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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.

Supplies

  • 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 kristy@stealnetwork.com.

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.

MOM

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 ScrapbookSteals.com, please send an email with your idea to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

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 Scrapbooksteals.com.  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!

Supplies:

  • 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.

If you have an idea that you would like to share for a How To’sday tutorial please send photos and text to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

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

American Crafts Stamping Markers | How To’sday

It’s Tuesday again which means it’s time for another fantastic scrapbooking tutorial. Today we have a special treat and have guest blogger Amber Sheaves sharing with us some great ways on how to use today’s steal, the American Crafts Stamp Markers.

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I love these stamp markers because they are less expensive than stamp pads enabling you to get more ink colors for your money. The colors are vibrant and tips are very juicy! The markers are dual ended with a brush tip and a writing tip. The ends are slightly flexible giving you the ability to vary the thickness of the line by adding or reducing pressure and changing the angle at which it meets the paper. Below are the different thicknesses you can get with each end.

I found they work equally well on both clear photopolymer stamps and rubber stamps. Below I stamped with a clear stamp on the left and a rubber stamp on the right:

Clear Vs. Rubber

If you find for some reason they are not sticking to your clear stamp (ink tends to pool up on clear stamps especially acrylic ones) first ink the pad up with a clear embossing ink and then add your colored ink. When using markers on your stamps you will find that the ink will dry before you have time to stamp it just because it simply takes longer to color in the image by hand than it does to stamp it on a big stamp pad. These stamp markers are meant to stay wet on the stamp longer than regular markers. In some cases with more intricate work you will still need to re-wet the ink. To do this simply huff the inked image when you’re ready to stamp on paper. Do this by breathing on the stamp as you would to clean your sunglasses or a DVD.

Another use of the stamping markers  is with a color spritzer tool which takes the place of a spray ink. Just attach the marker to the tool and squeeze for these cool splatter effects.

These markers are acid-free so you can use them as journaling pens on your layouts.

You can also easily correct stamping mistakes! Take for instance this “hello friend” stamp. See how part of the image didn’t stamp well? Simply use the writing tip to go over the image and fill in the missing parts. This way you don’t have to start all over again if you incorrectly ink a stamp and mess up your project!

The American Crafts stamping markers enable you to get so much more use out of your stamps by allowing you to omit part of an image and to use multiple colors on one stamp. Let’s look at the “hello friend” stamp again. What if I didn’t want the friend part for some reason? With a stamp marker you can easily just stamp the portion of the stamp you want. But what if I wanted to do something fun with the colors? With markers I can make each letter a different color! You couldn’t do this with an ink pad.

Here’s an example of using multiple colors on one stamp. First I stamped the apple with an ink pad only in red. Not bad, kinda cute. But by using the markers I was able to add several colors to each making it really cute!

The markers can also be used to ink the edges of cards and layouts, getting into smaller spaces than those cats eye or teardrop pads.

You can get some really pretty effects as well. For these flowers, I first inked the center with Sunflower (when using multiple colors always start with the lightest color), then colored them in with Taffy, and then with Grape I drew lines from the center towards the tip of each petal for the variegated color.

One of the best parts of these markers is that you can use them to color in large parts of outlined images. I stamped the image in black Staz-On ink.

Since the markers are water-based you want to make sure to use a pigment ink for the outline so that when you go to color the image in you don’t make the outline bleed.

Here are some finished projects using the markers.


I hope I’ve convinced you how wonderful versatile these markers are!

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Why yes Amber! You have convinced me indeed! You’ve even convinced me that I really just need to take the plunge and brave some stamping. Your projects are amazing! Thank you again!

If you have an idea that you would like to be featured as a How To’sday tutorial, don’t be shy. Please send your text and images to kristy@stealnetwork.com and we will be happy to feature your idea!

I’ll see you tomorrow for our next installment to the Garnet series of Mid Week Mojo.

Have a great day everyone!

How To’sday | Faux Pleating

Good morning everyone! It’s happy How To’sday once again and today our rockstar friend and fan Erica Bass treat us to a tutorial Faux Stitching.

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Don’t you just love the look of the pleated paper embellishments? I know I do but it costs an arm and a leg to buy it pre-made and is kind of a pain to make yourself. Don’t worry — I came up with the perfect solution!

With a few basic supplies you will be able to create this look with ease.

Supplies:

  • scrapbooking adhesive
  • paper
  • paper cutter
  • foam adhesive

Step 1: Cut two strips of paper that are the size you want your pleated accent to be. My sample strip of paper is 12 x 2
Step 2: Cut the second strip into the width you want your final pleats to be. Here my final “pleats” are 2 x 1 1/4
Step 3: apply foam adhesive to the bottom side of your pleats

Step 4: I applied a long line of adhesive to the top edge of my base piece of “pleating” then once the pleats were placed I rubbed off the excess adhesive. If your adhesive isn’t the type that will rub off, simply put some adhesive on the opposite end of the foam on the small pieces of paper before you glue them down.

Step 5: if you like a finished edge at the top position some ribbon so it overlaps the top edge.

side view of finished product.

Another sample of faux pleating used on a card.

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Erica, thank you so much for sharing your idea with us. I know I for one am excited to give this a try! I may even have to incorporate it into my next Mid Week Mojo. :) And speaking of Mid Week Mojo, be sure to check in tomorrow for our February Guest Sketcher.

Have a great day!