Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Holidays to Our Heroes!

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Yes, you are wondering what is going on here in Eastern Massachusetts, aren't you? Happy Holidays????

NOW is the time to start preparing holiday cards for Cards for Heroes!

According to the best estimate I could find, there are over 150,000 military personnel deployed currently in Iraq and Afghanistan (and other support posts nearby).

Last year, Cards for Heroes mailed over 37,000 holiday greeting cards to the military - this year, we'd like to do even more. As you can see if your math skills are good - this still isn't even one card for every three servicepersons currently deployed. Does this inspire you to make a few more cards this year? GOOD!

As for my card, I was inspired in a different way...earlier this year, Cards for Heroes worked with another fantastic organization called Project MOT, providing some Passover cards for this organization to put in care packages, which were sent to Jewish military personnel currently on deployment. They loved the cards so much, they have asked us to provide Chanukah cards this year.

Being Jewish, I was happy to help out with the project....but found my supply of Chanukah stamps rather, um, lackluster. I mentioned this to my friends Monica and Tim at Hambo Stamps, and asked if they might be interested in designing a cute Chanukah stamp for me to use. After a few e-mails back and forth, Tim drew a digital stamp for me....and the result was perfect!




There's no particular creative genius to this card....but I just loved the way it came out, and it was my first time using a digital stamp (and I am sure hooked!!!!). You can resize the image to whatever size you need, and I'm sure the digi folks could tell you that there are many other things you can do with these great stamps!

Like the stamp? Tim & Monica at Hambo Stamps have offered its use FREE OF CHARGE to anyone who is going to make Cards for Heroes! How generous is that??? If you are interested in the stamp, just e-mail me at fabre@cardsforheroes.org and I will e-mail you the image. It will be fun to see what others do with this stamp....

For your next stop on the hop, check out Brianne's blog. I was moved by her story - and glad to honor her as a hero at home! Check out her blog by clicking on her name in this paragraph!

Thanks for reading, and for your support of Cards for Heroes!

29 comments:

anabellpepper said...

What a sweet stamp!! Love the card!!

...Darlene said...

What a cute digi stamp and how great Tim & Monica could help you out. It is hard for find Chanukah stamps. I will have to see if I have anything in my stash for making Chanukah cards.
thank you for all you do.

Kate said...

So cute!

What a great idea to have a stamp designed for you! Now my wheels are really turning.

Dawn said...

Fabre, I love this card, the image is perfect. Thank you for all you do with cards for heroes, I know life gets busy (trust me) and I can not imagine how much work it takes to sort and ship. Thank you for all you do! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Loni said...

Great card Fabre!!! HUGE Thanks for all you do for CardsForHeroes.org Y'all ladies totally ROCK! Hugs!!1

Sandy said...

What a fantastic digistamp! I think I may have to go get that one :) :) :)

Great card, Fabre!

Cathy said...

Love that stamp! And you are right, there are not many Hanukkah stamps out there. I know that Studio G had a wood block stamp not long ago.

liannallama said...

great card and how generous of Hambo to make that for everyone to use! Thanks for all you do--I will be sure to make some Hanukkah cards too for my mailing!

Andrea said...

Very cute!

Cyn said...

Cute stamp and card! Nice to see Hanukkah represented :)

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

What a cute card!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

I love the card and image! I too I'm a HUGE fan of digi's! I've e-mailed you. I would love to have this in my collection. Thanks for getting the digi for us and thans bunches for joining us on the Hop!

Dora said...

this is just the cutest! I am a hybrid scrapper too and love the way a digi stamp can make cute and easy cards. thanks!

Tammy said...

Your card is sooo cute Fabre!! I love your digistamp, it's adorable!

SuzAnn said...

what a great digicard! Usually you only see the sentiment and no images.

this is fun said...

Great idea to post the numbers to an idea of how many cards are needed. It makes me feel much better about making duplicates!
(You'll be getting my box before Sept 20th, so you can use my Halloween cards.)

Seongsook Duncan said...

Very cute! It is nice to know about the digistamps. Thanks!

Night Shift Nancy said...

Holy cow that is cute! I am always in search of something cute to make for my friends who celebrate Chanukah. . . I have dropped you an email. :) Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great card Fabre! I so agree that being able to enlarge or reduce an image to just the "right size" is a god send. Thank you for all you do as a shipper for CFH, I truly appreciate it. ~ Paula S.

Windy Robinson said...

Great idea-- what a great stamp & lovely card.

kajikit said...

What an adorable stamp! I've got a sheet of Hanukkah stickers I picked up some place... I'll have to see what I can do with them. :)

Martha said...

Fabre thanks for the reminder to Think Chanukah! I have some stamps I just needed to be nudged into remembering.

Monica Hunter said...

Very cute Fabre! I was anxious to see what you'd do with this, and was not disappointed. I hope you reach your goal of cards collected! :)

Suz said...

very cute card Fabre! Thanks so much for the inspiration & for all your work for CFH & our troops

Mrs. E said...

Very nice! Love the digi stamp. I have never used them before, but will in the future.

Maggie said...

You card is so cute. Thank you for all your work with CFH.

I have been looking for Chanukah stamps and they are very hard to find. I did get a few dies that quickutz has and am lost for what greeting to use. I figure I would either die cut the letters or use letter stamps.

Fabre, I have a thought. Could you put something on the CFH site with a few "sayings" to write on the cards. Also what colors are best to use. I believe the colors are blue and white, can you also use silver etc. Thank you.

Purple Princess said...

Super cute card! Love the stamped image!!

Anita said...

Beautiful card!

Sara said...

Hi Fabre! I'm so sorry I missed out on this blog hop! Can't wait for the next one :)

I am actually hosting my first blog hop inspired by Operation Nice, stop on by my blog to see if you can join us :)

have a great weekend!

xoxo
sarabeth