Stampers really are the best!
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
So things have been pretty bad for many, many people in the past two weeks. Between the normal tragedies of life to pandemic, weather, and infrastructure failures, people are struggling all over this world. I'm gonna call it like I see it right now, and send this card out to all who need their feeling of frustration, anger, hurt, or grief validated. I see you.
This sucks. I am so sorry.
But I am also so very grateful for the outpouring of cards for Karen's Card Shop. Over 160 beautiful cards have already come in from Beverly, Sue, Paula, Carol, Cheryl, Pat, and June.
The second batch...
I am truly overwhelmed and deeply appreciate each of these cards. They will be put in stock Monday, and I know they will sell like hotcakes. Stampers are the best people!
Blessings to everyone who is struggling and to everyone who is giving to the hurting world right now.
From an overflowing heart,
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
It's been a weird weather week in the United States, and my thoughts are with those in areas not equipped to deal with winter weather mess. I grew up in the south, have lived in the north, live in the mid-west, and know the struggle. Big hugs and lots of prayers to all!
My request for cards for Karen's Card Shop is already being answered by four amazing people: Beverly, Sue, Paula, and Carol. A number of others have said they are sending cards as well. What a generous bunch of people stampers are!
|Such wonderful cards from everyone!|
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Okay, talented and generous card-makers! Many of you have contributed cards to my church's card shop, and if you want to send more, we surely will appreciate them! If you're unfamiliar with the story behind Karen's Card Shop, please click the link. Karen was an amazing woman and friend, and the card shop is the PERFECT way to remember her giving spirit.
Although our worship attendance is quite low as a result of the precautions on worship services, the preschool and before/after-school care in our church has been fully functioning. Karen's Card Shop has kept up a slower but steady business. I got an email this week from the church secretary asking me to restock since the teachers were asking for more cards. As I restocked on Friday, I realized that we are short on the following types of cards:
- Get Well
- Thinking of You
We still have a LOT of thank-you cards. Oddly, faith-based cards don't sell well, nor holiday-themed cards.
I will, as always, provide envelopes.
If you feel called to support our efforts, email me at susanraihala at roadrunner dot com, and I will send you my snail mail address.
I've been making birthday cards for my family and friends, and this one made me so very happy!
Only need a few more to finish my own needs, and then I will concentrate on making cards for Karen's Card Shop.
Mercy, grace, peace, love, and kindness,
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
So tell me if this sounds familiar.
You see a stamp set. It's by a company you love. It's got the four words of Advent that you've been looking for for forever (they always leave out hope, for some reason). It's got an owl, fox, and bunny. It's got some tiny mushrooms and a stump. It's got some snowflakes. But most importantly, it's got a TREE...and you just can't say no to trees of any sort. Bonus: the images are block stamps so no coloring.
Everything about this set screamed "BUY ME!"
So I did.
And then I proceeded to make a bunch of pretty trash with it.
In a fit of pique, I die cut a circle from a trash panel. Then another.
And after ruining a whole bunch of paper and wasting a whole bunch of ink....
This card makes me so happy. And so grateful to have discovered the European stampers who taught me to play with circles.
The set is Winter Tree and Animals from Hero Arts. The sentiment is an old Gina K stamp, I think. And this will be this year's birthday card for my hipster son who wears plaid flannel, suspenders, and a beanie. He's the young fox, and I'm the wise old owl he never listens to.
He's going to love it!
Peace, love, joy, and HOPE,