So much to share! And I am posting from the deck by the lake. Love it.
Here are the random bits of goodness:
PRIZES! We have had a few prizes pop up for Cards for Grace – the quick card drive we are doing. (Click HERE for info.) We have…
The sweet Heather Ruwe from Scrapbook Bakery is offering a prize of a fabulous prize of Hero Arts goodies! You can see them HERE… along with a GREAT example of the type of cards perfect for kids. Thank you Heather. Be sure to comment on her blog.
Jane Beljo also offered to give 50 of her awesome handmade buttons as a prize. I order her buttons (just ordered a bunch more) and LOVE them. (You can see them featured on THESE cards.)
A note about Cards for Grace – YES… please include a message in the inside and sign your name and city. Thank you!
Also, for our other card drive – Cards for Kids- Kristina has announced a few more BIG prizes! She just rocks. Click HERE for info.
The winners of the Mint Motif stamps are Tiffany Heilman and Leslie Hanson. I emailed you.
My friend, Jana, is a ribbon addict. She is selling lots of her ribbons on ebay – click HERE if you are interested.
Now, how about a card? Nothing big here, just some resist on glossy paper with Hero Arts chalk inks and stamps. Was Kay's birthday card…
OK… back to fun in the sun with the family. Take care…
Happy cards are best. Silly jokes, fun pictures of pets… anything. Or just "thinking of you." Have your kids draw from things or color. Or stamp some blank images for Grace to color. Anything.
Please send your cards to this address by the end of July…
Jennifer McGuire Cards for GRACE PO Box 428612 Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
This is separate from the Cards for Kids card drive. Please send cards for this separately than the ones for our ill children.
I won't be posting the names of everyone who sent cards because of the speed of this drive. But I will pick a few random prizes.
Thank you so much. PLEASE pass around the word on this. If you post about this Cards for Grace on your blog or twitter or something, please link in the comments below. I will pick one to win some goodies.
We are getting ready to head to a lake for a week. Will be meeting my in-laws there, along with my sister-in-law and her family. They live in Africa, so we don't get to see them often. Can't wait to see them in person instead of just in my prayers! We are all going, but Roxie has to stay here. She will love life, as Grandpa will be staying at the house here with her. Happy pup.
I will post from there, but I wanted to get a giveaway up before leaving.
So… a few weeks ago, I was shopping at iheartpapers and noticed a new line of stamps that I liked called Mint Motif. I bought a set and loved them, especially since they are made in the US and therefore stamp great.
I then found out that they were designed by one of my favorite card artists, Kimberly Crawford. And, being the kind person she is, she offered to send me sets to giveaway here. What a doll.
First, I thought I would share a few cards I made with these stamps. For the background on this one, I mounted all the square stamps on a big block and stamped them together. Then stamped on red and punched out some hearts…
Supplies: Mint Motif patterns and greeting; Ellen Hutson trim; Handmade Button; Hero Arts notecard, chalk inks, pearls, embossing powder; Glossy Accents; Basic Grey paper; May Arts ribbon; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
The orientation of these greetings is fabulous.
This one has a bit of Hero Arts love in the background. The stars are stamped with the dotted square and then finished with Glossy Accent dots.
Supplies: Mint Motif patterns and greeting; Ellen Hutson trim; Hero Arts notecard, chalk inks, gems; Glossy Accents; May Arts ribbon; Fiskars punch; 7Gypsies paper; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
So… I have two sets to giveaway – one each to two lucky winners. Just leave a comment here by Monday night at 11:59pmEST telling me your current favorite stamp line and I will pick winners. Look at these lovely sets…
If you are new to this – you send cards to me and we pack for them sick kids to cheer the up. And you can win some great prizes!
We have 13 children now, and will be adding more. To see the list of kids and their info, click HERE.
To see all the great prizes, click HERE. (Kristina is our prize coordinator and is AMAZING at it!)
The info is all the same from the past – you can find it HERE. One important change: When sending cards for brothers and sisters, please put "Brother Zach" or "Sister Olivia", etc on the envelopes. This helps differentiate between kids with the same name. We also have two Emilys now, so please be sure to add the last initial.
At any time, you can find the info on card drive and the prizes by clicking the logos over there on my right sidebar at the top. ——->
Thank you so much for considering helping out these kids. The siblings really enjoy the cards especially. This is a great way to enjoy our hobby and make someone smile.
(If you won in our last round of prizes and didn't receive them, please email me.)
OK. I will admit. The first time I went to NYC? I hated it. Really hated it.
But then I went with my dear friend Nichol and met up with Kelly there. And it all changed. I now love it.
Those who know me well know that I am one of those people who never stops. Never sits. Never relaxes. My mind is always running and thinking of "what do I need to do next." Constantly. Then I went to St. John in the Caribbean and my mind was able to rest for the first time ever. (Especially when on a boat.) I could only find rest in the islands.
Until NYC. I think the hustle and bustle of the city keeps my mind for over-thinking. Instead there is so much to see and hear and do. It is a great escape for me.
Therefore, I have been there twice in a few weeks. I decided to take Kay this last weekend and she loved it so VERY much. This was especially meaningful to me because Kay got to meet Kelly. Kelly is such a strong, smart, independent, adventurous, joyful, loving gal – exactly the type of person I see/hope Kay grows into. Seeing them next to each other? Made my heart happy…
I love the little flower shops scattered throughout the city…
I also love the oasis-like parks in the city. LOVE them. My favorite is Bryant Park. This was in Madison Square Park…
(I get a lot of questions about that necklace. Jana gave it to me for my birthday. So fun. You can find HERE.)
I LOVE the flowers in these parks…
(By the way – that dress Kay is wearing? We both bought it. We wear the same size dress, but I didn't want to share – ha.)
Kay and I also like all the restaurants where you can eat outside basically on the sidewalk. So fun to people-watch…
And the shows. Broadway has a way of grabbing your soul and drawing you back. We saw Wicked (Kay's fave), Chicago and Promises Promises (my fave – second time seeing it). Kelly got us to go to the stage doors to meet the actors afterward. LOVED this. Something so cool about it. Here is a picture of Sean Hayes (from Will and Grace) that Kelly took…
Sean was SO kind. And Tony Goldwyn from Dexter, Ghost, etc…
Kristen Chenoweth was in Promises Promises, too, but we couldn't wait any longer for her – had to catch a plane.
I wasn't going to share photos from this trip here (I feel I have shared too many non-crafting things lately) but several people requested them. I know I love seeing people's travel shots.
Ah… I *heart* NYC… and I never thought I would say that.
I will be back tomorrow with a crafty post. Night!
Just popping in to give you heads up about a cool contest.
One of my favorite things about our hobby is that it is something you can do with kids. And in this scary world, having something good for our kids to do is SO important. And crafting? Such a happy hobby.