This Sunday, our church passed offering plates! I know you're thinking, "Well, that's not such an unusual thing to happen in a church," but it is at Heartland. We just don't do that. This Sunday, however, was an exception. It was, also, an exception in that it was a "reverse offering". An anonymous couple generously donated $10,000, to Heartland, to be given away in envelopes containing random denominations of $100, $50, $20, $10, $5, and $1 bills. There were a few rules to go with our offering...
1. We couldn't spend it on our self.
2. We couldn't give it to the church.
3. We had to give an account online.
How exciting! BJ and I, immediately, knew what we were going to do with our combined $10 offering. We purchased toys for Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas!
Updates post or by going to Kate's new website.
Before I leave you today, I wanted to show you the Christmas card I put in our package for Kate's family. It was inspired by Everything but the Kitchen Sink's sketch challenge #1.
I started this card by cutting 1-1/4" x 1-3/4" rectangles out of coordinating, patterned paper and Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze, textured cardstock, so the card itself ended up being slightly smaller than the standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card size. With the exception of the white, cardstock, card base, all the paper came from Stampin' Up. The rectangles were adhered and machine stitched, with white thread, to the card front. I, then, cut two sizes of circles, using my Fiskars circle template, from Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze, textured cardstock. A little, white, glittered cardstock was added to the bottom of the inner circle, which was, then, adhered to the outer circle. The snowman was stamped, on white cardstock, with Jet Black, StazOn, solvent ink and watercolored in shades of Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, and Pumpkin Pie. He was, then, glittered; hand cut out; and adhered to the inner circle, on the snow pile, with dimensionals. The "very merry christmas" sentiment was stamped, in Not Quite Navy ink, on the same color of cardstock, over the top of the snowman. Finally, the completed circle was adhered, to the card face, with dimensionals, and the card, itself, was ready to put in our fun, Christmas package.