Love and Hope

Yesterday I spent time in my stamp room working on swap cards that I had designed for my monthly inspiration night.  The theme was soft subtles so I chose to create a card featuring two of my favorite soft subtle colors, Marina Mist and Pear Pizzaz.  

Special Reason Card -

Special Reason Card -

I used the stamp set Special Reason to create the floral background and the sentiment "You're In my Thoughts and Prayers" came from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  I layered the sentiment on one of the square stitched shape framelits that have quickly become a favorite in my stamp room.

As I was making this card I got a phone call from a friend who was sad.  I spoke with her for a long time and my heart just broke for her because she was really going through a tough time.  I had the opportunity to pray for her but her pain was so deep that when I hung up the phone I just felt so burdened for her and wish I could have done more to lift her spirits.   

I know that the best thing I can do for my friend right now is to continue to pray for her and let her know I am here if she needs me.   

I am glad that this was the card I made for my swap because I was able to use an extra one I had to write her a thoughtful note to mail her this week so she know that she is not forgotten.  

We send cards for all types of occasions, birthdays, thank you's, anniversaries, graduations, etc but I think its the unexpected blessing of receiving a "thinking of you" card that means the most especially when people are struggling, feeling alone or discouraged.

Who do you know that needs a word of encouragment today?  You have the ability to make a difference by praying for them and offering words of love and hope!

Let's take our hand stamped creations and use them to do just that!  Let's continue to spread aloha, one stamp at a time.