Hopefully you're stopping by today because you heard about the Craft It Forward Blog Hop on Scrapbooks etc. Welcome, and thanks for visiting! I hope you'll be inspired to make your own card based off one of the original designs shown on the Craft It Forward site. Remember, if you create a card and donate it to charity, then upload the photo to our Craft It Forward gallery...both you and your charity each become eligible to win $500!! (That means $500 in cash to you and $500 in donations to the charity of your choice. How awesome is that?!)
I designed a card inspired by this original one (which I loved!) from Lisa Storms. Her project is the June project of the month on the Craft It Forward website:
What a great card design, right? I was immediately drawn to it, so I pulled out similar supplies and got to work. I didn't have any supplies like the fun star paper for the background, so I punched small stars from blue cardstock to create a similar look:
I adhered the stars with tiny pop dots for added dimension. I added a red cardstock border along the bottom of the card, then folded a yellow ribbon the same way Lisa did on her card. As a final touch, I added rub-ons to white cardstock to complete the "thank you" sentiment.
I like the way it turned out, and it was pretty easy to make (since I already had the basic idea from Lisa). I didn't measure the stars, believe it or not - I just eyeballed where to place them and down they went.
If you'd like to celebrate our nation’s independence by crafting thank you cards for the troops who protect our rights and freedom, then today is a great time to start! Make as many cards as possible (after you've been inspired by our blog hop, of course!), then join an Adopt-A-Soldier program to send care packages to the many men and women serving overseas. If you'd like an address for a soldier you can send packages to, just email me and I'll get one for you. Otherwise, you can google "Adopt-A-Soldier" and find plenty of participating programs.
Ideas of items to include in a care package:
- toothpaste, soap, sunscreen
- nuts, trail mix, beef jerky, protein bars
- candy, gum, mints
- baby wipes, chapstick, razors
- energy drinks or lemonade/gatorade packets
When shipping a box overseas, I recommend getting a large sized flat rate priority box from the US Post Office. The dimensions are: 12" x 12" x 5 1/2" and whatever you can fit inside will ship for one low price (only $12.95) to any APO/FPO address.
You can also mail blank cards to soldiers so they can fill them out and send them home to their family members! This is a fantastic idea for the many, many talented cardmakers who are likely joining us on the blog hop today. :) Check out the non-profit sites Cards for Soldiers or Operation Write Home to learn more about this idea.
Don't forget to visit your local veterans hospital to make a difference closer to home.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll be back to visit again soon. Be sure to stop by Lisa Truesdell's blog next to see the creative ideas she has to share.