November 02, 2008

Operation Baking Gals ~ Cards & Cookies for our Troops!

Last week I signed up to participate on Erika Martin's Team Cookies & Cards. It is a wonderful program called Operation Baking Gals organized by Cat of The Cat's Pajamas fame.

In case you haven't heard of it already, I'll try to explain what Team Cookies & Cards is all about...

It's a team of 20 bakers/cardmakers that commit to making a batch of cookies, packaging them up and mailing them to our soldier, along with a bag of 10 handmade holiday cards with envelopes. These holiday cards should are blank inside so that our soldiers will have something to send home to their families and friends. Holiday cards are not an easy thing to find overseas when you're in the military. Our soldier, Wayne, will receive all 20 packages and then disperse all the cookies and cards to the other soldiers in his battalion.

Just think how many smiles will be on the faces of the soldiers when they get all those packages and EVERYONE gets a "taste of home." We are to mail our packages out by November 10th so I wanted to get mine done this weekend. Isn't this wonderful project? I read about it on Tammy's blog, Stamp Happy, and I'm so happy I did! :)

Now, to tell you more about the cards that I'm sending. This card is a "case" from LeAnne at Wee Inklings, but I have purposely simplified it a bit from her beautiful design. I didn't want too many layers or extra weight since these will primarily be mailed overseas.

If you're wondering what strange color I've used, it is retired Sahara Sand by Stampin Up! I really wanted to use the kraft cardstock but only had a couple sheets. The large snowflake in the center is one I've had forever by PSX. I've stamped with Versamark and embossed with Ranger Seafoam White Embossing Powder. The polka dot paper was created using the Stampin Up background stamp and white craft pad. The small snowflake and JOY are from the Stampin Up Perfect Presentation set. They are stamped with Versamark and embossed as well. The white dotted ribbon is from Michaels. As you can see, I've made one for a pattern and set up my "cardmaking assembly line" for the rest. Now, I better get busy and finish them so I can do my baking!

Thanks so much for blogging by today. I hope you're making good use out of that extra hour we gained this weekend. (those of us that who were on daylight savings time, that is) Mr Wonderful likes to set the clocks before we go to bed, but I prefer to wake up and turn them back in the morning. That way, I feel like I've truly gained an hour! :)

Smiles 2 U All!

Quote for Today ~
And I'm proud to be an American,where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,who gave that right to me. ~Lee Greenwood

ETA: I got a dozen cards done today! They took a little longer than I thought they would with all the embossing. You'll notice I stamped the little mini snowflakes on the top because it seemed too plain to me.


Ethel Amutan said...

You are very daring (and thinking out of the box) to use this color! I would have never had thought of it. It's so beautiful, Pam. It looks like something that belongs in a Papyrus store. I love the cause that they are going towards, also. You are such an angel! The recipients are going to be awestruck when they get these cards and cookies!

Anonymous said...

The cards are so gorgeous. Really trendy, I know some soldier will be glad to get them. I've wondered how the cookies will taste being shipped. I'm sure they will be glad to get them even if they aren't quite as fresh!

LeAnne said...

Wow, Pam! Imagine my surprise when I opened your post & saw my card there! I LOVE what you've done with it and am even more excited about where they're going! I agree, the extra snowflakes really make it even better. And just a happy FYI, Sahara Sand is not retired, it's there in the catty on page 163, so you can still get it! TFS!

Alex said...

Gorgeous cards Pam!!! I love the whole idea too - what a fabulous thing to do! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Anonymous said...

OMG! Absolutely beautiful snowflake cards! Simply perfect!