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!

Olivia | Monday Card Madness #34

Olivia | Monday Card Madness #34

Happy Monday everyone! Who is stoked about doubling the ScrapbookSteals love?! In case you didn’t see, starting today we will have our very first evening steal at 9pm MDT! {Read all the juicy details here.} Be sure to check in again tonight — you won’t want to miss out! We sure do have some great things in store for you today, including today’s steal—the Olivia Collection by Basic Grey.

I have always been such a fan of Basic Grey and the deliciously distressed papers that they offer. Olivia is no different and it was a blast using it to create cards for this weeks sketch.

I had a fantastic time incorporating some of the different elements of today’s steal, including the dimensional stickers, the fabric tags, the little note cards and the laser cut papers to create these cards.

Now that you’ve created some fantastic cards, be sure to send out joy! It’s always a highlight of my week, being able to send a little joy someones way.

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.

Also, in case you missed it we are having another card swap!

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!

Have a great Monday and be sure to check in at the blog tomorrow at 9am for another great How To’sday! See you tonight for the first 9pm ScrapbookSteal!

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. One entry per person.

ScrapbookSteals is Doubling the Fun!

At ScrapbookSteals.com, your deal of the day website for scrapbooking and crafts, we have been the go-to place for scrapbooking supplies, crafts, kits, embellishments, and more since July of 2009.

You have joined our talented community of crafters on Facebook and Twitter and we have continued to bring you your daily fix of crafty goodness for a steal! Not to mention design inspiration on the blog we bring you to help spark your creativity.

At 9am there is always a virtual e-stampede for some of the best supplies on the market at up to 80% off. So we thought to ourselves, is it possible to have too much inspiration? We don’t think so, and to prove it we are about to double the fun on ScrapbookSteals! We are more than thrilled to announce…

New ScrapbookSteals every day at 9 pm MDT!

Nope, you’re not dreaming. We will continue to bring you the crafts you love, but we’ll be doubling it up with even more products to jumpstart your creativity! You will still see the same quality scrapbooking, craft and art supplies, the same unbelievable customer service, and the same fanatical and fast shipping — just two times daily! Plus, since we have twice as many goodies to bring, you may even see new types of products you’ve never tried before! Whether craftiness runs through your veins or you just enjoy the occasional craft project for you or your kids, you should definitely stay tuned for what we have in store at ScrapbookSteals.

Our first evening steal will be tomorrow, Monday, May 23rd at 9 pm MDT. Please spread the word! Now, to kick off the evening steals with some more funds, we’re giving away a $50 ScrapbookSteals gift code to one lucky winner!
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See you at 9am and 9pm tomorrow!
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Contest ends Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT. 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. One entry per person.

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Happy Friday everyone! We are so excited about today’s steal, the Crop A Dile III—Main Squeeze by We R Memory Keepers, that we thought it would be fun to show you something a little different this week.

Instead of creating a massive project, I found a video on You Tube that shows a quick demonstration on how to use the Main Squeeze.

Sometimes it’s nice to see a tool in action to see the potential of what it can do.

I thought of  a few ideas that would be easy to do with the flower and tag dies that come with the kit. During the summer months (or the springtime that seems to be endlessly challenged with rain) when boredom has set in, think of how fun it would be to take the flower die and some straws. Cut the straws into small segments and alternate on a string with the flower dies and you have an easy necklace!

You could also use the tag die to create the perfect embellishment for a card or layout, and well, the metal tags have unlimited options to add a little cutness to your projects.

Have a great weekend!