Saturday, September 26, 2009

Halloween Packaging: Boxes and Bucket

Hello Everyone!

Sorry it has been such a long time between posts! What can I say...really busy with work.

Today's video shows three different packaging ideas, that I found on the resource section of Split Coast.

All materials used are Stampin Up! with the exception of the large scallop circle die used to cut out the layers, and the witch image.

Colors are: Dusty Durango, and Crushed Curry from the In Colors, and Old Olive.

Stamped Set: (Retired) Hey Ghoul Friend -Stampin Up

Check out split coast for great inspiration and check back for a holiday class where I make these items for Christmas.

Thanks for Watching!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Giving Back

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable summer! I worked a whole lot, but found some time for fun too. Each fall when the local kids go back to school, I find myself wanting to get back to scrapping and stamping. I have to push myself for inspiration though. I always want to jump right to Halloween, with all the fun colorful designs and papers available...I just love it!

A few of the blogs I follow had made mention of some opportunities for card drives to some really deserving folks, and also a scrapbooking/card making charity, That I wanted to share: Send Love Today is a nonprofit organization that provides emotional support to brain tumor patients and their families in the form of cards and small gifts. Our inspiration is derived from the life of Stacy L. Thomas, whose courageous journey with brain cancer ended in January 2004. His fighting spirit and unending bravery inspired family and friends alike. Stacy taught us all the true meaning of life, and his lifetime motto was “Never Give Up”.

One of the blogs I follow the girl said that she keeps a priority mail box- large size on hand and when she comes across something in her stash that she will not use, or wants to donate, she fills the box up and mails it to: Send Love Today
PO Box 528
Berea, Ohio 44017
This organization takes the items she sends and creates cards and gifts for the brain tumor patients mentioned above. I know we all have a box or two to share...I am starting to follow this lead.

Another great organization is: also known as Cards for Heros. They just had a birthday, and are collecting hand made cards of all types to send to our troops. They do have some things they would like you to exclude, like excessive glitter and they have size requirements, so please consult the web page prior to submission.

One of my favorite artists is Jennifer Maguire, and she is involved with Cards for Heros and currently is holding a card drive for Cards for Kate. Stop by Jennifer's website and read Kate's story, and send a card or two. Jennifer is so generous she is even giving prizes...some from Tim Holtz. The story and cause is very moving, and participating is the prize itself.

I hope these few links have given you some inspiration for creating.

Have a wonderful week!