Crafting for Charity

by Heidi Mellan

During the Easter school holidays earlier this year, my son completed two weeks of work experience at the PACT Animal Sanctuary, a local charity which rescues, rehabilitates and, hopefully, re-homes neglected, injured and abandoned animals.   I’ve been feeling that I need to give back as a thank you for taking him on but how to do that and put my love of crafting to good use?

An opportunity presented itself after seeing this post on their Facebook page

The post mentions the knitted and crochet nests they had received and would be using in their wildlife ambulance when rescuing baby animals and fledgling birds.  In the comments they included a link to a none-profit project called Wildlife Rescue Nests which lists charities world wide who are in need of these nests – they even provide the knitting and crochet patterns!  Super!

After registering as a volunteer I quickly checked the list of UK charities and sure enough PACT is on the list as needing both standard (as seen in the image above) and cave nests of all sizes.

Like many of you I always have a stash of yarn hidden in the back of cupboards or on top of wardrobes… you know what I mean, small amounts of yarn left over from previous projects but you just can’t bring yourself to throw away.  I had a rummage and came up trumps, I had enough DK yarn to whip up three standard nests and three cave nests (one of each measuring 3 inches; 5 inches and 7 inches across).  Here are the finished products…

crochet nests crochet cave nests

Thankfully I managed to finish them just in time for my son to hand them over on his last day.  At this time of year they have so many tiny birds and animals being brought to them for hand-rearing that I’m sure they will be put to good use.

If you’d like to have a go a making a nest for a charity near you please visit the Wildlife Rescue Nests website and register for details on which charities need help as well as knitting and crochet nest patterns (they have special requirements so that tiny feet and claws are not injured by holes in the nests).  Be sure to share your photos.

Happy crafting


Have A Sunny Day Card

by Heidi Mellan

Issue 18 of Creative Stamping is now on sale and, although I didn’t make it onto the front cover, you can see my cards on pages 50 to 52!

Six of my cards have been featured in all including this ‘Have a Sunny Day’ card.


Sunny Day Card

If you’d like to recreate this card then here’s what you’ll need:

Materials to create Have a Sunny Day card


  • Stamps of your choice (I used the stamps that came free with issue 18 of Creative Stamping Magazine)
  • White 17.5cm/7in square card blank
  • Spiced Marmalade Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad
  • Dandelion Memento Inkpad
  • Jet black Stazon Ink Pad
  • Post-it notes
  • Clingfilm
  • Plastic supermarket bag


PostIt Notes as a mask

1         Place post-it notes 2cm down from the top edge of the card blank and 9.5 cm from the top of the card leaving a 7.5cm space in between.

Stamping with cling film

2         Take a piece of cling film and scrunch it up, use the cling film to stamp the Dandelion ink onto the space between the post-it notes.  Roughly fill the space using this technique and don’t forget to rotate the cling film with each stamp so that the ink is placed more randomly on the card.

Stamping with a supermarket bag

3         Scrunch up the supermarket shopping bag and repeat with the Marmalade ink pad to add an extra layer of colour over the yellow.

Inked border

4         Carefully peel off the post-it notes to reveal a panel of colour across the card.  TOP TIP – allow the ink to dry fully before peeling off the post-it notes or you could tear your card!

Stamp sunflower image

5         Stamp the Sunflower image on the left-hand side of the yellow panel using Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad.

Stamp a sentiment

6         Stamp the “Have a sunny day” sentiment on the right-hand side, below the yellow panel using Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad to finish.


If you have a go at making this card I’d love to see the results you can tweet them to me @GorgeousCrafts or you can find me on Instagram #GorgeousCrafts


Happy crafting!





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