Cards for Soldiers

Thought I would take a break from Christmas card making to talk about a project that is very dear to my heart – Cards for Soldiers.  This organization gathers together donated cards which are then placed into boxes of goodies that the military sends to their soldiers stationed abroad.  The cards serve two purposes:  First providing a much lifted lift to soldiers who are away from their homes and families and second supplying them with cards that they can then send to the folks back home.

The reason this is so dear to my heart is that I come from a multi-generational military family.  My father (Air Force) served in Vietnam, my brother (Air Force) served in Desert Storm, my son (Navy) served in Desert Storm, my husband (Navy) served in Vietnam and my nephew was in the Army.  So I spent a lot of time writing letters and sending cards as you can imagine.  I know firsthand how important it is to these men/women to receive support from us and how wonderful it is to get happy mail when you are so far away.

The organization I donate to and support wholeheartedly is Cards for Soldiers.  My wonderful contact there is Charly Matthews and she is so happy to take on the huge task of trying to fulfill the requests that come from all branches of the services.  She has quite a few she is trying to fill as I write this, so I have been busy making cards for the last two days.

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I know many of you out there have a stash of cards that could use a good home so won’t you consider sending some of them to her?  You can reach her via her Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/greetingcardsforsoldiers.   You can also see the types of cards they are desperately in need of right now.

And you can mail your cards to:  Cards for Soldiers
C/O Charly Mathews
388 E M 72 HGWY 
Grayling, MI 49738

Please consider joining in to help support our overseas troops.  Thanks, everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

Christmas Clean and Simple!

My third blog post this week and another Christmas card!  Woo hoo, I’m on a roll y’all!  This is another super simple card that still has that glam feeling to it but is much more traditional.  And you can literally make it in about 15-20 minutes – how’s that for fast!  Great for mass producing as long as you have the patience to glue on all this little sequins (or a helper).  All you need are 2 pieces of cardstock, 2 stamps, a bit of ribbon and a few sequins.

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I started with some Cherry Cobbler cardstock (love this color for Christmas) cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″  Then I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock that measures 4″ x 5-1/4″ for my focal panel (HINT:  Cut two of these as you will need the other one for the inside of the card).  Onto this I stamped the Christmas tree from Ready for Christmas using Garden Green ink full strength.  Gorgeous!  I then stamped the sentiment, also from Ready for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler ink towards the upper right leaving room for the ribbon trim.  I then cut a length of the 1/4″ Quilted Christmas ribbon and wrapped it around the Whisper White panel, tying it in a double loop bow (I’m getting a lot of practice with bows this week).  A few strategically placed Mini Glue Dots hold it in place nicely.  The panel is adhered to the card base using our Liquid Glue.  I took the second piece of Whisper White mentioned in my above hint and glued it to the inside of the card again using Liquid Glue.  Lastly, I glued Old Olive and Real Red sequins from the Brights Sequin assortment diagonally down the tree to mimic a garland.  And that’s it folks!

This is probably the shortest set of instructions I have written which just goes to show you how simple this one really is.  Give it a try!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions about this card.  You can order all of the supplies by clicking on the shop button at the upper right corner.  I would love to be your demonstrator!

 

Oh Joy!

I was reminded by Facebook (and a particularly festive friend) that Christmas is less than 3 months away – oh joy!  So I guess it’s time I turned my attention back to holiday cards.  I tend to be a procrastinator which in previous years has found me frantically searching for cards a week before Christmas and praying they will get to the recipients in time.  I promised myself this year would be different.  Full of determination (which hopefully will last), I created today’s card.

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This is a very, very easy card to make and is would be great to mass produce – handy, right?  Especially for procrastinators like me LOL!

The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.  I then pulled out my Eastern Beauty stamp set and lo and behold there is a stamp that looks just like a star.  I stamped three of these onto the upper third of the card base using Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

Next I cut a section of Bundle of Joy designer series paper measuring 3″ x 4″ which means you can get 12 pieces out of a 12″ x 12″ sheet!  This was adhered to the bottom part of the card base, leaving a narrow border of the Cherry Cobbler card base to peek through.  To hide the seam, I ran a thin strip of gold washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty series along the top of the designer paper.  I carried it from end to end, but you could just have it run the width of paper if you wanted.  Both looked good to me.

The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used the Everyday Label punch to cut it out.  I am loving this new punch y’all!  To help it stand out a bit more, I punched some Gold Glimmer Paper with the Everyday Label punch, then cut it in half vertically and adhered the pieces to the sides of the sentiment label.  This was then added to the card with Stampin Dimensionals.  The finishing touch is gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment which were added with just a touch of Tombow glue.

And that was pretty much that!  Once I had the design elements in mind it took no time at all to produce.  And it thrills me that I can get a dozen cards from 1 sheet of DSP, 6 sheets of cardstock and less than half a sheet of glimmer paper!

I hope that you will give this one a try.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  As always, I am happy to help and would love to become your demonstrator for all things Stampin’ Up!  Just click on the store icon in the upper right of the page.  Ta ta for now!

Life Is Better With…….

Hi Y’all!  It’s been too long, I know.  Seems like life just got in the way for awhile (yep, a cop out if ever there was one but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).  Any who, I promise to be better about posting which brings me to today’s card and I think the title says it all.  Life is, indeed, better with friends!  Keep scrolling for the details on how this one came together.

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I started with a base of Old Olive cardstock cut 4-1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5-1/2″.  I absolutely love the Painted Autumn designer series paper so cut a mat of 4-1/2″ x 3-3/4″.  This let the Old Olive ground it from being too busy.  This was glued to the base using my favorite Tombow multimedia glue.

Next, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3-1/4″ x 4″ but I didn’t do any stamping on it.  Rather it serves as the holder for the focal images and sentiment.  I grabbed the Pick A Pumpkin stamp set and got to stamping on a scrap of Whisper White.  I stamped the  large pumpkin and the medium pumpkin in Cajun Craze ink.  Then I stamped the gourd in Garden Green ink.  I stamped two of the bud-like leaves using Crushed Curry ink and two of the leafy stems again using Garden Green.  All of this went to the Big Shot and was die cut using the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets.

Then I laid out the pieces to see what would be pleasing to the eye before gluing anything down. Once I was happy, I adhered the large pumpkin and the yellow stem behind it straight to the panel with Tombow glue.  Next, I popped up the medium pumpkin using a couple of Stampin Dimensionals.  I laid the first green stem between the two pumpkins and glued it down with Tombow.  I snuck the second green stem under and to the right of the medium pumpkin and glue it down with Tombow as well.  That just left the second yellow stem and the gourd.  I glued the second yellow stem on top of the green stem angling it so it fell over the top of the medium pumpkin.  Then I popped the gourd up over that using a couple of Mini Dimensionals.  I did let the bottoms of the pumpkins and the gourd hang over the bottom edge a smidge.  I then adhered that whole panel to a piece of Soft Suede card stock cut 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″.  This left just a tiny border all the way around but was perfect at framing it.  A quick coat of Wink of Stella on the pumpkins gave them a bit of sparkle.

Since there was so much white space left, I went with stamping the sentiment in Soft Suede on a scrap of Whisper White (the sentiment comes from the Just Add Text stamp set.  It is punched out with the Everyday Label Punch.  I then punched  out two more labels, one from the DSP and one from Soft Suede cardstock.  I cut each of these in half vertically and glued them to the ends for a nice frame.  The sentiment is popped up on the panel with dimensionals.

Lastly, I cut another piece of Whisper White measuring 4″ x 5-1/4″ and glued that to the inside with Tombow.  I left it blank so it can be used for almost any occasion.

I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try yourself.  All the supplies listed are in bold above.  If you have any questions about it just drop me a comment.  If you would like to order the supplies to make it, just click on the link in the upper right of the page.  Thanks for stopping by!

Treats – No Tricks! Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Halloween Fun

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Yup – I love Halloween!  The costumed kiddies, the crispness in the air, the candy corn!  So I was delighted to participate in this month’s Halloween Fun blog hop.

I love seeing the many designs demonstrators have been doing with our mini pizza boxes and couldn’t wait to use them myself.  These boxes are food safe and large enough to hold a few mini chocolate bars so will be perfect for parties or just handing out as goodies.  This 3D project is super simple and only takes a few supplies, so let’s get started!

I cut all the pieces from the same sheet of paper from the Spooky Night designer series paper – it has designs on both sides which makes it great for this project.  The top piece measures 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ and is matted with black cardstock which measures 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″.  The four side pieces measure 3-1/4″ x 3/4″and are matted with black cardstock which measures 3-3/8″ x 15/16″.  The matted pieces were then adhered to the box using Tombow Multipurpose glue giving me that little bit of wiggle room to make sure they were positioned correctly.

Now on to the top.  I first cut a 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of black cardstock and folded it in half.  I then folded the bottom of each half inward about 1/4″ and glued these ends to the top of the box in the center.  This made a nice stand to adhere my labels to once they were done.

I next cut two labels from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Everyday Label punch.  I then used the outline stamp from the Spooky Cat photopolymer stamp set, inking it in Basic Black.  I then chose the Happy Halloween sentiment from the same stamp set, again inking it in Basic Black.  The sentiment fits so nicely inside the image from the first stamp.  Both labels were stamped so I could have one on either side of the stand.

For added interest, I cut two more labels using the Everyday Label punch, but this time from the same designer series paper.  Each label was cut in half vertically and the ends glued to either side of each vanilla label with Tombow.

For a little color, I used the magic potions stamp in the Spooky Cat stamp set.  This is a two-step stamp.  The outline was stamped in black and then each of the vials has a solid stamp so you can use different colors for each potion.  I stamped these twice and fussy cut them, then added one to the front label and the other to the back label using Mini Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used some of our Gold Metallic Thread which I wrapped around three fingers several times, cut and attached to the back of the front label using Fast Fuse.  Each of the completed labels was then glued to the black stand on top of the box using Tombow.

This project was so much fun to do!  Now I need to make about 11 more LOL!  If you have any questions about the techniques used, or you need help placing an order for the supplies, please leave me a comment and I will be glad to help you.

Be sure to hop to the next Krew post by clicking the Next button below.  If you missed the one before this, click the Previous button.  Happy Hoppin!

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Participants in this month’s hop:

  1. Linda Richenberg (you are here!)
  2. Sue Prather
  3. Jaimie Babarczy
  4. Jari Francis
  5. Julie Johnston
  6. Mary Deatherage
  7. Karen Finkle
  8. Amy Koenders

A Walk in the Woods Sympathy Card

I am always on the lookout for new techniques and thanks to my friend, Julie, I have one to share with you.  It is called duo-printing chlorophyll.  It doesn’t involve stamps or ink for the focal image – rather it allows you to take something from nature (in this case a maple leaf) and let its chlorophyll do the work for you with a little help from your Big Shot.

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This card starts with two pieces of  Watercolor Paper.  I recommend you use it rather than card stock because it will help the chlorophyll sink into the paper and give you a more defined image.  Why two pieces, you ask?  Well, with this technique you get a positive and a negative from each press and both can be used to make cards.

I took a lovely maple leaf from the tree out back (important to try and get a fresh one as you want it to be juicy) and sandwiched it between the two pieces of Watercolor Paper making sure the textured side of the paper was towards the leaf.  I put this between a folded piece of plain copy paper and then ran it through the Big Shot with the usual cutting sandwich – the extra thickness of the cutting plate helps a lot but if your leaf is really thick you may want to just use the regular embossing sandwich.  It takes practice to know which works best, so grab a couple of leaves to work with.

Once I had the imprinted leaf images, I selected the one I wanted to make my card.  I added a length of Burlap ribbon with a smaller piece knotted to the left side.  Then, I  layered the focal panel, using Tombow glue, onto a mat of Wood Textures designer paper to keep the natural feel.  I then popped this up on dimensionals to a second mat, made with the Painted Autumn designer series paper.  I had trimmed it so there was a really narrow border – wanted some of the colors to show through but not dominate.  You can just barely see it peeking out.  The finished focal piece was adhered to a card base of  Old Olive card stock using Tombow glue.

The sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  It was punched with a 1-1/2″ circle punch and matted with a 1-1/2″ circle punched from a scrap of the Painted Autumn designer series paper, cut in half and adhered to each side with Tombow glue.  It was then glued to the focal panel.  Lastly, three enamel glitter dots were added in the upper right corner.

So the next time you go for a walk in the woods, be sure to pick up some leaves so you can try out this technique.  It really is soft and lovely and a change from the traditional stamped card.   As always, if you have any questions or need help ordering the supplies used in this card, pop me a note and I will be happy to assist you.  Ta for now!

 

Sending Wishes Get Well Card

Bright and cheery cards are always welcome when someone is feeling down or sick so be sure to have plenty on hand.  Here’s one created with a new stamp set available September 1st that I think you are going to love.

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This card was made using double-stamping.  If you are not familiar with that technique, basically you take two (or three depending on how many layers you want) pieces of card stock, each panel cut a bit smaller than the previous one, and adhere them together with temporary adhesive so they won’t move.  Then you stamp your images so that they fall over all of the panels.  The fern image in the lower left is a good example of this.  Be sure to really press your stamp into the paper to get a good image or you will end up with it cut off where it crosses over the panel.  When done, carefully separate the panels and then mat each one with some designer paper for a unique look.

For this card, I used the sunflower stamp from Painted Harvest stamp set.  It is a two-step stamp and I used Calypso Coral ink for both (no need to stamp off which is really nice).  This looked lovely, but I wanted to incorporate a little yellow, so I inked the detail stamp  in So Saffron and stamped one more time, offsetting the stamp so you could see the yellow peek through.  I then inked the center stamp in Early Espresso and after that inked the little dot stamp again using Early Espresso to give it some added interest.

While the Whisper White panels were still temporarily adhered, I inked the fern image from Butterfly Basics in Pear Pizzazz and stamped it twice, full strength, in the lower left corner.  I then separated the panels and matted eacg with designer paper (from the Painted Autumn suite) using Tombow glue to make them pop.  The top panel was adhered to the bottom one using Dimensionals.  This was then adhered with Tombow glue to a card base of Old Olive cut 5.5″ x 8″, then scored and folded.  Another Whisper White panel was adhered to the inside and stamped with the fern image in both the upper left and lower right corners.

The sentiment on the front is from Butterfly Basics.  I stamped this onto a scrap piece of Whisper White.  I then stamped the tip of the fern image in the upper right and lower left corners, stamping off for a softer color.  Both ends were run through the Scalloped Tag Topper punch for a decorative finish and then Old Olive 1/8″ inch sheer ribbon was run through the holes and along the back, with a bow added to the left.

This card sounds like it takes a lot of work, but it is really easy to do and goes together quickly.  And, the result is just wonderful!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and will give it a try when the stamp set comes out in a couple of weeks.  Ta for now!