Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why I Began Stamping...

A few years ago, I complained to colleague at work the cost of cards and she mentioned a stamp camp she was hosting. She had just become a demonstrator and was starting camps. I attended my first camp and was hooked from day 1! I placed over a $100 order that day and, well, things haven't been the same since.

I was buying a lot of commercially made cards in order to send them to my grandmother, who had moved into a nursing home. I always tried to send her one a week, but wasn't always successful. Here are some of the examples of those cards:

The bottom two of this photo are more recent, but the top left was one of the first I made at the stamp camps!

These are cards I made once I was a member of the stamp club...Oh I miss those nights of laughing!

Here are some of my early designs! WOW! I have come a long way since then.

These are ones I also made early on. My mom, sister, and I would get together and spend the day stamping for fun.

The reason I am in possession of these cards once again and the reason I didn't post last week is the same. I was with my Grandmother, Leone, who passed away last Thursday. We got a call on Monday to say her end was near, but she held on until Thursday morning. Her celebration of life was on Monday the 17th.

Going to Grandma and Grandpa's place on the farm was a big deal to me as a kid and once I was in college, I spent a lot of time with her on her farm and later at her condo in town. I loved being near her and she influenced my life greatly.

At her funeral, I spoke about the three things she taught me-- love, serenity, and acceptance. I will miss her greatly and think of her often.

Thanks for letting me share!


  1. Sounds like you had a very special grandma. Thank you for sharing a little about her with us. I was very close to one of mine. She loved to do all kinds of crafts and I couldn't wait to go visit her! Your stampin' has really come a long way. Take care and know I'm thinking of you. Grandmas are special people and when they pass on it really leaves a hole in your heart till in heaven you see her again.

  2. I am sorry for your loss and hope you continue to hold onto all those wonderful memories. How wonderful she saved all those cards.

  3. Ohh Sara Im sorry for your loss. What a special lady your Grandmother was. And now you have a extra special memory of her keeping those cards that you made her. Bet it was interesting seeing where you first started. *hugs* for you and your family

  4. I too sent cards to my gran when she was in the nursing home. Love the cards, and sorry for your loss

    SCS SU Group #4

  5. Sorry for your loss. It sounds like you had a wonderful relationship with your grandma. Isn't it amazing how much our creative skills improve over time after we start a new craft. I look back at some of my first stamp projects and think "wow, who made those?" Have a blessed week!

  6. Sara:

    I am sorry to hear about your loss of your gramdma. My prayers are with you.



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