So yesterday morning, after I got up and settled down to have a gander around blog-land and check FB, I found something posted in the Coffee Loving Papercrafters group that piqued my interest. Amy T. posted about "Paying It Forward." Seems that Keren B. won a prize from the Coffee Lovers Springtime Blog Hop, and rather than having Amy send it to her, she asked that Amy take the cost of the prize and, literally, "pay it forward." So I stopped reading for a second to contemplate this RAK (random act of kindness). Pretty darn cool. Amy got a gift card from her local Starbucks and had, much to his delight and surprise, a barista pay for as many drinks as he could for the people behind Amy in line. Now, I had to run at that point to have a little surgical procedure done, (I'm fine, only a local anesthetic). My drive to her office was 45 minutes, which gave me plenty of time to contemplate what I had read on FB. Initially, I thought, "Starbucks??? That's nice and all, but Starbucks?" Then I thought more about it. Here's what I came up with. It doesn't make one bit of difference if you pay something forward at a coffee shop, a tollbooth, a church, or a charity. IT'S THAT YOU DO IT. That you actually pay something forward with no thought of getting something back, with only kindness in your heart, your wish being to make someone smile and with the hope that they, in turn, will also pay something forward. That's what matters. I was thinking about this as I left the doctor's office. Just two blocks away from there, I stopped at a Starbucks and although I paid for my coffee in cash, I told my barista to take the change from my $20 and pay for as many coffees as she could. (I did leave a tip from the dollars in my coat pocket) I didn't hang around to see how many people got to smile, but I sure was smiling while driving back home. Hmmm... Seems that Keren and Amy paid it forward to me as well. What's that old addage? Oh yeah, "One good turn deserves another." Thanks Keren. Thanks Amy. Thanks for reminding me to be kind.
Thought you'd like to hear about that. And now for today's cards. I actually started them all after I got home yesterday, and finished them up this morning. I'll try to keep this part a little shorter than usual, as I've kept you already. I've got three cards for various challenges. (And more pings going on in my head...) First up is this card that fits into Retro Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The challenge at SSSWC is 'things that fly' and there's a great sketch over at RS.
This is what I made:
I wish you could see this in person. It's really fun. Michaels white base, scraps of orange and black cardstock. A strip of arrow washi tape, also Michaels, and a chipboard sticker from We Are Memory Keepers. Some gold glittery dots, cut down to smaller sizes, and a die from SC with an Avocado Arts stamp embossed in gold. So much more fun irl.
Next up is a double whammy for Simon Says Stamp. I don't think I've ever played in all three of their challenges on the same day, but I guess it was time, or kismet, or something... Work it Wednesday has a "Spring" challenge, and the Monday Challenge is to use something that has a "B" in it. I chose Bunny. I owe a great big thank you to Miss Ardyth who was kind enough to send me a bunch of bunnies. Aren't they the sweetest little critters ever??! Love them, and thanks, my friend. Here's my card:
Lots of die cuts in this one. MB cloud, RC flower for the sun, IO bunnies, LF hills. The flower sequins are from Doodlebug, and stuck on with a smidgen of pink stickles. Scraps of blue and green polka dot. If you look real close you'll see a sentiment in the LL corner. It's from SC and says "somebunny loves you."
Last one, I promise... This one is going over to Reverse Confetti for this month's SFYTT.
Hope I did the sketch justice. All RC stamps and dies, except for the circle which is W Plus 9. Michaels white base and bits, scraps of green, pink and yellow. And a few green and yellow enamel dots from Simple Stories. That's it. I'll stop now. Happy dances everyone.