Sunday, October 14, 2018

{Upcoming Event} A Tribute for Melissa Lane - Please Join Us in Celebrating Her Life

What: A Tribute for Melissa Lane
When: Thursday, October 18
Time: 9 am Pacific time (GMT-7)
Where: Here at the STAMPlorations blog

Last October 2, Melissa Lane ( passed away. She was a talented cardmaker/crafter/artist, a mother of 4, wife, and servant of Jesus. Melissa loved to garden and she loved photography. Her favorite color was red, and she loved butterflies -- so much so that many of the cards and other projects she made had butterflies in them.

She was a valuable part of STAMPlorations -- in the two years we were blessed to have her on the Mixed Media team, she created some of most gorgeous mixed media projects around and she shared her knowledge through the mixed media tutorials she wrote.

If you knew Melissa when she was alive -- maybe you were on the same design team(s) or you were bloggy friends -- however you knew her, we would love it if you can join us in celebrating her life by creating a butterfly card in her memory.

You may blog about the card you make as a tribute to her or not, but either way, you can add your card to Melissa's Butterfly Gallery (an InLinkz linky) that will be found on the tribute post. The linky will be open from October 18 to 31.

And should you wish Melissa's family to have your card, you can mail it to the address below. I will collect the butterfly cards, put them in a box, and mail them to Melissa's family.

Mail your butterfly cards to:

Shery Russ
20147 Road 192
Strathmore, CA 93267

***Important: Stamp or draw a butterfly on the envelope so that it doesn't get opened accidentally. Make sure the envelope is sealed tight and/or the edges are reinforced with tape.***

Finally, here is a message from Melissa's husband, Chris. He posted this as a comment on Melissa's blog but he gave me permission to pass it on in any way that it can reach a wider audience.

"Hello everyone. This is Chris, Melissa’s husband. I have been blessed by the outpouring of so many people. I know it is difficult to mourn from long distance. If you’d like join the community going through this together, please go to our farm Facebook page @Mainepromisedlandfarm. Gardening and planting flowers were Melissa’s other creative passions and she had worked hard to get our farm to where it is today in just a short period of time. Please read along as my family and I walk through this trial and be able to encourage us as we encourage you with what God is doing to get us through. Blessings, grace and Peace.

We're hoping you'll join us on Thursday to pay tribute to one of the kindest, most amazing crafters in our community.


  1. I am so sorry to hear about her passing. She looks so young and full of life which is what the butterfly stands for in Native teachings. Thank you for sharing this

  2. Oh I am so shocked to hear that she has passed away. I always loved her creativity and love of all things spiritual - Please send her Husband and family my condolences.

  3. Oh my! I hadn't heard! Thank you for sharing this! She was such a beautiful, talented artist and I will miss her sweet posts! Heartfelt condolences to her husband and family!

  4. Shery, thank you so much for doing this. So sad to hear about Melissa. My thoughts are with her husband and family.

  5. The crafting community has loss a fabulous creative crafter. What a fabulous way to honor Melissa - thank you ~

  6. so sorry for the loss of crafty friend...
    I would send card but it will take about 3-4 weeks to arrive..

    1. Thanks, Fikreta. I will actually do 2 mailings to the family and can wait until the end of November for all other cards, as there are many crafters from overseas who knew Melissa.


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