Operation Write Home Red Friday Blog Hop + Giveaways

Hello! I am spending a few days focused on my family. However, I wanted to pop in to take part in the Operation Write Home Red Friday Blog Hop. We’re turning “Black Friday” into “Red Friday” by supporting our nation’s heroes!

If you didn’t know, Operation Write Home is a charity that sends blank handmade cards to service members deployed overseas. The service members then can fill them out and send back to their families. Sweet, huh? OWH has sent nearly 3 million cards! However, November through February are the slowest months for OWH. But we can change that! We all have a handful of cards in our stash — why not send a few in? That’ll keep our heroes busy writing home during a long winter away from home.

If you are interested in sending in cards, be sure to read the information on the Stars and Stamps post HERE so you send in what’s needed (no Christmas cards, no glitter, A2, etc).

It is always great to send in “I love you” cards for OWH. Need some ideas? Check out these videos – all would work for OWH!

In this video, the “Kiss Kiss” card would be fun for a parent to send home to a child…

You can’t go wrong with “Sending Hedgehugs” (but be sure to skip the Wink of Stella to be safe)…

Want to mass-produce some cards to send in to OWH? You could change up this design and use messages of “love you”…

This card design would be a great choice. However, it is best to change out the glitter paper. (No glitter for OWH!)

Maybe you could have some fun using die cutting and scraps…

I hope you will consider sending some cards in. It is a great cause!

GIVEAWAYS

What’s a hop without prizes? See the Stars and Stamps post for the full list of prizes from some awesome sponsors… and go link up YOUR love card there, too! There are prizes for both those who comment on the blog hop blogs (including here) as well as folks who share their own creation.

HOP ON TO…

The next stop on the hop is Paula Spagnuolo… or you can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Join Me on Iron Craft Interview! + Giveaway + Spread Some Good

Hello! I have some fun news for you, along with giveaway winners and a way to spread some good.

IRON CRAFT

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!

In the meantime, head over to Chaitali’s blog now for more information and for a chance to win this fun prize with some of my favorite things…


Oh – and here is your official invite… :)

Hope to see you there!

GIVEAWAY WINNERS

I have some winners of previous giveaways:

SPREAD SOME GOOD

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:

That’s all! See you soon.

Ice Bucket Challenge

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…

I have challenged three people to also do the Ice Bucket Challenge AND to donate money to ALS research:

Stay tuned because I will bet money they will all play along.

My kids were also challenged. Audrey hopes to post hers later today, but here is Colin’s….

Colin nominated the awesome Jax (son of Heidi of Simon Says Stamp), the super talented and loving Kathy Racoosin and his dad. :)

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!

xo

Sticker Love

Hello!

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.

OK – I will be back soon with some card shares!

Card Drive for a Friend

The other day I shared information on the new Caring Hearts Card Drive. I hope you can contribute!

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.)

Details:

  • 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!

Take care.

(By the way, I have some winners from previous posts. The winner of the Paper Smooches dies is Hermalyn Leonard and the winner of the Clearly Besotted stamp set is SmilynStef.)

Giving Back

Hey, there.

One of the best things about this industry/hobby is how there are so many ways to “give back.” I have several to share with you today… I hope you can take a moment to check them out.

Boston Strong Stamp

I have met a lot of stamp store owners over the years, but none are quite as awesome as Kate from Absolutely Everything near Boston. She and her store are amazingly delightful. Well, she teamed up with Hero Arts to create a Boston Strong stamp, with all profits going to help the victims of the nasty Boston Marathon bombing. I have my stamp sitting on my shelf, reminding me to appreciate life. I hope you will consider getting one, too. (For more information, head HERE and to buy one, head HERE.)

Cards for Maddy

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.)

Craft Goodies for Oklahoma Family

A sweet girl named Abbey that I met on Twitter is collecting craft goodies for families who lost their homes in the recent Oklahoma tornado. I know that craft supplies aren’t necessities, but they do bring smiles to those of us who love this hobby. I have already sent quite a bit and plan to send more. Please consider donating anything you may not need. (For more information, head HERE.)

Take a Class… Help Oklahoma

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!)