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I made this first card to include in care packages for the 2 Airmen that I am sponsoring who are deployed with my husband.  I kept them simple so that they would be more masculine because both of the Airmen I got are male.  I kind of liked how my wheel didn’t stamp the stars perfectly – they are a little more vintage-looking because the solid part has some texture.

Not all of the Airmen that deployed are married, so if they aren’t then they are given a sponsor who will send them goodies occasionally.  The two I was given say they don’t need anything, so I’ll be sending them some packages of blank cards to use (see the pictures below) and also some cookies and other small treats.  I hope they like what I send and can use it all!!!

Here are the note cards I sent them several of to send home to the women that they love for various occasions:

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All supplies used are SU! unless otherwise noted.

With Appreciation Card:
Stamps:  Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Night of Navy and Whisper White CS, Washington Apple DSP
Ink:  Night of Navy classic ink
Accessories:  Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Assorted Note Cards:
Stamps:
  Upsy Daisy, Mega Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Cameo Coral and Whisper White CS, Raspberry Tart DSP
Ink:  Cameo Coral and Kiwi Kiss classic ink
Accessories:  Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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A Couple of Cards


You may recognize this first card from a kit we were able to buy as Demonstrators a while back. I kept it all the same except I trimmed a little extra off of the top and bottom of the Always Artichoke, and I changed the sentiment to a stamp from the Hugs & Wishes set. This card is part of 60 cards I'm trying to finish up for an Army Sgt who's deployed and wanted specifically some children's cards. Well, this isn't a child's card, but I hope it can be used too. The next card more fits the "bill."

Stamps: Simply Said, Hugs and Wishes, Canvas BG
Paper: Bordering Blue, Real Red, So Saffron, Always Artichoke and Naturals Ivory CS
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, So Saffron
Accessories: Pewter HPH, Twill Tape, Dimensionals, 1/2" Circle punch

This next card is one of two the "kids" cards I'm sending him. I'm going to have 20 kids cards in the package, along with 10 of the first card above, and then I hope to have the other 30 be Christmas/Holiday cards and maybe some of those might end up being more feminine (flowery) Birthday cards too. I asked if I could mail them to him a long time ago and haven't forgotten, but haven't had time to make them! I really want to get them in the mail by next Tuesday so he'll have them ASAP!

Here's a close-up of the lion's mane. I thought coloring it in with Really Rust after it had already been stamped in More Mustard would be easier than trimming it out of a second image in RR and mounting it on top of the MM. That idea is up for debate – I'm not sure it was easier to keep in the lines!!! 🙂 What do you think? Have any of you colored his mane a different color? How did you do it? Cut out the 2nd image with scissors and then put it on top, or color it like I did with a marker over the original image? Or perhaps did you use a hobby blade to cut out the 2nd image? I would love to know!

Stamps: Wild About You
Paper: Brocade Blue, DS paper from last year's catalog (can't remember the name), Whisper White
Ink: More Mustard, Ballet Blue classic inks and Really Rust marker
Accessories: stapler, Brocade Blue 5/8" grosgrain

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I just wanted to let everyone know that the stamping event I held today at the base went wonderfully! Many people came (I don’t have the sign-in list to know for sure) and enjoyed some drinks and yummy sandwiches provided by the Airmen and Family Readiness Center (I hope I have the name right – the AF changed their name from Family Support Center recently) and got to do some stamping and relax over their lunch break. A few people brought their kids (see the pictures below for proof) who did some stamping too, and overall I think that the 19 deployed Airmen from Laughlin are really going to feel the love from the base when they receive their care packages with the Halloween treats and cards from us. They will each get a Halloween card just for them, from all of us at Laughlin, and then a bundle of blank “thinking of you” and holiday cards to send back to loved ones. I know the cards are more simple than I normally make, but I had to have cards that anyone who had never even seen a stamp could duplicate. The sponging was a little hard for some of them, but overall I think everything was a hit and I love to stamp for a cause!! I was so surprised that even a few AirMEN actually came to stamp some cards for their fellow comrades today. It was great!!!Take care!



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First, here are the details for those of you in the Del Rio area that would like to attend my Cards for our Airmen event. This time around we’re sending Halloween care packages with treats and Halloween cards, PLUS a bundle of assorted blank cards for the Airmen to send back to loved ones and the care packages are going to deployed members of OUR base – thus they’re Airmen since we’re in the Air Force and we’re calling it “Cards for our Airmen”. I kind of got a tiny chewing out (more made fun of) for calling it “Cards for Troops” as I always have (I’ve been doing these for 3 years now), since Troops are technically Army military members. As for the specifics, here they are:

Where: “Su Casa” on Laughlin Air Force Base (call me to be sponsored on if you don’t have a military I.D. or if you just need directions to “Su Casa”)
When: October 4th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A lunch will be provided as will all of the supplies to make the cards.

*****If you would like to donate cards to this event, we will take any Thinking of You, Holiday, Thank You, Missing You, Birthday cards, etc. but they would need to arrive in my hands by Tuesday the 9th of October. If you ARE planning on sending me some, e-mail me so that I can give you my address and so that I’ll know to expect them if you already have my address.*****

Following are two cards that I made for the Color Challenge on SCS – CC133. The colors were More Mustard, Old Olive and Bashful Blue. The first card was one very similar to the last “Sweet Pea” card I did – I even used the Shimmery White CS again. The second was made from a piece of scrap CS I had leftover and so it’s an odd size, and I again made a Christmas card from non-traditional colors (like I did with last week’s color challenge – you can the card here). I know that freaked out a few of you 😉

This card was fairly quick to make and I don’t have much to say about it 🙂 I am really loving the wide grosgrain ribbon that SU! has now. Some of you were in my last ribbon share and got it and I hope you’re loving it too! The card itself was simple to make, without any frills or complicated techniques. I simply colored in the sweet pea with my blender pen and my classic ink pads. What WAS special about this card was that I used my free UHU glue stick that I received in the mail a week or so ago. In order to get it free, I was asked to provide feedback via my blog and link you to the blog where I found out about the free UHU samples. Here is the blog, and next are my comments on the product.

Here is a close-up of the image stamped and colored in on SU!’s Shimmery White card stock. I’m loving this stuff, especially for holiday cards like you’ll notice below. It really is pretty when you catch it at the right angle and in the right light. I wish it always looked this shimmery!!!

Stamps: Event Full, Word on Word
Ink: Black StazOn, Old Olive and Bashful Blue classic ink
Paper: Old Olive textured CS, Shimmery White, Bashful Blue and More Mustard CS
Accessories: SU! 5/8″ Olive Grosgrain

I got the sample in the mail and must admit that I wasn’t super excited because I don’t use glue sticks. I don’t like them, I prefer glue and am always found with the Scotch 3M brand of Quick-Dry Tacky Adhesive (now found at my local Wal-Mart – the only store in town – yippee!!!). I like the control of glue dispensed from a fine-tip applicator and the fact that it holds REALLY well. So, I tried this UHU glue stick on three different paper-to-paper combinations. I used it on the card above, as I mentioned. I glued the More Mustard card stock to the Old Olive textured card stock and found that it did not work very well in adhering the smoother Mustard CS to the textured Olive. I think the texture is what made this occur – with texture comes less surface area for contact, and it seemed like this glue stick needed a lot of surface area covered with it and in contact with the surface you were adhering it to. The Shimmery White card stock was glued to the More Mustard layer and I found that as long as I got the glue everywhere, especially along corners and edges, it adhered these two layers very well. I didn’t like how if you were trying to go along edges it would sometimes actually get on the outside edge of the paper if you weren’t super careful, and then you risked smudging it onto the top of you layer, or in this case, on top of my Shimmery layer with my image on it. There’s definitely not as much precision possible with a glue stick as with a glue coming out of an applicator. As I said though, it did adhere these two layers just fine. The More Mustard layer I also used the UHU stic on to adhere it to the Bashful Blue layer and I observed the same thing, that it worked fine on this smooth card stock as long as you adequately covered the card stock with it. I did not use it on the Blue Bashful layer, that one is mounted onto the textured card stock with dimensionals. Overall, for the price (under a dollar!) these little sticks would be a good investment for mass producing items (like for swaps) as long as you aren’t using any textured papers. I will continue to use mine in such instances. Where I’m really worried about quality (edges not getting glued down) I won’t use it, but that’s just my personal preference and the things I observed when using the product. Check it out for yourself at Maria’s blog listed above!!!

This next little card is the one I mentioned that I made out of a scrap piece of Old Olive textured card stock. I used one of the stamps in the Winter Mini Catalog called Season of Joy. I did not, however, use the images that are ON the stamp with the word “JOY”. I used my handy-dandy Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to take one of the flower images on that same stamp and place it in the “o” and I also took the little flower with a circle around it and colored it with my marker and placed it in the spot where a star was over the “j” to “dot” it. I’d love to hear what you think.

Here is a close-up of the pretty shimmery paper and the pretty “Fire” rhinestone brad that I added to the flower in the “o”. I’m really having fun with these brads, but the “hoarder” in me doesn’t want to actually USE them on any of my cards or projects!!! I tend to do that with embellishments… 😛 LOL

Stamps: Season of Joy
Ink: Black StazOn, Bashful Blue and More Mustard markers
Paper: Old Olive textured CS, Shimmery White, Bashful Blue and More Mustard CS
Accessories: SU! Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, SU! Fire rhinestone brad, Stamp-a-Ma-Jig

I’ve got to run, I’m supposed to be somewhere by 5:00, so I’ll post the recipes to these two cards later. Take care!!!

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Recently, as I’ve mentioned before, I helped organize an event here at Laughlin AFB where volunteers
came and stamped cards for the members who are deployed right now from our base. There are 68 or so that are deployed and that’s a lot considering the mission of this base is to train Air Force Pilots, so most of the Active Duty on the base are Officers are deployed. Of that 68, most are enlisted troops from Security Forces, Civil Engineering, and so on. A lot of them leave family members behind, and there are also many of them who are single. Either way, we like to send them care packages to show that (as the name says) we care and miss them and are praying for their safe and speedy return. Well, the card that we made them is obviously the first picture. I kept it simple since almost none of the 15 or so volunteers had ever stamped.

These other pics are a couple I took of the volunteers stamping. What a great way to spend some time doing something for someone else!! Isn’t that what we’re doing MOST of the time as stampers? I don’t think a whole lot of us sit and make cards for ourselves, or even most of the other projects we make. I challenge you to make a card today for someone in the military.

Whether it’s someone you know or you just want to send the card in to someone that’s organizing card collection for the troops, take a few minutes to do it. As everyone likes to say, there isn’t a Hallmark in Iraq (or any other deployed location).

Here are some links to a couple of ladies who are organizing collection of cards to send to troops:

Debbi Dresser

Kyla Maestas

Dawn Griffith

Of course my girls had to stamp while we were there and Emma really wanted me to post a picture of them too, so here they are:

Take care!

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Kyla Maestas is having a great contest for a good cause, so please take a few moments to check this out on her blog. I actually have sent cards in to Debbi before (see this post) and will be posting pictures tomorrow of a Cards for Troops event that I provided the supplies and directions for for the deployed members of my own base – Laughlin, AFB Texas. This is worth your time, and will be greatly appreciated by those your act of kindness affects. Thanks! Click here to go to the post on Kyla’s blog. Take care, and enjoy this little notecard that I made in just a few minutes. I used the SU! stamp set Sassy Stems, Black StazOn, Prismacolor pencils, baby oil, blending stumps, and SU!’s notecards and envelopes. It’s nothing much – just a quick note to a friend, but I thought you might like a picture along with this post. 🙂

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Well, either in today or tomorrow’s mail, I will be sending FIFTY cards (with envelopes) to Debbi in support of our troops. You may remember this post telling you about this great cause that Debbi is a part of. She is a member of Operation Mom, and I hope that this little bit helps them in their efforts to support our troops. To see more info about Debbi and Operation Mom, click here. Here is a picture of the cards. I made all but 4 or 5 of them. I didn’t have many swap cards sitting around to add because everyone always does card fronts. I’m kind of happy that almost all of them are cards I made. They are for all different occasions: Thank You, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, In Sympathy, Thinking of You, Happy Birthday, etc. (even a couple of Halloween cards in there – heck Army troops are usually deployed for 1 year+ at a time!!!) Anyway, if you’ve got spare cards around, check out the info on this great cause and get them out to people who could use them!!! Thanks.

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