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,

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,

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
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

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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 :)