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Back to Basics…Training That Is.

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I made a couple of new cards to send to our son James while he attends Army Basic Training. We have heard from him by letter twice.  James told us that Basic was tough but, not as hard as he expected. He also said the food wasn’t bad and that he was a fast eater, so the brief chow times were no problem for him. (The brief time and long lines in his High School cafeteria trained him well) The only thing he really disliked was the lack of sleep and the mandatory 1/4 mile sprint after every meal.

Word Jumble Card

I have seen a few cards similar to this one around the internet. It seemed simple enough but, it actually took a little time to get the letter spacing and jumblyness (a new word for Webster’s Dictionary) just like I wanted it. One of the B s in the middle got smudged but, overall I am pleased with simple, graphic nature of the card.

Each time  we receive another letter from our son I get all excited to read what he has experienced that week.  I would guess that he gets a happy feeling too when he gets a letter from one of his family or friends. And so I have been sending at least one letter per week.

You Are Here

I had made a card similar to this one before. In my heart card But the clothespin was much too large to send through standard mail. So I wound up hand delivering the original card to my parents for their 55th Wedding Anniversary last month.

The newer version of this card is much more practical for mailing purposes. And I love the new Pointing Hand stamp that I purchased recently from Purple Onion Designs! P.O.D. is having a 25% off sale on all of their stamps until August 25.

Happy Stamping,


Give Me a Call Sometime

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I love these great Retro Phone images that Torico shared with her reader’s for June’s freebie image.  You can download them  at Birdie Brown’s Blog and play along for a chance to win a free digital stamp too!
As soon as I saw these phones I knew that I wanted to created a long distance theme. I had purchased a road atlas at Target for $2.50 a few  weeks ago and I thought that a map would make a great background paper for my idea. Nothing makes me happier than when I have an idea in my head and I can translate it onto paper just as I pictured it!

I am entering this card into the following challenges:  Birdie Brown’s June Freebie Challenge , Simon Says Stamps Anything Goes  and also

Lawnscaping Challenge #35: Patterned Paper

Lime Doodle Design

Card Making Inspiration by Debby Hughes

Better After

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Crafty Sisters

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Simon Says Stamp Blog!

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My Craft Room is My Happy Place.

Burton Avenue

My Craft Room is My Happy Place.

Birdie Brown

My Craft Room is My Happy Place.