Create for a Cause

Girls Love Mail

A special national charity called Girls Love Mail is fighting breast cancer with paper, good penmanship, and heartfelt words of thoughtfulness and encouragement. The goal of Girls Love Mail (GLM) is to give the gift of a handwritten letter to women going through breast cancer treatment. People from all over the country and far corners of the world are writing letters of encouragement and sending them to Girls Love Mail which is based in Folsom, California. The letters are then distributed to 142 cancer centers such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America, St. Jude, UC Davis Cancer Center, and more. 

In 2009, writer and founder of Girls Love Mail, Gina L. Mulligan, was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, Gina was working on an epistolary novel — a novel that is comprised of all letters. While undergoing treatment and writing letters for her novel, she started receiving letters and cards filled with well wishes. Gina received more than 200 letters, many from people she had never met. “Letters were all around me, and I realized letters are a precious gift with the power to heal.” she says.

From this personal experience, Gina founded Girls Love Mail, which has blossomed into a major, national charity. To date, GLM has collected and distributed more than 43,000+ letters to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer via cancer treatment centers. These special letter writers, ranging in age from children to adults, have sent in a handwritten letter of encouragement from all corners of the U.S., and also Canada, Scotland, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, the Philippines, Australia, Germany, Malta, France, China, Italy, and Norway! Currently, GLM has a “Mile of Mail 2015 Program,” with the goal to distribute 31,000+ letters this year!

That’s where we come in! Let’s join the campaign and help GLM reach their 31,000 goal by creating this sweet “Thinking of You” Butterfly Card created by designer Roberta Wax (scroll through images above for photo; instructions below). This special card can be created in four easy steps and offers plenty of inside space to write a heartfelt, meaningful letter of encouragement to a breast cancer patient. For a list of helpful tips and guidelines on what to write and how to address your letter, visit www.girlslovemail.com/what-to-say.html. Send your card to:

Girls Love Mail
193 Blue Ravine Road,
Suite 120
Folsom, California 95630

Girls Love Mail will put your special handmade card into an official “Girls Love Mail” envelope, so make sure your card is 4¾”x6½” or smaller. (Which our special “Thinking of You” Butterfly Card definitely is!) For more info on Girls Love Mail, visit them online at www.GirlsLoveMail.com or at www.facebook.com/GirlsLoveMail. Gather your friends for a special card-making night to help in this great cause! And, as always, we’d love to hear from you! Send photos of your “Thinking of You” Butterfly Card or one of your own unique designs, a recap of your special card-making party, or a note on your experience being a letter writer to us at editorial@craftideas.com. Happy meaningful crafting! 

 

“Thinking of You” Butterfly Card
by Roberta G. Wax  
4¼”x5½”
www.creativeunblock.com

Materials
Cardstock: pink, white

Tools
We R Memory Keepers Lifestyle Crafts Die-cutting and Embossing Machine with Whimsy Embossing Folder
Clear stamp sets: Hampton Art Vintologie Butterflies, Hero Arts Sentiment Sending Smiles
Imagine Crafts VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
White embossing powder
Small corner punch
Dimensional foam squares

Basic Supplies

Paper trimmer
Scissors
Heat tool

STEP 1
Make 4½”x5½” top-fold card from pink cardstock.
STEP 2
Cut white cardstock to fit Whimsy Embossing Folder; run through machine. Trim panel to fit card front; center and adhere to card front leaving 1/8” border. 
STEP 3
Stamp three butterflies and “Thinking of You” sentiment on pink cardstock using stamps and VersaMark ink. Heat emboss with white embossing powder.
STEP 4
Fussy-cut butterflies and adhere to card. Cut sentiment panel, round corners using punch, and adhere to bottom of card.