Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Holiday Blessings

Merry Christmas and Holiday Blessings Everyone!

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!
 We at Stamp to Cope hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and blessed New Year!!
THANK YOU for a wonderful year of out reach, service, creativity, and love!

See you next year :)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Haunts

Boo!!!! and Happy Halloween Blog Followers!!!!!

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 :)

Hope Scarves
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!

Business Babes
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

Summer Surprises

Greetings Bloggers!

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.

Learnshop Update!!!!! 

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

Learnshops, Big Events, and Thank Yous...oh my!

Greetings Bloggers!

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.....


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

Finally Spring!

Hoppy Easter
Beach Wishes
 Greetings Blogging Friends!

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!!!

Creative Corner
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
Thank you 

Gracie's Birthday
For the Dreams of Summer card, I focused on a paper-piecing technique and adding dimension with pop up pieces. The jar was stamped on the pattern paper and then again on a piece of white card stock. The body of the jar was cut from the pattern paper and adhered onto the white card piece. I then stamped the label on cardstock and cut out to layer on top of the jar. The entire jar was then cut out and dimensional pop dots were added to the back and placed on the card.  The jar lid was colored with a silver gel pen and then twine and the mini clip were added.

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

February Frantic into March Madness

Hello Bloggers!

Wow, what a snowy and travel intense time it has been for many of us. I hope things are finally starting to look like Spring in your world. I chose the post title "February Frantic into March Madness" because it seemed to mirror my perception of my own life since my last post.  I was also hoping to trick some of you sports fans into reading my blog thinking it would have something to do with basketball ;).  (Ok, all you readers who really KNOW me, you can quit laughing now and get up off the floor!)

While I truly have not had time to post until now, I have definitely not been idle in my passion and sharing about Stamp to Cope and my belief that ART HEALS!  Instead, I have been focusing on expanding our art offerings, networking connections, and healing art packages. Based on feedback from our long time followers, I have also been working intensively with new product testing and technique mastery with the intent to add a more advanced skill set of activities. Look for future posts to cover many of my discoveries.  The images for this post will provide a little window into the evolution.

The card above was so different from my usual and so very much fun.  I took making an "interactive card" to a totally unique level. Using Gelatos, I colored the color spectrum on white card stock. (How many of you remember ROY G BIV from science classes) Since Gelatos are water based, they will dissolve when the wet brush makes contact.  By cutting out little ovals of each color I was able to make a set of water color paints.  The focal image was stamped on watercolor paper using solvent ink so it will not smear when the recipient begins to paint.  The image is tacked on with repositionable pop-up tape so it can be removed to paint and a sentiment is hidden underneath so the card still expresses a greeting after the "painting" has been removed.  When you open the card, a surprise awaits....
 AN EASEL...too fun! I made the easels out of pumpkin colored card stock and they fold down and fit into a pocket element on the inside of the card.

Now, here is a look at a few of the technique and product mixed media items I have been creating.  Great ideas already in the works for how to transition my findings into cards.  I look forward to your feedback.

Artful Words, Graphite, Alcohol Markers, and Watercolor
Collage, Graphite, and Acrylic Paints
Acrylic, Watercolor, Colored Pencils, India Ink Market, Collage

One final fun smile type project... Paper Dolls of influential women in my life...there are way more than 4 but here is my start :)  Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post inspires you to create something today! Stay safe and warm.  Blessings,

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Light Bright Art

Happy February Bloggers!!!

Is it too late to wish everyone a Happy 2015? I have missed sharing the Stamp to Cope happenings with everyone and am excited to get out these updates.  Before doing a run down of what we have been working on, I wanted to share a few cards created recently.

As many of you know, photography is not a gift I possess and likely will struggle with throughout all of the technology advancements. However, I do want to share creations and tips here and in other social media.  Some of my challenge (they tell me) is having the correct lighting. Well, for Christmas, my dear mother-in-law gave me funds to purchase a portable light box.  Let me know what you think...
This elephant card was made for my hubby for his birthday in January.  I just love the cute elephant and thought the button gave it a masculine feel. Since his birthday is so close to Christmas, I kept with the red and green traditional coloring.  The image was colored with wax pencils and then cut out and popped up on the card.  The picture above uses my original approach to taking a photo...wait until mid day, stick it on a chair, and cross my fingers. :)  The picture below uses my new light box.  Clearly, I still need lots of practice, but I could take the picture any time of day and I thought it looked cleaner.  Thoughts? Tips? Tricks? It came with three backing options...gray, black, and white. I will have to test them all.

So, you might be wondering what has kept me away from my blog for such a long time...check out some of the things in the planning for 2015

o Completed applications for participation in Berea Festival Learnshop
o Donation work with Thrivant, Amazon Smiles, and Fun Stampers Journey
o Traveling for work and promoting Stamp to Cope
o Connecting with Pink Link
o Preliminary planning for Board meeting
o Creating workshop kits
o Making Cards for Berea Arts Council for fundraising efforts

I am looking forward to a very busy and tremendous outreach year!!! Have a blessed week and thanks for stopping by!!!