Monday, May 1, 2017

Ribbon of Courage and Refugees

One of the new stamp sets in the upcoming 2017 - 18 Annual Catalogue is a set called Ribbon of Courage*, which is a set inspired by Million Dollar Sales Achiever Patty Bennett. It was an all-attendee give-away at OnStage this time. There is a coordinating set of framelits called Support Ribbon Framelit Dies* that can be bundled with this stamp set for a 10% saving, but they weren't part of the give away so I don't have those yet. These loops of ribbons in all different colours signify support for different causes and salute the courage of the victims and survivors of different diseases or experiences.

I wanted to highlight one of the new In Colours, and I chose Berry Burst*, but I found later that there are no causes that use ribbons of this colour, so I decided to pick one myself. Today our Refugee Care Collective from our church met for a pot luck lunch, and for the first time, we were able, via Messenger, to meet and interact with the Syrian Refugee family that we are sponsoring to bring to Canada in the next ten to twelve months! It was wonderful to see them all and talk to them. The family consists of a mother - a widow - and her 6 children ranging in age from 9 to 18 years of age. The mother's sister already lives in our area, sponsored by another group, and her family joined us as well and helped to act as our translators. It was very exciting. In the meantime, we have a lot of fundraising to do, so that we are well prepared to support our family for a year and beyond when they arrive!

Since the father of our family was killed in the bombing in Syria, the family have had a very difficult time ever since and have certainly earned a ribbon of courage! My proposal is that this colour, Berry Burst, be the colour saluting the courage of refugees fleeing their homes in effort to find safe haven from the horrors of war. What do you think?

  • The ombre-looking Berry Burst Designer Series Paper you see is a new product called Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack*. There are some fantastic ombre and crackle designs in this series. You'll have to have it when you see it! I've paired this Berry Burst hue up with Crumb Cake and I think it's a good fit!
  • The ribbon and sentiment are both stamped with the Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad*. The enamel shapes you see are new and are called Glitter Enamel Dots* and will be available in the Annual Catalogue. I love that they are ombre as well!
  • The Layering Ovals Framelit Dies die cut the ribbon and the backing for this card and the new Pretty Label Punch* took care of the sentiment and its backing.
*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

Starting today, you can order the beautiful Eastern Palace Suite of products in an early release bundle. You have to buy one of two bundles, outlined below; The smaller bundle, geared to beginner stampers, is $77.75, and the larger bundle for the experienced stampers is $134.75.

Message me if you interested in learning more about this offer or placing an offer.

Speaking of our Syrian refugees, I am sponsoring a fundraising 1 Day Crop/Retreat in the bright, spacious lobby of our church on Saturday, May 27.

It goes from 9 am to 9 pm and Lunch and Supper are provided. There will be a goody bag for each participant as well as door prizes and make & takes and challenges! The cost is $50. The proceeds will go to the Refugee Resettlement Fund. If you are interested, here is the Facebook Link to the event.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set*, Berry Burst  8 1/2" x 11" Cardstock*, Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack*, Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad*, Pretty Label Punch*

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

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