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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Random Act of Kindness Blog Hop - November 2018

Thanks for joining us on another Random Act of Kindness Blog Hop!  You are visiting Angie McKenzie in the USA.  I am showcasing the cards I have given &/or received as part of the Random Act of Kindness Card Group on Facebook (aka Group).

In any given month, we each randomly select a few members from the Group to send a RAK card to, to brighten their day.  There is nothing like sharing our love of creating handmade cards to spread sunshine around the world!  Please feel free to join the Group if you would like to participate in the RAK cards movement (blogging is not mandatory).  #imbringingRAKcardsback #randomactsofkindness #makeacardsendacard 

November has been a month that I will ALWAYS remember, so sit back, put your feet up and relax for a while... you might might to warm up your coffee or tea, first though, as I share some incredible memories and beauties with you!

I know, aren't we gorgeous?!?  Seriously, I was in Orlando at the beginning of the month for OnStage and these two pictures are the MAIN reason I had to go!!!  This RAK group is absolutely amazing and Kylie and Bruno Bertucci were coming to Orlando...  so I had to find a way to make sure that I was there, too!

I received my second RAK card from Bruno in April 2016.  And then, there's Kylie... well, we ALL LOVE Kylie!  If it wasn't for her dream to create this RAK group, there are so many of us Stampin' Up! enthusiasts who would have never crossed paths.  I owe so much to these two incredibly, caring people... but for now, they're stuck with my devoted friendship as payment, but something tells me that is more than enough for them.

Chris Shively Smith, my wonderful upline, was my travel buddy and roommate for my first OnStage!  She had a lot of laughs with me (and at me!) - thanks for the memories and for putting up with my excitement!  I'm so glad you joined this awesome RAK group to participate when your busy school teacher schedule allows you!

Jenny Hall and Cheryll Miller were the first two RAK members that I ran into in Orlando on Registration Day (why I was dressed so casually!).  These two ladies have such beautiful hearts and I am blessed to have them as friends.  I was so excited to see them that I had tears of joy!  

I was tickled to have found this fabulous RAK member who I adore across the pond - Mikaela Titheridge, one of the newest Artisan Team Members for 2019!!!  I connected with Mikaela via her blog before she joined the RAK group so I was beyond excited when she joined the group.  She is such a doll!

Me and my favorite RAK pen pal, Terry Hamilton!!!  Terry has been a pleasure to get to know over the past year... well, less than a year, actually!  We'd been liking cards together and passing between comments, sent each other RAKs and became pen pal buddies!  Terry is such a delightful person and a dear friend.  I'm already looking forward to the next time we get to meet up again.

And here I am with Shelley D'Arcy, another wonderful RAK member whom I've gotten to know.  It was such a surprise to find her in the main room between events!  There's nothing like sharing real hugs with those whom we've shared paper hugs.

I had fun spying this RAK member on the last day right before everything started!  Rick Adkins you are such a delight to have in the group and it's a pleasure to have your artistic creativity amongst us!  And, yes, it was rather exciting seeing you on the big screen at OnStage!

Some of my favorite pals, yes, my Admin buddies - Suzanne Netz, Kylie and Sarah Fleming!  We had fun hanging out together for a bit during Kylie's Swap and Greet.  It was such a pleasure to spend some time with these ladies.  Hopefully, one of these times we will be lucky enough to have a picture of all of the admins together!  And, of course, Bruno enjoyed hanging out with us, too!

And it's always a pleasure to run into a RAK member who loves sending RAKs as much as I do in the group!  Tracy Helman Held you are doing fabulous and it was wonderful to meet you!  It's always a pleasure to see your creations in the group and it was lovely to see you!

And last, but not least, this is a former RAK member who we would love to have back in the group when she can squeeze in the time.  I recognized her as she's in another one of Kylie's that we're both in!  My friend and upline was laughing at me as I told to just wait as I thought I saw someone....  yes, we were leaving, but Cheryl Hamilton was just arriving and I ran down the stairs as she was on her way down the escalator.  Small world!  So glad you didn't mind me flagging you down!  

There were quite a few other RAK members that I had the pleasure to meet and chat with like Shelly D'Arcy, Judy Pinner, Kristal Bell and Rosemarrie Gonzalez.  If we got to chat and you are reading this blog, please post a comment below because there is nothing like the love of Stampin' Up! to create connections between us and it's even better to meet in person!

Now on to some lovely cards!!!  I received some beautiful fall themed cards this month from the US and the Netherlands.  It is always wonderful to receive RAKs but even more so at this time of year.

Aren't these beauties I received from around the world lovely?!  
I definitely felt the love and kindness being spread around the world!

I received some lovely cards at Kylie's Greet and Card Swap in Orlando; however, I haven't had a chance to photograph them.  So please pop back by before the end of the month to see the lovelies I received.

Now here are the cards that I had fun handing out in Orlando!  I hope they bring a smile to your face and/or inspire you in some way with your creativity!

Nothing like packaging up RAKs to share!

Can you guess that I was excited to be participating in this event with my RAK friends at OnStage?!?

Nothing like an infinity shot to capture the never ending love I have for my RAK friends!

This wonderful group not only spreads kindness, but it builds friendships!  Friendships across the miles... across the waters... across the street... anywhere there is a mailbox.  :)

I hope you have been inspired by all these projects on my blog today.  You are currently visiting Angie McKenzie.  Please see the list below and hop around all of the people on the list to see all our projects.  You sure don't want to miss any!

Thanks for hopping by and I'm looking forward to seeing ya'll again soon!!
Have a blessed day!

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  1. These are so adorable Angie! Just like you - I LOVE all of your RAK cards. You are such a light that shines so bright and I am so happy that we got to spend some time together at Onstage.

    1. Awwwwww, thanks Kylie! (((HUGS))) to you across the waters


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