Kindness Matters

Team Brianna Town Park

To jumpstart my creativity I have also been getting myself involved with some fun things going on in my town. We are fundraising for a very special new park they are going to build. Dockside Properties, one of our real estate companies is running a really fun contest. For a $10 donation you get a wooden cut out of a house, you decorate it and bring it back. At the end of the summer a local Artist will pick a winner. What a fun way to get involved, be creative and raise some money for a fabulous cause. I may do a couple more, since I had so much darn fun doing this one.

Before I share my creation and all the details let me tell you a little about Brianna Merritt, her Wish, and Brianna’s Kindness Park.

The Team Brianna Town Park Project needs your help to raise funds!
Brianna Jade Merritt is a forever 11-year-old girl who went to Heaven on October 7, 2019. Her goal in life was to spread kindness. She was a faithful servant of God throughout her 3 year battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. When her doctors ran out of options for her treatment, she decided to go home and have fun with her family and friends until it was time for her to go be with God in Heaven. Those were her words. She had no fear. She only had faith in God’s plan for her life and now her family and friends are keeping her kindness challenge going in her memory! 

Two years ago, in the hopes that it could be used someday for the good of the community, David Landsberger bought the local ballfield on Smith Street and donated it to the town with the understanding that it be turned into a park. Quite an incredible gesture! 

What would this space be like? Not just a park, not just a playground, but an inclusive space that everyone can enjoy. A sensory park. A place that Brianna would really enjoy. Let’s see what we can all accomplish together.

Please call or email with any questions 
757-894-1953 or 757-990-1022
 …or send a donation by mail to: 
Island Community House
PO Box 97
Chincoteague, VA 23336 

I love how our town has come together to make this happen. This is how Chincoteague works, together for good causes!

I started by building out the front of my house. I took wood grain paper and cut it with a stitched scallop die cut down to an inch and a half, creating some fun shingles. Using a darker contrasting wood grain paper I made the wall. Grabbing a really old but always useful retired window die from Stampin’ Up! I cut out the window with 110lb paper three times and then glued them together to give it some dimension.

I knew I wanted to use one of my Pure Innocence stamps, and this one with the girl in the window was perfect! With a little creative placement anyway.

I got her all colored with my Copic Markers, I fussy cut the curtains for the window and glued them down. I carefully lined up the white window over my image and glued it on top. Mama Elephant had the perfect sentiment for this project! I stamped it in Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder mounting it above the window. I added a couple bluebirds of happiness on the roof. Then I decided we needed some grass.

I rounded out my grass and added flower pots with sunflowers and couple butterflies but, it still felt like it needed something else. I set the whole project aside for a couple days while I mulled it over…….

YES! smiling ladybugs for the win. Now all that is left is for me to go hand it in. Well, and maybe pick up a couple more entries.
  • Pots: E9, E57, E35, E33
  • Flowers: Y18, Y04, YG13, Y08
  • Skin: E11, E21, E51
  • Plant: YG17, YG13, YG11
  • Hair: E35, YR24, YR31, E50
  • Window: N0, E37, E35, E34
  • Birds: RV10, RV00, RV000, B24, B23, B21, YR04
  • Big Butterfly: V17, V15, V12
  • Small Butterfly: YR18, YR02, E93
  • Ladybug: R46, R24, R05, R02, R01, R00

House Details

  • Blank Wood House Cut out
  • Wood Shingles created with wood grain paper and A2 scallop die, contrasting paper used for house front, all glued down with Tonic Deluxe glue
  • Image stamped on Hammermill paper with Gina K obsidian and colored with comic markers
  • Image stamped a second time on gingham paper and curtains fussy cut and glued in
  • Window from a cut three times with 110lb paper and layered, glued onto colored image and entire piece glued down onto house
  • Flowers, Flowerpots, butterflies, birds and ladybugs stamped on hammermill, colored with Copics and cut with Brother Scan N cut, mounted with foam squares
  • Sentiment stamped with Versafine and heat embossed with clear embedding powder, mounted with foam squares
  • I used Nuvo Drops in SEVERAL places (yes! I still love my Nuvo Drops) ebony black on the ladybug, ivory seashell on the butterfly antenna, gold deluxe in the center of the flowers and red berry on the flower pots

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Nancy Farrell
Nancy Farrell
2 years ago

Good Morning, Jill! Great card and super fun-raiser. I love the lady-bugs with the heart dots!
Have a blessed day.

2 years ago

This is adorable, Jill! So creative and for such a great cause. I love your smiling ladybugs, too! 🙂

Rowhouse Greetings
2 years ago

Great cause! Love how you combined the house and the MFT image.

2 years ago

What a great thing for the community! Yours is so cute! Thanks for sharing the story and your “house”!