Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Operation Write Home

I was introduced to an orgainzation called Operation Write Home through my friends at SCS. OWH's mission is provide hand-made cards to soldiers to use to keep in touch with their loved ones at home. They do not have the luxury of running to Hallmark to send Mom a Birthday Card, or Dad a Father's Day card.

I am seriously trying to plan a Community cardmaking event, but am stuck at a place to hold it. While i am looking, I had the opportunity to do a Pal/Gal event at my MIL's church. Almost 50 pairs of Gals and their adult Pals. I prepped cards for them to assemble for OWH.

Here is a group shot of the cards they completed.

and then individual pics of the cards I designed.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Let's make it 4


I should've taken the day off from stamping, but had some time to putter this am. I was able to stamp between doing Easter baskets and breakfast with the kids, and the time we were going to my Aunt's house. I just HAD to post.. .make it 4 days in a row. It may be a first for me since I started my blog.

I have not yet photo'd and downloaded today's work, but here's an Easter card I made for my paternal Grandma. She'll be 93 in June, and recently moved into a nursing home.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tic Tac Toe??

Can I make it 3 days in a row of updating my blog.

Since it is EASTER weekend, I am showing a few more cards I've stamped over the past weeks.

The 2 flower cards use one of my favorite sets, the flowers are colored with some distress stains. The stains are really shown used in different ways, and i'll show you that when i get to try them... but for now i just colored a pc of white cardstock with them, then cut & stamped them.

The catepillar card, I made for my niece's 4th birthday last weekend. all the letters are die cut, the feet are from SU!'s owl punch, the head and tail are circle punches trimmed. This card is CASED (that's a nice way to say copied in the stamp world) from another SCS user. Her name is Jenna Barber.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Catching up on recent creative time

Last weekend, a fellow stamper had a bunch of us over to stamp. I could only go for a short time (family commitments). I took some images and markers and used the short time with friends to color.

Here are a couple cards I made with images I colored that day:

I wish the girl with the flags didn't photograph so dark... it's really pretty! I may try to rephotograph it, but just in case...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Stamps make for a FUN day.

There's a website I visit everyday, a borderline addiction. Well, I couldn't get online Tuesday night and most of the day Wednesday. It was torture. LOL!!! Luckily, I had ordered some new stamps, and they arrived yesterday. I was able to distract myself and put my creative mojo into action!

oops that thank you card won't flip horizontally like it should be...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mingle Challenge Cards

The rest of the cards I made for the challenges at the SCS Michigan Mingle:

My Mingle Cards

So at "the Mingle" ( SCS stamping weekend) we were given challenges... to use certain tools, images, colors, embellishments, etc. I was fortunate to be one of the first 10 done... which earned me a prize :-)
Here are my challenge cards:
(the first 4... stay tuned for the rest)

Catching Up

Catching up posting some cards I've made recently. These are from several weeks ago. I was going to post the ones I mentioned in my last post, but I realized I had not photographed them yet. So I'll work on that, and until then, take a look:

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Return to Stamping!

Well bloggees, I have been busy... stamping whenever I can between work and family.

I was even able to spend a weekend with my stamping gals last weekend. The group is from Splitcoaststampers, and this the 3rd year I've attended an annual "Mingle".

I have lots of fun stuff to share about the weekend, it'll take several posts, but some highlights are:

* 50 women in Novi for the whole weekend, escaping all "mom" duties.
* Completing 10 stamp challenges (and I was even fortunate to be one of the first 10 done, which earned me a fun prize. I'll post pictures of my cards soon.
* Swapping 45 cards - to gain even more stamping ideas and inspiration... I'll post the swap cards I made, soon.
* Surprise guests... 2 guys popped into the conference room Saturday after dinner to see what we were doing (they had seen/heard us the night before too)... we introduced them to the world of stamping... and I was intorduced to the world of THE DEADLIEST CATCH... The 2 guys were Mike and Travis from the show "The Deadliest Catch". They were in town for the Boat Show. They were great sports about 40+ women asking them questions, takign their photos, etc.
* Was introduced to a program called OPERATION WRITE HOME. Our attendees were able to donate hundreds of cards to OWH. In fact... the rest of this post is going to talk about this group

OPERATION WRITE HOME sends HOMEMADE greeting cards to soldiers -
giving them somethign beautiful to write home on.
They collect ahead of holidays and occasions in order to have the "right" cards available to soldiers when they need them. For example, Graduation cards are due 4/15... Father's Day due 5/21. And of course, they collect Birthday, Love, Missing You, Thinking of You, Thank You's and Blank cards all year round.

My brother in law is currently stationed in Afghanistan, and my Mother In Law and her church actively support them with many of their physical needs. I'm excited to use my love and talent of creative cardmaking to do my part.

I'm working on setting up a COMMUNITY CARDMAKING EVENT
as soon as I am able to commit a PLACE to have this event, I'll let you know

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in attending an event like this, I'd LOVE to have you come join the fun. Please drop me a line, or leave me a comment and as soon as I can get a place, I'll forward details.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE POSTS... where I'm excited to shar my challenge cards, swap cards, and other stamping I've been able to accomplish lately.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A week of stamping success

I love when i can chisel time to stamp (between kids, hubby, home, work, PTA, etc.)
I'd say I've had a pretty "successful" few days of stamping.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More vacation

Hit the maximum pics on my last post... here are just a couple more!

Not only Stamping

I know my intended purpose for this blog was to share stamping... but I just got back from vacation. One of the very few "real" vacations I've been on (alone with my DH, on an airplane, without kids, tropical)

We went to the Riveria Maya (aka Play de Carmen) butween Cozumel and Cancun

Here are some pics

HAPPY 2011!

One of these years, I really will figure out how to keep up with my blog.
Since it's still January - I'm starting here!

Here are a couple cards I made recently... The first I CASE'd off SCS. I left a sentiment off so I could use it for any occasion! Loved the combo of Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke (colors)

The other I made while doing a challenge. In the stamping world different people, groups, etc. will issue a challenge to use a certain color, layout, or something. So this is mine for Stamping Sisters In Christ (due Jan 8th)