Thursday, November 29, 2012

So cool I just had to share...

Hi everyone, Marjolaine here with a technique that is so cool I just have to share! I love making my own flowers, especially ones made with fabric, ribbon or paper. I don't usually have Glübers on hand and they can be costly when you make a lot of flowers and with this technique you can have the perfect size every time! I learned this technique from Marie Browning at Tombow  and I've been using it ever since!
 
To start you will need a piece of scrap cardstock and some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.
 
 
Using your Mono Multi Liquid Glue, make circles in your desired size. I used the broad tip for these bigger circle and I use the pen tip for smaller ones. A thin layer of glue is all you need.
 

Allow to dry completely, it doesn't take long but I always make these first so I can work on something else while they dry.
That's it for the cool technique, now on to use these awesome handmade glue dots!
 

 
Using a strip of fabric, twist the end and adhere it to the centre of your glue dot.
 

                          Continue to twist your fabric as you roll it around creating your flower.
 

 
Cut around your flower and you're done!
 

I like to make them in batches...
 

 
and then I use them in my mixed-media or scrapbooking projects.

 
For this one I used two different May Arts ribbons twisted together, I just love how it turned out!
 
Well that's it for me, I hope you enjoyed my so cool I just had to share technique.
Be blessed today and don't forget to look around for everyday miracles!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Praise in Season

Here in Manitoba Canada winter is in full swing.  Homes are covered in a soft fluffy layer of snow.  Nights have moved from cool to down right chilly, the puppy needs his coat to go outside.  And the mess from snow covered boots is a constant scene at the back door.

As much as I dislike the cold, the change in seasons is always something that cries out that God has a wild imagination, and gives good gifts to us day after day.  Think about it, He could have created a black and white world, or even all grey for that matter, we never would have know any better.  But He didn't.  Daniel 2:21 reads "He changes times and seasons..." and Psalm 104:16 "He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting"  He allowed His imagination to play, and he created a globe where up to four different seasons can be experienced in one city in one year.  Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.  Here in Winnipeg we get to experience them all.

It was with sheer delight that my girls excitedly made their way outside to our backyard the other day to build the first snowman of the season.
When I asked about his arms they came up with a solution...

Now he has arms and...skis.  hee hee
I love seeing the world around me change, literally, and enjoy all of the gifts that each season brings.  The anticipation of the beauty to come, the different holidays that each season brings, and the privilege of watching my children grow through each of them.  Praise be the the God of creation, the giver of good gifts, the one who lavishes us with His love no matter what season we're in.




Thursday, November 22, 2012

Technique Tutorial - Creating You Own Background and Using Leftover Papers

Hello dear friends! Svetlana here to share with you a couple of tips and techniques I like to use for my projects. 
All of us from time to time search through our extensive stash to find something that can work for this specific project and find nothing that we are completely satisfied with. In this case,  the best answer to me is to create my own background. I will use this layout and tell you step by step how one can achieve similar result. In this way you can made something completely different and original. It will also allow you to use all the strips of paper that we all love to collect but hardly get to use it.

 



1. I started by spraying my white card stock with green Perfect Pearl. These sprays are perfect when you want to add some shimmer and only a little bit of color. 
2. Once it was dry I made a few bigger splashes here and there with blue glimmer mist. As you can see, I chose green and blue to tie it with the colors of my paper pieces and the embellishments 
I planned to use. 
3. The next step is to arrange all the paper strips on you layout. You can go for any look you wish to achieve. I placed all the paper strips horizontally. In this way it gives an illusion of the coast line - darker here and lighter there. 
4. I also added printed masking tape at some places. I like how it added some extra dimension and interest. One can add a little more contrast by using brighter washi tape instead.
5. Once I was done with that, I started adding another layer. I stamped a few different designs everywhere over my page. It will give a really nice layered look to your project if you overlap different stamps and stamp right over the paper strips.
6. And now to the last couple of things to pull it all together even more. You can use very dark glimmer mist or just some black paint diluted with a little bit of water. Add a few splashes all over the page. You will see the difference immediately. It will also help you to fill in all the spots on you layout that will otherwise remain empty.
7. Blend some distressing ink all over the edges of you page to create a visual frame and you are ready to add your photos and embellish your project. 
I hope you will find it useful. Have fun and don't forget to share with us your creations. 
If you are not a member yet you can ask to join the group and  in a very short time you will be able to join in all the fun happening over there.
Thank you for visiting us today! 
Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 19, 2012

November's Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone... It is Nicole and I am excited to bring you this sketch designed by Cherie Averill from Sassy Lil' Sketches.  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to work with this sketch this month because I was in CA for a month, but our design team came up with some amazing layouts.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!!!!!


Scrap Twist: Use a number on your layout... it could be an embellishment, the date, a stamp or part of the title... let's just see a number used!



Sherri

Marjolaine

Tracey

Svetlana

Felicity

Our SPONSOR this month is Peace, Love & Scrapbooking



Peace, Love & Scrapbooking was born out of a passion for scrapbooking and preserving memories.  They strive to put together kits that feature the latest products from several manufacturers ... taking care to make sure everything coordinates perfectly!  Each kit is jam packed with paper and embellies and will always contain enough product for you to create several stunning layouts or cards.  They aren't a typical kit club, there is no membership or monthly minimums ... just beautiful kits at one low price!  You choose what you want, when you want it and how many of each kit you'd like!

The lucky winner will receive a gift certificate good toward the kit of their choice!  

Also...they will offer a 15% discount for anyone that orders a kit during the month of November!  Use code: GC0906338

For a chance to win this awesome prize, link up a project by November 30th 11:59pm PST. *ImportantMake sure your link is to the blog post with your project & not just your blog in general...and be sure to remember the SCRAP TWIST!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

GD Inspiration Post - November - Penny Harrison

Welcome SEM fans to my very first guest designer blog.  First, I'd like to thank the SEM team for giving me this opportunity to share my creation.

The November challenge for this months was  . . . FAMILY TIES...meaning a project about family. (Scrap Twist: use some ribbon on your project.).

I have wanted to do a layout showing how much my daughter has grown and use the unique school picture that she had taken earlier in the year.

 The journaling says:  "It seems like only yesterday that you were in pigtails.  But now it's make-up and poise.  You are a young lady now and I can see glimpses of the young woman you will become.  So proud!"

PRODUCTS USED:  May Arts heart ribbon, CTMH flowers, ColorBok Alpha Punch Outs, DCWV Tattered Time paper stack, Want2Scrap Nestabling (green bling), Making Memories Glitter Gems (flourish), Creative Memories journal spot.
 The younger picture is of my daughter in kindergarten and the older was the end of 5th grade...
Looking at the two pictures side beside, all I can ask is "Where does the time go?"  It seems like yesterday, I was putting her hair in pig tails and taking her to her first day of school.  She'd come home with hand print art projects.  Now she is 11 going on 21, cares about fashion and music, and is doing algebra and writing novelettes!  I am so proud of the Godly, young woman she is becoming but at the same time I miss my "little girl."  Anyone else feel like someone pushed the fast forward button on your life?  I thank God daily for this beautiful individual and the opportunity to watch and help her grow.

This challenge is a reminder that we only have our little ones for so long and to not squander the time with them.  Soon she will be too "old" to sit on my lap and won't want to do craft projects with me.  I need to treasure the time I have left with her under my roof as well as with the rest of my family and friends.
Before I sign off, I thought I'd share another project, a ladder card,  that I created with the identical paper from above.  


Thank you for stopping by my guest post.  Feel free to visit my personal blog, It Makes Total Cents, to see the other projects I've been working on lately.  I also have a giveaway planned if I can get to 100 followers on my blog or on my Facebook page (preferably both!) :)

And thanks again for having me, SEM!  It has been a wonderful experience.

Heartfelt Inspiration - My boy

One of my greatest inspirations in life has been my boy. When he was four years old he was diagnosed with PDD, a form of Autism. At first we were in shock, but as time passed we discovered his amazing qualities.

At that time I was working as a civil servant and was not so happy with my job. When it was time for him to start school, I decided to leave my job and be a SAHM (stay at home mom) so I could be there for him. Little did I know the change that step would bring into my life...

It's true that God works in mysterious ways...there I was a SAHM taking care of the house and the kids, but then something happened. My scrapbooking hobby started playing a bigger role in my life and slowly I realized that this is what I wanted to do with my life, this was my calling, making people happy by creating personal and special scrapbooks for their family moments! I started my business and today I'm happy and content.

God has blessed me with a situation that at first didn't seem like an opportunity, it seemed like a burden... but with love and faith I realized it was a blessing not only for me, but for my boy who has come a long way and we are all so proud of him!

Einat

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

October Challenge Winners !


Hi everybody! Tracey here and hoping everybody is enjoying the start of November, no matter what their climate is.  It's past-foliage here in the mountains of Massachusetts. Due to hurricane Sandy our Halloween Trick or Treating was postponed until last Friday night. While it felt odd, we consider ourselves lucky. I want to apologize for not posting the winners sooner, but some Sandy-related internet issues came into play!  If you are heavily affected by the recent hurricane in America, know that you are in our prayers. Here's what Halloween looks like at our house:
                      Before                                                    After




   
Thanks for letting me share!
 I wanted to also let you know about our SEM Facebook ChitChat Group where we visit, play games and share in fellowship. We would love to see your scrappy creations and get to know you better!
This month's Main Challenge was to be inspired by the Fall season and to look for those everyday miracles around us at this time of year. The twist was to use paint! We so enjoyed all the wonderful stories and creation you shared with us! It's so interesting to see how Fall is interpreted around the world. There is serious talent in our entries as well!
Our sponsor for October is Boys Rule Scrapbook Kits

Boys Rule Scrapbooks kits is a monthly scrapbook kit club for those of us who love to paper craft boy subjects. Care and consideration is key as each kit is assembled for the boys. Cool embellishments are paired with handsome papers you will love to play with each month.
Boys Rule Scrapbook kits also has exclusive embellishments with each kit....they are all different and very unique, and are included each month just for you.

It's fun to create when you have a complete kit that is designed for the memories of dirt, grunge and smelly things!

You can visit us

Here is a picture of the awesome prize...Wow!

It was tough for our DT to narrow down the Top Three but
the Top Three creations for October are:
1. Helen G.

This sweet pic just melted our hearts-what a miracle! Beautiful color pallete!


2. Fern
We loved the crisp fall layout you shared with us! Such a cute pic of the kids at the pumpkin patch and such great pattern paper blocking design!
3.Christy B.


We were blown away by this soft yet blingy Autumn layout! Perfect inking!
Congrats to our Top 3! Please place our Top 3 badge on your blog to share!
Thank you to all who played along!


So who did Random.org chose as the winner of this generous and FABULOUS Prize from Boys Rule kits?




Here is Christy's entry for the Sketch Challenge:

Don't you love the tape technique?


Congrats, Christy!
Please email us at scrappingeverydaymiracles@yahoo.com to claim your prize.

Thanks again to all who entered !
We invite you to link up to our November challenges (our Main Challenge is already posted up on the blog and our Sketch challenge will be posted the third Monday of this month)!!!!


As we move toward the end of the year and the often whirlwind of festivities for many of us, let's not forget to slow down and look around and appreciate the everyday miracles that our God blesses us with. Have a great day !




Monday, November 5, 2012

Challenge #22-Family Ties


Cara here to bring you November's main challenge...with the holidays coming up, what comes to my mind is the blessing of my family.  So I'm calling the Challenge this month FAMILY TIES...meaning I want you to create a project about your family.

Keep in mind that there are all kinds of families...they could include your smaller immediate family, your extended family (grandpas & grandmas, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc), your "adopted into" family, your church family, your family of friends, etc. Whatever kind of "family" God has blessed you with, journal about those special "ties" that bind you to each other. 

*Scrap Twist: To go along with the "tie" theme...and in honor of me being a horrible ribbon-hoarder, I am asking you to use some ribbon on your project.

Here's what our Design Team created:
*Hover your mouse over each photo to see what each gal had to say about her project


In the midst of fighting the battle against Cystic Fibrosis for my neice Vivi, I am profoundly blessed to be a part of such a strong,dedictaed and loving family and large extended family. Without this battle cry, we would not be as bonded as we are. What an amazing blessing in this storm!

                                                                            











Our SPONSOR this month is Peace, Love & Scrapbooking



Peace, Love & Scrapbooking was born out of a passion for scrapbooking and preserving memories.  They strive to put together kits that feature the latest products from several manufacturers ... taking care to make sure everything coordinates perfectly!  Each kit is jam packed with paper and embellies and will always contain enough product for you to create several stunning layouts or cards.  They aren't a typical kit club, there is no membership or monthly minimums ... just beautiful kits at one low price!  You choose what you want, when you want it and how many of each kit you'd like!

The lucky winner will receive a gift certificate good toward the kit of their choice!  

Also...they will offer a 15% discount for anyone that orders a kit during the month of November!  Use code: GC0906338

For a chance to win this awesome prize, link up a project by November 30th 11:59pm PST. *ImportantMake sure your link is to the blog post with your project & not just your blog in general...and be sure to remember the SCRAP TWIST!

Plus our Design Team will choose their top 3 layouts from all the entries...then those layouts will be featured in our Winners Post on December 8th.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Guest Designer for November- Penny

Hello Everyone... Nicole here and I am so happy to announce our guest designer for Novmeber.... 

Penny Harrison
Many of you may know her as Kindred Heart


Here is a little bit about Penny...

"Hello fellow scrappers.  My name is Penny Harrison.  It is a great honor to be invited to be a guest designer (my first) with Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  As my family and friends will tell you, I am a very busy lady.  I have a wonderful husband of 12 years and a beautiful 11-year-old daughter.  She is a smart little girl with some serious craftiness of her own.  I am very active in my church, The Salvation Army, as a Women's Ministries Secretary among other duties.  I currently live in Northeast Wisconsin in a town of about 13,000 and work for a local manufacturer as a Customer Service Specialist. In addition to working full time, I am working toward my Bachelor's Degree in Marketing after receiving my Associates Degree in Business in September 2011 through the University of Phoenix (online).  And to top all of that, I started a home business as an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart (Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, and Stamping Supplies) in April of this year and have two card workshops, a craft night, and more every month.  I'm also getting ready for my first couple of vendor fairs and am building my blog, http://ItMakesTotalCents.blogspot.com  Though it all though, I give God the glory for my health, my energy, my family, my friends and all the support I received from them.  My faith is my most valued possession and makes everything possible."