Saturday, March 18, 2017

Charity Blog Hop -- Gifting A Giraffe + Giveaways


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G'day to y'all from this Aussie in Texas.  This post is a stop on the super fun and inspiring Charity Blog Hop.  Be sure to check the other blog stops listed below (and here) for other great charity gift ideas and projects to go with them.  Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs - Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media sites for helping get the word out about giving … and leave comments by Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday, March 23, 2017, along with the total amount we’ve raised together!


When I heard about this Hop, I was so excited and instantly knew exactly how I wanted to participate.  I have a little niece, Mila, who turned two on March 4th.  She is a huge giraffe fan and I had to make sure she adopted one of her very own.  


I chose World Wildlife Fund as my adoption agency as I have done many times over the years.  They have different donation levels to fit any budget and the money goes to help conservation efforts around the world.  There are many animals to choose from as well, making it a great gift for almost any animal lover on your gift list.  

I chose the animal/level that included an adorable stuffed giraffe, along with an adoption certificate, photo, and fact card, pictured above. The package also included the adorable reusable gift bag so the gift was all taken care of except for a card. And that's perfect for a card maker like me since, of course, I want to make my own card for my niece.  That's how this little cutie came to be.




Layers:

  • one 4 1/4" x 11" 100lb cardstock folded in half to create an A2 top-folded card
  • one 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" 100lb cardstock for Fancy Scalloped Rectangle die
  • one piece each  green and blue Watercolor Wonder Petite Paper for grass and sky
  • one purple plaid piece from Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite Paper pad for mat.

I used the Wildly Cute Zoo Babies Stamp from Art Impressions for my giraffe,  I have several giraffes to choose from.  This particular one is irresistible and I think it is perfect for my two-year-old sweetie, the giraffe lover :)

To create a no-line color technique, I stamped the image lightly in Distress Antique Linen Ink.  This is a lovely light color that blends beautifully with many colors, fading away to create the illusion that it is not a stamped image.  I then proceeded to color the giraffe with the Copic colors listed in the supplies below.  I colored the head first, covering it with a good coat of YR20.  I then colored the areas I wanted shaded with YR23 and blended it all out with the YR21.  I went slowly and repeated the process until I was happy with the result.  I used the YR27 for the giraffe's spots and the YR20 for her ossicones (horns).  I colored the hooves in various warm gray colors and the bow in violet.  My niece, like her mom, is a big fan of purple.

My coloring was completed with the little chick partygoers (Party Animal Stamp set from Lawn Fawn).  They came to life with a couple of yellows and an almost orange for their beaks, as well as magenta and violet for all of the party hats.



I set the scene for the card by using a variety of dies and a petite paper pack from Lawn Fawn, one of my favorite companies.  


The brilliant Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack answered my prayers for an easy, beautiful background on-the-go.  Here is an easy list of all of the layers:
  1. Purple layer -- Largest die from the Large Stitched Rectangles dies.
  2. Scalloped layer -- Largest die from Fancy Stitched Rectangle dies.
  3. Blue and green layers -- Largest die from the Small Stitched Rectangle dies.  
  4. Green layer -- Cut a Grassy Hillside border from each end of the Small Stitched Rectangle.  Attach the tallest one to the blue layer.  Stamp Happy Birthday from the Party Animals Stamp set in white onto the shorter grass piece. Sprinkle with embossing powder. Heat set. Pop grass up on the front of the card with Scotch Foam tape.
  5. Cut three clouds out of some scrap white cardstock and, for some added dimension, pop one of the clouds up with Scotch Foam tape.
  6. I also popped up the chicks and the giraffe with Scotch Foam tape.  What can I say, I love dimension!


Thank you all for visiting me today and participating in the Charity Blog Hop. :)  Please be sure to subscribe to my blog for weekly giveaways and remember to hop along and learn about all of these wonderful charities.  Next up is Melissa Miller  and here is a complete list for your hopping pleasure .
I hope it inspires you next time you have an occasion to give a gift.  

Cheers for today :)

Joanne

*  Please be sure to go to your email and validate your registration.  Only validated subscribers can be entered into the drawings.  Drawings are open to everyone no matter what country you are in.  Please be aware that if you live outside of the United States you will need to pay a small postage fee for the delivery of your prize. 

Supplies:

Zoo Babies, Wildly Cute Set, Art Impressions
Party Animals Stamps & Dies, Lawn Fawn
Watercolor Wishes Petite Paper Pack, Lawn Fawn
Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite Paper Pack, Lawn Fawn
Simply Puffy Cloud Frames dies, Lawn Fawn
Simply Grassy Hillsides dies, Lawn Fawn
Small Stitched Rectangle Stackable dies (largest die), Lawn Fawn
Large Stitched Rectangle Stackable dies (largest die), Lawn Fawn
Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackable dies (largest die), Lawn Fawn
Antique Linen Distress Ink, Ranger
Copic Markers:
     For bow and hats --V01,V04, V12, V25
     For hooves, nose, and eyes  -- W4, W5, W6, W9
     For giraffe -- YR20, YR21, YR23, YR27,
     For chicks -- Y04, Y13, Y38
     For hats -- RV09
Scotch Foam Tape, 3M

87 comments:

  1. Darling card. Such a worthwhile charity.

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  2. Awww so sweet! Love that zoo baby giraffe. Great charity too!

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  3. Thank you for sharing about the World Wildlife Fund, great organization! Love your giraffe! Such a sweet little guy! :)

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  4. Your card is so cute. Thank you for being part of the blog hop and sharing about World Vision.

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  5. What a cute card you made! Thanks for sharing your kindness and your work!

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  6. Adorable card! Thanks for sharing your charity choice.

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  7. Ohhhh she is going to looooooovvvveeee this gift! I know a little giraffe fan who might need one of these too 😍😍😍

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  8. I love your card and your charity choice.

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  9. Great gift for your niece. Your card is perfect as well!

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  10. Love this charity blog hop idea! Just what this world needs now.

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  11. You made me think of April and of course, I had to go back and see how she was...They think the world will have a new giraffe in the the next couple of days :) Your card is wonderful, and your charity is an amazing friend to all wildlife, I hope they continue to make such a wonderful diffence in the way our wildlife is treated...Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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  12. oh good golly, this is absolutely adorable!!! my family and I have been supporters of WWF for many years now. they are amazing! :)

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  13. The card is super super cute I love it. The WWF is such a great charity I've adopted animals and mammals from them over the years for myself and family and friends

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  14. What a brilliant idea for your niece!! That card & adorable stuffed giraffe will put a huge smile on her face!!

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  15. this is so very cute - love how you were inspired!

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  16. What a lucky little niece! Adorable card and wonderful gift. Thanks.

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  17. What a wonderful idea for a blog hop! Love the card.

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  18. Hi Joanne, nice to see you on this hop! Love your card. Miss seeing you. Hope you have been well. Kim Glasgow in Round Rock, Tx

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  19. This is so sweet!! I love the giraffe card and definitely could use this idea for one of my friends!! Thank you for this hop!!

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  20. I love this! And so will your niece...and she will thrill at having "adopted" a real giraffe. Such an adorable card

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  21. That's a cuddly giraffe. 💝💝💝

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  22. Thank you for participating in the charity blog hop! So cute!

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  23. Thank you for participating in the charity blog hop! So cute!

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  24. Love the card you made, it is really cute! I support the charity, you chose too.

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  25. What an adorable card and for such a good charity!

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  26. Adorable card and a deserving charity. Thanks

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  27. What a worthy cause Joanne, and such a sweet card to go with your gift.
    Hugs,
    Caryn xxx

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  28. I love 'adopting' animals for the children in my life and I hope it inspires them to learn more about the creatures around them. I'm sure she will love the gift for years to come. The card is adorable too.

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  29. Thanks for the detailed list of supplies... very helpful.

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  30. My animal loving daughter would LOVE your charity, she would also love your card! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your craft! :D

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  31. Your card is absolutely adorable, Joanne!! WWF is one of my favorite animal charities. I've been donating to them for more than 20 years. :)

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  32. What a thoughtful gift for you niece. Such a cute card to accompany this gift.

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  33. Sweet little card for a child [or an adult who loves giraffes!]

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  34. Love your card and your charity. So glad to have found your blog.
    dmc4042

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  35. Sweet card and a wonderful gift for your niece!

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  36. Your card is so sweet!! Love it and this charity blog hop:)

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  37. Little Mila will be so excited! And the card is precious!

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  38. Great charity and love your card!

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  39. What a perfect gift for your little niece! She will love that! Card is adorable! And welcome to Texas!

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  40. Adorable little card and again, a good cause.

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  41. Your card is simply adorable! It goes so well with the adopted giraffe - your little niece will love it!

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  42. Beautiful card and great charity!

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  43. I am also a huge fan of giraffes. They're magical, in my mind. Great card. :)

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  44. Cute card! Your niece will love it! Wonderful organization!

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  45. Such an adorable card. I love the little image. Great design as well. I love giraffes as well and I know your niece will be so excited to own her own. :)

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  46. Awww . . . so cute!! And this gift and card are perfect for you giraffe-loving niece!

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  47. So very
    darling!
    Carla from Utah

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  48. Love your charity choice and the card as well as the giraffe stuffed animal!!!!!

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  49. What an adorable card and a fantastic gift. What 4 yr. old wouldn't want her own giraffe?

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  50. A lovely and cute card, to go with your particular choice of charity.

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  51. Adorable card and a super cute prop!

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  52. Awesome card and great charity.

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  53. What a wonderful idea for a blog. I have been inspired by all of you to donate to our local food bank. Thank you for the inspiration

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  54. Loving this hop full of so many wonderful new ideas

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  55. Darling card! Love the sweet giraffe! I am a giraffe fan too!

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  56. What a wonderful gift and a great charity. Your card is really sweet too.

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  57. Your card is adorable! I love that stamp! I also just donated to the World Wildlife Fund - a narwhal for my youngest, and a German Shepard Sniffer Dog for my oldest! This Hop is so much fun! Thank you for participating.

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  58. Love your card and what a wonderful idea ! This is a great opportunity for your readers to discover some new and worthy charities!

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  59. What a sweet, adorable card! And I love the WWF! Thank you for sharing :)

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  60. Thanks for sharing your sweet card and being a part of this hop.

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  61. What a very sweet and adorable card!!

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  62. What a precious card. Thanks for sharing!

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  63. You card is so cute and what a fantastic gift for your niece. You've given me a great idea for when my daughter turns 5.

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  64. Your choice of gift and this card are adorable!!

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  65. Wow!!! This is such a wonderful idea!!! Love your adorable card! So cute!!!

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  66. How darling this
    card is!
    Carla from Utah

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  67. A lot of blog hoppers seemed to choose the WWF. I've donated once, but not sure if I'm a huge supporter of them just yet.

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  68. Adorable card! Love giraffes and this charity! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  69. Your adorable animal card is so so colorful and cheerful, and perfect for your organization! I love this idea! Thanks for being a part of this hop!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  70. Love your coloring of this cute giraffe. Goes perfect with your charity donation.

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  71. Cute card! And who wouldn't love to adopt a giraffe!

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  72. WWF is one of my top charities, I love that you picked them, and how adorable that card is!

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  73. Such a cute, cute card! And the WWF is such a great charity! Thanks for helping Sandy help others!

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  74. Cute card!I love the coloring on this giraffe

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  75. Thanks for the cute card and tutorial

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