Thursday, 7 May 2009

A Card for Someone Special

OK, a few things I want to say before I get to my card for today.

Firstly I want to say a big Thank You to everyone who sent me get well wishes yesterday, I think the stress of waiting to see if my Husband is going to be made redundant just got to me a bit yesterday, when they did the first lot of redundancy's about 6 weeks ago the whole factory was put on 30 days notice but this time they have been told that they will know by next Friday and if they are on the list they will be gone by next week. It isn't looking good this time as they want to get rid of 15 from Tony's section and there is only 45 work in this bit of the factory. I suppose what will be will be but it is still a worry.

Enough of me feeling sorry for myself I now want to tell you a little about an organisation here in the UK I found out about today, it is called Post Pals. This organisation works on behalf of seriously ill children .

They feature seriously ill children (most have cancer or are going through transplants) and their siblings on their website . The idea is that they invite members of the public to log on from around the world and send a card to a child who is ill. The aim is to help bring a little joy to the child who is ill but you can also send cards, letters or gifts to the siblings of the child who is ill. My own grandson was diagnosed 4 years ago with Retinoblastoma at the age of 3 and had to have his eye removed, he then had to have a course of Chemotherapy and luckily he has had no return of his cancer so he is in remission. It was a particularly hard time for my family especially the other children who don't really understand what was happening to Ellis.

My card today will be sent to a child on the list at Post Pals, I understand how hard it is on both the affected child and the siblings when something like this happens within a family.

I am entering this for the challenge at 365 cards who want to see candy on the card and also for the challenge at Cute card Thursday as this is where I found out about Post pals, their challenge is Happy Mail, I am hoping this will make someone happy if only for a short time.

Here is my card, I haven't photographed the inside as I aim to add a personal message to the child and to enclose a letter to the parents as well.

We all make so many cards following these challenges maybe you could spare one or two to send to an organisation like this one!

I took a card and added a strip of the striped paper to the bottom, the paper reminds me of Seaside Rock, I glued 3 sticks to the card a to mount the lollipops too. I made the lollipops from shrink plastic, matted them onto a scalloped circle and once stuck to the card I added a ribbon to match each lollipop.

I wanted to make it look like a basket of lollipops so added another piece of the Orange paper onto which I have printed 'Your So Sweet' I cut a scalloped frame from the same paper and added this to mimic a handle and added the buttons to the bottom.

Paper - BG Oh Baby

Lollipops - shrink plastic

Buttons - from my stash

Hope you like it


Martha said...

oh yes I would love to help out in anything I can, a card can mean so much.
just email me where to send them too ;)

Fi said...

Very sweet card, I love it.
I would like to help out as well.

Sherry said...

Great card and that is so sweet of you to send the card to a child in need.

Deb said...

Beautiful card, love the cheerful colours! Thank you so much for supporting Post Pals! Many thanks for joining in the CCT challenge! Have a great evening, Deb x

jacque4u2c said...

This is for sure to bring a big fat smile to a very happy little person!

~amy~ said...

You can bet that I will take part in Post Pals Maz....thanks for bringing it to our attention. Such a wonderful organization...I'm soo glad that your grandson is doing great.

Most Magnificent card for today's candy challenge!

Karen Lee said...

This is the best candy card I've seen today!!!! Love it!!

hugs, Karen Lee

Alicia said...

Beautiful card for a wonderful cause!! I will definitely look into sending some cards!

my5bratz said...

hope everything works out with hubby, TRY not to stress too much :0)

what a wonderful card for a fantastic cause, well done :0)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, sweet card, and beautiful post. Good thoughts being sent your way for you and your husband

Rose said...

this is a perfect cause to send cards to help cheer someone up and i'm so glad you let us know of it. you and your husband are in my prayers in reguard to his work situation :-)
this is one cute card and it will defentely bring a big smile to a childs face.

Bohemian Gypsy said...

Hi Maz,
I'm going with what Rose has said ok. Both you and your husband are in my thoughts and I will certainly light a candle for you both. But I will be taking a regular part in the Post Pals. What a wonderful way to put a smile on a childs face. Thankyou for you wonderful post Maz.
Warm Hugs
P.S. If you read Rose's comments you will find out why I have been so lacking in the challenges the last few days.

Pam said...

Maz, I absolutely adore this card! And made for such a worthy cause :) You'll see in tomorrow's post that I shared your idea - thanks!!

Made by Mandy said...

I belong to a card making forum and we have supported Post Pals for a number of years.

I have been very fortunate to received some lovely letters back from a few of the children and it was a wonderful experience to know you had given them some happiness.

Great and worthy cause. :)

sandra said...

Oh Maz I really love your candy card !!!
Thank you to share the link to Post Pal, my friends and I will sure take part in it.

Vicky said...

Maz, I love this card - it's so fun and cheery & will definitely brighten up a child's face! Like the others that have commented, thanks for posting about Post Pals. I'll definitely be sending cards to these children and their siblings.

Kristen Hermanny said...

Great link for Post Pal, thank you for sharing. My card club is going to participate in this at our next card club meeting.

Hugs, add happy weekend!

Post Pals said...

I love that card so much!! I'm sorry to hear you have all been through having a child/grandson with cancer but am pleased to hear he is in remission.

Thank you ever so much for sending smiles to the Post Pal children, I dont need to tell you how precious those smiles are :) Thank you also for telling people about us, we often struggle to find enough people to send a card as we help around 120 kids at any one time.

Take care,

ps)Your Hello card which you were going to bin is fine, they dont have to be perfect to make a child smile :)

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