Cards for St. Jude

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Good evening, bloggers!  It's been a long day around my house.  I think that being cooped up, due the freezing temperatures, has got us all a little itchy to run and play.  Fortunately, for us, we were smart enough to get out and enjoy ourselves, yesterday, while the temperatures were above the 12 degree high today had.
Oh, my gracious!  You should've heard my baby girl laughing so hysterically, she was snorting, while sledding down the hill in our backyard.  It was enough to put a smile on, even, the Grinch's face.  I, also, couldn't keep her mittens out of her mouth.  Apparently, she was hungry for snow ;).
Here's what we got, and it looks like a little more is coming our way for the weekend.
So, that's what we've been up to; but Miss Winter has been busy making, collecting, and organizing Valentine's Day cards for her second, annual, Cards for St. Jude, card drive.
Go, Winter!  Here's the deets for this year's drive...
  • Cards need to be a Valentine theme.
  • Cards can't have anything about 'Get Well Soon', 'Feel Better', or anything reminding them of being sick.
  • Please make cards that can be used for any gender or age.
  • Cards must be able to fit into a 4-1/2" x 5-3/4" envelope.  Winter will provide clear envelopes for each card, so there is no need to send one with your card.
  • You can include a message on the inside of your cards, but please, remember nothing reminding the children of being sick... maybe just a Valentine sentiment.  You can, also, sign your first name but not your last name or where you are from.  St. Jude's rule's state that they can't give out the givers info.
  • Please include, with your cards, a piece of paper with your name, address, email address, and the amount of cards you sent.  Winter will be picking random winners for prizes, including a $25 gift certificate to our very own Wplus9 Design online store.
She will be accepting cards until the end of January at...

Winter Sims
Cards For St. Jude
P.O. Box 754
Warren, TX 77664

I will keep the logo posted, on my blog, until that time, to make it easier, for you all, to find all the necessary information.  Now, how about a little inspiration, from little, old me, to get you creating?
I couldn't help making a trio of cards in the same color scheme and design, inspired by Curtain Call's Color Challenge: {Act 64}.
Let's take a look at each one more closely.
I started, this card, by dry embossing the friend definition design on a piece of Marina Mist cardstock; distressing its edges; ink distressing it with Faded Jeans and Moonlight White inks; machine stitching messy, red-threaded, straight stitches around its edges; anchoring the hand-cut, green, wavy, patterned, paper heart, in its center, with a few, zig-zag stitches; and adhering it to the Pacific Point, cardstock, card face.  I, then, adhered a green button, laced with Maraschino twine, from The Twinery, near the left edge of the patterned, paper heart and embellished it with a stamped, in Basic Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock, and hand cut, "i {heart} you, friend." sentiment.
A little coloring, of the heart, with Cherry Cobbler ink, as well as a dab of Crystal Effects for shine, complete the look.  Like I said before, the other two cards, have just slight variations from this first one.
The center card's green, lined, patterned paper was distressed on its edges; machine stitched, with red-threaded, messy stitches, around its edges; and adhered to the Marina Mist, cardstock, card face, just after I dry embossed small dots on a hand cut, from Cherry Cobbler, cardstock heart; distressed it with Moonlight White ink; and anchored it, in the center of the prepped piece, with a few, red-threaded, zig-zag stitches.
The sentiment was prepared in the same way as above and adhered to the bottom right of a stained, with Jack Frost Glimmer Mist, and crinkled, seam binding, ribbon bow, which was embellished with a Pure Poppy button, laced with more, Maraschino twine.
The third and final card's Pacific Point, cardstock, card front was dry embossed with a weave pattern; distressed with Moonlight White ink; machine stitched with red-threaded, messy stitches around its edges; embellished with a hand cut, paisley, patterned paper heart, which was anchored with a few, more, red-threaded, zig-zag stitches; and adhered to the Always Artichoke, cardstock, card face.  A light blue button, laced with, even, more, Maraschino twine and embellished with the same, prepared sentiment as above, call this card complete.
And, finally, and I know this is a super long post, but thanks so much for hanging in with me, before you're off to having a wonderful night, morning, or day, depending on where you live, I'm soooo excited, to tell you all, that I was named a ColourQ Courtier for this creation.  Thanks so much, ladies!  I, always, soooo enjoy your color schemes!
{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Picture This (SU) Paper: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, & Whisper White  & green, wavy & lined patterned (SU); paisley patterned (unknown) Ink: Basic Black & Cherry Cobbler (SU); Faded Jeans (Ranger); Moonlight White (Brilliance) Other: red thread (Coats); sewing machine (Janome); Jack Frost Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); white, seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); Pure Poppy button (PTI); light blue & green buttons (Paper Studio); Maraschino twine (The Twinery); Small Dots, Weave, & Friend Texturz Plates, Cutter Kit, & Crystal Effects (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix)


Lynn said...

Love all the pics of your little ones...and the stitching on you cards is awesome! So cute!

Ann said...

These cards are amazing, Jinny! I'm sure the kids will love them!

Woot! Woot! for your Colour Queen win!

Laurel Beard said...

Oh, I love all your cards but the pics of your little ones in the snow are priceless! I think in Florida, we are the only state along the coast that got ZERO snow. Even Hawaii got a little snow. Sigh! I will have fun vicariously through you guys!!! Back to your cards, super cute. Am loving that color scheme so I might just have to play along.... Love the stitching... Just love it..

Laurel Beard said...

Oh yea, left a little something for you on my blog.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Such lovely cards! And what a great cause! Love those hearts with the buttons. Great use of the colors. Thanks for playing along with us at Curtain Call.

farmhouse-story said...

these cards and pics are sweet as can be!

Christina said...

Wonderful pics of your kids in the snow! Your cards are DARLING! I just LOVE the red stitching! And super sweet of you to make them for such a great cause. Thanks for sharing them with us at the Curtain Call!

Silke Ledlow said...

Fabulous cards for St. Jude!!! I know they will love them! Looks like you all had a blast with the snow...yeah!!! Thank you for joining us this week at the Curtain Call! Hugs ~S~

Unknown said...

I LOVE your Valentines, Jinny! Wonderful how you used a non-traditional Valentine color scheme for them & they are STILL adorable! I'm sure the patients will love them too:)