I’m looking forward to seeing you this week, now that the Holidays are over! It has been rather quite around the store!
If Saturday’s Make & Take is any indication, everybody is itching to get back at it! I have to say, Saturday has been a good time to do the make & takes. Thanks to all who came out this week.
This Tuesday, Jan. 8th, Karen Schwochow will demo a cute little card gift box. I have attached pictures! You won’t want to miss it! As usual, it is free and starts at 6:30pm.
Next Saturday, the 12th is our first Operation Write Home session. Cheryl Harwick was nice enough to write up an explaination of what OWH is all about:
Do you love to make greeting cards? Do you find yourself “stockpiling” extra cards, because your desire to make is greater than your need? If so, you’re going to love our new “service” project — making cards for Operation Write Home (“OWH”). OWH is a national organization (www.operationwritehome.org) that provides troops serving away from home with high-quality, hand-made greeting cards that they can send home to their families/friends/supporters. You can get involved in one of two ways: 1) bring your card making supplies and join us in the workshop on the second Saturday of the month (generally – watch the calendar) to make cards to be included with the next OWH shipment; or 2) drop off cards at the shop with a packing slip. We’ll send a box on the 18th of each month, so be sure your cards are at the shop in time to make the shipment. Seasonal or holiday cards will not be sent if they are past the deadline (see the calendar at www.operationwritehome.org/deadlines)
OWH has a number of guidelines that must be followed. Specific details are available on the OWH website at www.operationwritehome.org/guidelines Here’s a summary:
1) Cards should be A2 sized, and must include an envelope.
2) The back of the card must be stamped with the OWH logo (a free stamp is available, details at www.operationwritehome.org/free scroll past the stamps available for purchase). If you don’t have the stamp, put a note on the cards and we’ll add it before shipping.
3) Cards should be on white or light cardstock. If dark card stock is used, they must be lined – line the entire inside to give ample room to write a letter.
4) NO GLITTER or other materials that might flake off. If you must use glitter, etc. cover it completely with Glossy Accents.
5) Stick with “appropriate” themes, and make sure your cards are timely. See the website for deadlines and appropriate themes www.operationwritehome.org/deadlines.
6) Quality is essential; quantity is not. The soldiers have requested high-quality cards to send to their loved ones since this may be their last written communication. Take the time to let your “love” show through your work – the soldiers do notice this. Note that there is a limit of no more than 20 cards of 1 design.
7) Use good, strong adhesives. No glue sticks or overall glued cards (a little glue is fine with embellishments, etc.).
Service to OWH provides you with a number of benefits in addition to the “warm fuzzies” of service to others (check out the OWH blog for feedback from soldiers and families): 1) access to tutorials, weekly “TV” webcasts, a lot of card sketches, featured designers, and some challenges; 2) a potential tax deduction for cards donated (be sure to complete a packing slip to receive acknowledgement from OWH –www.operationwritehome.org/files/OWHPackingSlip.pdf); and 3) you’ll be thinking ahead on your seasonal/holiday greeting cards (OWH deadlines are generally 6-weeks to 2 months prior to the holiday, etc.).
So . . . I hope you can join us on Saturday, January 12 for our first card-making session. We’ll be in the workshop between 12:30 and 3:30 — come when you can, you don’t need to be there the entire time. There won’t be a formal structure. Be sure to bring the things that you’ll need to make cards for donation to OWH – i.e. card-making supplies (paper, stamps, embellishments, die cuts, etc.) along with a basic card-making kit (scissors, adhesives, etc.). Our “theme” for Saturday is Easter cards.
If you can’t join us on Saturday, you can also drop off cards at the shop. Keep in mind that OWH is done with winter-theme cards and Valentines. Focus on Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and general spring-themed cards. Birthday cards, love you, miss you and thank you cards are always needed. Note that if your Easter or St. Patrick’s Day cards aren’t at the shop before January 18th, you’ll have to send them on your own to meet the applicable deadlines.
Sue Freeman’s class “Stamping on Acetate” January 12th (Saturday) at noon Fee $15 Please register as soon as possible to give Sue time to prepare the kits. I believe there is one more card, I don’t have a picture yet.
Saturday, January 26th at noon is Karen Schwochow’s Valentine Card class. Fee $15
Karen says there will be additional “Bling” added to these cards before the class.
And finally, Marla Nejvara will teach a Masculine Cards Class on Thursday January 31st at 6:30pm. Pictures not available at this time.
When you are in the shop next, be sure to ask for your new “stamp of the month” card. This year they are neon orange just to make them easy to keep track of!
See you soon!