August 29, 2012

I Believe There Are Angels Among Us Blog Hop ~

Oh I believe there are angels among us,
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours,
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give,
To guide us with the light of love.

When life held troubled times and had me down on my knees,
There’s always been someone there to come along and comfort me.
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand,
A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand.

Click this link to see a military tribute video using the song from Alabama

Today's hop may be the story of our own Guardian Angel who watches over us, the beauty of angels, or just expressing kind words. The craft blogging world is phenomenal as sharing loving thoughts and caring towards others.

We have fabulous sponsors today:

Lucy Kelleher, A Close to My Heart representative, has graciously offered a stamp set called "Angelic Blessings" to one lucky winner that becomes a follower of her blog!

Daisy Collins of I Love Sketches by Tsunami Rose, , also has a Zibbet store, , where she designs beautiful papers - has graciously offered to custom design a paper for one very very lucky winner that becomes a follower of her blog!

If you were visiting me today, I appreciate and love you visiting me, but would want you to start at the beginning of the hop not as to miss a single angel with Lynne. If you have arrived from Katie, then you are in the right flight!

My mother and I have never had a "bad" relationship but we weren't extremely close either. We would call each other every so often to catch up. About 3 years ago, she was diagnosed with oral cancer. I had never dealt with this issue and had no idea what to expect. Sparing you all of the details, she suffered some very dark days when she became ill from the radiation and chemotherapy. She told me that during her radiation treatments, she had to take her mind to another place to get through it and she kept repeating "but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles". Although this diagnosis was devastating, my mother and I are closer than ever and call each other 3-4-5-6 times a day. Life is precious and you do not know when your last day on this earth will be. Have faith that there ARE angels among you...even though you may not see them.
This was the day she received her "clean bill of health" certificate. She remains cancer free today.
 K Andrew Designs Stamp
The angel came from Bing Images
I will be adding the dates of diagnosis, treatments, etc. - didn't want to ask her and give away my project idea
Most of the supplies used on the above layout.
 K Andrew Designs Stamp - For more info, please see the Cards for Operation Write Home post.
Blog candy for one of my sweet followers ~ Winner will be announced on this post Friday 8/31/12. RANDOM # CHOSE #2 ~CONGRATULATIONS TO KATIE 
~~~ Sending prayers up for everyone on the Gulf Coast and hoping they too have Angels watching over them. Thank you so much for stopping by ~~~
Your last but not least stop along the way today is Jearise.

Here is the complete line-up of the angels in the blog hop just in case you get off the chosen path!!!
Lynne -
Kimberly ~
Lisa -
Lucy -
Tami -
Janet -
Katie ~
Michele ~
Jearise ~

August 21, 2012

Cards for Operation Write Home

Welcome ~ Welcome ~ Welcome

I have started to accumulate cards to send to Operation Write Home so I thought I would share a few of them with you. OWH is a non profit organization that sends handmade cards to soldiers currently deployed so they can keep in touch with their family and friends.  I have seen so many testimonials and videos from the soldiers that really warm your heart....especially when they receive a new box! Seems the cards go really quick so there is never an end to the need.  
Sandy Allnock is the President and Founder and has done an amazing job! She recently received letters from the 1st and 2nd ladies of the United States commending her for the hard work and effort she has put into OWH!!! How cool is that??   Way to go Sandy!!

Stampabilities Stamp - At the Beach (I1092), Cryogen paper, Black embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers - TB3, TB5, CR11, CT2, TN8, EB1, Spellbinders - Labels Three (S4-189), The Scrapbooking Queen Stamp - Royal Friends, Inkadinkadoo Ink - Brown (39-252752), Studio G glitter glue, Starfish is punched from a textured paint chip
Inkadinkado Doodle Frames Holiday (98643), red and green embossing powder, 
Halloween cards are due in by August 31st!
Stampabilities Stamp - Dracula (D1202), Stampabilities Stamp - Stick Family (384008),  Inkadinkadoo Stamp - Halloween (60-30184), Spectrum Noir markers - CG2, LV2, LV1, Black, GB5, Studio G glitter glue, Paper - TPS - Four Seasons (864975), Action Wobble, Stickabilities, Halloween Icons Glitter (220277), Ribbon Trends - Candy Corns (884965), orange & black embossing powder
Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), TPS Stickers - (334243 & 579987), Viva Decor Pearl Pen - orange

Inkadinkadoo Stamp - All Hallows Eve (60-30184), black embossing powder, Ribbon Trends - Spider Webs (884940), TPS Stickabilities - spider & web stickers
Cricut - Life's a Party (2000870), Viva Decor Pearl Pen - orange, TPS - Four Seasons
Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Inkadinkadoo Stamp - Gem Stone Cats (98982) & Marker Sketch Halloween (60-30184 discontinued), orange embossing powder, 
Fiskars Stamp - Latte Love (01-005511), Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles (S5-006), Green embossing powder, Spectrum Noir markers - EB1, PP1, PP5, Cryogen paper, Inkadinkadoo Ink - Brown (39-252752), American Crafts ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder - Cindy Loo (2000415)
This is my 1st attempt at making a card with a detachable bookmark. I used the A2 card but added 2" (I think) to the length and scored with the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool.
Spellbinders - Blossom Two, Peachy Keen Stamp - Everyday Character (PK-490), Simplicity Ribbon - Metallic Braid, googly eyes, pink embossing powder

Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Spellbinders - Picot Edge Circles (S4-345), Darice Ink - Turquoise (1027-12), Hero Arts Stamp - Always Thinking, Spectrum Noir Markers - CR8, TB6, Pop Dots, Studio G Glitter Glue
Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Hero Arts Stamp, Stampabilites Ink - Royal Blue, Spectrum Noir Marker - CR8, Ranger Liquid Pearls - Rouge (LPL28222), Kaiser Craft Pearls - Snow (SB794)
Cards with dark backgrounds must have a light colored liner in them so the handwriting will show.

Paper - TPS Simplicity/Four Seasons (850982 & 864975), Hero Arts Stamp - Live Life (CL493), Red embossing powder, Hampton Arts embossing pad, Stampabilites ink - Royal Blue
Paper - Color Bok Pastel (61176) & Hero Arts, Studio 112 - Spring Flowers (567696), Blue Embossing Powder, Hampton Arts Embossing Pad
Inkadinkado Stamp - Tell it like it is (98709), Ranger Ink - Sepia (AIP06657), Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles (S5-006), Ribbon, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye (TIM19510), TPC Studio Aqua (2010256), Spectrum Noir Markers - BT2, EB2

Paper - TPS (347104), Fiskars Flower Punch, Stampabilities Ink - Baby Blue (711408), TPC Studio Stamp - Faith Greetings (ST93463), Stampabilities Ink - Royal Blue (504548), Studio G Glitter Glue, Spectrum Noir Markers - CT4, BT7, PP5

Paper - TPS Four Seasons (864975), Doodle Twine - Primary Asst (2982), TPC Studio Stamp - Faith Greetings (ST93463),Versa Magic Ink - Agean Blue (VG-78), Spectrum Noir Marker PL2

Heidi Grace Stamp  - Sweets (66009), Stickles - Cotton Candy, Staples - Gel Pens, Flower/Brad - Blog win from Colleen Hathaway, Papers - TPS Daydream Doodle (975300 & 347104), Spellbinders- Lacy Squares (S4-295), Hampton Art Ink - Lavender (SP7102)

This is how I keep up with my progress. The pink is a notebook that I record products used. The blue paper is a checklist of numbered sketches.

The proper way to send in your cards:
OWH will send you this stamp for FREE! All cards must be stamped on the back and it really helps them save time if we take a few minutes to do this.

Here are the guidelines to consider when making your card:  
If you need some inspiration, OWH has over 150 sketches so the hard part is already done! I have pinned a lot of card ideas on Pinterest from the OWH blog hop and misc postings.
Testimonial from a deployed soldier.......
I received the box of Operation Write Home cards this morning. You all are AMAZING! Not only did it bring a huge smile to my face when I saw them but it has already lifted the morale in this place! I sit in a busy office so I placed the box on the front end of my desk and offer them to everyone who enters. I can see the look of appreciation on every face and when they say how thankful they are for them I make sure to let them know exactly who they came from. It’s the little things that keep us going. Thank you so much, your selfless actions and pride for our country make you our heroes!!
Kandahar, Afghanistan
I hope you take time to consider making cards for OWH. It really is a worthy cause and means so much to the recipients. If you do, please let me know! Would love to see your creations ~ always looking for inspiration! Stay up to date with the OWH Facebook Page!  Have a crafty day everybody!! 
P. S. Scroll all the way to the bottom of my blog....see the ticker? That helps motivate me to continue making cards until I reach my goal of 150. Then I can reset the numbers and continue. Pretty neat!

August 15, 2012

Winner - Easel Card Blog Hop

Good morning everyone! I really enjoyed participating in this hop and learning how to make an easel card. While doing my research, I came across so many cute designs and I hope you were inspired to try one too! Thank you for all the super sweet comments and I am excited to see new followers! One day soon, I will take time to visit each and every one of you for inspiration! I love doing "research" for new ideas! Ashley will be hosting another fun hop on September 26th where we will be showcasing Center Step cards. This will be another 1st for me so I better get started!!
Without further adeu.....RNG chose comment # 21 as the winner today!!!  Congratulations to........  LOVE your card. When we get home from lunch I'm coming right back here to make one of theses. Beautiful. TFS.  dmcardmaker (at AOL dot com)!
D, please email your preferences to  :-)

Tune in tomorrow for another great hop!
~~~ Happy Crafting ~~~

August 13, 2012

A Homespun Affair ~ August Challenge

Have you checked out A Homespun Affair's blog yet? This month's challenge is to create something using the following colors: 
I thought my card base was a little more tan but that's ok. I created this challenge card with Operation Write Home in mind so I am sure someone around the world will find a good home for it. :-) For the challenge, you can also use one of the featured projects such as a tri fold card or frame. May have to try one of those too! Hope you have time to join in on the fun! 
Supplies used: 
Cricut Lacy Labels Cartridge cut at 2-1/4"
TPC Studio Stamps - Dots & Stripes (ST93459)
CTMH Embossing Powder - Cranberry (Z659)
Peachy Keen Stamps - Wide Eyed (PK-757)

August 12, 2012

Easel Card Hop ~

Hey everybody ~ Thanks for taking the time to stop in and see me today. This is my very first ever easel card! It was so easy...can't wait to make another one. Shame I have spent so much time admiring them but thinking "I could never do that"!  Special thanks to our host Ashley for helping me step outside the box!!
If you are here from the fabulous Jamie, you are on the right track. I will try make this short and sweet so you can head on over to rockin' Robin and see what she has in store for you!

For the card base I used Martha Stewart Crafts Essential Paper Pad and Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles and Labels Four dies.

 I scored the top layer 1/2 way to create the easel

I used Watercolor paper for the image, Spectrum Noir markers, CTMH Dutch Blue dye ink and Stardust powdered chalk from Stamp n Plus Scrap n. The ribbon is Offray and the stamp is from K Andrews Scripture Sayings applied with copper embossing powder.
For the inside of the card, I used Hero Arts Good Friends stamp and copper embossing powder finishing it off with Hero Arts Pearls & Gems to give the card a place to prop.

Hope you are enjoying your walk through the easel card hop! If you have been here before, you know how I love to share! Instead of posting the prize, will choose one of my followers to receive something they can use! I will contact the winner to see if they like stamps, ribbons, brads, etc. Winner will be drawn on Wednesday 8/15/12.
Time to head on over and see Robin!!
~~~~~ Have a wonderful week ~~~~~

Challenge #32 ~ Ocean Life

Hello and welcome to challenge #32 showcasing ocean life! For this card, I used the adorable Fintastic Friends stamp set from Lawn Fa...