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I Feel the Love Project!


Happy Sunday All!


Well today I am sharing with you a card that I made for a very specific reason!  Sweet Maddison over at I Feel the Love Project is doing an awesome card charity this month that is near and dear to my heart, since it is a dear family friend that is being honored!

Her cause this month is to make a card for a very special dad that has been undergoing some hardships and needs some TLC  to help lift his spirit.  Sadly, my friend Reggie fits the bill.  He is watching his 22 year-old daughter battle a rare form of pediatric cancer for a second time in her life.  The first battle was when she was five and she lost her kidney during that battle.  This time around she is battling an unrelated form of rare cancer with only one kidney.  This is a very close knit family and if one hurts, they all hurt and they are all in it together with Reggie and his wife being the first to carry the burden of it all.


He has such a positive outlook and and being an Electrician, I thought he would get a kick out of  this card I made using my Silhouette, some twine and great paper from Paper Issues (Glitz- Cashmere Dame), buttons and some random wire I had lying around.  I did some faux stitching and distressed the die cuts and card with Close to My Heart Slate and White Daisy.


Please head over and check out all the details of this month’s cause and I hope you can find time to LINK up a card for him as a form of encouragement, I would love just overwhelm him with so many cards!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “just crafting for a good friend” pie with me!

Linking Up To:

Paper Issues – Lifestyles to Die For

Everyday is an Occasion – Sunday Funday

I Gotta Create – Wildly Linking Party #52!


I Feel the Love Project!

Hello and happy Monday!


Well January is in full swing and so is an amazing project over with Madison for her January I Feel the Love Project!  What she is up to is making Valentines Day Cards for a special cause for some of the student from Sandy Hook Elementary

Head over and check out all the details and get creating something sweet and lovely for some very special Valentines this year.

I Feel the Love Project

Hello everyone! I have been very behind in posting, but not without reason.  Last Sunday, while I was training for my ocean swim in the ocean, I had a kidney stone attack and have been passing them all week.  If anyone has ever had kidney stones, you will know it has been a challenging week and to come down with passing one while swimming 1/4 mile off shore, the shark risk was no longer a worry. And I am not kidding about the fact there was a true shark worry since there has been several sightings of hammer heads and great whites off the local coast thanks to a random colony of 300+ seals that took up residency on the “world’s safest beaches” of Carpinteria and Summerland.  I sadly admit I had to be pulled in by a support kayaker; not my most shinning moment.

So here I am finally getting back into the craft room, even though I am still not finished passing my stones to make a project for the I Feel the Love Project of making a Halloween card for the kids at Casa Pacifica.  As I mentioned in an earlier post this cause hits close to home and is close to my heart.  You still have time to participate in this awesome cause!  Deadline to link up is September 30th!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “swimmin’ with the sharks” pie with me!


Cricut Cartridge: Create a Critter 2 (house cut at 3.5 inches Fence cut at 1.25,1.5,1 inch Bat (hid the work “scary”) cut 1.25  ) and Mini Monsters (Light Post cut at 2.75 inches)

Paper: Papertreyink – Halloween and multi color paper

Cuttlebug: Traffic Jam

Stickles: Diamonds!

Pop Dots

Note I layered the house 3 deep.

Feelin’ the Love Pie!

Hi everyone and Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Click here to link project for- SEP

Even though I have a few things that I can share today I am going to table those and put in a plug for Madison over at Funky Cards and her fabulous I Feel the Love Project that she just announced.  This particular project is a very near and dear to my heart.  When I headed over to her blog today, I about fell out of my chair on how shocked I was on who the project was for.  Talk about six degrees of seperation and chills going down my spine.

The project is for a non-profit organization that I worked as a Human Resources Specialist for almost 5 years!!!  The organization is called Casa Pacifica and it is a shelter, residential treatment group home and non-public school for abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed children and youth from the ages of 0-18. I literally live 4 miles away from the campus! Never thought my crafty ventures would lead me right back to my backyard and professional resume!

During my time at Casa Pacifica, I grew not only as an employee in skill set, but as a person. It was a challenging place to work and it is not for the faint of heart.  The front line staff, clinicians, teachers and all those that were face-to-face with the kids every minute of every day were just astounding human beings. Being a support to them beyond just managing their employment needs  was just an honor.

Working on a shelter and group home campus, the kids were a part of your everyday life. They were what gets you out of a cozy warm bed in the winter and work those extra long hours that come with the territory of working in this field and for a non-profit.  I got to see the aftermath of heartbreaking stories, amazing personal victories, and most of all unconditional love given to these kids in the most raw and real way.

Casa Pacifica gave me  a lot to glean from.  Wonderful lifelong friendships, excellent work experience and some excellent tools to being a parent.  They rely on structure to bring normalcy to these precious children that come from some of the most extreme situations one can imagine.  I took note on how receptive and secure the children became after a few weeks of having structure and consistency to count on.  When I became a parent I thought back to that and thought if those kids thrived using that type of tool, then what can that tool do for a child born into security and constant unconditional love?  It has successfully worked for the hubs and I so far. 🙂

I would love to have anyone that follows me participate in this Feel the Love Project sweet Madison is organizing.  Click HERE to get all the details.  The cool thing is, I will be able to actually get feedback from the inside on this project and  report back on how your time and effort touched the kiddos! 

Thanks for sharing a piece of “feeling the love” pie with me!

I Feel The Love Call For Cards From Funky Cards

There is this amazing young lady from, Funky Cards,  that has an opportunity for crafters to make a special card for a person/family going through challenging times.  This is my contribution to her “I Feel the Love Project“.  Thank you Funky Cards for this amazing opportunity to touch such a wonderful little girl and her family. 

This project touches me especially since I was a nanny for a family, while in college, that had a little girl who was in treatment and recovery stages of having a brain tumor that came back twice.  She was 18 months when I started and I got to be a part of her treatment plans (PT/OT, removal of feeding tubes and central lines), learning to walk, sing, play, and most of all be in remission.  She is now almost 18 years of age!  Many special prayers and thoughts go to Marley and her family!


Cricut Cartridges:

  • Storybook – Scallop  (1 and 3/4 inch)
  • Walk In My Garden – Daisy Flower (2.5 inches)
  • Create a Critter – Monkey (3 inches)


  • Die Cuts with a View – Glitter Stacker (flower)
  • Die Cuts with a View – Animal Crackers (both bases for the card – both 3 inches long and 4 inches wide)
  • Recollections  – Standard Neutral textured pack – Monkey (Can get at Michael’s)
  • Michael’s single sheet embossed paper – Leaf (Scallop)


  • Animal Print – Michael’s dollar bin
  • Small Pink for bow – Michael’s dollar bin

Uni-ball White Pen from Stampin’ Up

Card Base – iCraft (packages of blank cards with envelopes in 8 packs I found in Michael’s dollar bin.

Stamps – Peachy Keen – Everyday Faces

Ink- Stampin’ Up – Classic Black

Thank you VERY much for visiting for a piece of life’s pie!