A Little Encouragement

Hello friends!  I hope this week finds you warm and cozy somewhere with people you enjoy.  I’ve been trying to make writing to friends and family more of a priority these days.  I treasure the handwritten notes that get sent my way.  Emma and I race to get the mail everyday and during birthday season there is often a brightly colored envelope in there for a member of our family.  But when birthday season is over those little rays of sunshine are sadly absent.  So, I did a little thinking…  If I want to receive mail I need to send mail right?  At least that’s my theory at this moment.  As such I’ve actually gotten responses to the little rays of sunshine I’ve sent out.  One friend in particular shared with me her struggle in seeing God’s work through her prayers.  After about a week of praying on how I could encourage her I kept coming back to the image of a watchman.  Way back when before all of our cool technology someone had to physically keep watch.  Whether it be at the city walls or in a watch tower someone was the watchman and his job was to keep an eye on things as the inhabitants of the city went about there daily lives.  I know there are still places these days which require a physical watchman and I imagine it is a fairly solitary job that many are not aware of until it’s gone.  I think this is the same with prayer.  We may pray but never see the answer or fruit of our faithful prayers but still we pray.  It is with that thought I created this little reminder card.  I now have one on my mirror at home and hope it encourages my friend as much as it does me.

Stationary Fun

Hello friends and Happy October!  It’s been a while since my last post but I have been a busy bee.  Today I thought I would share with you some of my stationary adventures of late. I am a big fan of mail and finding cute stationary is not hard to find.  Making cute stationary is even better!

Here are some of my favorites using my letterpress tool…

Thinking Of You

I’m a big fan of flat cards.  On this card I used an A7 flat card (5×7) with envelope.  You cold write a quick note between the text and lower design or fill up the back with a lengthier note.

Bird Cage

Perfect for a quick “hello” this is an A2 flat card (4.25×5.5) and envelope.  I’ve been really enjoying the super saturated and rich color palette available in envelopes lately.

 

One can never have too many thank you cards.  This little guy is also an A2 flat card.

Here is another A2 thank you note.

I’ve used a “blind emboss” on this card which uses the letterpress plate image with out ink.  When I don’t have the ink color I want I use a blind emboss, it’s like the color black, it goes with everything!

All of these designs make me happy and are in my stash that I send to real people.  Because I rarely have time to sit down and make a card when I actually need one so when I do sit down and make cards I don’t make just one.  I make at least five to make sure I have some on hand for later.

So, friend, when is the last time you sent a little note to someone?  Do you even have stamps in your home?  I challenge you to send a note to someone this week!  Send someone a little ray of sunshine and give them a reason to look forward to getting mail.