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Old 07-17-2020, 11:45 PM   #1
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Hello Fellow Stamper's....




I know that with the Covid-19 going on for months now that many of you are cleaning up, clearing out, and purging your crafting supplies that you no longer need or want. So, I am again offering up a win-win suggestion. "The You Matter Project".

A little back story for those of you who don't already know...
I am the founder of "The You Matter" card project here in upstate NY. Originally, I started out making cards for just abused women and children. Up until 2014 - 2015, I had made most of the cards myself and personally supplied the few supplies we had. Then in July of 2015, "The You Matter Project" was honored to be the featured group for SplitCoast Stampers "Cards for a Cause". To our delight, we received a whopping 982 beautiful handmade cards from generous crafter's all over the world! That lead to several SCS members prompting me to open a thread here as a place for fellow SCS members to send their purged and de-stashed items to assist with "The You Matter Project". The initial thread ran from January 2016 thru May 2018. (I had asked the mods. to close the thread since I had some major health related things come up and needed to focus on that.) Then I was asked if we were interested in having "The You Matter Project" featured again this year in March! To our delight, we received a grand total of 627 lovely handmade cards!


Over the last year we have opened the project to assist and include many other folks too. This includes, but not limited to: Those who are abused/bullied, those who live alone and don't have family or friends around or feel forgotten (like veterans), people who are feeling the isolation and any type of loss as a result of Covid-19 such as children who are now being taught from home and are missing their friends, teachers who need "kit packs" to help stretch their "Art courses" or Special Needs individuals who need something to help them with fine motor skills, etc.



As you can see, the interest of those we help is ever increasing. All donations for the "You Matter Project" will be used for the storage of and/or making of cards/card kits by and for those who are helped by the project. I have rooms specifically dedicated for items that people graciously donate for the "You Matter Project". Sometimes the items will be used in the form of group classes and sometimes they will simply be used by a single person or two who just needs a quite safe place to express their emotions through art. (NOTE: With the current Covid-19 pandemic and the safety of the people we serve, we are not doing classes or open for folks to come into the workrooms at this time. Instead, we are sending cards out and making up card kit packets.)


Due to the limited financial situations of most of those that are helped by our project, and because of what we are trying to do with the project by empowering people, we do NOT charge anything to those who use the items, kits or that request cards to be sent. So, again I am humbly asking all of you to PLEASE help us build our stash with your unwanted and extra items. I know that anything you could send to the project, no matter how small you think it is, would mean the world to those we serve.

Thank you for your consideration to Pay-It-Forward for a wonderful project!


For those of you wanting to send donations of cards/card fronts, envelopes, card stock/dsp, de-stash items, etc. to help "The you Matter Project", here is the address you can send them to:


"The You Matter Project"
c/o Christi Usher
P.O. Box 244
Etna, NY 13062-0244
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Crafty Huggles & God Bless,

Christi Usher, Founder of "The You Matter Card Project"
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Our Current "Need" Wish List: (We will gladly accept ALL donations, even things not on our list!!!)




1.) Completed cards or Card fronts (ALL Occasions/themes/holidays
needed)



2.) A-2 envelopes


3.) SU Dimensionals (regular and mini)


4.) A-2 sized clear resealable envelopes to store cards in.


5.) Double Sided Card Stock (All themes)


6.) Re-Inker for Versafine Onyx Black inkpads


7.) A-6 envelopes for mailing out our kits.


8.) Mini glue dots.


9.) Tombow or similar wet glue


10.) Needle tipped glue bottles for intricate dies.


11.) Background dies


12.) Stamps with matching dies


13.) Funny stamps/sentiments


14.) Card Kits / pieces left over from card kits.


15.) Clear embossing powder


16.) Any retired SU items (card stock, dsp, etc.)


17.) Any Lawn Fawn stamps & dies


18.) Foam tape


19.) Anything to make "Shaker Cards"


20.) Word Dies

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DREAM BIG WISH LIST


1.) Big Shot/Big Kick clear Cutting plates


2.) Postage Stamps (Since we are having to mail out most things during Covid-19.)


3.) Heffy Doodle PASTA LA VISTA Clear Stamps hfd0233 and the matching dies, Heffy Doodle PASTA LA VISTA Dies hfd 0234 (As seen on Simon Says Stamps website.)




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Christi,

You are FABULOUS.
Thank you for all you're doing to love on those that are in the midst of their own, personal "thunderstorms", no matter the origin. NO MAN IS AN ISLAND. <>

Anyway, I'm actually shoulder-deep in my craft room purge now.
I have various papercrafting tools. e.g. MS scoreboard, cutting mat, etc. etc. etc.
Do I send parcels to the address (PO Box) above as well?
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Packing up a box for you this week. I'm glad you're still doing this!
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Christi,
I am so happy to hear from you! So glad this project is still going strong. I have cleared some stuff out, but I have lots more to spare so I'll get you a box packed and on it's way. I'll send you a PM when its postal.
This update makes my heart happy!! <>
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Christi,

You are FABULOUS.
Thank you for all you're doing to love on those that are in the midst of their own, personal "thunderstorms", no matter the origin. NO MAN IS AN ISLAND. <>

Anyway, I'm actually shoulder-deep in my craft room purge now.
I have various papercrafting tools. e.g. MS scoreboard, cutting mat, etc. etc. etc.
Do I send parcels to the address (PO Box) above as well?



Yes, all items need to be sent to our P.O. Box. The Post Office knows our project well. <>

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Thank you Bonnie Klasell for the medium priority box filled with inks, stamps, and paper smooches!! Your kindness will go a long way in helping us prepare kits for those served by The You Matter Project. (And yes, it does spread a lot of joy and happiness, so it's a Happiness Project too!) <>


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Hi Christi----- Can you use the Stampin' Up! plastic rubber stamp containers the wood mounted sets come in? For storage or whatever-the-heck else? Thought I'd ask first! : )
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I'm sure we can find a good use for them! <>
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I've got a box ready to be shipped out Monday. When I go through all my stamps, probably in August, I'll have another box for you.
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Christi, I mailed a box from Nebraska today. It should arrive on Friday. Hope it will be useful to your group.
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Thank you's go out to Sue Cullotti for her box of wonderful stamps, cardstock, dsp, and stenciles.


Got a question for you Sue... Where did you find the mini clear plastic envelopes that the stamps are in? Those are great!!!
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Christi, I mailed a box from Nebraska today. It should arrive on Friday. Hope it will be useful to your group.



Thank You's go out to Ann for her amazing box of card kits and flowers! These are perfect for our kits that we send out!!!
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Got a question for you Sue... Where did you find the mini clear plastic envelopes that the stamps are in? Those are great!!!



They're trading card sleeves: https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Pro-Sof.../dp/B00CV859XC
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I'm looking forward to sending a box your way, but hesitate to even mention it. That's because it always ends up taking me forever and a day to mail packages! Thanks so much for posting this though. It's always so much easier to destash and let things go when you know they'll be going somewhere they'll get used or at least appreciated. lol
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Christi, I mailed a box from Nebraska today. It should arrive on Friday. Hope it will be useful to your group.



Thank you Ann for your 2nd big box filled with holiday cards and holiday card kit supplies! These were needed!!!
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Just checking to see that you received the box I sent. The tracking shows that it has been delivered, and I want to make sure that it was delivered to the correct address. I hope it arrived safely and that you can use the items. Keep up the good work!
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Hello Pam.....

Do you know if Cindy Or any of the ladies? We use to chat with, and play with been on scs? How have you been anyway? Thanks Linda
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Just checking to see that you received the box I sent. The tracking shows that it has been delivered, and I want to make sure that it was delivered to the correct address. I hope it arrived safely and that you can use the items. Keep up the good work!



Hi Jeanette,


I picked up your box today at the Post Office! Thank you so very much for all of the goodies you sent. They will be put to good use!


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Hi Pam,


I picked up your 3rd box at the Post Office today! Thank You so much for everything that you have been sending!! The embellishments are great for all of the kits we are packing up and sending out to folks!


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