Saturday, September 20, 2008

A World Without Alzheimers

I have to say I teared up when I read THIS post from Carolyn King right around the time of the last Gina K. Designs release. She shared the stamp set she illustrated - Whimsical Autumn - and talked about her "Mamo" - her grandma that passed away recently from the effects of Alzheimer's. She told us all how 100% of her proceeds from this set would go toward Alzheimer's awareness. I thought about it a lot. I really admired Carolyn for using her God given talents to help others. What a beautiful thing. Well, a little more than a week ago, I was talking with Jan Marie, one of the owners of Flourishes and she said, "I really want to do something." I simply said - "Then, let's do it." Jan Marie underscored that this stamping community is too small NOT to stamp our hearts out and support a "sister" with her cause. I agreed wholeheartedly and so did the Flourishes Design Team and Friends of Flourishes Blog Team. We all ordered the set and decided to post a card on a day that means so much - September 21st - World Alzheimer's Day.

As we got ready for this. I did some research. I had no idea that 5 million Americans live with Alzheimers and that every 71 seconds, someone will develop it. It's the sixth leading cause of death. That's startling.

You might wonder why I feel so passionate about this. This is the reason... roughly 14 years ago, my grandpa died from the effects of Alzheimers. He was a quiet man who loved to work with his hands and was always tinkering with something. He had a knack for making miniature furniture pieces. It was so hard to watch his mind unravel. I can't imagine how painful it must have been for my grandma knowing he just didn't recognize her any more. That's why, when I picked up Carolyn's set, I felt joy not only because of the "happy" images but for the good that will come of it!

Here's a peek at my card... it's actually a peek-a-boo card! I used Stampin' Up's Word Window Punch to let my tag like card slide down into the pocket. All of the images were colored with Copic markers and Prismacolor Pencils.
We hope you travel from blog to blog and read our stories. If you can, buy Carolyn’s set knowing you will be helping other families who are working through this as well. To see how our team is helping in the cause, visit

Cindy Haffner
Cindy Lawrence
Leslie Miller
Susan Roberts
Faith Hofrichter
Barb Schram
Laura Fredrickson
Jan Marie Caruso
Sharon Doolittle
Nancy Kirk

And... don't forget to stop by Carolyn's blog, she has major blog candy that she is giving away in honor of World Alzheimer's Day!

28 comments:

Markie's Mom said...

Very pretty, Julie! I love your tribute, too. This is such a fantastic cause!

Janine said...

Lovely card Julie... and for a wonderful cause.

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful job Julie, bless you.

Carolyn King said...

Julie---that is just fabulous! I love your peek-a-boo! Great coloring and design. Thanks for your support and huge hugs--I am sorry for your loss as well. What a great picture. You grandfather is smiling down on you!!! Thanks again!

The Rubber Maid said...

My goodness what a fabulous tribute to not only Grampa but of course to all who are suffering with this dibilitating disease and the affect it has on the families.
I know both Grandpa and your Dad are looking down with love and big smiles on their faces. Love MOM

onehappystamper said...

Julie, this card is so lovely...love the peek a boo! :) Thanks for sharing your story about your grandpa! HUGS

Cindy H. said...

What an adorable card, and for a very worthy cause! TFS

Anonymous said...

Julie, I think what you guys are doing is wonderful! and so is your card! Thanks for supporting Carolyn and this great cause! Queen Mary G

WELCOME to my blog, Explore. Dream. Discover. said...

Terrific card, JULIE! And thank you for sharing a glimpse into you and your experience with this disease! Hugs, my friend!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Very sweet and I love that a bookmark comes out if you wanted. Very sweet Julie.

Anonymous said...

Julie, my dad was diagnoised two years ago from what we had always called his suffering from dyslexia. Now the meds seem like they speed up the process instead of level the severe slope of decline. We love him and he relents to where he is with much dignity. Thanks for your sharing in alzheimer family recognition and contribution.
Keep Looking UP!

Ashley said...

What a sweet card and thanks for spreading the word! Huge hugs to you!

Leslie Miller said...

A beautiful card with beautiful coloring, Julie! A thoughtful tribute to your grandfather, as well. This disease is a sad, sad thing.

Sewflake said...

What an inspriational story and card, just beautiful. I love the peel-a-boo.

flourishes said...

Quite naturally this is wonderful...as wonderful as YOU. Thank for the bottom of my heart for making today so special for all.
{{{ Jan Marie}}}

NancyK said...

Such a pretty card, and a heartfelt story.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

This peek a boo card is sooo stunning Julie!!! And it is amazing how Alzheimer's has touched all of us somehow....it's a wonderful stamping community indeed full of big hearts and generous spirits like yours too!!

Shirley said...

I love your card and associate with your story more than you know. Thank you for sharing and keeping the focus out there.

Susan (rainy) said...

Julie this is just so beautiful. Thanks for your help in getting us involved in this wonderful cause.

Melanie said...

Thank oyu Julie for doing this!! Your card is amazing, so lovely and SO RED!! :)

Diane said...

Great story Julie! I didn't realize the statistics we're so high! I'm sure your grandpa is one of your greatest fan and always there for you!!!
Your card is superb,love that tag!

Elena said...

Very beautiful card! Great coloring! Sorry for your loss... Thank you for sharing your story.

mochamama said...

Thanks for sharing your story Julie and this card is just the most beautiful thing!!!!!!!!

Belas Creating Place said...

Julie: what a lovely autumn card. I love the colours and the design of the card. It is for a wonderful cause and your grandpa would be proud. I too lost my uncle to this disease and my father was heart broken to see his little brother not know him either.

Very sad for all and it is wonderful that compassion goes a long way for all of us to continue to give to help find a cure for the future.

Jennifer said...

great card love the squirll!

Steph said...

Wow, what a cute card. Great job!

Hope said...

very nice card, Julie! and for such a great cause too.

acreativeneed said...

You have been busy Julie! Love this idea for a card! It's so sweet. I share your feelings too about Alzheimer's. What a horrible thing to stand by and watch someone you love lose all memory of those they loved and losing even themselves. My Grandpa suffered from this disease as well, and it broke our hearts. What a wonderful thing Carolyn is doing!
Deena