Happy Friday everyone!!! I can’t believe we are over half way through the #40DayChallenge!!! I’m still going strong but I will say I didn’t do good on photos this week. I went to the mailbox more often and just tossed them in. Then yesterday the mailman stopped by the house with a package and I asked if he wanted my outgoing mail. I didn’t think he would want to wait for me to grab by phone for a photo first. haha 🙂
This week I sent a Sympathy, a few cards of encouragement, birthday card to a 90 year old, and thank you notes. A lot of the cards I have sent in this challenge have come from my friends on Facebook posting that it’s their father’s birthday or their friend needs a pick-me up or something similar. I always run to get an envelope and jot down the address to send a card. After all, that’s what I do! I love to make cards and so I feel like it’s easy for me to send one off and brighten the day of those around us! This challenge has been very fun and rewarding for me to feel like I am making a difference. My next challenge will be making a cards to restock my collection before little Ziggy arrives. I noticed my box has a lot of room in it! 🙂
I wanted to share a Ronald McDonald House update as well. Some of you might know that I collect cards and tabs to send to the local (St. Louis area) Ronald McDonald Houses for them to use with their guests. You can check out some I have sent in the past here and here! Also, I have gone and made a meal there a few times and here is my story about that! Here is my latest box of cards and tabs that were sent off this week! Thank you so much to those who donated. I greatly appreciate your kindness and I know they do too! If you are interested in donating cards or tabs, you can find a Ronald McDonald House close to you or you are welcome to send them to me for my next package!
Here I am at the Post Office sending off the goodies and getting more stamps for the challenge!!! I hope you all are enjoying the challenge and even if you aren’t doing it for 40 days, send one this weekend or next week. You won’t regret it! 🙂
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Ronald McDonald Donation with cards and can tabs!
Every few months when our little Ronald McDonald House is full of tabs, I send them off. I am always accepting donations from others as well. Tabs and greeting cards are always welcome. They allow the residents to use the greeting cards for anything they need. These can be homemade cards or store bought ones. They can be for any occasion as well! I offer a $10 Gift Certificate or Free Product to all of those who donate as a thank you from me! You can see some of the other donations here, here, and here!
Also, I wanted to send out a big Thank You to those who earned the Smitten Mitten Stamp Set last month! They arrived and I have sent out the stamps to those who don’t live nearby. I hope you have received it in the mail! The September Stamp Set is Pick a Pumpkin! You can earn this stamp set for FREE when you order $75 or more (before tax and shipping) by the end of September! Click here to start shopping!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy these beautiful fall days! I’m off to Paris (Illinois) this weekend to stamp with the amazing ladies over there! I just stamping and making friends……or catching up with good friends! It makes my heart happy!
I have been donating to the Ronald McDonald House for a few years now. I just love to box up those goodies each time! You can see some of the past ones here, here, and here!
This month, I was able to send a box full of cards to the local Ronald McDonald House! The little house that sits in our kitchen filled up with tabs and I was able to send those, too! Every time the little house fills up, I send a batch! I can’t thank my fellow stampers for their support as well. Many of you sent me cards (homemade and store bought) to send and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you!!! As always, those of you who donate cards, tabs, or any other items will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from me. You can use it on your next stamp order or one of my classes!
In case you aren’t aware of what the Ronald McDonald House is or does, I thought I would share. It is a house located near a hospital for those to live in while with a loved on in the hospital. Many time these people are in the hospital for an extended stay. It is hard to get a hotel or travel back and forth each day just so they can be with their loved ones. Ronald McDonald House offers a place for these people to sleep and eat and get rest!
I had the opportunity twice to go to the local Ronald McDonald House to provide a meal. I did a breakfast on a Saturday once and a Dinner on a weekday once. This was an amazing experience. I got to sit and chat with some of the families and I really felt like I was making a difference. If you would like more information on this or to donate, feel free to reach out to me here or let me know in the comments below!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! See you back here on Monday!
Ronald McDonald House is a house located near a hospital for those with loved ones in the hospital to stay during their time there. The house is like any other house! It has a kitchen, bedrooms, laundry rooms, and so much more. These houses are the perfect support that the families need during this difficult time they are going through. I have had the opportunity to help out at the house near me a few times with preparing meals and donating items. The little blue house sits in my kitchen to collect tabs and every time the house is full I send the tabs as well as the collection of cards to the house. I always mention to my stamp ladies in person, on social media and here that you can donate tabs or cards or anything at all. Here is the collection that I sent off last week. I got an amazing amount of goodies and I’m so appreciative of all of your love and support.
Once my customers works with the blind and therefore does a lot of work with braille. She had some of her students make cards and added in the braille. How amazing?!?!?! I love it!!
Also, I recently attend a demonstrator event where we collected money for Ronald McDonald House and then went shopping for supplies for the house. Look at all of these goodies! I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing group. To know I am making an impact with my cards and stamping is so powerful. If you would like to send me cards or tabs or any other type of donation, you can message me here. I offer a $10 Gift Certificate for your generosity. You can also search for your local Ronald McDonald House and send your goodies there. Also, if at any time in your life you are in the hospital with loved ones and would like a place to stay, check out your local Ronald McDonald House! It is an amazing place!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!
Happy Friday!!! It really is Friday….no April Fools there!!! I love April because there is no doubt it’s Spring. It’s my Wedding Month….can’t believe it will be 5 years since our amazing day! There are also lots of family birthdays this month!!! BRING IT ON!!! I’m super excited!!!
I sent off a box of goodies to the local Ronald McDonald House this week!! Thank you everyone for your card donations. I also have our tabs in there!!! My husband and his co-workers are really good at collecting them. My husband takes his lunch to work and the guys there just drop the tabs into his lunch box. 🙂 I love it! Thank you to everyone for your generosity. If you would like to donate cards, envelopes, tabs, or stamps you can certainly do that. You can send them to your local Ronald McDonald House or you can send them to me! Everyone that donates get a $10 credit to use towards an order or a class as a Thank You!!!
Of course it isn’t a Friday without the Weekly Deals!!! Lots of great deals this week on some bigger items! Love it!!!
Also, I haven’t done this in a long time so why not this weekend!!! All online orders placed this weekend (Friday-Sunday) will earn DOUBLE Laura’s Loyal Stampers Points!!! Click here to start shopping! If you would like to know how many points you currently have, just send me an email! You can cash in your points at any time!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!
Happy Friday everyone! What a week is has been in Illinois…..last Saturday it was 77 degrees and then we had a snow storm on Wednesday and then the sun and warm weather is coming back this week! Just craziness!
There has been lots of fun going on at my place though! Did you see the Glitter Tape Video that I posted here??? The Glitter Tape is one of the NEW Sale-A-Bration items!!! I am super impressed with it now that I have seen it in person and I can’t wait to play with it! Be sure to subscribe to my Channel so you don’t miss out on any future videos!! Don’t forget that Sale-A-Bration runs through the end of March! You can earn Free Sale-A-Bration Items for every $50 you spend!!! As a Hostess: You earn $25 additional in Stampin’ Rewards when you party reaches $250.00. This could be a single order, an in home (or my home) party with friends, a private class, or even an online party where you gather orders from friends and everyone enjoys the comfort of their home! If you just can’t narrow it down and want it all, you can join Stampin’ Up and my Fabulous Friends Stamp Team!!! You will get to pick out $155 worth of product and you will pay just $99 (plus tax, free shipping)! How amazing is that? There are no obligations once you are a demonstrator to do anything! Enjoy the goodies, make the most of your discount and have fun with all of us stampers at our team events!! You can check out more information here! If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m more than happy to quickly respond to anything you are wondering about!
Also, I wanted to do a shout out to Vel S. for the donation of cards for Ronald McDonald House!!! Thank you so much! It is greatly appreciated!
And of course it wouldn’t be a Friday without the Weekly Deals!!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!!!
Happy Friday, everyone! It’s the weekend again and let’s enjoy it to the fullest. Who would rather stamp than watch the Super Bowl???? I know I would since I’m not a huge football fan! 🙂
First of all, I wanted to thank Julia D. and Joanna Z. for their generous donation of cards for the Ronald McDonald House!!! If anyone else would like to send cards (hand-stamped or not), I would love to include them in my box of goodies which will be sent out in the next few weeks. Our little Tab House has room for a few more tabs so I’ll wait till it’s super full. I have also been thinking about signing up to cooking/serving another dinner over there. It was about a year ago when I did it the last time and it was so much fun. If you are local and would like to join in, I would love to have you join us!
Of course it wouldn’t be a Friday without the Weekly Deals!!! If you don’t have the Decorative Label Punch, NOW IS THE TIME!!! Just scroll a few days through my blog and you will see it a few times. LOVE that punch and just bought a second one 2 weeks ago. Then it goes on sale this week……should I get a third??? My first one is like punched out….I tried tin foil and all and it just seems a little dull on the points but after years of punching with it, I understand he’s just tired. Don’t forget that you can earn Sale-A-Bration goodies on the Weekly Deals and even the Clearance Rack!!!
Woot Woot! It is Friday and I’m excited! This week has been amazing! Paper Pumpkin arrived! Two ladies joining my Stampin’ Team! The snow didn’t hold us back and Stamp Club stamped on! AND I’m stamping again tomorrow morning with a fabulous group of ladies! It has been a wonderful week! 🙂
Also, I wanted to let you all know that my little Ronald McDonald Tab House is almost full! I will be sending the tabs off as well as greeting cards. If you have any tabs or cards that you would like to donate to this great cause, you can send them to me! The cards can be handmade, bought, and all occasion! As a Thank You for your donation, I will give you a $10 Gift Certificate to use towards a class or a Stampin’ Up order! You can see some of the past goodies boxes I have sent here!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!! I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Happy Friday everyone! This was one crazy week and I have lots to share with you today because I don’t know what not to share!!! Let’s start off with this fabulous package that was sent to the Ronald McDonald House in St. Louis this week! THANK YOU to everyone who donated cards and tabs! It is greatly appreciated! Look at all of those goodies. I had that box packed tight!!! If you would like to donate any of your cards that you have or soda tabs, you are more than welcome to send them to me! I will give you a $10 Gift Certificate for your generosity as well! You can check out some of the past donations here!
Speaking of showing love to others. Thank You Thank You Thank You to so many of you for all of the love you show me! Just reading this blog or watching my YouTube videos means so much to me. Thank you! Also, please know that if you ever send a letter or email to me, those mean a lot to me as well! I print those emails and treasure those cards. Each of them get hung on this board until it gets too full (which is now) and I clear them all off and start again. I look at that board daily in my Stamp Room and know that what I do makes a difference and that warms my heart. You all make a difference in my life as well! Thank you all for the love, friendship, and support!
This is only about 1/3 of the board. You can check out all of it at the end of this video! Now it is cleaned off and ready for more!
My first piece I’m going to add to the board is this fabulous certificate!!!! In my Stamping Group, I was #8 last year (Stampin’ Up Year ended on July 31st)! Woot Woot! I got this fabulous certificate, beautiful card and BLING in the mail and it made my day!!! Wondering what the card looks like????
LOVE this quote! Thank you Kim for the goodies, kind words, and amazing support!! Thank you to all of you, my customers and fellow stampers for all of your love and support to me this past year! It was my best year yet and I look forward to an even better year this year! 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’m super excited because this is a Wedding Weekend!!! My best friend is getting married. I will be sure to share photos next week. You can check out her Bridal Shower here! I also did her invites, thank you notes, cards banner, and a few other odds and ends! Can’t wait!!! Have a wonderful weekend and see you back here on Monday!!!
Happy Friday everyone!!! Yesterday was my 2 Year Anniversary with this blog!!! I can’t believe it’s been that long! Here is my very first post and last year’s anniversary post!! I remember starting out and being nervous and now it’s like second nature to me. I feel like you all are my stamping friend whether you are stopping by for the first time or the 730th time!!! Since day one, I have added in Technique Tuesday, started doing video tutorials, and so much more! Thank you all for stopping by to see me and I look forward to all the years to come. To celebrate, leave me a comment below answering any or all of the following questions:
~What is your favorite post?
~What would you like to see more of – tutorials, specific stamp set or product, give-aways, about me?
What is your favorite item in the New Stampin’ Up! Catalog? 😉
Of course we can’t start the weekend without first sharing the Weekly Deals!!!!
I love that there are so many different items and I’m super pumped about the Striped Cotton Ribbon because I haven’t tried it out yet. Now I will get getting lots on sale to try it out!!! I love the Paper Packs being on the Weekly Deals as well! Bonus!!! Get them before they are gone!!!
Also, I have to give a big SHOUT OUT to one of my fabulous blog followers – Julia D. She is super fabulous and has sent all of these cards for me to send to Ronald McDonald House. Our little Tab House is almost full so I will be sending these as well as all of the others real soon! Thank you so much Julia and all of the others who have donated cards. I great appreciate it!!!