Service To Others

I don’t talk about it very often here, but there is nothing like the good feeling you get when in service for others. I don’t do what I do because I expect to hear a thank you or receive some kind of reciprocation. I do what I do to encourage and help others. Actually that is a large portion of what I do. Encouraging others.

Sure, I love playing with paper and stamps and ink. But what I love more is igniting that spark of delight in someone else making something. I love it when a friend or customer tries something they’ve never tried before and they get so excited because it turns out just the way my sample looks. That is the best! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I’m not crafty” or “I can’t make anything”. And yet with a little help they discover they don’t have to be crafty, but yes they can make something. Seriously, you can do this.

Another kind of service we/Stampin Up provides is partnering with Ronald MacDonald House Charities.  They have been our partner charity for a very long time. To date, Stampin Up and their customers have donated over $1,500,000 to help this charity. Every year we have a special stamp set that is designated as the RMHC stamp set for the year. And for each set sold, Stampin Up donates $3 to RMHC. This year, the set is called “My Hero”. This is a great stamp set because it can be used all year long.

My Hero Clear-Mount Stamp Set

My Downline Group loves to help out our local Ronald MacDonald house. One of the services we provide our local house, is trying to keep the treats in stock at the house. For each Holiday, we make themed treat holders and fill them with a little bit of candy. I realize it’s not much, but we don’t want them to miss out on a Holiday.

My downline Poli has taken it on herself for many years to keep us on track and remind us when we are due to make more treats. She usually designs the project and does much of the die cutting in advance. Then at one of our Downline Meetings, we will assemble and fill each of the treat holders. Then Annette delivers the treats to house for the guests. At our meeting last week, we made about 45 of these cute little Halloween treat boxes.


Each Holiday the treat holder is completely different. This treat holder is the Curvy Keepsake box and we used the Halloween Scenes Edgelits to decorate the outside of the boxes.


I love that this is something we can do for our local Ronald MacDonald House. I realize it’s not quite the same as actually working at the house, but it is something I can do in the time I have available to let those people know that they are not forgotten. That someone is thinking of them.

If you would like to help our your local Ronald MacDonald House, please do it. The Houses are always looking for volunteers. They need donations as well as physical help at these houses. Just contact your local Ronald MacDonald House and let them know what you can offer. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Stampin Up Demonstrator to help out.

Just a reminder that there is a new Host Code for October. Wondering where you can find the Host Code? The current Host Code will always appear right below the Order Online link on the right sidebar. And don’t forget to keep track of your 24-7 Ink Rewards. For every $50 online order (pre-tax and shipping) you place, you get one punch. Once you have 8 punches, contact me to request your free stamp set. See the link above (24-7 Ink Rewards) for the full details.

October started off with a bang. This past Saturday was World Card Making Day and to celebrate, Stampin Up gave us several new specials. Wednesday will be the last day to take advantage of these sales.


138339 2015-2017 In Color Card Stock 15% $8 USD $6.80 USD
141413 2016-2018 In Color Card Stock 15% $8 USD $6.80 USD
141697 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper 25% $11 USD $8.25 USD
141698 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper 25% $11 USD $8.25 USD
133774 Envelope Punch Board 25% $20 USD $15 USD
141651 Designer Tin Of Cards Project Kit 25% $27 USD $20.25 USD
129027 Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill – Buy A Fast Fuse Adhesive (Item 129026) And Get A Refill For FREE! $7.50 USD FREE With Purchase Of Fast Fuse

But wait! There’s more… This one is good all month.



• Promotion period: October 1–31, 2016
• All order types qualify for this promotion.
• There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion.
• Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer.
• Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for this promotion.
• Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.

And that’s not all…


The Paper Pumpkin BOGO special is available only through October 10th. You pay for the first month and the second month is free when you sign up for an ongoing subscription. If you sign up now, your first kit will be October’s, and you will get November free. Just click the link on the left and it will take you to my Paper Pumpkin website to register for your subscription.

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