THE ART OF GIVING: Thanks for stopping by and getting involved in this great opportunity. In starting off the new year, Christine and I decided to put together a challenge blog that would not only provide you with inspiration and free goodies, but to also let you know about the many ways we can "PAY IT FORWARD" to others in our simple and GIGANTIC ways. We hope that in combining both inspiration and giving to others, we can all make this world a better place, one layout, card, and gesture at a time. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Mother's Day Challenge  

Friday, April 29, 2011

*If you are looking to find out who won our last post scroll down to the very bottom!!!

Author: Rebecca Curran
M is for the Moments she wiped away my tears
O is the Opportunity she gave me through the years
T is for her Thoughtfulness in everything she does
H reminds me of her Heart that's always filled with love
E is for Encouragement that is given out for free
R is for Reliable-she's always there for me
Whether you are a mother or you have the most wonderful mother that deserves some recognition we thought that it would be nice to recognize Mother's day!  So if you are a mommy to some wonderful kiddos, a mom to some cute fur babies, or just really love your own mom let us know about it!
We have have a great prize up from American Crafts just for you! This challenge will run from today Friday April 29th through Friday May 13th. A winner will be chosen by random and announced on Saturday May 14th.  Remember to link up your layouts in your post :0)
Here are our DT's Layout samples for this challenge
Illyse's layout:

Bree's Layout

Christine's Layout

And lastly if you are looking to see who the lucky winner is of our last post it is........

Congrats Katie, please contact us via email and send us your info. We will be happy to send you your goodies!

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Welcome our new Guest Designer Bree!  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

We thought it would be nice to introduce you to a our new guest designer, Bree.  She is not only a lovely person full of goodness,but a gifted artist and crafter as well. Read on and get to know and love her like we do!
Hi, I am Bree; an Aussie who married her wonderful American husband and

have been living in the USA for the last 8 years now. My professional
background is that of a social worker but I have also been an artist of
one kind or another most of my life - starting with doing pet portraits
in pencil, painting in water colors and acrylics to now doing my own
style of 'dot' painting. I also love crafts from sewing and jewelry
making to altered art, card making, soap making, molding, art journals
and scrap booking. Basically if it seems like fun - I will try it!

The past couple of years my work has certainly developed a
vintage/floral theme to it. I like to create pages that can be used as
art and started making a range of vintage pages that I sell. Once placed
in a shadow box they take on a wonderful 3 dimensional look and have
become very popular with restaurants, cafes etc.

I have also had Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus since I was in my 20's
and this has taught me so much about patience and doing things when my
body will allow it. But it has also taught me to not be limited - and
when I could no longer hold a pencil to draw - I changed to painting
with large handled brushes. We are never given a gift without also being
able to find some way to use it and this is certainly true for creativity.

I am honored to be a guest designer on Scrap It Forward - a wonderful
concept for a blog.

Some of Bree's work:

**okay it's Christine again!  For all those readers who have finished reading this post, please leave Bree a huge, loving and warm welcome.  And... one poster will be selected to win this prize below.  The winner,as always, will be selected at random ! 

A new challenge will be posted on Friday!  Thanks for being here readers..We love ya!!!

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Think Green WINNER :0)  

Monday, April 25, 2011 crafty Chicks really had us busy.  I have to say we really had a lot of entries!  Not only did we have those who posted and linked us up to some lovely creations,but we had some wonderful new followers email us some fantastic creations that unfortunately did not get submitted.  Which I must let you know really broke my heart.  I am so sorry to those that I let down.  Perhaps I haven't made it clear enough to our newbies and I am so very sorry because we want you here! We are so glad that you came and we want you to stay.

So before we announce our winner please let me briefly explain that entries are to be linked in the comment section. They can be linked in a blog, in a message board gallery or even in an online photo gallery.  So please don't hesitate to share your fantastic creations!

Now, as always our winners are chosen by random because all of the work submitted here is wonderful and we love you all!
So on to our winner...
Our lucky winner this challenge is..... JASMINE and here is a link to her beautiful work! 

So Jasmine, please email us your info so we can mail so we can send off your prize!

Now for all of you that are reading this...come back tomorrow for a special announcement and perhaps a freebie too!

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Time to think Green.....  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Okay scrappin' kids...  it's time to start thinking and scrappin' green.  Yes earth day is right around the corner ( April 22nd !)and the Scrap it forward team is challenging you to "think green" and come up with a craft that uses a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new together.  Let me be more specific... we are asking you to "upcycle" and get crafty while doing it. What is Upcycle you ask? It is to to transform discarded or second-hand resources into a new or altered object. Yep...those containers that you usually would toss or perhaps recycle (hope so) maybe you can reuse and make something out of it.

Here are a few projects that we made.....

Christine's project:
 so this old and empty tin....

Turns into the perfect gift card holder....

Illyse's Project

And this sliced apple container
Turns into Illyse's daughter's little make shift garden planter.....

We reuse, recycle and upcycle whenever we can and so should you! Don't just throw your old scrap supplies away, donate them to children's hospitals. There are plenty of kids who would love to use them and make a big mess while doing so. Just imagine the difference that you could make in someone's day.

So to make it a bit interesting here is the prize this time around....a necklace made from soda pop lids and some library pockets and cards that I salvaged from school because they were going to throw the entire box of them away which seemed criminal..... I can see endless crafty possiblilities....

This challenge will run from today, Sunday, April 10th through Sunday, April 24th. A winner will be announced on Monday, April 25th. Okay get a move on and let's have some fun!


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Let's Sock it to 'em WINNER ANNOUNCED !  

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Hello Scrap it Forward  friends and readers :0) Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the project Socks for Japan. We had many outside groups say that they would get their churches and schools involved!  That is wonderful and that is really what our main focus is about here at SIF to reach out and help others and/or to make a difference. So thank you!  We appreciate your enthusiasm and support.

We saw a lot of great cards and cute socks to boot!  However we could only choose one winner!  So let me just get to it and spit it out! Our winner for this challenge is......

JULIE M. !!!!
And here is her card  (and socks :0)

Julie please contact us with your mailing info via our email.
 And as for the rest of you....Please come back tomorrow for a new challenge and a great new prize!


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