Happy Mail for Grayson Card Drive

Just before Thanksgiving, Danielle from Neat and Tangled, heard news that a girl she went to high school with and her family had embarked on an incredibly difficult journey. They had discovered that their sweet little two-year-old boy, Grayson, had a tumor on his brain stem. Since then they have been on a roller coaster ride, and this is only part of the journey. Grayson will begin chemotherapy this month as the next stage of treatment. Through all of this, the family has stayed strong, hopeful, faithful and positive.  And Grayson is a strong and spunky fighter. Grayson’s mom, Jackie, has a blog she updates regularly, so you can get to know more about Grayson.

Danielle wants to just light up Grayson’s life with some serious happy mail!  She talked to Jackie, and she informed her that Grayson and his brother love to get mail…and so, here we have the Happy Mail for Grayson Card Drive. 

Grayson is super lucky to have a big brother, Aydan, who is four, so make sure to send some awesome cards to him too! These boys love all things boy: Rescue Bots, Geotracks, Angry Birds, Thomas the Train. Send these little men funny, happy cards! We all know how much love goes into a handmade card, and even better how personalized they can be!

The drive will run from January 21 – February 28
(If they arrive late because they are International that’s okay too!)

Send cards to:
Grayson Savery and/or Aydan Savery
c/o Danielle Walls
P.O. Box 5808
Wilmington, DE 19808

Thank you in advance for your cards! Please feel free to share with your crafty friends.

Color Blocking

After making  this card, I decided to make a similar one inspired by this gorgeous color-blocked card by Maile Belles for the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s. Maile Belles is a phenomenal cardmaker/stamper whose work never ceases to inspire me!

ColorBlock

I played around with the ratios of the colors a bit and found that the card design was most appealing when the three colors were used in different amounts.

Retrosketches #46 with Hero Arts stamps

The sketch at Retrosketches this week presented a terrific design challenge of balancing pattern and color.

The ever-so-slightly longer days here in the Pacific Northwest have me thinking about spring and led to my choice of bright-colored cardstock and a floral motif for my card.

Retro46

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (yellow); Colorbox white pigment ink; May Arts twine; My Mind’s Eye button

Mojo Monday 276

It’s been awhile since I’ve played along with the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. This week’s sketch caught my eye, and I was in the mood to try something different.

StampinUpMojoMonday I used the Stampin’ Up “Language of Friendship” stamp set that I received with a cardstock order several months ago.

Additional Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock; Versafine ink; Spellbinders dies; Echo Park patterned paper; May Arts twine; October Afternoon button; Fiskars punch; Sizzix embossing folder

Paper Smooches Sparks Trend Watch challenge

This week’s Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge is to use the picture below as inspiration for a card that is VINTAGE.

After a lot of ideas swirled through my head, I became inspired by the vintage papers in Basic Grey’s “Paper Cottage” collection. I love the soft teal, gold, and dark gray. I imagined the snowman from “Freezy Fellas,” who I feel is vintage-y in his top hat, greeting spring by protecting himself with a parasol from the sun. Instead of hiding from the new season, he’s ready for it!

Vintage Sparks

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (gray); Spellbinders oval die; Echo Park digital paper (background); Divine Twine

Neat + Tangled January Release Day #4 – “Party Dots”

It’s Day Four of the January Release at Neat & Tangled Stamps. Today, I’m showing three cards I created with “Party Dots” – an incredibly versatile set that includes a must-have “Let’s Celebrate” sentiment stamp. This stamp set lends itself to card making for a multitude of occasions – weddings, wedding announcements, birthday parties, graduations, …

For my first card, I heat embossed the background with one of the dots stamps using Versamark and American Crafts Zing! powder. I stamped the die-cut heart with silver pigment ink. The “Let’s Celebrate” banner and sentiment are heat embossed with Hero Arts silver powder. I guess when I think “celebrate” I turn to metallic colors!

Neat + Tangled January Release

My second card is similar – the die cut hearts are stamped with pigment ink and the “Let’s Celebrate” banner and sentiment are heat embossed with Hero Arts silver powder. I added a few rhinestones for some bling!

Neat + Tangled January Release

For my final card, I heat embossed the sentiment onto a die cut banner and paired it with an EK Success wedding cake.  The background is dry embossed.

Neat + Tangled January Release

Don’t forget to head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the design team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive the “Party Dots” stamp set! While you’re there, check out the posts from the rest of the week as well. You still have time to enter to win the sets revealed earlier this week. All of the January release stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, tomorrow, Friday, January 11.

 

Thanks a Bunch!

This week’s Retrosketches sketch is fantastic, and I couldn’t wait to play along!

RetroSketchesthankscard

I combined a monkey and banana from a Hero Arts digital set with some of the newly-released Hero Arts stamps. The tweed background stamp is one I will be reaching for all year!

I’m also linking this card up with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge focused on “Thanks.”

Supplies: October Afternoon Midway Collection (orange-striped paper); Hero Arts Monkeying Around digital stamp set

Pinspired Challenge #1

It’s time for the first Pinspired Challenge! The inspirational photo is for you to interpret anyway you want! You can take from the colors, the style or the technique! You can also make any kind of craft you want as well, whether it’s a card, layout or altered item!

 

This first challenge is sponsored by The Alley Way Stamps who are generously offering the winner one stamp set of their choice.

 

Here’s my take on the challenge image:

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I wanted to capture the birthday theme, as well as the colors, from the pinspiration. I added a dry embossed background to replicate the polka dots on the cake.

Be sure to head over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” (aka Design Team) and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads” and will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog, as well as the prize from The Alley Way Stamps. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Neat + Tangled January Release Day #1 – “My Heart Sings”

It’s Day One of the January Release at Neat & Tangled Stamps. Danielle has knocked it out of the park with her “My Heart Sings” set! This stamp set would work equally well for Valentine’s Day, weddings, engagement parties, … you get the idea, anything connected with LOVE!

For my first card, I stamped the set’s pair of birds onto Teresa Collins’ musical notes paper and joined them with a stamped, die-cut heart.

JanRelease-JM

For my second card, I colored one of the birds with Copics and added a touch of Ranger Stickles.

JanRelease-JM2

Head on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the design team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive the “My Heart Sings” stamp set! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, January 11.

CFC84: Thank You

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a Clean And Simple Thank You card. I haven’t made a “CAS” card in awhile and every time I do, I’m that much more impressed by the designers who craft in the CAS style on a regular basis. They’re deceptively difficult!

CASThanks

I covered up the “you” of the “Thank you” sentiment with some Echo Park stickers for a punny sentiment.

Starting with this challenge, Ellen Hutson is going to be a monthly sponsor over at CAS-ual Fridays. How fabulous is that!

Supplies: Echo Park stickers; Stampin’ Up cardstock (grey); Divine Twine; Mossy Made button