I coordinate our church card ministry. We are a small group of stampers who meet once a month in the parish center of our church, and we make cards. Some of the cards we make (about 115-120 every six weeks) get sent to our parishioners who are shut-in, or in nursing homes, with a little note letting them know their fellow-parishioners are thinking of them and praying for them.
We also have two card racks in the church, and we keep them stocked with greeting cards for birthdays, get well, sympathy, thank you, and thinking of you. People can take a card any time. We do not ask for a specific amount, but we put envelopes out labeled Card Donation. Any monies received are put into the church account, and used to pay postage, and occasionally envelopes or other supplies when we have surplus money. People have been generous, and they really like being able to stop before or after church, and get the greeting cards they need. This is especially helpful for the elderly, who may not get out often. Of course, I make sure to keep it stocked and fresh, and seasonal.
Starting this month, we will also be sending cards to people who have had funerals at our church for a loved one. We will send out a card, like the ones above, at three to four months after the funeral, and then again at the one year anniversary of their loved-one's passing.
So, I decided to start with a dozen cards for this project. Here is one of the cards I made today, from the bunch above. They are all the same, with the patterned papers changed up on some.
The stamps are from Verve Stamps, set vs-0180 Wonderfully Made. I love this clear stamp set. It has seven different stamps, all just perfect, especially for our ministry. I embossed the flower and leaves, and fussy-cut and layered them, and used foam tape on them for dimension.
The dies I used are Die-namics from My Favorite Things. These Die-namics sets of dies come chock-full of several dies to make a complete card. This particular set has the three dies I used on these cards (circle, domed rectangle, and scalloped edge), as well as ten others, ranging from a large square for a card panel, to flowers, bows, and border pieces. They are wonderful.
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This card was inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch # 437 Challenge . Here is the sketch...
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