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!
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.
Card is simply watercolor background, a princess sticker, a few star sequins and computer generated countdown message adhered to a blue card.
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.
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.
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.
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
Last year’s party invites and some of the festive foods, including a vomiting watermelon, sand-“witches”, mummy dogs and a bone yard.