Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pocket full of Memories

Recently I found an awesome crafter while  surfing my Facebook news feed.  I was then directed to her Instagram page and OMG, she is awesome when it comes to pocket scrapbooking.  Granted, I tried the Project Life route when it first became "the thing" in scrapbooking.  But for some reason I lost interest in that.  So when I found this inspiration, my interest was renewed.  So one of my new year resolutions is to rethink this art form.  I  had already purchased some of the WeR memory keepers albums made easy systems so I have all I need to get started.  For my post this month, I completed two pocket pages showcasing my summer vacation in Wisconsin.  I plan to share more on my blog starting in January so be on the look out.  Thank you Shelley Chavous for the inspiration.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogger Challenge: A Little Silver and Gold and the Year in Review


Hey everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! Christmas is only a few days away, and 2015 is right around the corner! So today I wanted to share a quick look back at the blogger challenges and features from the past year. But before we do that, check out this project from last week's "Silver and Gold" theme:

Felisa shared this delightful card over in SOC's Blogger Challenge forum! I love silver and gold
together, and really like the design as well. Thanks Felisa!

2014 was our second year for the Blogger Challenge, and the first one here on the SOC Blog! We had 39 different themes, with over 120 creations shared in the forum, the gallery, here on the blog, and in the comments section!! In addition, we saw the return of the Sistah Blogger posts, featuring two of our SOC members! 

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for stopping by and participating in the challenges this year! It has been great visiting your blogs and sharing your creations! If you would like to see them return in 2015 and/or have suggestions on themes on making them better, please post in the comments below.

Before I go, I'd like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

No Sew Leather Coasters

Happy Holidays! If you are anything like me, you are busy preparing for the holidays.  This year, I decided to be "make heavy" in my gift giving.  Meaning, I am making most of my gifts.  Of course this opens the door for shaky territory.  Because not all handmade gifts are created equal.  In order to create gifts that are handmade (but don't look homemade) I rely on quality materials.  Here is one gift idea that will be sure to please this holiday season (especially if paired with a bottle of wine.)

Genuine leather coasters, upcycled from an old leather trench coat.  I purchased the coat from the thrift shop for about $30.  These coasters are just one of the many projects that intend to make with the coat.  

*Tip: When buying leather coats at the thrift shop, try to find the largest size.   This will give you more material to work with.

I put together a quick video tutorial to share how I made them.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Fluffy Comfy Thanks

Looking for a cute and comfy creative gift? How about cupcake socks! I've seen them and now I have finally taken the time to use my cricut and create these in less than 20 mins!!
First you want to shop for a comfy pair of socks. I purchased these at Walmart for $2.95.

Start at the bottom of the socks and roll them up keeping them straight across the bottom.

Once the socks are rolled up secure with a rubber band.

I pulled out my CTMH Artiste cricut cartridge and cut the cupcake wrapper at 2 3/4 inches using CTMH paper.

The great thing about this cart is the slits to secure the wrapper are already there. Takes the guess work out of where and how to secure.

Once I had the wrapper around the socks I added a cherry on top which was a cotton ball I colored red with my Copic markers.
I placed the cupcake socks in a plastic bag for packaging and added a bow using CTMH ribbon. Your packaging ideas are endless!

Now how cute and simple are these little treats that will make someone's day! Friends, family, teachers etc!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial now run and have some cupcake sock creating fun and share other ways you would package in the comments below....

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SOC Blogger's Challenge: Silver and Gold

Hey everyone! Cheryl here with this week's blogger challenge! Due to computer issues, I am posting this a day later than usual, but I'm excited to share with you today! As mentioned last week, it's the last one for 2014...still hard to believe this year is almost over! But this week will yield lots of crafty fun! This week's theme is:

**Silver and Gold**

Christmas is in just a few weeks, and some of you have already decked your home in festive colors. In many cases, silver and/or gold are part of that holiday color palette! So the challenge is to use it (together, or as an accent to any color combination) to create cards, pages, altered and/or mixed media projects this week! It's a great way to share those last minute Christmas cards and creative gifts or even get a head start on creating for New Years!

But before we jump to 2015, there's still lots to share as we look back on projects from the last few weeks! First, here's a couple of projects from Thanksgiving and "The Power of Words" challenges:

Danita shared this beautiful card over in the Blogger Challenge forum! I love the embossing!
Be sure to visit her blog to see a tutorial of how she put it together!

Treva used the "Power of Words" to inspire this pretty tag!
 Love the use of distress ink, and that cute bird cage!

As I've mentioned before, the "Anything Goes" challenges continue to be a favorite with our bloggers! Check out these creations:

Mary Joyce made this dazzling card last week! She even drew the image featured here!

Michele actually made this tag for our "Taste of the Orient" theme earlier this year, but I couldn't go without posting it! Love it!

Finally, Felisa (The ScrapinDiva) shared some of her beautiful Christmas cards during last week's challenge! Be sure to drop by and see the rest of the cards from this post!

Thanks ladies for participating in the Bloggers Challenges the last few weeks! I hope all of you will join us for this week's "Silver and Gold" challenge! This one is going to be good--so you don't want to miss it! Until then, Take care and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Overwhelmed during the holidays?

Overwhelmed during the holidays?  Take a little time and plan ahead so you won't get stressed.  I would like to share a cute and fun project I put together using a few of Robert Jackson's digital images.  This is how I feel right now.  It's a busy day and I'm already running behind time.   What's the plan for the day?  What will I wear? How many days before Christmas?  This is a great way to keep it together and you can place them right on your refrigerator.  Hey we go there to get water and something to eat...right?  It's a great place for the eye!  They are refrigerator magnets made with clothes line pins.
  Here's a quick look at all of them.  I started with five to keep me on track for the 25th, Things to Do List, Shopping List, Holiday socials, Dishes to Make and of course my prayer list.  
 It was really easy spraying them with Tattered Angels Brick Red glimmer mist.  Of course you can use acrylic paint or paper.  I needed something quick and easy.
 After I colored the images, I added Tim Holtz tickets, Mary Stewart snow flake punch and a few other embellishments to make them cute.  Oh the possibilities right?  I'm really looking forward to shopping for the ingredients to make Belgian Waffles for our Christmas morning breakfast.
Are you inspired?  What are you doing to stay on track for the Christmas Holiday Season?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree! Crafty Gifts for Under $10

Who doesn't love a little handmade for Christmas? I have 2 wonderful projects that are thrifty, relatively easy, and quick!  They are a rolled paper Christmas tree in a frame, and a DIY burlap dry erase board.

 I have seen several versions of rolled paper Christmas trees and wanted to try one myself.

You will need:

Paper scraps 
Paper cutter
Frame or canvas
White card stock to fit frame
Glue gun and/or craft glue
Embellishments like buttons and tree topper

First, I cut my cardstock to fit my frame (8 x 10) and put it in the in place of the glass.  Then I cut my largest strip of paper about 2 inches smaller in width, so 6 inches wide and about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.  I rolled the paper around a pencil, as tightly as possible and used hot glue to secure the end.  Then, removed the roll from the pencil.

Cut each of the remaining strips a 1/4 inch smaller in width than the previous one, so 5 3/4, 5 1/2 etc.    I used about 19 strips, but you can play with the height until it's just right for you!  Once you have your strips rolled and secured, adhere them to your cardstock.  I used Tombow multi liquid glue. Then, add your accents!

The second is a dry erase board made from a dollar store frame, scrap burlap, and ribbon. Just cut your burlap to fit the frame opening.  Open the frame and place the burlap behind the glass.  Close the frame and add your bow or whatever embellishment you like.

Whether you gift your altered frames, or keep them for yourself, they can be cute additions to any Christmas decor.

Supplies not mentioned above:
Christmas paper: Me and My Big Ideas Ellen Krans Mambi Sheets
Tree base: chocolate brown felt with red/white twine
Stickers: Recollections

Happy gifting!



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