Monday, December 13, 2010

Gone, but not Forgotten

Yes, it has been quite a busy time since I last posted. Hope you've been crafting on your own in my absence. I've

Today's card is one we made at the Ronald McDonald House where I volunteer with a team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators monthly. It was my turn to make the card, and I saw a really cute one on Rosemarie Diehl's blog. Hers used our Snowflake Punch to make a Christmas tree, and I thought it would be something the families would enjoy.

Since I don't own that punch, I borrowed a similar sized diecut from a friend. I used some retired Handsome Hunter card stock, a perfect color for an evergreen, and provided each card maker with 2 snowflakes.

One was cut in half and created the bottom branches of the tree. The second snowflake was cut in half and then the second half was cut so that there was 1 section of 2 "branches" and 1 individual section that made the treetop.

I used up some Chocolate Chip scraps for the trunk. I think they measured .5" x 4". The star was formed using Summer Sun card stock (retired) and our smallest Star Punch.

It was so fun to see the reactions of the crafters when I showed them the card. At first they thought it was going to be hard, but as soon as I deconstructed the tree branches, they were gung-ho! Although this card's picture shows red ornaments decorating the tree, I changed my mind at the last minute and took my Regals Designer Button Collection and advised each person to choose 5 buttons to use. They added great dimension and visual interest to the final project.

It is such a blessing to craft with these families each month. Since many of them have been there for many months, we are familiar to each other now and they are eager to stamp as soon as they see us arrive. We said goodbye to 2 families this month and that was exciting. The progress the kids have made in the months we've seen them is a great testimony to the dedicated professionals at our area children's hospitals who have worked so hard to help them be rehabilitated.

I can't believe we're only 11 days away from Christmas! I had a surge of creativity hit me over the weekend, and I made some more of the ornaments I originally posted about here. I'm excited to give them to my friends and family when we travel home Friday.

I'll be back tomorrow to share a wall hanging I made using the Northern Frost Decorative Strip die for the Big Shot. Thanks for hanging with me during this busy month!

1 comment:

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

This is genius! What a great way to use that snowflake!