I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator because I truly love to create and encourage others to create handmade cards and gifts. But the friends I've made through this journey have been a true blessing in my life. Look at this beautiful card I received from a fellow demo Sheryl Braun:
About a week ago, we had to make the decision to put down our 17 year old pet, Carly. That dog had survived many challenges in her lifespan. My mother-in-law liked to say that she was like a Timex watch - she took a lickin' and kept on tickin'! :) She survived eating an entire one pound box of Fannie May chocolates when she was a mere 10 lbs. herself! She was diagnosed with kidney disease about 5 years ago and we kept it at bay with a special diet. She lost most of her eyesight and was just about completely deaf. And in February, she took a tumble down our hardwood stairs and injured her back. She was a fighter so we made special accommodations for her and helped her with every movement. She even began walking independently again even after the vet said she would probably never walk again! After continuing to lose more than 30% of her body weight and having more and more difficulties, we finally set her at peace on Saturday July 5.
Well, I shared my sorrow with some local demos and was touched to receive Sheryl's thoughtful card today. Thank you Sheryl!! It reminds me about the power that a handmade card can have on people. It's just re-affirmation that my hobby has a special place in this world. I can only hope that my cards will bring someone else a little joy, comfort or just lift their spirits. Keep stampin'!