Our sewing and crafting group members really enjoy working on projects for worthy causes. Two of us spent a morning recently making cards to donate to Operation Write Home. Their mission is to support our military by providing them with handmade blank cards on which they can send home greetings to their loved ones. It's a huge effort, and the organization gets lots of support. They are working on their second million cards! And their website contains all sorts of helpful material, including inspiring letters from members of the military.
There is a special drive for "thinking of you" cards right now. So we focused on that for our efforts. Here is what we came up with so far. The card at the top has a cut-away flap that reveals an insert strip of patterned paper on the inside. I saw an instructional video for it on Two Peas in a Bucket's "Finally Friday" series. My cardmaking friend Prue and I agreed that we could spend hours looking at all the wonderful ideas and videos online! But we also decided we better get on with it. We made a happy mess, and these cards were the result.
We kept the designs simple, and for a couple of the cards we used blank cards that had a background design already imprinted. That way we just had to "tart them up", as the saying goes.