Sunday, September 12, 2010

Chrismas Cards for Charity 2010 - con't.

This next round of Christmas Cards comes from Terri-Lynn.  My creative crew got together in July to make Christmas cards to donate to the Southern Ontario Animal Rescue (SOAR).  It was just a personal creative day and the cost to “rent” my space was 2 handmade card donations to SOAR.  Terri-Lynn usually does photo Christmas cards, so handmade ones for the holidays are not much use to her.  So, she donated some cards I had made her years ago, plus a few from past Christmas Card making workshops I had held.  Of course, she also made at least two fresh ones for the occasion!  These two are Terri-Lynn originals!

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The ladies were having fun experimenting with stamping at this event.  Stamping with tone on tone the way the tall sentiment above is shown is a favourite stamping look of mine.  It seems like the stamped image is a natural part of the paper instead of added after-the-fact.

In the next picture, the “Let it Snow” design was from a class where we tried tearing.  Terri-Lynn always felt the snowman was incomplete without his hat, so she cut one out for him.

In the next set, the single Christmas tree was also from a past class.  I like the non-traditional colours in this one.  Terri-Lynn matched that idea with her own card too.

Next, Terri-Lynn used more class cards but added her own sentiments and embellishments: the rhinestone star and the centres of the snowflakes.  Terri-Lynn is a good learner!  There are many techniques we have learned along the way here: stamping, tearing, and the use of foam squares for dimension.

In the next photos, the striped cards are premade card bases by Die Cuts with a View.  These, I made some years ago.  Some of the colours were very bright, so I had to find ways to tone them down.  The gingerbread man is actually a wooden embellishment from Michael’s Craft Store.  I love how those look on cards.  They are very inexpensive and there are many kinds of designs – not just Christmas either!

There is a good haul here for SOAR: 11 cards from one person alone!  Not all of them were made on the spot, but each of them will be one less thing SOAR has to buy this holiday season.

If you are looking to give to charity, consider what little things you can do this holiday season.  Sometimes, it doesn’t take much.  In the past, I have made 5 or so kits of 1 towel, 1 toothbrush, 1 toothpaste and a mini-shampoo and conditioner (the stocking stuffer kind) and dropped it off at places collecting donations for women’s shelters.  It might have cost me $50-60 (the towels making up the bulk of the cost) but it helped five people. A smaller version would be hand-towels and a bar of soap.

If you would like to join me helping SOAR, hop over to their page where they have different donation-making options.

Click the link if you wish to help: Donate to SOAR.

There are LOTS more Christmas cards to come: Norma and Claire each made a couple and then there are mine still.  Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, what a wondrous collection of handmade Christmas cards! Glad Terri-Lynn made the snowman a hat to keep his cute lil head ... erm ... cold? ;D


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