Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat with GRS!

Happy Halloween!  I hope you're having a great Halloween weekend!  My son, Matthew, went to two parties on Saturday night and had a blast!  I will miss tonight's festivities...I have music practice that I can't afford to miss.  As much as I love to sing, I'll be sad to miss seeing all the little ghouls and goblins who will come trick-or-treating.  If I hadn't missed last week, and if our performance were not just around the corner, I would skip and stay home!

How would you like to do a little early trick-or-treating of your own? Comment on this post between October 31st and November 2nd to be eligible to win a Gourmet Rubber Stamps holiday treat!  Be sure to comment on each of our designers' posts as well, because each blog has a separate prize!  Winners will be announced on the GRS blog on Thursday.

This fun Hallow's Eve stick chick card embodies all I love about Halloween...bright colors, cute-but-not-too-scary images, and some sparkly embellishments!  I started out with a rectangle of Copic blending paper, stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored her with Copic markers.  After coloring the background with pale yellows and yellow-oranges, I sponged in some billowy gray-black clouds using a scalloped circle mask and soot distress ink, then finished with a spritz of orange Smooch.

All of the edges of the card stock and designer paper were sponged with soot distress ink.  I added a sparkly bat, and a quilled flower layered with glimmer ribbon, an orange button, a sparkly bone, and twine.  

GRS Blog
Jeni Allen
Joslyn Nielson
Joy Stagg
Kelli Palmer
Kendra Wietstock
Pam Hornschu
Rose Ann Reynolds
Taylor Usry

Friday, October 28, 2011

CSS Blog Hop!

The Gina K CenterStage Spotlight Alumni are hosting a great hop with a sketch by our own Melissa Cash!

If you arrived from Joy's, you're on the right track!  If not, head to the StampTV forum to start at the beginning!

My card uses Theresa's set, Strength and Hope, which has beautiful quotes and this gorgeous Awareness butterfly, which raises awareness for all kinds of illnesses depending on the color you choose for the ribbon!

I colored mine with Copic markers, using the feathering technique to color the wings with a gradient ranging from blue to green.  Afterwards, I coated the entire piece with a quickie glue pen and some glitter for lots of sparkle!

Copic markers
sheer organza ribbon
paper roses
jute thread

From here, you're visiting Cheri!  Can't wait to see what she's created for us!

Enjoy the hop!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holiday Cruiser!

Here's a card made for Copic marker classes that I taught on Monday at The Enchanted Scrapbook.  It features Our Craft Lounge's Holiday Cruiser, a very versatile stamp for this time of year! We had so much fun!  I think the girls really enjoyed it, and we're looking forward to next month's class!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gina K Designs Inspiration Day 3!

Hello again and welcome back for the third day of inspiration from Gina K Designs!  Today we're sharing projects made with Tami's set, You Go Girl!, and with the one free with three, Pleasant Plurals.

My first card was inspired by yesterday's Clean and Simple sketch at Splitcoaststampers.  I added a layer just because I love the look of pink and black together and really wanted to make it pop!  This is a fun image to color, and the soft sponging of the background gives it a warm glow.

My second card is for Jeanne's HYCCT challenge, to make a birthday card.  There's a lot goin' on here with a pretty print, lots of bling and a gorgeous blossom.

Gina K Pure Luxury card stock

Basic Grey Out of Print designer paper
You Go Girl

Pleasant Plurals
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Tim Holtz tea-dye distress ink

Tim Holtz worn lipstick distress ink
Copic markers


I hope you've been inspired by our three days of projects!  Here are the designers participating in today's hop:

GRS Diners' Club

Here are a couple of cards with stamps from "Season's Greetings," the new Diners' Club set from Gourmet Rubber Stamps!  Can I just say again how happy I am that the adorable art of Tricia "Lizzie" and Meridith "Anne" is still around?!  xoxoxo

I just LOVE how you can keep things clean and simple, or you can dress them up in tulle and glitter, but either way, they're sweet!  Just makes me happy!

CPS Sketch 241

I had SO much fun with this week's CPS sketch!  It was one of those rare times when the card practically made itself!  I absolutely adore this darling stamp and these colors and papers!  Together, they make another great "girlfriend" card!  I'll be sending this one to MDAnderson too.

Gina K Pure Luxury card stock
Spellbinders classic circles 
Memento ink
Copic markers
My Mind's Eye designer paper, button, and twine
Creative Impressions ribbon

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gina K Designs Inspiration Day 2!

Welcome back for our second day of Gina K Designs Inspiration!  I hope you had a great weekend!

Today, our GKD team is showcasing the new StampTV kit, Wishing You Joy!  This is such a fun kit, filled with fabulous images and beautiful papers!

You might've seen my little snowman side-spring card at the release party!  This fold is a little challenging, but with Beate's video tutorial, you can do it!

Gina K Pure Luxury card stock
Wishing You Joy StampTV kit
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Tim Holtz tea-dye distress ink
Copic markers
Nestabilities classic squares, classic circles small and large
pink rhinestones

I found this paper on a shopping excursion went so perfectly with this naughty or nice stamp that I couldn't resist purchasing it for a super-simple, quickie project, Santa's list and accompanying card!  I had the junior legal pads cut at Staples ages ago, and they've been in my stash just waiting for an opportunity ike this!  ;)  I used liquid applique on his beard, and glitter on his hat.  So FUN!


Copic markers
Nestabilities long rectangle
Stitched grosgrain ribbon

Here are the designers participating in today's hop!

OCL Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop!

Today Our Craft Lounge's designers are having a blog hop in honor of those battling breast cancer!  We want you all to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you!  Our hop celebrates the courage and strength that it takes to Fight Like a Girl!

With two older brothers who were very excited, at least in the beginning, to have a baby sister, I've always been a girlie girl who has loved the color pink and girlie, frilly things!  Although breast cancer can affect men too, it is a diagnosis that women receive much more often, so it is only appropriate that the color pink be associated with October and Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The card I'm sharing today is definitely over-the-top pink and frilly!  It was made mostly from scraps left over from projects that were scattered across my workspace at the time, including some of my favorites like pink tulle, notebook print and music paper from Echo Park's Be Mine!

This image, from Our Craft Lounge's set, You Make Me Happy, is a beautiful illustration of the plant echinacea purpurea, more commonly known as purple coneflower.  For some reason, I find the daisy-like appearance of this pretty purple-pink flower absolutely enchanting!  I love the glow of its orange-green crown and the way the petals seem to bow to the sun!  Echinacea is said to boost the immune system, and maybe even to lessen depression, so this set is aptly named, and also totally appropriate for this particular occasion!  Hopefully, receiving a pretty pink card like this one would bring sunshine and hope to the one who receives it!

How would you like to get some great OCL products to show your support?  How about a Granny's Support Team stamp set and two jars of Sparkly Fluff ~ in shades of PINK!!!!  Be sure to leave comments along the way today...we will pick a winner tomorrow morning.

It's not too late to participate in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoaststampers!  The people of M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston would be thrilled to receive the cards you create!

Here is the list of designers who are participating in today's hop!  Remember to comment to win!  :)
Our Craft Lounge You Make Me Happy
Echo Park Be Mine

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Flower Soft Blog Hop!

At CHA this summer, Flower Soft added some gorgeous new jewel-toned metallics to their diamond range!  Their very names suggest opulence and elegance:  amethyst, emerald, and ruby!  To go along with them there is also a newer, finer texture of gold, and silver!  Gorgeous!

I know that Christmas is coming soon, but (being from Louisiana) when I saw the new green, gold, and purple together my first thought was Mardi Gras!  Lisa and Jeanne are probably not surprised at all to find that I made a Mardi Gras card for today's "All That Glitters" challenge!

I couldn't resist pairing a hat from Skipping Stone Design with a French sentiment from Flourishes which says "Let the Good Times Roll!"  The hat band includes the three traditional Mardi Gras colors of amethystemerald, and gold, with a rhinestone flourish for even more sparkle.

Of course, to honor my Louisiana heritage, I wanted to include some fleur de lis, too!  They're cut from some beautiful gold vellum and accented with even more bling.  The fancy tag 3's scrolling curves look lovely against the dark green of the card stock underneath.  Flower Soft's peel off gold stickers add shine and elegance to the long edges, accenting the horizontal lines.

You're headed to Cibele's next!  Enjoy the hop!  Be sure to comment on the Flower Soft blog and on the blogs of each of our designers to have the best chance at winning some gorgeous metallics of your own!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Gina K Designs Inspiration Hop!

Welcome to Day 1 of Gina K Designs' three days of Inspiration Hops! Today we're sharing projects made with two newly released sets: Strength and Hope by Theresa Momber, and Basket Additions by Melanie Muenchinger.

My first card features a gorgeous image and wonderful sentiment from Theresa's Strength and Hope.  This beautiful pink ribbon topped with lilies is so elegant, and I absolutely love this sentiment.  

In the close-up photo, all the sparkle, texture, and dimension of the paper tole is more visible. There are two layers of lilies atop the ribbon.  This card is my entry for Emily's PINK release party challenge, and it also qualifies for the HYCCT challenge I hosted on SCS on Wednesday, although I will probably enter it in Jessica's pink ribbon HYCCT challenge instead!  I'll be including it in the package of cards I send to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Theresa will be donating all of the proceeds from the first month of sales of her set, Strength and Hope, to cancer research.

Copic markers, Spica glitter pens
Cuttlebug and textile embossing folder
Self-adhesive pearls
pink lace

Here's a picnic basket filled to the rim with delicious things! Melanie's set, Basket Additions, also includes images for the crafter in addition to fillers perfect for Fall, Christmas, and even Valentine's Day!  This is such a versatile set, extending the mileage of Melanie's previous interchangeable basket sets.  LOVE that!  This card follows Theresa's release party sketch challenge!  Hope you'll play along!

Gina K Pure Luxury Card Stock
Melanie's Basket Additions and Holiday Basket
"For You" sentiment from Pleasant Plurals
Falling For You patterned paper 
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Tim Holtz tea-dye distress ink
Classic square nestabilities
Copic markers
scallop edge punch
jute thread

Here is the list of designers who are sharing their projects today.  I hope to see you back again for Day 2 on Monday!  In the meantime, have a great weekend!  Stay inky!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

You're Invited!

We are very excited to extend an invitation to tonight's Gina K. Designs October Release Party. We have a fun evening planned for you - chatting, prizes, challenges, stamp sets reveal, design team shares, and most importantly, at the end of the party you will be able to go shopping!

If you came from Cat's blog, you're at the right place. If not make sure to head over to StampTV where you will find a list of all those participating in today's hop.

Here's a tiny peek at one of the cards I will be sharing at the party.

Hope to see you there!  Here are all the details:
When: Today, Thursday, October 20
Where: StampTV Release Party Forum
Time: 7 PM to 9 PM (CST)

Head on over to Donna's to see what she's sharing with you today!  I will see you back here tomorrow for the beginning of our three day Inspiration Blog Hop series for October!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Squish 'Em!

I am delighted to be hosting today's Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I have had many friends who've been affected by breast cancer, so I'm happy to participate in this great support effort! As a young physical therapy intern, I actually worked at MDAnderson, so that makes this project even more special to me!

Whether it's a squeeze in the form of a preventive mammogram, the squeeze of a compression garment to minimize the swelling after a surgery requiring removal of some lymph nodes, or the loving {{hug}} of a supportive friend, a squeeze can be a good thing!

My challenge is for you to give some paper a squeeze! Dry emboss an element of your card!  I dry embossed and die cut several elements of my card.  

Our Craft Lounge Granny's Support Team
pink water-based marker (for coloring the sentiment "direct-to-rubber")
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots

Please join me and play along!  


I found a cute dangly wooden spider at Michael's (ha! this is one of those rare occasions when the words "cute" and "spider" actually do belong in the same sentence together!) and thought it would be absolutely perfect for today's Flower Soft color challenge:  orange and black!

Before fuzzifying my cute spider with ultrafine Flower Soft, I removed the hanging cord and painted the wooden shapes with matching acrylic paint front and back...the edges of the wood were sort of burnished, so I left them natural, which saved a little time! Once the paint was dry, I opened a bottle of Flower Soft glue and used an old brush to stroke it onto the front of one section at a time, making sure to let the Burnt Sienna thoroughly dry before moving on to the Black.  To finish, I replaced the original jute and bead hanger with a cute plaid Halloween ribbon.

I took these photos outside for the natural light, but since this is not weatherproof, my project will actually be displayed indoors...I opted to leave the back side un-fuzzified for easier storage, especially since it will be hanging from a peg against the wall.

Ultrafine Flower Soft certainly boosted the creepy factor and made this Halloween spider a whole lot more fun!

Visit the Flower Soft blog to see what my design team mates have created for this orange and black challenge.  My post may be a little earlier than theirs since I'm EST!  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

i {heart} papers Design Team challenge!

It's design team challenge day for our i {heart} papers team, and this month we are doing a product focus on Tsukineko's Fireworks! Thank you, Tsukineko (specifically, Mr. Petersen!), for working with me to arrange todays challenge, and for providing our team with Fireworks to play with!  We are so grateful for your generosity!

Here's what Tsukineko says about Fireworks, one of several new Tsukineko products released at CHA Summer 2011.
  • Creates colorful, sparkly, shimmery effects on both light and dark papers
  • Available in 24 colors, all complimentary to Memento colors
  • Easy to use, quick-drying on most paper surfaces
  • Water-based, acid-free and non-toxic
  • 0.5 fluid ounce spray bottle
I love using Memento inks and coloring with Copic markers, so I chose one of Marianne Walker's newest images, Katie's mermaid, to do a test run with Angel Pink and Summer Sky blue Fireworks.  I printed the digital image onto Copic blending paper, then colored her with Copic markers...if you recently participated in the Swimming for Katie three day blog hop, you might think these colors look familiar!  I studied cards by Marianne and Debbie Olson and shamelessly CASED their beautiful coloring while trying to add a little twist of my own!

I printed a second mermaid on regular copy paper so that I could make a mask to cover her torso, arms, and face...then I sprayed some of each of the two colors of Fireworks onto her hair and mer-tail.  I removed the mask and gave another faint spritz of blue to her body.  Once the ink was dry (almost immediately!) I carefully fussy-cut around the edges of the image, then added some sparkly Stickles to her fin, clamshell top (Eucalyptus), and hair (Crystal), and set her aside to dry (which took a whole lot longer than the Fireworks)!

On another rectangle of Copic blending paper, I used Memento ink to stamp a scenic background using Our Craft Lounge's set, Oceans of Fun.  Since Marianne also illustrated this set, the mermaid image looks right at home in this underwater setting!  After coloring it with my Copics, I sprayed the entire scene with both colors of Fireworks, misting more heavily with the blue to add to the underwater illusion.  I mounted the scene on some brightly colored card stock, and of course, since every mer-girl has her pearls, they were the perfect embellishment to frame the scene without obstructing the view.

I was glad that I gave the Fireworks a test squeeze before spraying my carefully colored image (a smart thing to do with any type of spray product!)  I found that the different colors of ink behaved a bit differently.  The pink came out in a fine mist, the blue a little more heavily.  I was able to adjust the direction and distance of the spray to achieve the look I wanted.  Since it was a bright, beautiful Florida afternoon and I was doing my spraying out on the front lawn, it was quite enjoyable!

I really love how shimmery this project turned out...the Fireworks inks were just perfect for this particular project!  It is much more lovely in real life!  

Kate will be giving away some Fireworks to a random commenter ON TODAY’S DESIGN TEAM POSTS, so the more you hop and comment, the more chances you have to win! The winner will be announced on Friday so you have until Thursday at 9 p.m. EST to leave your comments!

Here are the links to my teammates' creations! 
One final note:  it's not too late to complete Katie's benefit hop for lots of inspiration using stamps, digital images, and digital papers whose profits go entirely to Katie's family!  You can hop, shop and/or donate here!

CPS 240

This week's CPS sketch is a fun layout that screamed Halloween to me!  Our sponsor is by Stephanie Barnard for Clearsnap is perfect for getting thorough coverage on solid stamps!  I used Tangerine ink to stamp the web from TSOL's web4us, then sponged on Banana, Tangerine, Grape, and Licorice (sounds delicious, huh?!) from center to outer edges, then topped it with the itsy bitsy spider.  I outlined portions of the web with Stickles.  The smaller "quarter-webs" from spooky2scare frame the top layer, their corners glittering with some sparkly embellishments that I got on my last trip to Michael's.

Visit the CPS blog for more fabulous ideas using this week's sketch!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Reason!

I love traditional red and green for Christmas, but sometimes it is fun to use an unexpected color for a totally different look!  The soft purple tones of this Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather designer paper are a great alternative!

I kept the layout simple, and let this powerful sentiment speak for itself!  A sheer ribbon and jute bow, and a lacy snowflake topped with a paper rose add some elegance.  I love the symbolism...purple is the color of royalty, appropriate for the King of kings, the Rose of Sharon!

Christmas4Him from the {stamps} of Life
Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather designer paper
Stampin' Up Pale Lavender ink
Tim Holtz tea-dye distress ink
Spellbinders Labels 14
MS snowflake punches
May Arts ribbon
ivory jute thread
paper rose

Friday, October 14, 2011

Card Drive for Kids!

I am so delighted to be able to take part in tonight's CenterStage Spotlight hop, a special Card Drive for Kids with Spina Bifida!

You should have arrived here from my friend, Cheri's.  If you didn't, be sure to visit the StampTV forum to start at the top of the hop!

I made my card for a sweet young girl named Bekah!  I had a whole bunch of fun making it really girlie pink!  I hope she will love it!  I figured most young girls like pink, and clothes, and bling!

Basic Grey Sweet Threads designer paper
Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick distress ink
Nestabilities classic rectangles, large and small
crepe ribbon
jute thread
snowflake punches

You can participate  in the card drive too!  Here are the details:
Create a fun, uplifting card or cards for one or all the kids listed below (you can click on their names to read more about each of them). The card can be anything cheery, encouraging, supportive, etc.  Please DO NOT send sorry, get well or anything like that. Remember, we want to cheer them up.

The kids:
All cards need to have a message in it for the child/family. Please also sign your name and where you are from. On the card envelope, write the name of the child. Please, don't seal the envelope, as the parents might want to read the cards before the kids see them.

Mail your card(s) to Giovana along with a piece of paper with your name, address, e-mail address and blog (if you have one). This will help a lot to contact the winner a lot faster!

Giovana Smith
Card Drive for Kids
181 Perry Way
Yakima, WA 98901

Everyone who mails in a card for each of the children will be entered into the drawing to win a grand prize!  There are more than $400 worth of prizes!  Cards must be received by October 31st to be eligible for the drawing.

From here, you're visiting Giovana.  It is Giovana who organized this wonderful event!  Be sure to tell her thank you!  It's a lot of work to be the coordinator of something like this and she deserves lots of kudos!

Fall Flavor!

Here's a card for Gourmet Rubber Stamps Recipe #3...this was a simple, fun sketch!  I used matte multi-medium to give these Copic-colored caramel apples some gooey goodness, and added a little Flower Soft ultrafine sand "nut garnish" at the bottom of each!  Delicious!

Recipe #4 is up today, so take a peek and play along!

Diners' Club Set Tart and Spice
Kaiser Craft designer paper
Memento ink
Ranger tea-dye distress ink
Copic markers
jute thread
Ranger matte multi-medium
Flower Soft ultrafine sand

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Delightful Butterfly

I was so honored to be invited by my friend, Wendy, to make a sample for her Hope You Can Cling To challenge today on Splitcoaststampers.  Those of you who know Wendy know that she loves butterflies!  Butterflies are a wonderful symbol of hope and renewal, so they are the perfect choice for a card of encouragement.  The butterfly emerges as a fragile beauty, finally free from its chrysalis after a patient, persistent emerge from their struggle against illness strong and free is my wish and prayer for those fighting cancer.

Gina K Pure Luxury card stock
BoBunny Gabrielle designer paper
Dreams (Tami Mayberry for Gina K)
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Tsukineko Fireworks
Ranger tea-dye distress ink and vintage photo distress stain
Spellbinders Labels 14, butterfly
Pink Paislee Mistables, butterfly charm
Creative Impressions crinkle ribbon
BoBunny pearls
PTI ivory jute thread
Prima bling

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New TSOL for Christmas!

There are some wonderful new sets available from the {stamps} of life!  My favorite of the four is called includes seven beautiful sentiments about the real Reason for the season!

Memory Box's Mistletoe designer paper made the perfect backdrop for these beloved Christmas verses.  I  took an ultra clean and simple approach, using only a few embellishments to add impact.  A few strategically placed dew drop "berries" and an elegant silk bow bring an air of simple elegance to the first design.  

My second card is a window card that allows the verse to peek through from the inside.  When the card is closed, it looks as though the sentiment is adhered to the outside of the card, but when opened, a lovely layer of musical score is revealed underneath that supports the music theme of the sentiment.  The window is embellished with gold-edged velvet leaves and a gold bow.

Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Ranger tea-dye distress ink
Memory Box Mistletoe designer paper
Robin's Nest dew drops
silk ribbon

and for my 2nd card
Nestabilities classic squares, labels 16
Memory Box Mistletoe designer paper
Echo Park Be Mine designer paper
Petaloo velvet leaves
Creative Impressions crepe ribbon
Bobunny pearls

Visit the gallery at TSOL to see more cards made with this set and the three others that were just released!

Before you go, whisper a prayer for Katie Renz and her family, and if you haven't already, take the time to read her story and give your support!  More information is available here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Old World Traveler

This week's CPS sponsor is want2scrap.  I really love how their nestabling adds such elegance to a card!   The ones made with black rhinestones, in any shape, are my favorites!  This particular one coordinates with Spellbinders' Labels 2.

The designer paper in this card reminds me of the tile walls/floors of an old train station!    Black and ivory are so elegant together!  I paired them with a Gourmet Rubber Stamps stopwatch, inking everything with tea-dye distress ink to give it that vintage, time-worn feel.   I can just imagine a Victorian-era traveler pulling his watch from his pocket to check the time!

The days are getting shorter now...working under my Ott light in evening light, this paper seemed to have pale yellow-green undertones, so I grabbed some pale sage ribbon, some Kaiser Craft flowers, and scalloped lace to match.  The gold tones of the tea-dye ink helped warm everything up a bit and tie the colors together.    

I hope you'll join us for this week's sketch!  Check out the CPS blog for more inspiration!  

Before you go, I'd like to remind you of Day 2 of the blog hop benefiting Katie Renz and her family!  Please take the time to read Katie's story and give your support!  More information is available here.  

Basic Grey Indie Bloom designer paper
Gourmet Rubber Stamps stopwatch
SU! silk ribbon
May Arts lace
Tim Holtz charms
Kaiser Craft flowers

Monday, October 10, 2011

Swimming for Katie!

From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer. This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of three with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, just before Christmas 2010...a few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer.  Her first post about it was December 23rd. The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her September 18th post.

I love this darling octopus!  I couldn't resist coloring her a blushing pink and giving her a little sparkly Smooch make-up!  The background was colored a soft blue-green, then the ocean was dotted with pale green and pale blue-green to differentiate it from the sky.  I wish the photo could've captured the pearly sheen of her crown, make-up and tentacles, but it's been raining here for three days and unfortunately, a photo under the OTT light just doesn't show those little details.

Katie, my prayers are with you and your family!  I hope that you will be encouraged to see so many of your friends and colleagues rallying behind you and cheering you on!  Love is such a powerful force!  May you feel encircled by it like a lifesaver, buoyed by remaining in its midst!  Our hearts are with you even though we may be strangers, separated by many miles!

Clearsnap Smooch (Shabby pink "tentacles", green apple "crown", frosted aqua "eye-shadow")
Copic multiliner "mascara"
EK waves border punch

The exclusive stamp that I used, designed by Becky Oehlers, is available in several a clear stamp, as a digital or a digi with an SVG cut file. 100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family. Her husband, Kevin, and her three young children need our help and support. In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale. Direct donations are also being accepted. Information central is HERE. This permanent page at i {heart} papers has current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as links to make a donation. 

Here are all the items available for sale.

This adorable octopus is available in three formats:

This lovely mermaid, illlustrated by Marianne Walker, is available as a digital stamp with the accompanying sentiment.

True =D Doodle's darling ribbon fish and digital paper kit is a also digital download!

The following talented designers have posted a project for Katie today.  There are two more days of hops, so remember to visit i {heart} papers Tuesday and Wednesday for links to more designers!  I hope you will be inspired by them to make a purchase or a donation to support Katie and her family!  

Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile!

I am so glad that you are joining us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile.  If you came here from my friend, Laura William’s blog, then you are in the right spot.  If not, you may want to start from the beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog, and take your time!  You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes!

In a blog hop with this many participants, the odds are greater that there might be a broken link or two along the way!  If that happens, visit the master list at Sweet Stamp Shop Blog!  You can pick up where you left off, bridge the gap, and be on your way again!

In fact, you will wanna visit the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog to see the amazing list of prize sponsors!  There are over $2500 in prizes donated by some very generous companies!

Prizes will be drawn from the blog comments you leave, so be sure that includes your email or another way to contact you should you be a winner!  There will also be prizes drawn from the PayPal Donations list, and there will be a prize drawn for the Blog Hop Hosts!  See!  When you choose to bless someone, YOU open the door for your own blessing!  :)

And NOW for what this is hop is all about!  The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae. You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more.   Julie Ranae has had to have some major dental surgeries as a result of medications she took in her childhood.  She had planned to have all of her teeth replaced over the next five years, but then she chipped her front teeth about a month ago.  :(  The dentist said they could not be saved, and recommended that they be removed immediately so that her gums could heal...he recommended removing the rest of her teeth soon too, but for that day, only the front two.

The dentist's office offered to "work out payments" with her to have ALL this dental work done.  Her husband, Paul, was with her and that, too, was his understanding, but when Julie Ranae called to make her appointment for the first step of the process, impressions, she was told that the "payments" applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day.  So she found herself in this situation:  needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process…a total of $7000. 

Nicole Rixon, the owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about the situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight!

Because she is an event organizer by trade, Julie Ranae has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of contributing and "working overtime" toward what she needs,  the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done.

It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.

If you are able to help by making a financial donation, please click the donation button at the top of the sidebar to the right. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.

Isn't this timid little girl such a darling?  I was searching through my (mountains of) stamps, trying to decide what to use for today's hop, when I came across the "turn that frown upside down" sentiment in this set, PI and the Pinwheel!  It seemed absolutely perfect, especially along with the adorable notched tag stamp and die with the sentiment, "smile!"  I made a fun little pinwheel to dress up the inside too!  Julie Ranae, I hope you're smiling all weekend long, and that before long, your smile will be a big beautiful smile you can be proud of!  :)  xoxoxo

The PI stamp and tag stamp/die are from My Favorite Things.  The rest of the supplies that I used for my card are from i {heart} papers.  ihp has been celebrating its 3rd birthday all week long (that's a hint for a chance at more prizes, so scroll down!), and I am proud to say that Kate is one of the generous sponsors of this benefit hop for Julie Ranae!  i <3 ihp!

PI and the Pinwheel
notched tag stamp and die
Echo Park Be Mine designer paper
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Copic markers
Copic multi-liner (for pinwheel inside)
Pink herringbone ribbon
Pink bling

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog, With a Stamp and a Song!   Now you're off to visit Jacquie, Javablustamper.   Make sure you leave a comment here before you go so that you can have a chance at the amazing prizes up for grabs and if you are able, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend, Julie Ranae!