Time once again for another Frugal Friday featuring another under $20 stamp set – Check the sidebar for a downloadable list of the rest that fall into this category and for the Under $20 holiday mini sets as well. And as you may have guessed by the image at the top of the post today’s set is a special one.
Tightwad Tuesday using Thank You Kindly seemed like the perfect set up for this Friday’s stamp set Very Thankful. A set I might add that is way under $20 and with an extra special feature! Very Thankful is this years Ronald McDonald House promotional set. This means that $2 of each Very Thankfulstamp set purchased will be donated directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities. This charity provides housing and a healing atmosphere for families of sick children receiving treatment at hospitals around the country. And Stampin’ Up has adopted quite a few of these houses by encouraging demos to volunteer and by providing materials for stamping and other related projects to keep house occupants occupied. See flyer about this promo here and more details about SU’s involvement at the bottom of the post.
A few sample projects from Stampin’ Up sources:
While I haven’t officially taken a poll, based on what I’ve seen in blogland, I think the turtle image and the Peacock image are pretty much neck and neck in the popularity department.
I should note though that the boy image would work with the All in the Family set of stamps and accessory stamp sets rather well. And all of these seem to have a step up in elegance when the French version of the Stamp is used. I don’t know why that is. The Spanish set seems friendly and informal and fun and the French seems very elegant even when the image is a cartoon! Not a cultural statement just the way the two languages seem to affect me and my perception when it comes to this stamp set.
Tip: Two of these stamps text can easily be separated and place on the side of the block for use alone or with the image. After all there are times when you want words and times when you don’t as every stamper knows.
Tip: The little boy image with the heart can also have the words thank you left un-inked and would then make the perfect Valentine image too. Same actually with the peacock and the turtle. Lots of Valentine potential here. Oh my, not even Christmas and already thinking Valentines. Bad blogger, bad blogger rushing the calendar.
Okay guys I’m trying very hard to show you both the French and the Spanish versions and WordPress insists on either melding the two or deleting both. Maybe if some text separates them I can get them to play nice. And here I thought only Spain and Portugal had issues. I guess France and Spain don’t want to play nice either! Hmm….must be some history there I’ve managed to forget. Lets see both used to fight with England (but then who hasn’t right :D) so you’d think that would give them something in common….both have flirted with Communism…both have Catholic roots….both believe in long lunches….nope not seeing it! Any history majors out there care to enlighten me?
Links to Inspiration using this set:
http://georgiastamps.blogspot.com/2009/08/very-thankful-ronald-mcdonald-stamp-set.html – the new in color markers make this stamp gorgeous
http://www.2stampis2b.com/2009/07/very-thankful-boy.html – great boy card
http://www.inkychatter.com/inkychatter/2009/07/very-thankful.html – CAS that’s fun and elegant
Galleries of Inspiration:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=17508- SCS Gallery of images
http://www.stampinaddicts.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3229- Stampin Addicts Gallery
More information about Stampin’ Up! and Ronald McDonald House:
Making a Difference
Stampin’ Up!’s mission statement, called its Statement of the Heart, reads: “To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference.”
To help fulfill this statement, Stampin’ Up! launched its Making a Difference program in 2003. This program facilitates corporate giving and promotes service among demonstrators and employees.
Through the Making a Difference program, Stampin’ Up! partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Each year, the company donates $100,000 to the organization. In addition, we design an exclusive stamp set to promote the partnership with RMHC, and donate a portion of the proceeds from the each sale of that set. To date, more than $95,000 has been donated from RMHC stamp set sales.
Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrators are also encouraged to volunteer their time teaching local Ronald McDonald House guests the creative art of rubber stamping through the Making a Difference program. Demonstrators also create cards at training events which are donated to Ronald McDonald Houses. Those staying at the Houses then use the cards to keep in touch with loved ones while they are away from home.
In addition to contributing to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Stampin’ Up! donated $1.1 million to the September 11th Disaster Relief Fund from proceeds of exclusive stamp set sales, and more than $82,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for breast cancer research. To support the Asian tsunami disaster relief effort, Stampin’ Up! donated more than $575,000 to Save the Children. It has also donated substantial funds for the fight against heart disease, and to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the southern United States.
You can help us make a difference. Purchase this year’s set, Very Thankful, and we’ll donate $2 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for each set purchased. To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve created two samples using this set and included supplies and instructions.
Okay before WordPress gets any weirder I’m skipping further tips and going straight to the thank you for stopping by my little corner of the stamping blogoverse. I’m truly, Very Thankful for all my readers and your encouraging words mean a great deal. Very Thankful too for having discovered this warm world of stamping in general!
Hugs and blessings my friends from a very warm Southern Oregon – Jean