Monday, February 27, 2012

Mailroom Monday: Feb 27 - 1.5 MILLIONTH card sent

What does 1.5 million cards mean? 3 million happy people - one hero and one recipient at home for each and every card!!! 

You can watch our one millionth video and multiply each of the stats by 1.5....


These past few weeks we sent the following shipments:
To heroes serving in Afghanistan
175 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
170 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Army unit
175 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
170 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Civilian unit
175 cards to an Civilian unit
170 cards to an Army unit
165 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Air Force unit
185 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
185 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
155 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes serving in Iraq
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes serving in Korea
340 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes serving in Kuwait
345 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit
180 cards to an Air Force unit
335 cards to an National Guard unit
335 cards to an Army unit
335 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an National Guard unit

To heroes serving in Kyrgyzstan
170 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes serving in Qatar
180 cards to an Army unit
170 cards to an Army unit
345 cards to an Army unit

Deadline remindersCalendar is here
Feb 1 - St Patricks PASSED
Feb 15 - Easter PASSED
March 15 - Mother's Day challenge deadline
March 31 - Mother's Day, graduation
April 30 - Father's Day
May 31 - Independence Day

Current shipper needs: see here.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vlog...oh Facebook!

About card quantities....update!

Hello everyone!

We're getting lots of questions about the change from "don't send as many cards" at the last part of 2011, to our need right now for a lot more.

No one could be more surprised than us that we have more contacts now than before our heroes in Iraq redeployed home. We were sure the need was going to drop by at least 25% or more. But - requests have instead increased!

Many crafters decided to stop making cards entirely rather than just reduce their quantity by a little; our mail has dropped drastically through January and Febriary. :( So we've been extending the time between boxes from 5 or 6 weeks to 8 weeks or more for each unit—and getting emails asking when their next boxes will get there, since they're used to a shorter turnaround. We also have over 20 new units on our waiting list - in addition to each shipper's regular rotation of 60 or 70 units that need restocking.

Please do keep up with making and sending in cards...we'll try to keep you apprised if requests change, but since we never know when we'll get a bunch of emails coming in requesting cards, we're never completely sure of what we'll need. If things do start tapering, we'll let you know!

Thank you for understanding!
Sandy

PS Don't forget to keep up the quality we focused on in 2011. It's been making a big difference! While we know some folks hear that our waiting list is growing and want to make hundreds or thousands of cards, quality is still very important. It doesn't help if the cards are put together so hurriedly that they crumble when they arrive at our shippers' mailboxes, or if they're full of cards our heroes won't be using. The guidelines are all here if you need a refresher! Thanks!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday: February 23, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone! Finally feeling a little more 'normal' this week after so much travel...though not with a 'normal' batch of cards. We know you're all working furiously on them...and we are so very grateful to all these ladies who came through with flying colors (literally...all on cards!) this week! Bless you all!

Don't forget OWHtv tonight...we have a treat for you - showing off some papers and embellishments by a new company we met at CHA - Kite Tails! Tune in at 6:30pm Pacific to chat live, or visit the Stars and Stamps blog later for reruns!
  1. Ann M and Park Tower friends, Hutchinson, MN
  2. Barb H, Milton, WI
  3. Becky K, Hotchkiss, CO
  4. Bernardine C, Santa Clarita, CA
  5. Bev C, Sequim, WA
  6. Bonnie C, Tobyhanna, PA
  7. Brenda C, Chesapeake, VA
  8. Candace D, Virginia Beach, VA
  9. Charlsie S, Napa, CA
  10. Cheryl A, Grand Junction, CO
  11. Cheryl B, Shaw AFB, SC
  12. Chris F, Monument, CO
  13. Danyse K, Charlotte, NC
  14. Daphne P, Charlotte, NC
  15. Debbie B, Wayne, NJ
  16. Debbie D, Oregon City, OR
  17. Dee N, Brimley, MI
  18. Diana K, Lancaster, SC
  19. Diane V, Norfolk, VA
  20. Dixie C, Charlotte, NC
  21. Donna K, Gainesville, MO
  22. Elaine A and Valley Stampers - Jane, Kathy and Chris, Apple Valley, MN
  23. Ellen P, Vernon Hills, IL
  24. Frances M, Evans, WV
  25. Gail H, Orchard Park, NY
  26. Gina H, Atkins, AR
  27. Gloria G and Card Makin' Cuties, Fairland, IN
  28. Ina Lea P, Bakersfield, CA
  29. Jan H, Parker, AZ
  30. Janet M, Biddeford, ME
  31. Janis P and Crazy Croppers, Springfield, MO
  32. Jeria C, Wilmington, NC
  33. Jill S, Madison, AL
  34. JoAnn U, Knoxville, TN
  35. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  36. Kimberley M, Kennewick, Wa
  37. Laura P, Seatac, WA
  38. Laurie W, Evans, GA
  39. Lilia M, Canton, OH
  40. Linda M, Marietta, GA
  41. Lori H, Temecula, CA
  42. Lori W, Indianapolis, IN
  43. Mary S, Taunton, MN
  44. Maude B, Las Cruces, NM
  45. Muriel D, San Jose, CA
  46. Naomi R, Kennesaw, GA
  47. Naomi R, Kennesaw, GA
  48. Pam B, Mesquite, TX
  49. Pam T, Traverse City, MI
  50. Pamela L, Mineral Bluff, GA
  51. Pat H and Randolph Twp Womens Club, Randolph, NJ
  52. Redonna L, Mc Calla, AL
  53. Ronnda C and Ronnda & Friends, New Castle, IN
  54. Sandy C, Syracuse, NY
  55. Sharon B, Cahokia, IL
  56. Sherry V, Canal Fulton, OH
  57. Sue K, Cannon Falls, MN
  58. Susan H, Arvada, CO
  59. Susan H, Whippany, NJ
  60. Teresa M and Robins AFB contracting office, Warner Robins, GA
  61. Theresa D, Kent, WA
  62. Tina P, Valparaiso, IN

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mailroom Monday: February 20, 2011

Our report is back! As are we...the cruisers have returned, having sailed the high seas successfully and had a boatload of fun! 

Many thanks to all who have kept our mailboxes full...we are still running a little behind ever since the end of 2011 when the end of Iraq was announced. So we encourage you to keep up your service to our heroes, so we can catch up on the 20 units on the waiting list - as well as the ones on our list whose time between boxes is extending!

These past few weeks we sent the following shipments:

To heroes in Afghanistan
170 cards to an Army unit
170 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to an Army unit
355 cards to a USO unit
355 cards to an Army unit
360 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to an Air Force unit
350 cards to a USO unit
350 cards to a Marine unit
370 cards to a National Guard unit
165 cards to an Army unit
170 cards to a Marine unit
370 cards to an Army unit
365 cards to a USO unit
190 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Civilian unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to a Civilian unit
340 cards to a Marine unit
190 cards to an Army unit
690 cards to a National Guard unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Navy unit
340 cards to an Army unit
190 cards to an Army unit
190 cards to an Air Force unit
190 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Air Force unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a National Guard unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Iraq
190 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Japan
340 cards to a Navy unit

To heroes in Kuwait
350 cards to an Army unit
350 cards to a National Guard unit
170 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Navy unit
340 cards to an Army unit

To heroes in Kyrgyzstan
175 cards to an Air Force unit

To heroes in Qatar
175 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to an Army unit
190 cards to an Army unit
340 cards to a Civilian unit


Deadline remindersCalendar is here
Feb 1 - St Patricks PASSED
Feb 15 - Easter PASSED
March 15 - Mother's Day challenge deadline
March 31 - Mother's Day, graduation

April 30 - Father's Day
May 31 - Independence Day

Current shipper needs: see here.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday: February 16, 2012

Welcome back to the Thankful Thursday report! We've been away for a while, between CHA and the cruise....this list below includes all the packages we've been able to open since our return. If you haven't heard that your packages were received yet, stay tuned, we're catching up as best we can!

  1. Ada W, Newtown Square, PA
  2. Albertine L, Lafayette, LA
  3. Alexa R and Easter Seals, Alexandria, VA
  4. Aliya W, Golden Valley, MN
  5. Amelia A, Somerset, MA
  6. Amy K, Madison, WI
  7. Andrea Y, Antioch, TN
  8. Angela E, Johnston, IA
  9. Angie S, Keithville, LA
  10. Anita G and Club Scrap Ladies, Stillwater, MN
  11. Anita K, Sealy, TX
  12. Ann M, Hutchinson, MN
  13. April C, Eugene, OR
  14. Ava T, Knox, IN
  15. Barbara B, Tucson, AZ
  16. Barbara G, Erie, PA
  17. Barbara S, Moorpark, CA
  18. Bayside P, Virginia Beach, VA
  19. Becca A, Leesburg, VA
  20. Becky K, Hotchkiss, CO
  21. Bertie G, LuVerne, IA
  22. Betty B, Alton, IL
  23. Betty T, Salina, KS
  24. Camille S, Columbus, GA
  25. Camille S, Sahuarita, AZ
  26. Caro H, Mint Hill, NC
  27. Caro H, Mint Hill, NC
  28. Carol G, Riverdale, IL
  29. Carol M, Waukesha, WI
  30. Carolyn N, Suwanee, GA
  31. Carrie B, Gaithersburg, MD
  32. Cathie C, Webster, NY
  33. Cathie C, Webster, NY
  34. Cheryl B, Manchester, NH
  35. Cheryl S and ladies at Epiphany Station Church, Thief River Ralls, MN
  36. Cilla F, Blue Springs, MO
  37. Cindee N, Harrisburg, PA
  38. Cindy B, Dearborn Heights, MI
  39. Cindy B, Marblehead, MA
  40. Cindy B, Marblehead, MA
  41. Cindy M, Pewaukee, WI
  42. Cynthia T, Lemon Grove, CA
  43. Cynthia T, Snohomish, WA
  44. Darice T and Xi Delta Rho Woman's Organization, Oro Valley, AZ
  45. Dawn C and Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA
  46. Dawn J, Caldwell, ID
  47. Debbie J, Rotonda West, FL
  48. Debbie L, Fullerton, CA
  49. Debbie M and Friends of Sallie Logan Library, Murphysboro, IL
  50. Deborah P, Mercerville, NJ
  51. Debra K, Burke, VA
  52. Dee N, Brimley, MI
  53. Denise L, Arroyo Grande, CA
  54. Denise W, Pueblo, CO
  55. Diana B, Cleveland, OH
  56. Diana R, Soffner, FL
  57. Dixie C, Charlotte, NC
  58. Dolores A, Frederick, MD
  59. Donna W, Newington, CT
  60. Donna W, Newington, CT
  61. Donna W, Newington, CT
  62. Dori S, San Antonio, TX
  63. Eileen K, Pennsburg, PA
  64. Elaine H, Keene, NH
  65. Elaine H, Keene, NH
  66. Elaine L, Severna Park, MD
  67. Elizabeth A, Birmingham, AL
  68. Elizabeth M, League City, TN
  69. Erica W, ,
  70. Erin L, Boonsboro, MD
  71. Esther E, Vancouver, WA
  72. Farilyn R, Sautee, GA
  73. Faye F, Fargo, ND
  74. Gail S, Sacramento, CA
  75. Gala B, Blue Springs, MO
  76. Gayle H, Philadelphia, PA
  77. Ginny M, Chicopee, MA
  78. Gloria G and Card Makin' Cuties, Fairland, IN
  79. Harriet C, Winston-Salem, NC
  80. Helen C, Cottleville, MO
  81. Helen R, Punta Gorda, FL
  82. Helen S, San Diego, CA
  83. Holly I, Chatsworth, GA
  84. Holly I, Chatsworth, GA
  85. Huguette M, Spanaway, Wa
  86. Jackie L, Bloomingdale, IL
  87. Jacqy W, Dardenne Prairie, MO
  88. Jan R, Akron, OH
  89. Jane P, Ballston Spa, NY
  90. Janet O, Beaverton, OR
  91. Janis D, Olustee, OK
  92. Janis P and Crazy Croppers and Mt Vernon Students, Springfield, MO
  93. Jean B, Meadville, PA
  94. Jean D, West Valley City, UT
  95. Jean M, Mission, TX
  96. Jean S, St Louis Park, MN
  97. Jennifer M-H, Knox, IN
  98. Jennifer M, Marshfield, WI
  99. Jennifer M, Romeoville, IL
  100. Jennifer W, Red Wing, MN
  101. Jessica P, Riverside, CA
  102. Jill F, Bloomington, CA
  103. Joan J-F, Atlanta, GA
  104. Joan O, Huntington Beach, CA
  105. Joan T, Breezy Point, NY
  106. Joan T, Breezy Point, NY
  107. Joan T, Breezy Point, NY
  108. Joanie K, Avon, IN
  109. JoAnn U, Knoxville, TN
  110. Joanne D, Brooklyn, IA
  111. Joanne J, The Villages, FL 32162
  112. Joannina C, Burbank, CA
  113. Joyce R, Elmwood, IL
  114. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  115. Judith M, Hudson, IA
  116. Judith Y, Pekin, IL
  117. Judy K, Orfordville, WI
  118. Judy K, Orfordville, WI
  119. Julie S, Edmonds, WA
  120. Julie S, Ferndale, Wa
  121. Julie W, Ellsworth, WI
  122. Justine H, Colby, KS
  123. Kandice M and Submarine Officers' Spouses' Association, Silverdale, WA
  124. Karen G and Lone Tree Church of Christ, Sedalia, CO
  125. Karen H, Monticello, MN
  126. Karen M, Sandown, NH
  127. Karen N, Wappingers Falls, NY
  128. Karen S, Mt. Juliet, TN
  129. Kathie G, West Covina, CA
  130. Kathy A and and friends, Rochester, MN
  131. Kathy C, Ilion, NY
  132. Kathy H, Lutz, FL
  133. Kathy H, Ocala, FL
  134. Kathy T, The Villages, FL
  135. Kim L, Omaha, NE
  136. Kristan M and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Crestwood Ward, Kent, WA
  137. Krystal M, Novi, MI
  138. Krystil H, Raleigh, NC
  139. Laurie J, Houston, TX
  140. Laurie S, Wartertown, MA
  141. Lee Ann B and Crop of Believers - West Springs Church, St Louis, MO
  142. Lee Anne O, Trainer, PA
  143. Lee B, Dalton, WI
  144. Linda B, East Brunswick, NJ
  145. Linda C, Sierra Madre, CA
  146. Linda C, Sierra Madre, CA
  147. Linda G, Simenill, OK
  148. Linda G, Ypsilanti, MI
  149. Linda S, Denton, TX
  150. Lindy C, Seattle, WA
  151. Lisa H, Rockport, MA
  152. Lori L, Clovis, CA
  153. Lori N and Chicks Creating Cards, Jefferson City, MO
  154. Lori W, Indianapolis, IN
  155. Lori W, Katy, TX
  156. Lori W, Katy, TX
  157. Lori W, Katy, TX
  158. Lucy W, Hammondsport, NY
  159. Lynda D, Lebanon, TN
  160. Lyndsey C, Bonney Lake, WA
  161. Lyndsey C, Bonney Lake, WA
  162. Marcia G, Seminole, FL
  163. Margaret G, Stevenson Ranch, CA
  164. Margaret G, Stevenson Ranch, CA
  165. Marge M, Wayne, NJ
  166. Marian C, North Attleboro, MA
  167. Marianne C, Naches, WA
  168. Marianne P, North East, MD
  169. Marietta W, Akron, IA
  170. Martha C, Zephyrhills, FL
  171. Mary A, Port Arkansas, TX
  172. Mary Beth A, Ellensburg, WA
  173. Mary P, Mt Vernon, IL
  174. Mary S, Brandon, FL
  175. Mary W, Warren, MI
  176. Megan B, San Marcos, TX
  177. Melissa F, Jacksonville, FL
  178. Meredith T, Zephyrhills, FL
  179. Michelle M, Gaithersburg, MD
  180. Mindy A, West Friendship, MD
  181. Mrs A and Reagan Elementary Third Graders, Lindsay, CA
  182. Ms K, Maple Grove, MN
  183. Nancy A, Morgan Hill, CA
  184. Nancy B, Wesley Chapel, FL
  185. Nancy M, Fremont, CA
  186. Nancy W, Belleville, MI
  187. Nanette V, Plover, WI
  188. Nicole S, Tampa, FL
  189. Pamela B, Livingston, TX
  190. Pamela H, Bakersfield, CA
  191. Pat C, Shalimar, FL
  192. Pat H, Canyon Lake, TX
  193. Pat K, West Richland, WA
  194. Pat Q, Bethel Park, PA
  195. Pat Y, Fond Du Lac, WI
  196. Patricia H, Verona, VA
  197. Patricia W, Philadelphia, PA
  198. Paula M, Alpine, UT
  199. Paula S, Stamford, CT
  200. Peggy C, West Grove, PA
  201. Peggy R, Gardendale, AL
  202. Penny B, Picture Rocks, PA
  203. Penny D, Auburn, ME
  204. Polly P, St Paul, MN
  205. Polly R, Peoria, AZ
  206. Rae R, Sauquoit, NY
  207. Randee S, Dowagiac, MI
  208. Rebecca F, Monroe, MI
  209. Rebecca M, Port Orchard, WA
  210. Regina L, Glen Burnie, MD
  211. Rhonda S, Portage, PA
  212. Robbi E, Antelope, CA
  213. Roberta F, La Grange, IL
  214. Roberta O, Lafayette, IN
  215. Robin and Stephanie G, New York, NY
  216. Robin S, San Mateo, CA
  217. Ronni U, Peoria, AZ
  218. Ruby C, Lawrenceville, GA
  219. Ruby S, Bradhead, WI
  220. Samantha F, Snellville, GA
  221. Sandi M, Fremont, CA
  222. Sandra G, Hillsboro, OR
  223. Sandy M, Vernon, CT
  224. Sara P, Monroe, SD
  225. Shari B, Grand Forks, ND
  226. Sharon D, Phoenix, Az
  227. Sharon Y, Chico, Ca
  228. Sheila L, Medina, OH
  229. Shelley B, San Mateo, CA
  230. Sherri S, Vienna, VA
  231. Sherri S, Vienna, VA
  232. Sherry H, Arlington, VA
  233. Sherry M and Debbie K, and Randy C, Corvallis, MT
  234. Sherry N, Bonney Lake, WA
  235. Sherry V, Canal Fulton, OH
  236. Shirley F, Defiance, MO
  237. Shirley N, Glennville, CA
  238. Shirley N, Glennville, CA
  239. St John WELCA , Grafton, WI
  240. Stacey G, Wittman, AZ
  241. Steffani L, Wilmington, NC
  242. Steffani L, Wilmington, NC
  243. Sue A, Rockford, IL
  244. Sue K, Cannon Falls, MN
  245. Susan A, Ridgewood, NY
  246. Susan F and Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood, MO
  247. Susan G, Napoleonville, LA
  248. Susan H, Whippany, NJ
  249. Susan R, Norwood, MA
  250. Susan R, Norwood, MA
  251. Susan R, Stevensville, MD
  252. Susan S, Simpsonville, SC
  253. Susie M, Winterville, NC
  254. Suzanne B, Myrtle Beach, SC
  255. Suzanne C and Robson Ranch Sassy Stampers, Denton, TX
  256. Sybrina K, Pickerington, OH
  257. Tammy A, Aurora, CO
  258. Tammy G and youth at Colorado Springs East Stake, Colorado Springs, CO
  259. Teresa H, Charleston, SC
  260. Teresa K, Vancouver, WA
  261. Theresa D, Kent, WA
  262. Therese D, Lewiston, ME
  263. Valerie M and Honors students at CSJF Davis Intermediate School, San Jose, CA
  264. Veronica G, Aliso Viejo, CA
  265. Wendy T, Minerva, OH
  266. Wendy T, Minerva, OH
  267. Whitney J, Yigo, Guam
  268. Whitney K, Murphysboro, IL
  269. Yolanda D, Warrenton, MO

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

News from the Caribbean

Hello again! We've benn having so much fun since we last posted! It's been challenging blogging from an iPad, since it only shows HTML mode. So today's post will just give you one photo instead, and I'll send it by email and see how that goes!

This morning's vlog:


We left off on Sunday....with another full day at sea on Monday. We made cards all morning and for 3 hours in the late afternoon....but I had to twist arms (and lock the studio door, lol) to make our crafters go out in the sunshine! I think that's the only thing missing from this cruise...having a view of the outside while we craft. Our conference room is down on the 2nd floor, so when we're in there, we might as well be in a library on land. But I closed down for a little while after lunch and sent them off to swim or nap in the sun for two hours. :)

Our classes have been fun...you saw the funky fold tutorial I hope! Some folks have been making more of them ever since...once you get the hang of it, they're addictive! We're also leaving the alcohol inks, distress inks, and distress stains out, along with the craft mats, so everyone has been making periodic inky messes during our open studio time too. Kris showed us how to make faux leather backgrounds, and those have been inspiring us to get out of the box too!

The goodies keep coming every day, too....we saved some of the treats to hand out each day when we get to the studio! Though The treat boxes are emptying.....which means we're getting nearer to the end o fine cruise! No, say it isn't so! We have today in St Kitts, tomorrow in Puerto Rico, Friday in Labadee....then one more full day at sea as we make our way home. We plan a prize party on Saturday to give away all the rest of our goodies - mosty the giant table full of shared supplies. Shhhhhhh, don't tell the ladies we'll be divvying that giant pile among them! There is so much paper, lots of tools, inks, dies...I think they ink I'm carting it all home, but they get to work out tucking it into their bags. :)

My room service should be here any minute with breakfast....this is the life! Then it will be it me to meet a few girls to head onto the island to do some shopping and lay on the beach a whir. Yeah! Gonna be a good day, mon! Hope you have some island attitude in YOUR day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Greetings from the high seas!


Hello crafters!!! I finally figured out my cuppa Internet...I've been going through withdrawal, apologies for the messy post, I can only get online on my iPad! I hoped to get more stories and photos out to you now that I'm set up,


We've been sailiing the ocean blue for days now, or so we think...we're already saying things like, "Did that happen only yesterday?" it seems like so much longer already!

On Saturday morning the texts were flying as everyone boarded shuttles for the ship. As you saw on Facebook, we had our boxes loaded and ready early; Kris and I hired a shuttle to take us and them crafty goodness to the port. our driver was such a character....he said he'd been n Vietnam, so I asked, "Army?" I thought it was a yes or no question, but it turned into a half hour story of his amazing life! From a troubled youth to a disastrous prison term when he was pulled out of jail with 300 men for special unit in Vietnam---300 went on the mission, he and 11 others survived. He returned, made a mint and lost it, and was personally reponsible for much of the computer revolution...and all of this because he was so dangerously good looking. LOL! Much may have been a fish tale, but I choose to believe him - making a movie of the story would be brilliant!

Our OWHers slowly started finding each other. Well, started finding Kris and I! We felt like celebs being recognized everywhere. We set a time and place to meet to wave to the webcam...so most of us did gather for that. We took some photos (better ones to come, we have a pro on board with us!), and it was clear we would be fast friends....this is one great group of women!

It was about this time I found out little miss Ciara was being a bad bad girl...oh my! She has never done anything like this while being dogsat, but she ate through two doors and tried to enlarges doggie door in the side of a house!!!! She has been removed from there and I begged her usual sitters to take her for the week lest she cause me even. Oe thousands in damages. Agh! I hope she started behaving! Those folks have no Internet so I have nreports, but I emailed someone to call and check on her.


back to the ship!

Our first dinner was the first time we were mostly together, and even then was divided between early and late seatings. But at least it was one place where we got word to all to meet in our conference room at 9pm. However - we had no stuff! Security had called me aside earlier for a meeting to question items - the guy had a homeland we unity badge! Deep! However once through the explanation of what we were all about to him and the other staff at this big meeting, they were fine with things; we just had to promise to lock up all our dangerous scissors. And save them a few supplies so they could come in and make a card too, they all wanted to pop in and join us! Lol, ain't that how it goes!

Our items arrived in our room, but not in time to do any crafting Saturday night, so. Everyone went to bed while Kris and I played Santa....it was like stuffing stockings to.go through everyone's totes and fill them up!

Sunday morning the crafters arrived bright eyed and bushy tailed for our first class: shading! It was hard, I put them through their paces on exercises with lighting and oranges. We looked at how light falls on an object, where shadows rest, and started looking at how the shapes we studied play out in the stamped images we colored. It was the first step for a lot of folks, so we'll be adding more ideas to the coloring toolkit as the week wears oN.




The afternoon class was this fun shabby chick card made from goodies in our Studio Calico kits...look at the variety in how everyone chose to embellish!






It was Super Bowl Sunday, and that was a similar mania hee as it is back home. People talked trash all over....I was cheering for the Giants, ha ing lived in NY for years,....so fortunately I get to go find the ship staff member who I dueled with during our muster drill, and of course give him my "condolences!" Our ladies did get to wat h the second half of the game; our dinner was during the first half, but we requested the game. E piped into the craft room for us. 

While we watched the game, the evening class was when the messiness really took over.  Alcohol inks came it and we played with making backgrounds. We only have a few finishd ones, but you may well see more from us as the week progresses. We learned some things about what the special paper from Ranger is able to do differently than regular glossy photo paper, and since we received a great set of hero mail stamps many of these became blank AnyHero cards. Hmmm will we get a card signing event going here on the ship??

We turned over 300 kids coloring pages with the cruise ship digi on them for the kids program to color....I hope to get over there and get some photos! 

Late into the evening I and the night owls made cards after everyone went to bed; we plan a pajama party one night, and I'll see about ordering a 2am pizza maybe! Our ship's group coordinator, Diana, gives me the same answer to all my requests: "No problem!" so we will see!




I hope to figure out if uStream will work from the ship, so maybe we could try a short chat; Internet here is like dial up, so it might not be possible, but we'll gi e it a try and see! We would love to say hi to everyone back home!