What's Inside My #STAMPtember Parcel

Hello! Geneva, here!

I won the crafty parcel from Simon Says Stamp during their week 3 Facebook Live broadcast of STAMPtember and I cannot believe how many amazing things were inside. A huge thanks goes out to Heidi and the folks at SSS.

I was really inspired by what Justine Hovey did with the parcel that she won during the week 1 broadcast.  Please watch the video below and leave me a comment telling me what is your favorite item in the box! I'm going to choose winners to send some product to!

(be patient... this is my first ever "crafty video" and i'm hoping i didn't do too bad?)

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Have a great day!

Recent Cards

A fun thank you card that I made for a co-worker who paid for my kids and I to see the Addams Family Musical at our local theater. Another co-worker played the role of Uncle Fester, so it was pretty fun to go and see him live. It was a great experience and my kids LOVED it!

Products used:
Simon Says Stamp sequins
Silver Sparkle Nuvo Drops
Mama Elephant Banner Die
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Birds & Embossing folder
American Crafts black twine
Zots Bling Glue Dots
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush
Glossy Accents for the eyes
Recollections 100# cardstock for teal base

This next card was created a few weeks back for the Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge sponsored by Newton's Nook over at the Kat Scrappiness blog. I was very inspired to enter this challenge as a couple of very close co-workers of mine are battling Breast Cancer as we speak. They've both been very tough through all of it and I envy their courage.

The challenge was to create an inspiring, encouraging or uplifting card. This was my entry and I won an honorable mention & prize in the challenge. It was very exciting as I rarely win anything! I can't wait to use my new stamp set I won :)

Products used:
Recollections heavy silver glitter cardstock
Recollections 110# cardbase
Recollections 65# cardstock
Mama Elephant "All Prettied Up" frame die
Hampton Arts wood sentiment stamp (ditto collection)
WOW white embossing powder
Distress Ink embossing ink
Pink, White, Silver Glitter Nuvo Drops
Distress Ink blended background (different shades of red and pink)
Scor-Tape to adhere the ink blended panel to the glitter

My Own Personal Color Challenge

I created a color challenge for myself a few months back on my personal art page on Facebook. I asked for 3 people to comment on "this post" with their favorite color & in return I would mail them a card. It happened to be 3 of my friends and they each chose a different color. I challenged myself to think outside of the box a little bit and use supplies I wouldn't typically use.

Each card was left to where they could send this card on to someone they love. I put my note in there temporarily so it was functional to them & included a blank envelope.

The squares used on the green card were plain white chipboard squares that I got in my Mystery Box last year at Simon Says Stamp. I used my Letraset Tria markers to spruce them up into some fun elements to use on the card.

The Blue card has a fun shaped card with a cool textured embossed layer, ribbon, dimensional die cut sentiment with the peaceful owl.

The Purple Card is my absolute favorite, and the felt heart and striped paper really helped bring it to life. Its the most similar to my everyday cards. The sentiment came from one of the card kits from Simon Says Stamp this summer.

I think they all loved them so much that they weren't going to send them on to anyone but either way, it was fun for me! #sharehandmadekindness

Cones for the Cure Photo Contest!


The Cure Starts Now and Graeter’s team up once again this September in their annual Cones for the Cure campaign. The campaign will take place September 8-18 at participating Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Chicago, Dayton, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville and Pittsburgh Graeter's locations to help spread the word about The Cure Starts Now and its mission to find the “homerun cure” for all cancers by focusing on pediatric brain cancer.

Back again in 2016 is the fun social media photo contest where ice cream lovers can get creative and show their love for Graeter’s ice cream. This contest is designed to be a friendly competition between family and friends to demonstrate who has the most love for Graeter’s ice cream. The photo contest is a fun event for all ages.

All you need is a cone, cup or pint of Graeter’s ice cream, a camera and a unique idea. Facebook users, simply “like” the “Cones for the Cure” Facebook page and upload your unique photo to be in the running to win the ultimate grand prize of a Graeter’s Party Pack! 

Be sure to use #conesforthecure when sharing your photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here's how it works:

1. Like the “Cones for the Cure” Facebook page and upload a picture of yourself posing with your Graeter’s ice cream to the Facebook page between 9/8/16 - 9/18/16 (pictures of questionable nature will not be eligible for the contest). You can also tweet your photos and share them on Instagram. 
2. All photos must use #conesforthecure to be considered. 
3. Pictures are the property of The Cure Starts Now and all sponsors and may be reproduced or used without permission or payment of any kind. 
4. Have fun! The more entertaining you are the better chance you have of being mentioned on air by our media sponsors. 
5. The top 5 photos will be selected by WLWT and 96 Rock by 9/19/16 for final voting by followers of “Cones for the Cure” Facebook site. The picture with the most “likes” wins. The grand prize winner will receive a Party Pack of ice cream courtesy of Graeter’s. The winner will be announced on 10/1/16 on the Cones for the Cure Facebook page.

Official Contest Rules:

Contest open to all individuals 18 years of age or older with a valid Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana or Pennsylvania driver’s license. Employees of The Cure Starts Now and Graeter’s Manufacturing Company as well as their affiliated entities, affiliated advertising agencies and participating sponsors/promotional partners and the members of their immediate families are ineligible to participate or win. To enter online, one internet entry per person and one internet entry per e-mail address. Internet entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. The authorized account holder is the natural person who is assigned to the e-mail address by an internet access provider, on line service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. One winner will receive prize of a Graeter’s Ultimate Party Pack valued at $49.95 + tax. Prizes are not assignable or transferable. Prizes may not be substituted or redeemed for cash. Any prize or prize certificate not claimed within 14 business days of winning will be forfeited by the winner. In the event that a prize or a prize certificate is mailed to the winner, it will be with prior written consent of the winner and, therefore, the winner assumes the risk of its arrival. The Cure Starts Now is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate. Decision of contest management with respect to the contest are final. One winner will be selected from all entries received. The selection of the winner will take place on the next business day following end of contest date specified on contest banner. The winner will be notified by phone and/or email. If winner cannot be contacted with in (10) ten business days after prize is awarded, an alternate winner will be selected. Payment of all federal, state and local taxes is the sole responsibility of the winner. Contestants will agree to hold The Cure Starts Now and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives of each of them harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from the prize or participation in the contest. The Cure Starts Now reserves the right to make changes in the rules of the contest, including the substitution of a prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement. No purchase is necessary. The contest is void where prohibited. Failure to comply with the contest rules may result in a contestant's disqualification.

Short Contest Rules:

Contest open to all individuals 18 years of age or older with a valid Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana or Pennsylvania driver’s license. Employees of The Cure Starts Now and Graeter’s Manufacturing Company as well as their affiliated entities, affiliated advertising agencies and participating sponsors/promotional partners and the members of their immediate families are ineligible to participate or win. One winner will receive prize of a Graeter’s Ultimate Party Pack valued at $49.95 + tax. For a full list of contest rules, please visit www.conesforthecure.org. 

Cones for the Cure!

The Cure Starts Now and Graeter’s team up once again this September for their annual Cones for the Cure campaign. The campaign will take place September 8-18 at participating Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville and Pittsburgh Graeter's locations to help spread the word about The Cure Starts Now and its mission to find the homerun cure for cancer by focusing on pediatric brain cancer. 

(For location information, Click HERE.)

As part of their continued support for The Cure Starts Now, Graeter's will be giving away free scoops of  Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream (available at specific locations only) to customers two times during the campaign period. Elena’s Blueberry Pie is a special flavor that was created in honor of 6-year-old Elena Desserich, the inspiration behind The Cure Starts Now.

“In many ways, this is where it started,” says Chip Graeter of Graeter’s. “Almost nine years ago we joined the charity with the creation of this special flavor and have been committed to the cause ever since.  And this time we want to do even more.” 

During Cones for the Cure, guests that visit a Graeter’s store during the campaign period have the opportunity to donate a $1 or $5 “Cone for the Cure.” Graeter’s will also offer a $20 savings booklet for every donation of $5 or more to The Cure Starts Now. 

The element of surpise is what makes this such a great campaign as the two free ice cream days will randomly be announced with the help of media outlets, bloggers and social media. Be sure to "like" the Cones for the Cure Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/conesforthecure for the latest news about the campaign.
Returning for the 2016 campaign is the social media photo contest where ice cream lovers can upload a selfie with their Graeter’s ice cream for the chance to be named the “Ultimate Graeter’s Fan” as well as a Graeter’s Ultimate Party Pack.
In 2015, over 50,000 people participated in the campaign which generated nearly $100,000 for The Cure Starts Now. To date, over $320,000 has been raised through the campaign to fund homerun cure research. Since 2007, The Cure Starts Now has funded over $6.7 million in groundbreaking research. To learn more about Cones for the Cure or The Cure Starts Now, please visit the website at www.conesforthecure.org.
“It may be the very best way to make a difference while treating yourself to the best ice cream around,” says Graeter.

Land of the Free

"BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE" stamped inside

this is my first time ever participating in an online challenge (unless you count Kristina Werner's mail call for her YouTube & Blog) and this one is hosted by the wonderful team over at Simon Says Stamp. I love this company & they're based out of Ohio so that makes me love it even more.

This is the #sssmchallenge for a red white & blue theme
^^^follow that link to go to their site and see the other entries

Anyhow -- I have used pretty basic supplies:
110lb Recollections White Cardstock (card base)
65lb Recollections Blue Cardstock (layer)
1 1/2" wide Celebrate It 360 Ribbon with stars
Lawn Fawn "Wish You Were Here" stamps & coordinating dies (continental US map)
Lawn Fawn twine tied around the die-cut
Lawn Fawn Milo's ABCs stamps & Mama Elephant Bold Banner for the sentiment
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

mobile blogging

I'm wondering if blogging from my phone will make sharing my card creations any easier? Do any of you use a mobile blogging platform? I paid $0.99 for BlogGo and I'm giving it a shot. 

This is the Mothers Day card I made to send to my Grandma. It's a heavy card with a very thick embellishment on the front so this type of card should be mailed in an envelope with some type of padding. (Which I think I forgot! Oh no!)

110lb Recollections cardstock (black) for card base
65lb Recollections cardstock (red) for background
65lb Recollections cardstock (black) for embossed layer
Recollections gold embossing powder for sentiment 
Martha Stewart embossing ink pad
Recollections adhesive black pearl strip across the bottom of the rectangle
Recollections Butterfly embellishment (that I picked up on clearance and have had in my stash for AGES)
Eileen's Tacky Glue to adhere it down

The inside was stamped with Hero Arts stamps (I believe, I will have to link to it later) and I sent it in this beautiful Lux lined envelope from www.envelopes.com

Mothers Day needs to be a time to recognize grandmas too! Mine is a huge inspiration to my card making so what better time to share.

Holy COW! It's MAY already???

If your life is anything like mine, the days just fall out from underneath you. The minutes turn into hours and the hours turn into days and the next thing you know... an entire week is gone. That has been my week. I've been home on stay-cation with my boys and trying to make the best of it.

I have a lot of goals, I want to do a lot of things. I often times get myself in over my head with too many things going on. You would think I would recognize that and take a step back from everything to let myself catch up. Nope. Never. Always too much going on.

I keep telling myself that some day it will be quiet around here again, the kids will grow up and move on to families of their own and it'll just be Kevin & I again. I need to learn to appreciate the chaos a little more. Until then, I'm just doing the best I can in every moment to be busy, stay positive, and keep moving in the right direction.

My happy place is with my crafts, as we all know. I want to get myself out there in the crafty-blogging-community and I'm never going to do it if I don't get back to it! So.... Here I am! Wish me luck.

Here is my first card made using the Tim Holtz Alterations Embossing folder that came with the Mini Bird Crazy stamp/sentiment set & matching dies. I have scoured the internet looking for a link to these silly sets that are sold at Michaels and I cannot find one ANYWHERE! Anyhow --

65lb Recollections Cardstock (white) for the embossed layer
110lb Recollections Cardstock (white) for the A2 card base
110lb Recollections Cardstock (black) from my scrap box for the sentiment banner/flag
WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder
Martha Stewart Embossing Ink Pad
Martha Stewart Heat Gun
Violet's ABCs by Lawn Fawn for sentiment alphabet
Sakura Gelly Roll medium white gel pen for the Apostrophe in "YOU'RE"
Simon Says Stamp Sequins CRYSTAL REFLECTIONS CRQ14 Cold Hands Warm Heart
^^^(these came in the May 2016 card kit, by the way, and I have already ordered 3 more packs! love!)
Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive to stick the sequins onto the card
Scotch ATG tape runner adhesive for almost everything else :)
Recollections Foam Mounting Squares for the pink/purple bird in the center
Copic Sketch Markers: YG61 & YG67 for the green bird on the left
Letraset Tria Markers: Process Blue-T, 294-T, 285-T, and 3105-T for the blue bird on the right
Letraset Tria Markers: Purple-T, Rhodamine Red-T for the purple/pink bird in the center
Letraset Tria Markers: Yellow-T, 136-T for the yellows in their beaks
Birds stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Glossy Accents added to their eyes (just now) after these photos were taken for some added shine

Here's the full card. I wasn't crazy about the sentiments that came in with the stamps (HELLO, LOVE, FRIEND, THANK, MISS, YOU). The birds have SOOOO much character so I wanted to match that with an appropriate sentiment. I do not have any of the matching bird accessories like hats and such... but I still feel like it has a great pop of color and will make the birthday recipient smile.

I absolutely adore that alphabet stamp from Lawn Fawn. I have used it on a few other projects recently, but I added it to another banner here on these Rock & Roll themed baby shower invitations for my sister:

Also used in the Rock A Bye Baby cards was:

110lb Recollections Cardstock (black) for the card base
65lb Recollections Cardstock (white) for the sentiment banner
65lb Recollections Cardstock (black) for the guitars and die cut letters
Mama Elephants Bold Banner for the die cut banner
Recollections heavy glitter paper (lime green)
Violet's ABCs from Lawn Fawn for "ROCK A BYE" and a little sharpie for the dots
Cole's ABCs from Lawn Fawn for "BABY" under the banner
Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp "ROCK A BYE"
Eileen's Tacky Glue to adhere the pieces to the glitter paper
Scotch ATG tape runner to adhere the glitter paper to the card base
a little fun foam sheets cut into rectangles to support the banner

I hope you like what you see here today and I would love to read some comments from readers! I will make a post with the Mother's Day Cards I made this year soon, I hope!

Stamping Enablers


If you've joined me from the link posted on the giveaway over on the Facebook group "Stamping Enablers" I just want to say thank you for taking a chance to look around. I haven't posted to my Project365 in quite some time, but if you can find your way to the Awesome Projects area, you can see some of my favorite work that I've done in the past.

Two lucky winners will receive a package of rubber stamps that I am purging from my stash mailed to them free of charge. I hope they get put to good use in their new environment! If you have any questions feel free to message me.

Please visit my Etsy shop before you go, www.genevaisawesome.etsy.com

I like to make Christmas Stockings, but I also do custom projects, anywhere from Tie dye to Cards & Invitations. Let me know how I can make your life more awesome today!

December 2014

Suddenly December rolls around and everything becomes about that silly Elf on a Shelf! This is the second year that Peekaboo has been a part of our family and the boys were so excited when she made her return! This year she brought a Naughty & Nice list, and she also littered our christmas tree with UNDERWEAR!!! That crazy elf!

November 2014

November is always a crazy time of year in this family. School is in full swing, the weather gets colder, the holidays are approaching so I'm in high-gear for crafting, Tsyler has a birthday mid-month... and it never really slows down from here until after the new year. This November, I got really excited for a line of products called Jamberry Nails. They're basically like stickers that you apply to your fingernails instead of polish. They're supposed to be longer lasting & chip-free. I also got back into production of this years batch of AwesomeSocks! I had a customer order a set from my online Etsy shop for her entire family! They looked so fantastic all hanging together! Dreams are coming true, as I'm selling my product all across the country! This month we also found out from the doctors that G's broken arm is all healed up and the bones are stronger than ever! Way to go, baby boy! Lets see what December has in store for us, shall we!

October 2014

Skypedates, after school activities, trips to the park, throwback thursdays, fabric shopping, photo sessions, tie dye nail wraps, doctor visits, school pictures, my product being taken in on consignment at Funky Sunshine, halloween with epic Mario & Luigi costumes, planning Buggy's 4th birthday party, and Pink Eye!!! *whew* I can't handle many more months like this!

September 2014

My September snapshot... Nothing meant more to me this month than getting to be a bridesmaid in Alicia's wedding. It was one of the greatest days of my life. As per usual, it was a busy month.

August 2014

August was an exciting month.

My best friend of 23+ years is getting married in September and we had her bachelorette night in downtown Cinci. We had our first ever Pet Festival at work and my boss adopted a dog. We found a new park to go to that actually had a teeter totter (that they couldn't move because it was U shaped instead of flat) We went to the Sacred Heart festival, my friend Vanessa had her baby shower, Buggy shoved popcorn kernels down his ears & we had to go to the ER. Genesis Rayne turned 5! We had our first visit to Childrens Dentist, and Emma & Genesis both started Kindergarten!


July 2014

Wow! I haven't posted to this site since August! And even then, I was several months behind.

I took a step back and decided that I was just going to use my phone's Project365 app, and then update this blog monthly with screenshots of their AWESOME calendar view!

As you can see, in the middle of July, I had a big issue with my phone and things got a little crazy. We were on vacation, the boys birthdays, inventory at work, the holidays, craft show, and BOOM! It's a whole new year.

I've always strived to have the year finished by New Years, so that I could start fresh for the beginning year. That didn't happen this time.

I do plan on continuing with the monthly updates, though.

Enjoy the blast from the past here!