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Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies | How To’sday

Great for a variety of projects from layouts, to cards, decor, gifts, and more, Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies are a quick and easy way to cut multiple identical shapes at once. Simply pop out the dies and adhere them to any embellishment or design you can dream of.

I did panic when I first saw these dies – they were SO long! I knew I didn’t have any 12″ long cutting plates, so I borrowed some from a friend. When I started working with the dies, I soon realized that you DON’T have to have the long plates. They can be used just as easily with the standard sized plates. Here are the two sized plates they can be used with:

I found it easier to tape down my dies so that they didn’t move on the paper as I was putting it through the machine. This also allowed me to use whichever machine I wanted. To use smaller plates, just put it through the machine twice, moving the cutting plates on the paper.

I also used some cardboard to make it go through a little tighter and ensure the cutting of the shapes.

I loved that the shapes were already lined up without having to keep repositioning them and trying to get them all to run in a straight line! Also, being able to use the negative shaped paper as a background for a layout along with the shapes themselves was an added bonus.


Here is the layout I created:

I used both the negatives for the background and the shapes themselves. I covered the shapes in different colored and patterned washi tapes, sticking some of them back down onto the base and ‘popping’ some of them up for more texture.

Some of these sets come with two additional single punches included. I thought I would try these out by making a card using a similar technique. I taped my single dies down onto the card and ran them through my die cut machine.

Again, I used both the negative piece and the cut out shape.


Again, I added washi tape behind the cut outs and used the shape to ‘pop’ up the butterfly and give some more dimension to the card.

I hope this has inspired you to use more dies, and the possibilities really are endless! You can be as creative as you like!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com. Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Coral series.

October Afternoon Holiday Style | Monday CRAFT Madness

Today’s steal, the October Afternoon Holiday Style, was the inspiration for an exciting change of events in the ScrapbookSteals.com lineup.

Today is our FIRST Monday Craft Madness! We’re putting a spin on the traditional Monday Card Madness by giving you a theme/sketch each week and allowing you to create any project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) as long as it fits the theme.

Let’s get started! This week’s theme is:

Christmas & Holiday!

I was extra excited when I saw this collection in person and saw just how super cute it is. There are lots of bright colors and patterns and so  many embellishments included in the kit.  It was hard to know when to stop creating! I created a sketch you can use for inspiration for cards of layouts if that is the type of project you choose.

 

There are so many fun papers, journaling cards, stickers, buttons, ribbon, and twine that I wanted to use it all!

I love the typical Christmas colors of green and red and these papers went together perfectly. I used of all the papers and embellishments, and a few of my own. I added some glitter, gems, snowflakes, and embroidery floss  … and voilà!

The holidays always make me think of snow, too. (I can’t imagine why when I live in Park City!) This collection also contains snowy papers and colors and the cute pompom trim. I used the same sketch for this card, adding stitching to represent one of the layers instead of paper.

 

 

As always, I love to flip a sketch! I love how they can be adapted to suit your needs. I turned the sketch on its side to accommodate my December journal card. I added the flower embellishment underneath my button and moved the sentiment sticker to the right hand side. But as you can see, it is still the same sketch!

 

 

There are so many fun pieces in this collection, the  possibilities really are endless. I hope you enjoy!

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We’re so excited to get the new MCM going! The rules are  still the same– you have until the last Thursday of the month to create and share your project using any of the themes or sketches we provide. We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code at the end of the month! Just note that this is separate from Mid Week Mojo, so you’ll have at least two fun projects a week you can dive into. :)

Don’t forget to check back in with us tomorrow for a fun How To’sday post!

 

October Afternoon Sasparilla Collection

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Howdy ladies! Today is all about October Afternoon’s Sasparilla Collection Kit – country fairs, cowboy hats, and lots of “giddy up” fun! Fall Design Team member Julie Koets shows us a cute way to turn today’s steal into adorable, fun layouts – and she’s also thrown in a few cards to inspire you too!

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When I learned  that I’d get to work with the Sasparilla collection from October Afternoon, I think I may have let out a “yee haw!”  I am a cowgirl at heart and was thrilled to dig in to this fun collection.  Obviously, these papers and embellishments work well with all of your “typical” cowboy and western style photos (horseback riding, pony rides at the zoo, wild west adventures).  I think they would also be great for a cowboy themed party or make adorable nursery decorations for a little buckaroo.  I love the denim paper, little flyers, and the chip n’ stick embellishments that I showcased on this layout:

 

 

And if you’re not a cowboy or cowgirl, have no fear. The earthy home style prints work perfectly for lots of other events.  I used the alpha stickers, fun trims from the wrap pack, and lots of journaling cards to document a family trip to the fair:

 

 

While some of the prints are definitely western themed, the “b sides” are super versatile and can be used for so much more. I just had to put together one more layout using the fun teal and gray papers.  I fussy cut the cloud from a piece of patterned paper and layered up some flower sack embellishments for this laid back layout:

 

 

For all of you card makers, these prints are fun and bold and can be great for masculine cards.  I used some of my scraps and threw together these simple cards:

 

 

Thanks so much for checking out my design team projects this month!

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Julie – I just love your layouts! The papers and embellishments are so much fun, and I love how you have shown their versatility. The cards are super cute too! I love the masculine feel to them and just wish I could throw together such great cards like this.Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for an exciting spin on MCM!

Party and Special Occasion Gift Bags and Cards Surprise Steal!

Dress up every gift with fine style and thoughtful sentiment by spending a crafty evening with this collection of Party and Special Occasion Gift Bags and Cards. With everything you need to beautifully dress up any gift, this steal is the perfect way to stock up on supplies to make the holidays look and feel their best. From sturdy and elegant gift bags to selections of delicate tissue paper and blank gift cards, all at one heck of a steal of a deal, you’ll be ready to present your loved ones with the most heartfelt creations.

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Authentique Enchanted and Glowing Mega Kit | Mid Week Mojo

Coral – Layout 7

Happy Halloween! Steal Boutique’s Karina Wetzel created some delightfully spooky crafts with today’s steal, the Authentique Enchanted and Glowing Mega Kit. Karina already wowed us with her great MCM creation this week, and today is no different! This collection is the perfect kit to scrap Halloween memories, create creepy crafts and decor for next year, or to whip up invites for future Halloween bonanzas.

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When asked to play with the Authentique Enchanted and Glowing Mega Kit, I may or may not have squealed a little! There are so many things about this collection that I love.

Authentique has to be one of my favorite brands to work with! I love the bold and funky designs and wow, the papers are to die for! As I looked at this collection I couldn’t believe how many things there were. Once again, I was very impressed! Then my mind was going 100 mph with all the possibilities, so why stop at just a layout? So, my friends, that is when I decided to make a bunch of Halloween projects!

Here is the Layout that I came up with for MWM:

I made the 3D flowers by cutting circles and then crimping the paper a bit for more of a distressed look. Then I just layered and added a cute brad on top.

And of course I had to make a card:

Then, how fun is this simple treat bag:

 

 

And finally this last project came to me in a dream {please tell me that I’m not the only one} and I just had to make it:

Oh my! I could have made many more things. I cant wait to scrapbook my Halloween pictures from this year with this collection!

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Thanks so much, Karina! You’re welcome to come back and inspire anytime you want. :) There will be no MWM next week, but we have something very special you won’t want to miss! MWM will be back the following week as usual, so don’t worry! There will still be lots of inspiration coming your way.

Now it’s time to announce our winner for last week’s Mid Week Mojo. Congratualtions…

Krista Cook for a beautiful interpretation of Coral #6! Krista, please send an email with your address to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send some scrappy swag  your way!

For those of you that are new to our site, each Wednesday we provide a new sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MST to have your creations posted somewhere online and linked to this blog post. 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.