Good morning and welcome to another very special edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up Independent Demonstrator.
I know that the Blog has been silent for just a bit but the craft room has been exploding with busyness and I can not WAIT to share with you what I’ve been up to!!
Today, I would like to share with you a project that always has me super excited and holds special meaning in my life and in my heart.
Over the last 8 years, I’ve participated in a very special card drive called Cards For The Troops. All of the cards are homemade and specially designed for the men and women who are serving overseas during the holidays and can’t be home with their family, friends and loved ones. I’ve been with the same organization all 8 years and last year with combined efforts, more than 30,000 cards were sent.
I know it seems kind of crazy. I live in Texas, it’s a million and one degrees outside and wait a second – it’s only July! There’s a very good and reasonable explanation for that. I start this early (June) because I like to have a fair amount to be able to send and they’re due to the organization by the end of October/beginning of November. Starting them this early also ensures that I also have the time to do cards and other creations for family, friends, colleagues and coworkers.
Shaded Spruce Cardstock Item # 146981
Real Red Cardstock Item # 102482
Whisper White Cardstock Item # 100730
Gold Foil Item # 132622
Shaded Spruce Classic Ink Pad Item #147088
Best Year Bundle Item # 154104
Layering Circles Dies Item # 151770
Multipurpose Liquid Glue Item # 110755
*NEW* Adhesive Sheets Item # 152334
Stampin’ Dimensionals Item # 104430
I began with our standard A2 Cardbase in Shaded Spruce Cardstock.
I ran the Real Red Cardstock through my die cutting machine with the dies from the Best Year Bundle. I’m going to refer to the die cut Real Red Cardstock as Layer 1 for easier reference.
I cut the foil down to measure 4″×6″ and also cut the Adhesive Sheets down to 4″×6″ sections and placed it on the back of the Gold Foil Paper before placing the die from the Best Year Bundle to create Layer 2 and creating the plaid.
I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere Layer 1 to the Shaded Spruce Cardstock, removed the paper from the Adhesive Sheets using my Take Your Pick Tool of Layer 2 and placed the Gold Foil directly over the top of Layer 1.
*NOTE* I had never used the Adhesive Sheets before. It took a little getting used to but Stampin’ Up can take ALL my money just for the convenience of NOT having to use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue on Layer 2. More to come later in Blog.
*TIP* I cut the Real Red Cardstock to 8 1/2″×5 1/2″ and used Paper Snips to trim the top to fit the A2 Cardbase and did the same to Layer 2 once it was adhered to Layer 1.
I cut the Whisper White Cardstock down (scraps work too) to 3″×3″ and stamped the “Warm Wishes” sentiment from the Best Year Stamp Set in Shaded Spruce Ink and die cut them using the the Layering Circles Dies. I also die cut the gold scallops using the same dies.
I added some interest to the project by adding Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the stamped sentiment and adhering them directly to the center of the gold scallop and used Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the scallop directly to the front of the card.
I have a tendency of getting bored if I make anymore than 10 of the exact same card. After 10 I have to change it up. So that’s exactly what I did. Here are 4 more samples of Cards For The Troops of the cards that I made using the exact same supplies only in different colors.
With 10 of each of these designs already complete that’s 50 cards 100% complete and ready to be sent out to the troops in October and I’m not done yet!! My goal for 2020 is 150 cards!! Over the course of making these 50 cards, I ran out of the Adhesive Sheets and ended up having to use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue on Layer 2. Very thinly it does work/will work but it became very time consuming. I ordered more of the Adhesive Sheets immediately.
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I know that this has been a rather lengthy one but thank you so much for continuing to read along with me. Until next time, Happy Stampin’ everyone!