Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Card Drive: Update


Thought I'd give a little update since I originally posted the Card Drive for Addison on October 3rd.  They are almost a month into the two year battle. 

I have received over 60 cards for for Addison, Avery, Ansley and the family. 
I mailed a huge box last Friday.
We had our 5th annual Halloween Party and they could not come.
It was the first one they have missed in all those years including the first one when I lived out-of-state and Jody drove the girls a couple hours over to join the fun! 
I was hoping to deliver them in person, but came down with a sore throat.

If you have been reading the family's Caring Bridges pages then you are aware of the daily challenges this family faces. She is finishing up the first round of steroids which have left her swollen, sore, hungry, and exhausted.  She has been in treatment for just shy of a month and she is now losing her hair.  In addition to the physical challenges, the family has been emotionally challenged as you can imagine.  The toll this fight has on the two little ones is evident. The parents are trying to keep things as "normal" as possible for the family as energy and spirit allows. These are AMAZING parents.  I just love them so much!

With the support of many in the blogging and crafting world, we are able to 
bless this family and offer a bit of cheer through cute cards and encouraging words.  
Some have sent stickers to the girls too. 

If it has been a while since you checked the original post, there have been several prizes added by such generous people including Lawn Fawn, Jennifer McGuire, Karen Baker, Studio Calico and more.   If you have sent cards, then I thank you again on behalf of the family. If you plan to send cards, please review the guidelines and thank YOU too!  If you don't have time to send cards then please pray for the family.  
Additionally, the mom shared on Facebook that another way to help all Leukemia 
patients is by donating blood to your local blood bank.  

ETA: 10/31/12   She's having the PICC line removed this morning and a port is being surgically put in.  She'll also receive a spinal tap with chemo today as well as a bone marrow aspiration.  Mom called me yesterday and was SO apprreciative of all the cards and prayers so far. 

Keep them coming!
If you have any other questions, email me at kellybertram (at) hotmail (dot) com.
This card drive run until December 20th! 

God Bless,

Saturday, October 27, 2012

BOO-ing a Neighbor

Getting ready to BOO a neighbor!
Decorated a jar I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
Put candy inside and added a gift card for some pizza in the bag. 
My other neighbor is getting a Halloween popcorn bucket I picked up at Michaels with microwave popcorn and seasonings.


The Back:

I am entering this jar into the following challenges:
Ribbon Carousel #73:  Halloween Spirit
colourQ 160: black, purple, orange, green

Papers: K and Company
Stickers and Journaling Card: K and Company and WRMK
Net Ribbon:  Ribbon Carousel

Thanks for visiting.
Love to have you join my card drive for Addison!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Merry Christmas, my deer

Sharing a Christmas Card I made for the current Jingle Belles Challenge: Creatures

The reindeer was stamped and colored with Copics. 
The card features Echo Park's "Merry Christmas" collection.


Stamps:  Deasy Designs "Tis the Season"
Papers and stickers: Echo Park

Love to have you join my card drive for Addison!
Thank you so much for visiting,

Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Min Card (more like 12:68)

Decided to give the 10 Minute Craft Challenge a try.
It was rather fun, but it took me 12 minutes and 68 seconds.
I did not plan on the fact that I only had a small space cleared on my desk and had to stop and clean up all the ink before I could finish the card! 
Then as I went to grab the white card based I noticed ink all over my hand and had to wash!

I embossed the chevron in white.
The background was made with 3 distress inks and water mists.
I heated the panel to get it to dry quickly.
I tried to "hide" that reddish line with the flower.  A bit still showed.

Card for 10 Minute Craft Dash

Here are the colors for the CDC Challenge:

I am also entering this card into the By the Cute and Girly: Birthday challenge

Chevron stamp by Lawn Fawn
Sentiment by Paper Smooches
Distress Inks:  Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Broken China

 Definitely a FUN challenge to do!!!

Love to have you join my Card drive for Addison if you have time...
10 minutes maybe? 
*wink * wink*
Thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

more for card drive: CAS cards with HA

Made a little set of three cards to send to my friend's daughters.  
Little Addison is battling Leukemia and her sisters are battling right beside her.
The little ones are affected just as much, but in a different way.
One card will go to each girl. 
Love to have you join my CARD DRIVE for her.
FABULOUS prizes too!  

My CAS cards feature stamps by Hero Arts.
I stamped, colored and cut out the butterflies.
Then I stamped the image on the paper to get the antennae.
The cut out images were then glued on top.   
The flight path was created with a Uniball pen. 
The top lines were embossed on the MS scoreboard.

Modified them a bit with a Paper Smooches sentiment for some cards to 
welcome new babies at church.  Lots of COPIC coloring fun!

 I am entering these cards into the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft #215:   Pieced Off
A Blog Named Hero #14: Clean Up Your Act (CAS project)

Stamps by HA  Cling Butterflies and Everyday Sayings Stamp Set
Other: Copics, Neenah paper, Uniball pen, MS scoreboard, Stickles

Thanks for looking,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mummy Card

Mummy Card by *Kelly's Place*

Sharing a card I made using a sticker by K and Company with WRMK papers.
The net Ribbon is from Ribbon Carousel.
The gray panel was made with Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle die. 

I am submitting this card into the following challenges:


Thanks for looking.
Love to have you join my CARD DRIVE for ADDISON.
Great prizes from generous sponsors!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sending Love to Addison

Another card for sweet Addison
Click on her picture on my sidebar to join in on my card drive for her.  
The family will be SO blessed by the cards!

This card feature Lawn Fawn's "You've Got Mail"
The hearts were made with a tiny heart stamp from my stash.

I colored the mailbox with Copics and paper pieced it on the card.  
I was afraid to color directly on the card b/c of bleeding.
I ended up making the top panel three times.  
One was stamped crooked and I smudged ink on the second.
I stamped and colored the envelope separately and cut a slit in the mailbox.

I am submitting this card into the following challenges:
CAS-Ual Fridays #74: Put You Heart Into It
Moxie Fab World: Hello/Thinking of You (for sweet Addison) 

Thanks for looking.
Hope you will join the card drive for Addison!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Heart Card

Made a quick little card this morning to send off to my friend Addison.
No stamping on this one.

Features Echo Park papers from the "Be Mine" collection.
Yep, been using this paper a lot b/c I scrap boys and have very little girly colored papers.
Sounds like a reason to shop, huh?  (:
So proud of myself for using some of that washi tape (black with white polka dots) on my desk! 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CAS-Ual Fridays #74: Put Your Heart Into It! 
Simon Says Stamp: Use punches or Die Cuts  
(Spellbinders Lacey Circles and heart from "George" Cricut cart

This little card will be on its way to Addison, my friend's daughter recently diagnosed with Leukemia.  I am hosting a CARD DRIVE for her.  Love to have you join me!  Lots of incredible prizes.  You can find all the information HERE or click on her pciture in my sidebar. 

Thanks for visiting,

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Party Prep

I wanted to share some random things I have been making 
for our upcoming Halloween Party.  
Most of the ideas were inspired by Pinterest.   
Wanted to share them in case you are inspired.  
Easy Peasy things to do for a Halloween party or any party really.

Hersey Kiss Eyeballs!
Used a small circle punch and a handheld small punch.
Used a red pen for the lines. 
I used Scotch Quick Dry Glue.

Here's the original where i got my inspiration. 
The blogger has those eyeball pics you can print from her blog post HERE.
I needed to be peanut free so I went with the kisses.

These are bamboo skewers that will have fruit on them at the party.
I cut the ring part off of the spider rings and hot glued them on.

Fun duct tape on the water bottles.  
One roll did 24 water bottles and about 17 Hug bottles.

The mummy was such a cute idea on Pinterest, but really didn't work
 well on the Hug drinks b/c of the lumpiness of the bottle.  
Plus, it took a LOT of white tape. 
I made 3 b/c I ran out of the duct tape.  

Here's the original idea for the mummy drinks.  
Original post is HERE
So darn cute on those drink boxes!

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Have a great day!
More projects coming.  
I have a bunch of games to share! 
Our trunk or treat is tonight at church and we are doing a Lego Ninjago theme for our car!

 Love to have you join my Card Drive for Addison.  
Click HERE or on her picture on my sidebar.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pink Christmas

Today I am sharing a VERY PINK Christmas card inspired by 
the current Jingle Belles Challenge which is to use pink.

I used the "Tis the Season" set by Deasy Designs and Echo Park paper "Be Mine". 

The inside:

I am also entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp: Use Punches or Dies Challenge

Stamps: Deasy Designs
Papers: Echo park
Other: Spellbinder Lacey Circles, Copics, net ribbon, Stickles

I will be donating this card to the Caring Hearts Card Drive hosted by Vera.


And a reminder that I am hosting a card drive for my friend's 
6 year old daughter, Addison, recently diagnosed with Leukemia.  
You can find the details HERE.
Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What does a train say when it's sick?

Sharing a card I made for my friend's daughter who is battling Leukemia.
I am hosting  card drive for her until December 20th.  
Includes great prizes like a custom blog design, and several gift certificates!
You can find the information HERE or simply click on her photo on my sidebar.

The card features Lawn Fawn's "Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum" train.
I colored it with Copics and cut it out.
I found the silly joke online. I hope it brings a smile to her face!

Yep, those are pieces of a cotton ball for the steam:

The punchline:

Stamps by Lawn Fawn
Striped paper from Echo Park's "Be Mine" collection
Other: Copics, glitter, brads, Spellbinders Wonky Rectangle Die

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays #73:  For the Girls!  Celebrating Sweet Addison!!!
Simon Says Stamp: Punches and Dies (I used spellbinders)
Lawnscaping Challenge: Texture 


Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 8, 2012

card drive for Addison and 5K "fun"

 First cards Arrived in the mail for the 
Card Drive for Addison!!
See links below or click on Addison's picture in my sidebar to find out how to join in!!!

 I was not able to participate in World Card Making Day on Saturday.
I went to downtown Cincinnati and did the 5K Color Run with my gorgeous niece, Chloe.
It was a tad cold (understatement) but I am proud to say I ran the whole thing!
I decided to do this two weeks ago which didn't give this 43 1/2 yr old chickie much time to train, but it was fine and I did not throw up 
(came close at the end which had a slight incline which was rather cruel). 

 Before the race!
I am on the left.

 Part of the crowd.  They said there were 10,000!

The charity partner for the race was the Leukemia Society.
I said a few prayers for my friend Addison during the run 
(and a few for myself to finish)

Post race.  I ran through the color stations so I did not get too colorized. 
My hat may actually inspire a card.  
Had orange, pink and green splatters all over it that you can't see in this pic.
 One guy stopped in front of me and rolled in the powder.
um... ok... I almost ran over the top of him!

This week we'll be preparing for our church's trunk or treat.  
We've decided to be one of the cars this year and our family theme (I'll have a post later) has presented some crafty challenges. 

I also want to get some cards made for a few card drives:
The Card Drive for Addison (my own drive) which you can read about HERE.
There are great prizes including a custom blog design and gift certificates to AWESOME online stores.

There is also the Caring Hearts Card Drive Vera Yates
  has organized which also has prizes.

Thanks for all who have offered to make cards for little Addison and/or shared the drive with your crafty friends and posted the link on your blogs.
Means so much to me and the family will be so blessed!
Plenty of time to join the fun.  
The drive goes until December 20th!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lawnscaping Fall Hop


Welcome to our Lawnscaping Fall blog hop 
 I'm so glad you're here! 
You should have come to me by way of Sabine's blog "Paper, Buttons, Stamps and Tiny Bows and Pink Dots in Little Rows"..  Wasn't her ghostly project adorable?
The month's theme is all things pumpkin and beautiful changing leaves: FALL
The hop runs from Friday, October 5th, all the way until Sunday, October 7th (11:59)PM Make sure to comment on all of the blogs to be eligible for some FANTASTIC prizes! 
All of the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page. 

My fall inspired card features three Lawn Fawn Sets (Harvest Season, Say Cheese, You've Got Mail).  The pumpkin was colored with Copics and pieced into the Polaroid.  
Other supplies include the Trendy Spellbinders embossing folder, burlap ribbon
string and BG paper. 

Also, if you enjoy making cards for kids, I invite you to join my Card Drive for Addison, a 6 year girl who was just diagnosed with Leukemia on 9/28/12!!!
This is so close to my heart, as she is the daughter of one of my dearest friends.
   She has been placed on a TWO YEAR treatment plan.
You can find all the information about her, the card guidelines and 
PRIZES (including Lawn Fawn, HOLLA!) on my post HERE!!  

Now, head on over to see what Jen has made at "Caffeinated Papercuts"!
If you've gotten off-track, don't worry! Head back to the Lawnscaping blog to see the complete list of designers and prize information!

Enjoy the Hop and Thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Card Drive for Addison: CLOSED

THANK YOU for a Successful Drive!  
Winners are posted HERE.

Addison is a beautiful, athletic, and spunky 6 year old little girl and happens 
to be the daughter of one of my dearest friends.
On September 28, 2012 she was taken to the doctor for a reoccurring fever.  After blood work, they learned that she did not have a bacterial infection or virus as many would expect, but Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) of the T-cells. T-cells complicate treatment.  The doctors have placed her on a two YEAR treatment plan which began on September 29 with chemotherapy started on September 30.  I cannot imagine what my dear friends went through during those first 48 hours and the incredible fight they have in front of them.  

You can follow Addison's journey through her Caring Bridges page:
You'll need an email address and create a password.

I am hosting a card drive for sweet Addison.
My goal is to collect 104 handmade cards to give her one card per week for two years. 
More if possible!

She has two sisters Avery (5) and Ansley (2).   
All the girls love animals, the colors pink and purple, 
princesses and sports, anything cute or funny. 
Addison esp. loves the water, sports, bouncy houses and other athletic events she looks forward to doing again.

If you would like to help encourage her on her journey here are some guidelines:
  • Cards can be anything cheery, encouraging, supportive, etc.You can include or incorporate kid-friendly jokes! Please avoid get well card and reminders of being sick.  Please avoid holiday specific cards so the cards can be used anytime over the next two years. 
  • Cards can be for Addison or one of her sisters. Write the name of the recipient on the outside of the envelope. 
  • All cards need to have a positive message in it for the child/family.  Please also sign your name and where you are from.  There could be a geography lesson in there!  Also, please don't seal the envelope, as the parents might want to preview cards before the kids see them.
  • Please stick to just cards or lightweight things like stickers, etc. if you'd to put something in the card.  I will be delivering the cards to the family so no additional shipping costs will be incurred.
  • You are welcome to send store-bought cards, but they will not be eligible for prizes.
  • There is no need to send money with your cards. 
  •  In each package, PLEASE include a piece of paper with your name, address, email address and how many cards you sent . This help greatly in keeping track for prizes!  For each handmade card you send, you will get a chance for a prize.  So the more cards you send, the better your chances; however, one prize per person.
  • Please postmark cards by December 20th 30th
  • Winners of prizes will be randomly drawn on or around January 15 and notified on this blog and via email (if provided with cards)
  • All cards can be mailed to the following address:
Kelly Bertram
P.O. Box 58156
Cincinnati, Ohio 45258-0156

Prize #1:  $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp
Prize #2:  $25 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket
Prize #3:  Custom Blog Header Design by Karen Baker from The Bald Dragonfly
                 valued at $25 (some restrictions apply) 
Prize #4: $25 gift certificate generously donated by Lawn Fawn for the Lawn Fawn store!
Prize #5:  $25 gift certificate to A Cherry On Top donated by a generous online friend 
Prize #6: 25 gift certificate to Studio Calico generously donated by Studio Calico. 
                They have gorgeous scrapbook kits as well as adorable card kits!!   
Prize #7: Spot in one of Jennifer McGuire's card classes (more info to come) so sweetly donated by Jennifer McGuire!  

Please feel free to share this card drive with others. I am a baby blog with few followers and would be so grateful if you can share this on your blog.  Use challenge blogs for your inspiration (maybe you'll be a double winner!). 
Thank you so much for your generosity.
I pray these cards will lift the spirits of the family and bring them little moments of comfort and joy during this difficult time.  
They have a very long road ahead of them and you can make it a bit smoother.  

If you have any additional questions not addressed above, 
please email me at kellybertram (at) hotmail (dot) com. 

God Bless You,

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gift Jar

Found a cute little gift idea on Pinterest.
Had mint candies and gum all bagged up and said "thanks for your commit 'mint'".
I decided to make them for the boys' teachers.

One was a jar:

The rest I put in baggies and made toppers:

I am entering the jar into the Moxie Fab World Jars of Joy challenge.
as well as Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes!
and Basic Grey #78: Ribbon and Lace (use net ribbon and string)

Here's the original pin:
"Mint Bag" - Thanks for your commit-"mint" to help...Thanks for your encourage-"mint"...Thanks for your involve-"mint"...Thanks for your invest-"mint" of time...Thanks for making each day an enjoy-"mint"... Thanks for helping to create a nice environ-"mint"... Everything you have done has really “mint” a lot to me!!!  Love this!!!

Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, Paper Smooches
Ink: Memento
Papers: Basic Grey "Lauderdale"

Thanks for looking,

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sorry spiders, the wine's all gone...

Give me a hot glue gun, some scrapbook leftovers, 
fake spider webbing and some spider rings and see what happens...

I covered the wine bottle with WRMK paper and store-bought Halloween labels.
Next, I added the webbing.  
I adhered it to the top and bottom first with hot glue and then pulled it to the side. 
I clipped the ring part off the spiders and glued them on the webs.

Here they are on the mantel:

Styrofoam ball Spiders I made before got a new home this year:

I am entering this card into the following Challenges:
 SimonSays Stamp: Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge 128: an early Boo!

Fun decor!
Thanks for visiting,