Crafting for a cause… I LOVE THIS IDEA

A lot of you already know that me and the lil man D are into something called Abandoned Art.. but this is something new to us. What a fantastic idea for a Christmas gift for the kids in your life. Some of these lil people are too young to involve in some of the charitable causes we would like to support like food kitchens and such.. but there is still a way to involve your kids in charitable giving at an early age.

This is a totally new Affiliate to me and I am so glad I ran across this one…. what a fun and unique way to involve the kids and teach them about giving.

Little Loving Hands – Kids Crafts for a Cause

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It’s the perfect Christmas gift box idea  for kids who already have way too much of their own already.

I love this idea so much… If any of you decide to support these charities by  purchasing these craft kits through my links, I am going to donate the money  earned in affiliate fees  from these kits at the end of each year.  Every little counts and I think this is an idea that myself and Lil Man D would love to support.  Please share this blog post as much as you can so we can  reach as many people as possible.

You get to choose from various Charity recipients:


Hearts for the Homeless Box

Provide love and support to a homeless mother and her child.

Create a soft heart pillow and a memory match game that will warm the hearts of a mother and her child at a homeless shelter. Your gift will be used by Enchanted Makeovers to transform a shelter and promote creativity, self-expression, and worth.

 



Cloud Nine Box

Help a foster child reach for the sky and dream in bright colors.You will make an adorable cloud toy and colorful rainbow mobile for a foster child supported by Together We Rise. Your precious creations will bring smiles and happiness to a child looking for brighter days, making them feel on cloud nine.

 




Monkey Business Box

Send fun and hope to a child in need with a personalized monkey toy.

You will design and customize a card and silly monkey toy for Operation Sock Monkey! Your special toy will be sent to a child struggling thru humanitarian challenges, and provide them hope for brighter days ahead.

 



Puppy Love Box

Create a leash and treat bag to be given to an adopted dog!

You will make a fun dog leash and an adorable treat bag to be used by Friends of Homeless Animals to gift to an adopted dog. Your creations will be cherished by a forever family that adopts a dog from this animal shelter, helping them show love and care to their new furry family member.


Military Gratitude Box

Show our military friends that people from home are thinking about them and appreciate everything they do.

You will be making a card and keychain gift that will have an extra personal touch by using your handprint! Your handmade gifts will be used by A Million Thanks and sent to our troops stationed around the world. You will also create an American flag pin that they can wear proudly as they protect our country.



Happy Doll Box

Make a special happy doll that will travel the world and be cherished by a child in need.

You will decorate a unique doll and a cute globe magnet that will be sent around the world via MSTERIO to be given to a child in need. Your unique creations will be enjoyed by multiple children during its travels, and then ultimately be given to a child that will truely cherish your special gifts.

Fun block stamp cards for cat & dog lovers

I  picked up these two cute block stamps over at Bugaboo Stamps last night too when I got my unicorns… and a few others lol.

I wanted some fun cards to use for our Abandoned Art missions and these are perfect to be abandoned near the local vet office which is just across the road, as well as  near our local Pet co, PetSmart etc.  I might even drop a few off at a local shelter, they would make cute ‘thank you’ cards for new adopters,  volunteers, veterinary support etc.

These were really quick to make.. just a few shabby card layers, some foam layers and a bit of tape and popped onto a colored card base from some of my card sets I have.  I used double sided adhesive tape on the foam courtesy of my friends at Crafting Ability.  They sent me some of their “commercial grade” tape to try when I mentioned I was on the look out for something heavy duty.  It’s fabulous stuff and saves me using up my Zig /Kuretake photo tape runners on the foam sheets.

The images I used are from the January Releases BugKittyBlocks & BugPupBlocks and they were colored with Chameleon Pens

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Nightmare Before Christmas.. in Design Space WOO HOO!!

Hubby and lil man are both big Jack Skellington fans… who doesn’t love a good Tim Burton Movie?  To be honest I am a bit slow on this one..it’s been there a while, but I  mostly upload my own graphics to my Design Space.. but now and then I run across a little gem ..LIKE THIS that I have got to add to my Design Space account.  So this one is for all the Jack and Sally fans out there, who like me… missed it.

I wonder if I still have time to add a few new ornaments to our tree?

Have fun ..Now and Forever!

 

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Loralie Designs Coloring Books & Fabrics

Some of you may recall  the Loralie designs fabrics I got for some projects last year, church Ladies was one of than and it’s also available as a coloring book.  I know a lot of you ladies and gents like the adult coloring books, so you should check out these fab designs in the Loralie Affiliate Store in the shopping section located at the top.

I’ll be updating that this week with some new products and  clickies for anyone interested… in the meantime here are  some links to her books and a fabric panel card topper  and framed artwork I made.
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Here is one of my old posts showing projects I made with the fabric panels I bought..one is  a card topper and the other was a framed piece in a shadow box frame.

http://www.craftingcircle.com/Bloggit/?p=1211

 

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight Series Day 21, Amy – Chomas Creations

Who are you?

Amy Chomas the owner of Chomas Creations

 

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Chomas Creations Store

Chomas Creations Facebook Page

Chomas Creations Blog

 

 

 

 

Where are you?

Essexville, Michigan

 

What was the first product you ever had for sale?

It was the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder for the original Cricut machine.  I have upgraded to pen and marker holders for even more machines as well as engraving tips too.

   Cricut Explore & Air Tools  

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 Marker Adapter

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Pen Adapter

Engraver

 Pazzle Cricut  Silhouette
 Cameo  Black Cat Lynx  Gazelle
 KNK  US Cutter  

 

If you could hang out with ANYONE in the world ….  who would it be?….and what is the one question you would want to ask them?

My grandma, I never got to meet her and people tell me I’m just like her.  I would ask her that, do I remind you of me?

 

What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?  

My paper cutter!

 

If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

Dr. Josh Axe.  That guy knows a lot about health and I’m reading his articles all the time!

 

What’s your favorite color?

Turquoise

 

What was your favorite subject in school…?

Math

 

What is your best and worst personality trait?

My best?  I’m very outgoing.  My worst? I’m impatient!

 

When was your last REAL vacation and where did you go?

Florida June of 2016 🙂 First vacation in a long long time

 

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

I had no idea all the amazing things the Chomas Creations engraving tip could do until artists started sharing what they were doing with me.  I’ve seen metal clay art work, engraving on leather, engraving on dog tags and blanks, the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

How many people work with/for you?

4, my husband and 3 of my kids

 

Favorite quote?

I’m not here to be average, I’m here to be awesome.

 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rice Krispie treats

 

What  job did you have BEFORE you started running Chomas Creations for a living?

Full time mommy!

 

When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

I sing in the shower even when people are listening!

 

What is your most popular item in the store/shop?

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Engraving tip for the Silhouette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?  

I love health and anything to do with health, and I do run a side business of essential oils because that is now a hobby as mine as well.  I know I have that to fall back on.

 

How long have you been in business?

7 years this July!

 

When you get the midnight munchies… what do you grab?

Fruit

 

Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Heck yes!  As long as I knew how to dive lol!

 

Which decade do you think had the best music?

The 80’s for sure!

 

Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Yes!  And I married him.  He was so not smooth and locked his keys in his truck,  and I thought I would never see him again.

 

What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax?

Reading

 

What should be written on your gravestone when you die?

She wasn’t here to be average, she was here to be awesome!

 

Do you plan to grow old gracefully, or disgracefully?

I can’t say I’m growing old gracefully as I’m fighting it every step of the way!  I take care of myself, watch what I eat, work out and do everything in moderation.

 

If you were a classic car…. what would you be?

A Pink Cadillac

 

What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Anything by Pitbull

 

Who scared you most as a kid when you were being naughty.. your parents or the boogey man?

My parents, which is funny because they aren’t intimidating at all!

 

What do you love most about all the people you meet through your work?

How kind hearted they all are and how willing anyone is to answer a question, or give an idea, or when needed offer support.

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Thank you card for local Fire House

Recently my lil guy who just turned 4 in March, got to go on his first visit to our local firehouse. We drive by it almost every day as it’s literally at the end of our street. The guys at the Firehouse were fantastic with him.. he got to sit in the engine, use the headset, check out all the gear and got a history lesson on the Fire Dept. Mommy learnt a few things too… like why we don’t have fire poles in most of our local stations anymore LOL ….and why they were put there in the first place.  And of course…. the story of how Dalmations came to be the fire dept mascots 🙂

He got to take pics with some of the guys, and they gave him a helmet, stickers and coloring books etc that they keep on hand for the kids who visit.

He was so excited and had a blast… so this is a thank you card for the guys at our local station. They got a real kick when they found out that his Great Grandma sent him a fireman dress up jacket last year…. They kept telling us he was gonna be a fireman, instead of an LEO like his Grandpa. I’m good with that.. he can be anything he wants … as long as he enjoys it and it makes him happy ..and it’s legal.. of course LOL 🙂

Here is my card:

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Details:

  • Red Card –  Craft Smart Red 12×12 Pad
  • PawPrint Paper  – Recollections Paw Prints from Michaels
  • Thank you   – Recollections Yellow Card Stock, unknown Die
  • Image was foam padded with a red Darice fun foam adhesive sheet from Walmart
  • Paw Print Brad –  Recollections
  • Image printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific
  • Image is CAAB ( Cute As A Button ) IMG00331 Firefighter Digital Digi Stamp
  • Colored with Zig Kurecolor, Chameleon and CraZart pencils
  • Glues used  Xyron Megarunner and Kuretake Photo Tape (**NEW and I love it !  only thing that really works for me on foam so far.. more details in the upcoming Kuretake review) 

 

 

Challenges Entered:

 

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Rockin my Crafts with KennyK

March has been a month full of surprises….  not all good….BUT these ones  absolutely, no question make up for all the bad ones and some!!

First I won some fab New Release digis over on the KennyK “Name the Hero” Contest last week (..almost the entire new release set..and yes, you bet I grabbed the rest of the collection). My submission for family name was chosen…. let me introduce you to the  “Rockit’s”  and a set of fab sentiments and backgrounds to accompany them.  This collection features 4 backgrounds, 2 sentiment sheets and 7… yes SEVEN family characters. Rockits

One of the reasons I am so exicted about this new release is the backgrounds..I know I am a sad puppy… but I have been looking for these urban/city-scape backgrounds for ages. Not only for KennyK projects, but to mix and match with other art I use.  These are AWESOME and I am so excited to see more of these fab backgrounds in the future.  You can find all of these New Release digital stamps here 


THEN I had some fab happy mail from KennyK 2 days earlier than expected…. yay for USPS!!

I have been coveting the KennyK clear stamps since I first saw these… but most of my KennyK collection is digital.  I had one clear stamp I won last year,  so now I have another 3 new ones to add to my collection and I don’t have these in digital format YET. And of course the added temporary tattoo and sticker that came with them will be loved by the lil man 🙂 I love these retro ladies… and everyone knows I love the Goth and Steampunk girls lol. Can’t  wait to have some fun with these girls in some new projects this month 🙂
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Dangerous curves
Devilish Donna
Sexy Rocker


The lil guys birthday is this coming week ..and the K’s lil man Sean is also turning 4 this month.  Elena and I have chatted about the boys  over the last year since we discovered they were born around the same time.  To top off my KennyK fabtastic week ….my happy mail also arrived with two awesome KennyK illustrated Lego Magazines for the little man. He will absolutely love these, totally wasn’t expecting this.. THANK YOU sooo much.
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I can’t believe he got his very own KennyK illustrated  Magazines…and LEGO ones at that. He loves Lego.  Some of you may or may not know that KennyK does a lot of commercial art projects on some HUGE .. and if you have little boys… I mean HUGELY popular brands. Next time you are in the toy aisle… you could be picking up some KennyK artwork and not even know it.

On an end note ….just because I am a happy little clam right now.

One of the things I love about my crafting; soppy as it sounds, but it is entirely sincere I promise. I love the fact that my crafting, blog  and message board have led to meeting some fantastic people, artists, manufacturers, vendors and crafters alike.  It’s like having one fantastically crazy family,  only a key touch away.

I won’t name you all …. but if you read my blog, Facebook, Google+ etc… you already know who you are 🙂  The fact that I will happily chat for hours, blog about your work, projects, products etc. and hang out with you… with no incentives, or personal gain… should tell you how much ya’all mean to me.   That’s not to say I don’t get  the occasional surprise gift, products to review etc. for the blog… because it’s very clear on all my affiliate linked and review pages that I do LOL…  but the majority of my posts are just  done because I love what I see and the people I hang out with…and I want to share it.

Coming from a web background I know the importance of word of  mouth and link sharing.. and I am thrilled to be able to do my small part in sharing the love to all you fab guys and gals that give us crafters all the fab  products, services, tutorials and project ideas that keep us happy ….and broke, or maybe that is just my kid and his crazy craft and toy collection LOL.

KennyK “collectively”  Thanks for Rocking my Crafts and for being an awesome couple of peeps …. and for having a fab group of crazy DT’s .. and crafting family  …..you girls are the best 🙂

Friday Freebie from Bugaboostamps

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“Hang in there dog” from Bugaboostamps is the Freebie Friday for today…. Don’t forget to check the  digi of the day and the half price new releases that come out every Tuesday 🙂

KennyK New Release – Name that Hero Contest

Enter the KennyK Stamps Name That Hero contest for a chance to win the digi stamp you named, one of our new superhero backgrounds, one of our new superhero sentiment sheets, and bragging rights! All before the release date!

So, stretch out your super spandex, zip up those sexy boots, and let’s rock!!

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What you need to do:
We have SEVEN new heroes about to hit the crafting world and we want YOU to name them. Use your creative powers to name 1 character or all 7! Don’t forget the family as a whole needs a name too. That’s 8 chances to win!

Contest Rules:
Our judges will be looking for creative, original, funny, clever, sassy entries.
You may have more than one entry per character or per family name.
Deadline – Contest will run from Fri, March 4th – Wed, March 9th. Contest will officially end on March 9th at 8:00pm EST.
For a valid entry and to be considered for a prize, you must comment here in this post!

Prizes:
* If you are the lucky winner to name one character, you will receive the digi stamp you named, a choice of one of our new superhero backgrounds, and a choice of one new superhero sentiment sheet!
* If you are clever and name more than one character, then you will receive the digi for each character named, your choice of two of our new superhero backgrounds, and a choice of one new superhero sentiment sheets!
* If you are super enough to name the family, you will receive all seven character digi stamps, a choice of two of our new superhero backgrounds, a choice of one new superhero sentiment sheet!
* GRAND PRIZE – Now, if you have fierce and mighty creative powers and name all 7 characters and the family, you will receive the entire release!! ALL 7 character digi stamps, ALL 4 of our new superhero backgrounds, and both new superhero sentiment sheets!
* Bragging rights!!
* All prizes will be sent and received before the March 15th release date.