches look like. I added some flower brads to a few of the holes to complete the cherry blossom look.

I also stitched the title for my layout, so here is a picture of the completed project.

Here are a few cards that I stitched some details on to.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful!  Stitching on layouts or cards is tedious work, but the end product is totally worth it!

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Cristine, thank you so much for such an amazing tutorial.

If you have an idea that you’d like to see featured on our How To’sday blog posting, then don’t be shy! Send along your ideas with images to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Can’t wait to see stitching on all of your upcoming creations.

Have a great day!