Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A cute little begger

Well when I was a kiddo ( many moons ago ) we went out screaming "Help the Poor !", not
trick or treat, and it was called...going begging. My how times have changed. We went out until 10:00 at night with no worries at all and we never checked our bags for anything bad because nobody did anything bad back then. My neighborhood kids are pretty great kids and I love to see them in their costumes but this year I will miss it here as I'm going out to see the grand kids do their trick or treating and I'll probably take along a costume for myself . This is a very old stamp but one I love, isn't she the cutest little witch ! I just stamped and used my colored pencils, a bit of chalk and a few stickers for the bats. The little girl came from the dollar bin many years ago and is from a company called Westwater Enterprises, the phrase is Hero Arts and my little bats are from Recollections. So there you have it. Happy Tuesday to you all.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Help A Great Cause!

A few months ago, I helped my bloggin' bud Bela in her quest to create a bright spot in the lives of children in the pediatric unit in her area. I made some cards and notebooks for her next shipment and then, I got to thinking- why couldn't I start a project just like this locally and impact the kids in the greater-Detroit area? So, here I am with Cards 4 Kids! After talking with the administration at Children's Hospital, cards are needed for all ages (up to 20 years old). Cards 4 Kids will try to hit all the major holidays - Christmas, Hannukah, Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, etc. We'll also send along Thinking Of You cards and Birthday cards as well. If you are willing and have the time to help out, I know these children who are facing so much at such a young age would appreciate it! I will be sure to take pictures and post every now and then to show the fun things that are headed to Children's Hospital! FYI: Cards should be left blank. These will be used by the caregivers and parents who are staying with their children at the hospital. It's a way we can help these parents lift the spirits of these children. Creations don't have to be a regular card with an envelope but could also be a decked out postcard size as well. I will also be creating altered notebooks so that parents have a purse size or pocket size notebook handy. It's not uncommon to have spur of the moment meetings with their child's doctor. Having a notebook handy is critical so that they have a point of reference for their child's medical care.

If you'd like to help put a smile on a sick child's face, simply email me at mrsmiley6@aol.com and I can give you mailing directions!

Friday, September 26, 2008

This is for Friday challenge ....be like Janine who is http://2bkrafty.blogspot.com/ and that would be Janine Orchard. She is a crisp clean stamper who has a real style about her and to copy that...well I don't think so. Anyway I gave it a college try. I used Hero Arts, and textured my mat with Fiskers texture plate leaving a spot for my flower, then just added some nice ribbon from Michael's and a few matching dew drops and it's good to go. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cards 4 Kids

Here are a few of the cards I have done for Children's Hospital here in the Detroit area. I tried to keep them simple but in some cases it didn't work because there is a lot of coloring. I'm not complaining though as this is a good cause. My little fairy and clown were given on an image swap so I don't have any info on them, the little kitty is a puffy sticker from Mike's place. I will soon have a spot on my blog where if you are interested in sending me cards for the kids it would be greatly appreciated by me and the kids. So stay tuned for that. Thanks for taking some time here and hope your day is as beautiful as ours here in Michigan. It's in the high 70's and sunny, who could ask for more.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Tuesday...Hope it's Wicked and Fun

This was a super easy card using a stamp from my buddy Mike's $1 bin. Love those bargains and how easy can it be to just stamp and mat a card? EASY !!! This is from Hampton Arts, just used my oval Nesties for two ovals, some cute Halloween DP also from Mike's place and to top off the hat a black stick on bead. Done and ready to send. Have a fun week to you all. Here in Michigan we are enjoying warm days and cool nights and the colors are starting their glorious change. Love this time of year.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Challenge...Be like Jennifer Buck

Well last week it was Tammy and this week it's Jennifer Buck. Come on people, are you kidding me?! Someone took some fantasy pills on these challenges, but being the good sport I am I decided to play along. Jennifer http://thebuckstampshere.blogspot.com/ is a sweet and simple stamper whose work is unique so I thought OK then.... do a simple and sweet card right? Well I just recently received my new large JustRite Christmas stamping set so....why not try it. I did this card with denim ink put out by Ranger using one of the Christmas stamps and then added the snowflakes which are Hero Arts. Put some nice navy ribbon to match that navy card and it is done. What do you think?? I think I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and yes before I leave I must tell you there is a mistake on this card and if you find it, well keep it between you and I , OK? Thanks. But if you want to tell me about it, feel free to.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Wednesday

This Halloween card is done with a demensional sticker put out by Recollections ( never heard of them either ) found at Mike's place dirt cheap. Figured cheap is good so I'll make a card to send some goofy kid that loves spooky ! EEKS ! That looks scary. The phrase is from Hero Arts, well not the phrase but the stamped phrase is what I mean. The background paper is from Provo Crafts. Easy but hopefully useful.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Challenge ..Cuddle with Tammy

Well today's challenge is to cuddle with Tammy of http:// stamphappy-tammy.typepad.com/ and that would be Tammy Hershberger. Tammy loves what's called homey, warm cards. I don't know if this is a true sample but she likes to sew and I did that element on my card. I wouldn't call what I did sewing it was more like torturing because I wasn't in the mood to sit and try to sew nice lines or even nice swirley lines but anyway...it is what it is as Einstein would say. This was a very easy card as it used some stickers purchased at my buddy Michael's craft store. What a guy! He has gotten pretty snappy with his great collection of stickers. These are from K & Company and designed by Elizabeth Brownd. The sheet is really fabulous and I can see production of at least 5 or more cards. So I used the old fashioned look, the sewing, and some beautiful ribbon from Mike's and there you have it. Happy weekend to all you dirty fingered ladies.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Autumn in Michigan

Well soon our leaves will be in their glorious rich colors, ranging from bright yellow, orange, rust, red and purples. It's a wonderful time here in Michigan with all the cider mills crowded with people to buy homemade donuts , apples, and of course that great cider. At our local mill, The
Franklin Cider Mill, it's hard to get near the counter because people come from all over to get that awesome tasting drink and those wonderful fall apples. This card suggests fall is coming fast and I love it. My leaf is a Blazing Star stamp and the phrase is from DeNami. Weather here is beautiful after an all night rain. Hope you are all enjoying your week so far.

Monday, September 8, 2008

The start of my project for Children's Hospital

These little notebooks are the start of my project for our Children's Hospital in Detroit. I have about 10 finished along with some Halloween cards . I am presently working on some birthday cards. Bela does this in Toronto for the sick children's hospital there. You can check her out at

http://belascreatingplace.blogspot.com/ . She was my inspiration to get this program started here and I am really glad the administrator liked it and gave me the go ahead. When I am really up and running I will post a notice to anyone wanting to send me cards to take there. They would be greatly appreciated. The notebooks are for the parents to write important information about meds, appts. etc.

Well it's a new week...go out and make it the best you can, I plan to do just that.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday challenge...Two Step Stamping

Well it's really plain to see why I don't like two step stamping. I can never get the 2nd stamp placed nicely over the first. This card came out so poorly but what the heck...right?? The two set stamp set is a very old set that I had NEVER opened. I think DD Julie gave me three sets and this one was still taped close. What a bad mother ! Anyway as I said what a crappy card. I used all the inks I could find to try and come up with great autumn colors and then had to try and perk up the white cardstock by using some chalk colors to get rid of the bold white. Added some gold do hickies to bring some life in there and some satin rust ribbon. I just noticed I made some ugly mistake in the lower left corner but as I said ...it is a crappy card.It isn't that bad is it???I don't think I want to hear your answers but leave them anyway. The set is from All Night Media and is actually a triple up set but I didn't use the third part which is a scribble. Hey it's Friday and that means tomorrow is Saturday and I'm going out with some friends for dinner. Whoopi a fun time is planned. Have a great weekend to you all.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

You Inspire Me !!!

I want to pass this award on to a very special lady. She is Bela who is at http://belascreatingplace.blogspot.com/ . The reason she inspires me is because she always makes me smile with her humorous posts and great spirit of life. She does cards for the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto. How wonderful is that ! She has now gotten me so fired up that I have contacted my own children's hospital and was so pleased the administrator wants me to start a program here in Michigan. Thanks Bela, you are an awe inspiring woman and I love you dearly for leading me in this direction.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ten Minute Tuesday

This was a real speedo card as I used stickers. The DP is from a Halloween pad put out by K & Company. Used my nesties and the trick or treat sticker along with the candy corn on my envelope are from K & Company. My little spider is a Sandylion and my phrase is Hero Arts. Slap it all on and it's done in a few mins. Happy Tuesday.

Monday, September 1, 2008

RAK and this adorable card

I received this adorable card from one of my blogging friends, Cheryl Moody ( to go to her sight you can find her in my list of blogs I visit), along with some really cute images from SU. Thanks
back to ewe Cheryl, love the card and the images. Nice surprise to go to the mail and find something so sweet. Happy Monday to you all.