Suntree resident Sandy Rowjohn is a designer of cards. Her love for card-making has grown through the years, so much that she likes to donate them.
The payoff is big, especially in smiles by the recipients, she said.
Her cards are made from card stock, or designer series paper. The second layer of paper may contain patterns, gems, liquid pearls, stamping or glitter.
“I have everything under the sun,” she said of her collection. “I’m kind of a paper-aholic. I love paper.”
Rowjohn started donating her greeting cards last year after having a hip replacement at Viera Hospital.
“They (at Viera Hospital) are so nice and the service level is so high there. I call it the Ritz-Carlton of hospitals, and I wanted to do something for the staff and the worker bees, the doctors, the nurses and the technicians. I made a bunch of the smaller size cards and gave them two boxes, and one for staff earlier this year.
“I have a lot of equipment to make very high-level cards with die cuts and foiling and embossing the papers, plus ink blending,” Rowjohn said. “I also hand-painted the designs with glitter inks. They are unique and one-of-a-kind.”
“Sandy made a box of beautiful homemade cards and wrote thank-you notes to our staff members about her care,” wrote Jessica Willey, the nurse manager at Health First’s Viera Hospital.
“Everyone on the floor raved about how beautiful her cards were. Sandy even gave us a box of cards for our Joint Center to use,” Willey said. “Now, the staff uses them to recognize each other, say thank you, or acknowledge another associate. They are truly beautiful cards and we appreciate her thoughtfulness.”
Matching envelopes accompany her card masterpieces.
“I don’t like to waste anything,” she said. “I take the pieces of paper I didn’t use on the card and use them on the envelope or on the inside.”
Rowjohn wants her cards to make a difference in people’s lives.
“The point is to brighten people’s day. To let people know they are appreciated and remembered and celebrated,” she said.