Blog Break


I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a short blog break for some necessary family-focus. Sometimes it just needs to be done. Thanks for understanding and I will see you soon!


Crafty Goodies For Sale


Every once and awhile, I go through my supplies and purge. I tend to collect a lot of supplies since this is my job… and I love to share the stuff I am not going to get to use.

Instead of giving them away, I like to sell the boxes (for an excellent price) and donate the money to a charity. For these boxes, the money will be donated to one of my favorite organizations – Kind Campaign. (If you have not heard of them, I highly recommend checking them out HERE. Their mission is to spread kindness and they go to schools doing anti-bullying talks. One of the ladies leading it is Lauren Paul – the wife of Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. Such good people.)

If you are interested in purchasing a box, please carefully read all of the information below. I have found this method is the best and most fair way to find homes for these products.

Main Details:

  • There are three types of packages I have for sale: A, B and C. The contents and prices vary between them. (See below.)
  • If you are interested in buying any of these, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEST on 1/5/15 telling me two things: which package(s) you would be interested in (A, B or C) and what country you live in.
  • I will *randomly* pick names from the comments and these folks will be the ones who get to buy a package. I will email the picked names and we will go from there to get the payment and shipping handled. (The reason I do the random picking is I don’t like “first come first serve” as it isn’t fair to people in different time zones.)
  • Payment must come from Paypal (sorry – it is easiest) and I will be shipping via USPS Priority Mail. After I get payment, I will donate the money to the Kind Campaign (minus shipping)… and I am happy to email proof of the donation.
  • I am happy to ship anywhere in the world. I love my overseas crafting friends and feel bad that it is difficult to get products there!
  • Each package will have a different cost. You will pay that cost (which will be donated) and also pay shipping to wherever you are. (Shipping details below.)

Details on Contents:

  • I cannot show pictures of what is inside. You get what you get. :) No returns… sorry.
  • Each box has a variety of stamp/die styles and themes.
  • Each box has a variety of stamp/die brands.
  • Each box has a variety of stamp/die “usedness.” (Like that word? I made it up.) Some are new/unused, some are lightly used and some are very used… but still useable.
  • Clear stamps, cling stamps and dies will come in a variety of storage sleeves or with nothing. Almost none will have original packaging.
  • Some stamps may not have labels, but most do.
  • All stamps are ones I loved at one time… just don’t have time to tackle them all. Time to get them into a new, loving home!

Here is more information about each package available…

PACKAGE A… 9 available – Large Flat Rate Box – $80 + Shipping:

  • 20+ wood-mounted stamps.
  • 30+ clear or cling stamps. (Mostly clear.)
  • NO dies.
  • Bonus: a few random crafting goodies.

PACKAGE B… 2 available – Medium Flat Rate Box – $70 + Shipping:

  • 40+ clear and cling stamps.
  • NO dies.
  • Bonus: a few random crafting goodies.

PACAKGE C… 3 available – Medium Flat Rate Box – $40 + Shipping:

  • 20+ wafer thin dies.
  • 4+ clear or cling stamps.
  • 4+ wood-mounted stamps.
  • 3 patterned paper 6×6 pads – a few sheets may be used.
  • Bonus: a few random crafting goodies.

I also have a box I am saving to use as a giveaway here soon. Stay tuned!

Shipping Rates:

  • All packages are in USPS Priority Flat Rate Boxes. This is the best deal. I am sorry shipping costs are so high for overseas – I can’t do anything about it. You can see the shipping rate info here.
  • If you are in the US, shipping is $17.90 for Package A and $12.65 for Package B or C. Therefore, the final costs would be:
    • Package A: $80 + $17.90 shipping  = $97.90
    • Package B: $70 + $12.65 shipping  = $82.65
    • Package C: $40 + $12.65 shipping  = $52.65
  • If you are in Canada, shipping is $55.75 for Package A and $42.25 for Package B or C. Therefore, the final costs would be:
    • Package A: $80 + $55.75 shipping  = $135.75
    • Package B: $70 + $42.25 shipping  = $112.25
    • Package C: $40 + $42.25 shipping  = $82.25
  • If you are anywhere else in the world, shipping is $80.50 for Package A and $61.75 for Package B or C. Therefore, the final costs would be:
    • Package A: $80 + $80.50 shipping  = $160.50
    • Package B: $70 + $61.75 shipping  = $131.75
    • Package C: $40 + $61.75 shipping  = $101.75

That’s all I can think of for now… I will add anything if I need to.

Again, if you are interested in buying a craft box, leave a comment on this post by 11:59pmEST on 1/5/15 telling me two things: which package(s) you would be interested in (A, B or C) and what country you live in. I will randomly pick names from the comments and these folks will be the ones who get to buy a package.

Thank you for supporting Kind Campaign!

Caring Hearts Card Drive Update

Hello! Just wanted to give you an update on the Caring Hearts Card Drive.
Thanks to you, we collected over 17,000 cards from all over the world (Qatar, Moscow, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, etc)! These are being distributed to over 100 facilities in US, Canada and Australia. Yay! Soooo many people will be smiling.

Thank you.

And a big thank you to Vera Yates (who really is the heart behind these efforts), Tina Schrof, Anita Recksiedler and Caroline Bredeson. You girls rock. And even more hugs go to the many of you out there that volunteered to take cards to nursing homes.

To all the sponsors, thank you so much for your support. And, we encourage all of you to please support our generous sponsors as well. These are the companies that make this hobby of our so amazing.

Here’s the list of the prize winners. Winners, you should have all be contacted by email. If you have not received an email, please email me. Thank you!

  • Ali Edwards – Four new stamp sets: Jennifer Howes
  • Altenew – $25 gift certificate: Jayne Hoffman
  • Avery Elle – $30 gift certificate: Cheryl Yamashita
  • Becky Higgins – $50 Worth of Project Life Products: Laurie Wardenski
  • Butterfly Reflections – $25 gift certificate: Teresa Ryals
  • Clearly Besotted – £30 ($45 US dollars approx.): Bundoora Primary School
  • Crafter’s Companion – Embossing folder & dies package: Jennifer Moyer
  • Ellen Hutson – The COMPLETE line of Julie Ebersole’s stamp and die release. A $210 value: Tiffany Au
  • Frantic Stamper - (2) $25 gift certificate: Stacy Reynolds & Elizabeth Stewart
  • Freckled Fawn – $50 gift certificate: Paula DiGiovanni
  • Hero Arts – $75 gift certificate:  Veronica Guzman
  • Impression obsession – $25 gift certificate: Leesa Berry
  • Inspiration emporium – $25 gift certificates: Marybeth Kaiser
  • Jane’s Doodle - $50 gift certificate: Robin Logue
  • Online Card Classes – class of your choice! (THREE winners): Eileen Lum, Samantha Buckman, Kathy Blaney-Murphy
  • Jennifer McGuire Ink – TEN fabulous stamp/die sets from Jennifer’s favorite companies: Rubeena Farooqui
  • A Jillian Vance Design – $20 gift certificate: Pat Doyle
  • Latina Crafter – $35 GC: Julie Bagocki
  • Lawn Fawn – $50 gift certificate: Anne O’Donnell
  • Lil inker – $25 gift certificate: Nichole Wade
  • Mama Elephant – $25 gift certificate: Lynette Pinno
  • May Arts – 2 roll of ribbon: Sandy  John
  • My Favorite Things – $50 gift certificate: Glorie Alvarez
  • Neat and Tangled – $25 gift certificate: Dawn Erho
  • Newton’s Nook Designs – $25 gift certificate: Nancy Jordan
  • Organize More – $40 gift certificate: Adrennia Hughley
  • Paper Smooches – $50 gift certificate: Toni Maddox
  • Poppy Stamps – $50 gift certificate: Emily Harris
  • Reverse Confetti – $25 gift certificate: Victoria Mazzotta
  • Simon Says Stamp – $50 gift certificates: Adrian Michaud
  • Spectrum Noirs – The COMPLETE line of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers + accessories! Patricia Craighead
  • Stampin’ Up Package from Alica Thelin: Deb Pollack
  • Studio Calico – $20 gift certificate: Cindy Techlin
  • Sweet stamp shop – $10 gift certificate and some additional goodies: Ann Kikuchi
  • Tim Holtz – Four Tim Holtz stamp sets: Shirley Sanborn
  • Verve Stamps – $30 gift certificate: Virginia Honeycutt
  • Waffle Flower – $50 gift certificate: Sue Craig
  • Winnie and Walter – $30 gift certificate: Suzanne Gribbon
  • Wplus9 – $25 gift certificate: Anna Chora
  • WOW embossing – Assortment of embossing powders: Debbie Groff
  • V Sweet Ideas – $10 GC: Rachel Ines
  • Sakuralala – (TWO) $15 gift certificate: Jane Lange & Kristen Heagele
  • Vera Yates – Surprise goodies: Rebekah Hinton Cub Scout # 358

Thank you!!

ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am here with a quick break from the My Favorite Crafty Things series to share with you a new company started by my friend, Britta Swiderski.

ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together. A designer with a background in the world of papercrafting, Britta has fun handwritten designs that are personalized just for you. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! ThingsCrafted creates stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases and more. Anything you need!

Here is a fun stamp Britta created for me. I just got it, but can’t wait to ink it up in multiple colors of inks. And I gotta say… there is nothing better than a wood-mounted stamp…

This is your chance to have any greeting or message you have ever wanted… in any size you want. You can see all the size options available HERE.

ThingsCrafted also offers several pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don’t have a particular need for a custom stamp. You can find some of those HERE.


Want to win a custom stamp? For your chance, just leave a comment here by 11:59pmESTon 11/24/14. You can also increase your chances of winning by leaving comments on all blogs on the hop today. (Winners will be announced on the ThingsCrafted blog.)


How about a shopping discount? Get 15% off your order until 11/25/14 using the code “GRAND15OFF”.

Now it is time to hop on to the next person – my dear, darling friend, Linda Trace. (To start at the beginning of the hop, head to the ThingsCrafted blog.)

Caring Hearts Card Drive Update


Just a quick update on the Caring Hearts Card Drive

  • The cards are starting to pour in. THANK YOU!
  • We have added even more great prizes. Check them out HERE.
  • If you tried sending cards to Tina Schrof (one of the volunteer card collectors) and your box was returned to you, please email me. I will reimburse your shipping and pay for you to reship. The post office made an error and will be reimbursing us – just need a photo of the box showing the “return to sender.” I am very sorry about this. So frustrating.
  • If you emailed me offering to deliver cards to nursing homes… I will get back to you soon. If you have left a comment here on my blog offering help, please instead email me. Thank you!

If you are interested in sending in cards, please do so HERE.

I also wanted to update you on giveaways. If you are a winner of a giveaway, I will email you directly. I also periodically announce the winners at the end of posts. But regardless, I email the winners. If the prize is from a company (such as with blog hops), I will mention in the giveaway where you can go to see the winners.

Thank you! I will be back with a video soon. Just need to handle some family/friend stuff first. :)

Caring Hearts Card Drive 2014

Holiday time is approaching and we are back for the 5th year for our annual Caring Hearts Card Drive to collect holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. Last year we received over 3600 cards and we hope to collect even more this time around!

As we celebrate this milestone, Vera Yates (the true mastermind behind this card drive) and I are excited to continue this journey and we really hoping that we can bring holiday cheers to as many nursing homes as possible.

We have a few ladies helping us in collecting the cards. Vera is collecting some and Tina Schrof is working with me in collecting the cards. And to support the nursing homes that are located in Canada, we have Anita Recksiedler and Caroline Bredeson helping out for our Canada joint venture. And Linda Langes in Australia! Since international shipping is expensive, those of you in Canada can mail your cards to Anita or Caroline and they’ll distribute the cards.
The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time many of the elderly who lives in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn’t it be so awesome if we can bring a smile to their face & brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten.We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to others, right? Some helpful people already agree to help us deliver the cards to selected nursing homes.

A few important details:

  • We need to receive your card by November 28, 2014.
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes. Anyone can send a card – your children, church group, scout troops, etc.
  • All cards need to have a message in it.
  • Please sign your name and where you are from.
  • Please include an envelope for each card and please don’t seal the envelope.
  • Please stick to just cards (standard size A2 or 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).
  • Please don’t use any pins for safety reasons.
  • This is totally optional: If you’d like to include $1 or $2 to help with shipping, it would be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves – with no sponsor – so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously. However, this is NOT necessary.
  • In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM This helps us in keeping track for prizes! For each card you send, you will get a chance.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances.
  • You can mail the cards to any of these addresses:
    • Vera Yates, 109 N. Post Oak Lane Ste. 430, Houston, TX 77024
    • Card Drive, c/o Tina Schrof, PO Box 75, Springboro, OH 45066 (NOTE: If you mailed to this address and it was returned, please email me. The post office made an error and I will reimburse you. The address works now!)
    • Caroline Bredseson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON, K1S  1L9, Canada
    • Piney-Fine, Attn: Anita, PO Box 30, Piney, MBR0A 1 K0, Canada
    • Linda Langes, ℅ Gilston State School, 588 Worongary Rd, GILSTON  QLD  4211 AUSTRALIA

Once we collect cards, we will then distribute them to volunteers all over the country (and Canada) to take to various nursing homes.

To thank you for participating in this drive, we have many PRIZES for lucky contributors. A huge thank you to all the fabulous companies who support this card drive by donating awesome prizes! (Please note that there will also be a blog hop in celebration of this card drive soon… and we will have more prizes from Simon Says Stamp, Online Card Classes, Inspiration Emporium and Verve Stamps for that also!)


(When you next do some crafty shopping, please consider supporting these generous companies!)