Monday, March 30, 2015

SOC Bloggers Challenge: Use Your Stash--Metals

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! I got a little Spring Cleaning done, and worked on a couple of much needed projects around the house. I even got to watch a little March Madness, but my team went home...I'm still hurt about it, so let's move on to our newest Bloggers Challenge! At the end of 2014, I asked participants in the challenges for suggestions on what they like to see this year, and wow, did you deliver!! Thank you so much for your support and your suggestions--we got so many new ideas!!

Today is the debut of what I think and hope will be a fun and helpful challenge as we move forward! Along with our themed challenges, this year we're digging DEEP, DEEP...into those stashes of craft supplies to use those things we all have, but don't use as often as we would like with a "Use Your Stash" challenge! This week's challenge is all about the "Heavy Metal:"

Brads, Eyelets, and Other Metal Things

So the challenge this week is to create anything you'd like, as long as it has some kind of metal incorporated into the design!! Scrapbook pages, cards, altered/mixed media art--You name it!! Once you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can stop by to see what you've posted! Then come back in two weeks to see if your project is featured here along with the new theme!
As mentioned earlier, I hope this will be a fun challenge, that will help you use up some of those metal embellishments! Before you go, I'd love to hear what other things you "collect" that you would love to use more of--you never know, maybe we can post that as a future "Use Your Stash" challenge! I can't wait to hear your responses! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

How did that happen?

Happy Spring!   

I know some of us don’t feel like it temperature-wise, but it’s officially here and I’m going to fake it until I make it.  Speaking of faking it… (did you see what I did there!)

I was on a roll finally finishing some layouts from some vacation photos in Key West.  I was positive I had measured everything perfectly and glued my photos down.  You can see where this is going.  My measuring was not exactly what it needed to be.   

I was left with blank spaces that were intended to have two additional photos in them.  My plan had been to have a square of matted photos and embellish the rest of the page. 

Well, I decided to embellish the blank spaces instead!  I simply placed a strip of patterned paper in one and went a little heavier on the embellishments in the other.  Add a title and some simple strips along one side of the square and it’s all back in order.  I actually like this better than what I’d planned.

Hanging Out by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, and other embellishments: Cosmo Cricket; Letter alphas: American Crafts.

Remember, there are no mistakes in scrapbooking.  That’s the beauty of crafting and creating.  You can make it whatever you want! 

Here’s to warmer weather!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Baby Dedication Card

Hi Everybody,

March marks the celebration of a lot of things. The first day of Spring, National Craft Month, and even Old Stuff Day (2nd). March is also the month that Hubs and I dedicated our lil' (Re)Bekah to the Lord. So in honor of all these celebrations I present to you my project.

So here is what I did.

I went onto Pinterest and found a few Baby Dedication/Baptism/Christening invite cards that I liked and one that blew me away. So I contacted the artist, Peachykeenevents on Etsy, and asked if she could sell me just file that had the text of the invite since I was running really short with time and getting the invites out in the mail to family and friends. But to keep with the integrity of her product she was unable to sell it to me (and I totally respect that), so I decided to make my own based on the style (so yes, I lifted her layout).

**Now I am not selling this card in any way and I would love to find a reason to support an fellow card maker, I am not claiming this layout as my own, this is just a keepsake for me and my family.

I tried not to buy use anything new, except the pink ribbon (I didn't have enough so I had to buy another roll) and I had FedEx/Kinkos print the text for me on the iridescent card stock I already had. The pink card stock I had in my stash, the lace I had, and the iridescent card stock was already in my stash. LOVE how this invite turned out. 

So I crafted during National Craft Month, Used spring colors honoring the first day of Spring, and in a round-about, stretching-the-meaning-of-the-day- kinda way, I participated in Old Stuff Day. I used all my old stuff and made something new. Yeah Im happy.

SO what are gonna do for our remaining March holidays?


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Smashing for a Healthy Life Style

Hello crafty friends.. Sharette here with you for this months SOC post.. I started this Smash book back in January... I shared my layout with  you all here on the blog.. It was my gold to do  page at least once a week.. Like I said "it was my gold" that was or is not working out as plan.. 

 I decided to give it another try.. As I am really trying to incorporate it into my "healthy life style journey". This is only the second page/pages and it was actually quite fun and quick to put together.. I just have to remember that it does not have to be a "fancy; drive you self crazy" thing,  just gather up a few images and some embellishment and have fun.
 This image is from Saturated Canary.. I think she is just too cute.. She is colored with my Prisma colored pencil and OMS..

I printed this quote from the internet and just glued it to some DP that I had in my scrap pile.. added some more sentiment, two buttons and some wasi tape. 
here is a close up.
 I love this quote.. Its how I see my journey.. I am not looking at it as loosing weight,, because I am not looking for a quick fix. Instead I want it to be a "life style".. 

This image is by Simply Betty Stamp Co. I love her and can relate to the difficult choices. She too is colored with Prisma colored pencils.

I hope you enjoyed my little project, I know many of you are already "Smashing" and I would love to see some your projects for inspiration and. As always if you have any questions or just want to leave a comment I would love to hear from you.
Happy Scrapping

Saturday, March 21, 2015


My PLANNER friends are such enablers.  So when they decided to grab the KIKKI K planners that were on sale, I also jumped at the chance to finally own one of these most sought-after planners.  After what seemed like an eternity, my lovely pink A5 planner finally arrived all neatly wrapped and boxed up.

At first I just stared at it and admired the texture of my new found love.  Then I decided it was time to personalize it.  I watched a few You Tube videos and then put my Silhouette Cameo to work.   My Silhouette Library offered an array of items that made personalization a breeze and the print and cut feature just further helped me to add my own personal touch.

I used frames, quotes and folders to make my planner just  right for me.

I can't wait to share with my planner friends how their enabling has turned me into a planner enthusiast.  If you are a planner enthusiast can you share some of your planner ideas?  If you would like to see more planner ideas or a video how-to just drop a comment.
                                          HAPPY PLANNING!!!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

How to Make A Paper Bracelet

Paper, paper and more paper!  I cannot be the only one with a super abundance of paper.  Not complaining...I love it.  That said, I am always on a mission to use up as much of it as possible and I cannot bring myself to throw away the scraps.  So, I am always thinking of ways to creatively use my scraps.  Beaded jewelry has been pretty popular lately.  So, in the spirit of the jewelry makers (which I am not) I created a beaded bracelet out of paper scraps.  I chose colorful Spring colors but the options for style and patterns are practically endless.   Check out the video to see how it's done.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SOC Blogger Challenge: It's All About the Ladies!

Hey everyone! Cheryl here with a new blogger's challenge! And no, there's nothing wrong with your clock or calendar, I usually post on Mondays. However, daylight savings time started this weekend here on the East Coast. I love the extra hour of daylight in the evenings, but it usually takes my mind and body about a week to catch up! So I sincerely apologize for the delay. I think you'll like this new challenge, so I won't make you wait any longer.
March is National Women's History Month, so this challenge is All About the Ladies!!
The challenge is to create projects representing relationships with girlfriends or the women in your life! Or your creation can be something encouraging or inspiring to another sistah--anything goes!!
After you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) 
Our "Look Back" feature will return in two weeks with a look at projects from this and our "In the Spotlight" challenge, so please stop by to check them out! Until then, take care and happy crafting!


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