Friday, December 30, 2011

In the Meadow - WMC80

Well, I had a long, tiring day home with the kids. I swear, some days they just run me ragged and I feel so beat down. I know that may sound horrible, but it's the truth. I love my kids OF COURSE, but I'm feeling very overwhelmed lately and I'm not sure how to get out of this funk. Ever been there? Any advice? I really miss stamping (not that I stamped anything on the card I made!!! LOL) and crafting in general. When I went upstairs earlier, I had my 3 and a 1/2 year old sitting on a chair next to me, but he was more like standing and looking over my shoulder/bumping me in the elbow. While he was being cute and complementary "Ohhh, that looks good", "Yeah, I like that!", etc., it was still highly annoying. Also, my 17 month old daughter was standing on a chair next to him, pulling everything out of my craft tote. Then she crawled under my table and proceeded to whine and try climbing up my legs until I picked her up. Needless to say, I couldn't get much done!!!

There are 3 challenges going on right now that I want to participate in. The first one is for my friend Jenny over at Wee Memories (Challenge #80) and since this one had to be submitted by tomorrow, I had to get to this one first. See, I have priorities. :P This week "anything goes" and this is what I came up with. I have had this Cosmo Cricket paper for a while and love the non-traditional colors. The card itself is 5x7 which I've actually never made before. I used the teal with the snowflakes for the top portion of my card for the sky and the pink swirly one for the bottom representing the meadow. I adhered a tall chipboard snowman from the same line and then used letter stickers to write "In the meadow we can build a snowman". I ended up pulling off the "o" in meadow and replacing it with a snowflake charm and added some twine to string it up... or down... not quite sure what you'd call it. HAHA Lastly, I added some "stitching" with a couple of Gelly Roll pens and a ruler. In my opinion, this totally ruined my card. When I moved the ruler, the ink smudged. I am such a perfectionist that this really bothers me!!! I know, I know. I'm being hard on myself. Maybe it's just my mood, but I am trying to get out if it. I promise!!! :)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

JOY! haha

Just another couple of cards before it's "too late". :)

I love pink and red together for Christmas. It's kind of traditional meets non and it looks pretty and girly. I embossed the word Joy from a CTMH stamp set I've had for a while. I added some rose trim (LOVE this stuff!!!), pom pom ribbon and adhered the acrylic snowflake with a glittery brad.

Again kind of non-traditional Christmas colors with the green and purple/pinks, but FUN! I used my Nesties to cut the shape for my sentiment then stamped a faint background and embossed the work Jingle from that same CTMH stamp set as mentioned above. I added some velvet holly leaves, a few pearls for the berries and strung a jingle bell from the word itself.

Friday, December 23, 2011

I love snowmen!!!

Who doesn't love a cute little snowman? I know I do!!! I just don't necessarily like going out in the cold and snow to build one. :P

This first card was super simple. I used a sweet Christmas tree background paper, added a Cosmo Cricket (I believe) chipboard snowman, a felt snowflake and the "Merriment" sticker.

I found this set of Christmas screens to use with Glimmer Mist at Michael's. I honestly only had one or two colors of mist at home so I bought a red one at the retreat. I misted around the Snowman stencil. Then when he was dry, I added black pom poms for his buttons and a felt button to his hat.

For this card, I used some Nestabilities to cut the shape out. Then I embossed the snowman from one of Unity's kits and added a few black brads. I added some white flower trim to the bottom and tied some pretty red ribbon with pink trim in a bow and adhered to the top corner. The inside says "Snowbody like you". :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beauty of Christmas

Just sharing a few more cards I made at that retreat. I'll probably have a couple more posts before the weekend arrives. SHOCKER! haha

I've had some SEI velvet paper for quite some time and decided to try embossing on it to see how it came out. It might be hard to see in the picture because it really has a subtle effect, but it's a cardinal sitting on a branch. I went with a polka dot background paper and added the word JOY in Thickers... which I have about 50 packs of. Can't have enough options, right? :)

I LOVE this pretty cream background paper with the blue glitter. Since I liked the effect of embossing on the velvet paper, I did that again with a snowflake background. I saw a pack of blue Prima wintery embellishments at the little store they had there and wanted to use the butterfly so I had to buy those. Who's surprised? LOL I also knew I had a stamp at home that said "A Snowflake is Winter's Butterfly" which would've been perfect for what I had in mind, but of course I didn't pack that with me. :P You know how it is when you know EXACTLY what you want?! Grrr! I ended up thumbing through what I did have with me and found this other sentiment that worked instead.

I used the same background paper for this card and simply embossed the Winter Wonderland sentiment then added the bird from that same Prima set. SIMPLE, but so elegant. I wish it was going to be a Winter Wonderland this year, but it looks like we won't be having a White Christmas this year. Awww!!! I'm sure they'll be plenty of snow in the coming months so I'll try not to complain!

Monday, December 19, 2011

6 Days 'til Christmas? Oh {rein}deer! LOL

I don't know why, but time keeps going by faster and faster! People always said that's what happened when you got "older" and I think that must be what's happening. It seems the whole year just flew by. Each month, I'd say "I can't believe it's already September... November... December..." and then just as quickly, the month's half over. Now we're finding our way into the new year and it's just crazy to me!!!

I went to a scrapbooking retreat mid-November and said I'd be posting pictures of the cards I made throughout the month and here we are, 12/19 and no Christmas cards posted. And actually, no cards mailed either. What a slacker!!! Honestly, I haven't wrapped a gift yet and am not much in the holiday spirit. I think it's partially the lack of snow here in NH and also the fact that I can't believe it's December and Christmas is in less than a week!!! Guess I better believe it though because it's coming whether I'm ready or not!!!

When we went to the retreat, we went over to Michael's before checking in. I saw this little reindeer stamp and it was 50% off. I kept putting it down and picking it back up, but I just couldn't resist it and I'm glad I couldn't 'cause she's just the cutest!!! I also picked up some little Santa hats which fit perfectly on her head and thought that would be perfect.

It's kind of hard to tell in the first picture, but I stamped the image twice and popped it up off the card. Oh and I added a tiny felt pom pom for her nose. :)

For this card, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background. I sponged some white pigment ink over the snowflakes and added a few pearls. Super simple, but love the look!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

End of November

Well, it's the last day of November which was a great month for me! It started with trick-or-treating with my little ones since we had that freak snow storm before the actual holiday and postponed it a week. You can see a picture of my little cuties in my last post!

Mid-month I went to a scrapbooking retreat with one of my best friends. We had a great time and I'll be posting pictures of my layouts and cards throughout the next month. In the meantime, this is us!!!

And this is one of our favorite parts... BACON!!! LOL

The following week was Thanksgiving! This is a picture of me and my mom! <3

This is my cute little family... me, my hubby and 3 children!!!

Lastly, MY BIRTHDAY was yesterday. This is me. 34 years young!!! Just goofin' off at Walmart. LOL

And this is me with my other best friend who came out to dinner with us to celebrate my birthday!

I hope you all enjoyed November as well and had lots to be thankful for on Thanksgiving and this year in general. I can't believe tomorrow is the start of December. This year has flown by!!!

UPDATE!!! When I checked my e-mail this morning, I had an e-mail that I was the winner of a giveaway on the Scrapbook Steals website. I won two stamp sets from Sweet Stamp Shop. I had to add this news to my November post since the e-mail was dated 11/30. Told you it was a great month for me!!! ;)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Halloween... a tad late!

Hey! It's me... LATE as usual. LOL But my mom always said "Better late, than never", right? :P We had a freak snowstorm on October 29th that made us lose power for 3 1/2 days and postponed our Halloween here in NH. I took this picture early on in the storm, but I loved how the crisp white snow looked against the bright orange pumpkins!!!

They cancelled trick-or-treating on the actual holiday, 10/31. Then we somehow ended up missing the rescheduled date for our own town so we headed over to a friends' neighborhood on Sunday, 11/6 to bring the kids out. Here are my babies, Buzz Lightyear and my little Piglet.

I had actually made some Halloween cards BEFORE Halloween, but never posted them. Imagine that!!! HAHA This first one is my FAVE, but I did end up tweaking it a little and forgot to take a picture before I mailed it off to my cousin Lisa, who I always used to watch The Wizard of Oz with when we were kids. All I did was switch one of the witches from another card and used the one I had colored green instead. Can you believe that I actually forgot to write inside the card when I sent to her? I was so mad when she left me a message about it on Facebook. What an airhead!!! In fairness, I *was* without power and at a friends' writing out the cards. I thought I'd double checked them all, but apparently I missed one. LOL I punched out the butterflies on black paper and used the negative space to add a pop of color with some twine. I used mandarin and lilac from The Twinery. It was kind of a pain to do, but I love the effect. The "Little Witch" stamp is one of MFT's Pure Innocence stamps. I was so upset when my whole stamp set went missing after making a few cards with it. Low and behold, I found it stuck to a bunch of my Nestabilities at a scrapbooking retreat I went to last weekend. I think I screamed in joy! LOL I really thought my daughter had swiped it, threw it in the garbage and it was gone for good. What a relief!!! I also found 3 of my Christmas Unity sets that went missing YEARS ago while packing for my retreat. Whoot!!! Anyways! I finished the card with a flower and one of the punched out butterflies and added the orange pearls down the center. I just LOVE how it came out!!!

This is the card I swapped the green witch out from. It looked MUCH better with the two little white girls. ;)

For my friend, Melissa:

For my friend, Melanie:

For my mom:

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Play Date Cafe - Challenge #107 (PDCC107)

Hello, friends! I have been slacking in the world of blogging for the past couple of weeks. I haven't done any hops (wahhh! LOL) and haven't created much either. I have been trying to get up into my space and organize a bit and I also have something else I'm working on that is taking up some of my "free" time. There are so many challenge sites out there that I decided I need to participate more. With that being said, The Play Date Cafe has their Color Splash challenge this week. The colors were black, white and a splash of ORANGE! I hardly ever use orange (besides for Halloween) so this was a FUN one! I had bought the two new spiral blossom Nestabilities and had been wanting to try them out so I just had to put a big flower on this card. I used the butterfly film stamp from the CTMH stamp set, Take a Picture and the Dream Big sentiment which is from one of Unity's Itty Bitty stamp sets. LOVE that one, one of my faves for sure!!! In addition, you know I had to add an extra butterfly to my creation... with a splash of orange bling! ;)

Just a side note, the link to the CTMH stamp set is my friend Peggy's site who currently sells Close to My Heart products. If you're interested in any items and don't have a Consultant, I know she'd appreciate your business. She's super sweet and a good friend. Hiii, Peggers!!! hehe

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Swimming for Katie

A few weeks ago, I {heart} Papers released some very special stamps trying to raise money for a fellow stamping friend, Katie Renz, who was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer and is battling this nasty disease. Katie used to sell CTMH a while back while I was also selling it so I'd known her (or at least her name) for a while. Katie has 3 small boys and her story is truly heartbreaking!!! You can read her story on her blog. All proceeds from the sale of these stamps go directly to Katie and her family so how could you NOT buy it? I know I couldn't resist! Another stamping friend, Ashley Nguyen Newell, decided to have a giveaway through her own blog so the card I made is being entered for that and also to send to Katie directly. Jenny Suchin (love her!!!) was also kind enough to collect donations for flowers to send to Katie and I was happy to pitch in. It's really nice to know that people you've never even met truly care and will do what they can even from afar. I've been a part of some great and generous things lately and it makes me so very happy. You never know what you can do to brighten someone's day and I sure hope we've done that for Katie, even for just a moment. {{{Hugs}}}

It's *almost* Halloween!

I hope everyone's enjoying my favorite season... FALL!!! It seems the leaves just barely start changing and then it's over!!! I actually heard a rumor that NH might actually see snowflakes later this week. I'm not quite ready for THAT yet!

My hubby and I actually got to go to a Halloween party this past weekend. Thanks again to mom for watching the little ones. I was out at Walmart with the kids and tried on this mask, but Andrew didn't approve! LOL

We ended up dressing up as pirates which we did about 5 or 6 years ago. I couldn't think of anything clever and I didn't want to spend a lot of money to wear something once. As it turns out, we didn't take any pictures so it worked out ok! HAHA Now I'm onto my NEXT costume dilemma. My 3 year old wanted to be Buzz Lightyear and I had friend who kindly lent me the costume, but now he's changed his mind and INSISTS {persistently} that he is being the Big Bad Wolf. I have bid (and LOST) two auctions on ebay and his school party is the day after tomorrow. I've convinced him to be Buzz for his class party and will hopefully pull off a small miracle and get the wolf costume by Monday. I'm just not sure HOW I'm gonna make that happen. Cross your fingers for me!!!

So I made these cards a few weeks ago, but figured I'd wait until closer to Halloween to post them. Hope you like 'em!!!

For this card I used some Halloween papers by American Crafts. I used the stars for the "sky", the pumpkins for the "ground" and stamped the fence in grey along the border to further separate them. I LOVE this tree from the CTMH set which I cannot think of the name of right now. :P I'll have to insert that later. LOL Those little ghosts are by Making Memories and I love those little guys.

I was really pleased with how this one came out for it being so "simple" to make. I embossed some kraft cardstock with an embossing folder. The brushed some black chalk over the embossed image, colored the skeletons in with a with a white gel pen, the crowns with a dark purple gelly roll pen and stamped the sentiment in the middle. DONE! :)

I hope everyone has a HAPPY HALLOWEEN and you get way more TREATS than tricks!!! Though I really need to lay off the treats. HAHAHA

Happy Anniversary to me!!! Ok and to my hubby, too! ;)

Me and my husband celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on the 14th. My mom came over to babysit for two nights so we could get away for a much needed mini vacation.

We started by getting TATTOOS!!!

We didn't get matching ones per se, but we did both get tattoos that represent the kids. I got 3 roses to cover up an older tattoo that I wasn't in love with anymore and I also got three BUTTERFLIES to represent my three children!!!

My hubby got our little ones' footprints and names.

After the tattoos, we went out to dinner and drove the 2+ hours to the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield, NH. We arrived late so it was dark, but we got to take a better look around the following day. Beautiful, huh?

Friday morning we went on a zipline canopy tour at Bretton Woods. That was such an AMAZING experience. I am afraid of heights, but it was so awesome, I can't even describe it.

We did 10 ziplines... YUP, I came across THAT! Wooo hooooo!!!

Two repels...

...and two suspension bridges!!!

There was also a rainbow out from the time we were getting on our gear for almost the whole time we were out there in the treetops. I have a "thing" for rainbows and one of the songs surrounding our wedding was "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" so it was really cool to see this on the day of our anniversary! :)

On the last day before we came home, we went on the Aerial Tram up Cannon Mountain. When we were living up "north" about 10 minutes from here, we never went so it was fun to finally do it.

It was pretty overcast and grey when we went, but still so amazing. On a clear day you can see into 3 states (NH, ME, VT) and Canada. How cool is that???

Happy Anniversary, Honey! {Not that he reads my blog! LOL} I LOVE YOU!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile!!! :)

The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae. You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more. What many people don’t know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child. It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth replaced at some point in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out. But then it happened... she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them and that it was his recommendation that she give in and have all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would 'work out payments' with her to have ALL this work done, but when she called to make her appointment for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her and that was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation... needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process. A total of $7000!

Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight! Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of ‘working overtime’ for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done. It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.

If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.

This past weekend was World Card Making Day and I had a good friend down visiting as mentioned in my previous post. On Sunday, my hubby was off so I made him keep an eye on the kids so her and I could play up in my scrap area for a while. Semi uninterrupted anyways!!! I had made a card using the same technique the day before, but had an idea for using the new mini pinwheel die I bought from Lil' Inker Designs thanks to my friend (and enabler), Julie Ranae!!! LOL What a cutie that thing is, let me tell you!!! I was giggling as I separated each little petal. ADORABLE!!! The stamp set that you can get along with the die has some really great sentiments as well. I chose to use the "I miss having you 'round" and "You mean the whirl to me" ones for my cards. I used papers from Fancy Pants' "It's the Little Things" line and made two cards because one of these simply wouldn't be enough... and it's also WAY easier to make two at once. hehe What CUTE paper this is, I really wish I had bought the full kit. I still might. ;)

I am so glad that you joined us on this amazing blog hop for Operation Julie’s Smile. If you came here from Avocado Arts blog, then you are in the right spot. If not, you may want to start from the beginning at the Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog and take your time. You have ALL WEEKEND to hop with us and win prizes!!!

I was super shocked to be asked to join in on this as this is my very FIRST blog hop I was actually a part of. So thank you to Julie Ranae and Nicole for thinking of me to be included. I am happy to be here and help in any way I can! I donated a few prizes and am also making a financial donation. I hope it helps Julie get to the place she needs to be. If everyone can make a donation in any denomination, it would be kindly appreciated. It could be $1, it could be $10, it could be $100... whatever you're comfortable with. The donation button is located just to the right. ;)

I hope you enjoyed your stop here on the hop! The next stop is Lynn Miller's blog. Make sure you leave a comment HERE on my blog before you go so that you can have a chance at the amazing prizes up for grabs and if you can, please make a donation so we can help bring back a new smile for our friend. REMEMBER, there are over $2500 in prizes donated by very generous companies and us crafters, too. Prize winners will be drawn from the following: blog comments left, PayPal donations and blog hop hosts. A complete list of sponsors is listed on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog as well as the FULL list of 120+ blogs participating this weekend so if you get lost along the way, head on back over there!!!

THANKS SO MUCH for being with us. Grab a cup of coffee, tea... or MANY! Enjoy the rest of the hop and the rest of your weekend!!! :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

World Card Making Day

As some of you may know, my family and I relocated last year. We stayed in state (NH), but about 2 hours away from "home" and in doing that, it separated me from one of my very best friends who lives in Vermont. The last time we saw each other was in January so imagine how excited I was when she finally made the trip down to visit this past weekend. I literally ran down the driveway barefoot when she got here. Well, I guess that's not completely true... I had socks on. :P I had made dinner to be ready when she and her son got here so we ate, I gave her a tour of the house and we just hung out the rest of the night. It just so happened to be World Card Making Day when she was here as well which was super cool because we used to scrapbook and stamp together. I have to tell the story of how we met simply because it's what made me love her *almost* at first sight. I might've shared this before, but here I go again.

When my hubby got promoted, we relocated about 2 hours north of where I lived and town I actually grew up in. It was a welcome change, but I had my reservations. I was moving from my parents and friends, my son (then 10) from his school and further from his dad and also leaving a job I really did like and had been at the longest of any job I'd had. The day we moved, my hubby drove the UHaul truck and I drove my car up with my son who was looking out the window very upset most of the ride. We were going to be renting a house and not unloading the truck until the next day so I stopped at Walmart to pick up a few necessities to get us through the night and the next couple of days. While there, I was telling my son to just be himself and he'd make friends in no time. I brought him into the video game section to kill some time and make him happy even if for a few minutes. There happened a boy who looked to be about his age and me being me, I approached him and asked how old he was. Turned out he was the same age and in the same grade as my son, BUT he lived in Vermont. BUMMER! When the boys mother came over, we chatted for a bit and I told her I wasn't some psycho, but we were new to the area. After saying goodbye, a few minutes later she came back and asked me... "DO YOU SCRAPBOOK?" OMG. LOVE. Instantly!!! I hugged her and actually might've actually said I loved her or you're my new best friend or something along those lines. Luckily I didn't scare her away and we got together for coffee one morning very shortly after and the rest is pretty much history. We became great friends and I just love her to death. I can't imagine never meeting her or having her in my life. I do believe I was in the right place at the right time and things happen for a reason!!!

At any rate, my kids were running me ragged all day on Saturday and I was busy cooking, but we did find *some* time to play and I made a couple of cards. The first one is using My Mind's Eye papers from their Love Me Do line. My friend, Melanie, was actually the one who taught me how to make this style card so it was pretty appropriate for me to make a card using this technique. I used some foam stickers to put "Up Up" on the outside and stamped "& Away!" in the inside. The clouds I applied to the top are made using by My Favorite Things Cloud Trio die and I added a couple of buttons in the corner and tied them with some twine by The Twinery.

The second card was SUPER simple to make, but I totally love it. I used a Woodgrain embossing folder made by The Paper Company to emboss the kraft cardstock and stamped the sentiment which is one of Unity Stamp Co.'s Itty Bitty stamps, Direction of Happy, directly onto it. LOVE these stamps!!! I layered that on a piece of polka dot paper and adhered it to my card base. Then I added a piece of the floral ribbon trim along the bottom which I am totally in LOVE with also!!! It's super soft, just beautiful and adds the perfect finishing touch.

A close-up:

Friday, September 23, 2011

Spellbinders Wonderful Wings

Well, I think most everyone knows by now that I LOVE butterflies and when I saw one of Spellbinders newest releases, Wonderful Wings, it was no surprise I had to have the set! Given the $60 price point, I thought I might never actually give in and buy it. However, my anniversary is next month, my birthday's in November and Christmas is in December. Duh! So I though "hmmm!" hehe Today, I got an e-mail from a website I've purchased from pretty regularly saying that their Spellbinders dies were half off and knowing they carried this set, I ran over to purchase it, but it was SOLD OUT! Grrr!!! So I went onto my friend Google and started seeing if there were any other sites out there offering the set for roughly the same price and ended up finding it on Amazon for $34.70 shipped. WHOOT! Now that I scored my deal, I thought I'd share with you! :P

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile!!! :)

Hello out there! I'm sure many of you have heard by now that Nicole, Owner of Sweet Stamp Shop, has been putting together a blog hop for our friend Julie Ranae Murray who is pretty well known in our crafting world. She is the creator of CAS-ual Fridays and The Play Date Cafe. She is also the Design Team Coordinator of such companies as The Twinery, Lil' Inker Designs and OF COURSE, Sweet Stamp Shop. I'm pretty sure there are a couple of others that I missed, but you catch my drift... she is involved with a lot and I'm sure you all know her or have seen her face somewhere along the way. You can also get to know her better on her own blog, Julie's Open Window. This is the story about our friend who has lost her smile... for now!!!

Many may know that a few weeks ago, Julie Ranae had to have emergency oral surgery resulting in the removal of her two front teeth. The dentist at that time believed the best course of action would be to remove the rest of her teeth and replace them with permanents. Relieved at finding a solution to her major dental problem, she visited the office for dental surgery. Unfortunately, it wasn't the visit she was expecting. After the consultation and scheduling the surgery, the surgeon's office informed her that she would need to bring $4000 back to the appointment with her and they would proceed. This amount would not include the 'dentures' she would need as well.

Here Julie is today, sitting without front teeth that were pulled with the belief that they would be replaced immediately. This has been an overwhelming experience for our dear friend and one that I hope our creative community can help with.

Join us beginning October 7th for a blog hop to benefit Julie called 'Operation Julie's Smile'. There are a variety of companies and design teams who will be participating in this hop to help raise funds for this benefit.

Julie is such a sweet person and befriended me quickly even having never met her in person. She takes the time to get to know you even if you think you're a "nobody" in this crafty blogging world sometimes. I have my own thing in the works that I will be sharing more publicly soon and she's been willing to help and offer me advice. Again, having never met. I just love her and want to help in any way I can.

I called Nicole today to tell her I would be donating a couple of stamp sets and was WOWED at the fact that my donation brought the running total up over the $2,000 mark. Can you believe that?!?! How AWESOME!!! The blog hop will run October 7th - 9th and everybody that donates will be entered to win some fabulous prizes that have been generously and lovingly donated by fellow stampers, scrappers, businesses and FRIENDS alike. You can help, too by donating any amount you feel comfortable with. Every $1 counts and is appreciated deeply. I will also be making a monetary contribution and sincerely hope YOU will as well. We can make a difference!

Let's see our friend SMILING again SOON!!!