Friday, July 25, 2014

Creating a Birthday Card with minimum effort and a Cuttlebug

Hello My SOC family.. Hope you are all enjoying your Summer.. For my house it's that time again. "Birthday Season".. we have had 3 in the last 2 months.. Today I am sharing a Birthday card that I made for my daughter with very little time and effort. 
 Here are the supplies I used.. 
 Here is my card put together.. I started off with some Melon Berry card stock from PTI, my all time favorite CuttleBug folder. I cut a piece of white card stock and use my "Birthday file" and my cuttlebug machine to make the front of the card. I used my heart banner from La La Land craft. (love this banner) and again use my Cuttlebug and balloon die also from PTI. I attached some bakers twine for the ribbon and all was left to do was to put it together.. I had to put a little bling/sparkle on my card soo I use some that I got from "Michael's.

 Here is the inside of the card. Because the front was soo simple I wanted to decorate the inside too.  So I used the same banner and stamps. I also added this adorable little pocked to the top of the card flap.. It is where I will right a little note for her and put it in there.
 I used my "We R Memory" envelope punch board t make a matching envelope.
 Here is the completed envelope. I also love making matching card for my cards and my punch board makes it soo easy.
 Here is what everything looks like.. I know she is going to love it.
Here is the front of the envelope I did the same design with the balloons on the front of the envelope.  You don't have to always color or stamp an image and add a whole lot to make a 'beautiful card. So as always I hope you all enjoy this post. and if you have any questions for comments please make sure you leave them below.. 
Thank you all for your support not only of me but for all the talented DT and Leader of SOC. 

Happy Scrapping,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Using Doll Stamps on Your Cards

Hello All.  Renee here with a quick post addressing something that has bugged me since the Julie Nutting stamps first came out.  As anyone who follows me on Facebook or my blog knows, I currently have an addiction to Julie Nutting stamps from Prima.  The problem is, I am not a mixed media artist and currently have no interest in becoming one.  In fact, truthfully, I came into the card making world kicking and screaming when one of my design teams started requiring it. 

Right now, I am in love with all the Julie Nutting stamps.  I have aquired quite a collection of them and have been slowly working my way through that collection.  I like them because they are so easy to work with in any number of ways.  You can color them, stamp clothing from scrap paper, and decorate them in many, many ways.  My only grip is the size.  They are so big!  I like to make cards that fit a standard envelope, because while I now like making cards I do not like making envelopes!

As I sat down to work with one of my latest stamp additions, I decided to peruse Pinterest to see how others were making these oversized stamps fit onto a standard card size.  While browsing, I ran across many ideas for using these stamps.  My favorite is to cut it down to fit on the standard size card base that I am working on.

To start, I stamped and decorated my image as usual.  For this doll, I stamped a base of script onto Kraft cardstock, them stamped my doll over this base.  Then I colored and decorated her as I would normally do.
Once I finished working on my doll, I constructed the card as I normally would for a digi stamp, omitting the placement of the stamped image.  I then applied foam tape to my doll and attached to the space I created for the stamped image.  Once she was in place, I carefully trimmed off the parts that were too big.  Voila!  A 6 x 6 card using the doll stamps.

Supplies used:  Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned paper: Echo Park For the Record; Stamp: Olive by Julie Nutting for Prima; Washi tape: Studio Calico; Copics: C3/5/7/10; Rhinestones: MAMBI; large script stamp: Stamping Up.

I hope this helps you use your doll stamps a little more.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's Christmas Time on SOC...:Blogger Challenge

Christmas in July, that is!! Hi everyone, Cheryl here with this week's SOC Bloggers Challenge! Christmas is a little over five months away, but it will be here before you know it! So I hope this week's theme will get you in the spirit to start on those holiday cards, pages/mini albums, mixed media and altered art projects! However, if you're just not ready to "go there" with the holidays yet, it's no problem! Just create an everyday project featuring the colors (in any combination) from the photo above. 

After you finish your holiday inspired project 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! Then stop by and visit the other participating blogs. It's like a mini blog hop! From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here next week or in a future blog post, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! (Please note that only blogs with the SOC Badge displayed will be posted.) 

A Look Back: 
There were great projects shared over in the SOC Blogger's Challenge Forum the last couple of weeks! Let's take a look at a few:

Princess created this amazing creation for last week's "Going in Circles" challenge! I loved the "layers," her mix of products, and how she incorporated the scripture into the project!

Princess also made this lovely card for the "Black and White with a Pop of Color" challenge in week 28. 
Finally, Treva got a jump on her Christmas cards with the same challenge! I really love how she use it to create a non-traditional twist on a holiday card!

Thanks for participating in our challenges ladies! I hope you all will come out and join us for another round of challenges this week as well celebrate "Christmas in July."  Thanks for reading, and have a blessed week!

"Because I'm Happy"

Who doesn't want to be HAPPY? And who doesn't like to receive some HAPPY MAIL? I recently became engrossed with this art form. It is quite fulfilling to gather  and embellish some of these lovable and mailable crafty things.  It is also quite a big deal to receive some as well.  So here are
some things that I do prepare to send some of these out.
I usually save business type envelopes that I receive in the mail.  I disassemble them, turn them inside out and reattach them.   Then I hit them with the paint and embellish until there is no end.

I intend for these to be pockets to use in art journaling projects.

Next I use a large 9x12 envelope and hit it with the paints and embellishments(most of which are homemade). I also sew up a paper sack to hold the "goodies".

Finally, I seal everything inside the large envelope and add the addresses to the outside and send it on it's way. I get such a HAPPY feeling when I do this. The whole process is so fulfilling. And even if I don't receive a "Thank you so much", I keep on sending out these little pieces of happiness over again and again.  After all it's not about receiving , it's all about the giving.  Have you felt that HAPPY feeling lately?  If not, then why not join the rest of us and send out some HAPPY MAIL of your own.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebration Time!

Happy July Beautiful People!

                July is a very special month for me. It is the seventh month which represents completion. I also joined this awesome design team two years ago this month. Coincidentally, it is my birthday month!! It is only befitting for me to share a celebration card.

                I decided to finally use my Prima doll stamps I been sitting on for well over a year. Because she is kinda tall for a stamp, my card base measures 4.25x7. It is this awkward size so it can still fit in a 5x7 envelope. This card is very dimensional and her skirt is extends off a bit. I colored the image with colored pencils. I used the Lyric Prima Paper for the mat as well as the embellishments. I fussy cut the collage and lace from the same paper line. For the stamped image, I used an EK Success ticket punch. I added some I Am Roses flowers throughout the card front. I also used recollection bling to finish off the card.

                Although it is not pictured, I brought the outside elements into the inside of the card. There was no way for me to take the picture without exposing the sentiment. I forgot to snap a photo prior to writing it. Trust me when I tell you, if you like the outside, you would have loved the inside :)

                What do you think? What is your special month and why? Thanks for stopping by, Kenya~

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blogger's Challenge: Going in Circles

Happy Monday everyone! Time for a new blogger challenge! I hope you'll stick "around,", as I think it will be a great one! This week's theme is:

Going in Circles!
This theme is all about circles! Simply create projects using "round" elements, like the bling in the photo above, pearls, die cuts, and even polka-dotted paper! Circles used in part of a digital image are also okay. Use a little (or a lot) on your pages, cards, mixed media and altered creations this week!

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 next week with a look at projects from our Black/White and pop of color challenge so stop by next Monday to check them out! Until then...Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Island Style Pocket Journeling Cards you enjoying summer? I hope so.  Lately, I've had a one track mind.  All I can think about is the beach - I have vacation on the brain.  So much so, that I created these island inspired pocket journeling cards.  Of course, I had to share them with my SOC family.  

If you are heading out to the beach this summer (or not) feel free to download and use these fun cards.  Click the image for a PDF. (As always they are for personal use only.) 



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