Friday, August 3, 2012

Stamping Friends

The dictionary defines "friend" as a person who likes and knows another, person who favours and supports, a person who belongs to the same side and group.

I have many friends and they do come from various family, friends I have known since high school, friends from volunteer organizations that I have belonged to, my blogging friends that I have met on line, my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators, those that I have worked for and worked with and the list goes on.

For me, each of these people or groups of people hold a special place in my life.  I know that each of them will give me support when I require it and are there to hold my hand and wipe my tears if need be.

I can't imagine life without friendship because it's the special relationships and bonds that we form from having common interests and sometimes not so common interests.

So where is this going you might ask.

Sometimes people are alone and afraid and may feel that at this time of their lives, they do not have the  family and/or friends close by.

Ronald MacDonald House supports many families in need through out the year. Each year, thousands of families stay at more than 160 independently operated Ronald McDonald Houses in North America. These Houses serve as temporary homes for the families of seriously ill children who are being treated in nearby hospitals.

In this time of crises, sometimes you need a friend and Stampin' Up! and their demos help to make the burden a little less stressful.

Stampin' Up! is a national sponsor of the Ronald MacDonald House Charities and help those families enjoy a creative environment in their "home-away-from home".

Each year Stampin' Up! creates a special stamp set where proceeds from the sale of this stamp set will go to the charity.   

This year, Stampin' Up! is donating $3.00 from the sale of each stamp set.

Demonstrators are also encouraged to support the Ronald MacDonald House Charities to donate hand-crafted cards to the families so that they can use them...someone may need a Birthday card and just cannot find the time to go out and buy one.  At Convention and Regional events, there are always baskets where demonstrators can drop off their cards to be send to the Ronald MacDonald Houses.

Demonstrators will often organize events and volunteer activities...maybe it is a card making session with the children and the parents.  This gives the family some respite from the strenuous and emotional roller coasters that need to endure.

I am sure that many friendships develop when demonstrators are personally involved at the Ronald MacDonald Houses.

This year, the stamp set for the Ronald MacDonald Houses is called Moving Forward and I have done a card using each of the stamps in the set.

Stamps: Moving Forward (c – 126322, w – 126320, p. 209 2012-2013 AC)
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Pacific Point, Whisper White, International Bazaar DSP, Brights Collection DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron Emboss Folder, Stamp-Ma-Jig, Daffodil Delight Button, Whisper White Bakers Twine,

Stamps: Moving Forward (c – 126322, w – 126320, p. 209 2012-2013 AC, Affection Collection (c-127949, w- 127946, p. 35 2012 Holiday Catalogue)
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Comfort Café DSP
Ink: Midnight Muse, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Flue
Accessories: Big Shot, Framed Tulips Emboss Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits, Brights Brads, Gumball Green Ribbon, Stamp-Ma-Jig

Stamps: Moving Forward (c – 126322, w – 126320, p. 209 2012-2013 AC), Lacy & Lovely c-122887, w-122885, p. 99 AC)
Paper: Naturals Ivory, Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Brights Collection DSP
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Lines Emboss Folder, Stamp-Ma-Jig, Black Marker, Rhinestones, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Pretty in Pink 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon

Friendship bonds are very powerful and just knowing that someone if there for you makes life interesting and fun.

I have one more item before I end this post......  So drum roll please....rattattat

The winner of the Blog Candy is Julie and thanks to everyone who left a comment.  I will be getting the card in the mail for Julie.

Very cute Karen on 

Julie, please send me your address.

Thanks to everyone who left comments or leaves comments on my blog.  Each and everyone of them is appreciated.

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  1. What fabulous designs with these precious images!! I know this set is going to be a huge success, Karen!

  2. I love the freshness of your cards Karen. I am sure the stamps will be very popular. Ronald McDonald House also does wonderful work for kids and families here in Australia?
    Am I the Julie who won the candy?

  3. Wonderful cards Karen and such a worthy cause!

  4. Karen what a wonderful post on friendship. I loved reading it and you're so right. We meet many friends close and afar and consider YOU one of mine. I hope we get to meet someday.
    Your cards are ALLL adorable, love the CAS images and they fit many occassions for many age groups. Hugs.
    PS: thanks so much for the kind comments on my treats!

  5. This is a very sweet set of cards. A great post about friendship too!


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