Monday, April 15, 2013

In My Garden - Sunshine Mail Challenge

Hi Everyone.  Happy Tax Day!  Hopefully you received a huge refund to go on an awesome vacation or buy lots of new craft supplies.  :)  At the very least, we can hope to break even, right?

The new challenge for Sunshine Mail is "In My Garden".  What a lovely challenge idea.  Gardens are so magical.  I didn't appreciate them until recent years, too busy raising a family, I guess.  Anyway, we have an awesome sponsor, Oak Pond Creations, who supplied this adorable little image.  They are having a birthday bash with lots of prizes.  Please give them a visit.  Now I have to admit this type of image was not in my comfort zone.  I lean more toward cute kids and such.  But, that is what is awesome about being on a Design Team.  You are challenged to think outside the way you always do things and then wonderful things begin to happen, like this little card.  I am really pleased the way it turned out.

I used copics to color the image.  At first, I was going to color the pot a clay color.  Then, knowing this card is for a child, I decided to go bright and cheery.  I added polka dots to the pot with a white sharpie.  My granddaughter's suggestion was to add some soft stuff to the flower, "just around the outside, Grammy".  I love the dimension it added.  I used a crystal for the center for some sparkly.  Then, while I was searching through my stash for twine, I found these googly eyes.  Oh, how perfect.   And, guess what?  I didn't have any twine, so a quick trip to Michaels was in order.  I found these cute buttons that exactly matched the pot, polka dots and all.  They are small, so the dots may be hard to see.  The sentiment is computer generated and the little word bubble is a freebie from Squigglefly. 

This card will be donated to the Sunshine Mail FoundationPlease consider entering our challenge and mailing your card in.  It does take a little extra effort, but not too much and the rewards are great for you and a little one, too!

Sunshine Mail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides children in need comfort, support and joy through free Sunshine Mail Care Packages.  Sunshine Mail is filled with handmade cards, care essentials and other age appropriate items and delivered to children in need including hospitals, homeless shelters and foster care.  

Please read the simple guidelines, have a fun time creating your sweet, adorable card, then put a stamp on your card and send it to Sunshine Mail.  Easy Peasy. Thank you so much for giving. :)

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Oak Pond Creations Challenge Blog - Birthday Bash
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog -  April Showers and/or Spring Flowers
That Craft Place - For a Child

Have a fun, happy, wonderful, cup runneth over kind of week!
- Pam


  1. Pam your card is so cute. I love how you colored the pot and the polka dots are a fun touch.

  2. Hi Pam I saw you on MIM. Fab card and a great cause. I too love my garden and finally here in the UK it has warmed up enough to get out there ! x

  3. This is super cute Pam. Spotted it on MIM. Deb

  4. Fabulous card and colors Pam. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  5. Pam this is just super adorable. I love that you colored the flower pot blue instead of a traditional clay. Such a bright and cheerful card. Thanks for joining in on OPC's Birthday Bash. Good luck. Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

  6. Such a fun image, love it, makes me smile.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

  7. I love your polka-dot pot. Beautiful color, and paper selections.

  8. What a cute card Pam..fabulous colouring and love his eyes, great sentiment too..
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  9. Super cute card, just love the frog. Seen it on MIM. Carolxx

  10. OMGosh, Pam, this is sooo cute! Love that frog/toad, the fun sentiment, the bright colors & papers, and your coloring! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  11. Adorable card and I just love the frog peeking out. I saw your creation on MIM.

  12. This is adorable, and the cards that are being donated what a great thing that you are doing for the children.


  13. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are #9, #18, #234, #235, and #243.

    I would love to have you visit my blogs: Paper and Scraps Creations by JuliaMe and Myself on the Dark… and My Art... Healing The Soul and become a follower.



  14. Oh my goodness, this is just absolutely, toadily adoraaaableeee!!!



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