Monday, May 5, 2008

A Cool Dude and a Good Cause

First, I couldn't wait to show you these adorable pics of Dean today. My Mom bought him some sunglasses and he LOVES them!!! Shocking since he HATES hats of any kind. But he literally wanted to wear these all day and all evening. I think he would have slept in them if we let him!!

Second, I wanted to remind you all about the Virtual Benefit I'm hosting for the Alzheimer's Association. According to the Alzheimer's Association, as many as 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's destroys brain cells, causing problems with memory, thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time, and can be fatal. Today it is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. For more information, please visit the Alzheimer's Association website.

The benefit I'm hosting is going on NOW over on the Jen Tapler Designs blog. You can read the details of the event at the end of this post. Even if you're not a big paper crafter, but want to help out, you can still make a donation (the event will end at midnight Friday night). There is a "donate" link in the top right-hand column of the Jen Tapler Designs blog that will take you to paypal where you can make a donation. Thanks in advance for helping make this a success! I've worked VERY hard for several weeks organizing the event, coming up with challenges for my fellow blogging paper crafters, and spreading the word. Although I don't have quite the turnout I'd hoped for, the feedback so far from everyone participating has been very positive and I think everyone is having a really good time with it. If it's a success, I plan to make this an annual event (surprisingly, I haven't found anything like it out there in the blogosphere) complete with sponsors from big-name papercrafting companies (I already have 3 on board) and hope that it will grow each year. So far just about everyone who's participating has shared a story about SOMEONE in their family who has struggled with this sad disease...I'm sure most of you can say the same. Anyway, I'll step down from my soap box now. Thanks for humoring me!! The details for the event are below.

Event Basics:

What: Virtual Crop/Stamp-a-thon to benefit Alzheimer's Association

When: Week-long event begins Saturday, May 3, 2008 - National Scrapbook Day (a Day in honor of preserving memories)

Where: wherever you are -hosted through the Jen Tapler Designs Blog

How Much: Minimum $5 donation to the Alzheimer's Association allows you to participate all week with unlimited entries in the challenges and blog candy give-aways.

Sign up Now - click the "donate" link at the top of the right-hand column of the Jen Tapler Designs blog.


You can start working on your submissions as soon as the first challenge is posted Friday night, May 2.
Registration is open until 8:00 am Saturday, May 10 - people can join us anytime until then.
Deadline for challenge submissions is also 8:00 am Saturday, May 10.
Blog Candy winners will be posted by 6:00 pm central time, Sunday, May 11.
There will be a total of 20 Challenges and 10 main blog candy drawings (plus 2 special drawings) with the possibility of a few bonus challenges thrown in throughout the week.
To enter your project for each challenge, leave a comment in that challenge's post. Include in your comment a link to your creation. If posting to SCS, each challenge will have it's own keyword (SOA* where * is the challenge number).
You can enter as many or as few challenges as you like. Your name will be entered into the blog candy drawing once for each challenge you complete. There is the potential for one participant to win multiple blog candies.
Be sure to look for the "Verve Special" Challenges!!
The rules are, there are no rules....BUT, some challenges will have specific guidelines that you must follow.
Wait, there's one rule after all!!! All of your creations for the challenges must be NEW - you can CASE someone (be sure to give proper credit if you do), but please don't use a card you've already done. New uploads only please!! :-)
E-mail me at if you have any questions.
Have fun!!!

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