Cards from the Heart


Hi everyone.

Today I am writing about something that brings me a great deal of personal satisfaction…what I call my cards from the heart.  For the last couple of years  I have created hundreds of cards for various volunteer organizations…sympathy cards for hospice clients, cards of encouragement for volunteers and those recovering from trauma, cards of thanks for the myriad of people who volunteer their time, effort and talents.

The cards in today’s photos are a few for my local hospice.  Next month it will be several dozen “thanks a latte” cards from Paper Pumpkin for National Volunteer Week.  A nearby community gives out over 3000 vouchers for free coffees to thank volunteers for their service.  My cards will be used to thank the businesses and baristas who provide the free coffee to the volunteers who bring in coupons.

Never underestimate the power of a handmade card to make the recipient feel special and valued.   In this day of electronic communication, instant messaging and abbreviations, receiving a card and knowing someone took the time to make it just for you because your contribution is valued is a pick me up that can last all day.

Who do you know that you could donate some hand made cards to?  Pick up the phone and ask…you will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to make a few cards for a community organization, and the recipient will feel good too!

Please leave me a comment letting me know how you use your cardmaking to inspire others, or whether this post has inspired you in some way.  Remember I am an independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrater and you support my activities helping non profit organizations when you shop any time, day or night, in my online store from anywhere in Canada.





Mixed media and Nature


Hi everyone.

Not a card today.  Many of you know I also do mixed media and today I am sharing a canvas using objects from my stash and found items from nature.  Its base is a wooden tray I picked up at a thrift shop, so no need to do anything to the sides.  They are interesting already.

Here are a few images.  This is my favourite piece…at the moment.

Spring Card Gala

Hi everyone.

It’s time to do it again!  Everyone had so much fun at the Christmas card gala that requests for another community card making were unanimous.  Everyone asked for more time, and we added that too. A full day of crafting goodness, along with a delicious lunch featuring Virginia Lamb’s homemade clam chowder.

This day is suitable for both novice and experienced card makers to start…or add to…a stash of all occasion cards. Using a variety of sentiments for birthday, thanks, get well, sympathy, wedding, graduation,etc. you can customize your cards to fit the occasions coming up in your life.

The papers and trims have been ordered and they are beautiful, colourful and cheery, providing a whiff of spring to combat the late winter blues.

If you’re not local, you too can participate.  Card kits are available for $40 plus postage.

If you missed out last time, register early for this day of crafty fun with friends and neighbours. or 250-246-3699. If you have seafood allergies or require a vegetarian lunch option, please let me know when you register.

Sat. Feb. 27 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Forbes Hall
Materials fee: $40
Lunch $10
Things to bring: small paper snips or crafting scissors, tape runner or snail and liquid crafting glue such as Tombow. Tape runner and glue will be available for purchase. Pls advise if you will need them when you register.



And the WINNER is…



Hi everyone.  I have a confession to make.  When I announced the draw date of Feb. 29, I was doing some planning in my daytimer  for February and didn’t notice I hadn’t flipped the calendar back to January when I chose a draw date.   At this time of year its dark by 4 pm and the days are damp and grey in both months so I didnt notice my error until a few days after posting.  This draw was meant for the end of January.

However, it was the first time I had noticed that 2016 is a leap year, so I will post another giveaway in February in honour of that.

ten people left comments, and when I plugged in the number 10 to the random number generator at it produced 8.   Someday I must learn how to do a screenshot on an ipad, but 8 it was.

So, congratulations to Gail who left the following comment:

Gail on January 24, 2016 at 12:38 am said:
“Cards are lovely. Wish I could attend your classes…lol bit of a drive. Thanks for invite..I signed up for newsletter :-)”

Gail is a new online customer…congratulations again.  While you couldn’t attend in person The sample cards are the next best thing!