Saturday, July 14, 2012


No, this isn't about the movie "The Fantastic Four", which I have never seen. The title just came to me because I managed to complete five cards today, and to me, well, that is fantastic. I went to my first ever crop to benefit Soldier's Angels. I met several wonderful women there, and had a blast crafting with them. It was really fun to sit with Karen, Darlene, and Tara. I met them for the first time today. We were all working on different things and it was so interesting to talk to them about their projects and lives. What a great group of women. Karen was making dolls and she made me one with a cute little strawberry dress. I love her! Pictures to come later for that.

As usual, I spent so much time socializing, shopping, and organizing that I didn't do much else. Well, except make five cards. At first, I was really irritated with my lack of productivity. After all, I used images I had colored ages ago, so it's not like I had to take time to color (which takes me forever). My fellow crafters made me see that I got a lot done. I made new friends, organized some stuff that had been sitting as a mess for ages, and made cards for five soldiers to use when sending notes home. I decided that I'll take that and be happy about it.

Here are the cards I made (sorry if the pics are blurry or a bit dull. I didn't really focus on getting good shots before turning them in):

I deliberately didn't take much with me in the way of embellishments: just some ribbon, lace, twine, pearls and a tiny bit of bling. No flowers or anything that would add too much dimension. I tried to keep in mind that these cards will be shipped multiple times: once to the Soldier's Angels headquarters to be added to care packages, then to the soldier, then from the soldier to his/her family. I figured flat cards would be better for packing as well as durability. It's usually really hard for me to keep my cards so embellishment-free and flat, but today, it seemed to flow. I think being around all of those other crafters who were also there to support the soldiers and enjoy a day together might have turned on my mojo! What do you think? What makes your mojo flow?


Sara I. said...

I'm so happy for you that you had a fabulous time and met some wonderful new friends!!! I'm not sure what you mean by not being productive because 5 cards seems like you got pretty busy :) They are each adorbs! Love, love, love the house mouse one with the apples !!

Carla S. said...

Fantastic cards, Gina! You were very productive!

Kim Kelley said...

I can't decide which I love best! They are all so pretty! You rock Miss Gina! HUGS

Trina said...

Gina, five cards in a day sounds pretty dang productive to me!! And they look great! It's not like you are just throwing together some garbage and acting like you did something good for someone. Someone will love sending and receiving every one of these cards!!

Michelle said...

I LOVE the first card....where did you buy the stamp from????

Tracy S said...

First off I love your heart and how supportive you are to the soldiers. They really need people like you ...keeping them encouraged and I thank you for that. I need to follow in your footsteps. It is such an amazing cause.

I think 5 cards in a day is phenomenal. That is way beyond my ability.. I over think things too much. I know whoever gets these to send and receives them will be smiling from ear to ear. These are too cute!

Gina L said...

Michelle, sorry it took me so long to post your comment and reply to it. I was on vacation. The first stamp of Lady Liberty is from The Greeting Farm. It comes as a set with the image and the sentiment. Just google "The Greeting Farm stamps" and their site will pop up.

As always, thanks to everyone for the comments and encouragement. I really do appreciate them more than you know!