Saturday, June 27, 2020

In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind

Welcome to the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop!

Many thanks to Justine Hovey for organizing this blog hop. There is also an Instagram hop and a YouTube Hop if you are interested in other social media platforms. The goal of this hop is to come together to stand behind our crafty sisters and brothers of color not just in the art industry, but also to show our support in the never-ending fight for equality all over the world.

I am so excited to be a part of this hop. While I am white, my extended family is a blend of white, black, and native american. I live in a suburb of Minneapolis which was affected by the riots after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Many stores in my community were looted. I worry about my extended family members of color. But I see the other side too. My husband is a retired police detective and my oldest daughter is a 911 dispatcher. Yes, there are bad cops, but please remember, they are not all bad. We need police to keep us safe, respond to our medical emergencies, help unite our communities. Don't get me wrong, I am for police reform. Bad cops should be fired. If they commit crimes, they need to be held accountable.

Today I am scrapping a photo of my daughter and my niece. One is white. The other is mixed white and black. Since I am a cut file junkie, I went in search of a cut file and found this awesome one in an etsy shop called ShopMagnoliaDesigns,

I wanted bright colors that would pop against my black background and I decided on some Paige Evans Truly Grateful and Shimelle Never Grow Up. I had originally thought of using the Juneteenth colors; yellow, green, and red, so this worked perfectly.

I used a black Silhouette pen to sketch my hands onto different colored cardstock. I used the offset feature to modify the cut file to cut just the outside of the hands.

Love how these butterflies look like they will take flight!

The BE KIND letters were cut in the same cardstock as the hands underneath. I clustered die cut ephemera pieces with puffy stickers over the K.

I love adding bows to my projects too.

If you’re looking for a way to help, please consider donating to one of the
following charities:

  • Black Table Arts - organizes and brings in black artists into communities and provides creative spaces for leadership
  • The Loveland Project - helps provide therapy for black women and girls
  • Fair Fight - a movement to ensure free and fair elections
  •  Black Girls Code  - a movement to increase women of colour in STEM fields and exposes girls to computer science and technology
  • The Bail Project  - mission to combat mass incarceration and reshape the pretrial system in the United States and helps reunite families.
The next person in the hop is the incredible Sandy Allnock

Checkout my YouTube video as well if you are interested in my process.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Here is the blog hop list in case you get lost along the way...

Neha Parab
Fairuz Fabiha (aka Craftivation)
Joy Dsouza
Jo Herbert
Nandini Karmarkar
Stacy Zant
Tricia Y
Mary Ellen Driggs
Margaret Schuering
Justine Hovey 
Alison Heikkila 
Ardyth Percy-Robb
Marcia Dehn-Nix      YOU ARE HERE!
Sandy Allnock     NEXT PARTICIPANT
Erin Reed
Martha Lucia Gomez / Joy Clair Designs
Juliana Michaels
Amy Hill
Betz Golden
Erica A-B 
Angie Cimbalo
Karen Hasheck
Jill Lipscomb of Jill Cameron Creations
Dana Warren
Mansi Bhatia
Charlotte E (Lady Joyful)
Carrie Rhoades
Anna Mahtani
Jessica McAfee
Amber Rain Davis
Kari VanNoy 
Kathya Kalinine
Annette Witherspoon
Mona Toth
Natasha Davies
Anja Glauner
Robin Flenner
Nancy Salkeld
Eva Costigan 
Michelle Woerner
Haley Pettit
Verity Biddlecombe


  1. Really lovely and simply stunning creation Marcia! Thank you for sharing your creative gifts with us <3

  2. Great project in this even greater and sure important blog hop !

  3. Love the spelling of the words in sign. Lovely layout!

  4. Beautiful layout! I enjoyed all the little details!

  5. This is really so beautiful. Great layout.

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