Caring Hearts Card Drive

One of the cards I will be donating to Jennifer McGuire’s Caring Hearts Card Drive. Goal is to donate 25 cards. For this card I used a snowflake embossing folder, Sizzix big cut snowflake die on Heidi Swapp Magic Resist Paper, added a little china blue distress ink, a red card stock and message — I love my circle punches!

snowflakes on embossed snowflakes

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Disney Princess Make A Wish Send Off Party

Pam and I are planning a princess party for one of our wish kids send off party. We are so excited that her favorite Disney character, Rapunzel, will be making a special appearance with the help of Nicole at Princess Party Pals.  She sings, face paints, reads them books, etc. Party planning made simple.

Party Tip #1. Identify a theme and become an expert on topic (if you aren’t already). I need to watch Tangled sometime this week so I can catch up on the adventures of Rapunzel before planning additional party activities.

Party Tip #2. Create/send invitations. I made six different princess card invitations similar to this countdown card (I forgot to take a picture before I sent them to the family to hand out🙂 All the kids are coming dressed as their favorite princess.

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Card is simply watercolor background, a princess sticker, a few star sequins and computer generated countdown message adhered to a blue card.

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Finding the Right Volunteer Activity for You.

I thought I would use Jennifer McGuire’s Sharing Handmade Kindness Challenge week to write about my volunteer work which inspires me to Share Handmade Kindness year-round.

I have always volunteered. It is in my DNA. But nothing really gives me as much joy as my work with Make A Wish MN. My sister Pam and I are Wish Granters and we love it — mostly because it challenges our creative juices to create a “memorable” event for each child. It starts with the initial interview, then the wish reveal, the wish itself (we work with a wish coordinator who know the budget, etc.), and then the wish enhancement or send off party.

Right now, we have five wish kids… a 17 yo girl who is going to New Zealand to visit the Lord of the Rings movie set, a 13 yo boy who is going to London to meet a YouTube Video Game Star, a 15 yo boy is getting a wheelchair accessible greenhouse, a 6 yo girl who leaves for Disney World in a couple of weeks to meet Cinderella, and finally, a 10 yo girl who is going to Disney next summer. This is a little care package I put together to send to her so she knows we are thinking about her.

gift package wth simple card

Giving back/paying it forward feels right. Finding the “right” volunteer activity that incorporates your gifts and talents is even more satisfying. Remember the name of my blog is Paper – Parties – Perspective. I am well suited to be a Wish Granter.

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Pammy’s birthday card

pam BD Ladies

Started this card in a coloring class at ScrapFest many years ago. I finished it last week and added the birthday balloon and greeting. I love to color… and the image – it reminds me of my sisters. And… there are plenty of studies that talk about coloring as a form of meditation. The key, letting going of your perfectionism (check out The Gifts of Imperfection) and simply enjoying the activity.

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Happy Gnome Birthday Card

A birthday card for my brother Jeff

A birthday card for my brother Jeff

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Halloween Spider Cookies … so easy and delicious

spiders

My family looks forward to the peanut butter chocolate kiss cookies every Christmas. I am sure these will be requested for Halloween as well – you simply swap the kiss with a chocolate truffle. Here’s the recipe

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Annual Halloween Spooktacular Party

bones.dogs.witches.melonghost invites

Last year’s party invites and some of the festive foods, including a vomiting watermelon, sand-“witches”, mummy dogs and a bone yard.

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