Operation Support Our Troops

Last night was my stamping event to help support our Military Personnel.  Eighteen ladies joined together to stamp 60 Christmas cards that will be included in the donation boxes.

Loading BoxesMaria is dropping off her donations while Robin tries to organize the boxes a little.  Robin started collection the donations 3 years ago.  Last year we combined forces, Robin, Tammy and I held a stamping night where I designed cards for the ladies to stamp and send to troops all over the world.  Robin called a couple weeks ago to see if I was interested in doing it again this year so I put it on my November class list.  The class fee was bring the items on the donation list and any extra cards they had at home.
 Donation BoxesThis was shortly after we started.  Robin ended up with 8 boxes filled with donation items and 1 box filled with cards.  It was a very successful evening.

Laurie and girlsHere is Laurie,Cindy, Maria, Sheila and many others stamping away.
Cheri & JenniferHere's another table of happy stampers.  Jennifer brought two of her daughters to help out.

It was a great night of stamping and a wonderful way to start out the holiday season.

Christmas Bliss

 With the snow flurries we've had the past couple of nights this card is perfect.  There are plenty of pretty, sparkly snowflakes.

Christmas Bliss
The base of the card is Island Indigo with a layer of Smoky Slate that I embossed with the Northern Flurry embossing folder.  I added a Rhinestone to the center of each snowflake.  I stamped the Christmas Bliss with Island Indigo ink.  The banners are All is Calm Washi Tape that was adhered to Whisper White cardstock and the ends trimmed with the hexagon punch to look like a banner.  The final touch was added the All is Calm Snowflake Charm and I even added a Rhinestone to the center of the snowflake for a little more bling.

Fall Fest Take Home Project

This is the final picture from my Fall Fest Retreat.  It was an all day stamping event where the ladies completed FIVE projects — 1 home decor piece, 1 recipe card holder, 24 cards/tags.  This final project was intended for them to take home to complete or if they stamped a little faster than others they would have something to keep them busy while they were waiting.

Take Home ProjectThese four cards were made with pieces from the Watercolor Winter Card Kit — remember Projects 4 & 5 were also made from that same kit.  Wow, that's three projects from one kit — and we were able to get five people from two kits.  That's a lot of stuff in one kit.

Once again I forgot to take a picture of all the goodies the ladies received during the day so I "stole" Tina's picture.  There were a couple of differences but this will give you an idea of what the day was like.

Bag of GoodiesI hope you'll join me next fall for my Second Annual Fall Fest Retreat.  I think everyone agreed it was definitely worth it and they can't wait until next year.

Tomorrow we'll move on to other fun stamping and Christmas ideas.