Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge DT & Blog Hop

I haven't had any big announcements for a while, so I am thrilled to announce I will be joining the Christmas Card Challenge for the next term! I did a guest spot with them back in August and thoroughly enjoyed getting a head start on my Christmas cards, so I can only imagine how much I will enjoy a whole six months with them! We're having a little blog hop to celebrate our new DT.

Ihope to add my card for this week's Black & White challenge later today.

Here's the line-up for today's hop. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

To Teach is to Touch a Life Forever

Yeah...I know I'm just a tad out of season with this one (well...she is wearing a scarf)... I actually created it for the PC Magazine submissions call, but then GASP...forgot to submit it! {Hangs her head in extreme shame}. Moody for Reading is, of course, from Paper Makeup Stamps, but the sentiment on this one is from High Hopes. The color blocked paper is from American Crafts and I just thought it matched the moody squares perfectly! 

MSW Sketch with Paper Temptress Papers

I just {LOVE} this image by Whimsie Doodles. It's super easy to color, and with some great papers, you can pull together a Christmas Card pretty quickly! This card uses Paper Temptress papers: RC CitronBerrylicious, and Cryogen White.

This is my card for November's Card Sketch at My Sketch World. Here's the original sketch. I hope you'll play along! You can join us on Facebook, too.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Social Media Brings People Together

I wrote this post for my business blog and then realized I should share it here too. 

Something happened this week that really has me reeling. A wonderful woman I've never met lost her battle with cancer. I read the first posting of her passing and began to cry. An hour later and I'm still welling up thinking of her, her struggles and her family left behind.
Katie Emmerson Renz and I only barely knew each other through our mutual acquaintances in the stamping world and on Facebook. While we never actually met, we shared many things--a love of stamping, cardmaking and crafting is just how we "met." Like me, Katie was a mother to a young family. I think that is why her death has hit me so hard. I can't help but worry about her young boys and think about how they will have to grow up without this wonderful, amazing and strong mother in their life.
The fact that her death has touched me brings a whole new understanding of the impact social media has on our lives. Here I am honestly and truly upset by the death of someone I only knew through her blog and on Facebook. HOW is that possible? I don't even know if we ever even had a typed conversation between us! Like hundreds of other e-friends, I followed Katie's battle with cancer on her blog where she wrote the most incredible posts--some uplifting and some heartbreaking. Her husband Kevin posted when Katie was no longer able to, keeping us all up-to-date on her struggle. Her last, unfinished post was finally posted after her death, but even in that post you can hear a glimmer of hope. Even though I didn't meet Katie, through her blog I feel like we've known each other forever. That is the power of social media.
I've said for a long time that "most of my friends live in my computer" and this just proves my point. Through my hobby I have developed a far-reaching network of friends. These people live everywhere from Croatia to Hawaii, from England to Texas, and there's even a few in Canada. I "don't know" more of my own friends than I do know! But I still consider some of those people close friends. They know just as much about my life as my "real" friends here in Halifax, thanks to Facebook, Twitter and (where I met most of them in the first place). What an age we are living in! Enjoy it. Absorb it. Live it.
Rest in Peace Katie, my dear e-friend.

Monday, November 7, 2011

PMS November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to my little stop on the November Release blog hop for Paper Makeup Stamps. If you've just come from Katie's blog you're on the right, snowy little trail. I've got a new fairy to show you today and her name is Hayden!

Hayden comes with this great little sentiment, which I've cut apart and mounted off kilter for a fun look. She's a great "all-winter" fairy, so I think she's going to see a lot of ink this year. 

Now here's a little surprise for you...I have blog candy! I haven't done one in a looooong time and since it's PMS Stamps, I thought I'd do it on the blog hop. Here's what I'm offering to one lucky commenter below (who is not on the PMS Design Team). I'll leave this open until 12a CST on November 14th.

Plus whatever else I find when I mail it :)

I hope you'll come join us for our release party tonite in the PMS Forum at 9 pm CST. It's always a lot of fun chatting with everyone who stops by and you just never know when Katie might have a prize! Next, you need to head on over to Tina's blog. Stay warm!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

PMS Sneak Peek

Today we're featuring the new Handmade sentiment set from tomorrow's release. This set is so versatile it can be used for cards or packaging for gifts. I've paired one of the sentiments with our Birthday Cake stamp for a sweet and simple card. Does it look like chocolate frosting? Cause that's what I was going for. LOL

Enjoy the rest of the sneak peeks over at the PMS blog and we'll see you tomorrow night at the release party in the PMS Forum at 9CST. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our new release blog hop!

Friday, November 4, 2011

PMS Sneak Peek: November Release is Coming

It's PMS release time and that means I've got a sneaky peek for you today. This little cutie is one of the new single stamps being released on the 7th at the Release Day party. She's part of the Color Kids line of stamps introduced last release and she comes with this lovely sentiment, too. Please check out the PMS Blog to see all the other sneaks from today and don't forget to mark the 7th on your calendar so you can come join us for the release day blog hop and party in the Forum that night.