Monday, December 31, 2012

Winter Wishes

I am excited to take part in my first challenge! I found this awesome challenge on Pink Buckaroo and I had to try it for myself.

So here is the "Mashup" Challenge:
  1. Make a project using "Snowflakes".
  2. Or Make a project with the colors "Whisper White, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, and Basic Black".
  3. Or "Mash it Up" and create a "Snowflake Project with the colors Whisper White, Pool Party, Midnight Muse, and Basic Black".

I must admit I was a little intimidated when I first started the challenge but I think the end results are pretty awesome. For the base of the card I used black cardstock and layered a light blue on top of it leaving just a tiny border around the entire card. Next I placed a snowflake pattern paper on the light blue layer. Then I used a scrap of the light blue and embossed it with snow flakes and layered it on top of a strip of black cardstock to set it off. The polka dots strips are layered on matching light blue paper and placed to over lap the middle of the card. I kept the layering look going throughout the entire card with the stamped penguin and word joy. I colored the penguin's scarf and bottom part of his boots with a glossy pen. Finally I cut out 3 snow flakes from glittery paper. Add a little glue and bam! I made a card.

There must be a little magic in the air because as I was completing my card, it started to snow outside :) Thank you The Friday Mashup for the challenge!

Happy New Years, be safe and God Bless.

New items for the New Year

Whew, where has the time gone? My winter break is almost over then it is back to teaching for me. I have had a blast creating new products for the upcoming year.

Here is the newest addition

Isn't he just so adorable! Check out my etsy store to see more creations like this cute little guy ;)

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Grand Opening

Well I maybe a day late and in some cases a dollar short, but with out further waiting here is our new online store!

Go Check out our selection and be sure to stop by here often I will post deals for our store :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Lift off!

I am so excited (insert cheesy 80's song here), our online store is really close to being finished! I took a few day's off for Christmas but now I am working as fast as my little fingers will allow to get the store complete. With any luck it will be open tomorrow and you all can shop to your little hearts content!

Once the store is up and running I will be posting sale codes on the blog every week so be sure to check back often.

While I have your attention I want to share with you a friend of mine website. Jason and Amy set up Dreams Come True as way to reach people and help them achieve their.... well.... dream! I know personally they have given me the tools to help me achieve my true happiness. Check out their website Drop them a line to see how you can be on your own road to joy and bliss and hey while you are looking around the Internet stop by their jewelry website Their jewelry has helped raise over $300,000 for charities all around the world! One of those charities is raising money for my mom's surgery. 

Ok I thought this would be a short note to say hello and tell you about my progress on the store but hey if you know me you know that I can't say one little thing and move on; I like to talk....a lot :)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Last mintue gifts

Need a gift but tired of the commercial scene? Head over to Design's By L's page and shop their unique hand made items. Right now we are having a fundraiser to help raise the money needed for Linda, the artist and my mom, to have surgery. You can help out by purchasing a one of a kind gift all the proceeds benefit the surgery fund.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Here Goes Nothing

To blog or not to blog that is the question I have been asking myself for a while now. I read all these cool blogs and I think to myself, could I write a blog and if so would anyone read it? Well here goes nothing :)

I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 5th grade teacher by day and a crafter by weekend. I come from a long line of crafty people and we use our crafting skills for good ;)  Speaking of good, I want to use my crafting for good and raise money for my mom Linda.

All my life my mom, Linda, has been the strong on, the rock of the family. When my dad had a stroke at the young age of 47 she was forced to choose between her job or helping care for my dad; she chose my dad. She left her job and insurance behind to make sure my dad was taken care of, during this time they lost their house and endured many set backs with my dad; but my mom never gave up hope. To help make ends meet in between caring for my dad; my mom would sell crafts that she made. My mom is an amazing artist and her painting helped keep the family afloat. ( Check the link )

Over the last 10 years my mom has supplemented my dad's disability income with her craft money. However, during the last year she began to drop her paint brush and complain of pain in her hands. At first we thought she pinched a nerve in her hands but the pain got worse over time, the more she used her hands the more it hurt. She is unable to make anything for her crafts and the lack of money from these shows has impacted my parents. A few months ago we convinced her to see the doctor because she was having trouble holding a cup or even using her hands to eat. The doctor told her she has severe nerve damage in both her hands and wrists. The doctor told her that she could have a surgery to help repair the damage and in time she could regain the use of her hands again, but since my mom let her insurance go she has to pay for half of the surgery up front.

My mom used her hands to help make a living and supplement my dad's disability. My parents don't have the money needed to pay for the surgery. If my mom doesn't have the surgeries her hands and wrists will get worse and eventually she will loose the use of them.

I want to help my parents raise the money to cover the cost of the surgeries. I have come up with a few ways to raise the money needed. I am selling items on Etsy and their facebook page; all of the items are handmade by me or my mom before her hands gave out, or I am asking people to donate $1. To date I have raised $2,000 which is amazing but we still need to raise about $6,000.

I pray with this blog, Etsy and facebook we can get the word out to the masses. Check back for frequent updates.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me- Philippians 4:13