Thursday, November 29, 2012

Please Help and a Giveaway..

Hi Everyone,

I love crafts just as much as all of you and I love it even more when what I create can be a huge blessing to someone else.

On my personal Facebook page i subscribe to Dollar Store Crafts and today I saw a posting that made my heart melt and I so wanted to be a part of.  First I thought I would send a card and then I was given the idea of doing a giveaway to get my fellow crafters involved.

Rhonda, a fellow subscriber, just found out that her Grandmother was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and the doctors say she will only be here for a couple more months.  All that is being asked is that a Christmas Card be sent to her Grandparents.  So this is what I propose.  If you make a card, send it Rhonda's Grandparents, link it below, I will automatically enter you into a giveaway.  I am not sure of the prizes yet but if you look at my "30 Fabulous Followers Giveaway" posting you can gain insight to the type prizes I like to give (click on the title). 

Here is the story about Rhonda's Grandmother: 

A Holiday Wish: Cards for Betty's Last Christmas
This year for Christmas, there is only one thing that I want.  It’s not something you can get at the store.  It’s not something that any amount of money can buy.  All I want for Christmas this year, more than anything else in the world, is for my grandma to smile.  So here I am, asking the whole world for something so simple yet so meaningful:  Could you please send my grandparents a Christmas card this year?
A Holiday Wish: Cards for Betty's Last Christmas
My Grandma Vogel, January 2011
This is my grandma.  This photo was taken in January 2011, at our family’s belated Christmas gathering for the 2010 holidays.  Doesn’t she look content?  This is exactly what I want for her again, to be happy and enjoying her family for the holidays.  But this year, well, this year is different.  This year is going to be grandma’s last Christmas.
Let’s go back in time a few weeks.  Back to when my grandma first went to the hospital.  She was having difficulty breathing; they ordered a ton of tests, put her on oxygen, and kept her in the hospital for a while for observation.  We all waited for news, hoping that it would be good but bracing ourselves for the bad.  When the first round of tests came back, we learned two things:  That she has severe COPD with less than 50% lung capacity, and they found a mass in her right lung.  That meant more tests, more waiting, more bracing for bad news.
They scheduled a biopsy of the mass for the day before Thanksgiving.  For the first time in my entire life, there was no family gathering for the holiday.  Though really, I guess none of us were in that festive of a mood anyway.
Yesterday, the results of the biopsy came back.  The news wasn’t good, and I hadn’t expected it to be, but it still took me by surprise when my mother called with the details.
The mass in Grandma’s lung is cancerous.  Her cancer is stage 4.  The doctors say she only has a couple of months left.
This kind of news is never easy to take, but finding this out heading into the holiday season has been absolutely devastating for my family.  Understandably, grandma is pretty depressed about the whole situation.  And I don’t think the reality of it has hit my grandpa yet.  I don’t know what he’s going to do when she’s gone.  She has been the center of his entire world for over 60 years.  It’s a kind of pending loss that I can’t even begin to fathom.
A Holiday Wish: Cards for Betty's Last Christmas
Grandma in happier, healthier days
The holidays are supposed to be filled with love and joy, not sadness and despair.  I don’t want grandma’s last Christmas to be melancholy.  I want the holidays to wrap her with caring and comfort.  I want so very, very desperately to see my grandma smile again.
In order to lift my grandparents’ spirits, my mother started asking everyone she knew if they would please send them a card this holiday season.  Heartfelt greetings, even from complete strangers, can have a profound effect on the recipient.  If you would like to help make my grandma smile through the holidays, here are some ways you can help.
  • Send my grandparents a card.  Their mailing address can be found at the end of this post.
  • If you are feeling crafty, I would love if you could create a handmade card for my grandparents.  All cards are welcome and appreciated, but there is something extra special about receiving a handmade card.  Opening them makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.
  • If you have children, perhaps you could have them draw my grandma a picture to cheer her up.  She is, after all, grandmother to nine and great grandmother to eight, and as a grandma she of course has an appreciating for young artists.
  • If you are active with your church, maybe the congregation would be interested in helping out.  Please pass this information along to your prayer circle or bible study group, or submit the information for inclusion in your church’s weekly bulletin.
  • If you have any other friends who would be willing to send my grandparents holiday greetings, please feel free to pass this information along to them.
  • If you are a fellow blogger, I would be extremely grateful if you shared my grandma’s story with your readers and followers.
  • Please share this story via social media.  Share this post with your Facebook friends, tweet about it, pin the top graphic on this post to Pinterest.  Any way that you can think of to get more people involved!
My hope is that my grandparents’ mailbox will be overflowing with love for the next month.  Please address your cards to:
Ed and Betty Vogel
425 E. Coleman Rd.
Clare, MI 48617
Thank you everyone for your help with this.  My whole family thanks you, from the bottoms of our aching hearts.

I pray you will join me and send a card to Mr & Mrs Vogel.  Thanks everyone.  Oh I will leave this giveaway open until Christmas.  I will select a winner on Dec 28 and mail out the goodies then.  I will post a follow-up to this blog showing the goodies.  Ok ya'll, time to shop and thank you all so much for participating!!  
Love and Hugs,
If you have an questions, feel free to send me a message or ask me on the Facebook page.

Mr. Linky Giveaway Entry:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Yellow and Gray Envelope/Pocket Mini Album

Hi Everyone,

So this post is a way to recycle the old into something new.  While Hubs and I were living in PA we were involved with craft shows/bazzars.  One item that I created to sell were Envelope cards that can be placed on gifts, used for money cards, etc.  Well I made tons of them and most of them sold but I still have a dozen or so left that did not.  So instead of throwing them away I chose to make a mini album out of them.  These minis can easily hold full 3x5 photos.  This is one of my favorite albums mostly because it is my favorite color, yellow.  Here it is...

I used a sheer gray ribbon for the binding and then used Deco Art Twinkles on the ends to stop the fraying.

Pages one and two and a sample of what all the tags throughout the album look like.

A tag tucked behind the fold out photomat.

Pages three /\ and four \/

Tags for pages 3 and 4.

Pages five /\ and six \/

Tag from page 5 and a fold out photomat with a pocket for tags.

So here is my work in progress.  I did make a video of this album.  You can see it here: 

Well everyone, that is all for now.  You know I am so grateful to be able to share these projects with you all and I am so thankful for each one of you!!  Thank you all for watching and I will see you in the next one...


What I used...
~DecoArt Twinkles
~Silk Flowers
~Flat back pearls
~Recollections Card Stock
~Fiskars corner punch
~Autumn Leaves journal stamps
~Sheer gray ribbon
~Colorbox pigment ink
~Offray ribbon

Friday, November 23, 2012

Paper Bag Mini Album #1 - Paisley Fun

Hi Everyone,

So I have been wanting to do a series on Paper Bag Albums that I have created for quite some time now - like over a year - and I have finally been able to get my camera and the editing software to play nice with each other.  Well actually I just used my phone - it's a shame I didn't think of that before.  So here is my first Paper Bag Album.  I used a total of 9 Paper bags for this album.  ***Photo Warning and video at the end***

Well everyone here it is.  I really had a great time making this album and I know I will make another as I do like how this one came out.  So please tell me what you think of this album; I would love to hear/read your thoughts.  Thank you all so much for watching and I will see you in the next one.


What I used..

~Recollections Card Stock
~Offray Ribbon
~Colorbok gray ink
~Nicole Crafts paper pack
~Lunch bags
~Fiskars embossing corner punch
~Flatback pearls

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sympathy Card

Hi Everybody

Just a quick post of a card I made for my dear Sister whose Father passed away. I pray she doesn't mind me sharing this card.  As a matter of fact I debated with myself over whether or not I should post this card but after persistent encouraging from Hubs I am posting it.  I am quite proud of this card and I adore the way it came out.  I wanted everything be just perfect for this card.  So here it is...

I am not going to say to much about the card other than a lot of love went into this card and I pray she and the family feel the love Hubs and I have for them when they look at the card.  {Sis, Hubs and I are so sorry for your Dad's passing and ya'll have been and will continue to be in our prayers}.

So here it is.  And yes, I know it has been some time since I posted but lots of life has gotten in the way and way too much drama from those around me, plus lots of helping people move - including myself.  A trip across country, a missionary journey, and rehearsals for a concert, just to name a few, have been my distraction over the last few months.  I have been working on Christmas projects and I will prayerfully be posting videos, yes videos, on these projects over the (USA) Thanksgiving Holiday 2012 and posting them on YouTube.  I will link the videos to the blogs as well. 

Alright everyone.  That's all for now.  Thank you all so much for stopping by and I will see you in the next blog.

Oh... If you have any questions about ANYTHING please let me know.

Thanks a bunch!!


What I used...

~Recollections card stock
~DCWV Paper Collection
~Red mulberry roses 
~Cricut Schoolbook cartridge (for the circle shape)
~Sympathy Sentiment by
~Eva digital image by
~Black flatback rhinestones