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American Crafts DIY Thickers + Itzy Ritzy Cans

If you look anywhere on the Internet these days, you’ll see that the world is filled with DIY projects. Heaven only knows my basement is filled with eternal, never-ending, do-it-yourself, aka: bathroom building. But who wants to get messy with do-it-yourself bathroom building when there is a far funner and craftier way to get messy? You can get your crafty on with today’s steal, the American Crafts DIY Thickers. You can spice up those babies with just the right amount of color and texture to make a perfect project. Pair it with today’s steal the Itzy Ritzy Craft Cans and you have the makings for a perfect project.

I have to admit. Making these cans were FUN! I thought it would be fun to turn my canisters into a little Easter decor (or would it be an emergency snacky stash). I went to the store, picked up some paper Easter grass, a few different colors of marshmallow bunnies and I was set.

Then came the fun part—dressing up the letter stickers! (As if glorious rows of beautiful bunnies weren’t enough!)

DIY Thickers = SUPER easy.

First, choose your decorating medium. Either micro beads (Pop!), chunky glitter (Wow!)  or tinsel type stuff (Spark!)

Next peel off the top white sheet on the Thickers letter that you are using.

Dump on your choice of Pop!, Spark!, or Wow!

Then peel up from the backing. Voila! A DIY letter, customized to match your project. :)

Splap those babies on your creation and you’re done! DIY that doesn’t take going on 6 years, like my basement bathroom.

Believe me when I say that the DIY American Craft Thickers are…..

Have a great weekend and set your alarm for Monday because we have a guest blogger that you do NOT want to miss!

American Crafts Gardenia | Monday Card Madness #75

Well I don’t know about you but I’m still riding on a high from the exciting weekend blog hop! So why let the excitement die down? Let’s dive right in to Monday Card Madness and today’s steal Gardenia by American Crafts. If you’re looking for a perfectly pretty springtime paper collection to celebrate the end of the winter blahs then the Gardenia just might hit the spot. With a delightful array of colors and designs, not to mention the cutest ever little Whittles, your paper crafting projects will definitely be breathing a breath of fresh air!

I decided that I wanted to make the die cut tags the focus of my cards today as they are just. too. cute.

I simply can’t wait to send these cards out to bring a little burst of springtime to someone special!

Now for the announcement of the blog hop winner of the $20.00 gift certificate to Congrats go to Julie M/ajmaluck, one of the many commenters on Charity Beckers blog.

If you’ll check your email in the next little bit, you will find details on the gift certificate code. Have fun shopping!

Don’t forget to be sharing your Monday Card Madness creations for a chance to win a monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. Be sure to have any of the March card sketches created and posted somewhere on line then linked to one of the March Monday Card Madness blog postings by Friday, March 30th at 11:59 PM MST for your chance to win.

If you want another chance to cash in on our weekly prizes here at, then be sure to join us in our Mid Week Mojo! Every Wednesday. :)

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a regularly scheduled How To’sday.

American Crafts Stamping Markers | How To’sday

It’s Tuesday again which means it’s time for another fantastic scrapbooking tutorial. Today we have a special treat and have guest blogger Amber Sheaves sharing with us some great ways on how to use today’s steal, the American Crafts Stamp Markers.

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I love these stamp markers because they are less expensive than stamp pads enabling you to get more ink colors for your money. The colors are vibrant and tips are very juicy! The markers are dual ended with a brush tip and a writing tip. The ends are slightly flexible giving you the ability to vary the thickness of the line by adding or reducing pressure and changing the angle at which it meets the paper. Below are the different thicknesses you can get with each end.

I found they work equally well on both clear photopolymer stamps and rubber stamps. Below I stamped with a clear stamp on the left and a rubber stamp on the right:

Clear Vs. Rubber

If you find for some reason they are not sticking to your clear stamp (ink tends to pool up on clear stamps especially acrylic ones) first ink the pad up with a clear embossing ink and then add your colored ink. When using markers on your stamps you will find that the ink will dry before you have time to stamp it just because it simply takes longer to color in the image by hand than it does to stamp it on a big stamp pad. These stamp markers are meant to stay wet on the stamp longer than regular markers. In some cases with more intricate work you will still need to re-wet the ink. To do this simply huff the inked image when you’re ready to stamp on paper. Do this by breathing on the stamp as you would to clean your sunglasses or a DVD.

Another use of the stamping markers  is with a color spritzer tool which takes the place of a spray ink. Just attach the marker to the tool and squeeze for these cool splatter effects.

These markers are acid-free so you can use them as journaling pens on your layouts.

You can also easily correct stamping mistakes! Take for instance this “hello friend” stamp. See how part of the image didn’t stamp well? Simply use the writing tip to go over the image and fill in the missing parts. This way you don’t have to start all over again if you incorrectly ink a stamp and mess up your project!

The American Crafts stamping markers enable you to get so much more use out of your stamps by allowing you to omit part of an image and to use multiple colors on one stamp. Let’s look at the “hello friend” stamp again. What if I didn’t want the friend part for some reason? With a stamp marker you can easily just stamp the portion of the stamp you want. But what if I wanted to do something fun with the colors? With markers I can make each letter a different color! You couldn’t do this with an ink pad.

Here’s an example of using multiple colors on one stamp. First I stamped the apple with an ink pad only in red. Not bad, kinda cute. But by using the markers I was able to add several colors to each making it really cute!

The markers can also be used to ink the edges of cards and layouts, getting into smaller spaces than those cats eye or teardrop pads.

You can get some really pretty effects as well. For these flowers, I first inked the center with Sunflower (when using multiple colors always start with the lightest color), then colored them in with Taffy, and then with Grape I drew lines from the center towards the tip of each petal for the variegated color.

One of the best parts of these markers is that you can use them to color in large parts of outlined images. I stamped the image in black Staz-On ink.

Since the markers are water-based you want to make sure to use a pigment ink for the outline so that when you go to color the image in you don’t make the outline bleed.

Here are some finished projects using the markers.

I hope I’ve convinced you how wonderful versatile these markers are!

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Why yes Amber! You have convinced me indeed! You’ve even convinced me that I really just need to take the plunge and brave some stamping. Your projects are amazing! Thank you again!

If you have an idea that you would like to be featured as a How To’sday tutorial, don’t be shy. Please send your text and images to and we will be happy to feature your idea!

I’ll see you tomorrow for our next installment to the Garnet series of Mid Week Mojo.

Have a great day everyone!

My Mind’s Eye Good Day Sunshine | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 6

I don’t know about you but at this time every year, when the winter blahs set in, I’m always looking for something, anything, to get me out of the winter blues. Today’s steal, Good Day Sunshine by My Mind’s Eye, was the perfect break from the dreary world.

When I was trying to decide what photos to scrap, I thought of one of our friends and wonderful customers, Michelle Beaudry, who recently added a bit of sunshine to the dreary winter world, and asked her if I could use photos of her new little princess for this week’s Mid Week Mojo. Even though these papers aren’t typical “baby,” I thought the collection worked delightfully with these sweet sleeping photos of baby Alexis.

The Good Day Sunshine collection comes with some great die-cut pieces which make adding the finishing touches to a layout a snap!

Thank you Michelle for letting me preserve a little piece of your family history. I will get this layout out to you soon!

Now it’s time for our lucky weekly winner.

This week congrats are heading out to a lucky first time Mid Week Mojo Participant, Heather Wilson.

Heather, I love that the powers picked you since you are new to the fun.  If you will please send an email with your address to, letting them know you are this week’s winner, we will be happy to send a prize out to you!

If you are new to our site and want to join in on the fun we would love to have you!

If you would like to be eligible for this week’s random drawing, be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, January 23rd at 11:59 MST.

If you have any other questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

American Crafts Amy Tangerine | Monday Card Madness #67

I am so beyond excited about today’s steal, the Amy Tangerine Collection by American Crafts. This collection is the perfect combination of colors and designs, whimsy and fun and the add on option of mixed tape? Well, it’s a must!

I had so much fun creating cards for today’s sketch. I wanted to focus my design this week on the mixed tape. I love mixed tape and the different designs made for a perfect embellishment border down the side of my card.

I then switched things up a little bit and added some strips of the fabric paper. Soooooooo cute!

I seriously couldn’t help myself since it’s such an amazing collection to use, and made two more cards not following any sort of sketch at all.

I’m so excited that a few more people have expressed interest in this quarter’s card swap. It’s not too late! We’d love to see your creations and make this current swap a huge success.

Here are the details just in case you missed them.

  • This card swap will not have any particular theme.
  • The only requirements is that you send ten cards with envelopes to be received at the ScrapbookSteals warehouse by February 16th.
  • Cards can be sent to this address:

ATTN: Card Swap
2181 California Ave., #400
Salt Lake City, UT  84104

  • After sending your cards please send me an email to, letting me know to be on the lookout for your cards.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Also, if you’d like to be eligible for the January random drawing for Monday Card Madness, all you need to do is complete any (or all) of the Monday Card Madness sketches, post your creation to our fan page or your own personal blog, then leave a link on this blog to that creation no later than 11:59 PM MST on Friday, February 3rd, 2012.