Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Second Birthday Celebration-GIVEAWAY!!!!

Have you heard we are getting ready for our Second birthday.  We have planned a huge celebration both here on the SEM blog and over at our facebook group Scrapping Everday Miracles Chit Chat Group.  To kick off the celebration we would like to have a little pre-party fun.  So I have a great prizes to giveaway from 3 Scrappy Boys

  3 Scrappy Boys is a monthly kit club and store. We offer 3 kits per month that can be purchased individually or as a subscription. Subscribing comes with benefits like 10% off your kit cost and store purchases. We also have a facebook page where you can follow all the happenings at 3 Scrappy Boys like sales, crops, and challenges.

Wanna see the wonderful prize we are giving away?

Here is what you gotta do to enter... we would like for you to share about the Celebration...

One entry for sharing in a post on your blog
One entry for joining SEM's Chit Chat group on Facebook
One entry for visiting 3 Scrappy Boys on Facebook and telling them SEM sent you.
One entry for sharing on Facebook, Pinterest or anywhere else that allows you to.

You can either share the advertisement found at the top of the post or this one below...

You have until Sunday, July 14th 11:59pm PST to share what you did (by posting a comment)... and don't forget to head over to our Facebook group  and join so you are all ready for the big day!

The Birthday Celebration will kick off July 11th on both the SEM blog and on the FB group so make sure that you have joined the FB group before that!!!!!  We cant wait to party with you!

Praise Post

Well I am a day late and a dollar short but better late than never right... It's Nicole and I feel so bad letting you down by not having my post up and scheduled.  I am on vacation in California visiting my family and friends and the days are just blowing by so fast!  So that leads me into my Praise Post....
I just gotta Praise God for Him making it possible for me and my family to come home to California and visit.  It is sooo expensive to come home and mostly because we have to take so many flights to get here.  My Mom, sister's family and brother's family really wanted to have my daughter who is 5 come and stay with them for the summer.  Karianne (my daughter) was talking to my sister on the phone about a month ago and she asked Karianne if she wanted to come and stay with her for the summer.  So Karianne got off the phone and told me guess what I am going to go to California for the summer.  Well to make a long story short... God ended up providing the money for us to do just that!  My husband, me and Karianne all have been able to travel here to California. On top of that Karianne gets to stay an extra month and my mom gets to bring her back to Norway and visit us for two weeks.  We were able to get tickets and figure all this out just 1.5 weeks before we were suppose to leave.  It was really amazing that it all worked out.

Now the hard part is that my husband and I will return different days to Norway and we have to leave our sweet little girl here in California for one more month.  Both my family and Karianne are really happy to be able to get to know her without us being around.  They feel like 2 weeks once a year just isnt enough.  I am so happy that God has given them this time.  So with this Praise Post comes a prayer request that you pray for her safety while she is so far away, pray that she doesnt miss us too much, and pray that as we place her in God's hands that we can have faith that He will keep her safe.  We prayed a lot about this and really have a peace that if God provided for us to come that it was an answer to prayer.  Of course it is still hard when you think Karianne is just 5 years old and will be in a totally different country from her parents.  Part of the reason we could make this decision was that last summer she spent a month alone with my husband's parents in Southeast Norway.  We know our kid and she really wanted this opportunity and of course she is with my family!

Anyhow there is my Praise post... Just praising God that he would provide this opportunity for our family!  Thank you Lord!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Tutorial: Triple Easel Card

Hi Helen's here would like to share with you a tutorial that I found on Splitcoaststampers forum. Beside making scrapbook layouts, I also love making cards now. This easel card so pretty and easy to make. Kim Score will show us in her tutorial how to make it step by step.

  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Spelldinders Big Scallop Circle, Petite Circle die sets, or other similar dies
  • Big Shots or other die cutting system (I used my Silhouette Cameo)
  • Stamps for decorating
  • Scoring board
  • Strong adhesive
  • Embellishments
Step by Step:
Step 1: Cut card stock into one 4 1/2" x 9", one 4"8" and one 3 1/2" x 7" piece. Fold each piece in half.

Step 2: Using the three dies from the Big Scallop Circle die set, place the largest die on the largest peeve of card stock with the die off the folded edge. Run through the die cutter. Repeat for other two piece of card stock.

Step 3: Open up the cut piece. Fold the left side on the die cut in half towards the center. Repeat for the other two cut pieces.

Step 4: Die cut each of the three big Scallop Circles from card stock. Set aside.

Step 5: Join the three folded pieces end to end. With each unfolded half attached at the bottom half of the larger one under it.

Step 6: Mountain fold the top halves of the scallop circles.

Step 7: Decorate the three big scallop circles.

Step 8: Glue the largest scallop circle to the rear mountain fold.

Step 9: Glue the medium scallop circle to the middle mountain fold.

Step 10: Glue the smallest scallop circle to the small mountain fold. Also glue a decorative strip or other decoration (ribbon/brads/etc.) at the center of the front scallop with dimensional to hold the front circle upright.

Here's a video for you to watch:

Don't you love it? I do :D Now you have the steps and video tutorial, you are welcome to share your creation on our Facebook Chit Chat Group.

Have a fun scrapping day!

Monday, June 17, 2013

June Sketch Challenge is here!

Tracey G. here with this month's sketch challenge! Hope your June is finding you productive and happy! If you need a little scrappy mojo-I present to you these lovely sketches from the designing mind of Leah Schaeffer. Leah is one of the co-founders of Stuck on U Sketches, where I am lucky enough to be on the DT with these talented ladies. SOUS has loads of inspiration and challenges-check it out when you get the chance!

You may create either the Layout or the card sketch and the scrap twist is to include at least one handmade flower-any material is fine!

                                                                       Card Sketch

Here are some links to flower tutorials:

Here's what the Design Team created...remember to hover your mouse over each photo to see what each gal has to say about her project!

First,our Guest Designer, Roberta Meyers-Edmisten

Our sponsor this month is Citrus Twist.
Citrus Twist Kits grew out of one girl’s love of all things crafty, with just a little love of vintage thrown in. Here is the story: My mom and I shared a love of the art world. I grew up tagging along to Art in the Park shows, quilting fairs and more. Early in 2012 my mom passed away and as I was going through her lifetime of art and crafts supplies, the idea for Citrus Twist Kits was born. It was the vintage scraps that inspired the handcrafted item that goes into each main kit.
Citrus Twist Kits are color-based, inspired and great value for your money. A box arrives on your doorstep each month filled with scrapbooking gifts to keep you playing all month long.
 Trina has provided us not one, but TWO prizes to give away this month!  The first is the May Project Life Kit:

And the second is the April main kit:

Subscriber special, for our site members, June only: Free alphabet set with 3- or 6-month sub.
You will need to mention in the comments box at checkout that you are a member of our site and want the promo that will ship with your first kit.

**NOTE: You may submit the project you create for Scrapping Everyday Miracles to other challenge blogs but your project must be mainly created for the Scrapping Everyday Miracles challenge in order to win the sponsor prize**

 All entries must be linked HERE by June 30th, 11:59pm PST.

*Important: Make 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!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Guest Designer Inspiration - Roberta Meyers-Edmisten

Hi everyone!  I created this layout, entitled "love" specifically for the June Main Challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! The June Main Challenge:  Love Never Fails focuses on scrapping about a husband and wife relationship and the love you see/experience because of it.  The challenge topic was really quite special to me this month of June, as I began dating my husband, John, in this month, 17 years ago!  And the Scrap Twist was really quite tricky - only cardstock, NO Patterned Paper! Whew! So, I got busy and decided I would scrap about my husband, John and I. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 " Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
This Bible verse keeps me focused in my marriage on what God designed marriage to be: an earthly example of His love for us.  Being married for 12+ years has come with many trials, much heartache at times, and yes, lots of joy.  My husband and I met 17 years ago, through his children..  Almost 5 years later, John and I married on a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook, on a blistering January day, in our ski coats, with my now son's Corey and Danny as witness and ring bearer.  That same year, my 14 year old Corey was tragically killed in a motorcross accident.  We separated for 13 months in the wake of our monumental grief. Miraculously, we reconciled, under the immense weight of God's grace and mercy, and grew in our relationship with each other and in our commitment to love as God commands.  In the years following, we faced years of infertility, our younger son's drug addiction, forced treatment, and eventual recovery,  my mental breakdown and ongoing treatment, and various other events common to life.  The saving grace of our marriage has always been the Lord, and our promise to never divorce just because it wasn't easy anymore.  The first 12 years of marriage, I think we have been able to "bear" and "endure" the trials that have come against us with hope and steadfast trust and that inspires me to keep loving as God instructs throughout His Word.  My prayer for our marriage is that we have many, many more years together, and that we can triumph through the coming trials while reflecting His Glory.
Now on to the Scrap Twist!  To create some patterns on the cardstock I chose, I used Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink, bubble wrap, the negative shape of a Martha Stewart star punch, corrugated cardboard, a sheet of rubber alphabet stamps, and a single round sponge dauber!  It was actually quite fun, and I encourage you to give it a try for this challenge!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

May Winners!

Hi everyone... It is Jessica and I have some winners to announce!!  I apologize, this post is a little tardy, the weekend got away from me!

The Design Team's Top 3 from the Main Challenge are:




Don't forget ladies to display the "Top 3 badge" proudly in the sidebar of your blog!

Now for the winners of our prize, chosen randomly from all of our entries.  Our sponsor was 

They donated two $20 gift certificates for two lucky winners!  Our prize winners are:

Sierra Winters


Kathleen White!

Congrats ladies!!
to claim your prize.
Thanks again to all who entered!
We invite you to link up to our June challenge
and our Sketch challenge to be posted the third Monday of this month!

Guest Designer- Roberta Meyers-Edmisten.

Hi Everyone! Well today is the day that we announce the Guest Designer for June... This month we are really excited to have... Roberta Meyers-Edmisten.

Here is a little bit about Roberta....

I am a wife, mother, mother-in-law, and homeschool teacher who has been blessed by the Lord God, and I am in love with Jesus Christ! I have a wonderful husband of more than 12 years, 3 sons, and 1 beautiful daughter-in-law. I love to preserve extraordinary & daily moments of life through papercrafting! I enjoy traveling, specifically to Puerto Rico and North Carolina beaches. My favorite book is the Holy Bible, and I never come away from it disappointed. My mom is my best friend. My youngest son, affectionately called Roo, is my first homeschooled child, and I enjoy learning with him! I love to cook, which is a blessing b/c I am vegan and gluten free. I am an amateur animal rights activist, pro-life, and believe that every baby should be celebrated. My favorite color is pink, and I would wear jeans and a white t-shirt every day if I could. I dislike clutter and despise germs, but I save way too much memorabilia from my youngest son's life and take way too many photos! I am very generous, and wear my heart on my sleeve. 

You  can visit Roberta on her blog

Here are some Roberta's wonderful creations!

Check back tomorrow to see Roberts's Guest Designer post... Just in case anyone noticed...Roberta got a little excited and accidentally published her post Friday instead of tomorrow.  But no worries it republish tomorrow!  It is fabulous inspiration so see you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Mixed media Thursday...Can you Resist it?

Hey there, it's Christy back with another Mixed Media technique to share with you.

Now this one comes from trying something, it not working out, but instead of tossing continuing to play.
As a result...I have this super easy fun resist technique I want to share.
You can use this on a layout, card, tag, even in an art journal.

First: what you need.
Piece of very lightly patterned paper (I'm using Prima)
Stencil (Crafter's Workshop)
Dark mist (I'm using Burnt Umber by Lindy's Stamp Gang)
and a small mist bottle filled with 50% water & 50% white acrylic paint (NOT GESSO)

Put the stencil on top of the paper, shake up the water/ paint mix and mist through the stencil. can tell by the paint on the stencil I misted it. Don't panic, you probably won't see it on the paper.

Lift off the stencil & clean it up if you want (I usually don't ;) ).
Dry you paper with a heat gun or let it air dry.
Told you, you probably won't see the paint on your paper. all will work out.

Take your dark mist.
Heavily mist over where you previously sprayed the paint through the stencil.
I like to mist heavy because I love the drips I get as well.
They make me happy.
Watch as the magic happens.

The paint is going to resist the mist giving you a really neat background to work on.
How cool is this.
Just a reminder that when you think all is lost keep on going, something wonderful might just happen.

Just a shot from an another angle to really show the resist.

and here is a layout I did using the paper.
The photo is of the sun as it sets on the Rhine River.
We were at the top of the Dusseldorf Radio Tower in Dusseldorf, Germany.
As the sun set it bathed everything in a golden light.
It was truly breathtaking.

I hope you all try this easy technique.
I'd love to see what you do with it.
As always, any questions I'm here to answer them.

Have a wonderful day!