Saturday, February 23, 2013

BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!!!!!

As mentioned in the previous post I have a stamp set to give away in celebration of my upcoming un-birthday (February 29!). My plan is to hopefully boost my followers that will in turn, encourage me to post more often!

Before the giveaway, I want to share something I whipped up early this morning.
I am a member of Paper Craft Planet, and one of the groups I signed up for last year was Secret Pal. Over a period of a year you are required to send your pal 6 cards. I sent many more and a gift here and there to my secret Pal Anne in Denmark. At the end of the year it was revealed who your secret pal was. This year I am signed up to Random Happies. I can send cards to whomever I want at any time. My birthday is coming up at the end of the week, and so Anne sent me a huge package in the mail.
2 packs of paper, a Christmas elf stamp, a Union Jack embossing envelope and 20, count 'em, 20 different bags of tea!
This morning when I got up I went to the kitchen and decided to have one of those teas. I chose the English Breakfast, because it was morning and, well, I am originally from England! As the kettle was boiling I realised I needed to put the teas away, but at the same time I wanted them out so that I will use them. For me out of sight really is out of mind!  As I poured the water onto the teabag I got an idea. While the tea steeped, I cut down a cracker box that was destined for the recycling bin, and covered it with a sheet from one of the paper packs Anne sent.  Then I added the milk, just a touch, to my tea. I took out a punch and found some Thickers and this is what I came up with.

Then I sat down to finish my tea! It really was that quick.

I am also a member of another group, Crafter's Tea Party. Each month there is a challenge and we send another member some tea. So the teas I have received will also go in this box that will sit on my counter, near the kettle.
Did you know tea solves most of the world's problems?

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY

To be eligible just:
  1. Follow me either through Google reader or email, (check the right panel)
  2. Leave a comment about your favourite beverage (and a way I can contact you)
  3. Share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
That's it.
I will make a random draw on March 3rd.
GOOD LUCK

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Family Day

In Ontario, Canada the 3rd Monday of February is Family Day. This is a relatively new holiday (2008), mainly, I think, because we need a holiday in the dreariest month of the year! There are a few other provinces that celebrate it, as well as a few other countries.

Other than my son, all my family live in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland.  My son is busy at school, so this year I was my only family around. I decided to do what makes me happy and made some cards for family and friends.

I had gone to my favourite store, Home Sense/Winners and found a few paper craft bargains that I snapped up.  One of which was this stamp set.
There were 3 sets in the package, I didn't check them out, because it was a deal at $4.99, and I loved the bicycle. When I got home I saw that there were 2 of the same "Hello There" sets, so I am planning on a giveaway in exchange for more traffic to this blog.  Stay tuned!

After my trip to Home Sense, I went to another favourite store, Deserres. It is an art store, and I was given a bunch of gift cards, when I left my previous school at the end of July.  There I found 2 more stamp sets that took my fancy, and snapped them up quickly.

I have only used one set so far, but love these stamps.


For my friend in England who is about to get chemo


Another one for my friend about to have cancer treatment.
Adorable, right?
Here are a few others that I worked on this weekend:
I've had this embossing folder forever. My son bought it for me, this is the 2nd card I've used it for.

Found this idea on Pinterest, but mine is better! (of course)

I bought this die at Home Sense for $3, but I'm not in love with it.

Thinking about Spring!

I think this is the card I'm sending to a friend for her upcoming anniversary.
 

Don't forget to stay tuned for the giveaway coming soon!


A Very Special Wedding

Very recently a friend on Face Book announced that she had just heard the saddest news possible. She said nothing more. I commented by saying that I was sorry about her news. A few days later she messaged me that her longest and best friend had just been diagnosed with a brain tumour and only had a few months to live. A few more days passed and she messaged me again telling me that it was someone who went to my high school. I was shocked.

It seems that although she has only been given a few months, she is surprisingly alert and full of life. The tumour was just discovered at the end of December when her legs gave out from under her.  Recently her Dr. said that as she is in such good spirits, they'd like to start chemo and radiation therapy. It could add up to a year onto her life. She agreed, and will start her therapies soon, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. She will stop if it becomes too much for her.

Shortly after hearing the news, she got down on one knee and proposed to her partner of many years, the father of her children.  He accepted, and through the goodness of people she is getting married on Thursday, February 21.  Her chemo will start almost immediately after the wedding.  She is one amazing woman.

I sent her a dozen thank you cards, that she can send to all those who are sending flowers and get well gifts.

I also made this wedding card. I found the idea online and love how it turned out.