My first Pinterest inspired project

In a few hours I’ll be heading out to attend a birthday party for one of my favorite little boys ever.  I have it on pretty good authority that he is a huge lego fan and so I thought this lego card I first saw on Pinterest would be perfect.  Here’s what I came up with:

The birthday sentiment is from My Creative Time’s “Wow So Many Candles” set.  This card was really VERY easy to make.  Here’s how you do it:

Supplies Needed:
A2 card base (mine is from Core’dinations)
Standard 4 x 5.25 inch mat (mine is white cardstock from Wal-Mart)
Scraps
Ink to ink edges (I used Vintage Photo)
Circle Punch (mine is a mini one from Fiskars)
Wow So Many Candles Stamp Set
Stamp Block
Ink for stamping (I used Memento Tuxedo Black)
Adhesive (I used thin foam dots and ATG)

First what you wanna do is lightly ink your background mat with whatever color you want.  Next you want to cut your lego block shapes.  For my card I cut a blue strip 2 inches by I believe 3.75 and inked the edges.  Next I punched out 8 circles in the same blue color and inked them.  I applied them to the strip using a very thing foam dot.  For the yellow, orange, and red pieces they are an inch by 3.25 inches and I punched 3 matching circles for each block and inked all the edges.  These measurements left me with the perfect amount of space to stamp my sentiment!  Each “lego” was adhered to the card background layer using my ATG and then I affixed the background layer to the card base using my ATG as well.  Start to finish for this card was roughly about 20 minutes (and that’s WITH distractions)!

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Bow Challenges

This is another project I wouldn’t have shared if it weren’t for the Ildi.  I hated the bow…I took me several days of tweaking and a really hot glue gun to get it how I wanted it.  This is not the “perfect” or “loved” result but I forgot to take an updated picture!!!!  I’m out of time at the library to tell you everything you need for this project.  The basic gist is standard A2 card size, Spellbinders Lacey Ovals, Classic Ovals, ribbon, the bow board, and stamps from My Creative Time.  Wanna keep seeing my creations…be sure you like my fan page as I can share from my phone to that page.  I’m not sure when I’ll make it back to the library and no longer have internet access at home.

 

 
 

 

 

 

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!