I am so thrilled today to show you a few things I made with my new set Warm Winter Wishes. But first, I want to share the story behind the set. [You can also click on the Alzheimer's Association link under "find it fast" to read all the previous posts related to this.]
Here is the post I wrote last year to introduce the first set, Whimsical Autumn, I drew to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association:
In Loving Memory Of Clare Lyons "Mamo"
For those of you who read my blog, you know that my grandmother passed away in July. I wrote about it here. What you may not know is that for the past 12 years of her life, she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. After she was first diagnosed, she moved into my parent’s house where I was living with my daughter. I saw first-hand how devastating this disease can be. I saw my grandmother go from a completely independent and meticulous women to a completely dependent person who lost all of the wonderful memories her life created. In many ways, my family has been saying goodbye to my grandmother for years...as her energy diminished, her weight plummeted and the memories of her life were erased from her mind. I had just finished drawing the images for this set when I received a call from my mother telling me that my grandmother passed away. Although part of me was rejoicing because she suffered too long…the selfish part of me was wishing for just one more visit...After returning from Pennsylvania and getting back to work—I had a resurgence of energy for this new set. I decided the best way for me to honor my Grandmother’s memory was to give back. And so, 100% of my proceeds from this set will be sent to the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Always.
So this year, I decided that I would do it again. Whimsical Autumn allowed me to donate more money that I ever could on my own and it gave me such personal satisfaction....so I illustrated Warm Winter Wishes for this year. And, just like Whimsical Autumn, I will donate 100% of my proceeds from the sale of this set to the Alzheimer's Association in my grandmother's memory. Always.
I stamped the snowflakes (they can also be stars, the sun, etc.) in pink for this winter card. I used a sentiment from the set and stamped the snowman twice so I could layer the image. I added the little "Hugs" inside the heart.
Materials used: Stamps- Warm Winter Wishes (Gina K Designs - will be released October 1!)Memento black ink; stickles (ranger); designer paper- Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket); ribbon (Michael's).
Next, I created a card with the snowman again but this time I paired him with Hip to Be Square so I could have him outside the window. I used some of the new Vintage Holly digital paper for the background. For this card, I left the heart empty stamped the sentiment below.The beautiful ribbon is from the Holiday collection of ribbons that will be available on Thursday as well!
Materials used: Stamps-Warm Winter Wishes, Hip to Be Square (Gina K Designs); Memento black ink; Copic markers; cardstock-white (Gina K Designs); digital paper- Vintage Holly (Gina K Designs); ribbon (Gina K Designs); markers-black/red (SU!); corner rounder punch (Creative Memories); other-silver snowflake.
Next, I wanted to create a card for another holiday--to show you that many of the images can be used all year. I used the block "LOVE" stamp for this design. I stamped the sentiment block in staz-on ink over the clear hearts and then mounted them to the card using some of the red brads from the new Stamp TV kit:
Blog Candy: So what do you think? I hope you like this new set---and before I send you off to see all the amazing things my teammates have designed......leave a comment on this post for your chance to win Warm Winter Wishes. (Subscribers can post twice!) Random.Cara will select a winner tomorrow night (Thursday at 6 p.m. CENTRAL time!)
Here are the rest of the links to the Design Team Members participating in the hop tonight:
We'd love to have you join us at our Release party tomorrow night over on SCS starting at 7pm CST. There will be lots of chatter, samples, contest questions, and challenges - you won't want to miss it! Check out Theresa's discussion if you're new to our Release parties for some helpful information to get you started.