I normally don’t get into many challenges, but this one had me at kindness… Jennifer McGuire is hosting a ‘Share Handmade Kindness‘ challenge. For the whole month of November there will be challenges to share the art of creating with someone – each week will be different. This first week, will be share something with a friend or family member. Jennifer wanted to do something to share kindness, and has teamed up with Hero Arts creating two exclusive stamps for a charity with a cause I really believe in: anti-bullying. What I love even more is that a significant portion (25%) of the proceeds will be going to the charity!
You can get both the photopolymer set on the left, and the single wood mount stamp from Simon Says Stamp or Hero Arts. I got mine today 💕
My card was made for my friend Carmen, who is gentle, kind, understanding and always patient with me even on my worst days. She is a great friend and I really wanted to let her know that with this card ❤
Carmen lives in a different province than I do, so I wanted to make a card that I knew would survive mailing. My new We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool just arrived the night before I made this. I ordered it explicitly for the use of making no-bulk shaker cards and confetti pockets , so I couldn’t wait to try it out!
To make the window, I die cut the rectangle using Lawn Fawn’s large stitched rectangle dies. Then, using an Avery Elle stamp storage pocket, I fastened the die to the pocket with washi tape, and ran the fuse tool over three of the four sides along the inside of the die – using it as a guide. Leaving the top open, I filled it with iridescent confetti large glitter and added a few snowflake sequins,then fused the final top side of the inner part of the die. (You can see an example of how this is done in one of Jennifer’s YouTube videos.)
The snowmen buddies were stamped in memento tuxedo black and die cut with the coordinating dies. Using my Spectrum Noir markers, the scarf was colored using DR1, DR6, DR7; the earmuffs were LV3 & LV2 with a light touch of the colorless blender to blend a little more. OR1 & OR2 were used on the carrot noses, and IB1 was run along the outline of the snowmen to make them look icy cold 🙂
Because the stamp pocket is plastic / acetate, I knew only Stayzon white would work – I stamped the sentiment, then realized that it needed a little something more, so added a few stamped snowflakes for added interest.
So that I had somehwere to write a note, I added a 4 x5.25″ top folding note card inside. The white sentiment got kind of lost when I did that, so I blended some Broken China distress ink fading to white along the top of the inner note card to highlight the sentiment when the card was closed.
This is entry for the #sharehandmadekindness initative. I love Jennifer’s videos, she is a beautiful artist, and an even lovelier person. This challenge is something that really means a lot to me, and I hope you will join me, Jennifer and thousands of other crafters & artists in turning our love of creating into the kindness of giving!