Hope House Home for Boys

The cards that I sell here in Chapala and Ajijic, Mexico benefit the dental program for the boys at Hope House in the nearby village of Ixlahuacan. There are close to 30 boys at the home and many of them come to the home having received no dental treatment. If you live here at Lakeside and would like to order a quality, hand crafted card for a special occasion and help me contribute to this worthy cause, please e-mail me at bettyinchapala@yahoo.com Card price is 50 pesos; the entire sales price is donated to Hope House.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

For All My Card Making Friends!

This card is for all of you who share this wonderful card-making hobby with me. I am closing down my card-making shop for a short while. DH and I are going to move to the Chapala/Ajijic area in Mexico and while our moving date is still a month and a half away, we've got a lot of sorting and packing to do. I've got to go through all my stamping stuff and decide what I'll leave behind with DD, what I'll take with me in the car when we drive down (these are the essentials) and what will ship with the moving company. We're going to be renting a furnished house for several months, giving us a chance to look for an unfurnished place, so it will be a while before we can get the items we'll be shipping.

I'll still be blogging; although probably not as frequently until we get moved and settled. Will keep you all up to date on our moving progress and maybe share a picture of two.

My good buddy Mary Anne gave me the idea for this card. Hopefully, once we get settled in our rental (around April 20), I'll be able to start back with this crazy, wonderful, satisfying addiction called card-making. I'm surely going to miss it until then! I will however, be keeping up with what you guys are doing!

So long, for a short while,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Red and White Beauty

Good morning, friends! I'm inviting you to join me at The Hotspot Challenge; it is a monthly challenge and this month's challenge is such a fun one -- we are to make a card inspired by a gown worn by Halle Berry to the Oscars -- fun, right?! We are given a choice of several gowns; there are others to choose from too, and if you follow the link you'll be able to see them a little better!! Of course, Halle makes each one of them look simply stunning (she would look stunning in a flour sack!) My card was inspired by the white dress with red rhinestones; of course, knowing about Oscar gowns, they are probably actual rubies!!!! I knew immediately that I wanted to use this Martha Stewart punch to create the illusion of the red stones. The gown is a beauty and of course, Halle is too, so I used this little stamp that I got from the Michael's Dollar Bin. Guess you could say it was a 50 cent stamp because there was another one with a dragonfly in the set -- what a deal! I used my Swiss Dots embossing folder on the white background and added ribbon and pearls to complete. Hope you enjoyed my card and I really would like to see how you are inspired by these lovely gowns!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

More Pictures from Green Cove Springs

No card today; I've been sorting and packing! So, I thought I'd share a few more pictures with you of my trip to Green Cove Springs. This first picture was taken in the park across the street from our bed & breakfast. Isn't this a lovely gazebo? And there is a pretty little bridge with iron railings that goes aross the area where the spring water is leaving the swimming pool and headed for the river.

Next is a picture of the public pier which extends into the St. Johns River. It is quite a long pier and you can't get a prettier view.

One of the views from the pier is shown in the next picture. Isn't that church steeple amazing? I love how it towers above the trees and has the cross at the very top!

I'm going to have to go back again, when the pollen is not so bad. I'd love to spend more time there, visiting with my friend Molly, and seeing the sights. Would love to have lots of time to roam around St. Augustine -- we took a quickie trip over there but didn't even get any pictures. You know what? I didn't even get a picture of Molly and me. That's definitely a good reason to go back again!

Later, Betty