Showing posts with label News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

Monday, November 7, 2011

God Please Bless Katie

I am deeply saddened to post this note from Kate from I {heart} Papers, who sponsored the Keep Swimming fund raiser for our stamping friend Katie Renz who passed away this morning after her year long most courageous battle with stage 4 stomach cancer.  Many of us participated in the Swimming for Katie blog hops.

This was Kate's e-mail today:

Dear Swimmers,

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to you to let you know that Katie has passed. Early this morning at 5:10am PST she passed peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family until the very end.

Please take a moment to update your followers and blog readers with this news. We had such an overwhelming support for the Swimming for Katie hop and fundraiser and I know they would want to know this news. The donation link is still live, as is the static page with the fundraising items for sale. All the information is HERE. So, if people feel so moved, they still have the opportunity to purchase or donate.

Sympathy cards can be sent to:

The Renz Family
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Also, in case you're interested, the twins, Nate and Will, will be turning 6 on Nov. 19th and Hunter will be 12 on Dec. 1. It would be wonderful if we could shower them with cards for their special day, just like their mom would do. Kevin's birthday is November 17.

I am at a loss for any other words other than thanking you from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you.
With deep sadness...
i {heart} papers, LLC

Katie -  I know you are now pain free with a new healthy body resting in the arms of God so my prayers are now for those left behind -  Nate, Will, Hunter and Kevin as they adjust to a life without you, their beloved mother and wife -  and our dear friend. 

Here are two pictures Katie's husband Kevin posted on her blog the other day.  They are of Katie with her boys.

Stamps: Waltzingmouse - Text It, Asian Garden Additions, Very Vintage Labels No. 10

Paper: River Rock, Basic Gray - SU, White - PTI
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: Labels 10 and square Nestabilities, foam tape, gem - Michaels.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

You're Grr-eat! - A Recipe for Stamp Cleaner & a Nestability Sale!

Lot's to share with you today! Be sure you read about the Nestability sale at the bottom of this post!

I made this card for the color challenge on Split Coast - to use red, tangerine and Kiwi Kiss, and a neutral. I created a fun round card using my new Pinking Circle Nestabilities (that I got on sale as per my note to you below!) I think the pinked edges go great with this prehistoric theme (sort of like Dino's teeth!).

The stamps are from Prehistoric Birthday by H&M Stamps . All of Heather's stamps are on sale now so be sure to check it out before everything sells out! All stamp sets are $8.00 or less!

The top circle, dino and cake are all popped up on foam dimensionals.

To cut the card - I put the Circle Nestability on the folded card - moving the top of the die above the fold - so that part wouldn't cut - then I ran it through my Cuttlebug going back and forth 4-5 times to be sure it cut through both layers. Then I cut the designer paper with the next smaller circle die and the Naturals Ivory with the next smallest - and attached them over the card base.

Stamps: Prehistoric Birthday: H&M Stamps
Paper: riding hood red, naturals ivory: SU, DP Cosmo cricket Lil Man/Jumping Jack
Ink: memento tuxedo black, riding hood red, kiwi kiss: SU
Accessories: foam dimensionals, dotted satin ribbon: PTI, slot punch: SU, pinking circles nestabilities, spica gold pen

For those of you who clean your stamps with a scrubbie and spray - I wanted to share with you a recipe for the spray that I found on a Split Coast forum so we can save some money and make our own! Whoo hoo!!

Stamp Cleaner
2 cups of distilled water
2 Tbs Rose Water
2 Tbs Glycerin
1 Tbs Baby Wash

I just boiled the water and let it cool to distill it but you can also buy bottled distilled water at supermarkets or places like CVS. (ETA - Rebecca was kind enough to leave me a comment on this post that boiling water doesn't distill it - distilling is a whole other process! my error!)

I found both the Rose Water and Glycerin at our local Whole Foods Market ( 4 oz for about $5.49 each. You may be able to find the Glycerin at a pharmacy (all my local pharmacies had were the glycerin suppositories!)

And it's ok to just use a generic brand of baby wash - I got one at CVS.

I made up a double batch and am storing it in a water bottle - be sure to label it so you don't drink it!! I put it in my small spray bottle and spray it on the scrubber - then rub my stamps on the scrubber - and it works just as well as my store bought stuff!

Here's another hot tip! is offering 20% off all scrapbooking supplies for the month of June - that includes Nestabilities!!!! (who knew they carried this stuff??) check it out here.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

All the World's A Stage

I made this fun little theater stage card for my girlfriend to give to her daughter who is graduating from UMass Amherst this weekend with a degree in Theater Arts. What an exciting time ahead for Ali. She's already auditioned for a play for the summer - so we are keeping our fingers crossed that she gets the part!

I found this wonderful template for a circus tent card on Melyssa's blog. I just altered it a little bit to make it a theater stage. Basically I made the stage square and cut the top straight across instead of pointed like a tent.

Here is the inside of my card. I used two velcro tabs on the top corners to hold the card shut. I used brown lined designer paper for the bottom half to look like a stage floor. All the images are computer clip art from Microsoft Word and the sentiments are computer generated also.

On the inside I put "and you're on next Ali !!" Since there was no place for Cilla to write a note to Ali on the inside of the card - I adhered a Top Note die cut on the back in a color that black pen would show up on.

I love how this card came out - and I'm sure Ali won't get another one like it!

And here's a hot tip - do you know Claire Brennan and her blog Waltzing Mouse? She's starting her own little stamp shop to sell sets she has designed and tonight (Thurs) she's going to be offering her first sets for sale - some adorable gingerbread people and accessories. She has created some wonderful cards and crafts using her sets so be sure to check it out! Claire lives in Ireland and has a terrific blog - Tell her I sent you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: none
Ink: none
Paper: Elegant Eggplant: SU, Vintage Cream: PTI, DP Bohemia Bluebird All boy stripe, 29th St. Market Carefree Graceful: Pattern Patite and Adorable Polka Spots.
Accessories: foam dimensionals, circle nestability, scalloped square nestability, computer generated sentiments, Microsoft word clip art, glue dots, velcro, Hemp: Elements, buttons: Sabrina Making Memories, Circus Tent Template from Melyssa, top note die: SU

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just Checking In!

Hi everyone! Nothing new to post at the moment - I'm busy working on some projects that I can't show you right now (I always wanted to write that!!!) I'll let you know my exciting news soon!!

I'm teaching two classes at the Papertree Store in Manchester, NH this Saturday if you're in the area drop by and say hello!!! You can see the classes here scroll down to the 3/28 listings. Michelle has a super fun store with tons of beautiful papers and wonderful stamps - not to mention any kind of stampin' supplies you might need!

I'm also participating in the World Record International Unity Blog hop - are you??? - so be sure to check back here at 10 AM on Saturday - over 200 people are participating! (see blinky on side bar) Hopefully everyone will link to each other as directed so we can view all the posts!

Oh - and I just got my Papertrey Ink order for this month (!) and I received TWO of the Limited Edition Everyday Classics Thank you Stamp sets because I'm such a GOOD (ie BAD!) customer - maybe one of them will show up in Blog Candy here some day!! You can't buy this set - it's given to customers for purchasing at least 12 stamp sets over the prior year.

So much stamping to do - so little time!!!

I should have something to post tomorrow - thanks for coming by!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Check this out! Cute free Digi Stamp!

Haven't been able to stamp for the past two days - lots of 'life' going on! But in the mean time wanted to share this link where you can request a super adorable free Digi stamp!

This new company is called Two Scoops Rice Designs and Renae is now taking pre-orders for her new March stamps seen here.

I'll be back soon with some new projects - I hope to have time to stamp tonight!
Thanks for coming by today!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Class and Pressed Petals Sneak Peek

Happy Sunday everyone! I had the best morning attending a workshop on acetate cards run by Lauren Meader at The Papertree stamp shop in Manchester, NH. We made 5 beautiful cards all incorporating acetate in some form. I'm going to load the cards later when I get a chance to photograph them. Here's a shout out to Kathy C, Maddy and Connie who were among those who took the class with me today - I met all three at the last class I took with Lauren at this same shop. Hey Ladies! hope to see you again at another class!

And some news!!! For any of you that live near Manchester, NH - I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching a class there on making the fun LL Bean-like summer totes on July 27th. So give Michelle a call to reserve a spot and check out her web site under classes - she should have the July listing up soon. I would love to meet you there!

Now!! Here is a sneak peak at at two of the lovely flower stamps from Kristin's Pressed Petals set from Artful INKables. One of the stamps is the outline of the flowering branch and the other is the colored flower centers. So it's a two step stamping set. And it was super easy to match the stampings up. I stamped the outline in black first. Then I inked the petal stamp with Lavender Moon by PapertreyInk then rock and rolled it onto Plum Pudding which is a little darker so the petals have a two tone look. Then I added stickles so I sort of lost the two tone look! oh well!!!
This pretty frame/card is made using 2 thin 4x4 coasters. The top one is cut with my Cuttlebug and square Nestabilities. Don't use anything but THIN coasters as the Nestabilities won't cut through anything thicker. Amy Rysavy has a wonderful tutorial on how to make these here. Here is a close up of the flower sprig with the stickles. I made the splatter background using a reinker and a toothbrush. (if you use this method - be sure you do it on some newspapers and off your work table!) I outlined the stem with a green marker.

And here is a close up of the eisel stand that holds the frame up. You could also attach a magnet so this could be hung on a fridge or cabinet.

Thanks for stopping by today - I hope you like this peak of another of Kristin's new stamp sets - check out the other DT members to see which stamps they are using on their projects - just click on their names in the column to the right! The new sets will be available on Tuesday July 1st!

Paper: Vintage Cream & Lavender Moon - PapertreyInk, DP: 29th Market St. Polka Spots and Pretty Petal. 2 thin coasters.

Ink: Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding - PapertreyInk, Onyx Black Versafine

Stamps: Artful Inkables - Pressed Petals

Supplies: Lavender Moon Twill - PTI, corner punch, strawberry ice stickles, Prismacolor marker - Green tea, petite rectangle nestabilities, square nestabilities, cuttlebug, re-inker, toothbrush.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Artful INKable Sneak Peeks are Coming!!!

Hi Everyone! Happy Friday! the weekend's almost here! Just wanted to let you know that I'm feverishly working on sneak peeks for the new releases from Artful INKables . - I'll be posting projects starting Monday. Wait until you see the great stamp sets Kristin has coming out!

In the meantime you can also check out the other Design Team members and see what they are doing - just click on their names in the right hand column and you'll be instantly transported!! LOL!!!

But remember to come back here too!!

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Oh, What a Day!!

Oh, my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh, my gosh, YES!!! --- that's what I said to Kristin when she e-mailed me and said I was one of the ones chosen to be on her design team for Artful INKables and did I wish to accept the position?

See her announcement here and also check out all the great stamps she has for you here at Art Inkables.

I am so excited and humbled - she said she had over 100 applicants for the 5 positions - I'm still in shock that I am one of the 5!!

So - now I'm thrilled to be meeting my fellow Design Team members - Jennifer Maraoka, Kim Teasdale, Christina Fischer and Beth Thomas I can see that I am in very good company with these very artistic ladies - and I will be one busy little camper next week making cards to showcase Kristin's great stamp sets.

I can't wait till they arrive in the mail so I can get going!

Thank you so much for sharing my great news with me today! I am so appreciative of you all checking out my work - and you know I love checking out yours too!

So - stay tuned for some fun stuff coming up next week!!!

hugs to you all! (I'm doing the happy dance!)

PS - you can see cards I made using Art Inkables stamps here and here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Two Opportunities - and Three Projects

Hi Everyone - just wanted to share some fun opportunities that I recently found on line.

First - Kristin at Artful Inkables is looking for Design Team Members - so if you have ever thought you might like to do that - check it out here. I just sent my application in to them so wish me luck!

And Heather, over at H&M Stamps is having a really fun promotion - buy a certain number of her stamp sets between now and September - and have the opportunity to win some fun prizes! Check that whole thing out here. Check out her fun stamp set with a Statue of Liberty - that will be perfect for the upcoming 4th of July holiday as well as her barbecue set!

And now I'll share two projects that I did over the weekend and didn't get a chance to upload until now! I made this fun two pocket bag for the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS this past Sunday. YLM (Cindy) was the chosen stamper this week. I chose this card of hers to case.
My changes were - I used different color designer paper, made a ribbon handle instead of DP, and made a Sunflower instead of the one she had.

I loved the flower on the bag - and I have been wanting to make more of these adorable two pocket bags ever since I made one for the challenge a week or so ago. I learned how to make this wonderful sun flower using graduated sizes of nestabilities when I attended a workshop Lauren Meader ran at The Papertree in Manchester, NH (see info on that here).

The paper is Cosmo Cricket called Be Good: Peppermint Candy. I cut 5 sizes of scalloped circle nestabilities out of More Mustard, sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa, cut slits on the sides of each scallop, and ruffled the 'petals'. Then I layered them using foam dimensionals and attached the leaves by Prima. The bee is from PapertreyInk - Honey Bees set and I highlighted it with yellow stickles.
You can see the tutorial for the two pocket bag here:

Stamps: bee: PapertreyInk Honey Bees
Paper: More Mustard, Bazzill Brown, DP Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Close to cocoa
Accessories: 5 graduating sizes of scalloped circle nestabilities, Prima Artful Leaves, super sticky red tape, yellow stickles, circle punch, Summer Sunrise Twill: PTI, sponge, foam dimensionals, Fiskars Embossing tool, slot punch

My 2nd card is a Snowman Happy Flag Day card. A coworker commissions me to make snowmen cards for every holiday. She sends them to a friend in Florida as a running joke they have. You can see some of the other snowman cards I've made for her here.

This snowman with the cute bird perched on his nose is by Inkadinkado. The card is Night of Navy and the DP's are by GCD - Bedtime stories and All Boy Argyle - I thought they looked kind of 'flagish' on this card! I colored the snowman with Prismacolor markers. Then I stamped the flag hat on a scrap, colored it, cut it out and layered it over the real hat. I popped it up on foam dimensionals.
On the inside I dry embossed a piece of white cs with my square Nestability cut it out and stamped it with this stamp from My Sentiments Exactly and Karen Foster Snap Stamps.
And finally I'm throwing in the snowman card I made for Mother's Day that I forgot to upload when I made it!
This cute little guy is by Hampton Art Stamps and in real life he is holding a little gnome like snowball creature but I have him holding a pretty flower bouquet for Mother's day. The paper is Two Scoops by Basic Grey.

So..... that's it for today! Thanks so much for coming by!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I Won a Card Contest on Caardvarks!

I'm so excited - I just have to share this news with you!

I just found out that I won a contest that I entered a card in over at Caardvarks. During the month of February they had a different Love card contest each week - love of baby, love of spouse and last week was love of friends. So I sent in my smocked dress card that I posted here on my blog on 2/14/08.

So what did I win - you ask??!! Well....... I won a set of acrylic stamps from Queen Kat Designs and a Caardvarks Caard kit (I don't know what that is! so I'll let you know about it when I receive it - I'm sure it will be something creative and fun!)

So I'm one happy stamper today! Thanks for letting me share my fun news with you!