Monday, April 25, 2011

Graduation Invite

Happy Easter Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holy Week and Blessed Easter. My family and I certainly take great comfort in knowing that our Redeemer lives (also a really great hymn :)). During this time in the Church year, I reflect on the death of my Savior and what He sacrificed for me...I am truly humbled. I also ponder the concept of death and my own relationship with the event. In 2003 I was told I had 3 months to live.  I remember during the worst of my treatments praying that His strength would guide me down which ever path was necessary....WOW, look how far He has led me so far...Thank You.

I bring this up in the blog as a way of introducing the importance to me of the cards I created this week. You see, my daughter, Carly, graduates from high school in June and that is a celebration in her life that I thought I would not be on this earth to witness. While she prepares for her transition to college, organizes prom festivities, and practices for the ceremony itself, to her it is the most natural and expected thing in life. However, for me it is not that simple or an entitlement as her parent. For me, every step I get to observe in the process is a celebration of thanksgiving, joy, and excitement. For me, it is one more sacrifice God made.  For me, it is about being able to watch it all unfold. For me, it is the gift of continued life on earth..a gift I will not take for granted.

May all of your days be filled with awe and wonder at the creations around you and Easter blessings throughout the year.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Blessings

Happy Holy Week!!!
What a wonderful time of the year.  I find Easter quite an inspiring holiday and am truly amazed that such suffering can end with such joy.  Truly every additional day  is a blessing and while I am here I must give thanks for the sacrifices made so I can live.  This Easter I wanted to create something that reflected the real gift and meaning of the season.  The cross was stamped with Versamark and embossed with gold.  Thanks to my fellow stamping friends on StampTV for the oval deboss idea.

I hope everyone has a blessed week!. As we Lutheran's say... He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Test Phone Posting

Hi all, I thought I would start learning more about posting on the go to prepare for workshop updates. I created this card for those who have patiently answered my questions. Let's hope this works. Post more Monday.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Down On The Farm

Greetings! Some great news to share... Our Chairman, Greg, has aligned Stamp to Cope, Inc. with a wonderful workshop and fundraising opportunity here in Berea, KY scheduled for July 2011. Over the weekend, he attended a Master the Art of Presentation workshop which will allow Stamp to Cope, Inc. the chance to participate in a community wide Art event sponsored in part by the Bureau of Tourism and the Berea Arts Council. What a wonderful chance for out reach, awareness, fundraising, and fun...exciting. I will be working on the proposal this week for submission by the 18th. As part of the workshop, we attended a dinner event that showcased a renovated farm where the barn and out buildings are now used as a retreat for music, dancing, and peaceful get aways. It was a beautiful evening...a great place to relax and recharge. The evening inspired this farm themed card of thanksgiving and a reminder to take a moment and enjoy nature. Oddly enough, the weekend took on another aspect of the farm theme. Imagine my surprise when I looked out my family room window yesterday to see a HUGE, beautiful black Steer grazing in the back yard. Apparently, he has been roaming the subdivision for several days and seemed quite content. I was told I couldn't have a new pet :) so I created this herd card instead. Have a great week. Jeannette

Monday, April 4, 2011

Somebunny Special

Happy April!! Spring is finally arriving here in Berea, KY and I am thrilled. Last week I was in Chicago where it still felt much like winter. How great to land back in Lexington on a beautiful spring day. It was a great drive home enjoying the birds, blossoms, and sending up a prayer of thanksgiving for safe travel. My favorite part of coming home from a long trip of work is to see my family. My children made some very cool "Welcome Home" signs, my husband made a fabulous dinner, and the animals shared their special hellos. My not so favorite part is seeing the pile of mail that will require my attention. Therefore, imagine my surprise when I looked over the stack to see a large box from one of our supporters, Debbie Rivers of The Angel Company. This Angel, sent Stamp to Cope, Inc. a box full of rubber stamps from her personal collection! What a wonderful blessing! As Stamp to Cope, Inc. gears up for more group workshops and individual outreach in the coming months, these stamps will be distributed to survivors and their support partners. Saying "Thank you" does not seem to be enough, but I made this card for Debbie to share our thanks. Truly, there are some wonderful people in the world. Remember, if you purchase stamps from my Angel website, 100% of the commission goes to Stamp to Cope, Inc. to purchase stamps and supplies for Breast Cancer survivors and their support partners. Have a wonderful week and make something beautiful! Blessings, Jeannette