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The Safelight Project Delivery and Winners

The Safelight Project has come to a close, and I want to show you the rest of the story. Cards and donations just kept coming, more bags were made, and the delivery has been done.

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The cards coming in were just extraordinary, such creativity and beauty! These from Cyndy R. were stunning.

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I have to show you this one up close, look at the coloration of the rose with glitter for a bit of sparkle.

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It is a tri-fold card, here is the middle, beautifully colored and so inspirational.

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Then in the inside, she hand wrote a beautiful message, one that is sure to lift someone’s spirits in a nice way.

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Heather, who blogs at Creative Blessings, sent in a whole batch of cards, each one unique.

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Handwritten messages unique to each one were very special.

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More of Heather’s designs, all beautiful.

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Danice was having so much fun making cards that she sent six more the following week. Thank you so much, Danice!!

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Cindy in Florida sent these beauties.

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Inside all were stamps or stickers to make them pretty, and a heartfelt handwritten note, unique to each card.

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My friend Gail made several cards as well, so pretty!

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A box of goodies arrived from Denise F., all melaleuca products, who sent facial renewal cream and yummy flavored lip glosses for the bags.

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Those lip gloss tubes had all kinds of flavors from Vanilla Bean to Pina Colada, Peach Nectarine and Pineapple.

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The donations just kept coming too, even after I announced that the initial goal was reached, and even exceeded. Thank you to all the monetary sponsors!

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.  —  Edy J. — Vicki W. — Pat E. — Dana W. — Carole B.

Kelley L — Cindi W.

I had to make another trip to the store, luckily they still had some of the same tote bags. More bags were filled with goodies, cards, and essentials.

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Each one got a piece of sparkly tissue on top, so the spa bag was more like a gift. It is with great pleasure that I tell you the number of spa bags increased to 45 with all the donations!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped, it couldn’t have happened without everyone’s help.

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And now, congratulations to the winners of the prizes!

Cindi W. won the fantastic Stampin’ Up kit!  Visit Stampin’ Up to find a demonstrator near you!

The winner of the Mastercard Gift Card was Nancy B, congratulations!!

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So, bags all made, I made arrangements to deliver them on Monday. On Sunday evening, I loaded the car. The trunk was completely full.

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So, I put the seats down in the back and continued to stuff the car to its gills. The last two were tucked onto the floor behind the driver seat. The bag of extra toothbrushes, combs, deodorants, and nail files were stashed in there too.

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Monday, August 7th, was a rainy day, so we had to wait for a break in the downpours. The car was loaded and ready when a break came near 11:30 in the morning. I called Laresa, said I was on my way, and she was waiting outside with two rolling carts to quickly get the bags inside before the bottom fell out of the rain clouds again.  Turning on the hazard lights, I jumped out and we quickly loaded the carts.

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Then, I parked the car, and went inside to meet the wonderful people that run this shelter, see the programs they have in process and have a tour of the facility in its construction stage.  Here are three of the shelter managers from left, Charlotte Rapp -Shelter Manager, Laresa Griffin -Director of Development and Wendy McEntire – Job Training Program Director.

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While I was parking the car, Laresa said a resident saw the bags and got very excited that one would be for her.  Charlotte planned a time to hand out to everyone at once for that evening.  On Tuesday, Laresa sent me an email with the resident’s reactions.  She said “the clients were ecstatic! They were so ‘happy to have personal items that were like luxuries, not just the necessities’ and it made them all feel so special. They really appreciated the handmade cards and the caring notes written inside. Thank you and your blog readers who contributed to these amazing gifts for our clients. It really has lightened their loads, giving them a self-confidence boost and the ability to pamper themselves. We appreciate you and your hard work in coordinating this project and loving on our clients in such a personal way. Thank you!”  There were enough bags for every resident of the shelter, and the transitional apartments, and a few left over which will be stored for future needs.  There were also about a dozen cards more than bags, and Laresa will give those out to those who need a lift later.

So, this project is finished. There really isn’t an opportunity to sew anything for them at this time. We did explore the ideas of seasonal table linens, or pillowcases, but those just cannot be used right now. The shelter is in transition, and is a transitional facility as well. But, for local readers, they do have a program beginning sewing class that meets every Monday, and they can use fabric and thread if you have any to donate. Just take it to the Safelight thrift store, and tell them it is for the Sewing class at the shelter.

Thank you to everyone that contributed cards and items, and donated money to make it such a success!


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The Safelight Project Update

The response to the Safelight project idea has just been incredible, so get ready for a long and picture heavy post. Thank you so much to everyone that has participated, with cards and donations for the gift bags.  I have begun assembling the bags, and want to show you were we are at this point.  I do need to apologize, I must have hit a wrong button and my first paragraphs of this post’s draft posted to the site last Thursday. I immediately took it down, and I apologize for the mis-post. A few days after the first post, I purchased the tote bags, removing the labels and opening them up all over the office floor.

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Taking what funds I had at the end of that week, I went to the stores and found lots of things to begin filling the bags. I got pretty hairbrushes with flower handles, hand lotion, facial peel off masks, perfumes, shower gels, scrubbies, and gel eye coolers.

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I found hair treatments, and neutral color eye shadows too.

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I also did several hypoallergenic bags for those with perfume and fragrance sensitivities. At the thrift store (unbelievably!) there were some full size, brand new, Avon products for just $1 each – I bought them all!

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Then, like handing out trick-or-treat goodies, I began filling the bags with goodies.

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I want to publicly thank the donors, each and every 1/2 bag, whole bag and multiple bags sponsored made a difference. I won’t tell you who the two gold star donors are, but they donated $50 each to get this project well underway. With the mail from Friday, promises of checks yet to be received, and a couple of donations from the mis-post, the financial goal has been exceeded for the project!!  If any additional funds come in next week, I’ll put them to making up additional bags for future residents.

Amy O. —  Mary Jo L.  — Nancy B.  — Norece E.  —  Susan D. — Mary Z.

Sharon S.  —  Kathryn W.  —  Jodi M.  —  Mary C.  — Deborah M  —  Denise F.

Mary Jean C. — Susan G.  —  Jennifer G.  —  Christine S.  —  Erika N.   —  Susan C.

Linda S.  —  Carol L.   —-  Teresa M. —   Sherry T.  —  Jeanne C.  —  Donna S.

Nancy J.  —  Beth L.  —  Sarah K.  —  Elizabeth S.  —  Ruth C.   —  Melanie T.

Karen T. —  Judy D.  —  Lesley G.  —  Janice H.  —  Lisa (unknown)

Mildred P.  —  Jennie R.

I have responded personally to every donation I have received. If you see your name above, but you didn’t get an email from me, check your spam folder. If you made a donation, and you have not received an acknowledgement from me, and you don’t see your name above, I didn’t get it.  Sometimes the long email address doesn’t get transcribed exactly right, and you know how computers can be.  Let me know in an email or a comment if this is the case, and we’ll try to resolve it.

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I have to tell you all a quick story that just shows how wonderful people can be. While I was checking out at the Dollar store with over 100 items, a lady came up to stand behind me in line.  I apologized to her for holding her up as the checker had already begun before she got in line.  The checker was curious as to why I was buying multiples of so many things.  I told the checker about the project as she was ringing up the sale. When she told me the total, I felt a tap on my shoulder. The total stranger behind me was holding out a $20 bill, and said “I want to help you with that.” I was absolutely blown away. All she would tell me was that her first name was Lisa. So, Lisa, even though you may never see this, I am so grateful for your kindness.

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My friend Sam brought over boxes of items to add to the bags, toothbrushes and combs, nail files and razors, deodorant and soaps.  Each bag got two or three of each of these items, and there are still some left over that I’ll take with me to the shelter.  They can use some of these items for the kids, and the rest can be stored for future needs.

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The creativity in the cards coming in is just awesome. The first package from Lenora arrived just days after the Safelight Project post, and contained 16 unique cards with such creativity!

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Inside, Lenora put several different sentiments, all very inspiring! I really like how she signed her cards – ” A Friend You Haven’t Met!”

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Then, she used a great stamp for the outside of the envelopes and decorated those with stickers too.

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Gorgeous cards, here are a few more of her designs.

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I was inspired by her cards, and went to the stamping workbench to create a few more for the project. Remember my sunshine box from my friend Val? These daisies came from that box, and I hope they will bring that sunshine to the women. I stamped a bluebird of happiness on textured cardstock, and a Happiness Always greeting. The trim on the bottom is washi tape.

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I found the perfect sentiment stamp in the box of goodies given to me by reader Katie. Thanks again, Katie!  I signed the cards “Someone Who Cares.”

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On the back, this stamp was cute, and left my name off.

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I decorated the envelopes too.

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Then I stamped this design for another purpose, and made a second one for the Safelight bags.  Inside it has my sentiment from the first post on the project.

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Karen T. sent in products for the bags, some Mary Kay lip and eye crayons along with some makeup items. Thanks so much, Karen, these will add a lovely touch to some of the bags. I put them in the bags with the hypoallergenic items as those had fewer items per bag. I was able to find sensitive skin unscented shower gel and lotions, but no makeup items, and of course, no perfume. It really helped to balance out the bags so the scent free ones were just as fun as the rest.

Karen's Mary Kay donation

Danice made these lovely cards, using the sentiment from my post inside. Thank you, Danice, for blogging about the project as well! She sent an email that she is sending six more cards that should arrive next week too!

Danice's cards

Then, a dozen cards arrived from Carol L, beautifully done.

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Each and every one has a unique, handwritten message inside. Truly stunning, and once again I was just blown away.

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Jennie’s cards arrived on Friday, how lovely!

Jennie's Cards

I love what she did inside too.

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The cards are truly the most important piece of this project and without your help, I’d be gluing my own fingers together by now. The inspirational messages will help these women so much, to feel better, to believe in themselves, and to have hope for the future. If you are counting, you’ll notice that we made the goal of 35 cards, but will be using a few more for the extra bags that can be done from the extra donations received.  Any additional cards received will be given to the shelter for future needs.  Here is one of the bag assortments after week one of shopping.  The roll of tissue contains a nail polish, wrapped to keep it from breaking in the bag.

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At the second trip to the stores, I found a pedicure set and got more nail polish so every bag has these items.

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Several of you have asked about sewing projects, and I do have a couple of things in mind. More cards will be appreciated for holidays coming in a few months. I will look around when I deliver the bags and see what may be needed or appreciated, and we can do another project later in the year.

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The drawings for the prizes will be in early August, with the winners notified by email. One question I got privately, but want to answer publicly is regarding the gift card prize. The MasterCard Gift Card prize is not being funded by donations, it is coming out of a points program I have on my personal credit card. So, all your donations, every penny, will go to the gift bags. I’ll draw a couple of days past the postmark date of August 1 so everyone has a chance. You get one entry for each card sent, and one entry for every $5 donation.

Stampin’ Up has provided this wonderful prize for someone making cards for the project.  Visit Stampin’ UP to find a demonstrator near you.  This company has the BEST stamping supplies!

So, that is where the project stands at this time.  It is almost complete!  I am still going to wait until August 1 to draw the prizes as I know of at least a couple of things still coming.  I’ll bring you another update when the delivery is made in early August.  Thank you all for your wonderful support of this project!

What do you think of our progress?


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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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 made out to me 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Inside is my favorite sentiment for quilting friends.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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

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

How are you being creative now?

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Naturally, I put my signature stamp on the back.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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See these links for more about my Myrtle Beach adventure –

Beaches and Gardens of Myrtle Beach

Quilting Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach Foodie!

Visiting Brookgreen Gardens

 

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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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