THE ART OF GIVING

THE ART OF GIVING: Thanks for stopping by and getting involved in this great opportunity. In starting off the new year, Christine and I decided to put together a challenge blog that would not only provide you with inspiration and free goodies, but to also let you know about the many ways we can "PAY IT FORWARD" to others in our lives...in simple and GIGANTIC ways. We hope that in combining both inspiration and giving to others, we can all make this world a better place, one layout, card, and gesture at a time. Thank you for taking this journey with us.

Ronald McDonald House Challenge  

Monday, May 18, 2009

Well It's that time again friends. We have a new and simple challenge. Our focus this challenge is for ailing children and their families. We will be supporting the Ronald McDonald House. If you are unaware of what the Ronald McDonald house is, here is a description of their services taken from their website:



The Orange County Ronald McDonald House :

The idea behind the Orange County Ronald McDonald House is simple: provide a comfortable and affordable “home away from home” for families shouldering the burdens associated with a child who is being treated at a nearby hospital. Some children must travel great distances to get the medical attention they need. Hospital treatments may last a day, a month or more than a year. For the families of these children, affordable accommodations are few and far between. Often, they are limited to costly hotels or unforgiving hospital chairs. The Orange County Ronald McDonald House offers a comfortable, supportive and affordable alternative for these families. It’s a temporary home near their child’s hospital where they can sleep, eat, relax and find encouragement from others. It is much more than just a nice place to stay. It helps to anchor families in very trying times. It can reduce stress by providing a venue where people can talk things out with others who are wrestling with the same issues.


This challenge is sponsored by Bam POP and Illyse one of our Fabulous designers! Thank you bunches! The prizes for this challenge include: 2 sets BAM POP chipboard sentence bubbles and a set of Chipboard Heidi Swaap frames. Let's here it for our sponsors...WOOHOO!

Now on to the challenges. It seems so often the little things in life we often unintentionally take for granted. As parents we often live vicariously through our children's joyful moments. It is important that we cherish each and every moment with them. When unexpected illnesses or injuries occur to one of our children, it can turn a our lives upside down. Therefore Our layout challenge (Challenge one)is a simple one! We want it to focus on your children or a special child in your life... Show us a layout...any layout of a child/children enjoying themselves with smiling faces! Perhaps a special moment or even just being goofy..you pick..whatever brings you joy when you look at it is the right choice!

Here are the Design team's sample layouts!

Jenn


Christine


Illyse


Challenge Two: Oh my this is EASY! Now you soda drinkers before you trash that soda can, pull of that tab and set it aside. Collect as many soda tabs as you can and send them our way! Yes it is true..they are worth something to us...well actually they are worth something to the Ronald McDonald house. You see, they are recyclable and....we can turn them in to a recycling center who will in turn write a check to The Ronald McDonald house. It is a win win situation! You recycle and do the earth some good and we send a check to the Ronald McDonald house for the recycling dollars raised!

***Remember. We do not need the entire can..ONLY THE TABS :0)


And..as usual, do one challenge,get one entry into the raffle, complete two challenges, get two entries into the raffle for our fun chipboard prizes. This challenge starts today Monday May 18th and will resume Sunday June 7th. Winners will be announced on June 8th! Please pass our website/challenge on to your friends and make sure to leave a post in this thread to be included in the raffle. Please contact us with any questions and/or our mailing addy to send us the soda tabs! Thanks and have a wonderful week!

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