November 11, 2015

"Share Handmade Kindness" ~ Week 2

Week 2 (November 9 – 15) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with anyone who works/serves in our community – anyone who provides a helpful service to us.

My project for #sharehandmadekindness goes to my postman/woman. They visit me 6 days a week, rain or shine, sleet or snow and I am thankful for their service. 

The tag is from My Favorite Things. The cute envelopes are from the Neat & Tangled "Just Hello" stamp set and the sentiment is part of the Hero Arts "Happy Birthday" stamp set. For more information about the Share Handmade Kindness challenge, click on the icon at the top of this post. :-)

November 4, 2015

"Share Handmade Kindness" with Jennifer McGuire ~ Week 1


I think every one of us can agree that we love to create — cards, scrapbook pages, treats, and more. Making things by hand makes us happy. And when we share these creations with others, we also share that happiness. There’s nothing better! It’s a simple act of kindness that can brighten someone’s day and leave a lasting impression… and our world needs more kindness.
So, wouldn’t it be fun to encourage each other to turn the joy of creating into the kindness of giving? I hope you will join me here during the month of November for a “Share Handmade Kindness Challenge.” Each week throughout the month, we’ll challenge each other to share an act of handmade kindness with someone. Any act of kindness made with the hands from the heart counts! We’ll support each other in sharing these acts of handmade kindness with friends and family, children facing challenges, those who work in our communities (nurses, teachers, etc.), and complete strangers who may need a smile.
Oh, and by the way, throughout the month, I will be encouraging everyone to consider supporting The Kind Campaign, an awesome organization that is working to end bullying. I will be making donations, too!
To participate, stop by any time during the month of November. I will offer simple challenges and make it easy to be involved. You are welcome to spread the word with the hashtag #sharehandmadekindness. I hope you’ll join me in turning our joy of creating into the kindness of giving!

Week 1 (November 2 – 8) will focus on sharing any kind of handmade kindness with friends and family. This is often the easiest kindness to share, so it is a good place to start. 

Lawn Fawn's "Wish you were here" stamp set was perfect for this week's challenge. Although I call my mother twice a day, I wanted to send a reminder of how much she means to me. I kept it pretty simple so all of the focus is on the sentiment. I made an extra one for my husband to send to his mother too. 

I hope you will join in and be a part of the #sharehandmadekindness challenges. A big THANK YOU to Jennifer McGuire for this brilliant idea to get us crafters motivated! If you have never been to her website or blog, you really must pay her a visit. She is so talented and has tons of tutorials to share!

 Click on the image below for more information about the Kind Campaign

July 25, 2015

Grillin' & Chillin' Blog Hop ~

Welcome to the last stop in the Grillin' and Chillin' Blog Hop. If you arrived from Haidee then you are right on track. If not please jump on over to Lisa's blog, our hostess for this hop, so you don't miss any of the stops along the way.

This blog hop is a one day hop that is jammed pack full of some amazing projects. We have had so much fun creating this hop and we have a wonderful line up with some oh-so-talented creators. You will see some lovely projects having to do with cook outs and BBQ themes and have a chance to win some blog candy along the way!

We have 2 wonderful sponsors for this hop! SVG Attic is sponsoring a $15.00 Gift Card for the SVG Attic store and ScrappyDew is sponsoring a $20.00 Gift Card for the ScrappyDew store.

I made this card for my husband's birthday since he IS king of the grill! I used Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ stamp and die set along with a little piglet sticker.  I added Stickles to the grill grates for a burning charcoal effect and the clouds/grass are punches. 
Thanks so much for taking the time to hop with us! Your time and comments are always appreciated therefore I have blog candy up for grabs!! 
Congratulations to Krista's Paper Cafe!!! Please send your mailing address to and I will get your surprise right out! 
Simply leave  a comment then check back right here on Wednesday July 29th to see if you are the winner! Hope you have a crafty day :-)

July 12, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #109 ~ Sparkle & Shine!

After 108 challenges I finally decided to jump right in and participate! Lawn Fawn has so many wonderful's tough figuring out which ones to use. The challenge was to use anything that makes your project "sparkle and shine"..........

The frame was cut using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die. The background was created with DCWV glitter paper. The planes, dots and sentiment are from the Lawn Fawn Flying By stamp set that I received from the lovely and talented Annette.  I stamped the planes with Lawn Fawn Fish Tank ink on the Lawn Fawn Beachside 6x6 paper pad. As you can see....the larger plane is doing some acrobatics (it's upside down) lol 
The sweet birds and flowers are from the Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me Stamp/Die sets. I sponged some Lawn Fawn Wild Rose, Fake Tan & Mermaid ink onto white cardstock before I stamped the flower images.

I think it's still missing something where the hillside meets the sky so I will keep this open as a work in progress until an idea comes to me :-)

Ellen Hutson has generously offered up a $25 gift certificate to the online store! 

If you are interested in entering, this challenge is accepting entries until July 15th. Good luck!

June 25, 2015

Lawnscaping June Blog Hop ~ Lawn Fawn!

Hello and welcome to the Lawnscaping June Blog Hop ~ So glad you could join us!!! If you haven't already, be sure to hop on over to the Lawnscaping blog for details on all of the wonderful prizes up for grabs from some really amazing sponsors!
You have until midnight June 28th to enter. Winners will be chosen from comments left throughout the lineup and announced on the Lawnscaping blog next week so grab a cup of java or tea and enjoy the rest of your inspirational journey.

I chose to make a gift card holder using the "love you a latte" stamps and dies. I just adore this stamp many cute images and perfect sentiments!

You can find Kelly Gettelfinger's tutorial for making this card here.

Lawn Fawn Supplies: 
6x6 Paper Pads: Polka Mon Amie & Sweater Weather 

If you encounter any errors along the hop, please email Laurel directly at laurelbeard at me dot com. Please do not leave them in the comments.

Here is the entire lineup so if you need to grab another cup of coffee, you can pick up where you left off.  Thanks so much for stopping by ~ Hope you have a crafty day :-) 

May 30, 2015

Operation Write Home - ODBD May Challenge

The Our Daily Bread Designs challenge for May is embossing! I love the special touch an embossed piece gives to any project and there are so many designs to work with. One of my favorites is the star embossing folder.

Head on over to the Operation Write Home ODBD Challenge to link your embossed project up! 
Hope you have a crafty kinda day! 

May 23, 2015

Operation Write Home Finishing Strong Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Operation Write Home Finishing Strong Blog Hop! With the help of volunteer card makers around the country, OWH has sent over THREE MILLION cards to our deployed Heroes to write home to their loved ones!!!
Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. August 1st is the absolute last day that OWH will accept cards so if you've been working on a box, do not hesitate to get it in the mail! 

I want to give a big shout out to Sandy Allnock, founder & Executive Director of OWH. 
She saw a need and made it happen. I can only imagine how many countless hours she has put into this project. Not only has she mailed 3 million cards, she has taught me how to be a better card maker. By posting card shares, tutorials, challenges and fresh ideas I have learned so much about creativity and card design. I will continue to be inspired through her personal blog. If you haven't been there you must check it out. She is the Queen of Copic Markers and has some amazing things to share so bookmark it and check it out after the hop! Thank you Sandy....for helping us grow creatively, for helping us create millions of smiles around the world but most of all for the sacrifices you have made personally to bring this to fruition. You will always Rock in my book ((hugs))

The theme for this hop is red, white and blue. I am keeping this as short as possible because I know you have a lot of hoppin' to do so if you are interested in any of the products I used, ask me in the comments and I will get back to you.

Click on the Finishing Strong banner at the top of this post to return to the lineup. Thanks so much for stopping by today. In appreciation of your time, I have BLOG CANDY!
Simply leave a comment below and check back here on Thursday May 28th. I will post the winner right here on this post. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Thank you thank you thank you for all of the sweet comments. So glad you could join us for this hop. Congratulations Kristie ~ you are the winner of my blog candy!
Please email your mailing address to