Charity Gifting Blog Hop

Mel's Card Corner | Charity Gifting Blog Hop

I’m thrilled to be participating today alongside so many amazing designers in a very special blog hop hosted by Sandy Allnock. You should have arrived here from the blog of the incredibly talented Joanne, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll have a full list of the entire hop at the end of this post. If you get lost at any point during the hop, just head back over to Sandy’s post to find your place.

The focus for this hop is to encourage people to think about charitable giving as gifts for friends and loved ones. This is something I’ve been doing for many years, so when I heard about Sandy’s idea for the blog hop, I knew immediately I wanted to participate! The idea was for each of us to purchase a gift through a charitable organization then create a card/project inspired by our purchase.

Mel's Card Corner | Charity Blog Hop

For my gift, I chose bracelets from The Flourish Market. They work with 32 organizations from around the globe purchasing products created by artisans and makers in vulnerable communities which helps provide these artists dignity and a fair wage. The Flourish Market then sells these items in their online store, as well as in their retail store in Raleigh, NC. The bracelet I chose is made by a group of women in Rwanda.

I first learned about The Flourish Market when Catherine Pooler purchased a large number of the bracelets to include in her Foundations Box when it launched last fall. The bracelets were so popular, she now carries them for individual purchase in her online store as well. I fell in love with the bracelet as soon as I received my Foundations Box and purchased more of them to give as Christmas gifts. I’ve also purchased subsequent items directly from The Flourish Market since they office a wide variety of items such as jewelry, home decor items, clothing, etc. If you aren’t sure what your recipient would like, they even offer gift cards.

Mel's Card Corner | Charity Gifting Blog Hop

Since a bracelet is a fashion accessory, I decided to use the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® for my card. This lovely fashionista seemed perfect for a card which uses a bracelet as the inspiration.

I stamped the image and sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper using Basic Black archival ink. I then used my inks and a water brush to color the image. Since the bracelet is also available in a rose/pink color, I used Rose Red for her dress and hat, Blushing Bride (watered down quite a bit) for her skin, and Island Indigo for the background around her.

Mel's Card Corner | Charity Gifting Blog Hop

After the watercoloring was dry, I trimmed the panel down and matted it on a piece of Island Indigo card stock using Tear and Tape. I adhered the matted panel to an A2 top-folding card base made of Whisper White Thick card stock using tape runner. For a bit of shimmer, I went over the dress and hat using a clear Wink of Stella pen and that finished my card.

Mel's Card Corner | Charity Gifting Blog Hop

As if the warm fuzzies of giving someone a gift that helps others wasn’t enough, there are prizes available as part of this blog hop. I just wanted to take a moment to give a big shout out of thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Your next stop in the hop will be the amazing Libby. Don’t forget! You’ll need to visit each stop around the hop and leave a comment by no later than Wednesday, March 22 to be eligible for the prize drawing. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s website on Thursday, March 23.

In addition to The Flourish Market which I used as my charitable gifting source for this hop, below is a list of some other resources which are great options for charitable gifting. The next time you have a gift-giving occasion, please think about giving a gift that keeps on giving by helping others in need!

If you want to learn more about how monies received by any given charity are spent/divided, check them out on Charity Navigator. It’s a great resource for ensuring your donation dollars are getting the most bang for their buck. The gift catalog resources listed below are some of my favorite organizations I’ve donated to over the years. They all have an overall Charity Navigator score of at least 85 or higher.

Before I go, I have to give one final shout out to a charitable organization very near and dear to my heart. It’s the Soup of Success program in Elkhart, IN. A very dear friend of mine (who is also a papercrafter!) is the Director of this program which is a job and life skills training program. As part of the program, they actually run a small enterprise and sell their products which includes mixes for things like soup, dips, cookies, etc. I even helped develop one of their soup mixes which explains why they’re so near and dear to me. 🙂

Until next time …

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  1. Heather Mills says:

    I had never heard of this charity before, but it sounds like a good one! Your fashionable card definitely matches your gift perfectly!

  2. Lynda says:

    I love this stamp set, too, and have used it frequently. It definitely goes with the feminine theme you have. I was made aware through Catherine Pooler too…

  3. Isabel Z says:

    What a wonderful idea for a blog. I have been inspired by all of you to donate to our local food bank. Thank you for the inspiration

  4. Ericka Strange says:

    Great card and love that you also referenced Charity Navigator which is a great help when trying to figure out where to donate. Thank you for the inspiration, definitely will check out this charity too!

  5. Dianne Jenkins says:

    Love your card and what a wonderful idea ! This is a great opportunity for your readers to discover some new and worthy charities!

  6. Meghan P. says:

    What a lovely card! Love the watercolor and the classiness of the card. And that bracelet is so pretty, what an awesome charity!! Thanks for sharing these!

  7. Jennblb says:

    Wonderful card. Thanks for compiling a list of charities and their respective ratings. Thank you also for your charity work and taking part in this incredible Blog Hop!

  8. Cary Ann says:

    What a sophisticated card. Thanks for sharing all of the charity information- having worked for years in fundraising for nonprofits, it’s so important to do your mission and keep costs down. Bad charities give us all a bad name.

  9. customcraftylady says:

    I was really impressed by the charity you support. The bracelets are beautiful. Keep up the great job. Also, the bracelet matches your card nicely.
    Thanks, Erica k.

  10. Kitty T says:

    Thanks for the link/ info to the Charity Navigator! I have donated to certain institutions only to find my dollars weren’t being used to their fullest potential :/
    The bracelet and card are lovely! Can’t wait to check out the site.

  11. Leslie E Gladney says:

    Thanks so much for the Charity Navigator resource, I need something like that!

    I love Flourish, hat aazing artistry there is in that work!

  12. Jane Schroeder says:

    The Flourish Market! I love buying unique things made by people around the globe. And I love to help others so this is a great charity! Love your card too!

  13. kerry myers says:

    Very classy card! Great job, Thank you for all the information on those charities and the bracelet information. I am going to keep this info to use a bit later. Thank you!

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