Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Guest Designer ~ Tracey Sabella

We are delighted to introduce our
April Guest Designer,

I reside in northeast Ohio with my amazing husband, Gary. Our family has always been an important part of our lives. We have been blessed with four wonderful children, and with two weddings in as many years, our family is growing. I home educated for 19 years; however, our children have now moved on to working, marriage, and college. As much as I enjoy family and papercrafting, my first love is our Lord, and this faith is often reflected in my work.  

I'm a shabby chic, mixed media artist and enjoy the creative outlet of paper crafting. I’ve been creating and crafting for as long as I can remember and employ many of those skills on my projects. I adore learning new techniques along the way and enjoy sharing my projects along with tips and techniques on my blog. I design for Donna Salazar Designs, Once Upon A…Sketch, Helmar and Leaky Shed Studio. I'd be delighted for you to stop by my blog, Garden of Grace.

I'm so delighted to be joining Scrapping Everyday Miracles once again this month as a guest designer. I've used the delightful April Layout Sketch and all three of the April Challenge Theme words: Faith, Hope, and Love. 

In this wedding photo of Elizabeth and Andrew, they are looking to the future with Faith Hope and Love. I pray that they will have many happy years together with the Lord at the center of their marriage and home. 

"Faith . . . Hope . . . Love"

I flipped the sketch as shown.

Please stop by my blog, Garden of Grace, for close-ups and details.

~ Blessings ~

Here are some more of her lovely creations.

Two more projects that both fit this month's love theme.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 2014 Challenges

Welcome to APRIL!
Challenge #1:  The Theme Challenge
We hope our monthly theme, layout, and card challenges will help you meet your goals while encouraging you to see the daily miracles all around you!

Choose 1 or more:  Faith, Hope, Love
These foundations of the walk as a Christian come from God's Holy Word in 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Bible Verse Inspiration: We hope you will use these Scriptures to inspire your projects!
  • Hebrews 11:1  "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
  • Romans 15:13  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14  "Let all that you do be done in love."
You may enter any type of papercrafted project that fits the theme of "Faith, Hope, Love," or any combination of these!  You may enter a layout, card, tag, wall hanging, canvas, gift packaging, etc.. - as long as it uses paper as one of it's materials! 
Here is a project a Design Team member created to celebrate faith, hope and love!
Challenge #2:  The Card Sketch
Beginning in January, we have featured card sketches that we hope have offered some variety for you to work with!  This month again we feature a sketch from Pagemaps!




Challenge #3 The Layout Sketch
 Beginning in January with a sketch featuring 4 photo spots, we have featured a sketch each month with a decreasing number of featured photos on each sketch! And now we come to April and a 1 photo feature!  This sketch was supplied by Pagemaps!



I am amazed at the talent and variety of styles in our Design Team, aren't you?  Visit their blogs and check out more of their work!

Below you will see the 3 prizes our Design Team has provided this month!

   Prize #1:

Prize #2:

Prize #3:

Challenge Rules:
You may create and enter separate projects for the theme, layout sketch, and card sketch challenges, or you may combine the theme with the sketches.  You may enter as many unique projects as you wish, as long as they meet the challenge criteria.  You may combine these challenges with as many other challenges as you like.  ***You MUST mention this challenge, Scrapping Everyday Miracles, and LINK back to our blog, in order to be eligible for a prize or badge honors. We encourage you to use one of the Bible verses in your project and become a follower of our blog! No backlinking - new projects only!  Link your projects in the linky tool on the top right of the page!

---  We can't wait to visit your blogs and see what you create!  ---

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Mixed Media with Nolene

Hi, Nolene here with a quick and easy mixed media tutorial. I have created a layout on watercolour paper. The watercolour paper holds the mediums a lot better than cardstock and doesn't bend as much when it gets wet.

Start off with a collage of book paper (my current favourite base layer). You can immediately start building on top of this layer as you will be using the same medium (I used mod podge) to adhere the next layer. Add ribbon, lace, net, etc. in random areas. This creates awesome, yet subtle texture.

Now start adding colour. I prefer mists as they are so easy to apply and the colours are usually very vibrant. I really tried to move away from my signature colours (pink and teal) in this piece and decided on Enmarc Dazzles in Apricot and Chilli Red, followed by Perfect Pearls in Heirloom Gold.
I also added some Liquitex acrylic ink in magenta, yellow orange and gold, sprayed them with water and allowed the ink to drip down the page.

After this step you need to use patience as the net, ribbon, etc. takes much longer than paper to dry and a heating tool could damage your material. I left my page to dry overnight.

Now start gathering the elements you want to decorate your page with. As most of my flowers are pink, purple and shades of brown/cream, I gathered a few of the natural shades and a lot of white roses. I pulled out the mists I used on my background and created matching flowers.

Now all that is left is to assemble your page. Layer doilies, paper, flowers and washi tape, add your photo and a title, some journaling if you wish... and you're done.

Because I used small flowers I could fit in nice and full clusters.

My title is from a spontaneous song by Kim Walker-Smith during the live recording of I Asked You for Life. I have always loved those words and use it often in my private worship. Use words, scripture or lyrics that mean something to you and share a piece of your heart and soul with those who get to see your work.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 2014 Winners!

"Laughter is the best medicine," inspired so many beautiful entries! 
Here are the projects that received the most votes from our Design Team, and have won prizes!  (Please e-mail me if you are a winner with your shipping address to mrsme6th  at  bellsouth   dot    net.) We hope you will join us on April 1st for 3 new challenges!

#1 Joefil Cate

#26 Carol S.

#14 Erica Houghton

These beautiful projects also earned high honors from the Design Team with votes!  Please use the badge below on your blogs, and please join us on April 1st for 3 new challenges!

#21 Jackie Edwards

#13 Debbie Reed

#25 Karla Yungwirth

Congratulations to everyone and a big thank you to everyone who entered! 
Now for the special prize for those who used a Bible verse on their project!  The winner, drawn by random out of a hat is:  #12 Elly
Please e-mail your shipping/postal address to  mrsme6th    at   bellsouth    dot   net
----  We'll see you on April 1st for 3 New Challenges!  ----