Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Badges and Flowers

Seems like an unlikely combination, but "Badges and Flowers" describes a the next papercrafting night which will be on April 8.

The "Badges" part of the title refers to the new Canvas Badge Buttons which will be given as a sample to everyone that comes. These self-adhesive embellishments can be used plain or inked up to match your layout.

I stamped the first badge below with the cherry stamp from the Mayberry stamp set using Smoothie and Olive ink. Then I sponged the edges with Cocoa. Isn't that sweet?

I sponged the second larger button with Olive ink, then stamped the small flower with Cocoa ink. Those of you that are more creative will probably come up with lots of other ways to decorate these fun buttons.

The picture also shows what the badges look like without additional decoration. The smaller button is turned over to show the backing that is easily peeled to reveal adhesive.

The second part of the title refers to the FLOWERS pictured below.

Hopefully, you are not getting tired of making paper flowers because I just can't seem to stop. This little arrangement was just too sweet to resist. It is simple to make using round and scalloped punches.
The night will also include:
  • An Easter Egg Hunt
  • Sample Rub-Ons
  • Creating a leather look from cardstock
  • Your choice of a 1x1 stamp
  • Door prize drawing
Additional information on this papercrafting night is here. Don't miss out! Please email me if you are planning to come.

If you want to purchase a kit, I need to know by tomorrow (Thursday March 31). Follow this link to see pictures of the mini-kits available for $6. You can also purchase the full Mayberry Workshop On The Go for $29.95 (plus shipping and taxes).

Have a PEARFECT day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hope for Japan

My mind can not begin to understand the magnitude of the destruction in Japan. Today, about 264,000 people remain in shelters and many don't know when they will be able to return to their homes. People are not only relying on the government and relief organizations for housing, but also for food, water, medicine, clothing and other personal needs. Many of these people are still reeling from the loss of friends and family members. Reading about the suffering leaves me with a sense of helplessness.

Most of you are probably aware of work that is done by the American Red Cross when tragedy strikes. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami is no exception. You can visit the American Red Cross website to read about the work they have been involved in since the March 11 tragedy.

I am proud to announce the Close To My Heart has provided a way that you can participate in these efforts. The "Hope for Japan" stamp set will be available through April 30 for just $5. Close To My Heart will be donating 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross to benefit relief efforts in Japan. 

Just drop me an email if you would like to order this set. UPDATE - This stamp set is now available and the item number is A1118. You can still email me to order or shop online.

Please visit the American Red Cross website if you would like to  make a personal donation. Together we can make a difference in the lives of the people of this nation who have suffered so much over the last couple weeks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cards by the Dozen X 2

It's almost time for another Cards by the Dozen workshop and this time we are making two dozen mini-cards (3" x 3"). These cute little cards are not mailable, but are great if you want to leave a little note for someone to find or use as a gift enclosures.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sensational Seasons

Today, I'd like to share with you all the fun I've had with the March Stamp of the Month, Sensational Seasons. My 10-year old daughter grabbed this as soon as I got it and has been creating all kinds of things ever since. It is her favorite of all the stamp sets I have. I finally had a chance to try it out for myself and I have to say, it is a good one.

For the first three pieces below, I used my daughter's technique of stamping the image in black and filling in with colored pencils. I used one page from a Mix & Mingle album for the base for the wall hanging below.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pearfect Spring Day

This weekend, I squeezed in a few minutes (ok, a couple hours) to play around with the Mayberry Workshop On The Go kit. Because I am so ready for warmer weather, both projects I completed have a Spring feel.

The first thing I made is the All Occasion card below. You could send this card to wish a loved one well any special occasion like a birthday, interview or test day. You could also use it on an ordinary day to make it special day.

You can make four cards with this design by choosing the Card Making Mini Kit option for the April 8 Paper-crafting Night.