Whenever I post a new card on my blog, I get asked if it's for Cards for Soldiers or my personal stash.
With very few exceptions, all my cards are done to be contributed to Cards for Soldiers. I do have a handful of my cards in a basket for my own use, but on the shelf below that basket are two APO Priority Mail boxes full of cards to send to the military.
About every 6 weeks we get a new challenge for CFS and I try to make no less than 150 and most of the time about 250-300 cards for each challenge.
I began cardmaking over three years ago. At the time I was an avid quilter and had reached the point where I had no more room to store my quilts after they were finished. I've been doing crafts since I was a child and so I looked around for something new to try. I began making cards for charity and that's what I've been doing ever since.
Of course, our anniversary and other holidays means I make special cards for Fred and the grandkids. And, I have two sisters and some friends that I make cards specifically for but everything else goes to charity.
It's been six months since I retired and making cards, going to stamp class and shopping for supplies has become my new "job". I spend at least six hours a day making cards and when I decide on a layout for one, I make them six at a time. If it's one I'm really happy with, I may make as many as 18 and divide them up so that many that are alike won't go to the same unit.
It's fun to do cards. Each one is a new project, you can use so many kinds of techniques and embellishments and get instant gratification by seeing a project finished. I encourage everyone to make cards, whether for their own use or for donation. And, I'd proudly accept your cards to include in the Cards for Soldiers shipments.