Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CHA Chicago - a BIG Thank You!

Last week, Charity Wings graced Chicago with its generous spirit by playfully invading the CHA floor!

Most of these wonderful volunteers flew in from sunny California to a torturous, muggy Chicago summer.  With almost every day reaching nearly 120 degrees (with the heat index) and the air feeling sticky the moment it hit you, this Chicagoan needs to applaud these ladies.  They were cheerful, welcoming and eager to get some fabulous speakers for the LIVE feed and for the eBay Auction.

The LIVE streaming event from CHA was one again a huge success.  The sponsors.....the uberly generous sponsors showed viewers some incredible new products and  techniques.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of our sponsors!


There are still some goodie swag bags left!  So if you missed the chance to participate in the live streaming and still want to play along, there is still time!  All of the streaming was recorded and is being posted for you to view at a time that is convenient for you.  Go here to buy a goodie swag bag

The eBay auction items should also be going up shortly.  There is a lot of good stuff! So get ready to start bidding!  All the proceeds from the eBay auction will be benefiting Acts of Simple Kindness.

It was a great week and I enjoyed having all the Charity Wings crew here in my home town.  Here's just another quick sample of some of the fun, creative and giving energy they brought to CHA.

Who else wants to make this!
You know you're in Chicago when you're greeted with a bagpipe salute!
The Princess and her Duct tape couture meet beautiful dress couture.
the pretty booth

Lily Pad Cards Tutorial Winners

It's T-I-M-E to announce some winners!

So happy you all enjoyed the beautiful tutorial from Lily Pad Cards.  I actually missed my chance to meet them at CHA Chicago....wouldn't it have been fun to see a pic of me with them at the Charity Wings booth?! 

However, I know that Charity Wings was so happy to meet them - and we are ever so grateful for their generous giveaways this week.  Plural giveaways!  Sooo cool!

Using week's tutorial winners are:
  1. LadyBird
  2. Lynette Evans
  3. Chris
  4. BreAnn
  5. H Barnes

Can you believe that Elena and I both didn't even come up in the random generation of winners despite our comments of encouragement!  
Congratulations to our winners!  

Please email your contact information to so that we can pass it along to Lily Pad Cards.

Please let us know how you choose to use the InLinkz application on your blogs as many of your fellow readers will surely play along!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Were you at CHA?

Being in Chicago, I was lucky to get treated to a special surprise....a day pass to help at the Charity Wings booth and to glance at the many new products coming our way.  I'll try to post some pictures later tonight of the cute Charity Wings booth!

I caught the tail end of some of the Live from CHA web streaming and am eager to hear about what you all liked the best!  So tell us....what's the thing you were most excited to learn or see?

Also, don't forget to visit this week's past tutorial from Lily Pad Cards for chance to win a giveaway.  We'll be pulling the winners on Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Today's Featured Artist: Lily Pad Cards (and multiple giveaways!)

Over the past couple of weeks, I have become obsessed with the fun challenges and video tutorials from Lily Pad Cards.  Though I am an avid scrapbooker, I've really gotten into card making lately, and it's always fun to see the many talented resources out there for inspiration.  This is one of those sites!

I actually used the video below to create a card for a challenge on another site.  It was super quick to make and the impact and texture of the card was great!  Thanks Lily Pad Cards!!

How to Video: Use Your Scraps
Welcome back to another Sunday video! A couple of weeks back I made a card for one of our Friday Challenges and I got many requests for a how-to video. So today I am making a similar card using my scraps. I used strips of cardstock paper, embossing and distressing to make the panels on this card:

I used my favorite color combinations for blending distress inks on each panel. Here they are listed from light to dark:
GREENS: Shabby Shutters,crushed olive,forest moss
ORANGE/REDS: spiced marmalade, barn door, fired brick
BLUES: tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans
(scroll down at the bottom for a linked list of supplies)

and here is a closer look:

I am sure you’ve seen me using a pillow to wipe the cardstock before I emboss. For those of you new to embossing, this is called embossing pillow/buddy/pal/bag (linked in the supply list at the bottom). It actually helps embossing powder to stick only where it is supposed to. When you don’t use your embossing buddy you might get bad results like the bottom left corner on my card… check out that leaf … Well, the truth is that I used my embossing buddy BUT I was in a rush and I think I missed that spot.

I promise (well, I’ll try…)  to stay away  from my distress inks next Sunday! LOL! Lately I am obsessed with them!  You can enjoy the video here or on YouTube and then scroll down for a list of supplies. If you are inspired by the colors or the layout  then don’t forget to add you card over at Lily Pad Frickr Group using the tag LPCVideo13.


Lily Pad Cards has also graciously agreed to donate
FIVE (five!!!!!) giveaways 
to our very lucky readers.

AS for a prize, the are offering a 3-month InLinkz subscription. If you've ever posted creations for a challenge, then I'm sure you're familiar with the InLinks tool. 

The InLinkz Linking Tool is a widget inserted into your blog post that allows your readers to submit links and is the first linking tool that provides thumbnail links, text links, or both! It can be used for common link-ups, giveaways, voting contests, product displays, image menus and more. 

The InLinkz Linking Tool can be displayed on your blog or website. It also works on RSS feeds and sites. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check us out at to discover all the InLinkz Linking Tool can do for you.

I think the idea of being able to add a sharing tool to your personal blogs is super cool.  Imagine all the co-sharing of ideas and tips you could do with your followers!  
What a generous donation!  

Comment below for a chance to win a 3 month subscription!  We'll announce the winners of the giveaway next Thursday morning!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Last Live Streaming at CHA

(Click on photo to make larger.)
Journal wording reads Charity Wings ( had a Live Streaming Event at CHA in Los Angeles at the beginning of 2011. Now, since I am getting excited about being there for a repeat of the fun next week in Chicago; I reviewed some photos of the last CHA and decided that they were definitely worthy of a scrap layout.
Watching Elena as she pulls this production together is great fun. I'm handicapped, so, I cannot offer manpower; but, I can occasionally run an errand on my scooter (and try not to run folk over).
Getting to see all the new "stuff" up close and personal and reviewing the product with the designers and manufacturers is a very special experience. The format of offering this experience to all who contribute to the charity effort, by live streaming the event, is terrific.
I did spend a little time at the Westcott booth where folk made donations and created duck tape fashions. Such creative and fun folk attend CHA. It was great fun to meet them!
Thanks so much for sharing, Karen!!!
Do you want more information about this years CHA Event go to the Charity Wings website for more information!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Click here to find out!!!

We announced the winner of the charity that will be benfitting from the LIVE Streaming @ CHA Ebay auction!!

thank you to all that voted.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Winner, winner, Chicken Dinner

Well she’s not really getting a chicken dinner but Gina is the winner of the winner of the $10.00 gift certificate to the McMahon Five Designs store.

Have fun shopping Gina!!!