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How To’sday | Christmas Gift Tags

Today’s How To’sday by Amy Coose shows you just how quick and easy it can be to make simple Christmas gift tags! They’re perfect for using all those scraps of paper you’ve been hoarding!

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Hey there, I am so happy to be popping onto the blog today with a quick technique share. We’ve all seen the Christmas trees created from different strips of paper, which is an awesome way to use up those scraps.  I decided I would create a set of tags inspired by the strips of paper.  Here’s what I created.

First I gathered my supplies, some Christmas themed papers along with some more neutral papers.

Then I stamped a pattern on my tag bases.

I created the tree tag first. I just cut each strip a bit smaller than the last.

I used a pencil to lightly draw a triangle for my stitching, added a star and some glitter and it was finished.

For my second tag, I started by cutting several strips down to 1 1/2 inches, then drew a circle on the tag to use as a guide.

Then I created the wreath shape just glueing down the end at the center. When I had it completed, I stitched around the center, and curled up the ends just a bit.

My third tag might be my favorite. I used more 1 1/2 inch pieces and just glued them down the middle of the tag. Then I lightly sketched a star to use as a guide for my stitching.

Here is another look at the final project.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my project!

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Amy – thank you so much for sharing with us today! The tags look great and I love the fact that it is nice and simple to do!

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 our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Jade series!

 

MME 6×6 Holiday paper pads | Monday Craft Madness #4

The My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Holiday paper pads are SO adorable my obsession for 6×6 paper pads just grows! There are a great mix of pads to ‘steal,’ from bright, fun colors and patterns to the more traditional MME papers everyone loves. This week’s Monday Craft Madness theme is:

Use at least two different paper collections!

I chose to use My Mind’s Eye ’12 days of Christmas’ and My Mind’s Eye ‘Tis the Season’ paper pads. The colors go together so well you really can mix and match! I’ll show you how…

First, I found this adorable paper Christmas tree on Pinterest, and I knew it would be perfect to use with the 6×6 paper pads. All you need is a polystyrene cone (mine is 9 inches in height), paper pads, and pins. I cut 3/4″ strips of the papers from both pads, put the ends together, and pinned them into place! I cheated a little with the star on the top and used two gift bows stuck together! Super quick and easy to do!

I also wanted to try out some mini cracker treat boxes. They’re perfect for my children to give to their friends at Christmas. I love the 6×6 papers with smaller designs and they worked so well for this project. I just cut out the shape using my cutting machine, embellished with the different papers, and was done!

Lastly, I made a card. I used papers from both pads which coordinated so perfectly. A touch of stitching, twine, brads, a sentiment stamp, and pop dots to give it more dimension – and another simple card was done!

Today’s steal is just going to feed my obsession with 6×6 paper pads. I will definitely be picking up a few more! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge to use at least 2 different paper collections! (Please add the names of the collections you used when you link up in the comments below.)

If you’d like to enter to win the December 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 last Thursday of the month to create your project and leave a comment on with a link to it on our blog. 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 Amy Coose!

Lifestyle Crafts Box Dies | How To’sday

I’m here today to show you just how easy and fun the Lifestyle Crafts Box Dies really are! I have two examples to show you that can be used for any theme imaginable!

First up – the treat carrier cutting die:

Step 1. Cut out 2 of each of the box shapes.

Step 2. Add extra stong double sided adhesive tape onto the flaps of the base cut out.

Step 3. Attach the base cut out (as shown below) – you need to make 2 of these.

Step 4. Add extra stong double sided adhesive tape to the back of one side of a treat box, and stick together.

Step 5. Use the smaller die cuts in the pack to make the decorative banners and sentiment pieces for your treat carrier.

You are now ready to decorate! I went for a snowman soup theme :

The next box file I was given to play with was the popcorn box:

Step 1. Cut out box using die.


Step 2. Add extra strong double sided adhesive to the flap on the right hand side:


Step 3. Fold in the bottom flaps as shown below:


Time to have fun and decorate! These boxes are so quick and easy to make – you could use them as party favors, baby shower gifts, teacher presents….the list is endless! Here are a few more of my examples:

I hope I have inspired you to hit that ‘steal’ button! These box dies really are super simple and fun to use, with endless possibilities.

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 our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Jade series with Guest Designer Jessica Arrant.

Inkadinkado Embossing Powders | Monday Craft Madness #3

The Inkadinkado Embossing Powders are SO much fun for crafts big and small! The colors are fun and bright, and there are endless possibilities with these. I’ll show you just a few, which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Embossing Powders!

I was given green, red and white embossing powders – so, of course, I had to go with a festive theme! These powders worked great for jazzing up Christmas gifts for my daughter’s teacher.

I started off thinking about a gift. I have seen altered candle holders on Pinterest and really wanted to give this a try. I used a Versamark watermark stamp pad and simple snowflake stamps. Then I sprinkled on the embossing powder, used my heat embossing tool, and voila!

Next I needed something to put the gift in! I found an old box, painted the edges in green metallic paint, and then set to work with the decorating. I love to use embossing powders with background stamps, so the top of the box is decorated with a heat embossed background stamp and the embossed sentiment stamp. I used a dry embossing folder for the plain cardstock pieces around the sides of the box, which I then went over with my stamp pad and embossing powder. I then heat embossed it all. A very simple, yet effective decoration.

Of course, with every gift you need a gift tag! Something else I spotted on Pinterest was using one stamped image and carefully ‘painting’ with the powders. Basically, you carefully place each color where you want it on the image and then heat emboss it all together. I must say, this was very fiddly but fun!

Lastly, I needed a card to finish off the set. I used the embossing powders on a stocking stamp, cut them out, and then ‘popped’ them up! I also embossed the sentiment. Such a simple, yet effective, card made in under 10 minutes!

I love these embossing powders! I think the 48g pot I have of each color is going to last me a life time! Looking at it, you wouldn’t even know I had used it! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using embossing powders!

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Now we are into a new month, that means we can announce the winner of November’s Monday Craft Madness. First, I want to thank you all for joining in the new challenges – I hope you are finding them fun!

Congratulations go to… Deb Routledge. You are our lucky November winner!

Please email service@steals.com and we will be happy to send a little cardmakin’ swag your way!

If you’d like to enter to win our December 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 last Thursday of the month to create your project and leave a comment on with a link to it on our blog. 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!

We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 punches | Monday Craft Madness #2

Great things can come in small packages and this is definitely the case with one of today’s steals, the We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 punches. (Check back later today– you don’t want to miss our Cyber Monday fun!) I tried a few at the ScrapbookSteals retreat and LOVED them! There are so many great designs it was hard to pick just one. Which brings us to this week’s Monday Craft Madness theme:

Punches!

I decided to use the Snowflake Mini 8 punch to make a winter mini album. I love mini albums with a mixture of shaped pages – I find them far more interesting and fun to look at.

I decided to use the punch for the regular snowflake circle background. I also punched vellum, folded it in half, and then stitched around the outside to make a pocket for the mini snowflakes that were punched out during the cutting of the large snowflake circle.

You don’t have to punch out the whole circle. I only cut out half of the circle to add a different shaped page to my album (which you can see in the bottom page of the photo below).

Here are the photos of the rest of my mini album:

I just love these punches and I am definitely going to be ‘stealing’ more! I hope I have inspired you to join in this week’s Monday Craft Madness challenge – using punches!

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Don’t forget the rules! We give you a theme/sketch each week and allow you to create any project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) as long as it fits the theme. You have until the last Thursday of the month to create and share your project using any of the themes or sketches we provide. 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!