Thursday, June 12, 2014

Amazing kids and some cards...

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

 Middle card
Cardstock: Bazzill
DSP: My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Stardust
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Bottom Card
Cardstock: Rich Razleberry, Pumpkin Pie  
DSP Razzleberry Lemonade 
Stamps: Sweet Celebrations
Punch: Fiskars


kel Acopan said...

love that last card! and congrats on exceeding that fundraising goal!!

lovies, =o) kel

Winnie said...

What a wonderful thing to do for those in need. Knowing a young kid spearheaded this, shows there is a lot of promise in the future. You hear so much negative about todays youth, this is wonderful. Your cards are lovely. I especially love the first one! Pink is my favorite color.

Kristie said...

Wow, what an amazing young man! How wonderful that the fundraising was more than expected.

Great cards, I especially love the colors on the first one!

Margaret said...

What a great idea for having that concert. He does have a heart of gold, that young man.

Love all your cards. I think they are all learning experiences. That's how we progress in our craft.

Marcy said...

Beautiful cards and great color combos for each of them. What a wonderful event and great picture of the cute musician. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Lisa-Jane said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog as part of the Refresh blog hop! Well done on the fundraising!