Hello Blogging Friends!!
Today I am participating in a very special Card Drive and Fundraiser for NICU Parents at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. It is called the Layton's Legacy Card Drive & Fundraiser for NICU Parents and it is a dream of Lea Lawson to be able to have this Card Drive Blog Hop. You can read Lea's personal story about her son Layton here.
In honor of Layton's birthday, Lea is raising money to purchase substantial Starbucks gift cards that can be given to these parents as they find themselves thrust into NICU life.
Why starbucks? There is one just across the street from the hospital, and Lea can attest that some days you just need to step out of the hospital for a moment. Get a breath of fresh air, see some natural light and regroup. She was given a $20 Starbucks card that had been donated to the NICU during the time her son was a patient, and she cried when she opened it. Getting that gift card told Lea that someone was thinking of her and taking care of her too!
Lea Lawson can only do so much as just one person, but together we can accomplish SO much more! Plus the crafting world is making it fun! There is a Card Drive blog hop going on in Layton's honor, with tons of amazing inspiration! There is also a fundraising effort, where every $5 donated gets you an entry into the prize drawing! There are over $2000 in prizes, sponsored by some of the most amazing stamping & papercrafting companies in the industry!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
1. DONATE! ~ directly to Layton's Legacy YouCaring Fundraiser. For every $5 donated, you will be entered into the drawing for one of the prizes. All winners will be drawn from donations made thru the YouCaring Site. **Prizes will be drawn and announced on Lea's Blog on Saturday, May 19th.**
2. SHARE! - Not everyone is able to donate, but sharing about the fundraiser gives it more visibility! Please feel free to share the YouCaring link or this post on all your social media outlets!
~Pinkfresh Studio will be donating 10% of TODAY'S sales.
~CAS-ual Fridays Stamps will be donating 15% of their sales throu May 19th
4. CREATE ~ this is also a card drive, and if you'd like to create a card using the theme/mood board below, it would awesome! Lea will be including these handmade treasures with the gift cards when she hands them over to the NICU social worker, and her dream is that the NICU will be covered in beautiful creations inspired by Layton! Link them up HERE, and then please e-mail Lea at (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get the address for sending ~ and Lea will need to receive them May 31st.
Here is the Mood Board:
Here is my card:
White card stock
Neenah Solar White paper
Evergreen Bough distress ink
Black embossing powder
For this A2 card I started with white card stock for the base of the card. I took a piece of the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust paper, inked the edges with Evergreen Bough distress ink and added it to the base of the card. Next I took some Neenah Solar White paper and the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Somebunny stamp set and stamped the bunny, moon and stars on the paper. I colored them in with Copic markers and then cut them out with the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Bunny Fri-Dies. I fussy cut out the stars and added everything to the card. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Black embossing powder.