"Hey Jude ... take a sad song & make it better!" - the Beatles

My goal is to turn my disabilities around to abilities using art therapy as a means of stroke rehabilitation on my hands & arms. I want to also use cards to spread kindness, show different fun card techniques, bring awareness to issues that are important to me, and to just spread joy in general!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Care Bears Cards - Because Caring is Kindness!!!

I had so much fun creating these little cards today!  They made me so incredibly happy to create - you have no idea!!!!  As soon as I saw the Lawn Fawn You're Claw-some set, I knew I had to make a Care Bears card because the little individual bears reminded me of those guys!  And, the best part is it brought back a memory for me which made me over the moon happy (I have issues with my memory, as you all know, from the strokes).  The memory was of a picture of my wonderful little brother (who is in his 30s now!!!) and he had a Care Bear and an ET doll and was feeding them vanilla wafers!!!!  It was just so adorable and I was so happy to remember it because of this!!!

So, I started with the Lawn Fawn You're Claw-some set and stamped the little bears in Memento Tuxedo black ink because I knew I would be coloring them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I looked through my Lawn Fawn stash and found all the sets that I had that had little images in them.  I couldn't find the exact images that the Care Bears used to have on their bellys so I improvised and made some original Care Bears as well as some new fun Pizza Bear and Coffee Bear!!!  I used the Plan On It set, the Ready Set Snow set, Fintastic Friends set, Love You A Latte set, and the Just For You set - all from Lawn Fawn!  As noted, I colored them in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then used the dies from You're Claw-some to cut them out.

Next, I took the card base panel and used the MFT Cloud stencil as well as my mini brushes (they are so much better on my hands than using foam brushes - just an issue that I have with my hands - but you might like the look better so maybe try them out!!!) and colored that in with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, and Shaded Lilac.  I let that dry and then cut the border with the WPlus9 Sunshine Layers die.  I added this to my Simon Says Stamp card base in pink and then used my Fiskars Teresa Collins heart punch to cut out some hearts to make into balloons.  I added them with dimensional tape and then colored them in with Wink of Stella clear to make them shine!  I used a black gel pen to add the balloon strings and then added the individual Care Bears to finalize this card!  I also added a sentiment from the Sugar Pea Designs Caring Critters stamp set because the Care Bears were all about hugs and I thought it was perfect!

I made a bonus card by using the Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper and some of my MFT Blueprints 24 dies to cut out a panel as well as a glitter yellow panel to put behind it.  I then used the Avery Elle Falling Snow die because I thought it looked like stars or flowers!  The glitter paper shined through the back once I attached these to my orange Stampin' Up card base.  I added some little tag elements that I cut out on Stampin' Up pink paper with my new Gemini machine and the dies that came with it (review coming soon) and then added the sentiment from that same Sugar Pea Designs set as well as the little adorable Care Bears!  I, of course, added Wink of Stella to their tummies for some sparkle!

I hope you enjoyed these cards as much as I enjoyed making them!  It just made me so incredibly happy to make these and to have that memory of my brother!  Have an awesome day!  Jude  :-)

PS  I added some cute pics of my little Craft Room Helpers (my doggies!!!)




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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kindness Matters - featuring Hero Arts

One thing that I have always loved about giving cards (even before I was making them) is that it is an expression of kindness.  You are taking time out of your life and thinking of the person, then thinking of kind words to express, then sending the card or delivering the card.  I feel it is a very "giving" type of hobby and it is something that has always made me happy.  Now that I am disabled and cannot do other types of activities that I once did and spend time with people the way that I once did, I really love to send the cards even more to show that these individuals still affect my life and still are on my mind.  Now that I am making handmade cards as part of my physical therapy for stroke recovery, I feel it is even more of an expression of kindness because it is one of the only things that I can actually do physically right now and it is my way of spreading a smile or a hug.

Recently, the wonderful Jennifer McGuire encouraged us all to step out of our comfort zone and "share handmade kindness" as a simple act of making someone smile or encouraging them.  She mentioned maybe doing something you haven't done before so I decided that I would really step out of my comfort zone and hand deliver some of the cards that I made.  For me, this is a huge deal as I rarely leave my house due to pain and other issues I have resulting from the strokes.  Additionally, although it is better now, my talking is something that is hard to deal with when I am uncomfortable or with other people.  So, this was a big step.

I first made the homemade cards using the awesome Hero Arts set that they made in collaboration with Jennifer McGuire that included so many perfect sayings for random acts of kindness, personal encouragement, uplifting messages and more.  I made some backgrounds using Simon Says Stamp white card stock and all the various colors of Nuvo Embellishment mousse that I had.  I just love the texture as well as the shimmer and shine that they create.  I made some simple cards - but the task of delivering them was not going to be simple for me.  I'll be honest, I was scared.

I decided to deliver them to the neighbors around my house as that was within my walking distance for my disabilities, and people that I wanted to share kindness with because we are neighbors.  I am acquainted with some of them as in "hi, how are you" and a wave - but I have never sat and talked to any of them for any length of time, except our next door neighbor - and even then, that had been over a year ago.

I started on my little treck with my cards in hand, not knowing what to expect, and I can honestly say that I received so much kindness in return that it totally touched my heart.  Additionally, getting out of the house was difficult but amazing.  I learned so much about my neighbors and I feel that maybe I touched their lives for just a brief moment and shared some kindness.  That is the thing about sharing kindness - it is good for their soul, but it is also good for your soul.

I've always been the girl who gives cards and I am now the girl who makes and gives cards as part of my stroke recovery - but, because of this experience, I am now also encouraged to move out of my comfort zone and my disabilities.  This was just what I needed - and I wasn't starting by doing something for myself - I was just following the charge that Jennifer McGuire laid forth and sharing a little kindness in places that I normally wouldn't have gone.

This may seem so simple to some, but for me this was a huge deal.  And, honestly, for the recipients, it might have been the joy that they needed that day and a big deal to them as well.  I hope that this little story encourages all of you and that you can do the same in your neck of the woods.  Those small acts of kindness can make a huge difference in someones life - and, in turn, make a difference in yours.

Jude  :-)

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