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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 | 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!