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I received some very sad news last week.
I struck up a lovely friendship via mail with Karen approximately five years ago, shortly after I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. So I guess that made us pen pals. She sent me a beautiful and sweet letter and card out of the blue introducing herself and it was the start of how I got to know a beautiful, kind and talented lady from Liverpool with a wicked sense of humour. She began ordering from me and went on to join my team, before I resigned.
Over the years I was treated to beautiful hand-crafted cards and gifts from Karen. We exchanged cards, presents, emails and had a few hilarious telephone conversations. I have kept every one of her cards and messages.
Whilst I knew she was battling a terminal illness, the speed of her passing was a shock and really filled me with great sadness. We need more "Karen's" in this sometimes horrible world. She was a little ray of sunshine, despite her battles with poor health.
I discovered that like me, she was also a big fan of Altenew stamps, so I feel it is only fitting that this sympathy card was made using the Beautiful Day stamp and die bundle, in honour of her memory.
I like to think that Karen would approve. We had pretty similar tastes. RIP my beautiful crafty friend.