Hello!

(Warning – lots of randomness here…)

Sorry I haven't been posting as much lately.  I have been spending a lot of time going through all the cards that I got for Hero Arts' Cards For Heroes Card Drive.  I already sent out all the holiday-themed cards, and now I am going through the non-holiday ones and getting them packed up.  Thousands of cards takes a long time to go through.  :)

Speaking of which… I had lots of holiday cards donated recently and it is too late to send over to the troops.  Does anyone know of anywhere I could send them?  I think I have between 50 and 100 and they are blank. If you have a good cause for them, email me and I will ship them to you.  I have donated so many in my neck of the woods.  Time to spread the goodness around.  Thanks!

Next… if Harry Connick Jr is coming to your town this holiday season – GO.  My sweet friends and I went last night and it was incredible.  A mellow concert with great New Orleans music.  And a hot man with a sexy voice.  Can't get much better. :)   I wasn't feeling good but was so glad I went.

Let's see… what's next…

Oh!  I have a class coming up!  It is on this coming Tuesday at Stamp Your Art Out.  I decided to add a couple more spots.  Call 513.793.4558 if you are interested.

I am so ready for the holidays.  Anyone else excited?  Can't wait to go with the kids to pick out a tree on Friday.  Love this time of year…

Layout - Trace Letters with Gems - Capture
(c) Creating Keepsakes Dec 08

There is still time to play along in the Stamp Camp on resist over on 2Peas.  (Click HERE to watch the video.)  There will be prizes!  Here is another resist example from back in the day – from my old online article on creatingkeepsakes.com.  I stamp circles on patterned paper with Verasmark and then clear embossed.  Finally, I rubbed some soft green ink over it.

MidJan - Patt Paper - Resist - Card
(c) creatingkeepsakes.com

And, last but not least, I just wanna say: Hey, crowdSPRING, hire Kelly Purkey for your new Community Marketing Manager!  Good luck, Kelly.  Love you. :)

Have a great night.

26 CommentsCards, Scrapbooking

  1. Rita

    I’ll have to check and see if Harry will be in my neck of the woods. I love to listen to one of his older CD’s “Red Light Blue Light” His voice is like velvet, and he’s very easy on the eyes!!!!

  2. Bridget N.

    I had such a thing for Harry Connick Jr. way back in the day during high school. My friends and I all thought he was hot. He is still easy on the eyes, and he has always been easy on the ears. Good to know he’s still got it! :-)

  3. charlene

    ditto that on Harry…I seem to remember that some Children’s hospitals like to have blank cards for the kids to give out…or maybe Ronald McDonald houses might like them…dunno. Love that you’re spreading the wealth, so to speak!

    LOVE that pic of you all on Christmas! So perfect!

  4. Kate

    You asked about the holiday cards – call your nearest military base and see if you can have the cards given to military families who will be spending this holiday season without their loved one. At an Air Force Base, you would get in touch with someone at Airman and Family Services.
    Hope this helps!

  5. What about donating the cards to a senior citizen residence or hospital so the patients can give them to their family/friends??

    If you have done this already in your area, feel free to ship to me and I will do it here!!!

  6. You could always donate them to http://www.sendlovetoday.com It is an organization that sends cards to people living with brain cancer.

    Hope that helps!

    Leah

  7. For the Holiday cards – you might check with a local Hospice organization. We did a lot of cards for a hospice group here in Austin. The patients loved getting handmade cards.

  8. Karen

    Jennifer I do physical therapy in some local (MO) nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The ladies would love some cards to send to their family members and friends.
    Thanks for considering it.

  9. Sandi

    Jennifer

    How about St. Jude Childrens Hosp.?

    I hope your cold is better soon. Glad you had a great night out with friends.

    Tree??? Wow you are in the spirit of the holidays!!! I bet your tree is wonderful.

    Blessings to you.

    Sandi N.

  10. how about this card for kids by Pat Adam, I stumbled on this by blog hopping, I will be sending out cards to her soon :)

    http://rubbermaid.blogspot.com/2007/09/blog-post.html

  11. Stephanie K

    LOVE that layout! :)

  12. How about the hospital or nursing home where they can send some out?

    Wish i could help ya, i have a ton we are going to see if the church will take

  13. Abi

    Hi there
    If you visit Michelle Wooderson’s blog Mish Mash, she is supporting sending cards to the Make a Child Smile foundation, about kids who could use some snail mail to make them feel better. I’m sure she would be delighted to have you help her out..

  14. Good morning! What a wonderful evening to go see that hunk of a talented guy! I love his Christmas songs… Ava Maria… oh swoon!!!!!

    I also like seeing him in movies… He plays a wonderful lovable bumbling guy in a movie with Sandra Bullock (but of course I don’t remember the title!)….

    OK.. about those cards… our little rural school has about 85 kids…K-6th. I could take them to our school so the kids sign them for a nursing home at the bigger town down the road 17 miles.. Just a thought… put it on your ‘if anything is left’ list!

    Another fan of All Things Christmas here!!!!!

  15. Sarah M

    Ah yes, Harry… :) Not sure if Canada is part of tour or not…

    You know I’d jump at the chance to be in one of your classes! My hubby has even said he’d fly me over (knowing that’s what it might take to get me in a small plane). ;)

    I was shopping yesterday and came across a sign that there are only 36 (now 35) days ’til Christmas!!! Yikes! I have some work to do! Can’t wait though. Both sides of the family have decided to go easy on Christmas this year so it’s mostly stocking stuffers to do…and I can’t wait to see my brother! It’s been a few months.

  16. Stephanie

    Hi – This is from Ginny’s Small Things blog

    The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers and veterans both in the United States and abroad.

    Holiday Mail for Heroes, which began Tuesday, Veterans Day, is a follow-up to the 2007 effort that resulted in the collection and distribution of more than 600,000 cards to hospitalized servicemembers. This year’s program will expand its reach to not only wounded servicemembers but also veterans and their families. The goal is to collect and distribute 1 million pieces of holiday mail.

    “As we enter this holiday season-a time to celebrate with family and friends-it’s important to remember the thousands of men and women who serve our nation in harm’s way and those who are recovering in military and veterans hospitals,” said Army Col. Norvell V. Coots, commander, Walter Reed Health Care System. “The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a wonderful outreach effort and a great way to acknowledge the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.”

    Holiday cards should be mailed to:
    Holiday Mail for Heroes
    P.O. Box 5456
    Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456

    All cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10. Cards should not be mailed or delivered to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

    For more information, visit http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil orwww.redcross.org/holidaymail for Holiday Mail for Heroes program guidelines.Walter Reed is not accepting mail addressed to “A Recovering American Soldier.”

  17. Being with Mike at Walter Reed through last years’ holiday, it really boost the soldiers spirits to get cards. This is from the WRAMC website:

    Holiday Cards to Wounded and Recovering Soldiers

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center cannot accept packages, letters, and holiday cards addressed to ‘Any Wounded Soldier’ or ‘A Recovering American Soldier’. The U.S. Postal Service is no longer accepting “Any Service Member” or “A Recovering American Soldier” letters or packages. Mail to “Any Service Member” that is deposited into a collection box will not be delivered.

    However, through a unique partnership between the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc., communities across America are invited to mail cards along with personal messages of support to wounded service members at military hospitals around the country.

    With the support of the U.S. Department of Defense and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and with help from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions, the American Red Cross will collect, review and distribute holiday greeting cards to wounded military personnel.

    For security reasons, the Red Cross will be able to accept only holiday cards but not packages. Red Cross volunteers will receive and bundle the cards, which will be shipped by Pitney Bowes Government Solutions. Then, Red Cross volunteers at the medical facilities will distribute the cards throughout the holiday season.

    Please address your holiday cards to:
    We Support You During Your Recovery!
    c/o American Red Cross
    P.O. Box 419
    Savage, MD 20763-0419

    Be sure to affix adequate postage. Cards must be received no later than December 27. Cards received after this date will be returned to the sender.

    Again, senders are reminded that “care packages” are not part of the program––send only cards and notes. Also, please refrain from using glitter or any other inserts that would not be appropriate in a hospital environment.

    People who want to express their appreciation to American service members may also consider making a donation to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping our troops and their families listed on the “America Supports You” website, http://www.americasupportsyou.mil

    Other organizations that offer means of showing your support for our troops or assist wounded servicemembers and their families include:

    http://www.usocares.org/
    http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/tooursoldiers/
    http://www.redcross.org

    The outpouring of gratitude and encouragement from the general public, corporate America and civic groups throughout the past year has been incredible. Our Warriors in Transition are amazed at the thanks and support they receive from their countrymen.

  18. What about donating the cards to a local Ronald McDonald house or Children’s Hospital. I know the people staying at these places usually need thank you cards (for nurses, staff, family, etc) but they can always use a Xmas card to deliver the same message. Just a thought :)

  19. mary doak

    Nursing Homes

  20. I always love coming to your blog girl!! So much inspiration– you’ve got me addicted to mini cards right now! hehe I was thinking children’s hosp too!!

  21. lynn whelan

    Hi Jennifer-
    Didn’t want to bother you with an email, but I am trying to find the video that accompanied this photo.
    http://heroarts.com/blogs/club/files/2008/05/emb-res-big450.jpg
    If you happen to see this post and you know where to find it, I’d appreciate it. I’ve looked here and at the Hero blog!

    thanks!

  22. amy

    First of all…LOVE Harry! I’m so jealous you got to go see him. I saw him a couple years ago and loved the concert.

    Our church sends out cards for get well, birthday, and thinking of you. They periodically ask for donations of cards. You are welcome to donate them to our specific church, but I would think any church that does something similar would be appreciative of them.

  23. Hi Jennifer. Have you thought about sending cards to nursing homes. I can’t stand the thought of the elderly being lonely at the holidays, breaks my heart. I’m sure they would be so happy for a word of kindness.

  24. Julie

    You could send the cards to Cards for Heroes. Our 4H club just recently donated 50 homemade blank greeting cards for soldiers serving overseas….they in turn can send the cards to their loved ones.

    Happy holidays!

  25. Hi Jennifer,

    For the holidays cards you can try your local Ronald McDonald House. Here is the link to their web site. http://www.rmhc.org

    Thank you for the wonderful comment you left on my blog! I’ve learned a lot from you, thank you for sharing!

    I hope you’ll feel better soon!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  26. DeniseLynn

    Great card – your projects are always such eye candy for me. As for the card donation: I make card on a regular basis for my local Gilda’s club. this is a place for people with cancer and their families to find support and hope. It’s wonderful! The volunteers work hard to provide a place of peace and friendship and we try to keep handmade cards available at all times for these families: for every occasion. We are always looking for more help in making cards as our “stash” often runs out OR you may have a Gilda’s Club in your area that would simply love such a gift.

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