Cards for Cans 2

*Cards for Cans* is rolling forward.

Friday night, November 2
Beginning at 4PM
Nashville, TN

Donate a canned item--soup, meat, chili, fruit (especially those with pop-top lids) and make a Christmas card at the Card Buffet. The card is yours to keep! Envelopes provided.

Previews of the available card designs are being posted on this blog.

Card #2 is here. (Click on the image to see the whole thing.)

If you want to make 6 cards, bring 6 canned items to donate. Snacks will be provided.

As the date nears, I will ask you to RSVP.

All canned items collected will go directly to The Little Pantry That Could, a local food pantry that I volunteer at on a weekly basis.

If you aren't local to Nashville, but are interested in participating in *Cards for Cans*, email me for the details at

Many of the stamps and supplies that will be used at *Cards for Cans* are Stampin' Up!. However, I am no longer a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and this is not a "party" or sales event.

New card-makers are welcome!



What to Do with Extra Cards

Over the years, I have amassed a rather large collection of handmade cards that have spent too much time sitting in the bins, taking up space. Some were made in classes, some were blog projects, some were from swaps. Most were finished, a few were not.

So I been reorganizing and down-sizing lately, kindof going through a shift in my priorities and these three bins of cards were taunting. I could not throw them out. I could not recycle them. I don't have the patience to see them on ebay or etsy.

So late one night a few weeks before school started, the light bulb went on over my head. (Please note that I don't share this to toot my own horn--just to share an idea that has been a happy accident for me.) Teachers.

I slipped each card into a clear envelope, along with a mailing envelope. I packed up a basket of cards and when school started, placed it in the elementary teacher's lounge at my son's school. A small sign indicates that the cards are free for the taking for teachers and staff members.

The first bundle of a few dozen cards was gone in two days. :) Subsequent baskets of cards have proven that this is an excellent use of those cards that were just sitting in a closet.

It is my hope that our teachers and staff people will use cards to encourage each other and their family members. Sharing sure has lightened my load and made me feel like it's some small but rather useful to do with something that was not getting used. I like that. :)




Cards for Cans Preview

Cards for Cans
November 2
Nashville, TN
4PM until...

Make one Christmas card for every canned item you bring to be donated to The Little Pantry that Could.

Here's one of the cards on the buffet.

Hope to see you there!


Two Cards and Cards for Cans

Even though I have officially retired from the ranks of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, I do still l-o-v-e my Stampin' Up! stamps! Today I thought I'd post two cards I made in the last two days.

(Above) This was a re-work of an old card that I started and never finished satisfactorily. It is my firm belief that black and white micro-check ribbon goes with absolutely everything! And it ties up so beautifully...when in doubt, add some micro-check ribbon!
All the products used on this card are now retired...that little "hello" button stamp is one of my favorites!
(Above) Rich Razzleberry is one of Stampin' Up!'s most popular colors and one of my personal favorites too. It's so classy.
The sentiment on this one is one of those $1 stamps from Michaels.
For my Nashville friends: Almost a year ago, I started volunteering at our local food pantry on Fridays. I really enjoy going there and it's become an important part of my life. You can read about The Little Pantry at
I have been toying with the idea of doing a canned food drive for The Little Pantry That Could that combines my love for card-making with my desire to help beef up the shelves at the food pantry. So here's the plan:
On the first Friday night in November, I am hosting a **Cards for Cans** event--the first of it's kind! For each canned item (soup, meat or veggie) you bring as a donation to the pantry, you can make one Christmas card from the card buffet.
I have prepared 8 Christmas Card designs to be featured at Cards for Cans. (I will begin posting them this week.) You can come and choose however many cards you would like to create and "payment" for this adventure will be *one canned good per card*.
How easy is that?
Mark it on your calendar.
Friday, November 2
4 PM until...
Cards for Cans!
Hope to see you there!