The SCT 12th birthday celebration rolls on! And I’m so happy to be a part of the festivities!

I was thinking about where I was in my life when Scrapbook & Cards Today was born 12 years ago. At the time, I was a high school English teacher and Spell Bowl coach in Fort Wayne, IN, and scrapbooking was my passion. Two years later, I quit teaching to pursue a career in the industry. What joy that leap of faith has given me! And now, I have the unique opportunity to be the Editor-in-Chief of SCT. #blessed for sure!

To celebrate this auspicious occasion, I decided to create a birthday card with a riot of color and an interactive shaker element.

I stamped the Center Cut Heart background stamp from Simon Says Stamp on white, and then I went to town coloring it with my polychromos colored pencils from Faber Castell. I’ve been working on my pencil blending, so it was fun to practice on this gorgeous design. My sister was an art teacher, and her tips were very helpful to achieving the final look.

supplies CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics ; STAMPS, SEQUINS: Simon Says Stamp; INK: Tsukineko; EMBOSSING POWDER: Avery Elle; COLORED PENCILS: Faber Castell; ADHESIVE: Therm O Web; OTHER: Acetate

Once I had my background done, I cut (by hand) the heart in the middle for an opening, and then I knew it HAD to turn into a shaker card, so I added acetate to create a barrier for the sequins, heat embossed the sentiment on cardstock, and added dimensional foam adhesive and sequins to finish it off.

The result? A happy and colorful card befitting a happy and colorful magazine birthday. ❤️

Happy 12th Birthday, SCT! Here’s to many, many more!” ~ Susan R. Opel

GIVEAWAY – Day 10!

“We want to wish Scrapbook and Cards Today a big congrats on turning 12 this year! To celebrate, we are giving away our March 2018 kit that is full of fun 3 x 4 inch and 4 x 6-inch tags, along with fun die cuts that can be used on any type of scrapbooking project! We are also giving away eight items from our shop that coordinate with our kit – including a stamp, puffy stickers, acrylics, wood veneers, and more! To learn more about all the items in the prize package, click the links below!” ~ Elle

March 2018 kit
Happy Moments stamp
Little acrylic hearts
Cerulean Blue puffy alphabet stickers
Rainbow acrylic
Puffy Star stickers
Days of the Week chipboard
Cork speech bubbles
Wood veneer icons

“Happy Birthday, SCT! After 12 years you are still looking HOT! This is one awesome party and we are so happy to be here. In honor of your big birthday celebration, we are excited to offer a special prize that we think is pretty HOT too. One lucky winner will receive Coffee Talk, Cup of Coffee and Coffee Cup Fri-Dies, a prize package valued over $40! Hot, right?! SCT we hope you get all you wish for when you blow out your birthday candles and wish you many more years of fun and inspiration!”~ Hugs, Michele and the Girl Fridays

Details to enter:

To enter each day’s giveaways, be sure to leave a comment below by Saturday, April 7th. We will announce all winners right here on Tuesday, April 10th!

We have loved seeing all the comments you have been leaving for each day’s sponsors and they are loving it too! We hope you will take a moment today to join today’s sponsors on Facebook and let them know SCT sent you! Today’s sponsors can be found here:

Elle’s Studio

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

and be sure to visit us on Facebook too at Scrapbook & Cards Today and on Instagram @SCTmagazine

Thank you to our amazing Editor-in-Chief not only for today’s beautiful card she created but for the amazing work she does for each issue! We also want to thank today’s wonderful sponsors for joining in the fun on Day 11! If you are just joining our celebration for the first time, be sure to start right HERE to see all the amazing inspiration and prizes we’ve shared!