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Kissing Ball | How To’sday

Hello everyone! How To’sday to ya. :)

Today is yet another exceptional tutorial in the line up of How To’sday’s here at ScrapbookSteals. This time we have a gorgeous piece of  home decor brought to us by the ever so talented Venetia Holbrook.

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I’m so excited to be able to share my kissing ball how to on Scrapbooksteals.com.  It is an honor to be featured, and it feels like cheating because this project is super simple, but time consuming.  Before you get started, check your supply list, and gather your patience.  This one takes a while, but is worth it!

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam Ball
  • Floral Pins (100-300 depending on your ball)
  • Double Sided Paper
  • Flower Punch(es)
  • Ribbon

Once you have your supplies, decide which paper is going to be your base, and if you are doing a double flower, which will be your top.  Punch out a bunch of flowers.  This ball was 5 1/2 inches, and it took over 300 flowers.

I punched all my flowers and placed them in a container to hold them.

Place your styrofoam ball on top of a glass, so it does not roll around.

Pin down your ribbon.  The amount of pins may be overkill, but that ribbon isn’t going anywhere.

Expect your little helpers to stop by during the process.  I suggest markers as a distraction.

Once you have your flower supply, place your smaller flower on top of your larger flower. Then, pin it to your styrofoam ball.

Circle the flowers around your first flower, and continue around the ball. Try to cover all the foam.  Repeat until your ball is covered, and remember to cover the pins that are holding in the ribbon and the ribbon edges.

“Fluff” your ball by squeezing the flowers around the pin to give more dimension. Pull some of the flowers above the others and adjust the placement.  If there is foam showing, add a fluffed flower to cover the area.

Add a bow to the riboon, and amaze your recipient.

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Venetia, this is absolutely fantastic. And what is even more fantastic is how much I love that it’s hanging in my home. :) Thank you SO much for sharing your talents with us! The entrance to my home is finally perfect thanks to you.

If you have an idea that you would like to share for a How To’sday tutorial please send photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for the final installment in our Garnet Mid Week Mojo series.

How To’sday | Tips for Using Transparencies

I love How To’sday. It’s sort of like a little crafty Christmas every time I open up an email from one of you talented crafters, sharing your tips. Today’s tutorial is simply put, amazing. Charity Hotrum Becker shows us some tips for using those transparencies that are in our stashes that tend to just sit there because we aren’t quite sure what to do with them!

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Okay, who can even spell that word? No wonder transparencies are so intimidating! But, I’ve got a few tips that cut them down to size. Specifically I’ll illustrate their use as flowers, pockets, and good ‘ol frames.
Flowers first!

Transparencies come in various sizes, colors, prints and pre-designated uses. For handmade flowers I use the transparencies with an all over print. You will also need a jeweled brad, a pair of tweezers, a heating tool, and a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

First cut 4 strips measuring 2 ½ by ½ inches. Pierce each strip at the center. Thread each strip onto a brad so the arms spread out like an asterisk.

Using tweezers, grasp the brad by the “feet” and hold it upside down. Turn on the heating tool and warm the transparencies for 5-10 seconds. It will quickly become pliable. Use your fingers to mold the strips into a curved shape, bent toward the brads jeweled center. The strips may need reheated a few times to get the curve you have in mind.

To make a smaller flower try cutting strips that are 1 ½ inches by ½ inch. Give the strips a shallower curve so the flower has a more open appearance.

What’s a scrapper to do if a heating tool is nowhere to be found? Here’s a second flower option. For this one you’ll need a print transparency, a jeweled brad, and a paper piercer.

Cut 4 strips 3 ½ by ¼. Pierce each strip in the middle and ¼ inch from each end.

Thread a strip onto the brad using the center piercing. Bend one side of the strip in and thread it onto the brad, bend the other side in and thread it onto the brad. Repeat this process for all four strips, taking care to turn each strip so that the flower petals form an asterisk.

These flowers are lots of fun to add to any crafting project, but look especially snazzy on gift tags!

After you have completed your flower cut a 3 inch circle from card stock. Pierce the center and insert the transparency blossom. Fold the brad back securely. Punch a small hole ¼ inch from the side and thread about 6 inches of twine through in a slip knot.

Many Transparencies are designed to frame a photo. This is a wonderful addition to a page, but what if your transparency doesn’t show up when placed over your photo…what good is THAT! Trim your picture to fit inside the colored portion of the frame. Choose a contrasting paper, and cut a photo mat that will extend beyond the edges of your transparency. Ink the edges to give your mat definition and adhere photo and frame to mat.

Still not sold on these bits of “sheer fun”? Here’s one more idea to get transparencies out of your stash and onto your page. Journaling pockets made from transparencies take advantage of their transparent nature. How fun to bling out your journaling card and slip it in a clear pocket! Embellishments look great inside these little pockets also. It’s a fab way to fill up those spots in a sketch that call for little photos.

Thanks to Cathryn Hanson for the amazing sketches I used on these layouts and to Kristy Lee for the delightful card sketch, and of course to Steal Network for letting me showcase my talent. It’s kind of fun to see my name up in lights!

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Charity! Unbelievably amazing tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to share your talents with us. I know I’ve got some transparencies that I’m dying to try some of your techniques with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you have an idea that you would like to share on a How To’sday, don’t be shy. We’d love to see what ideas you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and directions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Hope you have a great day. I’ll see you tomorrow for another Mid Week Mojo.

Silhouette Advent Calendar — Love Style

Can you believe that Valentines Day is just barely over 25 days away? (26 if I’m counting right!) If you’re like me and just barely thought about putting away your Silhouette Advent Calendar from Christmas, think again! Why not turn it into a work of love? Don’t have one yet? Then today is your chance to pick one up and get creating a countdown to the day of hearts and kisses.

One of our good friends Staci Jones, recently converted her Silhouette Advent Calendar into a darling creation to give to her husband to count the many ways that she loves him. Granted I’m not exactly sure what Staci has hidden in those drawers for her hunny, but the display is something that would make anyone’s heart melt!

I’m so inspired by her creation that I figure I’d better give my calendar a face lift too!

Not sure what to put inside of your drawers?  Well, if you’re creating your advent for a significant other, then here are a few ideas that you may be able to tuck inside with a little kiss of chocolate.

  • A pass for a free massage
  • An invite to share a bubble bath
  • A love letter
  • A poem, written by you
  • A candle to burn later on
  • Movie tickets
  • Invite to dinner at his favorite restaurant
  • Create a custom crossword puzzle with clues that pertain to your relationship
  • A picture of a tulip with a note saying “I’ve got two-lips waiting for you”
  • A picture of wildflowers with a note saying “for my wild man”
  • A gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor
  • A garter with a special note attached
  • Love coupons
  • A copy of your wedding vows
  • A verse from a favorite song attached to an iTunes gift card
  • A tiny teddy bear with a note attached saying “I can’t bear being away from you”
  • A little monkey with a note attached saying “let’s monkey around”
  • A note telling him how much you appreciate the work he does
  • A gift card to a lingerie store — see what he brings home!
  • A small vile of massage oil
  • A Chinese fortune cookie with the fortune replaced with something romantic

Want to gear your advent toward your children? Attach reasons why you love them and special things that make you smile.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, the Silhouette Advent Calendar is a sure way to make the countdown to any celebration or holiday just that much more special.

Have a great weekend! I’ll see you Monday with another Monday Card Madness.

How To’sday | Kid Interview Mini Album

If you’ve got the itch to make a mini album, today Jen McDermott shows us one of the cutest ideas I’ve seen in a long time! With time slipping away, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day will be here before we know it! This how to on creating a “kid interview” mini-album may be just what you need.

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If you’re looking for a great gift idea that not only preserves sweet memories, but is relatively quick and is sure to be a hit with parents, grandparents, and more, then I have an idea for you! For the kid interview mini album, you ask your child(ren) fun questions about their family member or other important grown up in their life, then record their answers in their own words. Not only will it look cute displayed, but the recipient will love to read what your little one has to say about them. It’s pretty simple and can be dressed up or down however you choose.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • A couple of 12×12 sheets of chipboard
  • A 6×6 paper pad
  • 3 jump rings (I only used two in my example, but three would be sturdier)
  • Cropadile or heavy duty hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Alphas/Tiny Type/Embellishments of your choosing
  • Paper trimmer
  • Optional photos of your child with the subject of the album
  • Basic scrapping necessities (ink, adhesive, markers)

Before you get started, sit down with your child and ask them a few questions about the subject of the album.  I asked my son fun questions about his dad like “If Dad had a super power, what would it be?”, “What does Dad do at work all day?”  “How does Dad show you that he loves you?” “What’s your favorite activity to do with Dad?” Then, I jotted down the answers in his own words. Once you’ve interviewed your child, you are ready to create the album.

First, using your paper trimmer, cut your chipboard into 6×6 squares. You will need one square for each question and answer. Then, start adhering your 6×6 paper to the chipboard squares. Once your paper is covered, you are ready to start writing in the interview questions and answers.

I put each question and answer on the right side of the page, then used the left side for matching embellishments and photos.

After you’ve recorded the questions and answers and decorated the pages with matching embellies, ink the edges of your pages, preferably with a dark ink, to help hide the edges of the chipboard and paper.  Then, use a Cropadile or other heavy duty hole punch to punch three holes into the side of each page. Make sure each page is facing the correct way in the book before punching the holes. Then, assemble the pages, and bind together with jump rings and decorate rings with ribbon. Create a title and a decked out cover, and you’re all done! Be sure to include the date it was created, too.

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Jen, I love it! Little kids are especially fun to document and I think this is such a fabulous idea! I see some interview mini-albums in my future for sure!

Thank you so much for sharing your talents and ideas with us.

If you have an idea that you would see featured on the How To’sday here at ScrapbookSteals, please send your directions and photos in an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

I’ll see you tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo. :)

How To’sday | Custom Alphabet Stickers

So your sweet husband/boyfriend/special other decided to take it upon himself to do a little scrappy shopping for you for Christmas and decided to get you Thickers. A bunch of Thickers. Only problem is he decided to get you a lifetime supply of white ones figuring they would go with anything. Well guess what — he was right. :)

Today Misty Buck shows us how to take those basic white foamy alphabet stickers and alter them to suit any crafty color need.

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Supplies:

  • foam alphabet stickers
  • ink pad
  • heating tool
  • rubber stamp

Step 1: Choose letters to alter and place them on a ink-proof surface.

Step 2: Cover the surface of the letters with desired color of ink.

Step 3: Gently heat surface of inked stickers until foam softens. “Stamp” surface of letters with a rubber stamp to create texture.

Step 4: Use custom colored and textured letters on project of your choice!

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Misty, thanks so much for sharing your fun idea with us. Now all of those white stickers can be dressed up to suit your every need. :)

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us for a How To’sday tutorial then don’t be shy! We’d love to see what you have up your crafty sleeve. You can send photos and text to Kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the lineup.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our first guest sketcher of the new year! It’s a day you do not wish to miss.