I finally made a tin using Melanie's new set What's In Your Tin 2 that I won from her Hoppy Contest! I hope to give this to a work associate if she comes by the office tomorrow. She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer about 13 months ago. My Favorite Things set Think Pink was PERFECT for my project so I used that to complement my tin. I was so excited to find the bracelet, pin and lip balm in my secret stash of goodies (which I've had for a LONG time, just waiting for that special person & packaging to present it in) and Melanie came along with her FABULOUS idea (even BEFORE her first set was released!) Thanks, Melanie!
I want this to be a Reminder for her - to Believe - What Cancer Cannot Do.
I printed the poem on copy paper and traced around the outside of the border with a marker, lining it up perfectly with the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig. The top outside border is stamped with pretty in pink craft and since I was going to cut out the middle, I went over it with the flowers from Boho Backgrounds in Burnt Umber Palette ink.
What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
Edited to Add: I just got off the phone with Sherry (my friend I made the tin for). I called her early this morning to see if she planned to stop by the office. She said no so I told her I had a special gift for her & would send it back with Linda (who was coming in her place). Linda waited anxiously for Sherry to come back to the office as she was running errands too so she could see what the gift was! Just like y'all thought, she loved it! Said it was wonderful & the poem meant so much to her. Linda wanted her to read it to her, but Sherry couldn't read it aloud (started to tear up) but then let Linda read it. She said she'd come in next week to get her hug. As we chatted, we both started to tear up when she read what I wrote on the bottom of the tin because she didn't realize there was more:
To: Sherry In Celebration of Your Life. Love, Donna
This, my friends - is one of the many reasons I love what I do. I made Sherry's day and it cost me just a little bit of money, a little creativity, some of my time and a whole lotta heart.