Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

A nice note

Yesterday I received a nice note from the Meals on Wheels program director of my hometown in North Carolina. I sent several cards to the program and another here in Virginia several weeks ago.

One of the seniors who received a card told the director (with punctuation corrected), “I’m very appreciative that someone thought to give me a Valentine Card. It has been so long since I have received one and for it to be homemade adds a special touch. It warms my heart.” I’m glad someone appreciated the cards!

Making cards for seniors and others in the community is something Crafters for Christ has done for the past couple of years. Sometimes when you do something, you never hear or see the impact. It’s nice once in awhile to see you actually made a difference in someone else’s life.

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Valentine’s Day Cards

I forgot to share this with you! I made several of these cards for a project with Crafters for Christ last month, as well as some extras. I used the Cricut Mini to cut out the shapes. What do you think?

2014 Valetine's Day Cards


I know you may find them a little cloying, but I like them. Most went to our church’s college students. You should have seen the beautiful ones other Crafters made. I minister with a creative bunch of ladies!

I also made several for senior citizens. I hope they brought joy to whomever received them!

Crafters Christmas cards

The current project of the Crafters for Christ is Christmas cards, which members will hand out at local nursing homes. The group recently met this past Saturday for a session of crafting, laughing and fellowship. Here are some of the cards we’ve made so far:

Joy card

Noel chimney card

Two ornaments and trees

Cindy and her cards

Yes, she made these! She has some awesome talent.

She is also a very creative lady.

She is also a very creative lady.

Some paper goodies in the works for some cards:


Santa hat

We have several more meetings planned in the coming weeks. Right now we have 31 cards made and I hope we can make at least 3x as many before Christmas. Our goal is to deliver cards to three nursing homes this year. In the past we only visited one so we’ve taken on quite a challenge to make sure we have enough cards made in time.

Craft Ministry Update

Last night I and another Crafters for Christ ministry member joined the First United Methodist Women’s group for a night of crafting. June, the women’s group president, had asked earlier this month for the Crafters to join the UMW in a hands-on service project. After some discussion, we decided Thinking of You cards was the way to go. The UMW will mail these cards to their members who are not shut-ins or live in nursing homes.

This card is an example of the Thinking of You cards, which are pre-cut and stacked in front of it.

This card is an example of the Thinking of You cards, which are pre-cut and stacked in front of it.

It was a lot of fun watching the ladies assemble the pre-cut cards and get comfortable with their own creativity. I really hope they consider partnering with us again!

We also had some supplies to make bookmarks for the church’s Christmas Shoeboxes, which will be delivered to Samaritan’s Purse in November. After 31 cards were made, several of the women swarmed the bookmark table and had fun stamping out designs onto the cards and picking out matching thread.

A couple of the bookmarks made for the Christmas shoeboxes.

A couple of the bookmarks made for the Christmas shoeboxes.