Hello! I have some fun news for you, along with giveaway winners and a way to spread some good.
I will be a guest over on Iron Craft this weekend for their season 2 finale. There will be four guests – including my bestie Kristina Werner. We’ll be answering your questions live (eek!), giving away some prizes and sharing some new card ideas.
This crazy fun event will be on Sunday, 9/14/14 at 10:30amPT (or 1:30pmET). Just visit Chaitali’s blog at that time and you can join us.
In this interview, we will be answering lots of crafty questions. If you have anything you would like to ask us, leave your questions on the Iron Craft 2 Finale Facebook event page. There are prizes to be won!
Anyone who knows me knows that I feel very strongly about supporting those who struggle with depression. It is a very horrible and REAL disease that can ruin lives. My crafty friend, Britta, recently lost a friend to suicide. I also in the past lost a friend this way… and a cousin. I am very proud of Britta as she is working hard to raise money for suicide prevention. If this is something you also feel strongly about, I hope you will consider making a donation HERE. (She has a video explaining her story.) And if you are struggling, please know that you are not alone. Reach out for help. xo
FUN NEW PRODUCTS
For some reason, many companies are coming out with some awesome new products lately. I have a few Product Release Close-Up videos coming up soon. But I will be honest – I can’t keep up! In the meantime, here are some worth checking out:
Avery Elle has a very creative new line of stamps and several additions to their great ink collection. (Yep! I will be adding a ink swatch download for these.)
As I am sure you know, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been making its rounds on the internet. I know some people don’t enjoy it or “get it” but the fact is that MILLIONS of dollars have been raised for ALS research. Awareness has been made to the awful ALS disease. And people who have loved ones fighting this disease or have lost loved ones to ALS are feeling support. That is worth it.
When my friend Angela from Mama Elephant nominated me, I was giddy. I loved the thought of this challenge entering this hobby/industry. Paper crafting has some amazing people… and now we can take full advantage of that to raise money and awareness for a good cause. And maybe have a few smiles along the way.
So I got my bucket of ice water, created my video and made my donation…
And one last thing. Many of you may know that I recently have fallen head-over-heels and madly in love with the sport of baseball. My son is gifted in the sport and got me watching. I *never* thought I would like it. But when I watched closely, I learned that baseball is a sport of heart. Of smarts. Of encouragement. Of family. In the first week of my love affair with the game, I found this video. It is what pushed my heart over the edge.
Lou Gehrig was one of the most loved baseball players of all time. And he died because of ALS. Heartbreaking.
I hope you don’t mind that I shared this here. But I hope even more than you will consider donating to the ALS Association. Let’s do this!
I am at the airport about to board a plane after being in Anaheim for the CHA craft show. I decided to go and have fun and not work. I had such fun seeing so many people I love in this industry. Believe it or not, I didn’t take photos of new products… only of people. (You can see some of photos on my Instagram page HERE.) But there are many great crafters out there doing product round-ups – be sure to check them out.
I have lots of projects to share with you this week. But in the meantime, I wanted to share another fun way you can help some folks who could use some smiles.
My adorable friend Kristina is doing a sticker drive to support children with diabetes. Kristina’s daughter has insulin-dependent diabetes and wants to collect stickers to share with other kids at the clinic she goes to. I think this is wonderful. After all – what kid doesn’t love stickers!? (Oh wait – I love them, too. LOL!) This is easy – just send in any stickers you have or buy a few and you will help bring smiles to lots of kids. For more info, head HERE.
Today I have another card drive to share with you. This one is easy… and it goes to someone we all know and love in the stamping world – the incredible Julie Ebersole.
This card drive has been put together by my friend Ellen Hutson. You can find out all about it HERE. But here is the info:
We would like to thank you for the loving thoughts you have shared with Julie over the past several weeks as she helps her parents after her mom’s recent surgery to help rid her body of the breast cancer that has taken hold. Many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a plan. We would like to invite you to help us “send our love” to Julie’s family!
Please create cards to share your love, encouragement, and strength with Alice (Julie’s Mom), David (Julie’s Dad) and Julie! Think of the joy they will receive from all over the world when they open the special cards you create!
Simply send your cards to Ellen Hutson LLC and we will send them on to Julie and her parents. (We have already received the thumbs up from them.)
Please only send cards – they can be anything cheery, encouraging and supportive.
Please write a kind message in the card and sign your name and where you are from.
Please write the name of who the card is for on the outside of the envelope - Alice, David or Julie.
Cards should be sent to:
Ellen Hutson LLC Sending Our Love Card Drive (Alice, David or Julie) 1145 – 12th Ave NW, C2 Issaquah, WA 98027
Please send your cards to us by October 18. This should allow enough time for those overseas to share their love with Julie’s family as well. Each time we get a box filled with cards we will send them off to Julie’s family – this way the joy will be spread out over the month!
Thank you so much for your kindness – we wish you the very best!
Thank you to Ellen for putting this together for our dear friend, Julie. And thank you to you for being a part of it!
If money is tight for you, here is an opportunity to do good simply by sending a card. (And we all like to make cards anyway, right?) Simon Says Stamp is collecting cards for dear Maddy – a 12 year old girl battling Leukemia. She is a gorgeous girl whose smile is stunning. The more cards she gets, the more she smiles, so please send some her way. (For more information, go HERE.)
We recently announced our next Online Card Class – Summer Card Camp 2. This class is a big one – a ton of awesome guests and card ideas. In order to help those affected by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, $1 from each Summer Card Camp 2 registration will go to support relief and recovery efforts. This will result in quite a bit of money donated! We will keep you posted on the totals. (For more information, head HERE.)
So there you have it – some small ways to help that can make a big impact.
(Oh, and we have a winner. The winner of the June SSS Card Kit is Cheri Weston. Thanks!)