Hello, crafty & creative friends!
I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful blog hop that is all about one of my very favorite things in the whole wide world...GIVING! We want to inspire you to think outside the box with your gift giving this year. Perhaps instead of yet another gift of flowers for Mom on Mother's Day, you might consider a special gift to a charity of your choosing in Mom's honor. ...something that could make a REAL difference. Isn't that a fun & beautiful idea?!!
There are SO many truly wonderful charities out there, and you're sure to discover some new ones on today's hop. I chose Samaritan's Purse as my charity of choice. This is the same organization that does Operation Christmas Child each year, filling up thousands and thousands of shoeboxes with all sorts of wonderful goodies to send to children all over the world. Many of those children have never ever received a gift, let alone a shoebox full of gifts! My family has participated in this for many years, and it is always lots of fun for us to choose the special items to go inside. We always include a photo of our family, along with a personal note, and we are even able to track where our shoeboxes end up. We have tracked ours to Columbia, Ukraine, and this past year to the Dominican Republic. It is an amazing program, and one that is great for your kiddos to get involved in!
The Samaritan's Purse organization does so much more too! Read on to learn about who they are:
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
They do so much good around the world, and I'm thrilled to be a small part of that! An easy way to get involved with this wonderful organization is via the Gift Catalog. You simply choose a gift, such as "Feed a hungry baby for a week.", "Restore sight to the blind.", or "Help a poor farming family." There a many, many options! You can give the gift in honor of another person, which is when it becomes a perfect token to tuck into an Easter basket or Mother's Day card, etc.
I chose the following gift:
The number of children in serious crisis around the world is staggering...and heart-breaking. When I think of how we live in such comfort and luxury here in the US, I am reminded of how important it is to not forget those who are less fortunate than we are. If we each help just one person, we will have made a huge impact in this world!
They sent me this sweet card for me to give to the person in whose honor my gift was given.
I created a card today using Mo Manning's Wagon digital image in honor of my gift of rescuing children.
This little sweetie's forlorn expression just called to me. She's just waiting for someone to come along & pull her in her wagon. The floral patterned paper is from Chickaniddy Crafts Scrumptious collection.
I colored her using a wide array of Copic Markers, including the 6-Piece Ciao Skin Set, which is all I used on her skin. If you're looking to get started coloring skin with Copics, get this set! It's a perfect combination of light to dark skin tones.
Here's a look at the other Copic Markers I used on my project:
If you look closely, you can see that I added some texture to her baseball cap. I did that by coloring it up first (before any other part of her is colored), and then spritzing a piece of denim fabric with Colorless Blender solution and pressing it briefly down onto the colored hat image. Voila...texture! Love that technique!
I do like to decorate the inside of my cards as well; so here's a look at the inside:
The stamps & sentiments are from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias stamp set.
Before I go, did I mention that there are PRIZES on this blog hop? No??? Well, check it out!
To get in on the prize packages, you'll need to leave comments on each of the blogs on the hop between now & Wednesday, March 22nd. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!
I SO hope we've inspired you to do a little charitable giving, and maybe get a little creative with it as holidays, birthdays, and special occasions come up. I can think of no gift that would make me happier than knowing a gift was given to someone in need in my honor. THAT is the best! :)
Here's a full list of today's charitable blog hoppers. If you haven'd made it through them all yet, you'll want to grab yourself a cup o' java, and start back at the top of this list...and enjoy!
Cindy Lawrence <---You are here!
Have a beautiful & charitable weekend, friends!