Friday, December 11, 2009

Miracle on Maxwell

Last year, our church started a Christmas fundraiser for some local charities. We proposed that people might opt to donate to a charity in lieu of giving a gift to some of the people on their Christmas lists. In exchange, they would receive a handmade card to give to that person detailing which charity received a donation. This was my first introduction to cardmaking...and it consisted of matching up some stickers to papers! I was hooked. Although my first attempts at cardmaking were all on the "scrappy" side, I quickly learned about the world of stamping...and there was no turning back!

I'm showing you a sample of some cards I made for Miracle on Maxwell this year (our church is located on Maxwell...clever, no??). I needed images that would work up quickly, which is quite a feat for me, as I take FOREVER to colour images!! I bought this beautiful set from Flourishes (All that Glitters). I am in love with these ornament images...so beautiful! I stamped them on some leftover Prism Simply Smooth (which I never seem to use anymore), and coloured with Copics. I kept these very simple, as I needed quite a few. They were paired up with papers from DCWV, and satin ribbon from Walmart.



Here is a closeup of one of the cards. I added some Martha Stewart glitter to the ornaments on this one:



Here are a couple made with one of the new Christmas sets from CC Designs. I had bought this set, and almost didn't ink it up this year! I think they are perfect for our program! These too worked up very quickly, and I love that they focus on the "reason for the season"!!


Giving to those less fortunate is just one way that we can show others the love of God. During this beautiful season, it is easy to get caught up in all the hustle, bustle and materialism. It is important to remember to slow down, and take time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. So, while out shopping for our loved ones, let's try to remember to drop our change in the Kettles, or pick up an extra bag of groceries for your local food bank. How about that "mitten tree" at the mall? There are so many ways to show our love for others...think about how you can bless another person today!

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to be back soon with a new post...I've been a busy stamper lately!!

Blessings,

Melanie

6 comments:

Phebe Meeder said...

i absolutely love the miracle on Maxwell but even more so the CCdesigns card so sweet.I had forgotten you had that set....and to think i hesitated just a pinch in bringing it in and it sold out before the angel emmas which to be honest both sets are very sweet.But what even sweeter are your cards and the season of giving...i will pray for success in this area

Krista said...

Wow Melanie, those cards are absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the CCD Joy card, and those Christmas ornaments are sooo pretty!!! I love the Miracle on Maxwell concept! That is the true meaning of Christmas!

Tricia said...

Melanie,

Simple, yet beautiful cards for such a wonderful cause!! Wishing Miracle on Maxwell much success!

Sandy said...

I love them all! The ornaments are just gorgeous and the bottom cards are definitely what the season is all about! Beautiful!!!

Mary Giles (OhioMary) said...

These are gorgeous! Those ornaments are really popping off the page.

My Paper Passions said...

hey i think i've seen these before!! ;)
NICE!
Amanda B