Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May Winner!

Congratulations to our May Challenges winner, as chosen by Design Team votes:

Tracy Fehr
Please e-mail your shipping address to:  mrsme6th   at   bellsouth   dot    net
 ***Thank you to everyone who entered! 
 We'll see you on June 1st for 3 more challenges! ***

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nolene's Product Pick: Mod Melts


Hi, Nolene here with some info on my favourite new find: Mod Melts!

I love being able to make my own embellishments and Mod Melts make it super easy.  These are the products we’re working with.



The mod podge sticks look like glue sticks and they work exactly the same way. They come in white and clear. Insert your mod podge sticks into your glue gun and fill the molds with hot glue, it really is as simple as that. I have to add that it takes some practice and in the beginning you will be throwing a lot of your little embellie babies in the trash. But, as they say, practice makes perfect!


When I first saw the molds I wondered about the size. They are tiny. But after working with them I realised that a glue gun can only heat up a certain amount of glue at a time. The mold has to be filled in one go as the glue dries and sets very quickly. Anything larger will simply not work with a standard sized glue gun.



Wait a few minutes for the podge to cool and remove your designs from the moulds. Don’t worry if the back looks uneven. Simply trim of the excess. Now comes the fun part. Your designs can be painted, inked, misted and embellished any way you want to.



Here are a few tips:

A glue gun with a fine tip works better (for the finer detail).

Wait a minute or two in between designs to allow your glue gun to heat up again.

While squeezing the trigger, push the glue stick from the back to allow smoother exit.

After painting, misting, etc. you might be tempted to dry with a heat tool. This is a BAD idea, as the glue will melt.


Keep your molds in their original packaging (or any other dust proof container) to protect them from dust. This saves you from having to clean them out before every use.  :)
-- Nolene --

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HINTS TIPS TECHNIQUES

RACHEL TAYLOR 


Hi to you all  
I am going to show you how you can solve a problem 
I love die cut machines and would love the ones that do the larger embossing 
like 12 by 12 size
but can't afford to buy one so this what I do to get larger size of embossing 

Card one 


to create the background I have used my scoring board and scored every 1 cm 


I have cut some hearts out and used a old style of embossing by hand 


I have started to use all of the ones I have you can do a large back ground with them as well 
it is surprising what you have stored and don't use to the full  

here are some more cards I have made 


I have used the score board for the back ground cut out some hearts I have put the hearts that I cut out through a embossing folder 


I have used the score board for the frame 
I have used a embossing folder tor the topper 


I have used a hand embossing board and just moved it around till I got the paper covered 
the topper is a embossing folder 


I have used the scoreboard to do the background and I have used a die cut 

I have found you can use all your old equipment along with some of your new and you don't need to buy any new equipment some thing my lovely husband like the sound of lol

I hope you have enjoyed this idea 
I would love to see what you have done 

thanks for taking the time to look 
happy crafting to you all 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SOME OF MY FAVORITES...

Good Morning!  DT Paula here to share some of my favorite inspiring Bible verses with you along with a bit of art. Most of them are art journal pages with an occasional canvas or layout.

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."



Phillipians 4:13
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Jeremiah 30:17
"I will give you back your health and heal your wounds says the Lord."


1 Corinthians 13:13
"So these three things continue forever, FAITH, HOPE and LOVE. and the greatest of these is LOVE."



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."


Proverbs 16:3
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."

Proverbs 19:21
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."


Psalm 5:3
"In the morning O Lord, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation."


Galatians 6:4-5
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given and then sink yourself into that.  Don't be impressed with yourself.  Don't compare yourself with others.  Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."


Psalm 51:10
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."


Philippians 4:4
"Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I say Rejoice!"


Psalm 68:11
"The Lord gave the Word.  Great was the company of those who proclaimed it."


Psalm 8
"O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You [e]take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!"

James 1:5
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should pray to God who will give it to him because God gives generously and graciously to all."



Phillipians 4:6
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Isaiah 9:6
"Unto us a child is born."


I hope you have enjoyed viewing some of my favorite scriptures along with my creations. Don't forget to enter our May challenges!
 --  Paula  --

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Creating with UTEE, It's another Mixed Media Tutorial!


Hey everyone!

It's Christy today and I'm sharing and neat mixed media
technique where you can create your own 3D embellishments for your pages.
I'll be using some supplies which have been hiding in my craft closet for far too long.

I'm pulling out my melting pot, jar of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) and some Pearl Ex 
to create our embellishments.
In just a few minutes we'll have several pieces ready to be used.
The great thing about this technique is that you can change the mood by changing the Pearl EX and Ink colors.
Supplies:
Melting Pot
UTEE
Pearl Ex (and small scoop)
Versamark (or watermark ink)
Solvent Ink (ie Staz On) in a complimentary color to the Pearl Ex
Large background stamp
small cookie cutters (my set here is from Pampered Chef)

Add some of the UTEE to your melting pot.
Turn the pot on and watch as it begins to melt.


Take a SMALL scoop of the Pearl Ex and add it to the melting UTEE.
Using a heat proof spatula mix the Pearl Ex into the melted UTEE.


When the UTEE is nearly melted take your small cookie cutter and ink it up with the Versamark (watermark ink).
Make sure to rub some of the ink inside the shape as well. 
The clear ink is what will help the harden UTEE not stick to the cookie cutter.

Ink up your background stamp with the Solvent (Staz On) ink.
Here the ink does two things, aids in the release of the hardened shape as well as add a contrasting color/ pattern to our pieces.

Place the inked up cookie cutters onto the inked up stamp.

CAREFULLY
pour some of the melted UTEE into each mold.
1/8 to 1/4" deep is more than perfect.

Make sure the bottom of the mold is covered with the UTEE.
Wait several minutes for the UTEE to cool and harden.



Carefully pull the molds off the stamp and pop out your new embellishments.

See how the ink on the stamp adds to the overall design.

You could even put an inked up toothpick in as your pour your UTEE
to create a spot to thread a ribbon or fiber.

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Heartfelt Inspiration with Cara

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

It was Teacher Appreciation week this past week, and as president of the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) at my daughter's elementary school I've been busy working with other PTO members to help our teachers and staff members (75 in all--we include everyone from teachers to janitors to and lunch ladies) feel loved and appreciated. We do different things all week--on Monday we bring in breakfast items, on Tuesday hand-written, personal thank you notes, on Wednesday a Mexican lunch buffet, on Thursday a small treat bag, and on Friday a day of sweet treats. So what do you think was the biggest "hit"? 

Believe it or not...the hand-written, personal thank you notes (I would have thought the lunch or the day of sweets)!! How do I know? Because I also work at the school part-time and almost everyone knows me, so many of them come up to me and tell me thank you...and I got so many of them who said "thank you for everything, especially that nice thank you note".  

There were about 8 of us from the PTO who wrote those 75 notes, and I tried to let the other members have the staff members on their list who they personally knew, so they could write more personalized, heartfelt notes. And the response was wonderful...one of the staff I wrote a thank you note to, came up to me and said "that note meant so much to me, I really needed to hear that today."  
Hmmm...just like Proverbs 16:24 says, "Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body."

And that got me to thinking about just how important it is to encourage and build up people in our lives. And how kind words can make a person's day or even change a person's day. And I'm not just talking about your husband or your children (which of course is really important too), but also the mailman, the woman who cashiers at your local grocery store, your local public librarian, the secretary at your child's school, etc, etc. You get the idea! Words are so powerful!! So I challenge you to make a positive difference this week with your words and go share with someone (or a couple someones:)) how much you appreciate them (you could even send a hand-made thank you card). 


Here are some other great bible verses about using the right words....

EPHESIANS 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.


1 THESSALONIANS 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

JOB 4:4 Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.



PROVERBS 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.







PROVERBS 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.





PROVERBS 15:23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!



Here's a simple thank you card I created:
(nope, these were not the thank you notes that went out to the staff--those unfortunately were not hand-made, but they were HEARTFELT...and that's really all that matters:))

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Design Team Call

We are having a Design Team Call!!

Scrapping Everyday Miracles is searching for a new Design Team for July – December 2014.
If you love creating beautiful scrapbook layouts and giving glory to God through your creativity, you may be perfect for this team.

The Design Team will be required to:
- Create 1 layout and/or card per month for the sketch challenge.
- Create 1 layout, card or off the page project per month for the main theme (scripture) challenge.
- Post the challenges on your blog, Facebook page and other social media platforms you are active on.
- Post 1 additional post during your 6 month term.
- Display the SEM blinkie on your blog.
- Comment on entries and vote for winning entries.
- Participate in our DT private Facebook group.
- Participate in our Scrapping Everyday Miracles Chit Chat group on Facebook.
- Become a follower of this blog.

To apply, please send an email to scrapmiracles{at}scrapshots{dot}co{dot}za with DESIGN TEAM CALL in the subject line and include the following:
- Name, country of residence and some information about yourself. (Include experience, e.g. other design teams, if applicable).
- Brief statement of faith.
- Three of your favourite (recent) layouts that best portray your style.
- Link to your blog.

The closing date is June 13th 2014. The new Design Team will be announced on June 20th 2014, to start July 1st 2014. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We are looking for a Sketch Designer

We are looking for a Sketch Designer!

Scrapping Everyday Miracles is looking for a Sketch Designer for a 6 month term from July – December 2014.

If you love designing sketches for scrapbook layouts, this is what you need to do.

To apply, please send an email to scrapmiracles{at}scrapshots{dot}co{dot}za with SKETCH DESIGNER in the subject line and include the following:
·         Your full name and some information about yourself (Include experience, e.g. other design teams, if applicable).
·         A link to your blog
·         3 – 5 sketches (preferably digitally designed)

Sketches must be original and made exclusively for Scrapping Everyday Miracles.

This call is open to international designers.

Our sketch designer will be required to :
·         Submit 1 layout sketch every 4 weeks for the 6 month term.
·         Post the sketch and reveal (or a link to the reveal) on your blog, Facebook page and other social media platforms you may be active on.

The closing date is June 6th 2014. You will be notified by June 10th and must have a new sketch available by June 20th 2014.

Monday, May 5, 2014

My Everyday Miracle with Leah - May 2014

Hi everyone!  Leah here, sharing with you My Everyday Miracle.  In 2009 I was an elementary teacher.  I was teaching second grade and three days away from my tenure date.  My husband and I had been living in our new home for one year. Our little family of three was healthy and doing great.  Then I was “pink slipped.” (This is the educational term for not having your contract renewed.)  I was devastated.  I kept asking God why. All my friends kept telling me that God has a plan for me.  I could not understand why this happened to me.  Teaching was my life.   I repeatedly sent out résumés with no luck. Five months later, we lost our home and had to move into a rental house.  I felt like my world was falling around me.  I was in my own little pity party.  One day, almost two years later, I opened my Bible and read 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 will make your paths straight."


Those words hit home.  Who am I to ask why and try to understand why this happened to me?  At that very moment I gave it ALL to God.  I prayed that “this” was in his hands and I knew He would take care of me.  Boy did He ever!  Soon I got a job. Nope, not a teaching job like before, but as a teacher's aide working with special needs children in an elementary school.  I never thought in a million years I would do this.  It is a very hard and demanding job.  I love it!  The school also happens to be where my son attends.  I get to see all the “little things” that he gets to do and get a hug during lunch everyday.  Also God placed me with some very amazing Christian women.  They have become my second family.  I know now He did have plans for me.  It all came together when I stopped asking why and just put my trust in him.  Another important thing also happened during this time; I rededicated my life to Christ.  I was baptized. My relationship with God is stronger than ever.

Bible verses that helped me during this time are:  
Philippians 4:13
Jeremiah 29:11 
Joshua 10:25 
Psalm 28:7

--- Leah ---

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 1st Challenges!

Welcome to the May challenges!  I, for one, am so excited that May has finally arrived because that means we are closer to warm weather and sunshine here in the United States!
So let's get started!  Why wait?  Bring on the challenges!
Challenge #: The Theme Challenge
May's theme:  Renew - New - Rebirth
Scripture Inspiration: 

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

Here are the projects the Design Team created to inspire you!
Mixed media canvas by





Challenge #2:  The Layout Sketch
What would we do without all of the sketch inspiration at Pagemaps?  Here's another one of their great sketches to get you started!



Rachel Taylor 
new life in the garden 






Challenge #3:  The Card Sketch
Thanks again to the sketch inspiration from Pagemaps!

 









And here is the generous prize you are playing for:

A5 spiral bound journal (black pages)
Prima Anna Marie clear stamp set
Bird and small hearts chipboard
Girl and boy on bench chipboard
3 Crocheted flowers
Small doilies

We can't wait to see what you create! 
 Link your entries in the top right sidebar!