Cards for Shanna

I just finished making and shipping off more than a dozen Christmas ornaments to Shanna in Spain. I made the ornaments from Stampin’ Up!’s Country Living Kit, and I had enough stuff left over to make something different, which I wanted to share with you.


Everything I used to make this cute little box came from the kit, except for the White Chunky Glitter and the pine and berries, which I snipped from a garland at our house for a final finishing touch. It took me a little while to figure this out, but now that I’ve made one, I could make more pretty quickly—and so can you! (smile) I had fun playing with the Country Living Kit; there are quite a few different little projects you could make from it.


I think Shanna will love the ornaments—I’m just hoping she can find a tree to hang them from. And even if she can’t, she can hang them around her apartment for a little holiday cheer.


By the way, the last time I posted about Shanna and how much she loves to receive packages, several of you asked if you could send her something. I’m slow to respond, but my answer is “of course!” Like most missionaries, receiving mail is a high point in the week for Shanna. As I thought about this, I had an idea—probably sparked by the ugly cards that Shanna is sending to us for special occasions.


I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I don’t think Shanna would be offended by my calling these cards ugly. She knows that we’re all used to handmade, hand-stamped cards, and she knows that we all know that she is limited to sending the cards she can find because she’s there to share the gospel, not to make cards. But can I just tell you, there must not be a lot of cards to choose from in Spain! At least not handmade ones!


So, when I read your offers to send her things, I thought I might take you up on that offer. If anyone would like to send a card to my attention at Stampin’ Up!, I’ll gather them together and mail them over to Shanna in a package (or packages, if they trickle in over time). That way, we both benefit—you don’t have to pay international postage to send her a card, and I can get her a wider choice of cards to choose from to give to others. I’ll make sure she knows the cards are coming from you, and if there are enough, I suspect she’ll share with other missionaries in her area. We can inundate Spain with handmade, hand-stamped cards!


Of course, this is completely voluntary. Please don’t feel like you need to send a card. It’s a busy time of year, and we all have plenty to do. But if you have an extra card sitting around (any card will do—thank you, happy birthday, thinking of you, friend, etc.), send it in, and we’ll get it to Spain.


And thank you for thinking of Shanna. As always, I appreciate your kind thoughts and offers to reach out to me and my family. What would I do without you!