Saturday, August 13, 2011

Oceans of Love and Kindness

As summer winds down and thoughts of the beach, picnics and tide pools begin to wan, I want to take this opportunity to once again share a summer project I helped my friend Jenn Shurkus work on.  The hope is that folks who appreciate beautiful things, crafty things, things with a beach/nautical inspiration will bid on fabulous pieces being offered by crafters all over the U.S. in a concerted effort to raise money to help a woman in need.

Jenn writes:  Sue Avila was recently diagnosed with lung and stomach cancer. Since her diagnosis, Sue has undergone multiple tests, radiation, and most recently, chemotherapy treatment. Because of her treatments, Sue has been unable to work as much she would like to. She and her family would appreciate any support you can provide to help alleviate some of the burdens they are facing with this illness. Sue is my friend Christy's mom, and I really just want to help her out in some way...

A silent auction of literally dozens of pieces of art is being held HERE and you have the chance to win BIG, both literally and spiritually, by placing the winning bid!  It's amazing the outpouring of support we've seen for Sue through this July project Jenn put together and I hope you'll take part -- FEEL GOOD & DO GOOD -- help Sue and her family through this difficult time.  To learn more, please visit Jenn's blog HERE.  You only have until August 18 to place your bid...

Here's to bright tomorrows everywhere!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sketch It Forward

This may not be a new idea to those of you uber blog watchers, but it evolved in my little brain yesterday as I was creating some handmade cards to give as a hostess gift.  I had a few sheets of 12 x 12 patterned and solid cardstock and needed a "kick start" to my creativity, so I randomly chose the first four card sketches I could find.  I borrowed from Split Coast Stampers, Card Positioning Systems, Taylored Expressions and Card Patterns.  Sometimes it's nice not to have to reinvent the wheel, especially when there are so many creatively generous souls out there in Bloggyland!

After I finished the four cards, gathered some envelopes and found some appropriate packaging I thought, "I should show her how I came up with the design ideas" and went to cut-and-paste the sketches onto a Word document.  As I was doing that, I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun if we made this a game where one person finds four sketches (giving credit where credit is due), creates four cards from them, then passes the handmade cards and sketches on to a friend who does the same?  We could keep passing it forward...kind of like that film Pay It Forward."  So I repeat, this may not be a new idea, but it's new to me and I hope it works.

For August I used strikingly simple black cardstock from Cut Card Stock and a few sheets of patterned cardstock from Creative Imaginations' IOD (Iron Orchid Designs) line, which I picked up just before my fave Cape Cod scrapbook store, Colorful Creations, closed their doors.

So, my challenge to myself is to create a monthly Sketch It Forward sheet and YOUR challenge is to use it, then Sketch It Forward!  Click Here for the August sheet, and post your link in the Comment Section below to show off your craftiness.  It was a lot of fun creating these four specific designs and I know you'll have a blast, too!  Check back on our Paper Made Bakery blog often for more ideas and the latest Sketch It Forward.
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