Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Card Contest... No Hallmark Stores in Iraq or Afghanistan

Cards for Troops... Card Contest!!

I was recently contacted by Debbi Dresser about helping with a Cards for Troops project, I was very excited to get involved and to help out.... and you can too! I have paired this effort with a blog Card Contest and hope that each of you will do your part to help us in acquiring as many cards for troops as we can.

Card Contest Details:

1- Participants can send as many single entries as they like for the contest. Each entry should include a recipe (please do not include this on the card, as troops will be using these cards to send to friends and family). Your recipe should include information about all the supplies used to create your card as well as your contact information, contact information will be used for the sole purpose of contacting the winners.

2- Send cards with the following themes: Father's Day, Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Hello, Friend, Missing You, Sympathy, and Kids. Please refrain from placing greetings or sentiments in the inside of the cards, we want to leave plenty of room for the troops to send their personal messages to friends, family and loved ones. If the card is a darker color, please include a lighter card front in the center of the card for correspondence.

3- Cards should be full cards (no fronts) and should include a coordinating envelope. Envelopes must not be clear.

4- Vendor Restrictions- there are no vendor restrictions for this contest, anything goes.

5- Cards will be judged by a private panel of judges based upon quality and creativity... your best work is greatly appreciated.

6- All card submissions must be received no later than May 15th. Winners will be announced within 7 days and posted to the site. All card submissions will be packaged and mailed to Debbi Dresser to be included in her next shipment of cards to the troops. If you would like more information or more ways to get involved you can visit Debbie's blog by clicking here.

7- Contest submissions and donations should be sent to Kyla Maestas 3714 Madison Dr. Rock Springs WY 82901.

Winners and Art Gallery Feature
3 winners will be selected. Winners will receive the following prizes 1st place- $20.00 SU gift certificate (redeemable through Kyla Maestas), 2nd place- $10.00 gift certificate from Eclectic Paperie and 3rd- $5.00 SU gift certificate (redeemable through Kyla Maestas). Kendra Giles has agreed to be on the judges panel and will be donating a $20.00 SU gift certificate as well (redeemable through her). Your cards will also be featured on my blog during the week following the contest close. If you would like a link to your blog or website included with this post, please include this information with your submission.

Spread the Word... in order for this project to be a huge success, we need as many participants as possible. Please feel free to include information and links on your blogs, websites, and on-line forums encouraging others to get involved and make a difference. My goal is to gather 400+ cards to send to troops.

Other Ways You Can Help... Maybe you are not interested in the contest or may not have time to participate, but you can help by sending your old swap cards and samples to be forwarded to the troops as well. It's okay if they are card fronts, I will donate the time and supplies to turn them into full cards to be sent to the troops.. if you are choosing to do this, please include your contact information with your cards, any envelopes you can include with this donation are greatly appreciated!

Thank you in advance for your help and efforts to make this a success.

If you have questions for Debbi, you can contact her at


scrapstampindiva said...

supah idea kyla!

Linda L Bien said...

COUNT ME IN!!!!! What a great excuse to play!!!
Linda L Bien (SCS)

Marie said...

What a great cause to support!! I have sent Debbi cards in the past and will be posting a link to your blog/contest on my blog today. Thanks for doing this, the troops deserve it!!

Susan Liles (susiestampalot) said...

wooHoo!! I am so excited about this!! I already posted a "blurb" about it on my blog!

Yvette said...

Thanks for sharing this Kyla - I posted in on my blog too.

AnneMarie said...

I'm off to post this in my blog (tonight) and in my scrappy forum

I figure the more stamped cards for troops the better!

Joanne B. said...

I'd love to participate in this! What a great idea! I'll post a link to your contest in my blog later today.

Kristy said...

Sorry for a dumb question (blame it on not enough caffiene), but may I send several cards in one manilla envelope, or does each card need to be in its own envelope? Oh, and about card fronts -- I have a lot, especially of old and retired sets. Do you really want them? If so, I'd love to send them on to you.

Gina Wrona said...

I had my 2nd grade cathecism students decorate cards and my daughter's brownie troop #211, so I will be putting 33 cards in the mail to you today!

Good luck in reaching your goal!

Michelle said...

LI've been wanting to get involved with something like this--for the troops or something in general. I will post on my blog and also see if my family and friends want to participate. What a great thing!

Lois said...

Four cards are on their way to you by priority mail! Such a great thing to do for our soldiers!! Thanks for letting us know about it!!