Hi everyone! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make a project for a cause that we support. One that has always been near and dear to me is Cards For Soldiers. On the Cricut messageboard is a group of crafters who make greeting cards and send them over seas to different military units. We handmake the front of the cards and leave the inside blank. Pop them into envelopes and you are finished. Now a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan has a beautiful piece of art to send home to their loved ones.
There are challenges and themes posted all of the time on the CFS messageboard to keep you motivated and give you a place to start. Everyone is welcome join. You can make 10 cards or 100, it's really up to you. The point is to have fun and not stress over how many you can get done in two or three weeks. The soldiers love our work and we get lots of thank you letters telling us how the soldiers fight over our cards and really look forward to our boxes.
As a card contributor you are not required to send your cards overseas, you mail your cards to your designated shipper, which is determined by time zone. Of course you are welcome to send your shipper a donation to help with the cost of postage but that is an expense that they have taken on. All you are needed to do is make beautiful cards. There a are a few rules to follow and there is a FAQ thread on the CFS forum.
One trick to making lots of cards is to mass produce them. Today's card is just one of the 18 that I whipped up in one afternoon. All I did was cut a 12x12 piece of pattern paper into 4x4 squares (you get 9 pieces out of one piece of paper), matted the paper with another piece of cardstock and made my focal image. Pretty darn easy. Lookie:
As always I used my trusty Gypsy to help cut the images using my new Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes cartridge and not waste any paper. After that it was time to assemble. I think they came out pretty darn cute! I'm sure our troops will like them. Until next time, Craft On!