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I have a special post today.  Christy, one of my fellow Lawnscaping Challenges girls home was broken into and a lot of their things were either destroyed or taken. Some of us wanted to do something to help her and her family get back on their feet – read on for more details:

“What makes our community so remarkable is that we are there for each other even though we can’t physically be near our friends. These “people” violated her home, the place where we are supposed to feel the most safe, where we raise our children and where we sleep in peace. I can not even imagine what she is going thru or the loss she has endured.  Dealing with the police and insurance company has been and continues to be exhausting and frustrating for Christy and her family. She has been updating her Facebook page with some details.

Some of Christy’s friends have come together to help. We are of course making cards for her because that’s what we do, right? But ultimately, the expense of trying to get her family back on their feet will be somewhat of a strain. Imagine having to replace household items, necessities in our world all while trying to rebuild a sense of security that we all most times take for granted. 

So, we’re asking for your help. We’ve tried to make it convenient for you to help Christy and her family. There’s a PayPal button on each of our blogs. We are asking that if its your hearts desire, that you donate whatever you can to help Christy and her family regain a sense of safety and security.  NOTHING is too small. Every little bit will make all the difference. Our goal is to raise $1,000 to help cover the costs of food, lodging and replacing at least some of the items taken.

Thank you for even reading this post in its entirety.  

If you’re interested in seeing all of the cards, a full list of girls who are participating in the card drive  is available at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog & A Blog Named Hero

You can see the card I created for her here

If you are interested in donating, please see the donate link below and later today I will be posting a card for her- hoping to cheer her up a bit

i put the word "guest" in quotes, because i guess technically until feb 1st i am still a guest designer haha

if anyone were to ask me what my fave thing is to create with stampotique stamps.. it would have to be my artsy fartsy quote canvases…. 

i have had the goth girls and guys for a long time.. i just love them, but wasn't sure what to do with them. Then i started making these mini pieces of art with them.. they are perfect!!

the first one featured here is a new one i made the other day… the rest i have made over the past year… enjoy!



when i started my guest design position for stampotique this month i noticed they were having a design team call… kinda put it in my brain to think about it, but didn't really think too much about it

kim, from the design team and i were emailing one night about my assignments for the month and she mentioned it to me.. asked if i would be interested… said she and carol would love having me… so i asked her what would be required of me.. didn't want to take on too much…. read that over… and accepted :) 

i'm so excited to be working with a SUPER talented team… from all over the WORLD!! Pop on over the stampotique designer's blog.. and check out everyone's work… AMAZING!

i was looking over my stamp shelves and i know i have collected a TON of jill & Daniel's goth girl and guys… but i also have some VERY old school stampotique from back when a worked at caardvark in concord NH in 2001!!  

once again, just neat how everything comes full circle you know?

I already have some classes planned with stampotique images… stay tuned on more info on that…

and yea… just *wicked* excited at all the fun opportunities that have come my way in 2011!!!


my friend glenda has been hosting challenges over on her blog…. for her 100th one she asked some of her peeps to play along…. since i'm in such a creative flurry lately, i said SURE!!!

 the challenge is to use red.

i signed up for colorful creations atc swap whos theme is "vintage valentine"


this is what i came up with… red below for all the contest details AND to see who else is playing a long!! fun fun fun!


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I decided to package my ATC's in these adorable lil white gift bags.. so freakin cute!!

supplies used:
canvas corp ATC's and mini bags, Hero Arts french writing (H2365), Invoke Arts find your way heart (7521-c3), printworks folk heart (A2580), raindrops on roses think of me, luminarte twinkling H2O's (red poppy, pearl red, egyptian gold, ruby red) chalk dark brown & warm red, versafine vintage sepia, distress crackle paint rock candy, foam tape


I still have to assemble the rest, but that wont take long!! can't wait to see what everyone else came up with for the red challenge AND for the ATC swap :) 


Glenda's Random Amusing Challenge #100 is to use red on your card or project.  Use as much or as little as you like.  Incorporate it by using paper, ink, ribbon, embellishments, whatever you like!  You must play along with the challenge to be eligible to win the blog candy.  If you play along, please leave a comment on Glenda's blog and link back to her post from your post.  If you upload to an online gallery, please use the keyword GRAC100.  You have until midnight Pacific Time on January 23rd to play along and you can play along as many times as you like.  The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on January 24th

peek at everyone else's creations!!
Allison Fillo http://stampinwhenican.blogspot.com/
Allison Miles http://allistamps.blogspot.com/
Beate Johns http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
Belinda Chang Langner http://cadnileb.blogspot.com
Carly Robertson http://carlyrobertson.typepad.com/
Cheiron Brandon http://www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com/
Chris Sather http://cattsscratchingpost.blogspot.com/
Dawn Stein http://www.lavendergiraffe.blogspot.com/
Donna Hitz http://www.frozenstamper.blogspot.com/
Elena Shacochis http://thestampingshac.blogspot.com/
Geeta Suggs http://www.craftyengineer.typepad.com/
Jenn Shurkus http://jennshurkus.typepad.com/creative_chick/
Jennie Moczan http://www.simplycaffeinated.typepad.com/
Jill Grace (& family) http://creativegrace.typepad.com/
Joan Jeffery http://www.j-jcreations.blogspot.com/
June Gibbons http://perfectlikeacurl.blogspot.com/
Kamila Younkman http://littlescrapsofheaven.typepad.com/
Krystie Lee Hersch http://www.cupcakemartini.com/
Meghan Fahey http://driventoink.com/
Michelle Clark http://www.sparkledesigns.typepad.com/
Michelle Mathey http://msmathey.blogspot.com/
Michelle Woerner http://stopandstamptheroses.blogspot.com
Nance Lempinen-Leedy http://nanceleedy.blogspot.com/
Sherry Czarnecki http://littlestampsbiglife.blogspot.com/
Silke Ledlow http://silkeledlow.blogspot.com/
Teresa Kline http://www.enjoythevasunshine.blogspot.com 


time to pop on over to the stampotique designers blog.. this weeks challenge is masking, since i'm guest designing there this month.. i show a step by step in how i created this lil piece of art that is mounted on chipboard…

check it out!!


Make sure you sign up for one of my upcoming classes

Impression Obsession Valentine and Friendship cards: 
We will be using Impression Obsession Images and TONS of Luminarte goodies to create 4 unique and fun cards….

make sure you sign up!!

Saturday January 29th 10a-12p @ ink about it in westford, Ma
Tuesday February 1st 6-8p @ colorful creations in hyannis, MA 


 Do you have an independent store near you that you LOVE to shop and take classes at? I would love to teach there…. so let me know!!

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i love using the luminarte products in my art journals… it adds shimmer which is always fun!! wanted to document my word for the year…. VERY excited for it!! I also enjoyed using some alphabet stamps i have had forever… for the first time!

pop on over to the creative imaginations blog for a lil announcement *wink*

busy working in the studio all day today, finishing up some class samples… watch for more info on that soon!! 

so it's possible… i *might* actually art journal more this year ;) i know i said it last year too… but you never know!

i have taken all of dina wakley's online art journal classes… i haven't been able to do all the projects yet, but my pages are VERY much inspired by her… i love her art! 

i follow julie's blog (when i catch up on my blog reading…) and i saw she was challenging peeps to art journal everyday… i would love to do that, although i am going to be realistic.. and just leave it at "art journal more"

i love this new stamp i got from stampotique… it makes a great background! just playing in my art journal.. nothing too fancy schmancy ;) 


before i get started with this blog post.. i want to say a sincere thank you.. to all the comments on my last post, facebook posts, text messages, private emails… even phone calls :) you guys are the best!! and i appreciate all your words of encouragement SOO much!!  thinking i might make the last post a scrapbook layout, with some of your comments etc so i can look back at it when i am doubting myself :)

whooo hooo sooo *wicked* excited about the possibilities!! 



ok… i have tons and tons of a muse card samples…. so i devised a plan!

purchase a grab bag of 10 cards ( if you have a particular theme you would like, let me know and i will do my best)
$10 includes shipping… and ALL proceeds will goto MSPCA, in honor of mister harley… since that is where he found me ;)

IMG_0843just pop me an email jenn@shurkus.com with the subject "cards" and include the email to use for a paypal invoice.. and i will get them right in the mail…

most of my samples are good enough to send off to someone, some may have some pencil notes on the inside of what supplies i used (even better right!?) and a few you may just need to cut off the card front and put it on another card… voila! like new! :) but most of all.. you can use them as inspiration…. and its for a a good cause,
well 2 good causes…
1. to help me clean house and
2. to help a good organization!!

and if you didn't see on facebook i have been busy in the studio again!! class samples for my jan 29th class at ink about it, and some colorful creations classes as well as some guest designer stuff for stampotique (some of it should be posted later on in the week…. ) and while your at it later this week be sure to peek at the creative imaginations blog *wink* 




for the past couple years the {creative chicks} of colorful creations have been sharing 25 tags of december on the {creative chick headquarter blog} i have day 3 :) 
read more about the tag below by going to the stores blog!!




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