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Designer Card Kits | Monday Card Madness #27

Designer Card Kits | Monday Card Madness #27

We all have those times, where we’d love to be creative and crafty and that darn mojo has gone on vacation! Well today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Designer Card Kit Collections are the perfect answer for when you want to play with paper and don’t know what to do.

It’s pretty fantastic that each kit comes with step by step instructions for all eight cards.

I have swooned over the Fun Fetti papers ever since I first saw them, so of course I had to make some of the birthday cards.

The fact that I have a stash of birthday cards on hand that I didn’t have to lose a creative brain cell over makes me smile.

I love the color combination of the Maple Grove card kit.

I also love how easily you can add a personal touch to a pre-designed card to make it a little more unique. You can see where I added Thickers and stitching to make this card more my own.

I added a little bit of ribbon to this card and a different rub-on sentiment to make a darling birthday card for someone that celebrates their birthday in the fall.

I loved the cards in this collection so much I decided to base this week’s card sketch off of the gratitude card from the kit.

I made the card a little more generic by changing the sentiment.

Then I had fun creating a card for this week’s Monday Card Madness without an ounce of creative stress.

Even though it’s not Halloween, I couldn’t help but get a wee bit excited over the bewitching patterns of the Heebie Jeebies card collection. I’ve never sent out Halloween cards before, but I think with this collection that will change, beginning this year!

Can you believe it’s been another month filled with card making? I’ve filled my month sending out joy. In fact, my girls and I have even been the recipients of a little joy, which truly brightened our day. Thanks to you lovely ladies that have touched our hearts.

Now for our lucky monthly winner. A huge applause for Van Nguyen, our random winner for the March card sketches.

Van, send your address to service@scrapbooksteals.com then we will be happy to send out a little something to you to keep that card crafting going.

If you’d like your chance to win our drawing for April, post a photo to our Facebook fan page or personal blog, then leave a link with your creation as a comment on our blog to be entered into our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. You have until Friday, May 6 at 11:59pm to post your April cards to be eligible for our drawing.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for another great How To’sday, this time brought to you by Jana Paddington.  It’s seriously cute as a button!

Contest ends Friday, May 6 at 11:59 pm. Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older.

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

If you’re looking for a fantastic collection to create some darling baby boy nursery decor, then today’s steal the Piggy Tales, Steadfast Tin Soldier collection is the one for you!

After creating girly-girl last week I was excited to shift gears and create something totally boy. I hit my new large chain craft store looking for items to alter. Knowing that I wanted to create bedroom decor, I hit the jackpot and for $5.26, I found a paper mache letter, a wooden train and a door hanger.

I started with the door hanger and covered it with a solid paper since I wanted to keep it a little less busy. To cover the hanger, I simply traced the hanger onto the paper and adhered it to the front using photo tape. Another great alternative for adhering paper to wood is ModPodge, and it also seals the paper making it a little more durable.

After covering the front of the plaque, I added a small wave of patterned paper, some ribbon and one of the super cute window embellishments that come with the Piggy Tales collection. I added a photo of the the baby in the window. Some inking, a few buttons and little bling later, my door hanger was complete.

Next, I altered a paper mache letter for sitting on top of a dresser or shelf.

First I spray painted the sides and back of the letter then turned the letter upside down onto paper to trace. After cutting out the paper for the top of the letter, I ran it through my Xyron machine and adhered it to the front of the letter. I inked the edges of the paper and then cut out some circles on my Silhouette. I inked them and adhered them to the front of my letter using 3D foam squares to give a little dimension, then I added some of the ribbon from the Piggy Tales collection.

I finished things up with a little Wooden train which will look fantastic sitting on the shelf next to the altered letter.

I really wanted to cover the train in patterned papers so I carefully broke off the moving wheels and then painted the sides and back of the train with spray paint.

I traced the train onto patterned paper and solid paper and cut it out using some precision scissors. I ran the train cutouts through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the wooden train putting the patterned papers on the bottom and the solid on the top. I added a thin border of blue across the middle and added some buttons and ribbon for decoration.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some rims for the train wheels. I then secured the wheels to the train using 3D foam dots to add a little dimension.

I think it turned out quite cute!

This idea of nursery decor would be so fantastic to give a new mommy as a baby shower gift. Definitely something unique and from the heart!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to check in next week for all sorts of fabulous ideas.

Let out a Dino Roar! It’s Monday Card Madness. (Week #22)

Can you believe that it’s Monday again? I have to admit that Monday’s have been a little less painful for me since the beginning of Monday Card Madness. Today is even a little more exciting as today’s steal, the Dino Roar Collection by Imaginisce, is almost too fantastic for words.

Today’s sketch is a simple one.  I really wanted to create a design which would let the patterns of this amazing collection take the stage.

The first two cards that I made are “little boy” through and through.

I have to hand it to Imaginisce as the sign of a great collection is being versatile enough to also be able to create a “girly” card.  I flipped the sketch and made this one to send out to someone to spread a little joy.

Please keep sharing your Monday Card Madness creations on our Facebook fan page or your personal blog. Leave a comment here with a link to your creation and you will be eligible for our monthly drawing of a little scrappy prize.  You have a few more days to create any of this month’s sketches to be eligible for our February drawing.  The cutoff will be Friday, March 4th at midnight MST.

Also remember the challenge to send what you create out to others to brighten someones day!  Lives can be touched as our wonderful friend Sheryl Kloke experienced this past week when she received “24 little pieces of happiness” from some of her ScrapbookSteals sisters.

Be sure to check in tomorrow afternoon for a great how to from Becci Maines.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person.

Welcome to Monday Card Madness!

So what’s that you say?  You’ve got the Monday blues?  Not loving that your routine ‘work’ week has started yet again, and it’s still a few days until Mid Week Mojo?  Well hows this for putting a little brightness in your Monday afternoon.

Welcome to Monday Card Madness!

Now that you’ve got the wee ones all snuggled into bed for a nap (if you’re lucky), or your morning madness at work has hopefully eased up…it’s time to sneak a minute for a little crafty inspiration.

I’ve had a TON of requests to focus on card making, so I figured what better way to start off the week than with an afternoon card blog post.

Sure lots of you have made cards before, but just in case you haven’t, this week we are starting out super basic.

I know that all of you that ever create with paper, are bound to have scraps.  That is my favorite part about card making is that I get to put to use some of those amazing scraps, that I just can’t bare to throw out!

An average sized card is simple to make as it is merely a sheet of 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, cut in half.

Your card base should measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

It’s then helpful to use a scoring blade or bone folder to score your card in the center of the paper.  This makes it easier for folding, although a score mark is not necessary.  You can simply fold the paper in half.

Your finished card size will be 4 1/4″  x 5 1/2″.   You can use this base either vertical or horizontal.

For today’s card I wanted to keep it very simple.  I found a piece of pink paper that I liked with the green base, and laid the paper on top of the front of the card.  I have a quick cheat that I often use in crafting.  I use my fingernail to make a notch in the paper where I’d like to use my trimmer to cut.  You could do the same thing with scissors, but I’m always looking for a way to make things quicker!

I then used my trimmer to cut the paper to the desired ‘fingernail marked’ size.

I decided to add a little flair to the edge of the card by trimming the outside of the pink paper with my scalloped edge scissors.  You could use a punch or even tear the edge of the paper for a little variety.

I wanted to add a border of ribbon across the front of the card with a cute bow.  I selected my ribbon…

..and tied the knot bow in the ends of the ribbon.

I then cut the ‘loop’ of the ribbon to give me two ends.  It’s far easier to create a nice looking knot this way than trying to tie around your paper.  After cutting the ribbon I then taped the ends with scotch tape to the inside of the card.

I wanted to add a little more ‘flair’ to the front of the card and figured it would be fun to use the Xyron Design Runner that we are featuring today as our ScrapbookSteal.  I ended up using the cute heart border.  SO easy and simple to use!

I cut out the heart strip, inked the edges and adhered it to the front of my card.

I then punched out a 2″ circle of white paper, inked the edges and applied a rubon sentiment.

All in all a cute, super easy, and fun card to give to someone that you care about!  I know I always love receiving a cute little pick me up in the mail!

We’d love to see what cards you create!  Share them with us on our Facebook Fan Page, and you could be the lucky winner at the end of the month to receive all 4 of my Monday Card Madness creations!  Just be sure to leave a comment on any one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts stating that you made and shared a card and I will pick a random winner at the beginning of November!

Now get digging through those scraps and put them to use!