Craft for Charity

Craft for Charity – and a chance to win $500! I wanted to let you know about a really cool charity movement that Scrapbooks etc. magazine has just launched! It’s called Craft It Forward and it’s a great way to use your passion for crafting to make a difference in YOUR community. A handmade card can bring smiles to kids in crisis, a fun banner can brighten the day of adults in residential facilities and a bookmark can encourage someone learning to read. Here’s how it works: throughout 2011, visit the Craft It Forward website each month for a new downloadable pattern and suggested recipients. Make the project and donate it to a charity that is near and dear to your heart. Then, add your story to the Craft It Forward gallery for a chance to win $500 in cash and a $500 donation to a charity! They’ll be looking for stories to feature in the magazine and on the website, too. So join me and Craft It Forward throughout 2011. For January, I followed the project sheet from the site and made 4 cards (so far).  I’m still trying to decide what charity I’m going to donate it to. For more information, visit the Craft it Forward website: www.scrapbooksetc.com/craftforward My cards: I loved this project because: I could use up my scraps. I was able to use my scallop circle punch. I was able to use my new Big Shot(embossing folder) I got for Christmas. It is quick and easy! I hope the cards will put a smile on someone’s face. Materials list: Scraps from the Playlist collection....

Helping Hands! Helping Hearts!

Helping Hands! Helping Hearts! by Betsy Burnett Scripture encourages us over and over to help out those less fortunate. From helping our poor “neighbor” to be able to stay where he lives. (Leviticus 25:25) to helping the orphans and widows in their distress (James 1: 27.) In fact the verse in James goes one step further and calls it “pure and faultless religion.” Jesus also says that when we “see someone hungry, or thirsty and gave them food or drink, or visited the sick or imprisoned we have done done unto Him” (my paraphrase of Matthew 25:31-46) Since the Lord has blessed us abundantly in all things, it’s only natural to want to share those blessings we have been given; be it food, shelter, clothing or even time. It not only shows the world that we are sent by God but, because a Father loves ALL his children, when we have done to the least of these we have done unto Him. Something happens though when we reach out our hands to help someone. It helps our heart as well! Sharing our resources shows we are “generous.” It shows we are grateful for what we have been given. It also works on our hearts to learn not to hold tightly to material things since they are temporary,  understanding that our provision comes from God. Sharing our time shows the other person has value to us (and to God.) Sharing our lives, allows others to see exactly what the Lord has done in us and too us and through us, bringing praise and glory to Him!  When we reach out...

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