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Sweet Stamp Shop Giveaway!

A small business run out of sunny southern California, Sweet Stamp Shop creates hand-drawn, clear polymer stamps that are easy to use and fun to color. Each set is created with you in mind — fresh and whimsical designs you will find yourself using over and over again. Crafting can be expensive but these stamps make sure you get the most for your money. Just check out their site and Facebook page, and you, too will fall in love with their ideas.

Three lucky scrappers will win 2 packs of 4×6 stamps each worth $30 MSRP!

To enter, fill out {this form} to tell us, what theme of stamps would you like to see next?



Contest ends Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:59pm MDT.Winner announced upon notification and will be chosen with random.org. The contact information you provide will not be shared and will only be used to notify winners. Click here to read our full privacy notice. Winnings are not for resale. 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.

Peachy Keen Stamps

What a treat we are in for today! Just for you, we have a special guest blogger from Peachy Keen Stamps, Angelica Suarez. Angelica is a Peachy Keen stamping pro and shows us some of the fun ways to use today’s steal, Peachy Keen Stamp Sets.

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Angelica here from Peachy Keen Stamps, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that people love customizing when they craft! We all want to receive a card with a personal touch, and we love to give those cards even more. What better way to do that than choosing a face that goes perfectly with the occasion?

My parents started Peachy Keen Stamps back in 2003, and since then, my mom Kathy has been illustrating her signature line of Peachy Faces and took the die-cutting world by storm! Luckily, she also draws some pretty cute shapes, and I’m super excited to share some ideas with you today!

This sweet card was created using Faceless Fruit and Basic Paper Doll Faces.

Paper piecing is a fun way to give an instant pop to your projects without having to be the world’s greatest coloring guru. I simply stamped the pear from “Faceless Fruits” onto some patterned paper from Echo Park and again on a sheet of pear-colored cardstock. After I cut the patterned paper pear, I put some foam dimensionals on the back so it appears more 3D.

I used Versafine Onyx ink which stamps like a dream (but just a warning, it is not Copic or alcohol marker compatible. It works wonderfully with water-based coloring methods)! To give my little pear a bit more pizzaz I used some chalks in a pink shade and colored a little tongue with a red gel pen.

This Bubbly Bumble Bee card was created using Faceless Bugs!

The “Faceless Bugs” stamps that are in the Scrapbook Steals bundle were later made into dies when Kathy teamed up with the folks at Cottage Cutz! While I used the die for this particular project, this bundle comes with the stamps which is just as easy — simply paper piece as I did in the pear card or color your bumble bee in with Copics, pencils, or watercolors!

To make the antennae appear on the black cardstock, I heat embossed them with white embossing powder. Super easy: stamp with clear embossing ink (I used Versamagic), sprinkle with white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with a heat tool until it sets.

Sweet and simple cheerful flower card created using Faceless Flowers, Flower Centers, and Simple Sallies Assortment.

If there’s one thing I love about card making — it’s the endless options you get when you pair ink and stamps. Here I’ve stamped four different flowers using Memento Ink in Cantaloupe and Distress Ink in Tea Dye. As you can see, I started by stamping my flowers off the paper and created a sense of movement. By layering positive and negative images, you can create your own custom flowers and looks. The 3/8″ Simple Sallies fit perfectly in these flowers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. The sentiments on these cards were all stamped from PK-225 Happy Flowers and Cheerful Phrases. I used my caption maker for the bee card sentiment. Have a Peachy Day!

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Thank you Angelica for sharing your incredible talents with us! Be sure to check out Angelica’s blog for all sorts of amazing creative inspiration.

Also be sure to check in tomorrow for another project from another guest blogger!

Have a great Thursday!

Market Street Stamps

Stamping — that creative and aesthetically pleasing technique which I admire completely! If you are a stamper or even if you want to become a stamper (raises hand), then today’s steal the Market Street Stamps are a great way to pick up some darling stamps to add to or start your collection.

You know me and my trepidation with stamping, so I thought I’d turn to our insatiably-talented stamping expert, Misty Buck, to show you some amazing projects that you can make with the stamps offered today.

What is not to love about this darling card that Misty made using the Pretty Perfect Grid background stamp?

I especially love her addition of embellishments at the intersection of a few of the grid lines. Perfect stamp for perfect placement of extra embellies!

Look at how Misty used the Punched Tin stamp to create this card. I love how she first stamped the paper used for the circle embellishments and then punched them out! What a great way to show that a stamp doesn’t necessarily need to be used in the whole.

I’m always about finding unique and easy journaling blocks for my layouts. Misty shows how perfectly the Vintage Notebook stamp can be used for a perfect journaling block to show off your own handwriting!

You can also see on this layout how Misty used the Too Many Martinis stamp as a complimentary embellishment piece to her journaling block, and I especially love how she added some iRocks to circle areas of the stamp. Perfection!

Misty also worked her stampy magic on this card using the Here Comes the Sun stamp.

Now if that wasn’t enough to make you want to drop everything you are doing at this very moment and start stamping, check out these examples from the Senior Designer at Market Street Stamps, Tifany DeGough.

::sigh::  Isn’t stamping beautiful?

Thanks so much Misty and Tifany for showing us your magic girls! If you’d like to check out other amazing creations from Misty Buck and Tifany DeGough, you can click here to check out Misty’s blog and click here to check out Tifany’s blog.

Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you Monday with another round of Monday Card Madness.  <3

How To’sday | Stamping with Bleach

How To’sday | Stamping with Bleach

Stamping. It’s that glorious and mysterious world which has so many possibilities. Did you know that you can do stamping with bleach? Erica Bass shows us how to use this unique technique in today’s terriffic tutorial.

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I love experimenting with all the different things that you can do with some rubber stamps and ink. Stamping with bleach is one of my favorites. You get a lot of impact with very little effort.

A few supplies you will need:

  • A non reactive tray (ie paper plate, or small plastic plate will do)
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • one piece of paper towel folded
  • bold image rubber stamp
  • water based ink
  • brayer

First you will need to ink up your brayer on the ink pad by rolling the brayer on the pad until the whole roller is loaded with ink.

Next brayer your background color onto a piece of white card stock. Keep adding ink until you get the desired effect. (You can also sponge ink onto your paper if you don’t have a brayer.)

The next step will be to have some sort of non-reactive tray with a folded paper towel to make a little bleach puddle on. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area and protect your surfaces and your clothes. You’ll need enough bleach on the paper towel to be damp without being dripping wet. Choose a bold stamp, very few fine lines that could cause the bleach to bleed too much when you stamp with it. When you stamp your image on the paper it removes the ink that was brayered on.  After you are done stamping remember to rinse your stamp with water then clean it with a conditioning spray.

Here is a close up on one of the places I stamped. What I love is the color variations you get from the chemical reaction. The ink surrounding the image changes a little bit turns a little more blue. FYI: after the bleach dries it becomes inert so it won’t damage your scrapbook pages over time. Just make sure you let it dry completely before placing anything else on your page. The drying process can be sped up with a heat gun at least ten inches away from the page so it doesn’t get too hot.

Here is an example of too much bleach (too wet).

Here is an example of not enough bleach (too dry).

And finally here are some examples I made with this technique:

Thanks for letting me share this technique! I hope some of you go try it!

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Erica, thank you so much for teaching us this unique technique! I love knowing that I can multi task my cleaning supplies  into my crafty world.

If you have an idea that you would like to see featured for a How To’sday tutorial, please don’t hesitate to share. You can send your photos and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a great day and be sure to check in tomorrow for our next Mid Week Mojo installment, this time brought to you by one pretty incredible guest sketcher!


How To’sday | Faux Batik Embossing Technique by Misty Buck

How To’sday | Faux Batik Embossing Technique by Misty Buck

Misty Buck, one of our favorite stamping queens has done it again. This week for How To’sday, Misty has created an amazing tutorial showing us how to do a faux batik embossing technique.

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Oh, it’s so good to be back and creating. Five weeks of vacation with no crafty goodness is just too long. I love this particular technique that I’ll be sharing with you today. It really doesn’t take but a few minutes and the results are so eye catching.

To begin with you’ll need to gather a few tools. You will need:

  • Mulberry paper or something similar like rice paper or high-quality tissue paper
  • an iron
  • Versamark watermark ink
  • clear embossing powder
  • an embossing gun
  • at least two colors of stamping ink
  • bold stamps with lots of surface area
  • a sheet of copy paper
  • a paper towel
  • white cardstock

Begin by stamping a few images around on your mulberry paper with your Versamark ink. Sprinkle the clear embossing powder over the images.

Next heat emboss the powder with your gun

Now grab your inks and begin liberally sponging your complimentary colors directly onto your mulberry paper until you get the desired look.

Now you are ready to iron. My iron only sees the light of day when I’m ready to craft. It may not even know what a shirt is at this point.

Lay your paper towel down on your ironing board, place your inked up mulberry paper on top of it and then finish the sandwich with a piece of copy paper.

Iron the copy paper until you see the embossed images show through onto it. Essentially, you have just ironed out all of the embossing powder on your paper.

Take your paper out and notice the vibrancy of your stamped images and how they pop against a white sheet of cardstock. You can mount your mulberry paper onto other colors of cardstock but the effect will be muted.

Note: I use my ATG tape runner to mount my mulberry to cardstock but you can also use spray glue for a more even coverage.

Cut out a piece of your beautiful faux batik paper and use it on a project.

I hope you all enjoyed this stamping tutorial — any new converts to the stampy side of life yet?

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Misty, thank you so much for yet another amazing stamping tutorial. If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, don’t hesitate to send them our way! You can email your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

We have several great tutorials in the line up! Be sure to check in next week as well as tomorrow for our 52nd Mid Week Mojo! We have a guest sketcher to celebrate one year and she will knock your socks off!

Have a great How To’sday!