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I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Little Help, A Little Info, A Little Crafting

I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted.  I have one more vacation and then life will resume to normal I think.  I do have a few cards to share with you today.  First though, I would like to ask a favor.  My friend, Priscilla, contacted me last week asking me to spread the word about a project she is working on.  She is hosting a drive to collect scrapbook supplies/stamps for a woman who lost everything to a tornado a few weeks ago.  Near Toledo, Ohio, several families were devastated to lose their homes to a tornado that came through in the night.  One family was killed.  Priscilla is someone that I tried to raise money for about a year ago. You can read about that HERE.  She has already organized a very successful garage sale to raise money to help pay for household items for these families.

This is part of her email to me:
I'm sure you heard that on June 5th/6th we had horrible tornadoes here nearby.  We actually didn't get any damage from the storm at our house but it hit hard in my hometown and completely destroyed many homes, leaving many with absolutely nothing!  So, I was asked to organize a fundraiser and of course, I was honored and jumped at the opportunity!  I decided to have a huge garage and bake sale and asked for people to donate their unwanted items so we could sell them at the sale.  We had over 100 families donate and made a little over $5500.  It was amazing!  Now, we have been contacting the families who were affected by the storms and asking them to compile a wish list of items that they need right now, as well as items they don't think their insurance is going to cover.  It's so awesome to be able to help, even if in just a small way.  (I'm thrilled to be able to "Pay It Forward" and do something for someone else like you did for me!)

The reason I am telling you all of this is because I wanted to ask for your help!  During my conversations with many of the families it was brought to my attention that one mother had a huge scrapbooking and stamping room dedicated and full of nothing but supplies...she was one of the families who lost everything.  Scrapbooking and stamping are close to my heart and I just couldn't walk away with that information and do nothing...so what I decided to do is contact everyone I know in the scrappin' and stampin' world and ask for help!  I am asking for people to donate any scrappin' or stampin' items that they have just laying around not being used or stamp sets that have been used are retired or have made their way to the bottom of the collection...only to be forgotten about.  Having said all that...would you be interested in helping me collect items to give to this mom?  Her name is Jackie and she has three young children.  Two girls, 4th and 6th grade and one boy age 4.  My goal is to deliver five huge boxes full of cardstock, stamps, adhesives, ribbons, brads, flowers, etc...to her and hopefully help put a smile on her face for the first time in a month.  Not only did she and her family lose everything they own but across the street her in-laws lost their home and everything they own too...in fact, her in-laws are still in the hospital.

I would also love to have help spreading the word!  Any help you can spare would be greatly appreciated! 

She included photos of the area in her email.

So what do you say?  Do you have supplies just laying around?  I know I do.  I would love it if you could help out with this Scrapbook drive.  You can either email me ( nikkischmaltz@gmail.com ) or Priscilla
( misscill@yahoo.com ) for the address on where you can send your supplies.

If you live by me I would be happy to take the things to Toledo for you.  Just email me.  Thanks!

 One more thing.....  I recently started another blog that has simple, quick recipes.  I did this for all the busy moms out there who need ideas for surviving football or any other season.  Thought I would share that link for you.  www.vvplanb.blogspot.com  PLAN B.  Thanks to those of you who have submitted recipes.   They will eventually be showing up.  I just thought you may want to pop over for a quick look.  I will be adding recipes each day or so.

Now on to the cards:

 This card is for several challenges.   The Color Throwdown is having a big celebration for their 100th Color Combo.  The colors:  Baja Breeze, Celery, Regal Rose and Red.  This card looks way better IRL.  I also used the Stamptacular Sunday Sketch this week.

This is another card I made for our neighbor boy.  He has been feeding our turtles while we are away.  This is no small task.  They eat a LOT for 2 babies.  He has to come over twice a day to keep them full.  I love this digi image from The DigiStamp Boutique.  I used one of Practicing Creativity's sketches this week.  I'm also entering this into the Hip To Be Square Crazy Challenge.  At Stamp Something they have a recipe challenge: 1 image, 1 DP and 1 ribbon.  I definitely thing this qualifies for the Let's Do Fun and Cute Challenge over at Moxie Fab.  Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks on the turtle?  Ours are not this cute.  The inside of the card says, " You Turtley ROCK!"  I'm also entering this into today's TCP 118 challenge to use twine. 

Gotta go.  Sorry for no details.  Time is not on my side.  I should be back to regular posting after next week.  I think I will have one more card before I leave.

We are finishing up those darn 4 H projects tonight and tomorrow is "SHOW TIME."  Wish us luck!


AHadley said...

That turtle is adorable! Great job on this card :)

craft_princess said...

I'm sure all the supplies will lift her spriits! Thanks for the info.

Also great cards!

Anonymous said...

Your turtle card is just the cutest!! I love it so much. I am sorry about the tornadoes. That is aweful. Sending hugs and prayers to the people in your area. Thanks for joining the Stamp Something Challenge this week! Hugs~ Andrea

Lea L. said...

These are both very cute! The turtle is adorable!! Great job with the Moxie Fab challenge!!


Nana said...

Adorable set of cards! Love them both.
Wish you best of luck collecting as many as possible craft materials for that lady!
Thank you for joining us at "Crazy challenge" this week. Hope to see you again!
hugs Nana

Sylvia said...

Cute cards!

bernietom47 said...

Your turtle card is just the cutest!! Love it! Love your use of twine. I always save it for masculine cards but it looks wonderful on the more girly first card.
So sorry about the tornadoes. Just awful. Sending hugs and prayers to the people who lost so much. Wish I could help but I’ve recently purged and donated all my extras to a charity in town. I’m leaving them my stuff in my will.
Good luck with 4H.
Hugs & Blessings

Terri E. said...

The turtle is adorable. Way to rock the Moxie Fab Challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Annika said...

Sorry to hear about the disasters in your area!
Wonderful card! Fabulous colouring and layout and I love that adorable turtle. Thanks for playing at Stamp Something, hope to see you back next week!

Sprytebyrd said...

Hi Nikki! Great cards, of course and so sweet of you to help spread the word for Priscilla! I have a package here that I need to mail out... but I've been so sick this past week! Ugh! But, the longer it sits here, the more stuff I drop into it!! LOL!
Thanks for playing along this week, we've missed ya! :)
Hugs, Dee

joanna said...

cute cute card love the turtle

Paula said...

Oh Nikki, such cute cards...just love them...miss you lots!

Cath said...

Hey Nikki! Thanks for entering the Let's Do Fun & Cute challenge in the Moxie Fab World (x2)! I'm so glad you joined in on the fun! :)

mommy2lou said...

Nice to get to see a former member of SSC! GO TEAM SSC!

beautiful cards. love your sort of rustic colors and design. I hope to see more of your work soon. Thank you for this creative interpretation of our sketch challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

Carolyn said...

Wow Nikki, awesome card. I love the design paper. Thanks for sharing it with us at SSC. Miss you tons.
Hugs xx