Hello!  Today I have three adorable penguin holiday cards to share with you.  These cards are extra special because they were created by my three children – Catherine, 11, Matthew, 9, and Sofia, 6 for little heart patients.  Part of my Cards for Little Hearts’ 4th Annual Winter-Theme & Holiday Cards Collection.  To create their card, Catherine, Matthew, and Sofia used the Sack-It Penguin die set from Taylored Expressions, which unfortunately has been discontinued.  The pretty pattern papers are from My Favorite Things’ Candy Land.  The body was created using the Simon Says Stamp Basic Rectangles.  I shared the inside of their card along with the tutorial below.

    These three kiddos, along with husband, have been my rock, working alongside me since the very beginning when I first launched the card drive four years ago.  From tagging along to help pick up packages at the post office to taking part in creating cards for the patients themselves.  Without them by my side, I don’t think I could have kept Cards for Little Hearts going for this long.  This is truly a team effort and I feel so very lucky and so blessed to be their mother.

    Cards for Little Hearts’ 4th Annual Winter-Theme & Holiday card drive has officially ended last Friday, November 1st.   Thank you to all my crafty friends that were able to take part in this year’s collection.  I will be back next week with some photos from the collection to share.

    Cards |  Sack-It Penguins Holiday Hugs

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    1. Create an A2 size (4-1/4″x5-1/2″) side folded card base using white cardstock.
    2. Cut a rectangle frame panel for the background on Candy Land paper pad using the largest rectangle die.  Adhere to the card front.
    3. Cut and assemble the penguin, following the tips below:
      • TIP #1:  for a glue-free mess, adhere the double-sided sheet to one side of the cardstock before cutting I use this technique all the time when crafting with my children.  Kids love that because it’s like working with stickers!
      • TIP #2: body – cut using the 4th largest frame (approximately 3×4). TIP:  trim off the corner for a curve body,  Example – left card with strips background (by Catherine, age 11).
      • TIP #3: flippers – the set only comes with one left-side flipper.  To create the right flipper, cut with the die under the cardstock.
      • TIP #4: hat (2 layers) – cut out 2.  One using Candy Land pattern paper for the base layer.  A second for the top white layer using white cardstock.  Trim off the dome part with a scissor.  Adhere over the base hat.
    4. Adhere the assembled penguin to the pattern card front.
    5. Handwrite in a short message on the penguin’s belly.

    Christina Hor

    Christina is a mother of three, a card maker and a self-taught artist who loves to spread joy and kindness to others through handmade cards and arts. In 2015, Christina joined a group of Heart Center nurses at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to bring comfort to bereaved parents with personalized, handmade sympathy cards and discovered the deep impact a handmade card can have on the babies’ families, helping them to grieve in a healthy way. Wanting to spread smiles and hope to other heart patients and their families at NCH, on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, with the assistance of several fellow crafters, Christina launched the first winter-themed holiday card drive on her hobby blog Christina Hor Designs and Cards for Little Hearts (formerly known as Hug a Heart) was founded. Christina resides in Ohio with her husband Kan (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), two daughters and son.

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