Sunday, October 5, 2008

A good time was had by all - Post 88

Celebrating World Card Making Day

Twelve women gathered at the home of one of my friends at 1 p.m. Saturday to make handmade greeting cards. By 5 p.m., we had created 287 cards (one card got "mis-stamped and had to be scuttled; we'll add another one so as to make an even number.) We created thirty six each of three 'thank you' cards, four Christmas cards, and one 'birthday' card. As I mentioned in my previous post, these will be divided equally between Ronald McDonald House and Cards for the Troops.

A Basket full of Greeting Cards - and a curious cat
(images copyright Stampin' Up!)

Let me hasten to say that I don't bear the entire burden of putting together a stamping project such as this. However, my half was enough to keep me busy for several days (I didn't even participate in any of my normal theme posts this past week, but I will try to get around and visit those who did.) My stamping partner Elaine and I design the cards, provide all the stamps, ink, card stock, specialty papers, ribbons, adhesive, etc., for making the cards. We cut all the card stock and papers, score and fold the base cards, cut any specialty papers to the precise dimensions required by the design, cut and pre-tie the ribbon embellishments and get everything ready for assembling the cards. The actual putting together of the cards is just fun; all the 'work' has already occurred.

Anytime we ladies get together for stamping, there is always something good to eat, and this was no exception. Our good friends Jane and her husband, David, operate a part-time catering business, and love to feed us. They prepared a table full of good things for us to eat, all at least semi-homemade: chicken salad, a wonderful cheese ball, delicious brownies, Carrot-Zucchini-Raisin Muffins (Jane's recipe follows below, along with a photo), and crispy crackers, along with soft drinks and really good coffee. You may well ask how we got 287 cards made with all those yummy things calling to us from the kitchen -- but we did!

Carrot-Zucchini-Raisin Muffins

1 package Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake, mixed as directed
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1 cup grated zucchini
1 T. vanilla

Bake at 350 degrees in a bundt pan or cupcake tins. Can also be baked in loaf pans.
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Now... it's time for me to be thinking of Hallowe'en cards, Thanksgiving cards, and Christmas cards, along with a few between-now-and-year-end other occasion cards. No rest for the weary!


richies said...

What a lovely idea, making cards for the troops. I am sure they are appreciated. Looks like you have a lot of fun while doing something nice for others.

Hilary said...

You folks did a wonderful job. A lovely, giving act of love. Yay you!

Those muffins look delicious!

Anonymous said...

Oh Pat, so very talented and doing something so worthwhile. You should be very proud of your contribution to making a lot of people's life a little brighter. :)

Countrygirl said...

How much fun! Plus it's such a worthwhile cause. Those muffins look very good!

Sandi McBride said...

That's why I admire're so giving and kind. Lovely idea, cards for the troops!
I love that muffin tin, where can I find one? Seriously!

JC said...

Your pictures make it look like a fun day. YUMMIE looking muffins. Thanks for sharing. I thought of you this weekend.

Old Lady Lincoln said...

Apparently you twelve ladies worked your fingers quickly to get that many cards done. Perhaps it was knowing what a delicious treat was in store for you when getting the cards finished.

david mcmahon said...

You've given me an appetite for the task!!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

What a generous thing to do. Bless you.

Jeannelle said...

Wow.....lots of preparations to do for the card-making gathering! Its heartwarming to read about your wonderful project. So glad you didn't have to cook the food, too. Nice to know caterers!

Louise said...

How fun, and all going to something nice! I had a Pajama Party Stamp-a-Stack type thing. Left town, so I couldn't post about it, but I might later.

cottonpicker said...

A rowdy bunch of card makers you are!! Looks like you had fun and thanks for the recipe. I put up a bunch of zuccinni and need another recipe! My son is leaving for Afganistan in a few months. Thank you girls for thinking of our boys!

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Ranch wife said...

What a wonderful idea. And how special that you ladies have a chance to get together and do this.
It is like an old time quilting bee. I think the world, or at least mine would be better if women gathered like that every so often. Our grandmothers and great grandmothers, had the right idea.
I have never done any stamping...but that may have to change, I just think making those cards is so neat.


Gallicissa said...

Looks like great fun with all the food around as well. That is a lot of cards you ladies have made!

Texas Travelers said...

Making cards is OK, but those muffins look like Heaven.

Come visit anytime,
Troy and Martha

PS: Alaska Sunday Hope, AK photos are up today.