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#1 Posted : Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:54:11 PM(UTC)
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Christmas in July
July 1 ~ July 29


Time for another theme, and this time we are going to get ready for the holidays. I know it seems a little early, but cards have to reach the units early in Nov in order to assure they will arrive back home in time.
And the holidays are a busy time for everyone and it isn’t always easy to find time to make cards for the troops and do everything else we need to do for our family.
Mail can take 3-4 weeks during the holidays, especially packages. You will have 4 weeks to work on cards. Plenty of time to make lots. The shippers will not be sending them back out though until October, so no hurry to get them finished or mailed. These are cards for the troops to send back home. Just remember a unit is about 125-150 men/women. A box of 300 cards is not very many to pass around. This is the time to mass produce and keep it simple.

If you have questions about shipping, it is best to direct it to your shipper by pm. If you just need the address you can request that info on the thread. Several of the regulars are able to answer that and other other general questions, sometimes faster.
East coast .. imnchghere
West coast & Mountain … Lguild
Central… utebandmom

PLEASE keep the embellishments limited. If it makes a lump in the envelope it is too thick. Layers are ok, but use the thinner pop dots and try to keep it to one. Also watch the sizes of buttons and brads. Skittles are discouraged.

* * * * For those of you who are new, let me explain how this works.

We have heard from spouses and family members of our deployed soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, how much they enjoy getting a nice card in the mail. Since there is no card shop in the neighborhood shopping center, we are the next best thing. We have been told the PX/BX/NEX run out of cards quickly and that having nice cards to send home to family is a great moral booster.

Make cards in any way that you want. All different, all the same, or a mix of both. Just leave the inside blank to give the soldiers room to write home in and include envelopes. NO stamp necessary, (soldiers get free mail when deployed.)
A2 size cards are the most efficient to package up and ship (300+ will fit in a box), however all sizes are fine and appreciated. Do what you are comfortable with and again have fun. Try not to have thick embellishments and glitter is discouraged for the safety of the troops. We are told it can get on their clothing and be seen with night vision goggles.

***NOTE there is a FAQ thread with answers in this forum. Please refer to it if you have any questions.

When you sign up you will sign up for how many you want to do 15,30,45,100. whatever # works for you. You will also tell us what time zone you are in. The time zone will tell us to whom you will ship your cards to when you are finished.

That shipper will then compile all the cards and send them to units on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other bases. Each time zone has at least 2 or 3 units (a unit is 120-160 soldiers) to ship to.

Shipping is an expense to us that all the shippers have taken on out of their own pocket. However if you want to donate a dollar or two for shipping expense overseas then we welcome that. All money donated goes to pay for shipping to the units. YOU DO NOT have to donate any money to participate in this project.

If you have any qualms or questions about what we are doing with Cards for Soldiers, please ask in the thread. There are several great ladies that help keep this going and are always around.

Thank you for joining us and for standing behind our troops.

~~ pat (imnchghere)

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#2 Posted : Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:56:30 PM(UTC)
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Tally Page

EAST

Amy S, ?
Dbson, 100
KarenCuller, 175
Phyllis, 100
Erika, 10
DebraGraham, 100
lirioblanco7, 25
meleecya, 50
LisaChaplick, 25
Eddieissocute, 50
PrincessGD's, 100
Bijou, 280
CraftyMem, 30

TOTAL EAST: 1045

CENTRAL

RGK, 84
lesalovesherboys, 25
NormaRankin, 35
Scrapgirl63, 50
Madylyn, 25
PeytonWalker, 15
DonnaMcKinney2, 30
abravesfan, 30
JudyM6, 30
MommyofChina, 30
dicegrll, 20
Alingra, 284
TheresaHerding, 50


TOTAL CENTRAL: 710

WEST/MTN

Larkspur, 24
Sonny, ?
DebraGough, 75
6gr8kdz, 50
BrendaLawrence, 236
dml, 75
mommNJ, 315

TOTAL WEST/MTN: 775

TOTAL ALL: 2420

Edited by user Wednesday, August 03, 2011 4:50:04 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#3 Posted : Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:48:14 PM(UTC)
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SIgn me up!

I'm not sure how many just yet, I'll get back to you.

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4:52:05 AM(UTC)
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Put me down for 50 to start....east....
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 6:36:37 AM(UTC)
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Put me down for 100. Maybe more - I will update if necessary.
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#6 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:20:03 AM(UTC)
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Put me down for 15 to start with..

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#7 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:34:58 PM(UTC)
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Put me down for 50. Thanx.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:37:03 PM(UTC)
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looking good so far and remember there is plenty of time to get the cards made and sent to your shipper.

~pat
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:21:56 PM(UTC)
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100 for me.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:38:42 PM(UTC)
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#11 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:54:57 AM(UTC)
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I will start off with 25 and will try for more as the month goes on.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:57:08 AM(UTC)
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Sign me up for 25, but hopefully I can do more.

I have jury duty on the 6th so I hope to be able to design several cards on my Gypsy and then cut them and put them together over the next couple of weeks.
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#13 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:11:47 PM(UTC)
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I will do 50 for the central time zone.
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#14 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:37:11 PM(UTC)
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I made 50 cards using this sentiment, various papers.....





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#15 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:48:01 PM(UTC)
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Great cards Deb. Simple but with a perfect sentiment. I might have to lift a few of the ideas for the Princess Grand daughters.
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#16 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:53:46 PM(UTC)
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Pat I needed something simple.....trying to use up some paper left over from last year too. I won a door prize at card class last time, choice of 2 single stamps or 8 sheets of paper....I chose the stamps....got a small tree and small nativity scene. May try some embossing with them.....and our demo is going with Christmas card classes beginning in July, so that might give me more ideas.....
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#17 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:10:23 PM(UTC)
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I'd like to help out with this also. Start me with 25 from Central. I will try to do more! This will help with my overly grandiose Christmas paper stash too!!
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#18 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:09:57 PM(UTC)
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Welcome Madylyn, yes a good way to use up that Christmas paper.

Deb, nice cards. I may try and post a few I have made; I always package them up before I take pics but since we have the whole month, I should have time for some pics.

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#19 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:00:19 PM(UTC)
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I will do 15. I am in the central.
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#20 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:10:44 PM(UTC)
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Welcome Peyton.

If anyone needs shipper addresses, just let us know.

Thanks for joining.
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#21 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:31:22 PM(UTC)
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Here are a few of mine.

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#22 Posted : Thursday, June 30, 2011 8:21:18 PM(UTC)
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#23 Posted : Friday, July 01, 2011 9:34:42 AM(UTC)
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Sign me up for 30 central.
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#24 Posted : Friday, July 01, 2011 1:22:15 PM(UTC)
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Great cards Phyllis...
Welcome to those joining in......
Deb
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#25 Posted : Sunday, July 03, 2011 11:20:35 AM(UTC)
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#26 Posted : Sunday, July 03, 2011 5:17:17 PM(UTC)
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Nice cards Deb and Phyllis. Thanks for posting them. Good for inspiration.

Welcome to our new friends.

Pat-put me down for 10 cards.

Thanks,

Erika
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#27 Posted : Monday, July 04, 2011 12:09:54 PM(UTC)
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You can put me down for 100 Christmas Cards.
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#28 Posted : Monday, July 04, 2011 2:55:14 PM(UTC)
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Sign me up with 25 to start with, Eastern
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#29 Posted : Tuesday, July 05, 2011 5:37:56 PM(UTC)
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Put me down for 30 in the central, but it will probably be more like 100. My mom is coming to visit and help, but I don't know how much time we will have.
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#30 Posted : Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:28:03 PM(UTC)
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Tally is updated. Thanks for all your support.
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