Because Nice Matters

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You know…I LOVE this sentiment!  Nice DOES matter.  These days it’s very easy to get caught up in your own life and forget to say thank you or to acknowledge others.  I *try* real hard to be a nice person {note emphasis on try, sometimes I fail! LOL}.

I was blessed to have many willing helpers for my Cards for a Cause fundraiser.  I wanted to say thank you and let each and every person who contributed know just how much that meant to me.  I made them a card and then made up triangle boxes from a half sheet of cardstock.  Inside was a packet of conversation hearts.  I wanted them to know they are loved and appreciated!! (awww, sweet aren’t I??  teehee). 

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I tried to remember all that contributed to the day.  If I didn’t get you all, i’m sorry!!  I cannot begin to thank you enough for all that you did to help me reach my goals.  We raised $3100 for Xavier and I couldn’t be happier with that result!  I also know I could not have done it without the help of my friends!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!!

Mad

Just add….Dimension!!

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Oh my!  Hold on to yourself!  I’m posting two days in a row!!!!  It’s all the TIME I’ve had with hubby and kids away!!  I’m also finished my fundraising commitments and I have no classes to prep for right this minute!!  I could play!!  Yay!!

Anyway, over on the Just Add Ink challenge blog thier latest challenge is to Just add Dimension.  Check it out HERE.

And my card:

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The dimension part is the cool flower I made to go on the card.  Yes?  Dimension-y enough?  I was going to add crystal effects to the thermometer bit but I can’t wait for it to dry.  Patience is not one of my virtues!!  LOL

Wanna know how to make that flower??  It’s super easy.  All you need is:

*      1″x12″ strip of Designer Series Paper
*      1 x 1-1/4″  Circle
*      Strong Adhesive
*      Eyelet Border Punch
*       Crimper
*      Brad or Button for centre.

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1& 2.  Punch eyelet border along strip of 12 x 1″ DSP
3.  Crimp the strip of DSP
4. Cut circle from base cardstock and cover with strong adhesive.
5. Attach one end to the outside of the circle.
6. Folding as you go, work around and around the circle with the piece of crimped DSP.
7.  When finished your flower should resemble something like this.
8. Attach either a brad or a button to secure it together & then add it to your project!

Hope that helps! I’m off to write in my card and post it to a friend!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!!
Mad

Simple Suede

Good afternoon!!  What a week!!  I’m sorry for being a slack blogger this last wee while.  I’ve been up to my eyeballs in fundraiser and children being ill and all manner of things that are life!!  But!  I am here now for a brief moment! 

This afternoon I’ve had a chance to do some creating in the peace of a silent house.  Hubby has taken the three big kids to visit family and it’s just Lara May & I.  Lara has been napping on and off which has given me some time to do some {very} much needed stamping for fun!  On my upline Alisa’s forum there was a cyberstamp and one of the challenges was Clean & Simple.  Another was Faux Suede.   I am LOVING what I created.  I don’t say that much, but I really really love these cards.  LOVE THEM.   Wanna see?

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Ok, so I’m in a chatty mood so you’re gonna get the whole story.  Just skip text and look at purty pics if you’re in a hurry!!  LOL

So first of all what IS clean & simple?  Minimal layering.  Minimal embellishments.  Uncluttered, lots of white space.  Able to be reproduced quickly.  Err. Can I pull that off??  Hmmmn.  Not sure (oh yeah, we already know I did, but just humour me ‘kay?).  I knew I wanted to do the suede look on the clean and simple.  Two birds, one stone and all that.  I needed to maximise play on limited time.  What’s Faux Suede? It’s where you use a bone folder over and over your piece of cardstock until the layers separate.  When you pull them apart you get the suede effect.  Noice eh?

I started by stamping the damask design from Friends 24-7 onto Whisper White Cardstock in chocolate.  I used Baja Breeze for the strip of suede and the sentiment and label are from the very lovely Vintage Labels set you can get for FREE with Sale-a-bration (go on ask me how!).  I punched out the sentiment with the mega oval punch and sponged the edges in Baja.  I loved the result so much I decided to whip up a whole bunch more.  But when I went to stamp I put the damask stamp into the Baja pad.  Ooops.  Oh! Actually, that looks kinda cool too.  So out came the chocolate strips and I sueded them up too.  In the end I had 3 with the Baja damasks & 3 with Chocolate Chip.  A set!!

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An the two different ones together:

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And just to be different I then made this one with a Baja Breeze base.  Choc Chip damask design and the Choc Chip Suede strip.  The others I will bundle up in a nice white bag with some envelopes stamped with the damask design, and a bit of  Baja or Chocolate ribbon wrapped around it.  The card below will be the one I write in to say thanks to one of the loveliest Mums from school who makes my family a meal every time my Lara is sick.  How nice is that?  So there you have it.  A clean and simple gift!!  In under an hour.   Love it!

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Until next time!
Happy Stamping!
Mad

Oh what a week!!

Phew!  I don’t even know where to start to catch up on all that needs catching up on!! 

Firstly, let me say a HUMUNGOUS thank you to all those who supported my Cards for a Cause day!!  We had a fantastic time, all went off without a hitch and we have raised just under $3000!!!!  Isn’t that FANTASTIC??!!  I was a very happy stamper!!  I still have a lot of card kits left over and my wonderful neighbour Claire (slurp slurp) and I will be making them into cards and selling them at the local Farmers Market in Moggill this coming Saturday (20th Feb).  I’d like to get over the 3K mark if I can.  I’m pretty close!!!  Here are a coulple of pictures from the day:

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Above you can see the lovely Jemma & Jenna at our cards for sale stand.  We sold all but about 40 from the 300+ cards we had!!  I was blessed to have many demonstrators donate cards to me for the cause! The Stamping Community is so generous!!

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Above you can see all the YUMMY food we had for sale.  Again all the food was donated by many many people.  We had an abundance of delicious things to eat!!

I’ve spent this last week in hospital with my darling Lara who’s got a bit of a virus and an infection.  Thankfully we’re home now but she’s still not 100%.  Being in hospital is like being in a bubble.  You think the world stops while you’re there but unfortunately it doesn’t!!  I’ve got stacks of things to catch up on and I’m exhuausted!!  No rest for the wicked though!!!

Hopefully i’ll have a more stamping related post for you soon!
Until then I hope you get more Inky than i’ve been getting!!

Madonna

Oh and Happy Heart Day!! xo

Blog Candy!

Not mine though!!  Paula is offering a blog re-vamp to ANYONE.  Go check it out!!

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But I’m gonna win, cause I need a new blog.   Doncha think??  LOL

Back soon with an update on the fundraiser and what not.  Just dealing with kiddos today!!

Mad

Cards For A Cause

Hey there!!!

Just quickly popping in to let you know about the Fundraiser I am holding this weekend.  As some of you are aware, my 4th child Lara, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy last year.  It’s been a very difficult 12 months.  During this time we have been lucky enough to get support from Xavier Children’s Support Network.  I have been so grateful to them for all of their support, especially from my Key Worker Ros, who has had to put up with some of my less than perfect moods!!   So bearing that in mind, I wanted to give something back for all of the support that they have given us – physical, emotional & in equipment.

So this weekend I’m holding a Cards For A Cause afternoon of Cardmaking and prizes!  You can make cards, buy some gorgeous handmade cards, enter into our raffles and even sit and have some afternoon tea!!  These are the 5 different cards that you could make – for just $2 per card!!

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Enter our fantastic Raffle only $1.00 per ticket!!!

1st prize is $500 worth of Stampin’ Up! Products
2nd prize is a night of accommodation in a valley room with buffet breakfast for two at Peppers Hidden Vale Resort (value ($249)
3rd prize is Scrapbooking & Stamping products to the value of $100

I’ve also got several other 3rd prizes as well!!  There will be Magic seats and everyone who’s participating in cardmaking has a chance to be a winner!!  Tea & coffee will be free and there will be Afternoon Tea & cold drinks available to purchase. 

When: Saturday 6th February
From: 1pm – 5pm
Where: Old Uniting Church, Cnr Moggill Rd & Kangaroo Gully Road, Moggill.

Email me if you’d like to get some tickets in the raffle or would like some more details on the event!! 

I am looking forward to having a great afternoon!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!
Mad

P.S. You *can* see a small amount of desk now!!  I’ll post updated pictures soon…just gotta get this mammoth fundraising over with first!! xo