Friday, May 22, 2009

Tonight's the Night - Verve Release Party!!!

Hi there! Sorry I've been MIA so much this week and haven't had a chance to share any of my projects using the FABULOUS new Verve stamps until now!!! I've been SWAMPED preparing for the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's event, which kicks off on Monday!!! Believe me, you do NOT want to miss this event!! We now have over $1000 worth of goodies donated from our generous sponsors that we'll be giving away throughout the week. You can read more about the event HERE and more about the story behind why I created this event HERE.

Ok, on to the Verve Goodness....I hope you'll all have a chance to join me in the Verve Forum in just a few hours for the Verve Release Party!!! The fun begins at 9:00 pm EDT!!! And if you haven't stopped by the Verve Blog to check out the sneak peeks, hurry up and head on over there - you have about an hour left until 8:00 pm EDT to comment on the posts for a chance to win new Verve stamps!!!

Here's a look at the project I shared yesterday on the Verve Blog:
I created a Keepsake box, using the new Protector stamp set, to hold little momentos and handwritten notes of memories of my Dad. The paper I used is printed digi paper from the Family Ties kit by Kristin Cronin-Barrow (Sweet Shoppe). My Dad has Alzheimer's Disease and sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the sadness of watching the man who raised me slip away from me, I will take a minute and journal about some little special memory of my father before the illness struck. My biggest fear with this illness is that after he's gone I will not be able to remember him as the amazing man he once was, but instead I will only remember this shell of a man I see now. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease is a heartbreaking, frustrating, maddening experience - My hope is that this little keepsake box will help me hold on to those precious memories of happier times and that it will be a comfort to me when I need to feel a connection to my Dad as the wonderful man he once was.

I'll be sharing more projects with the new sets tonight at the PARTY, along with the other Divas!!! I hope you'll join us!


Robin McK said...

Wow, that is a very powerful thing. I'm very sirry to hear about your dad.

Amy C. said...

Jen, I think your box is a wonderful idea. I lost my mom to Alzheimer's four years ago. At first, I did think of her as she was at the end, but now I remember my mom at her best, and I'm sure you'll remember all the very best things about your dad. It's an awful disease; I mourned the loss of my mom long before she passed. Thank you so much for bringing attention to this very important cause and raising money to find a cure.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Jen, this is just one of the most amazing projects ever!!! I literally started crying when I first saw your project parade post with this amazing little box. It's beautifully done and the concept behind it is such a fabulous one. You WILL remember the good things, my dear! Hugs!

Karen said...

What a great idea to use the flip flop papers for Lauren's challenge. I may just have to think about that myself....if I can squeeze it into teacher's projects!

I am amazed by what you are doing. You are really honoring not only your father, but all the families who have lived with and lost someone to this disease. This crafting community is very supportive and its so nice to see what great success you are having! :>