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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Secret Pen Pal Cards

Before Christmas, I was trying to plan the next card making session of a gross of cards to send to Love Letters in Altamont Springs, FL. Not to be griping about making the cards which I love doing, but sometimes just trying to come up with ANY card is mind straining! Especially when trying to get it prepped for maybe six friends to come (I have to also clean house for this event!!) and assemble so many cards.

A friend had given me several discontinued wallpaper sample books she picked up at Lowe's, one of which had numerous Disney characters. I made about 40 quick cards using some rickrack and other trims I had left from making the Little Dresses for Africa previously. Then it occurred to me that maybe the local hospital which is about a mile from my house would accept some cards on an on-going basis for the Pediatric floor. When I went to visit a friend, I went down a floor and asked about doing it and was able to leave the cards I had taken with me. So from now on I believe I will just make about 30 cards a month and hand deliver them to some local kids (and I won't even have to clean house!). This is an example of those cards:

Today, I looked through my stash of stamps and found this really cute beaver that I had bought at Michael's some months ago. This was in the dollar bin and is an acrylic stamp that I stamped then scanned into my computer photo program so I could size it to what I needed. I printed out this beaver as four 3x5 photos on letter size paper and, after I unclicked the 'fit to page' feature, as many times as I needed, then colored them with pencils before cutting them out. I used pieces of Whitman's Samplers' cushioning to make him stand out from the card. The hugs & kisses circle is a download from a digital scrapbooking freebie site that I receive automatically every day as an email.

1 comment:

Janice said...

I love them! I think I'll go to Lowe's and Home Depot and ask if they have any leftover sample books. I had asked (several years ago) at Sherwin-Williams but was told they didn't have any old ones and I couldn't "reserve" one. He never told me what they would do with the ones he had in the store, just that I couldn't have any of them. Bah humbug!

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