Monday, November 29, 2010

Cards for Church: Why?

Part 1 of a series on Church Card Ministries

The vast majority of my cards go to our church card ministry.  It's a wonderful ministry to be involved with - it's the perfect excuse to spend way too much time in my craft corner!  In all seriousness...I am doing something that I love, for a church that I love.

It's also an excuse to make cards that I would never otherwise get to make (and, of course, to buy stamps for those cards).  For example, I have two boys - a teen and a tween - but for church, I get to play with girlie cards. friends are way beyond child-bearing years (sorry ladies!), but for church, I get to play with baby stuff!

And I LOVE the fellowship time we share when we all get together to make our cards.  It's such a fun time, we even have people attend who are not members of our church!  We all come to make cards and get new ideas and techniques - all without any sales pressure as so often happens in home parties and store classes.

So those are the selfish reasons for a card ministry, but why do we have a church cardmaking ministry?

For church use:
Upon request, our church card group makes cards in bulk.  There are so many reasons that a church may want to send cards, including:
  • Thank you for volunteers, e.g. Sunday School teachers
  • Outreach, e.g. Thanksgiving food baskets
  • Get well, thinking of you, etc. for church members and friends
  • Special occasions, e.g. Graduating seniors, newly confirmed youth
A hand crafted card just adds that special caring touch for each of these occasions.

For fund-raising:
Our cardmaking group meets monthly to create a variety of our cards for our "sale" racks.

These racks are always open - people can buy all week long.  Amazingly, we have people who are not even part of our church drop by to stock up!  We do ask for a "donation" of $3/card or 2 for $5.

It's the ultimate ministry! 
  • Cardmakers get to do something they love.
  • The people buying them get a personal handcrafted work of "art".
  • The people receiving the cards know they are loved and cared for. 
  • All of this - and the church gets a donation!
Stay tuned throughout this week for complete details on how to start and run a church card ministry so you can consider starting one on your own!


Set 263 - Stipple Celebrations

I have one card to share today.  I deliberately stepped away from scallops, flourishes, flowers and glitter today (although I still used a little ribbon) to be sure that we have a masculine card on our church card racks.

The sketch comes from Stamping 411.

The colors come from the color throwdown.

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Stipple Celebrations, Inkadinkado Expressions & Frames clear set
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, So Saffron
  • Paper: Stampin' Up black, white, Old Olive dsp
  • Accessories: Spellbinders label die, Stampin' Up Black Gingham, Marvy Uchida corner punch


  1. I used to have this set, and I've always loved it!! This is a great masculine card, with just enough ribbon :) I'd love to send you some cards for your sale rack if you email me your address!

  2. This is a sensational card. Perfect male card ... love the colours ... and you have made the sketch work so beautifully! Hugs xxaxx

  3. Oh ... meant to add ... you are doing a fab job of your ministry. I do hope you are blessed through it! Hugs xxaxx

  4. love the way your balloons are colored.

  5. That is the BEST card I've seen done with this set! Wonderful masculine card...I'm sure it will be snapped up in a second!

  6. This is a great card. Love everything about it!!!

  7. I love this card Kim. Wish I still had the set.

  8. This card totally rocks!!! I love those balloons!!! AND I love your idea of the card ministry!!

  9. Beautiful job with this week's sketch -- I love the colors you choose! Thanks for playing along with the Stamping 411 Operators this week! Blessings, Gretchen

  10. Thank you for this amazing idea! I have thought a lot of wanting to use my creativity for fund raising to build God's Kingdom and your sharing on this article is so timely! TQ so much for sharing.
    Now I have a BIGGER purpose. :)Pray for me that all works out well.
    I dont own stamps but I believe, where theres a will theres a way!&hugs* Have a blessed day!


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