The Life Of A Crafter

Eat. Sleep. Create. Repeat.

That pretty much sums up my life right now 😛

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Karma Cards: Extended Hands Food Bank Valentine’s Edition

When I first started Karma Cards, I wanted to try and make every effort to try and do as much as I could.  The last year I wasn’t able to to as much charitable work as I hoped to, so this year I made it a resolution to schedule more charity card workshops.

I had done a Karma Cards class over the Christmas holidays, and it was a great success! My group donated almost 20 pounds of food for the Extended Hands food bank, and I wanted to make sure that I kept that initiative going after the holidays. I hosted another Karma Cards card making charity workshop this past weekend, and was able to collect both food and monetary donation for the Extended Hands Food Bank; a non-profit food bank in my area.  For my workshops, I donate all the materials and time to prepare, and I ask that attendee’s bring, in lieu of a class fee, either 6 non-perishable food items (like high protein items, baby formula or diapers) or a cash donation, 100% of which goes to the food bank, of $12 per person.  We all made 3 cards each, and I was able to collect a sizable box of food for donation to the food bank.

Karma Cards Charity Workshop hosted by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up for Extended Hands Food Bank

Karma Cards Charity Workshop hosted by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up for Extended Hands Food Bank

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP OUT TOO, BUT WERE UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE WORKSHOP, YOU CAN DONATE SAFELY & SECURELY THROUGH PAYPAL DIRECTLY TO THE FOOD BANK.  ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS MATTER, REGARDLESS OF THE SIZE, AND ARE VERY APPRECIATED! CLICK ON THE BUTTON TO DONATE NOW

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Pink Cupcake Shaker Card for Share Handmade Kindness Week #4: Strangers

It’s week four of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge hosted by Jennifer Mcguire. This week’s recipient: strangers. I knew that this would be the perfect opportunity to create a card for Jennifer’s card shower.

Share Handmade Kindness Cupcake Shaker Card Hero Arts Wendie Bee Stamp Right Up

Share Handmade Kindness Cupcake Shaker Card Hero Arts Wendie Bee Stamp Right Up

I created this shaker card using the Hero Arts stamp created in partnership with Jennifer for the Share Handmade Kindness initiative.  Stamping with Stayzon never works well for me – thank goodness for my Misti!! I had to double stamp this for the sentiment to show as boldly as I wanted so my Misti was the shining star for this project for sure 🙂

The sequins & confetti were from Simon Says Stamp (moonshine sequins, Pretty Pink Posh gold confetti) – and the tiny hear confetti’s are from a Martha Steward pack; although I have found a great indie shop that has a TON of fun confetti’s – they are literally called Ton, you can check them out here

The glittered cupcake was from my post here – since Emily’s favorite color was (dark) pink, I knew this would be the perfect project to use it on!  I was hoping to include one of my handcrafted matching scented cupcake necklace; I have emailed Jennifer to ensure that is ok first though.

I hope she likes it! I will be including a personal message for her, and even some Canadian flag stickers in the envelope for her too that she can share with her little sister 🙂

That’s all for this project – thanks for stopping by & see you next time!

Share Handmade Kindness Week 2: Scented Cupcake Earrings & Elizabeth Craft Vinyl Peel Off Glitter Stickers Card

Last week I participated in the Share Handmade Kindness challenge hosted by Jennifer McGuire Ink.  The first week was to create something handmade for a friend or family member.  This week is the second week for the challenge, this week we are to share a handmade project with someone who works in the community.  I just recently discovered these ‘peel-off’ stickers from Elizabeth Crafts.  I knew that they would work perfectly with the Mama Elephant sentiment from Carnival Cupcake Toppers for a card to go with the scented cupcake earrings I made for my doctor that worked with me for 4 years through my recovery of a car accident.  I just recently moved away and never got a chance to give her something, so I knew that my little cupcake earrings would be perfect pairing with this card!

I will be doing a video on how to create the card soon so stay up to date by subscribing to my YouTube channel

 

Scented Cupcake Earrings by Miss Kitty Creations

Scented Cupcake Earrings by Miss Kitty Creations

 

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Elizabeth Craft Peel Off Cupcake #0379 vinyl stickers with microfine glitter & the best Mama Elephant sentiment ever by created Wendie Bee

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Share Handmade Kindness Challenge #1 ~ Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends No Bulk Shaker Card

Hi Everyone,

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 💕

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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!

Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up

Lawn Fawn’s Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up


Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up

Lawn Fawn’s Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up


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Lawn Fawn’s Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up


Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up

Lawn Fawn’s Making Frosty Friends no bulk shaker card for the Jennifer McGuire Ink Kindness Challenge #1 ~ created by Wendie Bee of Stamp Right Up

Karma Cards: Send A Smile 4 Kids

Send A Smile 4 Kids needs your help crafters! As some of you know, I create cards for charity, that will be sent to children in participating hospitals in cities throughout Canada & America.  Here is their post with all the details.  Canadian readers click here
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Operation Write Home recently announced that due to the draw down of troops overseas, they do not need any where near the cards they have been receiving. That is a good thing, of course, and they will continue to collect cards for troops overseas, just not as many.

As a result, SAS4Kids has been contacted by many of those wonderful card makers who have been donating to OWH and are now looking for another cause they can donate to. We are thrilled, of course,  and will happily accept more cards for our kids. But what we really need now is more children’s hospitals to donate our cards to.

We would love to help more kids, but what is needed to do that is some more volunteers who are willing to accept sent packages of cards for kids, sort and label them, and bring or send them to a children’s hospital or two close by where you live. We have the Midwest covered, but would love a site in the East, West and/or Southern U.S. and even some sites overseas. If you are from Canada, please contact our Canadian sister blog via the side blog badge to see if they have any need for additional sites or volunteers.

If you think you might like to volunteer to help, your first step would be to contact SAS4Kids via the Contact Feature on the side of the blog. If no one else has volunteered in your part of the country (or world), I would approve you to approach children’s hospitals close to you to see if they would like to receive cards for their patients. Please read all the pages on the top of the blog and refer the hospital contacts to our blog as well. Feel free to copy and paste any info you want to share. I work with the Child Life or Volunteer Coordinators in the hospitals we currently serve, so that is maybe a place to start when contacting the hospitals.

We truly appreciate all the cards we receive for our kids inpatient in children’s hospitals, and will continue to distribute all the cards we receive. Our current needs are mostly fall and winter holiday cards and birthday and thank you cards. Keep in mind the older kids when designing cards too- both boys and girls.

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You can help in many way:
  • Collecting cards in your area
  • Creating & donating cards for the kids
  • Work with SS4K to find more hospitals to participate in this great cause

 

Go to their website to find out more details on how you can help:
US
Canada