Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome to 2014 & 3 Challenges!

Happy New Year!  

Each day is an opportunity to receive God's mercies, which are new every morning(Lamentations 3:22-23), and surely each year we welcome, each January first is a blessing, indeed!

Do you participate in the tradition of making New Year's Resolutions?  What do you want to change about the way you live?  Many people who make resolutions want to stop doing something, or start doing something.  Do you have any resolutions about papercrafting?  Maybe you want to finish a layout each week in 2014, work on Christmas cards each month, or try to use what you already have in your stash!  We hope our monthly theme, layout, and card challenges will help you meet your goals while encouraging you to see the daily miracles all around you!

Let's celebrate the beginning of 2014 with some challenges for inspiration and motivation!

The Main Theme Challenge for January 1 is, "Friends Forever." 
Friends are truly a gift from God, and they come into our lives in many ways!  That means there are lots of ways to interpret our theme, and we can't wait to see  what you create! Our Bible verse for inspiration this month comes from Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times...."

We also have a Layout Sketch Challenge, with a sketch from Ashley Horton Designs, and a Card Sketch Challenge with a sketch from Pagemaps!

Main Theme Challenge:  "Friends Forever"
 You may create any type of papercrafted project that fits the theme of "Friends Forever," and you may use the Proverbs 17:17 Bible verse as well.  You may enter a layout, card, tag, wall hanging, canvas, gift packaging, etc.. - as long as it uses paper as one of it's materials! 
Here are the projects your Design Team created to celebrate God's gift of the miracle of good friends! 

Friendship Box by: An'Jenic

Layout Sketch Challenge:
Our friend in papercrafting, and Sister in Christ,  Ashley Horton, of Ashley Horton Designs, let us borrow one of her amazing sketches this month!   I chose one of her sketches with multiple photos to give those of you who want to scrap lots of photos in 2014, a jump start!  (I'm in this category, being about 3 years behind on my youngest son's photos!)  We can't wait to visit your blog and view your layouts!  You may rotate, flip or exchange the elements on the sketch, but it must be recognizable.  You may use this month's theme, "Friends Forever," the Proverbs 17:17 Bible verse, or you may use your own theme.

Up and Down by Kelly

Smile by Alicia

Best Buddies by: Roberta


Card Sketch Challenge:

Our card sketch this month comes from our friends at Page Maps!  We'd love for you to create a card based on this month's sketch and link it on the top right of the blog page!  You can rotate, flip or exchange elements, but we need to be able to recognize the sketch.  You may use this month's theme, "Friends Forever," the Proverbs 17:17 Bible verse, or you may come up with your own theme for your card!

Friends by Alicia

Paula Jennings

Sher Brown

We have 3 prizes this month, and here is what you could win:


1 Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm" 6 x  6 inch Paper Pad
1 pack (46 total) Dear Lizzy Accent & Phrase Stickers
1 pack (12 total) Dear Lizzy Large tags
1 pack (16 total) coordinated tags & ribbons
1 wooden bird stamp
1 wooden rose stamp
3 rolls baker's twine (blue, pink, yellow)


1 Celebr8 matt board - swirl circle frame
1 Celebr8 matt board - Wording: Family
1 Pack Petaloo Flora Doodles - velvet wild roses small (white)
1 Pack Petaloo Flora Doodles - velvet wild roses small (fuchsia)
1 Pack of 6 tags - Sewing design
1 Prima Marketing - Anna Marie clear stamps 5-piece
1 Freckled Fawn gold floral washi tape
1 Wooden die cut - camera

2 packages of wooden buttons by Prima
6 cling stamps from Hampton Art / 7Gypsies
Set of BoBunny decorative brads
Self adhesive rhinestones in pink by Kaisercraft
4 yards of ribbon trim by Pink Paislee
Flower sequins by Hero Arts

Challenge Rules:
You may create and enter separate projects for the theme, layout sketch, and card sketch challenges, or you may combine the theme with the sketches.  You may enter as many unique projects as you wish, as long as they meet the challenge criteria.  You may combine these challenges with as many other challenges as you like.  ***You MUST mention this challenge, Scrapping Everyday Miracles, and LINK back to our blog, in order to be eligible for a prize or badge honors.  No backlinking - new projects only! 


Stacia Brandt said...

Very nice work ladies!


Melissa Craig said...

I've been waiting for the newest challenge!! I am so happy that I got to play along. Thank you ladies for the fine inspiration line up, too.

Jennifer Earley said...

Love the projects ladies! Great challenges...can't wait to start on them!

Susan Strawser said...

Great projects ... giving me some inspiration. My resolution this year is to spend more time in my scrap room and less time in front of the TV. So, I'm going to get to work!

Lisa H said...

Great challenges! I can't wait to see what everyone links up! =) happy new year!!!

Amanda said...

Great projects!! I'm gonna have to try at least the card challenge! I'll have to dig thru pictures for a layout so I shall see. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Anonymous said...

Here is my card for the challenge.

ShersL84bed said...

Beautiful cards and layouts ladies.

Roberta: Mother of 3 said...

Thank you for entering! There is no limit on entries, so please enter another project if you like! :)

KarenB said...

Fabulous challenges and lovely inspiration pieces ladies :) I am returning to scrapping after a long break and this is just what I needed. I scrapped my first page for 2014!

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Karen were happy to see you jump back in and were happy you found inspiration here on our SEM blog. Your layout is beautiful and were so happy you shared. HUGS AJ-

Avril Ann said...

Fabulous challenge and so many choices, love the DT work girls xxx

Jackie said...
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Jackie said...

Super challenges....super prizes!! I have done the 'Friends' challenge and also a card from the sketch. I have put them on the same post on my blog but I can't do two entries on Mr Linky....hope it is ok to do this!!!
But this is the link.....

Tammy nottelling said...

how can I link my photo if I do not have a blog! Can anyone help? like if I can send it to someone and that person can post for me? please and thank you

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Fab inspiration. Here's my card for the challenge using the theme.