April 20, 2014

SBC Challenge #18- Anything Goes (tutorial feature- background scenes)

The prize for this challenge comes from:  Bugaboo Designs

7 wonderful digital stamps goes to the winner of this new challenge.

  .....Good Luck!
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Are you ready for our next fun challenge? Challenge #18- Anything Goes.  But first here is our feature inspiration tutorial.... making your own background scene. 
This is just one of the many great techniques to use

So what do you think?
The DT made great scene cards using various media and some awesome Bugaboo digi stamps.
 To find more information on how they did that, please click on their name/blog or the challenge under their picture. Thanks for playing along.
We hope these design team projects inspire. 

Melissa - Paper Shenaniganz
My tip: Don't be afraid of dimension, especially when you're trying to create a background to showcase your beautiful digi's.

My Tip: Use an embossing folder to give a tree trunk texture.

Cindy --In Love with PAPER
TiP:  I crunched up my clouds to add texture.  Instead of matching the orange sun rays up perfectly, I offset them to have some of the yellow show, too.

Kimberly- Creations by Kimmy 
 My Tip: If you cut out an image like this little girl above take a black marker and go around the outer edges, makes it look more clean cut and hides any jagged edges you may have left giving the image a more finished look. 

Brenda - Disney Girl 
My Tip:  Journey Glaze or Glossy Accents work wonderful for achieving a water/wet look.

Tip: Use temporary adhesive to adhere any masks you create.
 I learned that the hard way! Butterflies
are covering my little boo-boo. LOL!

My Tip: For a quick, easy and cute background, try a digi one. 
Bugaboo has this great front door and stoop one!

Your challenge:
Anything goes: cards, banners, layouts but if you create a card or project with your own "scene background", you will get an extra chance entry for this challenge sponsor.

This challenge ends on Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 pm EST.  Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. 
If you do make a project using the featured technique, homemade flower,
your project and blog may be showcased on the SBC Facebook group.

And as always, comments are appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and Have a blessed day!
SBC Design Team

April 19, 2014

DIY Body Butter

Hello, Friends!  I absolutely love body butter.   I love the creamy and fluffy-ness of it.   So, last January when I was invited to attend a make-and-take on lavender body butter, I happily attended.   The recipe below is from a Young Living Essential Oil group called Only One Drop.  Their web site is onlyonedrop.com and they are also on Facebook.

Well, January has come and gone and now I'm needing more body butter.  So, here I go.  I'm using their recipe and making my own.   I switching out the Lavender Essential Oil for Peppermint Essential Oil.  Why?  My order for the lavender has not arrived yet.   So, I'm using what I have.  LOL!  Hope I love it as much as the lavender version.

Original Recipe:  DIY Lavender Body Butter from Only One Drop

I found all the ingredients (except essential oil) at my local grocery store.
Prices for each are listed below item.

  • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coca Butter or Mango Butter
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Butter
  • 1/2 cup light oil like almond, olive or jojoba
  • 10 - 15 drop Young Living Lavender Essential Oils
Combine all ingredients (except essential oil) and melt over medium heat

  1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
  2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted
    Remove from heat and let cool slightly
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
    Move to fridge and cool for 1 hour
  4. Move to fridge and let cool another 1 hour or until starting to harden but still somewhat soft.
    Add Essential Oils
  5. Add essential oils.
    Whip for 10 minutes
  6. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
    Back in fridge for 15 minutes
  7. Return to fridge for 10 - 15 minutes to set.
    12 ounce glass jars
  8. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter.

Making a Jar Label:
2 inch circles

  • On Silhouette, make 2 inch circles.  
  • Color fill
  • Insert text 
  • Print and cut outer edge only using Square1 Printable.
Apply Square1 labels to jar lid

  • Peal and Stick to top of jar lid
    Makes three 12 ounce jars of body butter

Wouldn't these also make great gifts?

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by, ~ Marilyn


April 18, 2014

Friday Easter Layout

Welcome to my day to post here at Scrapbook Blessings Club! I have a super cute layout for you today! Making memories is really a big deal for me! And documenting those memories is even better!

Tip: Don't be afraid to try new things!

I had never layered a flower like this before. It turned out to be my most favorite element on this page. I am sorry I cannot give you the supplies on this layout as I pulled it out from my large stash
 of pages that have never been shown on my blog before.

I hope you have a fantastic Easter Holiday with your family. Thanks so much for joining us today. Don't forget to enter our challenge...it ends Saturday evening.

Fresh and Renewed

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

April 17, 2014

Thursday's Product Review

Hi there Cristina here with our Thursday Product Review. Today I will be sharing with you Pocket Pages by MAMBI (Me and My Big Ideas) You can purchase these at Michaels or any craft store. These are great to make quick and easy cards. The packs come in a variety of themes, I happen to purchase the Birthday pack so that I can be stocked up on birthday cards.
My Tip of the Day: Make as many cards as you can from the pack so that you can have them when you need them. Left overs are also great for layouts.
I made 10 cards using the Pocket Pages, Recollections shimmer card box, 2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock (I used white & teal),1 12x12 cork sheet, and Tim Holtz Distress ink in Black Soot and Barn Door. Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by, Cristina

April 16, 2014

Special Occasion Card

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Melissa here to share a wedding card with you. We all know wedding season is upon us, so I thought it'd be fun to share this with you. Hope you enjoy. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.

Tip of the Day: Use dry and wet embossing to really make your special occasion cards POP!

Front of card

This is called a criss cross card. Here is a Youtube TUTORIAL you can watch if you'd like to learn how to make it. Once you get the basic concept down, you can adjust it to be whatever size you want to fit your needs. I promise it looks harder than it is.

Here is the front and back of the insert piece. I stamped a sentiment, and embossed the back of the piece to match the front of the card. Again, to give it a special touch.

Front of insert piece
Back of insert piece

I wanted this card to be fairly simple in color scheme. I only used white (you could do off-white/cream also) and shiny gold cardstock.

  • White cardstock
  • Shiny gold cardstock
  • Fiskars border punch
  • Sentiment stamp
  • Gold embossing powder and Versamark or equivalent
  • Cuttlebug and embossing folder
I really hope you enjoy this card! Please feel free to come visit me at my blog. :)

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

April 15, 2014

Tuesday Cards

Hello again my crafty and scrappy friends. This is Barbara and I am going to show you how to make an easel card. I hope you enjoy it.
My Tip for the day is: Always have fun while crafting and making art. Don't let it become a chore.

Here is my completed project:

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping I like this kind of card because it easily stands up for the recipient to enjoy.

  • Cardstock cut 5 x 10 inches
  • aqua patterned paper cut to 5 x 5 inches
  • green patterned paper cut 4.75 x 4.75 inches
  • White or cream cardstock 4.5 x 4.5 inches
  • Skylark stamp set by CTMH
  • Skylark sentiment by CTMH (thick cardstock)  You can use regular cardstock to make your sentiment piece.
  • pop dots
  • white flowers
  • yellow brads
First cut your cardstock to 5 x 10 inches. Score it at 5 inches and 7.5 inches. Mountain fold each score line. Ink edges if you like.
Notice that the largest section is the base of the card. 
Now prepare the front main image for your card. I stamped and colored the bird image. then I misted the white flowers and added them to the bottom section of the white cardstock with the bird stamped on it. 
Now place your focal piece of white cardstock and adhere it to the center of the 5 x 5 piece of patterned paper.
This will be attached to the short section on the end that is standing up like this:
Next you want to attach your 4.75 x 4.75 inch piece of patterned paper to the base of the card facing up toward you like this;
Then prepare and attach your sentiment within about .25 inches from the front edge of the card. Be sure to use pop dots or other dimensional adhesive product because this is what will hold your card front in the correct position.
You can write a message on the middle piece if you like.
When you are done this is what you will have:
I hope you can see how the raised sentiment serves as a "door stop" type of thing to make your card stand upright. 
As always comments and questions are welcome and if you have a question someone from the DT will get back with you as soon as possible.
Hope you have a blessed day.

SBC Design Team

Thanks for stopping by.


April 14, 2014

Monday Die Cuts

Hey kids!  Cindy back on the SBC blog today.  I've got a cute little boy card to share with you.  The image is from the Cricut cart Car Decals.

TiP:  Use Stickles and/or Wink of Stella pens to jazz up your die cut images.

I used Stickles on the open area of the skateboard to add some sparkle.  And I used a Wink of Stella pen to add some zip to his shirt and hat.  This pen is in the April Card Kit :-)  This is my first Wink of Stella pen and I love it.  It's so pointy and you can get in small spaces.  If I had not used the Stickles/Wink of Stella you would just see the Kraft cardstock in those areas.  So, I think it helps a lot :-)

5" square cardbase in Kraft
The Paper Studio - Little Boys and Their Toys - all patterned papers
Car Decals Cricut cart - Teen boy2 @ 3 1/2"
brown bling
Wink of Stella - GL Blue
Stickles - orange peel
pop dots

I hope I've inspired you to jazz up your die cuts!  Thanks for joining us!  If you are on facebook join our group-Scrapbook Blessings Club.  There is always something fun going on :-)

I hope you have a blessed day!

Cindy---In Love with PAPER

April 13, 2014

Welcome our guest Melissa

Hello everyone, Cristina here to share with you our special guest for this Sunday. We are so happy to have her. She was one of our DT Top pick for Challenge #16 with her cute project

So cute, now let meet our wonderful guest Melissa.
Hi, my name is Melissa Miranda and my small space in the crafting world is M Miranda Creations. I am the wife of a minister and we have three precious children.  I thank God for them everyday as they are a huge encouragement to me in all that I do (including playing with paper). I started playing around with scrapbooking many years ago with my old roommate. We were always doing something fun and we both liked to take pictures; so we decided to make a couple of scrapbooks to remember those days. I again tried scrapbooking after my oldest son was born. I think I made it through four or so months and just stopped. Then about five years ago my father in law sent us some Christmas money and my husband let me buy a Cricut. It changed how I looked at paper forever. I found great delight in taking a flat sheet of paper and turning it into a shape using SVG files. I’ve moved on to a different machine since then, but I have never looked back. My craft supplies have grown along with the mess that comes from having them. LOL! But as my supplies have grown so has my joy in creating. I believe that God is the ultimate creator and being made in His image, I have found a way to reflect Him. He inspires me and brings me joy with the beautiful things around me and hopefully I bring joy to my friends and family who receive my creations as well. I most often make 3D items and cards, but sometimes I return to those scrapbooking days and make a LO. I hope you enjoy the projects I am sharing here today. It was hard to choose just three of my favorite projects, so I decided to share some of my more recent projects. I invite you to stop by my blog, FB page or Pinterest page and have a look around.
Pinterest - Melissa Miranda
Here are my projects:
You can find a short tutorial for my first project here: http://iliketocreate.blogspot.com/2014/03/guest-designing-for-my-craft-spot.html
Favorite technique/tip: I like to add dimension to my projects and I believe there are two ways to effectively do that. The first is by taking an ink pad and a sponge and inking the edges of all the pieces of my cut files before assembling them. I could not craft without my inks. They are a total must have!!! The other way to add dimension is using pop dots or foam tape to create layers. There are a lot of great tutorials on YouTube to help with both of these. Just go to YouTube and do a search and look through the videos until you find the easiest way for you to apply these two dimension building techniques to your projects. I promise you that once you do, you will see a huge difference in the way your cards and other projects look.
Many Blessing to You!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,


April 12, 2014

Saturday's Homemade Home Decor

Good Morning and Happy Saturday!! Cristina here to share with you a keepsake box I made for a dear friend of mine.
My Tip: When painting wood you can use flat or glossy paint. Make sure to let dry before applying second coat.

Here is my finished product:

I purchased this box at Michaels along with the letter, frame, and paints.
                   I painted the box with Black, Vanilla, and Blue Jean Craftsmart acrylic paint.
I found some really cute Prima flowers and ribbon that I added to the box. I also sprayed the box with Tattered Angel Champagne mist.

This was a fun box to make for my friends birthday. Its nice to use or pre-made cards, old letters, or whatever you like. I hope you enjoyed my homemade keepsake box.

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,