Monday, July 9, 2018

"New" Craft Stash Blog Hop

 




Hello! I am joining a talented group of designers  this week for the "New" Craft Stash 3 day Blog Hop! I don't know about you, but I have more stamps and dies then I will ever be able to use, many have never even been inked. This hop is to help inspire YOU to create something using product that you have never used. Here is the card I created for the hop!



To create my card I used the Stampin’ Up! set “Lift Me Up”. The Rainbow was painted free hand using Stampin’ Up! ink smooshed on an acrylic block. It is a simple card, but I love the way it turned out! Now what would a blog hop be without prizes? 





Of course there are prizes! Six Total - You must comment on all the blogs all three days for these:
  1. Stampscapes - 2 prizes - Choice of Nature Sheet ($26.50 ea)
  2. Cas-ual Fridays - $25 GC
  3. Catherine Pooler - $25 GC
  4. Stamplorations - $20 GC
  5. Right At Home - $20 GC


In addition: To be given away on individual blogs:
Ingrid - Prize Pack
Allison - $25 Power Poppy E-Gift Card
Ilina - Prize Pack

Tracie - $25 Catherine Pooler GC


These are the stampers, and the days they are participating in the hop!

Day 1 - July 9

  1. Jenny Colacicco - http://www.jccards.com
  2. Ashlea Cornell - http://www.ashleacrafts.com

Day 2 - July 10

Day 3 - July 11



Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stamping For Famlies Blog Hop



I am happy to be here today joined by several of my dear friends as we show our support for Immagrant Family Re-unification. This isn’t a political post, just basic human compassion. I cannot imagine the courage it must take to leave your country behind in search of a better life, and safe place for your children. These families are being ripped apart and it breaks my heart. So, myself and several of my favorite people are hopping today. No, we aren’t going to change the world, but it only takes one person to make a difference. Families belong together. 

Today I created a set of cards using one of my all time favorite, and long retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets “Sweetie Pie”. I had so much fun coloring those little cuties. They represent all of the people across the world. 💗


The inside of each card is stamped with this sentiment: 

Kindness changes everything. 


And it does! Thank you for stopping by, and be sure to visit my friends that are hopping along with the Stamping For Families Blog Hop!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stamping For Autism




Hello! I am thrilled to be here today as a guest blogger for Tami White because Autism Awareness is something very near and dear to my heart. My son Cameron has autism.


    Cam is a happy kid. We don't focus on the more challenging aspects of his life, instead we celebrate the things he does well. Cam loves all things Disney, Dr Seuss, and he is always listening to music, believe it or not one of his current faves is a song by Pink Floyd! 
By now, we all know someone with autism, or perhaps even a family member. If I could leave you with one word that we need so much more of, it would be compassion. We've all seen the parent struggling in a store, at school, walking across a parking lot. If you can, take a moment to silently, or verbally offer a word or look of encouragement. If you are able to lend a hand to a care taker in need that is even better. One small gesture of kindness could make all the difference in the world. 


I am excited to share the card I created for today's blog hop!



   To create my card I used the Stampin' Up! stamp and die set Sunshine and Rainbows. I am so sad this set is retiring, so if you don't have it, and you want it you better hurry and grab it! I created the "fluffy cloud" background using a sponge dauber, and Tempting Turquoise ink. I die cut my cloud stencil using the cloud landscape dies from Rainbow Builder framlits. I lightly tapped just above the outline of the clouds to give it a soft look. It was very easy! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Stamping For Autism Blog Hop!

Supplies:
Stamps: Sunshine and Rainbows; Ink: Tempting Turquoise; Card stock: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White; Dies:  Rainbow Builder framelits; Tools: Sponge daubers 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

2018 Stamping For Autism Awareness Winner Announcement





   Thank you to EVERYONE that left a comment, and thank you to ALL of you that shared your autism stories. I can't begin to tell you how much it meant to all of us. Your stories and comments uplifted me, and so many that took part in the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. It was a beautiful day.Thank you again to all of our fabulous sponsors! I am going to keep the list of Stamping For Autism Awareness Sponsors on my sidebar. It's important to me, as an autism Mom, to shop at the places that support autism awareness. I hope you will do the same.

     All winners please email me at alwaysctr@yahoo.com,  and I will forward your email address to the sponsors whose prize you won. Thanks!

   And without further adieu, the winners:


1.) Altenew - $30 Gift Certificate - Pam Sparks



2.) Avery Elle -$30 Gift Certificate - Jennifer Sikes










3.) Brutus Monroe - $25 Gift Certificate - Kathy Long






5.) Chibitronics - $30 Chibitronics kit - Andrea Hastilow
6.) Craftin Desert Divas- $25 Gift Certificate - Maura R
7.) Ellen Hutson - $30 Gift Certificate - Deepti Aggarwal
8.) Heffy Doodle - $35 Gift Certificate - Kristie Maynard


9.) Hero Arts - $25 Gift Certificate - Debbie Rumpza
10.) Honey Bee Stamps - $30 Gift Certificate - Cynthia Cole
11.) Jennifer McGuire Ink - $100 SimonSaysStamp Gift Certificate - Anna Tracy
12.) Lawn Fawn - $25 Gift Certificate - Ana Korban
13.) Lil’ Inker Designs - $35 Gift Certificate - mss dee dee

14.) My Favorite Things - $25 Gift Certificate - Beth Williams

15.) Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Certificate - Momcat

16.) Pink and Main - $25 Gift Certificate - Brandy R

17.) Pretty Pink Posh - $30 Gift Certificate - Kari V

18.) Reverse Confetti - $25 Gift Certificate - Beverly Perdue


19.) Right at Home - $20 Gift Certificate - Stampingbowd - I would rather be stamping

Sandy Allnock - Sponsor - 3 slots online class

20.) Sarah Biswabic
21.) Becky Green
22.) Victoria Banaszak


Stampendous - 3 - Everyday Chicks Stamp and die set - (Prize available to USA residents only)
23.) Sophie F
24.) Kim Salito
25.) Betty J

Stampin’ Up - Stamp With Tami - 2 SU Sunshine and Rainbow stamp and die bundles
26.) Liz Gessner McAllister
27.) Britney Ritchey




Studio Katia - 2 -$25 gift certificates

28.) Memurz

29.) Kathy Dumpert

30.) SugarPea Designs - $25 Gift Certificate - Teresa Doyle

31.) Sunny Studio Stamps - $25 Gift Certificate - Michele K Henderson

32.) Taylored Expressions - $25 Gift Certificate - Aurora Loaiza - ALO

33.) Technique Tuesday - (Love You To Pieces stamp and die set) $25 value - Pennie Glasser




34.) The Greeting Farm - $30 Gift Certificate - Arianna Barbara

35.) The Ton - 1 stamp set of your choice - Angela Bode

36.) Top Flight Stamps - $20 Gift Certificate - Carol Martin

37.) The Stamp Market - $25 gift certificate - Kelly Motz

Waffle Flower Crafts - 2 - $25 Gift Certificates -

38.) Nicole Diedrichs

39.)Sharon White



39.) Your Next Stamp - $25 Gift Certificate - Nisha - Nisha's Crafty Crafts



     All winners please email me at alwaysctr@yahoo.com,  with the prize/company in the subject line. and I will forward your email address to the sponsors. Thanks so much and congratulations! Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop


 Hello! Happy World Autism Awareness Day! My name is Veronica Zalis, the host  and organizer of today's Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. As many in the stamping community know I have a 10 year old son with non verbal autism. Today I am THRILLED to be here along with so many of my dear friends, and amazing stamp companies as we help bring Autism Awareness to the stamping community. 



    My son Cameron was  officially diagnosed when he was 5. Up to that age his pediatricians thought he was just a "late talker" and that he had a few "quirks". Cameron doesn't display many of the classic autism characteristics. A day with Cameron is actually not that different from a day with any other kid. He loves Disney, listening to music, and organizing his extensive DVD collection.  He doesn't speak but he communicates via smart device and is an extremely advanced typist and speller. I am so very thankful for that. He has no problem letting us know what he is feeling, which 99% of the time is pure joy. We consider ourselves lucky, yes, LUCKY. Cameron has autism, but there are so many that have so many more challenges associated with an Autism diagnosis. Our life isn't always easy but we can't imagine what our lives would be like without him. 

    “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine,” - Alan Turing, creator of the first computer used to break codes during WW II.

     When I started organizing this hop I couldn't believe how quickly stamp companies enthusiastically offered to sponsor AND take part in the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. These are the generous and just flat out fantastic companies that have donated over $1,100 in prizes!!



Altenew - 2 - $30 Gift Certificates




Avery Elle -$30 Gift Certificate




Brutus Monroe - $25 Gift Certificate







Chibitronics - $30 Chibitronics kit

Craftin Desert Divas- $25 Gift Certificate

Ellen Hutson - $30 Gift Certificate

Heffy Doodle - $35 Gift Certificate


Hero Arts - $25 Gift Certificate

Honey Bee Stamps - $30 Gift Certificate

Jennifer McGuire Ink - $100 SimonSaysStamp Gift Certificate

Lawn Fawn - $25 Gift Certificate

Lil’ Inker Designs - $35 Gift Certificate

My Favorite Things - $25 Gift Certificate


Newton's Nook Designs - $25 Gift Certificate

Pink and Main - $25 Gift Certificate

Pretty Pink Posh - $30 Gift Certificate

Reverse Confetti - $25 Gift Certificate

Right at Home - $20 Gift Certificate

Sandy Allnock - Sponsor - 3 slots online class

Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine - Melissa Phillips

Stampendous - 3 - Everyday Chicks Stamp and die set - (Prize available to USA residents only)


Stampin’ Up - Stamp With Tami - 2 SU Sunshine and Rainbow stamp and die bundles




Studio Katia - 2 -$25 gift certificates



SugarPea Designs - $25 Gift Certificate

Sunny Studio Stamps - $25 Gift Certificate

Taylored Expressions - $25 Gift Certificate

Technique Tuesday - (Love You To Pieces stamp and die set) $25 value





The Greeting Farm - $30 Gift Certificate

The Ton - 1 stamp set of your choice


Top Flight Stamps - $20 Gift Certificate

Waffle Flower Crafts - 2 - $25 Gift Certificates

Your Next Stamp - $25 Gift Certificate

 Today I am excited to share two cards I created using the Brand New release from Taylored Expressions: "Look With Your Heart". Taylored Expressions is donating 25% of April sales of "Look With Your Heart" to  The Autism Society. Amazing!






To create my rainbow puzzle background I used the single puzzle metal die to create a stencil. It was time consuming, but easy! I am thrilled with the end result. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink to create my bright, rainbow background. The striped ribbon is retired Stampin' Up! ribbon. I save EVERYTHING!




To create this card I used the negative die cut of the Stitched Heart Stax from My Favorite Things. I used three shades of Tim Holtz Blue Distress Oxide Ink. I heat embossed the sentiment using white Stampin' Up embossing powder. I did that before sponging the blue heart. The butterfly is from the MFT Beautiful Butterflies stamp and die set.



I invited a FANTASTIC group of designers and friends to join me today. The cards they created are absolutely amazing. Prizes will be chosen from the comments on this blog, and all of the designers posted below. 
Joscelyne Cutchens (Instagram)

       This is the fabulous group of designers that Tenia invited to join today's blog hop! Be sure to also visit and leave comments on their pages/blogs to increase your chances to win!



    The following companies have also created cards for the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop. Many companies are offering additional blog hop prizes from comments left on their company blogs and design team blogs!! Get prepared to be blown away..

Waffle Flower

My dear friend Joscelyne Cutchens designed a beautiful Autism Inspired stamp set:

                                   

A lot of people ask me what my favorite Autism charities are, these two are at the top of my list!

https://the-art-of-autism.com/

http://www.autism-society.org



If you would like to create a card to share please do and upload it to this gallery. One card per person please. Winners will also be chosen from the card gallery! You have until Sunday April 8th 11:55 PM to upload your cards. Winners will be announced on Tuesday April 10th.

                           


  Thank you so much for visiting today, have a wonderful day, and enjoy the rest of the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop!