Saturday, December 16, 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza With Taheerah Atchia

Hi peeps. Today I am excited to join my friend Taheera’s annual event, the advent calendar extravaganza. I always look forward to being part of this fun event and designed a fun, adorable card, and I hope you will love it. :) 

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is the festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!




With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

For my card today, I played with one of my favorite all time Christmas set from SugarPea Designs, the GingerSnaps set.




To start, I watercolor a piece of watercolor cardstock with Ranger distress ink. Once it dry, I used it with the Harlequin Cover Plate and adhere all the diamonds to the card base. To make sure they all stay lined up perfectly, I simply use the harlequin frame as my guide.

To create the tag, I used For You Tag. Again, I used watercolor cardstock for this to keep the same soft tone like the background. Adhere to card. Follow by stamping & die cutting the Gingerbread fellas. I couldn't resist this grumpy one. ;) Finish by adding the die cut bow (it comes with the For You Tag dies) and some sequins.




Now, it’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by SugarPea Designs, who I have the privilege to design for for the past few years. SugarPea is well known for its cute stamps, so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Caring Hearts Notes

Hi everyone. I just want to share a couple thank you note that our volunteers have received in the mail for Caring Hearts cards. Your cards truly brighten someone's day. <3




Another one also included this note that just made my day. From one of the girl that helped hand delivered these cards to the nursing home, Lisa Jelenic wrote this on my FB wall: 

"Hi Vera, just wanted to share a thank you card with you and all the ladies I received in the mail today. I gave your letter with your address to all three nursing homes. My son came along to carry the boxes for me. Before we left I explained the reason why we were doing this. After we were all finished he said mom this is a really nice thing you did. I said it’s a nice thing we did! I said we’re an extremely small piece of the puzzle, you have no idea how many people made this possible. I also showed him pictures of your dining room, the ladies packing all the boxes and explained that all those cards came from a few different countries. I can tell he was taking it all in, lol. He said mom we should do this every year, I said yes we will. "




I love that Lisa's little boy enjoy the activity of giving & want to do it again. How wonderful it is to have Caring Hearts as part of someone's family Christmas tradition. I know a few people who made this an annual event with their kids and that brings me joy.

Thank you all for caring & for sharing your craftiness. Much love to you all.

Vera

Monday, December 11, 2017

Large Peony

Hi peeps. How are you all doing? This past week was the first time in a while where I feel normal, where I get time to just unwind and do fun stuff. I get to babysit my nephews on Friday night and lucky for us, they're pretty easy to babysit. Quite a change for me to watch Batman cartoon. LOL.

Then on Saturday, I get to attend a watercolor class with some girlfriends and I get to draw a super cute pug! I was so excited! Then on Sunday I just do house cleaning and I actually did some baking! It's been years since I did any baking. The shape may not be the best, but taste wise, it was good. Gotta love Pinterest (that's where I got my recipe).

Well, I also get to so some stamping and I made a couple cards. Taking a break from Christmas card, I made a couple floral cards.





I used The Ton Large Peony 1 for the pink card and Large Peony 2 for the blue card. I stamped, heat embossed the flowers and the leaves, then die cut them using Large Peony 1 dies and Large Peony 2 dies. To finish the card, I used sentiment from Summer Blooms set. I just love the wording on this sentiment.




The Large Peony sets are still among my favorite flower sets from The Ton. I just love how pretty they are. What's your favorite flower set?

Well peeps, that's all from me today. Thanks for swinging by here. May your weeks starts off wonderfully. Cheers...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Caring Hearts Results & Prize Winners

Hi everyone. Thank you for your patience. It's been a whirlwind, crazy few weeks for all of us at Caring Hearts. Most of us work full time, so it's been quite a struggle trying to balance everything out and get this done. But, we did it! This year, we have another AMAZING turn out for the card drive that truly humble me. 

Here's some of the facts from this year:

- Last year, for US, Canada, Australia and UK we received close to 64,000 cards!! This year, we didn't get to do UK (cross fingers we will for 2018) and we received close to 47,000 including cards from Hongkong, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland and India. At my end alone, I received 22,889 cards. For Australia, we received about 3000 cards and Canada received about 4500 cards.

- We have 878 contributors and I, personally feel inspired by many of your cards. All I can say, THANK YOU! You all are amazing. 

- We mailed the card packages to about 300 nursing homes and some elderly that are home bound and lives by themselves.

- Fun tidbits, Caroline our volunteer in Canada got interviewed by their local channel and Caring Hearts Card Drive made the news in Ottawa, Canada. Woot, woot! You can see the news HERE.

I am so proud of the way this card drive has grown. In our first year in 2010, I received 750 cards and look at where we are now. And, it's all because of YOU! Your support and generosity are what make it so successful. And, I am so very grateful for your support & kindness.

NOTES: Also, many of you are working in advance for next year card drive and I just want to  let you know that we'll have to do some changes. Due to the work required to keep doing this card drive and to keep things manageable, we request that you send no more than 100 cards (this number could change as we're still working on the logistic, but for now this would be the maximum) per person. We're hoping this would help reduce the craziness behind the scenes and help all our volunteer in managing collection, packing, & shipping. I hope you can understand why we have to make this change.

Now, what many been waiting for. The winners for Caring Hearts prizes! For all the winners, I'll be emailing all of you this weekend. As you can see the list is pretty long, so please bear with me. :)

CARING HEARTS GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Hero Arts $100 GC - Reta McDavid

Gina K. Designs $100 GC - Matgorzata Batko

Jennifer McGuire Ink $100 in craft supplies - Judy Rogers

Organize More $75 GC - Gina Piazza

Waffle Flower Crafts $100 GC - Stela Kang

Altenew Two $30 GC - Cheryl Farnhill & Charlotte Williams

A Jillian Vance Design $20 GC - Kathy Denny

Avery Elle $30GC - Laura Williams

a2z Scrapbooking Supplies $25 GC to the store Karen Rice, $25 in Hero Arts Digital Stamp - Lisa Wright

Bossy Joscie Christian Greeting & Planner set - Angie Rigelwood

Butterfly Reflections Ink Two $25 GC - Mandy Walker & Tersesa Cherka

Catherine Pooler $50 GC - Mark & Tamara Payne

Clearly Besotted approx $50 GC - Melissa Hungria

Cutcardstock.com $50 GC - Linda Goron

Ellen Hutson $25 GC - Marsha Bennet

Hallmark Scrapbook & Crafts – Three $50 GC - Cassandra Jones, Fe Mejia & Kerry Yamamoto

Honey Bee Stamps – Two $50 GC - Barbara Haan & Kym Maxwell

Jane’s Doodle – $50 GC - Theresa Pollack

Kat Scrappiness $50 GC - Kathy Wong

Lawn Fawn Two $50 GC - Patricia Bui & Stefanka Asparutiova

Lil’ Inker Designs $35 GC - Brenda Zellner

Little Things from Lucy’s Cards £25 GC - Margaret Crawford

Mama Elephant $25 GC - Margaret S. Cashion-Hudson

My Favorite Things $50 GC - Carla MacLafferty

Neat & Tangled $50 GC - Robin Logue

Newston’s Nook Designs Two $25 GC - Linda Weatherall & Sharon Christian

Online Card Classes Three free class spots for 3 winner - Ellen Carlson, Vivien Connell & Janice Kullas

Paper Smooches $50 GC - Glenda Thornton

Pink & Main $30 GC - Susan Sisk

Pretty Pink Posh Two $25 GC - Victoria Chu & Charlanne Bittinger

Reverse Confetti $30 GC - Rachel Ines

Right At Home $20 GC - Janet Porter

Simon Says Stamp $50 GC - Veronica Leigh

Studio Katia  Canada $50 CG - Sandy vanBiesen

SugarPea Designs $50 GC - Daniella Burgess

Taylored Expressions Two $25 GC - Nancy Stott & Delia Rice

Technique Tuesday $30 GC - Ruth Meyer

The Ton Stamps $20 GC for The Ton stamps - Lisa Dixon

Winnie & Walter $50 GC - Nicole Primeau-Leduc

Wplus9 $25 GC - Ann Richardson

Update 12/7/2017: All winners have been notified of their winning.

Again, from all of us at Caring Hearts, thank you for your contribution & support. Bringing Christmas joy and sharing kindness are the heart of our card drive. And, whether you know it or not, your contribution made a difference. Like someone said to me, we don't know how many people's life we touch with our cards. No act of kindness is too little. No act of kindness ever wasted. Let being KIND be part of our daily life, not only at Christmas, but all through the year. God bless you all.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Ton Mood Board Challenge


Hi peeps! How's it going? I am happy to report that last night I finally packed the last box for Caring Hearts Card Drive. I love doing the card drive, but there's quite a few times where it gets very overwhelming. With my full time job and just daily home stuff, I've been exhausted. So, I am sure very happy that now I can take a break. 

Please be patient with the prize announcement. Let me take a breather a day or two and I promise I will do the prize announcement by early next week.

Now with all the hectic schedule, I missed my deadline for The Ton Challenge post. Here's the current mood board. It' all about Christmas scene and winter theme.




Since I am all ready for Christmas decoration, I went with the Christmas theme using The Ton Christmas Sweater set.



This set is simply gorgeous and would be perfect for doing mass produce. I stamped and heat embossed the image on a piece of watercolor cardstock and then colored it with Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The sentiment is from Christmas Wreath Builder set.




Come play along with us. You have plenty of time to join in. Check out the challenge & prize detail HERE. Well peeps, that's all from me today. What will you be working on this weekend? Me? Putting up our Christmas tree and go shopping for ornaments for our office Christmas tree. Fun assignment from the boss. Hah... Enjoy your weekend. Cheers....

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Caring Hearts Update and Simon Says Stamp December Release

Hi peeps!! I want to pop in to share some update on Caring Hearts Card Drive. We are working hard behind the scene to get all the cards sort out, box and ship out to the nursing homes. At my end alone, I received 22,631 cards. My girlfriends came over 2 weekend in a row to help me stuff the envelope and packing the cards.

I don't have the final number yet for everyone, hopefully we can get that finalize this weekend. I will do the prize announcement hopefully by Monday and will email the winners. Please be patient as it is a lot of work to get things done. I work full time, so I can only work on the card drive after work. And for the past 2 weeks pretty much after work all I did was working on the card drive to get it all completed. LOL, I am sure hubby is ready to have our dining room back. We've been using the kitchen counter as our dining area for the past few weeks. 

Another fun tidbits, Caring Hearts made the local news in Ottawa, Canada. Caroline Bredeson who has been volunteering to collect for the Canada side was interviewed and she really get to talk about Caring Hearts. You can see the news HERE. I am pretty giddy over this. :)

Now, on to Simon Says Stamp new release. I get to play with this sweet Joy To The World set. I keep my card clean and simple and let the image take center stage.




I sure do like white background. The CAS  girl in me always rejoice when I can have quite a bit of white space on my card.  Here's a look at the card from different angle.




How sweet are these images? Make sure you swing by Simon Says Stamp blog today to see more inspiration from their latest release. Thank you all for stopping by here. Cheers....

Friday, November 24, 2017

Purple Onion Designs Blog Hop


Hi peeps and welcome to The Purple Onion Designs surprise blog hop. We just want to surprise Michele the owner of POD with a fun blog hop as well as to do some enabling for Black Friday. You should arrive here from Amy Yang blog. And, in case you miss a link, there's a complete list on the bottom.



Holiday sale starts this Friday, November 24, 2017 and runs through Friday, December 8, 2017. All stamps are 25% off. This includes all stamps in the sale category as well.

Here's my card using Theodore & Little (Bear With Sled), Home Sweet Home Horizon & a sentiment from Essential Holiday Greetings Sentiment set.



I watercolor the images as I want to do soft coloring for this scene. Here's a look at teh card at different angle. I just love these sweet bears.




GIVEAWAY:
In celebration of the hop, Sandy Allnock is giving away spots in a class of their choice to 3 lucky commenters along the blog hop - so be sure to comment everywhere! Her coloring class is amazing. If the winner has already purchased a class during the current sale, that class fee can be refunded. Winner will be posted on Sandy’s blog on December 1, 2017. Good luck!

Friday, November 17, 2017

SPD Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop

Hi peeps! How's thing going? Welcome to SugarPea Designs Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop ! Now that so many of you have our Winter Release in your hot little hands, our Pod Squad of designers have geared up to inspire you with even MORE creative possibilities featuring our newest and hottest products!

I am sure for many of you it's no surprise that I choose to play with the sweet penguin from Eskimo Kisses set.



Now, how would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own? Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win! Thank you all so much for stopping by here and enjoy your Friday!


you are here --> Vera Yates <-- you are here

Monday, November 13, 2017

Act of Kindness

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop



For World Kindness day, Honey Bee Kindness Stamps and Dies are on sale - 25% off. We are also giving away Four $25 Gift Certificates to the shop. 2 on Honey Bee blog and 2 on Honey Bee Instagram page. All you have to do is comment on the blog post or the Instagram post to enter to win. Happy World Kindness day! 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Purple Onion Designs Twas The Night Before Christmas Collection


Hi peeps. Just want to popping in real quick to share the latest release from Purple Onion Designs. The new winter/holiday stamp collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula is now available! This year's collection 'Twas The Night Before Christmas consists of 22 adorable winter themed stamps. 

Here's my card using a few of the stamps from this release.




For a limited time only, the entire 'Twas The Night Before Christmas stamp collection can be purchased at a discounted price of $95.00. This is almost a 30% savings. You can purchase the complete collection by clicking here. This offer is available until Sunday, November 19, 2017. *Shipping prices for the complete collection are $6.95 domestic (USA), $16.25 Canada & $23.25 International.

Also, if you are a fan of Stacey's illustrations she is having a sale over at her etsy shop. All items are 20% off until this Thursday, November 9th. You only have today and tomorrow, so go take a peek. She has the cutest greeting cards which are great to have on hand in case you need a card last minute. You will also find her precious art prints and a few other goodies. :)

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