Stamping Christmas cards and sending them to family and friends is fun, but this year I had another idea in mind. There is no doubt that I now have more stamping stuff than one person should have, especially with a huge stamping score at an estate sale for paper, and then a wonderful gift from a reader of three more boxes of goodies. I wanted to use some of it for a special purpose, and did some cards for our Safelight Project last summer. As DH and I were driving to a Christmas party last weekend, it occurred to me again how blessed I am. I have a wonderful and warm home, a gentle and loving husband, food on the table, and love of family and friends. But there are many who are not as lucky, and they might need a lift at this time of year. It has to be a tough holiday for someone staying in a domestic violence shelter, so I decided to use my stash to create some holiday cards of support for the Safelight shelter residents. You can help too (you don’t have to be a stamper) and I’ll tell you about that in a moment.
I found a bunch of these glittery gift tags in the boxes (recognize these, Katie?) and thought they would make great cards. The backs have names on the ‘to’ and ‘from’, but glued down that won’t matter. Just a pretty velvet ribbon behind a snowman, or an embossed strip behind a stocking, and voila the card is done.
Another card has a larger embossed design, with an ornament on top. These are fairly simple designs, so I won’t go through them step by step.
Many of the cards have elements from other cards simply placed on embossed paper. The green on the left is a snowflake design I used several times. The one on the right has a ‘ribbon’ of paper rolled with my peppermint candy wheel. Gift stickers are under the stamped tree.
Reindeer stamps adorn this one, with punched out snowflakes. The inside has a white paper for the sentiment that shows through the holes on the front.
This one has an ornament punched out of the front, with some embossed snowflakes from another card. A glittery one is added to the top, then an ornament is stamped so it shows through the punched out part.
A view from the top shows it a little better.
Inside, the sentiment most appropriate for my purpose is stamped, and a sticker added too.
Another tag, this Santa is accented with more snowflakes.
Red embossed paper with snowflakes provide a base for a stocking and glitter snowflake.
I had a lot of snowflakes, can you tell? On this one I just stamped the word Joy over and over.
Inside all of the cards, this same sentiment is stamped, with different stickers for fun. I will hand-write a personal message in each one.
Now, here is how you can help. There are no prizes this time, only the special feeling of helping someone feel supported this holiday season, to give something to someone that could use a lift, in light of our many blessings. Make or buy some holiday cards, put a message of support inside, and address the envelope only “For you” or “Season’s Greetings” or similar. If you are not a stamper, purchased cards will be just fine, the important part is your hand written message of encouragement. Keep your sentiments to messages of support without a religious component. See the linked post above for more ideas.
I’d love to have at least 40 cards to deliver to the Safelight shelter, two cards per resident, something to encourage their efforts to change their lives. There are 18 women and two men at the shelter, yes men can be victims as well. I have about a dozen cards made so far, but I do need help to get to the goal. I need them mailed to me by Friday Dec 15 to arrive no later than Monday, Dec 18th. I know it is short notice, but you have a week to get them in the mail by next Friday. The cards don’t have to be fancy, the messages of support are the most important part. Simple and fast is the best for this project. Mail them to me at:
From My Carolina Home Safelight Christmas
PO Box 524
Mountain Home, NC 28758
Can you send a few cards for this project? See the cards sent by readers and the follow up post HERE.