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Special Thanks

Hi Angels!

It was nice to take a few days off & just chill. I have been working on our holiday charity cards a bit, planning some new creations & got the house decorated for Christmas but overall just chillin’.

A couple of weeks ago a special postage gift came in for the Troop cards which required a special thank-you. Two in fact. One for the organization and one for the individual who recommended our Troop work. That gift made a big difference in the 9 boxes we shipped for the holidays.

This slimline was the thank-you for the organization.

I used Picket Fence Studios Slimline Floral stencil, My Favorite Things Thank-you die and Taylored Expressions Big Thanks stamp set.

This was the thank-you for the individual who recommended the gift for the Troop cards.

For this card I used Elizabeth Craft’s Leaf Pattern Background cover plate die with the Thanks from Taylored Expressions and Taylored’s Big Thanks stamp set.

It has been such a blessing this year working with the many individuals supporting Cards for the Troops. I cannot say thank-you enough for all the cards and supplies that have come in. For now we are on a temporary hold until we find out if the Troop draw down will affect the unit we send too.

Have a really fabulous first week of December!

The joy of the Christmas season is here.

Cards for the Troops

Holiday Troop Update

Hi Angels!

I was planning on this post a couple of days ago but I’ve had a couple of migraines.

The Holiday/Christmas shipment of cards to the troops is officially complete.

I sent 2 shipments out Oct. 30th and Nov. 6th of 9 boxes containing 2965 cards. One box was holiday thank-you’s for care packages they receive and one box was Christmas cards which have to be distributed by the chaplain at services since we have a restriction on “religious” cards. The remaining 7 boxes had a large variety of happy holiday type greetings.

Here are some samples of cards made by several members of the Let’s Make Cards group, who whole-heartedly support this endeavor. Many, many thanks!

And here are the photos of all the cards ready to mail.

Our next shipment of cards for the Troops will be Valentine’s, then back to everyday cards.

In the meantime, work has begun on the holiday cards for our other 2 charities, the Angel Tree program for our local Salvation Army and Feed His Sheep a local homeless ministry.

It is a true blessing to have so many who support our military and be able to send so many cards to support our unit.

Thank-you!

Cards for the Troops

Fall Cards for The Troops

Hi Angels!

I have been working hard getting the fall shipment ready of Troop cards. The fall shipment includes fall themed cards in no sentiments, thank-yous, happy fall and Thanksgiving cards.

The AngelS & I have been processing cards as they come in & today I finished the last few that arrived while we were on retreat. There are 3 boxes heading out containing 1012 cards!

With an average of 2600 cards coming in each month, we stay pretty busy processing cards. It should taper off a bit with the last of our holiday push on the horizon. This picture is just part of the cards ready to go. There are already 6 boxes packed for the winter holidays plus everyday cards. The 2 priority boxes are already being filled with the next batch of holiday cards.

I am so glad hubby had me get the bankers boxes as I was running out of containers for all the cards!

Cards for the Troops is purely a labor of love. Being retired military & having lived through years of deployments, I know how exciting it is to receive a piece of mail from your loved one when they are gone. The holidays are extra special and this year we will be able to send quite a few to help our service members stay in touch.

The AngelS & I are blessed so many card makers around the country are participating in this important ministry. They have the joy of making the cards, the Troops know we are thinking of them & their families, and the families are thrilled to hear from their loved ones via old fashioned snail mail.

Blessed to be a Blessing!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Classes, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

Star Shine

Hi Angels!

We had a great class today & even got a couple hundred more troop cards processed!

I had fun designing this astronaut card from Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps Over the Moon set. The planets & stars made a great background on a Distress spray panel. The sentiment is from an old FSJ set.

After checking out a new show with hubby after dinner, I cleaned up the studio & organized the troop cards into their categories. Going to be spending a good part of this week figuring out what I am taking on retreat next week. I always pack too much but at least we have a kitchen sink at the retreat house so that can stay home.

One more card to share from this fun class. Stay tuned.

Night!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Kindness matters, My Favorite Things

Troop Work & Hugs

Hi Angels!

It has been a very long day. The Angels & I worked many hours processing almost 1150 troop cards. I put in 9.5 hours myself. Whew!

Here is a look at both sides of the table after all our hard work. This is only part of what we got done. I got this packed into boxes ready for the holiday shipment coming up.

Despite the many hours of work, I decided to create a quick 10 minute card. I pulled a couple of die cuts off my work top. The “Hugs” is from My Favorite Things and the flower from happy mail. I picked out a background I had embossed awhile ago, added a card base & fast card.

All the Angels deserve a huge hug for all their help today! Many thanks! This is our favorite kindness project, providing cards for the troops to send home.

Time for some sleep.

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Sketchbook Floral

Hi Angels!

Whew! It’s been a busy day. I spent almost 7 hours working on Cards for the Troops with the help of the Angels for about 5.5 hours of the day. Makes for some good visiting time while we work. We processed over 670 cards today.

I created a relatively fast card tonight using the new Field Notes kit from Taylored Expressions featuring the Sketchbook Florals stamp set.

This is when it pays to have a stash of watercolor/spray type backgrounds on hand and these two paired lovely together. A quick cut oval, a couple of stamps and instant card perfect to brighten someone’s day.

Don’t forget to do something kind everyday this week. The world can certainly use a few more smiles and good surprises.

Cards, Cards for the Troops

Moonlit Gathering

Hi Angels!

I successfully had a play day today after spending lots of time working on the Troop cards this week. Which is good because the next couple of days are going to be busy and I really get cranky when I don’t get some creative time in. I have always said creating is as essential as breathing for me.

I will be hosting a slim line card class in August plus I have a challenge on the Let’s Make Card list to create some slim line holiday cards for the Troops so I’m playing with some designs.

I was looking for a particular product recently and of course had to check out what was new and spotted a couple of beautiful stamps by Creative Expressions. Tonight’s card features Moonlit Gathering.

It’s just gorgeous with some simple Distress Oxide blending. You have to look close to spot all the animals and it’s so neat how this silhouette image is designed.

I completed 2 projects today, started a third and did some leg work for a fourth. Overall not a bad creative day and I got some sunshine on a walk with hubby and Reilly our dog. It’s unusually cool for late July in Oklahoma. Fresh air, sunshine & art, what more could a girl ask for.

Have a Fabulous Weekend and do something fun for yourself!

Cards, Cards for the Troops, Sassy and Crafty Stamps

Let’s Be Mermaids

Hi Angels!

I am trying to rework my schedule so I ran out of time to create & post yesterday. Some of you know part of my ministry work is sharing cards for the Troops to send home to their families. We are in the middle of the holiday push and I received in 1136 cards last week and this was today’s mail …….

Yep 6 packages. I would have had them opened and counted but we had a power outage earlier today. I am scheduling troop work hours into my week and thankfully the AngelS help a lot. I was working on part of last weeks arrivals yesterday and simply did not get anything created. The Troops are going to have lots of choices over the fall/winter holidays.

Tonight I made some time to create. I discovered a new made in the USA company about 2 months ago called Sassy and Crafty Stamps. As much as I can I am supporting small businesses & US made. These stamps are so fun! For tonight’s card I used Salty but Sweet.

I used a Gel Press background mop up piece and embossed & watercolored the mermaid. And since life has been so upside down lately I figured “I’m done adulting” was the perfect sentiment to use.

I hope you have a fabulous week!

Don’t forget to spread some kindness and brighten someone’s day!

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Kindness Bloom

Hi Angels!

Busy day today! We had our first in studio class in 6 weeks and we got a few hundred troop cards processed & ready for the next mailing. My home team AngelS are amazing!

I thought a kindness card was a perfect way to end the day.

I used Unity Stamp Company’s new Words in Bloom stamp set. I watercolored the flower for easy color. A couple of die cuts and it’s a simple elegant card with heart.

Have you spread a little kindness lately? If not, this week is the perfect time to bring a smile to a friend or even a stranger. I know a lot of us still aren’t venturing out much but even a simple thank-you can make someone’s day so much better.

“No act of kindness however small is ever wasted.”

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Classic Christmas Plaid

Hi Angels!

It’s another fast card tonight. Busy day cleaning & prepping the next batch of troop cards to mail. There are 945 everyday cards heading out tomorrow to our unit. Yay!

I grabbed my new Paper Rose Merry & Bright die, some leftover holiday plaid from another project and tonight’s card was classic & quick. I can see using this die in a variety of holiday colors. Plus it comes with the matching solid outline for more versatility.

This will make a great troop card since I didn’t add any sparkle & it’s fairly flat making it easier to travel through the mail.

I hope you have a fantastic week! Don’t forget to share some extra kindness & encouragement!