Card-Making Challenge for a Cause…

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Hi, Lakeside Readers!


I'm letting you know in advance about another "Operation Write Home" Challenge I'm doing. I would like, as many of you who can, to participate. This is a cause that is dear to my heart especially, being a card-maker. I just feel that together we can show our troops in our own way we support them


Operation Write Home is an organization that helps our heroes keep in touch with home. The mission is to show support for our nation's armed force by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on. In addition to blank cards for the troops to send home a note of gratitude from you to them is always welcomed. As of December 6, 2010, 734,026 cards have been sent to deployed heroes!


Your other option is to make and send cards on your own. Before you do please go the their website and get the addresses where you can mail your cards. Please read the tips section, card deadlines and requirements such as NO GLITTER and the best size to make is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card to fit into an A-2 envelope before you make or send any cards.




Now for the challenge. According to my stat counter, not the one on my blog, I have over 26,000 visits from all of you. So, I would like everyone of you to participate in the following challenge.


Make and send a card(s) for the soldiers to send to their loved ones & you can win $50.00 Stampin' Up! gift certificate.  One entry per card (so, if you mail 20 cards you'll be entered 20 times) and at the end of the challenge a random name will be chosen and the winner will be posted on my blog. All the cards I receive will also be posted along with your name. 

Start Date  December 10, 2010
End Date    January 31, 2011
http Location :
Contact Name: Diane Callahan-Caro
Contact Phone: 914 621-7522
Mail Cards to:  1646 Wenonah Trail
                     Mohegan Lake, New York 10547

This Operation Write Home card challenge is a way for our fine soldiers to keep in touch with their families and loved ones. It is simple. You make a card, leave the inside blank for them to do their writing. 


The rules are…


1. Make a card, using all Stampin' Up! Products, A2 size, (5.5" X 4.25"), that is any theme. You can make more than one, make and send as many as you want. 

2. NO GLITTER!!! That is the only decoration rule. You can use anything but glitter. It is hazardous to the soldiers as it can flake off and if they have glitter on their uniforms it can put them at risk – it can make them visible to night vision goggles, and that is just not a risk not worth taking!

3. No Handwritten Sentiments. If you don't have a sentiment stamp to so with your card, feel free to let it be a card with no sentiment. Do not hand write sentiments outside or inside the cards.

4. Please leave the inside of the card blank for the soldiers to write their own message to their loved ones.

5. The back of the card needs to be stamped with the Operation Write Home stamp. I have the stamp and will stamp them when I receive them. You can sign the back and add your blog or any info you want be fore sending them to me. 

6. Remember all cards need to be received by me by January 31, 2011. 


I hope in your own way you can get involved and help out with this small deed to bring smiles to so many hearts. If you think your not up for the challenge,  and I can't believe that, or have the time, you can always send Operation Write Home a donation to help with the postage. What could be nicer then doing what you love and sending it to a hero?


Here's hoping for a record breaking number of cards we send to Operation Write Home!


 Stampin' Hugs to you,







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