Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Strong!!!

Note:   If you are looking for the
 "Lots of Love for Lauryn" Blog Hop 


Please click - HERE!!
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BOSTON STRONG!!

We will NEVER forget the tragic events that unfolded during the Boston Marathon, one year ago today.    

One Year Anniversary ~ April 15, 2014


Proud to be - "Boston Strong"


  Below is a card I created using my "Boston Strong" stamp.  This stamp was inspired and created by Hero Arts in conjunction with my LSS "Absolutely Everything", to help raise money for 
 "The One Fund".   It us currently available again for a brief time and the supply is limited.   If you would like to purchase one, you can contact the store for more details.   The link above will take you to AE's Facebook page, which has the contact information.


   It was another way for us to share our proud New England Spirit.   I am very proud to have one of my own and was very grateful to Absolutely Everything and Hero Arts for working together to create this wonderful stamp! 




Memories.....
....the bad and the good.....













Forever in our hearts!

BOSTON STRONG!!

The One Fund continues to collect donations for all those affected by this horrific event.  You can still donate on their secure website or read more about the fund -- HERE!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lot's of Love for Lauryn Card Drive/Blog Hop!!

     I am very honored and happy to be part of this wonderful group of crafters who have put together this very special Card Drive/Blog Hop we call "Lots of Love for Lauryn".   


    I have donated two Blog Candy Prizes and it's very easy for you to win!    All you need to do is leave me a comment, (be sure it includes your name, email or a link to your blog),
 and agree to send a card and/or donation to Lauryn.  
The deadline for comments is Friday, April 18th at 5pm!   
Now how easy is that -- everyone who comments will be entered to win one of these two prizes:

A $25 Gift Certificate to 

Or

A "Craft Goodie Bag" 
"Filled with lots of things we all love!

      I will randomly draw two lucky winners from all the comments and those names will be posted here, next Monday, April 21st, please be sure to stop back then, to see if YOU are a lucky winner!  Thank you in advance for kindness!   

Please meet Lauryn...



Isn't this little girl just precious?  Let me introduce you....
Lauryn was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 27, 2014.  She is currently hospitalized in the DC area undergoing chemotherapy to fight this terrible disease.  Lauryn is Linda Payne's granddaughter...many of you in the stamping community probably already know sweet Linda!

As news of Lauryn's illness spread via social media, many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a plan. We decided to have a Card Drive and would like to invite YOU to help by sending "happy mail" to Lauryn and her family.

Please create cards to share your love and encouragement for Lauryn and her family. Lauryn's parents are Josh and Elizabeth and she has two older siblings: Lily and Logan. We thank the Lord for this dear family and need to pray for them as they are seeking to glorify the Lord throughout this trial. 

Kindly mail your cards to:

Children's National Medical Center
Hematology/Oncology - Room 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20010
  
You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family.  It is Fight on Little Lauryn.  They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.

    If you are hopping in order you will have arrived her from Mary Anne's Blog, Lakeside Stamping and your next stop will be over at Patti's BlogPatti’s Paper Creations   If you find yourself lost at ANY time or if ANY of the links are not working, please head back to Lauryn's blogLots of Love for Lauryn, and move to the next person on the list.   A full list of all the participants is also included below.

    You are welcome to send any type of "Happy" card, something that a sweet little two-year old might love! Lauryn has a special love of Princesses and Spiderman -- she's very cool!   I am sharing a few of the cards I have created for her, and hope this may help to inspire you....


I also made a little wall hanging using one of the digi images that have been so generously 
donated to this cause.  This image was gifted to us by Claire Keay of JellyPark!




  Here is the fabulous group of bloggers who are all promoting this Card Drive.  We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers have Blog Candy and all you need to do is leave a comment... !   

Olga Jewell Craftieodamae
Mary Anne Kelemen Lakeside Stamping
Lisa Haines The Purple Place
Colleen Holmes A Card’s Delight
Anita Autore Cards & Coffee 
Sandra Van Blaricum Cards and Creativity 
Nina Brackett Crafting in Croatia
Linda Coughlin The Funkie Junkie
Kathleen Curry Will Stamp for Wine
Melissa Czapor My Many Journeys
Vicki Dutcher All I Do is Stamp
Tera Fujan Stamp Queen 
Joy Hadden Pieces of Joy
Karen Knegten Studio at the Lake 
Lee Murphy My Reality
Betty Neville Betty's StampTV Blog
Jackie Randolph Paper Moments 
Shirley Ross Card Art, Etc.
Melissa Shultz  Coffee Stamps and Stitches
Brenda Turner Stamp It Up
Geri Utterback Geri’s Cards 
Cheri Weston Stamp’n Boomer 

     I thank you in advance for visiting as many blogs as you can, we know this is a very long list and we are grateful to each and every one who has joined us to help promote the card drive.  Please note:   While comments are always appreciated, it's only necessary in this HOP on the blogs who have kindly donated prizes.  Please follow their rules for your chance to win!   

      You can also donate to Lauryn's family to help cover their ever growing medical expenses!  We have a few places where you can do so.  First, you can use donate to her PayPal fund, using the button I have added to my Side Bar.  You can also visit  Lauryn's blog and also purchase some of the fabulous digi images that have been donated for Lauryn's benefit.   And lastly, there is also a new Fund that has been set up by Elizabeth, (Lauryn's Mom),  through "Go Fund Me" and you can link directly to that site HERE!!   Please know that EVERY dollar can help and no donation is ever too little!   

      I thank you again for taking the time to hop by --- Please remember to win my Blog Candy, all you need to do is leave me a comment and include your name and email, if you post does not link me to your blog!   The deadline for comments is Friday, April 18th -- 5PM.   The winners will be posted here on Monday, April 21st!  

     It's now time to head on over to your next stop, which is Patti's Blog -  Patti’s Paper Creations!   

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's a Hero kind of day.....

...and if you are wondering what kind of Hero, I'm referring to, it's Hero Arts, of course.   Today I have had a great time breaking out some of my Hero Arts "Wooden" stamps and using them to create some pretty Thank you cards.

    My first two cards were both created with the same exact stamp, which is called "Painted Flower" K5767 and a really gorgeous image.   For my first card, I wanted that wonderful watercolor look and started with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  I then used my Memento "Water-based" markers and colored directly onto my stamp.  When I finished the coloring I immediately coated the stamp with a very fine mist and then stamped it directly onto my Watercolor paper.      Next I created a little mat from my image on some matching "Gingham Cardstock" and added that onto a green card base I created with this Hero Arts Layering paper.    My final step was adding a greeting, which I chose from this set, of Hero Arts Clear Stamps along with some matching pearls.


   Using the same "Painted Flower" stamp, I went on to create a second card and this time, I went with dark shades of red, along with some dark pink.   I also used the same coloring and stamping technique and after my image dried, I colored over the entire image, with my "Clear" Wink of Stella Marker.  I just love the amount of shimmer that these amazing markers add to colored image.   I then used a circle shaped die to cut out my image and layered that onto some some black cardstock and added those to a Red Hero Arts Card Base.  I picked my Sentiment from Hero's "Message with Flourish" clear set (CL738), and stamped the "Thank You" greeting with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Ranger's Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder, a wonderful new shade that Jennifer McGuire introduced me to.  


This close up photo shows how much
sparkle/shimmer that the Wink of Stella Marker adds:


  That brings me to the last card today, which was inspired by the new Sketch Challenge that is being hosted by Hero Arts.   You can see the choice of sketches on that link and you can also download this PDF file to save or print for your own use.  I am also sharing a copy of the three sketches so that you can see which one I used on my card.

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  I'm sure over the next couple of week, I'll try all three of these, but for today, I chose "Sketch #3", and used my "Hero Arts" Etched Flower stamp.    I started by creating my own version of a 'tag' from some of Hero's Snow Cardstock, and then using the same fun "watercolor" technique I stamped my "etched flower" directly to my tag and put it aside to dry.  I then pulled out a white snow card base, and layered on a piece of this fabulous "Woodgrain textured cardstock", along with a piece of pink and white polka dotted paper from this new set by Simple Stories.   (I love paper sets with any type of polka dots, and love that this set also have stripes and a variety of fun colors).   I "popped" the tag up off the pink paper with foam dots and then tied on a small pink and white bow that I make from Baker's Twine.  I finished off my card, with a Thank You sentiment from the Messages with Flourish set, after inking with Ultra Pink Shadow ink.  The final touch was some more matching bling....!  Tada!!



    I find that you really can never have enough Thank You cards on hand, but after today, I'm happily  building up my collection a bit!   

    I'm also super excited about the newest Hero Arts Release - Starry Nights, which was released on Hero's blog today!   All the newest goodies will be shipping to stores and April 15th!   I have already started my Wish List and know a few things, I want to purchase right away.   One of the brand new Gold Spray Mist, a new Starry wooden stamp, one of the new sentiment sets...on my!!    If you would like to see a peek at the brand new Catalog, you can find it HERE on Hero's website.   And don't forget for all you Hero Arts shopping needs, you can always shop with a Promo Code* and save money over the A2Z Scrapbooking Store on Etsy!!  My "go to" store for all things Hero Art!   *Note:  The current promo code at A2Z is "AprilShowers", which will save you 15% on your order of $25.00 and up (excluding shipping).   Please be sure to enter it at Check Out!!    Happy Shopping and Happy Crafting! 
    

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Purple Tulips....

.....or tulips in any color are typically some of the first flowers to start blooming in our area.   They are also one of my favorite flowers and I love seeing them popping up in the garden.  It's still too early here, but it won't be long now, plus you can readily find them "in bloom" at your local garden center!

     Today I'm creating my own little form of "Spring" in my cards and my first card today, was inspired by a wonderful floral card that Vicki created at this's week's MUSE over at the Muse Challenge Blog.   I'm so excited to have a card for this week, because I have missed out for the last two challenges and it's a favorite!!    I'll start by sharing Vicki's card and hope it may inspire you to create and play along too!!

Vicki's Card


My Card



      Clearly we both using much different stamps and colors, but I loved her basic design and the idea of adding a nice ribbon to the top of the card.   My card features two stamps from Hero Arts.  The first this gorgeous floral stamp, "Everything Flowers", which is one of the large cling background stamps from my Hero Stash.  The sentiment is from the "Truly Appreciated" and is one I have used often.   For my card I started by masking of the top portion of my card front, so I could easily stamp on the bottom only.  I then took a variety of pink and purple Tombow and Stampin' Up markers and colored directly onto the stamp and then spritzed it with a very light mist of water right before I stamped.  Once it was dry, I stamped on my Sentiment, and then using Vicki's idea of  "coloring and popping" up one of the greetings I chose the work YOU and re-stamped that in the same pink color I had used for my flower.  My final step was to add my bow...and please know, I'm still challenged whenever I try to add a bow to my card.  Even with my little bow maker, they never seem to look as wonderful as they should.  Look at Vicki's for example - now that is an awesome bow!!   Mine....well let's just say, I'm not giving up, I will continue to try to learn to make fabulous bows!!  

    My next card is again another challenge card and I was also happy to see that I still had time to get this one created and added before the challenge ended.  It's for the current "Sketch" challenge over at Reverse Confetti, which you'll find HERE!!   I'm also sharing a copy of the "SFYTT" (Sketch for your to Try), and again hope you will join me and give it a try!  

SFYTT

Sketch # 11
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My Card

   I didn't even notice, until now that the colors I used on my card, are also very much like the sketch, but that was just one of those things and was not planned.   Pretty much all the papers and even the card base that I used, were ALL on my desk or in my scrap bin, making it very easy to put this together!!    I do love these bright vibrant colors and also think the sketch was a fun one to work with.   I used two of my RC Dies, Tag Me, along with this Scalloped Border, which I also love.    The sentiment is also from Reverse Confetti and has become one of my most used Sentiment Sets, I just love the fonts and they also stamp very well.  

  And that bring me to my last card of the day, which is the card that actually inspired the title of today's post.  It's another Spring inspired card and I used one of my favorite new Penny Black Stamps for this one.   I know you've seen it before, but I simply LOVE it!!   This stamp is called Promise and it's such a pretty image of three pretty tulips!


   As I did on my first card today, I used my water-based markers (Tombows and Stampin' Up) markers and colored directly onto my stamp.  Right before I stamped my image, I added a very light mist of water and quickly stamped it onto white cardstock.  Watercolor paper works very nicely too, but this was on my desk already, so it was fast and easy.  Once my image dried I used a circle die to cut it out and then created a matching frame one size larger.  My card base was created with more of the scraps and pieces of cardstock on my desk.  The textured/glittery piece behind the flowers was created using a Woodgrain stamp (Hero Arts) and stamping it with "Sticky Embossing Powder", which I quickly covered with some Purple Glitter embossing powder.   It's not a vibrant as I hoped, but is a fun way to add texture!!  My sweet little sentiment stamp is one I found on my last trip to my LSS.  It's by Impression Obsession and is perfect for any type of spring floral card!  

   And that is it for today, but before I go I want to remind everyone to please be sure to stop by on Monday, for the very special Card Drive/Blog Hop that I have joined to support the "Fight on Little Lauryn" Fundraising and Card drive!   You can read all about Lauryn and her battle with Leukemia on my earlier blog post HERE!   There will be some nice prizes along the hop and if you come by here, I'll have my own Blog Candy to Giveaway too!!    



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Polka Dotted Pink Overalls....

....and feel free to stay away!   Yikes, did it ever pour buckets though the night and unfortunately, after such a snowy winter, we really do not need any rain.  Sure wish there was a magical way I could send it off to the places that need it badly.    Thankfully, after a nasty night and early morning, is now over as is most of the day!   The weather people said it would clear early and be nice, guess they were wrong?  Seems it's truly a challenge to predict any weather here in New England.

    The good news is the forecast is for better weather and maybe even a very nice weekend, which would be perfect as my sweet little grandniece will be Christened on Sunday at Palm Sunday Mass.   And one of my goals for today was to work on a card for her special day!    Not an easy task, when you don't rally have any images that relate to a Christening or Baptism, or even many baby designs.  I'm longing for the day that I become a Grammy, and since it's still going to be a while, I really have not invested much in the baby theme yet!!    That gave me the idea of using my Silhouette and I quickly found I had lots of adorable images and card ideas already in my Library!  Yippee!    I decided I wanted to make something cute and girlie, so I wne with this adorable little "Baby Overalls Card" that I created in a theme of pink and white.   I just LOVE Pink Polka Dots and thought that using that on my card would be super cute!!   Little "Rowen", is a beautiful lil' one and I can actually picture her wearing something just like this!


    Not only did I find this cute design, but it also turned out to be a very easy to cut and create kind of card. All I needed was three different colors and I started by cutting the overalls in a pretty pink cardstock, and I then did a second run, where I cute the little straps, pocket and "bloomers" in white, along with the pink polka dotted paper which was used for the overall front and the sweet little flower on the pocket!   If you would like to add this design to your collection, you can find it in the Silhouette Store HERE!  This file was designed by StudioIlustrado and is truly as cute as can be.  I'm going to make a matching envelope with my WRMK Envelope Board and then will have one more thing I can check of my list!  

    The next thing on my list was to work on my card for the April Card Chain, that I belong to.  It's actually open to any and ALL card-makers and is hosted over at Deborah Nolan's blog - Society of Stampholics and is a monthly event.   All you need to do is sign up, create a card, we always have a wonderful choice of themes, sketches and ideas, and then email your card off to Deborah by the time states. She then randomly shuffles the names and sends out an email to all participants telling you who you will send your card too.  It's really fun and you'll soon start to build up a wonderful assortment of cards from all over the world.   Later in the month, after all the cards have been received, the monthly card reveal is posted. You can go HERE, to see the March Reveal.   Should you have any more questions, please feel free to visit this section of Deb's Blog!   I hope I can inspire more of your to sign up and enjoy this monthly card swap!! 

    I am very excited to have completed my card for April and wanted to share it here today!  Hopefully the recipient will not be one of my blog followers and so that it doesn't ruin her surprise?    I decided to use the color combination (Pink, Teal and Yellow) and also went with the theme of "Friends" to create my card, where I again has used one of my favorite new Penny Black Stamps, First Dance!  Yes, it's true, I am a bit obsessed with Penny Black these days, but wow, these new stamps are just stunning!!


  I started this card by choosing my stamp and instead of stamping and coloring it with my Copics, I wanted to again try more of the "Watercolor" look, so I grabbed my Tombow Markers and pulled out the colors I wanted to match this month's color combination -- Pink, Dark Teal and the Yellow.  I then simply colored directly onto the stamp, and once it was all colored, I used my Mini Mister and sprayed on a very fine layer of mist.  I then immediately stamped it onto my white card base and set it aside to dry.   My next goal was to add a bit more color, so I used scraps of deep teal and yellow and cut two thin strips to run the each side of the card.  The final step was my sentiment and knowing I wanted some kind of "Friend" greeting, I thought this one from Hero's "Live Life" Set, was perfect.  I completed the card by adding 3 little enamel dots!   Hope you like it!  

  That brings me to my last card today, which was created for fun and will likely be sent off to one of my Doxie loving friends.   I had recently viewed some super cute "Doxie" cards online and found out that that the images were from Penny Black, some of their older wooden stamps.  I knew I wanted to add them to my collection, and started to look on eBay and Etsy, and then quickly remembered to check "PB Stamps", which is a great online store that sells all things "PB" aka Penny Black.   After a little search I was able to find four stamps that I wanted to see if I could purchase.  I sent off an email and was delighted that all four were still available and could be ordered!  Yippee!  My package arrived yesterday and I could not wait to play with two of my newest stamps today!   The first is the cute little Dachshund is "Spotty" and I combined that with the "Love me love my Dog" sentiment stamp to make this card!!  


     If you are a dog lover, like me -- than I am sure you'll totally agree with that adorable sentiment.   This card is one that makes me smile and that's what makes it special!  It's a Happy Card!!     

A Little About Me

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Northeastern, Massachusetts, United States
Purple is my favorite color and ironically - Purple is the Awareness Ribbon color for Fibromyalgia, a chronic illness I now live with. I am a Mom to two grown sons, Alex who is now 22, and Brian amazingly is 26, now happily married to Meghan, my new "daughter" and living across the country in beautiful San Diego. I miss them so much and am looking forward to visiting them again soon. Hubby, me and our three "Pups" (Scout, a Senior Male Dachshund, along with Skye and Zeva, two adorable Chiweenies, who we rescued in 2013), all live very happily in a tiny coastal town in Massachusetts. I am very lucky to be blessed with wonderful friends and I adore and cherish each of my friends as much as my family! I am an avid card-maker and totally love every minute I can spend in my craft room. It's become my passion, a wonderful way to relax and my own little form of therapy. I also enjoy taking online card classes and technique classes at my LSS. Some day, I hope to get away from the cold New England winters and would love to live in a much warmer year round climate. Maybe even San Diego, but never too far from the ocean.