Monday, December 29, 2008

Cards 4 Kids Challenge

I am offering you all a challenge that only you can help fulfill. I would like to have 1000 Valentine's Day cards for the children at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Yep, you read it correctly I did say 1000. There are 238 beds at the hospital and I would like to provide the kids with more then just one card. I would and so would the staff, like to get enough cards so the kids can exchange them, send them out to friends at school, or home to their parents and or siblings.

These can be cards with envelopes or just a post card style card. You don't sign the card as the kids and staff will be using them to make the kids have the best Valentine's Day ever. So if you want to get on the wagon and get those fingers inky I would love to have your help. I know we can and will do this and as an added incentive I will offer up some candy. Can't take a picture of it as I haven't bought it yet but it will be good. Sooooo.....are you in?? You can send me your intent to help at and I will give you my address or if you leave a reply that I can answer at a blog sight then we are good to go. I know that you are all wonderful people so I don't think this appeal will be defeated. Thanks in advance and watch out for my blog candy posting. Pat

EDITED TO ADD: When some of the gals heard about my challenge, they decided to offer up blog candy to sweeten the deal! The lovely Jennifer Buck will have some fun treats at her space as will my DD Julie over at Out To Impress! So check them out!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I have, as many of you have, been too busy to stamp but you are all still on my mind. I want to take just a moment to wish you all a blessed holiday season with family and friends. Here in Michigan we are snowed under but doing well. So at this time I want to thank those who sent me personal Christmas cards...thank you so much and I apologize for not doing that but my program at the food bank kept me too busy for cards to many people. So please know I love you all and I wish you all....Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Happy 2009 to one and all. You are the best!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday Challenge 10 Minute Card

Wow, I have some exciting news to share with you...In case you haven't heard Scrabble turns 60 this year. Can you believe that??? I almost had a radiator leak when I found this out. I love Scrabble and play it all the time on the computer and I always win even though I have to admit to you....I CHEAT !!! There is a spot which gives you "best words" with tons of points & I use it,but I only do it when nobody is watching. Ask my SIL Ken, he gets a bit testy over it and always catches me in the act.

Anyway here is my card for the Friday challenge at Sharon's blog no time to stamp. She wanted us to do a 10 min. or less card and so I did what I often do, I used stickers. Yep you read right, just some cute peel off stickers, a bit of glitter glue, some dollar store ribbon , do a bit of matting and you are done. Easy peasy. Can't share the name of what kind of stickers because I got them from Janine ( 2bkrafty) through the mail. Love them and they are so great for a fast card.

Working hard at the Poverty Program handing out the toys and dinners. We do it for 3 days and then we are done for this year.

Happy weekend to you all. And to me too. Keep your fingers inky .

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cards from Sinapore

Well what a nice surprise to receive 20 some cards from Sinapore. Can you imagine how wonderful and sweet that is. The sender is Marix who is at
Thank you so much for your generosity and contribution to cards 4 kids. Awesome !

Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Challenge 2 inches of DP

Well this is an easy one or is it??? I have to confess I did have some difficulty at first trying to figure out what to do since you could only use the DP one time. This is what I did, the strip is a 2" piece of paper I got in Billings and there is no name stamped on the back but I thought it was cool to have green for a winter type paper. I know as kids we were told never to eat "yellow" snow but what about "green"...maybe it's pistachio? Yikes I don't think I have ever seen green snow flakes...thank goodness. So anyway I have my DP, then used my Spellbinder's snowflake die cuts with some added glue on sparkly snow flakes from Mike's place and some bling in the centers. My Merry Christmas is a SU rub-on. How easy this turned out after all.
Well it's the weekend and I hope you all have a wonderful one. I'm going to a Christmas concert on Sunday and I love this show. I go each year and have been going for about 8 years now. The choir has at least 50-60 voices, the orchestra is about 75-100 and they are just terrific. After the concert all us old broads go to dinner and have a few of my favorite "dirty martinis". Who knows maybe some dirty old men will show up and buy them for us...ya never know.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday Challenge...non traditional Christmas card

Well this is as close as I can get to being non-traditional for Christmas. I know what you're thinking, I could use bright gaudy colors, ribbons, etc. but I was in a quiet mood today ( all that left over Prozac from my turkey dressing) so I went for a soft blue and white. I really mixed up my usage on this card as I used my Nestabilites, lovely don't know what you call it die-cut, some snow flakes by Hero Arts, a wonderful snowman sticker from Penny (that's Penny of the Penny Black group), the phrase is from Flourishes and the ribbon was found in Big Sky at a great shop called Sisters. So I just jumped from box to bin and ink to powders and came up with this little number. Word to the wise...Don't try to bring a snowmen in the house no matter how much they beg....they have a bad tendency to make a mess, once they start to melt, well there's no stopping them.

Tonight I will help with a dinner for children in foster care. I am going to help them make Christmas cards for their foster parents and their biological parents. Tomorrow is shopping day for a group home for mentally challenged adults. We are going to K-Mart for their Christmas gifts. Sunday is a woman's retreat at our church and I hope I can stay awake for it. Too much happening. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and keep those fingers dirty.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cute cards 4 kids

Well aren't these cards just so cute??? The answer is YES ! The little reindeer card came in a box of cards from my new best friend Mary Schreiber who lives in Maine and the sweet polar bear card with snowy caps out of liquid applique is from Jeanette Waters who is a doll from South
Carolina y'all. You ladies are too sweet for words to keep up your support in the Cards 4 Kids program. I thank you, the kids thank you, the hospital thanks you, and well the whole darn world thanks you. Did you get that??? Thank you very much with a big hug attached.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Three Singing Christmas Mice

These little guys are not to be confused with my singing tenors who also numbered three. This is Larry, Harry, ( should be Hairy), and Schmow, and they are getting ready for the big event this Friday night. I'm presenting them at a dinner party for foster kids and they will be part of some cards the kids will make for their foster parents and or biological parents. I was blown away when I was told I would handle the craft table for card making that would host 60-80 kids. I said to myself....take it easy, you can and you will do this. Yeah right! Anyway, I am making some simple cards for them to follow and this is one of them. Kind of patriotic in colors but they can color the little guys any way they want. This mice stamp or should I say mouse stamp is one I got in a dollar bin many moons ago , and is made by Westwater Expressions ( out of China) and the little snowflake is from Stampendous. Just used my water colored pencils and the snowflake was done with denium colored ink. I'll probably change up the color scheme but it's a start. I have cut for 20 cards so far and only another 60 or so to go. Where's the Xanax???? After this I won't be laid back, I'll be konked out.