When Stacy Morgan stepped in to the Flourishes family as a guest designer, I knew I would love to watch her create with her clean and classy style. I also knew that I admired her enthusiasm! Come to find out, there was a lot under the surface that I didn't know.
She has a huge heart.....
We were chatting one day via email and in the note she tells me (in passing) that a lot of her creations end up going overseas to troops. I email back. 'Oh really? How many do you think you've sent?' She emails back, 'Oh about 860, but that is only since I started counting about a year ago.' I was in awe.
Stacy went on to say, "I started sending them to a close friend of ours that we have known since high school when he was on his first tour. When he came home the first time, I started sending them to another friend who is still currently on active duty." Now, she's getting ready to send cards to her brother-in-law who was just shipped out for his second tour last week.
When I asked her if she ever hears back from any of the soldiers, she told me, "The friend I send them to now actually is moved around a lot. He is a private contrator for the Army and he goes into a lot of the 'unique areas.' So, there is no place to go and shop. Cards are a wonderful luxury as he calls them. And much needed for the encouragment and spirit he tells me."
What a great way to share her time and talents! I'm glad that she let us tell you all a little bit more about her and why she has a passion for card making!
She wanted to make sure we included this link - Cards for Soldiers. It's a link to Keri Sereika's mission to send cards overseas. She's been taking this on for more than four years -- and this program is still going strong!
NOW FOR THE BIG NEWS!
Now that I told you all a little bit more about a designer we've grown pretty fond of - it probably goes without saying that we just couldn't watch her go when her guest designer position came to an end.
So, LET'S ALL GIVE STACY A BIG FLOURISHES WELCOME! We asked her to stay on as a member of our Senior Design Team...... and she said YES! So, look for more of Stacy's work this week as we unveil three new sets, offer up a handful of giveaways, watch the challenge entries come in and wrap it up with a big bow during the release party!
Congrats Stacy! We're so glad you decided to stick with us!