First: an ornament, card and tag share. Here is my project for 2peas' 36 Days of Christmas. Click HERE for more details. Since making this ornament, Colin has been making many of his own. (He just punches lots of circles, then punches a hole in them, then strings them on a ribbon with buttons between.)
Next: Here is my weekly challenge over at 2peas. The challenge is to stamp on patterned papers. Click HERE for details…
Here is one I did to go along with that challenge. I stamped with chalk ink and a Hero Arts stamp on vintage text paper. I then added shading with colored pencils.
Next is something I am so excited to tell you about. Through this blog I met a sweet girl named Doreen. Her sweet boy, Connor, got cancer when he was 5. After many ups and downs, he is now 18 and an amazing guy. Along the way, he helped out the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Each year, he has created art that is used on holiday cards to raise money for the foundation. And he is SO very talented!
If you are needing holiday cards this year, I highly recommend checking out his cards HERE and HERE or any of the other designs HERE. Doreen was so wonderful to send all of his card designs from each year. Audrey and I plan to put to line them up on our wall tomorrow to enjoy. If you make your own cards, you can do what I did. I ordered several ornaments with his art on it. Isn't THIS great? What a wonderful gift… and inexpensive… and it supports a good cause.
If you want to learn more about Connor, click HERE. What an amazing kid. And, Doreen, you are a good momma – he is blessed to have you. You both are in my prayers!
Well… have a good night. We got our tree today and decorated it. Did anyone else? Love this time of year…
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. The girls and I did lots of shopping this morning. And some more this afternoon. (Gotta do my part to help out the economy, huh?) Then the fabulous Cathy Blackstone took some pictures with us and joined us for dinner. What a good day.
I was looking at my computer and found a few holiday cards I could share. Nothing fabulous, but here they are. The first three I did while demoing at a show back in August. Kay helped me with all of them. All Hero Arts…
And this one was from a class this past week. It holds a gift card and was VERY inspired by THIS card by Shari Carroll. Love her work…
Ok… time to catch up on email. We are watching Camp Rock with the pop-up-video-like-captions. Makes it interesting. Night!
Remember the Card Drive for Kids that I did over the summer? The three kiddos – my nieces and nephews – who had just moved to Africa to do mission work?
Well, their hard work is finally paying off. They were able to open their dental clinic in Liberia – an area that needed such a clinic in a very bad way.
Keith (who is the dentist, my brother-in-law and the one who sings in my videos) just sent us a video of the new clinic. I can’t wait to see a video of their new home, too! They had 72 people at their home for Thanksgiving today. Yes. 72.
So, in your list of things you are thankful for today, please include the Chapman family for all they are doing for people. God bless them! And, if you want to leave a message for them, feel free to do it here and I will pass it on to them.
Here is the video. For more information on their work, click HERE.
(By the way, Kristin promised to send photos of the kids with the cards in the next few days.)
Hey, folks! I have some fun links for you today and a great giveaway. Here we go…
(BTW: You still have time to enter yesterday's giveaway for the cool wall words HERE.)
First, I wanted to give you all a heads-up about a fun thing 2peas is doing: The 36 Days of Christmas. Why 36? Because there are 36 girls on their Garden Girls Design Team. And each day they are putting up a project by a different girl. To follow this event, click HERE. Today's project is great – it is by Jen Gallacher. Check out her elegant holiday set HERE. Wow.
Next, a friend of mine, Latrice Murphy, was kind enough to ask me to play with a new kit she will have for sale tomorrow HERE on her etsy site. Such fun! Here are some cards I did with the kit… and I didn't even put a dent into the supplies.
On the "hi" letters, I painted a layer of Tim Holtz's Crackle Paint…
This felt pocket holds a gift card. So easy to make, and she includes several good colors of felt in the kit. (This is from Colin to the nice lady who works at the bagel shop we go to.
And! Latrice was sweet to send me an extra kit to giveaway here! Just leave a comment on this post by Saturday at 11:59pmEDT telling me your favorite holiday song and I will pick a winner of this kit…
Here it is! Part 2 of my room. This shows stamp, sticker, ribbon, etc. storage, along with my Expedit and computer area.
For details on the room, please go to THIS post. Everything is there. I will combine the two posts together and put it in the sidebar later this week.
After the video, I’ll have a GREAT giveaway!
So… a lot of you have mentioned that you like the vinyl wall art I have in my room from Once Upon A Design. Well, the sweet girls there have given me one to give away to one of you. I am so excited! Please go check out their site HERE. Email them if you have questions. These are sweet girls with big hearts – I would love to see them get some more business. And they make great holiday gifts! So, if you want to win a vinyl wall art, just leave a comment on this post by Wednesday at 11:59pmEDT telling me your best craft-space organization tip. I will then pick a winner of a small version of the “do something creative everyday” quote… like the one I have here…
My tip? It doesn’t cost that much more to get the sturdy stuff for your craft space (thanks to Ikea and Target)… and it is worth every penny. I used to have tons of plastic drawers, but they didn’t hold up. Not a good investment.
Have a great week. I will actually be back with another giveaway tomorrow.