Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NICU Card Drive Blog Hop & Fundraiser with card by Juliana

Hello there! Thank you for joining us today.  We're so honored to be helping raise money for families with babies in the NCIU today.  You can read about Leah's story here and how with your help we can raise money to give these families gift cards to Starbucks for some much needed fresh air and time to regroup from everything they are going through.

Juliana Michaels has created a card to give to one of those families. Take it away Juliana...

Hello there!  The card I created was inspired by the Encouragement theme and Woodland mood board. Sunny Studio recently released the Critter Campout stamps and I knew this set would be perfect for the theme.

Sunny Studio Stamps: Critter Campout Camping Card by Juliana Michaels (using Sunny Sentiments grass border die & Cascading Stars stamps)

I began by stamping and coloring a bunch of the cute woodland critters from Critter Campout Stamp Set. I then colored them with Chameleon Pens and die cut them using the coordinating Critter Campout Die Set.

To create the background, I cut a circle from black cardstock. I took the Cascading Stars Stamp Set and stamped it onto the black circle with Versamark Ink. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to make the stars shine!

Sunny Studio Stamps: Critter Campout Camping Card by Juliana Michaels (using Sunny Sentiments grass border die & Cascading Stars stamps)

The grass was created using the Sunny Sentiments Die Set. I simply used the grass die to cut a strip from green cardstock. I then die cut this piece using the same circle die I used to cut out the background.

Using my MISTI Stamping Tool, I curved the sentiment to match the curve on the circle and stamped it with Versamark Embossing Ink. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder to make it pop against the dark background.

Once the background was complete, I created the scene with the woodland critters gathered around the fire. For the final touch, I embossed a piece of kraft cardstock using a woodgrain embossing folder. I love how this continues the woodland theme.

It was my pleasure to be a part of this blog hop here on the Sunny Studio Blog! I hope this card will bring a bit of comfort to its recipient during their time of need!



1. Donate! - directly to Layton's Legacy YouCaring Fundraiser. For every $5 donated, you will be entered into the drawing for one of the prizes above!! All winners will be drawn from donations made thru the YouCaring Site. **Prizes will be drawn and announced here on my blog on Saturday, May 19th.**

2. Shop!
-Pinkfresh Studio will be donating 10% of their sales for the week.
-CAS-ual Fridays Stamps will be donating 15% of their sales thru May 19th.
-My affiliate linking dollars will be donated thru May 19th.

3. Create! -  this is also a card drive, and if you'd like to create a card using the theme/moodboard below, I would love that! I will be including these handmade treasures with the giftcards when I hand them over to the NICU social worker, and my dream is that the NICU will be covered in beautiful creations inspired by Layton!! Link them up HERE, and then please email me (lea@lealawsoncreates.com) to get the address for sending - and note that I will need them to arrive by May 31st.


There are two ways to stay updated on the fundraising progress, and to see photos as I drop items off at the NICU. 

1. Subscribe to the Lea Lawson Creates blog via email using the prompt in the upper right corner - then you will get email notifications when I add a new post.

2. Follow Lea Lawson Creates on Instagram. I will add photos & videos to my IG Stories, and likely go LIVE a few times throughout the fundraising effort and as we drop everything off at the NICU!

Here's a full list of everyone hopping today...  You're next stop is Tae Eun Yoo's blog.  :)


  1. A lovely card for a fantastic cause !

  2. I love this card! I just got this stamp set - I can't wait to use it. I'm going to use this as inspiration!

  3. So, so cute. Great sentiment too.

  4. What an adorable card! Perfect interpretation of the mood board. Thanks for the inspiration and support of such a worthy cause.

  5. What a cute card ! Thank you for supporting such a heartfelt drive.

  6. Cute card. Thanks for joining this awesome hop.

  7. Such a cute card, thanks for sponsoring this cause.

  8. Just what the Dr would prescribe ! A warm, cheerful card with tons of love from those fun creatures x

  9. Cute critters & cute card!!

  10. Very cute card ... love all those critters together!

  11. Your card is so cute and creative! I love that you continued the theme with the wood grain background. Your card will be very appreciated by the recipient.

  12. Oh my goodness...this is the cutest card ever!! LOVE all those adorable critters around the campfire!

    Thank you SO much for helping me make Layton’s Legacy possible! Words can’t really express my gratitude, and just know that you are helping touch the lives of those who really need it most. ♥♥


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