Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thank You!

For the past 3 years my granddaughter, Alanna, has had a "Hot Chocolate Stand" with all the proceeds going to our local Outreach for Hunger. It started out as a Grade 6 school project called "Mr. Nobody". The assignment was for each student to take home a doll that looked just like a blue, faceless gingerbread boy and bring it back to school with something attached or added to it that would identify a need in our community that the student had helped. It actually not only made the students aware of needs in our area, but showed them that, even though they were young, they could make a difference. Well, as I mentioned above, Alanna held a Hot Chocolate Stand, raised over $600 for the Outreach for Hunger and attached a soup label to Mr. Nobody. The following year she decided to do it again, simply because she wanted to, and raised over $800 for Outreach for Hunger. This past Saturday Alanna held her 3rd Hot Chocolate Stand for Outreach for Hunger and raised just over $1650 . She realizes that she couldn't do it without a lot of help from her family, friends and donations from some local businesses. She is so thankful for all of the support she receives. 
Anyway, all that said, today starts the new challenge over at Meljen's Designs and this week's theme just happens to be Thank You! So I decided to make my Thank You card with Meljen's adorable pre-coloured image Christmas Cocoa. My printer ink wasn't the beat so I did add a bit of colour with my Copic markers.

Lots of MME papers on this card, with a few wooden snowflakes embellishments, {that I clear embossed to make shiny}. I also added a bit of this cute pompom trim and some faux stitching. 
I do hope you will get a chance to make a project for our challenge over at Meljen's Designs which you can find right here.
I'll leave you with a photo of Alanna and her Hot chocolate Stand.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Thinking outside the box...

Oh my, but this month is flying by! I can't believe we are headed into the latter part of November. Maybe that's why I felt I just had to make a Christmas card to share with you The only problem was I really wanted to use Meljen's Designs cute little image "Autumn Flower Mouse" . Then it hit me. I'm pretty sure Melissa meant  for that cute little flower  to be a Sunflower but why not turn it into a Poinsettia! Add some pretty Christmas papers, several heat embossed wooden snowflakes, and Voila!, a Christmas card!

I simply typed out this familiar phrase from the poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas" as my sentiment and added a fun twist for the inside verse.

So there you have simple little thinking outside the box. Hope I inspired you to look at things a little differently to create something new, maybe even something for the current challenge going on over at Meljen's Designs!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time for a new challenge...

My, how time flies! Here we are already finishing up the first week of November! The holidays will be upon us before we know it! I've been getting ready for Christmas for a while now because our family started doing a Pinterest Christmas exchange. We simply make gifts for each other from the things we have pinned. Last year was the first time we did this and I was kind of at a loss and everyone ended up with a  gift card inside a hand made gift card holder! {I did find the pattern for the holder on Pinterest!}. This year I am a bit more "Pin Savvy", so the gifts will be more suited to the different members of my family. It's actually quite fun, you might want to give it a try!
All that aside, it is also time for a new challenge over at Meljen's Designs and this week we would love to see your projects using these Autumn Bright Colors:
Remember you don't have to use a Meljen's image,{though there is a bonus if you}. Melissa does have a lot of cute freebies in the shop if you'd like to check them out. 
I worked with this fun image Autumn Candy Apple  
Since I used lots of DPs on this card, I decided to for go the embellishments. I think it turned out nice without them. The image was coloured with pencil crayons. I also ink distressed all the edges. 
Hope you get a chance to make an entry for this week's challenge.