Monday, March 11, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness

chickadees

This year I took on a big family project.  We are calling it the Pay It Forward monthly event.   Each month I come up with a RAK and send all the details to my family.  I am miles away from home so it has been a fun way to keep in contact.  January was find a pretty bottle and add $5 each month until Christmas.  We will then all pool our money together for a needy family.  February I sent them all a cookie cutter and cookie mix.  They had to bake cookies and give them to a nonrelative.  March was green month.  Recycle anything.  :)  I chose to recycle a large plastic jug filled with jelly beans I sent to my daughter.  I will show pictures next week.  This next month is going to be "for the birds"  I have a recipe for Suet or a toilet paper tube covered in bird seed and peanut butter.  So I created this birdie post card to send with the instructions.  

popped up birds

I stamped the birds on watercolor paper and colored with watercolor markers.  Then I stamped the birds again and colored with Copics, cut them out and popped them up.postcard stamp

I stamped a postcard stamp I got from Hobby Lobby.  It is made my Penny Black but I was very disappointed in it.  No matter how I stamped it would not give me a good impression.  So frustrating as it was not a cheap stamp.  I attached it to the back of my postcards. 


Blue jay

Here is another one I created.  Just a hodge podge of background colors. I am not as happy with this one but didn't want all my hard work to go to waste.  I can't tell you where either of these stamps came from.  I was cleaning out my boxes and came upon the Chickadee one and the Blue Jay one was a gift from my friend.  I am hoping they enjoy them.  I have 7 families participating so it was a lot of work to color them all. I love the way they turned out.  My photography is lacking these days so in real life they are much better. 



Vultures


Speaking of birds.  These ugly birds were migrating through NC this last week.  There were 20 of them in the trees next to my house.  I do not like them at all. I call them turkey vultures.  They are so ugly.  LOL

Hope you are all having a great week.  I will be back with more soon.  If you have a chance to do the Teapot Tuesday challenge over on Splitcoaststampers this week it is my friend Linda that is the recipient.  She could use a little sunshine in her mailbox.  

21 comments:

  1. What a fabulous project for the year! Love it!! Blessing on your for organizing it - sure many lives will be touched :) Great cards to go wtih the goodies too.

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  2. Awesome project for you and your family, Dawn! It's a wonderful idea and the projects so far are so nice! Gorgeous bird cards! You've done beautiful coloring on both! Oooh, those big vultures are indeed ugly. We had a lot of them back in NC - my husband called them turkey buzzards. I haven't seen any here. I'll be sending Linda a card, for sure! Hugs to you!

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  3. What a great idea you have for projects for the year. I think your ideas are amazing! Your cards are gorgeous too!

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  4. This is just SO like you! And obviously, your children have grown up to be just as thoughtful & generous. What a great testimony to the way they were raised. All of the ideas are wonderful. And the cards are beautifully done & will be a huge hit as well.

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  5. Fabulous idea! I hope you are going to share all the months so I can keep track. This sounds like something we might want to do and very rewarding. Your birds are beautiful. Of course they caught my eye. We just had an article in our newspaper about a house not too far from here that's been "adopted" by a venue of vultures. They love to sit on the roof and dry off. That house must not be very well insulated!

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  6. Dawn, I love this idea and hope you keep sharing your month and projects! The water colored birds are so beautiful and I really like the colors in the background with the blue jay. Wow!! Hugs, friend!

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  7. What a fun idea and great projects you're coming up with! Great cards, too.

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  8. What a wonderful idea. Your projects for each month are really interesting and I love the idea of paying it forward. I don't like those ugly vultures either. One smashed the window of the car I just sold many years ago right after we had bought it. Scary! I think your birdie cards are very pretty. You probably know a lot more about stamping and inks than I do since most of my work is with digis, but i have started using the Ranger archival ink to stamp things that I won't be coloring cause I think it gives a crisper stamp than Memento. Just thought I'd mention that. :-) Have a great week Dawn! Hugs!

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    1. I have tried every ink I have. I stamped on a cushion but I think the stamp is defective. :) I love Archival ink. It is my favorite.

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  9. I love birds and anything with bird images on it! Beautiful work! I love the backgrounds you created!

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  10. What a fabulous blessing this project will be! Love your bird project especially! We've become involved in feeding the birds outside our dining room window and we have SO MANY different varieties coming to feed! So fun to watch!

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  11. Such gorgeous creations Dawn. Wow. Sounds like you are focusing on what really matters most in life. Mwah to you. You are such a special spirit. I love you.

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  12. What a wonderful project for your family to be involved in. Useful, spreading the love, and so kind of you to spearhead the activities. Keeps the family close, too. Your coloring of the birds is absolutely beautiful. I especially love the background colors of the second card.

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  13. This is such a awsome idea.. but boy you have your work cut out for you girl... I can see how hard you worked on these 2 beautiful birds... I really like the second one, just goes to show how different people see something.
    Oh and that yuky Turkey vulter, they are really ugly but just think of all the cleanning up they do for Mother Nature, but just not so close if you don't mind... Keep moving, keep moving.... :)

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  14. Lovely birdies, Dawn! Even the one in the tree you don't like. We see alot of them in Florida I think and they look lovely majestically swooping the skies - they just aren't quite so attractive close up! Hugs, Lesley

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  15. These are awesome Dawn! Gorgeous coloring.

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  16. Hi, Dawn - GORGEOUS work! I'm sorry to hear you had a less-than-wonderful experience with a Penny Black stamp, though. Would you send me an email and tell me more? I'll be happy to see what I can do. Jenn (used to be Balcer!) Aviles

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    1. Thanks Jen...Not sure how to contact you?? Congrats on working at PB. I love their stamps. This is the first time I have had an issue with one.

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  17. Hi Dawn. I commented on how lovely the birdies were but during my last visit I didn't have time to read the text in this post. Having now read it, I think your RAK ideas are just fabulous. Well done you! Hugs, Lesley

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