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The Safelight Project with chances for you to win!

Recently I had a very nice conversation via email with a lady named Laresa about our local women’s shelter and crisis intervention services.  Safelight incorporates many services for domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims providing counseling, case management, court advocacy, support groups and job training under one umbrella organization.  One of their services, a shelter for women escaping domestic violence has undergone some changes in the past year.  I had a few small items I could donate to the women at the shelter, but the more I thought about this, the more I came to realize how meaningless my little gesture would be.  So, I have hatched a plan.  Here is where you come in, dear reader, I cannot do what I have in mind by myself.  I need your help.  There are two ways for you to help plus you’ll have an opportunity to win some great prizes by helping me to provide gift bags like these to 35 residents.

Safelight Project Gift Bag

First, I’d like to invite my stamping and card making readers to make some cards of encouragement and support for these ladies. Something that says “you are worth it”. Cards that are heartening and supportive. Make several in the same design, or use different designs, it is up to you.

A Little Something Card at From My Carolina Home

The only request is to keep them uplifting in tone, and not to use a religious theme as there are many different religions represented in the residents, and we won’t know who is getting what.  Inside the card you can hand write, stamp, or use your computer to make an uplifting message.  You could copy a poem, make up your own sentiment, or say something like this on the inside (feel free to copy this if you like) –

“As you go through this time of change,
know that you are important and valued.
You deserve to be happy and safe.
Good luck with your future plans.”

Stamping Cards at From My Carolina Home

Sign the card as you like – either “A friend who cares” or something similar, your first name or whatever you are comfortable signing.  Mail your completed cards to me with an envelope for each one addressed only as “For You”.  At least 35 cards are needed for now, and any additional will be saved for future residents, as (unfortunately) there are new residents regularly.  You can look to the designs on this post for inspiration, and for even more inspiration, see the blogs of two stamping friends who have graciously agreed to show designs and ideas for this event.

Start Where You Are designed by Heather North at Heather's Creative Blessings

Heather’s blog, Heather’s Creative Blessings has some wonderful ideas, and is posting today for this event. She does beautiful cards of encouragement every month.   Her ideas are just so perfect for this purpose, check out her post today –“You Are Worth It”.  You can click on the card above and the ones below for her individual posts on these uplifting messages.

You Are Capable of More Than You Know by Heather North at Heather's Creative Blessings   NeverGiveUP

Then check out Heidi’s blog for her post today for the Safelight project – My Little Stamping Blog. Heidi has so many wonderful ideas, and is also helping to spread the word for this charity event. Here is one of her cards, One Sip At A Time, click on the picture to see her post on this inspirational card.

One Sip at a Time designed by Heidi at My Little Stamping Bloc

I’ve created a Flickr group for you to share your designs.  Click on Safelight Project Flickr Group to see others and comment, and upload your designs for sharing.

Floral card

If you are not a stamper, you can still be a part of this project.  I need 70 sponsors to fund the cost of one-half of one bag and all the goodies inside.  That will be $5 per bag, with each bag having 2 sponsors.  This will purchase a reusable tote bag plus 8-9 full size items for inside such as nice hand lotion, mud mask, hair treatment, nail polish, a book or a puzzle, bath gel, new hairbrush, makeup, lip gloss and similar items as available.  See the picture at the top of the post for an idea of what they will look like.  Think of as a day spa in a tote, something to pamper these brave women who have taken an important step to independence, while giving them a bit of encouragement.

Springtime Cards ~ From My Carolina Home

For every bag sponsored and card sent in, you will be entered into drawings for some wonderful prizes!!

First up, for everyone sending handmade cards in the USA, you’ll get one entry per card for this spectacular set of cardmaking supplies from Stampin UP!  Thanks so much to Rachel at the Stampin’ Up corporate office for providing this fantastic prize!   Click on the link to find a Stampin UP! demonstrator near you.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit contains –
* Folded card sizes: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 cm x 14 cm), 3-1/2″ x 5″ (8.9 cm x 12.7 cm), 3″ x 3″ (7.2 cm x 7.2 cm)
* Includes set of 15 photopolymer stamps, clear stamp block, 20 printed card bases and coordinating printed envelopes, giftable kraft box, die-cut accents, Stampin’ Spot, Baker’s Twine, washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Makes 20 cards–2 each of 10 designs–using the included Soft Sayings Stamp Set

All those sponsoring a half-bag, and international card making participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50 MasterCard gift card  so you can spend it anywhere, provided by From My Carolina Home.  Sponsor a whole bag and get two entries!  So everyone has a chance to win!

The deadline for entering via sponsorship or card making is August 1st. 

At that point, I’ll do the drawings, complete the bags and deliver them.

The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

You can sponsor in two different ways, if you use Paypal, you can send your donation to my email {frommycarolinahome (at) gmail dot com} using the send money to a friend option.  If you are not a Paypal user, you can mail a check to my address.  Sponsor half a bag at $5, or a whole bag at $10, any help is appreciated.

Address to send cards or donations –
Safelight Project
c/o Carole Carter
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758

Can you help with this project for Safelight to encourage women who are changing their lives?

 

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Stamping fun in June

This month, I’ve had a need for several cards for different reasons. One needed to be a card that would be more suitable for a guy. I saw a cute stamp on sale of a pocket watch, so I got it to use with this embossing folder of clock faces.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I embossed blue cardstock, then stamped the pocket watch on cream. Gold accent paper and dark gold cardstock for the frame completed the color selections. The pocket watch stamp came from Just For Fun, and this is the card I will enter in their monthly challenge for June.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

All done, the blue and gold would be fine for a guy.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

For the inside, I went to the computer, and printed out a couple of sentiments, made up from my own thoughts. Working off the idea of ‘time’, I did this one.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

That sentiment could work for so many things! “It’s time to tell you (fill in the blank!).” – Happy Father’s Day, Happy Birthday, Thank You.  Or “It’s time you knew (fill in the blank)” – how much I care, how great you are, how proud I am of you, whatever you need to say!

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

For a birthday card, I had these frames as part of the gifted stash I received from dear reader Katie.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Using one with some of the soft floral paper made a pretty card.  I fussy cut it so the butterflies would be in the right places.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I cut the floral paper to size, and rounded the corners with my little punch.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

I put a contrasting color behind the flowers on the corners, then stamped Happy Birthday in the center.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

All done, with a pretty flower and butterfly on the envelope.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Inside is my favorite sentiment for quilting friends.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

And yes, all my cards this time got my personal stamp on the back.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Then, I needed a very fast thank you card for someone who is new in my life. I hope she will become a friend over time, but for now, I wanted her to know that the gathering she hosted at her home was appreciated. So, out came some floral paper with a coordinating solid, and a Stampin’ Up retired stamp set from some years ago.

June Cards at From My Carolina Home

Another adorable card was sent to me, and I just have to share this fun idea from my new pen pal Jennie.   She sent it to me after I sent her some of the Katie stash.

Jennie's Cards at From My Carolina Home

No, I didn’t photograph it upside down, she did it that way on purpose. When you see the inside, you’ll understand why this is just so stinkin’ cute. How clever you are, Jennie!!  Thank you!

Jennie's Cards at From My Carolina Home

Speaking of clever, my friend Val who blogs at Val’s Quilting Studio takes the award for all time.  She sent me a Sunshine Box as Happy Mail just because she wanted to.  How very creative is this!  She painted the inside of the box yellow and wrote on the inside flaps!!  It was stuffed full of goodies with a sunshine yellow theme – fabrics, papers and bits for cardmaking, lemon drop candies, a cute Mary Englebreit book, ribbons, post-its, crayons, yellow sidewalk chalk, and more.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

Every item was yellow in some way, and every one had a cute note attached.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

Such a cute dish towel, with a lemon slice and a little note that said “Cheers!”  I was just delighted, it was like Christmas morning!

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

She included tea bags wrapped in teapot fabric with another cute note.

Val's Sunshine Box at From My Carolina Home

I have the most wonderful friends!  Thanks so much, Val!!

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A Card for Mother’s Day

Normally I would show the card I made for my MIL before Mother’s Day, but she reads my blog and I didn’t want her to see it until she got it in the mail.  The idea here can be modified for any holiday or occasion, just change the sentiment. I decided on yellow when I pulled out one of the packs of patterned papers, so I pulled a coordinating yellow base and cut an oversize card to fit an envelope. I had these bird stickers too, and she loves birds.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I wanted a texture look on the inside, and this yellow did well. The green was for contrast for the stamped image.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I took the paper to the computer to print out a nice sentiment as I did not have a stamp that said what I wanted it to say. There is a wonderful website with free verses to print and use – Imag-e-nation.   I selected Mother’s Day from the extensive list of occasions, and scrolled down the verses with DH to pick the perfect one for her card.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The paper with the sentiment was cut to the size of the card and glued down. A goldfinch sticker was added.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Another pretty paper was stamped with a floral image. The green frame cardstock was embossed for texture.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

I stamped a flower on the inside, and on the envelope, and colored them using my chalks and blender pens.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The stamped image was mounted on the green embossed cardstock, and positioned at the bottom of the card front.  A little hummingbird sticker was added for extra interest.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

The top of the card front looked a bit bare, so these dimensional flowers were added.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

A floral and songbird card for a lovely MIL, here is the finished front and envelope.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Naturally, I put my signature stamp on the back.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Linking to Just For Fun May Challenge – A Mother’s Love.

Mother's Day Card at From My Carolina Home

Did you have a nice weekend?  If you are a mom, how was your Mother’s Day?

 

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Thrifting, and Winning, and a Gift

While I was playing in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand, I was able to indulge my bargain hunting addiction and visit a bunch of thrift and consignment stores in the area.  They actually have more than 60 listed on web searches, and I just couldn’t get to them all, but I had a great time in the ones I did visit.  I have to say the best of them was a consignment store called Finders Keepers.  Their wares were beautifully displayed, and made things very tempting.  I considered some of the lemon motif items here, like the pitcher on the left, to go with my lemon dishes, but decided to look around a bit more.  I didn’t notice those chargers until later when I saw the picture or I might have snapped them up.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Oh, I was tempted by those hurricane candle holders on the table here, but I resisted.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then I went around another corner and found this. Isn’t it cute? It is a planter.  DH said it might just hold enough coffee for me for one morning, until he noticed the hole in the bottom, LOL!  I see a chicken inspired tablescape in the future!

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Tablescapes were in several stores, and you all know I love a pretty table. But, I didn’t want to buy any more than 6 salad plates, not another whole set of dishes.  These didn’t tempt me, but the table was nicely done.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Poking around is the most fun!  The chicken on the table here was tempting too, but my tiny kitchen doesn’t have the room for one on the counter as I would have liked.  I am afraid it would get broken sitting on the pie safe.  So, my French inspired kitchen will have to remain chicken-less for now.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

At the Homespun Crafters Mall, which also has vintage items, I found these wine glasses. They are heavy lead crystal with gold rims – $3.50 for both!

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Back at home, I scored several great buys at our local thrift stores, including this wonderful French inspired pail.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Little mason jar salt and pepper shakers will hold some of my specialty salts. See my post Around the World in Salt.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Another planter found for the veranda.  I like the curved lines on this one.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A few more wine glasses at 50 cents each, I needed them for an upcoming party. The twisted stems make them pretty.  I would rather spend this little bit and donate them back when I’m done than use plastic ones.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I just had to pick up these onion bowls, made for dipping sauces but I don’t know yet how I will use them. You’ll see them on a tablescape soon.  They are a great size for a side dish like a juicy salad or baked beans.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

A nice brass planter will give the veranda a bit more interest. I am busy planting the pots now and will show you the veranda soon.

April Thrifty shopping at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then, I got really lucky! I was the winner of a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop on My Quilt Infatuation, thanks so much Kelly!! Here’s the loot I got with it. I am excited to try these Cake Mix papers.  And I have to say already the new Splash Olfa cutter is so much more comfortable than the old style, straight yellow handle one.  It cuts like a dream, of course a brand new blade helps.  The ruler has a rough bottom along the edge so it hold the fabric much better than my old one.

Winner FQS!

And then I won the drawing for Thimbleberries newest book on Quilt Shop Gal‘s blog, thanks Darlene!!  I don’t consider myself a lucky person for drawings, but my luck certainly changed that week!

Book win

Then, a lovely reader named Katie contacted me about my stamping habit. She said she had some things she wanted to give me as she wasn’t stamping anymore. Little did I know what she meant. She said three boxes, and I envisioned the little milk crate boxes that I use for transporting things. Oh no, she meant big boxes stuffed with goodies!! She was coming through the week I was in Myrtle Beach, so we didn’t get to meet, but a friend met her to get the boxes for me. I was blown away when I picked up the bonanza.  Papers, stamps, punches, stickers, and more elements to add on cards or pages, so much I was speechless.

Stamping Gift 2

All of these are filled with printed specialty papers, beautiful designs all wonderfully organized by style.  They are the large 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers.  Gorgeous designs, hundreds of pages.

Stamping Gift 4

This is an album full of acrylic stamps, each of these ‘pages’ is loaded with stamps and there are seven pages! There are literally hundreds of stamps in here, with several sets of alphabet stamps in different font styles.

Stamping Gift 3

And then, there was a full crate of papers!  Some of those are Stampin’ UP colors which will match my ink pads, and the size is 18-inch square scrapbooking size papers.  Incredible.

Stamping Gift 1

Now I have card making supplies to last for my lifetime and then some!  I’ll be sharing this bounty with some of my card-making buddies, and elsewhere.  I can see making some cards for charity use, as my stamping buddy Gail does.  She does a little basket of cards for our car club’s silent auction each year.  Perhaps some doggie inspired cards would do well at the humane society’s auctions.  Now I just need to get some envelopes to complete the sets and get stamping!!

Oh, and one more thing, I have reduced the prices on all my pincushions for Mother’s Day purchases, so now is the time to order the one you’ve had your eye on.  Click on Craftnut’s Studio Etsy Store to see them.  Buy before May 4th to get delivery in time.

Have you had any good finds, lucky wins or great gifts lately?

See more of my Myrtle Beach adventures!

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More Stamping Fun in April

In April, DH invited the club over to have an inspection of their little British cars by a couple of very knowledgeable members to see what might need attention before it became a problem.  For the guys who might be interested in seeing the cars, here’s a link to the event – LBC Tech session.  For us gals, the event wasn’t our cup of tea, so a few of us got together to stamp.  Two of the participants had never done this before, and I think we have new converts to the addiction, LOL!!  Gail (my ace Stampin Up demonstrator) brought over her Big Shot to do some die cuts, along with two really great designs for us to copy. First was an Easter card, as this was a few days before the holiday.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

We began by cutting out our elements.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Gail had the brilliant idea of embossing the eggs, so we did that too. I had a die for a butterfly, so I could add that to one of my cards. But, I forgot to do the embossing of the white background.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

So my second attempt had the embossing all done, and no die cut butterfly.  The embossing of the white adds a bit more texture and interest, elevating the card from nice to wonderful.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

Inside was Happy Easter with stamped butterflies.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The second card was an all occasion design. Gail had the demo one with Happy Birthday Wishes, and I did mine with Thinking of You. I have more of those to send than any other.  I love the lighter flowers stamped first to give a feeling of depth.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

The envelope got a flower too.  Once again, embossing the background add texture.  I’ll add my personal stamp to the back, and leave the inside blank for now, so it is ready to go the next time I need a card fast.

Stamping Cards Party at From My Carolina Home

A couple more shares for you, this postcard came from my blogger friend Vicki, who blogs at Colorways by Vicki. See her post about it HERE. And then read about her incredible thread stash and how she matched up the colors exactly!

Vicki's postcard - From My Carolina Home

I also have to share with you the incredible card I received from my stamping buddy Carol W. Her design sense creates stunningly, beautiful work. This one is stamped, and delicately colored by hand, with dimensional butterflies.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

But the real surprise is the dimensional quality, you lift on the little tab and tuck the end behind the dimensional butterfly for a beautiful card display.

Carol W's card - From My Carolina Home

How cool is that!!

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Stamping Easter Cards

Bunnies and spring colors were the theme of my Easter cards this year.  I found these adorable fuzzy bunny cut-outs on 90% off clearance at the discount store last year, so of course I had to snap them up.  Don’t they have adorable cotton tails!  I wasn’t sure what I would do with them, until I pulled out the Easter bin of stamps and found the perfect ribbon.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

I started with lavendar card stock, and embossed a yellow top piece to fold the ribbon around.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

Adding the bunny on one side, I stamped Happy Easter on the corner. Then realized, I didn’t like it on the embossing.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

To fix that, I stamped the sentiment on ivory card stock, then framed it in green. Mounting it over the other stamp, now it looks more finished.  Inside is the spring wishes sentiment, with a couple of little chicks.

Easter cards 2017 - From My Carolina Home

Since I had bunnies in different colors, and the ribbon went with all of them, I made more with different colorways. Do you like the pink?  I put little bunnies on the envelopes too.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Then a few more!  Yellow and purple, teal with gold, teal with pink, I could keep going.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Here they are, lots of variation on the same design, enough for some special friends as well as family.

Easter Cards 2017 ~ From My Carolina Home

Time to mail! Are you sending Happy Easter or Welcome Spring cards?

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Stamping Fun in March

Now that I have a truly organized and wonderful stamping space, I made some cards for friends. There seems to be a constant need lately for support and cheering up. I got out this pretty lavendar rose paper, and it was easy to pick coordinating colors from the paper shelf, now that the colors are sorted.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Gluing the paper to the front of the cards, I added a dark purple ribbon tucking the ends behind the rose paper.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I stamped “Thinking of You” on cream stock, mounted it on green stock, then set it at a slight angle.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Inside, I did the basket of flowers in three colors of ink, and added the sentiment.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Of course, my stamp goes on the back. Better than Hallmark, right?

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I made one plus a spare to have one in reserve for later. A lavendar rose was stamped on the envelope.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I had enough of the lavendar paper left to do one more card, so I tried it out with a darker cardstock. Over the top a green strip of embossed paper was added.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Adding a gold cardstock scalloped circle, and then a pink one with a stamped butterfly, the front of the card was done.  I could add a sentiment in the lower right, but this time I think I’ll leave it alone.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

Then I got more creative with the inside. I needed something light to show up the sentiment, so I chose the coordinating lattice paper and cut a piece to fit inside. I added a rose in lavendar ink, then the sentiment in dark purple ink. I really like the way it turned out! This may be an inspiration for the next card front.

Stamping @ From My Carolina Home

I was on a roll, so I kept stamping. It was just too much fun to stop yet. This neat printed vellum was in the same paper pack as the lavendar rose stock. I had a stamp to use that looked nice with it, and I colored it with my chalks and blender pens.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

Picking up the gold color from the vellum, I embossed a strip for texture, and mounted the stamped image on two layers of frame.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I only use my little rabbit tail stamp in the springtime, and usually I’ll just write my name under it. This time, I masked off the leaf on my personal stamp, and added my name below with ink.  It is crooked, but maybe that just adds to the charm of a handmade card.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

I use this sentiment a lot this time of year, this time adding a daffodil bouquet inside.

Spring Stamping at From My Carolina Home

A fun day of stamping!  I am getting started on my Easter cards too, and will show you those next month.

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