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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!

 

October Afternoon Holiday Style | Monday CRAFT Madness

Today’s steal, the October Afternoon Holiday Style, was the inspiration for an exciting change of events in the ScrapbookSteals.com lineup.

Today is our FIRST Monday Craft Madness! We’re putting a spin on the traditional Monday Card Madness by giving you a theme/sketch each week and allowing you to create any project (a card, layout, altered project, or any other craft your heart desires!) as long as it fits the theme.

Let’s get started! This week’s theme is:

Christmas & Holiday!

I was extra excited when I saw this collection in person and saw just how super cute it is. There are lots of bright colors and patterns and so  many embellishments included in the kit.  It was hard to know when to stop creating! I created a sketch you can use for inspiration for cards of layouts if that is the type of project you choose.

 

There are so many fun papers, journaling cards, stickers, buttons, ribbon, and twine that I wanted to use it all!

I love the typical Christmas colors of green and red and these papers went together perfectly. I used of all the papers and embellishments, and a few of my own. I added some glitter, gems, snowflakes, and embroidery floss  … and voilà!

The holidays always make me think of snow, too. (I can’t imagine why when I live in Park City!) This collection also contains snowy papers and colors and the cute pompom trim. I used the same sketch for this card, adding stitching to represent one of the layers instead of paper.

 

 

As always, I love to flip a sketch! I love how they can be adapted to suit your needs. I turned the sketch on its side to accommodate my December journal card. I added the flower embellishment underneath my button and moved the sentiment sticker to the right hand side. But as you can see, it is still the same sketch!

 

 

There are so many fun pieces in this collection, the  possibilities really are endless. I hope you enjoy!

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We’re so excited to get the new MCM going! The rules are  still the same– 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!

 

Chalk ink Clouds | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday by Becci Manies has to be one of the most ingenious ideas I have ever seen when it comes to ink! I adore my Fluid Chalks and I think I’ll love them even more now after putting to use Becci’s tutorial on how to create clouds with chalk ink.

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Step 1. Start with your basic supplies: chalk ink, white cardstock, and a cloud template. I made mine by cutting a cloud shape into the top of a square scrap of cardstock. As you can see, it’s been well used.

Step 2. Start by positioning your template near the top of your (folded) card.


Step 3. Hold the template firmly down and start to brush your inkpad along the edges.

Step 4. Continue to ink along the edge until you have the first layer of clouds all the way across.


Step 5. My template is a bit small, so I move it and stagger it so that the cloud shape is slightly varied between lines of clouds


Step 6. Ta da! You have your first line of clouds.


Step 7. You can continue this for many lines, as far down the card as you would like. I started to use a lighter shade of aqua on the third row.


Step 8. Here is my card with all the clouds done.


Step 9. I added embellishments to the card to give it a finished look! It’s now ready to give to a special birthday girl!

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Becci—BRILLIANT! Thank you SO much for sharing your idea with us today.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to brittany@steals.com. Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Coral series.

My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Collection Vol. 2 | Monday Card Madness #107

Today’s steal, the My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Collection Vol. 2 are the perfect collections for this time of year. With the kiddos back in school and teacher’s gifts for the holidays creeping up before we know it, the variety of paper collections available today can offer all sorts of crafty ideas for any teacher gift need.

During the retreat I decided to ask some of the creative crafters sitting at my table if they would like to create some cards for this week’s Monday Card Madness. I love the different twists they put on the School Daze collection.

Jen McDermott whipped up this darling card and I just about un-invited her from sitting by me because her stamping abilities are so incredible. ;)

Cristine Redmond made this darling teacher thank you card — and again, stamping. I’m a wee bit envious I have to admit! I love how it looks!

And lastly Kelly Marks made this incredibly fun card with a great mix of the patterns in this collection.

Thank you for sharing your cuteness with us, ladies!

Now some of you may be wondering what the “sketch” is for this week and you are lucky enough to get to use any or all three of the cards as inspiration. :)

Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of another month.

If you’d like to enter to win our October 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, MT on Thursday, November 1st.

Have fun creating cards this week!