Sunday, September 29, 2013

Trust in the Lord

It's Tracey here with the September Praise Post. 

I am grateful and thankful that our Lord is always there for me. He has given me peace to embrace the life changes I've experienced over the past several years. 

Just a few short years ago I fully embraced and enjoyed home educating our children. What a blessing to have the privilege of helping our children learn in the environment of a Christian world view. After 19 years of home educating, the decision was made for our youngest to complete her final two years at our local public school. The difficult part of this for me is that I was not involved in the decision making process and found out in a conversation with a neighbor. As difficult as this was for me, the Lord was there to carry me through with a spirit of acceptance rather than the bitterness that tried to creep in. 

This spring Gary and I became empty nesters when our youngest moved in with her sister to be closer to her work upon her graduation. She is now staying there as she begins college. I'm grateful that each of our children has a personal relationship with our Lord, but oh what a contrast our quiet home is to the previous hustle and bustle of four children and their friends coming and going. 

I'm also thankful that our Lord has given me the opportunity to express my creativity through scrapbooking and paper crafting. I pray that my love for our Lord will be transparent and that I can share His good news through my work, life, and testimony.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Challenge Reminder and Prize Update

Hello All!

Helen is here :) Fall is here in Ohio! Love the weather and looking forward to enjoy the leaves changing their colors soon.

I would like to remind you about our fun challenges this month: Main Challenge and Sketch Challenge. Don't forget to link up your projects on each challenge - link up your direct link to the project post, not your blog.

You can win this RAK:


We are looking forward to enjoy your layouts/cards!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tutorial!!

Hi all!  It's Jessica, here today with a tutorial for a technique I used on the card I made for this month's sketch challenge.

The ombre effect is really trendy right now, so I started my card by creating that effect with a mask and spray mists.  I used white and gray mists.

Step 1
Lay your mask over your card base or page.


Step 2
Spray the first color of mist, concentrating the color on one end of your project.


Step 3
Spray the second color of mist, concentrating the color on the opposite end.

Step 4
Remove mask and allow ink to dry.


Step 5
Place paper in an embossing folder.


Step 6
Run through your embossing machine.


Step 7
Take paper out of the embossing folder.  Now you have an inked design and an embossed design for extra depth.


Step 8
Embellish as desired.  I made a baby card with this one.


And as a reminder, here is my card from the sketch challenge.


I hope you try this technique, it is so easy, but really adds to the project.  If you do try this, link back here in the comments so we can check it out!

Monday, September 16, 2013

September Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone, Lisa here with our September sketch challenge. You can create your project using any theme but be sure to include the twist: use some sort of string/fiber in your project. We are going with a multi-picture style this month so break out those photo stacks! ;-) Our layout sketch is from Scrapbooks etc.



Here is the card sketch:

Our design team has been busy creating wonderful layouts and cards to help inspire you.

Layouts:



Cards:





We would love to see what projects you can create using our sketches and the twist! Link them up here by the end of the month for a chance to win this prize:

 Look at all those goodies!

**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 and/or be one of Top 3**

All entries must be linked HERE by September 30, 11:55pm PST.
Winners will be announced here on Saturday, October 5th.
*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! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heartfelt Post-Having a Thankful Heart

Hi Everyone. Cara here today to bring you a Heartfelt post about having a Heart of Thankfulness.

There are days that are really hard. There are days that all I want to do is curl up, read a book and ignore the rest of the world. There are days that I feel overwhelmed and feel sorry for myself. These are usually days that I forget to stop and talk with God...or really even acknowledge that He exists in my world. Because as soon as I turn to Him, my heart starts to change and I can be thankful to Him. There's so much to be thankful for...yes, even in the hard times. My almost 8 year old daughter had a tough day today at school and was asking me about it...."Mom, what do you do when you have a bad day and it just keeps getting worse?" My reply? Change your attitude about it...find something...anything to be thankful for and thank God for those things. Some days that means thanking God for things that seem simple but that we, more often than not, take for granted....like good health, having arms and hands we can use, a roof over our heads, clean water to drink, and some food in the pantry. Those were the types of things that I talked to my daughter about, and we talked about people who don't have those things. Her attitude began to change and she left me with a new perspective...a heart of love and thankfulness toward a God who provides us so much each and every day. Even when we think He's forgotten us...He hasn't. I'm not saying this will always work on an 8 year old (I think I got a bit lucky:)), but hopefully when we're having one of those feeling-down days, we'll remember to still turn to God and tell him thanks for what we do have. 

"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

1 Thessalonians 5:18


Saturday, September 7, 2013

August Winners!!

Happy Saturday everyone! It's Jessica here today with winners of our August challenge. Thanks to everyone who entered! Our top three this month are:

THIRD:


SECOND:


FIRST:
We were blown away by the this one...this is what our challenge is all about...journaling from your heart. Kim shared that this was an incredibly hard challenge for her, but it was so inspiring to hear her story and the miracle of God saving her life. We're so glad she took on this "challenge"---this is truly what SEM is all about! 



Congrats ladies! Lovely projects!!

And now our prize winner, selected randomly from all of our entries.  She will be receiving a $35 gift certificate to Day Signs.

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. We strive hard to make everything just right for you. We offer quick and reliable customer service to make you happy!



Our winner is...

Chana!!

Congratulations!!
to claim your prize.

We invite you to link up to our August challenge to be posted on Monday and our Sketch challenge to be posted the third Monday of this month!** We also want to remind everyone that 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 and/or be one of Top 3.**

Thursday, September 5, 2013

MIxed Media Thursday...Create an ATC

Hey Everyone!
It's Christy again with another mixed media technique to share with you this first Thursday in September.

Today we are going small and creating an ATC.
I love doing these little pieces of art, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches you can pack a lot of punch onto a small size.

Perfect to pop in the mail for a friend, tuck in a lunchbox as a pick you up or swap with friends all over the world.

This is the ATC we are creating.

And here are the supplies you need.
Now remember the supplies are just a suggestion.
You can swap out the Shimmerz paints for regular acrylic paint, or even mists or ink. Make what you have work for you.
I am also working on sticky back canvas today because I love the texture.
Don't have any? No worries, paper works just as well.



Step one: Cut the canvas to the ATC size 2.5 x 3.5 inches.


Step Two: Cover most of the canvas with your first color.

Step three: add an accent color in spots and dry completely.

Step four: I used pieces of drywall tape in the upper & lower corners as a stencil.
Place modeling paste (if you want high texture) through the tape. If you don't have paste you can use white acrylic paint.

Step five: Remove the tape and let it dry.

Step six: while the paste is drying stamp a heart and wings onto a piece of paper. I used Shimmerz painted onto my stamp for the heart to make it sparkle but you can used whichever coloring medium you wish.
Cut out the heart and wings and ink the edges to hide any bits of the white paper.


Step seven: Once the paste is dry, paint it with a contrasting color to your background.
Add the wings and heart to the card as well as some text if you wish.

Your ATC is now ready to be displayed.

Thank you so much for joining me this month in creating.

Have a wonderful day.



Monday, September 2, 2013

September Main Challenge


"To Everything There Is A Season" (Ecclesiastes 3)

Hi! Helen is here bringing you the Main Challenge this month. 

In my home country, Indonesia, we only have 2 seasons: rainy and dry. Since I moved to Ohio back in 2008, I love seeing leaves changing their color every time the season changes. It amazes me that each leaf has its own way to change color in every season. And in our lives, we experience change all the time...and in every change that happens, God shows His mercy and miracles happen too! 

I love Fall. To me it is so fascinating to see how the leaves changing colors to orange, red and brown every fall. That describes how amazing our God is, He creates seasons for its own purpose. This time I go digital scrapbooking.

My challenge for you this month is to create a layout about your favorite season of the year. Let your project show us God's miracles and His mighty work as you highlight this season.

The Scrap Twist that you need to include on your project is to use 3 or more leaves --- to remember how God changes the color of the leaves with the seasons.

Let's praise God, testify His glory and have fun as we create our layout. You can add some journaling to express your feeling also (optional).

Here's my layout for this challenge:

Here's what our Design Team came up with….
(hover your mouse over each photo to see what each gal had to say about her project)





Hope you are inspired by the Design Team layouts. Now it is your turn to create layouts using the twist and link up here to win these RAK prize from our generous sponsor this month:

**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 and/or be one of Top 3**

All entries must be linked HERE by September 30, 11:55pm PST.

Winners will be announced on Monday, October 7th, here at Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog.

*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!