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Hi Everyone.  Happy Tuesday night.

Tonight's card was created from the Just-add-ink sketch for this week.    AA_Sketch
I love the clean and simple feel of the sketch and really enjoyed playing with it.  I suggest going along to look at the site to see the inspiration cards and the submission cards.  Also, the design team have done a great tutorial on using crystal effects with re-inkers.  I know you will fill that interesting. 

Be sure to read all the way through this post for information on the final numbers for our card drive - and announcement of the next card drive.

Here's my take on the sketch.  I got the chance to use a set that I don't use often enough!

SO, I forgot to photograph the inside - sorry, Trish!  But it has the honeypot, colored and finished off with Crystal Effects and says "to say have a honey of a day"!

Card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Just Buzzin By
  • Inks:  Black StazOn
  • Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Daffodil Deligh 1/8" ribbon
  • Tools:  Crystal Effects, scoring board, Square Lattice embossing folder (for the black panel behind the bees); 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" punches

Card instructions:

  • Cut Daffodil Delight to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"  - score and fold at 4 1/4
  • II cut another piece of Daffodil Delight to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" and used my Martha Stewart scoring pad (just because it has scores at every 1/8" inches and makes scoring this much so easy)  and scored at every 3/8 going in both directions.  I couldn't create a honeycomb effect, but tried to do the best that I could
  • I ran a piece of Basic Black card stock through my Big Shot with the Square Lattice folder.  Piece is cut to 2 7/8 x 2 3/4"
  • I wrapped a piece of Basic Black grosgrain ribbon around the single piece of Daffodil Delight and secured it.  I then did the same thing with a piece of the Daffodil Delight 1/8" ribbon.
  • I used Crystal Effects on the bodies, heads and wings of the bees and left them to dry. 
  • Once the bees were dry, I added Basic Rhinestones to their antenna and also to the flower.  I then adhered all four squares to the square lattice black background using dimensionals.
  • I then stamped the "buzzin by to say..." sentiment in Black StazOn and stamped on the scored front panel.  (The whole sentiment actually says "just buzzin by..." - but I didn't have room for the whole sentiment, so only inked up the last part of the sentiment.)
  • I then adhered the scored/ribboned panel to the card base and adhered the focal panel to the card using dimensionals.
  • Stamped the inside, and finished it off. 

On a personal note: I wanted to let you all know that I spent all of Sunday afternoon - and into the early evening, preparing, sorting and packing up the cards from our last OWH and hugsandhope drive.  We collected 500 cards.... Yep..... 500 cards... well, just a little over, but I rounded the numbers!  So, thank you to Soozie, Rach, Lissie, Terri, Beth, Lynn, Brenda, Cherie, Cam, Adelle and Janna. 

I am so grateful to all of you for your beautiful cards.  I had the most amazing fun looking through each and every card again.  There are really some amazing cards.  So, 500 people (servicemen/women or children) will be so happy to receive your cards - and many of those will have a double happiness value as the servicemen and women get to choose a card and send it to a loved one! 

Special shout out to Terri, who is actually from Canada, but created cards knowing that they would be going to American troops.  Needless to say, I am THRILLED that we have managed to send over 1300 cards across the two card drives.   A special shout out to Trish, too.  Even though Trish is going through chemo, she managed to make some cards for the drive... amazing!  YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!

Now, many of you asked about our next card drive.  I'm thinking its a good idea to do a Christmas card drive.  Closing date for submission of the Christmas cards is October 30.... So..... THE NEXT CARD DRIVE FOR OWH WILL RUN FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER.  The theme:  Holidays..... Christmas cards with a religious theme, secular holiday cards, holiday cards in Spanish, Kwanzaa and Hannukah.  Any and all of the above will be very welcome.  Actually, I can't wait to try my hand at some different holiday cards to recognize those who serve and the fact that they are of many religions and ethnic backgrounds.  I actually look forward to making some Kwanzaa and Hannukah cards.  Chanuka/Hannukah runs early this year, if often coincides with the Christian Christmas timeframe, but is actually early December.  Kwanzaa is on December 26. 


  • anyone sending 10 holiday cards, with envelopes, for the troops will be entered into the drawing for the Jaydeestamping give away. 
  • Only two prizes will be drawn this time.  A $100 first prize and a $50 second prize.  Money to spend with moi on Stampin' Up! goodies.  Think of all the great things you could get from the 2010/2011 Idea Book and Catalog or Holiday Mini. 
  • For every 10 cards and envelopes you send, you will get one entry into the drawing.    
  • REMEMBER...... NO GLITTER!!!!  I spent an hour on Sunday trying to clean glitter off cards, my table, and me.  If one card has glitter on it and it is in the pack that you send, the entire card set is compromised.  Glitter is exceptionally dangerous to the troops as it is incredibly reflective and can be fatal.  So, please, no glitter.  If you really want to use glitter, then encase the item that you have glittered in Crystal Effects.  It works really well, it still keeps the glitteriness and manages to contain the glitter to where it doesn't come off.

Prayers tonight for Trish - tomorrow is chemo day... Stay strong, my friend, it is almost the end of your treatment.  For Germaine, T, Pri, Arthur, John and for Lou's dad.

As always, thanks to all of you for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  Your visits, your support and your comments are greatly appreciated.   OH..... AND I AM ALMOST AT MY BLOGOVERSARY.  Yep, just 4 more posts and I will have been blogging for 365 posts.  As I post almost daily, that really is just about a year of blogging.  Thank you all for giving me the encouragement to continue and to do this every day.

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