Saturday, June 18, 2011

Heart Cards - Harrisons Little Wings Appeal

During the week, I have been making some cards for the new Heart Cards appeal for Harrisons Little Wings Charity. 
For those of you who don't know about HEART CARDS, it is an ongoing project set up by Shazz Pratten and is "set up to give communities that have been affected by devastating events, such as natural disasters; and community groups, a way to say "Thank You" to those who have helped them out in times of need." (description taken from the Heart Cards blog).

In this particular appeal Shazz is collecting cards for Harrisons Little Wings.  This is such a touching tell you a bit more here is an excerpt taken from the Heart Cards blog:

On September 14, 2010 a little boy was born.His name was Harrison.
On September 15, 2010, Harrison died.

Instead of taking Harrison home from the hospital, his family took home a box of memories that the Mater Mothers Hospital had kindly made up for them. This included Harrison’s monitor wiring, his foot prints, sunnies and ear muffs - just to name a few.

Being an avid scrapbooker, Mel, Harrison’s Mum, has started making 6 x 6 albums of scrapbooking pages to be included in the boxes, for other Angel families to take home in their boxes..
Mel has found scrapbooking Harrison’s photos a form of therapy, and a wonderful way to preserve the very special photos her family holds dear.

You can read more about Harrison’s fight for life here –
And more about the Harrison’s Little Wings Charity here –

Heart Cards would like to help these families say thank you to the medical staff; support staff, family and friends who have helped them through a very sad and difficult time in their lives.

We are asking paper crafters to please make 10 thank you or blank cards to be given to families of these little angels.
Please be mindful that these cards are for grieving families so use appropriate papers and embellishments.
Personally I think the more simple the card and design, the better in this case.
Please make the cards non-gender specific; i.e. no boy or girl cards.
A paper butterfly is placed on the door of the rooms where families have lost a baby so a butterfly may be an appropriate embellishment on your cards.
Feel free to enclose 10 postage stamps which will be divided between packs depending on the number we receive.

Cards MUST be made to the size of approx 10cm x 15cm - fits a C6 envelope - (landscape or portrait aspect) to allow ease of packing and also to allow them to fit into the boxes given to the families.
If you use a card with a shiny surface, please add an insert into the card to allow ease of writing.
Please do not put postage stamps on the envelopes.
All cards will be accepted but may be put aside for future appeals if they are deemed to be inappropriate for this appeal.

Please forward your cards to Shazz Pratten, 9 Windsor Court, Goonellabah, NSW, 2480 by July 29.
The cards you send will be repackaged and delivered to Mel to placed in the boxes given to the families of these tiny angels.

You can keep up to date with the Harrison’s Little Wings Appeal via our blog -

Thank you for supporting this worthwhile cause.

The death of a baby is like a stone cast into the stillness of a quiet pool;
the concentric ripples of despair sweep out in all directions, affecting many, many people.
--De Frain, 1991

Here are some examples of the cards I have made for this wonderful project.  I have kept them very simple.

If you are a papercrafter, can I encourage you to create some cards for this very worthwhile project.  Or if you aren't into card making but want to help out, I'm sure Shazz would gladly receive donations of postage stamps to help with postage costs.

If you need a starting point, I've included a simple sketch based on the cards I have made.
Happy creating!


  1. Thank you so much for your kind words and the donation of the gorgeous cards that you made Nic...xo

  2. Wow, thank you so much for your beautiful cards, they are just so gorgeous and I am sure some of our families will really appreciate giving those people that help them one of these special cards.
    Melanie McKenzie
    Director Harrisons Little Wings Inc
    Harrisons Mummy

  3. Hi Mel,
    Thanks for the kind words, it was really my pleasure... just a very small way to help you and your wonderful organization. Will send you a message because I would love to do some album pages too.
    Thanks again...xxxooo

  4. these are adorable Nic! well done clever girl! and for such a lovely cause too... I need to get my act together and do some too! mwah xxoo