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Simple Cards with Dimension | Monday Card Madness #29

Simple Cards with Dimension | Monday Card Madness #29

Pure delight! There really isn’t much more to say about today’s steal, the American Crafts Dimensional Stickers.

From the moment I saw them I was dreaming about using them on cards. Honest! I love how they truly finish off a card in a breeze making it look as if you spent extra time making the effort to achieve a dimensional look.

For this week’s card sketch I had fun with lots of layers, leaving a good sized area to show off the dimensional stickers.

They were so much fun to make!

I also flipped the sketch so that I could create cards with the stickers that worked better with a vertical format.

The cards being posted to our Facebook fan page and blogs have been truly amazing. I hope that you have all also taken on the challenge of sending out joy. I know I’ve said it before, but sending out the cards I have made is truly a highlight of my week.

Also remember after creating your cards to post them to our Facebook fan page or personal blog then leave a link with your creation here on the blog in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. You have until May 6th at 11:59 pm MST to have your creations posted in order to be eligible for our monthly drawing.

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for another fantastic How To’sday, this time brought to you by Stephanie Umpleby. If any of you have admired her photo collages, then tomorrow you will find out exactly how she creates them.

Contest ends Friday, May 6th at 11:59 pm. Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older.

A La Carte, What’s Your Pick? | Mid Week Mojo #35

A La Carte, What’s Your Pick? | Mid Week Mojo #35

There’s something I truly love about a la cart offerings, and today’s steal, the A La Carte collection kit by American Crafts collection is of no exception. It’s nice having a little bit of this and a little bit of that and this kit truly delivers just enough of so many different color schemes that it’s sure to please even the pickiest scrappers.

I was so drawn to the red, yellow and green combo that I used papers with those colors to create this week’s Mojo.

I love the combination of bold and subtle patterns which work so well together.

You can’t beat the booklet of alphabet rubons, which I used to create my title.

I switched the sketch up a little bit for my layout since I found I had more than a few sentences that I wanted to say.  I simply moved my title to the bottom of the page and added my journaling across the center of the layout.

The creations from last week’s sketch have truly been some of my favorites. It’s so fun to see you all offer ideas and inspiration to each other. And now for our lucky random winner.  Congrats to Charity Hotrum-Becker!

I hope you enjoy this week’s sketch as much as last week’s. I can’t believe we are half way through to our next big giveaway.  To enter, comment on this blog post with a link to your photo of this week’s Mojo page (a link to a photo from our Facebook fan page or personal blog) no later than Monday, March 28 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

As always…scrap happy!  :)

Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person. Winnings are not for resale.

American Crafts Stamp Markers and Stamps! Let the Pro Show You How!

American Crafts Stamp Markers and Stamps!  Let the Pro Show You How!

Misty Buck.  Even though she denies it, there is one name that definitely has professional stamper attached to it.  When Melodee told me that we’d be featuring the American Crafts Stamping Markers and Stamp Sets I knew that she was the go to girl to give us a fantastic blog post on how to use the markers!

You all know how much I love stamping 😉 ;), so I will turn you over to the pro herself!

Can I tell you how excited I am to be guesting on Scrapbook Steal’s blog!!!???

When Kristy asked me to stamp something up for you all I wholeheartedly accepted, but before we start you have to know that I am no expert. I have always loved art. I started scrapbooking back in 1993 when I was still a highschooler. I remember conserving every last bit of paper-before there were aisles of it! I went on to earn my BA in Architecture in 1999 and worked in the field for a few years before starting our family. Now I stay at home/work from home and use scrapping and stamping as my creative outlets

Without further ado here are a few projects I’ve whipped up using American Crafts clear stamps titled “Wishes”, “Laughter”, “Fun”, “Rascal”, and “Birthday” along with AC stamping markers. First, I’ll begin with a short tutorial on how to get started.

You’ll need an acrylic block to mount your clear stamps on. They cling to the block without any kind of adhesive. These American Crafts stamps hold AMAZINGLY well.

I like to ink up my clear stamps in Versamark watermark ink first. I think it helps the stamp grab the ink. Below is a picture of a stamp I colored without Versamark and then with. See the difference?

After inking up the image with Versamark color it directly with your markers…choosing colors as you go along that compliment each other.

When your image is all colored turn it over and press it onto your paper. I chose a heavier, watercolor, type paper because I knew I’d be using water on my images. Blend the marker inks by using a water brush or a small paintbrush.

Because these markers are water based they’re perfect for this technique. You can also go back in and add other colors as highlights and blend again. I added in a little yellow on the frosting. Using a heavier paper is key in getting good results.

I hope this helps you on your journey to finding joy in stamping and being able to use them on more of your projects.

Check out the other amazing projects that Misty made using stamps from Today’s Steal!

Rocket Card featuring Rascal Set

Deer Card featuring Laughter Set:

You Make Me Happy card featuring Fun Set:

Princess Layout featuring Wishes Set:

Misty, I truly cannot thank you enough for sharing your amazing talents with us!  You know, I may actually give stamping a second chance after reading your Versamark tip!  Definitely something to think about!

If you’ve enjoyed seeing today’s ‘how to’ by Misty, be sure to check in next week as I’d like to introduce my new ideas for the New Year and the blog!  Start your wheels turning if you think you have a ‘how to’ that you’d like to share with all of us.

I hope your weekend is fabulous!

As always!  Scrap Happy!

New Year, New Sketch, New Guest Designer! Welcome Jana Paddington! (MWM #24)

New Year, New Sketch, New Guest Designer!  Welcome Jana Paddington! (MWM #24)

Oh my goodness, I am sooooooooo over the moon excited about today’s guest sketch designer, Jana Paddington.

It seems like an eternity ago that I approached her to see if she would like to be our first guest designer of 2011.  I always have a wee bit of anxiety asking, in fear that someone will say no, but thankfully Jana said yes!  You’ll be thankful too when you see the amazing projects that she has created using today’s steal, the American Crafts, Letterbox collection.

Of course I wasn’t going to let Jana off the hook without sharing some insight on her experience with us:  :)

Somebody pinch me!  Am I dreaming?

When Kristy asked me to be a guest designer…I was BEYOND excited!  I’m not worthy!  Let’s face it, I’m pretty new to these scraptastic adventures (relatively speaking)!  I’m coming up on my two-year anniversary of scrapping…I just needed a “subject” to get me started (enter my 21 month old little girly)!  While I’ve loved every minute, thank goodness for Scrapbook Steals (Kristy, Melodee and all the amazing fans) to help guide me along the way!

After I asked Kristy if she was sure…(I mean, really, you’re serious?), I didn’t think scrappy life could get any better!  AND THEN Kristy let me in on which kit they might be sending me…I nearly passed out!

While I flipped through the awesome-ness of this kit, I was pretty sure that I was going to do a couple of layouts for Joely…I mean, it’s got a pretty girly vibe.  After a second look, nuh-uh, no way…I was totally going to use my sketch to do a layout for each of my little monkeys!  There is some serious boy potential in this kit!

For Joely’s layout, I wish, wish, wish I had put her in a pink shirt this day, but instead she’s wearing her ridiculously cute Andee Lew bright RED shirt from (super cute shirt, not a great match for my layout)!  I could have chosen another photo (I mean, let’s be serious…every little girl has a billion photos featuring pink clothing), but I’m madly in love with this photo, so black and white was my solution!  I think it turned out great.  The only add-ons that I used that aren’t included in the kit were the two pieces of ribbon (also American Crafts), Martha Stewart inks, and the Sew Easy floss (ahem, all three were previous steals)!

Little Owen’s layout…this little dude gets cuter and cuter every day (I’m not even biased…)!  We were so lucky to get his coy little smile on camera…this was one photo that wasn’t going to sit in my scrappy space unscrapped for long!  I can’t believe how well the colours all worked for this layout!  For those of you looking for some neutral, un-girly pages…rejoice!  It just goes to show the versatility that this collection has!  The add-ons again include the AC ribbon, MS ink, Sew Easy floss and Basic Grey buttons (which I can NEVER get enough of)!

(Jana’s amazing photo frame)

I have had soooooooooo much fun with this kit…a huge thanks to Kristy and Melodee for giving me this fantastic opportunity!  I can’t WAIT to see what all you awesome ladies come up with!

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy this kit once you get it!  It’s so stinkin’ cute!  I might have to steal a second one! <3

Seriously Jana, thank YOU for being such a fantastic guest sketcher!  I too cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with when creating.  The Facebook page is going to be amazing this week!

Now for our first weekly winner of 2011.

Congratulations goes out to Charissa Miller.

What a fantastic layout that Charissa made!   First off, I LOVE the fact that she actually scrapbooked Christmas…a feat I rarely accomplish, and I also love that she documented such a sweet memory for her kiddos.   Charissa, please send us your address to and we will get something sent out to you!

Well, there ya go girls!  First MWM of the year.  I know I can’t wait to see your interpretations of Jana’s amazing sketch, and I’m sure that she is equally as excited.

Don’t forget that you have until next Monday at midnight to post your creations to our Facebook fan page with a link to this blog posting in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.  Also don’t forget our challenge this year to reach 7,000 fan photos….and what better way to accomplish that than to share, share, share!  I KNOW you can do it.  :)  The offer still stands, if we reach 100 shares in a week then we will have two weekly drawings.

Thanks again Jana!  I always look forward to our guest sketchers….speaking of….you will not want to miss a fun little twist that we will be announcing along with our amazing guest that we have lined up for next month!

See you all on Friday!  I know I already need my tissue box handy to wipe my tears.  It’s going to be an amazing project, thanks to all of YOU!  :)

Scrap happy!

Welcome to my Abode!

Welcome to my Abode!

Okay, so maybe not *my* abode, but let me show you some of the fun things that I created with today’s steal, the American Crafts Abode collection.

I have been dying for WEEKS to get my chance to play with this kit.  When I saw it I instantly knew what I wanted to create and begged Melodee to place it on a Friday, so that I could make a Friday project.

The fun papers and embellishments scream kitchen to me, and I’m sort of a recipe junkie, so I thought it would be fun to make a recipe box.

I went to the store to look for a standard recipe box and wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t find one!  My boys were being little banshees so we hit the dollar spot and here is what I found.  This cute little Holiday gift bucket.

I removed the ribbon then set about covering the sides of the bucket.  I found that the sides of the bucket were slightly odd, so it was easiest to adhere the paper to the side with photo tape, then use my craft knife to cut away the excess.

I continued the same procedure on all four sides, then added some ribbon to cover up the rough edges.

I then added ‘recipes’ to the front of my box using the delicious brown Thickers that come with the kit.

After adding a few more embellishments my recipe box was complete!

I couldn’t believe how perfectly some of the ‘Just Write’ cards worked for actual recipe cards.

I then made dividers to separate my favorite things to cook; Main Dishes, Side Dishes and of course….YUM!  Desserts!

This recipe box would make a fantastic gift for a friend, or family member that loves to cook.  I mean aren’t we all looking for new favorite recipes to try?  This would even make a great bridal shower gift filled with tried and true recipes, and maybe a new set of meauring spoons hanging off the side.

While parousing the dollar spot, I couldn’t help but look for more items that I could transform using the Abode collection.

I found this 2011 planner and thought it would be fun to spice up a little.

I covered the front with various papers, added a ribbon closure, a few embellishments and now I have a fancy planner which I will most likely use to plan my menu!

I think this collection was not only made to create fantastic scrapbook pages and projects, but of course cards.  So many of the embellishments make the perfect and simple addition to complete a darling card in minutes.

I had to use the coffee cup embellishment, so I made a cute little ‘Thanks a Latte’ card.

I couldn’t stop at just one card and had to made one more using a variety of the embellishments from the kit.

American Crafts, you have outdone yourself, yet again.  Such a fun, whimsical, versatile and crazy cute collection of papers and goodies….and of course….how can we forget the Thickers.  ::swoon::

Now here is my little gift for you, since I can’t give each of you a recipe box filled with my favorite recipes.  I thought I would post a few of them here for you!

Spicy Pork/Chicken Chili

1.5 lb. pork tenderloin or chicken cubed (both is really good)

2 large onions, diced ( I use only 1)

4 celery rib, diced

2 tablespoons butter

6 cans (15.5 oz. each) great northern beans, rinsed & drained

4 cans (14.5 oz. each) chicken broth

2 cups water

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded & chopped

2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon each white pepper, cayenne pepper, ground cumin & pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (I actually just chop up the celery leaves…tastes really good).

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, optional (I usually leave this out…it’s pretty hot as it is).

1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese


In a large pot, cook the pork, onions & celery in butter until meat is browned. Stir in the next 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1.5 hours. Uncover; simmer 30-40 minutes longer or until chili reaeches desired consistency. Sprinkle with cheese.

Fruited Turkey (Chicken) Salad Pitas:

1/2 cup reduced fat plain yogurt

1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise (we use the Kraft Light)

2 Tbsp. lemon juice (I prefer it with lime juice)

1/2 tsp. pepper

4 cups cubed cooked turkey breast (and yes…it rocks with turkey. I bought “Peppered Turkey” and it was amazing!)

2 celery ribs, thinly sliced

1 medium apple, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh spinach

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup chopped pecans

8 pita breads (6 in.), halved

16 romaine leaves

8 slices red onion, separated into rings (I just chopped up the onion and put it in the salad)

1. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, celery, apple, spinach, cranberries and pecans. Add yogurt mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

2. Line pita halves with lettuce and onion; fill each with 1/2 cup turkey mixture.

Nutrition facts: 2 filled pita halves equals 393 calories, 11g fat (2 g saturated fat), 66 mg. cholesterol, 501 mg sodium, 45 g. carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein.


1 cup butter (just ignore that little fat, I mean, fact)

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 – 3 1/2 Cups flour

4 Tablespoons sugar

4 Tablespoons cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Blend inflour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.

Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar mixture

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Roll-ups

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

2 turkey bacon strips, halved

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Flatten chicken to 1/4-in, thickness. Place egg and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in egg, then coat with bread crumbs.

Combine cheese and tomatoes. Place 1/4 cup cheese mixture down the center of each chicken breast; top each with bacon. Roll up from a short side; secure with toothpicks. Place on greased baking sheet; drizzle with oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Don’t forget to throw out the toothpicks. Probably wouldn’t taste so well!

Have a wonderfully scrappy weekend everyone!