Monday, December 1, 2008

A 27¢ (U.S.) Challenge


WOW ... Day 1 was so much fun! Are you ready for Day 2 of the Stamp Simply Celebration over on Sharon Johnson's blog ? Today it's MY turn to extend a holiday idea/project out to all of you!! There are a few other "fun events" for today too, be sure to check out the Party Central tab for more information.



With the economy as it is today, why not save a little cash on your holiday greetings by sending a POSTCARD versus a full size card this year?? The cost is only twenty-seven (27) cents (U.S.) and you can still provide your friends/family with that “work-of-art” they have come to expect from you in your holiday cards. So, if you’re up to the challenge, here’s all you have to do:

1) Legal postcard size is 4” x 6”.


2) Create your design on one side using inks, pencils, chalks, markers … even glitter or stickles is allowed. (It must remain a single layer … no dimension allowed … will not make it through the postage machine.)



3) The opposite side is for your correspondence/address. The post office does NOT require you have it stamped “Post Card … This side is for the address only” … although, they DO have to easily distinguish your address from your correspondence greeting.



4) Again, postage is only 27¢ (U.S.) and is affixed in the upper right corner on the addressee side.


So … what do you think?? Are you up to the challenge??

To help get you started, here are a few samples. You can find even more awesome samples made by a few other members of the CELEBRATION gang ... please check them out and join in on the fun.


Cathy Tidwell's sample found HERE. (Cathy may or maynot be able to participate. Her little 2 year old grandson is in the hospital ... please say a prayer for this little guy!)

Janine Orchard's sample found HERE.

Dee Jackson's sample found HERE.

Heather Telford's sample found HERE.

Leslie Miller - HERE

LeAnne Pugliese - HERE


Remember, ANYONE may participate in these challanges and all the fun events, blogger or not!!! If you upload to your Blog, please provide a link to your entry back on this post. You are also encouraged to upload your projects over at Splitcoast. If you do upload at Splitcoast, PLEASE KEYWORD all Splitcoast uploads for this event SSC08 (Stamp Simply Celebrates! 2008). If you upload at any other online gallery, just make sure to link back here so I can find your entry!!! Have fun!!!

35 comments:

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Your post cards are ALL just lovely, Darlene, and I LOVE the way you are staging your photos -- what a GREAT job!!!

WELCOME to my blog, Explore. Dream. Discover. said...

Dar, I love your postcards! What a great money saving way to celebrate the holiday and a craft we all love sooo much!

Janine said...

Fabulous Darlene!! This was such a fun challenge!!

Joan Fricker said...

Darlene, I love your cards. Great job.
Joan

Jerri Kay said...

Oh my gosh Darlene, these cards are gorgeous! Absolutely fabulous postcards!

Dee Jackson said...

Your cards are beautiful!! I love all the different techniques you used.

Janine said...

YES DARLENE!!! I like it!!!

Heather said...

They are all lovely, thanks for taking the time to show them individually.
I had been thinking about doing postcards but it took your challenge to get me going.

Leslie Miller said...

I'm so glad you came up with this challenge, Darlene! What a great idea and one I had so much fun with. You made four beautiful cards--no less impressive than a whole card with all the ribbons and layers, etc. I love them! Thank you!

Kris Turner said...

Hi, Darlene: What a great idea! And time-saving, too! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Kris Turner, Wadsworth, OH

Carol Ascher said...

Beautiful postcards! What a great idea!

Tammy Hershberger said...

These are awesome, Darlene! Great job, and your photos are great, too!

Amy Johnson said...

Wow Darlene! What a fabulous idea and such beautiful postcards! I love them all! I posted your birthday card on my blog today! It arrived yesterday! I love it! Thank you so much!

imastampin said...

What a great idea, saving $! I couldn't resist, so here is my postcard

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1148528?cat=7182

Thanks for the great challenge.

Jennifer Buck said...

These are all so beautiful! Wonderful challenge! :) Hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Deborah Saaranen said...

These are gorgeous, Darlene! Your photos are so great as well!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

What darling cards and such a neat idea!! ;) TFS!!

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

These are all so wonderful!! Looks like a fun challenge... I really need to check it out!
hugs, Jami

Jackie said...

All of these are spectacular! Such beauty!

nancy littrell said...

What a great idea to save on postage with quick, but personal postcards. I am playing soon and just loved all your examples. Hope the post office will not mind a little glitter :-) TFS

Lori Stokes Wright said...

These are great postcards, thanks!

lenoriakelly said...

This is a great idea and your postcards are beautiful - most people don't see the back side anyway.

jenn said...

This was a really great challenge, thanks. Here's mine http://jennscrafts.blogspot.com/2008/12/3-birds-with-one-stone.html

leenda said...

Brilliant idea & brilliant postcards!!

Anonymous said...

Very timely info as I too want to spend less on postage this year, thanks!! Beautiful ideas!! Carla H.

Cathy said...

What a terrific idea, Darlene! Not only does it save money for postgage, but it's "green" (no envelopes, saves a tree) and very simple: no ribbon, no embellishments, no layers.... I'm delighted with the whole thing.

I made four of them and have posted them at SCS, and my blog post for tomorrow will feature two of them -- I'll include a link to your blog with it.

Thanks again for an absolutely fabulous idea!

Pam SCS "craftea19" said...

Darlene, your postcards are beautiful! They are a wonderful idea for those of us cutting back this holiday season. I think I may even have some of those postcards with the sticky back when I could add maybe just one layer of cardstock without it getting smushed by the post office! With a stamper where theres a will theres a way! Thanks for the idea!

Jill Haddad said...

Holy smokes Darlene - this was TOUGH!!! No layers, no bling, no dimension!!!! Now I know what I need to work on!

This is my entry, such as it is. I'm going to be looking a little closer at some of the other's entries to get ideas on how to make this more eye-catching.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1149452?cat=500&ppuser=56248

Jill Haddad said...

I apologize if I'm posting twice - I tried to leave this link - but my comment didn't seem to post so I'm trying again.

Here is my entry to the postcard challenge.
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1149452?cat=500&ppuser=56248

This was VERY difficult - but definitely something I will be working on improving!

nancy littrell said...

Dar, I got to play....just uploaded 5 Xmas Postcards. You were such an Inspiration. TFS

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1149749?cat=14762

Anonymous said...

Love the post cards. I keep adding brads and layers and such and end up using 2 stamps on my cards. Maybe I need to quit and try post cards! Maybe that can be my New Years resolution. Maybe easier than losing weight and all the other "normal" resolutions that are made to be broken! If Santa brings some photographic equipment I will be able to download my examples but until then...we can hope they are just a fraction as great as yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

Chris R. from Iowa

broni (waterchild12) said...

Your postcards are wonderful, Darlene! What a clever and beautiful idea!!

Terri said...

Great challenge. Nice job on the ones you did. Here's mine. http://terrbear38.blogspot.com/

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Hey Darlene,
Thanks for all the help with my blog. I will catch on eventually. If you click on my artwork, you will see all the artwork I have uploaded so far.

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Darlene, your postcards are gorgeous. I am going to have to give this a try. You are so creative and such an inspiration.