Saturday, February 23, 2019

Happy Little Trees

Hello All!

Welcome to a little creative fun post! January and February of 2019 seemed to just fly by with all the crazy snow, rain, and temperatures. While I am sure it is not over yet, I am celebrating the oddities because it cut down on my travels and, more importantly, gave me some moments to spread my crafty wings. Over the 9 years Stamp to Cope, Inc. has been operating, I have watched a wonderful blending of art techniques into the craft of making cards. Our survivors seem to want to learn more and more techniques and it is very exciting to expand my kills so I can help them expand their own. When STC participates in the Berea Festival of Learnshops (watch for the 2019 registration post soon), requests come in for me to add gel printing, watercolor, and acrylic tips for coloring card images. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to share some journal projects that might wind their way into some future workshops. Certainly, the techniques will be incorporated in our tote supplies and survivor visits.  Cards are my "canvas" so creating this Bob Ross card with alcohol markers and paper piecing encouraged me to stretch into additional media. After all, he reminds us that there are no mistakes, just happy little accidents. As he would say....

This is your world. You’re the creator. Find freedom on this canvas. Believe, that you can do it, ‘Cuz you can do it. You can do it.” 
― Bob Ross

Watercolor

Watercolor on Wood
Acrylic Paint
Mixing it all together with collage

Hope you enjoyed these happy little accidents and found some inspiration. Remember to do something creative everyday!!! I look forward to working with you all in future workshops, seminars, presentations, and tote bag sessions.

Love and blessings,
Jeannette

Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 is a Wrap and Happy New Year!

Greetings all!  Hope this post finds that everyone had a fabulous Christmas and Holiday time! With 2019 literally just around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and share just we have been doing this last half of the year! The image above was a candy sleeve I created for a treat give-away at one of our events. I had so much fun sliding the penguin into the igloo!  Hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane 😊!

July 2018 - Berea Learnshops! Stamp to Cope held 4 Learnshop events - 2 Mixed-Media Journaling and 2 Alcohol Markers and Colored Pencils. All sessions were a sell-out and we raised $1,840 toward our $5,000 annual budget. Thanks everyone who helped, we had a great time!


Great news!!! We were asked to participate again in 2019!!! July 14, 20, 21, and 28!!!

 August 2018 - Is always a very crazy and  busy time for me because it means Graduation Season! Sharing some trinkets I made for our graduation teams/students and a shot from one of the three graduation ceremonies that month.


September 2018 -  Stamp to Cope was invited to present at a Book Club in Berlin, MD. A great group of women and I had a chance to spend some time with my mother (the women taking the photo).
October 2018 - Stamp to Cope was also invited to work in the local schools with an Advanced Placement Art class working on Art Journaling as a therapy option for teen stress and anxiety. Plus I had a little fun making some awesome spinning face Halloween Cards for my co-workers!



November 2018 - Stamp to Cope was invited to work with 123 K - 2 students at Simmons Elementary School where we share the STC mission and created tags and scratch art. Delivered several Survivor Tote Bags to teachers, parents, staff workers, and family members who were identified as survivors during the event.


December 2018 - Strategic planning, supply inventory, and event applications submitted for 2019! Some card creation time and sending out thank you and holiday wishes to all of our patrons!!!
Wishing all of you a very richly blessed and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
love
Jeannette

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dads and Grads 2018!!!

Happy Father's Day 2018
Greetings all!

Hope this post finds everyone enjoying the end of school and end of Spring season! A HUGE shout out to all the Dads and Grads who are celebrating in 2018.  I wanted to share two cards I created in honor of the festivities and encourage you to try out these ideas.

The first card, "I love you a latte", used a basic layering technique with a dark roast color based card stock folded to fit into a regular business size envelope. The accent layer used white card stock where I randomly stamped coffee beans to create a background and tied a ribbon around it before adhering it to the card base. The real fun began when I stamped the focal point coffee cup onto water colored paper and painted it using COFFEE...yes, you read that correctly...I used real COFFEE to create a backwash and paint the image! As a bonus, painting with the coffee gave the card an awesome scent when opened. The trick is to pour small amounts of left over coffee into a shallow pallet and let dry out. I used a small inexpensive plastic painter's pallet. Once it drys out, it can be used just like water colors. Give it a try!

Graduation Invitation Cards
The second card was a super quick and creative alternative to the extremely expensive graduation invitation and announcement packages offered by schools and universities. The card stock and ink can be changed to match any school/university colors giving the opportunity to really personalize. On the inside, I made a pocket for a wallet sized senior picture and inserted the graduation ceremony information. Mass producing was a snap using a stamp positioning tool. A bonus to keeping flat layers (no pop ups), no extra postage. Congratulations to all 2018 graduates!

Before I sign off, a quick Stamp to Cope update.....
- March and April presentations and tote bag distributions
- May participated in graduations and local Mother's Day event distributing STC information
- June participated in graduations and began enrolling students in our Learnshop Classes

Be sure to get the word out about the 2018 Berea Festival of Learnshops and my courses. This is our major fundraiser of the year.  For more information, click on the links below....

Mixed Media Art Journeling  and
Alcohol Markers and Colored Pencil Techniques

As always, thank you all so very much for your continued love and support!
Blessings always,

Jeannette

Monday, February 19, 2018

You Make My Heart Squeak!

Hello my wonderful blog buddies!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, loving, caring, and compassionate Valentine's Day. February brings quite a bit of work travel for me but I wanted to stop in and let you know you "make my heart squeak!"

These little cuties were made for the hard working and dedicated faculty and staff who joined me for a training week at the office. The project was quick and easy using a Fun Stamper's Journey Heart die cut from white cardstock, an old, but favorite, stamp (anyone remember The Angel Company), glitter brush pens from Crafter's Companion, and a Sweetarts lollipop. Bringing a little love and sugar to long workshop days seems to add to the fun.

Enjoy your week, stay warm, and think Spring ;)! Love Jeannette

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year, New Goals!

Happy 2018!!!!!

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year!

With the new year comes the chance to set new goals!  One of mine will be to become more engaged with the blog space!  Today marks the anniversary of my first blog post attempt and it has reminded me to reconnect!

Before starting out with additional 2018 plans, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for a great 2017 and share these cute pictures from STC's visit to Simmons Elementary School for their end of year day of art.

We worked with 133 students from K - 3 making personalized wrapping paper using a variety of rubber stamp images.  They had an inky, stampy, messing, and joyous day! Look at some of the beautiful examples of the creations! After the event, I received the most lovely and heart warming cards of thanks. Some of the cards were from children I had worked with in previous years and they remembered their card making lessons :). Such a fabulous sharing activity to end the year.


So what is next you ask?....  We have completed our application for the 2018 Berea Festival of Learnshops, participated in various fun-raising activities with local non-profits, renewed our alliance with the Art Therapy community, and have begun official program planning for 2018.  More to come once the list of activities and appearances is complete. 

Thanks again for your patience as this blog took a back seat in 2017. New focus, renewed commitment to embracing the blog! :).  Have a great January and STAY WARM!!!

Love always,
Jeannette 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween and Updates!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Where have I been you ask? Well... STC and work have kept me hopping. But, I could not let today (Halloween and my birthday) go by without dropping a note to all of you sending THANKS!!!  March - October provided tons of new opportunities for STC such as card sale fundraisers, our annual Learnshops, sponsorship opportunities, and breast cancer awareness events. To say we have been busy would not do it justice. During one of my trips, I made these super cute treat bags for all meeting attendees and they were a real hit. 

Tim Holtz
I was able to attend a stamp training event and had the pleasure to meet and learn from these two stars.. Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley...talk about inspiration. I shared with them our mission and some of the fundraiser cards we make using their products. A wonderful experience and we have already incorporated some new techniques into our workshops using Distress Oxides and acrylic paints.
Dyan Reaveley

Our 2017 Berea Festival Learnshops were the best yet! I had an opportunity to work with some wonderful children and adults as we made cards and art journals. Several of the attendees were P-12 teachers who now have some exciting things to share with their students. Great fun trying new products, testing out resist techniques, and comparing pencils, markers, and inks. More to come.... Love Jeannette


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Its about the Journey!

Greetings Blog Followers!

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!!!!
Jeannette

Monday, October 31, 2016

Lost and Found

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,
Jeannette 

Monday, July 4, 2016

STC Summertime!!!

Hello All!

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.....
The "birthday" flamingos represent the same stamp used multiple times, two flower stamps that I fussy cut, and sequence for the flower centers. The image panel was mounted on a dark pink piece or card stock and then added to a light pink card base.

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,
Jeannette

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Catching up and Craft Fairs

Hello Everyone!

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
AND....
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!

Blessings,
Jeannette