Wednesday, February 3, 2016

blog hop for Cox family (and a giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the hop!
Today a group of paper crafters from all across the map have come together in support of one of our fellow card makers - Ann Kelly Cox.

Ann and I have been 'online friends' for quite a while now, and we finally had the chance to meet in person at CHA -Chicago back in 2010....

In addition to card making and sharing a dry sense of humor, we have always had a 'connection', as she lives in the town where I was born - Normal, Illinois.
The one thing we DO NOT have in common, however, is our taste in baseball teams... in that regard, we are bitter rivals... LOL
However, her husband Kevin is also a huge Cubbies fan, so although I've never met him, I enjoy jumping into the 'house divided' riff on Facebook and lend my support to his side of the battle ;)

So why the need for support for this family?
For the answer to that, I will send you here (click on link below photo):

The blog hop is our effort to rally support, financial as well as spiritual, for this young, loving family during their sudden current medical situation and the financial effect it is bringing upon them. The paper crafting community is well known for its unwavering support of its fellow crafters, and we are hoping to encourage that thoughtful, caring spirit and support our fellow crafting friend, Ann, and her precious family.
So if you feel compelled, please consider a donation to their Go Fund Me account, and please share the link with anyone who might be inclined to help a young family in need. My donation has been made, and the Cox family remains in my thoughts and prayers during Kevin's recovery process and the adjustments forced upon their family.

I created a simple card of encouragement for this hop, using my new "By Your Side" stamps and die from Concord & 9th 
About the card: I added black and white striped patterned paper to the top of the card and a block of white cardstock to the bottom so that I could add a sentiment. I die cut the birds on a branch from a scrap of turquoise cardstock. After stamping the sentiments, I watered down some raspberry distress ink and flicked it off of a paintbrush on to the card. I added some gold glittered flags to the heart and some gold sequins to add additional interest.

Commenting below will make you eligible for the blog hop prizes, which you can learn about HERE.  
I have also decided to offer a personal giveaway to express my gratitude to those who DONATE to the Funds for the Cox Family, leave a comment below telling me that you have donated, and you will be eligible for a little something, something from me:
I will draw a winner on Thursday, Feb 11th.

Now, please go and enjoy the rest of the hop! Some other paper crafters are hosting personal giveaways along the hop as well, go see!
1. Ashley N Newell: •blog hop details are here•
2. Karen Kelly:
3. Tenia Nelson :
4.  Amy Tsuruta :
5. JoLynn Plato:
6. Rae Barthel: -You are Here -
7. Susan Raihala:
8. Lawn Fawn:
9. Kim Hall:
10.  Sankari Wegman:
11.Lisa Lara :
12. Angie Tieman:
13. Stacey Schafer:
14. Lynnette Kaufman:
15. Heather Pulvirenti:
LAST stop: CAS-ual Fridays:

Thank you for stopping by!
And thank you for sharing your compassion for one of our own in the paper crafting community!!

PS - please consider following my blog - I had to delete my previous blog and I lost all of my followers in the process :(... come back!!!! LOL


  1. Your word are beautiful, Rae! I wish I wrote something this lovely for my post. Your card is equally beautiful! I love the colors and the glitter! Thanks for joining the hop, you're awesome!

  2. I love the support the papercrafting world has to do something like this for them! Prayers to them during this difficult time. Your card is beautiful! The stripes with the bright pop of birds with the perfectly worded sentiment are so encouraging.

  3. Your card is wonderful. So glad we're doing this. I donated and will pray for them.

  4. Love the pic of you and Ann! Your card is wonderful!...awesome aqua birds and pop of gold!

  5. Wonderful card ... always good to know there are people giving love and support during difficult times.

  6. Your words are beautiful Rae. Ann will love your card.

  7. Beautiful card! I donated...hoping a little helps.

  8. This card is so sweet! What a great reminder to Ann that her friends are there for her!

  9. Friendship and support are so important at times like these...I'm sure the Cox family
    is feeling the love and caring from all sides!! Prayers for them!! Beautiful card!!

  10. Nice card. I especially like the heart.

  11. What a great card Rae. I love the popped up wings.

  12. Ohhhh, that sentiment. Beautiful!

  13. What a fabby card!!! Love the energy of the colors and design, and that sentiment is wonderful.

  14. Love your card & sentiment & am your newest follower.

  15. Love your card & sentiment! I am your newest follower.

  16. So glad to be able to find this great cause and give to a family in need. Love your card.

  17. Beautiful card...praying for the Cox Family <3

  18. Such a pretty card - love those sweet birds!

  19. Such a lovely card! Beautiful colors and I love how the birds pop against the background. Your friend will definitely appreciate and treasure the card, and the thought even more so.

  20. You have created a very encouraging card. Sending my prayers for the Cox family.

  21. This card is so sweet! Sending prayers for the Cox family! <3