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Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders | Monday Craft Madness #13

The Lifestyle Crafts Embossing Folders are super easy to use, and with endless possibilities you can never have too many! Whether you are embossing a card, a layout, using it as a frame or tag, there is something for everyone in today’s steal. Here is this week’s Monday Craft Madness inspiration and theme:

White + 1

Use white plus one other color only on your project! I have used white+pink and white+blue for my projects.

I decided to make a traditional embossed background card for my first project.

DIY handmade embossed baby boy card

I wanted to highlight the embossing as much as I could and so used a sponge with my inks to gently rub over the embossing. I love the way it highlights the edges of the embossing – giving so much more dimension to the background.

DIY handmade embossed baby boy card

I added stitching and a button to the title card for a little more interest and to emphasize the white+1 theme.

DIY handmade embossed baby boy card

Next up, I wanted to show you how easily the embossing folder could be used as a frame. I’m not sure why I ended up with another baby themed project – it just happened! I was looking for another white+1 and just happened upon pink!

DIY handmade baby gift

I embossed some plain white card stock and fussy cut the frame.

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I put this onto a plain pail and used vellum behind the frame to give it a little more interest. The pink and white flowers were added along with the pearl bling and the word ‘cherish.’ It makes a great gift – baby or other!

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I hope I have inspired you to start work on your ‘white+1′ projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – there are so many possibilities. Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the February 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 ScrapbookSteals.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 for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Lisa Spiegel!

How To-sday on Thursday! | Hearts Galore Part Two

Today’s How To-sday on Thursday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Bev Code! Are you ready for part two of her very own mini series? She’s back with more cute ”Hearts Galore” ideas to freshen up your scrapbook layout, cards, mini albums and projects!

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Hi there! I’m back for part two of my ”Heart Galore” post. Next up is Iris Folded Heart and I made it into a card.
DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day
Here are the detailed instructions on making Iris Folded images of so many shapes. It also shows you how to make these using paper (folded over). I have made the paper ones and thought that single runs of ribbon not folded would also work, so that’s what I did for this one. I started with the heart drawn above and cut the shape out.
DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day
I then followed the design in the link and taped down my ribbons as you can see below. Just remember to leave space around the outside to trim and finish your project.
DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day
When finished, turn over your project, trim it, and decide how you want to use it. I put this on my finished card above but it would make a great framed piece on a layout also.

DIY handmade Iris Folded card for Valentine's Day

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Last up is this fun card I call a Diamond Folded Heart.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
I got the idea when I saw it at Christmas with the shape of a Christmas tree. That shape was really easy to figure out. After much playing with the heart pattern I made the stencils for you to make one too.

Print this sheet at 8 1/2″ x 11″ and it should work to follow along and make yours. The cut lines are solid and the dotted lines are the folds. It also is best to do the main piece out of a print with a white back side. The heart is sized to cover the other folded diamond heart.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
Start by laying the pattern above on the print paper with white backside. Using a ruler and exacto knife cut only the solid V lines. Then fold the coloured side forward to white side.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
Mat the backside of the diamond shaped heart with an accented colour. Tape it to the back to hold it in place. Also using the stencil cut the heart shape frame piece. I used white but you can make your heart any colour combo you feel you’d like.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
 This photo shows my white frame and the solid piece is my card base.
DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day
After all this is organized I then cut another heart frame to accent and added other accents, a sentiment, some bling and even added a stamped bird.

DIY handmade Diamond Folded card for Valentine's day

Thanks for joining me today. I really had a great time creating these HEARTS GALORE to share with you.
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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us again today! More cute ideas for Valentine’s Day! :-)

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 more from Winter Design Team Member Cristine Redmond – such cute projects – you won’t want to miss them!

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch | Monday Craft Madness #12

The We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch is so easy and fun to use it really is child’s play! Whether you are altering recipe boxes, making file folders, adding tabs to your cards and scrapbooking pages, We R Memory Keepers have the designs you need. We thought we would switch things up a bit with the Monday Craft Madness theme this week, and give you a phrase! Here is this week’s Monday Craft Madness inspiration and theme:

“You are…..!”

Find or make up your own ‘You are…’ sentence and include it somewhere on your project. Have fun!

I decided to make 2 Valentine’s cards for my children, including the phrase “You are….to my….”. The first card is a pocket card – something a little different from the normal cards I make.

Monday Craft Madness handmade pocket card

 I used cutting machine to cut out the pocket and heart files, and added pen stitching for more effect. The tab punch was used for the small note in the pocket and for the tab on the card inside. Super cute mini alphas were used for the journalling “You are the cheese to my pizza” and I found the perfect photo of my son making pizza last summer. I love this color combination as it isn’t too Valentine’s, but has a more boy feel to it. Here is the card inside:

Monday Craft Madness handmade pocket card

I then had to make a card for my daughter. I still stayed away from the normal shaped card, and made a gate fold card. I used typical girly colors and used the button as the closure for the centre opening card (the heart tucks behind the button to keep it closed).

Monday Craft Madness handmade gate fold card

I used the tab punch for a small border across the two sides of the card, and you may recognise the lace hearts die cuts from a steal last month! They were perfect for this card – I just added a little pen stitching and a rub on sentiment.

Monday Craft Madness handmade gate fold card

Again, I used mini alphas to complete the sentence “You are the chocolate to my ice cream” and found the perfect photo of my daughter and her chocolate ice cream last summer! I used the tab punch to highlight the fact that it is Feb 14th and a Valentines Day card.

Monday Craft Madness handmade gate fold card

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your ‘You are….’ inspiration projects this week. Remember, they can be any project you like – just because I have made cards doesn’t mean that you have to make cards too! The sentence would be perfect for a title or journalling on a layout or mini album. There are lots of possibilities. Just remember to have fun! :)

And, it’s the end of the January Monday Craft Madness challenges – so you know what that means? We have to choose a winner! Our lucky random winner of a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com to is Olesya K! Olesya – I love these photos and the color combination you chose just pops! Such a great layout! Please let us know you are this month’s Monday Craft Madness winner in an email with your address to danielle@steals.com and we will be happy to help you with your prize!

Monday Craft Madness January challenge winner on ScrapbookSteals.com

There is also the We R Memory Keepers Mini Album’s to give away! Remember when Kristy Lee was our Guest Monday Craft Madness designer? She gave us 2 mini album kits to give away to 2 participants in that week’s challenge (Monday Craft Madness #7 – think mini)! So, without further ado, our randomly drawn winners are Carrie Stedt and Stephanie U – great mini albums ladies! Please let our customer servie know that your are the winner of the We R Memory Keeper’s Hall Pass Album Kit, in an email with your address to service@steals.com, we will be happy to send your kits your way!

WRMK winner on ScrapbookSteals.com

If you’d like to enter to win the February 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 ScrapbookSteals.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 for a fun How To’sday post by Design Team member Bev Code!

Prima Marketing Flowers | February Blog Hop

It’s that time again to be inspired by another group of amazing blog hop designers! They’ve designed some adorable projects using today’s steal, Prima Marketing Flowers, you won’t want the hop to end! I hadn’t realized there were so many different ways to use flowers. Grab your drink and cookies and sit back and relax and prepare to be inspired!

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Enter to win a $20 ScrapbookSteals.com gift code:

Visit each of the designers’ blogs and leave a comment at every stop along the way (including this post). Be this month’s random lucky winner by leaving a comment on one of the eight blogs! So without further delay, here’s the line up:

  1. ScrapbookSteals (You are here—leave a comment!)
  2. Akiha’s Momma Scraps! – Charissa Miller
  3. Scrap Happens – Catherine Povec
  4. Grand Diva’s Creative Corner – Brenda Ragsdale
  5. Scrapbookista – Abigail Stoops
  6. The “Divine” Hand – Candice Elliott
  7. The Other Sink – Abbey Colbert
  8. Mama’s Sanity – Kristina MacKeen

You have until 11:59 PM MT on Sunday, February 3rd, to make your comment. Have a great time hopping!

If you would like to take part as a designer in one of the ScrapbookSteals blog hops, please contact Kerys at Ksharrock@steals.com.

My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell Collection | Monday Craft Madness #11

The My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell Collection is such a versatile collection, it can be used for girls or boys, big or small. There is a mixture of chevron, striped and spotted patterns, along with a variety of floral designs, in such a gorgeous blues, yellows and grays, the theme is up to you. I decided to scrap my baby boy this week, along with making a baby shower card – which means this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Baby Blues!

You could make layouts, cards or altered projects baby related or even just use the color blue. The choice is yours!

I loved the color combination in this collection and thought it worked perfectly for a layout of my baby boy.

Scrapbooking layout using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell Collection

I used a sketch from our very talented Design Team Member Bev Code.

The embellishments that came with this collection were just adorable, and I tried to find a way to use as many as I possible could! I clustered some of the embellishments at the bottom corner of my photo. The notebook paper and flower are both stickers, which I then layered with a wooden button and brad. The other two embellishments came ‘ready done.’ I love this about MME – they do all the hard work for you!

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

As I have said previously, the new enamel dots from MME are one of my greatest finds! I knew I wanted to do a small banner underneath the photo but I didn’t want the twine that I normally use with them. Instead I used the enamel dots to finish off’ the chipboard banner. I love that they come in different sizes in coordinating colors!

Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts

Next, I decided to make a baby card. The colors and patterns are perfect for this, and it kept within my theme.

Handmade card using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell Collection

I fussy cut two of the borders from the border sheet, and added one of the tiny word stickers as a final touch.

Handmade card using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell Collection

I used my Cricut to cut out the stroller and used pop dots to give it a little dimension. Some stitching for texture, buttons for wheels, pop it all up on a scalloped circle and done! A cute baby card.

Handmade card using My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell Collection

I hope I have inspired you to start work on your ‘Baby Blues’ projects this week. Just remember to have fun! :)

If you’d like to enter to win the January 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 this Friday, February 1 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 on Feb 1 by 11:59 pm MT! 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 by Design Team member Cristine Redmond!