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. Also...my 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
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!
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