Crafting for Good: Cards for Kids

Do you want to put your crafting superpowers to use for good & not evil? 🙂 There are so many ways that you can take your talents and use them to brighten someone’s day. Today, I thought we’d cover making cards for children in hospitals.
There are some regulations – no loose glitter, for one (it’s a breathing it’s just a mess to clean up). But it’s pretty straightforward, and it’s a great way to unleash your creativity and do a little something to make the world a little brighter.
Cards For Hospitalized Kids, based in Chicago, IL, accepts cards year-round and encourages crafters to create some cards written in Spanish, if you are fluent. They distribute cards to a variety of hospitals on a monthly basis.
The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles requires that you laminate your cards prior to sending them. This makes it easier for the hospital to deliver the cards to children, since they’re able to be wiped down and disinfected, especially for children with compromised immune systems. One perk of laminated cards is that your creations will last longer! 🙂
Send a Smile 4 Kids is a group of volunteers who distribute cards to children in hospitals all over the country. They ask that you keep cards you send blank on the inside, so the nurses and staff can complete the card with a message for the patient and their family.
So, super-crafters…get out your card stock, pens and paints (but no loose glitter!) and make the world a better place…one card at a time 🙂
Until next time, stay crafty!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: Cards4Charlie

The shop:  Cards4Charlie
The owner:  Tonya Lavietes from Las Vegas, NV
The products:  Handcrafted rustic greeting cards, stickers and more!
Fun facts:  Cards4Charlie’s products are made with vintage papers & mixed media, and are aged & distressed for a rustic look.
Reviews & Sales:  18 sales and glowing reviews from happy customers
Here’s my top 3 favorite items from Etsy shop Cards4Charlie:

Adorable Elephant Valentine Card 
Handmade Love Valentine Card 

Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: BettieConfetti

Are you tired of aimlessly wandering through the card aisle, trying to find a card that isn’t mind-numbingly generic & mass produced? It can be really difficult at times, finding one that conveys what you want to say without it seeming like you didn’t put any thought into the process. Well, worry no more! Check out Etsy shop BettiConfetti, which offers handmade greeting cards for a variety of occasions. Based in London, England, owner Andy Corina opened BettiConfetti in January 2015, and already has a very impressive 3,000+ sales. Right now, Andy is offering a special deal – buy 4 cards, get 1 free! – as well as coupon code craftygirl10 for 10% off your order. Here’s my top 3 picks from Etsy shop BettiConfetti:

Funny Wedding/ Engagement card. You two weirdos were made for each other.

Funny new home/ first home card: Congratulations on your first house. You're like a proper grown up now

Funny Birthday card: Allow me to suggest this is the year you start lying about your age
Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: RadiantExposures

Cards are a great way to express a wide range of emotion. From birthdays, to thank you cards…even cards just to let people know you care. Cards are readily available at most stores, but often lack character and design elements that add to the emotion you’re trying to convey. Today’s featured shop handcrafts cards sure to please! Meet Rich & Julie, owners of Etsy shop RadiantExposures. Based in Columbia, Maryland, RadiantExposures offers unique greeting cards & photographic wall art, all personally photographed. RadiantExposures offers a vibrant, fun take on greeting cards & wall art, and gladly accepts custom orders! Here’s my top 3 favorite items from RadiantExposures:

Notecard. French Eiffel tower.  Bonjour.  Pack of 10, 20, or 30

Birthday Card: Personally designed and photographed Birthday Cake made of flowers!

Thank you card: Package of  10 Orange Zinnia flower, personally photographed, package of 10

Whether you’re looking for a birthday card, wall art, or just browsing, I’m sure you’ll find something you love at RadiantExposures!
Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: PlayaPaper

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching! For all you mothers out there, I hope that you’re able to take this day to relax and think about all the hard work you’ve done – every mother should be recognized for the hard work she does! (Fathers, too..but that’s next month! 🙂 ) If you’re not the celebrated one this holiday, but you’re looking for a special card for that special mother in your life…check out today’s featured shop, PlayaPaper. Recently opened in March, owner Vikki is based in Redondo Beach, CA, and currently has a small, but wonderful, selection of handmade Mother’s Day cards for sale. Why go with a generic, store bought card when you can get something handmade that really shows the thought that you’ve put into picking out a card? Here’s my top 5 favorite Mother’s Day Cards from PlayaPaper:
Mother’s Day Greeting Card with Lilac Floral Wreath, Matching Colored Envelope, Seal, Postage Stamp, and Personalized for the Recipient 
Mother’s Day Greeting Card with Floral Bouquet, Matching Colored Envelope, Seal, Postage Stamp, and Personalized for the Recipient
Best Cat Mom Ever Mother’s Day Greeting Card from the Cat Personalized with Matching Colored Envelope, Seal, and Postage Stamp 
Mother’s Day Greeting Card with Pink Floral Heart, Matching Colored Envelope, Seal, Postage Stamp, and Personalized for the Recipient
Mother’s Day Greeting Card with Pink Floral Wreath, Matching Colored Envelope, Seal, Postage Stamp, and Personalized for the Recipient 
Make sure to check out PlayaPaper on Etsy to see the rest of Vikki’s creations!
Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade!)

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: OceanBouey

I don’t send mail or give out cards often, but when I do, I try to put a little extra thought into it. Mass produced cards are fine, but there are some times when you want an extra special card. And that’s where today’s featured shop, OceanBouey, comes in. Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, OceanBouey is locally owned & operated since 2007, and features 5×7 greeting cards from various local artists. OceanBouey’s greeting cards are handmade and perfect for many occasions. Here’s my top 5 favorites:

Beautiful Hula Expression 5x7 Greeting Card (Blank inside) 
5 x 7 Greeting Card by Saku

Hawaiian 5 x 7 Greeting Card 
Doris Duke's @ Cromwell's Beach, 5 x 7 Greeting Card by Bobbie Kennedy

Beautiful Plumeria 5x7 Greeting Card (Blank inside) 
Make sure to check out OceanBouey’s shop to see the rest of the beautiful greeting cards they have for sale. 🙂 
Until next time…stay crafty (and shop handmade)!
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