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

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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?

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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 . . .

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

Siggy

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gratitude attitude recipe swap

I feel a very unusual sensation –
if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
~Benjamin Disraeli

Catered Crop Recipe Swap ButtonIt’s not indigestion! We’re taking an attitude of gratitude. For this challenge just make a thank you card for any occasion, or, since its the season of thanks, make a Thanksgiving card. We’ll be grateful for it all!

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, November 15.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on November 20 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

 

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Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, October 8, with their creations. Until then . . . Need some ideas? Here’s a Pinterest board of suggestions: Thank You Kindly.


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end zone recipe swap winners

Catered Crop Recipe Swap ButtonHow are your favorite football teams doing? Our team, Baylor University Bears, got beat last week which cost us a place in the first ever national football playoffs so we’re just a little bummed. But your gorgeous end-zone cards definitely cheered me up! They were gorgeous.

Congratulations to Betty, Nance and Sheri.

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You won our End Zone challenge and you’re invited to join our designers in next Sunday’s Quickfire and grab the Winning Recipe button. Just contact me for all the details.

I’ll be back with our next challenge and until then you can always get a peak at our upcoming challenges at our calendar, here Challenge Calendar.

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