Blogs for Boobies Card Auction

Well hello, my lovelies!  Today I am one of the designers helping Skipping Stones Design with their 7-day Blogs for Boobies blog hop and card auction!  More than 60 designers are posting various cards and projects with all money raised going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Sadly it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t been affected by breast cancer.  My mom lost her battle 20 years ago.  She’s one of many relatives and special friends I’ve lost.  I’m proud to be a part of this blog hop and fund-raiser in memory of  those who’ve lost their battle and countless others who are currently battling breast cancer, and the many, many amazing survivors.
There are several ways you can help:
You can help by shopping at Skipping Stones Design.
Skipping Stones Design will be donating $2 per stamp set purchased between June 1 and June 14.  They are releasing six new sets as well!  Check out all their stamp sets right here.
You can help by bidding on the auction items.

****Bidding instructions***

1.  To bid on the card set I’ve posted today:
Leave a comment below with your bid amount and your e-mail address.
Starting bid is $5
Only comments on this post will be eligible for this card auction.
You MUST comment with an e-mail address to be able to bid.
Sorry, but comments without an e-mail address are invalid.
(FYI, during a silent auction bidders sign their name next to their bid.  So by including your e-mail address it is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.)
2.  Comments will post in chronological order, so you will be able to see the current high bid.
3.  Return frequently to see if you’ve been outbid and to place a new high bid.
(Below in the comment field, you’ll see a “subscribe to post comments” option.  Just subscribe if you would like notification of additional comments.)
4.  My auction closes at 8 p.m. Mountain Time on June 11.  The winning bid will be the highest valid bid at the close of the auction.  I will notify the winner by e-mail.  Skipping Stones Design will send the winner an invoice for the amount of the winning bid.  Once the invoice is paid, I will mail the set of cards to the winning bidder.  Please pay your invoice as soon as possible so I can get these out to you quickly!
You can help by spreading the word!
The more people who know about this event, the more money we can raise.  Please feel free to share this event with friends and family and/or on social media.
Remember, this is a 7-day hop.  Here’s a complete list of the designers hopping today:
Lee-Anne Cross (that’s me!)

Check in with the Skipping Stones Design blog each day of the hop for links to that day’s designers.

And here’s my set of cards for you to bid on.  You’ll receive the five cards complete with envelope, each wrapped in a sealed cellophane cover all mailed in a padded envelope.


I’m totally into watercolor and these were simple and fun to make.  I used three different colors of Distress Inks on my craft mat and sprayed them with water.  Then I dragged the watercolor paper through several times until I was happy with the colors and coverage.  A little stamping with these gorgeous sets from Skipping Stones Design:  Heartsong and Uplifting, a smattering of sequins or a touch of Wink of Stella and done!
Remember to leave a comment with a bid and your e-mail address.  As always, comments without bids are most welcome too 🙂
Back soon with more my sweet friends…

Taking a Break

Well my lovelies, it appears it’s time for me to scale things back for a while. You haven’t seen much from me lately have you?

I have recently been diagnosed with my third auto-immune disease.  So it’s time to focus on my health.  Lots of rest, physiotherapy, massages, meditation and just basically taking care of me.  I’ll be spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking everything from scratch.  Did you know there are some amazing auto-immune cookbooks out there?  My research has led me to a few wonderful ones.  And luckily I have a very support hubby who will be with me every step of the way.

Since I’ll be doing all that…my time in my studio will be limited.  This isn’t permanent…just wanted you to know that my posts will be very sporadic over the next while.  You’ll see the odd post and next month I have a fund-raiser I committed to a while ago.

Shery has very graciously offered to give me a leave from the STAMPlorations/ARTplorations team and I’ve gratefully accepted. Isn’t she the best?

Back in a while with more my friends…

With Thanks

Saw the Card Concept Challenge today and just had to play along.  Love the colors, love the flowers…and decided to do a “classy and elegant” design.

This gorgeous set from Wplus9 is called Beautiful Bouquets, Ranunculus.  The flowers and sentiment are heat embossed in white.  I’ve used Distress Inks and Zig Clean Color pens to do my watercoloring.  A smattering of sequins and done!

Challenges entered:
The Card Concept #49

Back soon with more my sweet friends…

Pop Splat Sploosh

So call me crazy, but when I got this new set called Color My World from WPlus9, the first thing I thought of was making a mess!  I thought of the paint going pop, splat, sploosh!  Lucky you…you don’t get to visit my messy studio…sometimes there are indeed bits of this…blobs of that…I am such a messy artist.

Added a bit of paper to the bottom of the card to anchor the design…and there’s Glossy Accents on the little paint blobs and on the tube of paint.

A quick and easy CAS card today…back soon with more…

Challenges entered:
Inkspirational #102

Tim’s Tag January 2016

Hello, my bloggy lovelies!  It’s great to be back 🙂  Life has been getting in the way of  art lately but here I am with my Tim’s tag for the month of January.  Whew!  Just in under the wire!

Here’s his beauty for the month:

2016TAG
This year he’s doing a remix of  various techniques he’s used over the years. This month it’s the chalkboard technique and the industrious metal technique.
I’ve stayed true to the entire design, of course using what I have. My sweet little camera is from his Souvenir Adornments, I’ve used one of his Metal Word Bands that has been aged with some Distress Paints.  The stamp is from one his Stamper’s Anonymous Classics #1 and the embossing folder is called Airmail.
Back soon with more my sweet friends…

Update on Google Friend Connect from Blogger

FYI:  Really important notice from Blogger….

An update on Google Friend Connect

Posted: December 21, 2015
In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.


As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.


We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer

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