Thursday, April 1, 2010

TGF Cares...Charity Card Drive and RELEASE DAY!!!

Hey everyone!

It's TGF RELEASE DAY and there's NO April Fool's joke here when we say that ALL NEW RELEASES are now available in the TGF Store!   We hope you've enjoyed our previews this week and are SO excited to welcome Get Well by Marina Neira, Stamping Anya, Eric, Dee Dee, and Oliver/Amelia "Buddies" to the TGF Family of rubber!   Today is a GREAT day and we're so happy you're along for the ride!

I'm also SUPER EXCITED to announce that The Greeting Farm has been featured this month in the ScrapStreet Magazine issued today, April 1st.   You can check out the AWESOME article, cards featured by the DT, and a little interview w/ me HERE.  It was really exciting and quite the honor to be asked...thanks Stacey!

Here is my card featured in the e-zine using Dee Dee, our new Wild Sprout:

I also decorated the inside again, which is rare for me, LOL:

Today we are also excited and honored to announce the 1st "TGF Cares" Charity Card Drive.   This is something that TGF has been wanting to do for a long time and we have finally been able to put together a card drive for a cause very close to our hearts.  A few years ago, I was introduced to a family who was only a few weeks away from losing their two-year old daughter, whose name was also Jessica.    Through this terrible tragedy, the family couldn't say enough about how wonderful the Ronald McDonald House was to them, specifically the one near the Fairview Children's Hospital near Minneapolis, MN. 

I only knew baby Jessica for a week or two prior to her passing.   Her mother is the cousin of a high-school friend of mine who had found me on Facebook just a few weeks before and was telling me about the horror that her cousin was enduring, facing a disease called Niemann-Pick Type A for which there is STILL no cure.   After meeting the family, who as it turned out lived very close to me, I was never the same.  In her short little life, Jessica taught me more about the kind of parent I want to be, about life, love, and what's important.  I have never been the same since meeting that sweet angel and I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful mother she has.  I have never before seen such a shining example of grace, faith, and perserverance through tragedy and I don't know that I ever will again.   Julie is a beautiful person and I'm so glad to call her my friend even though I will always wish that we had met under a different set of circumstances.

After meeting a family like Jessica's, it is a real eye-opener about how many families are in need.  There are so many sick children whose families do nothing short of moving mountains for these kids to help them get well.   Not only is it important to lift the spirits of these courageous children, but also the families-the parents, siblings, and relatives during all of the emotional ups and downs of a child's fight for life.

TGF is proud and honored to be collecting cards that will go to the RMH in Minneapolis as well as the Fairview Children's Hospital, parents, and siblings of these petite patients during the long and brave journey of theirs.  Be sure to stop by the TGF BLOG today for complete details on this special contest close to our hearts.
Here's the details: *(these are also included on the TGF BLOG :)

*This contest will run all month long.  Today, 4/1/10 through 4/30/10.  ALL ENTRIES must be POSTMARKED by 4/30/10 to qualify for any prizes/recognition.

*There will be 4 prizes total.  ONE GRAND PRIZE and three First prizes. Here's how it will work:

For every 5 cards sent in, you will receive ONE entry for the prize drawings.  So for this contest, much like the PP Olympics, the more you create the more chances you have to win, but in the end, all entries will go into a hat and Random winners will be drawn to give more people a chance to win :)   We will keep track of how many entries you're alloted based on the cards you upload in the Galleria, which brings us to our next point:

You will have all month long to upload your cards to the TGF GALLERIA>CONTESTS/CHALLENGES>TGF CARES.   You must, with the EXCEPTION OF SENTIMENTS, use ONLY TGF Stamps on any and all qualifying cards.

Please SEND IN ALL CARDS AT ONCE.   When you are ready to mail your cards, please email Jessica for the address/contact info.

Please read the QUALIFYING stamp criteria carefully above, thank you!

The inside of your card should say something generic,  as we don't know if your card will be going to the child or family member/sibling.

Here's an example of what I will be writing in the inside of my cards:

"Thinking of you and sending lots of well wishes on your journey..."
~Jessica from Nashville, TN
on behalf of TGF Cares Card Drive

Of course ,you can tweak that as you wish, just as long as you get the general idea!  

And now...for what's up for grabs:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER will take home the ENTIRE APRIL RELEASE plus (1) 4x6 in stock set of choice PLUS a surprise gift (it's a big one,  trust us!)

3 FIRST PRIZE winners will choose 2 IN-STOCK 4x6 sets of their choice EACH!

We hope that our first ever TGF CARES card drive is a huge success and can't thank you enough for wanting to be a part of it.

Thanks for sticking with me today...and be sure to grab some UNITY love for yourself while you're here, too :)

Jess :)


Lynda Nielsen said...

This is AWESOME Jess... I love the idea of this card drive, you know I'm going to get started on it, prize or no prize, it's just such a wonderful cause!
Way to go TGF!!!
Big Hugs

Kelly Booth said...

What a great drive...Love your Sweet Dee Dee card!!!

Tammy said...

Fantastic card!
I'm so loving the new release!

Cindy Haffner said...


FibreJunky said...

What a lovely idea for a drive. Guess I'd better get busy!

Amy said...

So many cool things going on at the Farm right now... what an exciting time! And your little Dee Dee is a real beauty Jess, I love how you colored her up! :)

kadie said...

oooooh, DEE DEE is so CUTE!! I love those papers for her AND I love that you did the inside...those oversized buttons are FABULOUS!!
Thanks for sharing Jessica's story with us and for including all of us (DT and Customers) in this very meaningful cause. ♥ ♥ ♥

Jen Shults said...

Oh this is just an awesome card Jess. I love the stitching and the red, cream and grey color scheme is fantastic! Wonderful card!

Pam Varnell said...

The card drive is such an awesome idea.

Love your Dee Dee card. So excited that TGF is featured in the magazine and I LOVED reading your article. Great job girlfriend.

Sammi said...

Awesome idea Jess! thanks for sharing .. glad that we can all get involved in doing something to bring a bit of light into people's lives as they go through horrid times!

Great mag article AND Dee Dee is just so cute! I LOVE this card!

Allison said...

This is so pretty Jess...great mix of elements here! Want that paper!

WickedPixie said...

I love that TGF is doing this drive! And your card is adorable, Jess! Love those papers with her! :-)Traci

Tasha said...

Jess this is gorgeous! Love the fabulous large buttons you have used and the awesome colour combo
love tasha xx

Kristy Young said...

Hey Jess, this story was just so touching made me cry. Where do we send the cards to? And can they be old cards I already have made using tgf stamps like ones from the 12 days of sketches? Cause I have heaps that I would love to send.
Kristy xx