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American Crafts HollyDay | Monday Card Madness #58

Can you believe that Christmas is only one month and eleven days away! That means if you are going to make handmade holiday cards and haven’t yet started then today’s steal, the HollyDay collection by American Crafts is the perfect one to help that happen.

HollyDay is chock-full of traditional reds and greens with a splash of modern silver. There are patterns that sparkle and will entice Holiday wonder in the youngsters as well as bring a smile to your neighbors face. (Oh and this collection is so big that you’ll have oodles of left over to scrap your holiday memories as well!)

I decided to make the tags that are included in today’s steal the main focus of this weeks card sketch.  I also split the design of the front of the card, mixing two different patterns since there are really so many different choices that I wanted to show them all! (Or a few of them anyway. 😉 )

The card postings that we’ve been seeing on our Facebook fan page are fantastic. If you’d like to be eligible for the November 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, December 2nd, 2011.

For those of you that participated in the Holiday card swap, your cards are AMAZING! They will be heading back out to you this week.

I hope you have a great Monday!

American Crafts Nightfall | Monday Card Madness #56

Wow! Can you believe it’s already Halloween? What better way to celebrate than with today’s highly functional and multi-purpose collection Nightfall by American Crafts?

I truly cannot say enough praise about the fantastic job that American Crafts has done on this collection.

Single-handedly this collection can meet the needs of Halloween.

Fall fun projects.

And even generic as can be!

This collection even comes complete with a set of the chalkboard journaling tags, which are so much fun!

So if you’ve been waiting for that perfect fall/Halloween collection to come your way, then I’d have to say that the wait is over.

You have until Friday to complete any of the October Monday Card Madness sketches in order to be eligible as our October Monday Card Madness winner. All you need to do is have your card creation posted somewhere online and linked to one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts by November 4th at 11:59PM MST.

Also we are closing in on the deadline for the current card swap.

Here is this week’s reminder with info:

  • This particular swap is a holiday-themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, holiday or winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes.
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next How To’sday tutorial.

American Crafts Hello Sunshine | Mid Week Mojo

Opal Club — Layout 1

I love guest designer weeks and today we are treated to two amazing sketches by our wonderful friend and fan, Van Nguyen. I also love when the steal that a guest gets to work with happens to be an outstandingly cute collection as is today’s steal the American Crafts Hello Sunshine collection.

Van, take it away! :)

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So let us all rewind back to the beginning of August and take a peek into an email conversation I had with Kristy Lee (our mojo maker extraordinaire) and Lisa Mack (our scrappy buyer powerhouse).

Kristy Lee: How do you feel about being our guest sketcher for October? I know it’s early but we like to plan.
Me: Um, YES!!  Oh…wait.  ::hitting myself over the head:: I can’t. We will be traveling for most of September and October. So, I think that’s a no. ::hanging head in shame::
Kristy Lee: Well, it’s only August. What if we got you stuff to play with now?? Calling Lisa…
Lisa Mack: Done.
Me: What do you mean done?
Lisa Mack: Tell me who you love and I’ll send something out by the end of the week.
Me: Kristy Lee and Lisa Mack, I love you.

Okay…enough of that…onto the more important stuff.

Let me first just rave a about the American Crafts Hello Sunshine collection. It is gorgeous! Drop dead stunning. Beautiful bright colors. Adorable patterns. High quality paper. And the printed craft paper – to DIE for. But in addition to all this paper, you also get two sets of these amazing Thickers (which may be one of my favorite fonts ever), dimensional stickers (which make adding embellishments so easy), chipboard borders, a massive sticker book, and printed ribbon! In all honesty, this might be my all time favorite kit.

Now, here is the sketch for the week.

And this is what I made with it.

There are a couple of things I wanted to highlight about this:

  • Circle Die Cut: First, I really wanted to highlight the beautiful patterned paper. So using a die-cut circle in kraft as my guide, I arranged a number of 2×2 squares to make a faux quilt. I also added faux stitching with my white gel pen (because, let’s be serious – I don’t even know where my sewing machine is these days).
  • Main Title: “This Girl” — The American Crafts paper die cuts beautifully. I used my Cricut to cut out the title (from Kerri Bradford Studios) and there was not a single snag in sight. I used a lace sticker from the Remarks sticker book to add a center to the flower just behind the main title.
  • Subtitle: I won’t lie. I added the subtitle just so I could use the Thickers – which are beautiful. They are printed with a white lace background which is so subtle and feminine.
  • Journaling Strips: Each sheet of paper has a tear-apart border strip that, conveniently enough, is also the perfect size of my little journaling strips.
  • Butterfly Elements: To highlight the white on white die cut background I made (using an EK success border punch), I punched out some extra border strips using the patterned paper and added American Crafts photo turns to create butterflies.

Here is a close-up of the butterfly element strip along the bottom.

Just for fun, and because i was dying to use some of the lantern elements in the other papers, I made a second layout as well.

With this one, I really wanted to use the lantern elements from one of the printed kraft sheets. So I cut each lantern out and “strung” them along a piece of embroidery floss. To create the sense of twinkling lights, I swirled some white paint (using a paint daubers) behind each lantern and then sprayed the white swirls with glimmer mist. The little star stickers are also from the Remarks sticker book in the kit.

Here’s a close-up of the lanterns.

And just for kicks, here’s a sketch if you so desire.

Finally, here is a card made with this gorgeous collection as well.

The raindrops on the printed kraft were just begging to be paired with these whimsical umbrellas. So I punched out some of the umbrellas using a 2-inch circle punch and mounted them on scallop circles. I also layered three different ribbons to create a border strip along the center of the card.

Could you also image how perfect these papers would be for a baby or bridal shower layout? The possibilities are endless and I think I might have to steal another kit for myself. I love it that much.  :)

Thanks again to Kristy Lee, Lisa Mack and the ScrapbookSteals community for this amazing and wonderful opportunity. I had so much fun creating these layouts and cards and can’t wait to see what you make!

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Van, thank you! Your creations are absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see what creations start popping up on our Facebook Fan page.

Now as if this week hasn’t been exciting enough it’s now time for our two giveaways.

First off our lucky random winner of the Topaz #10 is Deborah Johnson.

Deborah, please send an email with your address to and we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

Now it’s time for the announcement of our lucky Topaz prize pack winner.  ::::drum roll:::::

Congratulations goes out to Charissa Miller. Lucky #15.

You should be proud of your dedication and hard work over the past 10 weeks (as should everyone! :) ). As a reward you are the winner of the Kiwi Lane Designer Template / My Minds Eye Lime Twist prize package. If you will send our service department an email with your address we will get your prize sent out to you and get you all set up to jump into our Opal series with flair!

For those of you that have questions about Mid Week Mojo and want to join in as we begin our next series of 10 sketches, you can find all of the information here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Congrats again to you lovely winners, thank you again to our amazing guest desginer Van, and the warmest of welcomes to our Opal Club series.

American Crafts, The Classics | Monday Card Madness #50

Every now and again I like to shake things up on a Monday and have a guest create the Monday Card Madness. Today you’ll find that one of my “go-to” girls, Misty Buck has not only created an amazing and unique style of card, but she has totally made today’s steal, the American Crafts, The Classics Collection shine.

I admit that I’ve never seen a kick stand design of a card before. I love the sketch and can’t wait to try it out myself.

I love the variety of patterns and rich colors of today’s steal. Misty’s has done such an incredible job putting together the papers and embellishments to create these gorgeous cards.

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Thanks so much Misty for sharing your amazing talents with us yet again!

If you’d like to be eligible for our next monthly drawing, your cards will need to be posted and linked by Friday, September 30th, at 11:59 pm MST.

Now for those of you that have been anxiously awaiting our next card swap, here are the details.

  • This particular swap is a Holiday themed swap.
  • Create 10 cards following a Christmas, Holiday or Winter theme. (*Please leave me a note if you have a preference of Christmas or Holiday cards and I will do my best to sort accordingly).
  • All cards must include envelopes
  • Cards must be received at the Scrapbook Steals warehouse by November 7, 2011. (Scrapbook Steals, Attn: Card Swap, 2181 California Ave., #400, SLC, UT  84045)
  • Once your cards have gone postal, be sure to send an email to letting me know they are on their way.
  • Lastly wait patiently for 10 amazing creations by different artists to find their way back to your door!

Can’t wait to see what amazingness will shortly be passing through my fingers. :)

Be sure to check in tomorrow for a fantastic How To’sday tutorial by Becci Manies.

American Crafts City Park | Mid Week Mojo

Topaz Club — Layout 7

I love the first Wednesday of each month. I love everything about it. Not only is it Mid Week Mojo, but it’s our guest sketcher week as well! Today we have an exceptional treat as Charissa Miller totally rocks to perfection today’s steal, the American Crafts City Park collection.

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I am so excited to be September’s guest sketcher! I remember when my Facebook chat window popped up with Kristy asking me how I would feel about being a guest sketcher.  I had been having the worst day and it immediately turned around (I believe I squealed out loud, which greatly confused my daughter).  I was so excited and then, yes, extremely nervous.  My husband was convinced I had lost my mind when I excitedly called him to tell him the good news, but men don’t get it anyway.

Then when Kristy asked if I would like to work with American Crafts City Park, I almost fell out of my chair.  I have loved City Park since it was first released, but had never gotten a chance to get it. I am a sucker for the bright, cheerful colors in the collection and the fun, floral embellishments.

This first sketch was inspired by some photos my mom took of Akiha playing at our neighborhood play structure. I was so happy my mom had taken these, because for whatever reason I have no good photos of Akiha playing in our neighborhood and the colors and mood of City Park just call for children playing outside!

The first thing I noticed when I received the collection was the absolutely gorgeous Delights paper flowers. They simply needed to find a home on this layout layout.

I’ve been seeing more and more layouts with these long embellishment “strips” along one side of the layout and the Delights were perfect for this. Plus, I got to add a few of the chipboard stickers and glitter stickers as additional embellishments to really fill out the idea of a flower garden outdoors.

I also really loved the ribbons that came with this collection, particularly the little yellow pom-poms. So cute!  They worked perfect to frame my journaling block.

I wanted to do another sketch, because I had to find a way to use the glittery cloud paper. I seriously felt this overwhelming need to use it. I might have a small cloud obsession … only a small one though! Plus these photos of Akiha passed out in our chair were just the perfect colors for City Park.

I am not usually a fan of flat stickers, but the glitter emphasis on the stickers gives them so much pop. Plus, I was able to layer them with the chipboard embellishments that do pop off the page and it gives such great dimension to the layout, even though the embellishments are simpler on this page. Oh, and who can forget the gorgeous Thickers? I am particularly fond of these soft blue green ones.

After completing the two layouts, I decided to make some cards out of some of what I still had left! The cheerful color of the collection lends itself to lots of happy sentiments.
I had to use at least one of the tags that come in the collection — I absolutely love them. They are so colorful and happy. I could not manage to get them into a layout a way that I liked (even though I tried and tried), but this yellow floral tag certainly made for a cute card!

There are lots of dogs in the collection, so I made this thank you card using some of the dog paper and stickers. My mother-in-law is a dog lover, so I have a feeling this card will be making its way to her eventually.

Here are the other two cards I made:

Here is the best part of the collection though – while I am basically out of embellishments (a couple embellishment heavy layouts and cards will do that to you) I seriously have enough paper to do two more layouts and at least four more cards! There is a lot here!
I want to thank Kristy and Scrapbooksteals for letting me guest sketch. I had so much fun and definitely will always be grateful for the experience!

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Charissa, thank you so much for being our guest this week. You have truly done an outstanding job with the City Park collection. I’m sure you will be as eager as I am to see what everyone creates with your sketch this week.

Remember that you have until next Monday, September 12th at 11:59 pm MST in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing. For those of you that have questions regarding our Mid Week Mojo, you can find all of the details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Now it’s time to announce our lucky random winner from Topaz 6. Congrats goes out to Cyndee Kawa!

Cyndee, thanks so much for participating each week! I truly love your gift of being able to capture the every day moments of your family’s life. Precious memories for sure. If you will send an email with your address to, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

Have a great day and get scrap happy!