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Will these only be going to canadian soldiers? (Not that I would mind if they didn't, just curious!) I would love your address so I can send some off. Gives me an excuse and a purpose to make cards! Not that I really need one but makes me feel better that they are going somewhere worthwile!
Finnally found an excuse to use my stuff. Thankyou
A little something for cardmakers to consider when making cards to support this wonderful idea - from what I understand, a high percentage of the Canadian soldiers currently in Afghanistan (and many that are scheduled for future deployment this summer) are French-speaking. Cards with French sentiments and greetings would be a most welcome addition. Even if you don't have French stamps, greetings could be printed on the computer and added to your cards that way. (I am trying to organize something in our community to support this cause...) Glad to see so many supporting this effort.
I leave alot of my cards blank which could be used for English or French speaking. I would check with www.acardforhome.com to see what percentage of cards they want with french sentiment. Also, sometimes getting the translation off the internet or something is a little dicey. I tried it for Spanish with my SIL and she laughed when she read what I had written. Best to contact someone who actually SPEAKS and WRITES french so that whatever is typed into the card is correct.
But yes - let's spread the word across Canada - get every province involved and help a card for home reach their goal of 50,000 cards by the end of 2007!
Also, sometimes getting the translation off the internet or something is a little dicey. I tried it for Spanish with my SIL and she laughed when she read what I had written. Best to contact someone who actually SPEAKS and WRITES french so that whatever is typed into the card is correct.
It wouldn't actually be my intention to get translations off the internet. I agree that the risk of "laughable" sentiments would be way too high! My hope is to get my hands on some of the French language stamp sets to use for this project if at all possible. If that doesn't work we have a French school and a military base in our community and I have several contacts in Quebec so I am confident I would be able to find appropriate sentiments to print and use on cards even if I can't actually stamp them. Sending blank cards that can be used for any occasion as you suggested is a great idea too.
I just thought that some people making the cards may want to know that there are many soldiers currently overseas and scheduled for deployment this summer who are from military bases in Quebec. I am quite certain it would be appreciated if they could actually send a greeting home in French.
Keep up your support of this project! It's seems like such a great idea and a great reason to get together with stamping buddies!
So...is there anybody out there that has french sentiment stamps (or access to someone who can give them accurate translations of sentiments) that would be willing to make some cards for our Canadian military? Please let me know and I can send you my address for mailing cards.
Also keep in mind I am still collecting English sentiment cards.
Another idea: One SCSer is sending me a whole bunch of cardfronts, so if there's anybody out there who wants to get rid of those, I'm willing to make them into cards.
My count is at 172 sitting in my hot little box!! Let's keep those cards coming. I'm still waiting to hear from lots of others who said they were going to get some cards together and get them sent off. I do understand that it takes time to get them made. Let me know when you have some on their way.
Please send me your address and I will pull a package together. I, like you, have many cards just waiting for someone to be sent to. As well, if you continue to do this in the future let me know. I love to make cards, but don't have many people to send them to.
Sorry, should have mentioned: this is an ongoing project until at least the end of 2007. I'm keeping in contact with A Card For Home to see where they are at with their 50,000 card goal. As I find out, I will post it here.
Me again...I just got an e-mail from A Card For Home - the organization that is collecting cards for our Canadian military. They are at about 4,500 cards!!! Whoooo hoooo!! Let's keep helping them out! My local scrapbooking store in Spruce Grove (Scrapbook Oasis) also requested that I do up a poster for her to advertise the fact that I'm collecting cards.
A big thank you to KayFulton and her STACK of cardfronts (mailed to my SIL in Texas and brought to me in Alberta 1.5 weeks ago). I finally managed to get them all made into cards.
So...the total I have now is 420!!!
Thank you to the person who told me to go to Hallmark for envelopes. Word of warning - be careful what you ask for! They asked how many envelopes I would like; I said "whatever you can give me". TWO boxes later! Wow. What fun sorting them into colors.
So...if you send cards and don't have envelopes, don't worry about it - I have plenty.
There is a petition to Tim Horton's going around the net. It is to try and persuade them to have a coffee day for the military (similar to their camp day where all the coffee profits go to children's camps). It is quite long and I don't know if it would be against TOS. If you want a copy to add your name, PM me your email address.