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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop

 Here is my entry into this month's blog hop.  It has been a long time since I played along.  Too long.  Maybe that will bring me luck in the contest.  Anyway, here is my take on the inspiration photo.  It was a beautiful photo.  Lots of luscious blues and silver and white and green.  Love all those colors.  I am a blue kind of gal.  I used a very old stamp set that is not PTI.  I used Rustic Wreath die cut and Tropical Teal CS, White CS, and lots of pretty sequins and silver pearls.  I think it is awesome and festive.  Couldn't decide if or where to put a small sentiment, so I left it off.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  There are so many blessings from God to be thankful for.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Childhood Cancer Fundraiser Auction Winners

Here are the winners from the auction last week.  I will contact you individually with your totals.

Susie Hilsman: red and blue card set in the file holder
Lisa Spence: cake of your choice coupon
Kim Saint: 3 dozen cookies coupon and Fruitful card set
Gwen Sibert: prayer journal, flower thank you notes, and special request Tenn. football cards
Deidra Sibert: beer card set
Leslie Kubik: pink and gold card set
Beth Ann Parnell: 10 card set
Melody Still: 10 card set and Sunshine gift bag and card with lemon cookies
Andrea Eckardt: teacher thank you, beautiful blooms notecards, 10 card set, flower thank you cards
Margie Arney : special request kids birthday cards

Thanks to all of you we raised $293.  Wow!!  That is pretty good.  Thank you all so much for participating.  I will be thinking about next years event, and hopefully I can figure out  more accurately what you might want to bid on going forward.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

3rd Annual Sibert Childhood Cancer Awareness Fundraiser September 20-26th

Hi, Friends and Family.  It is that time of year again for our annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Fundraiser.  Some of you may be new to this, so I thought I would give you some background info.  We started doing this fundraiser because we are so grateful to God for the fact that our son's brain tumor is not cancerous, because so many childhood brain tumors are very malignant and vicious.  In our recovery journey from John's brain tumor surgery 3 years ago and regular check ups with his neuro-oncologist, we have met and read about so many children who are suffering from different types of pediatric cancers.  It breaks our hearts to see so many children and their families when we go for our visits.  We wanted to do something to help them, even something small.  We are so thankful for our good prognosis, but know very well that it could have been so very different and we could be fighting a whole different battle.  Please join us to help give hope and a cure to these children.

Our fundraiser is a kind of auction of handmade card sets, gifts, and baked goods.  Here is how it works:
1.  Starting September 20th- September 26, I will be posting different card sets and items in their own separate posts here on my blog.  Each item will have a minimum bid amount.

2.  You will simply click on the comments section to bid on these items.  You may start at the minimum bid amount or go ahead and bid higher.  Bidding wars are encouraged and are always done in a friendly manner.  Check up on the items you want frequently to make sure you get the chance to bid up and win them before the week is up.

3.  At the end of the week, I will see who has bid the highest for each of the  items and post the winners.  Please make sure I get your email address, so I can contact you to give you your total donation amount and make arrangements to deliver your items.  If you live out of town, you will have to pay for shipping costs as well as your donation amount.

4.  If you do not want to get any of the items I have posted, but want to donate to our fundraiser, simply go to this link and you can donate directly to the Alabama Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder Research Fund.

5.  All donations will go to benefit the Children't Hospital of Alabama Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorder research department.  We specify that all funds be used for neuro-oncology (brain tumors and brain cancers).

Any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.  Thank you so much for your participation in doing this.  Your generosity is such a blessing to so many people and motivates me to keep doing this.  Our goal this year is to raise $650.  I think we can do it!

Here are a couple of photos as a sneak peek of all the cards I have made for you to bid like crazy on.  It's a lot.

MIM: pocket tags with pull out embellishments

Whew!  I can't believe I got to play along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge this week.  Seems like forever since I had time to craft along with all of you.  Here is my take on the challenge.  I used a card design I found from a Stampin' UP! and My Favorite Things design team member.  I used Christmas dsp from SU!, stamps from my PTI Tinsel and Tags and Christmas sentiments stamps.   I used the PTI holly leaves and vintage ornaments dies.  I kind of like how it turned out.   Love the mix of patterns.  I have to admit mixing patterns is kind of scary.

Hope everyone is having a blessed week.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with too.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Masculine cards and more

Still playing with the designer papers from my paper share today.  I think I came up with a few clever ideas.  I did not copy anyone's cards that I know of here, they are my designs.  Might explain the subtle design flaws, but it feels good to flex my own creative muscles every once in awhile.  ;)

I also wanted to crank out a few masculine designs and when I saw that watercolored splat/blotch piece of paper, it just called out for masculine cards to be made out of it.  I sure wish I had a whole paper pack of just that print.  I love the soft yet wonderful masculine tones.  Feels woodsy in a way.

I am also entering one of these cards into the MFT Summer Card Class contests on breaking up straight lines with some curves or soft elements.  I have lots of straight layers, but the focal point softens them with it's curves in die cuts and patterns.  I like it.

Hope you all are enjoying your last few days of summer before school starts back.  Have a lovely day.

Papers: Stampin' UP! soft suede, grey, lost lagoon, sahara sand, hello honey, mint macaron, night of navy, kraft, mellow moss, and English Garden dsp

Stamps: SU! watercolor wings, PTI Cold Brew, Queen Bee, and a Think Big Favorites set.

Plaid Builder love

I tried so hard to resist getting the new Plaid Builder stamp set from PTI as well as the Bowl of Sunshine set and a few other goodies, but they were just too much temptation for me.  I love them.  I have had a fun time playing with them and making some pretty cards in the last few days.   Don't you just love the beautiful clean lines of those plaid patterns.  So easy.  And that bright cheery fruit is just delicious.

My only complaint with the plaid builder set is that it is time consuming to make several card front sized pieces to play with, so instead of making 2 of each card, I usually just have time to make 1.  I will work on that and see if I can't be a little more efficient.  Enjoy the samples.  I case'd several of the wonderfully talented ladies on the PTI design team and substituted elements where I didn't have what they used.   The scale image is from a Clear and Simple Stamps set I got awhile back.  May have to get the Second Helping of Sunshine set for Christmas.  I love fruit and anything food related. Can't wait to try my hand at some masculine cards next.

Playing with designer papers

I joined a new Stampin' UP! 2015-16 catalog paper share this year.  I got a sample of all the new designer series papers.  I really like several of the stacks.  Often times I order a whole package and then have a hard time using those papers.  Call it hoarding, call it creativity block, or just having too much of a good thing to use them up.  While I really like several of the designer series paper packs, I am not going to order any of the whole packages.  Why?  For those very reasons stated above.  Even with just a small sized piece of the papers from the paper share, I struggle to figure out how to use them on cards.  I spend a lot of time culling Pinterest trying to find ideas.

Here is what I have come up with in using several of those papers.  I am quite happy with the results and hope to continue using them up entirely in the next few weeks.  That way I can feel good about having bought the paper share and that I actually used it.  Score!  I am meeting my goal of using up my stash.  

Using some of the Go Wild papers.  I got this card idea from Inge Groot from Stampin Cards and Memories.

Pretty Petals DSP stack.  Several ideas from Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty.

School House DSP and card idea from Inge Groot.  I am loving the Joy fold card technique.  Fun way to make a card.

Bohemian DSP.  

English Garden DSP.  I got several ideas from different people.