Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Trying to catch up...

....That is my goal today, to try and catch up on making some cards for my favorites challenges and also work on some projects for a big surprise that I will be sharing with you soon!     Be sure to stayed tuned for more exciting details over the new week or so!

    After two lovely days, today it's back to rainy cooler weather and I hope it's not going to last for long.  It is the perfect kind of day to catch up on chores, paperwork, paying bills and all that sort of thing and I'm happy that I have now accomplished all of that and still had time to work create two new cards.

    I'm also working on some "Pre-Class" Homework for the fabulous new "Watercolor for Card Makers" class that is starting on May 5th, over at the Online Card Classroom.  


   I'm really excited about this, as I'm finding I love the look of watercolor on cards and I also love trying new things and learning new techniques.   As soon as I heard that the next class was going to be a Watercolor class, I signed up.  Of course, I am kind of a "Professional Student" over at the OCC, and am thrilled to have taken every class that Jennifer and Kristina have offered.   I can't say enough about how much I enjoy their awesome classes and fabulous teaching style.    These classes are always well-loved and I don't know anyone who has ever been disappointed in any of the classes.   If you like working with "Watercolors" or simply want to learn more about them, I think you'll love this class!    The "Interactive/Live" class starts on May 5th, however, the Classroom, Gallery, Forums and such are now open and there are some awesome new videos to help us all to determine what type of supplies we may want to add to our stash for this class!   And as always, there are even student discounts to the stores that generously sponsor the classes, which is another bonus!  

      Obviously, all of the actual class content is Copyrighted and can't not be shared outside class.  We can however share any of the cards or project we created in class and I'll look forward to doing so, once class begins.   I was already very impressed with the all the information that was shared the new videos already and have already learned some great tips and placed my orders for the new supplies I want to have for class.  Hope to see you there, especially those of you who always take the classes, like me.


    Now, it's time to share my latest new cards with you.   The first one was inspired and created for this week's MUSE Challenge.  I absolutely LOVE the card that we have as our MUSE Card and I am very happy to be able to share of copy of it with you below.  It's a beauty and was crated by Marion Vagg, one of very talented Muse Design Team members:

Muse

Muse Challenge # 64

My Card

  As you can see, I took a few different ideas from her card and put them into mine, unfortunately it's a rainy day here, so my photo is not nearly as nice and bright as Marion's.   However, I did use the same idea of created a square card base and also used some of my favorite woodgrain textured cardstock, which I buy from Simon Says Stamp.    I also went with a pretty floral image and started with my "First Dance" stamp, which is a gorgeous lily flower and one of my favorite new stamps from  Penny Black.   I used different colors and also went with a circular theme as well as adding a simple little "smile" sentiment, but I was very much inspired by Marion's card!  

    I created a second card, also somewhat based on the same idea,  and have that to share with you too.   It's also a square card and has a pretty flower image "Etch Flower by Hero Arts G5749", and a sweet sentiment from Hero's "Find Joy CL497" Sentiment set both of which I bought over at the A2Z Scrapbooking Store on Etsy, my go to store for all my Hero Arts goodies.   For this card, I used my water-based markers, (Tombow, Stampin' UP, Hero Arts), and colored directly onto my stamp.  I then very lightly misted it with some Perfect Pearls Mist and stamped it directly onto Watercolor paper, the same technique was used on the first card.   I framed my image with some of my all time favorite "patterned paper", the Viola line from Memory Box, which is now retired.


   This card is being submitted to the "Anything Goes" challenge over at "Through The Craftroom Door",  as well as today's new Anything Goes Challenge which you can find at Fan-Tastic Tuesday.   I encourage you all to play along in ANY of these fun challenges.

    My last post today is a very bittersweet one, as the crafting world has lost a very kind and dear woman.  I was deeply saddened and very shocked when I learned that "Linda Palmer", died unexpectedly after being stricken by a massive heart attack this weekend.   My heart goes out to all her family and friends and to all her know her in the crafting community.     She loved her family very much and was always proudly sharing pictures of her children and grand-children on her Facebook page.  She is also a very talented designer and was a member of several different design teams.    I met her when I first started card-making and she was always a Joy to know and also spoke so kindly to all.   We both took Copic Classes together and also shared that wonderful LOVE of coloring and card-making.  

Shared from Facebook

God Bless you Linda!
 May you forever rest in peace, as one of Heaven's newest angels!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Today's the Big DAY!!!

    Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a really nice weekend and for those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you had a fabulous day with your family and friends.

    Today, here in Massachusetts it's Patriot's Day and also "Marathon Monday" and it's a day that once again brings back the memories of the tragic events that unfolded last year.   My heart continues to go out to each and every person, friend and family member who was injured or hurt on that very sad day.   I'm also so inspired by everyone who has shown so much caring support to Boston and am proud of our city and state, along with everyone across the country who have care so much!!    I'm very honored and proud to be "Boston Strong" and I honor each and ever runner who is out there running again today!


     I would also like to once again say THANK YOU to all of who were here on my blog last Monday taking part in the Blog Hop and Card Drive for "Little Lauryn".   I was so touched by everyone who took the time to stop by, to leave a comment and also to those who donated to Lauryn's fund and also are making cards for her.   My heart continues to go out to that sweet little baby and I hope and pray that each and every day will help her win her battle.  Please remember that this is a very long road and I once again encourage you all to keep sending cards from time to time, as it's very special to her and her family.   You can always find updates on her Facebook page!!    

   And now for the exciting news, I am happy to announce the Winners of the Blog Candy that I am gifting to two lucky crafters who joined me here last Monday.   I have close to 50 people stop by and that was very inspiring.   To draw the names for my prizes I used the Random Number Generator from Random.Org.

  These are my lucky winners!!

Prize # 1
Lucky # 4

Theresa  April 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM who wrote --  

  Lisa, lovely projects for Lauryn! You ladies are doing a wonderful event for her family. Will be making her a card with one of the images that I received.



Prize # 2
Craft Goodie Bag
Lucky # 11



 JoanApril 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM  who wrote --  
Thanks for allowing me to be part of this heartfelt experience.  Your cards are so cute.  Did you feel my AHHHH?

I will be contacting you both via email or your blogs this morning.   Please be sure to check your email, or blog comments for my message.    If you do not receive it, PLEASE feel free to contact me directly by email:   Purple_Place@verizon.net  -- Thank you!

CONGRATULATIONS to you both and I hope you enjoy your prizes!!


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 
Simon Says Stamp

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.

sketch_challenge_500

  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! 
    

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.