6 Degrees of Sorry

Blog candy…I think I hate it.  Yep I said it.  Why you ask…well because I hate readers who only read blogs that offer it, I hate that we all expect it so much most people feel obligated to offer it and I especially hate that I’m so far behind in sending it out to my winners.  For the record…I will NOT be offering any more blog candy until I can get caught up on what I’ve already offered and haven’t gotten int he mail yet.  Anyway…in that spirit of things, I decided to include a card with all the blog candy prizes I’m mailing to express my sorrow for it taking sooooooooooooo long to get in the mail.  I have a lot of cards to make (I told you I’m AWFUL about blog candy), and so I needed something pretty simple to create yet easy enough to tweak and make different each time.  The six cards in this post all feature the exact same supply list below.

Supplies Needed: 
A2 Card base
Fundamentals 2 SD Card
Background paper cut at 4 x 5.25
Adhesive (Tombo Mono Adhesive)
Scallop Trim Border Punch (Stampin’ Up)
K Andrew Designs Art Stamps Sympathetic Sayings
Ink (Memento Tuxedo Black)
3 coordinating colors of paper for butterfly cuts

The butterflies were all cut at 2.5 inches from 3 different papers.  I used one sheet of open stock paper I bought at Joann’s (the patterned paper butterfly) and then the other two colors are just random paper from my stash.  The background mat I used came from a Recollections stack called All Girl or something similar.  I don’t have it handy to look it up for you.  The sentiment is from this set by Kristal Andrew and can be purchased here.

If you have won blog candy from me, one of these cards (or something similar) could be on its way to you soon!


*Breaking News* Deadline extended!

Remember this HUGE basket of goodies I’m giving away?  Well…since there was a Canadian Post Strike and we’re still no where close to having reached the fundraising goal (at last report we have collected about $200 and I KNOW we can do better than that) , I have decided to extend the deadline for an EXTRA two weeks!  If you haven’t yet made your purple themed card and written an encouraging note inside, please take time to do so NOW!  Send your card(s) to the address posted in the left side bar under Cards for a Cause and remember…you get an extra entry for EACH $1 donation you include with your card(s).  If 100 readers would send $10, we’d meet the goal!  Not all basket contents are shown in this photo either.  In addition to the things I have purchased for this basket, check out this incredible list of sponsors:

 Robert’s Crafts – 4 Cricut Cartridges, Leather Purple 12 x 12 Album, Thickers, ABC Stickers, Mat Stacks, 8 x 8 paper stack and MUCH more
My Creative Time – Race for a Cure stamp set
 Kristal Andrew – Fashionable Friends stamp set
 Erin Lee Creative – My Favorite Things paper stack
Pink By Design – Stamp Blocks and a mystery gift
 Verve  – Believe stamp set
KaDoodle Bug Designs – $25 Store Credit
 Photocentric – Teresa Collins Stamp Storage Album
 Peachy Keen Stamps – Ballin’ Bunnies stamp set
 Treasure Box Designs – BOTH face stamp sets and a $25 Store Credit
  Our Daily Bread Designs – Porch stamp set
 Kallio Kalleidoscapes – Floral paper pack
 September Ninth – Happy Lashes stamp set
Scrappin Mamma – Hand beaded stick pins
Vintage 53 – earrings, photo holder, necklace
Creations by Gill – purple beaded necklace

Remember, we still have 3 ADDITIONAL prizes not including the Big Deal basket too!  100 readers donating $10, that’s all it takes!  Maybe you can ask your friends and family (even if they don’t scrap) to make a donation in your behalf and you can have even MORE extra chances to win!  If you haven’t already sent your card and donation, there’s still time!

Royal Purple Freedom Blog Hop

Did you know that Domestic Violence touches the lives of one in 3 women in their lifetime?  I have, at the moment, 97 women subscribed to this blog…98 including me.  This means that more than 30 of my subscribers will be touched by Domestic Violence in their lifetimes.  I was one of them, many of my hop participants were too.  Domestic Violence kills more women annually than breast cancer, but there are no DV walks for a cure and you typically only hear about the women who this condition steals…you seldom hear about those who got out and are making it and let me just tell you this…getting out is hell.  I know because I did it.  I used to walk in fear and now I go by faith!

My children and I celebrate our independence every year.  Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of our divorce and our 4th year violence free.  Following the inspiration I received to celebrate BIG this year, I decided to host this hop.  Featured along the way are purple themed cards…it’s my favorite color and the color for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Each card will be donated to the Bradley Angle House in hopes of inspiring women who have finally found the courage to leave.  When I left…there was precious little to hope in.  With this hop, we will give hope to women where perhaps little now exists.  With your help and support, together we can raise $1k for the Bradley Angle House and hand 24 NEW families a chance at recovery.  Everyone deserves to be safe and happy don’t you think?

My personal goal is to create 24 cards in honor of the 24 families we WILL help when we meet the goal.  Here are just a few of my projects so far:

For these cards I used Spellbinders, beaded ribbon, regular ribbon, a ribbon sticker I got a LSS, and Verve and Kristal Andrew stamp sets.  I also used my all time favorite stamping ink (versafine), and some flowers and bling.  Inside I will hand write a special message to a woman in hopes it will give her something to hope in and she will be able to stay encouraged along her journey.

The two cards above feature more Spellbinders, eCraft’s Waterlife SD image (the anchor), Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, Verve stamps, Stampin’ Up edge punch and twine.  I even tried my hand at stitching…that hand needs more practice.

Finally there’s this one that has a bow tied on my hideously ugly bow board, Spellbinders, Our Daily Bread Designs stamps, and Tim Holtz stain or wash or whatever it’s called.  I have 16 more to go I think.

Your next stop along the hop is the amazingly talented and charming Raven Baca at Love 4 Stamps.  The women featured in this hop have so graciously blessed my life and will bless the lives of others with their generous contributions to this hop. Though only one A2 card was required, many of the participants made a dozen or more.  Thank you ladies, I appreciate each of you!   And to Kristal and Amy who rounded out the lineup at the last possible minute…HUGE applause, hugs and love!!!!   Kristal, I appreciate the influence you are in my life and the example you set to everyone around you.  Your charitable donations with your new stamp sets are amazing.  And now…to think you’ll include a DV related charity too…WOW!  Now onto the line-up:


What fun would a hop be without some blog candy to reward you for your time and effort in viewing each stop right?  Because this cause is so dear to me, I have arranged an incredible array of prizes.  First though, lemme share some more information with you.   About 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes occur every year while many more assaults and rapes go unreported entirely. Over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year and those that do suffer physically and emotionally (my kids are among this statistic).  These statistics are sad and overwhelming, but help IS out there for those that choose to break the silence, but they need help.  Places like the Bradley Angle House are often invaluable.

Sponsors for this hop have been very generous and we have several Grand Prizes!  To be eligible to win, you must create a purple themed card like the ones featured in this hop and include a hand-written note of encouragement on the inside.  Your purple themed card(s) with a hope filled message inside could make all the difference, not to mention give YOU a chance to win the grand prize for this hop.  Cards must be postmarked by June 30th for inclusion in basket drawings and can be mailed to the following address:

Royal Purple Hop
c/o Vicki Smith
P.O. Box 1496
Millbrook, NY 12545

What are these grand prizes you ask...brace yourselves because you will not believe your eyes!

The Big Deal Basket:  Prizes in this basket are far too plentiful to list individually.  We have items donated by Robert’s Crafts (including 4 Cricut Cartridges), My Creative Time, Kristal Andrew, Erin Lee Creative, Pink By Design, Verve, KaDoodle Bug Designs, Photocentric, Peachy Keen Stamps. Treasure Box Designs,  Our Daily Bread Designs, Kallio Kalleidoscapes, September Ninth and many more items donated by our hop participants.  I estimate the value of this basket to be well over $250.  One lucky winner will be shipped this basket full of goodies (entire contents not shown):

Because Life After Domestic Violence is Peachy Keen Prize:    This prize package includes 1 each of the following stamps:  PK-M16, PK-M20 PK 291, PK-287, PK-288,  PK-289.  You can visit the Peach Keen Store  to check out all the images, but included in this prize package are the following new releases:

Pampered Princess:  This prize package includes a vanilla scented candle, some Secret Garden shower gel from Victoria Secret, and a Michael Buble CD.  Often times when leaving a Domestic Violence situation women forget to take care of themselves…I suspect this is a condition women have in general and the winner of this prize package will have good reason to pamper herself like the princess she is!

Verv-a-licious:  Verve stamps are my all time favorite clear polymer stamp ever.  The winner of this prize will receive a $25 gift certificate to spend at http://shopverve.com.

Please Note:  Only people who send a card to the above address will be entered into the drawing for these prizes.  Again, purple as the primary color with a hand written note inside.   Want more chances to win the grand prize?  Additional entries will be given for each $1 donation you include with your card.  Would you prefer 1 entry, 10 entries, or is 100 entries more of what you had in mind?  It’s all up to you!  

Smaller  prizes include: The Bling Thing (an assortment of bling), I’m Turning Pail (a clear pail of Colorbok scrappy stuff, including chipboard albums), Just A Little Peach (more Peachy Keen Stamps),  Grab Your Cutters (a craft grab bag from Cutter’s Creek), and perhaps even more as Sponsor items are still trickling in.  To be eligible to win any of these smaller items, simply leave a comment on this post telling me if DV has made an impact on your family and who’s card you were most inspired by.

Remember, one in three women will be affected by DV in their lifetime…think of your 10 closest friends…which three of you will suffer this tragic experience?  While it was me, I pray it is never any more of you.  I hope you will help me give 24 deserving women and their families a chance at recovery.  Everyone deserves to be safe!  Even if you choose not to make a purple themed card, you can still send a donation to the address above.  Thank you in advance for your support!

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!!!!

And now…the candy you won’t believe!!!

Ok folks…here are the details about the blog candy for Jenn’s Birthday Hop.  Jenn is giving away TWO Cricut Cartridges.  Here are the details:

GRAND PRIZE is not just one cart but 2 cartridges for ONE winner. Yes you read right 2 carts.


In order to win you must go through the whole line up. I will pick the winners on March 8th.
1. be Jenn’s follower (Jenn’s blog is:  http://creativearmywife.blogspot.com/)
2. leave a comment
3. share on your facebook/twitter/ blog about the hop
4. leave a comment letting Jenn know you finished the whole line up & you shared the hop on your page.
I am doing a grand prize blog candy drawing as well…unfortunately I didn’t bring it in the house so the only picture of it I have is this one:
Adorable right?  Anyone recognize what it is?!?!?  To be entered to win my grand prize you’re gonna have to do some work.
1.  You MUST be an email subscriber.  On the top right you will see a place to enter your email address.  A confirmation email will be sent within 30 minutes.  You MUST click the link in the email in order to confirm your subscription.  Only confirmed subscribers will be eligible.
2.  You must leave a comment on all three projects I’ve created for this hop AND comment on at least 5 other projects in the hop.
3.  Leave a comment on this post telling me which project you liked the best and which 5 people’s hop projects you commented on.
I also have some blue and green bling (also not in the house for me to photograph LOL) to give away too.  I will tally all the comments left on any of my projects (only one comment per person will count) and have Random.org select a winner by this time next week.  Good luck everyone!

It’s coming I promise…

I left my house like 6 or 7 hours ago for a “few” errands and ended up being gone all day.  It was a good day though so I can’t say I’m sorry or that I regret it.  I love spending time with my little man even when it’s just running lots and lots of errands.  Now that we are home for the night, I am going to turn over the keyboard and screen to him and finish up my projects for today and tomorrow and will then update yesterday’s post with the video and supplies.  Oh yeah I’ll post details on the blog candy I’m offering for this hop…you will NOT want to miss that I promise!