CardsforHeroes.org (CFH) collects handmade, blank greeting cards to send to the nation’s armed forces to write home on and keep in touch with their families. This really hit home with me this week when we stayed with cousins in Wyoming. One of their three boys is stationed in Iraq and hasn’t written home. I can’t imagine what that must be like for Mom. So, maybe some of the troops need a little help and encouragement. This month CFH is gearing up for the busy holiday season with their CFH Mini Bloghop to remind us all of their November 1 deadline for Christmas cards.
While trekking around Wyoming, I didn’t have the chance to make some new cards. (Believe me, I was on the look out for scrapbook stores, jumped out of my seat when I saw one in Cody, but sunk back down when I realized it was closed.) But, I do have my trusty laptop with me, so I thought I’d pull out some of my favorite cards from years past to share with you and hopefully inspire you to craft some cards for our troops.
I made this card in October 2007 in honor of Uncle Bill Burrell’s 105 year old seed company. It uses one of my favorite stamp sets, Punch Pals, and one of my favorite techniques, shaker boxes. The snowman seeds in the shaker box are Stampin’ Up! microbeads.You can read more about this card and how to make it here: Where do Snowmen Come From.
I don’t like peas, but I loved the concept of this card when I first saw Dawn Griffith’s twist on it. I just added the microslide ornament – which I adore. Unfotunately, the stamp set has retired, but I still love the idea of adding an ornament to a card. And, it’s so easy with our sticky strips and microbeads. Here’s the deets with links to two tutorials on how to make microscope slide ornament: Peas on Earth.
I love the vintage look of this card I made in September 2008. The featured stamp set, Winter Post, was in one of the mini catalogs that year, and I’m so glad it made it to the “big catalog” again. You can get the rest of the details here: Winter Post Encore.
Still not in the mood for Christmas? Here are some other deadlines for sending cards to the troops.
Halloween: September 20
Thanksgiving: October 5
All other cards: anytime!
And, of course, you can follow the CFH blog hop for more wonderful Christmas cards. The next stop on the CHF blog hop is to Bridget Larsen’s beautiful card using the stamping resist technique. Hold on tight, with you click to Bridget’s site you’re traveling all the way to Australia!