Monday, October 16, 2017

Spellbinders October 2017 Blog Hop + Giveaway


Welcome to the Spellbinders October 2017 blog hop! I am tickled pink to be a part of this hop! For those of you who do not know, Spellbinders was my first design team. I designed for Spellbinders for almost 5 years! This is where my love of die cutting came from, my start in this industry began, and where I met some of my dearest friends. Thank you, Spellbinders, for including me in this fun release hop. Its wonderful to be joining in with you again!


One of the features that Spellbinders dies are known for is their beautiful embossed details! Meaning, the insides of the die cut images are as lovely as the cutting edge outlines! I wanted to take advantage of those details in this die set, Shapeabilities Poppies Etched Dies.


My current obsession is the color copper, so when a new-to-me product comes in that color, you know I will not stop using it! This new product is called, wax paste. The paste adds an elegant shine to surfaces it is applied upon. From paper to wood to metal, the paste makes all things pretty. :D


Shapeablities Poppies Etched Dies contains the main floral image, two flowers, a leaf, and a bud. The extra pieces layer perfectly over the base image, allowing you to add depth. After cutting each of the images, I applied the wax paste. The wax paste can be applied with a paintbrush, a sponge, or your finger. I like using my finger, as it gives me more control (in my mind ha!). I kept the coverage sparse and antique-looking on these flowers. But you can continue to layer the wax paste until the image is entirely covered.


So lovely and simple to create. This card is elegant and ready to send to someone who needs a bright spot in their day!

Aside from the eye candy, the best part about this blog hop is that there are TWO chances to win! Yay! So generous of Spellbinders!!
1. Leave a comment on the Spellbinders Blog until Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:59 EDT for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate!!
2. Leave a comment HERE, on this blog post, until Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:59 EDT for 
a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!!

Here is a list of all the amazing designers sharing projects today! 

Spellbinders Paper Arts
Jennifer Mcguire
Seth Apter
Laura Bassen
Yana Smakula
Wanda Guess
Debi Adams
Kimberly Crawford
Svitlana Shayevich
Julia Stainton
Amy Kolling

Sincerely Yours,

Mail It Monday: October 16 custom stamps + card drive


Happy Mail It Monday! As the days turn cooler, I hope you are finding more time to create! Because that means you can send more love to family and friends! 


One of the tools that I use every time I mail my cards is custom stamps. My absolute favorite place to get those stamps from is Bossy Joscie! Not only is Joscelyne a wonderful person, but she makes some really great stamps! I love this custom stamp above. It works on my envelopes, but also the back of my cards.


These are a few of my stamps. I love my address stamp too. Its so classy and the perfect size! So many choices and so many ways to add a special touch to your envelopes! (Did I mention she has envelopes and custom pencils too?! :D)


Many of you have asked for groups that you can send cards to, a way to make a difference. This card drive is one of those ways. Run by my friend, Vera Yates, this card drive collects holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes. The following is from Vera, but please visit her blog for more details.

Hi all and welcome to the 8th annual Caring Hearts Card Drive. The purpose of our card drive is to collect holiday cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes. I started this card in 2010 in honor of my mom's request. The first year, we collected 750 cards. And each year it continue to grow bigger. Last year we received over 66,000 cards and distribute the cards to various nursing homes throughout the US, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.

The Caring Hearts team are excited to continue bringing holiday cheers to many nursing homes.

The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time many of the elderly who lives in nursing homes would really feel the loneliness or missing their family. Wouldn't it be so awesome if we can bring a smile to their face & brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making? A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten. That someone still thinking of them.

We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing our creations can bring a smile to others, right? Some helpful people already agree to help us deliver the cards to selected nursing homes.


IMPORTANT DETAILS:

This card drive will be going on from October 2 to November 17, 2017. We need to receive your card by November 17, 2017.
Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes only
All cards need to have a message inside (can be stamped or hand written).
Sign your name and where you are from inside the card. 
Please include an envelope for each card and please don't seal the envelope. 
Please stick to standard size A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card as this will help us in packing more efficiently 
Please don't use any pins (safety reason). 
This is totally optional. But, if you'd like to include $2 or $3 to help with shipping, it'll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves, so any donation toward shipping would help tremendously. 

For US, you can mail the cards to:
  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007 
  • Christy Wilkerson, 8057 Hunters Ridge Drive, West Chester, OH 45069 
  • Jana Millen, 1047 Valley Wood Dr, Batavia, OH 45103

For Australia:
  • Deb McCleary, CHCDrive, PO Box 213, Heidelberg, VIC 3084, Australia 

For Canada:
  • Caroline Bredeson, 7 Brown Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 1L9, Canada 
  • Rita Andrews, 28 West Gissing Rd, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1L6, Canada 

In each package, PLEASE include THIS SUBMISSION FORM. This helps us in keeping track for prizes! For each card you send, you will get a chance. So the more cards you send, the better your chances.

To thank you for your generosity in supporting this drive, we have several PRIZES ready for several winners. There will be many winners. :)

Also, if you 'd like to help us promote the card drive, whenever you're sharing your projects for Caring Hearts on social media, please use the hashtag #caringheartscarddrive. Part of my life goal is to spread kindness and make kindness a trend. :)

The nursing homes that we supported are based on what people suggested to us. If you want your local nursing homes to receive cards from the card drive, please email me or Jennifer the name of the nursing homes and the number of residents, so we can make sure that we send enough cards. Each year, we never know how many nursing homes we can support as the number are totally based on how many cards we received. To keep things organized, we assigned the 6 collecting addresses above.

Go and send cards, my friends! <3 p="">

 Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, October 12, 2017

hello card and creating coordinating envelopes


Another fun project for my work on the design team at We R Memory Keepers!


We used our favorite tool for card making. Hands down, mine is the 123 Punch Board! Not only does the board make bows, envelopes, and boxes, but it does SO much more! Visit the We R Memory Keepers blog to see the NEW way I discovered to use the 123 Punch Board!


What is a card without a coordinating envelope?!?! And these beautiful papers from American Crafts one canoe two collection, Creekside?!? Swoon!


Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fall in Love


One of the best things about being on the design team for We R Memory Keepers is all the amazing tools they come out with! Its wonderful to be able to try them out and see how I would use them myself.

This card is made with one of my current favorite tools, The Dial Trimmer. This trimmer has 6 different blades attached to it! Including a straight and a score blade! It also cuts 12x12 paper, making this a great tool for ANY paper crafter. I used the trimmer on this card, to add a deckled edge to my plaid patterned paper.

For all the details on this project and for more about The Dial Trimmer, visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog!

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, October 9, 2017

Mail It Monday: but on a Tuesday! USPS Postal Regulations

Well, it is Mail It Monday, but because it is a holiday, the USPS is closed today. So we will have to mail our beautiful handmade cards tomorrow! Hence, Mail It Monday, but on a Tuesday!
(Those of you who have children who love The Lego Movie will totally get my title for today!)

In honor of the postal holiday, I figured it would be a good time to address (ha!) the different postal regulations that pertain to card-mailing. All of the USPS postal regulations can be found here: Quick Service Guide.

These are issues that I have personally dealt with. There are a million different cases, but these are a few quick tips and tricks to keep in mind.

  1. Square envelopes require more postage. Keep to rectangles. 
  2. Bulky cards, with foam-backed items or embellishments like enamel dots, need to be packaged differently. Envelopes must be less than 1/4" thick. To keep things smooth, try these ideas:
      1. I like to add a panel of card stock. Place it over the bumpy side of the card to smooth things out inside the envelope.
      2. Turn the card inside out. Its weird, but it works.
      3. Wrap the card in a small piece of tissue paper.
      4. Check out this video from Hero Arts with some FAB ideas! Click the link below.
        1. Mailing Cards With Bulk 
      5. With too much bulk, I use a padded mailer. The postage is more, but not terrible. And with a special card like that, the recipient is worth it! :D
  3. Do not add strings or closures, or other items hanging from your card to the outside of your envelopes, as they can incur a charge.
    1. If you chose to do this, place the envelope inside another plain envelope. Keeping in mind the thickness and weight.
    2. Washi tape, if pressed flat, is not an issue.
  4. Clearly address your envelopes on the front. Making sure your state abbreviations are correct, along with the zip code.
  5. Return addresses can be placed on the front or the back of your envelopes. But be sure it is somewhere, just in case.
  6. When in doubt of your card's thickness or weight, bring it to the counter. Better safe than making your recipient pay to get their card. :D

As I continue to get better about mailing cards, I am sure that I will learn more and find more great products to help us all out. I will be sure and share those ideas with you. And please share your ideas with me and everyone else! The comments on the Mail It Monday posts have been sweet and touching, but also SO helpful! Keep sharing your wisdom with all of us!


Winners! Congratulations to the winners of the organization bags from last week's post! Please email me at Kimberly 1 Crawford at gmail dot com with your name and mailing address! :D

  1. Judy I, St. Louis MO said...
  2. Dawn Gross said...
  3. Sandra Schroeder said...

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Letterpress Card and Envelope Set


I have been in love with the look of letterpress for quite some time. There is something so luxurious about its feel. The debossed paper filled with richly colored ink. The crisp images against white paper...


There are a few ways to create the look of letterpress, but they would have to be called "faux." But not any more! We R Memory Keepers has a Letterpress Starter Kit which is fantastic!! The best part? The fact that the plates will work with most standard die cutting machines! The results were pretty impressive!


After making a set of cards, I HAD to make coordinating envelopes! Head to the We R Memory Keepers Blog for tips, tricks, and details! 

Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Scrapbook & Cards Today: Card Cafe


I am so tickled to be sharing on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog in the Card Cafe! I have two cards there showing a new-to-me product called wax paste. The results of using this paste are incredible! I share tips and tricks and two fun ways to use this product! Stop over to their new website and check it out! The post can be found here:  Card Cafe with Kimberly Crawford.

Sincerely Yours,