Thursday, March 17, 2011

Swap Cards and a Very Important FYI

Hi there! I want to say a BIG thank you for all of the well wishes through comments and emails this week. :) Unfortunately, this cold of mine is still lingering but luckily, I am starting to feel more like myself again. Today, I thought I would share a card I created for a demo swap that I sent off earlier this week. After the card, I have another share for you, of a non-crafty nature. Please stay with me! For the swap card, I CASED myself! I made a similar card a few months ago and decided to change up a few things and recreate it for the swap.  Here is a photo of the original, with the revamped card:
I used the color combo of So Saffron, Rose Red and Always Artichoke for the new version, along with some DSP from the Sew Suite collection. I also used a clear button backed with more of the same DSP to tie the patterns together. Finally, here are all the cards before being packed up to send off, on Monday: 
Before I go today, I wanted to share something with you. No doubt, you are very aware of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The tragedy that the country continues to face is ongoing with concerns of the radiation threat and the harsh weather that has descended upon the northern part of the country. Much is needed to help the thousands of people affected. Tomorrow, I will be joining many others in a Blogger's Day of Silence to both acknowledge and respect the devastation Japan is currently facing. If you would like to participate, please visit HERE, for more details. 
Also, as part of this day, you can also give. *HERE* is a link for some more information about how to donate to a wonderful organization: ShelterBox. Any amount you can share will help to rebuild lives. That's pretty special!

ShelterBox was one of THE first organizations asked by Japan to help and were on hand on the Saturday after the quake.  Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.  Please consider doing whatever you can to give shelter to Japan through this organization or another of your choosing. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this. I really want to do whatever I can to spread the word so that somehow (hopefully) we can make a difference. Have a good evening, be thankful for all that you have today and please stop by again soon. :)


  1. Glad you are feeling better, it is no fun being sick. Your cards for the swap are great. This was actually the first I heard about the Bloggers Day of Silence, thank you for passing it on .

  2. Anne, your cards are just lovely as always! So very pretty.
    I hadn't heard of the Bloggers Day of Silence - thanks for that info. Even though I already have a card scheduled for tomorrow I will join with other bloggers and be "silent". As you said, there are just alot more important things in life that are more important right now.
    Glad you're starting to feel better.

  3. Ugh... You poor por thing. Loving your cards, though! Both versions are great. Such a lovely dewing and layout... perfect for SWAP and mass produced. Off to check out th Japan relief.. TFS!!

  4. So very sweet, those cards are sure to be a joy for those receiveing them :) I just heard about the silence on blogs about an hour ago - I do have a blog hop scheduled but I'm certainly visiting the cite and keeping prayer vigil!

  5. I love your swap card, Anne Marie! The texture is fabulous! I had not heard about the Bloggers Day of Silence. Thanks for spreading the word.

  6. Anne Marie, your card is lovely! I also really like the original. Thanks so much for all the information you shared tonight. I'm going to click the links and do some reading and considering. Have a great night!

  7. Wow - what a beautiful bunch of cards!!! You banged out a lot of them huh??

    Will go click on the links for the bloggers day of silence too.
    Such a tragedy for the Japanese people.

  8. I'm lovin' your recreation Anne Marie! That texture is just awesome & the layout is great!!

    I'm glad you're feeling a little bit better but I'll be glad when you're 100% my friend!!!
    Hugs & Love.....

  9. I'm glad you're feeling better! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog too, it totally reminded me of Peter Rabbit too :D

    I love the textures and elements in your card today, it's very eye catching! Thank you for sharing.

    Also thank you for information on the charity.

  10. Gorgeous cards! I love the design and colors.

    I'm am glad you are feeling better. I hope you recover fully soon.

  11. Beautiful swap cards Anne-Marie - they are just lovely.

    Like you I have been watching in disbelief at the awful events in Japan. I will certainly be contributing to a similar UK charity.


  12. These are so beautifully put together!!! I NEED that embossing folder!! :)

  13. Very pretty! Love the color combination! TFS

  14. Now that's a first ... casing yourself! Too funny! Thanks for the heads up on the Bloggers Day of Silence.


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Anne Marie