Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Hey everybody! I was recently emailed and asked if I would participate in an Awareness day, so of course I wanted to try and do my part! So today I'm here to bring awareness to the terrible disease, Mesothelioma. 

The lady who emailed me, Heather, shared a little bit about her story. 
She was exposed by wearing her dad's jacket that had been covered in "dust". :( 
When she was diagnosed, she was given 15 months to live. 
Mesothelioma is a rare and very aggressive form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. 
There are three types of mesothelioma: 
    1. Pleural mesothelioma (occuring in the lining of the lung) is the most common - 70% of all cases 
    2. Peritoneal mesothelioma (lining of the abdominal cavity) 
    3. Pericardial mesothelioma (lining of the heart) 

Mesothelioma becomes most apparent in patients in the US about 30 to 40 years after their exposure  
You can find her whole story here.

So if you could, please check out her story and help spread Awareness to this disease. 



Monday, February 9, 2015

Card Drive Prize Winners

Prize #1
(Stamp Prize Package- $50.00 value)
Patricia Craighead
Prize #2
(3 Spools of Divine Twine)
Tricia Barber
Prize #3

($50.00 Gift Certificate)
Lorie Manfre
Prize #4
(Stamp Assortment- $30.00 value)
Carol Longacre
Prize #5
(3 Winners- 1 prize each)
(Winner #1-Valentine Pack)
Karen McAlpine
(Winner #2- Christmas Pack)
Lori Tecler
(Winner #3- General Pack)
Connie Gessmann
Prize #6
($25.00 Gift Certificate)
Lori Beseke
Prize #7
($25.00 Gift Certificate)
Susan Tryba
Prize #8

($30.00 Gift Card)
Kelley Lesniak
Prize #9

(2 Winners- $25.00 Gift Certificates)
Winner #1- Christine Nixon
Winner #2- Theresa Burns 
Congrats! :)
I will be sending emails to the companies with the winners info, so please be on the look out for those!
Thank you to all the Sponsors, for the prizes and Thank you to everyone who has sent cards in this year, and all the years past!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 "Cards from the Heart Card Drive" Totals

Hey everybody! Sorry for the delay! I've been busy getting everything finished up and watching lots of basketball games and touraments for my kids.
But all the cards are counted, packaged, and shipped off! Here is a pic of the last shipment of cards, that I sent off on Thursday.
And the Grand total was......3,971 cards! :) Although We didn't beat last year's total, we still met our goals! Yay! :) 
We did get a couple more places to send to, but I still want to try and add more next year! I can't tell you how many emails I have sent out to hospital's, and it's either against their rules, have other avenues of getting cards (I'm so happy about that), or just no response! I did get a few, and for that I am Grateful!  But I will keep trying! :)

Here is a list of the places we sent cards this year.

*St. Jude Children's Hospital
*TX Children's Hospital
*Nationwide Children's Hospital
*St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa
*Cincinnati Children's Hospital -
Medical Center
*St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation
*UF Health Shands Children's Hospital
*Cook Children's Medical Center
*Shriners Hospital for Children
*-Northern California
*Sinclair Children's Center (orphanage)
*Pendleton Place (orphanage)
*Victoria (who is fighting cancer from home) and some cards for her 2 brothers too! :)

I want to Thank each and everyone of you for all of the hard work in making cards, sending them, the prayers, the encouraging words, the donations for the prizes, donations to help with shipping costs, and for believing in this ministry! Ya'll are Amazing! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! ♡
And Thank you to my family, for ignoring the clutter of the cards everywhere! :) And Thank you to my kids for helping me seal envelopes, that was a Huge help to me! 

I will be back soon to announce the winners of the prizes! :)

~ Winter

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Just checking in!

 Hey everybody! I'm just checking in, to let you know I'm still here! :) I've been working  on the Card Drive night and day! I'm getting everything wrapped up and then I will give out the totals. I've already brought two loads of cards to the post office today and I have a few more I'm finishing up. I had some last minute packages that came in, so I'll be sorting through those as well.
If you haven't shipped your cards, Please Don't! I will not be collecting anymore cards this year. Please keep them for next year's Card Drive!
Here is a couple pics of the boxes I sent out today.

I'll be back soon with the totals. Please bare with me! :)
My days are filled with both of the kids having basketball games and touraments. I'm working on the drawing stuff in the truck on the way there now (and No I'm not driving, Chance is!) ;)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Nuts About You Cards & A Card Drive update

Hey everybody! I wanted to show you all my "Nuts about you" cards, because there are alot of them! :)

I really love these stamps! :)

Well the cards haven't been coming in too fast, the last couple of days. In fact I didn't get any packages on Wednesday and one small package yesterday! It's definitely not the normal for this close to the end, I'm hoping that everyone is finishing them up and that they will be here by next week?! :)  It would be a GREAT weekend project to do and then ship them to me by next week! So please spread the word and encourage people to send them. 
As it looks right now, we will probably meet our minimum goal, but we probably won't beat last year's totals (which means we can't send extras or find new places to send to). I'm sure alot of people are busy and might not have time to make any. It looks like I might be even more busy this weekend and making more cards. I would rather have more, than not enough! 
I really don't get stressed about it anymore, because I feel the Lord will provide what we need! I've had a couple hospitals decline cards this year because of sickness, so please, if you are sick, don't send any cards. I don't want to spread the germs to the kids. I have found a few more places to send cards to, so that's always nice! :)
Well it's time for me to package more cards up, the end of the Card Drive is near! :)
ETA: Look what was at the mail box today...more cards! Yay! Ask and you shall receive! :)

Have a Blessed day!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cute Critter Cards

Hey everybody! I'm back today to share some of my Cute Critter cards! I LOVE these stamps SO much and they were so fun to color! The pictures aren't the greatest, my light box is at my office and I was at my house taking these this weekend.

This sentiment did not come with the set, but I found it the other day at Michael's and I thought it was cute! I used the same mustache from the stamp and cut it out of black paper and made the raccoon a big mustache too! ;)

I loved coloring these little foxes! :)

I bought another stamp set the other day and I thought it would be perfect for little maze games to add to the inside of my cards. So as my family and I were watching Maze Runner the other night, I was making a bunch of these! Here's my assembly line! ;)

And here they are added to the inside, with just a small glue dot.

Well that is it today, I have more cards to share, but I will save those for another day. :) All these cards will go to the children for the Cards from the Heart Card Drive. If you haven't made or sent your cards in, there is still time! I need them by Jan. 31, so I can get them sent off for the children for Valentine's Day! So get busy! I guarantee, you will have so much fun making them and the reward of giving those kids something to smile about when they receive Priceless! ♡
Have a Blessed Day!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Some of my cards!

Hey everybody! I wanted to stop in real quick and show some of the cards I've made for the Card Drive! A couple months before the Card Drive starts, I stamp a BUNCH of images and just color, color, color, with my Copics! Then I make all my cards! My goal is to try and do 100, but I usually go over! :) So for me to do that many, I have to do an assembly line style and usually I have several that are the same or very similar., maybe just different color! So here are a few I've done. I wish the sun would come out, so I could get better pics, but whatever, I guess?! :)

I recently got some new stamps, so I've been coloring those images and I hope to show ya'll those soon! :) The cards have still been coming in, and I'm sure these next few weeks will be BUSY, so you won't hear from me much! If you are still wanting to help with making cards, you still have time! If you want to be a sponsor, or know someone who wants to be, just let me know! Thanks for all of the cards I've already collected and Thanks for the Sponsors that have already donated! If you have a hospital in mind, that you want us to donate cards to, Please let me know! If you have a contact email, that would be GREAT! Then I wouldn't have to search their webpage and send it to the wrong contact person! :) Thanks for all of your help and I hope ya'll have a Great day! :)