As in the past, our family spent Spring Break in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  And as we have done before, we visited the Casa Hogar orphanage.


Unlike the United States, Mexico does not have a foster child program.  So although there are true orphans at Casa Hogar, any child that has been abandoned or abused…



or whose parents are imprisoned is also sheltered there until such time that the parents are able or allowed to care for them again.


This year we had some “homemade” books to handout to the children.



Our church group took an evening and cut out pictures from magazines.  We then organized them into books, and one of the woman in our group who speaks fluent Spanish wrote in them for the children to read.  I was the lucky one who got to deliver them.



They were a huge hit!



We love Puerto Vallarta.  From our terrace we are able to see the pirate ship that sails daily filled with tourists.


And we can hear the singing and dancing and cannon fire and are treated to a fireworks display every evening!


But this year something was different!


They are building a second pirate ship and we witnessed it’s maiden voyage.  (Okay well it was maiden to us.)

See the mermaid?


I was inspired by her and couldn’t wait to ink up my newest set from Crafty Secrets called “Mermaids” when I got home.



We also got an email from one of our renters there that she had left a charger in the condo.   So before we came home, we found it and mailed it back to her.  I made this card to send to her along with the charger.



Thanks for sharing PV with me!


Happy Crafting!


Mermaid Card:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets “Mermaids”; Rubber Moon “Happy Birthday”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Summer Sun, Pink Passion, Taken with Teal; PTI True Black; Graphic 45 “On the Boardwalk Collection”


Just a note:  Ellen Hutson has put all of her in-stock Graphic 45 papers in her store on sale at 15% off through to the 28th!!  Use the promo code G45.

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; SU! Taken with Teal; Copics:

Mermaid: e0000.jpge001.jpge11.jpgy192.jpgrv04.jpgyg061.jpgbg02.jpgbg051.jpg

Water: bg02.jpgbg051.jpg

Seawall: c1.jpgc4.jpgc7.jpgnewc9.jpg

Accessories: Circle Nestabilities; Kaiser Flatback Pearls; EK Success Butterfly Punch; SU! Border Punch; GG Ribbon; Beads and Sequin Ribbon

Palms Card:

Stamps: Viva Las Vegastamps “Palm Forest”; PTI “Scattered Showers”

Papers: SU! Summer Sun and Whisper White

Inks: Versamark; SU! Summer Sun, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust and Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Embossing Powder; Ric-Rac; Corduroy Brad 





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