Puzzle Cards + Crafty Therapy Chat + Suicide Prevention

Hello! Today I am sharing fun puzzle card designs. I am also participating in a very important blog hop.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

First of all, please watch my video for some important chat about crafty therapy. I know many of us struggle with anxiety and depression… and find a bit of relief when we create. If you are struggling, please know you aren’t alone. Also, check below for important blog hop info. 🙂

Today’s cards feature the new I Care Stamp Set. I share more info on this stamp set below. Please read it – it supports a great cause!

As for today’s cards…

I have wanted to create puzzle cards for a long time, but was looking for a fresh approach. So I was excited to see three new products: the Pink and Main Puzzle Die (SSS | PM), Pink and Main Heart Puzzle Die (SSS | PM), and Pink and Main To Pieces Stamp Set (SSS |PM). (However, I also share a way to create a puzzle card without any special products.) For these cards, I do recommend using the highest weight cardstock you can find. I used Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock (SSS | AZ).

On my first card, I started by stamping the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp with Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink on white cardstock. I then stamped a large heart from the I Care Stamp Set repeatedly in colorful dye inks. I used my MISTI Stamping Tool to make sure I lined up my stamping nicely. The white stamped background slightly resists the dye ink stamped on top. I also added a sentiment from the I Care Stamp Set.

Next, I cut out the stamped panel with the Pink and Main Puzzle Die (SSS | PM). I also cut a piece of pool cardstock with the same die. I glued each of the pieces together to make them thicker. I also stamped the matching envelope with a border image from the Pink and Main To Pieces Stamp Set (SSS | PM).

I put all of the pieces into a small glassine envelope before putting it in mailing envelope.

For my next example, I kept the pieces one layer, but used a black marker to draw a line along the border. (This makes it easier for the person to assemble.) I used all of the same stamps.

This time I stamped the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp with Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink. I love this layered look…

On the front of the glassine envelopes, I added a die cut heart with a white heat embossed sentiment from the Pink and Main To Pieces Stamp Set (SSS |PM).

For my sunshine puzzle card, I used the My Favorite Things Sunshine Shaker Die as a stencil.

It is impressive how well the Pink and Main Puzzle Die (SSS | PM) cuts all the pieces!

The Pink and Main Heart Puzzle Die (SSS | PM) is great for making smaller puzzles. I am thinking this will be a good valentines project for the kids in Lila’s class!

If you don’t have any of the puzzle dies, you can cut pieces using your trimmer. This works great – I have done it many times in the past.

I used the My Favorite Things Full of Heart Stencil on this card…

BLOG HOP

Today I am participating in a very important blog hop… the first I Care Blog Hop to benefit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Because today is World Suicide Prevention Day 2018, Joanne Soukup of Perky Penny Paper Arts organized this blog hop to raise money and awareness for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline… and I am so proud of her. Having lost loved ones to suicide, I knew I wanted to join.

Joanne designed this stamp set that Simon Says Stamp is selling. 100% of the profits will go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Find it HERE.

For information on the blog hop, the I Care Stamp set, and the wonderful ways you can help, read Joanne’s post here. Joanne has all of the links on her blog, so please visit her blog to see everyone’s amazing creations, read their personal stories, and donate by ordering the I Care Stamps set from Simon Says Stamp.

And – please – if you are struggling, please reach out for help. It may be the hardest thing you ever do, but it will get through. xo.

Any money earned from today’s affiliate links will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Thank you for your support.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk, the I Care Stamp Set, and those from Pink and Main. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

I Care Stamp Set
[ SSS ]
Pink and Main Puzzle Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pink and Main Heart Puzzle Die
[ SSS | PNK ]
Pink and Main To Pieces Stamp Set
[ SSS | PNK ]
*My Favorite Things Sunshine Shaker Die
[ SSS | MFT ]
*Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp
[ SSS ]
*My Favorite Things Full of Heart…
[ SSS | MFT ]
Hero Arts Hearts Infinity Dies
[ SSS ]
Glassine Envelopes
[ AMZUS ]
Doodlebug Happy Hearts Washi
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS ]
MISTI Creative Corners
[ SSS ]
MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
[ SSS ]
MISTI Bar Magnet
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Soft Vanilla Ink
[ SSS ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS ]
Distress Ink
[ SSS ]
Mini Ink Blending Tool
[ SSS ]
Sponge Daubers
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS | AMZUS ]
Sizzix Big Shot Express
[ SSS ]
Tim Holtz Trimmer
[ SSS ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
OPI Bubble Bath Nail Polish
[ AMZUS ]


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56 thoughts on “Puzzle Cards + Crafty Therapy Chat + Suicide Prevention”

  1. Love your contribution to the blog. These are amazing. Fighting depression is a real struggle. I fight it by talking to God and making cards. Have a great day.

  2. Wonderful video and puzzle cards. I do send cards to one cousin in particular who is alone and struggles with daily life, depression, anxiety, and while I’m not struggling (thank the good Lord), I know she loves getting happy mail.

  3. Hi Jennifer,

    These are wonderful! I am always trying to lift up those that need encouragement as best I can, so thanks for being a part of something so important.

    On a side note, would you be able to tell me where you get your envelopes? do you make them yourself? I’d love to see a video of it!

  4. I also have been fighting depression and anxiety for many years now – I volunteer as a tutor for seniors in the joy of cardmaking at our local U3A as one of my outs this also helps them create,establish friends and be positive and not alone. I find that by having this to focus on and prepare for is a great way to refocus on things and put my life back into perspective. I stopped blogging a few years ago because I went downhill for a while but am up again at the moment. Although I am in Australia I love that you are doing this for others in need of a bit of encouragement. Thank you Jennifer for all you do.

  5. Love the puzzle idea. I have a friend who’s recovering from hip surgery and she recently told me she likes puzzles so I’ll make one of these for her.

    I have been making cards for years but didn’t realize how much therapy it was for me until I had cancer–twice. It got me out of my own head, gave me something constructive to do and I was sharing my craft even when I couldn’t share my words.

    You’re always and inspiration to me and I wouldn’t miss a video.

  6. You inspire hope with the sharing of your talent and gift. I know donated cards are appreciated by many organizations. I have created for Operation Write Home in the past and now create cards for our ill and injured vets at the VA hospital. It may be a small thing but means the word to someone who may be suffering and feeling alone. God has blessed me with the time to do this small thing to share His love with others.
    At this time there are mostly male patients so I am always on the lookout for cards with a more masculine twist and these puzzle cards can be created with star backgrounds and will be perfect for my cause. Thank you for all you do to inspire us. You are a blessing!

  7. One more thing, the listing of nail polish at the end of your supply list makes me smile now that I know it is not actually used on a card and I am not watching the videos a second, third time to see where it was used. 8)

    1. I’m guessing folks have asked Jennifer the color of the nail polish she’s wearing in each of her videos, so I believe that is why it’s listed in the ‘SUPPLY’ List.

  8. Jennifer Bless your little heart for your most precious shares they touch all of our lives in one way or another and we are blest that we not only get to see what you create but how you create it along with your heartfelt therapy chat as well as all of your Terrific and Inspiring shares. Oh YES spending time in our craftrooms and creating definitely makes a huge difference in many lives ourselves by spending time creating and for those who either get to share in what we create by seeing it and enjoying or by being a receipient our creations. Everything you created is Spectacular!! I can’t wait to receive my items which I obtained thru you links. Thanks for all you do and the way you do it!! YOU so ROCK!!

  9. Thanks for another great video and for not only telling us about a way to support a great cause but also for reminding us how cards can lift the spirit of others. I have been sending Hallmark cards to people for years, especially people who are elderly and alone but I also send a lot of Veteran’s Day cards. It never ceases to amaze me how much they are appreciated. I used to craft all the time but following a brain injury my crafting kind of went by the wayside. Now I am trying to make more cards as a form of therapy to retrain my brain and also to make me feel like I can still help people even though I can’t do all the volunteer work I used to do. Your videos help me learn new skills and give me the courage to try new techniques. This year I am hoping to make Veterans’ Day cards for the vets on my list but also for the vets staying at a VA nursing home that cared for my uncle and is now caring for my father. Thank you for sharing your gift with all of us!

  10. Jennifer you bless my heart not only with you amazing cards but with your beautiful, giving spirit. Card making is also my therapy as I am caregiver to my husband who had a stoke. I love the joy a homemade card gives to the person receiving it… but the joy it returns is priceless. Thank you again for all you do… you are an inspiration in so many ways. God Bless.

  11. I LOVE your beautiful puzzle cards! They are colorful and pretty and send a really beautiful message! Thanks for being a part of this amazing blog hop!
    Crafty Hugs!
    Michele

  12. This is such an important topic Jennifer. I applaud you for your directness in sharing with us your struggles. I recently had a friend lose her grandson to suicide and it was heart wrenching. Thanks for always being such a wonderful caring person and teaching your children to do the same.

  13. You inspire me to be a better person Jennifer!! I love these cards and cause!! I too have struggled with depression and anxiety for over 35 years. And crafting for me is such a help!! Thanks!!

  14. Hi Jennifer. This video is extra special because it opens up discussions about mental health. Suicide prevention is SO important! We need to talk about it! People need to realize they are not alone. The puzzle cards are so much fun! Puzzle pieces have a special place in my heart because they also represent Autism Awareness ❤️ One of my favorite parts of this video was how you told us that you and your daughter go through McDonald’s drive thru and you pay for the people behind you!!!!!! That melts my heart and it’s such a wonderful idea! It’s a great example to teach our children and I will definitely be doing this with my boys when they get a little older. Thank you for that idea. This video was amazing and thank you so much for all that you do. I will definitely be checking out the other blog you mentioned. Take care 💕❤️

  15. Jennifer,

    Thank you for this post and bringing the discussion of mental health out of the darkness. I am a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because suicide and depression have touched my life. I am definitely going to check out the I Care blog hop

  16. Thank you Jennifer for the awesome cards and the talk you gave about crafty therapy. I think it’s so good of you that you, who is reacing so many people with her blog and other media, talks open about depression and anxiety. No one stands alone in the craft community!

  17. Beautiful cards Jennifer. Thank you for all you do in this crafting community to keep us inspired. I definitely use crafting as my therapy. It helps me through my good days and bad. Thank you for always being so open and honest with us.

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this video and for your comments throughout. Thank you for supporting with very worthy cause. My late husband took his own life and there were no signs prior.
    I have this die, but have had troubles figuring out how to use it well – your ideas here have certainly helped my with that.

  19. Love this card and would be a great one for me to send to one of my daughters. She comes over just about every weekend and we build puzzles . It is fun and a lot of togetherness.

  20. These puzzles are such a fun thing Jennifer, and also made with a good cause in mind. Crafting does take you away from those everyday worries and gives you something to focus on when times are hard. I don’t have these sorts of problems but can understand that it is such good therapy, and the idea of giving these and letting people know you care is just great. I love your videos and you are such a clever lady and come up with wonderful ideas. I always look forward to watching them. x

  21. I’m so glad to read these comments and see you get the affirmation you deserve, not just as a cardmaker, but as a person, one amazing person. We love you!

  22. Thank you Jennifer I love your videos and thank you for being open about depression and anxiety it really does make a difference to know that other people feel this way. When I understood that I wasn’t alone it made dealing with it so much easier. And making cards is great therapy, when I send someone a card who is in need of some encouragement it brightens my day. I have learned over the years that helping others is the best way for me to feel true joy.

  23. You teaching videos are great: this one is by far the best. I struggle with PTSD and crafting truly helps. I agree with you that helping others is often to help ourselves. Thank you for inspiring us to make the world a more beautiful place.

  24. Oh, Jennifer, I am so grateful for you and your videos. I, too, struggle with depression and sometimes have a hard time just getting out of bed in the morning. I work on a college campus and I plan to get this stamp set so that I can make cards and have them on a bulletin board in my building for students/staff to take. Kowing the struggles of depression, and how young adults are especially susceptable, it’s my hope that having free cards on hand to give out to those in need might help even a little bit. Maybe just knowing someone cares enough to give a card will help someone pull through.
    Thank you for being open about your struggles and for your videos that provide me enjoyment.

  25. Thank you so much for doing this, this subject is so very important! I’ve had health issues for more than 23 years now and 3 1/2 years ago, my health got really bad and because of that I was in a very bad head space. There was a lot going on emotionally for me as well. It was like a snowball. My health was really bad and all of these things in my life were happening as well and I just felt like I couldn’t go on anymore. There were several times I wanted to end it, but there were 2 things that stopped me. One was I knew my husband would be the one to find me and I couldn’t do that to him, especially after all we’d be through together and the second thing was I couldn’t leave my two boys, well men, really since they are full grown now. I started to see someone and talk through things and I am so much better. Luckily I had surgery the beginning of April and I am feeling better as well. I’m so lucky to be here today because on December 30th we welcomed our first grandchild, a baby girl. If I wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be here to know little Myka and she wouldn’t know me! I’m able to craft more since I’m healthier as well. We moved into a new home last year and crafting is much easier for me since we are in a rancher now. Crafting wasn’t possible for me while I was dealing with everything because my Studio was in the basement and I couldn’t do stairs anymore. I’m thankful we are in a new home and I have a beautiful new Studio. My husband of 30 years is a wonderful husband, father, grandfather or “Papa” as he is known as. I wouldn’t be here if not for him and the people in my life that helped me get through that awful time in my life. Thanks again for doing this and talking about this subject, it’s such an important one!

  26. Love these puzzle cards! And love the little therapy talk, so many struggle and no one knows. I have had struggles with depression and anxiety also and know it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I also know people that have lost loved ones to suicide, it’s so tough to live with and deal with. Thanks for all you do for the crafting community and the community at large, You are a truly wonderful person.

  27. Jennifer, your cards are beautiful. What is more beautiful is your openness to share your battle with anxiety and depression to bring awareness to it. You are contagious with your kindness & showing readers and followers that they aren’t alone in these battles. Thank you.

  28. I love this puzzle die and all it stands for. Your cards are fantastic but more importantly, the CAUSE! Too many people suffer with something and often times we suffer alone and in silence. This needs to be discussed openly and everyone needs to find the compassion to help. If you are lucky enough to not be in ‘this category’ (of depression/anxiety) and don’t know what else to do with someone who IS, at least be compassionate and look up folks for them who could help them come to a better place. There really is help out there, we just need to ask!

  29. What a great collection and so meaningful! I love your amazing projects too! Haven’t gone through depression myself as well as the worries I had for my daughter going through the same thing, I so hear you there! Will definitely check out the set! Thanks for caring and posting!

  30. Fortunately I have not been personally touched by suicide, but I know some who have been. My heart goes out to anyone who has. These stamps are such a meaningful and simple way to try to help someone. Everyone needs to feel loved, whether you suffer from depression, anxiety or not —- EVERYONE likes to feel there is someone who cares. Thank you for bringing these stamp ideas, and for the cause. Thank you for the HUGE heart that you share with everyone. You are truly an Angel.

  31. Jennifer, thanks for this video and tutorial. I just purchased the puzzle die the other day so your suggestions for ways to use it to support others is so timely. Now…off to purchase the stamp set! tfs

  32. Wonderful cards and for a most wonderful cause!! I love how you use your talent and your fame to raise awareness and further a cause. You have such a beautiful heart and it’s awesome to see how you encourage your children and all of us who follow you on social media to brighten someone’s day and bring awareness to a great cause too. Thanks for sharing your story and being open about your struggle. The best way to remove the negative stigma attached to anything is to talk about it. May you be blessed as you continue to use your talents to encourage others and bring a smile to the faces of so many people!!

  33. Jennifer thank you for this post. My 27 year old son suffered from depression and anxiety attacks. On July 9, 2013 he shot and killed himself. I lost a piece of my heart that day and my life will never be the same. I haven’t been able to scrapbook much since the memories make it so hard but I enjoy making card and it is my therapy and happy place in my scrap room. God is my strength!!

  34. These are such a wonderful way to just reach out to let others know they are needed & valued in this world. You are very brave to share your life with the crafting world. My family & close friends are aware of my struggle with my physical health & struggling to stay as independent as possible as my disease eradicates my mobility. But only my very immediate family are aware of my mental health struggles. Two years ago it all got to much even past knowing that I would leave my children & I tried to end it all. Luckily ,I see now , failed & was found before it had all took effect. I now have a nurse who checks on me weekly & I have brought my love of art back out. It was seeing a video collection on You Tube ( Sandy Allnock, You, Kathy Racoosin, & Nichol Sphor) that made me want to add card making to my skills. As you say it’s an amazing therapy session to loose yourself in paper & crayons. I’m still struggling badly at current, facing a relapse as my physical health has dropped currently again. But knowing there are all of you wonderfully unferstanding, sharing people out there is help, even just sitting getting lost in videos helps.
    So thank you for all you do to keep us all in therapy, please take care of yourself & although you don’t know me you are always welcome to pick up utensil & type. Nothing would ever be spoken of to anyone. Thank you for being amazing .x

  35. I got started scrapbooking when my mother died. It was a way to cope and work through my grief. From that I started cardmaking and have never looked back. I still try to make a little time each day to work on something creative. It takes my mind off of responsibilities for awhile and lets me relax. I don’t scrapbook so often any more, but I make cards every day. I would encourage everyone to take some time for yourself, even if it’s only 10 minutes here and there.

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