Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Challenge and Encouragement for Brandon

We The members of the Cooking With Cricut design team are so happy to be dedicating a challenge a month to encourage someone in need.  One of our design team members, Madison, over at Funky Cards, has a special project every month called I Feel the Love Project.  We are joining Madison in the project with our challenge this week.  Click on the logo below to find out more about the project.

Our challenge this week is to create a card for Brandon, a little boy who will steal your heart.

Here is his story.

"BRANDON was just 4 one day, riding in the family car for a trip to McDonalds for a Happy Meal, when a tragic car accident changed the lives of his young family. Brandon's mother, aunt and sister were all seriously injured and rushed to area hospitals; his mother's boyfriend (the driver of the car) died of his injuries. Brandon was pulseless at the scene of the accident, was revived and taken to a trauma center. 

There, doctors discovered that despite being in a car seat, Brandon had suffered a traumatic brain injury, traumatic spinal cord injury and had been without oxygen to his brain for too long for a reasonable chance at recovery. Despite dire predictions early on, Brandon has had remarkable accomplishments in rehab. He is considered tetraplegic, which means he can move one limb from time to time; he remains trach and ventilator dependent, which little likelihood that he will ever be weaned from the ventilator, due to his neurological damage from the accident. 

Brandon's mom is just 34 years young and also cares for Brandon's 2 year old sister, Ashley. She's trying to regroup after losing her boyfriend (Ashley's father), and while still caring for herself and the injuries she suffered too, as well as caring for the aunt who is still in the hospital following the September 1 accident. 

Brandon likes watching other kids playing video games, enjoys superheroes like Spiderman and Batman, sports and Legos. He and his whole family would appreciate cards, prayers and thoughtfulness for this young man as he begins his journey home, through placement in a long term care facility for a stay long enough that Mom can be trained and find a new suitable home where Brandon's complex care can be managed."

Last Friday night I went to a card making a nd sharing party at Sheila's of  She's a Sassy Lady. This is one of the cards we made that The Sassy Lady, Sheila herself designed for us.  The card was originally made as a birthday card.  But since I am without a Gypsy at the moment, I decided to take the easy way out and transform this birthday into a card of encouragement for Brandon.

I just thought Brandon would enjoy watching the little frog slide and spin back and forth across the card. The frog is cut from the BOYS WILL BE BOYS cartridge and the font is from CRICUT CAKE BASICS.  I just think the card is so happy and fun.  Just what little Brandon needs. 

Please join us in this challenge and link up your card for Brandon at  Cooking With Cricut.  And then go over to Madison's blog, Funky Cards  and link it up there.  But most of all, please mail your card by May 31st  to the address below so Brandon will FEEL THE LOVE.

Madison Womack
(IFTL) Funky Cards
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA  93423



  1. Love the frog! I'd love to know how to make one of these cards.


  2. Love this frog slider card. Such a cute frog and sentiment. Love that the frog moves.

  3. Charlotte, he is going to LOVE this! I love making slider cards for kiddos, especially those who are sick or injured. This will make his heart smile so brightly and will be such a blessing to his family. I've never seen a frog one.. this is absolutely adorable. I love the sparkly frog and the pretty background. Lovely work, as always. :o) Have a blessed day, my friend!

    Hugs and blessings!