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American Crafts Pebbles Let Freedom Ring

Grab your sparklers and join us as our very own StealNetworker, Tedi Palmer, treats us to a firecracker guest designer posting using  American Crafts Pebbles, Let Freedom Ring collection. Tedi’s talents teamed up with the reds, whites and blues of today’s steal are nothing short of sizzling!

Tedi, my friend, take it away!

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I have always loved American Crafts Pebbles products, and was ecstatic that I was given Let Freedom Ring Collection.

I really wanted to create something that wasn’t just an ordinary page. I wanted to use my paper to create some home decor because, let’s be honest, my house doesn’t have very much. :) Since my husband and I love motorcycles I thought it would be fun to create a little road trip that we’ve always wanted to take.

The patterned paper I used in the frame was perfect for creating a cute design for my home and showing a love for our country and motorcycles. Simple, yet perfect.

My next page is of my adorable husband, who was definitely “born 2 ride.” I have learned through scrapping that adding a bit of red to a page makes everything pop. Which, with my husbands shirt, a few stripes, banners, and a dazzling #2, did just that.

Since I created a page of my husband, I had to do one of me too. Though I am not a motorcyclist I had to show the hubby that I could actually hold up the bike and look like a total “biker babe” to him. The colors of this page are a definite favorite for me!

One thing I especially love about American Crafts Pebbles paper are those little strips that are always cut off on the 12×12 sheets. AC Pebbles takes full advantage of paper and you’re able to use those strips in your pages. That’s what I did with this next page:

I really loved working with Let Freedom Ring Collection, and it is a must have for the upcoming July 4th holiday!

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Tedi, you are one amazing crafter! I am so in love with your home decor. I’m with you and my home seriously lacks the “pretty.” Maybe I need to take some lessons from you! :)

Have a great day everyone and I will see you tomorrow for some Mid Week Mojo fun!

Toodles!

<3 Kristy

American Crafts Glitter Tape | June Blog Hop

There’s that word again: glitter. And girl, today’s steal is fan-freakin’-tastic! American Crafts Glitter Tape is such a fun product to add a little sparkle to your cards, layouts or to even use in a pinch this summer if your kids won’t stop fighting. A little pretty tape across the mouth might bring some well-deserved peace! Okay, I’m only kidding… I think. ;)

Lucky for all of us, we get to see how seven amazingly talented designers put the American Crafts Glitter Tape to use in this month’s ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop. If you’re not familiar with how the Blog Hop works, it’s easy-peasy and lots of fun!

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

Step one: Ooooh and ahhhh over the 7 sneak peek images of what these girls have created with the glitter tape.

Step two: Visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment every stop along the way (including this post).

This month’s random winner will be one lucky person who left 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. Becky Williams
  3. Kimberli Bean
  4. Maya Oren-Dahan
  5. Ashley Newell
  6. Miriam Prantner
  7. Cathryn Hanson
  8. Regina Mangum

Have fun hopping, and remember you have until Sunday at 11:59 PM MST to drool over the creations and leave your comments. A winner will be selected and announced on Tuesday in our How To’sday blog post.

If you aren’t already our friend on Facebook, be sure to “like” us so that you don’t miss out on any of our fun!

Happy hopping and good luck!

P.S. If you have interest in participating as a designer in an upcoming ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, with Blog Hop in the subject line. Have a lovely weekend. :)

~ Kristy

American Crafts, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook | Monday Card Madness #82

It’s that time of year where the shoes come off and the flip flops reign. That feeling of complete footy freedom is exactly the feeling that today’s steal, the American Crafts, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection instills on my crafty heart. Whimsical, fun, slightly 70s and fancy free! Makes me wanna throw on my long boho chic dress and go running with my flip flops through fields of flowers as if I had not a care in the world. Or I could use the papers to pretend that life were always that simple. Seems like a good trade for me! :)

What is simple however, is how easily the Sketchbook collection made putting together the cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness.

I love the embellishments in this collection. I kind of think that I have an embellishment addiction. Seems like I say the same thing every week, but it’s true! Embellishments make me happy. Don’t you just love how the 3D floral embellishments and the satin brads really finish off these cards?

The worst part about making these cards was find the other pack of really cute embellies buried on my desk after I’d cleaned up! :)

Guess I’ll have to put this collection to work making a layout about my biggie girlies or even myself! Such a let loose, uninhibited collection!

Now I think it may be time to host another cards swap here at ScrapbookSteals. What do you say? Post here and give me a thumbs up if you’d like to play and if there is enough interest, we’ll get the ball rolling.

Check in tomorrow for another awesome manufacturer blog posting, Wednesday for the beginning of our Turquoise gem series of Mid Week Mojo and this month’s amazing guest sketcher, Friday for a pretty swell guest blogger as well as Friday night for our online crop to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day (details coming soon)!

Yup. It’s a fun week for sure!

Take care and scrap happy! <3

American Crafts Summer Ribbon | How To’sday

Hello everyone! Happy How To’sday to ya! Today we have a super summery treat as Jen McDermott does an amazing job showing what you can create with today’s steal, American Crafts Summertime Ribbons.

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Good morning, fellow Stealers! I am so excited to be bringing you a fun How To’sday today, featuring American Crafts Summertime ribbon! I jumped at the chance to work with such a fun product, as I have always loved playing with ribbon, especially the super cute prints from American Crafts.

Today I’d like to show you how to make some cute ribbon hair clips. And with summer around the corner, the prints from today’s Steal are perfect!

First, you’ll need some 1.5” alligator clips, a hot glue gun, and ribbon cut into 4”, 2.5”, and 1” pieces.

  1. Run a bead of hot glue along the inside top of the clip (the top of the clip is the side that is at a bent angle at the hinge). Stick your 4” piece of ribbon to the glue, making sure to center it on the clip. (Just a PSA: Hot glue is HOT. As in, burn-your-fingers-hot. Be careful when squeezing the ribbon on the clip that the molten lava glue doesn’t squirt out the sides and burn your fingers.)
  2. Run a bead of hot glue along the top outside of the clip and smooth the ribbon on top.
  3. Flip the clip over, and dab a little bit of glue on the bottom of the clip, then stick that last little bit of ribbon down.
  4. Take your 2.5” piece of ribbon, and glue the two ends together, making a circle.
  5. Glue the little circle to the top of your clippie.
  6. Take your 1 inch piece of ribbon and glue one end of the piece on the inside top of your clip, right underneath the ribbon circle. Wrap it around the top (pinching the circle down in the middle) and glue the remaining end back in the inside of the clippie.

Voila! You now have a super cute summer clippie. And, since the prints and colors from the American Crafts ribbon match each other so well, making a million of these coordinating pretties is super easy. They also make a wonderful handmade gift, and if you want to spruce up the presentation, just add them to a homemade card.

If you’d like these cute clips for yourself, head over to my blog, wonkywares.blogspot.com, and you just might find a little giveaway!

A fun way I like to use ribbon is at parties: to jazz up boring plastic ware, and to pretty up plain stemware. Using ribbon to decorate the elements you already have saves you money, since you can use what you have in your cabinets, and just use a ribbon print to tie in the theme of your party. Today’s steal just screams summer barbecue to me, so I gathered up some supplies from my pantry, and got started!

At your next barbecue, instead of just laying out piles of utensils and napkins, try wrapping them up in a printed napkin and tying a coordinating American Crafts ribbon around them. It is such a quick way to take boring forks and spoons and make them pretty. (and keep it all from blowing away outside!) How cute are those popsicles?!

Here, I fancied up a plain glass by adding a ribbon bow to the stem, and using my Cameo, I cut a butterfly to rest on the rim. (You could use the butterfly as a place card, too. Just write the names of your guest on the side) Punch just tastes so much better when drinking it from a fun glass, don’t you think?

I needed to switch out my drab winter wreath, so I broke out my hot glue gun again, and made this squiggly, loopy ribbon wreath for the inside of my front door. I love how cheerful it is, and how the different patterns of ribbon blend so well.

I was inspired by a past How Tosday by Julie Koets and made this altered paint can for my son’s preschool teacher. I’m going to fill it with homemade caramel corn, and give it to her for an end of the year teacher’s gift. I cannot get over all of the cute patterns that come with this set.

Seriously, there is so much ribbon included today, that you will have enough for several projects. Thank you so much, Kristy, for allowing me to play with such a fun product!

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Thank you Jen! Your projects today are amazing and you make me even that much more excited for summer!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow as we reveal another amazing guest sketcher and TWO fun sketches for your Mid Week Mojo enjoyment!

American Crafts Dear Lizzy, Neapolitan

Isn’t it the best when we have a surprise Thursday guest blogger? Nothing like adding a little scoop of crafty inspiration to your otherwise possibly “vanilla” sort of day. For grins and giggles let’s just add a scoop of strawberry and chocolate to that vanilla and make it a Neapolitan.

Take a peek as the incredibly talented, and oh so amazing to work with Katrina Hunt, takes us on a flavorful tour with today’s steal the American Crafts, Dear Lizzy-Neapolitan collection.

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Hi, I am Katrina Hunt from “Paper, Scissors and Glue.” I am so happy to be blogging on the ScrapbookSteals blog today! When I heard that I was going to get to work with today’s steal, the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Neapolitan  collection, excitement doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I have created three projects for you today, two layouts and a banner. I still have a lot of product left over to create more projects with. This is definitely a steal.

A friend of mine had a puppy party to socialize her litter of puppies and I had to take my camera for pictures. The colors in this collection are soft and muted, so I thought they would be perfect to create a layout with one of the pictures I took at the party.

I actually started the idea of both my layouts with the title. I knew I wanted to use the Phrase Garlands in my titles. The neat thing about them is that you can adjust the letters, which I did on both of my layouts. Then I trimmed the ribbon off and reattached the bows.

I also used my Silhouette Cameo on my projects. I cut the “puppy breath” phrase above and here is a close up of the heart row at the top.

My next layout, as I said before, started with the title. I wanted to show that you can use the busier papers in the collection, you just need to combine them with more subtle papers, which this collection has plenty of!

I love dimension in my projects and these little flowers have them! The best part is you can adjust those tags to how you want them laying. I ended up cutting out the camera from the 12×12 sheet of paper it came on, trimmed it down and then slid it into my flower bloom. I love that it added a little extra.

My last project today is a banner that I decided to create at the last-minute after I had my two layouts done. I just wanted to keep playing with this collection! I cut my banner base on my Cameo out of American Crafts cardstock and just used two different shapes. I then sewed, a couple of different papers on each panel. I added on of the flower blooms in the center with some left over banner pieces I had and then one of the pinwheels from the collection on each end. I wanted to add a little something to the end panels, so the wooden buttons were the perfect little touch.

I hope you will stop by my blog, Paper, Scissors and Glue. I will have close ups of each of the banner panels on there!

Thank you ScrapbookSteals for letting me create with this wonderful collection and to guest blog today!

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Katrina, your projects are stunning! And now I have a sudden urge for some ice cream. :)

Thanks so much for joining us today. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you Monday with a regular Monday Card Madness sketch to accompany yet another great steal.