8 Days of Giving Challenge – Day 2

 Hello

I hope all have taken time today to give back to someone else!  As you know yesterday we started our 8 Days of Giving ChallengeWe got a comment earlier and I’ve had people attend the event on my facebook so hopefully by Day 3 more of you will partake in the challenge.

Today I did something I’ve been meaning to do for weeks but never remembered to do it.  The route I walk to my yoga class always has me pass this gentleman that plays the flute — it is a glorious sound especially when you finish a good yoga session.  Well I always want to give him some money for he has the can and he plays in all types of weather – rain, sunny, snowing, or just like the other day sleet.  Today I made sure to put whatever change I had in my pocket (which was about $3 – much weight relieved from the bag) and was praying I would see him and I did!  He was playing but as I put the money in I told him how I enjoyed his music and wanted to do this sooner.  It made me feel so good — I don’t know how much money he makes in a day but I wanted to let him know he is appreciated for he makes my wonderful peace continue even after yoga.

Now here are some suggestions for today:

  • Donate food to an homeless shelter OR buy some groceries/coffee for an homeless person!
  • Pay for a random stranger’s meal!
  • Take your co-workers a special treat — that you made!
  • Anytime a thought of generosity comes about – act on it!

Enjoy your day and Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

 

 

 

 

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8 Days of Giving – A ZeVin Creations Challenge

It is that time of the year where everyone “SHOULD” be in a giving mood.. and we’d like to encourage our readers to achieve the goal of using their GIVING spirit!  We started this challenge back in 2007 and we had a good response so let’s double the efforts of everyone giving back unto others when people need it the most!

For these 8 Days left before Christmas we want to challenge you to GIVE to others during this season of giving which of course is the true reason of the holiday season.  In my personal opinion, it isn’t about getting all these gifts and spending tons of money but to be with your loved ones and do for others however you can.

These next eight days I’ll post how ZeVin Creations has done something to make a difference in another person’s life.  We will also provide some suggestions on what you can do…  We hope that you our readers will also post or comment on what you did each day…AND in exchange we will randomly select from the comments to get a FREE CARD from us each day (that’s a total of 8 Cards we are giving away).  Can I just repeat — 8 FREE CARDS!

So here are some suggestions –

  1. Shovel snow from your neighbor’s driveway and sidewalk (unfortunately we didn’t get much snow here but hoping)
  2. Volunteer your time to help a local homeless shelter or food pantry
  3. Bake some cookies and/or candy for your postman, garbage man with a card expressing your thanks
  4. Pay for a cup of coffee/tea for the person behind you  at your favorite coffee shop
  5. Put extra money in the parking meter for the next car to park.
  6. And an easy way — just say hello to everyone you see!

Today I put extra money into two parking meters — typically I walk to my yoga course but I was running late so I decided hey since I’m driving I can give the change I had brought for another purpose and put it in the meter longer than my hour class.

Take this time to inspire others to make a difference this holiday season and you’ll in exchange be rewarded within your spirit knowing you impacted someone that wasn’t expecting it!(And possibly a FREE CARD)

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Inspire Me Tuesday

Life Is Sweet

Life Is Sweet

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you! You know during the holiday season many question the value of their life — Our life is exactly what the card says — SWEET! You have to make the most out of what you are given.. if given Lemon – make Lemonade! Later tonight I’ll be starting a challenge called the 10 Days of Giving so that we can all focus on the real meaning of the holidays – so stay tuned…. But for now take time to comment on how this quote inspires you!

You can purchase this card at our Etsy Site here.

Current Countdown for the Winter Holidays:

5 days till Hanukkah, 10 days till Christmas, 11 days till Kwanzaa

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Jog Your Memory Monday

Happy Holidays Greeting

Happy Holidays Greeting

Well let’s see we have

6 days till Hanukkah
11 days till Christmas
12 days till Kwanzaa

Have you purchased all of your special cards? Or gifts? If not that is okay for you can still purchase items at our Etsy shop or you can settle on sending New Year’s cards instead — try something new.

Ask yourself — do I have any non-holiday events coming up? If the answer is yes you better verify the address, pick a handmade greeting for that special person in your life, and put it in the mail or hand deliver!

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda

Tips on Sending Holiday Greetings – Hanukkah

So with the 3 big winter holidays fastly approaching I thought for the next three weeks I’ll provide tips on sending holiday greetings for a particular holiday. And why not do them on our Teach You Thursday!

This year Hanukkah stars on December 21st — so if you are wanting to send someone a Hanukkah greeting you should have it mailed out no later than December 17th (unless they live right there).

As we always encourage when sending a card incorporate both yours and the recipient’s brand so that it truly becomes a “Gift Within A Card”. So here are some quick things to consider for Hanukkah cards.

Traditional colors – Blue and Silver.
Traditional symbols – Dreidel and Menorah

Now this has appeared in past posts but something that I also mentioned is that you don’t always have to stick with traditional colors or traditional themes so if the recipient loves pink throw in a sprinkle of pink so that it truly reflects them!

Here are some of our current Hanukkah Greetings being retailed
on our Etsy site:


Festival of Lights Greeting

Festival of Lights Greeting
Retro Dreidel Dreidel

Retro Dreidel Dreidel




















Enjoy preparing for Hanukkah & Keep Making Gifts Within A Card

Maranda

Teach You Thursday – Scrap Paper Holiday Greeting

As a cardmaker I find myself wondering what to do when I have some scrap paper with words on it.  Trying to not waste paper or trash it I find some kind of card to make.  Which I hope to show you how to do with today’s tutorial.  In honor of the holiday season I thought I would relate the card to reindeer and music.

Step One: Gather Your Materials (Note materials will differ on this card since it depends on what you have)

Scrap patterned paper, scrap solid paper, sticker embellishment
Materials: Scrap patterned paper, scrap solid paper, sticker embellishment

I have several pieces of scrap red music sheet paper from a custom order so how fitting for a winter holiday greeting since we hear tons of carols this time of the year.  I also have some sticker embellishments that had 2 prancing reindeers so I thought it would make a great card coordinated with light patterned swirls silver paper and a dark gray solid paper.

Step 2: Layout your papers how you desire on the card
Silver Swirl Paper Placed first

Silver Swirl Paper Placed first















I first took the silver swirled paper and made that my background paper.  Then I took the red music paper and cut it be a inner rectangle allowing the swirls to show.  Now for me I don’t pay attention to the size just cut but next tutorial I’ll remember to tell the sizes.
Placement of Red Music Paper

Placement of Red Music Paper















The last piece of layering is the Solid Gray.  Here I took some fancy cutting scissor that were hill curve shaped and cut a narrow piece of the gray and layered that over the entire card centered vertically.
Placement of Curvy Solid Gray Strip

Placement of Curvy Solid Gray Strip















Step 3: Add embellishment
Now I wanted to use the prancing reindeer sticker embellishment(it isn’t flat but gel like).  So I’ve place it in the center of the gray strip directly in the center of the card.  And here it is — I apologize for the picture but I’m studying for finals and using this as my break!
Finshed product - Prancing Reindeer on Music Paper

Finshed product - Prancing Reindeer on Music Paper















Have fun Making Your Own Gift Within A Card!


Maranda

Inspire Me Tuesday – Hope

So I’ve been posting daily to see that they aren’t on the blog… YIKES… I reckon I forgot to hit publish… So I’m going to attempt to publish them and change their timestamp later today BUT today I want to give you some inspiration.

Hope is the dream of every waking man ~ Aristotle

Hope is the dream of every waking man ~ Aristotle

Please take time to let this quote marinate in your soul and inspire you!  This is so true during the holiday season for me — I hope that all mankind has a wonderful holiday season but I know in my soul that it might not come true.. but that is the great thing about DREAMS — they give you the fire to make them true!  In a few days I’ll be starting a challenge called the 12 Days of Giving so that we can all focus on the real meaning of the holidays which I hope will be my fire to make my dream come true! 

Please take time to comment on how this quote  inspires you!

You can purchase this card at our Etsy Site here later today.

Current Countdown for the Winter Holidays:

12 days till Hanukkah, 16 days till Christmas, 17 days till Kwanzaa

Keep Making Gifts Within A Card!

Maranda