American Crafts

American Crafts Shoreline Collection

If I lived near the ocean I’d be spending the last weekend before school starts lounging at the beach and soaking up sunshine! But Utah is landlocked and our infamous Great Salt Lake beach makes me gag (it smells that bad), so I live vicariously through the summery designs of today’s steal, the American Crafts Shoreline collection. Today, design team member and fellow Utahn Kerys Sharrock shows us just how fun and fresh of a collection Shoreline is, whether you are blessed with glorious beaches or simply daydream about them.

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So this is my second DT post—and yet again, I have an awesome collection to work with! This time I was given American Crafts Shoreline collection. Lots of bright, fun colors and patterns, along with some fab embellishments and thickers. This is a definite must for anyone wanting to scrap summer photos!

My first layout uses a photo of my daughter ‘chilling out’ last summer. I used all of the blues in the collection, mixing and matching patterns and embellishments. This really would work for a boy photo too! I also switched up some of the buttons on the rosettes and slimmed down the pinwheel to fit the papers. They are all held together with pop dots, so this is super easy to do.

I then decided these papers would be perfect for some ‘sprinkler’ photos. The colored papers matched the colors in my photos perfectly. I fussy cut the scalloped border following the pattern of one of the papers, added some twine and embellishments, and topped it off with the AC thickers.

Also, I’d like to say a big thank you to Jen for her sketch! (This is Pearl #4a.)

Next, I was inspired by a card where they used the negatives from cut outs. I decided to cut out the words “I <3 summer” on my cricut and then back them with the different colored and patterned paper. I love how this turned out. I added a few more embellishments and a rosette and a bit of stitching. I think this is one of my favorites cards I’ve made so far!

And lastly, because I feel the need to create something other than just a card and layout, I made a summer word book! I used a cutting file from The Cutting Cafe, cut out papers and chipboard, and stuck it all together. I found some scraps of ribbons that matched the colors, added fun embellishments, and now it’s ready and waiting to be filled with this summer’s photos.

So, as you can see, the possibilities with the American Crafts Shoreline collection are endless! I hope I’ve inspired you all to hit that steal button and grab a collection. Thanks Brittany and Kristy for another awesome collection! Happy scrapping!

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Kerys, you rock. Completely. Your projects make me want to forget about everything going on and get my scrappy on! Thanks for yet another amazing month! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves for us next time.

Hope you all have a fantastical weekend!

American Crafts Flower Shoppe

Are you ready for another amazing Design Team Friday project? I sure hope so! Today Regina Mangum takes the stage in a bounty of blossoms as she makes today’s steal, American Crafts Flower Shoppe, flourish with fabulousness!

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I got to play with a plethora of posies from the American Crafts Flower Shoppe line of decorative flowers and I am so glad I get to share them with you for my first official design team post! These flowers are stunning and the colors range from bright and fun to soft and subtle.

I love trying to keep up with my rugrat’s scrapbook when I can, but I have to admit that when I saw all the flowers I didn’t think I could really incorporate them into a page for a boy. But I remembered a recent trip to a very cool garden, and one particular photo I loved. I had been meaning to scrap it and wondered if they would go together—and I was glad I paired them up!

I used the largest of the decorative flowers and these blooms turned out to be just perfect to help me create a “frame” for my photo. I didn’t do it here, but the pearls on the flowers are actually removable brads and can be replaced with something else if desired.

Next, I created a sweet and simple little canvas bag “no sew” project. I simply adhered some ribbon onto the bag with some scor-tape, adhered the cute flowers in rows with glue dots, and voila! I have a nice little bag large enough to hold a water bottle or some necessities.

Lastly, I created a clean and simple card using some bright and fun patterned paper. This quick and easy card is bright and cheery. I simply pierced lines below each bloom to create stems. Easy-peasy, yes?

I hope you enjoyed my Flower Shoppe projects today as much as I enjoyed creating them. Thanks so much to and Kristy and Brittany for giving me this wonderful chance to create with such a terrific product!

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Regina—amazing. I simply adore how you added the flowers to a “boy” page. Having two boys after three girls I’m always finding myself adding a little floral fun to my boy pages. Yours is true perfection!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Hope you also find some time to get scrappy. :)

American Crafts Knock Outs Border Punch Kit | How To’sday

The fabulous Staci Jones is back again showing us what a knock out the American Crafts Knock Outs Border Punch kit is. I love that it comes with six different border options and a handy-dandy carrying case, and I really love what Staci has done with the punches! So don’t mind me while I step aside for a moment to hurry and hit the steal button on today’s awesome steal. :)

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I was ecstatic when Kristy asked me to show all you fabulous people one of my favorite scrapbooking tools—the American Crafts Knock Outs punch.  I am totally in love with this wonderful tool and use it often.  I put off buying punches for a long time because I dreaded the amount of room they take up. My husband surprised me with the American Crafts Knock Outs punch for Christmas last year and it was such a great surprise.

My favorite things about these punches are:
1) Storage is slim and the case can be easily be stacked, especially if space is tight.
2) Super easy to assemble and use and don’t take a lot of time. Easy to put back in its case.

3) Six different punches in one sweet case! And they are borders I would actually use.
4) Great Price. For six different punches it is definitely nice on the pocketbook.

Have I convinced you to steal yet? Check out these fun projects and head on over and hit “Steal Me!”  You won’t regret it!

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Staci, you have completely sold me on this punch. I know how much you’ve enjoyed it and I have to say I was pretty smitten with it after playing with it last Saturday! Such a great add to any crafty stash and for punching borders or incorporating punches into a layout.

Thank you for sharing with us again today!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday don’t hesitate to send them along to and I will get you added to the lineup! Next week we have a great tutorial from Charissa Miller on Alcohol Inks.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a two-pager Mid Week Mojo. I can’t wait to share!

Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Collection

Hasn’t it been a great birthday week here at We’re going to wrap things up with a great combination—adding Simple Stories as a new vendor in the lineup and the first official design team member post from Katrina Hunt. Today Katrina wows with the Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Collection.

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Hey there!  It’s Katrina with my first official post here on the blog.  I am so excited to be here and I can’t wait for you to see what you can do with today’s steal.

Where I live it is hot, hot, HOT, which put me in the perfect mood to work with the Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer collection.  I hate heat so it was the perfect excuse to stay inside and create.

I have two layouts and a card today to share and I still have product left over.  I may create a mini book and a few cards with the leftovers. (That’s how much product you get!)

Here is my first layout, and trust me, it’s hard to get a picture with all four dogs looking the same direction!  And then when you do, the human isn’t looking the right way!

I wanted to add an element cluster in the corner to balance the layout and the stickers were fun to do that with.

Tags, cards and more cards are the name of the game with Simple Stories collections.  This makes it super easy to layer and to create focal points on your layouts.  I love to use cards as anchors for titles on my pages and this one was perfect to make part of my title.

Right after I did that layout  I whipped up a quick card.  The large bingo cards make this easy and quick.  Add some of the collection stickers, some twine or ribbon, and voilà…a card you can give to someone to make their day!

Life got busy and then I remembered some pictures that would be perfect for this collection.  Out the pictures came and the bottom layout was created.  Now, I will admit to using a LOT of stickers on this layout.  There are so many on the sticker sheets that I couldn’t help myself.  But, if you ground them to other elements on your pages and pop them up with dimensional adhesive it give the page an entirely different look.  Layering them is a favorite trick of mine.

This time I  placed my pictures and title on the larger card elements.  I started with the title at the bottom, but after moving and shifting I decided the larger cards would be fun to layer above my pictures and have my title go across the page. I popped up the words “summer,” “up!” and the number 2.

Then I just used some of the smaller letter stickers and the “Fun” bingo card to stretch my title out even more!

And that is all from me today!  If you haven’t already grabbed the steal, I hope I have made you want to.  This is a perfect collection to scrap all those pictures you are going to be taking over the next couple of months!



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Katrina, wow. You have got so much talent in your itty bitty pinky that I think you need to share!

And now I think I’ll go have a cupcake. All of this birthday celebrating has me exhausted. 😉

I’ll see you Monday with a fun Monday Card Madness! Oh and if you happen to be at the Craft and Hobby Show in Chicago on Tuesday, be sure to stop by the We R Memory Keepers booth and say hi! I’ll be there helping out with the make and take and I’d love to meet you.

American Crafts Fresh Squeezed Collection | Monday Card Madness #91

American Crafts nailed it with the name of today’s steal, the Fresh Squeezed Collection. The happy blend of pinks and yellows splashed with the twists of blue and lime make me want to bust out a lemonade stand and try and make some money! Or at very least, help my kids set one up, take photos, and then scrap about it with these perfect papers. :)

Today I got to whet my appetite with this fun collection and create more cards for the Operation Write Home Card Drive.

The first card I made sort of laid the ground for the sketch this week. I started out with a horizontal format then moved to a vertical one.

I really love the color palate on this collection. It was a hard choice to decide which side of the amazing papers to use so in an effort to stretch it I based a few of my cards on plain cardstock and really love how they turned out! Add the cute stickers and dimensional embellishments and these cards came together in a snap!

I’m so thrilled to be sending these cards on so that they can brighten someone’s day!

Don’t forget that we are currently teamed up with We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home Card Drive for a fantastic giveaway. We have a lovely Red White and Blue Stack Pack that will be given to one random winner who participates in the Operation Write Home Card Drive.

To enter to win:

We will have a random drawing from all of the card drive participants. The winner will be announced on our July 30th Monday Card Madness blog post. (Don’t forget! Post your cards to a regular Monday Card Madness blog post by August 3rd in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)

And now it’s time to announce the winner of our June Monday Card Madness. Misty Buck, you are our lucky winner! Your card is positively stunning!

Misty, thank you so much for participating on our weekly card sketch challenge. Please send an email to and we will be happy to send a little scrappy swag out to you!

Tomorrow we are in for a fun How To’sday from Cristine Redmond. Have a great day and don’t forget about the Card Drive. Let’s do our part to help collect 50,000 cards! I’m way excited that I will be hand delivering my contribution of around 20 cards to their offices today!

Good luck!