Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 2014 Winners!

"Laughter is the best medicine," inspired so many beautiful entries! 
Here are the projects that received the most votes from our Design Team, and have won prizes!  (Please e-mail me if you are a winner with your shipping address to mrsme6th  at  bellsouth   dot    net.) We hope you will join us on April 1st for 3 new challenges!

#1 Joefil Cate


#26 Carol S.


#14 Erica Houghton


These beautiful projects also earned high honors from the Design Team with votes!  Please use the badge below on your blogs, and please join us on April 1st for 3 new challenges!

#21 Jackie Edwards


#13 Debbie Reed



#25 Karla Yungwirth


Congratulations to everyone and a big thank you to everyone who entered! 
Now for the special prize for those who used a Bible verse on their project!  The winner, drawn by random out of a hat is:  #12 Elly
Please e-mail your shipping/postal address to  mrsme6th    at   bellsouth    dot   net
----  We'll see you on April 1st for 3 New Challenges!  ----

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Marching" in With 3 New Challenges!

Welcome to March, everyone! 
Many of us all over the world are looking forward to the changing of the season!  Many of us in the United States are very much looking forward to SPRING! I know many you are having some unusual weather, as we have been, and this makes me long for the joy of the changing seasons.

Challenge #1:  Main Theme Challenge
Our Theme this month: Laughter is The Best Medicine
Sometimes, I get so  distracted by the busyness of life, that I forget to smile and laugh!  If you are like me, then a good laugh is very healing.

Bible Verse Inspiration:  Psalm 126:2 "Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
(There will be a separate prize winner chosen from those who incorporate a Bible verse into their project, and there is no limit on unique entries.) 

Here are the inspiration projects by our international Design Team:
Rachel Taylor created a tissue box holder :


Nolene Burnett created a key chain:
This key chain will be attached to my work key bunch which is always on my desk.
I can't think of anything better to cheer me up on a tough day at work.



An'Jenic Gibson created a Gift Box Holder 

Challenge #2:  The Card Sketch Challenge from Pagemaps.com


Helen G.


Paula 


Challenge #3:  The Sketch Challenge from Pagemaps.com



Roberta


Robin





Here are the generous prizes you could win!
Prize #1:


Prize #2:


Prize #3



$20 voucher

(including FREE postage)

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We can't wait to see your projects!   Just link up in the top right of the blog, over on the sidebar! 

Monday, March 24, 2014

March 2014 Product Spotlight with Sher

I thought I would share a post on some of the available goodies with Sherri Baldy's My-Besties
on them.  There is quite a range of fun crafting supplies, from digi stamps, clear stamps, iron ons, 
cds, jewelry, dolls, figurines, decoupage sheets and more.

  Here is a fun look below at just some of the products offered.
Come check out the store at My-Besties to view all
of the products currently available.

Here is my project using the My-Besties Pet cd:




Iron Ons   My Besties Iron ons
My Besties Cds
Clear Stamps

Friday, March 21, 2014

TIPS TRICKS AND TECHNIQUES with Rachel

Hi to you all!
Rachel here with the March Tips, Tricks, & Techniques post!
I am going to show you how to turn a stepper template into an easel card!
 
Here is the stepper template:

 
 The image below shows how to make the easel:
 

I have scored a fold.  The top part will fit in under my stepper template.
 

I have glued the part inside.


It's finished, ready to decorate.
Below is the card decorated and a large version.





The cards still fold down flat with the easel parts folding back on themselves. 
I hope you all have a go and have fun making your easel stepper cards! 
 
Happy crafting to you all!
Hugs,
Rachel

Friday, March 14, 2014

Guest Designer Inspiration: Laugh Always | Ashley Horton

I am excited to join Scrapping Everyday Miracles as today's Guest Designer!  Roberta invited me a while back and March was the right fit!  I worked with the layout sketch and this month's theme, Laughter Is the Best Medicine, based on Psalm 126:2.  

My children are always laughing or making us laugh, so I knew that using one of their photos would go right along with this challenge.  I had a cute photo of our middle daughter, which I snapped mid-laugh, while she was enjoying a game of tag with her brother and sister.





The sketch is really great, and can give you lots of different options for a starting point for your layout.  I loved the multi-photo aspect, but I chose to use just one photo to document on my layout.  Since my photo was portrait and not landscape, I rotated the sketch.  After rotating, I didn't change much in the way of the sketch design.  I layered patterned papers behind my photo and fussy cut a few of the circle shapes from the Pebbles From Me to You collection, to create an embellishment cluster near my photo. I placed the title right under my photo, since I rotated the sketch.  I finished my layout, by adding a little bit of spray mist, wood veneers, and a flair button.

Thanks again to Roberta and the Team for inviting me to join along with them this month!  I loved working with the sketch and this month's theme!   

Monday, March 10, 2014

MORE MIXED MEDIA - THIS TIME WITH PAULA

Hi Everyone!  Paula here with a technique I just tried out called White Glue Resist.  The only part of it that is hard is having patience so I actually started it weeks ago and just completed it Sunday.  My creation is on an art journal page but you could adapt it to anything - a canvas, a layout etc.

My first step was to do what I always do with my journal which is to thoroughly coat my page with gesso to add strength so that it will hold up to all the different mediums.


The next thing I did was take a bottle of regular cheap white school glue and add a design to my page.  You can add words or anything you choose.


Now comes the patience part - you have to let the glue dry thoroughly.  I would suggest at least overnite to a full 24 hours.  As I said earlier mine sat for weeks.  

Next the fun part comes - 

I chose to use spray inks but you can use acrylic paints, watercolors, Distress inks, pretty much anything.  I don't usually use spray inks so this was a big deal for me.  


I kept adding more until the page was covered and I chose to blot them with paper towels.


I actually am pretty happy with it so far but I think it could use a bit of bright pink so I think I will add some acrylic paint.

All I did was take a bottle of Bright Magenta acrylic paint and shake it over the page to make blots and then I stood the book up so that it would drip.  Now of course it was time for more patience so that this too would dry.  I decided that it would be a good time to take a short nap.  


I think some metallic gold would be a good addition...let me go see what I can use to do that.  OK, I have a bottle of Metallic Gold acrylic paint too.  I don't want to splat this on though.  I think I will put a bit on a palette and take my fingers and spread some on the page.  I am generally into getting very messy when I work and my hands were still way too clean for being so close to the finish line.

In the photo it looks a bit more like bronze but I did use gold.  It seemed to soak into the other mediums and I had to keep adding more a few times to get it to show up.


I'd say the background is finally finished and now you can add whatever you want to on top.  I know that my Pitt pens will write on anything and I normally would add a quote or a scripture in my handwriting but I am thinking that with all the texture I achieved collaging something on would be my best finishing touch.

I decided to add this months scripture verse.  Psalm 126:2

I put the scripture into Word and printed it out.  I cut the lines apart, distressed the edges with my Distrezz It All and inked them with Picked Raspberry and Dusty Concord Distress Inks and added them to the page.  The white of the paper was too stark so I added Tea Stain Distress Ink to tone it down.

Now here is my finished page!


Now go get out your supplies and play!





Friday, March 7, 2014

Heartfelt Inspiration with Cara

As I contemplated about what to share with you for this post, God put on my heart to share with you about NEW THINGS...why?

Well... 1) because spring is (almost) here and every time I walk out my front door...I see this "newness"...



and 2) because we've been going through a lot of NEW things with my daughter Ellie--poor girl...she's had a tough year. She's 8 and has had some health issues come up this year. So to try to get things under control we were led by God to go see a naturopath, who has her on all sorts of new things like digestive enzymes and trace minerals and a new diet (having to give up things she really loves...like sugar). She is also in a Dual language program at her school (Spanish-English) and this year she is really struggling with her Spanish teacher, and also with being a perfectionist. She's acting out a bit more, which is not typical, and having some anger issues...so she's started seeing the school counselor and being tutored in Spanish. On top of this, she's trying some new ventures (activities where she sees it's ok to not be perfect were recommended by the school counselor and principal) like dance (she hated it, but we managed to survive) and coming this month, baseball (wish me luck:)).

My sweet girl...

All that being said, I seriously struggle with change and all these new things are putting me a bit on edge, so God is working in me too..to show me that even though I too am struggling with dealing with many of these new things in our life...that he will carry me...and to show me that NEW things can be good things.

See these references to "new" things in His Word:

2 Corinthians 5:17 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Lamentations 3:22-23
Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Ephesians 4: 22-24
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.


And to that I say AMEN...I am so thankful that God has made me NEW...and gives me a new chance each and every day to get better at what He wants from me.