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More cards in November

Stamping more cards in November, I decided that the prize winners from Autumn Jubilee needed a card to go with their prizes.  Since I was mailing several at once, it was easy to go down to the stamping workbench and have some fun with paper and ink.  Pretty paper bits were utilized in these cards.  I liked the one with the words Harvest and Apple Picking, so I built the card around that piece.  I used a leaf  paper on the side, and stamped a harvest image on the cardstock.

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I decorated the inside with a harvest image, just to add some interest.  I planned to hand write a special note to each winner.

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Sometimes I think if I don’t show you the back with my stamp, you’ll think I forgot it.  I hope you aren’t tired of seeing it!

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Using the same leaf paper and harvest stamp, I started the next card.  This one got a curlicue sticker on the top, and a dragonfly sticker for dimension.  A few falling leaves were added too.  The inside and back got the same stamps as the previous card.

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Stamping isn’t limited to cards.  I used a couple on the label cards inside the seed bags.  I hope that the seeds are good.

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Cute garden birdhouse and butterfly.

November cards at From My Carolina Home

One more for a special prize going out of the country.  Having international readers and winners is so much fun for me!  The sentiment ‘thankful for you’ sums it up perfectly, as I am grateful for every reader of this blog.

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I am still in a stamping mood, maybe a few more Thanksgiving cards will be done before we begin on that red-and-green one.  Not ready to go there yet!!

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Autumn Jubilee Stamping Fun

One of the things my family looks forward to every year is a Thanksgiving card. I started sending them years ago, when it was very difficult to find them in card boxes in the stores. But I liked sending a card when it wouldn’t get lost in the deluge of holiday cards. One year I didn’t send them, and everyone missed them. Now that I stamp my own, it is much easier. I have so many ideas, everyone will get a unique card.  Beginning with the card stock, I pulled some pretty colors.

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I wanted to give you some ideas for autumn inspired cards, some Thanksgiving, but any could be changed to a birthday or friendship card just by changing the sentiment. I had so many elements to play with, pretty papers, leaf stickers, ribbons, lots of stuff!

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I got out my embosser, and embossed rust card stock with the closest thing I had to a leaf design.  I like the addition of some texture to the cards.

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I stamped a pumpkin scene on ecru stock, and colored it with pencils. It was mounted on dark brown card stock for a frame, then on the gold color card base with the embossed paper on the upper left. A nice small sentiment is stamped in the lower left corner space with a pine cone accent.

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It looked like it needed just a bit more, so I added some leaf die cuts, like they were falling. The envelope got a leaf and some acorns.

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Inside, a sentiment of Thanksgiving stamped in brown with more leaves stamped in rust.

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Of course, all the backs got my personal stamp, some with a pumpkin too.

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

On the next card, I did one of my favorite things, stamping lots of leaves in different colors of ink.

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I put the leaf ribbon across the middle, adding a framed sentiment on top.  While mine says Happy Thanksgiving, it could just as easily say Happy Birthday for a November birthday.

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I really like this ribbon, so used it on the next card with some pine cone design paper.

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Over the top, I added another embossed rectangle, with an accent of dark brown to set off the leaf stamped on gold.  The sentiment again is Thanksgiving themed, but also could be something else.

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While looking at the papers, I found this leaf one and wanted to use it too.  Starting with a rectangle on the side, I had room to stamp another Thanksgiving themed sentiment.

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Using the same idea from the previous card, I added a brown accent, then topped it with a stamped turkey framed with an embossed rust paper.  On the left, the card uses the same leaf paper across the bottom with the brown accent above.  A sweet stamp of a harvest scene is framed with embossed rust paper, and the sentiment Happy Thanksgiving is stamped above.

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So there you have it, five cards all variations on a theme with stamped envelopes ready to sign and mail.

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One more card, I needed to send with a gift, and I wanted a Friendship theme.  The leaves are the piece left over from die cutting leaves out of a piece of card stock.  I backed them with some of the patterned paper and glued them to the bottom front.  Friendship was stamped at the top, and then thin ribbons were added on the left and across the top edge of the plum card stock.

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So there are all the cards.  Just to let you all know, if you are a stamper, I have a number of new listings in my Etsy store of stamp sets, and my pin cushions make nice gifts too.  I have nice quality fabrics and vintage items as well.  Check out my listings Craftnuts Studio on Etsy.  Today, I’ll give away two Stamp sets to one lucky reader!  The one on the left is a build-a-flower set with friendship and birthday messages, and the one on the right is suitable for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Do you enjoy stamping for holidays?

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Stamping Halloween Cards

Getting farther into October, it is time to begin stamping cards for Halloween.  Autumn Jubilee wouldn’t be complete without some cards!  I have so much Halloween fun stuff, thanks to Katie and her generous gift. I wanted to use some of the stickers and elements with the stamps, but I had more ideas than time, LOL!! Anyway, I began with my roller as I haven’t used it in a while.

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I have several Halloween wheels, and this year used the spider web. I rolled it on my paper mat first to ink up the roller well, then rolled one line of spider webs on the orange paper, on a diagonal.

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Then I use my roller guide to get the next lines straight, and rolled the entire front of the card.

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On top, I placed a translucent ghost with some spray adhesive so the glue wouldn’t show through. The sentiment ‘just flying by’ from another stamp set went perfectly with the ghost. If you look closely, you can see the spider webs through the ghost.

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I made several of these at once, and one of them I messed up. The roller missed a section, and I foolishly tried to re-roll over it. But no matter, this is an opportunity to do something different. So I got out my Sizzix embossing machine, a spider web embossing folder and black card stock.

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Then, I found the eerie tree with no leaves, and stamped over the embossing with Versamark.

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I really wasn’t sure this would turn out, the embossed paper wasn’t flat anymore. But the Versamark did stick fairly well. Covering it up with white embossing powder…

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I tamped off the excess, and hit it with the embossing heat gun. Pretty cool!!

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So, why not add a spooky ghost owl? The bits where the white powder didn’t stick on the tree just adds to the creepy factor.

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Embossing the owl, and adding the sentiment, completed the front.

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Both cards have Happy Halloween with a jack-o-lantern face inside. A cute little bat on the envelopes, and my signature stamp on the backs, and they are ready to mail.

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All done for this year’s designs, at least for now.

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This one from last year is still my favorite card. The witches hat and shoes are from one stamp set, while the sentiment is from another one with shoes.

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The giveaway today is from my personal stash of brand new, never used stamps. I bought a box lot of them from a friend, and had some duplicates as she is a dealer. This set has the ‘EEK’ stamp, so I thought it would be fun for the giveaway.  It also has six more stamps suitable for other holidays, plus you’ll receive the flower stamp set with birthday and than you sentiments.  I’ll ship these anywhere in the world, so international entries are welcome!!

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Stamping Cards in September

My card making for September focused on supportive messages for a couple of friends having some health challenges.  This seemed like a good time to participate in a card challenge at Just For Fun Stamps. The challenge for September was to take their design sketch and make a card using it as inspiration. Yellow cardstock looked nice with the purple striped paper, and I had some purple washi tape too.

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So I got out some supplies, and began by stamping a tall motif on a light lavendar paper. This is actually three different stamps that go together to make one basket full of flowers. I used three different colors of ink, and stamped the flowers several times to create a full bouquet.

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I glued the striped piece down in the position suggested by the sketch, and added washi tape to make the horizontal bars.

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The basket of flowers was added, and I couldn’t resist adding the little bee too. The sentiment is in the bottom right corner.  This card is my entry into the challenge.

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I had one more message of support to do, and used my pickup truck again.  This is a favorite one because of the sentiment that goes with it. I pulled some blue cardstock, and some of the blue handmade paper that I got from a blogger friend on Etsy. I plan to make some of my own now that the weather has cooled off.

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“Thought you could use a little pickup” works on so many cards!

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

I used up the last of the gold washi tape, and placed the homemade paper across the bottom.  Aren’t those dogs in the truck bed cute!

September Cards at From My Carolina Home

Did you know that I create cards with your message inside? See my Etsy store listing for custom cards. I create a card, then put a printed sentiment on the inside that is your personal message, and it can be sent directly to your recipient. I need a lead time of five days for creating and mail time. Or I can send the card and an envelope to you for presentation.

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I have put some stamp sets in my Etsy store too, if you are interested in adding to your collection at a really low price for brand new retired sets.  Stampin’ UP! Stamp Sets.

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Stamping Fun in August

Stamping was lots of fun in August, with the Safelight Project and making some thank you cards for friends.  When I have a number of cards to do at once, I sometimes will use elements from other cards I have received.  I’ll cut up those cards for bookmarks and gift tags, and sometimes I keep a pretty element to use on another card.  This time I had several cards to make at once, so it was stamping fun time.

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I needed to send several thank you cards to friends in the longarm group that helped me complete all the Quilts of Valor I had.  Each lady is unique, so I made unique cards for each of them.  Starting with this one, I used an element from another card, the Thank You sentiment was very sweet, and the flower so pretty, it didn’t need much more.  So, I mounted it on a printed paper with a ribbon accent.  The envelope got a butterfly stamp.

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This one has a printed vellum paper over beige card stock, with the sentiment stamped on the vellum in blue ink.  I put a blue patterned paper over the vellum, and added the gold flowers to echo the flower in the vellum.  A flower sticker also went on the envelope.

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I have a huge flower stamp that will cover almost the whole card front on a 4×6 card.  I stamped the image in purple ink on lavendar paper, with the sentiment on two frames.  The lacy dark purple accent is washi tape, on both the card and envelope.

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Inside these cards had this sentiment, and a personal note was added.

Stamping Fun in August at From My Carolina Home

Then the winner of the Safelight project needed a card too, for her gift card.  So, I used that same patterned paper (I love that one!) with ‘Celebrate’ stamped in dark pink on light yellow paper.  The rose is a resin element glued to the top of two scallop frames.  The top frame is stamped in green with the design made for that size scallop.

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I showed you these cards before, they are the ones I made for the Safelight Project.

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I bring this up again because I have another story to tell you. I had lunch at their Dandelion Cafe a couple of days after the delivery of the bags. While I was there, Laresa came in and saw me sitting with my friend enjoying their wonderful tomato pie.  It is a deep dish pie, layers of tomatoes and cheese with melted cheese on top and a perfect, flaky crust.

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She told me that just the night before, they had 7 women driven to the shelter from another county because that shelter was full. Imagine, having the courage to finally seek help, only to be shuttled off to a shelter many miles away in another county. Well, these women arrived exhausted and depressed, but they got a big lift from the spa bags they were given. It made them feel special at a truly awful time, made worse by the long trip, and it is all due to the wonderful readers who helped with this project.

Last night I got this email from Laresa, and want you all to see it.  She wrote “Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you again for the spa bags and lovely gifts inside for our shelter residents. They are enjoying everything in them and feeling pampered every time they use them! We have also taken in new clients almost every day this week and they are receiving bags, too. What a lovely gift when they are so traumatized and just settling in to a new place with new people. Thank you very much. ”  She also left a comment with more information on the previous Safelight post on the final delivery.  You can see that comment HERE, just scroll to the last comment. Thank you again, dear readers, from the Safelight shelter and the directors, and me.

I talked DH into having lunch there again yesterday. The Dandelion Cafe is open 9:30 – 2:30 Monday through Friday, and is a training program for shelter residents, and the food is really good. He got a turkey and apple panini with a side salad, a bargain at $8.95.

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And I had a tomato pie slice with a salad. It is a huge amount of food for $8.25.  Both meals filled us up so we really didn’t need much supper later. Yes, I will soon begin work on a tomato pie, this is just too good for harvest time, and I expect to have a lot of tomatoes ripening at the same time.

Lunch at Dandelion Cafe ~ From My Carolina Home

It seems like I have made more cards than this, but it is possible I sent them out without remembering to take pictures.

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But if you need inspiration, just click on the stamping category on the sidebar to see more card designs.

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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!

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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!

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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.

The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

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.

The Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

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?  Update – Click HERE to see the completion and delivery of the bags.