Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lots of Cards for From Our Hearts

This is what has kept me busy for the past couple of weeks. I have been prepping for and having workdays at the Cleveland County Christmas Store program. Our Christmas Store helps low income families provide presents for their families for Christmas. When they sign-up, they are required to put in 2 hours of work in order to be able to "shop". I signed up for 14 two hour sessions with Cards for the Troops to represent From Our Hearts. After 5 days/10 sessions and one day at OU for a short 40 minute session at a work retreat, I am working on the 7th box of cards to mail to From Our Hearts
I mailed 5 of the boxes off on Monday a total of 1466 cards. After 11 more kits were finished at yesterday's workday I am looking at nearly 1800 cards completed in just over a week's time! I have 2 more days the week after Thanksgiving and then this year is a wrap and time for a much needed break. 

And speaking of breaks, my first treat comes tonight, Thursday and Friday. I signed up for classes with Cheryl Mezzetti at our local scrapstore where I hold From Our Hearts events. I get to make 3 cool mini books and learn a ton of techniques to help keep my creativity fresh and inspiring. On that note, I am off to pack for class.

Remember just one gift of kindness can make a big difference in someone's life. Do something  nice for someone today. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Creative Sketches Week 5 Challenge

 Squeaking by just under the wire this week. Irritated my shoulder last week and the steroids just are no fun at all. This week's sketch gets to do double duty as my youngest daughter's birthday card. She turns 22 today. I hope she doesn't peek at my blog because she doesn't receive  her card until the family birthday dinner tomorrow ;0) She has requested Olive Garden and German chocolate cake, yum!

This was a quick and easy card to make. I spend some time working on 3-D flowers from time to time so the flower was already done and ready to go. I just added a rhinestone to the center to give it some sparkle. Because I make my flowers from scraps of cardstock, I had to pull a couple of retired colors for this card. I used the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch for the flowers.  I used the Finial Press embossing folder for the background. I cut the pieces to size first and then ran them through the Big Shot together at the same time. I debated punches for the verse and picked the new Decorative label punch again, 

framed it and used Stampin'  Dimensionals. The sentiment is from Curvy Verses.

While my daughter may have to wait for the family birthday dinner for her card, she still gets pampered a bit today. We are off for lunch, manicures and pedicures. Everyone can use a bit of pampering.

Almost forgot, to view more exciting creations using this sketch, be sure to visit the Creative Sketches blog.