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We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter and Brads | How To’sday

I love a good tool and I think any paper crafter knows We R Memory Keepers definitely has some pretty amazing crafting tools. Today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter, is no exception. Add the bundle of sparkly mini brads and you’ve got the makings for some happiness that would rival Bob Villa with a new power tool.

Today Cristine Redmond shows us some fantastic uses with the brad setter and brads.

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How many of you can relate to this scenerio:  You want to put a brad on your project so you pierce a hole, put the brad in, flip over the project, then continue to poke and prod the tender spots under your nails as you try to set the brad.  Am I the only one?  I didn’t think so.  That is why I absolutely LOVE the We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter.  This has to be one of the best scrappy inventions out there.  Plus, it’s so easy to use I put my 5 year-old to work using it (supervised, of course!).

My biggest is getting to the age where she pretends she knows how to tell time.  Everything ends in “30″ (it’s always 5:30 or 12:30, etc.).  I thought I would help her make a clock so we can work on learning to tell time.  She is already excited to tell her teachers that she knows how to tell what time it is—and school doesn’t start for almost two months!

Here are the supplies we used:

I adhered the scalloped paper to the thick cardstock-y thing that comes with new calendars using rubber cement.  Then I marked the center spot and my daughter used the Brad Setter to pierce a hole.

We added some numbers to the page using Thickers, then used the Brad Setter to pierce a hole in the clock hands.  My biggie inserted the brad into the clock hands, then into the clock page itself and flipped it all over.  Using the other side of the Brad Setter, she pushed down to separate the brad legs (or tongs or whatever they are called).

Once they were separated, she used the head to push down the legs.

Seriously, I didn’t have to help her at all.  This tool makes it SO easy!  Here is a picture of the finished product:

Cute, right?  I thought I’d put the Brad Setter to use on a different kind of project…a card.

After I tied the bow on the card, I used the piercer to make a hole through the knot of the bow.  Then I put a brad in and used the other side to set it.  Seriously, you need this tool if you don’t have one.  I know you’re thinking, “But why would I spend money on this when I have perfectly good fingers to use?”  I thought the same thing, which is why I put off buying this tool forever.  You only need to poke the tender skin under your fingernails so many times before you begin to wonder if there is an easier way—luckily, there is!

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Cristine! I love it! I also love that you were able to get your biggie involved in some paper crafting with you. So much fun.

We have a pretty great lineup for the rest of the week, so don’t forget to stop by each day. Tomorrow is the final installment in the Turquoise Mid Week Mojo series, Thursday we are treated to a triple whammy from the Summer Design Team and Friday will be this months Blog Hop!

Have a fantastic day!

Bo Bunny Double Dot Brads

Brads have got to rank right up there for me in the go-tos of scrappy embellishments, but when you take a basic embellishment and fancy it up like today’s steal, the Bo Bunny Double Dot Brads, it turns from a go-to to a must have. The combination of colors and added designs will not only make my crafty projects shine but will sure dress up the limb joints of my kiddo’s paper people!

If you’re looking for more to do with your brads than paper people mobility, then today’s guest blogger, my long time friend and Bo Bunny Designer, Debbie Sherman can help you out! Grab a drink, and take a moment to relax and enjoy her creations.

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Good morning ScrapbookSteals Fans. I’m so excited to be here today as a guest of ScrapbookSteals!  I was even more excited when Kristy told me I’d be designing with Bo Bunny’s Double Dot brads. Now if you don’t know me, I am Bo Bunny’s biggest fan.  No really!  I have almost everything they have ever produced and the evidence in my scraproom.

Today I’m sharing a couple of projects with you that I had so much fun creating.  My first project is a layout of a wedding I went to last summer.  I took 500 photos and the bride and groom are dear friends of mine.

To create this layout I used a die cut sheet that had little flowers as a pattern.  I layered the die cut over the top of a sheet of white cardstock adhered both to a sheet of Enchanted Rose patterned paper and in the center of the flowers I adhered a Double Dot brad.  I matted my photo and embellished the remainder of the layout with yellow embellishments to coordinate with the yellow Double Dot Brads.

My next project continues with the wedding theme in form of a card.

To make this card I adhered my base layers and then stamped my sentiment on Enchanted Noteworthy. I then drew a heart shape around the sentiment and alternated Double Dot brads and jewels on the penciled heart. I finished up by embellishing with pink flowers and a flourish to match the pink Double Dot Brads.

Be sure to stop by my blog for more details on these projects or just to say hi.

Thank You ScrapbookSteals for having me as a guest!

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Thank you Debbie for sharing your projects with us. Be sure to check out Debbie’s blog. Lot’s of ideas you wont want to miss!

Make sure you stop by tomorrow for our May Blog Hop and your chance to win a $20.00 gift code from ScrapbookSteals.com as well as mounds of amazing inspiration.

ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop!

Button, button, whose got the button? Well let me tell you how excited I am to tell you that today seven incredibly talented designers have got the Basic Grey Buttons and Brads which are today’s steal here at ScrapbookSteals.com.

Join us now as we embark upon the first ever ScrapbookSteals blog hop!

Here’s the skinny on how it works. Stop by each designers blog to see what fantabulous creations they’ve made using the Basic Grey Buttons and brads. Be sure to leave a comment at each stop along the way, since one lucky person leaving a comment on one of the 8 blogs (this includes this ScrapbookSteals blog posting), will receive a $20 gift certificate to use in the ScrapbookSteals store! Not a bad reward for taking a little time out to fill the creative well with some amazing inspiration.

So without further adieu here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals Blog (YOU ARE HERE!!! Leave a comment! :) )
  2. Kristy Mackeen (GO HERE NEXT!)
  3. Staci Jones
  4. Amber Sheaves
  5. Cristine Redmond
  6. Venetia Holbrook
  7. Charity Becker
  8. Van Nguyen

Just for fun here are some little sneak peeks of the projects that you are about ready to see!

Have fun hopping, and remember you have until Sunday at 11:59 PM MST to drool over the creations and to leave your comment. A winner will be selected and announced on Monday in our Monday Card Madness blog posting.

Happy hopping!

P.S. If you have interest in participating in an upcoming ScrapbookSteals Blog Hop, please send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com, with Blog Hop in the subject line.