One of the great things that Stampin' Up! does every year is contribute to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This donation is in two parts. The first is a cash donation which is primarily tied to the sales of a specific stamp set. This year's stamp set is called Moving Forward. The second part of the donation is made by Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who volunteer at Ronald McDonald Houses. Some volunteer time working with the families who stay at the Houses and others donate supplies to the Houses so that the residents can take time away from their cares and concerns for papercrafting; making scrapbooks, cards, and more. Still other Demonstrators make cards that are distributed to the Houses for the families to use to keep in touch with their loved ones at home.
Here's a note card I made with the Moving Forward stamp set to use as Thank You notes for my awesome customers who made purchases in September.
This card begins with a card base of Basic Black. A panel of Whisper White cardstock was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot approximately 2/3 of the way across the width of the panel and then the corners of the panel were rounded with the 3/16" Corner Rounder punch. One length of a strip of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered vertically on the Whisper White panel over the transition between the polka dot embossing and the smooth area of the panel. The panel was adhered to the card front using SNAIL.
The focal point starts with the bicycle image colored with the brush tips of the Basic Black and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers and stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The dotted swirly line was stamped to come out of the basket using Gumball Green ink. A piece of Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon was placed near the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock under the bicycle wheels using Mini Glue Dots with the ends of the ribbon folded to the back and the cardstock matted with a piece of Basic Black cardstock. The jumping frog was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered above the focal point and the dotted swirly line with a Stampin' Dimensional (cut in half).
The inside sentiment area of the card features a liner of Whisper White cardstock; the upper and lower right corners rounded with the 3/16" Corner Rounder punch. The dotted swirly line was stamped near the upper left corner of the liner using Gumball Green ink. One length of a thin strip of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper was punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch and adhered along the left edge of the liner. The jumping frog was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered at the end of the dotted swirly line with a Mini Glue Dot.
The dotted swirly line was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Gumball Green ink. The jumping frog was stamped at the end of the dotted swirly line; also using Gumball Green ink.
You'll find the Moving Forward stamp set on page 209 of the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog and on page 31 of the Celebrando Creatividad (Spanish language) Catalog. The images in this stamp set are just adorable! And your purchase will help to make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families.
Stamps: Moving Forward; Inks: Gumball Green; Stampin' Write Markers: Basic Black, Real Red; Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Summer Smooches; Embellishments: Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Paper Cutter, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Scallop Edge Border punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope