A New Venture

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday. The weather was warm yesterday for the Air Show but with the clouds today it may be a little bit more cooler.

I wanted to share an organization I ran across this weekend while I was blog hopping. On one of the blogs I visited they mentioned a Cards for Heroes organization that ships bank handmade cards to our troops overseas. The troops can then use these cards to send a note home. Often our guys are in places that do not have stores they can go to and get a card when they need one. I thought this was a wonderful idea and I realized I had a lot of handmade cards sent to me over the years that I could re purpose. I contacted the organization and was told I could cut the card fronts off and attach to blank white cardstock folded for a regular invitation size card. So I started working on Saturday. I was able to get 3 boxes of cards redone.

There are some stipulations with the cards. There cannot be any glitter (didn’t know this but the glitter can stick to their clothing and thus make them visible in night vision). After sifting through my stash and taking out the cards with glitter on them her is what I will be sending out on Tuesday.

120 cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so excited to be able to send these cards off to someone who can use them. I have a lot of swaps from conventions I have attended as well as swaps I have participated in and I just realized I have a lot of ATC’s from swaps that I can make into cards so I will work on them slowly and get them out for our troops.
If you would like to help out this great organization, click on the blinkie on my sidebar and it will take you to the organization. Don’t feel you have to send them a large amount of cards, they will take 1 or 2 donations. You also do not have to send envelopes and no plastic sleeves (trash the troops have to get rid of). I used mailing labels to make a label for the back of my card to help expedite the processing. I have also bundled my cards by category to help out.
I plan on taking some time each month to work on holiday cards (they have them listed on their website) so that when the call comes out I have a bunch to send them. I will post pictures so you can see what I will be sending. These will be cards that are easy to mass produce so that I can do a large number. I may even solicit some volunteers! 🙂
I hope you will consider supporting this organization with a few creations of your own. Have a Super Sunday afternoon! I am off to make a card to post tomorrow.

Gift Set Sketch Set

Sorry for the late post but I had to wait for the right lighting this morning.

Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek for a gift set I was working on. Today I am sharing with you the completed set. I used the same color scheme on all the cards. I also used a monogram on all of them since this is for a special person. All of the cards fit the Color Challenge on Splitcoast Clean and Simple forum. They also fit the monogram challenge on The Pink Elephant blog. So here are my creations.

Card 2 (first card was posted yesterday – scroll down)

inside of card

Stamps: Speckle background (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Sizzzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, 1 1/4″ & 1 3/8″ circle punches, scallop border punch, Olivia Cuttlebug alphabet, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Zots, sticky tape, dimensionals
Card 3

inside of card

Stamps: Perfect Plaids (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Palette Noir Black, Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Sizzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, Harmony Cuttlebug alphabet, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog and Ribbons and Bows Oh My), scalloped oval punch, sticky tape, dimensionals
Card 4
inside of card

Stamps: Sweet Stems, Stitched background (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Sizzlits 4-pk Lots of Tags, 1 1/4′ and 1 3/8″ circle punches, Tempting Turquoise marker, Harmony Cuttlebug alphabet, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog and Ribbons and Bows Oh My), sticky tape, dimensionals

3 x 3 gift cards

Stamps: Dots & Daisies background, French Script background, Fresh Fillers (all retired), Itty Bitty Backgrounds Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Harmony and Olivia Cuttlebug alphabets, punches – 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle, large and scalloped ovals, designer label, photo corner, eyelet border, and large and small tag, Floral Borders Cuttlebug dies, ribbons (Pink Hedgehog and Ribbons and Bows Oh My), sticky tape, Crystal Effects, dimensionals
So which card is your favorite? I am planning on making a purse to put all the cards in. When I get it done I will share it with you. I hope you have enjoyed this sketch set. Thanks for looking and enjoy the Holiday weekend!

A sneak peek at the sketch set

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I would give you a sneak peek at my sketch set for this weekend and here it is. I am making a gift set for a friend and this is one of the cards in the set.

It actually fits into 2 challenges and I did not plan it that way. The first challenge I ran across was from a new blog that lists all the challenges they can find that are for the day. I was checking out some of the blogs and ran across The Pink Elephant blog. Their challenge for this week was to us monograms/letters on your card. Since I wanted to do some monogram cards for the gift set, this fit perfectly. The next challenge the card fits is for a color challenge from Splitcoast Clean & Simple. You were to use black, white, and 1 Bold Bright. I chose to use Tempting Turquoise. So here is my creation.

Stamps: Petite Print background (retired) Paper: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, white Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: scalloped circle and scalloped border punches, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ circle punches, Cuttlebug Harmony alphabet set, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Cuttlebug, Xyron, sticky tape, dimensionals
Hope you enjoyed the peek at what is coming this weekend. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

New Towne Village Cards for May

I spent yesterday morning at the retirement village making cards with the ladies. I had 3 cards but 2 of them were to be used for Father’s Day. These have to be simple cards as many of the ladies do not have the strength in their hands to do a lot of punching. I may have cased cards I saw in the gallery at Splitcoast but I made them over 2 weeks ago so I don’t remember. They are simple designs so they can be made fairly quickly. Here are the cards and the details.

Stamps: Sweet Little Sentiments (hostess), Sketched Bird (Hero Arts) Paper: Pacific Point, white, Good Morning Sunshine DS Ink: Pacific Point Accessories: oval and scalloped border punches, ribbon (Michael’s), sticky tape, dimensionals

Stamps: Wanted Paper: Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, ivory, Blue Bayou Patterns DS, Berry Bliss DS Ink: Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip Accessories: small star punch, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip brads (Pink Hedgehog), ribbon (Ribbons and Bows Oh My), crop-a-dile, dimensionals

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Great Outdoors (wheel) Paper: Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, ivory Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Accessories: raffia, chocolate button (Pink Hedgehog), Zots
I am working on some cards for my sketch set for Friday. This is a different kind of set as it is going to be a gift for someone. I will give you a sneak peek tomorrow. Thanks for looking and have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Eat Sleep Stamp Time Well Spent

I fell in love with the Tea Party DS paper the minute I saw cards made with it. It is usually paired with the Sweet Stems stamp set. When I got the pack of paper and opened it up there was a sheet of paper that when I looked at it it reminded me of the retired stamp set Time Well Spent. When I pulled out the set it was almost the exact same flower. I decided to pair the 2 for my card today.

Tracy at Eat Sleep Stamp had a sketch challenge last week. It was a cute sketch so I decided to use the Tea Party paper and Time Well Spent stamp set to create my card. Here is the sketch and my creation.

inside of card

Stamp: Time Well Spent (retired) Paper: Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, white, Tea Party DS Ink: Almost Amethyst, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Almost Amethyst – Certainly Celery – Pretty in Pink – So Saffron markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you enjoyed this card and it has inspired you to look at your paper and use sets that go with it even if the set has retired. Thanks for looking and have a Terrific Tuesday!