When I started this papercrafting hobby of mine (Pool Boy would refer to it as an addiction instead of hobby!) I had no idea where I was going with it – just knew I loved cardmaking, crafting home decor pieces, and playing with different materials and techniques. I saw it as an opportunity to gather with old and new friends who also loved papercrafting. But several years ago, I realized that I could use my love of crafting to help others. We started a card ministry at our church over 5 years ago, and it is still going. We have created cards for hospice families, Ray of Hope mothers and fathers, breast cancer patients, thank you cards for our medical personnel in resident centers and hospitals, and sent Christmas cards to our area Veterans’ Home. Papercrafting fills my cup, but service projects feed my soul.
A year ago this time we underwent a service project to raise funds for our church youth to attend a national youth conference by creating 350-400 greeting cards and packaging 5 cards/envelopes in gift boxes and selling for $10 each. We completely sold out and added close to $800 to our youth’s funds towards their travel expenses. Even though the National Youth Conference is every 3 years they are already gathering funds for the next trip, so here comes another opportunity to use the paper skills for fund raising!!!!
Putting The Fancy Flora DSP To Work!!!!
When planning a large card sale I need to select a DSP that I can maximize and create the largest number of cards possible. This year’s goal is 500 cards! The Fancy Flora DSP is perfect for this service project with a wide variety of patterns and colors and kind of has a contemporary textured stained glass look. With simply a greeting added and coordinating card stocks for mats, we can get close to 100 cards out of the package of DSP!!!! To help keep costs down, I mostly use white for cardbases since I can get 80 bases out of one package, and we do not add greetings on the inside of the cards so they can be used for multiple needs. I’ll have a couple of friends help cut cardstock, another couple of friends help stamp greetings, and a couple of others help assemble. The youth and a few parents will help package, youth will sell. Done!!!!
My FB LIVE Showing These Cards For Fund Raising!
I shared my cards this morning on my FB LIVE but if you missed it, simply click on the link below. While you are there, please follow/like me so you receive notifications of future FB LIVES, stamping events, and promotions coming with Stampin’ Up! FB analytics DO exist, so the more times you comment, give a like, etc. you are helping my very small business to grow and I appreciate you!!!!
Commissions In May Going To Our Church Youth!
During May all of my commissions from sales will be donated to our youth’s travel funds. For orders of $50 or more, I will send you an emailed tutorial of my Fancy Flora cards with measurements and pictures so you can recreate. Keep in mind, the Fancy Flora DSP is only available for one more week though!!!
I’ve checked and even though the Evening Evergreen is not available, Soft Suede and Soft Succulent are still in stock if you need those colors. There are so many good colors available in this DSP though you can change up mats and bases with what you have in your paper crafting arsenal! Until tomorrow, keep stamping, keep crafting, and God Bless!!!Product List