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Monday, January 16, 2017

Hug a Heart Card Drive

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday!


I'm here to share the news of a card drive that starts TODAY for the Heart Center patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio!!!

Here is a CliffsNotes-like version of drive details, which is being spearheaded by Christina Hor... whose husband is a pediatric cardiologist at the hospital.
Debbie Mumm paper
Distress Ink core paper
Stampin Up too kind stamp
Paper Smooches heart die
  • The drive runs from January 16 to February 14.
  • Cards should be handmade heart-themed, non-Valentine cards -- with sentiments such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because
  • All cards should be blank on the inside, so that personal messages can be written to the kids by hospital staff members.
  • Cards should be mailed to Christina Hor: CHRISTINA HOR;     P.O. BOX 517; DUBLIN, OH 43017; U.S.A.
  • Please scroll below for more information about the following.
    • Card Drive Purpose 
    • Card Guidelines
    • Shipping Details
    • "Thank You" Prizes
    • Contact Information
    • Sharing the Message
As a born-and-raised Central Ohioan and Children's Hospital alumna, I am thrilled to be a part of this card drive. We'd all love for these little heart patients to receive lots and lots of heart-themed cards. 


The purpose of this card drive, which runs from 1/16/17 to 2/14/17, is to help collect handmade heart-themed (non-Valentine’s Day) cards, with sentiments such as Thinking of You, Hello, or Just Because, for Heart Center patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital during February's American Heart Month. Each card you make will bring heartwarming encouragement to all who are affected by heart disease - patients, families and hospital staff.

Christina's husband is a pediatric cardiologist at Nationwide Children's. For a message from Dr. Hor about congenital heart disease, please visit Christina's blog

We hope that you will be able to join us in this heartfelt cause. The cards you donate will not only brighten a heart patient’s day during February’s Heart Month but will positively impact that child’s life beyond what you can imagine.  Anyone is welcome to help make the cards, including children. In fact, we encourage the children to get involved. Children love receiving cards from one another!  

Thank you so much for your generosity and gift of cards!  


  • Participants: The Hug a Heart Card Drive is open to both U.S. and International participants. Anyone is welcome to help make the cards, including young children and grandchildren. 
  • Deadline: The card drive ends on February 14.  All cards should be to Christina by that date to be  eligible for prizes. 
  • Card Types: Cards should be handmade, cheerful “heart” themed (non-Valentine’s Day) cards that are appropriate for children from ages 1 to 19.  As long there are hearts on the cards, it counts. 
  • Card Front Sentiments: A sentiment on your card front is optional.  If you do include one, some suggestions are: sending hugs, sending smiles, thinking of you, wishing you a beautiful day, or hello.  Please NO Valentine’s Day greetings.
  • Inside of Cards: Please do not stamp or write inside the card.  Keep it completely blank so the hospital staff can write a personal message to each individual patient.  If using a dark colored card base, please adhere a white or light colored piece of cardstock to the inside of card to make it easier for patients to read the hand-written message. 
  • Card Size: A2 cards (4.25”x5.5”) are preferred. 
  • Card Backs: This is completely optional.  You may include a label “handmade by     [your name]; Hug a Heart Card Drive 2017” to the back of your card.  The label can be hand-written, stamped, or a small computer generated.
  • Envelopes: Please include an envelope for each card. Do not seal the envelope.
  • Glitter: Please do not use loose glitter as it will get on hands and into eyes. 
  • Embellishments: Please keep embellishments to a minimum and avoid using any that might be unsafe for young children. 


Please have all cards to Christina by February 14.  

Cards should be sent in a box or padded envelope to ensure they arrive undamaged. Please include the following information with the cards so that Christina can acknowledge your gift of cards and enter you in the "Thank You" prize giveaways.

Your Full Name
E-mail Address
Mailing Address

Cards should be mailed to:
P.O. BOX 517
DUBLIN, OH 43017


To thank you for your participation and generous gift of cards, we have several prize packages to give away.  To be considered for the prize drawing, please be sure to include a form with your full name, email address and mailing address when mailing in your box/package of cards.
  • Heart Panda digi set by Christina Hor: Everyone that sends in cards will receive this adorable digi. 
  • Hug for You digi set by Donna Ellis: Everyone that sends in cards will receive this generous give from the lovely Donna Ellis.
  • Craft Goodie Boxes:  Awarded to two randomly selected U.S. participants.  Each goodie box has a value of $25 or more.
  • $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificates:  Awarded to two randomly selected International participants.
  • $50 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate: Everyone that sends in 30+ cards will be entered into a drawing for this gift certificate.


Have specific questions or need more clarification about the card drive? Contact Christina at info@christinahordesigns.com.


Please help spread the word with others about the Hug a Heart Card Drive by displaying the Hug a Heart Card Drive banner below on your blog's sidebar as well on social media. 

Use the hashtag #hugaheartcarddrive when sharing on social media. 

Again, thank you so kindly for your support of Hug a Heart!

CIE Pink and Gray

Hi, everyone! It's time for a new Cards in Envy Challenge.  :)

Our theme for the next few weeks is a color one -- making cards featuring the colors of pink and gray.

For my card, I decided to gussy up a few 'lil monsters, making a monstrously cute card Valentine fit for a little patient at Nationwide Children's.

Martha Stewart Valentine matstack; Bo Bunny stash pink dp; SU gray; Neenah Soler white; Recollections black
white cardstock inked with Distress Ink hickory smoke, applied with Ranger blending tool
white cardstock embossed with Cuttlebug and Sizzix folders
Lawn Fawn monster mash images and sentiment, stamped in DI hickory smoke
Paper Smooches heart and bow dies; SU word bubble die; Simon Says stash sequins; SU baker's twine
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Ranger multi medium matte
images and word bubble popped up using foam background panel

Since CIE cards need to be flat enough to mail in a standard envelope without additional postage, I only used one layer of pop-up squares... despite the tempatation to pop up the middle monster a little bit more.

Hope you'll stop by CIE, check out the rest of our DT's cards, and then come back to link up a card of your own. Until then, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Finally, on a personal note, this is my last challenge as a CIE DTer... at least for a while. While I'm sorry to be leaving, I'm grateful for the camaraderie and support of the CIE gals. Thanks, Sandy, for a wonderful couple of years. Don't be surprised if you don't see a few of my cards in upcoming challenge galleries.  :)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

happy {stickle-y} birthday

Hi, everyone! Happy Saturday!

Hope the weather's not too bad in your neck of the woods. We were supposed to get some freezing rain today, but seem to have escaped... at least until Monday.

I'm here today with a card inspired by the Shopping Our Stash Stickle Me Elmo and the Simon Says Winter Birthday Challenges.

Strathmore watercolor paper; Stampin' Up vellum
Simon Says Stamp snowflake and scribble flower images
Winnie & Walter big, bold, happy sentiment
background inks: tumbled glass, broken china, faded jeans, chipped sapphire blue, milled lavender
snowflake inks: spun sugar, picked raspberry,
heat embossing with Versamark and Stampendous silver embossing powder
silver Stickles
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Miracle Tape, strategically placed behind sentiment words

Close up of snowflakes' Stickle

  • A recent Kristina Werner video was my starting point for the big circles. 
  • I then stamped the snowflakes, going with a pinkish/purplish color for a little contrast. 
  • Silver Stickles were added later to add a little glisten to these snowflakes. 
  • Next, I filled in the card base smaller blue snowflakes and circles. 
  • Finally, heat embossing with a silver powder was used to create the sentiment strip and add a shimmery border. 

Something tells me that my  sparkle-y friend with a late January birthday is going to love this card.  :)

Parting Thoughts

A brand new challenge posted over at Words 2 Craft By on Wednesday. There are two gift certificates to Simon Says Stamp. So, we hope you'll join us for this month's challenge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

W2CB #37: Change

Current Challenge:
Jan 11 - Feb 1
Hi, everyone! Is is it still okay to wish you a Happy New Year?

It's time for a new Words 2 Craft By Challenge. This month's words come to us from songwriters  Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett.

If you wanna make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.

For my card, I went with a slightly different take, making a card that could be sent to a friend who needs a little extra support keeping a tough New Year's resolution.

Neenah Soler white; Stampin' Up! black and gray; Recollections black and silver glitter papers
Distress Ink scattered straw, inked with Distress Ink mustard seed applied with Ranger blending tool
acetate window: cut from clearance 12" by 12" page protectors
Paper Smooches Bee Mine, Group Hugs stamp sets, in StazOn jet black and Hero Arts pigment unicorn inks
Bee image colored with Prismacolor pencils, eyes coated with Glossy Accents
SU/Sizzix embossing folder; SU twine; for shaker fill, see below
adhesives: Scotch ATG; foam backing; Ranger multi medium matte

 A Close-Up Pic Showing  the Embossed Acetate and Masked Sentiment

Here are a few pics showing construction/design considerations.

I added mustard seed ink on a piece of scattered straw core paper, inking outward from the bottom left.

This was my first time to use foam backing -- two plys -- for a shaker card, and I love the way it worked. 

The shaker fill was a combination of silvery circles and Pretty Pink Posh onyx and sparkling clear sequins.
The silvery pieces were punched from two-ply silver glitter paper that was glued together back-to-back.
And, "Bee lieve" was created by masking bits from two separate stamp sets. 

There are two $10 Simon Says Stamp gift certificates up for grabs: one to our W2CB challenge winner and one to a lucky randomly-selected follower. Remember we are an equal-opportunity crafting challenge blog: any and all word-inspired projects are welcome!

And, this little guy's going over to the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search... because I'm pretty proud of this little bee.  :)

Hope to see you over at W2CB! As always, thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Monday, January 9, 2017


Hi, everyone!

Now that it's 2017... and my 2016 New Year's Resolution is OVER, the boxes are coming, the boxes are coming, THE BOXES ARE COMING!!!

MFT came last week, Paper Smooches came today, and Stampin' Up! is on its way! Can you tell I'm doing a happy dance?!

Today, I'm sharing one of the cards I've made playing with those oh-so-nice MFT Pierced Heart STAX dies that arrived last week.  :)

Strathmore watercolor paper; Recollections black
MFT Window Staz dies
fired brick, mustard seed, and peacock feathers Distress Inks, applied with Ranger blending tool
black soot, applied with SU sponge dauber
SU good greetings sentiment in StazOn jet black

I'm going to share this 4.25" by 4.25" card over at Simon Says Be Square and Simon Says New Something Challenges.  :)

Parting Thoughts

The Love/Valentine deadline for SAS4Kids is fast approaching. So, those heart dies arrived at a perfect time.

A new Words 2 Craft By Challenge starts Wednesday. Hope to see you over at W2CB.

Thing that's it for now. Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

SAS4Kids Valentine/Love Cards

Hi, everyone! Hope the new year is off to a great start.  :)

With all the hustle and bustle that goes on crafty spaces during December, it's easy for us card makers to hang up our scissors and put down our stamp pads in January.  But, a quick look at the SAS4Kids calendar shows that our January 15 Love/Valentine card deadline is right around the corner. (Guess there really isn't any rest for the weary. 😉)

So, our challenge for the next two weeks is Valentine/Love Cards 4 Kids. 

We at SAS4Kids thank our amazing sponsors for offering the following prizes: $10 to Doodle Pantry and $20 to Stampendous. 

I couldn't resist using this adorable little girl from Bugaboo for my card. Too cute!

Bugaboo Girl Valentine image
Core'dinations core paper; Stampin' Up black
sentiment and girl on Neenah Soler White, girl colored with Prismacolor pencils and outlined in Memento black
balloons on SU vellum, colored with various Distress Inks
SU on film framelit die; Cuttlebug and SU/Sizzix embossing folder
adhesives: Scotch ATG; Zig 2-way glue pen

As a relatively new colorer, I'm pretty happy with the way the little girl turned out. I'm also pretty happy with the vellum look of the balloons. What's not so good... that itty bitty bit of black ink that ended up on her little hand and blue paper. OOPS!

Hoping that doesn't matter to a sweetie in need of a smile.  

Looking forward to see you over at SAS4Kids... and to boxing up some cute Valentines for the kids at Nationwide Children's.   :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dies, Washi, and Valentines... Oh, My!

Card by Colette
Colette is an amazing Stampin' Up! demonstrator on Hilton Head Island. Not only is Colette a talented crafter, she is a wonderful hostess. Colette welcomes everyone -- full-time residents, part-timers, snow birds, and vacationers -- to her weekly events.

Colette and I exchanged Christmas cards this year.... and she sent the pretty card at the right.  :)

I was really intrigued by the washi/die technique she used. So, when my new MFT heart dies arrived today, I finally broke open that box of washi tape I just haaaad to buy... and gave it a try.

SU black and Recollections white cardstock
MFT Pierced Heart STAX die; Recollections everyday value washi tape
SU good greetings sentiment, heat embossed with Versamark and SU white powder
Cuttlebug embossing folder; adhesives: Scotch ATG, foam backing
Since I used some new supplies and tried a new technique with this one, I'm linking this up at the Simon Says Start Afresh and Simon Says New Something Challenges. Think I'll also link this up for the current CAS-ual Fridays Celebrations Challenge.

Something tells me this little card might be tucked inside of an SAS4Kids Love/Valentine box of cards for Nationwide Children's 

Have a great weekend.... and stay warm!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'.   :)