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A La Carte, What’s Your Pick? | Mid Week Mojo #35

A La Carte, What’s Your Pick? | Mid Week Mojo #35

There’s something I truly love about a la cart offerings, and today’s steal, the A La Carte collection kit by American Crafts collection is of no exception. It’s nice having a little bit of this and a little bit of that and this kit truly delivers just enough of so many different color schemes that it’s sure to please even the pickiest scrappers.

I was so drawn to the red, yellow and green combo that I used papers with those colors to create this week’s Mojo.

I love the combination of bold and subtle patterns which work so well together.

You can’t beat the booklet of alphabet rubons, which I used to create my title.

I switched the sketch up a little bit for my layout since I found I had more than a few sentences that I wanted to say.  I simply moved my title to the bottom of the page and added my journaling across the center of the layout.

The creations from last week’s sketch have truly been some of my favorites. It’s so fun to see you all offer ideas and inspiration to each other. And now for our lucky random winner.  Congrats to Charity Hotrum-Becker!

I hope you enjoy this week’s sketch as much as last week’s. I can’t believe we are half way through to our next big giveaway.  To enter, comment on this blog post with a link to your photo of this week’s Mojo page (a link to a photo from our Facebook fan page or personal blog) no later than Monday, March 28 at midnight in order to be eligible for our weekly drawing.

As always…scrap happy!  :)

Winner announced upon notification. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participation open to U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years or older. One entry per person. Winnings are not for resale.

Fantastic Friday | So Sophie

I have a little confession to make. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but when I was taking photos of today’s steal, the My Minds Eye, So Sophie, Graceful and Savvy collections, my eyes got a little misty. Okay, a tear dropped…it was just one of those days. Yeah, that’s my excuse.

Why would I get so emotional about a scrapbook product? Simply put, it’s gorgeous. It has been a long time since a product has moved me so profoundly before even creating with it.

I went to the store looking for something fun to play with and $3.00 later I settled upon these wooden plaques to alter.

I picked out a few of my favorite sheets of papers and turned to my Silhouette for some fun shapes to cut out. I also had to use some of the amazing stickers and die cuts that come with the So Sophie collections and satisfied my Glimmer Mist addiction and with a little Old Lace to everything.

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I love how these turned out. Who knows, maybe I even shed a little tear of happiness because they were so fun to make—but that will forever be my secret.  ;)

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How To’sday: T-shirt Makeover by Cristine Redmond

It’s How To’sday again!  I love featuring ideas from you crafty divas. Today’s how to comes to us from Cristine Redmond with a fun idea for a t-shirt makeover.

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My daughter has a cute, magenta-colored shirt that has been collecting dust in her closet, so I decided to alter it to make a Valentine’s Day shirt for her.

Using my Silhouette, I created this template using a rhinestone pattern. It originally only had two hearts, but I altered it to make three. I taped the template down to the shirt to make sure it didn’t move while I was placing the rhinestones.

I placed the i-rock rhinestones in the holes of my template using a wet q-tip.

Once all of the rhinestones were in place, I secured them using my i-rock. I secured them with the template in place first, just in case they moved or didn’t stick. Then I removed it and went over them all again just to make sure they were really stuck on the shirt.

This is the final product!  I love love love how it turned out and my daughter is super excited to have a “new” shirt. I definitely had fun using my new toys! :)

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I was so inspired by Cristine’s idea to mesh together the functions of the Silhouette and the iRock that I used her idea to make this St. Patrick’s Day Card.

Thank you Cristine for your great tutorial!

If you’d like to see your how to featured on an upcoming How To’sday, you can email directions and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com. We’d love to put you in the spotlight.

Check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo sketch, featuring a layout about my latest addiction, Words With Friends.

Have a great day!

Surprise! The Silhouette is BACK!

Can you believe it?  I don’t want to ruin any surprises for tomorrow morning, but I just can’t hold it in any longer.  The Silhouette is BACK.  And get this….Melodee rocked her amazing buying powers and guess what WE have for you?  Not only the amazing Silhouette bundle that we offered last time, but we’ve got a huge vinyl kit, an awesome “tool” kit, a heat transfer kit with glitter and flocked transfer material………..and………..the brand NEW heat transfer fabric interfacing that was just released TWO weeks ago!  Can you believe that?  I know!  I’m still trying to wrap my head around it as well.  :)  Melodee, you deserve a big chocolate cake for that one.

Well you know me, I had to play with the new products that we will be offering tomorrow.  I mean, what’s a girl to do, when this fun new stuff is just begging to be used?  Let me show you what I’ve had fun making this week.

To begin, I told my 13 year old that had just bought some *boy* sweats on clearance for $3.00 that she needed to let me make them pretty for her.  I turned her loose and had her choose a font and a design from my Silhouette library that she’d like to have on the leg of her pants.

She chose a basic font which I welded together using the Silhouette software.  Don’t forget if you are transferring letters to your project to flip them horizontally prior to cutting so that they are correct for applying.

The key to making the heat transfer work without a hitch is to really apply some pressure when ironing the image.  The backing should peel off without any trouble.

We cut out a layered flower using  smooth glitter, smooth purple and the flocked white heat transfer.

We started with the purple layer and then added the glitter layer on top.

We then added the center of the flower which was cut from the same flocked white as we used on the letters.

She was a hit at school and had a lot of compliments.  :)

Another daughter was feeling a little left out of the heat transferring fun so we added her name to her back pack.

I wanted to make something for myself as well, since I truly love the look of the glitter heat transfer material.  I decided to make a new running shirt for myself, to hopefully inspire me to actually get running.  (Why is it that new clothes seem to make life a little more exciting all around?)

I even added some wings on the back of my shirt.  I may need a little help to fly since tomorrow I’m signing up for a half marathon which is next month!  Eeek!

After having an absolute blast making some “custom designed” clothing I had to play with the fabric interfacing.  Oh.  My.  Word.  WHAT A DREAM!  I cannot say enough good about this product and the unlimited options that it has brought to the Silhouette.  I’ve never been a quilter, but I can only imagine the fun it would be to cut out shapes and make a quilt.  But I get ahead of myself…..

I had so many ideas, and let’s face it….not enough interfacing.  :)

My original thought was to make a St. Patty’s Day wreath for my front door.  I ended up running out of fabric mid-project, but I still want to show you the photos of how the process works.

First you iron the appropriate size of interfacing on to the back of your fabric.

Next you cut the fabric back to the edge of the interfacing.  Cut the fabric to the appropriate size of your design and then remove the paper backing.  Apply the fabric to the Silhouette cutting mat, and send to cut.  I did a double cut on all of my fabric designs and it worked like a charm.

I cut a layered design out of another fabric then ironed the two pieces together.  The adhesive on the back of the interfacing gives the fabric a temporary hold to allow you to either hand or machine stitch the pieces into place, thus my incredible urge to learn how to quilt!

Now I just need to get some more fabric so I can finish my project.  ;)

When I was thinking of innovative ways to combine some of the products I thought of how much fun it would be to cut flowers out of fabric and adhere them to my wall in combination with some vinyl.

I cut out three flowers, each with three layers.

I love this design because when sewn together they are 3 dimensional, rather than flat.

I alternated the patterns of fabric on each of the layers so that the three flowers are all a tad different.

I must say….it’s LOVE!

I had to create one more thing, combining the fabric interfacing and the heat transfer kits.  I wanted to make a little something special for a special little girl.

A blingy cuppy cake purse for none other than the face of KidSteals….Miss Jane!

If you’re curious of some other projects and ideas that are made with the Silhouette, be sure to check out the blog post that I made last time we featured the Silhouette.  You can find it here!

Good luck Stealing tomorrow!  May all of your Silhouette dreams come true.  <3

I think there is a little Chill in the Air…MCM #6

I think there is a little Chill in the Air…MCM #6

So I have to tell you that  today is the *perfect* creating weather.  It’s gloomy and doomy outside, so what better way to spend some time than snuggied up creating!

I have been dying all weekend to get my hands on today’s steal, the WINTER Creative Charms Collection.

Even though I despise snow with every ounce of my being (and yes, I even saw the dreaded white stuff flying today), I LOOOOOOOOOOVE snowflake embellishments, and today’s steal is of no exception.

Thankfully that kit alone, saved this weeks MCM.

I’m sure we are all in the same boat from time to time, where being creative kind of hurts your brain.  I feel like mine slipped or something because the creative vibes were sort of a challenge today.  Truth be told, I think it’s the post vacation energy flop.  ;)

I really wanted to keep this weeks sketch fairly simple as I am so in love with the snowflake border in the Creative Charms kit, that I wanted to make sure that it was a big focus of the card.  Of course I had to get a little bit busy with my Silhouette and cut out one of the snowflakes that came with the machine.  I added a little silver ink and the amazing Creative Charms bling ‘brrr’, popped a gem brad in the center of the snowflake and sure enough..done!  (Truth be told, I’m feeling a bit better about it right now.  My 13 year old just walked in and ooohed and ahhhhhhhhhd over it.  What a good girl.  Or maybe I just have her trained well.  HA HA!  ;)  )

I then made another card tweaking the sketch slightly.

I also couldn’t resist playing a little more with my Silhouette and decided to download a fun winter tree design.  I added the snowflake gems from the Creative Charms kit as well as some of the gradient gems then finished it off with another blingy sentiment!

Keep your projects coming!  We LOOOOOOOVE seeing what you create.  Remember to have your MCM #6 posted online or to our Facebook Fan Page with a link provided in the comments of this posting for your chance to be eligible to randomly win this months batch of cards.