Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Sisterhood Month

I’m celebrating the love of my sisters in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,  Scraps of Color and Sisters in Craft Land. This painting was inspired by my president of Memphis Alumnae Chapter.  She is a compassionate president.  Our chapter is over 600 members and she personally handles every request no matter what the issue before she delegates.  Have you checked on a sistah lately?  




There are so many sweet gestures to express your love and concern:
  • Leave a comment on a sistah’s blog
  • Send a RAK (Random Act of Kindness)
  • Call a sistah you haven’t heard from in a month
  • Plan a lunch or dinner outing    
  • Send a card, especially one that you created.

Let’s do something to brighten a sistah’s day!  Be Blessed....Princess




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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spa Party with Handmade Flair

Hello loves!  My baby girl turned 6 in January.  
Still. Can't. Believe. It.

We agreed not to do a big blow-out party, but she wanted to have a few special friends over for some mani-pedis, cupcake decorating and fun.  I am sharing how we saved a lot of money by making most things by hand and recycling old decorations that I tend to hoard save!

I made her card and party printables from discounted clip art found at the delightful Etsy Store, Prettygrafikdesign, here.

We decided to hang tissue paper puffs from previous parties, and gave an old banner a facelift to match the colors (the ribbons can be changed and the cardstock pennant, attached with brads to the burlap, can be customized each year).  The cute little teal chairs are from my craft room.


The girlies arrived and my "assistants" (tween daughter and friend) and I got to work painting little finger and toe nails.  Each girl got to take home a mini-pedicure set (from our local dollar store).



I wasn't sure the girlies were going to go for the facial, but this edible chocolate mask did the trick.  I found the recipe here


My daughter and I put our newly acquired sewing skills to use in making the flowers out of scrap fabric to decorate headbands..  The little pampered princesses got to decorate cupcakes in a jar, with homemade buttercream frosting...seriously so good!


 I just have to tell you how seriously tickled my sweet child was to have a little girl resembling her on all of her party goods.  Nothing says love like handmade!  We just happened to have the straws (from our local craft store), bags (from Paper Mart) and party hats (made by me) on hand.  All I had to do was print, trim and adhere the labels I designed With the clip art.


Here is the party layout I created using Recollections My Favorite Things papers and wood embellishments.  The page title is from the clip art too!

How do you add a touch of handmade flair to your parties?  If anyone is interested in these graphics for your spa party, leave me a note in the comments and I will post them!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Enjoy the View-Getting Family Involved in your Memory Keeping

Last Month my husband and I took a trip to Costa Rica.  We had a blast!  But I wasn't the only one on the trip nor was I the only one that would have memories from the trip. I began to ponder how I would get his input.....Got it.

 My husband loves TV so I knew whatever involvement I was going to get needed to be quick and to the point.  I emailed him 4 questions to answer regarding the trip. I knew his view point would be different from mine as he as been all over the world and I have not.  So sit back and Enjoy The View.



Naturally this was a big event totally worth scrap booking with a bazillion photos right?  RIGHT? However every photo, for me, doesn't warrant an Oscar some are just supporting photos.  This helps with the after vacation overwhelmed factor.  I felt his point of view is just that, no photo needed to convey a feeling I have the feelings in writing.

Lets break it down.
I wanted this to be a fun, boy girl kinda page since it was both our thoughts about a tropical location. I gathered my supplies and got busy.

Supplies: Stash cardstock, wood grain and cork board and dots.  Heidi Swapp and Fiskars Travel stamps , wood veneers, paper clips, Momento and distress ink


At first too bland I was missing something...duh girl color..PINK!  Ah much better.

Once I got the base layer down time it was time  print out my answers which in this case took the place of my photo and got busy!



To embellish the responses I added a few embellies and stamps but kept them in the boy girl theme of pink and blue.


I used my silhouette to cut out the country of Costa Rica remember the best way to not forget about you die cutters is to use a die cut on every layout/card.


I use Momento ink on the top and bottom portion of the wood cut title.  Love how it turned out.




All done.


Looking for other ways to get family involved try these:
Use Social Media-tweets, FB posts, pictures they've taken.
Email a list of questions as I have done here
Simply Ask-record answers on a device or type them down
Create a lists of prompts.

If you have anymore tips please share I'd love to hear about them.


Happy March!
Emonie

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pretty Lucky!


 
I am an admitted monthly kit club addict!  It’s not as bad as it was during the height of my addition, but I still get a few each month.  I love getting happy mail!

Around this time of year, at least one of them will feature a very St. Patrick’s Day-themed page kit.  We don’t usually do anything or go anywhere special, so I’m always looking for ways to use this very specific paper and embellishments.

This year, I’m taking another crack at it with some vacation photos.  I took some candid shots of some of the people we saw on one of the Marquesas Islands.  We went on a 4x4 tour of the island and I was really struck by not just the beauty of the island, but the friendliness and genuine happiness of everyone we met.  

Being on an island in the South Pacific means that they are living a simpler life than you or I, but that simplicity may just be the key to the wonderful mood of everyone we met.  I think they’re the lucky ones!

So, I took two of the candid photos and decided to focus on the idea of “lucky” and use my St. Patrick’s Day kit to try to highlight that. The top photo is a farmer collecting the coconut shell used for firewood who stopped to wave at our caravan and the second is a father and daughter on their horses who waved when they rode by.


 




Pretty Lucky by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, journaling tag and cardstock sticker: Echo Park Paper Co.; Dimensional Stickers and crystal shamrock: Recollections;  Letter alphas: American Crafts Thickers.


One of my favorite things on this page is that I cut a rainbow cardstock sticker in half and was able to use it in two different places on the page.  I also found a perfect layout to use those sparkly, glittery alpha stickers that I ordered some time ago and have been waiting to use. 

I hope you think about ways you feel “lucky” and make a card or layout to celebrate that sometime this month!
Happy Crafting!
Moanica

Friday, February 27, 2015

Love bugs card

Hi Everybody,

Over the years I have learned that I suffer from what I call PPS-Project Perfection Syndrome.  You know where everything that I make has to be just perfect; the exact way I envisioned it or it's not good.

Well today I am sharing this project with hopes that it will inspire you.  I know V-day has come and gone but I really felt the need to share it with you all.  I had a hard time this year finding just a few moments to create a card for my Hubs from our daughter and one from me. It wasn't until early that morning while the two were asleep that I was able to take 30 minutes and create cards for him.

I use 2 different Studio G stamp sets and created two cards with them. Neither one is perfect but it just works somehow.

From our daughter: I started to do just a simple card with just the bugs and the sentiment, but after I colored then in with my copies the card still needed something. So I took a heart stamp and stamped in the corners. I started to do all four but thought two was enough and didn't want to turn the hearts upside down. So i thought  I would draw a border using my copies and that when the mess was made. THe lines are crooked and uneven but the idea of this coming from a 7mo old, somehow it works.




From me: I had these great elaborate plans to use this stamp, mask it off, emboss some of the hearts in red and stamp one rest in grey. Nothing went right, lol.  The only thing that was right was the sketch I used for the card.



I started not to give the cards to hubs but changed my mind. These cards reflect the last 7 months with our daughter and the last 7yrs of marriage. We have made mistakes and there have been challenges but through it all we overcame with love. Actually hubs said these were his favorite v-day cards.

So the moral of the story is just because things don't work out Perfectly doesn't mean that it's not perfect. And take a look in your stash and see what you can do with 30 min. The sets that I used I have had for years and never used them. But I am really pleased with how they came out.

Later,

Kelli

Monday, February 23, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside!



I live in the Deep South and while we have not had the massive snow storms that a lot of you are dealing with, we have had record breaking cold here.  I am officially over it and cannot wait until spring comes.  In an effort to bring a little sunshine into this blistery cold we are experiencing, I decided to try something new and make this Butterfly 3-D card file that I bought from the silhouette store.  Since it is a Lori Whitlock file, you can also purchase it from her website in SVG format. 



This is a layered card which folds flat to fit into a 5 x 7 card envelope, but opens out to a 3-D card. To make this card, start by cutting out all of the pieces of the card on heavyweight cardstock.  Ms. Whitlock recommends 100# cardstock.  I found this cardstock at a big box store for a reasonable price.



I highly recommend watching the assembly instruction video which can be found on her You Tube channel and is linked from the silhouette store.  Once you have watched the video, make all the folds as instructed.


Using a strong adhesive, glue all pieces together as instructed.  In hindsight, I wish I had used my ATG gun as the video used.  I used my standard glue for 3-D projects, which is Scotch adhesive.  This then required that I wait between each step to make sure the parts were dry before moving on.




As you can see, the card lays flat to be placed into an envelope.  It then opens out when the recipient takes it out of the envelope and makes a nice 3-D decoration.  


This is a quick, easy to assemble project that will brighten someone’s day.  What projects are you making to help warm up from the cold?

SOC Bloggers Challenge: In The Spotlight


Hey everyone! Cheryl here with a new challenge! To be honest, I had a few themes in mind, but nothing definite. I was here watching the Oscars as I typed this, when the inspiration just hit me! Our theme/challenge for the next two weeks will be:
 
 
"In The Spotlight" (with optional sparkle/shine)
 
Yes, I told ya the inspiration literally hit me in the face, lol! With Oscar season upon us, and March, which is National Craft Month, quickly approaching, this challenge shines the light on you! If you love cards, create your favorite style of cards! Or if scrapbook pages are your strength, bring it on! Finally if you're a Mixed media/altered artist and that is your creative passion, we want to spotlight you too! One optional twist is to add a little sparkle or shine to your creation. (As with the fashions on Oscar night, you gotta have some sparkle!)
 
Like our last challenge, I just know you'll have fun with this one! And speaking of our last challenge, our bloggers nailed it with the Mardi Gras/Masks and Stencils theme! Here's a look at those projects:
  
 
 Debra used the Mardi Gras colors and a great design to create this fabulous card!
 
 Celeta shared this great card over in the Bloggers Challenge forum! I love her use
of origami folds in the dress!
  
 Finally, Lois created this spectacular box card!
Be sure to visit her blog to see more pics of this creation.
 
 
Before I go, I wanted to share one of Danita's Valentine's Day creations from the challenge forum:
 
 
She created SO many wonderful projects, that I couldn't share them all here. But if you're looking for great handmade gift ideas to share year-round, I hope you will visit her blog, Danita's Designs!
 
Would you love the chance to see your project featured on SOC's Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook pages, or here in a future blog post? It's easy! Simply After you finish your creation and post it to your blog, add a direct link to your creations here in the comment section below, to the Bloggers Challenge forum over on SOC, or in the gallery so we can find your creations easily! Thanks to all the participants in the Mardi Gras challenge! If you didn't get to create something for that challenge, I hope you'll walk the red carpet and join us "In the Spotlight!" Thanks for reading, and Happy Crafting!

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