Today marks two months and two weeks since I have been deployed. It also marks the day I got the mother of all care packages. I jumped up and down with so much excitement… I just couldn’t contain myself. I received my favorite flat bread from Costco… my favorite cool-aid packets (grape and cherry), my favorite Oreo’s (Golden), my favorite Crystal Lite (Appletini), my favorite nail polish (french), Chicken of the Sea, nail file (score!), and other goodies.
One thing we realize when we are deployed is just how much the little things in life we take for granted mean so much to us. A simple nail file will bring so much happiness it’s unbelievable. I have been blessed on this deployment. I have received cards, post cards, and letters in the mail. I’m not talking e-mails… we prefer hand-written notes that remind us of home.
I know I’ve written that before, but those are the things we take for granted with social media. I consider myself lucky and loved and this card is dedicated to my family & friends. I sure do miss talking to you, I sure do miss hugging you, I sure do miss seeing your smile, let me just say, “I miss you period!” Thank you so much for the cards, letters, coffee (YES!), and for the little things you do for me… they mean so much.
Almost forgot to mention, I’ve entered many sketch challenges in the past… and just a couple times my card was selected as the winner, but this card is my first challenge while in a deployed location. Freshly Made Sketches #89 (A sketch by Rita) is one of my favorite challenges and I’m so grateful I’m able to join the challenge from the other side of the world… LoL.
This week I was on my private FB pals page and I shared with my 300+ stamping friends that not only have I had a new member join my Circle of Pals, but I also get together with some of my friends here and we stamp while we are deployed! Yes deployed to another part of the world far far away from home.
My point was , I’m the furthest one away, yet I stay connected with them virtually. I AM living proof that this hobby can be taken anywhere in the world and we military folks get a little extra special treatment from Stampin’ Up!
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I used two new products from our new 2013 Catalog:
Quatrefancy Specialty Paper (130141)
Really Good Greetings Clear Stamp Set (130333)
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This card kit, you cannot buy. Why? Because it was April’s My Paper Pumpkin monthly kit. I changed it up just a tiny little bit and made it my own instead of the layout Stampin’ Up! suggested. It was a God-send yesterday because after going to the gym after work I was too tired to get out and play bingo.
So, instead I stayed in my room and made my monthly card kit. Our dorms have no windows and I really do hate staying in my room, but this night I wanted time to myself and create some cards in a way that took be back to my stamp room, minus the windows… LoL.
I posted on my Facebook the other day, that for the first time I felt homesick in the first month that I’ve been deployed. But I must admit, when I started putting my cards together, I felt so much better.
You literally only have until TODAY to get $155 in product for only $99. I am looking for Stampin’ Up! Pals I can add to the private virtual stamp club I belong too. I always forget that not everyone can view what we talk about or design unless you’re a Pal. I have become friends with some men & women who live all over the United States. They send me cards and I post them on our virtual club, and I wish I could share them with you, but you must be a Pal to be in this exclusive club.
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I’m getting all my June birthday cards done and sent out this week. This was the first one I made today. My close friends and family know that they will pretty much get a card from me on their birthdays. I tell my five brothers that I’m sending them money in their birthday cards… lol… but I don’t tell them how much. It’s usually just a few dollars to buy a cup of coffee.
If you are subscriber and Follow My Paper Journey you too will get a card if you list your birthday and mailing address. So if you want a birthday card from me while I’m on this deployment, please update your information and you will get a special card made just for you.
To make the daisy flower I used the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle punch and cut in-between each petal down to the center (without touching of course) and used a pen to gently roll the edges. I duplicated the same process using the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle punch. It’s so fun… you’ve got to try it.
Thank you for joining us for the May Pals Blog Hop and our annual retirement party! It’s time to say goodbye to stamps and accessories that will not be available in the new 2013-14 Stampin’ Up!catalog. Although it’s always sad to see wonderful products retire, it is exciting to think about all of the new products that will soon be available. So enjoy the farewell tour for our favorite retiring products – and remember you have until June 3rd to order from the retiring product lists.
You should have just left stop number 19 on the Pals Hop – Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter. If so, you are in the right spot. If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.
Just in case this is the first time you’ve visited me, I serve on active duty with the Air Force for the last 23 years. I am Livin’ the Dream! I look forward to the day that I can retire and commit ALL my time making cards and working on my scrapbooks.
I am currently deployed and with each new post I talk about the deployment life from my perspective. I pretty much work 12 or more hours a day, but the time for me is flying by… I don’t know if it’s because of all the hours I put in or because this time around (3rd deployment) I’m making cards and finding others here who enjoy doing it too! =)
This is the first card I make on this deployment. One of our warehouse logistician’s became a first time uncle and greeting cards are a premium around here, so I used this opportunity to use one of my favorite retiring stamp sets, Moving Forward.
He will be sending this card off to the new parents and he is very excited to meet his nephew in five months and three weeks (but who’s counting)… LoL.
This stamp set is part of the Making a Difference program which Stampin’ Up! made exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). You can read more about the program here or view the first time I used the set here.
Sure, these things happen all year long, but there is just something about spring that makes us think of weddings and babies. So what could be better for our May “Best of” set than a Best of Brides & Babies Stamp Set? Click HERE to get yours now!
The most difficult time of a deployment is simply missing our loved one’s. While we are deployed we need to keep our mind on the mission. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why we don’t call home as often. Not because we don’t want to talk to our loved one’s, but simply because more often it’s hard on us. We are already far away and hearing their voices and sharing in the days events can become sad after we hang up the phone. Then depression sets in. No bueno.
So, I make sure to send cards. That is why I brought my stamps with me. But since there is so much happening at work, I have not had a chance to stamp. I kind of knew that I wouldn’t be able to make as many cards in the beginning, so I made several before I left to have a few on hand.
Today, not only am I thinking of my loved one’s, but I’m also thinking and keeping in my prayer’s the families of our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. With that, I dedicate this card to our fallen hero’s who make it possible to be FREE!
During my entire deployment, I am donating all profits from any Stampin’ Up! sales from my on-line store to my warrior friends where I am currently serving. I will buy them what we crave to keep us awake while sustaining our mission 24 hours a day!
I used my own funds to purchase my clinic a coffee maker and I bought a few boxes of it with my own funds, but my plan for the next five months is to use the profits from my on-line store is to buy my team more K-cup coffee.
Being the wanna-be crafter that I am… I visited where there is “More Saving. More Doing.” to buy some materials to make pendants inspired by one of my Pretty Pals (Kathleen). But I won’t reveal it for a couple days… I’m so excited about what I’m doing that I’m jumping up & down. You are going to LOVE it! Check back in a couple days.
In the meantime, you can duplicate this quick & easy card with a snip and a punch. You can make several and keep them in your stash for those times when you suddenly want to tell someone you are proud of them. All items used are listed below. Don’t forget to stop by the last post BFF to enter to win FREE blog candy here.
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This stamp reminds me of my mom. Why does it make me think think of her? As a teenager she used to tell me, “a little birdie will always tell me what you do when I’m not around.” Just thinking of that memory I laugh. Continue reading
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I created this card last week while I was in training. It took me a little over three days to get ‘er done… LoL. Don’t panic, My Digital Studio (MDS) isn’t difficult to learn. I took me that long because I was in a training environment and my time to do my own things was very limited in the evening.
It just goes to show, it can be done! It’s a 5×5 size and I can send it off to the printers, print it from my personal printer, or send it via email. I think I will print it from my printer and take a picture and post it later and show you a side by side afterward.
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