You may have guessed this already but I enjoy stamping, and I absolutely LOVE Stampin’ Up! For me, Stampin’ Up! is neither “all about making cards” nor “all about making money.” It’s about a community of people who share a common love of creating and the creative process. I’m a member of Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals, and every day I can share excitement with other members about current promotions, stamping techniques and personal life events. I love the group. But it doesn’t stop there.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities provide comfort and support to families who have young children who are seriously ill or injured. The organization provides a “home-away-from-home” for these families while their children are hospitalized. Across the United States, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gather at Ronald McDonald Houses to make cards with the patients and families in these houses. Last week, I participated in a monthly Ronald McDonald House event here in Atlanta. It was my first time participating, and I’m so glad I did. Jen designed a birthday card and brought all the supplies to make it. Leishman, Suzi, Monika and I showed up to help the residents make the card she designed. I wish I could share all of the stories behind these pictures (the positive attitudes about these people who have been through so much are amazing and inspiring), but I can’t. I can, though, share these pictures (most were taken by Monika):
This young child was in a wheelchair the last time the demonstrators were there. This time, he was up-and-about and filled with energy. He was determined to show me how strong he is. It looks like I am being attacked, but (as you can imagine) I was totally egging him on.
Every year, Stampin’ Up! sells a stamp set for which a portion of the proceeds ($3 per stamp set) are donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Have you seen it? It’s on the inside, back cover of the current catalog, and it’s called Moving Forward (#126322, clear, for $14.95 and #126320, wood, for $19.95). It’s an adorable set. Here are the images:
Israel Independence Day
For the past month or so, I’ve been working with the events coordinator at the Marcus Jewish Community Center here in Atlanta to organize some card making classes there. I am not Jewish, but that’s OK since the classes are not based in religion or politics – they are just a project-based community class. My first opportunity is this evening as I help the community to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day – it’s the 65th anniversary of the formal establishment of the State of Israel. They’re hosting a big outdoors festival, and I’ll be there to make cards. Here are the cards I’ll be making with the attendees:
The Community of Stampers Grows
Do you want to be a part of my stampin’ community? Stampin’ Up! revealed a new recruiting promotion yesterday. Is it now time for you to join my team? As a part of your “starter kit”, you pay $99 (plus taxes – but Stampin’ Up! covers the shipping) and you get $125 of your choice of product PLUS an extra $30 worth of additional product for free. With this promotion, you are also able to include 2013-2014 Idea Book & Catalog pre-order items (to be announced next week), so you have the chance to receive new products before any of your friends. If you are interested, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love for you to join in on all the fun!
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