Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A card from Hallmark

The folks at Hallmark sent me one of "my" cards with these lovely sentiments the other day:

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sittin' up in my room ...

More peeks into my room:

Sparkly "Dream" hanging from Paper Source

Bathing Beauties canvases from a now-closed store in Maplewood,
Elizabeth House, hang over my bed
I go this at a little boutique in Chicago, Francesca's in Lincoln Park.

I have a few posters on the back of my door,
this one signed by Brandi Carlile last year at the Pageant.

This key with hooks is also from Francesca's in Chicago ... all my necklaces are hanging from it. Just got those yummy red beads at Dress Barn, believe it or not!

Happy Monday! luv, em

Win this cool book.

Catherine Mathews-Scanlon is giving away a copy of her new book on her blog. Check it out!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Having Fun frame

I put this frame together last night. It will eventually hang from a ribbon. There are two holes near the top for the ribbon, but I haven't found the perfect one yet.

Wood frame from little shop at Warrenton Outlet Mall; Autumn Leaves Mod patterned paper #37092 Blackbird Firefly; Autumn Leaves by Rhonna Farrer French Twist rub-ons; Nicole Lombardo die cut; Mod Podge; Prima flower; Jenni Bowlin journaling spot (?); Button Sensations by Blumenthal Lansing Co. #6003 Brights (bought in Wal-Mart fabric department); Bo Bunny Clover Bodacious brads #BBCL952

My Crafting Space

Here's a look at the desk in my room where I craft/scrapbook ...

Light from Ikea, desk from JC Penney, desk pad from Stampin' Up!:

Ribbon in jars from Ikea and buttons/pens in jars from POM tea:

Magnetic board made in a class at my LSS, For Keeps Sake:

Shelf from Hobby Lobby, "Because I Love You So" made in a class by Tammy Tutterow at FKS:
Top tier of my Clip it Up:
luv, em

Monday, January 21, 2008

Treasure Box

I bought a little box on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2, and altered it to make this Treasure Box.

Comments are appreciated! Happy Monday, em

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Seeing Red

My top-ten prize pack arrived from Hallmark yesterday. Check out all the yummies:

But BEST of all ... the cards!

This article ran on the back page of our employee newspaper, BJC TODAY:

Aunt Paula sent me this super soft robe, it rocks:

It's not every day you get to come home to so many goodies.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How sweet it is

My co-worker, Donna, brought me this yummy treat Friday, how cute is that? Laura brought me a fabulous pastry also (forgot to take a pic, dern.)

The number of email responses I've received since the contest is crazy! Another thank you to everyone. luv, em

Saturday, January 12, 2008


What can the Global Fund provide in Africa with the $4,750 that it will receive from Hallmark? This amount can cover the cost of antiretroviral treatment for one year for 20 people living with HIV; provide 450 rapid tests to detect HIV and deliver instant test results; cover the cost of 2,083 single-dose nevirapine treatments to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child; and provide a year's worth of school materials and daily hot meals for 10 children orphaned by AIDS.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Last day

Today is the last day to vote for my card. I'm currently in first place with 27% (the second-place card is at 25%). Voting ends at midnight. Please help me hold onto the lead!

Thank you for hanging in there with me. Looking forward to tomorrow ...

luv, em

PS ... Pretty roses my grandpa got for me yesterday:

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Another shout out ...

in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Metro section. See it here.

or ...

Designs on first place


You have two days left to help Eureka High alum Emily Barklage win a national competition. Barklage, a local graphic designer, is one of 10 finalists in Hallmark's greeting card design competition. Card sales benefit (PRODUCT) RED's fight against AIDS in Africa.

But hurry. Voting ends Thursday, just before midnight.

(As of Tuesday afternoon, Barklage was tied for first.)

Go to

Thanks for noticing Grandpa!

The race to the finish

So I've been going back and forth with Erin for first place. Thanks to everyone who's been calling/emailing/texting to keep me posted!

Maybe this will help ... they did a short blurb in the Tri-County Journal. I'm not sure if it's in the actual paper or just online.

Two more days of voting. Let's do it!

luv, em

Monday, January 7, 2008

Show-Me St. Louis segment

Thank you Sue, Carla and Gary for making this video finally happen!

We did it!

All the hard work is paying off ... I'm currently tied for first! We are literally dancing around my office.

I got these awesome congrats flowers from Aunt Paula and Uncle Sonny last week:

I never get flowers! What a pleasant surprise.

I will hopefully have a link to the Show Me St. Louis interview for you today or tomorrow.

My old boss wrote a story about me that was posted to our employee intranet today:

Employee’s greeting card design gets national recognition
Creative services team member is top-10 finalist in Hallmark competition
by Patty Johnson

As part of the BJC creative services team, Emily Barklage puts her design skills to work each day, creating brochures, posters, invitations and other materials for several BJC hospitals.

But it’s a project Barklage created in her free time that’s getting some national recognition — and creating quite a stir locally.

Barklage, a BJC employee for 10 years, is one of 10 finalists in the “your (Hallmark) competition,” the first in a series of create-your-own-card contests. She was chosen as one of the 10 finalists in early December. Since then, she’s been featured on KSDK-Channel 5’s "Show Me St. Louis," highlighted on the KSDK Web site and other local sites, and mentioned in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“I’m overwhelmed by all the attention this is getting. I’m truly grateful to the community for their support,” Barklage says.

The contest highlights Hallmark’s partnership with (PRODUCT) RED™. Created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver, chairman of DATA, the (RED) campaign seeks to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund, which helps women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, by partnering with iconic brands to create (PRODUCT)RED-branded products and donating a percentage of each product sold to The Global Fund. (For more, see related story, below.)

The Hallmark contest was based on the theme of “connecting” and (PRODUCT) RED. Entries were then judged — based on representing the theme, creativity and ability to be sent for multiple occasions — by representatives from Hallmark and (RED)TM.

“For years, Hallmark consumers have approached us with incredible ideas for greeting cards, and we love that passion,” says Tara Morrow, Hallmark creative and editorial vice president. “As a company built on creative expression, we wanted to see what might happen if we provided an open-invitation opportunity to our fans to create whatever’s in their hearts. They didn’t disappoint. It’s been inspiring to see the unique, amazing ways they interpreted the (CONNECTING)RED theme.”

Barklage — who created a card featuring a photo of two friends’ daughters with the words "kind(red) spirits” — says the inspiration for her design came easily.

“I started thinking of word plays on the ‘red’ theme, and I thought of ‘kindred,’” Barklage says. “Then I started thinking of images, and I remembered a photo that I took of my friends’ little girls.

“I looked up kindred, which means having the same belief, feeling or attitude — and I thought it was perfect. It depicted the ‘connecting’ theme for me,” Barklage says.

The 10 finalists’ designs are posted on, where consumers vote daily for their favorite design through Jan. 10. Barklage’s design has been holding steady in third place.

“I owe a lot of thanks to my parents, friends and my co-workers, who’ve told everyone they know to vote for me,” Barklage says. “All these people I don’t even know have been voting for me every day.”

The entrant with the most votes Jan. 11 will be named the grand-prize winner and will receive $2,250, with Hallmark matching that amount in a contribution to the Global Fund. The winning card will also be sold online for a year.

The 10 finalists each received a box of their cards, as well as $250, with Hallmark matching that amount in a contribution to the Global Fund. In addition, the 10 designs have been made into Hallmark cards available for sale on through February. Like the entire Hallmark (PRODUCT)RED collection, 8 percent of net wholesale sales of these cards will go to the Global Fund.

For more information, or to see Barklage’s greeting card design, visit

Patty Johnson,

What’s with all the (red)?

Created by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver, chairman of DATA, (RED) seeks to raise awareness and money for The Global Fund, which helps women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa, by partnering with iconic brands to create (PRODUCT)RED-branded products and donating a percentage of each (PRODUCT)RED product sold to The Global Fund.

To date, of the $49.8 million received by the Global Fund from the sale of (RED) products, $30.8 million has flowed directly to Global Fund financed grants in Ghana, Rwanda and Swaziland. In these countries, this money is helping to finance comprehensive national HIV/AIDS programs led by the ministries of health, to provide antiretroviral treatment for children and adults, to assist in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and to provide counseling and testing to reduce the overall risk of HIV transmission.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was established in 2002, with the support of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the world's leaders, to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases. Since its creation, the Global Fund has become the dominant financer of programs to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, with $8.4 billion invested in 136 countries.

In five years, the fund has achieved substantial results. As of September 2007, Global Fund financing has provided:

* 1.1 million people with treatment for HIV and AIDS
* 9.4 million people with voluntary HIV testing
* 1.2 million orphans with basic care and support
* 2.8 million people with treatment for tuberculosis
* 23 million people with treatment for malaria
* 30 million families with insecticide-treated mosquito nets Source:

Thanks Patty!

And thanks everyone, I couldn't have gotten this far without you. I can't wait for Friday! Don't forget to vote today:

luv, em

Friday, January 4, 2008

Another link

On my high school's site: Eureka High School.

One week left!!

So the grand prize winner will be announced one week from today. I'm currently holding strong at third place.

I'm featured on Rockwood School District's home page. Check it out.

Here's a link to the Show Me St. Louis article. I'm still working on getting a copy of the video.

Thanks for your continued support. Please keep telling anyone you can think of. We're so close!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Watch Show Me St. Louis today!

I taped a segment for our local NBC show, "Show Me St. Louis" this morning. It will air on KSDK at 3 p.m. today and will re-air at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. You will also be able to see it on their Web site. As soon as it goes live, I will post a link.

I'm not sure what I said, but hopefully they'll make me sound good. It all happened so quickly, I didn't have time to think! Oh well, at least it will get the word out.

I dropped to third place, but my percentage didn't actually drop, the other two just went up. So please keep voting and telling everyone you know!

Thanks, em