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.


Hero Arts Window Card Share + Card Drive


Just sharing a card I have over on the Hero Arts blog today. Be sure to head over there to see instructions. It is a simple card with a fun surprise…

See that greeting “floating” over the ornament window? It is hiding something inside…

Isn’t she a cutie…

All the instructions can be found over at the Hero Arts blog post, and all the supplies can be found below. However, this is the main goodie I used – the ornament stamp and die combo:

I love the unexpected when it comes to card making.

Lots of people have been asking if I am doing a card drive this holiday season. Due to a lot of changes happening all at once in my little world, I had to take this season off. However, my friend Vera is doing one!

You can send holiday cards anytime from now to November 30 to this address:

Vera Yates
P.O Box 19158
Sugar Land, TX 77496

For more details on this Caring Hearts Card Drive, you can visit Vera’s blog. Thanks for helping out!

We have some winners! The winner of the $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate is Lisa Geraty. The winner of the Ali Edwards December Daily Kit is Crystal. And finally the winner of our newest Online Card Class is Lisa L. Congrats! (By the way, I always email winners.)

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Hero Arts Sizzix Ornaments Stamps and Dies (SSS|EH)



BasicGrey Aspen Frost 6×6 Paper Pad (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Acetate Notecards (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)


Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Sand Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Wet Cement Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Silver UniBall Pen (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Medium Pearls (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Small Pearls (SSS|EH)




A Blog Named Hero + Paying It Forward

Hello, stampy folks.

I am excited to help celebrate the launch of a new website – A Blog Named Hero. This blog honors all things Hero Arts and will have fun challenges, prizes and card shares. This makes me so happy as I feel Hero Arts is one of the best companies in the industry – without a doubt. So this blog? Awesome idea. (BTW… the blog isn’t part of Hero Arts but rather was created by two sweet ladies – Mary Dawn and Linda – who are just fans of the company. Hero Arts is supporting them with prizes and such, though.)

They are kicking off the blog with a celebration week starting today. I am one of the featured folks, and here is a peek at my card…

To see the card in all it’s Distress-Inked-glory, head HERE. And please do head there today because two other ladies created STUNNING cards that are worth checking out. Wow. Oh, and I may or may not have hooked them up with some stamps to giveaway. Hint hint. :)

Be sure to add A Blog Named Hero to your Google Reader or subscribe. They have lots of fun things planned and great prizes.


I recently found out about a fellow crafter who lost her home in a fire. Her friend, Kelly, is collecting cards and craft goodies to replenish her supplies and bring a smile to her face. If you are interested in helping out, please head HERE. I have my box of stamps ready to ship – I can’t imagine losing so much.

Thanks… see you tomorrow. :)

Scentsy Fundraiser + Giveaway


I am here today to tell you about a great product… and a great cause.

For years, I have been using Scentsy wickless candles. (More about them in a moment.) And for years, I have supported juvenile diabetes research. (My brother is insulin-dependent.) So when I found out that one of my friends, Shannon Tidwell, now sells Scentsy… and that she said her commissions could go to help another one of my friends, Kristina Proffitt, raise money for diabetes research, I was thrilled. Please consider looking into this – such a great cause and a great product. Would be perfect for teacher gifts!

About Scentsy…

Scentsy sells wickless candles, ceramic warmers, and a variety of fragrance products. A wickless candle, called a Scentsy Bar or a Scentsy Brick, is a highly fragrant wax bar that is warmed to release fragrance into the air. Because the wax is gently warmed rather than burned, it can hold more fragrance oil than a traditional candle. And, because there is no flame, there is no smoke, soot, or lead. Scentsy wickless candles are a safer alternative to traditional candles. (This is the product I use and love. My favorite is THIS one with Cinnamon Vanilla and Baked Apple Pie. Just get a warmer and some bricks and you are good to go! Love love love.)

About the charity…

Kristina started Caylin’s Cure shortly after her daughter, Caylin, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She hopes to raise awareness about type 1 diabetes and raise money for diabetes research. All donations to Caylin’s Cure goes directly to Dr. Denise Faustman of The Faustman Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital to support her & her team in their diabetes research. You can find out more about Caylin’s Cure HERE –  and you can see more about Dr. Faustman and her work HERE. As someone who has a love one with diabetes, I can’t tell you enough how important this research is.

Shannon will be to donating her full 25% commission on ALL sales from this fundraiser party to this charity! This ends on November 30th, so please order soon. This can result in a great amount of money. Love it.

How to order…

To order and contribute to this great cause, simply go HERE and click ‘Buy From Party’ next to Jennifer McGuire’s Fundraiser. (See below.) If you have questions, please contact sweet Shannon at shannontidwell at

And a giveaway…

For doing this “party” for Shannon, I get a few hostess rewards. But I will be giving these all away – including a few Scentsy Buddies that will go to charity and another for a giveaway here! So leave a comment here by Sunday night for your chance to win my favorite Scentsy warmer and my favorite Baked Apple Pie Scentsy Brick.

Thanks for considering purchasing some of these goodies to support diabetes research. Remember – to order and contribute to this great cause, simply go HERE and click ‘Buy From Party’ next to Jennifer McGuire’s Fundraiser.

Thank you!!!

Day 4 of Challenge with Dawn McVey + Auction

It’s Day 3 of my challenge week with Dawn McVey. One thing is for sure: Doing this challenge with Dawn makes me wish even more that she lived next door. Would be wonderful.

Today we both used the Hero Arts Cuckoo Set and the Papertrey Ink Retro Backgrounds… with the color brown.

I have been hosting the blog week over at Hero Arts this week, focusing on using kraft paper. I *love* THIS kraft paper and THESE kraft notecards. They are dreamy. So, I decided to use kraft for today’s card…

I stamped the clock and then masked it before stamped the background with Frost White Ink. It is amazing how bold that white is on kraft. I then colored in the image heavily with colored pencils and added highlights with a white pencil. And finally… Glossy Accents on the clock face…

Simple. I like that sometimes.

See you tomorrow. In the meantime, be sure to head over to Dawn’s blog to see her creation!

As I mentioned the other day, Kristina Proffitt‘s daugther was recently diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes – something my brother also has. She is doing a big fundraiser to support the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. She is now auctioning off a button canvas made by me. You can bid anonymously if you would like and I will make it in any colors you request…

Please go check it out and consider bidding. It is a great cause that hits close to home for me. You can find it HERE. Thanks! Oh, and if you love this cool canvas with the window as much as me, you can find them HERE at Ten Second Studios.


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