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Martha Stewart Edge Punches | Monday Card Madness #97

So you think there are enough punches in your stash to last a lifetime? Well, I’m pretty sure if you took 2.3 seconds to play with today’s steal, Martha Stewart Edge Punches, you’d be seriously reconsidering your thoughts about just how long a lifetime is. They come in timeless designs and fold up perfectly for storage. Yeah, I’m in love!

That Martha. She’s pretty much the bomb salad of punch making. (That’s a good thing!)

Given the fact that I was working with punches for cards this week I had a hard time going with a particular sketch. Punches are just perfect to modify ideas on a whim!

I used the Blossom Eyelet punch to create a trim to go down the length of my first card.  I then added a little washi and some embellies.

Next, I wanted to create a double border of eyelet blossoms so I punched down both sides of a strip of paper. I then got a little crazy with my washi collection and taped random colors beneath the flowers punch outs to create a subtle splash of color. I think this is one of my favorite washi uses yet!

I then used the same punch to create the edge of this card so that the inside pattern of the paper can peek through to match the strip on the left hand side. (I kinda really like this one!)

Then I switched gears to the Laurel Leaf edge punch. I’m gonna be honest — I think this is one of my very favorite punches to date! Such a great addition to so many projects!

I went simple and used this punch to make a basic border running the length of the card.

Then the crafty gears got spinning and I thought it would be fun to punch so that the leaf trim didn’t come completely unattached, but rather keep it attached to the paper I was punching from.

I then applied the same method to the base of this card and loved it so much that this is the official card for this week’s sketch!

Yup. I’m pretty pleased that these punches are now taking up minimal space in my crafty room. A great purchase indeed!

For those of you that don’t know already, we love to give things away here at ScrapbookSteals.com!

If you’d like to enter to win our August Monday Card Madness swag package:

  • Create any or all of the weekly Monday Card Madness sketches.
  • Post the card to our Facebook fan page, or any other online location.
  • Leave a comment on one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts with a link to your card no later than 11:59 pm, MST on Friday, August 31st.

Pretty easy, don’t you think?

Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter | Monday Card Madness #94

Martha, Martha, Martha. That crafty diva has taken glitter to the next level with today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter 12 Pack. Cardmaking aside, I can see lots of uses for this glitter. The fun shapes will make the perfect topper for my pedicure and fun new flair the “tooth fairy” will undoubtedly be leaving her dust beneath a pillow sometime soon.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of scrapbooking at a local store with a 8 other local ScrapbookSteals fans. It was a fantastic day and I had a great time putting the Martha Stewart glitter to use, and even got Kerys Sharrock and Deb Routledge to put their own twist on today’s steal.

I knew I wanted to create some sort of a “shaker box” for today’s cards since the glitter is almost more of a confetti type glitter.I created the base of my card then used my 2″ circle punch to make a window in the card. I cut a piece of the plastic from a set of my Thickers and with the help of a little washi tape, created a nice pocket/window to fill with glitter. After filling it, I simply taped it to the inside of the card.

I just have to say how perfectly the My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist collections work with these glitters!

I then tried something a little different and applied glue to the circles on the front of this card. I added different colors of glitter hearts and came up with this card.

Deb Routledge made this card off the top of her head. The paper piecing is brilliant! Not to mention such fun heart confetti water. And in the words of my five year old “this card is beautiful.”

Design Team member, Kerys Sharrock made this darling snowman card with a spin on the sketch for today. I love the window with stars in the snowman’s belly.

Don’t forget there are two more days to participate in the We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home Card Drive. As a little incentive and a thank you to those participating, we have a lovely Red White and Blue Stack Pack that will be given to one random winner who participates in the Operation Write Home Card Drive.


To enter to win:

We will have a random drawing from all of the card drive participants. The winner will be announced on our July 30th Monday Card Madness blog post. (Don’t forget! Post your cards to a regular Monday Card Madness blog post by August 3rd in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)

Tomorrow we are in for another terrific How To’sday from Staci Jones!

Have a great day!

Martha Stewart Punch All Over The Page

If you’re an indecisive gal like myself and can’t decide if you want your embellishment here or there, then the-ever-so-brilliant Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page Punches are the perfect thing to add to your collection. I love that these punches go anywhere. No more fighting with a restrictive guides—you can set that baby wherever you want!

Today we are treated to a post that packs a punch as guest blogger Deb Routledge shows us just what today’s steal can do!

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I was so excited when Kristy asked me to feature as a guest designer for ScrapbookSteals it only took me a second to reply! I was even more excited when I realized I was to work with these fantastic Martha Stewart Punch All Over the Page Punches. I love to punch and these new ones are right up my alley!

First, I created some wall art for my new craft room. I created the letters on my Cricut using the Storybook cartridge from a former “steal,” the Authentique Uncommon 6×6 pad.  I then punched out lots of flowers and leaves in the same papers.  This is something I love to do as it gives such a perfectly coordinated look to the project.


To give more definition to the punched out flowers and leaves I dry embossed them on a foam pad using an embossing tool.  When I am happy with the look, I layer them.


I also created this gift bag with matching notebook.


It is so easy to create pretty flowers with these punches to embellish any project.  I totally love the whole coordinated look it has.


Because these punches are all around the page punches you can also use them to create apertures in your layouts, making them the most versatile punches around. If you’re looking for a tool to create your own coordinated embellishments that will also be useful for achieving a layered look, then these are the tools you need!

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Deb. Absolutely unbelievable. You have got the talent girl. Thank you SO much for sharing your creativity with us today. I think when it comes retreat time I’m going to have to park my behind right next to you so that I can learn from the pro!

That’s it from the ScrapbookSteals blog this week, but be sure to check in on Monday for a super fun Monday Card Madness!

Toodles!

<3 Kristy

Martha Stewart Edge Punch | Monday Card Madness #89

I’m gonna punch you!” Sadly, that’s a phrase I keep hearing exchanged between my boys now that summer is here. Won’t they be surprised when they hear “I’m gonna punch you” coming from my workroom? Granted, I’ll be talking to my paper, but that’s okay, right? With today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Edge Punches, I will be happily spouting off that phrase because I love border punches. What a snazzy and simple addition to cards and layouts alike! I truly cannot wait to steal them! Especially that Double Linked Trim.  Swoon!

Today we are in for a special sneak peek at the talents of upcoming summer design team member Kerys Sharrock.

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I was so excited when Kristy asked me to make the cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness and even more excited when I saw what product she wanted me to use! Who doesn’t love Martha Stewarts punches?! I was given two double edge punches (I must admit to never having worked with these before – only the border and standard punches) and was told to create! They were so easy to use and I came up with endless possibilities following this week’s sketch.

The first card I made was using the daisy chain trim and the linked trim. I decided that the linked trim looked a little like a fence, so I paired it up with an image from The Paper Shelter (I must admit I didn’t color this one – when you purchase the digi from the shop you get both a colored and non-colored image – perfect when you are in a rush!) I added pink cardstock behind the punched border to make it stand out more and then highlighted the whole thing with green cardstock. I used the daisy chain trim both in the corner, and also cutting an individual flower to add to the twine. The papers are Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens collection.


I then made a card using Simple Stories Fabulous collection. I used the daisy chain trim for the border and then cut some more of the flowers from the border and popped them up on foam dots.


Getting completely carried away – I made two more cards! The first was using kraft and general cardstock, a variety of stamps and bling! I used the daisy chain trim with bling and cut out some of the individual flowers to highlight the stamped images.

And lastly, I love to make rosette flowers. I often use the border punches for a bit of variety and decided I would see how it came out using a double-edge punch. The answer – perfect! They are so easy to make and just adds a bit more dimension. I used basic colored cardstock, and by adding different widths of the brown over the border strip, you get a number of different effects.

The Martha Stewart punches are so versatile and easy to use, they make crafting a piece of cake! As you can see, they can used in a variety of ways, from making borders, making rosettes and flowers, using individual sections of the borders for embellishments, the list is endless. Just use your imagination and have fun!

Thank you so much Kristy and Scrapbook Steals for asking me to use these products. MS punches are definitely on my wish list now!

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Kerys, your cards are truly exceptional! What a great pre-design-team treat. Thank you! And now I’m going to go hit that steal button because those edge punches are must have!

Don’t forget that we are currently teamed up with We R Memory Keepers Operation Write Home card drive for a fantastic giveaway. We have a lovely Red White and Blue Stack Pack that will be given to one random winner who participates in the Operation Write Home Card Drive.

To enter to win:

We will have a random drawing from all of the card drive participants. The winner will be announced on our July 30th Monday Card Madness blog post. (Don’t forget! Post your cards to a regular Monday Card Madness blog post by June 29th in order to be eligible for our regular monthly drawing.)

Let’s do our part to help collect 50,000 cards!

Good luck!


Martha Stewart Storage | Mid Week Mojo #40

Martha Stewart Storage | Mid Week Mojo #40

Wow! Can you believe it — forty weeks of inspiration with our Mid Week Mojos? It’s time to add another gem to our list of Mojo clubs. With sketch #40 comes the potential to be a part of our Sapphire Club.

I am so excited about today’s sketch. Some time ago one of our fans, Joanna Alcock approached me asking if we could do something to help celebrate her dear sister, Nicole Radawetz’s birthday. Nicole has been such an important part of Joanna’s life, for many reasons amongst turning her to the passion of scrapbooking. These girls are both such a wonderful part of ScrapbookSteals so I was thrilled to help Joanna prepare a sketch to hold photos from their childhood.

I had a great time using today’s steal, the Martha Stewart Filled Storage Box to create this week’s Mojo. Even though the patterned papers in the collection were Halloween-themed, I thought they worked perfectly with these photos of my son sleeping.

I love how today’s steal comes such a delicious array of solid cardstock. It worked perfectly for printing out journaling strips and for cutting out flourishes for my layout.

And now for Nicole’s birthday surprise!

“In order to show my sister how much she means to me, how much I appreciate that she got me into scrapbooking, and how glad I am that she is my best friend, I recruited Kristy to help with a most special birthday surprise for her.  Happy Birthday Nicole!” ~ Jo

We had another great week filled of inspiration. Our lucky random winner for sketch #39 is Nancy Roth!

Thank you Nancy for sharing such an important part of your mommyhood with us. Please send us an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com and we will get your prize sent out!

Now I know you’ve all been anticipating what the next big prize for Sapphire Club will be. No need to wait any longer to find out. Melodee worked her magic and came up with this amazing card kit by Creating Keepsakes.

If you are interested in being the proud owner of this amazing card collection, then here is what you have to do.

  • After you complete MWM #40, enter your comment on this blog post with a link to your layout from our Facebook fan page or your own personal blog. The regular weekly winner will be selected from this posting.
  • If you are a Sapphire Club member (meaning that you have completed sketches #31-40),  please make a comment on the “I’m Sapphire” blog posting listing the titles and/or links of all ten of your layouts. Note: if you are catching up on Mid Week Mojos prior to the past three weeks and are unable to leave a comment with a link on a former blog posting, simply send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com with the links.
  • If you are a Diamond, Emerald Ruby and Sapphire Club member, you have four chances to win.  You will need to make separate comments on the “I’m Sapphire!” blog post listing each of your “Club” creations.  You will need to list the names of your Diamond Club layouts (#’s 1 -1 0) in one comment, the names of your Emerald Club layouts (#’s 11 – 20) in second comment, the names of your Ruby Club layouts (#21 – 30) in a third comment, and finally your Sapphire Club layouts (#’s 31 – 40) in yet another separate comment.  If your layouts are all listed in the same comment it will only be counted as one entry.

Also, for those of you wishing to catch up, here is an easy reference link to the sketches for the  Diamond Club Layouts, the Emerald Club Layouts , the Ruby Club Layouts, and the Sapphire Club Layouts.

Now are you ready for one more exciting thing? Our wonderful graphic designer has worked her magic and has created some blog blinkies for each of the clubs. Now you can dress up your blog and strut your Scrapbook Steals stuff — you deserve it! If you are a member of any of the four existing clubs then you click here to find your Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire Club blinkies.  Simply scroll down to find the size and type of blinky that you are after!

Good luck girls!