Sunday, October 2, 2011

Operation Write Home

In October, our Stamp Club "The Stamping Stampede", will be making a large quantity of greeting cards to send to soldiers.  There is an organization called 'Operation Write Home' that collects cards created by others and sorts and bundles them up to send overseas.  One of our club members suggested that this should be our theme this month.  Soldiers don't always have cards or even writing paper to send letters to loved ones so that's where this group steps in and helps.   What a great idea! 

 Here are a few cards that our group may be making.  I've got a couple more to design but these are a start.  Ideally, I would like a total of 5 simple designs and we can make 10 or 20 of each design for a total of 50 or 100 depending on how ambitious we are!!  These a mostly one layer cards (with a few exceptions) so they come together very quickly.  With a group of 10-12 people, we can make a nice stack to donate!

The top card is made by inking up a clear block for the background and then stamping the birdcage from the "Nature Walk" set.  The second card uses the butterfly from Creative Elements and stamping a second time after inking for the lighter image. 

The above card is also made with the Creative Elements stamp set.  Elegant, but very easy!
The card below just uses the 'thinking of you' sentiment with some punched out flowers using the Boho flower punch and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.  Super simple!

The types of cards most needed by our servicemen and woman are birthday, thinking of you, and thank you.  I'd also like to make a fun card for a child - lots of parents are servicing our country too so their children would love to receive something in the mail from them!

Little Bo Peep!

10 tiny fingers and 10 tiny toes

My nephew and his wife recently had a baby girl and I wanted to make a special card for them.  When I saw a card similar to this in the catalog I knew I wanted to add ruffles!!  So I used the Nursery Times stamp set from Stampin' Up! and the perfect polka dot embossing folder.  I colored it in with my new crayons from the catalog and blended the colors with a blender pen.  The crayons are very smooooth to work with.  I'm going to have to do more projects with them!

This picture looks 'peach' but the color is really 'Pretty in Pink' like the top picture.  The sentiment used (10 fingers and 10 toes) is from the Sweetly Said stamp set.  Notice the embossing folder was used on the envelope as well as another ruffle.  It's totally girly girly!