Someday I will learn how to wrap presents with pretty wrapping paper, but in the meantime, I’m sticking to putting goodies in gift bags. I stamped the bag with a stamp from Eat Cake Graphics called “Shoreline”. I used My Favorite Things hybrid ink pad in black licorice and colored in with Copic Markers. I love layering colors with Copics, as you can see in the greens in the trees. Star Dust Stickles were used to make the snow cap on the top of the mountain sparkly. A punched out tag with “Happy Trails” stamped on it was pop-dotted and added on for dimension. Happy trails to you this Labor Day weekend!
We probably all have our own way of interpreting what “always wear your invisible crown” means. To me, it means that we can’t all wear sashes & crowns and be queens or princesses, but we can act like them and wear invisible crowns! We can show it by maintaining self-confidence, by being aware of our own self-worth without flaunting it, and by being humble. Maybe it means that we should imagine our worth through different eyes so we can have a confidence that we have never experienced before. Whatever this quote means, I love the way it sounds and the way it makes me feel! Hold your head high and have a glorious day!
“Mr. Who” is the name of this cute little owl stamp and I just love him. I have quite a few cute (and cheesy) sentiments that I could have used with this image on a card, like “Owl always love you” or “Whoo-la-la” but I decided to make something other than a card. I stamped Mr. Who with brown ink and colored in using layers of a pink Copic marker so the image would coordinate with the small pink bag. The same brown ink was used to stamp the branch. To decorate the paper bag, I started by attaching a piece of triangle-shaped burlap, using lagoon colored bakers twine to attach. Using large and small scalloped circle punches, I punched out background paper to layer with. I used foam tape to attach the scalloped circles and tree branch with, just to add dimension. For embellishments, I used burlap flowers from Hobby Lobby and Prima paper flowers from my stash. Of course I added a little bit of bling to the flowers, since it’s a challenge for me to just leave things like that as they are. Hope you have a hoot of a day!
Here is my first Design Team project for Eat Cake Graphics!
I loved using this rubber stamp design named “Auntie Daisy enjoys freedom”. I stamped Auntie Daisy on watercolor paper and used watercolor pencils to color her hair, skin, and flowers. I stamped the image a second time on pretty floral patterned paper, then used scissors to cut out the dress. After the dress was cut out, I glued it on over the first stamped watercolor image. I used Stickles (Stardust, my fave) to add a little sparkle to the flowers. For embellishments, I added a few paper flowers and some coordinating ribbon. The Top Note bigz die from Stampin’ Up was used to cut the tag shape. I think the sentiment says it all…we all deserve to have the best day ever!
Check out all the cute stamps available at http://www.eatcakegraphics.com
This May it will be 10 years of me being cancer-free! I am lucky that my cancer was diagnosed and treated early, and I feel fortunate that I did not have to undergo any chemotherapy. With that being said, I think that no one should fight cancer alone. For anyone who has ever has faced a life-changing disease like cancer, you quickly discover that you need to rely on others for support & encouragement. I think a key to fighting cancer is to surround yourself with positive people. A couple of years ago I discovered a fantastic resource – a group called Chemo Angels. The Chemo Angels program offers support to those who are battling a cancer diagnosis and undergoing chemo treatment. Volunteers (a/k/a Angels) support an assigned “buddy” throughout their journey with cards, inspiration, supportive words, and lots of positive energy. The encouragement Angels provide helps give patients the comfort and confidence of knowing they are not alone in their fight. The goal of Chemo Angels is to help fuel a positive attitude and aid in the road to recovery. As a volunteer, I can say that providing emotional support is one of the most heartwarming experiences I’ve ever had. The Chemo Angels program matches anyone undergoing chemotherapy with his or her or own “angel.” The angels send notes, cards, and occasional small gifts to their assigned recipient, sharing good cheer and encouragement. Patients are not required to respond to their angels. The idea is to focus on their treatment and recoveries, and to not have them feel obligated to send a thank you note for each instance of support. As a “Card Angel” I am 100% dedicated to my assigned patient for however long the treatments continue. My commitment is to send my buddy at least one card, letter, or note a week. I send a small gift every now and then – even though gifts are not required for Card Angels. And, as a personal commitment, I make all the cards I send.
If you are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, and think this kind of program might be a good fit for you, check out their website. Or, if you know someone who is going through chemo, please encourage them to apply as a patient so they can be “adopted” by Angels who can provide support to them throughout the course of their treatment. To learn more about this awesome organization, please visit http://www.chemoangels.net. Here are a couple of cards I have made and sent to my buddy. I love being an Angel!