So …what’s the point?

You take ink and a stamp. You (possibly/probably) cut up sheets of coloured paper just to stick them down in a different place or order. You have spent hundreds of pounds (ulp..) and hours of time. For what purpose ? Yep, 99% of the time you make something pretty, and it makes someone’s day (especially if it’s for no particular reason !) and that’s a good enough purpose. But I bet you – just like me – have a stash of “no point other than I want to !” cards.

Ever feel guilty about those cards? Or the money/time? If you don’t, good for you ! – but I do. Or I did, because they now have a purpose.

In April, my church had Tearfund Sunday. Tearfund is a Christian organisation who work to provide relief from poverty through the local churches. We watched a video that told the story of Stidia – go here and spend 5 minutes watching it – I was very moved.  Briefly, Stidia lives in a rural village in Uganda, Africa. She is thirteen years old and every day she walks for two hours to collect water for her family. Every day, she is likely to be beaten – or worse – by gangs of boys. Her other big problem is that she is frequently late for school and misses lessons…. Seriously – this is one of her biggest worries after the constant threat of rape !

I came away from church feeling very frustrated because I couldn’t think how I could do something more practical. My time – like many, many of you –  is very tied up between work and family. However, I have also been listening to Christian speaker called Joyce Meyer and I remembered a broadcast she had done where she talked to a woman who had raised $1000 for her charity by providing a spa day for her friends – she was a qualified masseuse and used her skills to raise funds. And a lightbulb went off. I make cards. I like making cards. People like my cards.  I could sell some of my cards…

So now, my “no purpose other than to soothe my soul” cards are channeled into the Tearfund box where I sell them. And, as you’ve read this far, here’s a wee bit of new eye-candy for the box.

* Images are from  Papertrey Ink’s All Booked Up

* Ink is Versafine and Elzybells Sugar Candy (clear-embossed)

* I used a sketch from Get Sketchy

(I hope I haven’t offended anyone by mentioning my faith or rape. I expect that you all find the idea of a 13 yr old girl being raped daily as she gets water for her family far more offensive)

So, can I encourage you to take your stash of “no purpose” cards and set them free ???! For that “handmade” as opposed to “homemade” look, I pop mine into cellophane bags and seal them with a sticker I made up explaining where the money went – cellophane bags are very cheap at Craft Creations (I think it also means you can whack a bit more on the price – and, people, we’re WORTH it !) There are LOADS of places that would accept your gorgeous creations  – check your local charity shops, old folks homes etc. Go on  – SET THEM FREE !!

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2 Comments

  1. Hannah said,

    September 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Hello,

    This is fab and an idea I would like to share with others to raise money for Tearfund. Would you be happy for me to do so? I am part of the team of volunteer managers and would love to hear from you so do drop me an email.

    Thanks
    Hannah

  2. Amy Wanford said,

    September 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    What a fabulous charity to give your cards to, Margaret! I was really touched by your story and no need to apologise for what you believe in or for using shocking stories. We all need to hear things like this sometimes to bring us back to reality sometimes!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x


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