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Martha Stewart Edge Punches | Monday Card Madness #97

So you think there are enough punches in your stash to last a lifetime? Well, I’m pretty sure if you took 2.3 seconds to play with today’s steal, Martha Stewart Edge Punches, you’d be seriously reconsidering your thoughts about just how long a lifetime is. They come in timeless designs and fold up perfectly for storage. Yeah, I’m in love!

That Martha. She’s pretty much the bomb salad of punch making. (That’s a good thing!)

Given the fact that I was working with punches for cards this week I had a hard time going with a particular sketch. Punches are just perfect to modify ideas on a whim!

I used the Blossom Eyelet punch to create a trim to go down the length of my first card.  I then added a little washi and some embellies.

Next, I wanted to create a double border of eyelet blossoms so I punched down both sides of a strip of paper. I then got a little crazy with my washi collection and taped random colors beneath the flowers punch outs to create a subtle splash of color. I think this is one of my favorite washi uses yet!

I then used the same punch to create the edge of this card so that the inside pattern of the paper can peek through to match the strip on the left hand side. (I kinda really like this one!)

Then I switched gears to the Laurel Leaf edge punch. I’m gonna be honest — I think this is one of my very favorite punches to date! Such a great addition to so many projects!

I went simple and used this punch to make a basic border running the length of the card.

Then the crafty gears got spinning and I thought it would be fun to punch so that the leaf trim didn’t come completely unattached, but rather keep it attached to the paper I was punching from.

I then applied the same method to the base of this card and loved it so much that this is the official card for this week’s sketch!

Yup. I’m pretty pleased that these punches are now taking up minimal space in my crafty room. A great purchase indeed!

For those of you that don’t know already, we love to give things away here at ScrapbookSteals.com!

If you’d like to enter to win our August Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, August 31st.

Pretty easy, don’t you think?

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 kristy@stealnetwork.com 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!

Martha Stewart Edge Punch | Monday Card Madness #89

I’m gonna punch you!” Sadly, that’s a phrase I keep hearing exchanged between my boys now that summer is here. Won’t they be surprised when they hear “I’m gonna punch you” coming from my workroom? Granted, I’ll be talking to my paper, but that’s okay, right? With today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Edge Punches, I will be happily spouting off that phrase because I love border punches. What a snazzy and simple addition to cards and layouts alike! I truly cannot wait to steal them! Especially that Double Linked Trim.  Swoon!

Today we are in for a special sneak peek at the talents of upcoming summer design team member Kerys Sharrock.

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I was so excited when Kristy asked me to make the cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness and even more excited when I saw what product she wanted me to use! Who doesn’t love Martha Stewarts punches?! I was given two double edge punches (I must admit to never having worked with these before – only the border and standard punches) and was told to create! They were so easy to use and I came up with endless possibilities following this week’s sketch.

The first card I made was using the daisy chain trim and the linked trim. I decided that the linked trim looked a little like a fence, so I paired it up with an image from The Paper Shelter (I must admit I didn’t color this one – when you purchase the digi from the shop you get both a colored and non-colored image – perfect when you are in a rush!) I added pink cardstock behind the punched border to make it stand out more and then highlighted the whole thing with green cardstock. I used the daisy chain trim both in the corner, and also cutting an individual flower to add to the twine. The papers are Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens collection.


I then made a card using Simple Stories Fabulous collection. I used the daisy chain trim for the border and then cut some more of the flowers from the border and popped them up on foam dots.


Getting completely carried away – I made two more cards! The first was using kraft and general cardstock, a variety of stamps and bling! I used the daisy chain trim with bling and cut out some of the individual flowers to highlight the stamped images.

And lastly, I love to make rosette flowers. I often use the border punches for a bit of variety and decided I would see how it came out using a double-edge punch. The answer – perfect! They are so easy to make and just adds a bit more dimension. I used basic colored cardstock, and by adding different widths of the brown over the border strip, you get a number of different effects.

The Martha Stewart punches are so versatile and easy to use, they make crafting a piece of cake! As you can see, they can used in a variety of ways, from making borders, making rosettes and flowers, using individual sections of the borders for embellishments, the list is endless. Just use your imagination and have fun!

Thank you so much Kristy and Scrapbook Steals for asking me to use these products. MS punches are definitely on my wish list now!

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Kerys, your cards are truly exceptional! What a great pre-design-team treat. Thank you! And now I’m going to go hit that steal button because those edge punches are must have!

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 June 29th in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)

Let’s do our part to help collect 50,000 cards!

Good luck!