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Studio Calico Wood Veneer Pieces | April 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, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Pieces, you won’t want the hop to end! Grab your drink and cookies and sit back and relax and prepare to be inspired!

April Blog Hop Sneak Peek new

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. Scrapbooking Is Cheaper Than Therapy – Staci Jones
  3. Michelle Philippi.com – Michelle Philippi
  4. Spacey Stacey’s Scrappy Goodness – Stacey Mentor
  5. Paper Memories by Brenshevia – Brenshevia Baker
  6. Scrappin’ Mama! – Stacia Brandt
  7. So Many Scraps – Sue Kithcart
  8. Stamping Starlette – Erica Bass

You have until 11:59 PM MT on Sunday, April 7th, 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 Melodee at melodee@steals.com.

Imaginisce i-magicut Ribbon Cutter

Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel is back with us today for her final, awesome reveal! Lisa got to work with the Imaginisce i-magicut Ribbon Cutter and she shows us just how easy this tool is to use. Super cute projects – you rocked the product again!

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Imaginisce i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter is designed to safely cut and seal ribbon so that it doesn’t fray.  It works very simply by flipping the on switch, then placing your ribbon in the cutter.  There is a thin wire that heats to cut and seal your ribbon…simply lay your ribbon in the cutter, lining it up with the markings for a perfect cut.  Here I have laid the ribbon diagonally for a slanted cut.

Imaginisce Ribbon Cutter with Lisa Spiegel
And here I folded the ribbon in half for a dove tail cut. (I did have to cut through the wire on this ribbon after the ribbon was cut/sealed)
Imaginisce ribbon cutter with Lisa Spiegel
And I created this little friendship corsage for a package top (or even to wear- it has a clip on the back) with these ribbons.
Imaginisce ribbon cutter with Lisa Spiegel
Just cut your ribbons, layering as you go, gluing inbetween layers.  I topped it with a sequin and gem and stapled some more ribbon to hang from the back..easy peasy.
Just to demonstrate the difference between cutting with scissors, I had to try it, and sure enough.. the cut with my scissors is on the left, and the cut with the Imaginisce i-Magicut Ribbon Cutter is on the right.
Imaginisce i-magicut Ribbon Cutter on ScrapbookSteals.com
Big difference, isn’t there?
I was having so much fun cutting ribbons that I then created this little ribbon wand..
Imaginisce ribbon cutter with Lisa Spiegel
and a close up of the perfectly cut ribbon ends…
Imaginisce ribbon cutter with Lisa Spiegel
Simply cut ribbons of varying lengths using your i-Magicut and tie them off in the middle with some twine.  I knotted a button the the bottom of each piece of twine and put a small dowel or skewer through the ribbons, gluing for security.  I added a little mist to my skewer to make it glimmer. :)
Don’t miss out on this great steal..it is such a wonderful little tool, every crafter should have one!
I just want to take a moment to thank Brittany and Kerys and the ladies on the Spring Team with me for a great term!  It’s been so fun working behind the scenes with Scrapbook Steals and hope to again someday!

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Thank you so much Lisa! I can’t believe this is your last Friday project post as Winter Design Team Member. Thank you for sharing with us all of your amazing projects and talent over the last 3 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!

How To-sday | Gesso It!

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Guest Designer Kristina MacKeen. Kristina shows us what Gesso is all about! It’s certainly opened my eyes to a fun, new technique – I’ll definitely be giving this one a try! Perfect for layouts, cards, altered projects, mini albums – you name it, you can gesso it!

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Hi! Kristy MacKeen here with a quick How’s To on using gesso with a mask. I love masks. They can be used in so many ways – with ink, with chalk, and in this case, with gesso. Gesso was used to make the sunburst pattern of my MWM-Pearl 4 layout.DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a maskWhat is gesso, you may be asking? Gesso is a base coat with a slight texture. It is ideal for priming canvas, wood, metal, plastic, chipboard, paper and fabric prior to painting. Gesso adds subtle texture (called “tooth”) when applied, allowing a surface to accept paint and other mediums more easily.I decided to use gesso as a masking agent because I wanted some texture in the white spaces. Also, it allowed me to ink over the outer edges of the gessoed area to give the final product a glowing look.

For this project I gathered the following items and got to work:

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

For this project, I *should* have used washi tape to hold down my mask, if not, be prepared to get your hands a little messy.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

Using a sponge brush, I applied the gesso over the mask. I tried using a standard paint brush, but found it left bristles in the gesso. Now admittedly, I don’t have the highest quality brushes, so that could have been part of my problem. ;-) But the sponge brush gives you full coverage, very quickly

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

After pulling up the mask and letting the gesso dry fully, I grabbed my inks and sponge and started layering the colors over the areas covered with gesso. I allowed the inks to overlap to give the shading affect. The advantage of using this method over spraying the mask with mists, or inking directly on the mask, is the ability to go beyond the edges of the mask.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

After I was done inking, I wiped the ink of the gesso using a baby wipe, leaving it white once again.

DIY handmade tutorial for using gesso with a mask

As quick and easy as that, you have a fun background for your project. And any imperfections can be covered with your picture or other embellishments. But I live by the motto that the imperfections are just a sign that something is homemade.

Give this a try! Let me know what you think!

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Kristina, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I can’t wait to get started on a gesso project! If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To-sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to melodee@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for my last Mid Week Mojo sketch – Amber #6!

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!

How To-sday | A Scrappy Altered Book

Today’s How To-sday comes to you from Winter Design Team member Lisa Spiegel. Lisa shows us how to alter a vintage book using your ordinary scrapbooking supplies to create some fantastic, dimensional embellishments! Simply adorable!

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Happy Tuesday!  Lisa here, to show you the How To’s of making this pretty altered book using your scrapbook supplies. I saw a photo of a similar one on Pinterest, (and I apologize that the pin didn’t take me to the original source) and I knew I had to make one with a vintage book I had laying around.

DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
First, gather your supplies.  I used a Maya Road envelope, some Pink Paislee ribbon, a Bazzill Basics rhinestone button, a Maya Road flower and leaves, a piece of chipboard from Crate Paper, a Jenni Bowlin butterfly, some twine, and some vintage paper. I later added a little tag from Pretty Little Studios and a banner from Elle’s Studio.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Next, make the ribbon flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Simply wrap the ribbon round and round until you like the flower shape, then glue it down to a circle of paper.  Remove the flower from the package but save the little plastic clip.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Using the shank of the button, push it down through the paper circle and use the plastic clip that was attaching the button to the packaging to secure the button to the flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Now you have a ribbon flower.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Using the twine, wrap it round and round the book securing the envelope and the vintage papers under the twine.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Assemble the chipboard, flowers, leaves, tags, and butterfly to your liking.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Add glue under the pieces to adhere them to the papers or envelope.
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
And there you have it!  A beautiful altered book made with your scrapbook supplies! Enjoy!
DIY handmade tutorial for an altered book with Lisa Spiegel
Thanks for letting me share!
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Lisa, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I LOVE this adorable vintage book – you have just transformed it beautifully! 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 – Amber #4!