Saturday, July 27, 2013

Copics and a Cause...

Not that I needed an excuse to play with my new Copics (yes, I had a moment of temporary insanity and bought into Copic-mania yesterday), but I wound up having a really good reason to.  The other day I got an email about a child of an acquaintance of mine who was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer, and all he wants is cards from all over the country to wallpaper his room with.  So they're reaching out to people they know to see if they wouldn't mind sending something.  I figure that's the least I can do, so I threw together a few cards tonight (and I might still do some more), and I'm going to bring them to work and have a bunch of people sign them.  The cards turned out cute, and I'm glad to help bring a little happiness where I'm sure it's needed.  If anyone is interested in sending cards to this little guy, let me know in the comments section and I'll get back to you soon...I'm going to try to find out if this is an open invitation to send cards (since it's a personal address and not a P.O. Box, I didn't just want to post it).

Anyway, I did a few cards, and they're not all particularly kid-centric.  I decided the point of this whole thing is variety...all sorts of different things from all over the country.  Also, I'm in the midst of a re-org in my crafting center, and about 2/3 of my stamps are buried at the moment.  So yeah...working with what's available.  The farm animals are a Stampendous stamp set, the girl leaning on the counter is from Rubber Romance (that Heather let me steal from her stash last time I was there!), the gnome (remember him from the last post?) is from Stampabilities, and the girl with the suitcase is from Stamping Bella.  Here they are:

Have a good night all...and remember to leave some love if you want to participate and I'll get you the info if I get the okay to do so :) 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Crafty Chicks Christmas In July Blog Hop...

It's that time again! 
Time for the Crafty Chicks "Christmas in July" Blog Hop!
Haven't been to a Hop before?  Here's the deal:  Every month we have a different theme, and offer a prize to one lucky winner.  If you would like to qualify to win the prize, just leave a comment on each blogger's site.  Then, on the rafflecopter below, click "did it."  That's it!  After you do that, a bunch of other options to earn more entries will appear, if you feel so inclined.  The prize winner will be announced on Elizabeth's blog.  We will also contact the winner, so make sure your comment includes your contact info.  The winner will have one week to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

The prize being offered this month is a Christmas in July paperpack, with 20 sheets of Christmas/Winter cardstock and an extra 20 yards of Christmas twine!  Check it out:

 And now, on with the Crafty Chicks Christmas in July Hop! 
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So, I know that Christmas in July is a thing...I'm not sure I really get it, though.  I think it's probably because I work in retail.  People with normal where you have weekends where you get holidays off...they think all the Christmas hub-bub starts in November, so Christmas in July is a fun novelty.  Anyone in retail can tell you...Christmas starts at the end of August, my friends.  Surprised?  Take another look next time you're out's already creeping in...Christmas is hiding in the wings right this very minute.  Look past the stack of clearance flip flops and beach dé'll see a stray box of and green glitter ribbon hidden on a bottom shelf...snowflakes popping up where they don't belong.  I'm aware that this seems crazy, but people want Christmas available earlier and earlier every year.  I've already had multiple people this year upset that we don't have any new Christmas décor at the store yet.  I can't help it...the masses dictate retail far as I'm concerned, from a retail perspective, summer is over...Halloween will be here any minute, and Christmas will start showing up by the end of next month.  It's weird living a retail life...your calendar is all messed up.  I've learned to just embrace retail seasons and forget about how the normal world gauges time.  So, when we go into full-on Christmas mode on the day after Halloween...I come home and put up my Christmas tree...and it'll probably be taken down BEFORE Christmas, because we're already gearing up for Valentine's Day. Yep.  I'm a total weirdo, huh?  Oh well :)  A well-adjusted weirdo, and that's the main thing!

All that said, I decided to go non-traditional for my Christmas in July projects.  I still get to have fun stamping and coloring without getting into full-on holiday headspace ;)  lol.  So here's what I came up with:

I'll Be "Gnome" For Christmas
This guy was fun...I found this stamp a few months ago and had to get it because it was so dang cute.  I had no idea what I was going to use it for, and haven't actually used it till now.  I like how he turned out...simple and cute!


Supplies: Stampabilities Gnome Stamp, Cardstock (Kraft, Coconut Swirl, and Cherry Splash), Copic Markers, Memento Ink, Foam Dots

Santa Baby
I've used this gal on a card once before, but I bought her several years ago.  I have such trouble deciding what to do with fine line stamps that are difficult to cut out.  For whatever reason, I have a desperate aversion to just stamping directly on the card base and doing other stuff around it.  I decided to just stamp and cut, and give the edges a wide berth.  This BoBunny line is from a bunch of years ago, but I hoarded it away when I got a bunch originally, so it's still hanging on :)



Supplies: Penny Black Stamp, BoBunny Patterned Paper, Copic Markers, Memento Ink, Foam Dots

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how they all turned out.  Christmas in July turned out to not be so bad afterall ;)  lol. 

If you're continuing on the hop, head on over to Jessica's Page.  Enjoy!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

House Mouse Challenge HMFMC #148...

I know it's been ages since I've posted again, but I swear I'm going to be try and be better this month!  :)  Anyway, thought I'd throw up an entry for the House Mouse Monday Challenge (HMFMC #148) quick since I just wrapped up this card!

That's all for tonight folks...more soon!