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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Link Up Love Party with K Andrew and Getting Cricky!!

Happy Tuesday to all of my WONDERFUL bloggie buddies and FABULOUS followers!! :)  I'm so very glad you are joining me today, the FIRST day of SUMMER!! :)  Guess what else today is???  It's the "Link Up Love Party with K Andrew" of Getting Cricky!!  Woot-woot!! :)  On the 3rd Tuesday of each month, Kristal has this fun link up love party as a way to get to know each other and find new blog inspiration -- What a GREAT way to share our talents and CELEBRATE one another!! :)

I have one of my favorite recent projects to 're'share with you today...  I wanted to post two, but based on an experience from today, I decided to give this one card all of the attention :)  I'll share the details first, and then I'll share why I selected this card (thanks for sticking around to see why)...
This is my "Thank You, Hero" card that I posted in the "Getting Cricky with it" Blog Hop (ya know, the one where we all said, "HOORAY! Kristal's stamps are now available!!")...  Since I promised to post the details of each of those cards, I'm starting with this one.

This is a standard A2 card (4.25"x5.5").  I started with a plain WHITE piece of cardstock measuring 4.25"x5.5"...  I then cut the letters "H-E-R-O" at 2" using the font on the Plantin SchoolBook Cricut Cartridge from plain WHITE cardstock.  I used caramel ink on a sponge to distress and 'color' each of the letters.  I also used the ink/sponge to discolor the base paper -- giving it all an 'antique' look.

After adhering the letters to the top half of the card, I added a 2" strip of 'designer' kraft cardstock from my stash of scraps...  This kraft cardstock has a watermark-like image all over it and already had the red distressing at the edge (gotta love finding those perfect pieces for cards in your scraps!); however, you could easily use regular kraft paper and sponge distress it for a similar look.  Three bronze snaps were added to the paper before adhering it to the base.

I added some variegated hemp cord to a 3/4" strip of textured brick cardstock, popped a strip of foam dimension to the back of the strip, and adhered that at the top edge of the kraft strip.  My sentiment is one of the wonderful stamps found on K Andrew's "Freedom Isn't Free" Stamp Art Set...  If you'd like to see all of her stamp sets (or get in on the final pre-orders), please CLICK HERE...  I stamped the sentiment with dark green ink onto smooth white cardstock and then inked it to match the card base.  The frame was adjusted with my Gypsy, but can be found on the Reminisce Accents Cricut Cartridge.
So how did this card get my final vote for today's 'Link Up Love Party'???  Well, today was grocery day...  Grocery day is not necessarily a fun experience for me. :)  Sure, I love getting great deals and only buying things on sale -- I am not as obsessive about it as those on "Extreme Couponing"...  I'm not even as into it as my mom (who has dubbed the grocery store her own version of a casino -- since she gives them coupons and they give her more coupons at checkout!), but it does make me happy to get discounted gas (and TEN free tubes of toothpaste today!)!!  :)  Anywho...

Usually when I roll my cart up to the checkout, I get one of 'those' looks...  The cashier doesn't look too thrilled to be there, she usually sighs as I hand her a stack of coupons and my advantage card, and she just looks overall annoyed with me...  Well, did I have a surprise today!!  My cashier was Sandy...  Sandy greeted me with a HUGE smile and asked me how I was doing.  Taken by surprise with her happy demeanor I quickly answered, "I'm good!  How are you?"  Sandy continued to surprise me by striking up a conversation as she scanned each item (all 99 of them!)...  She asked how I was enjoying the weather and if we had any fun plans for the summer...  After telling her that The-Girl-Child (whom I had somehow managed to drag along with me) had just graduated high school so we were stocking up for college (true fact - Fruit Gushers were on sale - how can The-Girl-Child go to college without taking some Fruit Gushers???), Sandy talked about her own kids...  And how her daughter had joined the military 10 years ago...  Her daughter has a little one with another on the way now...  Sandy chit-chatted with us as though we were old friends...  She happily exclaimed that today was the first day of summer ("well, at 1:17 officially" she said, since it's her favorite time of year)...

I left the grocery store feeling incredible...  We practically skipped to the car!!  Why???  Because ONE person decided that her job wasn't mundane.  Because ONE person decided to BE the sunshine on the first day of summer...  As we drove home, I started to think about something that the always fabulous Kristal said in her "Simply Sunday" post this week....
"....Let Your Light Shine--and don't let anyone or anything dim your light or stamp it out. Life is just too precious to sit around worrying about anything silly, dwelling on the negative, or feeling anything less than terrific.  So go ahead and take your candle--and light your world. Let your "sun" shine--unleash your happines and joy on the world--you might just be surprised to see what comes back. You can't possibly let good out without it coming back. You can't reflect light--without it reflecting back onto you."  -K. Andrew

Truer words were never spoken...  Sandy expressed that she misses her daughter (and both of her sons) every day.  Even though she talks to them often, it would probably be easy for her to get down in the dumps missing them...  It would be easy for her to be frustrated with the customer who hands her a stack of coupons...  It would be easy for her to scan a cart full of groceries without mumbling more than the total to the customer on the other side of the conveyor belt...  But Sandy chose to be that light today -- and she couldn't just be that light without having it reflect back on her!! 

So this card is dedicated to SANDY for being a hero in her childrens' lives (something tells me they would agree) and to Sandy's DAUGHTER for her dedicated service in the military (and as a mother too!)...  I wish Sandy's daughter could have been there to hear the wonderful things her mom shared!!  But maybe, just maybe, Sandy's daughter will somehow come across this someday...  {If your mom's name is Sandy and she's a cashier at a grocery store in a small town north of Pittsburgh, Pa, then this might just be for you!}  :)

Today, on this first day of Summer, I'm grateful for people like SANDY...  who choose to BE the sunshine and share their joy with others...

Now pop on over to Getting Cricky to link up YOUR favorite project!!  And may your first day of Summer be FILLED with SUNSHINE!! :)


Link Up Love with K Andrew


Until next time,
Amy :) at Love To Crop!


29 comments:

Lisa said...

What an awesome post, Amy! I feel very uplifted like when I read Kristals's posts! There are so few Sandy's out there...when you meet one, it is truly special! Thanks for sharing her with us (and your awesome card, of course!) :)

Hugs,
Lisa
http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

In Love with a Bug said...

Hi Amy! I am the blog behind you in the link up love party! What a wonderful card and thanks for sharing the wonderful experience you had with the grocery store cashier. I find that if I start a conversation with most people, they light up because they are acknowledged! Feels good every time!

A Creative Journey said...

LOVE your post :) I am already a follower and love your projects :D Thanks so much for sharing :)

http://acreativejourneywithmelissa.blogspot.com/

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

I am over from the link up party!! I am already a follower!! Thanks for sharing you day!! Your card is very pretty
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

DIANA L. said...

I love your card. Thank you for coming by my post. Super job.
http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

DIANA L. said...

Ps. Thanks for your wonderful comments over at my blog I think Sandy's light has rubbed off on you. You shined some light on my Blog. Can never have too much light.

http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

I do so love this card. You did a great job like usual. I cam eover from the LULP.
Hugs
Brenda
http://createbyburffrau.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I was so uplifted by this story I actually teared up! Thank you for sharing it! And having two girls in college- they will always want fruit snacks and goldfish crackers :) Already one of your followers :)Amy
amyscraftingspace.blogspot.com

Audrey Frelx said...

Amy, your card came out great!

Josie0602 said...

I love your card but even more I love your post. It was uplifting and wonderful to read. I too appreciate people who do their jobs with a positive attitude. Just think what a different world we would live in if more people chose to be that way too!
Came to visit from LULP!!
Tracy
www.scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Awesome card...love the message. I am now a follower, popping in from the LULP w/ K Andrew. I'l be back often. ~ Shen

Naomi said...

Wow Amy, you and Kristal have 2 things in common, you really know how to share an experience and you both are beautifully talented.
I loved your posts, it was very uplifting and I love that you were aware enough to notice and share the light that shone out of Sandy... just beautiful

You are now being the light ! I am uplifted!

Annette_Marlow said...

I could have sworn I already left a comment.. maybe it was on FB... t-hehehe, I'm already a huge fan of yours been following you here and on FB! I just love this card, I showed my Husband and he really like it too!

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great card, and what a great story!

Donya/Okscrappinmama said...

Wow Amy! That is such an incredible story. I too am one of those shoppers who goes to the checkout stand with her Q's and wonders if I'll get the dreaded sighs from the cashier. (ya know...gotta save $$ to buy more crafty stuff LOL)
Terrific card to dedicate to those Sandy's who choose happiness and to brighten other's days and are dedicated to whatever they do.

TFS

I'm a new follower & sent from K. Andrew LULP

Donya/okscrappinmama.blogspot.com

Leanne said...

New follower from K.Andrew's LLUP, I hope you come over & follow me too. Neat project.

Amy said...

Hi Amy, I'm here for the LULP! Your blog is so cute! I also really love your card, it's so simple and beautiful... I am now a new follower!
Amy (another Amy, I know, weird huh?!?!)

redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com

Dina said...

Hi! I am already a follower,but I wanted to stop by from the LULP! I love your card! I am sure who ever gets it will love it! Hugs! Dina

Kelly S said...

Love your card and the story just warmed my heart. I love it when people in the customer service field actually give good and friendly service. It is, unfortunately, a rare occurrence these days. Thanks for sharing your experience. I am already a follower but I am also stopping by from the Link Up Love Party. I would love it if you stop by my blog as well.

Kelly
http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

Shauna K said...

lovely card! perfect for any hero :)
Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog, and to answer your question about the metal letters on my bunting, they're brads from either Michael's or JoAnn's :)

scrapperbecka said...

Amy, great card, and a heart fetl story. TFS
Becka
you DT sister

Judy said...

I love this hero card and your post. Thanks for following my blog. I'm now following your wonderful blog. Have a great week:)

girlia said...

Great projects!! Amy please stop by my blog and pick up an award!

Dawn said...

Love your hero card! I have an award for you on my blog, come check it out...simplydawn53.blogspot.com

ccoffey said...

Your card is beautiful as is this post.

Thanks for sharing!

Cara

http://miscellaneousme.wordpress.com

Pam said...

Hello Amy, well I was ready to say cute card and love your blog and I do but--- sharing your story made me feel so good inside, I also bawled like a baby reading it. Sometimes just a word or a smile is all it takes to brighten the life of someone. Whether Sandy's daughter ever actually sees her card, the spirit of it will reach her through her Mom at the very least. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience. I came here from the LULP, I am a new follower, and a new blogger, please come and visit me if you like. I will be back to see you again, Hugs Pam at craftycards4u2.blogspot.com

Dee Burns said...

I love any Patriotic card. I also love your stories. They certainly get you thinking about what is important. I am a follower. Thanks
Stopping by from the LULP.

Jewels said...

Hello Amy!
I am popping over from Ms. K's LULP.
Your post brought such a smile to my face, thank you for sharing along with your BEAUTIFUL card.

Happy Craftin'!
Jewels
http://beautifulcrazyscrappylife.blogspot.com/

Bunny Vance said...

Love the vintage look of this!
Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Bunny
http://bunnyrunswithscissors.blogspot.com
www.ajillianvancedesign.com

 
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