Little Cottage

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Sending Sunshine

Inside: Sending sunny thoughts to brighten your day!

I’m part of an Angel Swap where we receive a name and we send the recipient a card. This is for a lady that recently bought house and has been fixing it up. Just had surgery on her foot and is wearing a boot. And could just use some happy mail!

I had been wanting to use this cottage from Beccy’s Place and knew it would be perfect since she just bought a house. I printed out a second copy and cut out the two flowers bushes in front an the vine over the door so I could pop dot them and give them dimension. I used an older sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #199.

CHALLENGES:
1) March Inspirational Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – favorite category – Recreate a card or sketch you’ve saved in your favorites either on this site, a blog, or Pinterest.
2) Beccy’s Place March Challenge – Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy’s Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog and submit a direct link to the challenge thread.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Little Cottage Set @ Beccy’s Place
Cardstock: Bazzill (Lemonade, Nelly), The Paper Studio (blue)
Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on a Canon Inkjet Printer
Accents/Tools: EK Success 1/16 pop dots, yellow brads, Cutterbee scissors

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Eaten by a Bear?

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Eaten by Bears

So a friend of mine has been having some trying times since her 3rd child came along. During the holidays if it could go wrong it did. She was laid on my heart so I decided to send her a card of encouragement because parenthood can be trying! I found this saying on the internet and thought it was hilarious and so her!!
At the end of the day…
Have any of your Children been eaten by a bear?
No.
See, you’re a good mom.

So I went looking for bear images. I found “Happy Stanley” at Beccy’s Place. His expression was perfect but he had a shirt collar and tie on so I asked Beccy for permission to have my husband remove the shirt and tie. She gave us permission and my wonderful husband made Stanley plain!! The grin is perfect for the saying and just makes me smile each time I see it!!
It took a week to get there…I couldn’t believe it! She received it Friday and said it was perfect timing as she was needing encouragement that day!! God is always perfect in his timing!

I used Atlantic Hearts Sketch #196 that I had saved so this card fits the March Card Inspiration Challenge – Favorites Category. It also fits Beccy’s Place March Challenge – make a card using any image of hers (even free ones) for a chance to win free digital stamps.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Happy Stanley @ Beccy’s Place
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Follow your Heart “Be Amazing”)

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Law Enforcement Feel Better card

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A friend at work saw an article on Cards for Cops in November about a Rock Hill P.D. officer, Matt Crosby, that was shot in 2010 while investigating a domestic disturbance. He was paralyzed and is wheelchair bound. He had developed bed sores recently that required him to be bedridden for several months. He was needing encouragement and support as he was going through a rough time. She knew I made cards and thought I might want to make him one. He had been on my list but I hadn’t got to it. Well this past week Cards for Cops put a post that Matt Crosby was taken back to the hospital and could use some encouragement cards. So I made a card that night and took it into work so my co-workers could sign it with me if they wanted to.

I saw this stamp on the internet and thought it was perfect. It is from Papertrey Ink and is called Inside & Out Well Wishes Stamp Set. Well I needed to make the card quick and the saying in the stamp said surgery so I changed it to hospital and printed it on my computer. I like all the stamps in the set and even though I’m not a stamper I think I can handle stamping these sentiments so I bought the set!! Late Merry Christmas to me!

I used sketch #1 from the Jan Card Sketch Challenge on Scrapbook.com as my inspiration (original sketch is Atlantic Hearts Sketch #192).

If you are interested here is the address to send him cards:

Matt Crosby

C/O Rock Hill Police Department

320 W. Thorton Ave

Rock Hill MO 63119

Also in St. Louis MO and surrounding areas they are doing a Dine Out for Crosby on Jan 12th to try to raise money to build him a wheelchair accessible home. If you can’t go but want to help towards the cause there is an address to send donations to in the article or just send it to Matt at the above address. Read about it here:

List of restaurants participating in the ‘Dine Out’ for officer Matt Crosby

SUPPLIES:

Cardstock: Bazzill (white, Raven, Arctic)

Accents/Tools: blue brads

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Squeeezee

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Inside:
Sending you
a little hug today
just to let you know
I’m thinking of you!

I am part of a thread on scrapbook.com called Operation Happy Mail. Basically if you know someone that could use Happy Mail you send the hostess a PM and then she announces she has a person that is need of Happy Mail. If you send a card/note then great or if life is busy you can catch the next one.
Check it out: https://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/1661085/tp/1/

So I got a name over a month ago and was praying about what to send and when to send. Well a couple weeks ago I sent this card. (See previous post for the male version). A lady has been going through a lot of health issues and needed some encouragement. I used Mojobella Sketch #21 as my inspiration. The circle patterned paper was old KI Memories scraps I had left over. I added a couple extra circles and flipped the sketch. I also got to use my new rectangle dotted die!! Happy dance!!!

CHALLENGES:
1) Gerda Steiner Designs – Share your designs – create a project with any Gerda Steiner stamp and link it up to the challenge.
2) November Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category – I used MOJObella Sketch #21 that I saved in my favorites.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Bear Hug @ Gerda Steiner Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill (Pinecone)
Patterned Paper: KI Memories
Inks: pre-colored in photoshop and printed on a Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Cricut Cuttlebug Polka Dot embossing folder, EK Succes 1/16 pop dots, Cutter bee scissors, EK SUccess mini corner punch concave, Sizzix Rectangles Dotted Framelits dies

Big Bear Hug

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Inside:
There is no special reason…
No special day…
I just wanted to send…
A BIG HUG
your way!

So I am part of an Angel Card Swap on Scrapbook.com.
see here for details: https://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/1664017/
This is the card I made for my October recipient who is a grandpa and a widow. Sometimes life gets lonely as a widow so he was in need of Happy Mail. I prayed about what kind of card to make and was having a hard time figuring it out. Then my husband made a comment and this ideal popped in my head and God said “yep, that’s it!”. So found this image at Gerda Steiner Designs and it was perfect. Husband colored it in Photoshop for me. (I made a 2nd version for a female that also needed happy mail…see next card post!) I used paper from my scrap drawers and a sketch from Paper Play Sketches #18. I hope it brought a smile to his face!

CHALLENGES:
1) Gerda Steiner Designs Share Your Designs – Share your design created with a GSD Clear Stamp, Rubber Stamp or Digital Stamp and you could win $15 Store Credit.
2) November Inspirational Card Challenge – Favorites Category – lift a card or sketch you have saved. Used Paper Play Sketches #18.
http://paperplaysketches.blogspot.com/2016/10/paper-play-sketches-18.html

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Bear Hug @ Gerda Steiner Designs
Cardstock: Bazzill (Pinecone, Rain)
Patterned Paper: Kaisercraft (Up, Up, and Away)
Inks: pre-colored in photoshop and printed on a Canon Inkjet printer
Accents/Tools: Cricut Cuttlebug Gingham embossing folder, Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge, EK Succes 1/16 pop dots,

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No Perfect Parents

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This card is made for an angel swap I’m in. This is a different type of swap. Basically everyone puts in a name of someone that could use happy/encouragement mail in their mailbox. Then you are randomly given a name to send a card to.
The person requested the card to go to a man to offer him support of parenthood and let him know he rocks as a father. I asked a couple follow up questions and found out he plays basketball with his son every weekend.
So I started praying to find out what kind of card God wanted him to get. I looked at quotes and found 2 that I felt led to use. I was going to make two different cards but ended up with the holy spirit prompting me to use the 2nd one inside:
“There will be so many times
you feel like you’ve failed.
But in the eyes, heart, and mind
of your child you ARE Super Dad.
You are their world.
And you are doing a fabulous job.”
– Stephanie Precourt

A little background on the inside quote. The original quote says Mom. But I really felt it is what I needed to send. So I wrote Stephanie and asked her if it had every been changed and would she mind if I changed Mom to Dad. She said she doesn’t think it has been changed but can totally see how it pertains to both parents so she gave me permission to change it!

I used MOJO Monday #420 sketch for my inspiration.

SUPPLIES:
Image: Sports Ball Set @ Miss Kate Cuttables
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio (Murphy’s Square)
Accents/Tools: brads, making memories paper edge scraper, 1/6 pop dots

Birdbrain Get Well

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Inside: It’s time to rest and take it easy.

This is for the owner of From the Heart Stamps. On Aug 11th we were notified by her team that Faith (owner) was in the hospital and to pray for her if we could. Aug 13th her dad updated us to let us know they found a brain tumor just bigger than a golf ball size and they were going to operate. She is now at home recovering from the surgery and starting treatments for cancer. This woman is amazing and even though I have never met her she has touched my life with her sweet spirit, kind heart and love for God. Her dad was so kind to give us an address we could send happy mail of encouragement to. So I went looking through her images that I own (because her store is temporarily on hold) and came across this one. She does not sell pre-colored digis but she had a special one time so I got the pre-colored one of this!! When I saw it I came up with the sentiment. I also used a sketch from their challenge blog – I {heart} sketches #69. I was having a hard time trying to find a ribbon to go across like what was in the sketch. So I pulled out my box of odds and ends ribbons and old old fibers (remember those!!). I found this perfect colored fiber trim that was just perfect…I love those happy finds!!

CHALLENGES:
1) September Inspirational Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – theme category – September 13th is Positive Thinking Day. Make a positive/inspirational card.

SUPPLIES:
Digital Image: Spectacular Birdbrain @ From the Heart Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill (Apricot, Lemonade, Snap Dragon, Wisteria)
Ink: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet printer
Tools/Accents: Xyron X, EK Success circle punches, fiber, 1/8 Scor-tape


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