Basket Sneak Peek

If you’re reading recent posts here on my blog or at Facebook then you know I’m giving away a HUGE grand prize basket for my hop.  Remember to enter you MUST send me a card.  Please see the left sidebar for details.  Here’s a sneak peek of what one lucky winner will receive.  What you can’t see in this photo is a purple leather 12 x 12 album, 4 Cricut Cartridges, the Cosmo Cricket kit, and bunches of other things.  Plus sponsors are still sending stuff!  Trust me…you DO NOT want to miss out on your opportunity to win this basket!!!!

Another card for the cause

Here’s another card I created.  The sentiment on this card is actually from Verve’s Breast Cancer Awareness set called  Believe (now on sale).  It is so fitting for Domestic Violence too.  In some ways, domestic violence is worse than having cancer.  It’s kind of emotional cancer along with the physical issue/problem.  At any rate, like my card says…victory IS possible if you fight for it.  I am four years out and sometimes it is still a daily battle to be victorious.  Maybe battle isn’t the right word…maybe the word is choice.  I choose to get the best of my situation, not let it get the best of me because life isn’t about what happens to you, it’s about what you do with what happens!

Supplies Needed:
A2 Card Base ( I used Core’dinations)
4 x 5.25 piece of patterned paper of choice for your background mat (I used a piece from We R Memory Keepers Fun Fetti stack)
Spellbinders Labels Four
Ribbon
Ghetto Bow Board (or however else you tie your bows)
Beaded Corsage Pins (made with beads from my stash)
Flat backed pearls and bling (from Craft Warehouse)
Martha Stewart Edge Punch (I forget the name)
Coordinating scrap paper for punched edge and Spellbinders shape
Stamps (Verve)
Versafine Ink (I LOVE this stuff)
ATG

Using your Labels Four, cut the biggest two label shapes out.  I cut them in green and purple.  Stamp your sentiment or image in the smaller label, let dry adhere to bigger label.  Mount your background paper in the usual manner.  Using your scrap pieces of, make sure you have strips that are 5.25 wide (same width as your background paper).  Punch in the middle first, then down each side.  Set aside   Do the same with two or more colors.  Layer these punched pieces how you like.  Then, tie your bow using your ghetto bow board:

Remember this hideous thing?

Adhere your bow to your punched border.  I run ATG tape on the front and back to secure the ribbon and bow, but others just tape it to the back of the paper.  Do what suits your fancy.  Now adhere this where you want it on your card…as you can see I put it on the bottom of my card.  Add your stamped Labels Four piece, some pearls and bling and voilà!

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Check out my left sidebar!!!  This sidebar button has all the details for the cards for a cause fundraiser I’m doing.  I would be honored if you’d post it on your blogs too!

Cards for a Cause

I’ve blogged a lot about my story.  My story though, is not uncommon.  It is a silent killer that is directly responsible for the deaths of 3 women every day on average.  One in eight women will experience Domestic Violence in their lifetimes and women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year.  Even more upsetting is the fact that over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year. Those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally.  These statistics are sad and overwhelming, but help IS out there for those that choose to break the silence.

One such place that people can turn to for help is the Bradley Angle House.  With a 1k donation, 24 families can begin the road to recovery from this silent (yet devastating) way of life.  Will you help me help others?  Remember:

I firmly believe that with hope, ANYTHING is possible…including recovery.  I am living proof of that.  My life at the moment is still plagued with stress, turmoil and difficulty, but I am safe and I am happy.  Because of this, my children are now thriving in ways I never knew they could.  One of my favorite scriptures on hope is Lamentations 3:24 that says “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.”  Let us also not forget Psalms 71:14 that says “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more.”

I haven’t always had the hope that I now do and I know there are other women in my community where I was years ago…hopeless, or feeling like it anyway.  I feel an intensely burning desire to pay all the love and kindness I have received forward.  I want to do my part to help these women find something to hope in or something to hope for.  I believe that while we are anxiously engaged in serving one another, we ultimately then serve God.  He has asked us to be His hands has He not?

I am hosting a Royal Purple Freedom Hop on June 10th.  I have a line-up full of some incredible talent, many of whom have experienced Domestic Violence themselves.  The grand prize for this hop will be a gift basket valued at well over $100.  Some of the sponsors include Robert’s Crafts, Cutter’s Creek, My Creative Time, and generaous donations from hop participants.  More sponsors will likely come on board as well.  As of right now today, gift basket items include a set of My Creative Time stamps, a huge package of 8.5 x 11 card stock, Tim Holtz embossing folders, at least 4 BRAND NEW Cricut Cartridges, some candles and bubble bath, a relaxing CD…I think you get the idea!!!!!

Want some of that stuff?  Want all of that stuff?  Then help me give the gift of hope.  Send a card, with purple as the main color (like in my example above) and a hand-written note to a woman in need on the inside.  Every person who sends a card gets one entry into the basket drawing.  But wait there’s more….receive additional entries for each dollar donation you make to the Bradley Angle House.  Send a card with a $100 donation and receive ONE HUNDRED entries into the gift basket drawing.  Trust me…you DO NOT want to miss out on your chance to win this basket.  Maybe I’ll post a sneak peek of the basket once I get all the sponsor contributions in!!!

All cards must be postmarked by June 30th for inclusion in the drawing and can be sent to:

Royal Purple Freedom Blog Hop

c/o Vicki Smith

P.O. Box 1496

Millbrook, NY 12545

 

Together we can really make a difference.  To date I’ve averaged more than 1k views of my site  each month…if each of these people gave just $1 we could give 24 families the opportunity to begin the road to recovery.  I hope you’ll help.

I will post a recipe and card details in a separate post.

Together we can make a difference

When I was young, I remember staying in a battered woman’s shelter.  I only VAGUELY remember it.  Someone I met there though has become my oldest and dearest friend.  In fact…we’re much more like sisters now than we are friends.  Verizon…I ♥ you so much and am so blessed to have you in my life.  Even if we don’t spend much time together anymore I am still so glad I have you.

Those of you familiar with my story know that I survived a domestic violence situation.  It almost destroyed my children and I and I am so glad we made it through.  One of the things we didn’t have when we first started our journey to recovery was someone to talk to who had been through it before and come out on top.  We were kind of the pioneers in this area and it was a really big adjustment in a lot of areas.  Often I wish I had just a card, a letter, or a phone call from another survivor.  Someone who had been where I had been and was now where I wanted to be.  That sort of thing would have been invaluable while I was going through the darkest times of my experience.

I want to be that supportive voice/note/person to help another woman get through her experience.  I have been able to touch the lives of a few women in similar circumstances, but I really believe there is much more that I can do and I’m calling on all of my crafty friends to help.  Purple is not just my favorite color, it is also the color for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  It is now the inspiration for my Royal Purple Freedom Hop that I am hosting June 10th.  June 9th is my Independence Day…it marks three years since my divorce was final and we celebrate this day every year.  This year, the Lord has placed the desire to celebrate it grander than EVER before on my heart.  To kick this celebration off, this morning I made this card to remind me (and others) that I survived:

The card base is from a new K&Company stack I just got at Joann’s and I’m too lazy to go get it and tell you what it is.  The dark purple is Core’dinations, and the light purple (which may look white), is Colorbok.  I used my Race For the Cure stamps from Emma at My Creative Time, some bling, a couple of flowers, some twine and voilà here it is.

To celebrate being a survivor and give back to those who aren’t yet where they want to be, I am hosting a purple themed hop on June 10th.  You will see several different participants who all make a purple themed card.  While they may have other colors involved, purple will be the main theme (so if you’re a purple lover like me you’ll love it) and each of their cards will be sent to me to give to a woman in need.

I have chosen to give the cards I receive to the Bradley Angle House, the shelter I was in as a child.  And, while this is a fabulous way to support the shelter, I have recently learned that a $250 donation allows 6 families the opportunity to begin their journey to recovery.  My goal is to raise $1,000.  To help entice all of you to help me with this goal, here’s what will happen.

I will have a post office box address posted this week.  The grand prize for my hop blog candy will be a basket of stuff valued at least $50.  Yes you read that right…at LEAST $50.  To enter the drawing for the main prize, you will need to create your own purple themed card and write a love note to a woman inside.  Something that will help her hold onto hope, find faith, or stay courageous.  Everyone who sends a card gets an entry, but it doesn’t end there.  If  you send a donation in your card, you will receive an extra basket entry for each dollar donation you make.  Donate $100, receive 100 entries.  I will have pictures of the basket just as soon as I collect all the things for it and get it created.

I hope you will help me reach my goal to enable 24 new families a chance at recovery!

Sister Saturday

HELLO READERS!!!!  It’s great to be back among all of my cyber friends and even better to be back to my crafty toys.  I sure did miss them…a LOT.  I spent 5 glorious days with my daughter and was “un-plugged” most of that time.  Even with the scrappy toys collecting dust and the late points I’m getting on homework, it was worth it.  My baby girl and I got to spend some INCREDIBLE time together and she worked really hard and finally made some progress.  I hope she will continue making forward progress but am not convinced she will have the courage to do so.  Pray for her would you?  She has some changes coming down the pike that can prove to be a set back or a catalyst…let’s all pray for a catalyst.

Anyway…the Saturday before I left, I had a scrappy date with my sister.  She made a couple of cards, tried her hands at my eCraft and we had a good time hanging out.  We hang out a lot…in fact, this Friday we’re going to see our 2nd concert together in less than a year.  Sister and I have a lot of the same interests and, of all 4 of my siblings, her and I are the closest.  While she was working on her Mother’s Day card for our mother, ( would have taken pictures to show you, but that might have gotten me in trouble) I created this:

The card base is craft paper, the pattered paper from my stash…likely from Joann’s or Creative Memories.  The pink medallion kind of thing on the front is from eCraft’s Fundamentals 1 with a stamped sentiment by Verve.  A little ribbon and voilà!