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Detailed Matting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today we are treated to a fun tutorial by our regular crafty contributor, Charity Becker.

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Detailed Matting
Fussy cutting introduces a striking design element to any project. When adding a large fussy cut image to a project you can step up the drama by matting it, but getting all those curves exact is difficult. I rummaged in my husband’s wood shop for a compass with a screw adjustment.

Adjust the compass to the desired width. Hold the compass gently in your hand so that the point is at the edge of the design element. Gently trace the edge of the design with the point of the compass, pressing lightly so that the point does not damage the cardstock. As you trace the design the pencil end will translate that design onto the cardstock at the desired width.

Trim the matting along the pencil line. Erase any stray pencil marks. Adhere to layout or project.

I used this technique for a layout about my scrappy space for the February online crop at ScrapbookSteals.

This one features tiny Mickey…he loved watching me scrap. I call him my muse.

~ Charity Becker

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Charity, I have to say that you are the Queen of the fussy cut! I love that you’ve figured out a way to make that fussy cuttin’ just a wee bit easier.

Thanks again for sharing your amazing talents. You are wonderful!

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Have a lovely day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little mojo!

Coloring Stamped Images with Marker | How To’sday

This week we are treated to yet another awesome tutorial by Erica Bass. For those of you that love looking at stamping, want to know more about stamping, or are finally ready to take the full on plunge with stamping, Erica’s tutorial will definitely get you pointed in the right direction with coloring your stamped images with marker. Erica, take it away!

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This is for all you stampers out there that love to color in images or for the newbies that want to learn how to do that. I hope this tutorial helps you get the look that you’ve always wished you could create!


  • water-based markers in various shades
  • blender pen
  • watercolor paper

Step 1: Print or stamp out lined image on watercolor paper. I find that you can get away with this technique with heavy cardstock but
the watercolor paper helps blend the colors better and the paper doesn’t peel when you color over the same spot over and over.

Step 2:  I chose three shades of pink and red for the coat. Start with your lightest shade and color the whole area that is that color.

Step 3: Determine the angle the light is coming from and that is where you will leave a little of the lightest shade showing. Color over about 2/3 of the area with the next darkest color.

Step 4: Add touches of your darkest shade in the shadow areas of your picture. Sometimes stamps will give you hints as to the shadows by having extra lines.

Step 5: After you color in the different shades go over that whole area with the lightest color to blend it all together.

Step 6: In this image I had some trim of the girl’s coat that I wanted to be white. Even white has shadows so picked up some light blue with my blender pen and colored in just the spots I
wanted the shadows to be.

Step 7: To finish off your image go around the outside of the image with a pale color I picked up light blue with a blender pen and traced the image and then added a couple of shadows.

Finished card


another card using this technique

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As always, what a spectacular treat to be given a tutorial by the stampy diva, Erica Bass! Thank you Erica for sharing your talents with the ScrapbookSteals community.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured as a How To’sday tutorial, we’d be happy to feature you. Simply send along text instructions and photos to and I will add you to the line up.

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo!

Flower Power Misting | How To’sday

Happy How To’sday everyone! Today the uber-talented Charity Becker brings us yet another incredible tutorial to incorporate in to your paper crafting, card making and scrapbooking projects.

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Flower Power Misting

Scrapbooking mist can take a plain sheet of cardstock to a whole new level. But when you’re over the novelty of spraying formless blotches here and there what’s left? There are always the misting masks available from many different companies, but how about one you can make on your own.


  • several sheets of cardstock
  • a circle cutter and 1 inch punch (although scissors will work)
  • two colors of mist
  • twine

Step 1: Cut a 3-inch circle in the center of a sheet of cardstock at least 8×8 in size.

Step 2: Lay the circle on a sheet of cardstock and using the darker shade of mist, spray a layer of color inside the circle. Repeat as desired, let dry.

Step 3: Cut a second 3-inch circle out of an 8X8 piece of cardstock.

Step 4: Punch 8 one-inch circles from a scrap piece of cardstock.

Step 5: Place punched circles around the 3-inch circle and trace.

Step 6: Punch out the circles traced around the 3-inch circle using a 1-inch punch.

Step 7: Place the flower cut out over the existing misted circles, and mist with a lighter color of mist. Let dry.

Step 8: Using a paper piercer, puncture holes around the edges of the flower petals. Stitch with twine.

If your paper is warped you can lightly mist the back of the paper with water and press between books till dry. You can also iron the cardstock on a medium setting till flat. Be sure you do NOT have the iron set on “steam”!
I used Kristy’s fabulous MWM Garnet #10 sketch for this layout.

~ Charity Becker

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Charity, as always, it’s such a pleasure being treated to your creations. You never disappoint!

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured on a How To’sday don’t be shy. Send your text and photos to

One more thing for today. It’s been kind of a crazy couple of weeks around the StealNetwork, and I have to admit that I overlooked announcing the winner of the February Monday Card Madness participants.

A huge congrats goes out to Laurel Lane!

Laurel, your birthday invites are positively stunning. We have already contacted you via email regarding your prize. Enjoy!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the next Mid Week Mojo.

Imaginisce Cupcake and Fashion Flowers | How To’sday

::sigh::  Flowers. I absolutely adore them. I love bouquets, wild flowers, flowers in my garden — I even have sort of a ridiculous obsession to mix flowers with my paper crafting. In fact I’ve even been known to add flowers to my boy scrapbook pages!

Today’s steal the Imaginisce Cupcake and Fashion Flowers make me swoon. Not only are their textures and patterns amazing, but the colors are vibrant and can really be the perfect finishing touch for so many things.

Now if you are not a frilly scrapper or haven’t had the guts to add a flower to a boy page, then today Charity Becker shows us just how much fun the Imaginisce flowers can be in her amazing tutorial.

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Flowers and Prisms

I‘ve had this delightful antique mirror sitting around waiting to be altered for MUCH too long. It has lost enough of it’s silvering to reflect a cloudy image, but will still lend interest to a dark space. Flowers from Imaginisce sparked a sweet plan and the results were delightful.

The mirror I used was 22.5 inches by 14.5 inches. I added 5 nails to the frame, 1 at the center and the others at 4.5 inch segments from the center.

Flower Garlands

For the flower garlands you’ll need three packs of Imaginisce Cupcake Flowers; pink, neutral, and bright. Three colors of twine, +/- 53 inches long, and 20 or so acrylic prisms, assorted sizes.

First, remove the netting and “disco” blossoms from all three packs of Cupcake flowers. Sort them into colors and arrange into garlands. I used the following patterns:
Netting blossom: *
Disco Blossom: B
Prism: ^
Blue and yellow (net): ^B*^B*^*B*^*B^*B^   Tie one prism every 10 inches.
Pink and green (net): ^*^B*^*B^B*^*B^*^   Tie one prism every 9 inches.
White and pink (net): *B^*^*^B^*^B^*^*^B*  Tie the prisms at the following inch marks: 3-3-6-10-6-3-3

Using a contrasting color of twine, string the flowers and prisms in the patterns described, tying the prisms along the way. After the last prism is tied on, slide the blossoms along the twine till they hang evenly between the prisms.

Assume that the nails are numbered 1-5 from left to right. Loop the pink and green garland over nails 1, 2, 4, and 5. Loop the White and pink garland over nails 1, 3, and 5 in tight loops. Loop the Blue and yellow garland over nails 1,3, and 5 in large loose loops.

Title and Quote
You will need gems, 1 inch black alpha, ½ inch rub-on black letters, a transparency, and leopard print vellum or washi tape.
Cut the transparency to 6 ¼ inches wide by 7 ¾ inches long. Lay it on a cutting mat or other lined surface.

Place the first letter of the first line 1 ½ inches from the top edge. Place the first letter of the third line 3 ½ inches from the top edge. Place the first letter of the fifth line 5 ½ inches from the top edge. Complete the quote, one line at a time. Space lines 2 and 4 between the existing guide letters. Wrap the sides with washi tape or frame with ½ inch vellum. Adhere the title letters to the lower edge of the transparency. Embellish with gems. Adhere to the mirror.

Throw Pillow
My sweet little girl took one look at all my packs of flowers and in a flash she had one of her throw pillows in my lap and an assortment of flowers chosen for the center. This project is super simple, but now I have an absolutely delighted little girl!

Choose two large polka-dot flowers, two small polka-dot flowers, and one sheer. Grab a shiny button and length of twine from your stash and your ready to create smiles.

Stack the polka-dot flowers so that the petals off set each other. Stack the small polka-dot flowers onto the shear flower, and the shear onto the large polka-dot flowers. Stitch the button to the stacked flowers with one loop of twine and then take a second loop through the button and stitch the flowers to the center of the throw pillow. Tie the twine in a sweet bow and you’re finished.


Moms know they have our heart, but sometimes they need a reminder. The Imaginisce Bitty blossoms and Itty bitty blossoms combine to make a classy reminder.
For this project I altered a 7 inch square shadow box I picked up at my local dollar store. First I spray painted it white, then started stacking flowers. The arrangements are pictured below.

I joined them with a brass brad and adhered them to the shadow box with dimensional adhesive. For the title I attached three brown flowers to a 7inch piece of ribbon with brads. I placed 1 inch letters at their centers to spell out my title. At either end of the ribbon I placed the green and white flowers, then adhered the title to the center of the shadow box. For the sentiment I used tiny type, but centered the words on a strip of transparency before adding it to my project. Using the transparency made it easier to see exactly where I wanted my title before making it permanent.

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W-O-W! Charity you are amazing! Thank you so much for being willing to create such an amazing tutorial for our How To’sday.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share or would be interested in being a guest blogger for, please send an email with your idea to

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow for the announcement of the winner of the We R Memory Keepers Cinch, and the first layout in our next Mid Week Mojo series.

Kissing Ball | How To’sday

Hello everyone! How To’sday to ya. :)

Today is yet another exceptional tutorial in the line up of How To’sday’s here at ScrapbookSteals. This time we have a gorgeous piece of  home decor brought to us by the ever so talented Venetia Holbrook.

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I’m so excited to be able to share my kissing ball how to on  It is an honor to be featured, and it feels like cheating because this project is super simple, but time consuming.  Before you get started, check your supply list, and gather your patience.  This one takes a while, but is worth it!


  • Styrofoam Ball
  • Floral Pins (100-300 depending on your ball)
  • Double Sided Paper
  • Flower Punch(es)
  • Ribbon

Once you have your supplies, decide which paper is going to be your base, and if you are doing a double flower, which will be your top.  Punch out a bunch of flowers.  This ball was 5 1/2 inches, and it took over 300 flowers.

I punched all my flowers and placed them in a container to hold them.

Place your styrofoam ball on top of a glass, so it does not roll around.

Pin down your ribbon.  The amount of pins may be overkill, but that ribbon isn’t going anywhere.

Expect your little helpers to stop by during the process.  I suggest markers as a distraction.

Once you have your flower supply, place your smaller flower on top of your larger flower. Then, pin it to your styrofoam ball.

Circle the flowers around your first flower, and continue around the ball. Try to cover all the foam.  Repeat until your ball is covered, and remember to cover the pins that are holding in the ribbon and the ribbon edges.

“Fluff” your ball by squeezing the flowers around the pin to give more dimension. Pull some of the flowers above the others and adjust the placement.  If there is foam showing, add a fluffed flower to cover the area.

Add a bow to the riboon, and amaze your recipient.

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Venetia, this is absolutely fantastic. And what is even more fantastic is how much I love that it’s hanging in my home. :) Thank you SO much for sharing your talents with us! The entrance to my home is finally perfect thanks to you.

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Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for the final installment in our Garnet Mid Week Mojo series.