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A Thanks to my Volunteers – 600 Cards for Hero Hugs


The card above is not one of the cards we made for Hero Hugs, but it is my way of saying Thanks online to my helpers.  The technique I used is discussed in this prior post, and I just cut down the die cut sentiment a little smaller and used a different color set (Crushed Curry and Real Red) and Flashback Designer Series Paper.


These are the card designs I mailed to Hero Hugs and I showed them all previously.  My helpers made about 475 on Sunday, October 18th, and I finished up another 125 in the next two days.

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I am grateful to everyone who helped make cards (Anita, Bridget, Carolyn, Claire, Cynthia, Deb, Erica, Jackie, Jamie, Karyn, Kelly, Kristen, and Mandy), and need to call special attention to Kelly, for helping me so much with my prep work.  And see the handsome guy in the bottom picture above?  That’s my husband.  He stamped all of the snowflake cards for me, by himself!


As you can see from my hand writing, it’s better when I don’t write the messages in these cards, but I always complete any blank cards myself.  I think this set was fairly legible, as I can read it.  I will admit it, many times, I can’t read what I write.  Fortunately, I probably only had to write 30 cards, as friends Cynthia, Liz, Deb/Dyan and Joyce took more than 200 cards home to personalize.  Thank you, ladies!  I think it is nicer when the soldiers can actually read the messages.  By the way, if anyone in the military gets a legible card from Bonnie that is a Stampin’ Bon card, I’m sure a friend wrote it and signed my name.  I have sweet friends.

P1020423This is my personalized Circle Monogram stamp I put on the back of the Hero Hugs cards, so people know where they came from.  I think it would be cool one day to run into someone who received one of our cards!


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Nature’s Peace – 6th Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


Here is my 6th version of cards for my Hero Hugs event.  This card could be super quick, but I wanted the design to stand out slightly (literally), so it is heat embossed.  Because of that, it will be in my basement area where I usually teach classes.  I will keep my simplest cards upstairs.  One version is Cherry Cobbler and one version is Pool Party.


For both cards, I used Seam Binding Ribbon.  I actually just tied it once (is that half of a knot?) and clipped the ends.  I will pre make these, so volunteers can simply use a Glue Dot to attach them.  Pool Party seam binding ribbon is now retired, but Soft Sky looks almost exactly the same, and this is one of those instances where you can’t tell the difference between the embossing powder and the ribbon color.


By the way, these were my original version, which are also very nice, but the extra cardstock just makes the design pop.

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Letterpress Winter Snowflake Card – 5th Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


Here is a fun flip card we’ll make for the Hero Hugs event.  I will pre fold the card for speed and accuracy (even I get my folds backwards sometimes).  I am making this with the extra flap like my previous Snowflake card, (see how here), so volunteers will have room to write a nice message.


The card base is Soft Sky and is stamped in Night of Navy and Rose Red ink.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Good Greetings set.  A a hostess can get it free in addition to all the normal perks, with a $300 workshop (or you can just purchase it for $17).  I then punched it with the Modern Label punch, and sponged the edge, so it would stand out more.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Monday to see my next project.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Festival of Trees – 4th Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


This is another easy card for my Hero Hugs event.  I will let stampers choose between some of the trees in the set (Festival of Trees), but the rest of the card will be the same.


This is the filigree version, and I think it is very pretty, but since I don’t know if the cards will go to men or women, I’ll set this tree aside.  Ignore the fact that I didn’t emboss the accent piece with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  I actually made this version first, then decided I wanted a more masculine version (regardless of the Strawberry Slush accent piece) and chose the pine tree, and the embossed stars.  Because the color scheme has a contemporary flair, I don’t think it will offend the men.


I wanted the front of the card design very clean, so I put both sentiment stamps on the same block and stamped them inside.


The cardstock is Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush, and the ink is Strawberry Slush.  I punched the star using the Itty Bitty Accents punch out of Gold Foil Sheets.  The banner for the tree is cut using the Banners Framelit.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Friday to see my next project.  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Cheerful Christmas – 3rd Christmas card for Hero Hugs

First, I want to thank the Pals Paper Arts team for “picking” my Octopus card as one of the winners for the PPA 221 Sketch Challenge.  If you missed it, view it here.  I was so excited to see my name on their list!  If you ever need inspiration, visit Pals Paper Arts, and you will see tons of sketch ideas and color schemes, plus see how artists interpret the various challenges.


And now, another simple Hero Hugs Christmas card for your viewing pleasure.  This one uses classic red and green.


I embossed the cardbase with the Filigree Frame embossing folder, and it is a tight fit on the Hero Hugs card, because these cards are .25″ narrower than a standard A2 card (They are sized to fit in a special care package box).  When you use it for your own cards, it will fit just fine.


I used a Sponge Dauber to color the swirls of the embossed image using Real Red ink.  I then stamped the Cheerful Christmas sentiment with Garden Green ink.  I will pre-emboss and ink the red swirls for my volunteers.  Volunteers will stamp the outside and inside sentiments, and then write something nice inside.  If this were a smaller group and we didn’t have 500+  cards to make, I would certainly have the volunteers emboss and ink this themselves.  That isn’t difficult, it just takes time.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, my Hero Hugs event is partially sponsored by Thrivent Financial.  If you are a Thrivent member, there is a new benefit that any member can apply for to get up to $250 to use for a service project.  Go to Thrivent.com/actionteam.  It was very easy to apply, and since Hero Hugs is a 501 c (3), my project qualified.  Previously, I paid for all the Hero Hugs supplies myself, so I really appreciate the opportunity to get assistance with the expenses!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back on Monday for a short interruption in Hero Hugs Christmas cards, so I can post my PPA 222 Color Challenge card.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Mingle All The Way – 2nd Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


I am working on the rest of my cards for my Hero Hugs Christmas card making event on October 19th (cards for the deployed men and women in the military).  For this event, I am receiving partial sponsorship from Thrivent Financial, and I’ll share more about that on Friday.  If you missed the first card, view it here.  Because I have both experienced and inexperienced stampers help, I make the cards simple, so everyone can produce an aesthetically appealing card and enjoy the process.  For this card, I chose to make it contemporary and fun.


I taped the Real Red Woven Satin Ribbon to the back of the Back to Black Designer Series Paper (DSP) with plain Scotch tape and then used Fast Fuse to adhere that to the Whisper White card base.  For the event, I will provide Scotch double sided tape, because that’s easier for most, but if you attend, and are experienced with Fast Fuse, I will be happy to let you use that while you are here. We need to use a strong adhesive like Fast Fuze or Scotch double sided tape, so the materials hold together in a variety of climates.  Unfortunatley, this is not the time for the easy to use “Snail” adhesive.


The focal sentiment uses the Mingle All The Way set, stamped in Real Red ink, and I cut the Basic Black mat with the Starburst Framelit.  I will actually use up retired DSP to make most of the cards (see above), before switching to my current stock.  If you still have the retired DSP, you can make this card.  Just use Very Vanilla with the retired DSP, instead of Whisper White.  Other than that, it is made exactly the same.


My next four cards will all focus on the designs I’m having volunteers make for Hero Hugs, so for anyone looking for quick and easy cards, or just cards you can make en masse, without stress, you will appreciate these posts.

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Seasonally Scattered – Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


I make cards for Hero Hugs (Post here), and while I love to add bling and sparkles to my cards as a rule, I cannot do that with these cards.  They are going to deployed men and women in the military and no glitter is allowed.


This card looks great with some  Rhinestone Basic Jewels on a few of the flakes, but I compromised with Mini Brads.  They dress it up a little while still keeping our soldiers safe.

The Merry sentiment can certainly stand alone, but I like a complete thought, so I added the Christmas from the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set.  I finished it off with a stylized bow from the Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon in the holiday catalog, which matches the ink and cardstock.  This is a simple and pretty card you can make in large quantities in no time at all, and if you make it for non-military friends and family, use the Rhinestones.  You’ll love the effect!

I will be hosting a Hero Hugs event in Marietta, and will post details soon.  If you are in the area, and can come help make cards, I’d love to have you.  I keep the cards simple so any adult is able to make them look nice, and even if crafting isn’t your specialty, all the cards need a personal message, so you can come just write kind thoughts to our soldiers.

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back Wednesday for my take on the Snowflake Card made with the new Thinlet die in the holiday catalog.  To view my class list or purchase anything, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Keeping it Simple with monochrome cards

P1010572I like to make cards for Hero Hugs, an organization that sends care packages to our deployed men and women in the military.  Because I want to send a lot, I have friends help me, and not everyone is a crafter or even specifically, a card maker.  That’s when a simple design and monochrome colors can make for a really quick, but nice card.


I didn’t get pictures of every color when I was snapping away, but I did have my friends make these cards in all five 2014 – 2016 In Colors, and let them choose the design from the set Timeless Talk.   The ribbons on the cards are all from the same In Color set.  The ribbons have a really soft texture and light shine to them, and are all rich colors.  I think the Hello Honey is my favorite, because it really comes off as golden, and I could see using it for a variation of gold on Christmas cards, and for Thanksgiving.  To keep this card simple, I had my friends staple the ribbon pieces on the side.  I think it is a nice effect that is good for both masculine and feminine cards.


The Get Well stamp, which was current when I designed the cards in May, came from a set called Pefecty Penned.  It retired in June, but you could easily change out the sentiment.  Sassy Salutations has a really cute font and would work great on this card.


The top of the card is punched with the Spiral Border punch.  To make the assembly faster, I pre-punched and pre-cut all the card pieces, so my friends could just stamp, staple, adhere and assemble.

Hero Hugs needs Get Well and Thank You cards all the time, which is why you see the same sentiment. The cards need to be no larger than 5.5″ X 4″ to fit in the care packages.  I cut 1/2 inch off the short side of 8.5″ X 11″ cardstock, and then cut the length in half to end up with two bases.  Another biggie is no glitter, but you can read the specifications here.  Just page down to the card section.  Bailey doesn’t update this page anymore, as she is a very busy young lady, but does post pictures to the Hero Hugs Facebook when she has time.

Special thanks to my friends in Lavina and Billings, MT who helped me make these cards, and many more.  I can’t post all the designs and pictures-especially since the Sea Street Octopus card doesn’t fit the same criteria of this post, but I’ll try to post it later, because it is adorable and patriotic at the same time.   I will be visiting Montana in May/June 2015 and will host another event in Lavina, for those out west who want to help make cards.  I will post Hero Hug card pictures another day, highlighting  cards made by my Georgia friends.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you on Wednesday for a special Blog Hop with the InKing Royalty members.


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