Congrats to: Nancy M, Donna, Jan Brumbow, and Jen!!
|Thank goodness it’s not dancing skills that make THIS chick crafty! 🙂|
This next item is ohmygoodnessdelish! It’s not a card, but I can’t resist showing it to you! It’s all paper and bling, and took this artist 6months to make – it was crate-shipped in four parts.
I got a peek at the new simplicity border punches from Tonic (see more here), and they are AWEsome! They punch nicely, designs are cute, and they take up a lot less room than a lot of other punches.
This really blew my mind….stay tuned for more info, I’ve got some research to conduct:
And I found some new paper companies I really liked – this is from a new company called Kite Tails, and the line is “Man Cave” – lots of really fresh geometrics in great guy colors:
And of course my eye was captured by the cool papers by Glimpses/Signify Pink…stay tuned for some cards made with a 6×6 pad on an OWHtv episode near you sometime:
This last photo is entirely un-CHA related….but I wanted to be sure no one missed it…are these not the cutest little kiddos who got cards from Dad in Afghanstian!!
With an empty spot on the blog today – and with me being awake hours before I needed to today, agh! – I thought I’d take time to let you all know what’s been shakin’ at CHA so far!
We arrived on Saturday, and our team met to set up our booth! CHA has an area set up called the Community Park – all the nonprofits are in this red-and-white striped section, which has lots of chairs and tables in the middle. There are faux trees, topiaries, and fake grass 🙂 Yep it’s a park!
|Our booth is the second one in on the right, half of it showing in this view.|
|The early skeleton of our booth…we hung up a flag signed by our heroes, and added our banner in the back!|
|Strike that “scissors” pose!|
|Yeah baby! I’ve now done a flashmob! Bucket list checked off!|
And I wanted to share a crazy thing that happened in the last few days….remember me telling you we weren’t going to bother to go vote anymore? Well….one of our heroes saw that post. And his reply to me: “No way. You can’t quit. We got this!” So the link to vote has been going around Afghanistan and parts beyond, so guess what? We’re back in first place?!?
|Volunteers Samantha and Debbi working hard!|
|Our guns are loaded!|
|A lovely donation jar on the counter, made by Sue. Leslie’s manning the front desk.|
|One of Sunday’s thank you card kits.|
|This card kit got a LOT of attention! Recognize that clock?|
|Mom, I love you! And your May Arts ribbon too.|
|I took a shift at the table!|
|Debbie and Leslie: May we help you?|
I don’t have many pictures from the rest of my day – I am so bad about remembering to get out the camera! But….I spent my time Sunday visiting existing OWH partners and delivering some love to them…thank you certificates and copies of our Annual Review! It was an ‘easy’ day for me that way….spending my time with folks who already know and love us, and sharing successes as opposed to selling them on the idea of playing along with us.
Of course Hero Arts was on the top of my list. They had our stamps prominently in their booth….this was taken during setup:
I had a wonderful chat with the man you all have dubbed “Mr Hero Arts” – and he was so thrilled with how our partnership has begun! I asked how sales were doing and he said it’s going wonderfully. Wonderfully enough that he thinks we need some more stamp sets! So get your thinking caps on ladies, they welcome our ideas!! I’ll be talking with him further when he stops by our booth….we’ll see if we can talk him into making a card 🙂 And I promise pics!
Lots of our other partners were so excited to see us, and are asking if we’ll do another hop like the 11.11.11 one….I didn’t realize just how much they liked that! So stay tuned for more…we might have to have a bunch of them so we can fit everyone in on short hops 🙂 🙂 🙂
I was passing by the Ranger booth and saw Tim demoing the new distress markers….I couldn’t hear much from standing behind him, but I was more fascinated with the new paper he showed – it’s not glossy but not dull – it’s kind of a cross between them. It stamps SUPERclear detail, and takes alcohol inks…I’d love to try some Copics on it, so I might take some supplies over and see if I can do some testing. Will let you know what I learn! (And they’re working on a Tim tutorial on the distress markers, so keep an eye on his blog.)
And here was the booth of my fears….lol. Glitter on the FLOOR! Aiyeeee, I tiptoed around it 🙂 It was SO shiny! 🙂
During my lunchbreak yesterday I shot a superfast vlog….I’m having all kinds of connectivity issues here, so even posting the link on Facebook was a challenge. So if you missed it – here you go!
Operation Write Home,
Thank you for the blank cards which I used to stay in touch with my wife and kids from Afghanistan. Where I am stationed, card stock or envelopes are not available. Just when I was hunting around for writing material your gifts came arrived.
I appreciate your help in keeping me in contact with my family and providing thank you card to people who send boxes.
Surprise! Yes, we do have a Mailroom Monday report for you, amid the CHA chaos 🙂 Your shippers were extra-wonderful this week and got their data entry done before I left town, so I got to sneak in a little report here while at the airport. Unfortunately I have no time to get your map ready, but here’s at least a limited report! 🙂 -Sandy
Hello, cardmakers! Y’all are really bringing the beautiful each week with your sketch cards! I love visiting your blogs and galleries and seeing your take on the sketch. I hope you all visit each other and leave some encouragement – you might find a blog or two you want to follow while you’re doing it!
This week’s sketch challenge is slightly different in that our sample maker Sybrina also created the sketch itself! Thanks so much, Sybrina, I enjoyed having the week off, lol!
Here are Sybrina’s beautiful samples. To see more of her work and to leave her some love, please check out her blog, Scrapping With Purpose. My favorite here is the big star – it’s an AnyHero card, too!
What will you put in the big circle? A stamped image? A large sentiment? Or will you use a circle at all – maybe some other shape? Be sure and come back here to link up and show us!
To play along in this week’s sketch challenge, simply upload a project using this week’s sketch to your blog or online gallery then leave the link to that entry using the Inlinkz widget at the bottom of this post. And remember, you may use this sketch at any time. Feel free to re-post the sketch on your blog along with your card… then come back and leave a link for us so we may all see your cards!
We encourage everyone to take a few moments to visit and leave comments for the other participants. Comments are a wonderful way to say thank you for sharing your creative project and inspires everyone to create.
These photos were found on Sandy’s Facebook wall – they are a hoot! From the soldier posting them: “The guys realy liked the cookies. Its amazing how photogenic guys get when treats are involved!” Many many thanks to Archway for matching our Valentines with cookies!!
Captions below each are those posted by the soldier:
I’m Taking the last box and there is nothing you can do to stop me…. hhaahhhaaa!
Notice how SPC King is guarding his cookies like a Football receiver running for the touchdown.
WOO HOOO look what we got!
Hey Eric look what we got today.
|WOW someone sent us cookies!!!!|
Say cheese…. No Way how bout COOKIE!!!
|Yummmmmuuuummm, they’re so good I just cant stop eating them.|
|Aussie friend, have some American goodness, better than your biscuits.|
“Hey Sarg, these are realy Good.”
Thank you for continuing to send the BEAUTIFUL cards! Yours always go the fastest! We can not replenish them quickly enough! It means the world to our troops to be able to send cards home to their loved ones. They will come in with the intention to send one card and then 12 cards later they realize they’re late for formation! (I also like to send your cards to my loved ones too!)
Here are some pictures of the troops writing your Valentine’s Day cards while eating Archway Cookies. I put the pictures on our USO Kandahar Facebook page and tagged Operation Write Home and Archway Cookies in the first picture.