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Happy Valentines Day! Let’s Make Cards (MCM #20)

Happy Valentines Day!  Let’s Make Cards (MCM #20)

Happy Valentines Day everyone!  I love this holiday.  Not so much for the typical aspects of it, because truth be told I’m a fairly frugal one and I just can’t see the point in spending lots of money on flowers and candy.  However I do love something about Valentines Day cards.  I always have.  Even back in grade school Valentines Day was my favorite holiday to celebrate at school.  I loved picking out the perfect note for the perfect person and delivering it to their Valentines Box….or….lucky Mr. Christopher Anderson in 5th grade….he got the special homemade Valentine from me, his secret admirer.  Hmmm…I wonder if he ever figured out who that was from?  :)

Anyhow, today’s Steal, the Die Cuts With  A View Card Kits, are the perfect “go to” when making cards.  Hands down I cannot say enough good about having these cards on hand.  I love that they are pre-cut to the perfect size and have an envelope included.  No more cutting down expensive sheets of cardstock that could be used on a layout, in order to create a card!

For this weeks Monday Card Madness, rather than providing a sketch, your challenge is to create a Valentine for a loved one and let them know how important they are to you.

I took a stroll through our Facebook Fan Page, and gathered up all of the Valentines / Love cards that I could find as of recent to share with you here to use as inspiration.  (Just hover over the card to see the name of the talented designer.)

Enjoy!

Now I know that you are all waiting on pins and needles to find out who the lucky winner of the We R Memory Keepers Cinch Bundle giveaway is.

Our lucky winner is comment poster number 12.

Kyla Dawn Norris!

Congrats Kyla!  If you will send your address to orders@scrapbooksteals.com, we will get it sent to our wonderful friends at We R Memory Keepers and they will get your Cinch sent out to you.

Just a reminder to make sure you post your creations to our Facebook Fan Page or personal blog, along with a link here in the comments in order to be eligible for our monthly Monday Card Madness drawing.

Also be sure to check in tomorrow for part two of our amazing organization How To’sday!

Happy Valentines Day.  <3

Love is in the air. <3

Love is in the air.  <3

Valentines Day.  The day of chocolate and flowers, hearts and kisses.  The day of love.  Do you know what I love?  I love how well My Minds Eye always captures the essence of Valentines Day and pretty much knocks it out of the park with astonishingly cute stuff!  For today’s Steal, you have the choice of one of THREE My Minds Eye Valentine collections.

When I found out that Melodee had performed her Rock Star duties yet again, and managed to get The State of the Heart collection I begged her to put it on a Friday so that I could create a fun Valentines project with it.

I was asking Lisa what she thought would be a fun idea to create and she said she’d seen somewhere, where someone had made a “bouquet” of hearts. I was thinking along the same lines with a heart wreath, but decided I liked the idea of a table topper much better.

….and so the heart boquet was born.

For this project you will need the following items.

* The State of the Heart paper collection, or other Valentines papers

* Wooden Dowels

* Spray Paint

* Poly Fil, or Quilt Batting

* Flower Arrangement Foam

* Ribbon

* Misc. Embellishments

* Vase

First off I cut out 12 hearts using my Silhouette.  I also cut out 12 slightly larger versions of the hearts out of cardstock to back the patterned paper hearts on to.  I then inked the edges of the patterned paper hearts.  Note: If you don’t have access to a die cutting system, tracing a heart cookie cutter would work great!

Next up was having  a little fun with the spray paint.  For just one teeny tiny moment today, I was grateful for snow.  It sure made an easy stand for holding my dowels to spray paint and when Mother Nature decides to warm up my mess will melt away!  For the time being, my boys think it’s ultra groovy that we have gold snow.  :)

I used glue dots to secure into place the patterned paper heart on top of the cardstock heart.  I did the same process for all 12 hearts.  I wanted to give my hearts a little dimension so I decided that I would try filling them with stuffing.  Cotton balls would likely work for this as well as a thin layer of quilt batting.  For my hearts, this is about how much filling I used in each of them.

Next I brushed off about an inch of dust from my sewing machine and set to work sewing the two hearts together with the fluff in the middle.  (I’m also going to admit something here.  I don’t know how to sew.  I bought my machine for…you guessed it…scrapbooking).  :)

Note!  Be sure to leave a small opening in the bottom of the heart to insert the wooden dowel.

To hold the heart into place, I added two mini glue dots to the top of the dowel.  I then gave the dowel a twist so that the glue dots could adhere to the paper allowing the heart to be secured to the dowel.

I then inked the edges of the cardstock and trimmed the areas where the paper didn’t quite match up.  Then came the fun part!  Decorating.

Now for you floral arrangers out there, don’t laugh too much at the foam that I purchased.  I didn’t realize what I bought was for keeping flowers hydrated.  I just liked the way it squished!  I cut off a chunk and shoved it down into the bottom of my vase.

I then arranged the dowels in the foam.

I decorated both sides of the hearts so that from any angle something fun is sure to be seen.  Here are a few closeups of the odds and ends of embellishments that I used.

Lastly I turned to my button stash to create a border around the rim of the vase.  I thought this was a fun way to add a little uniqueness to my project.

I’m so in LOVE with how this Friday’s project turned out.  It wouldn’t have been the same without The State of the Heart, that’s for sure.  :)

Have a LOVE-LY weekend everyone!  Be safe.  Have fun.

Scrap happy!

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

How To’sDay:Valentine Project by Charissa Miller

Happy To’sDay everyone!  Have you been thinking what on earth you might give your significant other for Valentines day?  Let’s face it, we are all creative minds, so odds are pretty high that something handmade is on the agenda.  When I saw the darling project that Charissa Miller made using her iTop, I asked her if she would mind sharing a How To with us.

Thank you Charissa for sending us your fantastic How To.

I-Top Gift

I saw this idea on the Imaginisce blog not that long ago, and though it was awesome.  So I took that idea thought about it a bit and made it my own.  My version is a Valentine’s Day gift for my darling husband. I honestly have just started branching into the wider world of paper crafts and this was the first non-scrapbooking paper crafting project I have completed!

The first step is to make the brads.  I chose to use all three sizes of brads for this project, but you could certainly do it in all one size.  If you did only the small ones, you could get more complete coverage of your shape.

The I-Top is pretty easy to use.  You put your brad top on the corresponding size metal half of the tool.  Then you place your paper on top and press both into the pink rubber headed side.  Push down the edges of the paper so they will be hidden away inside of the brad head.  From there, put your brad daddy back into the metal half and push it into the rubber half that still contains the now covered brad top.   Pop the now completed brad out and then rinse and repeat.

Paper folded over the brad top.

Attaching the brad backing.


Be patient when using this tool.  Make sure your paper is lined up as much as you can so it folds over evenly in the back.  Also, use the pink rubber heads.  They are fantastic for shifting the brad head slightly if needed before applying the back and for helping to get the paper folded down.  There is no “click” when you have successfully attached the brad backing, but you can definitely “feel” it.  If you don’t feel it, try again.  If it still doesn’t work, check your brad head.  If it is bent or warped at all, it will not grab the backing.  I had a few of those and just had to toss them and remake those brads.

When I did this, I initially made less brads than I thought I would need.  I think I started with one box of each small, medium, and large.  I knew that wouldn’t be enough, but it made sense to make more as needed.  So once I ran out, I just made a few at a time until I finished.

To assemble the project you will need your completed brads, a piece of chipboard cut to whatever size and shape you want your project to be, paper and embellishments and I also used my brad setter to save my fingers after placing all of those brads.

1)      Adhere your background paper to your chipboard.  From this point you have some options.  I chose to cut out two hearts – one for adding brads and another for journaling.  You could simply trace a shape onto your background paper to fill with the brads.  This would eliminate the issue of seeing the edge of your shape if that is something you want to avoid.

2)      I inked both shapes.  Since I used black paper is doesn’t matter as much, but I still think it helps.  Then I chalked the big heart that was getting the brads.  This made it match the project better since I cut the heart in plain white cardstock.  Then I stuck down my journaling heart.

3)      At this point, the brad-ing began.  I would use each brad to mark where I was going to make my hole.  Then I would use my brad setter to actually poke the hole and then spread out the prongs on the back . The chipboard does make this a thicker project, so the small brad daddies in particular don’t come through as far as the larger brads.  It still works and I think that the chipboard gives the project extra sturdiness since after placing the brads there are a ton of holes in the chipboard.

4)      After getting my brads in, I just started embellishing.  I used Martha Stewart sparkle glitter glue to emphasize the edges of the journaling heart.  I added stickers from my wonderful Echo Park Be Mine kit and then made the pink swirls by stamping the project with my Hampton Arts Glue Pad and used the new Hampton Arts Flocking Powders I got from ScrapbookSteals.

While my project and the Imaginisce blog project both were hearts, I see so many options here.  You could do a star, a circle, or just about any shape you could imagine.  I had a great idea of doing a birthday cake that could actually be decorated using the different size brads (Akiha’s 2nd birthday in October may involve such a project).  And, of course, color choices, paper choices, and embellishment choices give this project an endless variety of options.


I look forward to seeing others give this project idea a try!

Charissa, thank you SO much for sharing your amazing project with us.  It’s truly fantastic and your husband is one lucky man to be receiving such a lovely, heartfelt project from you for Valentines Day.

If you’d like to see your how to idea featured on our How To’sDay blog post please send me an email with directions and photos to kristy@stealnetwork.com.  I think if we all put our creative heads together and share our ideas that we can make this the best outlet for creative reference on the planet!

Make sure you check in next week for part one of our two part How To’sDay series on scrapbook space organization.  If you have a great tip you’d like included please be sure to send me your ideas along with photos.

Well, I guess that’s it for this weeks how to!  I’ll see ya tomorrow with our next Mid Week Mojo!  One step closer to Ruby!  :)

Have a wonderful day.

Here’s a new challenge for you. Let’s send joy…. MCM #15

Here’s a new challenge for you.  Let’s send joy….  MCM #15

So there it was…taped to my bedroom wall waiting for me and my husband, right before we went to bed this past Saturday night.  A card from our oldest daughter.

I couldn’t help but giggle, smile, shed a tear and be a little in awe of her creating abilities when I read the card.

She would be mortified if she knew I was sharing what she wrote with my husband and myself, but it truly ignited a fire for me.  (Not to mention that I’m truly thankful for what an amazing 16 year old I have!)

She made me realize how important it is that we actually share with others, a thought of encouragement, a kind word, or in short….spread  joy.

I decided then and there on Saturday night, that my new challenge this year for Monday Card Madness is that we not only make the cards, but send them out.  Send them to a family member, your husband or boyfriend, your child, a great friend that you haven’t talked to in awhile, someone that has touched your life, an on line friend.  Really the options are limitless!   Just think of how such a simple action could brighten someones day!  (Plus, it’s always nice to get some ‘happy’ mail, rather than bills, right?)

So what that means for now is that we will still hold a monthly drawing for MCM participants, but rather than winning the cards that I create (since I do plan on sending them out!), we will send out some scrappy supplies that can be used on cards.  :)  That’s probably a better deal anyway.  :)  Just remember to have your card linked to the blog by the 6th of February to be eligible for the monthly drawing.

I was so inspired by the design of the card that my daughter gave us that I based this weeks sketch off of it.

Today’s steal, the Doodlebug Valentines Ribbon and Embellishments, were absolutely so much fun to work with.  Not only was I able to create a traditional ‘Valentines’ card (which I will be giving to my hunny), but I was able to make a couple of ‘thinking of you’ cards which I will be sending out this week!  And the ribbon?  Well…can one ever have enough?  Yeah.  I didn’t think so.

I would also love to put out a feeler to see what everyone thinks about participating in a card swap.  Basically what it means is that each person would complete 10 cards and mail to us at ScrapbookSteals.  We would then redistribute them to the participants and they would each receive 10 cards back from other creators.  So you’ll get back 10 cards from 10 different people for you to have on hand to send out so you can keep spreading joy in 2011!  Send me an email to kristy@stealnetwork.com if you’re interested, and if there is enough interest I will organize a swap!

Have a lovely day!