Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Light Bulb Moment!

If you see my layouts, you know I’m a pretty linear scrapper.  I like clean lines, orderly titles, a few impactful embellishments and I especially love matted photos. I was thinking about that as I worked with some photos from a cruise last year.  And it suddenly occurred to me – why not “mat” the patterned paper! 

It was a classic – why didn’t I think of that sooner? – moment.  So, I started planning the page.  Of course, the photos would be matted.  But what was the best way to achieve the same effect with patterned paper?  I decided to use three different papers with different widths for almost the full length of my page.  With a little (OK, a lot!) of trial and error, I discovered that I liked just a sliver of the base cardstock to show along the edges and in between the pieces of patterned paper.  Of course, this is a personal preference and you can adjust it to suit your taste.

A few embellishments and a simple title and my layout was done.  I love the result.  It’s still my style, but with a little more interest.  Of course, you could turn this 90 degrees and have the pieces of patterned paper placed horizontally.  That would be especially cute with a single, vertical 5x7 photo and the title placed along the bottom. 


A Walk Downtown by Moanica Caston.  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned Paper, chipboard, brads: Basic Grey; Wooden veneer arrow: Studio Calico; Alphas: American Craft Thickers.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, July 28, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: Anything Goes

Hi folks! Cheryl here with everyone's favorite blogger challenge! It's time again for the popular Anything Goes challenge! We do this theme monthly because we want to give everyone the opportunity to share your favorite projects! If you're a card maker, come out and share some cards! Or if scrapbook pages are your thing, stop by and share a direct link to one of your layouts. However, if you're an altered art or mixed media artist, you're welcome to join in too!

If you're new to the challenges, to be eligible all you have to do is: 1) Be sure to have the SOC Badge posted on your blog and 2) Share your link below, in the bloggers challenge forum over on the SOC site, or in our gallery! Then after you post your project here, stop by and check out links from other blogger participants.

One thing I love to do is share some of the great projects posted each week! Last week was "Christmas in July" challenge, and our participants really got in the "spirit" with this one! So let's take a look:

 Felisa, share this Christmas card cutie over on her blog, The ScrapinDiva. I really love the front of this card!

Next Alicia created this adorable page for a delightful baby girl mini album! Perfect for baby's first Christmas! Be sure to stop by her blog to see even more pages in this cute album.

Finally, Treva is in our feature again this week with another great holiday card creation! Love that embossing!

I want to thank these ladies for participating in this week's challenge, and getting us in the mood to start our own holiday creations! Although a new theme has been posted, if you have new projects for Christmas in July, post them in the comments below as well! In the meantime, I hope you'll get in the creative "spirit" and join us for Anything Goes! Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Fun The Disney Way

Hi Everybody,

Just wanted to share a quick post about some summer fun shared by Hubs and I.  July is a month of getting together with family and friends and just celebrating.  Wether it is our Nation' Independence, a wedding which July is known for, our just celebrating family, Whatever your plans for partying are/were just remember to make it memorable.

On a trip to Disney, Hubs and I spent time at Epcot visiting the countries, tasting the food, and we made a game out of trying to find as many Disney characters that we could and take a pic with them.  We SAW lots of them and would run over to them to take photo but by the time we reached then they had moved on to another location and we had missed our chance.  The only pic we were able to take that day was with Pluto who was actually heading home after spending all day in the park.

So this simple layout that I created using my cricut, Jolee designer stickers, and some basic shapes helps to remind me of how much fun, how memorable, and how much work is needed to finding Disney characters to take photos with.


What's your most memorable summer adventure?

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.


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