More Donations Cards to MGH

Hi Friends,

I have been working long and hard to fill a request for cards from MGH (Mass. General Hospital for Children, Boston, MA).  I have donated lots of cards, way too many for this one post so I will share them with you in groups, separately.

Here are some of the original batch of “Encouragement” cards I sent to MGH.  I used several different techniques, graphics and sentiments along with a couple of surprises for the kids spending time at MGH.  I hope that they enjoy the cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Sharing some kindness with these remarkable kids is such a worthy cause.

These cards included a membership card for the kids to fill out making they a certified “Awesome”  super hero kid.

These cards include a membership card as well, for the kids to fill out making them a certified “Super” hero kid!

A shaker panel card enclosed in a plastic sleeve. 

These three cards include a little key charm.

This is the charm I purchased on the Internet, perfect for teens.

So there you have it (for now).  I’ll be back soon with more donation cards.

Have a great day and share some kindness.

Linda

 

 

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Sharing some Kindness

Hi friends,

This has been another busy week of card making.  I have a request for plain (no sentiment) notecards for a nursing center in Maine.  All these are notecard size, 4 x 5.25 and I made a few different styles.  Amazingly, I was able to use lots of products that I’ve had in my stash for years.  I love it!!!!

On this card, I punched small hearts and leaves and arranged them behind a picket fence die cut from my stash.  I have several fence die cuts in my stash that I purchased probably some 10+ years ago.  Finally using them!!

This card is made by using Distress Oxide inks and an oval mask for the background and then hand stamped using a floral stamp that I have had for many years.  A tiny butterfly die cut finishes it off.

This card is made from a paper stack of embossed kraft card that I purchased at Walmart. I added some die cut leaves and use the print on the card stock as the card base.

These next 5 cards are a variety of backgrounds all colored with Distress Oxide inks, stamped with embossing ink and white embossing powder.  Various embellishments were added. This card shows a swirl background stamp.

This card I used a stencil for the background after using Distress Oxide inks to form 4 color blocks.

These cards also used stamps for the backgrounds.

This card I used a very old background stamp from my stash.

These  birdies are a 4 stamp set I’ve had for years.

Some die cut butterflies and a few sequins.

I’m now working on some cards for MGH Pediatrics that I will share next week so be sure to come back.  Also you can following me on Instagram at:

https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/

See you all next week.

Linda

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Head Start for the Holidays

Good Morning peeps,

Sorry there was no post last week.  I was busy with my grandson, Dommy, up visiting me from Texas.  We had a great week and Dommy was so cute and lots of fun.  He played with his cousin, Demi, went to the zoo, the Museum of Science, Salem Willows and had a BBQ. Oh, and a trip to the toy store for goodies.  Of course, the day my son and grandson were to fly home to San Antonio, Hurricane Harvey hit.  Their flight was cancelled but were finally able to make it back home, SAFELY!

I, too, was very busy cooking for 12, cleaning and trying to keep up with the kids. All in all, I can’t complain. Such a great time with my family.

First, I’d like to share with you a card I made for the Total Solar Eclipse.  I used my distress Oxide inks for the background.  Did you watch the eclipse?  We did!  However, here in New England, we didn’t see much so I did have NASA TV on to get a bird’s eye view.

So now I’m on a mad dash to get a jump start on holiday cards.  I’m focusing on Halloween and Thanksgiving/Autumn cards.  I’ve made quite a few already and think I have enough to get me through these festive seasons.  As usual, lots of inspiration from the Internet so thanks to the original designers.

I used my Brother SNC for the coffee cup pieces and some layering and stamping.

On this card, I used my new Distress Oxide inks for the background and a very old stamp for the trees. I’m loving the Distress Oxide inks!!!How cute is this BOO card.  This idea actually came from Pinterest where I saw this made as a hair bow using ribbon.  I easily converted it to paper and made up this card.Lastly, what would Halloween be without a tribute to my witchy friends.  I found this graphic on the Internet, perfect for a card.  The background, again, using Distress Oxide inks and a feather in her hat.  How fun.So now I’m working on some Autumn/Thanksgiving card which I will share with you but

I’m also thinking ahead to Christmas.  I saw a video by Dawn and just had to make this. I ordered the coffee cups which arrived in 2 days so I’m anxious to give this a try.  Great idea for little ‘Thank You’ gifts for the holidays.  Here’s the lowdown on the video and where to purchase the coffee cups and lids.

Coffee Cups and lids from Webstaurant Store:    https://www.webstaurantstore.com/search/4-oz-coffee-cups.html

Video and instructions from Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts:  https://dawnsstampingthoughts.net/2017/08/mini-coffee-cup-gift-card-holder-video.html

So there you have it, another week of fun, surprises and crafting.  Be sure to check back next week for more goodies and follow me on Instagram at:

https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/

Linda

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In A Far Away Galaxy……..

Happy Thursday to  all,

Wow, what a week this has been for me.  Lots of things going on here with no time to sit around doing nothing.  I’ve been busy, 24/7!  This week I received my August monthly kit from Hero Arts…….well, you know what happens when you get new product…..drop everything and start playing.  At least, in a perfect world that may happen but first things first.

I delivered 61 cards as a donation to Dr. Carlos at MGH Pediatric Chief Residents and they were over-the-moon with them.  Dr. Carlos plans to give one to each Resident during their tough rotations as an inspiration and encouragement for their hard work.

Next, I delivered another 35 cards to Hallmark Health/Hospice here in Malden.  Allison was happy and excited to receive more cards.  Her team plans to send them out to their patients as a bit of kindness as they go through some tough times.

And, who says kindness doesn’t come back to you.  Allison shared a bit of kindness back to me by making me a gift.  Check this out.  It’s absolutely exquisite.  I believe it is all decoupage.  Allison made this with me in mind, a place to keep some supplies.  I plan to use it for my next embroidery project, a place to keep all my threads and needles handy.  I love it and appreciate Allison’s kindness.

Moving forward to this month’s Hero Arts Kit,

I played with some Distress Oxide inks and made up several backgrounds with a galaxy look.  Fun, fun, fun!!!

I used watercolor paper so I placed the dried panels into my paper press to flatten them out a bit.So here are some of the cards that I’ve made to date.  Lots of glitter and sparkle.I grabbed these graphics off the Internet.  Oh, and I do like Blue Moon Beer!!!AND FINALLY, A SNEAK PEEK AT A SPECIAL CARD I’LL SHARE ON INSTAGRAM THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 20.  BE SURE TO FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM TO SEE WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.

https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/

SIDE NOTE:  I am anticipating a visit from my son and grandson, Dommy, who will be arriving from Texas Saturday and be staying for about a week. I have suggested that Dommy stay an extra week or so since we have so little time with him.  I think this is a good enough reason to take a short break from card making.  I will post next week but not sure if I’ll have any cards to share.  

Oh, and as a reminder to those of us here in the states, don’t forget to tune in for the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017.  I’ll be there!!!

 

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Marathon Card Making Week

Hello Friends,

Another week has passed and I’ve been quite productive.  I finished up an order for 60 cards.  Whew, this was a marathon card making week if ever!  I’ll share with you pics of most of the cards. There were 61 cards in total.  As always, I got lots of inspiration from the Internet. And, of course, if you would like more info on any card, just email me at:  abitofmelac@yahoo.comYou can actually scan this with a QR app on your phone and see the message.

This week was my daughter Veronica’s birthday, who loves pizza!

Of course, there was money tucked behind the pizza.So there you have it, another crazy week here at the “Big C” Compound.

Also, as a reminder, you can follow me on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/         BE SURE TO ‘LIKE’ MY POSTS!

See you all next week.

Linda

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Love Boat: Exciting and New!

Hello Friends,

So, ask any of my family or friends what the two thing I miss the most about days gone by are: (1) my electric typewriter and (2) my 10-key adding machine.  Fear not as wishes do come true.  While shopping at Savers last weekend with my daughter, I came across ‘vintage office heaven’.  You didn’t have to ask me twice, I quickly nabbed these items, placed them into my carriage and guarded them until I reached the checkout line. I then quickly sped to my car to securely lock them in my trunk.  I wasn’t taking any chances!  I am absolutely in my HAPPY PLACE.  Call me crazy but thinking of my old typewriter and adding machine bring back such great memories.  And, I was quick on them, Speedy Gonzalez, a mile a minute, Queen of the keys.  Needed something typed up quickly, I was the person.  Needed your books balanced, no problem.  I left my mark as the fastest button pusher ever, a title I proudly carry this title to this day.  So here are my gems.

A Smith-Corona Wordsmith SC110 Dictionary electric typewriter in perfect working condition, $9.99

A Sharp adding machine, $4.99.And, as a bonus (if these office machines weren’t enough) a little baby sewing machine, not that I needed another sewing machine but this was too cute to pass up.  I thought it would be perfect to do some sewing on my cards.  Much quicker and easier than using my regular machine.  I did need to change the adapter plug but all works great!

A Lil Sew & Sew machine, $5.99.

My next new addition to my craft space is the complete set of Distress Oxide inks & refills, plus a swivel storage to house everything!  I’ve been fighting with inks and storage for years and finally decided to take the plunge and just get it all.  I got the complete set from Etsy.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/526652228/release-1-2-ranger-tim-holtz-distress?ref=related-1This is 2 sided and turns with storage on the top for the re-inkers.  Of course, if new colors are released, I’ll need another.  This one holds 48 ink pads.  I got it from Scrapbook.com https://www.scrapbook.com/store/bss-300pi1002.html?w=swivel+storageSo I needed to give the Distress Oxide inks a try and did some simple blended backgrounds.  These inks are fantastic and makes a truly bad stamper look good!  I’ll be making these into cards soon.

I also wanted to let those of you who are interested that I’m back on Instagram.  I took a vacation for a few months but now will be posting only ONE pic per day.  Here’s the link:  https://www.instagram.com/abitofmelac/

I’m still working on donation cards.  I need 60 for one order so that’s taking priority on my list of things to do.  I’m about half way through and hoping to have all 60 cards ready by next week or so when I’ll share with you.

In the meantime, enjoy the remaining 4 weeks of summer.  I, for one, can’t wait for Autumn and the cooler weather.  After a long, hot summer of hibernating with the a/c’s, it’s my time for re-birth!

Linda

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Christmas in July

Happy Thursday to all,

All I’m seeing on the internet is “CHRISTMAS IN JULY”,  posts, sales, pics, videos, everywhere, so I figure, why not get on the bandwagon.

My friend who lives in Florida placed an order for Christmas cards.  I set forth to making a bunch of cards when I realized there isn’t any snow in Florida.  Being from New England, a white Christmas is typical but sometimes I forget that not everyone lives in New England so I had to step it up a bit to include Christmas in warmer climates where there is no snow. Who would have thought I’d be making holiday cards with palm trees!!!

Here are the cards I made specifically for my friend in Florida.

On all three cards, I used the Brother SNC mostly with a bit of hand cutting as well. A holiday Flamingo, so shouting “Florida”!

A decorated palm tree and why not?A beautiful, sunny and sandy beach to celebrate the holidays.  Wouldn’t this be a great change from a New England snow storm?I have already shipped these out and they loved them.  Sometimes we just have to think outside the box.

I also had an order for a baby boy shower with a nautical theme.  Here’s what I came up with.

Ahoy, It’s a Boy banner.

Mom-to-be pin and cupcake toppers.And a office pool calendar to take a guess when baby will arrive.Finally, a matching card to accompany my gift.

So there you have it, another week at the Big C card making compound.  I’m presently working on Share Kindness donations.  I’m up to my eyeballs in cards.  Oh, and I ordered (again) some more new supplies.  Come back next week to see my progress and goodies!

Linda

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