5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Friend

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Friend

Hi Sweet Friends,

As a cardmaker…I LOVE this article and I love encouraging others.

I pray each of you are encouraged!!

Hugs and prayers….k 🙂

Mar 24, 2019 by Jordan W.

In a word of quick text messages and the instant gratification of technology, let’s be a light of inspiration and encouragement to those around us. I love holding onto cards and notes from sweet friends as a tangible reminder of the love and encouragement the people in my life bring me, and it’s also a great reminder to do that same thing for others in my life! Below are five different formats that make it simple and easy to send love and encouragement to your people!

1. Encouragement Postcards

postcard is one of the easiest ways to quickly send a note of encouragement to a friend or loved one from a distance. These cards already have an encouraging message and beautiful design on the front, so all you have to do is jot down a quick note on the back, put a stamp on it, and send it out! The convenience doesn’t take away from the sentiment – you’re making that relationship a priority just by putting a simple card in the mail.

2. Scripture Shareables

These compact cards are full of encouraging words straight from the Word of God, and they make it so easy to share God’s Word anytime, anywhere. They’re small enough to carry around in your purse or wallet so you have them whenever you need them. Put one on a coworker’s desk when you know they need some encouragement, leave one with your tip at your favorite coffee shop, or give one to a friend who shared their heart with you and just needs a little extra from God’s Word today. These little cards are small but powerful.

3. Prayers to Share

Similar to the Scripture Shareables, Prayers to Share are an easy format to hand out at a moment’s notice whenever you feel led. Each sheet has a scripture, a prayer, and an inspirational quote on it, so they can be universally inspirational, or more specific to a person’s situation. I keep a stack of them on my desk so I can write a note on the back and share with coworkers whenever I feel led. You can also tuck them inside a greeting card or even leave them on someone’s windshield for a little extra happy in their day.

4. Sticky Prayers

Sticky prayers are a fun way to encourage those around you. They’re small, customizable sticky notes, so they make it easy to share a prayer or encouraging message anytime. The blank space allows you to write your own message or prayer, and then you can literally stick them anywhere – the possibilities are endless!

5. Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are probably my favorite way to encourage friends. I just choose a card that’s made for the appropriate occasion, whether it be Thank YouHappy BirthdayThinking of You, etc., and then choose a style with a beautiful design and message. I usually add in my own little note on the inside, and then I send it out! It’s simple, thoughtful, and takes no time at all, but the sentiment goes far with my loved ones.

I know how much I love to receive an encouraging note every now and then, so I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to be more intentional in that department. Stock up on your favorite cards or Prayers to Share so that you always have something encouraging on hand to share when the opportunity presents itself!

 

Article Credit: Dayspring.com

I Can’t Wait….

I Can’t Wait….

Hello Dear Friends,

I am over the moon with this gorgeous paper kit!! I also love the stickers that match as well!!

I will be making cards and album pages using these darling pictures and stickers…it is just our thing!!! 😉 As some of you know, we have been eating a vegetarian diet for many years and are working to going vegan. This is just our thing!!! As well as My Sweet Husband LOVES gardening and working in his small orchard. He is never so proud as he is when he brings in he produce!! And we all love his gift to our family!!

Here’s a quick peek!!

 

If you have any questions feel free to email: JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

And you can also visit my website 24/7: www.CreativeMemories.com/user/JosephinesDesigns.com

Mine is on it’s way!! YAY!!!! 🙂

Great big Summer Fruit and Veggie hugs,

k 😉

Mother’s Day Ideas…

Mother’s Day Ideas…

Mother’s Day is just around the corner – what are you planning to get the special woman in your life? Sure, flowers, chocolates and store-bought cards are all nice sentiments, but why not do something extra special this year? We’ve got some thoughtful ideas we know you (and she!) will love!

Make Her A Handmade Card

Send her some love with a handmade card using the Sending Love Card Kit! Create one of the 12 cards that come with instructions OR make your own masterpiece using the pieces that come in the kit.

You can also design your own card from scratch.

Creative Memories 24/7 Shop: CreativeMemories.com/user/JosephinesDesigns.com

Picture and information credit: CreativeMemories.com

Stampin’ Up and Sale-A-Bration

Stampin’ Up and Sale-A-Bration

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Dear Friends,

During Sale-A- Bration (4 January–31 March), you have not just one, but THREE ways to earn FREE products: shop, host, or join! For each qualifying order you place, you’ll earn a FREE Sale-A- Bration item—including orders from the new occasions catalog (US/CA)! Plus, for each qualifying party you host, you’ll earn even more Stampin’ Rewards for your party sales. Finally, when you join, you’ll get an extra TWO free stamp sets in your Starter Kit (any value-no kidding)!

Please visit my online store open 24/7: http://www.JosephinesDesigns.StampinUp.net

There’s so many wonderfully free options to pick from  in the Sale-A-Brations catalog.

For every $50 spent on items from the Occasions and the annual Stampin’ Up catalog before tax and shipping, you can choose 1 item from the Sale-A-Brations catalog. All 3 are available via my online store.

If you have any questions feel free to email me: JosephinesDesigns.com@gmail.com

May you have a lovely creative day,

k

Thank You Cards to be Sent…

Thank You Cards to be Sent…

Hello Dear Friends,

Today I am sharing some lovely Thank You cards made with wonderful Stamps of Life dies, stamps, ink and paper pads. I had such a lovely time making these cards and…well just playing!! Such joy to give handmade thanks to those that we love!! 🙂

Enjoy,

k

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Valentine/Anniversary Cards…

Valentine/Anniversary Cards…

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Hello Friends,

Here are a few of my quick and easy cards of love for my sweet family. Some easy peasy cards made from the bits and pieces of various paper pads. I also used a piece of advertisement on a fun card for my Sweet Husband. 🙂 They were all received with big smiles!!! How wonderful to take a moment to make something so simple and then to see each bring such joy to each recipient!! Something handmade is always a treasure for sure!! 🙂

I encourage you to go make a treasure for those you love today,

k

A card for my Sweet Husband for our Anniversary.

A fun card for my Sweet Husband.

And now a card for one of our children.

 One more sweet card for our children.

And finally a sweet little card for one of our children.

Holiday Cards Galore…

Holiday Cards Galore…

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Hello Friends,

I have been working away in my little studio making fun cards for my Etsy Shop.
http://www.etsy.com/hk-en/shop/KwithJDesigns

I thought I would post a few on here to share with you all. 🙂

I pray each of you is having a lovely holiday season with those you love,

k

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Snowflake Gold Glitter Dimensional Winter card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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Snowflake Gold Glitter Dimensional Winter card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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White Dimensional Snowflake Winter Card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 5)

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Colorful and Cheerful Dimensional Tree Winter Card and envelope set (5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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Glimmer Gold Dove with Cutout Snowflake Winter Card and envelope set

(5 x 7 inch set of 6)

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Close up of the snowflake cutout and gold shimmery paper.

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Shiny Copper on Purple Nativity Cards and envelope set

(4 x 6 inch set of 6)

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Vintage Wooden Merry Christmas Cards and envelope set

(4 x 6 inch set of 6)

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Shiny Glittery Glimmering 3 Gifts Dimensional Cards and envelope set

(4 x 6 inch set of 6)

Soooo much fun creating these cards!! I will also be posting a YouTube video in the next week. I will come back and add the link once posted. 🙂

JosephinesDesigns.com

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Have a wonderful week and keep enjoying the season,

k

Christmas Card Extravaganza!!

Christmas Card Extravaganza!!

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Hello Dear Friends,

I have been busier “than a cranberry merchant” as my Dear Mom would say. (OK Sis…stop laughing!! 😉 )

I have been in Christmas crafting mode!! 100 cards to make in a matter of days. And I have redone my card design at least 6 times!! I even began one design that I began assembling that I will shelf to use another year. 🙂 I have loved every part of this process!! I have loved finding the stamps, dies, papers, embellishments, etc!! I have learned sooo much in this process!! (As I do with each project!! 😉 )

I will share some great lessons learned below. I hope these encourage you as well. 🙂 And then I have listed the pictures of the process. Enjoy!! 🙂

1st lesson: Always have back up stamps, dies, papers etc. (Just in case you are a changer minder like me!! 😉 )

2nd lesson: Always, always, always have ink refills for the ink you use in your design. I did ok as it was an unused pad but…I really did cut it close!! 😉

3rd lesson: Make sure your ink pad is a current color and not discontinued!! OK, you are probably laughing!! But I realized as I pulled 5 different test colors…the one I settled on was a Stampin’ Up discontinued color I had just not used yet. And, I did not have a refill ink!! Seriously I discovered this at 5 am and began to, well….get a little nervous!! 😉 All was just fine…PTL!!!

4th lesson: Make sure if you bulk order your paper in the Summer clearance to order double what you think you will need. I literally ordered bulk packages of several different designs of paper and didn’t decide which design until I began this last week. Then when I started cutting all the paper, I realized I needed double the amount of paper. So I then began a 50/50 set of cards. One half is one design of background paper and the other half another. I love them both!! Each one has their own attractive results which have me super excited!! I will show the making of the designs below with primarily the striped. But I will also include a finished pic of the other background paper as well.

5th lesson: Work on your design when quiet and you will not be interrupted. My time came at 5:00 am each morning for 3 days in a row. My Sweet Husband was not feeling well and home sick for a couple of days. So while  he slept in, I awoke early and worked away for 5 hour stretches at a time!! It was so wonderful to focus on my design and well….play at it too!! 😉 I loved mixing and matching and cutting and die cutting to my little heart’s content!! So much fun!!I I was literally red and green ink stained for several days!!

6th lesson: Be sure you have extra and I do mean extra adhesive!! You really go through supplies as you make bulk card sets. I have already burned through 3 miscellaneous small from stash tape runners, 1 ATG refill and one other larger adhesive tape gun…sorry not sure of the make. I did buy it from CKC at the convention. I still can see it will take at least another refill of either large tape guns and most likely the last few smaller tape runners will be used up. Again…always have back up!!  And the same goes for pop dots as well!! 😉

7th lesson: Always be sure to use on every scroll type die cut….wax paper!! It saves so much time!! I buy mine at the Dollar Tree!! That dollar spent goes a long long way!! 🙂

8th lesson: Be sure you have enough card and envelope based materials as well. I decided to go with premade card base and envelope sets from Hobby Lobby. Of course always bought on sale or with my 40% off coupon. 🙂 I bought the large card and envelope base and the small card and envelope base to see what would work best. I thought I had enough and once I began making cards and addressing the envelopes, I realized I needed twice what I had anticipated. (Just didn’t want to miss anyone!! 😉 ) As well as the small did not fit at all!! Great lessons learned!! 🙂

9th lesson: Enjoy all the wonderful creative process!! And also enjoy the fun of making something special for each person you send these lovely handmade with love encouragements!! So in other words…be blessed and bless others with all your gifts and talents!! FUN!!!!

Have a wonderful time of preparing for the wonderful season of Christ’s birth,

k

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:14

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I gathered all my supplies and had to cut my 12×12 paper to fit through my Big Shot for all my die cuts. The same with the wax paper I used to line the dies for easy removal once cut.

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Measure twice but once. 🙂 Also keep notes on all steps of your design. Especially if you cannot complete it in one sitting.

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As I prepared each step…I would organize each step in a basket beside my drafting table. I cannot tell you how wonder this quick and easy step worked!! It saved so much time!! And it kept each prepared item neatly in place until needed!!

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First card set made with metallic red and white candy striped designer paper. So traditionally beautiful!! I so love this and how light and bright this one is!! FUN!!

Front cover: 1st – 1 large background designer paper cut and glued to fit card stock front cover. 2nd – 1 green Sizzix die cut tree centered and glued on background paper. 3rd – stamped sentiment cut and glued to lower right corner of tree with Pop Dots. 4th – cut gold glitter designed paper with star The Paper Studio punch on top of Christmas tree.

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Inside card: 1st – glue smaller designer paper. 2nd – stamp, cut and glue with Pop Dots the sentiment or scripture verse in this case. 3rd – cut white card stock circles with The Paper Studio punch for the ornament. Stick with Merry Christmas sentiment from Hobby Lobby. Then die cut ornament top with die cut from The Stamps of Life Ornament set in green designer paper. Adhere all the finished ornament with adhesive.

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Second card with different design paper background. I really love this one as the background paper is embossed with glittery swirls. Ohhhhh so hard to choose which one I like best!! 🙂 FUN!!

Finally, sign the ornament with your name and address the envelopes, place cards in envelopes, stamp and mail!!

Merry Christmas!!

Again…fun, fun, fun to make and give!!

The Sale Has Begun!!

The Sale Has Begun!!

Hello Friends,

My Etsy shop sale has begun!! All wood stamps are on clearance!! 🙂

If you have time…grab that nice cup of tea and come stop by. 🙂

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KwithJDesigns

Each day from now until May 15th I will be adding fun new kits. There are 43 kits of stamps total!! So much fun!!

Let my need to clear out be your gain!! I pray each of you find a wonderful new supply to meet your creative needs!!

Have a wonderful week,

k