Helping others… and a giveaway!


Just a few “great-way-to-help-others-out” links… and a fun giveaway.

First, we haven’t recently updated everyone on the kids from our former Card Drives. I wanted to let you know we are in the process of gathering the latest updates on each and will share them with you as soon as we can. I am sad to say we did lose Karli to her battle with the horrible disease. We continue to keep her family in our prayers. However, Kennedy is in remission! So glad to hear. (A big thanks to Michelle for her help with contacting the families.)

I also had mentioned next doing a card drive for the elderly. This is still in the plans for this summer. For those who volunteered to help, I have you on a list and will contact you. (We do plan to return to collecting cards for kids in the future.)

In the meantime, you can still do good with your cards! Please be sure to check out my friend Heather‘s card drive… a Card Drive for James.

This little boy could use our encouragement! Heather is also offering great prizes for those who send in cards.

My dear friend, Kristina, has started a new site called Caylin’s Cure.

This fundraiser is in honor of Kristina’s gorgeous daughter Caylin, who was diagnosed on March 2, 2011 at age 5 with type 1 diabetes. My brother also has this insulin-dependent diabetes – it is a horrible challenge in life. I hope you will check out her site and see what you can do to help. She also has great prizes… and many GREAT ones are coming soon.

I have another great way for you to help a good cause… and shop at the same time!

Lawn Fawn will be donating 20% of profits from May 1-7 to the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization. Kelly, the owner of Lawn Fawn, lost her grandmother to breast cancer and her mom is a two time survivor. This also hits home with me – my Grandma beat breast cancer at a young age and lived to 100. We must beat this cancer! So, head over to Lawn Fawn and do some shopping. :)

Next, I have a little housekeeping to do.

Remember me telling you all about the fun event called True Scrap? It was a huge success – so much fun! Well, if you were one of those folks who signed up for the event through my link, I promised a private video after class. I have emailed everyone who had emailed me with some information. If you did not get this email and did sign up with my link, please email me ASAP. Don’t want to miss anyone! And if you didn’t get to do True Scrap, you can still get all the videos HERE. It was fun!

Now… how about a giveaway!?
My dear friend, Britta Swiderski, recently released a e-book called No-Stress Distress Inks. This class is great. There is a ton of information in the class, along with video and many perks. You can find out more about it HERE. (By the way, Britta is a young thing – a college student. LOVE seeing those younger gals scrapbook!) For a chance to win a free copy of this e-book and such, just leave a comment by Tuesday night.

Have a great weekend…

Cling Pops


Have you seen the new line of stamps from Hero Arts called Cling Pops? There was a contest over on the Hero Arts blog where folks helped name these new stamps. “Cling Pops” was the winner.

Cling Pops are so unique – you can pop out parts of the image and put in something new for a totally different look…

Cool, huh? I can’t wait to use these. Lots. THIS is my favorite. Love that you can change up the greeting…

And THIS one is fun – just pop out the circles to stamp on buttons or flowers…

And, again, THIS beauty…

By the way, if you want to do a little shopping, you can over HERE at Simon Says Stamp or HERE at 2Peas. (If you shop at 2Peas, you can get free shopping over $30 with the code SMSFF9 before 5/1. At Simon, it is free shipping all the time over $70.)


Welcome to Invited Sponsor Studio Calico + Giveaway!

Today I am excited to introduce my next Invited Sponsor, Studio Calico. (And, be sure to keep reading for a giveaway opportunity…)

Studio Calico is an amazing company that I admire greatly. Why? Here are 10 reasons…

(10.) Studio Calico has very popular monthly kits that include the most gorgeous assortments of papers, embellishments and more. They come from many popular manufacturers – all perfectly picked to work well together. It is quite magical.

(9.) And, if you are like me and want more more more, you can get any of the add-on kits. More good stuff.

(8.) The owner, April, is the most adorable gal who has ever entered this industry. A true class act.

(7.) Studio Calico is based out of Kentucky on a farm… and that makes me smile. (April is a UK fan, too… yay!)

(6.) Studio Calico also manufacturers their own papers, stamps, mists and embellishments, too. The colors are yummy. (See more below. You can find their products in your local stores and online HERE.)

(5.) The Studio Calico design team is without a doubt the best design team in this industry. Many of my favorite crafty gals are there including Kelly, Maggie, Stephanie, Susan and more.

(4.) Studio Calico has a fabulous gallery with lots of project ideas. Inspiring.

(3.) Studio Calico has an amazing community with an active message board and gallery. You must check it out.

(2.) I love their blog. Delightful.

(1.) Using their kits makes crafting so simple. Everything goes together so well… it’s magical, I tell ya!

So, I thought I would share a card I created using some of Studio Calico’s products. (These are products they manufacture which are included in their kits and also are sold in stores. Love that!)

See those scallop edges? Those are cut from some of the SC shaped papers.

See that fun yellow wood grain? That is cut from some Studio Calico packaging. Yes, even their packaging is delicious.

See those butterflies? I LOVE those butterflies. They are wood veneer (HERE) and made my Studio Calico. I just quickly colored them with Vintage Photo Distress Stains. I then wrapped string around the body several times and tied at the top for antennae.

Here is a peek at the butterflies, and also some other wood shapes they have. They are thin, so perfect for crafting. You can color them with Copics, embossing powder, Distress Stains/Inks, etc. You can find them all HERE.

So, how about a giveaway? Just leave a comment here by Friday at 11:59pmEST and I will pick a winner of a set of Studio Calico Countryside Mr. Huey Mists (these rock) and the popular bubble background stamp. Fabulous, huh?

By the way, if you are interested in buying any Studio Calico manufactured products, you can get them HERE at 2Peas.

I hope you get a chance to visit Studio Calico. They are delightful.

Card Supplies:

Happy Easter!

Hope your day is full of blessings and happiness knowing that He has risen!

If you want to feel your heart soar, watch this performance of How Great Thou Art. Wow.


Basic Grey + Hero Arts share

Hey there. Happy Easter a bit early. Hope you have a blessed day. God is good, huh?

I wanted to quickly share a simple card using the new Basic Grey + Hero Arts stamps. Was fun to make. I cut up squares of BG paper scraps and rubbed Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges. I then arranged them together on white cardstock. Finally, I embossed with white the image on top – love the white on color. I also stamped on the Latte notecard with Latte Chalk Ink.

This design is a great way to use up scraps! See below for links to the products used.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that a few of my favorite Tim Holtz dies are in stock over at Simon Says Stamp. I have been using the original rosette die for awhile and am now thrilled that a new die is out that cuts two smaller rosettes HERE. (Oh, and if you have trouble with the perforations tearing while turning this into a rosette, try putting a strip of scotch tape down the back. Works like a charm!)

I also love this die with two wonderful hearts. I am picky about my hearts and I just love THESE

Cute, huh?

See you soon.

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Stamping and Cardmaking at 2Peas

Did you see that 2Peas is having 30 Days of Stamping and Cardmaking? It has been such a fantastic event. Check it all out HERE. I was honored to be featured on Day 18

For my day, I did four cards using the same cling, clear and wood stamp. Love doing those kinds of challenges.

Here are the three Hero Arts stamps I used…

And here are some close ups. For full images and details, click HERE.

This one has a resist background…

This one has layered shadow stamping…

This one shows cutting up stamped petals to form an entirely new flower…

This one shows paint resist…

Hope you head over to 2Peas to check out all the fun!

More soon.

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