Sunday, February 19, 2017
Yes, I am still here and STC is busier than every before. Considering that the last time I posted was in October of 2016 (where did the time go? :0), there is much to share. The STC Journey over these last months has been inspiring with surprise opportunities as well. This post will focus on "catching you up" items and in my next post I will provide our year end closeout (we follow a fiscal year of 4/1 - 3/31). So let's get started.....
November 2016, STC participated in the Arts Day at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles, KY. I worked with 150 K-3 students using stamping art to make cards, book marks, and door hangers. We shared information about our organization with the teachers and administrators and provided resources for several survivors to be distributed through the school. The event was a wonderful success and I received the most beautiful hand made thank you cards. So great to see they learned something fun and therapeutic.
December 2016, STC made cards for distribution to local senior centers, health care agencies, and art organizations. Over 200 cards were donated throughout the month. I created specialty card sets for use in raising funds for the arts in our community. I just love knowing that our cards bring so much joy!
January 2017, STC completed two proposals for participation in the 2017 Berea Learnshops. As many of you know, this is our largest fundraising opportunity and contributes to about half of our operating budget. Looking forward to another fun and exciting event.
February 2017, As you may recall from a previous post, STC had to find a new vendor to create our survivor stamp set. Very excited to share that we received our first completed batch. The photo above compares our previous look (the set at the bottom with the three hole system on backer board) with the approach of the current supplier. The new sets reflect the same high quality red rubber and now they are pre-cut with a laminated cling sheet visual stored within a reusable zip bag for convenience when taking them to appointments and treatments. A huge Thank You to Lee and Lee of StampaFe Art Stamps for working with us to create the best possible product for our survivors!
Well, that gets us up-to-date and I appreciate you allowing STC to be part of your journey! Until next time....
Love, blessings, and thanksgiving!!!!
Monday, October 31, 2016
Greetings Stamp to Cope blog readers and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!
I start this post sharing deepest sympathy and thanks to the Stamp-A-Mania family who lost their inspiration and leader, Mark, to cancer. As many of you know, Mark and his wife Cindy mold and press our STC stamp sets which we include in our starter totes. Mark was such an inspiration of love and giving. With the loss of Mark, Cindy has closed the shop so please keep her and the entire team in your prayers. Cindy has made sure STC is covered by connecting us with her friend Lee Kellogg of Stamp A Fe and Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamp in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Even through this challenging loss we have found a new partner! Please welcome them to the STC family of supporters!
Need something quick for a Halloween greeting? This card was super easy and fast. Used black card stock for base, a piece of pre-printed Halloween themed paper, and two stamps from a small FSJ set. Stamped the sentiment and the cat on to white cardstock, used colored pencils to quickly give some "fur" to the cat and then fussy cut both pieces. I mounted them with dimensional double sided foam tape and tied a ribbon for contrast. Even if you are not creating for Halloween, the same steps can be used for any themed quick card. Try it and see!
Have a wonderful Halloween and enjoy all those cute Trick-or-Treaters!
love to all,
Monday, July 4, 2016
Happy Summer! I am taking a quick break from a crazy travel schedule to send out creative vibes and well wishes to all for a fabulous summer. We have been very busy here at Stamp To Cope, Inc. so let me catch everyone up....
1. Flamingo Frenzy - As you can see from the card above, I started my summer on a Flamingo Frenzy. Flamingos are so fun and their pink plumage definitely matches the STC logo. :). This stamp was part of a Fun Stampers Journey set that inspired me to celebrate summer. After stamping the flamingo on white card stock, I colored and then fussy cut. I die cut a circle out of the center of another white piece of card stock and than glued the scraps (the negative pieces) from a scallop die behind to make the waves. It is always great when getting to use scraps from previous projects. The sequence was just for fun and to give it a little sparkle. Here are two more.....
For the "stand tall" card, I stamped leaves onto green card stock, a palm tree trunk stamped onto brown card stock, and a sun cut from yellow card stock. The pink photo frame is a die to mimic a Polaroid (for all of you old enough to know what that means :)) Just a few fun ways to celebrate summertime.
2. Relay for Life contribution - I am very excited to report that STC was a sponsor for the Roscommon County June 25 Relay for Life event. We provided over 80 "princess bags" to survivors who participated in the festivities. What a wonderful way to support continued awareness and education. We are currently scheduling an STC workshop event for August 2016.
3. STC created and donated over 100 card box sets to nursing homes in Madison County. This is just one way our survivors feel they can give back to their communities.
4. Berea Festival of Learnshops this month! This is the main fundraising event for STC. I conduct 4 workshops (2 mixed-media journaling and 2 colored pencil and alcohol makers) during this annual event and all of my proceeds go directly to STC. So far, I have 24 total students signed up! This is 6 more than last year! We are truly blessed! It is not too late to sign up so check out the link above for more details...just search for my sessions.
5. A HUGE shout out to the Business Babes Society of Madison County for using our survivor cards, passing on survivor contacts, and inviting me to present at their October 2016 meeting!
Hope this summary gives a helpful glimpse into the summer antics here at STC. We could not do so much without the continued love and support you all send our way! Thanks!
Love and blessings,
Sunday, March 13, 2016
I hope this post finds everyone enjoying the beginnings of Spring! Hard to believe Easter is just around the corner. As the title of this post suggests, there are a lot of things I want to share with you so please sit back, relax, and get caught up with me.
STC runs on an April 1 - March 31 fiscal year so this is the time I start collecting all types of information to share with the Board. While I have not gotten all of my reports completed (you know I am a stretch to the due date kind of person), there are some statistics I thought you would find of interest. Keeping in mind that I was in travel mode for my academic position 20 weeks in 2015, STC was still able to make a wonderful impact on our community.
Gave away 46 fully loaded tote bags to survivors (each bag has a retail value of $150).
Participated in 5 large community events getting our name/business card out to over 1500 people.
Donor sponsorship of our name on community Tshirts, band programs, archery team shirts, and a non-profit spotlight in several community newsletters.
Nominated as an Art Educator in the community.
Conducted Art Day workshop that impacted 3 local elementary schools
Provided volunteer support for Walk with the Arts in Madison County
Our Berea Festival of Learnshops proposal was accepted for 2016!!! This is our most critical fundraising event so a true blessing!
We are small but we are MIGHTY!!!!!
With the Spring comes another opportunity for STC to show case survivor art, fund raise, and reach out.....CRAFT FAIRS!!!. In 2015, we tested out the options of attending Craft Fairs because we felt that such a venue would reach a segment of women who may not know we exist. Imagine our excitement when I discovered that not only was it a great way to share our mission and outreach, it was a surprising source of fundraising as well. For 2016, we have already been invited to three and the cards made by survivors are a big request. I will post more information on our website and facebook pages so try and stop by.
Looking forward to a great year! I love you all "berry much" and thank you for your continued support!
Sunday, February 14, 2016
I am working on an update post, but could not let the day go by without sending all my love and thanks! Please know you are adored! Have a wonderful Cupid's Day and keep a look out for 2016 happenings post coming SOON! I promise :)
Friday, December 25, 2015
I could not let the year come to a close without sending festive greetings and thanks to all. Card making is especially fun this time of year and I have certainly been creating and sending my share. The card posted here was made because I fell in love with the fun swirly tree stamp from Fun Stampers Journey. I wanted something with depth without having to put on too many layers which can increase postage. Adding glitter pen color to the ornaments and stars and then using foam squares to pop up the focal image on the patterned paper gave it dimension without the weight. This is a great trick when reproducing and sending a large number of cards.
During November I represented Stamp To Cope at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles, KY for an Art Day. Kindergarten, first, and second graders worked with me on making holiday cards for their loved one. We had a great time and the children were so excited to be able to get inky and creative. After the event, many of the students took their new card making skills to the next level and made me Thank You notes!
While the Christmas themed cards were tons of fun, this season my real inspiration came when creating the invitations for our daughter's Christmas time wedding! Best Wishes Carly and Jason!
THANK YOU for a wonderful year of out reach, service, creativity, and love!
See you next year :)
Friday, October 30, 2015
I could not let another month go by (sorry September) without taking some time to give an STC update. As you will see throughout this post, my card making ramped up this month as well. We have been so busy that time has flown by...(cue flying witch :)
While September was "prep month", October watched it all happen.... Breast Cancer Awareness events, new service opportunities, and lots of cards and crafty Halloween Haunts. So grab that pumpkin spiced latte and enjoy the update....
Women's Wellness Day
This is an annual free event sponsored by the Madison County Breast Cancer Survivors Group is a highlight for many women. Stamp to Cope uses this day to provide information, give tote bags to survivors, and donate handmade cards for door prizes. The day began with continental breakfast, vendor tables, and great fellowship. Midway, medical professional that are experts on women's health concerns presented the most current trends in the field. A full lunch is provided along with door prizes throughout the day. The day ends with a fabulous fashion show where all the models are breast cancer survivors. I was lucky enough to model fashions from CATOs! Yes, I ended up buying my outfit :)
STC participated as a collection station for Hope Scarves and we provided 27 scarves toward this wonderful sister organization. The ability to share a personal story with each scarf also gave STC to share our message with survivors too.
Paint the Town Pink
One of STC's service areas is Richmond, KY and we were honored to join them in celebrating the 2015 Paint the Town Pink event. It is amazing at the behind the scenes work that is required for such a growing event!
During the month of October, I became a member of the Business Babes as an outreach, publicity, and support effort for STC and breast cancer survivors. The response of these fabulous women to our mission and vision has been overwhelming and I look forward to making deeper connections into our service area with their support.
We have a full schedule for November as STC participates in Pink Night at the local high school, conducts a craft/card making day at an elementary school, and has spotlight name recognition through non-profit supports.
Before I sign off, I wanted to give a huge shout out to the Madison Southern High School Marching Band as they head to State Semi-finals tomorrow! Thanks everyone for your continued love and support and I wish all a very Happy Halloween!!!!!!!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hope this post finds everyone enjoying the last days of August! Hard to believe that school has started, the weather is cooling, and the leaves are already turning color here in Berea, KY. I wanted to give a quick update on the Stamp To Cope summer activities and share plans for Fall events.
But first, check out these cutie pie cards I made using my Fun Stampers Journey July Kit of the Month. Now, granted, I did not follow the directions (no surprise if you know me), but I loved the bright colors and juicy inspiration. The watermelon was stamped in black on to pink and green cardstock and then cut out and layered to make the rind stand out. I also used crackle glue over the seeds to give them dimension. The "sleeve" card used a seed stamp on pink cardstock that I scored so it wrapped around to make a pocket. Using the ant stamp reminded me of summer nights sitting on the deck with the children watching them get all sticky eating watermelon, spitting seeds into the yard, and attracting those little bugs. Fun Fun Fun :) What a neat way to end the summer.
As mentioned in previous posts, Stamp to Cope's participation in the Berea Learnshop event is our largest fundraiser of the year. Every year the team gets better and better with set up, tear down, and outreach. The 2015 event was the BEST ever! We raised $1,880.00 and conducted technique workshops for 30 attendees! "But wait, there's more" (channeling my inner Billy Mays)... as a direct result of the workshops, and the attendees sharing the STC message, that same week we were contacted by 5 survivors requesting our services. In addition, one attendee made a substantial donation of craft supplies to go into the survivor totes! What a wonderful program and a fabulous group of people! A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped make it all happen!
Fall Events Coming
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so the preparation for Fall events has already been in the works. A few things heading our way...
Women's Wellness Day - October 17 at Eastern Kentucky University
Berea Volunteer Fire and Rescue - Selling Breast Cancer Awareness Shirts
City of Richmond, KY - Paint the Town Pink Event
Come out and join us for the fun!
Before I sign off, I wanted to share some personal good news! Our daughter, Carly, got engaged! We are all very excited look forward to gaining a wonderful son (Jason). I mention this on the blog because I volunteered to make the invitations!!! Stay tuned for the October post where I will share the final results! ;)
Thank you everyone for all that you do to support STC! Have a blessed day!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
So many things happening for Stamp to Cope and for my family these past months that BLESSED does not even seem strong enough for this post of THANKSGIVING!!! Sit back and relax as I get everyone caught up.....
STAMP TO COPE NEWS!!!!
Learnshops began yesterday and our fist class on Mixed Media Art Journaling was GREAT! All of the four learnshops we are presenting are sold out with two exceeding the enrollment for which we planned. This is our largest fundraising event and I couldn't be more pleased with the support. Thanks to everyone at STC who helps make it possible. I forgot to take any photos yesterday of what the class created but I will be sure to get some for future posts. I love seeing how the participants take the techniques in their own personal directions....some really beautiful works!
Card Commissions keep coming and I love the opportunity to fund raise and make something personal for peoples' special events. The card above was commissioned for a couple's 60th anniversary and it was such fun to make. The floating picture of their wedding day actually spins and on the other side is a picture of the couple from 2015. I covered the pictures on each side with a resin so it can be a keepsake without fading. The background was created by stamping a flourish in white in on blue cardstock and then highlighting random elements with glitter glue. To add some dimension I popped up the panels slightly with double sided foam tape. Elegant and so much fun to create!
STC on Display at UK - For those of you who did not see the Facebook post in June, I had the chance to share the STC story through the above Mixed Media Art piece I created for the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. The piece, that I called Voyage, was featured during an event to honor cancer survivors and the university included a beautiful write up of STC. Have received several inquiries into our program as a direct result and we have been able to establish an even greater presence in the area.
Thank you! A huge shout out to my family for all the love and support over these last crazy travel and STC learnshop preparation months! Thanks to all the Texas Isbell's for taking such good care of me on my recent visit.
Over the years of this blog and certainly Stamp to Cope events, you have become acquainted with several members of my wonderful family. From my husband, Greg, who carts things all over for us and you so strongly uplifted during his own battle with cancer, our son Joshua as he helps with the set up, pass around stuff, and take down of workshops, and our daughter Carly, who creates along side to help or serves as STC photographer. I frequently get emails or facebook messages asking that I keep you up-to-date on everyone. I have been so honored to have such loving and supportive readers who care about STC but also care about me and my family. So, I wanted to share some exciting news that we received on Friday! Our baby girl, Carly, is now engaged! We are very excited for her and look forward to adding Jason to the family. So happy for them!
Well that is it for now but stay tuned to Learnshop updates and the Berea Festival of Learnshop creative fun!!!! Have a fabulous day!!!
love you all,
Monday, May 18, 2015
Spring is finally here and I am thrilled! My sincere apologies for falling so far behind in my postings these last two month....traveling for work....but now I am back and have TONS of great things to share. Before I get everyone caught up (it a long post so grab a beverage and stick around :)), I wanted to give a shout out to all of you....
A HUGE thank you to all of our supporters who designated Stamp to Cope, Inc. as the donation recipient when they shopped through Smile.Amazon and shared their Thrivent Choice Dollars. Through your generosity in 2014, STC received over $1000 in 2015! Thank YOU!!!
Working on lots of techniques to share with our service area and prepare for our annual Berea Learnshops fundraiser July 10 - 26, 2015. I will be conducting 4 workshops and am blessed that the slots are filling up! If you are going to be in the Berea area and would like more information, please check out the website for class offerings and registration information.
The cards pictured this post were created during both April and May. The Hoppy Easter card took advantage of the paper doily craze that seems to have overcome crafters these days. Patterned paper and ribbon offset the popped up bunny focal element. Using a few neutral soft leaded colored pencils gave the bunny some shading without it looking to over powering. Three blue gems to match the eyes and paper to add follow the rule of threes.
The Beach Wishes card was create for my brother's birthday. He lives in the Ocean City, MD area and loves to walk the beach collecting shells. I stamped the bottle on a separate piece of white cardstock and used colored pencils to give illusion and depth. Sometimes it is really challenging to create masculine cards so keeping it clean and simple seems to work best.
|Dreams of Summer|
I really like using white ink but I never seem to find a brand that actually keeps a crisp white look once it soaks into the paper. It was really great to use the Fun Stampers Journey Whipped Cream ink and watch stay vibrant even after drying...YAY! Now I will have to try this technique on black and see if it will create a chalk board look.
This last card was made for my grand-daughter Lila Grace (her granddaddy and I call her Gracie). She lives far away from us so we don't get to see her much so making her special cards helps us stay connected. I thought is stamp was so cute and she loves pink.
Stamping Workshop for Volunteers - June 3-6
Learnshop Fundraising Workshops - July 10-26
Walk with the Arts - September (awaiting exact date)
Survivor pARTy - October (awaiting exact date)
Womens Wellness Day - first weekend in November
Arts Day at Simmons Elementary School - November 24
Much more in the works so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week.