Casology #212: FUN!

Hello!  Today I have a FuN card for you, actually a Congratulations but isn't celebrating a victory fun?!

I colored this elephant with Copics, add a little fun from another stamp set from Simon Says, lopped off the corners and mounted with foam tape on pp to match the balloon and hat.

I'm entering this in CASology #212: Fun.

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   Paper -  Neenah 80#, coloring on 110#, Colorbok Rhapsody
   Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts Rapsberry Jam, Pool
   Stamps - Mama Elephant Ella & Friends, SSS Lila's Heart
   Copics - N0 2, 4; R20, B000, 24, 28, BG49

Thanks for taking the time...  Come back soon, I have a few more up my sleeve!  



Why I'll Be Missing The Next Week...

If you're here for another card, you'll be disappointed; if you love "helping others", you might enjoy this... (See the three points of the crown?  A counselor holding onto two kids!)

Royal Family Kids' Camp (RFKC) - started over 30 years ago in California, as the need for support in the foster system grew.  This program has now gone around the world!

RFKC - taking the abused and neglected, often overlooked population who are a part of our future generation, to a camp designed specifically for them.  Children who have high needs, who are not usually allowed to go to school camps, or even church camps, are given a chance to have fun in a "safe" environment, with only "safe" people, so that they might experience things that sometimes they would never get to otherwise.

They get to experience swimming, paddleboating, fishing, rockwall climbing, hiking, Coach Time, activities that are just for them.  Woodworking kits, craft kits, art that are all geared for success, no matter how little their experience.  Sports and activities are selected to make everyone a winner, and no child is "the last one picked" and a mail center so that everyone can get "happy mail"!  We also have a Birthday Party for everyone (some of these kiddos have NEVER had a Birthday party!  A party with Bouncy houses, arcade-type games, pizza for dinner, presents, cake and ice cream.  We're all about treating these kids like royalty, and making sure they know THEY matter!

The ratio is one counselor with two kids; two "buddy" counselors and four kids doing projects and fun together, for the safety of the kids.  Camp is very structured because most of the kids come out of chaos. Our ratio of staff to kids is more 1.3:1.  We have nurses and social workers there for the health of our kids.   Three square meals a day, plus snacks.  Every volunteer is trained, fingerprinted, record-checked, and interviewed to make sure we get the right "safe" people.  Everyone has a job, or 10, if need be.  We are all volunteers, no one gets paid to do a single things throughout the year, or during camp in support of this great program!  Many use their vacations to go to camp; some don't have paid vacations.

This written description, is not to pump up my pride or get a pat on the back, but to show you why I'll be MIA, and hopefully to understand a little bit about me.  It isn't about me, or us, it's about the kids!  As I sit here writing this, tears are truly streaming down my face.  This camp is our passion!  Hubbs, my eldest daughter and I have gone for 11 years now, only missing one year each, since it's existed here.  Our other two daughters have gone and worked, but life has taken them in different directions, but maybe again some day.  If you're a praying person, keep us in your prayers -- for success of another great camp, for the safety of the 64 children we take, and that another life (but preferably lives) are touched.

Thank you, if you lasted until the end!  Have a great week!  See you in a few days...


FMS #248 - Happy 29th Anniversary, Hubbs!

This one's a bit self-explanatory just by the title, isn't it?!  I started making this about a week ago, finally finished it Monday (well last Monday), pictures taken last night, then low and behold here comes a challenge that I think this fits in quite nicely...  Here's my card -

I stamped the background, popped it up on foam, attached it offset on lower right corner, handmade the sentiment strip with sentiment embossed, then two feathers stamped and hand cut, then stuffed underneath the sentiment.  

I was a little amazed when I later saw the challenge!  Fitting, don't you think?  So I'm entering this into the Freshly Made Sketches #248 challenge, show below -
   Paper - PTI Soft Stone, Neenah
   Ink - HA Soft Granite
  Stamps - Clear & Simple Birch Trees, HA Everday Sayings, Janes Doodles Wise Owl, PTI Love &     Marriage (inside sentiment)

Well, that's it for today!  Hope you are having a wonderful week, I know mine will be!



MUSE #177 - Thank You, Bloggie Friend!

Wanna see the spread I won?  I left some love on a card of Teresa of Paperie Blooms, and apparently she was having a giveaway that I wasn't even aware of!  Go ahead, go check out her blog, I know ya wanna!  Well here is my blessing...

This cards for her, using some of the items in my "surprise package".  I stamped & embossed the floral image, water colored the backdrop, cut out the frame and mounted on fun foam, then added my sentiment strip.  I'm still in the experimenting stage of water coloring, I'm not really comfortable with the technique yet, but I'm playing!

A little close-up showing a bit of the shimmer.

Well, since I'm away, I'm really praying that this gets to Teresa BEFORE this blog posts - lol!

I'm entering this in this challenge:

I used the framed focal point, and nature inside the frame, piercing on frame changed to piercing on my banner.  I changed the colors, size of the sentiment and added the banner for my sentiment.
Unfortunately I will be away from my 'puter during the voting time, but I aml leaving comments!

   Ink - Ranger Scattered Straw, Word Lipstick and Dried Marigold; HA Fresh Peach
   Stamps:  Stampendous Agapanthus Cluster (present), ME Bear Hugs; PTI Signature Greetings
   Dies - SB Label 18, Avery Elle Dotted Border
   VersaMark, Ranger white EP

Thanks for stopping by, hope your day is amazing!



Happy Birthday, Dad!

This card is made, now posted, but still not to the recipient!  Not totally my fault, nor anybody's really.... Dad went on a short vacation to the coast for his Birthday, then I'll be at camp, so I won't be able to give it to him until shortly after I get home -- big BBQ get-together.  So, everybody, shhhh don't tell him you saw this first!  He isn't aware of my blog yet, so I'm pretty positive he won't find this til later.  Onto the card...

I stamped this little diddy, die cut the centerpiece and stamped it, then popped it up on foam tape.  This was originally for a color challenge, and I really struggled getting the red to work the way I wanted, then when I was finally done the challenge was over.  That's okay though because I didn't get it posted until late too.  Here's a close-up -

   Stamps - PTI Autumn Pieces, PTI Congrats stamp, Altenew Bday Greetings (inside), and PTI              Stylish Sentiments (inside)
   Die - PTI Congrats
   Ink - PTI Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, Pure Poppy

Thanks for stopping by, I have a few more cards coming, hopefully you'll see them posting through the next week. Thanks to everybody for your kind support of my blog!



Wish Big!

I made this card, to send to Darnell, to wish her a great Birthday! Yes, I was late to the party, but even later because she had to get it before posting...  So this was made with MUSE #173, Anita Bowden's beautiful card in mind (I'll post it below even though I totally missed the deadline).  The inspiration is obvious, but here's mine...

So I sponged the background, stamped the flower off-edge, clear heat embossed, splattered some water, added the sentiment, matted it and stamped the flower again, without color behind the sentiment inside.  A close-up (I was really hoping you'd see the shine from the embossing but alas I don't think you can)...

   Stamps - Stampendous "Fresh Bloom", PTI Birthday: Stylish Sentiments
   Ink - R Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade
  Other - Ranger clear embossing

So here's Anita's inspiration:

Thanks for stopping by, and hope your week is an awesome one!  I have another busy one preparing for Royal Family Kids' Camp (only 3 more weeks), my mother-in-law is in town, and I have my 4 year old grandson!  Life is awesome, but busy!



Happy Birthday, Neighbor!

Have you ever had the honor of knowing someone that is just a wonderful, helpful, fun-loving person that just blesses your socks off?  Have you ever known one of those people, who then has an amazing spouse too?  Well, that's our neighbors.... We love 'em and love to spend time with them.  His Birthday is almost always a big event, put on almost solely by his wife who invites more people than I even know (easily 80+ this year, over 120 some years), and pulls it all off without a hitch AND without sweating it!  In their yard, they have animals on springs, a two-level treehouse that actually has a car up there too, then there's the tire swing, and then a rented bouncy house for the day.  Tony is someone who seeks out things to thrill his grandkids, including a rotisserie hot dog cooker, a snow cone machine, cotton candy spinner, and a popcorn cart!  Yes, all of that fun belongs to him except the bouncy house!
Well, this card went to him...

The party entailed smoked meats, salads galore, baked beans and mexican rice.  Then came the pinatas, two this year, followed by cupcakes, blueberry crisp and ice cream galore!  Wow, I think I just gained weight writing this...

A smooshed distress ink panel, inside an embossing folder, a stamped hand-cut balloon (highlight made by stamping pigment white on top of blue) with twine, a cut banner and stamped sentiment.  The supplies include -
   Paper:  Essentials by Ellen woodgrain, Strathmore WC, blue scraps, and Neenan white 80#
   Inks:  Ranger DI Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean, PTI Blueberry Sky, HA Cup O Joe and Unicorn White (P)
   EF:  The Paper Studio Mesh
   Dies:  Sizzix Grand Lg Labels, Sizzix Ribbon Banners
   Stamps:  Altenew Birthday Greetings, PTI Birthday: Stylish Sentiments

Whew!  That's a lotta stuff!  And, yes, the ef, both dies, and both stamp sets were NBUS!  Woohoo, I might be getting the hang of this!  Hope to see you around soon, loving this time of getting back into my little room, even if it is only to post...