Thursday, July 22, 2010
Back on June 5/6th, 2010 tornadoes devastated our area, right down the road from where I grew up! Although it was several miles from where I now live I feel horrible knowing that people I grew up with, teachers I had, friends, and family were affected tremendously. Some lost their lives, some lost everything they owned, some lost family members, some lost all of the above and some were fortunate enough to escape by just having to replace roofs, windows, doors, contents, etc...IF YOU CALL THAT FORTUNATE!
Anyway, I held a huge fundraiser to raise money to help put a SMILE back in the hearts of some families that were affected by these horrible storms! My friend and I held a huge Garage and Bake Sale and raised about $6000.00. It was AMAZING!
Once the hard work was all over it was then time for me to start contacting the people who lost so much! What a joy and a true blessing this has all been for me!
Throughout many of my conversations I learned so much...and decided that replacing roofs, doors, windows, etc would be great but in most cases the insurance companies were taking care of things like that. So...here I sat with this money that was raised for the families...what would I do with it all? Well, I'll tell you! As I mentioned, I learned so much during all my conversations...I learned that one family was so busy that they actually schedule in a "Family Date Night" once a week just to go out to dinner and make sure that they are all staying in touch and up to date with what's going on. Unfortunately, they had not been able to do this since the storms because they really haven't been financially able to. I also learned that one families two children lost all their toys, another family was struggling to buy groceries. Oh, and one family was planning a Birthday Party for their daughters who were finally allowed to invite THEIR friends and not just family members. They were planning to have a luau at the pond in their back yard. So, after hearing all this information, anyone who knows me knows that my mind was working overtime to figure out what I should do!
Well...I'll tell you...
Bought tons of gift cards to various restaurants to send one family to dinner at least once a month for an entire year!
Took another family's two children on a shopping spree where they were allowed to fill up their carts with TOYS, TOYS and more TOYS!
Bought grocery gift cards for another family that should last them about six months.
Planned a Surprise Luau Birthday Party for the birthday girls! It's at a private beach and the family also gets two nights accommodations at the resort! Food is catered from Famous Daves BBQ and the invitations were handmade by ME! Talk about a FUN job! This was awesome!
Here are a couple of photos to show you
exactly what the invitations looked like...
OH, AND YES THEY WERE MAILED JUST AS THEY ARE! NO ENVELOPE NEEDED! The post office loved them! Hope the recipients are surprised and get a chuckle out of them too when they open the mailbox and find them inside...
What do you think?
So, some of the money has been spent but still not completely done! I will continue on my mission fulfilling small dreams of these families that have been through so much by putting "THE FUN STUFF" back in to their lives!
Hugs for now!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Now do you understand why I'm jumpin' for joy?!!! Wish me luck! Deadline is July 31st, 2010.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Anyway, this week at Stamtacular the challenge is to create a card of project that incorporates this sketch...
Here's what I came up with.
It looks different in real life but I'm still not that crazy about it! What I am crazy about is the fact that I finally got the opportunity to make my very first easel card! Not bad for a first try...Oh...and I will be making more of these! I just love them and it was so simple to make!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Anyway, without further ado, I'd like to share the aperture card I created for our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog. The challenge was to create an aperture card...Enjoy!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
It's now time to announce the name of the winner of the NEW Sarah Kay stamp set...
The winner is...Canntinia Matherin of Eschwege, Germany. Your card was beautiful! Please e-mail me at email@example.com by midnight, Eastern Time, Wednesday May 5th to claim your prize. If I don't hear from you by then you will forfeit your prize and I will be forced to draw another winner.
CONGRATULATIONS Canntinia! I know you'll love these stamps as much as I do!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Once you've finished creating a card(s), please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask me for my mailing address so you can send me your card(s). The more cards you send, the more chances your name will be entered.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
You made it! You're finally here! This is your final step before you're finished! What's left? Oh, I know! We can't have a card without a sentiment, now can we? Add a FRIENDSHIP themed sentiment somewhere on your card! It can be on the front or on the inside! Your choice!
Now that your card is finished...please be sure to go to our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog and leave us a comment on the BLOG HOP post with a DIRECT LINK to your BUILD-A-CARD so we can see what you made! All submissions must be posted by (EST) Sunday March 28th to be included in the Grand Prize drawing! Hope you have enjoyed your day and our hop here at Stamptacular!
Before you call it a day, I have one last chance for you to win a little something extra!
Physically MAIL me your completed BUILD-A-CARD (cards received will be used as a prize in our next BONUS FUN day) and be entered in the drawing to win this fabulous prize:
Cards MUST be in my possession by
Thursday, September 3, 2009
That's this week's challenge at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog...Believe it or not but I actually had the chance to get a little creative this week and had this card completed ON TIME but...my daughter had my camera at school and kept forgetting to bring it back home. Teenagers!
Anyways, it's a pretty simple card but it follows the rules and it's something I think I could actually feel comfortable sending to someone just to say, "Hello."
Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I've been up to lately...hope to see you here again soon!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog will be celebrating our Six Month Anniversary soon...So, what does that mean? It means...it's time for a DT call!
I have been so fortunate to have the PERFECT Design Team to help me get our challenge blog up and running! It's been a FANTASTIC journey so far...and with the support my DT and all our participants...life just doesn't get any better than this!
So having said that, it's time to start thinking about our future and adding to our team! Below are some requirements that each DT MUST fulfill in order to be a member of our team. If these are things you feel you are able to commit to, please follow the submission instructions so you can apply for a position on our team!
As a DT member you will be required to:
* Submit a completed project weekly, via e-mail, following the challenge requirements, no later than the Friday before the challenge is posted to the blog! You will get ALL of the challenges in plenty of time to allow you to complete them before the due date!
* Take excellent quality photos of your completed projects.
* Post positive comments on ALL participants' blogs sometime during the week of the particular challenge they participate in. NO EXCEPTIONS! Comments MUST be specific to each entry! MUST be done before midnight (EST) Friday before a new challenge is revealed on our challenge blog!
* SCHEDULE/POST your weekly challenge creations on your blog each week at 6:00AM Eastern Standard Time!
* Be an active DT member of our Sunday Challenge Blog, share with me any and all challenge ideas you may have and want to see as one of our blog challenges, and HOST challenges, if needed.
* Help to find sponsors willing to donate prizes for our challenges (this can be friends, companies or yourself)
* Be open and honest with me when you feel there's a problem or something needs to be addressed or anytime you just want to chit chat.
* ENJOY participating and being part of the Stamptacular DT!
ALL ACCEPTED DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS MUST AGREE TO AND FULFILL A SIX (6) MONTH COMMITMENT! (October 2009 through March 2010)
If the above sounds like something you would like to be a part of and you're interested in becoming a Design Team member for our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog, PLEASE e-mail me 3-5 samples of your BEST work...at least ONE of your submissions MUST be something other than a greeting card and ALL submissions MUST contain stamping! No scrapbook layouts, please!
Please e-mail your submissions to email@example.com by midnight (EST) August 23rd, 2009 to qualify. Accepted Design Team members will be notified no later than Sunday August 30th, 2009.
NOTE: be sure to put STAMPTACULAR DT CALL in the subject heading of your e-mail to be sure it doesn't get overlooked!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I had a trillion and one ideas in my head but none that I could get to turn out they way I had imagined so...here's what I finally settled on. Nothing spectacular but nonetheless...not a square or rectangle.
This card was inspired by a card I saw on the Hero Arts Blog made by Steff. However, please check out her card...mine doesn't even come close to the elegance and beauty she was able to create!
Now that your card is finished...please be sure to go to our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog and leave us a comment on the BONUS FUN post with a DIRECT LINK to your BUILD-A-CARD so we can see what you made and enter your name in the drawing for the fabulous prize up for grabs! All submissions must be in by midnight (EST) Monday July 20th to be included in this drawing! One lucky winner will win the following fabulous prize package:In addition to winning the above prize package the winner will also receive the Design Team submissions for this week's challenge!
Physically MAIL me your completed BUILD-A-CARD (to be used as a prize in our next BONUS FUN day) and be entered in the drawing to win this fabulous prize:
Cards MUST be in my possession by July 31st to be included in the drawing! If you'd like to be entered in the drawing, leave me a comment on this post, include your e-mail address and I will privately e-mail you my mailing address and give you any other details you may need to be entered in this drawing!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I can't give away all the details but I can tell you that you definitely won't want to miss this and I PROMISE it's something different than ever before! It's a day guaranteed to be full of fun and prizes!
Please join us for all the fun!
See you on Sunday!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Well, another week of 2009 has come and gone and with last weeks challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge we should all have a good start on our Christmas cards for this year, right?
Anyways, this week's challenge at Stamptacular is a card sketch! I LOVE sketches but this one was particularly challenging for me because our sponsor, Papirloftet, generously supplied each of the Design Team members with a kit full of goodies. The kit was fabulous and contained many different things such brads, flowers, charms, ribbon, prints and even cardstock but I was completely out of my element. I had never used the darling prints that they included and everything seemed to have a vintage feel to me. If you know anything about me...you KNOW I have no clue what to do with vintage! LOL
So...I would pick the package up almost every single day since I've received it wondering what in the world I could create with it...
Although, not my favorite card I've ever made I do like it. I really enjoyed using the flowers and think that placing them the way I did, instead of just using ribbon or cardstock for the band in the sketch, turned out to be a nice effect. You can't really tell but I handstamped all the cardstock myself for an added detail hoping that it would give it an even more "antique" look.
What do you think? I know, I know...stick to my own style! LOL
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
That's the theme for this week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge...Can you believe Christmas is only six months away? I can't wait to start my shopping...I just love the holidays! Anyways, here's the card I created. I heat embossed the tree and the sentiment in silver embossing powder and then added crystals to the tree and the snowflakes I stamped in the background.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thanks for stopping by and visiting me! I appreciate it more than words can ever say...
Sunday, June 14, 2009
So, now it's your turn! Let's see what fabulous creation you can make for a father that has made a difference in your life!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
This week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog is called "One for the Boys!" AND...what a challenge it was! You'd think that since I am the one who creates all the challenges that I'd be a little easier on myself...good grief!
In order to play along participants must create a special project for a man or boy in their lives. I decided to make a birthday card for a little boy! Thank goodness we had an image SWAP amongst our Design Team members and I got some wonderful "boyish" stamps! Otherwise...I would have been out of luck or heading to a store to buy something. On second thought, maybe that wasn't so smart of me...I had the PERFECT excuse to go shopping and passed it up?!? What was I thinking?
Anyways, here's what I came up with. Hope you like it!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Hi everyone! I'm so glad that you've been playing along with us in our very first Blog Hop! Hope you've been having a great time so far! Before visiting me, here at Skraptacular Designs, you should have already been to Paula, Nikki, and Line and seen all their fabulous creations, read about what they do during the summer AND left them some love by posting a comment on one of their blog entries. If you missed any of them...please go back and do so! You won't want to miss out on your chance at winning the Grand Prize once you've made it through our Hop!
During the summer, I absolutely love to spend every free chance I get hanging out with my family and friends! I enjoy inviting people over to our house for barbecues, WII tournaments, playing cards or just relaxing with a movie (even though I always end up falling asleep before it's over). When we aren't having loved ones over, you'll find me up in my office doing what I love to do...wasting time on the internet or stamping and creating projects to post on my blog. Included with this post are a couple of my summery creations that I've made. ENJOY!
BONUS CHALLENGE! Here is a little something extra...complete one of the challenges offered below and you'll be entered to win this fabulous prize: Create two of the challenges, you'll be entered twice. Create ALL three of the challenges and you'll be entered FOUR times to win this fabulous prize up for grabs...
FOUR Sugar Nellie stamps by Elisabeth Bell
2. Create last week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: "Oh, for the Love of Chocolate!": You are free to create whatever you wish as long as you use some sort of stamping and include chocolate somewhere!
3. Create a card or project using this sketch:
You will have until midnight May 31st, 2009 to complete your BONUS CHALLENGE project(s) in order to be entered into the drawing! Once you have completed your project(s) PLEASE leave a comment here AND send photos of your projects to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to put BONUS CHALLENGE in the subject heading of your post to ensure I don't miss your entry.
Enjoy the rest of the Hop!
I'm disappointed that my original goal just never worked out but I guess that's how things go every now and then...
I apologize for such a poor photo...This entire card is shimmery and has lots of detail that you can't see in the photo. I tried the best I could to capture all the features of this card but no matter how I held the camera, what setting I put it on, or where I put the card to be photographed I just couldn't get a good shot.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
What a super fun challenge it is this week at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Who doesn't love chocolate? I created the template for this jumbo candybar box-card myself and think it turned out pretty cute! The sentiment inside the card says, "Wishing you all the good things in life...friendship, happiness and chocolate!" PERFECT!
I definitely want to start making these as birthday cards for friends and family. Pretty simple, cheap and something different! What do you think?
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This week's sponsor of the challenge is Sketching Stamper and they were kind enough to allow each of the Design Team members use one of their floral digi-stamps for our project.
Anyways, here's what I came up with...
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is called, "Charmed, I'm sure!" The requirements were that you had to include at least one charm on your project. This was a tough one for me! I had NO clue what in the world to do with a charm or how to include it onto my card. I'm not completely satisfied with the final result and am really contemplating on tearing the card apart and starting over. Who knows what I'll end up doing but for now...here it is!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
These images are just that..."PRECIOUS"! When I was a teenager I started collecting the actual figurines but then, as I got older I discovered that I am not really a knick-knack fan! I am just not a collector of things that just sit around my house and collect dust... Now, don't get me wrong, I do still think they are absolutely adorable but have discovered that they use to make Precious Moments rubber stamps! I sure do wish I could find a ton of them to add to my collection without having to pay the unbelievably outrageous price that they sell for on e-bay! Good grief!
Anyways, I have a couple of them and decided to make a Get Well Card with one of them...
I created the image with a 3-D effect. I popped up several different areas of the image and really like how it turned out! I wanted to use ribbon this card but really didn't have any that matched so I thought and thought about what other embellishments I could use on this card and came up with absolutely nothing. Suddenly, I noticed an empty tape runner on the side of my desk and realized that the rolled up spool, that use to contain the sticky stuff for a tape runner, was actually crystal clear and not sticky at all! So, I decided to cut a section off and see if I could turn it into ribbon. Guess what? It works and I love how it looks! You can even stamp on it with Staz-On!