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.
Thanksgiving cards might not be at the top of your holiday to-do list, but maybe you should add them. Typically we are so focused on Christmas cards that we miss out on a great opportunity to express gratitude to our family and friends. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas cards (and everything else about Christmas!) But I also love fall and the wonderful palette of autumn colors. Creating Thanksgiving cards gives us a chance to use these bold, rich fall colors and some stamp sets that might get overlooked.
This is Day 2 of using the Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015 stamp set for cards. I again used the masking technique, this time for the leaf image. I then stamped a single leaf in the coordinating color and cut it out before adhering it to the card front.
Tomorrow we have card #3 from this same stamp set. Be sure to check it out!