Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Blizzard of THANKS

Well Hello!

Thanks for stopping in! Today I would like to share a fun CAS card I made once again using my distress stains. I must say that I am thrilled to find an alternate and fun way to make use of my MANY outline images that I would normally colour, or more often, skip over when time for colouring just does not exist!

I made this for a co-worker's husband who shared his expertise about ski waxing earlier this winter. It was so much fun to make, I made another and experimented with the doodle lines. 

Some of you will know that I work with children who are blind or living with vision loss (at CNIB). My passion is introducing young children to a wide variety of movement activities at a young age regardless of their limitations . Depending on the situation, this can take the form of learning how to use the playground equipment at the local park, enjoying a ride in a wagon or sled (for all kids, but particularly those who are not ambulatory), swinging, Goalball, yoga, bouncing, gymnastics, rock climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing to name just a few! Movement is important because we know that MOVERS are LEARNERS!

This winter, in partnership with Lappe Nordic, we have started up a Para-Nordic learn to ski program! We have six participants who are so enjoying their ski experience and improving and increasing their independence every time they attend! One little guy was so excited last Saturday, his Mom told me he was up at 4:30 am looking forward to his ski session that started at 1:30 pm! As you might imagine, this sort of program requires the support of numerous volunteers. I want to make sure they all know how much their support and enthusiasm is appreciated, so I plan to make a big stack of these and add the sentiment in a clear Braille overlay. Participants of the program will hand them out to volunteers at the "round up" party in April!

Here is the version without the doodle lines - 
to doodle or not to doodle, what to you think?

I would like to share at:
Less is More - this makes me HAPPY

Skiing certainly makes me happy, but sharing my love of the sport (and the outdoors) with the children in our program and having the support of volunteers to run said program makes me ecstatic!

Thanks again for your visit and for listening to me gush about the AWESOME children I work with!

Shanna :)

p.s. If you happen to be local and the Para-Nordic Program sounds intriguing, get in touch, we are always looking for volunteers...  :)

What I used:
Tim Holtz distress stain
image - Lily of the Valley
sentiment - Unity "Like a Snowflake" set


  1. Thanks for sharing such a fascinating story. I believe the children you work with are very fortunate to have you working with them. The program sounds like it is so rewarding for so many. Once again you've created a masterpiece. The card is just for the doodle lines, I say go for it!

  2. Fantastic take on the challenge and a lovely post.
    I'm impressed with your distress stains for colouring the image. It's super cute and a great idea.
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  3. Love the doodling, it's not easy to get it looking gently random, but it looks great.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  4. Was cool to see these yesterday!! You've given me some ideas :)

  5. Sorry for my late visit, what a fab card for our happy challenge! I do like the doodles...
    Thanks so much for joining us
    Less is More

  6. holy WOW, i *did* know what you do, but i didn't understand the SCOPE of it! that's AMAZING! the skiing program is unbelievable! wow, what a great thing, no wonder those little guys are so excited! LOVE these cards, as well, and they're perfect for the occasion. for the record, the doodle-frame one is totally my fave! :)

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