Lots of hours of planning, workshops training the girls and their parents and the day finally arrived - August 9 in Champlin, Minnesota - and the girl scouts from 40 troops in the Champlin area gathered to create more than 1,100 holiday cards for the troops. Coordinated by the Girl Scout Service Unit Manager, Michelle Abbas-Hayes and Susan K, the event was opened up to the boy scouts, too.
Our thanks to Stampin' Up!® demonstrators Tina Taves and Laurie Lenertz for their help with this enormous project. They prepared the cards, every one of them! Imagine designing and cutting cardstock for THAT MANY cards!
Many, many photographs of the event have arrived as well as photos of the cards created. So hang on, here is a sampling of what went on:
First, the cards - here are links to Tina's website with some pretty amazing cards:
I encourage you to click on these links and take a look at her work. They are truly beautiful works of art.
The day drew near and a display board was created for all who attended to learn a bit about From Our Hearts:
From Our Hearts provided letters from the chaplains and Commanders as well as pictures that tell the story.
When the doors opened, Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette scouts, along with their parents and siblings, arrived to assemble the cards.
They worked hard, but what fun they had. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and we have MANY pictures to share!
The Brownies love stamping!
Junior Scouts, too.
This cadet scout's smile says it all!
This is a family affair for one Daisy scout and her brother (a cub scout) and her dad!
In the end, just a short 2 hours later, 3 boxes, packed full, were finished - over 1,100 cards! They jokingly called it "Speed Stamping"!
And this is what arrived on our doorstep:
This is just two of the three boxes - neatly packed (and yes, packed tightly!)
Our heartfelt thanks to all who participated, to the demonstrators, Tina and Laurie, who tirelessly cut, cut and cut all the cardstock; to Michelle who brought the girl scouts together, to Susan K who put in endless hours of planning, and to the girls of the 40 troops in the Champlin, MN area (and their parents, too) for their time and donations to help make this day possible.
Our troops will be pleased to have handcrafted cards this holiday season.
More pictures (yes more!) may be found by clicking here.