Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hope


Hello again!  Here is my final card for the Hop to Stop Domestic Violence, which is being hosted by the lovely and talented Becca Cruger.  Today's card is another simple creation, and the stamp is one of many fabulous stamps from the set "All About Hope" from Unity Stamps.


According to Merriam-Webster, HOPE is defined as such: to cherish a desire with anticipation.  I cannot think of a better word to share with someone who has or is enduring domestic violence.  Typically, no person chooses to be in a relationship in which he/she will be harmed physically, emotionally and/or psychologically, and most people do not envision their child/children growing up in an unsafe environment.  Most of us enter into relationships and create families out of love.  Unfortunately, once the abuse becomes present, it is extremely difficult for the victim to leave.  Oftentimes, it takes many attempts before a person chooses to escape the destructive environment of domestic violence; and sadly, for some, they lose their lives in the process.  If you know someone who is experiencing domestic violence, please don't judge...help them find HOPE in what may seem to him/her a hopeless situation.  Love, support, guidance, patience, and understanding is what he/she needs.  If you need to talk with someone, call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-7233...the call is confidential and could help save a life--yours or someone you love.


I thank you for dropping by and visiting for a bit.  It truly does brighten my day!  

Hugs and smiles! 
Carolyn :)


I kept trying to capture the shimmer in the pictures.  Hopefully, you are able to see it in one of these pics.  Oh how this girl stinks at photography! ;) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Survivor!

Hello!  Just wanted to share another card I created for the Hop to Stop (Domestic Violence), which is being hosted by the kind and talented Becca Cruger.  It is an extremely simple card, but I believe the sentiment says it all.  Like the card I posted earlier today, the stamp featured is from the fabulous set by Tifany DeGough for Unity Stamps and is called "All About Hope".  This is a set every card maker should have in their arsenal of creativity!  It is incredibly versatile and filled with loads of lovely inspiration to support those loved ones going through personal struggles.


This hop is very near and dear to my heart as I am a survivor of domestic violence.  Generally, I do not speak of the negative aspects of my personal life; however, I felt compelled to share that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  You can get your power back!  For me, it was a journey.  I started out a woman who wondered, "Why can't I do anything right?"..."What is wrong with me?"...I was afraid of everything because I felt there was something wrong with me...I considered myself a failure.  Today, in spite of my struggles and doubt, I am better, stronger, wiser, and much happier.  Since my growth, I have helped change legislation in my home state.  I have met with various politicians, locally and nationally, to raise awareness for this cause.  I have even been on Oprah to help shed light on this dark subject that plagues homes across our nation.  I also earned my degree.  If any  one would have told me then what I would ultimately accomplish, I never would have believed them; yet, here I am.  For me, I thank God each and every day for giving me a second chance at life, and I pray that one day domestic violence will become obsolete and no other person will have to endure pain at the hands of someone they love.


Thanks so much for dropping by!  I hope you have a wonderful evening!!

http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-hop-to-stop.html

The Hop to Stop!


As usual, I am late in my card making efforts, and this makes me incredibly sad.  It saddens me because the cards that will be featured on my blog today were created with a specific purpose in mind--to raise awareness of the damaging effects of domestic violence.  The month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and the color chosen to represent such an important month is purple.  You have probably seen a flurry of purple creations across the blogosphere to help spread the word.  Please, click on the photo below to visit Becca's blog and view all the heartfelt creations submitted by a plethora of amazing artists who support the needed awareness to a plague that infects many homes across our world.  If you feel inclined, link up your lovely purple creation.

http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-hop-to-stop.html



For my card, I opted to keep it simple.  The featured stamp is one of many from the beautiful set, All About Hope, designed by Tifany DeGough for Unity Stamp Co.  I love all the butterflies!  Don't you? 


Below, you will see a list of all the generous sponsors for the Hop to Stop domestic violence.  Please, stop by their company blogs and thank them for their kindness and support.  Have a wonderful day, and many thanks for dropping by!

http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-hop-to-stop.html

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Let's Go Swimming! :)

Rubber Stamp: Cutie Pie Mermaid from Fresh Brewed Designs
Howdy there crafty folks!  I hope your Wednesday is treating you well.  Things are still quite hectic in the Bounds household...our youngest son is in the midst of moving back home, so lots of reorganizing and shuffling stuff around to accommodate his belongings...medical appointments, both for him and me...my brother and my niece are visiting from Arizona...life is VERY FULL; and as cray-cray as things may seem, I am still finding my zen moments by creating. I'm sure many of you can relate.  Really...it is either that, or I will be the next YouTube sensation for doing cartwheels...in my pajamas...while singing "Let It Go"...at Wal-Mart.  Yes.  Quiet crafty moments it is, for all our sakes. ;)

Rubber Stamp: Cutie Pie Mermaid from Fresh Brewed Designs
Today, I am playing along with the lovely and talented ladies at Fresh Brewed Designs for their challenge- "Let's Go Swimming."  Like the last card I posted, I came across a darling, but sadly neglected rubber stamp...adorable Cutie Pie Mermaid.  I just love her!  She has that sweetness with just enough sassy to make her all the more adorable.  How did I let such cuteness go unloved for such a long time?!?  I am truly a bad stamp mommy!  If you find yourself loving her as much as I do, you may want to visit the Fresh Brewed Designs Store because there are only two of her left; and as I mentioned in my previous post, I do not think Heather will be replenishing her rubber stamps anytime soon...if ever.  Also, while you are there, browse around at the other rubber stamps and digis she has for sale...you may find more beauties and cuties to create with.  Plus, as an added incentive, all proceeds earned by the store will go to a wonderful, potentially life-saving, cause.  You can learn more about it and get all the details HERE.

Rubber Stamp: Cutie Pie Mermaid from Fresh Brewed Designs
I will also be entering Cutie Pie Mermaid into the following FABULOUS challenges:


Thank you so very much for dropping by for a visit.  I hope you found a bit of creative inspiration while you were here.  Furthermore, I encourage you to please stop by the Fresh Brewed Designs Store or the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop.  Your purchase would be greatly appreciated as all proceeds from both stores will go to Mrs. Debbie to assist her with medical and aftercare expenses.  Once again, thank you for visiting and for sharing a part of your day with me!!

Hugs and Smiles!
Carolyn 

FBD Fundraiser Set (Contains 6 lovely images & 9 inspirational quotes) all for ONLY $5

Digi Fundraiser for Debbie Shop (all proceeds will go towards medical and aftercare expenses for Mrs. Debbie)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Life's a Beach!

(Rubber stamp: #700 Cordelia in Sand)

Hello!  I hope your Monday has been treating you well.  Things have been a bit hectic in the Bounds household, but all should be back to some sort of normalcy soon (; fingers and toes crossed ;)...I'm sure everyone can relate.  Still, I was able to sneak in a bit of time to create, which always leaves me feeling more relaxed. :) 

(Rubber stamp: #700 Cordelia in Sand)

I recently came across a much neglected and somewhat sad Fresh Brewed Designs rubber stamp...pretty Miss Cordelia Mermaid.  If you like her as much as I do, you may want to pop on over to the Fresh Brewed Designs Store because there are only two of her left, and I do not think Heather will be replenishing her rubber stamps.  While you are there, have a look around...you may find more loveliness you are itching to create with...I usually do.  Plus, as an added incentive, all proceeds earned by the store will go to a wonderful cause.  You can read more about it HERE
  
(Rubber stamp: #700 Cordelia in Sand)

Lately, the beach has been calling my name, so I decided to create with Little Miss Lovely...and I must say...I think she was happy to finally get inky too. ;)  She was colored with Prismacolor markers, and the extra shimmer was painted on using DecoArt Ice Crystal Glamour Dust Glitter Paint, which I need to get more of VERY soon.  It is one of my go-to favorites and a total must-have!! The sentiment is from a retired Sweet N' Sassy stamp set, and the dies are from MFT.  Considering that I had no idea where this card was going when I sat down to create, I am rather happy with the way it turned out. 




I will be entering Miss Cordelia into the following FABULOUS challenges:
(Rubber stamp: #700 Cordelia in Sand)

Thank you so very much for dropping by for a visit.  I hope you found a bit of creative inspiration while you were here.  Also, please stop by the Fresh Brewed Designs Store or the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop.  Your purchase would be greatly appreciated as all proceeds will go to Mrs. Debbie and will help her with medical and aftercare expenses.  Once again, thank you!!

Hugs and Smiles!
Carolyn