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ktfabian2 12-01-2012 05:06 AM

COMPLETED - THANK YOU! Cards for OPERATION WRITE HOME (Soldiers), 4+1, Due March 15
 
Welcome to My First Swap!
I spoke with Heather (QuillingQueen) and she's o.k. with two swaps for the soldiers going on at once!



Cards for OPERATION WRITE HOME (OWH)
Operation Write Home is an organization that collections homemade cards and sends them to soldiers overseas for the soldiers to send to their loved ones. Please be sure to see their guidelines for cards below.

We'll be making Full Cards, 4.25" x 5.5", 4+1, the plus one going to Operation Write Home You don't have to specify your theme, but please stick to general themes: Thinking of You, Missing You, Birthday, Thank You, Love, or blank. Please, NO Holidays.

Quantity : 4 +1, You won't be getting one of your own back, so please make an extra card to keep.

NVR, but please read through OWR's guidelines below.

No Recipes required, but please include a post-it with Swapper's Real Name and SCS Name with your card in case someone has questions about your technique.

OWH GUIDELINES (Please read and follow! You can read more Here at Operation Write Home or feel free to ask questions.)

1. NO GLITTER that can rub off! Glitter also is dangerous for our heroes, making them visible to night vision goggles. Stickles or pens that apply glitter are o.k., according to OWH.

2. Please leave the back of the card plain for me to stamp "Operation Write Home".

3. Line cards that have been made with dark card stock with a lighter color inside so soldiers have a place to write their messages home.

4. Use Quality Supplies - Remember that some of our heroes may be using sand as their writing table and thin paper will be hard to write on in these circumstances. Please use quality card stock for bases such as SU, PTI, GKD.

5. Do Not Use Foamies, Itty bitty stickers or glue sticks to put your card together. These don't hold up to the rigors of the battlefront.

6. Some Dimension is O.K. - and appreciated! But don't go wild. No big vintage buttons or deep 3-D embellishments to make sure the cards the soldiers send go through the postal service.

7. Please remember these cards are being sent by Soldiers so no cards that say "Wish You Were Here" or with sentiments to "mommy" or "daddy". They ask that we stick to the general themes that I've mentioned above.

8. No Hand Written Sentiments - Military wives have shared with OWH that they've gotten upset when opening a card and seeing another woman's writing inside. Let's not give them any reason to wonder.

Deadlines:
Sign-up date: Feb. 15th
Due IN MY Hands: March 15th. I understand that life sometimes gets in the way of our swaps, if you have to drop out, please send me a pm as early as possible. Any cards received after the 15th may be returned to sender.
Return Date: I'll mail back cards within 10 days of March 15th

Mailing instructions:
Packaging:
Place swap items in a large baggie for waterproof purposes. Write your real name, SCS name and swap name on a piece of paper and include in the baggie for identification purposes.
Swap Return:
First Class: Place baggie inside a self-addressed stamped envelope for return mail purposes. The amount of postage on your SASE should be the same amount that it takes to mail to the swap hostess. To insure that enough postage will cover the returned swap items, include additional postage which will be returned if not used.
Priority: Inside your baggie, include a self-addressed priority label and one priority stamp. I'll provide the priority envelope.
NO METERED POSTAGE!

I'll PM my address to all swappers at a later date.

Please feel free to sign up for more than one spot! Special prizes for anyone taking more than one spot or who donates their cards to OWH!

Thanks!
Tracy (Proud Mom of a Veteran of the war in Iraq)



Sign Up to Make Cards for Our Soldiers!
1. Lois577 - donating all cards (Thank You prize)
2. Lois577 - donating all cards
3. Monicas Silcott - donating all (Thank You Prize) Rcd. rec'd
4. Monicas Silcott - donating all rec'd
5. Quilling Queen (Heather) - donating all (Thank You Prize)
6. Quilling Queen - donating all rec'd
7. StampingGoodDeeds (Susan) - donating all (Thank You Prize)
rec'd
8. StampingGoodDeeds - donating all rec'd
9. Carace (Carolyn) - donating all (Thank You Prize)
10. Carace - donating all
11. Mawmaws29 (Martha) - donating all (Thank You Prize) rec'd
12. Mawmaw29 - donating all rec'd
13. klb108(Kari) - donating all (Thank You Prize) rec'd
14. klb1082 (Kari) - donating all rec'd
15. mariel0012 (Marie)
16. ValerieO (Valerie) - donating all (Prize) rec'd
17. ValerieO red'c
18. Stamp Wizard (Sandra) - donating all (Prize)
rec'd rec'd
19. Sophiecat (Lily) donating all (Prize) rec'd
20. airbornewife(Pam) donating all (Prize) r ec'd
21. airbornewife donating all [COLOR="Rec'd"]rcd

22. airbornewife donating all [COLOR="Rec'd"]rdc[/COLOR]
23. airbornewife donating all[/COLOR] r ec'd
24. mrslaport (Marilyn) rec'd

ktfabian2 12-01-2012 01:03 PM

Just checking to see if there was any interest yet. Hopefully someone will sign-up and be first soon!
Tracy

lois577 12-02-2012 07:15 AM

As you can see from my siggy, I'm quite familiar with OWH. :) Please sign me up for two spots and I would like to donate my return cards also.

ktfabian2 12-02-2012 04:18 PM

Thanks so much for being my first sign-up! I don't plan to cancel, even if it's just you and I, I have a bunch of cards to send to OWH already, and we can add ours and I'll send them on their way! Could you please pm me with your address sometime, I have a little Thank You I'd like to send to you for donating your cards.

Thanks again for signing up,

lois577 12-02-2012 06:08 PM

Glad to hear that you won't cancel, but don't give up. There's plenty of time for more swappers to join. The threads tend to slow down this time of year since everyone has so much else going on, so it's good that the due date isn't until March.

monicas silcott 12-03-2012 12:55 AM

Tracy, please sign me up for 2 spots as well. I'm donating all of mine.

Quilling_Queen 12-03-2012 07:53 AM

Hi Tracy,

I'll take 2 spots & donating all...

StampinGoodDeeds 12-03-2012 11:31 AM

Hi Tracy -- I'm in for two spots all donated as well. My son is in the Army and I appreciate all that anyone does to encourage them and support them!

ktfabian2 12-03-2012 07:35 PM

Monica, Heather and Susan,

Thank You!! Thank you for signing up and for donating. It's so important to support our soldiers (and their families!)

My son is in the PA Army National Guard, but at times he seems to put in almost as much time as an active duty soldier. He was training and then in Iraq for a year, spent almost 9 months preparing to go first to Qatar and then Kuwait, only to have both deployments cancelled at the last minute. He's also been mobilized for state emergencies three times, most recently spending 3 weeks in NYC following Hurricane Sandy. We're so proud of what he's done with his life but also know that there are many soldiers who don't have families standing behind them.

I adopted a soldier through Soldier's Angels who was serving in Afghanistan. She's been there for over a year when my first package arrived. It happened to get there faster than my first letter, and she was so surprised that a package had been sent to her that she actually called security to open it! What a shame!

So thank you and Lois for helping to do something to support our men and women still serving overseas,
Tracy

Carace 12-04-2012 03:16 AM

Hi Tracy -I'll take two spots, donating all.

Proud aunt of a US Marine!

mamaws29 12-04-2012 05:14 AM

Sign me up for 2 spots and I will be donating all of them. Great cause! God Bless our Servicemen!

tryingtofindtime 12-04-2012 05:11 PM

subbing for now...I need to complete a bunch of swap first, and tax season is coming for so jan,feb,mar, apr is very busy for me working two jobs!! so I don't want to over commit. but I'm hoping to have lots of crafting time during christmas I'm taking a week off.

ktfabian2 12-04-2012 06:50 PM

Carolyn and Martha,

I've got you down, thank you both for joining me!

Kristen,

I understand about the overextending concern! I have two laundry baskets full of sewing projects that are supposed to be done for Christmas, and what did I do tonight? I was up in my craft room making birthday cards for a swap I joined! I love sewing for my grandchildren, but sometimes making cards is just so much more fun. We'll keep a spot for you just in case you find time.

Thanks to everyone who has joined!
Tracy

ktfabian2 12-05-2012 03:42 PM

bump

klb1082 12-06-2012 12:57 PM

Please put me down for 2 spots, and donate all to OWH. :)

ktfabian2 12-07-2012 01:47 AM

I've got you Kari, and thanks so much for signing up and donating all of your cards! There are going to be a lot of happy soldiers at the end of this swap!

Tracy

ktfabian2 12-07-2012 01:52 AM

BTW, you all need to pm your addresses to me so that I can send you your thank you prizes.

Tracy

Stamp Wizard 12-07-2012 09:32 AM

Question: If I want to donate ALL my cards, do they have to be all the same design? I have a lot of cards that I've had as samples for classes I've had, I don't need all these and would like to donate them. Will that be OK?

ktfabian2 12-08-2012 04:59 PM

If you're donating, your cards do not need to be all the same. They just have to adhere to the guidelines of Operation Write Home. You're also welcome to send more than 6 or 12, if you signed up for 2 spots.

I hope you'll join us!
Tracy

mariel0012 12-09-2012 05:28 PM

Please sign me up. I will take one spot for now. My brother leaves december 14 to afghanistan

lois577 12-10-2012 04:39 AM

Wouldn't it be cool if he got some of the OWH cards or, even better if he sent one back to you?

mariel0012 12-10-2012 05:53 AM

Morning ladies. have a beautiful day

ktfabian2 12-10-2012 03:37 PM

Welcome, Marie.

Your brother will be in my prayers for a safe return. I know it's not easy having someone in a war zone. My best to you and your family. Is this his first deployment?

My son has a pending deployment to Afghanistan next year. They won't know more til early next year. Now that he has a wife and two young children, he's really hoping it won't happen, but if it does, he'll go. He's in the PA Army National Guard.

Thank you for joining, let us know if you need support during your brother's deployment, we're here for you,
Tracy

mamaws29 12-11-2012 04:37 AM

Praying for all our troops!

ktfabian2 12-11-2012 01:32 PM

Thanks, Martha!

As the mother of a soldier, I can't tell you how much I appreciate the prayers. My son does, too.

Tracy

2kidsonly2arms 12-11-2012 03:15 PM

Please sign me up for this project! I am a veteran of The Navy. My husband is a veteran of The Coast Guard and my father was a veteran of The Marine Corps.

I am all about supporting our troops!!

Stamp Wizard 12-12-2012 06:58 PM

Tracy

Another question....

Can I put my name on the back of the card: Handmade by Sandra Lewis

I also have the stamp for Operation Write Home that I can stamp on the back.

ktfabian2 12-15-2012 09:36 PM

Sandra-

Yes, you can put your name and if you have the OWH stamp, feel free to stamp that as well. It will be a few less cards for me to stamp it on! Thanks.

Sorry if it's taking a little longer to get to your questions and sign-ups. I've taken on WAY to much Christmas sewing for my family (5 pj bottoms, 1 little boy's pj's, a bunting sack for my 6mo grand daughter, overalls for my grand daughter, and new curtains for the kitchen!). So most of my time is being spent chained to my sewing machine. I will get back to you within 72 hours, though, I promise!

Thanks everyone and enjoy your holidays,
Tracy

lois577 12-16-2012 12:20 AM

Tracy, I have the OWH stamp also, so I will use it to stamp the backs of my cards. That will save you a little time. Of course, it doesn't help right now. :( Good luck with all that sewing! I'm sure it will be very much appreciated.

Stamp Wizard 12-16-2012 10:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ktfabian2 (Post 19888279)
Sandra-

Yes, you can put your name and if you have the OWH stamp, feel free to stamp that as well. It will be a few less cards for me to stamp it on! Thanks.

Sorry if it's taking a little longer to get to your questions and sign-ups. I've taken on WAY to much Christmas sewing for my family (5 pj bottoms, 1 little boy's pj's, a bunting sack for my 6mo grand daughter, overalls for my grand daughter, and new curtains for the kitchen!). So most of my time is being spent chained to my sewing machine. I will get back to you within 72 hours, though, I promise!

Thanks everyone and enjoy your holidays,
Tracy

Tracy
Don't worry about getting back to me/us quickly. I think we are all very busy doing many things this month!! I'm not even having a Christmas celebration at my house and things seem to be overwhelming! I'm working on lots of cards for the troops.....yours for OWH and mine for AnySoldier.com

It's hard for me to remember to keep ahead of the holidays (Valentines in Feb then St. Patty in March then Easter....etc)! :o

Slow down & relax a little every now and then. ;)

mariel0012 12-16-2012 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ktfabian2 (Post 19877130)
Welcome, Marie.

Your brother will be in my prayers for a safe return. I know it's not easy having someone in a war zone. My best to you and your family. Is this his first deployment?

My son has a pending deployment to Afghanistan next year. They won't know more til early next year. Now that he has a wife and two young children, he's really hoping it won't happen, but if it does, he'll go. He's in the PA Army National Guard.

Thank you for joining, let us know if you need support during your brother's deployment, we're here for you,
Tracy


Tracy,

this is his 3rd deployment. His time he will be in the heart of the war zone. a few hours ago he landed in Alamudun, Kyrgyzstan. My brother in july just got back from korea. he was there for a year. Got home in time for my wedding .

klb1082 12-17-2012 08:48 AM

JCI. Another busy Monday here. :)

Stamp Wizard 12-17-2012 12:04 PM

Well! It's a little after 1:00 pm here. I've been to my doctor's appointment at 8:00 am, the I took Cleo to her veterinarian's office at 11:30 am. Finally home, going to have a little lunch and then MAKE SOME CARDS!!!

ktfabian2 12-17-2012 09:17 PM

Tomorrow is my big day to run around. My son has had my car since early October, pretty much, when he received a promotion at work and his hours changed enough to put him out of the car pools he'd been using. I "borrowed" my car back last Thurs., and noticed a strange whining when I pushed on the gas. My husband did some work to try and prolong the life of the transmission Sat., but sadly, we got to the patient to late. So, my DH and I will be sharing a car for a while longer. I have to drop him off tomorrow on my way to the eye doctor in the morning. He has to go in early, otherwise he's catch a ride with someone else who lives in town.

From the eye doctor, I have to go have a nerve conduction study on my hands and arms, then hit the post office, the bank, KMart, Target, JoAnn fabrics and the grocery store. Just a nice, quiet day in my life! I shouldn't complain...I was suffering from fibrofog today (a symptom of fibromyalgia where your head just won't completely clear) and ended up staying in bed (or the recliner) a good part of the day. I just could not wake up. That better not happen tomorrow! So, I'd better head to bed.

Good night, ladies,
Tracy

mamaws29 12-18-2012 04:58 AM

Still in the thinking phase, once I get the idea set down, I am good, Merry Christmas, Martha

ValerieO 12-18-2012 07:56 AM

Can I have 2 spots please? I will also donate all to OWH.

Stamp Wizard 12-18-2012 07:11 PM

Tracy

Good Grief!! I've been following along and posting comments of this thread. I just checked the first post of yours and noticed I hadn't even signed up for any spots!!! :confused:

What a idiot I've been. :?

Please sign me up for a spot!

ktfabian2 12-18-2012 08:17 PM

No problem, Sandra! I've got you down for a spot. Did you want to swap, if there ends up being anyone to swap with, or do you want to donate your cards?

I've got you down for two spots, Valerie! Thanks so much for donating.

Everyone who's donating, which is everyone so far, please send me a pm with your address. I've been working on small tokens of my appreciation and would really like to send them to you.

I just picked up my flat rate boxes for AP and APO addresses today. A very good friend of my oldest son is in Kuwait for about a year and I want to get a box out to him. Too late for Christmas, but at least he'll get it not too long after. I know when he was in Egypt several years ago, his family never sent him anything, so we try to pick up some of the slack.

THANK YOU, everyone who has signed up so far! Have a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate,
Tracy

Stamp Wizard 12-18-2012 08:58 PM

Tracy

I WILL DONATE ALL CARDS! I don't want any cards coming back to me, 'cause the point is to send them off to the troops!! ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

StampinGoodDeeds 12-22-2012 02:35 PM

Tracy - Mine are packed and will be in the mail to you this week! Thank you again for doing this!!!


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