Monday, July 14, 2008

Stamping For Life

Embrace Life
When choosing the name "Stamp 4 Life" almost two years ago, I did so with the intention of using my new hobby/business to somehow support my favorite charity, Divine Mercy Care (DMC), a pro-life nonprofit Catholic healthcare organization.
We made this card at a marathon card-making session a couple of weeks ago for the "Cards of Caring" program to benefit Tepeyac Family Center (TFC), an OB/GYN under the DMC umbrella. About a quarter of the women they help come from crisis pregnancy centers or don't have insurance. We would make either "congrats" cardfronts for new moms or "sympathy" cardfronts for moms who have suffered a loss (luckily, the sympathy cards are very much the minority of cards we make). In one night we made 272 cardfronts in 4 designs! Not too shabby. The cardfronts are then adhered onto pre-printed cards with a message from TFC & signed personally by a staff member.

The good news is that TFC recently doubled the number of their doctors, which also doubled their patient capacity. The bad news? Well, that was our last Cards of Caring session since we just can't keep up with the growth; they'll go through those 272 cards in just two months. A happy reason to discontinue the program.

So, this particular congrats card was designed with simplicity in mind since I had to prepare a lot of them. It uses Stampin' Up!'s "I'm Here" set (retired) & the sentiment from "Embrace Life." I love using tone on tone for sentiments when the focus is the image so I used Sahara Sand ink on the Sahara Sand cardstock.


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