Thursday, July 26, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic

Today I have a card to share with product from the newest release from Simon Says Stamp, Friendly Frolic.  I got to play with the Folk Dance background die and I'm really happy with how this card turned out.


I used the die to cut some adhesive backed white glitter craft foam then carefully stuck the die cut to a white cardstock background, not pressing down so that the adhesive was not fully stuck down just yet.  I pulled off the negative part using a craft pick to help keep the small pieces in place as I went. 


After I had the negative removed and the flowers remained I carefully colored them with Copic markers.  I trimmed down the panel to the match the edges of the die cuts, mounted it on a mermaid cardstock base and added a sentiment using a stamp from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy set and die cut letters from Neat & Tangled's journaling alpha set.

You can check out the entire new release HERE. Tomorrow (Friday) Simon Says Stamp will have a Facebook live at 12:30EDT showing the new products as well as a blog hop on Friday and Saturday showing inspiration with the new goodies.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Get Cracking on Christmas: Simply Watercolor Christmas

Hello! It's the third Thursday of the month, time for the next installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! The idea of creating one Christmas card a month all year long started with my friends Jenn and Cherion when we realized that we don't get to create many cards when the Holiday season rolls around. This month is super-sized as we are celebrating Christmas in July with a few bonus friends joining us!


I created this simple watercolor card after watching the first day of lessons from Kristina Werner's Simply Watercolor class at Online Card Classes.  I drew a grid on a piece of watercolor paper and colored in the squares with various shades of green watercolor paint.  After dry, I white embossed this sentiment from Concord & 9th.  I trimmed the panel down and mounted it with foam adhesive on a white card base and added a few red sequins like holly berries scattered across the card.


I hope you will join us this month by creating a holiday card and sharing on social media or your blog using the hashtag #getcrackingonchristmas. Below is the list of friends joining us for Get Cracking on Christmas in July.  Please check out their blogs as well for more holiday inspiration.

Jenn Shurkus
Susan Opel (posting on Jenn's site)
Chari Moss
Cheiron Brandon
Libby Hickson
Caryn Davies
Emily Midgett
Vera Yates
Tifany DeGough
Jana Millen
Lydia Fiedler
Lisa Cisneros
Susan Wymer
Jessie Banks
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Teri Anderson
Lisa Henke



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lawn Fawn + Xyron Week: Sublime Shaker

Hello Friends! This week the Lawn Fawn design team is featuring projects made with Xyron products.  Today I have a fun shaker card to share using some Xyron adhesives.


I started by using the Xyron Mega adhesive runner to adhere my Really Rainbow die cut panel to a white card base.  I like to make sure that larger pieces of paper going on the card base are well adhered so this Mega runner is the perfect tool to get lots of adhesive on the back quickly.

To create the shaker part of my card I die cut the Stitched Rectangle frame from a rainbow of cardstock colors.  I used the Xyron Tape Runner with permanent adhesive dots to stack my frames together and create the sides of my shaker compartment.  I think this gives a unique detail to a shaker card over craft foam.  You can see the colors of cardstock when looking at the sides and I also like that it holds it's shape better than foam.


Probably my most favorite Xyron product has to be the adhesive eraser.  This little tool has gotten me out of many sticky situations (hehe).  I used it along the sides of my stacked cardstock frame to remove any stray adhesive and clean up the sides.  I also used the Xyron Tape runner with dots to adhere down the submarine from You Are Sublime and speech bubble from Chit Chat once I enclosed my Dress My Craft crystal ice cube shaker pieces with acetate.  The "seaweed" is created with die cut pieces from the Large Wreath set.  I just trimmed them to the lengths I wanted and layered them on top.

Visit the Lawn Fawn blog all week for more projects from the Design Team using Xyron products! Also check out the Xyron Facebook page for projects from their design team using Lawn Fawn! 


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Crafting With Compassion

Today I am sharing a project with some very special Neat & Tangled stamps and dies. My friend Danielle has created these products to raise money and awareness for a cause that is very important to her and her family, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  Her Dad suffered from this terrible disease but was blessed enough to finally find a treatment that worked.  You can read about Danielle's Dad's journey and CRPS at the bottom of this post.  But first here is the card I made to help showcase the Celebrate You stamps & dies.  All profits from the sale of both products will go towards helping families in need receive financial assistance at The Neurologic Relief Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The donations will be made to The Burning Limb Foundation, who works with The Neurologic Relief Center directly. You can also just make a direct donation without needing to purchase the stamp or dies HERE.


I paired the new die with the polygon cover plate cut from a rainbow watercolored panel.


I used the other sentiment stamps in the set to fill the inside with a rainbow of encouragement reminding use to celebrate everything, even the bad days.


Neat and Tangled owner Danielle Walls father, Dan, became unexpectedly ill after a routine knee surgery.  He had a series of complications following the procedure and then developed and was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in March of 2017. CRPS is a complex, progressive disease of the nervous system. The pain is characterized as constant and extremely intense. The pain is often accompanied by swelling, skin changes, extreme sensitivity, and in most cases is debilitating. You can read much more about his journey HERE

It is difficult to put into words how much of a nightmare CRPS is, so please take a few minutes to watch this short video to get a better understanding of how life altering this disease can be.

After several failed attempts to heal through traditional medicine, at the end of their ropes, Danielle and her family discovered Dr. Katinka van der Merwe and The Neurologic Relief Center. Dr. Katinka specializes in revolutionary, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical therapies to treat patients suffering from CRPS. THIS is a great article written by Dr. Katinka outlining what it is they do. Treatment at this center is costly, as insurance will not cover most of the therapies they provide. It is also 10-12 weeks of treatment and requires living in Arkansas near the clinic for the duration of the treatment. 

Because of the kindness and compassion of friends, family, and the crafting community, enough funds were raised so that Danielle's father was able to receive care at the Center. He arrived in Arkansas in August of 2017, and at the end of October 2017, with Danielle by his side, Dan was able to ring the bell at the completion of his treatment.  You can view the video of his bell ringing ceremony HERE, please keep in mind that when Dan had first arrived in Arkansas he had lost significant weight, was depressed and anxious, was unable to hold a conversation and was easily confused, and was almost completely immobile. To see him smiling, standing and speaking just 11 short weeks later is nothing short of a miracle. In December of 2017, he was able to return to work full time, and he is just enjoying life each day now! I  encourage you to take a look at the rest of The Neurologic Relief Center's Facebook page to see interviews with patients, and question and answer videos from Dr. K and her staff.

Most patients with CRPS have exhausted their funds trying any and all other treatments some causing more harm than good, most have put themselves into great debt seeking healing. Many are just unable to afford the cost of care at The Neurologic Relief Center, to begin with.  If it were not for the help of fundraising, Dan would have left the center in extreme debt which is such a burden to overcome. 

It has been on Danielle's heart ever since then to pay it forward to others who are in a similar situation.  The biggest help in Dan's fundraising was when Simon Says Stamp donated all the sales of Neat and Tangled's 2017 STAMPtember set to Dan's GoFundMe, you can see more about that HERE. So many of you bought that set, and had a hand in Dan's healing whether you knew it or not! Using the same idea, Danielle has started the Crafting With Compassion campaign and designed the Celebrate You stamp set and Celebrate You dies to help this cause.  All profits from the sales of these sets will go directly towards CRPS patients in financial need at The Neurologic Relief Center, and also those who are still waiting to get to the center due to financial limitations. If you wish, you can also just make a straight donation with no purchase necessary on the Neat and Tangled website. All funds raised will be donated to The Burning Limb Foundation, who in turn will work with Dr. Katinka to distribute the funds. The purpose of Crafting With Compassion is to remind us that not only should we feel empathy for those suffering, but we should also take action and do something about it. 

Celebrate You Stamp Set and Celebrate You dies will be available for purchase at 8am EST Thursday, July 5th at Neat & TangledAgain, all profits from the sale of both products will go towards helping families in need receive financial assistance at The Neurologic Relief Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The donations will be made to The Burning Limb Foundation, who works with The Neurologic Relief Center directly. You can also just make a direct donation without needing to purchase the stamp or dies HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
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