Hi All. On Christmas day I was a part of the Mixed Media Facebook group’s crafty hop. The theme was Merry & Bright and I took that theme very literally, using those words for my title and watercoloring up a storm. You can check out my leg of the hop on YouTube. And while most of the crafters were also on YouTube, there were a couple of Instagram posts. All the things to all the participants are listed below. I hope you check out everyone on the hop.
I have been very busy this December creating videos of craft projects for families to enjoy together. This year we all highly need some distraction from missing our normal routines! I created a play list of all the crafts from this moth, as well as a couple videos previously made that fit the bill. I hope you find something enjoyable to create with your families! Happy Holidays to you all, no matter what events you celebrate this time of year.
Today I’m taking a tried and true technique and turning it into two different Christmas craft projects. And it you have kids, they can certainly play along.
I have an svg freebie for you of that Christmas tree available in this file download. Bundled together you will get the svg as well as a pdf copy of the instructions for the greeting card. (For the svg along click here.) If you make these projects and post them to Instagram, please tag me @craftysouppics and use the hashtag #craftysoupsharing and we can start seeing each other’s work!
Christmas is on the horizon and I’m busy planning for the holiday. I realized that I had photos from last year hanging around that I hadn’t scrapped yet. So why not tackle those now and share some tips and tricks with you on some festive elements you can add to your Christmas layouts?
In this video I show three ways to use Nuvo drops as embellishments for layouts. 1) Spell out words with the liquid. 2) Create little ornaments to sprinkle around your page. 3) Create frames for photos. (How-to details in the second video)
I love the shine the drops add to this layout. It totally reminds me of frosting on cookies! And that is a bonus tip. You can create some die cut gingerbread or sugar cookie style cutouts and then “frost” them with Nuvo drops!
In that first video I mentioned having already created my frames. In this second video I show you a kit build and then toward the end of the video I feature how to create these frames. Since creating this video I’ve realized that if you create your frames on a nonstick craft sheet instead of parchment then you are likely to get a smoother end result. However the craft sheet can be harder to see through (depending on your brand) and will make working a bit harder.
Here in the United States the Thanksgiving holiday is just a day away. If you are anything like me you had grand plans on sending out heartfelt handmade mail to friends and family, but then you realized the actual date and knew that there was no way things would make it on time. Don’t fret! I have a solution for you: Make one lovely card, take a good photo of it and then send individual messages to loved ones including a photo of your card. This is more personal than the social media blast of “Happy Thanksgiving” yet still takes advantage of the speed and ease of technology.
With that I hope you have a peace filled November no matter where you are in the world or what holidays you do (or don’t) celebrate. I know we all could use extra peace right now.
And if you are looking for some inspiration for making that special holiday card, I have this video to share.
Ok. If you could hear me right now, you’d hear a squee of happiness. I am in LOVE with the Vicki Boutin Storyteller collection. Let me tell you all about it with this video that walk you through most of the collection.
Next up, let me show you how I added some goodies to this already abundant supply to create scrapbooking magic. Included is a tutorial on upcycling fabric into scrapbook embellishments!
And I’ve dug in and created one mixed media layout (so far!!). Check it out.
Well here we are in November and that means I got to work on new kit builds for the month. First up I have my kit build based on Shimelle’s Best of Both worlds project. Her inspiration had a definite fall vibe. I didn’t go there. I went directly the the Vicki Boutin Storyteller pieces in her kit and planned my kit based solely on that collection. She what I used in my video.
My second kit for the month is my Counterfeit Kit Club challenge and this is where the Deja Vu comes in yet again. Last’s months CKC challenge used an inspiration piece which was all too familiar with me and I talked about how I approached that kit build here. Well, this month the CKC projects features an inspiration kit that I actually own. So I needed to think outside of the box again. This isn’t a bad thing for me. In fact that is part of what I really love about the CKC challenges. It gets me to look at my supplies differently, which exercises my creative muscles!
Be sure to watch to the end of the video as I show a unique way to use Nuvo drops to create embellishments! (PS I have a template for you if you want to try this technique for yourself. Download it directly right here.)
I played with my SCT Sampler Kit for the month of September to create a slimline card. I haven’t done a slimline card in a long while so it is fun to see this card size on a hot trend this year.
This months kit included a stencil from Echo Park so I am getting a little inky. And if you watch to the end of the video I have an envelope making tutorial using the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. Links to products are in the video show notes if you want more information.
And before you head off, here is a peek at the final card & envelope.
So this has been a month of firsts for me. I first participated as a guest designer for Counterfeit Kit and participated in the designer project hops there (and I still have more coming!). But today I have my first YouTube only hop hosted by Sara Scraps.
This hop is all about “What Does School Look Like for You?” With the world events this year school is looking very different for many of us. So why not enjoy some inspiration from different points of view on how to document these strange times?
Here is my take, and below I listed links to access all of the other 40 — Yes 40! — YouTubers on this four day hop. Enjoy!
Day 1: Thursday, September 10, 2020 • Sara Scraps, our host, starts off the fun with her video and a giveaway! Sara Scraps-. Follow the day’s fun from there.
Day 2: Friday, September 11, 2020 • Khristina Sorge will begin our Friday HOP on her channel. And you can follow her links for Friday’s fun.
What does that mean you ask? Well, let me tell you! The Counterfeit Kit Challenge group offers ways for you to use up your stash. By giving us an inspiration kit to work from, the challenge lets us all shop our stash and use what we already own to build wonderful kits.
But what if there is a product in the inspiration kit you really wished you had but don’t already own? You can produce a forgery! Let me show you how I forged two items from the inspiration kit.
And here is the short version if you prefer to get your inspiration this way.
Our inspiration comes from the Scrap Room kit club. They offer fun kits that are on the affordable side so if you want to support them, please do! However, if your budget needs an alternative don’t be shy about DIY! Go ahead and mimic the inspiration you see in the world. Here is the inspiration
First up I replicated some wood veneer apples that I really liked from the inspiration kit by layering punched elements of cardstock and wood grain pattern paper. Simple!
Next up I mimicked a sheet of pattern paper by simply stamping & doing a tiny bit of water coloring. It took some time but it wasn’t hard.