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Oh how I love me some chips, that don’t add mass to my thighs!

Oh how I love me some chips, that don’t add mass to my thighs!

Okay, so I know it’s not a regular blog posting day, but I am SO in love with today’s steal, The Pebbles Chips, that I couldn’t resist popping in here and making a quick post to show you how I have used them on some of my layouts.  (Okay, truth be told, I use them on well over half!.  LOOOOOOOOOOOVE them!)

So here you go!  A little repeat eye candy, to show you how they can be used.  If you want them, don’t delay.  They usually sell out in a heartbeat! Go ahead!  Enjoy….this is one treat that is truly guilt free!

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Cards & Monday Card Madness #7

American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Cards & Monday Card Madness #7

Well what do you know!  It’s Monday again!  I don’t know about you, but those weekends always seem to fly by a little too quickly.  I’ll admit however, that I do look forward to Monday’s now with a little more enthusiasm knowing that my day will be filled with creating!

I was so excited to get to play with today’s steal, the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Christmas Card Kit.   It honestly stunned me a little when I figured out that Christmas is a mere 40 days away!  EEEEK!  That means a lot of shopping, wrapping, baking, party going, neighbor gifting, decorating, and let’s not forget CARD MAKING is upon us!

I cannot even begin to express how much I love the Dear Lizzy Christmas card kit for the mere fact that it includes enough cards to put a huge dent in my send out list, as well as the fact that they go together in a snap!  I love the fact that they still possess the hand made factor without all of the brain power, because the truth is, at this time of year, my brain starts to shrivel up….just a little bit.

I wanted to show how versatile these cards can be.

I always feel like adding a little bit of ink to projects adds a whole lot of character.  On this particular card I added a little silver ink around the edges of the center embellishment.

I then added some glue to the snowflake…

And covered it with clear Doodlebug, Sugar Coated Glitter.

I really love how adding the ink and glitter adds a personal touch this card.

I then decided to add a little embossing powder to the edges of center embellishment on this card, and as much as I love the red ribbon that came with the kit, I added silver ribbon to this card to compliment the embossing powder….

For this card, I simply added a row of ribbon behind the embellishment, across the center of the card….

I had so much fun with the embossing powders that I added some snow flakes to the front of this card….

And to this card I added a few buttons…

I love the sentiment stamps that come with the kit.  Two fantastic choices to finish off some seriously cute cards!

I let these cards inspire me for this weeks Monday Card Madness.  I went with the ‘Merry’ card as I really loved how the background was made up of 4 squares.

I took the idea, plowed through my stash of stuff and made a card for my hunny for our upcoming 18th Wedding Anniversary this weekend.

Sure it’s a little girly, but it’s the thought that matters….right?

We have absolutely LOVED seeing what you all create.  Our Facebook Fan Photos are positively dripping with inspiraiton.

Don’t forget to create your cards, post them to Facebook, or personal blog and share a link with us here on this blog post.

At the end of the month I will do a random drawing from all of the participants in the Monday Card Madness and send out all of the Monday Card Madness cards that I have created this month….with the exception of the card I made for my hunny!  I will send out the 5 Holiday cards instead.  Hee hee.

Until Wednesday….happy scrappin’!

What Can *You* Do With An Envelope?

What Can *You* Do With An Envelope?

I have to tell you, I’m crazy excited about my projects for this week.  In fact I secretly want to set the blog to post RIGHT NOW so that you can have a sneak peek of what we will be featuring next!  However, I will be good and set it for 9AM sharp!  So what does today’s steal mean for you?  It means that you too can have fun crafting with envelopes, and Today’s Steal…the DCWV Cards and Envelope kits are the PERFECT option for having a little ‘out of the box’ fun.

I don’t know about you, but the closer we get to the Holidays, the more and more I think that I may brave it this year and make cards to send out.  The 5.5 x 5.5 sized cards included in today’s steals are a wonderful palate for creating.  I love that these kits include the envelopes and there is no need to go cutting in to a delicious (and let’s face it….EXPENSIVE) piece of cardstock to make the base of a card.  Why not take the expense and time out of creating Holiday cards by using the pre-made bases!

I fished around for some scraps and this is the card that I came up with!

Now you may be asking yourself if  you purchased today’s steals, what on Earth you would do with some long letter sized envelopes.  Here is where the fun, fun, FUN part comes in.  :)  Let me show you!

I had such a blast with these glorious stacks of colored delight trying to think outside the box as to what they can be used for.  I mean the obvious is a given…you can send your bills in them.  Seriously.  What person wouldn’t want a little happy colored mail to open and hey…if we have to send our money away, we  may as well allow it to travel in style.  ;)

I then thought to the next most obvious use for envelopes and that would be Holiday cards.  It’s that time of year where so many of us take the time to write an annual update to send along to our friends and family.  Why not add some stamping to the outside of the envelopes so that they are filled with just a little extra holiday cheer!

You can even create a coordinating card to go with an envelope.

I even got a little creative with my Silhouette and cut out a shape on the front of the envelope and inserted a scrap of patterned paper to the inside of the card to show through the window!

My next thought was of how fun it would be to create a ’12 Days of Christmas’ gift book for my husband.  I’m so beyond excited to give this to him that I can hardly stand it!  The colors of the envelopes, mixed with the ability to seal shut the daily ‘gifts’ is SO fun!

I first chose 12 envelopes (3 different colors) and added eyelets to each one for reinforcement.  I bound them together using jump rings.

I decorated each page in an identical fashion, simply to make the process super easy and fast!

I created little ‘coupons’ to insert into each envelope.  (Granted, I’m a little afraid of what I may be getting myself into!  Hee hee!)

I added ribbon to the rings to finish it off!

I then sat staring at the other divine colors of envelopes and my creative wheels started churning again.  I’ve seen cute envelope books before, perfect for storing receipts or coupons or even for budgeting money!

I however, thought it would be fun to make a little ‘annual’ pocket album for a baby.  Somewhere to keep memorabilia, growth charts from checkups, ticket stubs from special events, hand prints, foot prints, you name it…..

I know I didn’t put the book together in the traditional fashion, but wanted to have a working area to put a photo from each  month.  Here is how I put it together, sticking the flap of one envelope to the lower backside half of another one.  I put together enough envelopes to have a different pocket for each month of the year.

I then decorated the front…

….and the backsides of each envelope, using a circle punch to punch out a new opening tab for the pocket. (Just remember not to put adhesive across the top of the paper, but only where the envelope makes contact with the patterned paper, or you will seal off your pocket!)

I also included an additional pocket by adding a rectangle of patterned paper to the lower half of the left hand side of each ‘page’.  I  didn’t use adhesive at the top, and simple enough…another pocket.

I also included a photo matt on the right hand side of each page for a monthly photo….

I finished it up by adding a little ribbon to keep it closed.  Seriously.  So.  Much.  Fun!

What is also fun is being able to announce the winner of our 12,000 fans blog post!  All of us at ScrapbookSteals are so touched by your kind comments and words.  Melodee and I discuss daily how lucky we are to have each of you in our lives.  You are simply the best!

Our lucky random winner of the Prima kit is commenter number 202, Kelly Marks.

Kelly says:

I love the MWM’s! They have inspired me to start my scrapbooking again. And looking through the photos is also great inspiration! I love how everyone is so encouraging! And you can’t beat the prices on the amazing products!

Congrats Kelly!  Send us your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get this lovely Prima collection sent out to you!

Thank you for helping us reach 12,000 fans!

Thank you for helping us reach 12,000 fans!

Ok, so to say we are humbled is a total understatement today. 12,000 Facebook Fans, really??? While we were watching the numbers tick up this morning I was telling my husband how impressed I am by the growth of ScrapbookSteals over the past year or so. I was sitting in a hotel room while attending the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Anaheim California last January watching our little Facebook Community grow and hit 5,000 fans. I was choked up telling him the story and how happy it makes me. Hitting a milestone number is so great, but what really impresses me is the community we are all building together. Watching you all love the craft of Scrapbooking the way Kristy and I do is more than awesome. Seeing your projects and the growth truly inspires us each and every day. The idea that we can inspire a tiny part of your lives even a little teeny bit, is overwhelming sometimes.

Anyway, enough with the sappy! As I wipe tears from my face…let’s Celebrate! Make a comment here on this blog post about what inspires you about ScrapbookSteals, even a tiny bit. Even if it is just something that makes you wake up before 9 MDT each day. (As it does for me). You have until Thursday night, midnight MDT to make a comment here, and we will pick a random entry to win a fabulous Prima Marketing prize package. Chipboard pieces, Flowers – large and small – Enough embellishments to make dozens of projects! A sincere thanks again to all of you who have joined our little community, we really can’t put into words how awesome you all are!

This week is a little ‘POSH’ if I do say so! Mid Week Mojo #17

This week is a little ‘POSH’ if I do say so!  Mid Week Mojo #17

Wowee!  I can’t believe we are comfortably sailing along on our way through the ‘Emerald Club’ mojo sketches.   How great is that?  If you become a member of both clubs that will be TWENTY amazing layouts in your scrapbooks and all since JUNE!

When I knew I would be creating with Today’s Steal, the KI Posh Kit, I was a teeny bit indecisive as to what I was planning on creating.  I love the gorgeous, girly colors, but have this hangup with wanting to scrapbook current photos.  I was sifting through my photos and realized how perfect these papers would be for not only springtime, summertime, baby girl, all about me pages….but for HALLOWEEN? Yup.  It’s true.  I used this kit to complete a layout about my and her fairy costume.

I sat down and immediately knew that this layout would have to be a 2 pager.  Wayyyyy too many photos to choose from!  :)

I really wanted to enlarge my favorite photo to use as the highlight of the left hand page.

I moved around the other 3 photos on the right hand side of the page until I settled upon a layered, tilted look.  While I am usually a very linear scrapper, this really seemed to work for the feel of the layout.

I also have to admit that lace papers kind of scare me but they are OH so pretty!  I decided to challenge myself to use the piece that comes with the kit.  All in all I don’t think it turned out too shabby!  :)  I felt like the entire piece of lace paper was a little overwhelming so I decided to cut it up and spread it out across the 2 pages.

I cannot say enough good about the embellishments that come with this kit.  Why might you ask?  Because they are so sparkly!  Oh how this girl loves some bling!  I decided I wanted a little more empahsis on the glitter flowers so I decided to back them onto white cardstock and adhere them to the page using pop dots.

I also love how the brads finished off the centers of some flowers that I added quite nicely!

Last but not least I had to add a fairly decent sized journaling area to tell the story of my ‘Fairyly Gorgeous’ girl!

All in all, even though I am a challenged individual when it comes to working with only patterns, I really like how this page turned out, and can’t wait to show my girly!

As I was cleaning up I couldn’t resist throwing together some cards with my scraps!

All of us had such a great time browsing through all of the incredibly creative MWM #16 sketches.  I loved seeing how everyone made Jessica’s sketch work for them!  I have to thank my buddy, Random.Org for selecting this weeks winner, Sarah Cunico.

I love how she turned the sketch into a birthday gift!  SO creative!

Sarah, will you please send us a quick email to orders@scrapbooksteals.com with your address and we will get a little something sent out to you soon!

Good luck this week on getting one step closer to becoming an Emerald Club member.  I know that I have promised you Diamond Club members a little ‘flair’ to dress up your blogs or Facebook pages.  Be on the lookout for that shortly.  And if you are a Diamond Club member and haven’t yet sent me a request, please send me a quick email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, so that I can get your flair sent out to you!

One more reminder…make sure that you have your layout posted to our Facebook Fan Page, or other online source such as a blog, by next Monday at Midnight in order to be eligible for next weeks random drawing.

Sending you all lovely happy scrappy vibes!