Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots of Love for Lauryn Blog Hop

Isn't this little girl just precious? Let me introduce you....
Lauryn was diagnosed with Leukemia on March 27, 2014. She is currently hospitalized in the DC area undergoing chemotherapy to fight this terrible disease. Lauryn is Linda Payne's granddaughter...many of you in the stamping community probably already know sweet Linda!

As news of Lauryn's illness spread via social media, many of you have asked if there is anything you can do to help, so we have come up with a plan. We decided to have a Card Drive and would like to invite YOU to help by sending "happy mail" to Lauryn and her family.

Please create cards to share your love and encouragement for Lauryn and her family. Lauryn's parents are Josh and Elizabeth and she has two older siblings: Lily and Logan. We thank the Lord for this dear family and need to pray for them as they are seeking to glorify the Lord throughout this trial.

Cards can be mailed to:
Children's National
Hematology/Oncology RM 437
Lauryn Newsome
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington DC 20010

You can find updates on Lauryn via a Facebook page that has been set up by some family. It is Fight on Little Lauryn. They have shared how encouraging it is receive a simple "like" on a Facebook status or words of love and encouragement that is posted.

Here is the fabulous group of bloggers who have joined us in promoting this Card Drive. We would love for you to hop with us as numerous bloggers have blog candy and all you need to do is leave a comment...

Lots of Love for Lauryn

Olga Jewell Craftieodamae

Mary Anne Kelemen Lakeside Stamping

Lisa Haines The Purple Place

Patti Painter Patti’s Paper Creations

Jennie Harper Stampin Away the Day

Colleen Holmes A Card’s Delight

Jennifer Scull Just Coffee Please…& Stamps & Ribbons & Paper

Anita Autore Cards & Coffee

Sandra Van Blaricum Cards and Creativity

Jerusha Borden I Love Paper Crafting

Jenn Borjeson Stampin' Angel Jenn

Nina Brackett Crafting in Croatia

Linda Coughlin The Funkie Junkie

Kathleen Curry Will Stamp for Wine

Melissa Czapor My Many Journeys

Vicki Dutcher All I Do is Stamp

Debbie Ebat Debbie’s Stamping Adventures

Tera Fujan Stamp Queen

Patti Gilliam Cherish Each Precious Gift

Joy Hadden Pieces of Joy

Danielle Haddon The Musings of a Chocoholic

Karen Knegten Studio at the Lake

Lori McAree Smiling While Stamping

CG Merrill CG Says (something loudly)

Rhonda Miller Rhonda’s Place to Shine

Lee Murphy My Reality

Betty Neville Betty Neville's Blog

Jackie Randolph Paper Moments

Shirley Ross Card Art, Etc.

Melissa Shultz Buggin to Stamp

Carla Suto Carla’s Stamping Spot

Cat Tidwell Cat’s Creations

Brenda Turner Stamp It Up

Geri Utterback Geri’s Cards

Cheri Weston Stamp’n Boomer


Here is my card that I made for the card drive.  I'll tell you a little about how I made it and also list the products below that are available from my on-line store The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  My boutique is also sponsoring this hop and if you leave a comment today, April 14th, I will do a random selection from the comments and give a $25 gift certificate to shop at  my little boutique.

I wanted to help Linda Payne's family financially too.  At the bottom of this post is a small shot of my Springtime in Paris piece that I made for a guest DT spot with A Vintage Journey.  I am holding a silent auction for this piece.  You can read all about it in this post.  I will match whatever it sells for and donate the full amount to Linda Payne's family to help defray expenses connected with Lauryn's illness.  If you would like to make a donation to Linda's family, you will find a PayPal button on the Love for Lauryn blog.   
The designer paper is from the Pion Design For Mother collection.  I embossed a glassine bag with the Springtime Backgrounds and Borders texture fade and sponged the high spots with Vintage Photo DI.  I cut thin chipboard hearts with Spellbinders dies, cutting two of each size and stacking them and then painting them with Picket Fence crackle paint.  

The flowers were cut with the Tattered Flowers decorative strip die from white card stock and then colored with a mix of Spun Sugar and Aged Mahogany distress stains.  The ivy was cut with the new Spring Greenery decorative strip die from white CS and colored with Mowed Lawn DI, edged with Vintage Photo DI.  Both the flower and the ivy were misted with Perfect Pearls Biscotti mist - love that stuff!  The beautiful Venise lace will be listed in my store soon.  I have it in stock, just haven't had time to photograph it and list it.  
Inside the little glassine bag is a sentiment card.  I downloaded the lovely vintage image from Lilac and Lavender blog.  It was cut with the Mini Baroque Movers and Shapers die and the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo DI.  The sentiment was stamped with Jet Black archival with an old stamp from Papertreyink's Everyday Blessings set (don't know if it is even still available).
 The pretty bronze filigree I used for an embellishment is also available at my shop. 
I finished off the inside and will write a message for the family.  I started with plain white card stock and stamped images from an old SU set, Gentler Times, in Potting Soil archival ink.  Then I sponged Spun Sugar over the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil and edged it with Aged Mahogany.  

I know this was a very long, but important, post.  Thanks for sticking with me to the end.  And please check back tomorrow to see if you are the winner of a $25 gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

 Here is a small photo of the Springtime in Paris piece that is up for silent auction to benefit Linda Payne's family.  If you are interested, you can check out the post here. (NOTE:  The silent auction is now closed and the piece sold for $30).


craftieodmae said...


New Creations said...

I am so sorry to see Lauryn, a cute little to suffer from such a disease at such a tender age! I am touched by all your efforts and the Card Drive you are a part of !!!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This is an amazing piece of artwork! The little tucked sentiment is just so sweet and tender. Love the silent auction idea!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous!!! Love all the amazing cards you have created and sweet sentiments.. whoever receives the bid will be awestruck when they arrive!! Hugz

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Linda! I am sure the family will treasure it! Very generous of you to do the silent auction on your stunning artwork, too!

Jennifer Scull said...

oh Linda, you have such a kind and generous heart in addition to your beautiful gift with papercrafting. so much love shines through each piece. thank you for all you are doing to help Linda and her family! :)

Redanne said...

Your card is beautiful Linda and I especially love that crackled heart. It is wonderful of you to do a silent auction and to be supporting the family in the way that you are. Hugs, Anne xx

Syl'sNotes said...

Absolutely beautiful and the sentiment is perfect.

Terry said...

Sad and beautiful, Linda! This is a wonderful thing you do for a family needing a miracle. The card you created is beautiful, but not nearly as much as your heart! Hugs!

Sandra said...

oh WOW, this is outstanding Linda!
Love the flowers, and the crackled hearts!
I have to find me some crackle paint!

Kathy said...

Just stunning. Love your vintage style and beautiful creations! So sweet of you to do a silent auction, too. So much love pouring out throughout the hop!

Unknown said...

God Bless you and little Lauryn and her family, too! The card drive and silent auction are Fabulous ways to support this little girl as she's fighting for her life. XOXO-Shari

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your card is gorgeous and I think your silent auction is great too. I will be sending her a card as well. I am so glad to be able to participate in a small way such as that. God bless all who are joining in on this wonderful idea too.

Nana Griffin said...

Such a lovely card. I plan to get a card out to Lauryn in a day or two.

ThePurplePlace said...

Gorgeous with a Capital "G" -- such a lovely card and you are also so kind and generous in what you are doing to help this amazing family.

Special thanks to YOU for being part of the hop and also for your generosity.


PS: Please do NOT add my name to the drawing, I'd much rather you choose someone else!! Thanks...

Charlene Mitchell said...

Absolutely stunning!

Shirley said...

Hi Linda, Your card is just gorgeous and the whole family will love it. Your Spring Time in Paris is a real treasure and keeper too!

Duh Me, here I checked everybody’s link but mine. It is wrong on everyone’s blog. It is showing as: and you get “Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.” The correct link is:


Lori said...

Gorgeous card and I just love the sentiment!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very pretty card - that sentiment is awesome!

Lady Bug Stampers said...

what an absolutely beautiful card. I am sure she will love it. God Bless you for all you crafters are doing for Lauryn. And God Bless her as well.
Linda K.

Patti J said...

Linda, this is phenomenal! Wowza! Should be framed, for sure! Thanks for sharing - it's been fun hopping with you today!

Emily Thubbron said...

Your card is amazing. I love that metal embellishment. Fabulous.

Emily T.

Patti P. said...

Linda, this is simply divine....I love every detail. The crackle on the hearts and the embossed bag are my faves and I will try that soon. Love the way you created the inside.
The sentiment is perfect for the family. They will surely appreciate all you have done to make this card drive a success. You are special.
May God Bless, hugs.

Love your auction piece, off for a closer look.

Jennie said...

Your card is gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for joining this Card Drive hop and spreading the word!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Amazingly beautiful card - sweet sentiment! That blog hop is just such a great idea! I wanted to contribute, so I made a card for her, that I just have posted on my blog and mailed it out today

Carol L said...

This is just magnificent, and the sentiment is perfect! The family will treasure this forever!

buggin2stamp said...

Such beautiful vintage cards. So nice of you to do a silent auction to benefit the family.

Edwina said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card! Love the roses and the sentiment. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

Cheri said...

OmGeee! This is gorgeous!!!!! What a loving creation to share with this family.

Cara said...

Oh My, absolutely gorgeous!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in something so awesome and come away with Inspiration in more ways than one!
XX Cara XX

Brenda Brown said...

Another stunning card Linda and a great post for Lauryn, good luck with the card drive, I am sure it will be a real hit. My best wishes to Lauryn for a speedy recovery and love to the family at this difficult time xx

slkeena said...

what a beautiful card. they will love this, no doubt. prayers to Linda and her family. God Bless you and little Lauryn.

CG said...

Gorgeous! Certain to give a lot of smiles. Glad to be a part of this great cause with you. Best to you & yours, CG

Theresa's Studio said...

Beautiful, Linda! You ladies are so wonderful for what you are doing for Lauryn and her family.

Beth said...

Oh Linda how beautiful.

Anne Fenton said...

Your card is fabulous.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

beautiful card!

Jenn Zeeb said...

What a sweet card, for a super GREAT cause!

stampqueen said...

Beautiful cards- both the one for Lauryn's family and the silent auction one!!!

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