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Doodlebug Designs Glitter Alphas

Sparkle. Shimmer. Glimmer. Bling. Don’t those simple words put a smile on your face? I personally don’t think this world can have enough bling! But if the thought of glitter doesn’t have your face grinning from ear to ear then just wait until you see what guest blogger Sarah Eclavea has done with today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Glitter Alphas. Clever, crafty, innovative, fresh, fun and DARLING if you ask me!

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Hi everyone! I was so honored to be asked to guest blog here on Scrapbook Steals. Then to make things even better I found out I was going to be working with these Doodlebug Glitter Alphas. I thought I liked them when I saw them online, but I knew I loved them when I saw them in person! These are just too cute to stuff away in an album somewhere so I decided to put them on display for all to see. I created three pieces of wall art that are now hanging in my daughters’ bedrooms.

This first one is for my daughter Isabel’s room. I trimmed a piece of patterned paper to 8 x 10 inches focusing on the pattern and leaving room for her name. I layered some stickers and chipboard with foam tape and added some jewels and pearls. Super cute and super quick!

For this next one I trimmed four different patterned papers into 2 x 2 inch squares. I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to 8 x 10 inches and then adhered the squares to it. Add the glitter alphas and done!

Now I couldn’t leave my daughter Frances’ walls bare so here is one for her too. I trimmed a piece of patterend paper to 8 x 10 inches, layered and added the Doodlebug glitter alphas.

These three pieces took just one night and I have lots of letters left for all my other projects. Next up will be a N – Z wall hanging to match my A- M one above. And lots of scrapbook pages of course!

Thanks for letting me share these projects with you today!

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Sarah, thank you! I’m soooo in love with your projects. I think my scrappy room needs a facelift and your wall art would be something fun to use as inspiration. Also be sure to stop by Sarah’s blog for a lot more inspiring ideas.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our June Blog Hop here at ScrapbookSteals! You will die when you see what the artists have created. SO CUTE!

Have a perfect day!

Doodlebug Christmas Collection | Mid Week Mojo

Garnet – Layout 1


Isn’t it exciting that we are starting out fresh with another “Gem Club” series? I’m pretty, crazy excited about what I got to create with today’s steal, the Doodlebug Christmas Collection, as a payback for Brenda Smith for helping me out on Monday with the Monday Card Madness. Pretty much any of you that frequent our Facebook fan page, or Brenda’s blog, know the sweet little face of Harper. It’s as if these photos were destined to be paired up with the Doodlebug collection.

I. Love. Trim. I love pretty ribbons and crushed velvety borders. I love brads with flair and this collection has it all.

Probably my favorite is the ribbon garland at the top. It’s amazing what a few foam squares can do to give a little dimension and movement to an exquisite piece of ribbon. Add the cute blingy holly brads to each end and my title is complete! :)

Brenda, thank you SO much for letting me work with these darling photos of Harper. I have to admit it’s a wee bit intimidating making something for you and you are an incredibly gifted scrapper.  I hope you like!

Now for the exciting part. Squeeee — winners!

Our lucky random winner for Opal #10 is Becky Back.

Becky your layout is darling! Thank you so much for taking the time to play along with our Mid Week Mojo. I’m sure Heather Conklin has enjoyed seeing the interpretations of her sketch over the past week every bit as much as I do each week. If you would please send an email with your address to customerservice@stealnetwork.com, we will be happy to send a prize out to you.

And now it’s time to announce the absolutely, incredibly, lucky random winner of the big Opal prize so graciously provided by RibbonCarousel.com. Congrats to our random poster #12, Misty Buck! So exciting that the prize happens to be going to someone that loves ribbon and organizing. :)

Misty if you will please contact our service department they will make arrangement for the shipment of your new Ribbon Carousel.

Congrats again and a huge congratuations to all of you that participated and completed the Opal club series.  You should all be truly proud of your accomplishments in having added at least 10 more layouts to your family history. What a treasured keepsake you are each creating.

Good luck to all of you as we start out fresh once again. If you would like to be eligible for this weeks random drawing, be sure to have your layout created and posted somewhere online, as well as linked to this blog posting by Monday, December 19th at 11:59 MST.

If you are new to our Mid Week Mojo series, you can find all of the fantastic details here. Also, as we continue week to week, bookmark this page for your quick reference to Mid Week Mojo links.

Have a great week and I’ll see you on Monday with another card sketch to curb your card sketch needs!

Doodlebug Butterflies

It’s no secret, I love to alter things. I love to take a piece of chipboard and make it my own! Today’s steal the Doodlebug Butterflies made the springboard for creating so easy. With so many different color combinations to choose from, the possibilities are outstanding!

I have to admit, once again it’s as though the manufacturer created a product just for me. Just a couple of weeks ago, we decided to do an overhaul on my teenage girls bedroom. The papers in one of the collections were perfect to match their new paint, so I decided to make them each a butterfly to bling up their message boards.

I’ll walk you through the step by step process of how I created my butterflies.

Step 1: Select the papers you would like to use to cover your butterflies and trace the shape onto the paper and then cut out. Note: while these butterflies are designed to be individual altered pieces, I thought it would be fun to layer them for added dimension.

Step 2: For added dimension, in the edges of the cut out shapes with a coordinating ink.

Step 3: I thought it would be fun to add a little heat embossing around the white edges of the butterfly. Simply brush the edges of the butterfly across a Versamark or other pigment ink pad, add desired color of powder and heat.

Step 4: I wanted to add a little more glimmer to my butterflies so I added a coating of “Old Lace” glimmer mist.

Step 5: Next I used my piercing tool and added holes around the edges of the smaller butterfly so that I could add some stitching.

Step 6: The fun part…embellish as desired!

Step 7: In order to add a little extra bit of dimension, I used a strip of pop foam to adhere my butterflies together.

Step 8: Firmly press the smaller butterfly into place on top of the larger butterfly.

Step 9: To create the wire base for the butterfly beads, I folded the provided wire in half and then used some wire crafting pliers to create a little twist at the fold of the wire, so that the beads wont fall off.

Step 10: You know me and my love of bling. I wanted to add some sparkle to the beads so I coated them with spray adhesive then rolled them through some Doodlebug Sugar Coated Glitter.

Step 11: Next I used my hot glue gun to adhere the body of the butterfly to the wings. All done!

Now I have to admit, while I was sitting at my work desk stitching the butterflies I thought how fun it would be to create some “lacing cards” for a child to have. Bet you couldn’t guess that I couldn’t resist and had to make some! I pulled out my ModPodge and my stash of eyelets and set to work.

I thought it would be fun to combine a lacing card and matching card into the larger butterfly so I used some of my Sassafras Paper Whimsies and decoupaged one set onto the butterfly and have the other set for a small child to use as a matching game. You could even add a small piece of velcro to the base as well as the backsides of the shapes to make storage easier and eliminate the possibility of losing the shapes. Add a bit of yarn and a large plastic craft needle and your kids have got a great educational game to occupy them for awhile.

I think it’s time for a giveawayso if you’d like to have your chance to win these lacing card butterflies, simply leave your comment here by Monday at 11:59 MST and I will choose a random winner to send these butterflies to.

I hope you have a great weekend and find some time to get crafty!

Here’s a new challenge for you. Let’s send joy…. MCM #15

Here’s a new challenge for you.  Let’s send joy….  MCM #15

So there it was…taped to my bedroom wall waiting for me and my husband, right before we went to bed this past Saturday night.  A card from our oldest daughter.

I couldn’t help but giggle, smile, shed a tear and be a little in awe of her creating abilities when I read the card.

She would be mortified if she knew I was sharing what she wrote with my husband and myself, but it truly ignited a fire for me.  (Not to mention that I’m truly thankful for what an amazing 16 year old I have!)

She made me realize how important it is that we actually share with others, a thought of encouragement, a kind word, or in short….spread  joy.

I decided then and there on Saturday night, that my new challenge this year for Monday Card Madness is that we not only make the cards, but send them out.  Send them to a family member, your husband or boyfriend, your child, a great friend that you haven’t talked to in awhile, someone that has touched your life, an on line friend.  Really the options are limitless!   Just think of how such a simple action could brighten someones day!  (Plus, it’s always nice to get some ‘happy’ mail, rather than bills, right?)

So what that means for now is that we will still hold a monthly drawing for MCM participants, but rather than winning the cards that I create (since I do plan on sending them out!), we will send out some scrappy supplies that can be used on cards.  :)  That’s probably a better deal anyway.  :)  Just remember to have your card linked to the blog by the 6th of February to be eligible for the monthly drawing.

I was so inspired by the design of the card that my daughter gave us that I based this weeks sketch off of it.

Today’s steal, the Doodlebug Valentines Ribbon and Embellishments, were absolutely so much fun to work with.  Not only was I able to create a traditional ‘Valentines’ card (which I will be giving to my hunny), but I was able to make a couple of ‘thinking of you’ cards which I will be sending out this week!  And the ribbon?  Well…can one ever have enough?  Yeah.  I didn’t think so.

I would also love to put out a feeler to see what everyone thinks about participating in a card swap.  Basically what it means is that each person would complete 10 cards and mail to us at ScrapbookSteals.  We would then redistribute them to the participants and they would each receive 10 cards back from other creators.  So you’ll get back 10 cards from 10 different people for you to have on hand to send out so you can keep spreading joy in 2011!  Send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com if you’re interested, and if there is enough interest I will organize a swap!

Have a lovely day!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy stinkin’ cute candy decorations!

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy stinkin’ cute candy decorations!

Take one look at this tree and ask yourself…is this not the cutest little holiday project….ever?!?!!  Today’s steal, the Doodlebug Designs Holiday Tree Mega Kit, has got to be one of the funnest creations for the holidays that I have ever made.

I have to tell you a cute story behind this project.  I got the tree about a week ago to photograph for the steal page.  After taking it out of the box I had it sitting on my work table until yesterday, when I finally had the time to sit down and create.  Every day my little 6 year old would pull up a chair to my work table, rest his chin on his folded up hands and stare at the tree.  It truly brought back memories of being a youngster and being so excited for the holidays to roll around, and how my brothers and I would spend hours pouring over the JC Penney catalog looking at the toy section, dreaming of what we may find under our tree on Christmas morning.  After watching my sweet boy with that dreamy look in his eyes for several days, (and almost incessant nagging as to WHEN CAN WE DECORATE THE TREE), I decided to make a crafting date with him and have him help me put together the tree.

He helped me spread out all of the supplies and then we set about creating the cupcake decorations.  Now I have to tell you, I’m definitely a visual learner and pretty much would rather eat my own hair than to read instructions.  Well, guess what…sometimes it pays to take a few moments to gather the tips from the pros, as I was heavily into the glitter coating process before I realized that I should have painted the styrofoam balls first.  Shhhhh!  Never fear!  I just added a LOT of glitter.

Aaron and I decided that we would spray the balls with adhesive and coat the entire surface.   My first thought was to ditch the cupcake idea and dress up the entire surface of the balls, but he was so sad at the thought of straying from the picture that I decided to hang up the idea of branching out and create for the love of my son.  We sprayed the balls in a box and then added glitter.  Aaron had a blast rolling the balls around until they were all sparkly.

Because I had failed to read the part about painting the balls first there were small portions of white showing through.  I sprayed and rolled each ball again.  I must point out that another great tip that the instructions had was to insert a toothpick into the ball before painting and adhering glue.  I’m here to tell you, that would have been a fantastic idea.  Hee hee!

I’m still sparkly!

It’s all good.  In the end we ended up with perfectly pink and very glittery cupcake balls.

At this point I decided that maybe reading the instructions was a good way to go, but actually came up with a few tweaks on my own which I kind of preferred.

The instructions say to press the red beads into the styrofoam.  Well, either I need to eat more Wheaties or it’s just not that easy of a task, so I took a pencil and hammered it into the styrofoam to create the space for the bead.

I also didn’t have any craft wire on hand, and didn’t like the idea of the knot of the string that the ornament hangs from to show, so I came up with a slightly different plan.  I tied the knot and then used a brad the anchor the knot portion of the string inside of the ball.

I then added a drop of glue inside of the hole, threaded string through the hole in the bead and out the top.  I then used my trusty ‘hammer’ (aka meat tenderizer), to gently tap the bead into place.

I wanted to make each of the cupcakes slightly different.  I wanted to bring out a little more contrast in the cupcakes so I decided to use the template provided and cut out the cupcake wrappers in green shimmery paper.  However, Aaron was pretty convinced that we need pink polka dot ones also, so we just did a little of both.

We then decorated the base of the tree.  I wanted it to look more like a gift so we used the striped paper that came with the kit.  I cut the papers so that there was about 1/4″ of the tree base showing on each side.

I used a corner rounder and inked the edges of the papers then used the spray adhesive to stick the papers to the base of the tree.  I went to the store and found some sparkly green ribbon to make a big bow on the front.  I love how this turned out!

Later on we moved on to the gingerbread men.  I have to be honest that I couldn’t resist using my Silhouette for the gingerbread men, rather than hand cutting them out by hand.  I also wanted to add a little more sparkle to the gingerbread men, so I took a portion of the red sparkly paper and inserted it behind the buttons and faces of the gingerbread men.  I then ran the backs and fronts of the gingerbread men through my Xyron, cut a piece of string and enclosed it in a loop between the front and the back of the gingerbread men.

I added a little marker to the arms and legs of the gingerbread men and a bit of ribbon to finish them up.

We then made the gumdrops…and even followed the directions!  :)

Next we moved on to the ribbon candies.  Even my 15 year old got in on the action and helped to glue dot them together.

I decided to go for a little more fru-fru-ness and added ribbon to the ribbon candies rather than the twine.  I love the contrast and the softness!

While my daughter was helping me she was telling me how happy the tree made her because it was so sparkly, so we decided to give our candy canes a little extra sparkle as well.  I decided to use my Silhouette again, and cut out candy canes.  I then used the spray adhesive and stuck them to some of the We R Memory Keepers glitter papers.

I then hand cut around the edges of the candy canes and then stuck the pieces together so that both sides of the candy canes are beautiful!

Last but not least, what would a candy tree be without candy!

This tree is going to make such a darling addition to my home this holiday season!  (I think my girls already have plans to make it disappear to their room!)  It makes me want to get all of our Christmas decorations out and deck the halls!  However, best of all was the time that I was able to spend creating with my kids.  Thank you Doodlebug for creating such a fun kit…..instructions included!  :)

Have a great weekend!