Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year everyone!


We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year!  Thanks for joining us in our challenges each month.  We have some wonderful challenges and events coming in 2012... so we hope to see all you this next year.  We pray that you have many wonderful blessings and miracles in 2012.

Much love,
All of us here at SEM

Monday, December 19, 2011

Getting sketchy

Hello friends,

I have a sketch to share with you today.  When I'm in a scrappy funk and don't know where to start with all my pretty paper, glue and embellishments a sketch is a great way to kick start my creativity.  I also tend to gravitate toward a good sketch when life is busy and I've been away from my scrap room for too long.  Eventually I just have to drop everything and scrap, (anyone else know what I'm talking about?) and a sketch really speeds up the process.  I recently came across this sketch by Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers, and with her permission I'm encouraging you to join me in scrapping your heart out with this quick and easy sketch.
I love that it's fairly simple, as the clean lines allow the user to add as many or as little embellishments as her little heart desires.  Many of us are smack dab in the middle of the busy season preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus with loved ones.  I invite you to join me in taking a little time out, and scrapping a little something using this great sketch.  I took some time out to break open some new product, and scrap a photo of my girls all dressed and ready to embark on the first run of our ski trip last Spring.
If you'd like you can pop by my blog to see a second layout I created with the same sketch.

Here are a couple layouts Nicole came up with using the sketch....



If you've been having a hard time coming up with a design for Challenge #11, perhaps this is just the spark you need.  As an added incentive to get your scrap on, I'll offer up a RAK to the first person to complete the challenge.  You have until December 31st to link up with inlinks and share your inspiration with the rest of us. For a chance at the Paper Issues prize up for grabs for Challenge #11 you'll want to link up here too.  Who knows you could win two prizes in one month for the same layout.  I think that would be great a great way to wrap up the year.

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Lots and Lots of Winners Today!!!

Hallo Everyone . . . Roulien here today and I have the great pleasure of announcing a few winners!!!  I love doing this . . . it's always nice to make someone's day with a prize!!!!

First up we have the winner for our November challenge!  We had some great entries and some new faces joining in!!  From a random draw our winner for the November challenge is . . . . JULIE!!!
Congratulations Julie!!!!  Please sent me an e-mail with you snail mail address and I'll have you prize sent to you!!

For the Christmas Inspiration Week we have lots of winners!!!  We had so much fun making and showing our inspiration projects and we hope that everyone who hopped along had fun with is!!!  Thanks for every comment!!  We really do appreciate it so much!

Without any further ado . . . Here is the winners for our Inspiration Week!!

The Eyelet Outlet Winner (chosen by random draw):  Cathy Sanders

Burlap & Butterup Winner (our secret phrase):  Melissa

Scrapbook Circle Winner (for linking a project):  Liz from http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/

Day 3 Crafty Paper Girl Owl Giveaway - Lolo from http://lolo-artesanato.blogspot.com/

Day 7 Dot and Whimsy Fringe Giveaway - blsd2scrp from http://blsd2scrp.blogspot.com/

The  DT members also had some prizes to give to some lucky winners!
Nicole's blog Winner - Patricia
Wendy's blog Winner - Samantha
Roulien's blog Winner - Miriam Pratner
Lisa's blog Winner - Libby E.
Jeannine's blog Winner - Leila

Congratulations Ladies!!!! If you are one of our winners . . . Please sent us an e-mail at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com to claim your prize!!!

If you are a blog winner . . . please contact the DT member by leaving a comment on their personal blog!

We are so thankful for each and everyone who played along with us!!

Have a wonderful week!!!

Merry Christmas

We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas.... We really hope you have a very blessed holidays with your friends and family.  


So many times Christmas becomes a material time, about the gimmes, but long, long ago someone gave each of us the most awesome gift possible and it doesn't cost anything!  Yet, most have been too busy to open this gift, or maybe it doesn't look like the newest thing and so it was overlooked.  God gave his one and only son as a gift to each of us, a gift that cost so much to Jesus and yet nothing to us.  A gift that if accepted will change the course of your life.  A gift that has the power to change any situation and never leave you to deal with life on your own.


If you are wondering who Jesus is and why he is the greatest gift. I would love to share a link with you to a website for an online ministry supported by the Billy Graham Foundation... http://peacewithgod.jesus.net/god-so-loved-the-world/
Visit the link above to see the videos, hear testimonies and experience the Gospel presentation based on John 3:16

A Fantastic Announcement!

I want to announce some just great for all of us at SEM... I am sure that you have seen that we were very blessed by the projects and inspiration last month from our guest designer Sherri Funk....
Well she has graciously agreed to stay on the team as a permanent design team member.  We are so blessed by her talent and giving heart.  
So Welcome Sherri!!!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Challenge #11 Due Dec. 26th

Christmas Miracles

 Oh how I love the holidays... the food, the weather and the Christmas cheer. It is a special time of year. Even though there is a lot of hustle and bustle to get through the season I really try to enjoy it. I like to spend time thinking about the blessings in my life and all those little miracles that God did in my life in the last year. I am sure that many are coming to your mind as you read this... Maybe something that didn't go the way you hoped, but later on turned out to be a huge blessing. Or maybe you just have been too busy to realize that something you've wanted for so long just occurred? Or maybe you are reminded of a true Christmas miracle that happened last year. What ever your blessings and miracles are in your life it is truly the season to remember them. Instead of complaining about the holidays or the shopping or any of the problems this holiday season let's focus on all the wonderful blessings around us. Let's smile to think about the Christmas miracles that are going to happen no matter how small they may seem.

 The challenge is to scrap about something you are thankful for this holiday season... it can be current, something from this year or even a miracle from Christmas' past..... If you dont have a picture of it that is okay use any picture that will remind you of the blessing. The most important thing is just to take sometime to scrap, talk with God and be thankful at this wonderful time of year! 

Remember your project doesnt have to be a layout it can be pretty much anything...

 My scrap twist for you is to use a treasure on your creation - make sure that you tell us why it is a treasure! 
Here is a picture of the prize you could win if you complete the challenge by Dec. 26th....Merry Christmas!


DT LAYOUTS
(click on the DT member's name to hear more about their layout)
Here is my (Nicole's) layout:
 I really wanted to do a Christmas picture but when I looked through my pictures this one really stuck out to me... so I went with kinda a fall themed layout instead... My blessing is that my daughter and my niece are best buddies with each other... I am blessed that they love each other so much since my sister and I arent very close, they live on opposite sides of the world from each other  and they are very different from each other...  Still they make a great pair!  My treasure is buttons that belonged to my Great Grandma their Great Great Grandmother...  She would have loved these two little ladies so much!!!!

Here is Kline's...  I've been planning a hot spring escapade for almost a month but it got canceled at the last minute :( In my 3 months in Japan, I've never tried the "onsen" (Japanese for "hot spring") but I was able to experience going on a long road trip in its place :) Some things never go as we expect, but God really has a knack for surprises ^_^

Here is Roulien's:  My treasured item is a photo taken in 1995, when both my parents were still alive. It was taken at the spur of the moment, nothing posed! But every time I look at it, I'm reminded of what it feels like to be loved by your family! With us living abroad and my parents not here with us anymore, it's something I tends to forget! 

Here is Sherri'sI took this opportunity to document the unexpected blessings that came with the birth of my third child. Although 3 children in 4 years was not the way I planned it, God had a lot to teach me about humility, and grace through the experience of raising three little ones. My treasure is the pendant from a souvenir necklace I purchased the weekend I became pregnant with baby number three.


Here is Lisa's and this is what she had to say:: I altered a box to hold my treasured letters, cards and valentines that my husband and I  have exchanged in the past 11 years. I am very thankful God brought him into my life and that I waited for His timing and plan, which was not the way I thought things should work out. I  finally let God do things His way instead of trying to make things happen my way and was mightily blessed as a result.

Here is Jeannine's and this what she had to share about it:   
I am  very thankful that her two daughters have such a deep relationship with the Lord and have a strong desire to serve him. My page focuses on how both of my daughters have a servant's heart and I explain  how that is evident in their everyday life. My treasured item are the screen shots of  my daughter's Facebook walls because both of them have walls riddled with comments from family, friends, and co-workers who's lives have been touched by these two amazing young women. My husband and I  feel very blessed to have two daughters who are making a difference in this world for God. 

Wendy's Projectt: My treasures that I included were some of the notices we had received earlier this year, acceptance letters, and then I journaled on some of the cards inside of the envelopes.


 This month our sponsor is Paper Issues...

Paper Issues  is a place where you can find paper inspiration. We feature all kinds of paper artists. Every month we post a theme and you can link up your paper crafted projects. Our current theme is Holiday Madness. We would love to feature you! We would like to offer Scrapping Everyday Miracles readers an extra 30% off with the code SALE30 for the month of December. We also have a Facebook page.
Link to store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/paperissues?ref=em
Link to Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paper-Issues/154022354631083
New theme: http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2011/11/holiday-madness.html

Here is the prize you can win!  Also dont forget the DT will be choosing their top 3 favorite layouts! 


Link your layouts by December 26th.....

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 7 of Christmas Inspiration Week


Welcome to the Greatest Gift of the Season blog hop! 




Welcome to Day 7 of our inspiration week!


Hi it is Nicole and I am so excited to be bringing you our last project of the week... did you have fun? Were you inspired... I know I sure was and the projects were simply amazing and the prizes were really amazing... It was just a whole lot of fun!  Well I have had a really busy holiday season so far... I have been selling at the local handmade Christmas market... as well as making enough product not just to sell but  to to give as presents to our friends and family.  Just what is it... well it is sugar body and lip scrub... The scrubs pictured above are Peppermint Candy Cane body scrub called Santa's Favorite and the little container is the lip scrub which is Honey and Vanilla flavored called Sweet Honeybee.  I thought maybe you would like to make some of your own... I think they look adorable when put into canning jars and given as gifts.  Unfortunately they dont have small canning jars here in Norway so we had to use plastic but I still think they turned out cute.  If you would like to get the recipes to make your own scrub... or if you are wondering what is sugar scrub and what would you use it for... stop by my blog...  I will share all about it there..... Also if you stop by my blog I have fun prize I am giving away can win! Oh wait you will also get the last word you need for your  secret phrase... my blog address is scrapmethis.blogspot.com


Our next sponsor is Dot & Whimsy with a Holly Jolly crepe paper fringe giveaway - thanks so much Shellye we appreciate your support. Enjoy shopping and make sure you leave a comment here for a chance to win some gorgeous fringe!
Thank you so much for joining us this week - we hope that you have enjoyed yourself and have been inspired!  Make sure that you e-mail us at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com  with the secret phrase to be entered into the drawing for the prize from Burlap & Buttercups.  You have until December 10th to link up your inspiration projects to our Mr. Linky for a chance to win a December kit from Scrapbook Circle.  Make sure that you stop by tomorrow, December 5th for our December challenge and another special for the month of December!  Merry Christmas!
The details: 
1.    Come back and visit us each day this week to be inspired.  Hop to the Design Team member’s personal blog and collect your secret word.  At the end of the week e-mail us at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com with the secret phrase and you will be entered into the drawing for this awesome prize from Burlap & Buttercups, one of my personal favorite kit clubs. 

2.    Create something or many things based on our inspiration and link it to the Mr. Linky by December 10th for a chance to win a December kit from Scrapbook Circle, yes this is also a favorite of mine!
3.    Every day that you come back to visit you will also find a new discount code to give you some help in your shopping; some codes are good just for the day and others are for a week so make sure you get them quick!
4.    Have a ton of fun and don’t forget to join us on Monday, December 5th for our December challenge and another awesome prize package!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 6 of our Christmas Inspiration Week

Welcome to the Greatest Gift of the Season blog hop! 

Welcome to Day 6 of our inspiration week! 
Hello everyone!  This is Jeannine and today I’d like to share with you an inexpensive and simple gift idea. 


Here are two mason jars that I used to make “cookie mix in a jar” as gifts for a few people on my list.  These would be great gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, or anyone else on your list!

It didn't take long at all to make them and they're very inexpensive too! Head over to my blog, Creative Chaos, for detailed instructions on how you can make these.  While you’re there, don’t forget to grab the secret word! 

Our next sponsor this week is Paper Loves Glue with an awesome discount of 30% and a free sample of Baker's twine with all orders over $10 in merchandise.  The code for the discount is SAVE30 and will run from today through December 4th - thanks so much Kim we appreciate your support.  Enjoy shopping!

Every day one of our Design Team Members will post a project to inspire you.  They will also post a link to their personal blog where you can go and see more detailed pictures, tutorials, and collect a secret word!  You will need to visit every day and collect all the secret words to create a phrase that could win you an awesome gift from one of our sponsors!  Don’t forget to leave comments on our DT’s blogs because some of them will be doing giveaways also.
The details: 
1.    Come back and visit us each day this week to be inspired.  Hop to the Design Team member’s personal blog and collect your secret word.  At the end of the week e-mail us at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com with the secret phrase and you will be entered into the drawing for this awesome prize from Burlap & Buttercups, one of my personal favorite kit clubs. 

2.    Create something or many things based on our inspiration and link it to the Mr. Linky by December 10th for a chance to win a December kit from Scrapbook Circle, yes this is also a favorite of mine!
3.    Every day that you come back to visit you will also find a new discount code to give you some help in your shopping; some codes are good just for the day and others are for a week so make sure you get them quick!
4.    Have a ton of fun and don’t forget to join us on Monday, December 5th for our December challenge and another awesome prize package!


Be sure to check back in tomorrow for another great project!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 5 of our Christmas Inspiration Week!

Welcome to the Greatest Gift of the Season blog hop! 


Welcome to Day 5 of our inspiration week!


Kline here and today I'm gonna share with you my recent love -- mini albums. I AM ADDICTED to making these!!! What I love about minis is that they are small -- easy to decorate and carry around. Plus photos and memorabilia related to one event are all in one little album. Okay, so I'm a slow scrapper and it usually takes me 3 weeks to finish one now {on and off -- side by side work, family time, cleaning my room and going out -- of course} and my minis aren't really that small because I love to embellish A LOT! Haha! So enough about that, here's my Christmas themed mini "Merry Memories".


Merry Memories -- Christmas 2009
Please head on over to my blog, Aptitude4Paper, for closeups and today's secret word.

Our next sponsor this week is Precocious Paper with an awesome discount of 15%. The code for the discount is SEM15 and will run from today through December 4th - thanks so much Tessa we appreciate your support. Now go shop!


Every day one of our Design Team Members will post a project to inspire you.  They will also post a link to their personal blog where you can go and see more detailed pictures, tutorials, and collect a secret word!  You will need to visit every day and collect all the secret words to create a phrase that could win you an awesome gift from one of our sponsors!  Don’t forget to leave comments on our DT’s blogs because some of them will be doing giveaways also.
The details: 
1.    Come back and visit us each day this week to be inspired.  Hop to the Design Team member’s personal blog and collect your secret word.  At the end of the week e-mail us at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com with the secret phrase and you will be entered into the drawing for this awesome prize from Burlap & Buttercups, one of my personal favorite kit clubs. 

2.    Create something or many things based on our inspiration and link it to the Mr. Linky by December 10th for a chance to win a December kit from Scrapbook Circle, yes this is also a favorite of mine!
3.    Every day that you come back to visit you will also find a new discount code to give you some help in your shopping; some codes are good just for the day and others are for a week so make sure you get them quick!
4.    Have a ton of fun and don’t forget to join us on Monday, December 5th for our December challenge and another awesome prize package!



Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 4 of our Christmas Inpsiration week!

Welcome to the Greatest Gift of the Season blog hop! 



Welcome to Day 4 of our inspiration week!

Happy 1st of December friends.  Can you believe Christmas day is just around the corner?  It's Sherri here, and I have the privilege of hosting today.  I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a beautiful Christmas wreath.  The thought of a home made wreath use to intimidate me, but after trying my hand at a Fall Themed one a few weeks ago I've discovered how fun the challenge of pulling pretty flowers, greenery, and notions together can be.  Here's the wreath I created.


If you'd like to see how I pulled it all together, feel free to pop over to my blog and check out the tutorial.  While you're there don't forget to grab the secret word that will qualify you for the fabulous prize up for grabs at the end of the week.  Happy creating friends!

Our next sponsor this week is Ringo Crafts with an awesome discount of 15%. The code for the discount is RINGOBLOG and will run from today through December 4th - thanks so much Ariel we appreciate your support. Now go have fun shopping!
Every day one of our Design Team Members will post a project to inspire you.  They will also post a link to their personal blog where you can go and see more detailed pictures, tutorials, and collect a secret word!  You will need to visit every day and collect all the secret words to create a phrase that could win you an awesome gift from one of our sponsors!  Don’t forget to leave comments on our DT’s blogs because some of them will be doing giveaways also.
The details: 
1.   Come back and visit us each day this week to be inspired.  Hop to the Design Team member’s personal blog and collect your secret word.  At the end of the week e-mail us at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com with the secret phrase and you will be entered into the drawing for this awesome prize from Burlap & Buttercups, one of my personal favorite kit clubs. 

2.   Create something or many things based on our inspiration and link it to the Mr. Linky by December 10th for a chance to win a December kit from Scrapbook Circle, yes this is also a favorite of mine!
3.   Every day that you come back to visit you will also find a new discount code to give you some help in your shopping; some codes are good just for the day and others are for a week so make sure you get them quick!
4.   Have a ton of fun and don’t forget to join us on Monday, December 5th for our December challenge and another awesome prize package!