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Monday, November 14, 2016

Hug a Child's Heart - Literally

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

HUG A CHILD'S HEART - LITERALLY!

"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?

"HUG A HEART" CARDS DRIVE FOR CHILDREN

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.

DO's:
  • 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!

Hugs,
Christina

RECAPPING:
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.

REMEMBER:

NO GLITTER - NO ORNAMENTATION THAT

 MIGHT FALL OFF OR BE PROBLEMATIC 

FOR SMALL CHILDREN.

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!


Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween!


I don't have a card to share with you today, but I do have something creative. My granddaughters came over yesterday to carve pumpkins, and I'm impressed.


Emilie carved the pumpkin on the left. She's 12.  It actually LOOKS like the Grim Reaper, which is what it's SUPPOSED to look like.  She did really well.  Rachel carved the pumpkin in the middle. Isn't it spooky looking?  It is very intricately carved. I would never have attempted it, but it looks really good.  And then we have the pumpkin I carved on the right.  I went for simple.  

We had a good time, and really, isn't that what it's all about?  


Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Altered Letter

Good morning!  I hope it's beautiful where you are.  We were fortunate that Hurricane Matthew was wobbling when it went past us, and we didn't get the 140 mph winds that were forecast.  It was bad enough, but not nearly as bad as it could have been for us.

Today I want to share a project that I am working on. I bought some wooden letters, and I have been working on altering them.  This is the first one...


It has been a fun project, that is ongoing, and I am enjoying working on different letters.  

To alter this letter, I first painted the letter with gesso.  Then I painted it the base color with acrylic paints.  When that was dry, I got out my texture paste and some stencils.  I mixed a little spray inks and/or color burst powders with the texture paste to make it colored.  Then I spread the paste through the stencils to get the raised portion.  I let that dry.  I also sprayed some of the spray inks and moved it around to give it a variegated look (some parts lighter, some darker).  After it was dry, I coated the entire thing with a glossy sealer.

While that was drying, I die cut some flowers and leaves and colored them with my alcohol ink markers.  I also die cut the butterfly out of glitter paper. I adhered a piece of burlap around the stem of the R, then adhered my flowers.  I added some sequins, and pearls to the flower centers.  A little glitter glue on the textured flower centers finished it off.

I think the person who is going to receive this will love it.  Blue is her favorite color.  And I have another friend who loves purple, so I made this one for her:


I didn't get a good picture of this one, I got too much reflection back off the glossy sealer. But I already gave it to her and she loved it.  And I will be working on more of these, they are fun!

Hope you have enjoyed.   Have a great day!





Becky
P.S.  I played along at the Mod Squad Challenge blog and won in the Top 3 for my letter R.  Woohoo!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Autumn

Now that Labor Day is behind us, can we hope for cooler weather?  Evidently not here in the south.  It's still in the 90's during the day, and we've had rain at least once a day for the last two weeks.  I guess you could say I'm pretty over the weather.

So, to help cool myself, I've started making some autumn cards.  A girl can dream, right? And I had a 3 day weekend, and it was too hot to go outside.

The first one uses a set from Gina K. Designs from the Autumn Wishes set.


  The colors of autumn are some of my favorites, so I loved watercoloring the trees. 

The next card uses one of my favorite fall stamps. Unfortunately, it was from a set by The Angel Company, and they are no longer in business.


I used glossy cardstock and alcohol inks to make some pretty fall colored paper, then stamped the leaf with archival black ink and cut it out.  A scrap of ribbon finished it off.  Very clean and simple.


I really love this card.  I used a leaf embossing folder, then watercolored the leaves.  The tag is punched from kraft cardstock, and stamped with a script stamp.  Several scraps of paper were used on the bottom of the tag, then a leaf was die cut (from the same paper I made for the leaf above), and adhered to the tag. I used dimensional foam to adhere the tag to the background. 

Hope you have enjoyed my little projects.

Inky hugs,



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Happy August

Oh, my goodness, where is the time going?  It's August already.   School will be starting soon.  Soon some of you will be getting cooler weather. Hard to believe, huh?  Of course, it doesn't start cooling off here until sometime in October.  I sometimes miss the northern autumn weather.  It just seems wrong to carve pumpkins when it's 90 degrees outside.

Anyway, I needed to make an autumn card. So I pulled out my stamps and watercolors.  I always use leaf stamps for autumn cards, but this time I wanted to do something a little different. This is what I came up with:


Actually, I came up with one very, very similar. But, my husband is my biggest fan, and he's been taking some of my cards to work and selling them, and he took the original. I told him not to sell it, I was mailing it to someone, but he just wanted to show the lady.  

Well, she loved it, and wanted to buy it. But, he was a good husband and didn't sell it to her.  So I offered to make one like it and I did.  The colors were a little different, since I watercolored them at different times using different colors, but they were very much alike.  This one is a little more colorful (and truthfully, I like it best).  So, off he went with both cards.  The lady liked the first one best, so he sold it to her for an obscene amount of money.  (I like him to be my salesman).

So, I still have a card to mail out. This one took me a long time because everything is stamped individually and I had to let watercolors dry between painting. But I really like it, and I'm thinking I need to make a few more.  Maybe if I do them assembly line style it will go a little quicker.

So, that's my post for today.

Now I think I'm off to find a cold glass of lemonade and try to stay cool.  Till next time,

Inky hugs,


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Top 3 Winner at Mod Squad Challenge

Woohoo!  I was a top 3 winner in the Mod Squad Challenge for last week.  The theme was nautical and here is the card I submitted:


I colored watercolor paper with Spectrum Noir watercolor markers.  Then I stamped the nautilus shell with Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Then, I re-wet the watercolor paper and removed some of the color, leaving the darker colors underneath the embossing.  I think the technique is called embossing resist.  Then I stamped the nautilus shell on white cardstock, colored it with Spectrum Noir markers, stamped the "Always In My Heart" and embellished it with some drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops. Everything was matted with black cardstock.

And here is my badge:


Hope you have a happy day!



Monday, June 6, 2016

Peek-A-Boo Card

Good afternoon.  I hope the sun is shining where you are (unless, of course, it's night).  We were supposed to get a lot of rain from a tropical storm, but so far I haven't seen any precipitation.  Which is a good thing.

Mod Squad Challenge is having a new challenge this week to make a peek-a-boo card.  This is my take on that challenge.


I used the rose background paper from my stash.  The rose on the white cardstock was die cut from a Hero Arts die, which allows the background paper to show through.  Hello is a Heidi Swapp stamp, and was stamped in Delicata Goldenglitz ink, as is the spatter stamps (The Angel Company).  I used Nuvo Crystal Drops for the dew drops.

A quick and easy card to make.  Hope you enjoy.