Thursday, March 20, 2008

What Cancer Cannot Do

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
Author: Unknown

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.
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18 comments on "What Cancer Cannot Do"

Lee on 9:08 PM CDT said...

Oh wow!! Donna!!! That's absolutely amazing!! It's beautiful and sooo special!!! Can I please CASE this for my little 11 year old leukemia patient I write to! I'd tweak it a bit girlie!! This is such a FABulous idea!! LOVE it!!!!

Angie Tieman on 9:12 PM CDT said...

Very nice project! I know it will mean a lot to your work friend.

NC on 9:48 PM CDT said...

I was just now cruising around for some ideas - I'm helping a friend with her relay for life fund raiser and think this would be a great project!!

Lee on 9:51 PM CDT said...

Thanks for the permission and all the help.........YOU ROCK!! :)

Julie Masse on 10:53 PM CDT said...

Great great little project! What a wonderful little treat for your friend!! :)

Marilyn on 11:16 PM CDT said...

This is a marvelous idea Donna - I know this will mean a lot to your friend - the poem says it all! I just got these tins and finally got the Hoppy stamps - just haven't had a chance to play with them yet - thanks for another inspiring idea!!

Jessie/knightrone on 12:53 AM CDT said...

What a beautiful first project with your new, well deserved goodies!!! You are truly a sweet person to do this for your friend. I always get goosebumps when I read that poem!! Thanks for sharing!

Dawn Easton on 8:25 AM CDT said...

Donna, this is wonderful! I love what you did with this tin! It's perfect in every way!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) on 8:57 AM CDT said...

This is wonderful, Donna! What a touching gift! So creative!

Melissa on 9:17 AM CDT said...

What an awesome idea Donna!

Many Blessings,

Barb Schram on 11:00 AM CDT said... blessed your friend is by you and will be with this special gift! This is awesome, Donna.

Melanie on 1:52 PM CDT said...

you must have posted right after I checked last night! no wonder why you didn't pst on Wednesday, you were slaving over this tin!! Just amazing, and everything inside is just perfect, a complete themed gift. looks like these mini sets from MFT are a terrific size to decorate with the altoid labels! AWESOME!!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas on 4:17 PM CDT said...

Absolutely gorgeous gift. Great idea with the poem, balm, and bracelet. I know too many going through cancer, and this is such a ray of hope & sunshine..Thanks for sharing your beautiful idea!! Chris

Carolina on 1:34 AM CDT said...

Just lovely and what an amazing gift for your friend - so glad to read the update and it's so wonderful that you brought so much joy to her. Love what you did to the outside and the goodies inside are just perfect!

sophia landry on 12:07 AM CDT said...

What an awsome gift of hope and love to give your friend. That poem is so very true too. My mother died of cancer 8 1/2 years ago. Through it all her courage and faith remained strong. My daughter survived cancer and maintained the most loving and sweet attitude I have ever experienced. Being in the ward with other children of cancer, you are amazed at the acceptance and the lack of bitterness in these people. Some of the most amazing people I have met are those with cancer. I know that your gift will give encouragement, and hope, and that your friendship will help her through this difficult time. It's people like you who keep the love and hope alive in others.
God Bless

Rose Ann on 1:22 AM CDT said...

My Mother is a survivor, and I would LOVE to use this idea as gifts for my Mother and sisters! Thanks for the awesome idea! Your tin totally rocks, girl!!

carole (TruCarMa) on 11:12 AM CDT said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Just lovely, and when I CASE I will give you all the credit!!

Joanne B. on 10:14 PM CDT said...

This is amazing. What a beautiful idea. So very thoughtful of you.

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