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…


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.

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.

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.


Cards for Kids – Round 4! Lots of giveaways…

Hey, there.

(Before posting, I just wanted to let you know that we opened a few spots for our class this weekend. Click HERE for info. Will be fun.)

Been working on clearing out my studio. Have lots of prizes to give away to some random comment-leavers over the next few weeks.  :)

In the meantime, I am excited to announce Cards for Kids Round 4!

We had one child retire (Kennedy is in remission!) and added one more. You can find out all the info HERE. Of course, we have TONS of FABULOUS PRIZES (thanks to Kristina's hard work) and you can see them all HERE. Lots of new, great sponsors.

We got 1500 cards last round – you all rock. And, the due date for this round is November 30, so feel free to include holiday greetings. Remember to keep things cheery.

And, just so you can see how happy these cards make these kids, here is a note from Kylie's family and a photo of Kylie opening a box full of cards…

"Hi! These are a couple pics my sister took the night they opened the box of cards. Kylie was so excited! I dropped my camera off yesterday and my sister is going to take a couple snapshots that won't be as blurry as from the ones from her cell are.  Gina is going to save the cards, and when Kylie has overnights at the hospital she is going to bring a few to remind Kylie how loved she is, even by complete strangers. Thank you again so much for selecting Kylie."


Thanks for helping to collect so many great cards for the kids. They deserve them.


Day 4 of HA/PTI Stamp Challenge & Cards for Kids Winners… & GIVEAWAY!

Hi! I do believe it is World Cardmaking Day. But since every single day is World Cardmaking Day in my house, it is just another day. :) But I hope you all get a chance to get crafty today. In celebration, I have three giveaways today – three fab dies from Tim Holtz generously donated by the rockin' Simon Says Stamps – for someone who leaves a comment here my Sunday night…

Quickly, before sharing my card for the day I wanted to let you know that the Cards for Kids card drive winners for this round have been announced! Please check Kristina's blog HERE to see the winners. We will soon be announcing the next round, along with sharing updates on the kids. Thanks for your support – we got over 1500 cards this round. That is 1500 smiles that these kids really needed. God bless ya all.

Now… it is Day 4 of my Hero Arts and Papertrey Ink Challenge with Maile Belles. I really should re-think who I do these challenges with – she is giving me a run for my money! So talented, she is.  Today we are using the Hero Arts Paper Art Cling and the Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 4 die cut

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And here is my take on this challenge. I inked the floral stamp with various shades of Distress Inks. Before stamping, I misted from about 2 feet away (this is key – don't ever spray close) before stamping. I repeated this to cover the watercolor paper piece. To soften the whole look, I did two things. First, I used my Ink Blending Tool to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink over the whole piece. Second, I did several mists of water over the whole card, creating a fun textured look.

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This die cut rocks…

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You can see the look-of-texture created by that final mist of water…

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Now be sure to head on over to Maile's blog to see her masterpiece!

I am off to hang out with the hubby – he has been gone all week. Take care.


Hello Flower Card Supplies:


Cards For Kids and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Cards for Kids and Lawn Fawn Blog Hop!

First of all, I gotta give a big thanks to Kelly, the owner of Lawn Fawn Stamps, for putting together this blog hop to support my Cards for Kids efforts. All the cards you will see on this blog hop will be creations perfect for children. And! Kelly is giving away lots of prizes, so be sure to leave comments along the way. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop, click HERE.

Nothing fancy here, but I still hope it will make Kylie smile. Used Lawn Fawn stamps (border for background and greeting), a Memory Box shiny notecard and more…

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Supplies: Lawn Fawn stamps; embossing folder; Handmade button; Silhouette cut heart; Memory Box Notecard

(By the way, that shiny card from Memory Box comes with matching envelopes and is 3.5"x5" – LOVE it.)

And, I couldn't stop there. This one is for Emily P. Uses a wood button I have had forever…

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Supplies: Lawn Fawn stamp and random buttons.

If you never have seen Lawn Fawn stamps, be sure to check them out HERE. They are made in the USA which means they are super quality – something that is really important with getting good results. Love them… and these are my faves:


 I used THIS set on the post HERE and HEREYhst-75491472215926_2120_16914193
THIS one is too cute, too…

I also thought I would share the card Audrey made Ken for Father's day using this set. LOVE the button apples…

By Audrey McGuire. Supplies: Lawn Fawn stamps and Hero Arts greeting.

Be sure to come back tomorrow – I will be back to my challenge with Joy for Day 3. And, I have some giveaways to some random comments this week… ;)

NOW… to keep going on the blog hop, click HERE to go back to Lawn Fawn.

Have a good one.

PS: The winner of the great necklace from last week is Alice W.

Random and a share…

Some random stuff for tonight…

First, I have some fab things for you to all check out…

  • Remember my Thinking Inking video series over at 2peas that I did last summer? (The series of 27 videos can be found HERE.) Well, some awesome stampers (lead by Jan) over on the message board there are doing a challenge and swap based on the class. Check it out HERE.
  • A fellow stamper named Ree is doing a card drive for a 16-yr-old named Matt who was in a bad accident. She could use some more cards – please help her out HERE.
  • Can't wait for this weekend! Jana and I are taking classes from Jenn Shurkus at Simply Scrapbooks. She is such a fun teacher – so excited. Hope to see some of you there.[p

Next, just a card share from a few months back. The navy part started out as white. I rubbed it like crazy with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink until it was solid navy. I then inked up THIS stamp with Versamark ink and sprayed it with pearlized water. (A mix of perfect pearls and water.) After stamping it on the inked paper, I let it dry. LOVE that look. The flower is embossed with black on watercolor paper. I smeared some Wild Honey and Barn Door Distress Inks on my craft sheet and added a few sprays of water and a couple globs of Liquid Pearls. Mixed it up and pressed the flower in it and let it dry. And here we have it…

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Supplies: Hero Arts stamps (barocade, flower, greeting), pearls, card; Distress Inks; Perfect Pearls; Liquid Pearls

THIS stamp is so darn elegant…

And the flower is cut from THIS larger one…

Off to put together a craft for Colin's school tomorrow. Night.