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Monday Card Madness #4

Monday Card Madness #4

Hey everyone!  Are you ready for some card making fun?  If you were lucky enough to be one of the ‘thieves’ to ‘steal’ today’s card kit from Die Cuts With A View, then you will be ready to roll with this weeks MCM sketch.  If you weren’t able to steal today, no worries!  I will give you measurements on how to make a gate fold card so that you complete this weeks sketch.

I am the first to admit that I have always thought there is something truly special and almost magical about a gate fold card.  I’m not sure if they seem just a little bit fancier, or what, but they make me smile and they are absolutely fun to create!  My favorite is to add a ribbon closure.

If you don’t have pre-made gate fold cards to work with, it’s really easy.  Simply cut your piece of cardstock to 11 x 5 1/2″.  Make a score mark 2 3/4″ in from each edge.  Fold the ‘doors’ shut.

I love the addition of ribbon to the gate fold cards.  Here is how I attached the ribbon.

Step 1: tape a piece of ribbon to the front of the left hand ‘door’ in the center.  This piece of ribbon will measure approximately 14″ long.

Step 2: Cover this piece of ribbon with a piece of patterned paper.  Then tape the another piece of ribbon to the top of this side of the card.  This piece of ribbon will measure about 9″ long.

Step 3:  Now use an embellishment to cover over the area where the ribbon is taped to the front of the card.

Note:  I added a little piece of tape to the back side of the circle to help keep the ribbon in place.

Step 4:  Tie the ribbon closed!  Super easy!  Super cute!  And such a fun way to dress up a card!

We have all loved seeing your creations posted to our Facebook Fan Page.

Remember if you’d like  a chance to win all of the cards that I have created this month for Monday Card Madness, then simply create a card, post it on our Facebook fan page (or other online area),  leave a comment on which ever blog post pertains to the card that you created.  You have until next Monday, November 1st, at midnight, to post your entries.  I will then draw one random winner from all of the comments made.

Until Wednesday…happy scrappin’!

Zinnia Scrap MADNESS!

Zinnia Scrap MADNESS!

Stunned.  There really isn’t a better word to describe what I thought when I saw Today’s Steal, the Zinnia Collection by Little Yellow Bicycle.

I was honestly floored when I saw everything that came in the kit.  Endless is a pretty good word to describe all that it contains!  :)  I grabbed my phone and called up Melodee and kind of kept gushing about how great the kit was….and that’s when the challenge was issued!

Melodee thought it would be fun for me to create just as many things as possible using nothing but the kit and cardstock as needed.  The challenge was ON!

Not only did I complete 3 cards, 9 layouts and a mini album….but ended up with no more time and LOTS of left overs!

I decided I would have a little fun with this challenge and create everything I made for someone else!  I set out asking a few of our Facebook Fans as well as some of our Steal Network employees for photos of their little ladies to get creative with.  Now typically I’m a bit of a sluggish scrapper, over analyzing and over thinking everything, but I’m here to tell you…either having an amazing array of photos to work with or the fact that this kit is so inspiring with its abundance of embellishments and delightful papers in such gorgeous colors, made these projects come together in a snap!

So without further delay, here are the projects that I created!

Layout #1:  This layout features the beautiful face of the StealNetwork…Jane.  Daughter of the amazing Jana Francis.  I about passed out when Janes grandma emailed me this photo as it works so well with the papers!

Layout #2: This layout features the daughter of our CFO, Melanie.  Love little Ellis and her big bear!  I left Melanie a little journaling block so that she can add a thought about the day after she receives the layout.

Layout #3: I couldn’t resist this photo of the daughter of ‘EmJ’, the ‘Partner in Crime’ for the Baby Steals team. I tell ya…I had my girls about 10 years too early as none of these super cute clothes were in existence back then!  This layout also allows a small journaling area for Emily to record her thoughts.

Layout #4: Oddly enough I felt that this particular layout was better without Journaling.  This photo of London, the daughter of Jessica, another StealNetwork employee, basically speaks for itself.  I can truly imagine this layout framed and hanging on the wall.

Layout #5:  I wanted to do a few layouts for some of our local ‘stealers’.  I haven’t had a chance to meet these fine ladies in person, and hope that one day I will!  This layout features the daughter of Brittany Perry.  I laughed when I saw the photos of her daughters hair, only because we had an all too similar experience when my now almost 16 year old was the exact same age.  (Shhhhhhhhh…I did have one little cheat and added a Thickers ‘?’ to finish off my title.)

Layout #6: This layout was done for Staci Jones.  I had such a hard time choosing from the amazing photos that she sent, but loved the innocence of this particular photo.

I also did a few layouts for some of our distant ‘Stealers’.  I had such a hard time narrowing down who I would ask for photos to scrap, so decided to randomly wander through the ‘Fan Photos’ on our Facebook page, to find friends with girls.  I was delighted and honored that the following three moms would let me create for them!   (And truly…if anyone ever has a photo they’d be kind enough to allow me to play with I’m always up for creating for others!  It’s so satisfying!)

Layout #7:  This layout was done for Lisa Zubritsky.  There is nothing quite as precious as a sleeping baby and loved being able to scrap this layout of her little “KK”.

Layout #8 was made for our fan Mary Margaret.  Her daughters remind me so much of my 3 oldest, which are all girls, and makes me wonder if her girls are as great of friends as mine are.  Judging by the photo I’m likely to think so!

Layout #9:  Last but not least this layout is for our fan Stephanie Umpleby.  I love her precious little lady having fun on the farm at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!

Now I will be honest.  I’m not much of a mini-album girl as I feel like I never do a great job with them, but I am SOOOOOO excited to surprise Jana with this sweet little memory book of her darlin’ Jane.  Jana, enjoy!  (And thank you Janet, for providing me with these absolutely delightful photos to work with!)

After making so many layouts I had a lot of scraps.  What better use for scraps than to make cards?  Actually my cute Sister In Law Jana made the two cards on the white bases.  Aren’t they darling?

Now would you believe even AFTER creating all of those projects, I still have all of this product left over!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that had time of allowed, I could have created at least a dozen more cards and a layout or two.

Yup.  I have to tell you.  This project / kit / steal = Love!

MWM #14 and today’s steal is ‘TOTE’ally Awesome!

MWM #14 and today’s steal is ‘TOTE’ally Awesome!

Hello scrappy divas!  It’s that favorite day of the week!  None other than Wednesday, which means its time for some Mid Week Mojo!

This weeks sketch was by request of one of our Facebook Fans, that wanted a little help with a 2 – 4×6, portrait style layout.  I hope it works for what she has in mind!

I have to be honest that I swoon over Doodlebug product.  Today’s Steal, the Doodlebug Designs Flutterby FIlled Tote is of no exception. The colors are so bright and cheery and paired with the darling brown tote, is almost too much for me to handle!  (DID YOU SEE THAT CUTE BROWN TOTE!  You can only bet I’m ‘tote’ally having to fight my girls to be the one to keep it!)

I wanted to do a girly, girly layout with this weeks sketch, because these papers just scream ‘little lady’ to me.  I was fresh out of ‘little lady’ photos so I asked on of our fans, Kristy MacKeen, if I could scrapbook a layout for her of her sweet little 6 month old.  I was beyond thrilled when I saw the photos and realized how perfectly they would work with the Doodlebug papers.

One of my favorite aspects of the Doodlebug company is the fact that their product blends so well with other companies.  This not only gives you the ease of using product from Doodlebug, but the option of mixing in other manufacturers with ease.  In fact, on this layout, I figure that I incorporated bits and pieces from either 6 or 7 previous steals!  Now how’s that for a fantastic way to not only get some fun new product, but to put to use your ‘stash’ as well!

I am so over the moon in LOVE with the Doodlebug gems.  Long before creating for ScrapbookSteals, I had every color, except brown, and used them on almost every project.  Imagine my excitement when I found that today’s steal included the brown jewels.  Next to hot pink, brown is my favorite color to wear…and now my Jewels collection is complete!  (For a few more layouts anyway!)

Another favorite of mine, of the Doodlebug company is their font.  I  love the whimsical letter stickers included with the kit.  Such a perfect and easy way to make a title for a page!

Hopefully our new system for becoming eligible for the MWM drawing hasn’t been too difficult to follow.  I know it’s been great to have a one stop shop to find all of the layouts that were created using Cristine’s amazing sketch from last week.

I used the trusty ol’ Random.Org and found our winner for MWM #13

I love how Kelly Marks interpreted the sketch, and I absolutely adore the photos of her kiddos.  (And hey!  Added bonus!  It even color coordinates very nicely with today’s blog post.  Hee hee.)

I also used Random.Org to pick the winner of the Recipe Magnet Board that I made for last Friday’s blog post, and the winner is Cyndee!  Here is her comment:

Cyndee October 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am – #10898   edit

Absolutely beautiful and totally inspiring, as always! :)

Kelly and Cyndee, send us your address and we will get your prizes sent out to you!

The rules for this week’s mojo will remain the same as last week.

1. Projects must be posted on line no later than midnight on Monday.  (The midnight at night time.  :) )
2. A link to your project must be provided on THIS blog posting if you wish to be included in the random drawing.
3. SHARE!  Every week we are closer than the week before to hitting 100 shares!  If we hit 100, I will draw TWO random winners next week.

Can’t wait to see what you create, and oh…a little heads up for Friday!  I’ve been a very busy girl.


Monday Card Madness #3 and a little Happy Birthday to Kid Steals!

Hooray!  It’s Monday!  I never used to look forward to Monday’s with quite the enthusiasm that I do now.  What’s even more exciting is today is the 1st birthday of KidSteals!  I couldn’t help but turn the focus of today’s card sketch into a birthday card for all of our friends at Kid.  :0)  Today’s steal, the Twirl kit by We R Memory Keepers, worked out PERFECTLY for a little birthday card fun!

I went for a different size of card for this week.  This sketch is for a 5.5 x 5.5″ card.

I know I’ve mentioned it before but the beauty of card making with the We R Memory Keepers papers is the smaller 1/4 size versions of each regular print on the backside of some of the papers.  I love the ‘cuteness’ of the smaller prints for cards.

I probably got a little carried away with making different variations on this weeks sketch, but when a design speaks to you, as well as the product, it’s hard to stop!

I even had a little fun turning this sketch onto it’s side.

Be sure to post your MCM creations on our Facebook Fan page.

Remember that I will be selecting one random winner to receive all of the cards that I make from someone that has created a card, uploaded it somewhere on line and then left a comment on one of the first four MCM blog posts.  Creations and comments need to be made prior to the posting of MCM #5.  Although it’s not required for MCM that you provide us with a link, if you want to it’s a great way for others to have an easy reference for how you interpret the sketch.

Also don’t forget to leave a comment on the Magneticificent blog post by midnight tonight for your chance to receive the ‘recipes’ magnet board that I created!

Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to KidSteals and have fun creating cards with this weeks MCM!

Happy Birthday!

Grab your party hats because it’s our sister site’s 1st birthday!

Happy Birthday to

In case you haven’t heard, KidSteals is a one steal-a-day for toddlers on up! If you have kids or friends with kids, KidSteals is the place you’ll find amazing kids’ products, clothing, and toys for 50%-80% off!

Our birthday week celebration at starts MONDAY! We officially turn 1 year old this today–October 18th!

As usual, we have some amazing steals lined up from great brands, be sure to keep checking the KidSteals blog!

We will have:

  • A steal every two hours on Monday! Yes, that’s right! A new steal at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm pm MDT!
  • A giveaway each day – right here on the blog at 8am MST every morning! You will have all week to enter each contest!
  • Surprise Steals Tuesday through Friday – pay attention to our Facebook page for updates!
  • …and maybe a few more surprises, you just never know what we’re going to do around here! It will be a fun week, that’s for sure! We’re so happy you’re here to celebrate with us at, the first deal of the day website for you and your kids!

Be sure to head over to the KidSteals blog to stay up to date on all the fun! While you’re at it, like KidSteals on Facebook, follow @kidsteals on Twitter and sign up for the KidSteals daily steal alert. We’re kicking it off with a giveaway so check it out now!

Happy birthday!