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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hug a Heart Card Drive BLOG HOP

Good morning!  I'm so glad you could join us for the Hug A Heart Blog Hop.

We have some very talented designers with us today, and I hope you will be able to visit each and every one.  There will be blog candy involved, so let's get started.

I knew I wanted my cards to be simple, something that a child could enjoy.  No loose glitter, no bulky embellishments, just a colorful card.

I started this project with a piece of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock that I had swiped different colors of Dylusions acrylic paint on.   I didn't have a heart die, but I found a heart pattern, so I cut out some large hearts.

I did have a small heart punch, so I punched out a lot of those as well, but as you will see below, I also punched some out of the strips of colorful cardstock.

Nothing went to waste.  The small hearts I also used on cards, like the card above and the card below.

I liked the border stamp, and the fact that it could be used with any coordinating color of ink, so I used it quite a bit.

I had a scrap of some gold paper, so I put that behind the punched out hearts in the above card.

Some of the cards I just embellished the white hearts that were on the cardstock behind the punched out colorful paper.

A few different sentiments helped make the cards "friend-ly", without making the cards into Valentines.

A gel pen goes a long way to help embellish the cards, as in the stitching around the heart  on the card below. 

So you see, you don't have to make elaborate cards to join this card drive.  All in all, I am happy with the cards I will be sending Christina.

If you came here from Sue's blog, you should go on to Edwina's blog.  If not, you can start at the beginning of the hop on Christina's blog.

For more information about the Hug A Heart Card Drive, please see my post here.

And remember, there are giveaways.  

  Prize Package #1 (all participants) – everyone who sends cards will receive a freebie of Christina's Heart Panda digi and the pretty Sentiment:

Prize Package #2 (U.S. participants only) – to two random winners, a box of brand new craft goodies, each valued at $25.

Prize Package #3 (International participants only) - to two random winners, a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

Platinum package (U.S. and International): to ONE participant with the MOST donated cards, a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.

What's a blog hop without prizes?

Christina has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp to a random blog hop winner.
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on all blogs by Wednesday, February 8 (11:59PM EST). Winner will be announced on Christina's blog on Friday, February 10 (8AM EST).

Inky hugs!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Eagle Watching

Harriet and E9
I have become obsessed with eagle watching.  I saw on the news the video that took the internet by storm of the eagle pair that was hatching 2 eggs in Naples, Florida.  Of course, I had to watch it. Then I went to the site, which has streaming video.  And I was watching when the first little guy (E9) pipped the egg and finally hatched.  And my heart was stolen. Sadly, the 2nd egg didn't hatch, but that doesn't stop the eagle family from sitting on it.  This nest is on private property and the property owner bore the expense of putting up the cameras for our enjoyment and enlightenment.

E9 leaning on the unhatched egg
I have learned a lot about eagles. For instance, did you know Bald Eagles are not buried.  Instead, their bodies are sent to the National Eagle Repository in Colorado. It's purpose is to provide a central location for the receipt, storage, and distribution of bald and golden eagles that are found dead, and their parts. The eagles, and their parts, are shipped to qualified Native Americans for use in religious Native American ceremonies.

E9 gets fed
They are majestic birds, for sure.  And they are great parents.  The eagles on the nest I'm watching are named Harriet and M15 and the baby is E9.  Harriet used to have a mate named Ozzie (the name given to them by the people in the neighborhood when they first appeared. But because they are wild animals and not "pets", when Ozzie passed away it was decided not to give them names.  So M15 is so named because he is a male who appeared at the nest in 2015, and E9 is Eaglet 9 who has hatched.

There is another nest in northeast Florida, which is overseen by the American Eagle Foundation.  The eagle parents there are named Romeo and Juliet, and there is currently a contest to name the 2 babies at that nest.  They are about 10 days older than E9, and there is a huge difference in size and development.
Juliet with the baby eaglets
There are other eagle cams across the United States, and a quick Google search will help you find them. I encourage you to visit today.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Flicking and Flinging Fun

What in the world?

I had so much fun making these cards.  I'm not much of a flower person, and I can't tell a begonia from a petunia (well, maybe I'm not THAT bad), so to be able to add dibs and dabs of color was perfect for me.

Here are a couple of my creations. Sorry they aren't straight, but I wasn't feeling well when I took the pictures.

These cards are very easy to make.  This blog has all the information (including videos) that you need to create your own flower masterpiece.  I did watch the video to see how in the world she got the long stems, and it was well worth the time spent.

This one resembles poppies, I think.  Or a field of some kind of red flowers.   I just started with watercolor paper and watercolored a basic background of blue sky and green grass.  After that was dry, then the fun began.  Now, this is a messy process, so be aware of that before you start.  But anyone who knows me knows that I'm not afraid to get dirty making art. I have a little 3 sided box that I put stuff in that catches overspray, etc., and it was put to use making these cards. 

Once your background is dry, get out several shades of green acrylic paint.  I had 2 shades of green, and made a 3rd shade by adding a little white to the darkest.  Then start flicking the acrylic paint from your paintbrush onto the watercolor paper.  If you use the brush to flick the paint off your finger, you will get the long stems.  That's what I called flinging.  :-)  It doesn't take long for the acrylic paint to dry.

When that was dry I then added my flowers and flicked a little bit of that color onto the bottom part of the card as well.  Looks like a windy day with leaves and petals blowing around.  :-)  

I had so much fun, I made about 6 or 8 of these cards. Of course, every one is different, and every one had different colored or multicolored flowers. And they can be used for a multitude of occasions.

I hope you try this, and I hope you have fun.  I will definitely do this again.  Soon.

Inky hugs,

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hug A Heart Card Drive 2017

Hello, everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
You are cordially invited to participate in the
2017 Hug a Heart Card Drive!

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about congenital and acquired heart disease. Many patients do not realize they have heart disease, even those who are born with defects called congenital heart disease. The Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital cares for many patients with various forms of heart disease. American Heart Month is a great time to raise awareness, to promote healthy habits AND ESPECIALLY, to lift the spirits of these patients who are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.For information about “Congenital heart disease (CHD) please see Christina's Blog.

We are asking for your help PLEASE.


Christina Hor is offering some wonderful prizes! 

Each card you make will bring heartwarming encouragement to those who are affected by heart disease – 
both patients and families.

What you can do--

Cards you donate will not only brighten a heart patient’s day during 
Heart Month, but will positively impact that child’s life by letting them know that someone cares deeply about what is happening to them.
Card guidelines are listed below.  Thank you so much for your generosity and gift of encouraging and supportive cards!  
WHEN TO SEND IN YOUR CARDS:   This card drive ends on February 14, 2017. Please have your cards to Christina by February 14th.

Prizes are being offered for making the cards! 

To thank you for your participation and generous gift of cards, Christina Hor has several prize packages. To be considered for the prize drawings, please see details below.

       Prize Package #1 (all participants) – everyone who sends cards will receive a freebie of Christina's Heart Panda digi and the pretty Sentiment:

Prize Package #2 (U.S. participants only) – to two random winners, a box of brand new craft goodies, each valued at $25.

Prize Package #3 (International participants only) - to two random winners, a $25 gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp.

Platinum package (U.S. and International): to ONE participant with the MOST donated cards (30+cards), a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamps.


Hug a Heart Card Drive is open to both U.S. and International participants. All age groups are encouraged to make the cards. 
  • Card drive runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17.
  • Card Types: handmade cheerful “heart” theme (non-Valentine’s Day) cards such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because cards for children between ages of 1 to 19.  As long there are hearts on the cards, it counts.
  • Greetings (Sentiments) on your card-front is optional.  But if you do include one, here are some suggestions: sending hugs, sending smiles, thinking of you, wishing you a beautiful day, or hello. NO Valentine’s Day greetings please.
  • Inside of cards: Please do not stamp or write inside the card.  Keep it completely blank so hospital staff may write a personal message to each patient.  If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a white or light colored piece of cardstock to the inside of card to make it easier for patients to read the hand-written message.
  • Card size: A2 size card (finished 4.25”x5.5”). 
  • Back of cards: This is completely optional.  You may include a label “handmade by + your name + Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017” to the back of your card. It can be a hand-written, stamped or small computer printout label.
  • Envelopes: Please include an envelope for each card. Do NOT seal envelopes.
  • PLEASE do NOT use loose glitter, as young children will get this in their eyes.
  • Please use embellishments minimally, if at all, and avoid using anything unsafe for very young children.
  • Please package your cards in a box or padded envelope to ensure they arrive undamaged...
  • Mail your box/package to: Christina Hor, P.O. Box 517, Dublin, Ohio 43017
  • To be eligible for the drawings, please include your full name, email address and mailing address in a note with your cardsso that Christina may acknowledge your cards and enter you for the prizes.
  • Optional – if you would like to help spread the words about Hug a Heart card drive, please use hashtag #hugaheartcarddrive when sharing your project on social media. 
  • Questions and more clarification about the card drive?  Please don’t hesitate to contact Christina directly at

Please share the message with others about the Hug A Heart Card Drive, and brighten a heart patient's day this February during Heart Month. Grab the banner from my blog and display it on your own blog 
or share it on social media
Thank you!

On February 1, we will have a reminder blog hop with prizes!

I hope you can join us in this worthy endeavor.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ATC Challenge for Cardz 4 Galz

Good afternoon, and a Happy New Year 2017!

My friend, Donna, urged me to enter the Cardz 4 Galz ATC challenge.  Since I love to make and give away my ATC's, and I am tired of working on Christmas cards, I decided to make some of those cute little cards.  They are my favorite thing to make, I think.

Here is the fruit of my labors:

You can click on the image for a closer/larger look.  I had some backgrounds that I had made with my gel plate, and they made the perfect backdrop for the cards.  Most of the stamps used were Dyan Reavely stamps.  The flowers were die cut from other backgrounds that I had made, and the butterflies were punched from the waste, so nothing was really wasted.    I used some of the Nuevo Crystal Drops for texture and the flower centers.  

As some of you know, I give these to my favorite waitresses with their tip, and they look forward to receiving them to see what I have come up with.

So, that's my entry for the Cardz 4 Galz ATC challenge.

I'm hoping we get some cooler temps soon.  We had a record 86 degree day on Tuesday. That's just not right for January.  

 Inky hugs!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Card for Ryan

Just a quick post.  My neice's oldest grandson is in first grade. His mama said he wants to make and send Christmas cards this year, and he hopes he gets some Christmas cards back.  So I made him this "special" Christmas card.

I don't know if you can see it or not, but the deer in the trees has a red nose.  I think he will like it: it has all the things a boy likes: trucks, snow, snowmen (or the start thereof), Christmas trees, presents, and Rudolph.  

Have a Merry Christmas

P.S.  I have to edit this to say that Ryan loved the card.  I decorated the envelope and he thought it was from Santa.  I also put a bunch of stickers inside, and he told his mama that Aunt Becky sends the neatest cards because they have stickers inside.  What a cutie he is.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Hug a Child's Heart - Literally

Re-printed with my friend, Donna's, permission:


"Greetings, everyone!
(a special note to my friends in the U.S.)

There are many card drives during the holidays and throughout the year.
May I share about one you may have never heard of?


Our Blogging Buddy Christina Hor Memories Crafter has a very special Mission.
Her husband is a cardiologist at Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Christina tries to give parents of terminally ill children in the cardiac unit encouragement cards during the long process of procedures and care. If the saddest moment of loss happens, she provides a heartfelt sympathy card to the parents at the loss of their sweet baby or dear child.
She also tries to provide cheerful cards to the children in the cardiac intensive care and inpatient wings throughout the year.

Especially during Christmas she strives to deliver holiday cards.

This year, Christina and her children are creating mini 3D Christmas trees for each room in the intensive care and inpatient wings.
With so many rooms, Christina has never been able to have a card for every child spends Christmas in the cardiac unit. 
This year, she is hoping to do that, but needs a little help from friends.

Would you like to create a simple, sweetly-appropriate children's Christmas card for those pediatric cardiac patients who will have to spend the holidays in the hospital?

If so, here is Christina's message

As these cards go to very young age children and of different ethnic background, I do have a few guidelines.

  • use kid's friendly images.  Kids love anything that is cute, cuddly and funny such as teddy bears, woodland creatures, reindeer, penguins as well snowman.  Just to name a few.
  • keep it clean with minimum embellishments.  However, shaker cards and pop-up cards are welcome.  So if you like making one of these cards and you know who you are, please do!   But please make sure to use strong adhesive to ensure that none of the shaker/embellishment pieces fall out.  
  • consider keeping your theme more of a: winter scene, "thinking of you" as well just a general "holiday" theme since not all of them celebrate Christmas.  Some celebrate Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Pancha Ganapati and some just don't celebrate the holiday at all.  So avoid using sentiment like "Merry Christmas" on your card.  
           Here are some sentiments i like to use: Let It Snow; Warm Winter Wishes; Thinking of you this holiday season; Sending you lots of hugs and wishing you a happy holiday.

If you are able to help, please have your card mail to me by December 10th to the address below.  If you know of any crafty friends who would like to help, please forward the message to them or share on your blog post.  It is safe to include the address in the blog post as it is my PO Box address and not my home address.  

Christina Hor 
P.O. Box 517
Dublin, OH 43017

Thank you SO MUCH in advance for your help!


Christina suggested greetings to read something like:

"Sending you hugs and thinking of you this holiday season. From Ms. Christina of Ohio"

(only use your own name, of course LOL)

She will be delivering the cards and trees on Dec 15. 
She is requesting cards by December 10.





and a sweet thank you from me to my Sweet Friends!"

Let's all get in the Christmas spirit and make some cards to share.  

Inky hugs!