Hello Members and Friends. As many of you know, I've been having website issues which has prevented me from blogging. To solve this problem, I have revived my old blog -- with an updated look! -- and integrated it into my current website. So this blog is coming to you from a different platform (hence the word typepad in the address) but if you look across the top navigation bar you will see all the links to my website. So click on Gallery or What's New links above to see tons of new samples and new products! And be sure to check out the really cool Classes/Events page with an interactive calendar! Whew Hoo -- and I did it!
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Here's what you will find in this post:
- Easter samples featuring new dies and stamps
- Make and Take Card
- New Challenge Card drive
- Chloe's Birthday Sale
As they say, Easter's on its way so today I want to share some fun Easter cards featuring all kinds of bunnies, Easter eggs and peeps! On the left is a card that you could use all year round for friendship, thanks or thinking of you occasions. I stamped Stamping Bella's Peeps stamp and colored it with Copic markers. Hiding behind the stamped and matted image is a fabulous new die from Penny Black called Edger. Remember ... you can see details of all the supplies I used on these cards be clicking on the Gallery link above and clicking on the card.
Look at this bunny! He is so realistic. I simply stamped the Impression Obsession image with Versafine Sepia ink then colored it with tan and light brown chalks. I matted the image in brown and stamped a border on a green folded card with the sepia ink. Design inspired by Laura Fulcher.
These bunnies look like they are having a lot of fun! I cut the egg with an egg stacklet die then stamped it with a pretty floral border. I die cut the front of the green card with the stitched floral background from Memory Box (Floral Breeze) and inlaid the flowers and dots in yellows, pinks and oranges. A few sequins and some playful bunnies and the card is complete. Design inspired by Jean Okimoto.
Easy and Impressive! I cut the Impression Obsession dies Easter Cutout Square and Bunny Set medium from white metallic cardstock and the square frame from beautiful teal cardstock using Memory Box stitched squares. Mount them using foam tape and you're done! Design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo.
See the three "ribbons" in the background? They look exactly like 3 sizes of grosgrain ribbon but they are actually made with a new Memory Box die called (appropriately enough) Grosgrain Ribbons! The die cuts the ribbons in 3 sizes and embosses the horizontal lines. Now you can always match the color of your ribbon to your card. The egg is the new Memory Box Happy Easter egg.
March Make it and Take it Card
Spring Challenge: Cards for Cancer
Thanks to all of you who participated in our last Challenge we were able to donate almost $200 and many cards to the Animal Rescue League of El Paso to care for homeless dogs and cats. Our new challenge is to create cards for people who have been touched by cancer. I know many of you have experienced cancer personally or through a loved one. I have been a breast cancer survivor for over 26 years and was fortunate to be a founding board member of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation in El Paso. The RGCF is a non profit foundation that cares for the cancer community with grants but just as importantly keeps cancer survivors and their caregivers connected and informed. This organization was created when the non profit El Paso Cancer Treatment Center was sold in 1996. RGCF will use the cards we donate to comfort and encourage cancer patients.
To encourage you in our challenge, for every card you donate will earn you a 5% discount on any one item. Discounts limited to 5 cards or a 25% discount.
Some of the cards that I created are displayed below, but you can see others in our Encouragement Gallery. While most of these cards have a cancer ribbon theme, please feel free to donate any kind of card with an encouragement theme. If you want to make cards similar to mine, here are the stamp and die sets that I used:
Paper Smooches stamps and dies, Hope
Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo Choose Hope
The Stamp Act also has several pink ribbon papers (12" x 12").
Please click over to the Encouragement Gallery for more inspiration and to see all products used in creating these cards. On these cards used several decorative papers which are also available.
Design inspired by Kim Singdahlesen
Happy Birthday Chloe
My precious baby turned 15 years old last week! This picture is from 2003 and shows her in bed with her toys. Unfortunately, Chloe celebrated her birthday at the vet's office being treated for an eye infection complicated by a return of the vertigo she had last summer. But Chloe is a very resilient little pup and continues to improve. She welcomes visitors and has asked me to give each of you a birthday present from her -- a 15% discount off any one item. Just mention Chloe's birthday when you stop in!