Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive Midway Reminder BLOG HOP + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the midway reminder BLOG HOP for the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive!  I started this card drive last year and the purpose of  Cards for Little Hearts  is to collect handmade cards for the Heart Center staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to distribute to children with congenital heart disease and to help lift their spirits while they are hospitalized for major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.  If you have not yet participate, the deadline to send in your winter-holiday wishes cards is August 25th.  I am honor to have eight talented designers joining me today to bring you a fantastic blog hop that you do not want to miss!  We have lots of creative inspirations planned for you with lots of awesome prizes to win along the way.  So please come hop along with us and perhaps send in some cards for the card drive as well.  For the complete card guidelines (with LOTS more prizes to giveaway, generously donated by sponsors), please visit my card drive page.

For my part of the hop, I am sharing three cards, featuring the adorable winter birds from the Penny Black's Winter Wonderland set along with a 6 minutes video.  Also in the video, I answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the card's guidelines.  So I hope you will check it out.  


To watch in HD, please go to my YouTube channel


winter holiday cards - cards for little hearts card drive

How adorable are these winter birds!  To begin my project, I first create my circles template by randomly place 3 different size circle dies onto a piece of A2 size paper and run it through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.  Then use the template to ink blend out perfect circles onto the A2 Copic paper in Hot Mama, Green Apple and Aegean.  If you don’t have any circle dies, you can also create the template using circle punches. 

I chose the sentiment "Wishing you lots of smile this holiday season" because one of the card’s guidelines for the card drive is to keep all holiday cards nonreligious theme and no Merry Christmas for your sentiment.  The reason is...there is no way for the nurses to know ahead of time which patients and their family celebrate which holiday.  So by keeping your sentiment simply to winter wishes or happy holiday, it will make it easier for the nurses to distribute out the cards.

If you don’t have any holiday or winter related sentiments, you can also use any everyday, cheerful greetings like Thinking of you or sending you smiles, just to give you some idea.  I have some freebie sentiments here that you can download.   If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Next I colored the birds with Copic Y00, Y02 and Y19.  And for the hat in RV25, RV29 and R49.  Then I use the Nuvo Glitter Drops to pipe out the white fur part of the hat. 

For a winter touch, I heat embossed the large snowflake in white.  But for the two small snowflakes, I couldn’t get the detail to come out cleanly.  So I stamp with opaque ink first, let dried and then outline them over with the white Gelly Roll pen.  What a big different a little white pen can do!

TIP:  If you have trouble getting the ink to come out, try rubbing it on your hand and for a nice solid line, tap gently up and down a few times on the area of the image you are trying to draw over until it create a nice little dot. Then just drag on the dot, gently pressure and you’ll get your nice solid white lines.

For the finish touch I sparkle everything, except the birds with the clear Wink of Stella before adhere to the A2 card base. 

Since all my card base are in dark colors, I adhere a blank white panel to the inside so it will be easier for the children to read the handwritten messages from the staff.  So please keep the inside of your cards blank.  If you do want to decorate or stamp something on the inside, please make sure to leave plenty of blank spaces for the staff to write a message in.  Like I did here, decorated with just a small peppermint from the Simon Says Stamp Candy Cane Christmas set.

How would you like a chance to win a gift certificate to shop at Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson LLC?  Here's how you can be eligible for the prizes.

Psst!  By the way...Ellen Hutson LLC is donating a $25 gift certificate to one (randomly drawn) lucky person that send in cards for the card drive.  So please send in your cards!

Thank you so much for spending your day with me.  I hope you will be able to come hop along with us in this blog hop for the Cards for Little Hearts card drive and perhaps also send in some cards my way by the August 25th deadline.  Even if you have just one card made, please do send it in because for every card I received that will be ONE MORE child that we will all help bring cheers to this winter holiday season.  

Thank you so much and may you have a beautiful and blessed day. Take care. 


hop start here --> Christina Hor (YOU ARE HERE)

Edwina Brown

Cara Malmrose

​Andrea Norris

Sybrina K.

Sandra Blaricum

​Lori Kobular

hop ends here --> ​Donna Ellis​

CHALLENGES PARTICIPATING AT: Crafty Sentiments Design - ATG August 1st | Crafting from the Heart - ATG #170 | SNSRC #6 - Holiday Fun | Word Art Wednesday - ATG 292-293 |


To make it easier for my blog readers and friends, all supplies I use in today's project are listed below. Click on the image or wording to redirect you to the product's page. All items were personally purchased and I only share of products that I absolutely love. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thank you for your support!

Penny Black's 

Winter Wonderland
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Penny Black's 

Soft Grace
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Lawn Fawn's 

Merry Message
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SSS Candy Cane Christmas

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SSS Embossing 

White Fine Detail
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MFT Stitched Circles

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Wink of Stella- Clear

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Sakura Gel Pen-White

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Copic Markers

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SSS Hot Mama Ink

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MementoLuxe Love Letter

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Memento Tuxedo Black

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Hero Arts Bold Ink - Green Apple

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Hero Arts Bold Ink - Aegean

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Stazon Opaque

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Versamark Ink

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Nuvo Glitter Drop White Blizzard

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Nuvo Crystal Drop Autumn Red

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Sizzix Big Shot

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Hero Arts 

Embossing Gun
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Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Gullotine Paper Trimmer

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Bazzill Easter Grass

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Bazzill Peppermint

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Bazill Candy Necklace

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Neenah Solar White 110#

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Be Creative Tape

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Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Rectangles 

LG Etched Dies
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Scor Pal Mini 

Score Buddy
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Lori Kobular said...

Love, love, love your cards! They are absolutely adorable!! Thank you for running this card drive for the children!! It is such a wonderful cause!!

Donna Ellis said...

Your little chirpy birds in their oversized hats are darling, Christina! Happy colors, and lovely snowflakes - it's a beautiful design and delightfully presented. The children will love it. Thanks for organizing everything, and for allowing the rest of us to share in the joys! hugs, de

Bunny said...

Loved your video. Thanks for that and for what you do. Hopping on now. Thanks for a chance to win a nice prize. [Bunny]

*Vicki* said...

Awe...those birds are just as sweet as can be Christina!! I am glad you've done that video and thank you so much for doing this wonderful card drive event for a great cause! Making up some more cards to send! HUGS :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Those cards are so fun and cheery. I love them so I am sure the kids will too!

Gwendolyn said...

This is so great what you're doing Christina and i will definately try and send you some cards soon! Great cute cards you've made too

Lillian A said...

Aw, such sweet birds, Christine, and love the snowflakes and verse you've used to complete your creations -- adorable and just enough glitz added for some pizzazz!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us all, and appreciate you hosting this card drive, as well as this blog hop.

Nancy Taylor Designs said...

The images are adorable love how this card turned out.

Debi said...

Fabulous cards. Love the one layer CAS style. Thanks for sharing the details. My cards are on the way. Hugs, Debi

Brenda said...

Love the bright, vibrant colors! Cute little birds :)

Edwina said...

So pretty! I love all 3 cards. I like the peppermint on the inside as well. Just starting the hop. I have been coloring digis today. One of which is your latest freebie. Edwina Brown

Jackie Johnson said...

I really like how you did the snowflakes in the colored circles! I have about six cards made so far with snowmen, and want to make some with Rudolph. Should be mailing them next weekend :) thank you!!

Marilyn said...

Cute cards!! Love the birdies!

Becky said...

I love those little birds. They are adorable. Thanks for sponsoring this wonderful cause.

Sybrina K said...

Christina, These little birds are just adorable. The kids are going to love your cards! Thanks so much for organizing this holiday card drive for Nationwide Children's heart patients.

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Adorable cards Christina!! Love those cute little images!!

Donna said...

Your cards are absolutely adorable! How fun to have a midway blog hop. I got a batch of cards in the mail today.

Ann Barnes said...

these cards are super cute! they are definitely going to put a smile on someone's face. I first learned about your drive this year and it touched my heart. Putting the final touches on a few cards and dropping them in the mail this weekend. Hoping to have time to get another batch made before the 25th.

Pam Sebring said...

Your card is absolutely adorable! Your detail is amazing and any little person would be excited to get this what an awesome organization to be making these cards for. Blessings to you

Cara Malmrose said...

Those little birds are too cute and I love the colored circles with the snowflakes ... Thank you for letting me be a part of this awesome cause!
(Hugs) Cara
My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}
TTCRD Challenge Blog {Owner}

Angie Jones said...

Your cards are orgeous and such a great cause.

Dee said...

Wonderful cards for a wonderful cause!

Chris said...

Cute and fun cards, so bright and cheerful, perfect for children!

Chi Cr said...

Such pretty cards! So glad I watched your video to hear what was acceptable. Loved the pretty ink colors and the bright yellow birds! :)

stampfoldandrepeat (Jeanie) said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the bright and cheerful colours! These cards will bring lots of smiles for sure :)

Christine said...

Hi Christina,
Your winter birds are so cheerful and sweet. Thank you for the digital downloads and best of luck in collecting lots of encouragement for the little ones!

Migdalia said...

I love the winter birds. Especially their Santa sparkly hats.Your cards are SUPER adorable my friend!!Such a wonderful cause. I am completing the rest of cards to day and will be mailing them out on Monday.Thank you for the freebie.
Have a wonderful day my friend,
Crafting with Creative M

Karthikha said...

Such adorable and cute creations :) Love them! And a great initiative! All the very best!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Your cards are completely adorable!! What a great cause, too!

Lois Wyche said...

These are so adorable and a lovely creation. Thanks for the opportunity to view your awesome work in the cards and in the cause, also.

Helen Gullett said...

Christina, they are so very cute. Thank you for the inspirations for the card drive.

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