Carried By Your Kindness

It’s been 2 1/2 months since my brother passed away unexpectedly and my mother had a heart attack on the same day (mom is doing well after they put in a stent), and I have been holding on to the beautiful cards, messages and thoughtful service rendered by my friends near and far.

You brought me homemade bread, soup, paper goods and flowers. You hugged me and physically held me up when I literally didn’t think I could stand. You visited with me and helped me laugh when it felt like all I could do was cry. You mailed me paper hugs and gift cards. You absolutely carried me through my first visit of grief, and I couldn’t forget to express my deepest gratitude for the love you offered!

I know there is life after death, thanks to the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This surety has helped me keep an eternal perspective through the most difficult days, knowing that I will see my brother- and other loved ones- again. You appeared as angels in your comfort and kindnesses to me. My heart is overflowing with appreciation for you.

Lean on Me

“When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.”  – Henry B. Eyring

So many times we struggle alone, but it is our duty and privilege as human beings to “comfort the weary and strengthen the weak” (an excerpt from one of my favorite hymns). When I wrestle to know what to say or how to help, I turn to crafting to help  express what I cannot adequately convey, and the love just flows out of my hands.

This striking line art Artfully Aware stamp set is a blessing to have in your collection because it allows you send a hug made from card stock to someone who is hurting or fighting a battle:149447G

Here is a simple card I created that I know I will mail often:

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Isn’t our burden lighter when we know someone else is there for us? Even if they can’t do anything, prayers and love are tangible in our lives.

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Click on either image above or HERE to download a .pdf tutorial 

I used the same design to create another card for any cause you wish to support as this set also coordinates with the Support Ribbon Framelits. I used Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for these cards, you could easily change the colors to match the ribbon color of any disease. Watermarked2(2019-04-12-0937)
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Simple Sorry

Whether it’s an illness or a loss, there is no better time to share a piece of your heart than when someone is sorrowing. This simple design is perfect for expressing that concern:

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Stamping on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper gives a flat card such rich dimension, it’s simply beautiful!

Download the instruction sheet HERE and then order the supplies from my STAMPIN’ STORE to create a few to send as needed.

Every Last Piece: Paper Pumpkin August 2017

When I opened the August Paper Pumpkin box yesterday, I decided I was going to finish the projects and use Every. Single. Piece.

Once I finished making a few of the cards as shown in the kit, I got a little more creative (as shared yesterday) and finished off the cards but still had die cuts and leaf stickers left over! So I grabbed some whisper white card stock, some painter’s tape, some sponge daubers and 3 ink pads: Peekabook Peach, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz (not included in the kit). Here’s what I did:

I taped the edges of the paper down and used the empty die-cut pages as a stencil for sponging flowers! Add a few leaves and sponge around the edges, and when you peel back the tape, it gives the illusion of layers…pretty neat, eh?

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All I had to do next was add the pre-printed sentiment die cuts and embellish with the leftover goodies: IMG_5047

All left-over leaves and flowers found their way onto the envelopes:

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If you are ready to try your hands at a SUPER SENSATIONAL monthly craft kit delivered to your mailbox, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before September 10th using Promo Code HALFOFF0917 to get your first kit (September 2017) for 50% off!

Then stalk your mailbox for a thank you card from me (maybe one of these!) while you wait for your first kit to arrive. Shareables-1_PP_Sept_Promo_Aug0817

Autumn Consolation

When I don’t know what to say at the loss of a loved one, I can at least create a beautiful card to convey the feelings of sympathy…
This is for a sweet sister that I serve with in the Payson L.D.S. Temple who lost her mother yesterday and it started with the TGIF sketch this morning:

The copper embossing over the copper foil is so elegant and autumnal! It feels good to create something to express love and support for a friend and I’m grateful I had the time to make it today. 
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