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.)


  • 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!)

Free Printable Card Downloads

As I am sure many of you were, I was horrified watching scenes of the destruction caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma last week. I was most upset seeing the school torn apart. But from every horrible story comes a bit of hope or a hero. I was so impressed to hear stories of teachers taking action to protect their students. They saved many lives.

And if you have been to my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of teachers. After volunteering many times in my son’s classes, I know these teachers work VERY hard and make a true difference in our kid’s lives. They have my compete admiration.

So when watching the news, I struggled to figure out what I could do to help those in Oklahoma. After all, I just make cards. So… I decided to create printable teacher cards to give here as downloads. I was going to collect the money and donate it, but feel it is easier for everyone if I just offer the download for free and ask that you donate to the Red Cross directly. So this is kinda like an “honor system” – I hope you enjoy the download and donate as a thank you.

Isn’t that apple the cutest? A big thank you to Hero Arts for letting me use the image for this download.

These printable cards are super easy – just print, cut, fold and color. There is a faint grey line that you cut along with a trimmer and then just fold it in half. I rounded the corners and punched three holes to make it look like notebook paper. (You can skip this if you want.) It also prints “made with love and appreciation” on the back. You can either color the apple directly on the card… or color the extra one, cut it out and pop it on the card for dimension. I colored mine with Copics and covered with glitter marker

I have four printable card options. One is blank so all of you with a bit of computer experience can add your own teacher’s name…

I made 16 of these and packaged them with envelopes in my favorite clear boxes to give as a teacher gift. I love giving card sets…

Don’t have a printer? That’s easy. Go online and load the file to Kinkos. They will print as many copies as you want and you just pick them up!

I am sure school has ended for many of you, but you can always save this download for next year. And if you don’t have kids, you can still use this! Give it to a local school to thank them for taking care of kids in your community. Or take it to a Sunday School teacher. You could even surprise your favorite card making teacher. :) In fact, the “apple of my eye” card could work for anyone.

Here are the downloads. Just open, right-click and save…






And, please… please donate to the Red Cross to help those folks rebuild in Oklahoma. It is easy to do! In fact, you can even just text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief immediately. So easy. (And if you have already donated, thank you! Enjoy the downloads.)

Have a great week. Oh, and big hugs to those of you in Oklahoma… and all of you teachers.


Memorial Day OWH Blog Hop + Giveaway!

I, like many of you in the US, am excited about the fact that I have a three day weekend with my family. But MUCH more importantly, Memorial Day is about remembering those who lost their lives while serving our country… and praying for their families who have sacrificed so much. I know I am thankful and have great admiration for our country’s heroes.

Soooooo… I am honored to once again be part of the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop. (Operation Write Home collects cards for soldiers to send home to their loved ones. You can find more info HERE.) To see the MANY people playing along today in honor of our heroes, head HERE.

Here is my card. Perfect for a hero or any man in your life…

OWH has a bunch of fun sketches they share, and I used THIS one. I also used the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp. It has a masculine feel to it… perfect for OWH cards!

I used a variety of Hero Arts Shadow Inks, too. (Supplies are listed in the thumbnails below.)

Easy peasy!

Here is a closer look at the kit I used. You can also get the stamp set separately…


To see the rest of the folks celebrating our heroes today in this OWH Blog Hop, head HERE. Lots of great talent and good people!

How about a giveaway as a thank you for stopping by today? Just leave a comment here by 5/29/13 at 11:59pmEST for your chance to win the June Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp like I used above! Good luck. (Thank you SSS.)


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!

FREE Stamp Set for EVERYONE! + Giveaway

Breast cancer scares me. I despise it. My grandmother had it. Ken’s grandmother died from it. I rarely say I hate something, but I hate breast cancer. So I will always support any efforts to bring awareness. When Vanessa from A Muse Studio contacted me to share about their Stamp Out Breast Cancer campaign, I knew I needed to.

Get this:

For the month of October, A Muse is hoping to reach 10,000 women by giving away 10,000 American Cancer Society breast health info pamphlets with a fun, coordinating Fight Like A Girl cling stamp set! Yes – they are giving away a stamp set to anyone – a good one…

You can get your set HERE. Shipping is only $3. Yes – for $3 you get this stamp set and a breast health education pamphlet. How awesome is that? The pamphlet contains info about conducting monthly self-exams and other considerations we each need to know to stay crafting happy and healthy for many years to come! And you can use the set’s push pin stamp on your calendar as a reminder for your monthly self-exam, mammograms, and doctor’s appointments. Sweet!

Here is a card I created with this stamp set. Love the messages…

I also used their papers and cloud and scallop dies. (Love their dies – great quality wafer thin dies.) And their pearls? SO cute. They have super mini ones on the set. Love.

Again, as part of this Stamp Out Breast Cancer campaign, A Muse wants to give away 10,000 sets – to reach 10,000 women to be reminded to self-exam. You can help! Please visit their Facebook page and their new blog. Simply ‘Share’ or ‘Like’ their campaign posts to let women in your network know about Stamp Out Breast Cancer and how to receive their free stamp set and health brochure!

Now go and order your set. And big cheers to A Muse for doing something good for our crafting community. I am impressed – big time.

ETA: Folks were asking for a consultant recommendation. I have heard good things about THIS gal.

And as a thank you to A Muse for doing this Stamp Out Breast Cancer campaign, I am giving away some of my favorite A Muse goodies – a set of cloud dies and three pink ribbons. (Yes, I liked the dies so much I ordered an extra set.) For your chance, leave a comment here by Sunday at 11:59pmEST. Good luck.