Hello and a very Happy Thanksgiving week to all my paper crafting friends!  Today I have something special to share with you and hope that I may be able to enlist your help with.  In next few weeks my children and I are putting together 3D mini paper Christmas trees and delivering them on December 16th to children that will be spending their holiday in the cardiac unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital where my husband is a Cardiologist at.  Along with the trees, my hope is to have a card for every child as well.  However with so many rooms, it is difficult for me to accomplish this task alone.  I need a little help from friends.  So this holiday I am hosting my very first 

"Hug A Heart" Card Drive

Would you please help me reach out and hug a little child's heart this holiday by sending in a sweet simple children's holiday card?  Many Thank You! to Donna Ellis and Linda Weber for passing words of my cards drive to others and for sending in cards as well.  Also many thanks go to KT Fit Kitty, Rannah Romps, Carrie SheridanJean Chaney and Jeanie Ellis for sending in cards already.

An Incentive

for anyone who send in their card to me by December 10th, I will give this new "A Snowman's Heart" drawing of mine as freebie.   See Guidelines below.

OR, if you want to send in a card using this "A Snowman's Heart" image, you may request for it now by emailing me at info@christinahordesigns.com with subject line: "Hug A Heart" Cards Drive.   

PLEASE I ask that you DO NOT request for this image if you are not planning to create a card at all with it and unable to deliver to me by December 10th.  


  • Deadline - cards received by: DECEMBER 10th to:

Christina Hor
P.O. Box 517
Dublin, Ohio 43017

  • DO keep it simple and clean, appropriate for young children
  • DO keep the message (sentiment) an overall general holiday cards theme since not all children celebrate Christmas or the holiday.  Some suggestions are:
    • Sending warm winter hugs
    • Thinking of you and wishing you a happy holiday
    • Sending all my hugs to you
  • DO sign inside of card with your name(first name is fine) and location (EX: Mrs. Christina Hor of Ohio)
  • NO loose glitters as that will get on hands and into eyes.  Wink of Stella, heated glitters are fine.  Glitter papers are okay too as long the glitters do not come loose when run fingers over.
  • Allow embellishments as long as they are secure and won't come loose.
  • NO need to enclosed an envelope if it is an A2 card (4.25x5.50).  
  • DO enclosed a note with your e-mail and full name so that I can e-mail my "A Snowman's Heart" drawing over to you.

I am so excited about my very first "Hug A Heart" cards drive and do hope you will be able to join me in spreading happiness to the heart of these little precious heart patients and brighten their day this holiday season by sending in one of your beautiful card.   

Thank you so much for taking time away from your Thanksgiving holiday to visit me.  Take care and Happy Thanksgiving!

Video 2: Fall Leaf with Alcohol Inks Tutorial

Hello again!  This is my second post and video for today.  In my previous video tutorial, I shared a fun and effortless way to create beautiful fall leaf colors using distress inks.   In this video, I will share how you can achieve a similar result using alcohol inks.   Last year I shared a pictorial tutorial of this technique and received a few requests for a video tutorial.  So here it is finally!   All supplies are linked at the end of this post.  

Like the distress inks, it is very fun and easy to work with alcohol inks.  And just like the distress inks, there is no right or wrong way to do this technique either.  However, alcohol inks give off a much more vivid color and the texture is much smoother.  Also, because alcohol inks evaporate, they do dried up rapidly.  So you will need to move rather quickly when working with alcohol inks.

I begin my project by laying out the Ranger's non-stick craft sheet to protect my work surface since alcohol inks do stain.  Next, working one ink at a time, I randomly squirt the colors in citrus, red pepper, sunshine yellow and sunshine orange onto a piece of aluminium foil.  Before moving onto the next ink, I would left the foil up and swirl.  This allows the ink to spread evenly across the foil.  Then, quickly squirt on the next ink next to the previous ink.  This allows a good blend between colors.  Repeat until the last ink is applied.  Then rub the cardstock over the inks. The inks will bleed through the paper.  To prevent getting your hands stain, make sure to wear gloves.  

Once the paper completely dried, I then dies cut it out with the Impression Obsession Leaf Background Dies.  You could also dies cut your piece first. Then rub it over the inks.

So easy right?  Here are a few more cards.  The colors varies on every one of them.

Again, if you would like to see a step-by-step pictorial tutorial on this alcohol inks, please go here.

Give this technique a try.  You might just love it!  If you have not subscribe to my YouTube channel, please do.  That way you won't miss other video tutorials that I might not share here.  

Thank you so much for visiting.  May you have a lovely Thanksgiving Day holiday ahead!


You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the thumbnail picture or wording to take you directly to the product. I do not belong to any affiliate programs. If I am, I will sure to clearly disclosed in the post. All supplies listed here I purchased.

IO Leaf Background Dies

Bazzill Card Shoppe-Marshmallow

Bazzill Card Shoppe-Licorice Twist

Bazzill Card Shoppe-Easter Grass

Sizzix Big Shot Express

Ranger Multi Medium Matte Mini

Ranger-Tim-Holtz-Adirondack Alcohol Ink-Red Pepper

Ranger-Tim-Holtz-Adirondack Alcohol Ink-Sunshine Yellow

Ranger-Tim-Holtz-Adirondack Alcohol Ink-Sunshine Orange

Ranger-Tim-Holtz-Adirondack Alcohol Ink-Citrus

Ranger's non-stick craft sheet

Canson Watercolor Pad

Aluminium Foil


How Cute Are These Drawings by An 8 Years Old!

Hi everyone!  I am just popping in with a quick share of these super CUTE drawings that Catherine did after school on Friday!  I am just so amaze by her artistic ability and even more just so happy to see that she has discovered her passion at such an early age.  I hope she will never loose this love for arts as she grows up.

I scanned them right into my laptop and have promised her that I will try my hardest to convert these into digital for her.  I also promised her a card with one of them too!   So stay tune.  Oh I am super excited!  Haha.  

May you have a lovely weekend ahead.