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Charity Blog Hop – and a Give Away!

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Hello, crafty & creative friends!

I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful blog hop that is all about one of my very favorite things in the whole wide world…GIVING!  We want to inspire you to think outside the box with your gift giving this year.  Perhaps instead of yet another gift of flowers for Mom on Mother's Day, you might consider a special gift to a charity of your choosing in Mom's honor.  …something that could make a REAL difference.  Isn't that a fun & beautiful idea?!!  

There are SO many truly wonderful charities out there, and you're sure to discover some new ones on today's hop.  I chose Samaritan's Purse as my charity of choice.  This is the same organization that does Operation Christmas Child each year, filling up thousands and thousands of shoeboxes with all sorts of wonderful goodies to send to children all over the world.  Many of those children have never ever received a gift, let alone a shoebox full of gifts!  My family has participated in this for many years, and it is always lots of fun for us to choose the special items to go inside.  We always include a photo of our family, along with a personal note, and we are even able to track where our shoeboxes end up.  We have tracked ours to Columbia, Ukraine, and this past year to the Dominican Republic.  It is an amazing program, and one that is great for your kiddos to get involved in!

The Samaritan's Purse organization does so much more too!  Read on to learn about who they are:

Mission Statement

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

They do so much good around the world, and I'm thrilled to be a small part of that!  An easy way to get involved with this wonderful organization is via the Gift Catalog.  You simply choose a gift, such as "Feed a hungry baby for a week.", "Restore sight to the blind.", or "Help a poor farming family."  There a many, many options!  You can give the gift in honor of another person, which is when it becomes a perfect token to tuck into an Easter basket or Mother's Day card, etc.  
I chose the following gift:
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The number of children in serious crisis around the world is staggering…and heart-breaking.  When I think of how we live in such comfort and luxury here in the US, I am reminded of how important it is to not forget those who are less fortunate than we are.  If we each help just one person, we will have made a huge impact in this world!

They sent me this sweet card for me to give to the person in whose honor my gift was given.

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I created a card today using Mo Manning's Wagon digital image in honor of my gift of rescuing children.

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This little sweetie's forlorn expression just called to me.  She's just waiting for someone to come along & pull her in her wagon.  The floral patterned paper is from Chickaniddy Crafts Scrumptious collection.
I colored her using a wide array of Copic Markers, including the 6-Piece Ciao Skin Set, which is all I used on her skin.  If you're looking to get started coloring skin with Copics, get this set!  It's a perfect combination of light to dark skin tones.

Here's a look at the other Copic Markers I used on my project:

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If you look closely, you can see that I added some texture to her baseball cap.  I did that by coloring it up first (before any other part of her is colored), and then spritzing a piece of denim fabric with Colorless Blender solution and pressing it briefly down onto the colored hat image.  Voila…texture!  Love that technique!

I do like to decorate the inside of my cards as well; so here's a look at the inside:

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The stamps & sentiments are from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias stamp set.

Before I go, did I mention that there are PRIZES on this blog hop?  No???  Well, check it out!

Charity hop prizes
How awesome is that?!  

To get in on the prize packages, you'll need to leave comments on each of the blogs on the hop between now & Wednesday, March 22nd.  Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23, along with a total amount we’ve raised together!  

I SO hope we've inspired you to do a little charitable giving, and maybe get a little creative with it as holidays, birthdays, and special occasions come up.  I can think of no gift that would make me happier than knowing a gift was given to someone in need in my honor.  THAT is the best! 🙂

Here's a full list of today's charitable blog hoppers.  If you haven'd made it through them all yet, you'll want to grab yourself a cup o' java, and start back at the top of this list…and enjoy!

Sandy Allnock  

Lisa Stein

Caryn Davies

Carly Tee Minner

May Sukyong Park

Lisa Spangler

Aimes Gray

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Ellen Hutson

Julia Stainton

Emily Midgett

Taheerah Atchia

Joanne Soukup

Melissa Miller

Libby Hickson

May Flaum

Cindy Lawrence <—You are here!

Have a beautiful & charitable weekend, friends!

God bless!



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  1. Wow! Your coloring of Mo Manning’s Wagon is just stunning! The contrast in colors (shadow and light) is so pleasing to look at and gies your image so much depth. Thank you for sharing and being part of the bloghop! 🙂

  2. Love love your cards. Your coloring is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talents with us and sponsoring such a worthy charity. You guys have made it really hard for me to pick one to donate to.

  3. Love your card. A very worthy charity. I have supported Samaritan’s Purse for years also. They do a great work with the children and other projects also. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

  4. Love your coloring as ALWAYS—and that little child represents so many who wait for one of us to come pull their virtual wagon! Thanks for highlighting Samaritans Purse—and sharing your heart for kids! ❤

  5. Your card is amazing! I love your girl, and the inside is just perfect! I give to Samaritan’s Purse and I’m happy to be reminded that it is time to donate again. Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  6. oh goodness, your card is absolutely precious! Mo would be tickled to know you chose one of her images for this fabulous blog hop! 🙂 such an amazing charity, too. we make lots of boxes every Christmas. it’s always fun to find things to put inside them, but also to hear of the impact they have upon the people who receive them.

  7. What beautiful coloring on your card. I too love Samaritan’s Purse and all that Franklin Graham and his organization does. (Looking forward to the movie, Facing Darkness, at the end of the month!)
    Thank you for the denim tip – genius idea. Definitely going to try that.

  8. Wow I’m impressed with your comic coloring abilities. Thanks for sharing on a great hop for great causes. Thanks for the chance to win as well!

  9. Your Copic coloring is AMAZING, as is that card. Thank you for sharing this charity. I made a Pinterest board with a bunch of charities on this hop. I want to remember them for later!!

  10. You are talented! Love the missing you card I wish I could do that! Thanks for sharing an important charity. This blog hop is the best!

  11. How sweet! And what an awesome job you did on the copic coloring! Thank you for being a host for this charity blog hop!

  12. First, your card is adorable! That image is very sweet and goes perfectly with the sentiment. And I love the color combo you used; so fresh and fun. Second, Operation Christmas Child is my favorite charity as well. I am the OCC coordinator at our church and we have been packing shoeboxes for years. Also, for the past several Christmases, my husband and I have taken the money we would have spent on each other’s gifts and donated to families in need through Samaritan’s Purse. We figure they will appreciate it so much more than any gift we could give each other. Thanks for promoting them on this hop.

  13. I love the idea of this charity. Sounds like they do lots of great work. And your card is adorable. Love the image and colors and patterned paper. The recipient of the card and donation gift will be so pleased to get them. TFS

  14. I’ve never seen your work before. Your coloring really makes a card come alive. Adorable card! I also love Samaritan’s Purse. We’ve supported them for many a year and they are just ending up all over the world! Keep up the beautiful art and the giving.

  15. What a wonderful idea for a blog. I have been inspired by all of you to donate to our local food bank. Thank you for the inspiration

  16. The coloring on your card is outstanding and thank you for highlighting Samaritan’s Purse which is near and dear to my heart.

  17. Your coloring is amazing! What a great texture idea! Thank you for your charity donation, and for taking part in Sandy’s Charity Blog Hop! This Hop has been terrific!

  18. Wow, I am liking finding out about all these charities and seeing the nice cards. I look forward to checking out all the blogs!

  19. I love when people add a charity component to something they are already passionate about. I also love how you always stamp the inside of your cards- it adds such a beautiful touch.

  20. Oh wow, you have two beautiful cards there, I love this hop, it is very meaningful, we contributed to three squares on a monthly basis, I find very rewarding to the soul when one is able to give back to the society!

  21. Wow great job on the coloring! My Copic skills are less than great lol. Thanks for the info on Samaritans Purse, i will have to check out your link.

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