A great ways to give… and more…

A few different things to share today.  But first, I want to start with something that I think is really important.

One of my favorite stampers, Heather Nichols, emailed me about a fundraiser she has coming up to support United Cerebral Palsy of Minnesota.  Her adorable daughter looks like an angel!  Please go HERE and watch her story.  Then, if you are able, please go HERE and donate.  I would be so happy to see her raise more than she expected.  What a great way to support a fellow stamper, huh?  Thanks! :)

Next, I got an email from a sweet gal named Stephanie Herbert.  She is doing a "Stampin' with Steph Cards for Heroes Fundraiser."  Cards for Heroes is one of my favorite organizations!  Of all the Stampin' Up! purchases made through her, she is donating 20% to Cards for Heroes.  What a great idea – you get cool stamps and the troops get more cards.  Love it!  To shop with her, go HERE.  Stampin' Up does have a new and very fabulous catalog, btw.  Thanks, Stephanie!

Now it's time for some cards.  These are simple ones I made awhile back using scraps.  I had die cut lots of circles and rings for a project and had lots left over.  So I whipped up these cards and added a text paper star to the center.  I love how vintage text paper adds a homemade feel to cards.  I just get old pages on ebay from my favorite seller.  And since they are usually thin, I put adhesive on white cardstock and lay the text paper onto it.  I then punch it or do whatever. This gives it some stability.

Star and Circles

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Supplies:
Quickutz circle/ring die cut
Stampin' Up green paper and star punch
Anna Griffin orange paper
Scenic Route green and teal paper
Heidi Swapp light blue paper
Hero Arts notecards
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing
String and vintage text paper

Does anyone else save little scraps like this (circles and such) for future projects?  I have a drawer with little compartments to organize them.  You?

And, I have to enable a bit.  :)   Studio Calico has a colorful kit this month.  WOW.  Check it out HERE.  And Maggie Holmes was the guest designer.  Me lovey her work.

I can't forget: The winner of the idea book is MaryD!  I will email you.

OK… off to make some popcorn and try to catch up on email.  (I am behind on it – sorry!)  I am getting on a plane tomorrow to head to CHA.  Will any of you be there?  Stop by Hero and say hi!

Cork board layout

Well, a trip wouldn't be complete for me without catching a cold on the plane.  I am a zombie tonight, so this will be a quick post.  :)

This is actually an old layout from a project that never happened.  It is a 12×12 cork board layout that I have hanging up.  It is about .5" thick.  I got it a Office Depot – makes for a fun project! These photos are REALLLLLLLLLY bad – sorry – but it should give you an idea of it.  The journal strips are the white pieces running between the photos.  And the trim that peeks out of the sides is actually attached to the back of the layout.  The hearts are Autumn Leaves images stamped on thin cork.  LOVE the look of stamping on cork.  Do you all have a favorite surface to stamp on besides paper?

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Thanks for all the nice comments about my vacation.  Yes, it was relaxing.  But I always come home sad… until we plan our next trip.  (Should have that done by the end of the week… hee.)  And Colin is dying to go back.  (In fact, he is right now dancing to "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem" on a Kenny Chesney concert video. :)   I had a lot of questions about where we stayed, etc.  I will share links when I share photos.  But in the meantime, my brother (who went with us) got this cool shot.  He was sitting on a rock up really high and captured me photographing Ken and Colin on a lower rock.  Fun.  This was taken with the Canon PowerShot that Nichol and Loni told me about.  I LOVE it.  If you need a little camera for your purse that does good video, too, this is the one.  (That Costco link is a great deal, BTW.)

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Speaking of photos, I am in need of a realllllly good birthday photo.  If anyone has a GREAT digital one that focuses on a person, I would love to see it.  I just need it for a Hero Arts sample.  I would be happy to send you goodies in exchange.  Thanks! (ETA – I received several I can use already.  THANK YOU!  I will ask again in the future – this was fun!)

OK… time for some mindless talk.  Tell me: Which girl do you like best for Bachelor Jason?  I am falling for Stephanie.  What do you think? I love when that girl got sent home and said, "I don't get it.  I am SUPER attractive."  HA!  Or the girl that said, "I am pretty and smart.  But that isn't enough. I have to try to be natural, too."  Oh my…

And Lipstick Jungle.  BOO!  Is this show officially gone?  Shoot!  I loved it. 

Ah… mindless TV.  Gotta love it. :)

Also, be sure to check out my post from yesterday.  You can still leave a comment to try and win a giveaway.  But also there are some great links in the comments.  Worth checking out!

Hugs hugs hugs.

Home! Time for a giveaway…

Well, we are home.  It was a long day getting here yesterday (left at 8am, took two boats, two taxis, two plane rides and a lot of time between… until 1am), but we are safe.  It was a real bummer coming back to the cold, gray snow.  Boo!  I will share some photos soon… I have gotten a lot of requests.  Thanks for the kind emails!

I thought I would give you a heads up about some new books out.

First – Creative With Type.  it is a good one put together by the amazingly Brian Tippetts.  It is full of fabulous eye-candy.  For more info on it and some sneak peeks, click HERE.

Here is another peek – a layout I did for the book.  I put the words with white rub-ons on white cardstock, then painted over them – a fun form of resist.

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And another great one is Month by Month Scrapbooking by the fabulous Amanda Probst.  This is a really unique book with incredible projects.  I recommend checking it out!

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Guess what?  I have a copy of it to give away.  Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEDT telling me your current favorite place to go to for inspiration (book, blog, website, etc.) and I will pick a lucky winner.

Off to try and catch up on email.  Eek!  Have a good one.

Sometimes…

… a stamp set comes along and you say "awhhh, you were made to be mine!"

Hee.  That is what this stamp set was.  Actually, this was one I helped Hero with – I was longing for a set of greetings that offered everything.  And here is that precious baby…

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It's she a cutie?

Here is a simple card I did with it…

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Supplies:  All Hero Arts

Do you have a stamp set that you would call your baby?  Link me up!  Would love to see.

Have a good one!

Did you know…

… that there is a fabulous group of artists who participate in a Hero Arts flickr group? And there are THOUSANDS of great cards and pages?

They do the Hero Blog challenges (big prizes each week – even for scrapbook pages – go look) and so much more. 

I was just surfing through there today and found some fab ones.  Wanna see?  Here they are…

  • Can you say super adorable?  Ashley M's fun card HERE.
  • So elegant.. THIS one by Susan.
  • What a fun idea HERE from Heather Ruwe!
  • OH MY!  Look at THIS from houten2!
  • I always am drawn to Jenn Biederman's work – THIS is great.
  • Donna Mikasa is one of my favorite stampers.  Go look at her stuff – THIS is cute!
  • And one of the best cards I have seen in ages is THIS one by Kelly Rasmussen.
  • PaperGirl is a great scrapbooker and card maker – HERE.

Oh!  And wanna see one of my new fave stampers?  Kiara Lee is her name and THIS is her blog.  She is fantastic.  And it turns out she is sweet, too.  Gotta love that!

(If you were one of these people and want me to post your full name, just email me. :)

Turning gears here…

I did this page for the catalog… (Click HERE for details.)

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And here are two cards I did to match…

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Supplies: Click HERE for details – supplies are the same.

I LOVE stamping with chalk ink and Memories White Ink on kraft notecards.  Then add some color with colored pencils… yum.  Looks so yummy in real life.

Take care!

Addicted to giftbags…

Just sharing some giftbags I made with some new Hero arts stamps.  I thought these would be fun to give to the girls… with some fun gifts inside.  Bright and cheery. :)

For the catalog that comes out in December, the Hero artists start getting new stamps to work with in September.  This was one of the first sets I got.  September starts an exciting (yet busy) time of year.  Doing scrapbook pages for the catalog takes a lot of time – so much more than cards – the fall means LOTS of stamping for me. :)

Bags

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Bag2

Bag3
Supplies:
Hero Arts stamps and gems
Creative Impressions silk ribbon
Colored pencils
Bags from Target

Happy stamping…