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Chalk ink Clouds | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday by Becci Manies has to be one of the most ingenious ideas I have ever seen when it comes to ink! I adore my Fluid Chalks and I think I’ll love them even more now after putting to use Becci’s tutorial on how to create clouds with chalk ink.

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Step 1. Start with your basic supplies: chalk ink, white cardstock, and a cloud template. I made mine by cutting a cloud shape into the top of a square scrap of cardstock. As you can see, it’s been well used.

Step 2. Start by positioning your template near the top of your (folded) card.


Step 3. Hold the template firmly down and start to brush your inkpad along the edges.

Step 4. Continue to ink along the edge until you have the first layer of clouds all the way across.


Step 5. My template is a bit small, so I move it and stagger it so that the cloud shape is slightly varied between lines of clouds


Step 6. Ta da! You have your first line of clouds.


Step 7. You can continue this for many lines, as far down the card as you would like. I started to use a lighter shade of aqua on the third row.


Step 8. Here is my card with all the clouds done.


Step 9. I added embellishments to the card to give it a finished look! It’s now ready to give to a special birthday girl!

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Becci—BRILLIANT! Thank you SO much for sharing your idea with us today.

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

My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Collection Vol. 2 | Monday Card Madness #107

Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Collection Vol. 2 are the perfect collections for this time of year. With the kiddos back in school and teacher’s gifts for the holidays creeping up before we know it, the variety of paper collections available today can offer all sorts of crafty ideas for any teacher gift need.

During the retreat I decided to ask some of the creative crafters sitting at my table if they would like to create some cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness. I love the different twists they put on the School Daze collection.

Jen McDermott whipped up this darling card and I just about un-invited her from sitting by me because her stamping abilities are so incredible. ;)

Cristine Redmond made this darling teacher thank you card — and again, stamping. I’m a wee bit envious I have to admit! I love how it looks!

And lastly Kelly Marks made this incredibly fun card with a great mix of the patterns in this collection.

Thank you for sharing your cuteness with us, ladies!

Now some of you may be wondering what the “sketch” is for this week and you are lucky enough to get to use any or all three of the cards as inspiration. :)

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of another month.

If you’d like to enter to win our October 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, MT on Thursday, November 1st.

Have fun creating cards this week!

Pink Paislee Prairie Hill Collection | Monday Card Madness #106

Okay ladies, not going to lie. When I first heard the name of today’s steal, the Prairie Hill Collection by Pink Paislee, I was immediately whisked back to the 70s when I would rush home from school to watch Little House on the Prairie. Luckily for us, Pink Paislee captures the color tones of the 70s in this collection with a beautiful modern twist. And since there are no bell bottoms or bangs feathered a mile wide, this collection is definitely a win!

I had such a blast working with the Prairie Hill collection that I found it a little hard to narrow down which direction I wanted to run with the card design. I wanted to incorporate the tags like I did last time we featured Pink Paislee, but I didn’t want to duplicate the look too closely so I got busy chopping up the gorgeous tags. Eeek!

On the first card I made I took the tag, chopped it and added matching corner edges to the bottom side of the tag and then finished things off with one of the cute 3D embellishments.

On the next card I took the same idea but placed the tags a little differently.

For the next two cards I flipped the sketch and tweaked it a little so that my chopped up tags would look the best!

On the final card I made I used the leftover scraps from two different tags that I cut up, added some buttons and washi and came up with a completely new design.

Creating with Prairie Hill? Way less painful than watching re-runs of Little House on the Prairie. In fact, not even painful at all!

I can’t believe the month is half over. If you love card-making and love free stuff then boy have we got a deal for you!

If you’d like to enter to win our October 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, MT on Thursday, November 1st.

Have fun creating cards this week!

Authentique Fresh | Monday Card Madness #105

I think anyone who follows names in the paper crafting world will agree that Authentique is a continual parade of fresh ideas, colors and designs. Today’s steal, the Fresh collection by Authentique is just that—Fresh! (Appropriately named, Authentique! Well done!) The refreshing blend of blues, grays, reds and vintage designs are the perfect combo for today’s Monday Card Madness creations.

I absolutely adore the mini prints that come in the 6×6 pads—especially when it comes to making cards. I kept to a pretty simple theme with the cards in order to show off the gorgeous designs. I used my Cameo to cut out a simple scallop border and backed the windows with a different print of paper for a little variety.

I also cut out a multiple layered flower in different patterns, alternating the colors so that the flowers really show dimension and show off the collection.

For a little variety on the 4th card I made I turned to my stash for some coordinating flowers and layered them.  Instead of a die cut border I layered two papers, ripping the bottom edge of the lower paper. I also added ribbon to the tab on this card rather than twine.

For my final card I had to use the sheet of paper that has the vintage ladies and postcards. I replaced my scalloped border with washi and voila! A card that I’m really quite fond of! :)

As always, creating with the rich textures and colors of Authentique is fab, fun and Fresh.

It’s been another great week around the halls of the ScrapbookSteals Facebook fan page. If you haven’t ever stopped by be sure to check it out! Lots of inspiration every day.

One more thing, if you didn’t already know we love to give things away at ScrapbookSteals!

If you’d like to enter to win our October 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 Thursday, November 1st.

Have fun creating cards this week!

Fiskars Squeeze and Lever Punch | Monday Card Madness #103

Who said exercise has to make you all sweaty and stinky? Not me! In fact, I’m thinking today’s steal, the Fiskars Squeeze and Lever Punches, might just become the next hot fitness trend. Let’s face it, we busy ladies like to multitask! So why not combine crafting with strength training, even if it is just those forearms getting an itty-bitty workout? Your projects will also be transformed into something sleek and sexy with one of these amazing punches, so it’s a total win!

I had so much fun working with the punches today that I couldn’t settle on one particular sketch design. However, I don’t want to leave you all longing so I created this week’s sketch based off my favorite card this week.

I love how easily the banner squeeze punch works. It’s honestly kind of like slicing through room temperature butter! So much for building those muscles, but hoorah for building cute cards!

Of course the banners were calling to be used again…

…and again!

Then I made a couple of cards using the Jenni Bowlin Grandma’s Doily punch. It works great to create a window border.

Or to add a simple splash.

Gotta love a card that packs a punch! :)

The cards that have been popping up on our Facebook page this week have been amazing! I particularly loved this card by Charissa Miller.

Just in case you didn’t know we love to give away free scrappy swag to those of you that participate in our Monday Card Madness sketches.

If you’d like to enter to win our September 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, September 28th.

Have fun creating cards this week!