A Homespun Affair Design Team Announcement!!


Hello everyone, Do I have some fantastic news to share with you today!  As I have been hinting around at the last few weeks, a group of fantastic friends and I have gotten together to create an E-Magazine, A Homespun Affair, for our readers enjoyment! It has been QUITE the undertaking, I must say! However, it has been worth every bump and minute of lost sleep! I can honestly say that these last few weeks I have funded my Starbucks Baristas College Fund!!

I wanted to announce the ladies that have been supporting my craziness and giving me love and support. These ladies have been SO AMAZING to work with, and I feel so fortunate to be announcing this group as part of my team! 

Here they are in no particular order! Please, take the time to visit their blogs and leave them some love! They truly are amazing women, with amazing creativity, and most important to me, they have Amazing hearts. 

Tiffany Simmons

Wandy Pizzaro

Deirdre Smith

Megan Setter 

Raquel Davis

Olivia Beashore

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out the Girls!!




PinkByDesign Stamps and CAMEO Giveaway!

Happy Monday Everyone!
Click Pics for enlargement

It's been a bit since I've displayed one of my projects!! ;0) But well worth it to get the information out to everyone! Today, though I do want to show a card I made using Pink Cricut's Pink By Design Stamps! The stamp set is called Rise Above it All! Isn't the sentiment awesome! All of Sarah's Stamps ROCK! They are so uplifting and fitting for any card, project or occasion!!

This particular Sentiment went perfect with this High Heel cut from the Summer in Paris Cricut Cartridge!

I used gel inks for the top layer of the shoe. First you do the layer feature with the Gel Pens loaded, and keeping your mat in the machine, run the cut. I embellished with a Tim Holt's Mini Rosette Die and Tag compliments of Miss Sarah Hamer and some of my beloved Resins!

Inside of Card

Sarah is also giving away a Cameo!!! Yes that's right!! Click picture to find out details!!

ALSO If you missed the great news over the weekend my dear friend Katrina Pickens, and Mary Kay Consultant has partnered with Sheffield's Place for an Adopt-a-Mom event for Mother's Day! For donations of 15.00 you can provide a 30.00 gift basket for these mommies! Here is the event page if you are interested in joining us!!/events/391784467528294/

Last count I saw was 31 Mommies Sponsored out of 50!! This is SO exciting!

You also have the option to make or purchase a card for these mommies! Please leave them blank inside so the kiddos can fill them out for Mommy! Also, the loving and kind Cheryl from Creative Kuts and Creative Kuts 2 (their 3-d products which are amazing!!) has graciously offered to donate a choice of their Files to those that send in a card!!  This event page is found here and contains the address for shipment!! :!/events/132192180247759/

I also started a FB Group designed for Crafters who would like to donate cards or projects to such events, or are putting events and fundraisers on for their favorite cause or non-prof org! We would LOVE for you to join us!!/groups/293069850778029/


Helping Hands - Sheffield Place

“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its hope for the best future”. Our children are not only the best hope for their family but also our community."

~John F. Kennedy
Good Morning My Friends!! Do I have some exciting news to share!!

As you may already know, the families of Sheffield's Place were the recipients of the Easter Baskets earlier this month. Well, next week, myself and Olivia Beashore, my lovely and giving young friend (She is a 17 year old College Student, forgot to mention SMART), and Katrina Pickens, my sweet friend and Mary Kay, independent Consultant, as well as Natasha Brooke, another dear friend and my Thirty-One consultant are heading over for a tour with the Director, Davick Hanzlick of Sheffield Place.  I am both very excited and a little weepy over this! I know that with the help of all of my lovely friends that we can help these mommies succeed and show them the love and support that they so desperately need. They have already been so blessed by getting into Sheffield Place. Sadly, there is a waiting list, and at times, mommies and their kiddos are turned away due to space constrictions.

What I would love for my crafty friends to help with is this! Can you make ONE CARD for Mother's Day to go to these Mommies? There are 15 in the facility, and about 35 that have been able to move out on their own with their kiddos after successfully completing the program (average 2 years). That is 50 cards!! Please mail them to:

Sheffield Place
David Hanzlick
6604 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO    64126-2208
Attn: Mother's Day Cards

Please take the time to learn more about this fabulous organization!! It only takes a few seconds, but will leave an impression on your heart for a lifetime!!

Learn more about the mission and programs at Sheffield Place by taking a tour of the facility. Tours are offered to individuals and groups by appointment. For more information about the tours, or to arrange a tour, please contact David Hanzlick, CFRE, Director of Program and Development, at (816)483.9927 Ext 113 or

To visit their Website:

This is Andreas Story:

Andrea grew up in Johnson County, Kansas. She never imagined that she would be the victim of physical abuse and eventual homelessness. Although Andrea’s parents divorced during her grade school years, joint custody allowed Andrea to maintain close relationships with both parents. When Andrea graduated from Shawnee Mission South, nothing in her life’s circumstances suggested that her adulthood would be anything but normal.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Andrea began dating a very charismatic guy, who promised her the world. Sure, he had some problems, but Andrea felt they could overcome those together. Nothing in Andrea’s world had introduced her to domestic violence. Little did she know that her husband’s constant ridicule would lead to physical abuse.

After the birth of her first child, the ridicule turned to violence. Andrea did everything within her power to make the relationship work. Maybe if she’d just said the right thing, worked harder, or made more money, everything would be okay. Unfortunately, she began to believe his negative messages. Andrea found herself in a cycle of violence that continued to spiral out of control. Violence, abuse and ridicule were now the norm.

Andrea had another child as a way to make things work in the relationship. During her third pregnancy the violence got so bad that Andrea had to seek help at a domestic violence shelter. In addition to safety, the shelter offered Andrea counseling and support. Before long, she began to feel better about herself and her life. Life was beginning to look much different.

Andrea knew that healing from trauma on the way to self-sufficiency would require hard work. She was accepted into Sheffield Place program. With the help of case management and therapeutic services at Sheffield Place, Andrea’s life circumstances have become more positive. Her boys benefited from their time at Sheffield Place. The Children’s Clinical Services program provided individual and group therapy. These services were especially important in helping the boys heal from their trauma and understand what healthy relationships look like.

Andrea gave birth to her third son while at Sheffield Place. Although two of her children had serious medical problems, she continued to work diligently to become self-sufficiency. Between numerous pediatric appointments, Andrea has managed to apply for college and financial aid. She began attending Penn Valley Community College full-time. Andrea also took leadership roles in the Sheffield Place community.

Andrea is a new woman! She set higher standards for relationships and higher expectations for herself. Andrea’s long-term goals include owning her home. Two years ago, survival was her focus. Today Andrea and her sons are thriving as a result of the services they received at Sheffield Place


Dare to Be Fabulous Card

Cartridge -
Tablescapes- Spring & Summer
Sentiment: Pink By Design

I am so excited to be sharing this card with you today!! I wasn't certain how long it would be until I could post it! I was invited to the Cricut Circle Crop last weekend, and we were given the new cartridges to try out. This card was part of our make and take. It was incredible to see the differences in everyone's designs!! Well, this cartridge is now officially released, so now I am able to share it with you!!


Giveaway Winners!! Party Decor Blog Hop!!

I am a little late getting this out, however it is great news! ;) Because of all of the great things going on, and the awesome response to Lauries Blog Hop (Party Decor) @  we have been trying to coordinate efforts to select winners!! Just a re-cap Laurie is giving away a $20.00 gift card to Michaels!! Check out her page (linked above) to see if you won!!

We did a little giveaway for those in the events room also!! So when you get an invite from me, jump on in and check out what fun stuff is going on!! For this one, the giveaway was 5 yards (15 ft) of Grosgrain Specialty Cupcake Ribbon!! The winner of this Ribbon for joining the event and following the hop is

Mindi Wilson palmer who said: "WOW, I got so caught up in the "Hop" (PS-This was my first one ever!) I almost forgot to come back here and comment! This was so much fun! I love all Parties! It's a close call, Baby showers are great, but Birthday Parties take the cake!"

Yeah! Congrats Mindi!! Please email your name; shipping address; and What you won (5 yards Cupcake ribbon)

The winner from comments on my Wedding Decor projects for the Blog Hop is

Suzanne Roseberry who said: "How fun! And, absolutely beautiful. I would have never ever thought of that idea. So very pretty. Thank you for sharing and for your inspiration. Thank you also for a super blog hop."

Yeah! Congrats Suzanne!! Please email your name; shipping address; and What you won (Fan Resins)

If you are looking for some great giveaways please request an add to this group:

If you are looking for A design Team Call - or would like to post one for entries please request and add to this group:

If you are looking to sponsor any Homespun Giveaways, Blog Hops, and Publications, please e-mail:    Subj: Request Sponsor Info

Thanks Ya'll!!! Hope you had a great Monday and and fantastic week!!


Party Decor Blog Hop

I have always dreamed of using the colors Black, White and Tiffany Blue! So my projects were inspired by that!

Cricut Cartridges Used :  

Tie the Knot
Art Philosophy 

(Please click on pictures if you would like to zoom the images) 

For the guests wedding favors I used the Tie the knot cartridge @ fit to page and added the layer for the "tiffany" blue ruffles. This favor is SO easy to put together, it does not require a lot of scoring, which I love! I made 100 wedding favors for my sister last year (in California, mind you - so they went on the plane with me!)  They were the boxes from TBBM1 and they have SO many score lines, and then had to cuttlebug them all twice! YIKES!

I embellished the top with flat back pearls and tear drop grey rhinestones, and some GORGEOUS Ribbons in black and white with tiny rose buds. I also placed the flat back pearls throughout the wedding dress skirt. On the back, I wrapped the black garter around and used a large flat back pearl as the top button and the three smaller ones down the train of the gown. These were cut with heat where they need to open so that they wouldn't fray, but would stay together. That was a little tricky :)

I hope that you LOVE these party favors as much as I do!! For my dream wedding they will be filled with Godiva White Chocolates which are my favs!!! ;)

 I also made a Coordinating Hair Embellishment, that matches the silk flowers in the Bridal Bouquet below.
For my next project I made a Bridal Bouquet - I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge and cut out the 3-D flowers from page 70 (both at 2.75) in Grey, Tiffany Blue, White and another paper with greys and pinks. On the White card stock I used a stamp with calligraphy words and stamped in both black and Tiffany blue on both sides.

I used a 5 inch Styrofoam ball for Floral Design, and a box of Floral pins with pearl heads. This project took 114 Flowers at this size! I also used some Silk flowers at the base to embellish, as well as floral stem balls at the base, and throughout the Bouquet. This was also great to hide places where the Styrofoam was peaking through!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my projects!! I had a great time making them, and I hope that I have inspired some craftiness in someone today!! 


Blog-o-versary Giveaway at Paper Crafters Anonymous

Heather's Story!
My Blog-O-Versary is in 21 Days


I have been Blogging since 2007, wow that is AMAZING!
First it was a Blog about my life in Japan and my daughters Modeling
then it changed to a crafting Blog..

I went through a few name changes and some DESIGN Changes!

This Current Design is from
She DID a FABULOUS job on my Blog!

What is the Giveaway? I bet you really want to see what I am giving away here?

Prize #1
Lifestyles Letter Press Starter Kit
(you can use this kit in the Cuttlebug or Big Shot)

Prize #2
Smash Book & Smash Goodies
Pink Smash Book
Smash Stick
Smash Pad
Smash Stickies

Prize #3
Piggy Tales
Hide & Seek Flap Book
Sliding Doors
Slide Book

Prize #4
Scrapbooking Caddy
w/ Miscellaneous Goodies
Chipboard Shapes
Japanese Printed tape
Journaling Spots
Rub Ons
Ribbon Stickers

Prize #5
$20.00 Gift Certificate to I Heart {ippity}

Have a great giveaway to Share? Please stop by
and drop one off! Make sure to share one of your bloggy friends too!!

Also, no free with purchase, strictly, freebies and giveaways (blog hop freebies welcome!!)



National Scrapbooking Day Giveaway!!
Please go to their site to enter!!

Please Tell her Homespun Elegance sent you! :)

What better way to celebrate National Scrapbooking day then to win some really great prizes? We couldn’t agree more, so thanks to our friends at Homeketeers we are giving away some great prizes in honor of National Scrapbooking day.



One Grand Prize Winner:

  • Tim Holtze Vagabond – value $249.99
  • 10 scrapbooking Kits – value $220.00

One First Prize Winner:
  • Pink Sizzix Sidekick – value $39.99
  • 7 scrapbooking kits – value $150.00
Two Second Place Prize Winners:
  • 5 scrapbooking kits – value $110.00

Sharon Callis 

Please Tell her Homespun Elegance sent you! :)

This months blog candy is the amazing
Daisy & Dandeloin All Occasions Kit from Design Objectives Ltd. .

Inside this kit you will find:

Die-cut message tags x 2
A4 Decoupage die-cut sheet - Party Fun x 2
A4 Decoupage dei-cut sheet - Party Treats x 2
A4 Decoupage Die-cut sheet - Bt The Fire x 2
A4 Decoupage Die-cut sheet - Helping Santa x 2
A4 Decoupage die-cut sheet - Christmas Dress Up x 2
A4 Decoupage/Pyramage die-cut sheet - For Her x 2
A4 Decoupage/Pyramage die-cut sheet - For Him x 2
A4 Pyramage die-cut sheet - Birthday Picnic x 2
A4 Pyramage die-cut sheet - In The Garden x 2
A4 Pyramage die-cut sheets - christmas Day x 2
Outline Sticker, various designs in gold and silver x 6
Embossed transfers x 2
Coloured Stickers - various designs x 6
Velour Stickers - number and alphabet x 2
Clear Stamps - Santas Mini Helpers, Christmas Wishes and Happy Birthday
A6 Plain white cards and envelopes - 1 pk of 12
A6 Coloured cards and envelopes - white,cream, pink and blue 1 pk of 12

I am sharing please ensure that you go to Connie's page to enter!!!
Please Tell her Homespun Elegance sent you! :)

Please make sure all entries go through      Shannon Porter Woods 

Please Tell her Homespun Elegance sent you! :)
To my lovely fans, it's GIVEAWAY time! I've got a fun gift wrap collection up for grabs this time. These beautiful ribbons would be perfect on your Mom's Day gift this year! You will win:

♥ sweet paper heart doilies to tie on your packages
♥ tie dye hearts seals made by me

♥ vintage gold rick rack from my stash

♥ letterpress enclosure/gift tag: "I'm a better person for having known you"

♥ vintage sheet music enclosure envelope from My Cherry Tree:

♥ gorgeous ruffled ribbon in moss from Mel Designs:

♥ hand-stamped "believe" ribbon in peach from Mel Designs (loooove those sweet vintage spools!)

♥ a surprise or two from me

TO ENTER, please:
► "Like" my page:

► Go to my page and share this giveaway on your own Facebook page.

► Leave a comment on the picture ON MY PAGE telling me you shared

A winner will be selected Tuesday, April 17th via luck! ☻

Please Tell her Homespun Elegance sent you! :)

Here is our latest competition.
We have a huge Bind-It-All bundle to give away.
To enter couldn't be simpler just like our page and share this post with your friends. That's it!
No questions this time just simple bribery.
The bundle includes:
... Bind-it-All Machine
A selection of Bind-it-All wires including 3/8inch, 1/2inch, 5/8inch and 3/4inch
Bind-it-All Clear covers
Bind-it-All Clear Folders Tabs
Bind-it-All Natural Covers
Bind-it-All Canvas Art Boards
Pink Round it All
and Pink Round it All Tote
The prize is worth more than £100.
A similar bundle will be available on our website later this week.
The prize winner will be published here on the 17th of May.
KatelynCo is having a giveaway for a 10-pack of vinyl from Vinyl Couture - Vinyl for Cricut Cutters. They have awesome patterned vinyl!

Please Tell her Homespun Elegance sent you! :)

To enter go to her FB page! And "LIKE"  and comment
Aren't there some amazing giveaways out there right now!! If you are looking for these, or more like them, make sure you stop by our giveaway group at:
There is also a referral contest going on RIGHT NOW until midnight this evening CST - The person that refers the most people will get a choice of
$10.00 to Ginger Snap Scraps
A Custom Blinkie for their Blog
Lip Necter by Mary Kay
AND a set of Jump & Jive  PinkByDesign Stamps donated by the lovely  Miss Lisa Tehonica Pontious from
How can you go wrong - it is a giveaway, to promote giveaways :) LOL
Also, by those who share a giveaway AND referr in 10 ppl (your contacts MUST state who sent you) Will be entered to select one of the prizes also!! ;)

MUST BE new guests - Guests, once in the room are eligbile to compete in the contest as well!!

Referral Contest, GOING ON NOW!!


Well Good Morning everyone!! If you haven't heard, I have opened a giveaway group! This is a Take and Share site that, if driven by us all will promote you and your lovely giveaways!!

If you don't know the reason behind this group, it is to encourage and help and promote ourselves and our site with giveaways, yes, but to get this room going and not become a stagnant room ( that ppl just drop off there giveaways and no one stops to read the other individuals giveaways ) we should also share another bloggers giveaway!

Please check out this GIVEAWAY PAGE AT:

and request to enter the Group. One of the Lovely Ladies on the team will send you right in! Thanks so much for your help!! 

One Winner will be the individual with the MOST referrals into our lovely room!! 

Want to know what you could win: OF COURSE YOU DO!!

In true referral fashion - I promote things that I LOVE and here are a few - BOTH  winners will get to choose their own giveaways from this list.

A custom blinkie for your Blog @ 

 1 Tube of Mary Kay Lip Nector From



Blog Make-Over Giveaway Announcement!!

So, it is finally the day that I get to announce the Winner of the Blog Makeover Giveaway!!   

But first I would like to make an announcement!!! :)
Are you having a product release, or want to advertise your online business, or Sponsor some great things that are coming soon at Please email our team at:

to get the details! 

Now back to the giveaway!! 

To recap - I was so very excited about my lovely blog Makeover by DesignBySarahBryan that I went a little Crazy and started pulling together some FABULOUS items for a Huge Giveaway!!

$15.00 to shop GingerSnapScraps! The Newest and Greatest online store for Scrappers!! Cori Wagner, proud owner is running a Free Shipping Special for All Homespun fans!! Use Code JK4 at Checkout to enjoy free shipping!!

Peach Satin Hands Set from Mary Kay!! If you haven't already - make sure to go to my Mary Kay Consultants page to find out about Specials and Fun Giveaways!!


DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!  The Winner is....................................

(How Many of you just scrolled straight to the bottom to find the winner?? LOL I hope that you will come back to read the rest of the announcements!! Many Good things are coming My friends!!) 

Oh! Still waiting to find out the winner??? By all means keep going!! LOL 

The Lovely Miss Marji Franklin who said: I grabbed your blinkie, right beside my followers @   
Mar 12, 2012 06:17 PM


You guys, I literally just heard Sweet Marji Fall out of her chair and scream and giggle!! LOL Her beautiful Daughter Miss Emily LOVES the Resins I use and now she will be getting lots to play with!! Congratulations Marji!! :) Email me your address with Subject Line Blog Makeover Giveaway please!! (Just in case) 

Also, I would like to make a Couple Announcements if I haven't just crushed everyone this morning but Marji......

  • First, I created 2 Groups over the past week to have a communal place for online Blogger and FB giveaways @    This group is designed as a Sharing Group - If you drop one off, pick up someone elses and Share to FB or Blogger.

  • The other is a communal place to announce and browse for Design Team Calls - 
  • Please please please ONLY use these groups for what they are designed for. I do NOT like having to delete Comments or People, so please just post your Giveaways (NOT SALES) or Freebies and DT CALLS!!

Thank you Ladies for assisting me in admin!

Karin Adamczyk @    (CricutDiva) Tiffany Simmons @

Sue Ann @

Melissa Pinter @

Jaime Lindstrom @

    There is LOVELY group of girls in each room that serve as admin to greet you and help! They are also keeping the Conversations dropped to the bottom of the Pages and the DT Calls and Giveaways Bumped to the top!! Really, if it were not for these fantastic ladies there is no way this could be done! So ladies, thank you!!