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Pictured is one of Shauna Mikuliak's handmade Christmas cards using materials from Stampin' Up, 1990-2012.
Shauna Mikuliak said some of the best card makers are nine and 10 year olds.
“They’re really good at card making because they don’t have inhibitions about whether the card looks exactly like the sample or not. They just grab their supplies and go and have fun with it,” she said. “(I’ve seen card makers) from high school age all the way to people who are grandmas. It’s a nice hobby or pastime for people of all ages.”
Mikuliak, a Stampin’ Up! independent demonstrator, will facilitate the Christmas in October event on Oct. 26 in the social hall at Zion United Church from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation.
During the event, people can make seven hand-stamped Christmas cards. All materials will be provided, but people are asked to bring their own adhesive.
“We’ve got a design made up, but (people) can alter it as they go,” said Mikuliak. “We have envelopes for their cards and all the tools and all the inks and all the embellishments and they can go to town.”
In 2012 the project raised $495 for the health foundation. There was also a penny parade with 100 per cent of funds donated to the health foundation and there will be a penny parade this year as well.
“Last year, there were four ladies who came from out of town for the event, three of them were health care workers from the General Hospital in Regina. They made the trip into Moose Jaw,” said Mikuliak. “I think what they did was they came in earlier in the day and they shopped in downtown Moose Jaw and went out for lunch. Then they came did the card making event in the afternoon.”
She said last year 20 tickets were sold and she hopes to get more people out to the event this year. A maximum of 36 tickets will be sold this year and she would like to see 30 people at the event and raise close to $500.
Mikuliak said the Stampin’ Up! company’s corporate charity is Ronald McDonald House Charity. Because of the drive from Moose Jaw to Saskatoon, she said it’s challenging to volunteer at the house in Saskatoon.
“I just kind of logically went the next step and just for the health foundation here in Moose Jaw. So not exactly the same, but in that health realm,” said Mikuliak. “Everybody needs access to good health care and we really want to have great doctors. So if we have awesome facilities here then we’ll hopefully be attracting (more) good doctors to Moose Jaw.”
She added her favourite part of card making is the “design phase of it.”
“I do go onto the Internet to do research and get ideas and see what other people are making and then I like to get out my notebook and sketch out an idea and think about what colours I might use and if I might try this as an embellishment or try embossing that on it,” said Mikuliak. “That’s one of my favourite things to do when I’m getting ready for a class.”
Tickets are $25 each and are available at Gingerbread Square and the Moose Jaw Health Foundation office. For more information call 306-693-1484.
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