New Stamp Company: Waffle Flower

I love learning of new stamp companies. After all, it is a sign of the craft industry growing and thriving!

One of the newest companies is Waffle Flower from the talented Nina Yang. Waffle Flower has some playful and unique stamp sets and dies. You can find there products HERE on their website. (Be sure to check out their Mailable 3D Bow Die. So clever!)

I used the new Waffle Flower Bowtiful and Rock My World stamp sets to create some fun cards for my kids. I am a *big* advocate of giving kids surprise notes often to make them smile. Sometimes I leave them on their bed. Sometimes in a lunch box. (And often times in the mail to our oldest in college!) These new stamps are perfect for kiddo cards. Playful, simple and happy.

First up? For Audrey and Kay…

For a bit of dimension on the bows, I used a two-tone stamping technique. I first stamped them in WPlus9 Sweet Gelato (pink) and SSS Audrey Blue inks. I then inked the image again with a darker ink (Hero Arts Rasberry Jam and SSS Island Blue) but wiped the ink away from the outside edges of the bow and stamped right on top of the first images. This gives a darker shade at the bow‘s center. (You can see this technique in action in THIS video.) I also covered the bows with Wink of Stella for shimmer and shine.

I also created a couple cards for Audrey and Colin. I simply stamped the rocks with Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink and then did the two-tone stamping technique with the same ink to make it darker on the right side. I gave my rocks the look of texture by taking my Copic Colorless Blender pen and adding dots and lines. (The Colorless Blender pen “moves” the Hero Arts Shadow Inks and changes it slightly. So very cool.) I then added a small die cut heart and covered it with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents.

Do you make cards for your kids or little friends? They are always my favorite to make for three big reasons: I can keep them quick and simple… I can make mini cards… and the kids always appreciate them.

See you soon!

SUPPLIES

Card Drive, Link Shares + Winners

Hello everyone!

I am fighting a major headache so I am just popping in quickly to share a few things.

First, many of you have asked if I am doing a card drive this year. Because my life is a bit nuts right now, I won’t be. However, I know of another card drive that is a good one – I hope you can help out! There are also some great prizes. The card drive is for a 6-year-old cutie named Addison who is fighting Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Please head HERE to learn more. Thank you!

Also, how about some fun cards worth checking out?

  • Alice’s fun card HERE.
  • Pearl’s awesome card HERE.
  • Mariana’s colorful card HERE.
  • Laura’s sweet card HERE.
  • Lisa’s pretty card HERE.
  • Joy’s class card HERE.
  • JJ’s clever card HERE.

Finally, it’s winner time! The winner of the personalized stamp is Andrea Smith and the winner of the A Muse goodies is Lisa (The Purple Place).

See you soon!

Helping others… and a giveaway!

Hello!

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…

Cards for Kids Winners!

Hello!

Below are the winners of the latest Cards for Kids drive. Big thanks to Kristina and Jana for pulling together this list! If you have questions, please contact Kristina.

You may still send cards for the kids. (Info can be found HERE.) But we will not be starting an official round for awhile, as we plan to do a card drive for the elderly soon. Stay tuned for more info on that.

Here are the winners! (Copied from Kristina's post HERE.)

The winner of a gift certificate to LNZart.etsy.com for any $12 print that you'd like is Leslie Hansen!

The winner of the  "Today mini art journal" and "Pretty Wings 'n Things Stickers" from Shopevalicious.com is Dena Carper!

 

 

The winner of the $15 gift certificate to For the Luv of Art.com is Kari Dejarnette!

The winner of this beautiful handmade brooch from my sweet friend Jennifer Johner's Etsy store that you can see HERE is Elena Huey!

The winner of their choice of any of these prints from Grace Hester Designs is Cheryl Oman!

The winner of a prize pack of 6 digital images of the your choosing from Chicken Girl Designs via I {heart} Papers is Brigitte Elste!

 

The winner of one SLR camera strap of your choice from Cotton Candy by Natalie is Dana Colbourne!

 

The winner of the sweet little ballerina outfit (the purple and pink one pictured below) along with matching headband, dress up shoes and gloves goes to Jennie and Kayla Holwadel!

 
The winner of a Tonka Strong Arm Fire Engine is Cindy Groh!


 

The winner of a $20 voucher to shop at the very cute store – Pixiepetals goes to Tony RomRiell!

The winner of this beautiful barette from my friend Jennifer Johner's beautiful etsy store is Valarie M. Florer!
 

The winner of the Best Friends Forever Kit from my sweet friend, Heather at scrapbookbakery.com is Brenda Urbanik!

 

The winner of a $15 gift certificate to For the Luv of Art.com is Kelly Bertram!

And the winner of a set of two stamps sets – Cake Shoppe and Cake Shoppe Too by Mint Motif, my sweet friend Kimberly Crawford's stamp line, via I {heart} paper is Linda Beyer!

The winner of an A Muse prize package – retail value of $60 that includes the following goes to Lynnette Teixeira!

  • two clear stamp sets (Nature & Trees)
  • A Muse pigment black ink pad + reinker
  • Two A Muse 4-bar notes with envelopes (Bark & Madeira)
  • A Muse grosgrain stitched ribbon
  • Clear block (2.5" x 3.5")

 

 

And the winner of the $25 gift certificate to my sweet friend Elle's store – Elle's Studio goes to Tarynne Wise!

 

The winner of the Midnight Rooster goodies goes to  M. Romoser!

 
And the winner of a set of TWO stamps sets – Cake Shoppe and Cake Shoppe Too by Mint Motif, my sweet friend Kimberly Crawford's stamp line, via I {heart} paper goes to Sherri Stone!

The winner of an 8×10 print of this print – printed on canvas paper from Vol. 25 is K McMillin!

 

The winner of a prize pack of 6 digital images of the your choosing from Chicken Girl Designs via I {heart} Papers goes to Katrina Hansen!

 

The winner of a HUGE and awesome collection of digital kits by the sweet and talented Janet Carr of Janet Carr Designs & Little Feet Digital Designs by Janet Carr is Sandy Ang!

 

The winner of the September Main Work in Progress Kit goes to Mary Pat Siehl!

The winner of a $15 gift certificate to Shabby Miss Jen Designs is Karen Shiffert!

 

The winner of a  wonderful Family Rules print from the great etsy store – I Love it All goes to Kari Dejarnette!

And the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Impress Rubber Stamps donated by a sweet blog reader named Nicky goes to Vanessa Menhorn!

The winners of the $25 gift certificates from Lawn Fawn are Donna Calamari and Nha Do!

 

And last, but not least, the winner of the grand prize for this round, which is a lovely songbird necklace by Lisa Leonard is Joy Ott!!


Kristina has contacted all the winners.
Thank you everyone!

Housekeeping

Hi!

I have some random bits of stuff today. :)

Card drive updates:

  • We are about to pick winners of the latest round of Cards for Kids. If you sent cards, please make sure you are included HERE. Winners will be picked this week.
  • Instead of having another round of Cards for Kids, we decided to take a break and collect cards for the elderly. But you can still send cards to the kids – I will collect them and send – there just won't be prizes for it.
  • We will start the card drive for the elderly soon. But I need some help! We want to pick 10-15 nursing homes that we can send cards to. I am looking for volunteers to contact one of their local nursing homes and see if they would be interested in getting a box of cards to pass out to their patients. Once it is arranged, I will collect the cards and ship a box to the volunteer who would then deliver it to the home. If you are interested, please email me. Thank you!

And I have some winners to announce! I have emailed you all.

Will you be at CHA?

  • I will be in the Hero Arts booth Saturday and Sunday. (Gotta head home on Monday.)
  • I will be demonstrating in the Hero booh on Saturday from 2-5 and Sunday from 2-5.

 I gotta get some work done. I will be back with more soon. :)

Cards for Kids Update, info and share…

Hello!

I haven't been very good about updating you all on the Cards for Kids status.

We are still collecting any cards – handmade, store-bought, anything – and I am extending the deadline to 12/31/10. We will then start another round. If you want to send holiday cards, please mail them by 12/16. The more the merrier! Thanks.

Another bit of info. Many people have asked about the Powder Tool I use when I emboss. I love this tool. I just brush it on my paper before I stamp and heat emboss and it prevents random pieces embossing where I don't want. This is SO much better than an anti-static-pouch-thing that makes a mess. This just brushes out a bit – a tiny bit – perfectly. You can find it HERE.

Powdertool
Would be a great stocking stuffer. :)

Also, I thought I would also share a fall layout I did for Creating Keepsakes. Love these photos of the little man.

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As seen in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

So, went to see Santa today. Colin was having nothing to do with it. Was fine the past years. Anyone else have kids like that? Sigh.

Off to watch Dexter. Love. That. Show.

Night!