I've been really busy lately. And truly, some things have been happening that have really gotten me down. But on Sunday, we had a really neat event at our church greatly lifted my spirits. Last fall, our church had a World Hunger Campaign. It inspired some of our children, and one, in particular, took the initiative to suggest a benefit concert. The idea was to highlight the talents of our kids as a means of raising money to help a small village called Sarako, in Sierra Leone.
Some of the children played instruments, some sang. Here's a picture of the young man who came up with the idea, playing his fiddle.
The goal of the project was to raise $6500 to supply a gravity fed water system for the village. There are 465 people living in Sarako and they have 300 children and youth under age 18. These children often miss school because they have gotten sick from drinking contaminated water. The event actually raised 104% of what they need for the project - $6,739.80. The project is expected to cost $6439.80
Since it's been a while, I thought I would share a few cards I've made and actually give out lately! Usually I make them and they sit in a box for a while, as I create them faster than I need them.
This first card is one I made at a Scrapbookin' Adventures event. I've posted before about the Use Your Own Product workshops - they're my favourite. These are usually scrap scrapbook pages, but one time we did an entire day of just cards. It was a great way to use paper that, in my case, wasn't really inspiring me anymore. You can see the original card that Jenn made by checking out this link.
I do prefer Jen's card, as the sentiment pops more, and I like the flowers she's used. I had planned to add some Primas to mine & never got time. This card is the only one I 'finished' that day... After this first one I decided to simply do the base work & finish them at home so I could look through more of my stash. I had only brought two stamp sets with me that day.
This card is one I made on my own, just fooling around with paper & stamps. I got the Stardust set a while ago at a garage sale, and I've been having trouble getting the hang of it. I hate to say it, but I think it may be one I don't end up keeping. That said, my friend really did like it and we used it as a thank you card for a woman at our church who ensured we had childcare every week at our Mom's Morning Out Bible Study group.
Last, a card I made for a bridal shower. It was a CASE of this card. I regret that I didn't include the ribbon, and that my matting around the image wasn't bigger/bolder. Live and learn!
Card Details: All products Stampin' Up, unless otherwise noted
Top Card - All products Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry
DSP: Cottage Wall
Other: Scallop Border punch
DSP: My Mind's Eye
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Rich Razleberry, Pumpkin Pie
DSP Razzleberry Lemonade
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations