Saturday, December 28, 2013

WINNERS! December 1st, Christmas Theme Winners

What a wonderful number and variety of projects were entered in our Christmas Theme Challenge this month! The Design Team members from around the world enjoyed your layouts, cards, and home décor projects!  Thank you to each one of you for entering, and we hope you will join us on the 1st of each month for more challenges with prizes!
Congratulations to our 3 Prize Winners with the most votes by our Design Team:
 The WINNERs are determined by the highest number of votes from our design team members! (Please e-mail your mailing address to: mrsme6th   at   bellsouth   dot  net).

#10 Erica Houghton

#37 Times To Cherish


#79 ScrapStuffz by Stacia



"Design Team Fave" Badge Winners:
These faves are also chosen by design team voting!

#36 Manucreativa


# 66 GrandDiva


#68 Mrs. Scrapalot


We truly had a fun time visiting your blogs and sharing in your Christmas spirit through your creations! 
**Please join us on January 1, 2014 for theme, card sketch and layout sketch challenges!**

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Immanuel - God Is With Us!

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother, Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel."

(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25).


Sunday, December 22, 2013

3 New Challenges Coming January 1st!

Join us on January 1st, 2014 for 3 new challenges: 
 
The Main Theme Challenge, The Layout Sketch Challenge, and The Card Sketch Challenge! 
 
We'll have lots of projects from the Design Team to motivate you, and a Bible verse to inspire you!
 
*Check back on December 28th for the Winners Post!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Announcing our New Design Team!

We are excited to announce our new design team!

New Members
Nolene Burnett
South Africa

Hello, my name is Nolene Burnett and I live in beautiful (and windy) Cape Town, South Africa with my husband and 8-year old daughter. I started scrapbooking in 2008 and have since been learning new techniques and the application of new products, while developing my style and growing as an artist. My daughter is usually the source of my inspiration and she is featured on 90% of my projects. I found the Lord and accepted Him as my personal savior in 1996. I met my husband in church and we have been married since 1999. I love worshiping God and have always felt called to worship as a ministry. I love my Lord and want to worship and serve Him any way possible. I have always wanted to do that in some creative way and feel that this is my opportunity to do so.

My blog is:  www.scrapshots.co.za



An'Jenic Gibson
United States


Hello I’m An’Jenic. I’m a military wife to an amazing husband.  We have been married for seven years. We have two beautiful girls: Terrion who is eleven and Liana who is four.  I’ve been a stay at home mom off and on for six years. I started scrapbooking shortly after I had my second child. I later learned of blogging and card making and since then have truly enjoyed it. I believe that God sent his son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. I’m truly blessed that Jesus Christ was so willing to give up his life be our one and only Savior.  I’m honored that he has called me to be a light unto the world. I found Christ as a young girl through my parents. But I didn't fully understand who God was until my early twenty's. God has since then been in my life and truly is a blessing. 

My blog is:  AJ Scrapbooking & Cards


Leah Burgett
United States

Hello everyone! My name is Leah Burgett.  I live in a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama. I am married to a wonderful man, who supports my hobby of scrapbooking.  I have an amazing son, Noah who is the light of my life and my precious gift from God. I work as an aide with special needs children in an elementary school.  I am a Christian.  I believe that everyday God teaches me and lifts me up.  My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6:  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
My blog is:   http://leahbslayouts.blogspot.com/




Robin Cunningham
United States

I have been married to a wonderful, godly man for 31 years and we have been blessed with 4 beautiful daughters, 2 incredible sons-in-law, and one little chihuahua. I came to know the Lord at the age of 12 and have grown in my walk as a Christian every single day. We love to travel and since our children are spread all over the U.S., we get to visit lots of fun places such as Alaska, Washington, DC, North Carolina and northern Ohio. I never leave home without my camera and love to take pictures of people, places, and things!  I am a RN and feel so blessed to have an occupation that has offered me a great work-life balance. As much as I love to scrapbook, my true passion is providing medical care to the under-served in third world countries. At least once a year, I go on a short term medical missions trip with a team that provides basic medical care to the people that have never had access to any type of medical care. But more importantly, our team takes the message of God's love to these people. As much as we bless them with the message and medicine, I always come home feeling like I was the one that was truly blessed by being able to serve them. I love the life I have been given and pray each day that I will honor the Lord with my thoughts, words, and actions! I look forward to sharing a little bit of my life with you through scrapbooking over the next few months.
 
My blog is:  Empty Nest Scrapbooker


Alicia Redshaw
Australia

Hi my name is Alicia Redshaw and I live in Queensland, Australia, and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Design Team.  I am a wife, a mother of three, a businesswoman, an Artist and so much more.  I have been scrapbooking for over 11 years, and teaching Scrapbooking and Cardmaking for nearly as long.  I now also teach Copic colouring and Mixed Media Art Classes too.  I create a range of projects and styles from simple cards to grungy scrapbook layouts to mixed media art canvas’ and almost everything in-between.  I am thankful everyday for the blessings of my family and my creativity.

My blog is:  http://www.aliciaredshaw.com.au/



Sher Brown
United States

Hi ladies, my name is Sher.  I live in the USA with my husband and my two sons.  My sons are now 20 and 23, and I can happily say they have been the biggest blessings in my life other than my husband of 23 years.  I've always been a stay at home mom/housewife and its been a joy.   I love to scrapbook, and to make cards, and other various craft. I have always had strong faith in God. I say my prayers daily and I find comfort in knowing that God is there for me, and for my family and for anyone that wants to accept him into their lives.  


Rachel Taylor
United Kingdom

I am Rachel Taylor from Plymouth Devon England UK. I have been married for 27 years and have 2 grown up children I love all types of crafting. I like running blossom cards and hand made gifts which I do from home I also teach classes and sell at craft fairs and do demo's and craft parties. I have done one tutorial video at the moment but hope to do more I like to make shaped cards and I love stamping and working with digi stamps I like to do real hand stitching on my cards. I love my faith, and I am  baptist and have been dedicated as a child and went through the waters when older our church at that time had the facility. When married I had to move churches but soon made more friends my hubby comes to and so did the children they have been both dedicated as well. I love making cards and layouts and enjoy in cooperating my faith in to my work.

My blog is:  http://blossomcards.blogspot.co.uk/

Paula Jennings
United States
My name is Paula.  I am a single Christian Mom with two nearly grown sons - Robert almost 21 and Thomas just turned 15. I am very involved in my church, Kingswood United Methodist, here in Newark Delaware where I have lived for the last 18 months. I teach the Teen Sunday School (this is a challenge as I have always taught PreK to 2nd Grade), I am on the Missions Committee and the Evangelism Committee.  I am a member of United Methodist Women.  I love my small group Bible Study.  The Lord has blessed me in many ways (and continues to each day!).  I have a slew of chronic health problems but my faith helps me to get up each day and do the best I can with what I have. I belong to a few online Christian Women's Creative Groups which help me through lots of prayer, friendship and encouragement.  I have been a scrapbooker for about 17 years.  I now do all types of papercrafts.  I feel so honored to have been selected for Scrapping Everyday Miracles Design Team.  It is one of my favorite sites and groups and I have made many awesome prayerful online friends here.

My blog is:  http://preciouspagesbypaula.blogspot.com/

Returning  Members
Roberta Meyers-Edmisten
United States

I am a wife, mother, and homeschool teacher who has been blessed by God! I have a wonderful husband of more than 10 years, 3 sons, and 1 beautiful daughter-in-law. I love to preserve extraordinary & daily moments of life through papercrafting! I enjoy traveling, my favorite book is the Holy Bible, and I never come away from it disappointed. My mom is one of my best friends, and the other one, Hollyberry, is my sister in Christ! My youngest son, affectionately called Roo, is my first to be homeschooled, and I enjoy learning with him! I love to cook, am an amateur animal rights activist, pro-lifer and believe that every baby should be celebrated. My favorite color is pink, I dislike clutter, I save way too much memorabilia from my children's lives,  and take way too many photos! 

My blog is: http://thepapercraftingleague.blogspot.com/

Cara Goedeking
United States

I live in beautiful Boise, Idaho, USA. I've been married to my hubby Peter for 11 years. We have a 8 year old daughter Ellie--I started scrapping 8 years ago when she was born! I work part-time (lunch room/library) at my daughter's elementary school where I also volunteer and serve as PTO president. I've been a believer for 9 years, and my family moved to Boise (from nearby suburb) 3 years ago to help plant a church--right now my missional community is serving the homeless of our downtown area. 


My blog is: http://bitsbaublesandbliss.blogspot.com


Helen Gullett
United States

Hi I'm Helen G., I was born and raised in Indonesia. By God's grace, I came to know Christ when I was at Collage and since then He has been so faithful in my life and my family, never once He forsake us! I met my husband when he went to my country for a short mission trip with a mission agency in 2006.  In 2008 I made a scrap-journaling book with pictures and journaling of our trips and first year, later then I found out that what was called as scrapbooking. In 2009, I started creating 12x12 layouts after our first baby was born for her first year book. Then I was introduced to Digital Scrapbooking in 2010 using Photoshop Element 10, MyMemories Suite and Studio J. Love scrapping both ways! My hubby got me a BIG SURPRISE a month after our second baby was born, he got me a Silhouette Cameo! Ever since, I cannot making layouts, or making cards, or even creating any crafts without it.

My blog is:  http://byheleng.wordpress.com/


Christy Houser
United States
My name is Christy Houser. It seems like I’ve been artsy my whole life. I’ve been in love with art ever since I was little and writing my name on the floorboards with a crayon. My husband of many years and 3 girls are the basis for most of my art, featured as the main subjects in just about everything I do. With a supportive family, I’ve been able to dabble in whatever catches my fancy. I’m drawn to scrapbooking and mixed media and I love to blur the line between the two. Any day when I can get my fingers messy is a good day. I love experimenting with tried-and-true techniques and giving them my very own spin. I believe strongly in sharing the gift I have been given with others, ask how I do something and I will always be willing to share.


Jessica Shurts

United
My name is Jessica Shurts.  I am a stay-at-home mom to 4 wonderful blessings.  I am a born and raised Catholic.  I have really started to delve into my faith as an adult, thanks to some amazing friends who have inspired me.  I love being inspired to inject my beliefs into my pages and I feel Scrapping Everyday Miracles inspires me to do just that!  I am honored to be on the team for another term!

My blog is:  http://jessica-createandshare.blogspot.no/

Kelly Ryan
United States

Hi! My name is Kelly Ryan. I live in the Midwest with my wonderful husband of 17 years and our 15 year old son. I have been a stay-at-home mom since 2007 when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 16 years old and am continuing to grow everyday in my faith in Jesus. I start my days in my scraproom with an open Bible and open heart. Being a part of Scrapping Everyday Miracles has been so inspiring and I love sharing with others the history of my family! It has helped me to grow in my creativity and realize my own unique style. I am so glad to be a part of this awesome group of believers!

Toni Herron
Australia
 
G'day mate, I'm Toni...I am obviously from Australia and am very proud to live in Queensland. I'm a Mum to 2 amazing boys, aged 10yrs and 3yrs. My oldest Lane is a competitive Swimmer and a great Footballer. My little man Hunter, is very social, active and always up to mischief. They are my blessings from Heaven!  In my spare time after running after them and their activities all day, I like to relax with crafting. On the weekends, I'm also a Chief Stewart at the Speedway (dirt track motor racing). I seem to be a Clean and Simple scrapper, however have just started to fall in love with Altering projects lately too. I am super excited to be continuing on.. I look forward to sharing my creations with you and getting inspiration from your creations too! Cheers... xoxo


Nicole Brenna
Norway

Hi My name is Nicole Brenna and I created SEM a few years ago to celebrate all of God's everyday miracles in our lives.  I became ill earlier this year and have had to turn SEM over to the Roberta to run it in my absence.  I am so blessed to see how amazing SEM is right now!  As I get better you might find me creating a sample project or two but for now I have to take it easy.  I currently live in Norway above the Arctic Circle with my husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats and two rats!  I am originally from California but I am enjoying seeing how God is challenging me and using me here in Norway.  I look forward to getting better and being able to once again share my creations and fellowship more with all of the loyal SEM followers.  
We hope you enjoy all of our creations, and will join us on the 1st of each month for challenges! 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Gift

 
This is the season we are preparing our hearts and mind to celebrate the greatest gift ever given to us, human kind. It is the gift of Jesus.

Advent is a time of waiting. Wait and preparing for something special is coming.

For me, this is the greatest gift ever given to me and I ever received. Every time I remember the day I was found and received His gift of Jesus in my life, I only can ever say that it is because of God's full grace and blessing in my life. Only praising God!

I am praying this is the gift that my children will receive every time we celebrate Christmas. I am praying this is the gift every people can have in their lives.

What are you doing to prepare your heart for Christmas?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

CHRISTMAS Theme Challenge

Merry Christmas!
It is official! December 1st is here and for many, the season of Advent is starting today! As one of the most beloved holidays in the Christian faith, Christmas is truly a wonderful time of the year when we commemorate the birth of Jesus! 


Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

Luke 2: 11-12 " Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”


To celebrate this blessed time of year, our design team has presented you with a variety of Christmas projects!  I hope and pray these projects will bring glory to God in the highest, and inspire you as you worship through crafting!






















 
Your challenge is to create a project of any kind that celebrates Christmas!  You may enter as many unique projects as you like, and with as many other challenges as you like!  *Please mention Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog, AND link back to our challenge! All entries are due December 21st by 11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time.  Winners will be announced on December 28th! 
We have 3 prize packs this month, and here is what you are playing for: 
Prize #1

Prize #2

Prize #3

We can't wait to see your Christmas projects!