I created a display of a number of projects showing of the Nature’s Beauty stamp set. I remembered Sara Douglas, CEO of Stampin’ Up!, sharing a message at the April 2019 OnStage event, talking about the importance of connection.

“Back in 1985, sociological researchers conducted a study of several thousand Americans and concluded that 90% of Americans had at least one confidant—someone they could trust and wanted to share important life moments with. The remaining 10% said they had no one to talk to. Two decades later, in 2006, the research showed a dramatic shift—when they asked again, the 10% jumped to 25%—one in four—said they had no one to talk to. Let me give you a little perspective on that 25%. That number equates to 80 million people. And today those numbers are even higher all around the world.

Did you know that close relationships are as important as maintaining a healthy lifestyle in prolonging your life? People with strong social relationships increased their odds of survival over a certain time frame, by 50%!”

Today we collect “friends” on social media, and we find people have fewer friends in real life. We carefully select our best photos to post, smiling for the camera, and then our smiles drop away when the camera is set down. Our online “walls” show our life as full of fun and adventure. Then we compare our lives to our friends’ curated photos. We talk to fewer people. And too often, people rant and bully on social media and treat others in ways they would never do face to face.

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We make a difference when we are creative, making a card.

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We make a difference when we send a card.

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This set does not have any sentiments. For my display I chose sentiments of encouragement and friendship from Free as a Bird, Path of Petals, Peaceful Boughs, Good Morning Magnolia, Well Said, Merry Christmas to All, and Snowman Season. Stampin’ Up! has many other stamp sets that would also make great choices. I used one from Good Morning Magnolia for this card.

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