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We R Memory Keepers Corner Chompers

You know, sometimes it truly *is* the little things that make the project. In fact the little zip that today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Corner Chompers, can add to your project is really quite huge!

If you are familiar with the big brother of the Corner Chompers then you know the Crop A Dile, and you know the incredible power and ease of the tool. The Corner Chompers have every ounce of strength, yet absolute ease of the Crop A Dile.

I’m sure many of you have experience frustrations with corner rounders either not punching properly through material or often leaving little notches of paper so that it’s not a smooth curve. Not with the Corner Chomper! Every corner cut is a dream. And get this, not only do you get one design in your tool, but two since all of the tools contain two different dies for making your corners as snazzy as can be!

I love what a difference adding a nice rounded corner can do to a project. Such a simple way to create a whole new look and with the yellow handled tool you have the option for 1/8″ or 3/8″ curve and with the blue handled tool you have 1/4″ and 1/2″ cutting capabilities.

If you haven’t had the chance to experience the media munching power of the We R Memory Keeper tools then you’ll be delighted to know that the Corner Chompers can cut through multiple layers of cardstock, chipboard, thin metal and even craft foam like I did on this card. I was pretty excited to incorporate some of my kids’ crafting supplies onto a card and get such a nice clean cut with the purple handled “scallop” cut.

On this card I jazzed up the corners by using “cloud” side of the purple handled tool. Small change but such a unique twist to “normal”.

If you are a lover of photo corners then you will love the pink handled tool. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to make photo corners with greater ease! And to think of the huge array of media that you could use to make custom corners is pretty exciting.

With Thanksgiving creeping up right around the corner I thought it would be fun to use the green handled tool and combine the “stub” and “deco” cuts to create table place cards.

I hope you have a great day and that you can find a way to take a chomp out of your projects in at least one of 10 different designs.

See you on Monday with a special treat for Monday Card Madness.

WRMK Cropadile | Mid Week Mojo #50

WRMK Cropadile | Mid Week Mojo #50

Can you believe it? We have reached another milestone in our Mid Week Mojos. Today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Cropadile is the perfect way to celebrate the Gold Club  milestone. Life as a crafter without a Crop A Dile is incomplete. :) I cannot say enough good about this tool and it’s truly one that should be in every crafter’s collection.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of using a Crop A Dile, once you do you will never go back. There is so much beauty to being able to set eyelets in the wee hours of the morning without making so much as a sound.

Many of you have inspired and touched me over the past 50 weeks and my life is greater for it. In return I wanted to take a moment this week to pay special tribute to some wonderful friends of mine who recently lost their son in a tragic accident.Yesterday while I was enjoying the celebration of “Gare Bear’s” life during his funeral services, I wondered how I could give back to my friends and realized then that I would take this time to pay tribute to them as parents and to little Gare Bear and the joy that he brought to so many in his short little life with this single photo creation.

To my friends, thank you. Thank you so much for being such stellar examples as parents. Even though you are relatively new parents in the grand scheme of things, you both certainly had a home filled with love and and that permeated not only throughout your home but your actions. Thank you for being an example to me in the way that you handle challenging situations with three boys. Thank you for merely being you and for reminding me about the important things in life. I hope that this little tribute to Gare Bear will bring you comfort at this time of sorrow.

I used the Crop A Dile to set a few eyelets along the heart border of this page to add a little bit of interest.

Now it’s that time that we all love! The random winner for MWM #49 is Sam Black!

Sam, we love that you are a part of our family and we love seeing your sketches week after week. If you would please send an email to service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to get a prize sent out to you.

It’s time to pay close attention as to what to do in order to be eligible for our Gold Club series drawing. We are so thankful to Imaginisce for being the amazing sponsors of our next club giveaway. It’s a prize package valued at $119.81! I’m pretty sure that is one you will not want to miss! Here’s what you need to do for your chance to win:

  • For sketch #50, leave your comment here as normal, including a link to your project posted on our Facebook fan page or personal blog. You have until Monday, July 11th at 11:59PM MST in order to leave your comment in order to be eligible for our reglar weekly drawing.
  • If you are a Gold Club member, meaning that you have completed sketches #41 – 50 then you will need to leave a comment posted on the “I’m Gold” blog listing the names and links if possible of all ten sketches.
  • If you are a member any of the previous clubs; Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, then you are able to leave an additional comment on the “I’m Gold” blog posting listing the names of each 10 layouts with links if possible for each club that you are a member of. If you are a member of all five clubs then you have five separate chances to win. Just be sure to leave them in separate comments or they will only count as one!

We truly can’t wait to see what amazing creations you come up with this week.  Be sure to take a little time to catch up on any layouts which you haven’t had a chance to make yet since we have a special giveaway up our sleeves for week number 52 which quite frankly, rocks my world! One little piece of homework for that which I will give you the heads up for right now is we will require links or an email with all 52 images. That’s how rockstar the giveaway is going to be.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Mega Choices | Mid Week Mojo #46

Mega Choices | Mid Week Mojo #46

What is there not to love about today’s steal the We R Memory Keepers Mega Paper Pack?  This paper pack is filled with so many sheets of papers from so many different collections that it was hard to decided which papers to use. I turned to my photo to inspire this week’s Mid Week Mojo sketch.

I’m a firm believer in scrapbooking life’s not so perfect moments. Last Thursday I experienced perhaps the crowning moment of “oh no” in my life when I realized that I had missed my son’s Kindergarten graduation.

I cried and cried and then cried a little more. I felt like such a horrible mother, especially when I saw the look on his face. I decided that I’d at least take the opportunity from the heartbreaking moment and create a layout, so that not only can my son know how hurt and sorry I was for missing his event, but that he will also know that being a parent isn’t always perfect. There are certainly plenty of times where mistakes happen and all you can do is just love a little more and keep on going.

I really loved how the Geo Hectic papers worked so perfectly with the photo, and while they aren’t traditional school papers they certainly delivered the feeling I was looking for.

I added a few random embellishments and my layout was complete!

And now its time to announce our lucky random winner for the week – April Fraley is our lucky girl!

April, if you’d please send your address to our service@scrapbooksteals.com, we will be happy to send a little scrappy goodness your way.

Don’t forget, we will be having our next online crop on June 24th. You can find all of the details here.

Good luck on being our next random winner for Mid Week Mojo #46. Remember you have unti 11:59PM, MST on June 11th to have your layout uploaded to our Facebook fan page, or your personal blog, with a link left in the comments on this posting in order to be eligible.

Have a very happy Wednesday.

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.

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

How To’sday | Paper Flower Wreath by Kara Anderson

Inspiration is such an amazing thing. I love when someone posts a project on our Facebook fan page, which creates a buzz and has multiple requests for a “How To’sday” tutorial. Today’s wreath project by Kara Anderson is one of those requests!

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Paper Flower Wreath

I can’t take credit for the creative genius of this gorgeous paper flower wreath—it’s originally from the Fancy Pants Designs blog and was created by Ronda Palazzari. It is gorgeous. For Christmas last year I decided to make one for mom and one for myself using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic paper. I absolutely love it — so much so that it’s still hanging in my house. I thought it would be nice to reserve that one for fall/winter and make another one for spring/summer, so I found some bright, springy paper and made another one. Here are the instructions so you can brighten up your home with one too!

Materials Needed:

  • Patterned paper (I used WRMK Hippity Hoppity for this one and Fancy Pants Christmas Magic for my fall/winter one)
  • Tape runner
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Foam floral ring
  • T-pins
  • Buttons and beads

Instructions:

It is best to do this like an assembly line. I started by cutting all of my strips of paper, then folded them all, then cut, etc. Some of the steps can be done while watching TV!

1.      Cut your paper into strips. You need three strips per flower and you’ll need 2 different sizes of flowers.

  • For the larger flower cut your paper into 1.5 inch x 4 inch strips.
  • For the smaller flower cut your paper into 1 inch x 3 inch strips.

2.      Fold your strip in half from top to bottom. Then fold it in half length wise.

3.      Using your scissors, cut in an arc from the outside to the fold part. This makes the point of the flower.

4.      Unfold the pattern paper and you’ll have a squished oval shape.

5.      Now fold this oval in half top down, you will see the backside of the patterned paper.

6.      Fold part of one side back up.  Then flip it over and do the same thing on the other side other side.

7.      Fold in half again.

8.      Holding the center, run your finger underneath each petal to pop it out.

9.      You will need 3 petals for every flower.

10. Once you have the petals all popped out, take your tape runner and put a little dab of tape/adhesive in the fold and pinch the petals together.

11. Now you are ready to assemble your flowers. Cut small circles out of the scrap paper for the base.

12. Take your glue gun and add a good sized drop of hot glue on the center of the base.  Put all three petals of the flower side by side on the hot glue.  While the glue is still soft, pick up your flower while holding it in the center and fluff the petals so it looks nice and full.  Then let the glue harden and voila!  A beautiful paper flower! Repeat until you have enough flowers to fill up your wreath.  I used approximately 15 large flowers and 25 small flowers.

13. To build your wreath, take your flowers and place them randomly around the floral ring using T-pins to secure them in. Keep building around until your wreath looks full. I started with the larger flowers and then filled in the spaces with the smaller ones.

14. Then add buttons or beads to the center of each flower using your glue gun.

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Kara, can I say how much I love your project! Your step by step instructions have made it look so easy. I’m thinking a cute 4th of July wreath will be in my near future.

If you have a great idea for a How To’sday tutorial and would like to be featured on our blog then please send your idea with images and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com.

Have a fantastic day and we will see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Crop A Dile III — Main Squeeze

Happy Friday everyone! We are so excited about today’s steal, the Crop A Dile III—Main Squeeze by We R Memory Keepers, that we thought it would be fun to show you something a little different this week.

Instead of creating a massive project, I found a video on You Tube that shows a quick demonstration on how to use the Main Squeeze.

Sometimes it’s nice to see a tool in action to see the potential of what it can do.

I thought of  a few ideas that would be easy to do with the flower and tag dies that come with the kit. During the summer months (or the springtime that seems to be endlessly challenged with rain) when boredom has set in, think of how fun it would be to take the flower die and some straws. Cut the straws into small segments and alternate on a string with the flower dies and you have an easy necklace!

You could also use the tag die to create the perfect embellishment for a card or layout, and well, the metal tags have unlimited options to add a little cutness to your projects.

Have a great weekend!