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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Captured Memories

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.
    ~ Eudora Welty

If you've followed along with me this week (God love ya), you've probably figured out I love to collect vintage treasures.

Here's why.

I promise, this picture wasn't altered – no sepia photo filters or Instagram effects. This is the real deal, and there's no denying – I am vintage. (But, I am NOT an antique.)

That's my brother, my adorable twin sister and me at our front door in Indiana in 1960. I love that Mom and Dad posed us with Christmas bells to play along with the snowman on the door.

Back in the late 1950's my Dad considered leaving the teaching profession to become a photographer. He used to say that If my Uncle Delbert had agreed to be his partner, he would have opened a photo shop. Fortunately for a lot of young people, Dad stayed a teacher and school administrator, but we still have some fun pictures of us all at this age.

And Mom was the best. She put everything in photo albums long before scrapbooking became a big industry. She had an album just dedicated to our family Christmases. She wrote the year on the back of the picture or cut out an old Christmas card and labeled the picture in her own handwriting. I'm so fortunate my parents cared enough to capture great memories like this one.

Here's the inside of the card.


It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch (MFTWSC102). For my last official act as a guest designer for My Favorite Things, I get to help reveal the new sketch – it's a great one.

I hope you'll join us. The other designers already have their projects up, so you can get some wonderful inspiration at the My Favorite Things Forum. Upload your card into the Splitcoast Stampers gallery using the week's keyword, MFTWSC102, to be included in the weekly drawing for a gift certificate.

I used the new My Favorite Things "Accent It – Cute Cameras" Die-namics to make the little camera out of Kraft paper. I sponged it with a little distress ink, put some ephemera behind it, and then added a little clear lacquer adhesive on the lens for a glassy look.

Here are the rest of the ingredients – including some Brand Spankin' New products released this month from My Favorite Things and another vintage find – Jingle Bells.


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Warm Wishes

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night
and a smooth road all the way to your door.
   ~ Irish Blessing

All the teasing is over . . . because after a week of taunting you with all the new products being released at My Favorite Things, they're finally here. All of the new stamps and Die-namics are now available at the My Favorite Things Boutique!

Thank you, thank you to everyone who visited me this past week and especially to all of you who left such sweet comments. It's been a blast hanging out with the My Favorite Things team – they are the best of the best – and so are all of you!

Earlier today I showed you how you could use the Snowflake Doily Die-namic to make a window in a box or use it as an embellishment to alter a vintage canning jar, coffee cup, pillow box, or coaster.

So . . . without further delay . . . as promised, my final suggestions for crazy fun things you can do with the new Snowflake Doily Die-namic.

You can make the Snowflake Doily really pop with beads, rhinestones or pearls. I put some metal nail-head stickers on the points of the snowflake that coordinated with buttons the little Pure Innocence girl's coat.

I paper pierced the center of the snowflake (i.e., poked holes in it) using as my guide a very sophisticated and expensive tool (not!): Plastic Canvas. You can usually find sheets of this plastic canvas in different shapes at the big craft stores near the yarn.

And, lastly, you can use the Snowflake Doily to add some charm to your Christmas presents.

This Cosmo Cricket paper, Dear Mr. Claus, is one of my favs. I love its vintage feel. A new, tiny fabric shop in my town is carrying the same Cosmo Cricket line in Fabric. Shut the Front Door! It's so fun. I love making bows out of fabric strips – so, there you have it. I just may not let anyone open this present so I can keep admiring the wrapping and how nicely it coordinates with my card.

But, the gift needs a tag, and I promised to show you a trick with the new Postage Stamp Stax.

I cut this image out of the Cosmo Cricket paper and wanted to frame it with the Postage Stamp Stax Die-namic. This set has six nesting dies. The 1-1/2" wide by 1-1/8" long die was too small. The 2-1/4" wide by 1-5/8 " long had the right height, but it was too long.

So, I cut out the 2-1/4" wide by 1-5/8" wide die. Then, I put the cut paper back into the die but slid it up just one notch, like this. I taped it into place so it would stay put in the die cut machine.

Here's how it looks on the other side:


After it goes through the die cut machine, it looks like this.

Its the same width, but now it's shorter.

You can use this technique to trim your postage stamp size down a "notch" or two, or three horizontally or vertically . . . to just about any postage stamp size you need.

Here are the Copic markers I used, a fun vintage find I added as an embellishment to the card and package (love these flea market finds), and the rest of the toys from My Favorite Things I used to create this card and gift package.

Thanks again for letting me be a part of all the festivities surrounding this new release. It's been a blast.


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