Heartland Hearts and NEW Lofty Designs Listing

Monday, December 14, 2009

I'm home taking care of a sick boy today.  I don't know if they picked something up this weekend or what, but Ezekiel and BJ, neither one, have been able to keep anything down.  Poor guys!  BJ didn't stay home, because he said that he had a lot to get done, at work, this morning. He promised not to get too close to anyone, though.  I'm sure they'll appreciate that!  Rest assured, they are both being well cared for.

Many of you have, probably, heard about the Angel Tree ministry.  It is a national outreach program that helps children of incarcerated parents.  As a community, our church, Heartland Community Church (HCC), will bring gifts and the love of God, this Christmas, to 100 children in the name of their parents.  In addition, due, in part, to these tough, economic times, there are many people right in our own HCC community who need help this Christmas.  Thus, Heartland Hearts was begun.  It's a program to help make needy, HCC families' Christmas wishes come true.  This year, BJ and I were so excited to get to take part in this second program.  Our adopted family wished for an Italian food basket with pasta sauce, bread, salad mix, and red &/or white, paper goods and will be receiving this.

Their basket is stuffed with a pretty, Christmas, table cloth; paper napkins, cups, and plates; homemade French bread; angel hair pasta; sparkling, red, grape juice; salad mix bag; croutons; Yankee Candle; homemade, pasta sauce; homemade apple butter; and a pretty, Christmas card, inspired by Moxie Fab World's Tuesday Trigger: Double the Fun.

Here's what I came up with.

All the patterned, paper pieces came from my scrap box, with the exception of the snowflake one, which was stamped, in Real Red ink, on white cardstock.  They were arranged and adhered to a 3-1/2" x 4" piece of computer paper.  I, then, used my machine to stitch a white-threaded, zig-zag stitch, vertically and horizontally, between the connections; wrapped a pretty, red, sheer ribbon, tied in a bow, around it; and adhered it to the Real Red, cardstock, card face, above the "Merry Christmas" sentiment.  It's difficult to see in the picture, but the sentiment was stamped in Real Red ink, just above the scallop edge, which was punched with Stampin' Up's Scallop Edge punch.  On the bottom, inside of the card, lies a candy cane, paper piece, stamped, in Real Red ink, on white cardstock and punched, across the top edge, with Stampin' Up's Scallop Edge punch.  The last, little detail I added was a Ruby Red button, laced with white thread; which was, then, wrapped around the red bow, before being tied in a bow itself.

I had so much fun making this card, that I decided to make a similar set, of five, to sell in my Etsy shop.  You know, because I've got so much time for that.  Wink!

These cards were made just like the Tuesday Trigger inspired card above, but they boast pink, sheer, Hobby Lobby, ribbon purchases and pink buttons, instead of red.  All the paper pieces, for this set, came from K&Company's Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist line and are machine stitched together, the same as above, with a white-threaded, zig-zag stitch.  This last photo shows the inside, scallop, edge detail perfectly.

Now, quick, please, go tell everyone you know that these cards are up at Lofty Designs, waiting to be purchased and gifted this Christmas!  I'd really be able to celebrate with my first sale!  Thanks so much!

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