Stamping for Safelight

Valentines day is this week, and of course that means stamping time!  I like having a place for my creativity to go, so again this year, I decided to make little bags for Safelight like I did last year – Valentine Goodies for Safelight   I cannot imagine what this day must be like for someone who is a victim of domestic violence.  I hope that this project will bring a smile on a day that is supposed to celebrate love and affection.  I got out a pack of pretty salmon pink cardstock and began cutting cards.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I pulled out a bunch of elements I wanted to use, some from other cards, some from packs of chipboard, and a few flowers.  In no time I had the first four done.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

On the back, a generic image is stamped with a ‘from the heart’ sentiment.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Inside, all the cards had this sentiment with a little shiny heart sticker.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I needed a lot of cards, so I kept playing with more elements.  The sentiment ‘just because I care’ became the theme for this entire round of stamping.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I had a package of Victorian style decoupage papers, so I used a bunch of those.  The cards on the right below are from that pack.  The ones on the left below used elements cut from other cards I have received.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I had a few velum elements to play with too.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Then more of the same elements used in a different way.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Finally, the last four and I was done with the 24 cards needed for this project.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Next, on to the bags.  Using the same white bags as I have used in the past, I began the decorating with my heart wheel, putting a line of hearts near the middle of the bag.

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Above the line, I stamped this darling little rabbit with his country hearts, and the sentiment ‘Valentine Greetings’.

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For the outside of the envelopes for the cards, I decided to spell out ‘Just For You’ as I didn’t have a stamp that said that.  I didn’t want to use the ones I’ve used before either.

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So, here is where my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (affiliate link) came in very handy.  Once I had the lettering just the way I wanted it, I could do all 24 envelopes exactly the same.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

With all of the stamping done, I could assemble the cards into the envelopes.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Now, I just needed to pack a card and a package of chocolate kisses in each bag.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I used a sparkly heart sticker on the back to hold the bag closed.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All done.  Not much really, the cost to me was under $30, but I hope the good wishes will bring a smile to some faces on a cold February day.

Stamping for Safelight at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I am delivering them this morning to Laresa at Safelight to hand out to the current residents of the shelter. I hope this little gift will brighten their day.

Are you stamping for Valentine’s Day?

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15 thoughts on “Stamping for Safelight

  1. Carole, on behalf of our residents here at the Safelight shelter, thank you so very much for your heartwarming gifts of love! I have seen many residents absolutely beaming with their very own gifts and have heard comments like, “Wow, just for me? Someone gave this to me?” and “What a thoughtful and kind thing to do!” and then of course, “YAY, CHOCOLATE!” 🙂 The cards are just beautiful and everyone really appreciated the care, time, and energy you put into making them. And from a staff perspective, it really makes all of us so happy to see our clients smile and feel loved. Thank you, Carole!

  2. dezertsuz

    I’m not stamping anything – I’ll be traveling on Thursday, and will buy myself a chocolate bar. =) This was wonderfully thoughtful. The cards are beautiful, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Hershey’s kisses. Maybe it will take the sting out of the day.

  3. Mia is mine

    What a lovely action to take to encourage those who are hurting! You make it look so easy and peaceful. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  4. Wow, you had a great day of stamping! I thought of you this Saturday. Our ladies at church had a service morning, and we put together 50 toiletries bags and 50 blankets for new moms. I was manning my serger, and two of us finished all those bags after the zippers had been applied. The non sewers were turning blankets, making cards and filling the bags, it turned out to be quite an assembly line. 🙂

  5. You had a papercrafting frenzy! Lovely cards and I do like the gift bags. It looks like you are getting good use of your stamping platform. I was just gifted a secondhand alphabet stamp set, so I plan to make my own sentiments sometimes too.

  6. You are so thoughtful. Inspired by your stamping posts, I have made 8 Valentines that Ihave sent out to family and friends. Also a birthday, thank you and thinking of you cards. It was so fun, but I sure spread out the “stuff” all over the dining room table! Haha. Thanks for the inspiration to reignite my interest in stamping—did some years ago, but quit for some unknown reason!

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