Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hey everybody! Happy Valentine's Day! I'm sure all the kids got to open their cards today! The though of their sweet smiles, makes me SO happy! Thank you all, who helped make that possible!
Well I have a card to share with you today. This is a card I made for my husband for Valentine's Day and I got the idea from Pinterest (LOVE that site)! He has gone with me a few time to the eye Dr and he always picks on me about not getting the letters right in the exam! He has Great vision, so he has NO clue about blurry letters! :) So I thought this card was very fitting for him! :)
Well my daughter will play her first Varsity Softball game tonight and then I guess we will go have a Valentine's family dinner, instead of normal Valentine dinner with my husband! :) But I wouldn't miss this game for the world! We are SO excited! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!,
~Winter

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CARD DRIVE for Emma

For all of you who are wanting to make some more cards for a Card Drive, go over to Kelly Bertram's blog at http://kellybertram.blogspot.com/2014/02/card-drive-for-emma.html She is doing a Card Drive for a sweet little girl named Emma, who is fighting Leukemia. It is not a Valentine's Day Card Drive, so make sure you go by her blog and read all the rules. I know this little girl will LOVE all these cards! :) So please help!

~Winter

Friday, February 7, 2014

Card Drive Prize Winners

Prize # 1
(3 Spools of Twine)
(Carol Longacre)

Prize #2
($50.00 Gift Certificate)
(Sarah Cassio)

Prize #3
(Stamp Prize Package- $30.00 value)
(Mary-Anne Selders)

Prize #4
(3 Stamp Sets- Winners choice)
(Doreen Lesniak)

Prize #5
($30.00 Gift Certificate)
(Christine Nixon)

Prize #6
(1 Stamp set- Winners choice)
(Patty Smith)

Prize #7
(3 Winners- 1 Stamp set- Winners choice- $40.00 value)
(1.Kelley Lesniak)
(2. Johnna Buntin)
(3. Jess Moyer)


Prize #8
($10.00 Gift Certificate)
(Mary-Anne Venginickal)


Prize #9
($25.00 Gift Card)
(Lorie Manfre)


Prize #10
($40.00 Store Credit)
(Connie Gessmann)


Prize #11
(2 Winners- 1 Year digital magazine subscription)
(1. Debbie Halstead)
(2. Emily Stam)


Prize #12
(1 Free 8X10 Picture Canvas- Free shipping to US) 
(excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
(Kristy Cox)


Prize #13
(2 Winners- $25.00 Gift Certificates each)
(1. Nancie Warfel)
(2. Emma Sleppy)


Prize #14
(Close to My Heart package)
(Josephine Moyer)


Prize #15
(Close to My Heart rub-on's package)
(Teresa Godines)


I will be sending emails out to all the Sponsors with your email addresses, so be looking for emails from them. 

I want to say Thank you to all the Sponsors for all the prizes 
and Thank you to all the card makers, you are all Amazing!!!
And Thank you to my kids for helping me with Drawing names! :)


Have a Blessed Weekend! 
~Winter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"Cards From the Heart Card Drive" Totals

Hey everybody! Let me just say....I have been a BUSY girl and I think I need a vacation now! :) I LOVE doing this Card Drive every year, but I must say it gets tiring! But the cards have been mailed, I'm almost finished with the drawing and then I can recoup for next year! :) I wanted to mail all the cards off on Friday, but there was a delay in the envelopes and then the cards started POURING in, so I had to order MORE envelopes, so it took the weekend and yesterday to get everything caught up. 
I had a couple of emails of people sending them in late, but I think everyone's cards came in and were shipped out to the hospitals! But PLEASE make sure you send them in by the due date next year. I like to get them in the mail ASAP, so that there are no delays and make sure they are there on Valentine's Day! It would be devastating if they didn't get there on time!

Here is a pic from the weekend. I like to call it the "Cards From the Heart Card Drive" Sweat Shop! :) I had my husband, my kids, and my nieces over to help finish up with stuffing envelopes! :) They didn't want me to take a picture of their faces, since they weren't "picture ready"! So I just took a picture of some of the process. :) They were a BIG help! I'm very Thankful that I made them come over and help! ;)



And this is what 4,240 cards look like packaged! :) Can you believe that total?! It is CRAZY to me! The Lord truly AMAZES me! 
 The most we have ever collected was 2 years ago and the total was 3,000! I CANNOT Thank you all enough! Ya'll are AMAZING!!!! I get letters in the mail from some of you who make these cards in memory of your kids (so inspiring to me), I had one lady tell me that when she was in 2nd grade, her class made her cards when she was sick in the hospital and she STILL has them to this day! I LOVE that!

 It is truly overwhelming for me at times! I NEVER knew this Card Drive would grow like it has! It started off as a ministry for me to collect 200 cards for St. Jude and then it grew and we had to add more hospitals. We gave to the same amount of hospitals this year. We lost one hospital, but then turned around and gained another BIG hospital and we were able to give WAY more to them! 
I would LOVE to add more hospitals next year. If any of you have a hospital in mind, email me the hospital and I will contact them and see if they might be interested for next year.

Here is a list of where the cards went this year.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
TX Children's Hospital
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
Shands Hospital for Children UF -Florida
Nationwide Children's Hospital- Ohio
St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Shriners Hospital for Children- Cincinnati
Shriners Hospital for Children- Northern California
Shriners Hospital for Children- Boston
Shriners Hospital for Children- Galveston
Shriners Hospital for Children- Houston
Sinclair Children's Center- foster home
Hailee- A little girl I've been praying for on Facebook, who is battling cancer.

Well I need to go. I have a LOT more names to add to the drawing! I hope to be done with it hopefully soon and then I will draw the winners and post who the winners are. I'm getting excited for ya'll, there is some GREAT prizes! Thanks again to all the Sponsors! :)

Thank you all again for making this a GREAT Card Drive and I hope you all have a very Blessed day! 

~Winter

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Love is in the Air

Hey everybody! It has been a CRAZY week here in Texas! We have had 2 snow days, only a few days apart! It NEVER snows here, so it's got all of Texas going Crazy! :) So since we have had snow days, I been able to stay home and get TONS of work done on the Card Drive! So I'm very happy about that! The cards have been pouring in, Thank ya'll SO much for that! 

But I have been a little busier with some of the cards that were sent in! I thought my guidelines and rules were pretty specific, but I'm guessing I need to make them even more specific next year?! Don't get me wrong, some of them were exactly right,  but some of them had last names, the town they lived in, get well soon, praying for you, ect. It is suppose to have your first name and state you live in ONLY! No last names, town you live in, get well or anything religious (I don't think I had that listed on the rules this year, that's my mistake, but it has been mentioned in the years past) and no blog addresses (they aren't suppose to be able to contact you.) These are not MY rules, but the hospitals. I want to go by their rules, so they will allow us to send them for years to come. I won't throw any of those cards away, so I have had to fix them, so they do go by the rules, and you can imagine how time consuming that is, along with everything else there is to do! By no means am I complaining about getting cards, I'm just trying to make this a fun project, because right now, trying to figure out how to fix cards...isn't fun to me! So PLEASE read the rules very carefully next year. 
Ok, off my soapbox! Here's some cards! :)



Check the Sponsor page, I have been updating it too. If you haven't shipped your cards, don't! Because I don't think they will get here in time. I will be shipping cards tomorrow and the rest on Monday, so if I don't get your cards in time, they will be saved for next years Card Drive. 
Ok, I better go, I have TONS of work to do! 

~Winter

Friday, January 24, 2014

SNOW!

Hey everybody! Looky! Looky!, it snowed in Southeast Texas! This NEVER really happens! :) So of course you know we had a Snow Day from school! Us Texans can't drive in these conditions! :) It is a view from our back porch. Not much snow, but it's still fun for about a day or so! :) 
Me and my husband, braved the roads, so he could go and fix peoples heaters and I got out of the house to check the mail for cards and work on the Card Drive, until he gets done running service calls. Then it's home to a warm fire in the fireplace! :)

Here is a card I made awhile back. I really LOVE these little jars! :)



Well the cards are still coming in. I don't want to give out any totals, just yet, but the numbers are looking good! Thank you to everyone who has sent cards or are going to send cards. Just Please remember that I need them by next Friday Jan.31! I will be shipping cards out that afternoon, so I can make sure they get to the hospitals in time. So please don't delay, get your cards in the mail! :)
Check out the Sponsor page too, I've been adding more prizes! 

Have a Blessed weekend!,
~Winter

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cat & Dog Love

Hey everybody! I wanted to share another card that I made for the Card Drive.


 I used Lawn Fawn's Say Cheese stamp set for the polaroid picture and I used PTI's Tremendous Treats: Valentine for the cat, dog, heart, and heart with the sentiment inside.

The cards are coming in slowly, but the last 2 weeks is always the busiest! So if you haven't sent yours in yet, get them in! It's for a Great cause and the prizes are pretty Great too! :) I added more prizes yesterday to the Sponsor page and will post them when I get them in! :) If you would like to donate a prize, email me at wintersims1@aol.com and let me know what you would like to donate. 
Thanks so much! I'm off to watch my son play in his basketball game! :)
Have a Blessed evening! :)

~Winter