Are you being thankful? We talked yesterday about my season of gratitude. As I tried to create that post my website crashed. It took most of the day to repair it yesterday (and trust me, I had no idea what I was doing!) At the end of the day though, my website was back to normal, mostly. This has reminded me that I take this technology for granted. Each day I assume that I will be able to communicate with you on my website, or my Facebook page, or through email or text. Then along come days like yesterday, with all of its frustration and anxiety and tears, and I am reminded to be thankful for the ability to share my thoughts and creations with you so easily each day. Not only has God blessed me with the tools I need, but He has also blessed me with half a brain to put those tools to use! Wow.
It is in this spirit of thankfulness that I share today’s card with you. I made it last month, but it is perfect for our topic today and for this season we are in.
Let’s try really hard to be mindful of the blessings that God provides for us each and every day. I don’t want to wait until my AC goes out to be thankful for having it in the hot days of summer. I don’t want to miss opportunities to share a kind word. I don’t want to be focused on things that I don’t have and miss the numerous blessings that I am given each and every day. Instead, I want to appreciate each day and the opportunities they bring. This is what my season of gratitude in November is about… being thankful and letting others know that I am. If you haven’t yet decided to join me, I hope this post convinced you to do so. Send a card, make a call. Let someone know that you love and appreciate them.
November is my season of gratitude. This year I set a goal to mail 30 cards during November. I plan to share random encouragement and thanksgiving with others all month long. (There may be a sprinkling of birthday cards sent as well.) I considered a card a day, but let’s face it, that is NOT happening. So, if I mail 30 cards on the 30th, I can still succeed in reaching my goal. However, I am not putting it off like that. I am doing a bulk mailing each week. This exercise has taught me a few things and I wanted to share them with you.
- I have too many cards in my card stash. I’m not saying it is bad to have cards on hand, but I have way too many!
- I need to be more intentional and diligent about sharing encouragement and gratitude year round.
- In 2019 I will focus on inking EVERY single stamp I buy. No more uninked stamps in my stash! I want to use my resources wisely, not waste them. So every stamp will be inked.
- In our digital age, people still LOVE to receive a handmade card in the mail. It makes them feel special.
- This is an easy way for me to share God’s love with others.
I hope that you will consider joining me in my gratitude challenge for this month. I know, the month is half over, but you still have plenty of time to share words of encouragement and thanksgiving with others. And if you are like me, and you have too many cards in your stash, then make a point to use them! We put too much into our card creations to let them sit in a box or on a shelf somewhere. Put them in the mail and send a smile to someone.
Saying thank you is important. It isn’t always required or expected, but it is good manners and would make your momma proud. When people go out of their way to make your life a little easier, you really need to take the time to appreciate it…AND to let them know that you appreciate it. Recently someone did that for me. She went above and beyond what she was asked to do and it was awesome. I felt like she needed an awesome “thank you” in return. So, I made this…
I have shared a card in a box with you before, but I don’t do it very often because it is time consuming. I reserve these projects for really special occasions. However, I don’t want to make it sound so daunting a task that you would never even try it! You definitely SHOULD try it and I will tell you why.
- They have the WOW factor…like over the top WOW
- It’s good to flex your creative muscles at times
- You can still fit them in a regular envelope and mail them like an ordinary card
- You can make them for any occasion and use any theme you want
- It is FUN. Remember, that’s why we do what we do…for enjoyment.
I admit that I did not squeeze mine into a regular envelope, I used too many pearls on it for that. I made a special box envelope for it and dolled that up too. That just added to the fun of saying thank you to her.
If you need a tutorial for a card in a box, simply leave me a comment letting me know and I will get instructions to you. And after you create one, please share a picture with me so I can be amazed at your cleverness!
Failure or success? Sometimes it is hard to tell. I heard two different examples of this today. The first was in reference to Reggie Jackson, the baseball player. He was hugely successful in his career and is remembered for home run hitting. But do you know what record he still holds today in major league baseball? It is the record for the most strikeouts…2,597 of them! The other example I heard today was also a sports figure, and it came from a completely different source. It was Micheal Jordan. He said that he had missed more than nine thousand shots in his career and that he had lost almost 300 games. He went on to say that he had failed over and over again…but that was also why he succeeded. Michael Jordan never quit trying, he never gave up.
Today I tried a new technique and it FAILED completely! I followed the instructions I was given, but it just did not work. I managed to salvage the card that I was creating and it still turned out cute. So was it really a failure? I mean, the technique did not work at all, but the card did, so maybe it was a success anyway? Hard to tell at times. Here is my finished product…
I know that saving my card wasn’t much of a risk. I could have easily scratched it all and started again…its only paper after all. But the lesson we can learn from Reggie Jackson and Michael Jordan is important for our lives in general, not just our paper crafts. Have I quit on something when success was just around the corner? Have I allowed temporary set backs to permanently stop me from moving forward? I don’t want failure, or the fear of it, to cripple me from trying again. And I know that God doesn’t want that for his children either.
So, my challenge for you today is to be BOLD. Go for it…whatever your “it” is. Trust that what God has called you to do, he will enable you to do.
My daughter’s roommate was headed to Walmart this week to buy a thank you card. Of course Christina told her not to go because she knew her mom would gladly provide a card for her…and she was right. I was happy to head to my craft room and play with some new toys!
The card turned out just as girly and blingy as I hoped it would. It needed to be a money holder so I made it with a pocket inside to hold the cash…
The card was being given to a friend who had helped her secure a dress for a recent event. This was the perfect occasion to play with the dress framelits and bitty banner framelits. I will be using this die again to create some wonderful Mother’s Day cards. Join us at the April card class to create yours!
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