Happy Thanksgiving! Final day of my week of “why I’m grateful for Stampin’ Up!” and my gratitude today is for you: my readers, followers, team members, customers, and fellow Demonstrators. Stampin’ Up!’s mission is one of the reasons why I joined in 2003 and continue to be a Demonstrator today. It is a “statement of the heart” that states: To share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…In this we make a difference.
Today’s card wasn’t made by me. It was made by my mother–the reason I’m a Demonstrator. In 1998 she was getting into Stampin’ Up! – attending a workshop pretty regularly and stamping. I wasn’t living at home then so didn’t know this was happening until one day I got a handmade card in the mail and it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. It didn’t look like a “Hallmark” card, and it was personal. I called my mom to thank her and my father got on the other phone (yes, landlines still existed) and butted in with: “Do you like the card your mother sent you?” I said “YES!” and gushed a bit. He said, “Well good, I’m glad you liked it. It cost about $1,000.” HA!!! Of course now, years and years later (with a house full of crafting supplies) this makes me laugh even more because I certainly get it.
And while we are a little bit better about “buying the whole catalog” (and me being a Demonstrator allows me the financial freedom to purchase much more than I ever would otherwise), it isn’t even about the cost. It’s about this card below, and all it represents. .
She used the Festive & Bright Bundle, the Woodplank 3D embossing folder, retired plaid Stampin’ Up DSP and some ribbon from her stash. It is a WOW card and I’m so so proud of how far she has come in this craft since that very first card I received. She is a talented crafter, LOVES Stampin’ Up! and cardmaking (still! all these years later), and stamping with her is one of my favorite things in the world.
Thank you for caring about creativity and crafting and for following me on this journey. Note: I’m visiting my parents for the holiday and will be taking a few days off to spend time with them (and stamp with my mom, of course!) Be sure to hop back to my blog starting December 1st where we’ll be starting our counting down to Christmas!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Kelly