Friday, September 30, 2011

Welcome to the SEM Friendship Blog hop!!

1 John 4:7  "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV)

We're so excited to have you join us in our fun friendship blog hop! We have joined forces with 2Cute Stamps to share with you our projects and inspiration. Each of the Design Team Members from Scrapping Everyday Miracles has created a project using a digital stamp from 2Cute Stamps about friendship!

All you have to do is visit each of the DT's blogs for inspiration, become a follower and leave a comment. There are RAKS to win along the way and if you leave a comment at each blog you could win one of our two grand prizes!!!

Tons of chances to win!
We have prizes from both Scrapping Everyday Miracles and 2 Cute Stamps....

2 Cute Stamps has a prize for you too... you can choose from 2 digital images or one rubber stamp...

The store is full of fun digital stamps as well as rubber stamps; so there is a little bit for everyone... The images are just the cutest... so what are you waiting for, head over to the 2 Cute Stamps store today!

Here is the SEM DT Blog line-up for you to follow:

Scrapping Everyday Miracles
Roulien ----> YOU ARE HERE . . . ONLY ONE MORE TO GO!!!

You have until Sunday October 2nd @11:59pm EST to post your comments and become a follower at Scrapping Everyday Miracles and 2 Cute Stamps as well as commenting on each DT members blog. Winners will be announced Wednesday....

If you would like to be a sponsor for our upcoming challenges please let us know in the comment section and we will contact you, we really appreciate your support!

Here is my projects created with the super cute 2 Cute Stamps!!  I made 2 cards to give to my 2 BFF's!!

First up I used this cute little guy to create this card!

Paper and Die cuts all from Jillebean Soup's Owl Spotting Collection

Here is my 2nd card!

 Paper & Die Cuts from Pebbles Inc.

Thank you for stopping by and playing along with us @ SEM!!  Don't forget to join us on Monday for our October challenge!!

Have a great weekend and happy hopping!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Come HOP with us @ SEM!!!

Exciting news, ladies!!!  Yes, Scrapping Everyday Miracles is having a friendship bloghop THIS weekend!!  Some great inspiration, fab prizes and loads of fun to be have!! We can't wait to see you there!!

See you tomorrow!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Got Sketch Express 2 Class

Hi everyone!  I had such a wonderful time doing Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch online class earlier this year, that I just had to sign up for the new Express 2 Class!  Valerie's sketches always has so much detail . . . and I love that she adds sizes for all the different cuts of paper!  I have just finished Sketch 2 and thought I would share here with ya' all!!

Sketch #1~ Meeting you!

Paper &  words, ~ Authentique Paper's Journey Collection
Die Cut, buttons ~ My Minds Eye Lost & Found 2 Collection

Sketch #2 ~ Funny Faces

Paper & Die Cuts ~ Jillebean Soup Spotted Owl Collection
Title font & circles ~ Cricut with SCAL and Mini Monogram cartridge

Be sure to check out the  Got Sketch blog for more details on this class.  It's not to late to start!!

Have a blessed day!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Home" . . . with Creative Scrappers!

Since returning from South Africa I'm having trouble sleeping . . . so guess what I did last night???  Yes, I scrap the night away!!!  I started with a project using the lovely "Welcome Home" collection from Bo Bunny!  What started out as a layout turned into a wall hanging!  Then this morning while I was browsing Facebook my eye caught a wall post for Creative Scrappers  . . . and the theme for their newest challenge is HOME!!  Naturally I have to play along!  Here is what I created!!

Paper, chipboard, brads, stickers ~ Welcom Home collection from Bo Bunny
Re-purposed corrugated cardboard
Paint ~ Mr. Huye Malted Milk
Twine ~ Jillebean Soup

Here are a few closer looks of the detail:

I can't tell you how much fun I had creating this!!  I think maybe I should do more projects like this one!!

Happy Sunday!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cute Cards!

I made a few cards using some cute digital stamps from 2 Cute Rubber Stamps.  As most of you know I'm not a great card maker, but these stamps made it so easy to make great cards!!

For my first card I used the "Owl miss you" stamp!  How cute is that little guy!!!!

I really love how this card turned out!
Image ~ 2 Cute Rubber Stamps ~ I used Staedtler Aquarell to color the image
Paper and Die Cuts ~ Jillebean Soup

Here is a close-up of the image!

For my 2nd card I used the oh-so-sweet "Butterfly Bear" image! 

For this card I used an older kit I have of Pebbles Inc. called Nellie's Garden!
Image from ~ 2 Cute Rubber Stamps colored with Staedler Aquarell

That's it for today!  Have a great Friday!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles ~ Challenge 8

Yes, it's time for a new and fun challenge at the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog. Our newest DT member, Wendy, is hosting this great challenge were we celebrate YOU!!

This is Wendy's challenge to you! "There is a verse in the Bible that says, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Ps 139:14 My challenge to you is to first off, consider yourself a miracle - perfectly crafted by the Creator. Then I would like you to create a layout/project that celebrates YOU!"

Precocious Paper is providing us with a gorgeous prize package to one winner from this challenge - all you have to do is link your layout/project to the SEM blog by September 30th for a chance to win. I ordered a bunch of flowers from her Etsy shop . . . and just let me say . . . they are GORGEOUS!!!

Here is the layout I created for Wendy's challenge:

Paper, brads, lace, flower, die cut & button ~ My Mind's Eye
Wood heart - Kaizer Craft
Tickets - Tim Holts

Journaling reads:
"It took me a very long time to make peace with myself.
There is alot about how I look
that I would have loved to change,
but now I am happy & content
with who I am.
This self acceptance came with
the knowledge that God created me!
He had a vision of me, and dreamed of me
long before I was formed in my mother's womb.
How awesome is that!
And if this is what He dreamed of . . .
How can I not love myself!!"

We would love to see your pages for this challenge!! All the details are on the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog.

Have fun!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm Back . . .

Hallo everyone . . . Yes, I'm back from South Africa already. I can't believe how fast a month flew by!! I had such a wonderful time back home, spending some quality time with family & friends. But leaving Monique behind broke my heart!! Please keep her and us in your thoughts and prayers!

Friday was my turn to share on the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog some of God's Miracles caught through my camera lens. Here is what I wrote:

"Capturing God's Miracles

Hi everyone . . . Roulien here today with some of my favorite photos and memories from our recent trip back home to South Africa!!

It was so wonderful to be back home, and visit with family and friends!! We had a Indian family with us for the first part of our holiday and we showed them some of South Africa's most beautiful and historical places!

We were so fortunate to go to Robben Island while we spent 2 days in Cape Town. I really was the one place we went to that was all for me!! Robben Island prison is where our former president, Mr Nelson Mandela, spent so many years of his live to fight for the freedom of his people. I thought that standing in his prison cell would touch me somehow. I have to be honest and say that there was so many things on Robben Island that touched my heart! We were taking a tour of the Island when we went passed this little white church. My first thoughts were "I these wall's could talk!!" I learned that day that Robben Island was many many years ago a place where leppers were isolated. This little white church was used by them to worship God, and to have burial services for those who passed away because of the illness! We stopped for a quick coffee break near the little church, and I wandered over to take a few pictures of the building. At the back of the church I discovered a few gravestones of those who passed away. These graveyards could not be seen from road. I was reading the gravestones and I was feeling a profound sadness for these people I never knew. One of them particular filled me with sadness. It was the resting place of 2 little girls. I was standing there thinking of the isolation of the island and how alone these people must have felt. Immidiately I was reminded by God of his promise in Deuteronomy 31:16 that He will never leave or forsake those who believe in Him! It was such a powerful moment that it left me breathless for a moment!! Here is a picture of the Garrison Church which was built in 1841.

And this is the gravestone for the two little girls.

And this is the Lepper Graveyard that can be found on a different part of the Island.

I would love for you to share a picture of something that touched your heart this week . . . or reminded you of God's presence! You can use the Inlinkz button to submit your picture! I can't wait to see you captured miracles!!"

I would love it if you would share your thoughts and/or a picture here and on the SEM blog!  Some great prizes are up for grabs on the SEM blog!!   Also, challenge #8 will be revealed later today on the SEM blog!  It's a GREAT challenge !!

See you all soon!