This week's challenge at The Shabby Tea Room is 'Pick a Cause' - create a card/project in honor of your favorite cause or charity. I picked Operation Christmas Child by Samaritans Purse because the local school (where my daughter attends pre-school) was taking part in the scheme. Operation Christmas Child sends shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in parts of Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe for Christmas. You donate by wrapping a shoebox and filling it with the gifts and items recommended on their leaflet, you pick whether it's for a girl or boy and for what age group. They also have an online shoebox facility, where you pick what you want to put in to your box but they pack the box and send it - Shoebox World (A really great idea!) We really enjoyed packing the box and buying some special gifts for a child this Christmas, we'll definitely do it again next year.
So, for my cards this week I wanted them to be fun and cheerful. I thought the color challenge this week at The Play Date Cafe was just perfect, bright and lively! A lovely combination of Red, Olive and Turquoise. I used stamps from Bountiful Baskets Additions from Waltzingmouse Stamps, I thought they were just perfect for these cards!
I used the same papers in the three cards, in different combinations. I used some Creative Inspirations Paint to color the stamped images. I love those little gingerbread people and candy canes, so cute!
The sentiments are from the same stamp set Bountiful Baskets Additions. I added some matching ribbon and some red and white Baker's twine on each of the cards.
I added a little bit of glittery ribbon across the bottom of each card, I don't think you can see it in the photos but it really sparkles!
If you visit The Shabby Tea Room you'll see what wonderful causes and charities the rest of the Design Team have chosen, along with their beautiful creations.
This week's sponsor is June Lanum, her trinket pins are just gorgeous, I couldn't fit them in with my card designs this week but I added them to my card last week. I'll definitely be adding them to some more of my creations.
I'll add my supplies list a bit later, fighting a cold at the moment, need to get a bit of sleep (this is a scheduled post!) Have a great day!