Friday, November 20, 2015

Fawny Holiday Week & Share Handmade Kindness

Hi friends! Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? Yikes. Time has flown by. This year more than others for me.

Over at the Lawn Fawn blog, we are celebrating Fawny Holiday Week. The design team has gotten together with the folks at the Lawn Fawn headquarters and our friends from Lawnscaping to create lots of holiday projects. We are hoping to inspire you to create some handmade kindness to share this holiday season (more on that below).

I've never made cards in bulk before. But inspired by Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness project, I agreed to create lots and lots of cards for my Littlest's elementary school fundraiser. Things I've learned: 1. keep it simple; 2. get a Misti, which sadly I didn't have. But I'm working on that. And I have to say that I truly enjoyed making all those cards. There's something about creating multiples of the same thing.

I made Christmas cards and Hanukkah cards. Both simple and super easy to recreate.

Materials used for the Christmas card:
Winter Penguin stamps and die
Toboggan Together set (sentiment)
Various inks
Alcohol markers
Stickles (on the scarf)

For the Hanukkah card:
Love You A Latke stamps and dies
Various inks and gold embossing powder
Alcohol markers
Gold pen
Yellow cardstock

For the tags:
Handmade With Love stamp
Winter Gifts stamps
Tag, You're It dies
Holiday Party Animal stamps (dreidel)
Lawn Trimmings Gold Sparkle cord

The cards themselves were just blank prefolded ones from American Crafts (envies too), and the cello baggies were the ones holding the AC blank cards. I recycled them. Let's make it easy on ourselves, people!

While that looks like a long list of supplies, the real key is to use whatever you have!

Do drop by Lawn Fawn's blog to see many more holiday projects and enter for a chance to win some stamps.

And now, Share Handmade Kindness. If you follow me or other stamping/cardmaking folks on Instagram, you've probably seen Jennifer McGuire's amazing challenge. One of the (many!) things that makes Jen an amazing person is that she's so kind and generous. She's a "what can I do for you" person, and NOT a "what can you do for me". That is so incredibly rare these days.

We, crafters, are prolific makers of the good stuff! But I hardly use any of the cards I make. The idea is to put these creations to use. You know how amazing it is to receive snail mail. And if you get a handmade card? Even better. So please go by her blog, check out the challenges, and share more of what you create.

Thanks for coming by today!


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