Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Feel the Love- July

I am here today to share my card for the July I Feel the Love Project.  This month we are making cards for a  4-year-old little girl named Mariyah who was born with hypotonia and had been recieving treatment since she was 1.  In April of this year she fell ill and has been in the hospital, receiving treatment since then.  We are making cards to brighten her day.

I made this card using my Cricut and the Playtime cartridge.  I outlined both die cuts and did a bit of doodling on the princess sign.  Light pink crown and top were cut from Core'dinations cardstock, dry embossed and sanded to bring out the pattern.  I added some glitter for some fun sparkle as well.  

I hope she enjoys this girly card and I hope that others will help brighten this little girl's day by making her a card.  If you would like to find out more about Mariyah and the I Feel the Love Project, you can check it out here.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Nuts About Sketches #276

A new sketch was posted today at Nuts About Sketches.  It is a single pager:

I stuck very close to the original sketch.  I used Fancy Pants products for this layout and entered it in the Fancy Pants/ Gossamer Blue Guest Design Team search.  I used "Hopscotch" papers and pulled out some older rub ons, buttons, felt and stamps.  I couldn't find any letter stickers that were the right size for my title, so I turned to my Cricut.  I used the "Tear Drop" cartridge with the "dropless" feature.

Cardstock- American Crafts
Patterned Paper- felt, rub ons, stamps, stickers, buttons- Fancy Pants Designs
Ink- Tsukeniko, Ranger, Clearsnap, Tattered Angels
Embossing Powder- Jo Ann Crafts
Glitter Glue- Ranger
Pen- Tsukeniko
Twine- Pink Paislee
Die Cutter- Cricut
Cartridge- Tear Drop

Monday, July 22, 2013

Nuts About Sketches #275

Today is Monday, which means a new sketch was posted at Nuts About Sketches.  This week's sketch is a two pager with lots of spaces for photos.  

I used this sketch for my monthly Project 12 layout.  I stuck pretty close to the layout, only splitting one of the photo spots into two.  I used some My Mind's Eye Collectable patterned papers.  I love the vibrant colors in this line!  To mimic the spirals in the floral paper, I cut the circle using my Cricut.  They are actually a letter "o" that I sized to fit my photos.  The left side will be displayed on our calendar for the month of August.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper, Brads, Epoxy Stickers- My Mind's Eye
Chipboard- American Crafts
Tape- K and Company
Stickers- October Afternoon, Little Yellow Bicycle
Gems- Recollections
Software- Sure Cuts A Lot
Fonts- Aramis, Redstar

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Nuts About Sketches #274- Christmas Card 2009

Yesterday was the reveal of a new sketch at Nuts About Sketches.  This week it was a single pager with room for two photos.

This was one of those rare instances where I reduced the number of photos and just put one, our Christmas card from a few years ago.  I did not use a Christmas line of paper for this layout because the colors didn't work with the Christmas papers I have.  I ended up pulling out the Basic Grey Porcelain collection and working with that because the colors matched so beautifully.  

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper and Stickers- Basic Grey
Ink- Tattered Angels
Marker- Provo Craft

Monday, July 15, 2013

Scrapping Everyday Miracles July Sketch Challenge

It is the third Monday of the month which means it is time for sketches at Scrapping Everyday Miracles.  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.

I stuck pretty close to the sketch for this, the only variation being the strip of washi tape that I ran between the squares and large strip of patterned paper.  I punched the scalloped circles from patterned paper and added rub ons as needed.  I finished them of with some gems.

Patterned Paper- Bo Bunny Press
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Stamp- Stampin Up
Ink- Clearsnap, Ranger
Gems- Recollections, JoAnn Crafts

I was working with limited supplies on this one, so I got creative with the Bo Bunny Noteworthy pad.  I cut the notepad side off of a sheet and added it on the right side of my page and cut the bracket side and used it at the bottom.  I layered quite a few things in the bottom corner; paper, stickers, trasparency and a gromlet.  My journaling is on a transparent journaling spot.  I smeared white acrylic paint on the back so that the writing would stand out against the background and to give the feeling of snow.  Finally, I did a little stamping and embossing to add a few snowflakes to the background.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper, Stickers, Brads- Transparency- Bo Bunny Press
Gromlet- We R Memory Keepers
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Stamps- Hero Arts, Stampin' Up
Ink- Tsukeniko
Embossing Powder- Jo Ann Crafts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Birthday Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Birthday Blog Hop!  If you have arrived here from Tracey's blog, you are in the right place!  If you have just happened upon the hop, welcome!  You can find the beginning at the Scrapping Everyday Miracles Blog.  

A little about the hop...
Each of the Design Team members and our Guest Design Team members have created a project, with the birthday theme, 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 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 ;)!

Blog: http://bluefernstudios.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlueFernStudios

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

Today I am sharing a birthday layout I made of my oldest daughter's 4th birthday.  I used the very fun Fancy Pants Hopscotch collection.  The colors of the floral paper went perfectly with the colors on her cake!  

I used one of the banner pieces for an embellishment cluster in the bottom left corner.  I layered some stickers and a chipboard piece over it.  To make it stand out more against the pink gingham, I matted the yellow banner piece with the darker pink paper.  I also stamped the swirls for some added interest.

I used Sure Cuts A Lot to cut the title.  To add some sparkle, I traced over the "4th" with liquid glue and sprinkled it with glitter.  I also made some glitter "splatters" around the title.

There you have it, my birthday layout.  Did you find any hats in the first photo?

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.

Nic http://scrapmethis.blogspot.com
Cara http://bitsbaublesandbliss.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth http://www.ejoym.blogspot.com
Christy  http://creatingwiththegirls.blogspot.com
Kelly http://blsd2scrp.blogspot.com
Helen http://byheleng.wordpress.com/
Lisa  http://creativejuicefreshsqueezed.blogspot.com/
Tracey http://gracescraps.blogspot.com
Jessica http://jessica-createandshare.blogspot.com  ---- you are here
Roberta http://thepapercraftingleague.blogspot.com  ----- go here next!!

SEM blog http://scrappingeverydaymiracles.blogspot.com/

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!  

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Fancy Pants Designs
Flowers- Imaginisce
Glitter- American Crafts
Chipboard- Sandylion
Stickers- Fancy Pants Designs, Creative Imaginations, Fiskars
Ink- Ranger
Pen- Creative Memories
Stamp- Fancy Pants Designs
Transparency- Die Cuts With A View
Pearls- EK Success
Punch- EK Success
Software- Sure Cuts A Lot
Fonts- Creampuff, Shifty Chica, Delta Hey Max Nine, Adhesive #7
Ric Rac- JoAnn Crafts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Last Cards of the Month!

We've reached the end of the crazy month filled with birthdays and anniversaries!  I have two last cards to share today.

The first is a birthday card I made using the current sketch at Cardabilities.

I stuck very close to the sketch, using Echo Park For the Record 2.  I am really loving the colors of that collection! I fussy cut the doily and the scallop border.  The border was actually cut from the cut-off strip that shows the pattern on the other side, it was the perfect size!  The flowers and the pearl were the last of the package- woo hoo for using up product!!

For the second card, I used this week's sketch at Unscripted Sketches to make a card for my son who turned 3 today!  

My son requested a "lion eating a zebra" for decorations on his cake this year.  He has been obsessed with that subject for quite a while.  He is really into animals in general (he spends a lot of time acting like an animal too), so I went with that theme for the card (as did a few others who made homemade cards for him). :)  The Cricut cut is from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge.  I used some Core'dinations cardstock behind the lion boy and dry embossed it and then sanded it to reveal the inner core.  The sentiments down the side are rub ons that I placed on circles I had cut from cardstock.  

In case you were wondering, this is how I decorated his cake.  :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Have you heard? We are getting ready for our Second birthday.  We have planned a huge celebration both on the SEM blog and over at our facebook group Scrapping Everday Miracles Chit Chat Group.  To kick off the celebration we would like to have a little pre-party fun.  So there are great prizes to giveaway from 3 Scrappy Boys

  3 Scrappy Boys is a monthly kit club and store. We offer 3 kits per month that can be purchased individually or as a subscription. Subscribing comes with benefits like 10% off your kit cost and store purchases. We also have a facebook page where you can follow all the happenings at 3 Scrappy Boys like sales, crops, and challenges.

Wanna see the wonderful prize we are giving away?

Here is what you gotta do to enter... we would like for you to share about the Celebration...

One entry for sharing in a post on your blog
One entry for joining SEM's Chit Chat group on Facebook
One entry for visiting 3 Scrappy Boys on Facebook and telling them SEM sent you.
One entry for sharing on Facebook, Pinterest or anywhere else that allows you to.

You can either share the advertisement found at the top of the post or this one below...

You have until Sunday, July 14th 11:59pm PST to share what you did (by posting a comment)... and don't forget to head over to our Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/200817343359030/  and join so you are all ready for the big day!

The Birthday Celebration will kick off July 11th on both the SEM blog and on the FB group so make sure that you have joined the FB group before that!!!!!  We cant wait to party with you!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day everyone!  Thank you to all who have served our country to make and keep us free!  

Today I have a couple of cards to share because, not only is it Independence Day, we have a birthday and an anniversary in the family!  I will start with the anniversary card.  

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch (#300!) and pulled some scraps from my files.  I went with a more rustic look on this one with wood grain paper and inking the edges.  The sentiment was stamped and then heat embossed with dark blue embossing powder. 

My second card is a birthday card with a color scheme borrowed from the day.  The patterned paper pieces were saved from this card and that was my starting point for this card.  I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and some Distress Inks on a sponge applicator to make the stars.  I took a couple of Happy Birthday stamps and randomly stamped them around the card, masking the edges.  I was going to stitch around the edges, but discovered that the different colors of thread for my sewing machine are packed and the color loaded in the machine is purple!  So no stitching...I finished off the card with a ribbon and some blue gems for a little sparkle and interest on the bottom of the card.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Nuts About Sketches #272

Yesterday was reveal day of a new sketch at Nuts About Sketches. This week we have a two page sketch. Normally I don't get the first sketch of the month done, but out was a two pager, and I have LOTS of photos, so I made it happen!

I made a few changes to the sketch to make it work with the photos I had.  Instead of the 5x7, I used a 4x6 and matted it.  I use Core-dinations cardstock and made score lines all the way around and then sanded them to reveal the pink core of the paper.  

I moved the title to one of the photo spots because I had fewer photos than what the sketch called for.  This also allowed me to play a bit with embellishing this area.  I cut the title with the Cricut and the "New Arrival" cartridge.  I wanted to put something behind it, so I took the giant flower, colored it with some chalk and stuck the title to that.  I also cut the cute pregnant lady using the "New Arrival" Cartridge.  
I decided to use buttons for the bulk of my embellishing and then added a few flower paper clips that I've had for a while, some washi tape and a couple of stickers.

Cardstock- Bazzill, Core'dinations
Patterned Paper- Bo Bunny Press, Cosmo Cricket
Stickers-  Bo Bunny Press, Cosmo Cricket
Buttons- Jesse James Co., Rusty Pickle
Pen- Zig
Paper Clips- Fynmark
Tape- My Mind's Eye
Die Cutter- Cricut
Cartridge- New Arrival
Flower- Petaloo
Chalk- Oriental Trading Company
Vellum- K and Company

Monday, July 1, 2013

Anniversary Card- The Play Date Cafe

I have a card to share using the current color combo at The Play Date Cafe.

I thought the soft colors would make a lovely anniversary card.  I started by stamping a flower background on the purple card front. I then fussy cut the chevron paper and attached it to the card front.  For the sentiment, I used a frame sticker, attached it to matching purple cardstock, and cut it out.  I stamped the sentiment and added a couple of pearls.  For a little extra sparkle, I made dots with pink Liquid Pearls. in between each spike of the chevron.

Scrapping Everyday Miracles: July Main Challenge

This month's challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles is called ” My Favorite Things.” Cara issued the challenge, here's what she had to say:

So here's my Challenge: Create a layout about someone's "favorites"...it can be a page about yourself, your child, your best friend, your spouse, your parent....well, you get the idea...it can be about anyone you choose. I think hearing what people enjoy about life can be one of the greatest ways to get to know the heart of that person. It can also be a great way to connect with someone...when we take the time to do things they enjoy, we can bless them. 

The Scrap Twist that you need to include on your project is to use some kind of "office supply item"---some ideas would be paper clips, binder clips, or staples. 

I chose to do a page about my son's love for his ” blankie.” He has had his star blanket since he was a small baby and loves it. He sleeps with it, carries it around the house with him and occasionally brings it along places outside our home.

 I used the weekly sketch from a couple of weeks ago at My Scrap and More. The layering on this sketch is great for all those scraps you may have laying around!

I used some fuzzy Thickers and some felt accents to add some softness to the layout. I tried to find a few photos that sure Will with his blanket at different ages. The one on the far right was taken just a couple of months ago at the zoo!:-)  For the scrap twist, I used some staples and made a couple of x's with them.  I wanted to do one more, but I ran out of staples and the rest are packed as we are preparing to move!  I also used some silver brads in the centers of the felt accents.

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure you head over to Scrapping Everyday Miracles to check out what the rest of the team did and make sure you try the challenge yourself!

Cardstock- Die Cuts With a View
Patterned Paper- Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, Karen Foster Designs, October Afternoon
Stickers- American Crafts, October Afternoon
Felt- Fancy Pants Designs
Brads- Recollections
Pen- Zig
Punch- EK Success
Trim- Robin's Nest
Sketch- Tammi Bennett for My Scraps and More