Friday, February 17, 2012

Crafty Friends Give

Welcome to the Crafty Friends Who Care blog hop. We are so glad you could join us for Day 1 of this very special hop. The mission of this blog hop is to raise awareness about bone marrow donations to help Leukemia patients.

Bone marrow donation technology has come a long way, and is now as simple as giving blood. So we are trying to raise awareness and get people to register at to be a bone marrow donor. And why are we doing this you might ask? To help a friend and fellow crafter, Liz Decade. Liz is battling 2 different forms of acute Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. We are hoping that this hop will help her to find a match. You can see her story at My Story.

Even if you are not a match for Liz, you can still help her. You see bone marrow registrations drives are expensive, you have to pay for each person who is registered, and Liz is trying to raise money for bone marrow drives and medical expenses (it costs a lot of money to get a transplant). You can donate to Liz at DONATIONS. All of the money donated will go to bone marrow drives or medical expenses.

And we have some wonderful sponsors who have donated prizes for our hop.
Sweet Stamping Treats Digital Stamps, Trendy Twine, MB Treasurista, Paper Piecings by Nikki, Inspired Stamps and My Pink Stamper have all donated prizes to this hop. In order to be eligible for one of  these prizes you must comment on every blog in this hop!

If you are coming from Leslie's blog, you are right on track. If you just came across my blog and would like to hop along, please start over with Liz (

As my project for this hop I have created my first explosion box. I have always loved these and wanted to try one so badly. I have inserted pictures of my family and will be sending this little box to my sister-in-law who lives out of state and we never get to see each other. All contact is either by phone or email. I know she will love this little gift and it is so much more entertaining to get photos displayed in interesting ways.

All papers used in this project are from the Above Rubies Studio Club Ruby monthly kit. The tags were cut from TBBM and sentiments stamped with stamps I picked up at last year's Scrapbook Expo very cheap LOL. The LOVE and FAMILY stamps were heat embossed.

I found this tutorial here: scor-pal  Now I didn't use the scor-pal I used the Martha Stewart score board, but the tutorial will work the same. There are tons of variations on the explosion box but this was the easiest one and because it was my first box I didn't want anything too complicated.

Now, for MY blog candy what I am offering up is a $1 donation for every new follower I receive from this hop, up to 100 new followers. Currently I have 274 followers. That's right, you can play your part in this cause by just following me. So for only following my blog you too can help Liz D. spread awareness for this worthy cause! Make sure you send invites to all your bloggy friends and have them follow me too! Come back on Sunday Feb 19th to see how much was pledged!

Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to go to and find out how to become a marrow donor

Your next stop is ...Lina

This is a two day hop with different blogs and projects tomorrow. Make sure you start back at Liz's blog tomorrow too.

Here is the entire hop list for day one incase you get lost:

Complete line up:

Day 1-Friday, February 17th
Liz -
Amber -
Ashley -
Tiffany -
Liz C. - <--
you are here
Lina- <-- go here next
Tonya -
Angie -
Doris -
Michelle -


MzLavr2 said...

Love your box! I also love that you are making a donation for each new follower you get!
<3 Pam (yes~ Ymail)

Doris P. said...

beautiful explosion box!! generosity never goes unnoticed.. (hugs to you) (aka doris Dt)

Gloria said...

love this box!!!! love the colors you used

sweetnothingspaperco said...

Oh wow... this is cool!
TFS! Lina

Cyndi S said...

Beautiful explosion box. I love the colors you used.
cstephenson at q dot com

kim.scrapper said...

What a great idea for a gift, tfs I am a new follower :)

Vicki said...

Gorgeous. I love explosion boxes but I'm not brave enough to try.

Nancy Kirkup said...

New follower, I love your donation idea!! I also love the explosion box, it came out simply beautiful!! I need to try to make one!! newwave1 at comcast dot net

Patricia said...

I love your explosion box! I've always wanted to make one too and never have. Maybe I'll give it a go. I'm a new follower of your blog. Thanks so much for pledging a donation for each new follower. Thanks also for doing this hop. It's such an important cause. If you should need to contact me, it's easiest to just ask Misty or Liz. :)

Cathy said...

I love your box, I love making them.
I just became a follower for

Anonymous said...

That is awesome, and your cartoon picture, if it were blond i would have to say that is me!

Lisa said...

Wow, this is amazing!! I love the beautiful papers you used!! I have always wanted to try one of these, too but haven't gotten around to it...thanks for the inspiration!! And what a great thing you are doing donating for each new follower!! I'm very happy to be #279!! :)


kbgirlygirl said...

Super cute project!! Love it! TFS


Tonya said...

Great box Liz. It's beautiful. I love the little bird.

Pixichick said...

So cute! I love explosion boxes. Thank you so much for participating in this hop.

Jamie said...

Awesome project! Such great blog candy too!