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Fancy Pants Designs Time for Spring Collection | Monday Craft Madness #19

The Fancy Pants Designs Time for Spring Collection is such a super cute collection, I loved creating this week’s projects. The collection is girly with lots of fun flowers and teapots in pinks, browns, blues and creams. There are adorable die cut words, flowers and frames, and coordinating alphabet stickers that finish off this collection perfectly. This week’s Monday Craft Madness theme…

Tea for Two!

Use the tea party/picnic theme, or use the number two as part of your title/sentiment  on your projects!

DIY handmade tea party crafts

The first thing you need for the tea party is an invitation! I decided to cut out a teapot shape on my Silhouette and use this for the front of the card.

DIY handmade party invitation using FP Time for Spring Collection

The papers are just perfect for  cute little teapot, and I love the word and flower die cuts for a little added decoration.

DIY handmade party invitation using FP Time for Spring Collection

I then decided to make a cute little ‘teabag’ gift bag.

DIY handmade teabag gift bag using FP Time for Spring Collection

Again, I used my silhouette with the matching papers and embellishments. This is definitely MY cup of happy!

DIY handmade teabag gift bag using FP Time for Spring Collection

And lastly, you can’t go to a tea party without cakes! I decided to cover this plain white cupcake box with the same papers.

DIY handmade cupcake box using FP Time for Spring

I first used a brown ink pad to ink around all of the edges of the box, so that there were no white edges showing after I had covered the box with papers. I then just measured each side, inked the edges of the papers and stuck them on!

DIY handmade cupcake box using FP Time for Spring

The die cuts were then added to the front for decoration and to tie all the pieces together.

DIY handmade cupcake box using FP Time for Spring

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your ‘tea for two’ projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities!

And in case you haven’t had a chance to join in with the Monday Craft Madness themes this month, don’t forget you have until 29th March to play along. Here are the themes:

MCM #16 – Stamp It!

MCM #17 – Shades of Green

MCM 18 – A World of Washi!

Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the March Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from Scrapbook.Steals.com 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 a How To’sday post by Guest Designer Kristina MacKeen!

Studio Calico Classic Calico Volume 3

Winter Design Team member Bev Code is back with us today for her final, awesome reveal! Bev got to work with the Studio Calico Classic Calico Volume 3 Collection and she shows us just how amazingly versatile this collection is. She will wow you with a mini album, a card and a layout too!

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Hi! It’s Bev here today. I am thrilled to share what I did with the Studio Calico 6×6 pad of Clasic Calico pappers. Starting with an item I could alter, a Plaid Enterprises Magic Slide Picture Book, I recovered the whole project with the amazing choices of paper that mixed and matched. It was perfect color hues for Ancestry and Old Family Photos.

DIY handmade mini album using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
On the inside flip pages I used some punching, minimal layers, shapes, strips, borders and cute accents finished off pages. On the outside however I used a few more textured and depth accents, and added the titles to front and back. The outer edges of the project needed paint to finish off the edges. Clear SRM stickers are the best ever for any project and so easy to use. This little slide photo album is my ancestry and it shares three generations with grandparents on both my mom and dad’s side of the family. What a treasure and I enjoyed sharing it with you.
DIY handmade mini album using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
DIY handmade mini album using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
DIY handmade mini album using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
DIY handmade mini album using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
Supply List:
Paper: Studio Calico- Classic Calico
Letters: AC DIY thickers
Base: Plaid Ent. Magic Slide Picure Book
Stickers: SRM
Punches: EK Success
Other: BG floral, twine, brads, ink
Here is my card to share with you.. thinking of you. Fun layers of Studio Calico papers, some punching, brads, and some twine and SRM stickers along with some BG accents.
DIY handmade card using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
My layout started with a Kraft 12×12 base and then I used the 6×6 pad of Studio Calico. It is amazing what you can do with these small pads. They are not just for cards anymore.
Scrapbooking layout using SC Classic Calico Vol 3
I used some stamping in the background. Started with layers of paper, added some punched borders, added strips to the corner, and added BG accents in clusters and added some twine to a button and some brads.
Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts
Inked edges makes thing pop perfectly.The Title is the AC DIY thickers. This page is done using a very old photo als0 — I think it’s from about 1953.
Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts
I really enjoyed using this product and thanks for stopping by today!

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Thank you so much Bev! Your projects are just inspiring!  I can’t believe this is your last post as Winter Design Team Member. Thank you for sharing with us all of your amazing projects and talent over the last three months – I know I’ve had a blast!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Amber – Week 5 of 10
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Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection, is the perfect color combination for this time of year! It has all the colors and patterns for capturing your favorite spring photos. Today’s guest designer, Michelle King, shows us just how super cute this collection is, with two great sketches to inspire us all!

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Hello there everyone! I have had so much fun and inspiration taking part in the Mid Week Mojos for over 2 years now (my how time flies)! When Kerys asked me if I wanted to put together a sketch of my own, my first thought was, “Yippee!!!” and then it was quickly followed by, “Oh my goodness, how can I compete with the incredible sketches that have been presented previously?!” Well, the fact that I was going to be able to play with My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection certainly pushed me to try.

I had so much fun with the beautiful pieces in this kit. I was seriously blown away by how much awesomeness could be in one kit. Of course, that means I couldn’t do just one layout…For my first layout, I wanted to use the brilliant orange scheme that is at the forefront of the kit (have I ever mentioned how much I like orange?). I wanted to be able to show off as much of the base paper I used on this one as I could because those big flowers just make me smile. At the same time I wanted to use as many embellishments as I could because there were so many and they fit so nicely on the page without feeling like they are overwhelming. I am normally someone who does not use a lot of embellishments, but found with these pieces, I wanted to keep adding! C’mon, how darling is that crocheted flower?

Here is my first sketch (Amber #5a):

Scrapbooking inspiration sketch challenge using MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection

And here is my layout:

Scrapbooking layout using MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection

Once I finished that one, I thought I should show that the kit isn’t just “tangerine.” There are some really pretty colors in this collection. So, for my second layout I decided to use the more muted colors. The pale yellows and aqua have a nice fresh feel to them. And again, I found myself pulling out some great embellishments to finish off the look. I love the title card because that really is how my youngest is — especially the “fearless” part (I think I get more grey hairs by the day).

Here is my second sketch (Amber #5b):

Scrapbooking inspiration sketch challenge using MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection

And here is my layout:

Scrapbooking layout using MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection

I even made a cute little bookmark for a swap I am in. I used the chevron pattern and then one of the cute cards in the kit. Voilà! Instant cuteness for any avid reader out there! AND…even though I am not really a card maker, I did make what I think is a pretty darn cute one (even if I do say so myself). The fact that it turned out the way it did just goes to show I had a great spread to choose from.

Scrapbooking layout using MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection

I hope you all have the chance to play with the My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection because I continue to sit here thinking about what else I can use it for (I’m already pondering some altered projects). Hope you have fun with the sketches and thanks for having me as a guest sketcher.

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Thank you so much Michelle! The layouts are just adorable – I’m loving this collection! I’m going to try my hardest to join in with this one.

Our lucky random winner for Amber #4 is Jennifer Blomquist! Such a cute layout – love the long title and different elements. Great photos too! Please let our customer service know you are this week’s winner in an email with your address to service@steals.com and we will be happy to send some sweet swag your way!

Mid Week Mojo Amber #4 sketch challenge winner Jennifer Blomquist

If you’re new, we’d love to see you join in! Each Wednesday we provide a sketch and you have until the following Monday at 11:59 MT to leave a comment on this post with a link to your creation. 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.

Can’t wait to see the interpretations of this week’s sketch start popping up on our Facebook fan page! If you haven’t already liked us, stop by.

Don’t forget to come back on Friday for Winter Design Team Member Bev Code’s final project! :-)

How To-sday | Chalkboard Art Embellishments

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond. Cristine shows us just how easy it is to make your own faux chalkboard cards. It truly is a piece of art!

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Using chalkboard art on cards and other various projects seems to be all the rage right now.  Today I am going to show you how easy it is to put together a chalkboard piece to add to your cards.DIY handmade tutorial on chalkboard art with Cristine RedmondHere are the basic supplies you’ll need:
- black cardstock (scraps are great for this)
- white stamp pad
- white gel pen
- ruler (optional)
- make up sponge (not pictured – oops!)
For my first card, I just wanted to add a smaller chalkboard piece to a card, so I used my Cameo to cut out the tag shape.DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Next, I used a make up sponge to lightly apply ink all over the tag.  I have used pigment, dye and chalk ink for this step, and I have found chalk ink to be the most forgiving.  Pigment and dye inks get saturated into the sponge so they tend to leave more ink on the paper and are harder to blend in.  Chalk ink just seems to work better for this purpose.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

If I want to add a bit more definition to the eraser marks, I use a dry, stiff paint brush to add some ink, then I use the sponge to smooth them out a bit.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

At this point, I like to add a border around the tag with my white gel pen to give it more of a finished look.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Add a stamped sentiment and/or image with white ink (I used dye ink for this step) and it’s finished!

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Here is a picture of the finished card:

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

I decided to make another card that uses the chalkboard piece as the main part of the card.  For this, I cut a larger piece of cardstock and used my corner chomper to decorate the top corners.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

I added the chalk ink just as I did in the steps above, then added the border.

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

I decided to make a bigger statement with this card, so I used a bunch of cute sentiments on a bigger stamping block and then stamped them on to the card with dye ink.  Here is a picture of the finished card:

DIY handmade tutorial for chalkboard art by Cristine Redmond

Making chalkboard pieces is such an easy thing to do and adds so much to your cards.  I hope I’ve inspired you to try making one for yourself!

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Cristine, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I LOVE the idea of a chalboard card! Thank you so much for all of your ideas and inspiration over the last three months – we sure will miss you! 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 an all new Mid Week Mojo sketch with a Guest Designwer – Amber #5!

Silhouette CAMEO | Monday Craft Madness #17

The Silhouette CAMEO and Accessories are just about my favorite paper crafting tools out there! I purchased a Silhouette a few months back, and never dared to use it! I used the software for the MWM sketches all the time, but yesterday’s steal gave me the push I needed. I have to say – I LOVE it! There are so many great printing and cutting files in the Silhouette online store), you really are spoiled for choice! Here are just a few of the files I chose, using the St Patrick’s Day celebration next Sunday as a theme. So you guessed it – this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme…

Shades of Green!

Use at least 2 shades of green on your projects!

I decided to make a fun collection of crafts this week – I really put my Silhouette to the test! I made a Leprechaun’s Hat using one of the cutting files, a ‘pot of gold’ using a cutting file and also a printing file, and I love the lace backgrounds and made a card using one of them.

DIY handmade St Patrick's Day projects using the Silhouette Cameo

All of this hat was cut out using the same cutting file – I just used different colors and textures of cardstock for the different elements!

DIY handmade St Patrick's Day projects using the Silhouette Cameo

For the ‘pot of gold’, this was again a single cutting file.

DIY handmade St Patrick's Day projects using the silhouette cameo

There was also a printable file for the tiny stickers on the bottoms of the Hersey’s kisses. This was so simple to do – you just ‘send’ it to your printer instead of the silhouette! It couldn’t be easier! I then used a 3/4″ circle punch to cut them out, my xyron create-a-sticker for adhesive and stuck them onto the bottoms. It just adds a little finishing touch don’t you think?

DIY handmade St Patrick's Day projects using the Silhouette Cameo

And finally, for my card, I used a lace clover background cutting file. The silhouette is so precise that it cuts even the most delicate of details without any tearing.

DIY handmade St Patrick's Day card using the silhouette cameo

I finished it off with a digital stamp from Meljen’s that I hand colored with prismacolor pencils, some twine, and a clover that I cut out by mistake when I made the Leprachaun hat!

DIY handmade St Patrick's Day card using the Silhouette Cameo

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I hope I have inspired you to start work on your ‘green’ projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities!

And in case you didn’t get chance to join in with MCM #16 last week – the theme was ‘stamping’ and you have until the end of the month to enter!

Just remember to have fun! :)

 

If you’d like to enter to win the March Monday Craft Madness prize:

Create a project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires) using any of our weekly themes! You have until the Friday after the final theme is posted to create your project and upload a photo of it somewhere online with a link to this post in the caption. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on our blog with the link to your project! We’ll choose a random winner and they’ll be the lucky recipient of a $20 prize pack from Scrapbook.Steals.com 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 a How To’sday post by Winter Design Team Member Lisa Spiegel!