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Prima Marketing Flowers | February Blog Hop

It’s that time again to be inspired by another group of amazing blog hop designers! They’ve designed some adorable projects using today’s steal, Prima Marketing Flowers, you won’t want the hop to end! I hadn’t realized there were so many different ways to use flowers. Grab your drink and cookies and sit back and relax and prepare to be inspired!

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Enter to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

Visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment at every stop along the way (including this post). Be this month’s random lucky winner by leaving a comment on one of the eight blogs! So without further delay, here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals (You are here—leave a comment!)
  2. Akiha’s Momma Scraps! – Charissa Miller
  3. Scrap Happens – Catherine Povec
  4. Grand Diva’s Creative Corner – Brenda Ragsdale
  5. Scrapbookista – Abigail Stoops
  6. The “Divine” Hand – Candice Elliott
  7. The Other Sink – Abbey Colbert
  8. Mama’s Sanity – Kristina MacKeen

You have until 11:59 PM MT on Sunday, February 3rd, to make your comment. Have a great time hopping!

If you would like to take part as a designer in one of the ScrapbookSteals blog hops, please contact Kerys at Ksharrock@steals.com.

Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

Our final Winter Design Team member is Lisa Spiegel! Lisa got to work with one of my favorites, today’s steal, the Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection. I just love the warm color combination and simple patterns in this collection. From red, turquoise, yellow and gray, to dots, stripes, flowers and speech bubbles – this collection has it all! Complete with library cards and pockets, journal cards, cardstock stickers and chipboard, this fun collection is perfect for any papercrafting project.

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Pebbles “Seen and Noted” collection for my Scrapbook Steals collection this month!  I just love the bright colors with grey…such a current and fun twist on colors!  I created this layout using the stickers, the journaling dards, the paper, and an envelope.  I added some stitching and misting and my Cameo for the heart cut and I just love how it turned out!  I also love that I can hide my journaling in the cute envelope!
Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

Next, I altered a new day planner for myself.  With a new year, it was time to get my new calendar and make it CUTE!  I found this one in the Dollar Section of my local Target:

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner
But sadly, it’s not cute…so I took some time to break out the craft supplies to cutify it! (We have to have cute planners, right?)  The Pebbles Seen and Noted Collection days of the week paper and bright colors are perfect for my calendar.  They are super easy to do:

Step 1. Take your planner out of the plastic cover and measure it.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 2. Trim the first piece of paper the height of the planner.  Lay it down, the side you want to show down and lay the planner on top, lining up the right edge with the right edge of the planner, then wrap the paper to the front and gently fold it. Adhere it to the cover of the planner using a glue stick.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 3. Trim a second piece of paper to be 1/2 an inch wider than the spot you will cover and adhere it under the first piece of paper and to the cover of the planner.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 4. Cover the seam of the two papers with a decorative trim.  I used the UPC trim from another piece of paper from the collection…love that Pebbles made one side of them completely usable!  Glue it down.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 5. Now it’s time to embellish!  I chose to use this cute journaling card, a doily, a punch from the backside of the floral paper, a chipboard speech bubble and numbers to create this for the cover.  I cut the word “everyday” from my Silhouette Cameo and black cardstock.  It is nice to keep the embellishments flat for your planner.  Since you will be writing in it, bumpy embellishments won’t work well…layers of flat things work best!

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 6. Place your planner back in the cover and add a binder clip to mark your place!  Then step back and admire your handiwork!!

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner
And there you have it!  Your planner is now CUTE!
Next up, I created this layout of my oldest daughter. This time I created banners (by hand) and some leaves (with my Cameo)..I used some of the Pebbles stickers, too. I really love this line..even though it’s highly patterned, the graphic designs allow the photos to shine!
Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection
Lastly, I also created this cute little pop up Gift Card holder..
DIY handmade papercraft gift card holder using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

I used a Cameo cut for it…and popped a cute little journaling card with bling inside to personalize it.  I added Basic Grey magnets to keep it closed…and when the recipient opens it, the whole things slides up and out!  SO CUTE.

I had a great time working with this great collection…it’s so much fun!  Don’t miss out on this steal…it’s just fantastic!!

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Thanks Lisa! I love all your projects – and thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Bo Bunny Grab Bag | Monday Craft Madness #6

The Bo Bunny Grab Bag is jam-packed with all the Bo Bunny goodness you could possibly want! I received a mix of collections, with trinkets, brads, flowers and more. This week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Use metal!

I chose to make a Christmas gift for a friend. The papers and trinkets worked out perfectly for me!

I started off by altering a plain wooden box. The Bo Bunny papers, with a little inking on the egdes worked so well together. A sentiment stamp, the trinkets and some plain ribbon just finished it off! I also inked and used some different Bo Bunny papers for the inside.

 

I then made a very simple journal. It was a plain paper mache journal that I inked and decorated with the Bo Bunny Papers and trinket. I used a border punch for the decorative edge and some sentiment tickets to finish it off.

 

I hope I have inspired you to use metal on your projects this week. It can be anything from trinkets, metal keys, brads – the possibilities are endless! Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the December Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online. Just include a link to this post in your photo’s caption. :) To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project ! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Liz Qualman!

How To’sday | Crafting with Balsa Wood

Today’s How To’sday by Julie Koets is a definite must read! It’s quite simple but is such a great idea. I will certainly be trying this one myself!

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I have always been a fan of woodgrain pattern and love the rustic feel that it lends to my projects.   Did you know that you can add actual wood to your cards and layouts without adding weight and bulk?   Balsa wood is one of the lightest varieties of wood available and is sold in sheets at craft and hobby stores.  I bought a sheet of balsa that measured 4 inches by 24 inches and then cut it down into small sections to use with my Big Shot embossing and die cutting machine.
Because the wood is super thin, it can be cut with scissors or a craft knife.  It tends to split easily along the grain, so handle with care.
After the image is embossed, you can add ink to bring out the details.
The embossed background adds great texture to cards or layouts without adding additional weight.
Balsa wood can also be cut using shape dies.  If you have alpha dies, you could easily use balsa wood to cut your own dimensional title letters.
Again, I inked the edges and adhered to a card to add additional dimension and texture.

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Julie, thank you so much for sharing with us today! The embossing and distressing on the balsa wood looks amazing!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Now we  have one matter of business to take care of, and that is announcing the winner of the December ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! Our lucky random winner comes to us from the blog of Alice Carman. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Kelly Holifield! Congrats Kelly. Please email angie@steals.com and we’ll send you your code. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Thank you to everyone for participating! Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Jade series!

 

Inkadinkado Embossing Powders | Monday Craft Madness #3

The Inkadinkado Embossing Powders are SO much fun for crafts big and small! The colors are fun and bright, and there are endless possibilities with these. I’ll show you just a few, which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Embossing Powders!

I was given green, red and white embossing powders – so, of course, I had to go with a festive theme! These powders worked great for jazzing up Christmas gifts for my daughter’s teacher.

I started off thinking about a gift. I have seen altered candle holders on Pinterest and really wanted to give this a try. I used a Versamark watermark stamp pad and simple snowflake stamps. Then I sprinkled on the embossing powder, used my heat embossing tool, and voila!

Next I needed something to put the gift in! I found an old box, painted the edges in green metallic paint, and then set to work with the decorating. I love to use embossing powders with background stamps, so the top of the box is decorated with a heat embossed background stamp and the embossed sentiment stamp. I used a dry embossing folder for the plain cardstock pieces around the sides of the box, which I then went over with my stamp pad and embossing powder. I then heat embossed it all. A very simple, yet effective decoration.

Of course, with every gift you need a gift tag! Something else I spotted on Pinterest was using one stamped image and carefully ‘painting’ with the powders. Basically, you carefully place each color where you want it on the image and then heat emboss it all together. I must say, this was very fiddly but fun!

Lastly, I needed a card to finish off the set. I used the embossing powders on a stocking stamp, cut them out, and then ‘popped’ them up! I also embossed the sentiment. Such a simple, yet effective, card made in under 10 minutes!

I love these embossing powders! I think the 48g pot I have of each color is going to last me a life time! Looking at it, you wouldn’t even know I had used it! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using embossing powders!

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Now we are into a new month, that means we can announce the winner of November’s Monday Craft Madness. First, I want to thank you all for joining in the new challenges – I hope you are finding them fun!

Congratulations go to… Deb Routledge. You are our lucky November winner!

Please email service@steals.com and we will be happy to send a little cardmakin’ swag your way!

If you’d like to enter to win our December Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the last Thursday of the month to create your project and leave a comment on with a link to it on our blog. We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month!

Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post!