Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Today we have another guest for our ‘Designer Chat’. This is where I ask a designer if they could share what Christmas Love & Charity means to them. I also ask if they can share some of their awesome talents! Today I am super excited to have Kelly Marie Alvarez of Lawn Fawn joining us. How cool is that! She truly is a talented artist who has a wonderful spirit. Her wonderful images always make me smile!
I would like to introduce you to Kelly…
I absolutely love Susan's Christmas Love Campaign. It really got me thinking about the power and kindness that come from a hand made craft.
A huge part of Christmas to me is getting to spend time with family. Our family is spread out all over the country, so sometimes that time isn't in person. It is with a phone call, or perhaps a handmade card or gift. I love to be able to send cheery handmade cards to relatives, like my Grandmother, who I don't get to see on Christmas day. I feel that it makes us closer. Almost like it helps close that gap between California and Florida!
I wanted to share a card that I hope to recreate to send to my grandmother. I originally made it for the 2013 Caring Hearts Drive which is another great way to spread Christmas Love!
I know the little extra touches on this card will mean so much to her!
I also created a video for this card, too!
Thank you so much for having me, Susan! Now it is time to get back to the craft desk and spread some more Christmas Love!
To see all of Kelly’s products and wonderful artwork you can visit her site and blog listed below.
Spreading some Love Contest with Lawn Fawn.
Make a card or two or three.
Give it to a neighbour or a stranger.
Upload the picture to the side of this blog using the inlinkz tool or to the Christmas love Face book page.
Leave a comment on the end of this post letting me know that you have done this.
Please make sure to go spread some love to our fantastic sponsor Lawn Fawn on their Facebook page HERE.
You have until Saturday, December 15, 2013 at midnight.
Someone with get a stamp set and 6x6 pad of the winner's choice from Lawn Fawn.
I hope that you stay warm and have a truly fantastic and creative day!!!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
It is December…Already. It is amazing to me as to how quickly the year has passed. So much has happened and yet, there still is so much to quickly finish before this one last month of the year comes to an end. I love the magic of the month of December. As I watched the magic of the snow falling and transforming our world during the bit of a blizzard that we were having her in Alberta the last couple of days I couldn’t help but feel excited about what the big white snowflakes meant to me… HOPE and NEW BEGINNINGS! I have always like how in the winter it feels like the earth is getting a fresh start as it is coated in a blanket of pure white. It truly is beautiful. Not to mention I can hardly hold myself back as the first snowflakes appear because I can’t wait to jump outside and make a snow angel or a snowman!
My heart has also been touched by all the amazing cards and artwork, notes and messages that I have received and that have come in for the Christmas Love Campaign!! THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart!! You are AMAZING!!!!
I have to share with you one such AMAZING story. In November I heard about one AWESOME lady – Martha Schroeder-Klassen who is from High River , Alberta
Well, do you remember early this year, right around the time that Kurt was leaving on his Mission to Kobe, Japan how Southern Alberta was hit by one of the worse floods ever? We were all shocked by the magnitude of it all and I don't think that we were totally prepared for what was totally happening or how it was going to effect us, our neighbours, our communities, and our province. I know that the way it impacted our family was great and those marks will be there for a very long time. However, one of the hardest hit communities during this flood was High River, Alberta. In this beautiful little community, the devastation was unbelievable. I know that I have mentioned it before that I am married to an Emergency Responder. Marcus, my husband, is a fireman and fire inspector. He has been for almost 20 years and through those years have we not only seen and helped people make it through tragic situations but we ourselves have lived through a few; Forest Fires up in Northern Alberta and now two floods in Southern Alberta. I get it. I get the frustration, the disappointment, the sadness, the grief, the depression, and the unbelief that comes. Even just the frustration and helplessness that comes with trying to work with insurance companies and the government afterwards is enough to make you to want to look at Death by Chocolate not only only as a tasty treat but as a very literal escape plan! It is really hard for people who haven’t lived through these event to truly understand those feelings. Not that I would wish upon anyone. So, when people reach out and do something nice and with a kind heart during things hard times it is such a ray of sunshine that that sometimes can even mean the difference between life and death , make it or break it, for someone who has just about had enough of all the bad and horrible things that they see are going on in their life and around them.
That is why I wanted to reach out and say thank-you to Martha Schroeder-Klassen. She truly is an angel who is trying very hard to get her family, her home, and her life back together after the flood! Plus… she is reaching out and helping the people in her community. You know how much I believe in art and scrapbooking as being healing and therapy. Well, I heard and was invited to an event that Martha was holding this past November.
Did you see the above invitation? It was called A HEALING CROP. And it says that If you have lost all of your supplies, come with nothing, we with take care of you.
HOW COOL IS THAT!?!?
I get tears in my eyes just typing this up! This is what the world is supposed to be about. People looking out for one another! I SO LOVEIT! Well, you know I have a little thing called the Christmas Love Campaign going on right now, so……..
I emailed my awesome friend Marisa Pawelko, the Modern Surrealist at Westcott Brand who is one of the CLC sponsors and told her the story. Without hesitation, Marisa emailed me back asking for Martha’s address saying that they would be mailing her a big box of Westcott goodies including:
(1) Trim Air Wide Body Trimmer - PURPLE
(1) Replacement Blade Pack for Trim Air Wide Body Trimmer - PURPLE
(1) Cushion Grip Hobby Knife with Standard Blade
(1) Replacement Blade Pack for Cushion Grip Hobby Knife - Standard Blades
(1) 8” Straight Handle NonStick Scissors - PURPLE
(1) 5” NonStick Scissors
(1) Scissor Holster - Black and White Zebra
(1) Scissor Mouse - Black and White Zebra
(1) 12” x 18” Pink/Purple Reversible Self Healing Cutting Mat
(1) 18” Stainless Steel Cork Back Ruler
Now, I know that this won’t heal broken hearts, or change what has happen but this will help to try make new creations. Art and Scrapbooking really can help in the healing process!
Have you entered the #tagsoflove contest? Deadline is December 9th at midnight! More information can be found HERE.
Come and join us and help to spread some CHRISTMAS LOVE and remember…you truly are AMAZING!
Coredinations, a Spellbinder's banner die, a paper rosette die by Tim Holtz, a sheet of Red And White Reverse Patterned Paper by Canvas Corp., a paper punch by Kreaxions, some ribbon by May Arts, embossing powder, some Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in Primrose, Peach, Navy, Tattered Angels Chalkboard Mist in Cornflower Daze to "paint" the snowman hat, scarf and cheeks and finally some Goosebumps Texture Spray to give the snowman some sheen and texture.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to try a snowman banner to decorate your home.
Hugs and Smiles!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The playful sun and clouds from Susan's Fly Away stamp set provided the perfect bit of whimsy. I stamped the sun on a piece of Golden Road paper from the Collecting Moments collection and cut it out. I stamped the cloud twice onto a textured white cardstock and cut them out.
I specifically chose some of the Fancy Pants embellishments because they hold personal meaning for me. For instance, I chose the (2) dominoes in the bottom left corner because my sister and I are numbers 7 and 8 in the birth order in my family. It is one of those things that other people wouldn't catch, but it just makes me smile when I see it! I will let you wonder about the rest!
For the title I combined (2) Fancy Chipboard Words from Want2Scrap. I centered them on the page and left them completely bare...like my feet! :)
In honor of Susan's 5th Annual Christmas Love Campaign, this layout was created as a gift for my sister, my Forever Friend! Are you using your crafty talents to share the love? I hope so! Handmade gifts and cards are the best!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!
Susan K. Weckesser Design Team Member