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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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Surprising Birthday

Here is a birthday card made with the sketch from Day 3 of Card Positioning Systems 5th Anniversary. We do have a few families in our church with younger families even though most of us are of the retired sort! I've made this card for one of the younger ladies.

Paper is from a Stampin' Up designer paper pack, the focal sentiment is stamped on Gina K. Designs Ocean Mist card stock in SU Taken With Teal ink and sponged with SU Tempting Turquoise ink. The sentiment is from the  GKD set Eclectic Summer Sayings. Spellbinders scalloped rectangle dies were used for cutting.

I would also like to enter this card into the Sassy Cheryl's 100th challenge to use a punch and and somsething shimmery. The butterfly was punched in the Ocean Mist card stock for the bottom layer and a piece of patterned paper for the top layer. Then I used Perfect Pearls to give my butterfly that pretty shimmer. Congrats to the Sassy Cheryl gang on their 100th challenge!

We had a few couples over to our house last Saturday night for a potluck supper and a few rounds of Catch Phrase, one of our favorite games. One of the couples brought us a beautiful gift -- a carved gourd. Not only is it beauitful, they filled it with Jolly Rancher candies!! Herschel is quite an accomplished wood carver but since wood is hard to find here, he has started carving gourds. We're invited to their home this afternoon so I'll probably have more pictures of his wood carvings to show you -- I've heard that they are absolutely fantastic!



Angie Hagist said...

So pretty! I love your butterfly along the bottom edge!
Thanks for celebrating with us at CPS for our 5th Anniversary!

Myrna said...

This is such a sweet card. Actually the first glance made me think "refreshing". :)
Love gourds and he certainly does a lovely job.

Becky said...

Betty, this is so pretty, love the design paper. What awesome gourds.

Payne Holler Cards said...

love the colors on this! so pretty ..awesome gourds! what talent

Olga said...

Both your card and that gourd is gorgeous........I can grow em, just can't carve or paint em LOL

Cynthia said...

This is lovely, Betty.

Colleen said...

A breath of springtime with butterflies abound. Beautiful card.
I think there are many talented people there, from fabulous carvers to leather workers and painters. The one time I was in Mexico I was amazed by the many beautiful items for purchase.

Sassy Cheryl said...

Everyone needs a surprise on their birthday. What a fabulous card. So sweet and I love the sentiment.
Thanks for playing in the Shimmer & Punch challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Not only is your card amazing, so is this gift you received! You must see some awesome work from the local artists. Anyhow, love the way the striped background sets off your card!

Sandy said...

Your card is beautiful and the gourd is amazing. Looks Navajo - very similar to a pot I have made by Navajo that lives in Farmington, New Mexico. So pretty!!!!

Kym Weber said...

Very pretty card! Love the papers! The saying is perfect with the beautiful butterfly!

Stunning gourds!

Pat said...

Ooooh...what a sweet card! Such pretty colors! Love the gourd too! This will make a perfect gift!! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Sassy Cheryl's!! Hugs. Pat Frank

Ann English said...

Such a lovely card! Beautiful sentiment, too!

I am so glad you joined us this week for Sassy Cheryl's 100th challenge. Wishing you luck on the drawing :)