Thursday, July 25, 2013

It is SO COOL I Just Have To Share... WASHI TAPE (More Pinterest Inspirations!)

Hi... It's Helen and today I wanna share something cool with you that I found on Pinterest.
Who doesn't like Pinterest? I know I do. But it can be addicting :D I have to set a time to be on Pinterest, 15 minutes a day...enough for me.

I've been searching for some inspiration on how to use washi tapes for crafting, card making or scrapbooking. I have a pin board for projects that catch my eyes (you can tell I have a "crush" on washi tape :D). You are welcome to check it out!

Here are some of my favorites (click on the pictures to go to the original blogs):

And here's the coolest thing I've found and would like to make:

What is your crafty project that you are doing right now? Feel free to share at comment box :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Praise Post

Good evening, or morning (depending where you are in the world). It's Toni here, sitting in cold, wintery Australia.

As many of you may have noticed I have been absent lately, with some personal issues happening in my life at the moment, a lot of my Design Team (DT) commitments have taken a back seat lately. I do very much apologize to you and to the other SEM DT members for letting you down!

This leads exactly straight to my Praise Post topic for this month. Today, I would like to Praise my other SEM DT ladies. Truly, amazingly beautiful souled crafters that have been so open and understanding about my circumstances as of late.

They have picked up my slack and helped me to put some of the pieces in my life back together by lending me their shoulders to lean on when needed and giving me great advice too.

Also, I want to look above and thank the good Lord for noticing the tough time I was going to have ahead and providing me early with such a great strong base in these ladies when I was asked to join this great DT family.

I'm sure that some of them will be a little shy about me being so truthful and praising them, but this is very much deserved. I can't say enough Thank You's to them for their support.

Along with the Lord providing me with this team, I have felt Him pick me up and carry me over the sand when I needed. He has also guided me with choices and forgiven me by correcting any mistakes I've made within the last couple of months. I have never felt his presence more than I have now.

With saying this, I would also like to acknowledge that today should have been the 61st Birthday of my late Step-Father... Gerrad wasn't only my "step-father", he was my Dad. He loved introducing me as his Daughter and was my Best Friend. We did everything together, just like Dad & Daughters do.  The BEST man that I have even known! To say that I actually feel bad for all the people that didn't know him would be understatement!

As I was only 13 when God called him home 12 years ago, this is something that impacted me quite harshly and my relationship with the Lord was a mess. It has taken time...... A LOT of time for me to rebuild this relationship and to be honest, it is still building. Feeling His support as of late, has certainly made me realize how much I need the Lord in my life and soul.

Ok, I'm sure you don't want to read anymore of my worries, so I would like to finish off this post by saying another BIG  "Thank you" to YOU, to my SEM family, to the good Lord and to my Guardian Angel - Gerrad... Thank you!

And I promise to be back to producing the Clean & Simple inspirational layouts that I'm known for soon! ---- Toni  xoxo

Friday, July 19, 2013

Birthday Celebration Game Winners!

It's Jessica and I am here to announce the winners from our Birthday Celebration games in our Facebook Chit Chat Group!

The winner of the Photo Rally Game was:

Stephanie Wampler Wright

She won a $35 GC from Day Signs:

Day Signs is an Etsy Store filled lots of personalized printable to plan the perfect party. From the start of party planning with pretty invitations to the end with thank you cards, our printables are personalized for you. All that's left for you to do is print and cut!

We want your parties to be perfect just like you do so we strive hard to make everything just right for you. We offer quick and reliable customer service to make you happy!
My website:

The winner of the guess the number of buttons game was:

Jennifer Deringer Early

She won a Sweethaven book pack from Courtney Walsh:

Courtney Walsh is a published author, scrapbooking designer, theatre director and playwright. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, will be released in February, 2012 by Guideposts/Summerside, followed by two additional novels in the series. She has also written two papercrafting books, Scrapbooking Your Faith and The Busy Scrapper. Courtney has also written a series of novels A Sweethaven Summer,   and is currently working a new series of novels with the first of the series coming out this Christmas.  Courtney has been a contributing editor for Memory Makers Magazine and Children’s Ministry Magazine and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum, newsletters and other publications. She has also written several full-length musicals, including her most recent, The Great American Tall Tales and Hercules for Christian Youth Theatre, Chicago. Courtney is a member of ACFW and is the current PR Manager for Webster’s Pages, a scrapbooking company. 

The winners of the Grab the RAK game are:

Kim Schultz and Linda Bednar

Kim won a gift pack from Talking Twine:
Hi my name is Jodi and I am the owner/operator/and head handler at Talking Twine and Trim.  It is an etsy shop that was started out of a yearning for bakers twine in every color.  So yes I am addict to bakers twine and all of the fun things to do with it.   Since that fateful day I have added in bitty bags, cupcake boxes, scrunched seam binding, paper straws and now washi tape.   I "design" with all of the fun things I carrying in my shop.   I do design for a online shop Scrapbook and have been submitting to magazines and I have my first card that is going to be pubbed coming out this August.   Please drop by my shop and say hi or pick up something for that next party in your life or I am also on facebook with the same name and often have give-aways.

Here is just a couple of pictures of the fun new products you can find in the store....


Linda won a $15 gift card to Retronana and a $10 gift card to Paper Loves Glue:
Hello everyone! I am Jessie and I live in France.  I make fabric buttons with my antique button machine given to me by my mother.  This is simple craft brings me a lot of joy and most important, links me to my mother whom I miss everyday as we live in different countries. I sincerely thank you all at scrapping everyday miracles for all the positive stories, we really need all the good news we can get these days.God bless! 

Unfortunately I out of town during the Birthday Celebration so I have had to set my store to On Vacation and you wont be able see all my lovely buttons.  However I will be back August 24th and you can visit me then and use any gift certificates you have won.  Please come back and visit me I know you will just love the variety of fabric buttons I have to offer.  

Link to the Store:

Our Bingo winners were:

Sarah Biswabic and Stephanie Wampler Wright

They won a $15 gift card from Retronana and a Button Pack from Retronana, respectively.

The winner of the Manufacturer Madness game was:

Jessica Lynn

She won a Close to My Heart paper pack from Elizabeth Mindemann:

For as long as I can remember I have loved to scrapbook and make all types of crafts.  In October of 2010 a good friend invited me to a scrapbooking party.  It was there that I was first introduced to Close To My Heart (CTMH).  I had never heard of them before but after seeing their innovative truly clear and very easy to use stamps I was hooked!  CTMH, and their consultants, make it their goal to show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most!  They are deidated to being an industry leader and innovator.  With a rewarding business opportunity and revolutionary new products, and with founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton at the company’s helm, Close To My Heart has made many significant contributions to the scrapbooking and stamping industry. Jeanette’s leadership, spanning over 25 years in the industry, has made the company a premier resource for individuals who wish to enhance their artistic talents and pursue a successful business career.  Through classes, workshops and on-line parties you can learn new tips and techniques to make your paper crafts really stand out and earn FREE product.  Contact me via email at alwaysdeeper(at) or through my website for more information.
Here are my links:

The winner of the Twine game was:

Misty Pace Blankenship

She won 9 spools of American Crafts ribbon from our very own Roberta.

Finally, the winner of the ABCs of Scrapbooking game was:

Lilly Baldwin

She won a 4-pack of card kits by Lisa Bearnson from Roberta.

Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who joined us for our Birthday Celebration!!  We hope you will join us for our monthly main challenge and sketch challenge

If you have not been contacted to claim your prize, please email us at
to claim your prize.

Birthday Celebration Grand Prize Winner!

Our GRAND PRIZE winner for our Birthday Celebration is...
Please contact us at to claim your prize (*note: it may take awhile for Nicole to respond as she is on vacation, but you will hear from her if you email us--thanks for your understanding).

Our hop grand prize has been provided by Blue Fern Studios....

Blue Fern Studios was founded with the idea of providing unique and sophisticated papercraft designs. We offer exquisitely detailed products to inspire all styles of craft artists in all areas, including scrapbooking, mixed media, general crafting, and more! We currently offer a wide variety of chipboard designs with new items being frequently added. Be on the lookout for our upcoming paper collection and MORE ;)!

And here's the prize:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

SEM Birthday Blog HOP RAK Winners Are...

It is the time for the HAPPY TIME!

We have the winners for RAKs on each individual blog that provided RAK prizes.
And..... THE WINNERS ARE.....
Roberta's RAK winner -Tamara D 
Cara's RAK winner - Jennifer Earley
Lisa's RAK winner - Amanda Rhodes 
Tracey's RAK winner - Debi (from Pennsylvania)
Kelly's RAK winner - Kathleen White
Helen's RAK winner - Jen Arena
Please contact each blogger for how to claim your RAK prize.


Thank you for playing with us and making this Birthday Celebration full of fun! You are all great blessings!

Monday, July 15, 2013

July Sketch Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Can you believe it is the middle of July already?!  It's Jessica here today and I have a couple of sketches for you.  The first sketch is a card sketch I put together and the second is a layout sketch by the very talented Shawn Lahr of Nuts About Sketches where I am blessed to also be a part of the design team.  I hope one or both of these sketches inspires you!

Our scrap twist this month is to use pop dot or foam adhesive to lift a flat embellishment.
Card Sketch

Layout Sketch
by Shawn Lahr of Nuts About Sketches

Let's see what the design team was inspired to make:

Our gracious sponsor this month is...

Pure Painted Signs

Here's what Celisa has to share about her company:

My name is Celisa Schumpert and I am a wife, a mom and I have a love for all things creative.  My husband and I were blessed to spend over 20 years in youth ministry before helping begin a start up church about 3 years ago that has grown to about 1700 weekly attendance, it has been awesome watching God at work in our new adventure.  I am also a mom to three children 20, 16 and 8.  Around 7 years ago we were blessed to bring home our 8 year old from China and it doing so developed a heart for orphans and a desire to help them find forever families.  As a result, I wanted to start a business that could give to that purpose.  I am blessed to combine my two passions into my relatively new business, Pure Painted Signs.  I have always loved painting and with this endeavor I am able to give 10% to my church and 40% to orphan causes around the world, as well as supporting families who are seeking to adopt. 

The prize is a wooden sign such as:

She is also offering a 15% discount on any orders in July the discount code is
What an awesome prize (wish I could win it)!! All you have to do is enter one of our challenges in July for a chance to win.

**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 July 31st, 11:55pm PST.

Winners will be announced here on Saturday, August 3rd.

SEM 2nd Birthday Celebration Blog Hop


SEM turned TWO!!!  Welcome to each of you we are so excited to have you join us for our Birthday Celebration!  It has been an exciting year here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles and we are so glad that you have chosen to explore the miracles with us throughout the year.  We have an fun hop planned for you this weekend but that is not all!!  We will also have 5 fun card challenges  that you can enter to win some amazing prizes but what is even more special is that we are making all these cards in order to donate them to Cards for Soldiers. All 5 challenges will be posted both here on SEM and on our Facebook Chit Chat Group and more information will be posted at that time.How fun is to be able to support our the US military and at the same time have a lot of fun creating for the challenges.

 The celebration doesn't stop with the blog... on our facebook group we will be offering games each day of the event that will have some fabulous prizes.  We might even sneak in some fun random giveaways.  

So let the Hop begin....

Each of the Design Team members created a project with the birthday theme of  to show you on their blogs.  Make sure that you hop along to each blog because you never know where there might be more prizes hiding along the way!  In addition to prizes we have a special birthday scavenger hunt for you :)   On several of the blogs there will be a project photo that has birthday hats hidden in the photo.  As you hop through count how many hats you find.  When you are finished with the hop write the total number of hats you found in a comment here on the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog hop post.  Have fun and happy hopping!  

Our hop grand prize has been provided by Blue Fern Studios....

Blue Fern Studios was founded with the idea of providing unique and sophisticated papercraft designs. We offer exquisitely detailed products to inspire all styles of craft artists in all areas, including scrapbooking, mixed media, general crafting, and more! We currently offer a wide variety of chipboard designs with new items being frequently added. Be on the lookout for our upcoming paper collection and MORE ;)!


Ready to see the awesome Grand Prize for the hop...

So are you all ready?  It is time for some hopping!  Have fun and we will see you back here at the end of the hop .  

The hop will remain open until Sunday night, July 14th at midnight PST. 
Remember in order to qualify for our grand prize you must leave a comment on all the blogs and comment here on SEM with the number of birthday hats you found. (you do not have to have the right number of hats to be entered... just try maybe there will be an extra prize for that get it right)

SEM blog

Make sure you also stop by our Facebook page for games, challenges and even more prizes.  Winners will be posted here on SEM (and on each individual blog that provides RAK) on Wednesday July 17th so don't forget to come back and see if you won any of the fabulous prizes from our sponsors!  

Friday, July 12, 2013

Our Second Birthday Celebration Card Challenges

Birthdays are all about giving so we are asking you to join us by creating a card or even a few for Cards for Soldiers. Please click on this link to find out more about Cards for Soldiers.  

We are asking you to complete as many as you can of the 5 card challenges, take a picture and link the cards here to this post or add them to the appropriate card album in the  FB group.
Then simply mail your cards to Cara Goedeking (Cara's address is provided by either commenting here with your email address and we will email it to you or you can request it on FB by messaging Nicole Brenna).

Cara will take all the cards created this weekend and send them to Cards for Soldiers in Mid August after all the cards have arrived. You have until JULY 31ST to create cards.

There are some guidelines from Cards for Soldiers that we must follow
Cards need to be 5.5" x 4.25"
No Glitter
Please include an envelope for the card
Cards must be blank on the inside
You can sign the back of your card with your name

Dark Cards must have a white area inside so the soldier has a place to write
Check out for further details
Card Challenge #1
Hi, it is ROBERTA and I have the 1st Card Challenge of 5 challenges for the 2nd Birthday Celebration! Complete this challenge, take a picture and then post the card or cards here or 

 Design a BIRTHDAY Card using 3 or more patterned papers.

Card Challenge #2
Hi, it is Helen and I have the 2nd Card Challenge of 5 challenges for the 2nd Birthday Celebration! Post your card or cards here or 

 Design a card using the sketch below and one of these themes:  Birthday, Thinking of You, or Thank you.  

 Card Challenge #3:
Hi, it is Elizabeth and I have the 3rd Card Challenge of 5 challenges for the 2nd Birthday Celebration! 
Post your card or cards here or 

Design a Veteran's Day, Labor Day, July 4th, Memorial Day, etc. type card (any thank you will do).  Complete the challenge, take a picture, and then post it here or in our facebook chit chat group.   

 Card Challenge #4:
Hi, it is Helen and I have the 4th Card Challenge of 5 challenges for the 2nd Birthday Celebration! 
Post your card or cards here or 

Create a Thanksgiving or Christmas card using this sketch.

 Card Challenge #5:
Hi, it is Nicole and I have the 5th Card Challenge of 5 challenges for the 2nd Birthday Celebration! 
Post your card or cards here or 

Create a card featuring a Rainbow of colors! Doesnt have to have a rainbow of course just feature lots of bright colors. Pick one of the following themes... Hello, Love you, Happy Day or Miss you.

We have two Great prizes you can win!!!!!
For every card you create by July 31st you will be entered to win a

$25 Gift Certificate from Scraptown Lady 
 the book Scrap Booking Your Faith by Courtney Walsh.