Monday, March 14, 2011

It's Not Just About The Card...

I'm proud to say that the Canadian Red Cross, to whom we donated, raised over $ 1 million for the Japanese Relief Effort in just this past weekend alone. Here's a list of organizations from Yahoo Canada and Yahoo US frontpages in case you'd like to help too.

  • Canadian Red Cross: Call toll free at 1-800-418-1111 or visit the webpage dedicated to providing relief in Japan. Donate here.
  • American Red Cross: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.
  • CanadaHelps: Check here for an indepth listing of Canadian charities providing aid to those in need. 
  • Oxfam Canada: Teams and partner organizations are on-site and monitoring the situation from the ground. Donate here.
  • Global Giving: Working with Save the Children, International Medical Corps and others to provide support on the grounds of Japan. Donate here.
  • ADRA Canada: ADRA Japan has extensive experience with providing national and international support to those affected by such disasters. Donate here or call 1.888-274-2372.
  • UNICEF: Closely monitoring the situation in Japan and prepared to provide assistance and relief. Donate here.
  • Save The Children: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.
  • Salvation Army: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.
  • Americares: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.
  • Convoy of Hope: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here. 
  • International Medical Corps: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.
  • Shelter Box: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.
Yep. I'm thinking of you, our Japanese friends (and pets, animals and wildlife too!) in your dire time of need.

Card details:

I used  Japanese Tilda, with some beautiful Japanese Yuzen Washi paper a dear friend gave me as a gift. I cut it out and layered it over a "half easel" blue cardstock base. That same wonderful friend also ran off some black oriental bridges for me on her Cricut so I layered two of them with some black-coloured dimensional foam in between.

I pulled out daughter's Origami book and made a bird (called "First Flight") with gold paper. The ribbon is from my stash; you may recall it on my last card. However, I didn't want it pink, so I took my Gold #Y28 Copic to it and coloured it.

A gold leafing pen gave it some shiny gold highlights, which was also used on Tilda's kimono. The stamped sentiment is from Stampendous. Cherry blossoms are from Wild Orchid and I used my Martha Stewart punch for the gold leaves.

Copics used on Tilda:

BG93, BG99, E0000, N3, N5, N6 N9, R21, R29, R46, Y11, Y28, Y35


  1. Wow what a nice card!!!!
    And I agree that help is needed for our Japanese friends. How awful!!!!

  2. Your card is so appropriate and thanks for all the links to help those in Japan. You sure have talent and it shows in the Japanese style card. Really nice.

  3. What a gorgeous scene you have created (you are the "Scene Queen!") and congrats on the money raised! The images coming out of Japan are just so heartbreaking...

  4. What a beautiful, thoughtful card Maureen!!!
    Judy K.

  5. Beautiful card Maureen! Very nicely done...Thanks for the links for different is truly about more than just the card.

  6. Wow, Maureen,
    You totally inspire me! Love your Japanese inspired card. Everything was created with so much love! Fantastic.

  7. Gorgeous card, Maureen!
    How thoughtful of you to post those links!I cannot watch TV anymore because I feel sometimes we are helpless in front of nature. We should at least do whatever stands in our power to.
    Love the scene you've created and the ribbon and the touch of gold to the kimono and ribbon.
    Hugs, Iulia

  8. Oh Maureen, your post has truly touched my heart. I have been glued to the news channels since Friday and my heart goes out to them. Their composure and lack of entitlement during this crisis is something we can all take a lesson from as well. Thank you for treating us to such a gorgeous card from such a beautiful and caring soul.

  9. What an amazingly beautiful and touching card, Maureen. I am watching the news right now and it's just horrible what's happening in Japan! So scary! Your post is so inspiring and full of information that we all need. Thanks so much! hugs, Angela

  10. You're right. It is more than a card. This really touches my heart. What a beautiful tribute the victims of the tragedy in Japan. Stunning!


  11. Beautiful card Maureen. How sweet of this card and it's great to remind others to help out others when they are in need. I am thinking of them and praying for them.

  12. Not only is this extremely creative - it is beautiful too!

  13. Such a beautiful card with so much detail. A great tribute to Japan. I cannot imagine their tragedy other than seeing pictures and video. Thank you for giving us some of their beauty.

  14. Oh wow!! This is amazingly gorgeous and such a wonderful tribute to our fellow friends across the world!! Blessing to you and thanks for sharing this!! HUGS

  15. What a lovely card and such a touching tribute.
    I am just horrified at the events unfolding in heartbreaking!


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