Monday, May 16, 2011

Tulip Wishes & A Happy Story



Hello everyone!  On Mother's Day, I had some time to make cards (and really no time since then!) and this was one of them.

This is a wedding card that my aunt commissioned me to make for her friend.  My inspiration:  a card on Splitcoaststampers by a stamper named Chris Smith.  I don't have a link to the original card by Chris, because I saved the photo to my computer (as I often do when I want to CASE something).  I changed the flower and added a punched border, but otherwise, it looks a lot like the original.  Thanks for the idea, Chris!


I have a happy story to share with you.

My 12 YO (soon to be 13!) daughter, Haley, adores lip glosses by Philosophy.  She has many flavors and uses them all.  She seeks out 'rare' flavors on sites like eBay and Amazon, Sephora and Nordstroms.  Haley has even given much thought to flavors that they should make, with clever titles and themes. 

Because her passion for it is so strong, I encouraged her to write to the company and tell them of her ideas.  We sent the letter off about two weeks ago.

Last week, a large, heavy box arrived at our house from Philosophy.  Inside were so many goodies, it was like Christmas here!


An executive at Philosophy wrote the kindest note to my daughter.  He said that as soon as he received Haley's letter, he shared it with his team and they packed up a box full of shower gels, lip glosses and perfumes.  They even included a large bottle of Amazing Grace perfume for me -- one of my faves!
He said that Haley's passion for their products inspired them and reminded them of how they make a difference in the lives of their customers.  He forwarded her letter to the Customer Service and Marketing teams so they can evaluate Haley's suggestions for new flavors.  In our thank you letter, I included the above  photo so they could see how excited she is.

Isn't this such a happy tale??  It sure made my daughter's day, no - week! - brighter.  She feels very special, and indeed she is....to us, and to everyone who loves her. 

Thanks for joining me today.  :)

Colleen

Stamps:  tulip - Thank You by Flourishes, sentiment - Sincere Salutations by Stampin' Up!, floral background - Anna Griffin
Paper:  white by PTI, Basic Black
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Black
Punch:  Lattice Edge by Martha Stewart
Other:  black satin ribbon by Offray, Copic markers, dimensionals

26 comments:

Marisa said...

Your card is fabulous, Colleen. Love the Punched border and of course, the tulip (my faves).

What a wonderful story you shared too!! Love it when companies do things like this - remember their customer base and seek to continue to improve via their suggestions. What a fabulous pick me up for all of you, and especially Haley - God is good! Hugest of hugs to you and know that we continue to keep you all in our prayers :)

Emily Keaton said...

Colleen, what a fabulously elegant card! Your aunt's friend should be tickled to be able to give such a lovely wedding card. That floral background is so classy!

And what a wonderful, happy story you shared about Haley!! The timing of something so positive and affirming couldn't have been better. I hope that she can ride that excitement for a while. :) Good for her for writing to Philosophy; good for you for encouraging her to write the letter; and good for Philosophy for recognizing the value of customer loyalty and feedback. I hope both of you have a lot of fun with your windfall of Philosophy goodies!!!!

Bev J. said...

Lovely wedding card.

What a neat surprise for your lovely daughter and for you.

Fiona said...

Excellent news about Haley! Fantastic that a company would reach out and say 'thanks' like that! - keep up the great work Haley - maybe they will make one of your flavours up soon :)

Anonymous said...

Super gorgeous card! That black on it makes it even more elegant. You should have been here for our annual Tulip Festival! I will have to dig up the amount of bulbs they plant each year etc.

What a great haul! Maybe they will make up one of her ideas and they could call it Haley's Comet! Just kidding. That was such a neat surprise for you two!

Chris R. from Iowa

Maria said...

Wow!!! Isn't that amazing for Haley to have such a SWEET surprise! I just got home from work. It was a tough day for sure, but now I am all "smiles" reading this wonderful story! Thank you for sharing! Haley is sweet and special for sure! Hugs to Haley and you! Take care and have a great week! :-))

Andrea Ewen said...

Your card is just exquisite, Colleen, the epitome of beauty and elegance!
Your story about your daughter touched my heart! The timing of this special surprise could not have been better! What a wonderful reminder of the kindess of others in life, no matter how small the sender perceives it to be, the receiver is truly overjoyed! I'm so happy for you and your daughter! Sending the biggest hugs your way and anxiously awaiting the outcome of the story!

Bonnie said...

What an elegant card Colleen! I love the black and white that really shows off the pretty tulip!

Isn't it nice that Philosophy sent all those goodies to Haley! We all need to follow Haley's example and send letters of praise. That must have been some letter! Good for her!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

What a beautiful card--love the black and white with the pop of the flower! GORGEOUS!

I have to say that tears are in my eyes--I am sooooo thankful that the company Haley enjoys the most was so responsive and gracious! That is the best! What a blessing this box was!!! LOOOOOOOOVE it:) I hope that her flavors were a hit in the Customer Service/Marketing--I can't wait to get me some of Haley's flavor lip gloss!!!!

lynn said...

love haley's happy story, colleen:) its nice to know there are still companies with heart!

your wedding card is so elegant and pretty--i love it!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

The card is great Colleen! Love the CAS look with the floral backround! The lattice, tulip and bow are very striking too! That is a wonderful surprise for you and your daughter. Anything to boost her confidence is an awesome step forward. Hope there continues to be many more of these great experiences for her! She is going to have so much fun with these products.!

Tracey said...

Such a STUNNING card Col!!!
LOVE LOVE the pic of Haley and all her goodies!!! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing story with us...truely touching! Hugs, TRace

Heather S (Izzy) said...

I'm baaaaccckkk my birthday buddy! Love your beautiful card and the photo of your beautiful daughter! What a great story! Makes me want to buy their lip glosses - and I don't even use lip gloss!
BTW, tell Haley that I love, love, love it when kids with braces smile - our daughter always did but we did photos for sports teams for years and I had such a time encouraging some of the kids to be themselves and smile. Your girl has a wonderful smile! Thanks for sharing it with us. Hugs to my Punch Pal. :-)

Michele Gross said...

Wow! That is an amazing story! What a special thing!! I know she really needed that and I'm so thrilled for you to get to see her face light up!
Sending big warm happy hugs :)

~Tammy~ said...

What a beautiful card and what a heartwarming story! She looks GREAT!!!! It is so nice to hear about companies that really listen to their clients and go the extra step and show their appreciation in such a thoughtful way! Haley may have a career in Marketing in her future!!!

Harriet Skelly said...

YOur card is absolutely gorgeous! What an awesome story about Haley and her suggestions for Philosophy - and good for you for encouraging her to write to them. I know this came at a perfect time! Hugs to you! Harriet

Noor Nahdi said...

Such a classic card!!!
Best wishes to you and your daughter :) Let her follow her dreams...

Stella said...

The story of Haley is wonderful. What a lovely gift; I can see in the picture that she's over the moon. Such a lovely way to thank her. ( And you :)...enjoy that bottle of perfume!)
A special mother and daughter deserve a special gift like this!

And your card; a claasic and elegant card and I LOVE it!
Hugs,
Stella

Benzi said...

Your card is absolutely gorgeous. Love that tulip and it is my favorite flower.

What an exciting thing for Haley! How this must have cheered her up and I can imagine your excitement for her. This was a huge day brightener just when needed!!!!

momof5sons said...

What a pretty card, Colleen! Love the design and that sweet tulip. Thanks for sharing the story about Haley...so glad that she is getting rcognition for her creativity. What a wonderful company to make such a generous gesture. Hugz.

Linda Callahan said...

Smiles all around :)

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

What a wonderful heartwarming story to read about Haley. She has certainly made an impression with the Exec's at that company. How awesome that they sent her a box like that. Makes me want to buy their product!!! lol

Very beautiful card too! I have a stash of that paper and have enjoyed seeing how you use it.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :O}

Jinny Newlin said...

First of all, how exciting! A box like that would be Christmas all over again for any girl! Second of all, what a beautiful, young lady you've got there, mama! Hold on tight! And finally, your card is stunning! LOVE your use of white space, and the black elements add such grace!

Pauline said...

Beautiful card Colleen, the rose stamp is divine!

WOW for your daughter, what a fantastic box of goodies she recieved! I love their stuff too, and it's nice to see a big company take such an interest in the views of their loyal customers! What a yummy box of gifts! xx

Leslie Miller said...

This must have been such a thrill for your daughter! I'm happy to hear of their thoughtfulness, especially where there's a young person concerned. Haley is a beautiful, sweet looking girl, by the way. And your card is gorgeous! I love all the white space and the fabulous Anna Griffin floral stamp.

Shirley said...

Your card is very simply elegant. Your daughter's experience is a wonderful sharing of how there are companies in the world who still do value their customers' ideas and commitment to their products. What a lovely ending! TFS

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