Monday, November 3, 2014

Caring Hearts Blog Hop Day 1 & Giveaway


** For Caring Hearts Card Drive details please click HERE on click the badge on the left. **

Hi everyone and welcome to Caring Hearts blog hop day 1. I am glad that you can join us. As you  may know, Caring Hearts Card Drive is all about bringing holiday cheers to the elderly that lives in nursing homes through our handmade cards. Many of the elderly might not have any family member or maybe their love ones live far away, etc. Our goal is to collect as many Christmas/holiday cards as possible and let them know that they are not forgotten.

When I started this card drive 5 years ago, I never thought it would grow by leaps and bounds. I am so grateful that so many of you my fellow crafty peeps continue to support it. This card  drive is possible because of you and of course because of the help of some amazing ladies. I hope many of you will send in your cards. Please send in your cards by November 28, 2014. There are lots of fabulous prizes!

To get you into the holiday card making spirit these talented ladies have step in to share their cards that I hope will get you inspired (see below for all the links). You can find all the card drive details HERE or simply click on the badge on the upper left corner of my blog.

Now, I have a couple cards to share. First up, is this interactive card I made using sets from Mama Elephant & Lawn Fawn. Gotta  love the sweet penguin set.


Mama Elephant Arctic Penguin, Lawn Fawn Snow Day

For this card, I use acetate to create the track to move the penguin while still able to show the snowy background. Here's how it looks like when the penguin skate to the right.




Next, we switched from cute to simple elegant card.


Wplus9 Silver Bells stamp set, Wplus9 Silver Bells dies,
Simple Stories 24/Seven 6x6 paper pad


Here's a complete list of today's hop participants (yes,  you read it right... tomorrow we have more inspiration starting from Jennifer McGuire's blog).

Vera Yates <-- you are here
Amy Kolling    
Susan Liles    


And, here's our awesome prize list. You have till midnight CST, Saturday, November 8th, 2014 to leave comments. Winners will be chosen randomly based on collective comments left on the designer's blogs. So, be sure to leave loads of love for everyone.

Thank you to all  these fabulous companies for their generous support.

Jennifer McGuire - Online Card Classes - class of your choice (3 winners!)




 May Arts - 2 rolls of ribbon from May Arts Holiday Collection


 Latina Crafter - $15 GC


Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking - 1 year free subscription




Verve Stamps -  $30 GC

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Lisa H. said...

soooo excited to be a part of this wonderful event. Thanks for organizing. Your card is A-dorable! I love penguins....yous is so cute.

Lori Kobular said...

I am going to start making some Christmas Cards for this wonderful cause today! I think it is wonderful that you have come up with this plan to brighten someone's day! I love your Penguin card!!

Julene VanKleeck said...

This is such a great cause. Your little penguin card is too sweet!

~amy~ said...

Vera, you're so awesome!
Both of your cards are wonderful but the sweet skating penguin...genius.

Kristie Goulet said...

Awesome cards for such a great cause!!!

D- said...

Thanks for doing this. So many people are alone during the holidays and I know these cards will definitely lift their spirits.
LOVE your SWEET cards. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
D~
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Sandy said...

looking forward to all the inspiration. this is a wonderful project.

Angel said...

Wow, look at those prizes! And a bigger WOW - look at your darling cards! What a fabulous idea! I'd love to send in a card or two!

Judy1223 said...

Vera, thanks for doing this again! I've participated all five years and you know I have a bunch to send in! I love your cards, from penguins to classic bells. Awesome!

Debbie Lou said...

Your penguin card is absolutely adorable!

cm said...

Heart-warming, heart-melting and spirit-lifting: your cards AND your reason for creating them! Mega-watt smiles and cheer guaranteed!
~c

Yukari Y. said...

Love both cards! TFS! ♥

Diana Maldonado said...

Thanks for organizing this, what a great idea!! Keep the good work Vera, excited to be part of this.

Your cards are wonderful, thanks for sharing with us!

Blessings,
Diana

Sheri said...

Love your cards. I have 50 cards made so far for the card drive. Great project and am glad to be a part of it!

cghundley said...

Love that moving
penguin card and
the second one is
lovely!
Carla from Utah

Lisa Petrella said...

Vera, thank you for all of the time and energy you put into organizing this card drive! You are so sweet and thoughtful! And your cards are ADORABLE!! Love them both! Thanks for the inspiration!

Jill B said...

I love the interactive card with the penguin. What a cute idea for a card. Jill

theCook said...

Love the moving penguin!

Marisa said...

That penguin is adorable. Great cards and a great cause :)

marylouh said...

The cards are plain and simple and so pretty. Love the skating penguin.
thanks for sharing and for supporting a great cause.

marylouh said...

It was a great hop for a good cause. Thanks so much for organizing it and thanks to the companies who offered gifts.
take care.

Karenladd said...

I have already started making my cards to donate to the card drive and am loving the hop inspiration! That skating penguin is too too adorable!

Barb Ghig said...

What a great idea with your Penguin, and I Love your yellow trees! I also love the elegance of your 2nd card...so lovely!
Thanks for taking part in the hop and supporting such a great cause!

McStamper said...

Great cards.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

The penguin card is adorable. Love how you framed the background. TFS

Christine Kiehl said...

This is an adorable little penguin card! The tiny blue/white polka dot paper is perfect!

Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

This is such a great cause! I'll be sending in my cards soon! Love that cute little skating penguin card you made!

canadian_liner said...

Love the interactive skating penguin card! So cute and fun. We are loving the CHCD hop!

Julie C. said...

These cards are so cute! Loving them all!

ktfabian said...

I love BOTH cards, but that skating penguin just really caught my eye. Adorable! Thanks for sharing such a worthy cause.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

wonderful organization...your cards are fun!

Monika/Buzsy said...

What a wonderful card drive... so thoughtful of you to do organize this. Lovely Christmas cards. :)

KT Fit Kitty said...

I think this is a wonderful idea and this is the first year I've participated. I mailed my bundle of cards to the address in Canada last week. Your cards are adorable and sure to bring some joy!

TangledBlueRose said...

Such an adorable card! Love the penguin! Amazing cause and so wonderful to participate!~kim

Megan said...

Very creative moving penguin! :)

Kelly said...

awesome. I esp LOVE the skating penguin. It will bring a smile for sure!

Pam T. said...

Adorable card! You are an amazing person for organizing this.

C said...

love the interactive card!

Dawn LL said...

Two adorable designs- I love those penguins so much. Thanks for the inspiration

Lenora Clark said...

Adorable cards! I have started creating cards for this wonderful project.

Betty Keefe said...

have a bunch of cards ready to go for your wonderful drive!

pcm said...

you rock for putting this together every year!

serenity6883 said...

wonderful cards. The penguin is adorable. Great cards for a great cause. tfs

chantal said...

I just found out about this card drive. I'm looking forward to to sending some in. Hopefully I meet the deadline!

Marla said...

Adorable cards and I hope you got my cards for the drive. TFS

Janet said...

My kids helped me deliver cards last year; so this year they also wanted to make some and are currently at work on it! I am so glad to see them having such a spirit of giving and all those who send cards…they are so amazing (just going by what I saw last year) and the residents LOVE them so much!
~God bless~

Debra said...

I have 40 cards made and ready to ship. Making 40 more this week. You have inspired our card making group to have a small drive for our local senior housing. Instead of giving a card we are making them cards they can use themselves.

SuprFoxDesigns said...

What a great event- I am planning to make cards and get them in, so excited for this ... and I adore your sliding penguin card, love all the inspiration I see when there are blog hops!

Carolee McCaslin said...

Such a great event!! I have already sent you my cards:)

Elizabeth Sarkisyan said...

These are so cute and love that little penguin and how it slides! Wonderful cause and thank you for doing this. I'm working on more Christmas cards to send your way.

Doxie101 said...

Love the cards! Thanks for great prizes,too! I will start making Christmas cards tomorrow.

Natasha said...

I am so excited for this blog hop! I have been working on my cards for a few weeks. Plan on sending them out after friday (as I have the day off and plan on making more! :)

zehra said...

Beautiful crds , I have made 7 till now and hope to make 15 by nov 20 and will mail it together, wonderful event thanks for the inspiration

MaryBeth said...

Both of your cards are nice, but I really like your extra cute skating penguin!

Alma Dirpaul said...

I have to find a penguin stamp. That is sooo cute. I have sent in 11 cards. What a great idea.

DJ said...

What an adorable, fun, and fantastic penguin card! I love the simple and elegant bells on the second card. I've made two cards so far for the drive, but now am inspired to make more!

Mary-Anne V said...

Always enjoyed joining you with this great cause!

Amy Acord said...

Love both of your cards!! But the Mama Elephant penguin is adorable!!! I am so excited to send cards for the card drive!!! Awesome project!!

Jen said...

This is such a great cause. I participated last year and this year I'm excited that my 6 year old wants to do it too! Thanks for sharing your samples.

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Your penguin card is adorable! I'd love to see a tutorial or video of how you made it. TFS

Trina said...

Cute cards! I'll be sending you some cards in a couple weeks!

Toni said...

love the penguin card especially. This is my first year contributing to the drive. So very glad you're spearheading it

Marty Bartlett said...

Just love the penguin card...how can this not bring a smile to your face.

Papertangler said...

Aw! Love the skating penguin. It will bring a smile to anyone's face.

Alison said...

Such a wonderful cause - I would have loved to participate, but postage is a killer from Australia! Your cards are so cute - the recipient will just love them, I am sure.

Shirley said...

Love your cards, especially the second card. Very great idea...sending cards

Charlotte C said...

Love the penguin - how clever to make the slider on acetate.

debs2107 said...

Love that penguin card and I also took part in the drive! Always great to give handmade cards and brighten someones day!

T said...

Wow! Awesome idea with the acetate penguin slider, Love it!! Thanks so much!

Pam said...

Beautiful cards. Thank you for starting a wonderful tradition of giving. :)

Donna Cala said...

I have already made my cards and my daughter's class is helping to write messages of cheer. You are wonderful for helping others.

Kris B said...

Wonderful cards! Love this cause! I have a few cards ready to mail!

icardeveryone01 said...

Anyone, at any age, would be thrilled to receive either of your sweet cards!
=] Michele

stamper101 said...

What a cutie of a penguin card! Kudos to you and Jennifer for organizing the card drive for the nursing homes - I will be gearing up to send some cards off to you.

Karen said...

What a great cause! The penguin is super cute too!

Magaly said...

Great card the pinguin is super cute!

Connie Cox said...

This is such a great cause. I wish there was something like this in my hometown in Aus. I'll have to do some research and maybe start something in my local community. Thank you for the inspiration. xxx

defordj said...

Great idea, love the cards!

sanoor said...

love your idea and penguin is so cute

Kit said...

Love cards. Wonderful cause. Thank you.

Tami B. said...

This is such a great cause. Thank you & Jennifer for organizing it. I have my cards made, I just need to get them mailed.

Jan G said...

Love the Penguin card, so fun and cute'

Nichole Wade said...

Adorable cards! Very excited to be participating in the card drive this year,

Kathy S said...

Penguins are so sweet and this card will be well loved when received. Thanks for supporting our community.

Scrapthat said...

all lovely cards! tfs

Kit said...

What great cards. The penguin is adorable.

Jennifer Hay said...

I just love that penguin set! LOVE your cards too! Thanks for this fabulous opportunity to participate in the card drive. I'm hoping our Daisy girl scout troop can be involved with this good cause too!

SingYi said...

Just love the penguin card...how can this not bring a smile to your face.

Ruby N said...

great cause & beautiful card!

Kim A. said...

LOVE that Mama Elephant penguin stamp. Your cards are so cute!

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

We do have Caring Hearts volunteer for Australia. Click on Caring Hearts badge/link for the address.

Carmen Lalande said...

Awesome cards! And what a great thing you are all doing for our elderly friends! Hoping to contribute as well.

Shelly said...

Love these, Vera!!! So cute!

Melinda Couden said...

Delightful cards!

J L said...

That slider penguin card is so cute! And I have just sent some cards for the drive in the mail!

Beau DeLeon said...

Love the cute little penguin!!

Tracy Hiatt Grice said...

Very nice to see simple and charming designs! *thank you*

greggers said...

Both of your cards are inspiring, whimsical to elegant.

msilverest said...

I love the penguin card. He is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

jamie vanskiver said...

This is such a wonderful thing to do! I'm so nervous to send my cards out but they are stamped and ready to go! Your penguin card is amazing! And your second card is lovely! Love the sentiments!

mikeslittlesis said...

Beautiful cards

Liz Lumsden said...

I just want to hug that little penguin! So cute...

Becca Cruger said...

How absolutely adorable is that penguin!?! I'm making duplicates of all my Christmas-themed cards to send in to the drive. Thanks for thinking up such a great project!

Cassandra said...

What a wonderful way to give back to those who have given much to their families and communities.

Jessica Martell said...

Great job these cards are cute and fun

Yvonne Morentin said...

so adorable...love it.

Holly Denghel said...

The penguin moves!! Oh, that is so awesome.

Kari V. said...

Oh that skating penguin is fabulous!! Great cards. Great cause. :)

Beth H. said...

Love these cards! I especially like the Mama Elephant card because I have that set:)

Katie said...

I love the Caring Hearts card idea. It's so important to remember our older folks all of the time, but the holidays can often be the loneliest. The penguin card is so cute...it's sure to bring a smile. The bell card is indeed lovely.

Goga said...

Wow! I'm impressed! Your winter cards are incredible!!!! Really cute! <3
Love them! :)

Dawn B said...

This is such a heartwarming mission. I am new to blogging and hops and want to thank you for your inspiration and having such a great blog that I can learn from.

Cat Craig said...

Sweet cards beautifully done, and such a wonderful cause.

Terri said...

Vera-thanks for starting the card drive. The Elderly are so precious and I will definitely send some cards.

Carolyn Hueston said...

Great cards! Would love a tutorial on that penguin card!

BunnyD said...

Adore the penguin card! How on earth is it done?

Lucille K said...

Both of your cards are special, Vera. Caring Hearts is a wonderful idea, glad to participate :)

Dawn F said...

love penguins!

Michele said...

Sweet cards! I mailed my Caring Hearts cards today! Loving the blog hop!

Glorie said...

Love the cute penguin :)

Nicole said...

Super awesome blog hop!! I can't wait for more inspirations

Fleursbydesign said...

Your penguin card is so so cute :)

pam said...

Super cute cards !!

barbara macaskill said...

So glad that I am collecting and making cards for this fabulous event!!
LOVE the adorable interactive penguin card!!! TFS!

Jennifer said...

Such a cute card!

Jan Aquino said...

Glad to see this continuing. Thanks for sharing your card & the inspiration to give back to our elders during the holidays.

Crystal said...

Such a fun little skinny penguin! If never thought to use acetate before...my niece's will love cards along this line!

Marcie Lovett said...

Great cards! Love that penguin.

Michelle N said...

Loving that interactive penguin! using the acetate is so clever!

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful cause and so much inspiration too! Thanks so much.

Connie Chang said...

Such cute cards for a great cause! i love the skating penguin!

Denise Terry said...
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Denise Terry said...

The penguin is so cute! Great kick off to the blog hop!

Ruth G said...

These cards are fabulous! The penguin is so very fun and the bells are lovely!

Thanks so much for all the inspiration on the hop and for this wonderful card drive!

Cindy Greene said...

I would love to see a video on how to do that Penguin card! It is so cute and creative!

Ania P. said...

Love the penguin card!

Tammy Rubarts said...

Love those silver bells on classic Christmas red background. Great card! Thank you for sharing. I am working on my box of cards right now. What a great and meaningful cause!

Erika said...

Love the simpleness of your cards! I try to make simple cards but then always go overboard.

Barb Schmidt said...

That little penguin is so stinkin' cute... he would be a hit with my ggrandkids... thanks for the idea

Joyce Woodhead said...

I love your cards. The penguin is just adorable.

Megan McDonald said...

I love the movement, our card made me smile.

Emily Lauritzen said...

Totally love these cards! Thanks for having such a thoughtful heart and putting together this card drive!
<3 Emily L.

katpooh said...

Great cards! I love the skating penguin.

Joyce said...

Love your card and this blog hop.

Megan said...

Such a great idea and cute cards!

Irene Grau said...

Love penguins! What an amazing hop. So many great participants. Thanks for the inspiration!

Chelsea Angelica said...

Love the moving penguin, it's so fun!

Cat Vionette said...

Penguins...Love it. Thanks for organizing this event.

LauraJane:) said...

It MOOOVES!! Working on my cards :)

Di W said...

What cheerful cards! I really like that they aren't too fussy, just nice clean lines.
Great cause - I better go make some cards.

Lucinde said...

Love the skating penguin!

Thordis said...

This is such a great cause! I have to make some cards for this event...
Your penguin card is adorable, and I love your simple Christmas card :)

AnnieD said...

Thank you for the card ideas. I could look at cards all day!

Shelley C said...

I just love the penguins! Great cause, I have some ready to send and am working on more!

Brithzi said...

Just found out about your card drive, very admirable. Your cards are lovely.

Marianne said...

Love your slider card. That penguin is so adorable.

Debbie said...

love your penguin card, and love the card drive
upnurse at aol dot com

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

What a sweet idea for shut ins and the elderly! I love it!

Jennifer Gayle said...

I love the penguin card! It's so cute. Thank you for your work on the card drive.

Lucy said...

I LOVE your skating penguin card-so adorable!
The second card is pretty and elegant.

mtscrapgal said...

Bravo to you & Jennifer for ding this again this year. Such a worthy cause. Thanks. I'll try to send some cards soon.

Lynne said...

Both of your cards are awesome. Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway.

snazzyjj said...

Love your cards. I did the Caring Hearts last year and had material set out at a crop for people to make and contribute. So many people did. It was fun, ease and really felt good. Plus I reduced my stash. I plan to do it again this year.

Michelle Quinno said...

Both cards are super but the penguin is my favorite! great cause.

Lagene said...

Super cute cards! This is a great cause, cheering our elders who are residing in nursing homes!

Pam Young said...

What adorable cards!! What a great cause!! We carol every year at a nursing home, and they love it!!

Cindi said...

Oh, my! The penguin is so cute and the bells are classy and elegant. Perfect!

Laurie B. said...

The penguin card is adorable!

Joyce N. said...

I love these penguins, they're super cute. This is a great cause and I definitely will be sending in some of my cards to help:)

Christine said...

Fun technique and great cards!

Robin said...

Wonderful. Going to making cards this weekend.

Jean Bullock said...

Thanks so much for what you do. This is a wonderful project. I am hoping to find some time to make and send some cards.

Both your cards are delightful. Love the penguin card. The little guy is so cute. The cool colors you used on this card are perfect for the delightful wintery scene you created. I also appreciate the silver bells card. Well done.

Amy Fillmore said...

What an adorable card! I love the penguin!!!

Kathy H said...

The penguin card I adorable!

Gail Alcorn said...

Will definitely be participating in the Caring Cards event! The penguin card is adorable!

Sue D said...

Very sweet cards and great cause.

Deeps said...

The penguin card is so cute. It would be great to see a tutorial on that.

Melissa F said...

Thank you for organizing the card drive, a wonderful way to begin the season of giving! LOVE your penguin card and the elegant bells card too. I plan to spend some time this weekend to make cards for this great drive, thanks again.

luluvision said...

Vera, you are such an awesome person to have started this card drive and be doing it for 5 years now! I will definitely start some cards for the drive! Thank you for all that you do!

Berina RGA said...

Love your penguin card!! how does it skate?? it's amazing!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Chark said...

love the skating penguin--thanks for letting us be a part of this drive!

Centellazul said...

Your cards are wonderful!!!

Kris in Alaska said...

That penguin is totally adorable!

N Patricia Castillo said...

I LOVE penguins!!!! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm actually on the list with Jennifer to deliver some cards. I'll add my cards to the box that arrives here. :)

Jean M said...

I have decided to take the idea for this blog hop and use it on a much smaller scale in the town I live in. A couple friends and I will be making cards for local seniors and for some handicapped people in town as well.

clschaan said...

What a beautiful card .. I am new to card making and finding so much inspiration

Marianne C said...

What a great cause and some great cards. Now to get busy and start making some Christmas cards!

Unknown said...

Cute cards and wonderful cause!

zub momi said...

Beautiful cards and great cause :)

the primitive country bug said...

The skating penguin is just too adorable and what a wonderful reason to make extra cards this year! I'm going to do my best to send a batch. Thanks for putting yourself out there for others in need. Blessings~ Birgit

Janis PauseDreamEnjoy said...

How cute and fun! Skate, little penguin, skate!

Sarah said...

Super cute cards. Hopping right along.

Janie said...

Such cute cards, love them.

CraftyPaws said...

Adorable!!! Super cute cards! tfs hugs, Kristina

BeckyR71 said...

I love the slider card!

Kathy said...

What an amazing project! Love it!

Robin Grossbier said...

Wonderful! So excited.

Barbara said...

Caring hearts is a wonderful cause. I am doing it on the local level with cards to those I know to be in nursing homes, assisted living or retirement homes. They are so appreciative that someone remembers them in a special way. BTW....love the penguin card! If I can make more to send to you, I will!.

Cindi (aka iring) said...

Beautiful cards, both of them! I know they will brighten someone's day.

BrendaB said...

Love that little skating penguin!

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