Thursday, May 28, 2020

RED WHITE AND BLUE CARDS

                                                                                                                                             Instagram :  #just_jill_07

Morning.  I thought I would put the visual for the Red White and Blue cards collected here.  That way you do not have to scroll back to see how great of a job you are doing.  And you are indeed doing a SUPER DUPER job!  Thank You!


I will be collecting Red White Blue cards all year round.  Send them in as you want.  
Be safe!
Air hugs, Jill

Monday, April 13, 2020

SOMETHING OTHER THAN CARDS

Hi, everyone.  We are still in the middle of this pandemic and I am busy making masks for any and every one who might need a mask.  My daughter, Erica, inspired me.  She lives in Austin and when all this started, immediately reached out to her friends asking who needed a mask.  She made so many masks and freely shared them with people who needed them.  Of course she made one for me and hubby.  Here is mine (which actually says an awful lot about me...)


Now, I haven't sewn in forever long and only had a few scraps of material.  But, I started asking around and sure enough, I know a lot of people who wanted masks.  Unfortunately, I ran out of material and elastic right away.  Here is where so many angels came into my life. 

 I started getting donations of material and elastic from all over the place - friends, friends of friends, strangers.  It was so thrilling to see people helping people. Some of my card friends ordered items on-line and had them sent directly to me!  Others, sent postage stamps so I could mail the masks all over the country!  And still others sent money to help with whatever I needed to keep the masks coming.  I am overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of people I have and have not met.  I am still making masks and will do so until I run out of supplies or this mess comes to an end.  If you want a mask, or two, please contact me.  I do not have to go to the post office.  I can just mail from the mail box at the end of the street!  Here are a few of the masks I have made so far:




Again, 
Again, if you need masks, please contact me - justjill48@gmail.  I may be out of some of these fabrics, but I have more.  If you leave a request in the comment section, I might not see it.  Please email

TIP OF THE DAY:  
If you are following the Red White Blue card count and/or want to see examples of the cards sent in, just go back one blog post.  I'm still updating it.  There are some really amazing cards to inspire you!
Thanks for stopping by today! 
Hugs, Jill

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 WHAT CRAZY TIMES WE LIVE IN - THINK RED, WHITE AND BLUE

March 25, 2020 - Hello, my friends.  I do hope everyone is staying in place and keeping safe.  As we try to keep busy and not go stir crazy, I thought an update on our BIG project (as one of my donors likes to call it) might be good.  I love this name!  Thanks Lenore.  I will post a chart here of how our red, white and blue cards are adding up.  Since so many of you are using this time to work on them, let's see how close we can come to the 8,000 goal - just for fun.  So far, I have 325 RWB cards ready to go.  They haven't been mailed yet, but they are finished and boxed up.  Here is my chart - suggested to me by my daughter as a fun way to keep occupied.  I know this should have been colored in red, but I more of a purple kinda gal.

Updated 5.14.20


I also thought I would show some of the cards as they come in.  This page will change every time I have something new to report.  Here are a few of the cards I have made - if you do not want me highlighting your cards on this site, just let me know as you send them in.






Updated 4.13.20


Cards made by Ruby H.




Here are cards made by Lenora S:


These are from Barbara R.

                                     

Betty R. sent these in:

 And from Grace H.

Creations from Claudia S.


And more fabulous cards, this time from Rhonda P.



 From Regina T.


Cindee N.



Sally M.


 Sandra B.


Roberta G.



Jane L.


Cathy P.



Donna L.

I will post more pictures of cards as I get them.  Stay tuned.....
Two of my card making friends suggested another charity to send your cards to now while I am "on hold".  I do not know anything about this charity, but I trust the two people who recommended them.  BRING SMILES TO SENIORS.  You'll have to Google them.

And my TIP OF THE DAY:
Sequins are not a crafter's friend.  I do not care what you glue them down with, the odds of them staying adhered to your card are very slim.  I can always tell when sequins have been used when I open a box because they come falling out as I lift the cards out.  I used to try to glue each one back on, but honestly, I don't have the time to do that any more.  Loose sequins now go straight into the trash.  So, be warned - use sequins at your own risk!  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Keep checking this page as I hope to be better at keeping it updated as I now have SO much free time on my hands! LOL
Thanks for stopping by today.
Air hugs, Jill

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Happy 2020!

Happy New Year everyone!   Let's hope this year is good to all of us - we deserve it!  It has been a long time since I highlighted another card maker on my blog, but I got a box of cards today that just tickled me.  Every card is so perfectly made and so kid-friendly.  Not to say that the rest of the cards I receive are not, but I just "ohh"ed and "ahh"ed over the detail work Candi G. put into each and every card.  Enjoy.





I know she has a machine that cuts out the pieces for her, but then she painstakingly glues in all those itty bitty pieces.  I could not do that - just do not have the patience.  (Those of you who know me are going "Amen to that!" about now.)  I asked her not to put sayings on her cards so that they can be used for multiple purposes.  Aren't these awesome?  Thank you, Candi!
And thank you for all of the love and support I get from all my card making friends.  Because of you and your generosity of time and talent, we sent out over 19,000 cards in 2019.  You brought so much joy and hope to so many kids as well as adults  Thank you all.  And pat yourselves on the back for a job incredibly well done!
Hugs and love to all.
Jill

Friday, December 6, 2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - in other people's homes anyway

Morning.  For some reason I can not seem to get into the Christmas spirit yet.  I haven't put up any holiday decorations and if I look closely, I may find that I  have a pumpkin or two still out.  If any decorating elves want to make their way to my house, feel free to come on over!

I am going to write about a group that I have mentioned in the past.  It is Brighter Birthdays, a group in Rome, GA whose mission is to celebrate birthdays for school kids. They do incredible work but need help making cards as well as zip bag toppers.  Each birthday child gets a backpack filled with goodies.  Inside the backpack, one of the "happies" is a zip lock bag filled with the smaller items, candy, balloons, lip balm - whatever they are putting in the backpack that month.  They like to put a colorful kid-friendly topper on the bag to make it festive.  Something like this...

 I find these so easy and theraputic to make.  They use up a lot of my extras and scraps.  If you would like to participate in helping this awesome group celebrate kids' special days and bring joy to many hearts, here are instructions on how I make them.  The basic info regarding size is below, but use your imagination to decorate them.

Begin with a 11 x 8.5 piece of cardstock - I use the 65 lb. from either a craft store or an office supply company.  They do not have to be the heavy duty cardstock that we use for card bases.  Cut 1/2" off the bottom:



Cut the 10.5" x 8" piece in half length wise:





Fold each 10.5" x 4.25" piece length wise: (I use my score pad to do this step)

And now you have a zip bag topper ready to decorate.  Sometimes I use washi tape, or stamps, or stickers, or whatever - just be sure they are gender neutral, cheerful, colorful and kid friendly.  You only decorate one side and I recently learned they use double sided tape to adhere them to the bags (which they provide).  Multiples of each design are perfectly OK.  They use so many throughout their district that multiples do not cause any problems.




I would love to see what you come up with.  Please send me pictures of your toppers and I will do a follow-up blog showing off your creations.  Send them to justjill48@gmail.com
If you would like to make these toppers, please mail them to:
                                                                                     
                                                               Brighter Birthdays
                                                            3 Central Plaza  # 383
                                                                Rome, GA   30161

Tip of the day:  If you need images for these toppers, go to Google Free Clip Art and there are lots of images you can use.  I copy them onto photo paper which gives them a nice shine.  Then I either use my cool cutting out machine, or I fussy cut them by hand.  You can just cut the images into circle shape - or whatever.  I hope you try these and have fun doing them.  I find them so addictive and a pleasant diversion from cards.
                                                          Thank you for stopping by.
                                                                        Hugs - Jill