Monday, September 20, 2010

Cards for the Troops and Regional Swap Card

Well I have properly neglected my blog haven't I? I have been hosting almost non-stop events to benefit From Our Hearts, 4 in the last 6 weeks alone. With the help of my event participants we have boxed up and sent off over 1700 cards! We have been busy, busy around here. I have 8 more events scheduled this year before I am finished. When you view the thank-you letters on the From Our Hearts blog, you realize how very small this act of kindness is and what a wonderful impact it has on the lives of our service members and their families. I have included a picture of the new display board. The old one lasted a year but was looking a bit ragged around the edges from being toted about. I think the new board came out really spiffy and has received many compliments. Plus I designed this one so I can change the cards out more frequently by turning the clear plastic sleeves into pockets. The next picture shows 3 priority boxes ready to mail to From Our Hearts. They know my boxes have arrived when they see the angels.

I was able to attend my very first Stampin' Up! event on Sept 10th, Regionals in Ft Worth, Tx. I had lots of fun and learned some new tips and techniques. This was my swap card. If you look very closely at the display board above, you will see another version of this card that I designed for the troops with donated paper. I used the new Designer series paper from the Holiday Mini, Candy Cane Christmas, the Tags til Christmas stamp set, the Petals-a-plenty embossing folder, basic rhinestones, 1/8" taffeta ribbon in Real Red and Whisper White, Real Red, Garden Green and Blushing Bride cardstock to create this card. A classy fun card for sure.

More news soon. I am still organizing my new art room. Hard to do with all the events. I'll share more pictures soon including the new room and some of the cards I design or case for the troop events.