Holiday Postage Challenge

Happy Holidays!  Regardless of what holiday you may celebrate, it is a time of year for sharing and giving to others. In the spirit of gift-giving, we encourage you to consider sending in a donation or book of stamps to help cover the cost of postage expenses. Bundles of Cheer program costs approximately $15 to send care packages to recipients. Postage costs adds up quickly for our program and we anticipate a large number of cards and care packages to be sent this holiday season. Every contribution helps!

Donations can be sent to:
Card Care Connection
112 Saddlehorn Court     
Fenton, MO 63026

We invite you to visit our donation page. Thank you for all of your support and happy holidays!

Bundles of Cheer

November is when we launched Bundles of Cheer! As we continue to grow our organization, we strive to provide more for our recipients. Through all of your dedication, we will continue to send care packages in addition to our handmade cards. We could not have done it without all of you! This month, we challenge our supporters to gather travel-sized products for our Bundles of Cheer. We aim to ensure included items are practical and compact. Suggested donation items include handmade pillowcases, nail polish, lip balm, lotion, socks, toys, etc. The packages will be given to men, women and children so we welcome a diverse range of products. We also challenge our supporters to think of individuals within their own networks who may be able to provide items. We are always looking to expand our outreach so please spread the word! Check out the link on our website

Happy Birthday

Happy belated birthday to Card Care Connection! September marked our organization's fifth year of bringing joy and hope through inspirational messages to those affected by cancer, and in celebration, we are asking for donations of birthday themed cards for this month.

Birthday cards have an extensive history, a tradition developed over a century ago when messages of good will were exchanged to mark a special milestone. We challenge our cardmakers to continue bringing smiles and cheer to our recipients and look forward to receiving cards in recognition of our fifth birthday. Thank you to all of our supporters for your ongoing passion and creativity to providing encouragement and enriching the lives of those we serve. 
Created by Joanne P. (MO)

Cards for Children

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, meant to recognize the thousands of children who are diagnosed with cancer each year. For September, we are challenging you to send us children’s themed cards.

Our Executive Director works as a pediatric oncology social worker and sees the smiles that a bright, cheery card can give to a child facing lengthy hospital stays and treatments. She sees the impact that cards have on the patients’ families, too, by providing a sense of community for their child. In addition, we have been receiving many referrals for children for their birthday. We look forward to being able to send beautiful cards to children all across the country that could use a smile and thoughtful card. 
Thank you Diane C. for this creation 

Pottery Paint Party

We are excited to host the 2015 Pottery Paint Party!  This event is open to the community and all are welcome.  

If you aren’t able to make it or don’t live in the area, help us grow this month by telling friends about Card Care Connection.   One way to complete this challenge is to invite friends to a card-making party.  

Another way to extend the reach of Card Care Connection is to send us referrals.  Making a referral to our program is easy and can be done on our website.

Also please consider donating stamps, unused crafting supplies, or a monetary donation.  Even though we are all volunteer based, postage and craft supplies add up quickly.

Thank you for all you do to help support our organization.  We hope to see you at the Pottery Paint Party!

Buttons and Brads

Our current card challenge is focused on buttons and brads. These circles often symbolize continuity and peace.  Circles can be a very calming shape since they avoid harsh lines and angles.  Recipients of cards are going through a very stressful time, which can be a detriment to a person’s healing.  Circle themed cards (especially with the crafty addition) accompanied with handwritten messages may help to provide comfort.  Also, we love the addition of a 3-D touch.  We continue to be amazed with the endless possibilities card making offers.  Thank you all for your donations!
Thank you to Laurie's Line Up for this creation!

Masculine cards

In honor of Father’s Day, we are requesting masculine cards.  We recognize that it is easier to make bright color pretty cards that are more fit for a female, but we get a lot of card requests for males.  So, what kind of masculine themed cards can you create?  We hope this will exercise your crafting mind in a different way to come up with designs and combinations that are more fit for a male.

The possibilities are endless!  One way to start might be with changing colors to more masculine tones.  You can also use different images like boats, sports, or nature.
Thank you Diamond Lake Lutheran Church for this creation

Flower Challenge

Happy spring card crafters!  As the weather is getting warmer and flowers are in bloom, we thought this month’s challenge should be focused on flowers.  Flowers are our most received card design and our most requested.

We get flowers in many different forms: stamps, paper, embellishments, buttons, and more.  What are some clever ways you can create flowers out of your supplies?

Thank you all for all that you do!  We look forward to our monthly blog posts, because you all continue to impress us with such beautiful and creative cards.
Thank you Diamond Lake Lutheran Church for this creation

April Showers

Happy Spring!  We are welcoming this weather with open arms after a long winter season.  We want to help bring the spring weather to all our recipients who are unable to go outside and enjoy the warm weather.  This month our challenge is to collect "April Showers" cards.  This can include anything that reminds you of April shower weather (umbrellas, rain boots, clouds, or rainbows).  We look forward to seeing your creativity.
Thank you Chi Omega Alumni group for this creation 

National Craft Month-Embossing Challenge

Did you know that March is National Craft Month?  As crafters who like to help others, we want to recognize your devotion and good will in donating cards for people facing cancer.

The challenge for March is a crafting technique that we love - embossing.  Embossing is a method where paper is pressed to create a raised design in the paper.  This technique can add a touch of elegance to a greeting card.  We also encourage texture in our cards because it can be helpful for our elderly recipients who may have trouble with vision and seeing the detail in a card.  Being able to touch and feel a card can make the impact even more powerful.  Thank you all for putting your craft skills to a good cause!  We're excited to see the embossing that you send our way!
Thank you Susan C. (NH) for this creation

Valentine's Theme

Thank you to all of our loyal blog followers as well as those of you who are new to our blog challenges! In the spirit of Valentine's month, this February we are looking for cards that incorporate the colors red and/or pink. We love our color theme challenges as you all always bring us such exciting and unique designs! As our new Bundles of Cheer program is taking off, we hope that we can incorporate these cards with many of our bundles to be distributed to cancer patients all over the country. 

Thank you Karen H. with Send a Smile for these creations