5th annual caring hearts card drive

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
~Donna Roberts


If you just hopped here from my sweet friend Stacey Schafer’s place
and the Caring Hearts Card Drive,
welcome to Catered Crop!

Wasn’t Stacey’s bokeh card stunning?


I’m Linda McClain, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of this amazing campaign.

Before I retired from nursing last February I had the honor of inspecting and investigating nursing homes all over central Texas. My job gave me special privileges – a window into the lives of amazing people. I had a front row seat to history when the residents told me about their lives: NASA rocket scientist, championship rodeo cowboy, member of the 1950’s All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Holocaust survivor, teacher in a one-room schoolhouse . . .



My Dad used to joke that he wanted to live to be 100, shot by a jealous woman. We laughed, but then I met a 103 year old woman and realized from her story that the hardest part of aging isn’t arthritis – it’s outliving your family and friends.  This sweet lady and her husband were married for 50 years, but she had been a widow for the last 30 years. Her only surviving son was in his 80’s and unable to drive to visit her. Dad also used to say that growing old isn’t for the weak. He was right!



The wonderful news is that the cards you make for Vera Yates’ and Jennifer McGuire’s Caring Hearts Card Drive really will bring smiles to these residents’ faces and brighten their holiday season. Your simple gesture will let them know that they are not forgotten.


This is the fifth year for the annual Caring Hearts Card Drive to collect holiday cards for the nursing home residents. Last year the campaign distributed over 3600 cards. I know we can top that. You can get all the important details for how to get your holiday cards to Vera and earn chances for tons of fabulous prizes here: Caring Hearts Card Drive.

And, there are Prizes for this blog hop.

Lots of Prizes!

Some lucky blog hoppers are going to win prizes from Online Card Classes, Simon Says Stamp, Inspiration Emporium, Verve Stamps, Latina Crafter, May Arts, and Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking. Gracious.

Just jump onto this hop and leave comments at the blog stops along the way. Vera will randomly pick winners from the comments, so the more stops you make and comment love you leave, the better your chances are.

For a complete list of blog hop participants and prizes, just visit Vera’s blog, Ling’s Design Studio.

Your next stop along the Caring Cards Card Drive Blog Hop
is to Latina Crafter.


tips and techniques

Here are the ingredients to my card and gift tag. I created the text for the gift tag in Photoshop. You can download the .jpg file here: No Peeking.


Off you go to Latina Crafter. Enjoy the rest of the blog hop. I hope you’ll send some cards to Vera and warm a heart.


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Sweet Comments

  1. Angie Hall says:

    Your card is fabulous. Love the colors and message. Thanks for sharing your experiences with nursing home residents. So glad this card drive will bring joy to some of these sometimes forgotten ones. Thanks

  2. I love your cute “No Peeking” tag!

  3. Katryna G. says:

    What adorable projects and what a touching story about the 103-year old woman. This is such a great cause.

  4. Both the card and tag are wonderful. I really love the tag– the snowman sneaking a peek is adorable. Thank you.

  5. Such a cute card and tag. Love those little snowmen. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Super cute cards! This is a great cause, cheering our elders who are residing in nursing homes!
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  7. So.Cute. Love the card and tag — that snowman is just beyond adorable!

  8. I absolutely love how you used this LF stamp set – one of my favorites!

  9. Darling snowmen and awesome projects! Glad to have found your blog!

  10. Wonderful projects!

  11. Carolee McCaslin says:

    I love snowmen and I LOVE this card!!!

  12. Cheri Hochstettler says:

    Love the snowmen. Your comments about the elders have motivated me to make more cards.

  13. Thank you for the smile. Love the tag, it made smile.

  14. Adorable cards!

  15. I love the snowmen! Great card and tag!!!!!

  16. Jean Bullock says:

    Love the embossing you did. The colors and the images are perfect. I also loved reading your post. Wonderful understanding of the needs of the elderly.

  17. What a wonderful card. Great story. It is amazing what the older people have seen in their lifetime.

  18. Very cute card and tag. I like the colors and wood grain.

  19. I love this snowman, it’s such a cute and fun card

  20. Sandy Small says:

    Thought-provoking story. Great design with the mitten in the no peeking tag. Thanks!

  21. Such happy snowmen. . . like the woodgrain background . . .

  22. Love the snowmen!

  23. Deepa Lakshman says:

    Thanks for sharing your story about the older lady. Your card is lovely too.

  24. love your darling snowman tag! The snowmen are super cute too but the do not peek stole the show for me! : )

  25. The snowmen are so adorable! I love how you gave their cheeks color!

  26. What great projects and such a worthwhile cause. I’m really hoping to get some cards made to send in for this drive.

  27. I love your cards! They are so cute! I love snowmen!

  28. these are so fun and cute!
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  29. beautiful card and tag… love the cute snowman…
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  30. Love the snowman in this! So adorable!

  31. Laurie Black says:

    these snowmen are adorable, that card will certainly perk up someone’s day!

  32. Lovely card and tag–Cute snowmen!

  33. Diana Evensen says:

    The peeking snowman is adorable!!

  34. adorable project, lovely tag!!

  35. These are so cute! LOVE the tag, too!

  36. Sweet tag!
    And I know what you mean about nursing home residents… oh the stories they could tell about themselves! Kids these days are clueless in what it took to survive 75-100 years ago!
    I lost my mom a year ago and unfortunately due to Alzheimers she couldn’t remember anymore…

  37. I love snowmen!! Your tag is absolutely gorgeous and so inspirational. TFS xxx

  38. Such a cute card. Your coloring is fabulous!

  39. LOVE the no peeking snowman tag!
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  40. Great card. Love the no peeking tag. super cute! Thanks for sharing!

  41. So stinkin cute! Love this red and teal color combo! It’s a fresh take on the holidays and I love it!!

  42. Beautiful card and the tag for a great cause :)

  43. Love the snowmen!!!!

  44. Marcie Lovett says:

    Adorable snowmen, Linda. The “no peeking” is too cute!

  45. Connie Chang says:

    I love the cute snowman and how you designed the inside of the card! Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Such an adorable snowman card and tag!

  47. Beverly S says:

    Really like the teal/cherry/white colors for Christmas. Lovely card!

  48. Great card, love the wood veneer embellishments
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  49. KatieKinde says:

    Love your card.

  50. Great layout on this card. Love the colors for the card, especially the snowmen. This card will brighten someone’s day. The tag is extra cute, too.

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