Crafting Encouraging Words

Have you ever thought about being the light by crafting encouraging words?

This past week, after too much time spent on social media I’ve had to reel myself back into the reality that we still can love each other and encourage each other.

I’ve found myself in the trenches of different emotions after reading too many posts that pertain to politics.

Don’t worry; this is NOT a political post! I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole.  However, it’s one that I hope to encourage you to support others with kindness, love and crafting something encouraging.

Never Enough Kindness

I’ve always thought social media as a blessing more than a curse.  It was the very thing I used to keep many friends updated after Russ had his stroke.  It was the very thing that kept my spirits high when reading the prayer chains, encouraging words and most of all the love and support we received during that time.

Over the last few months, however, I have found myself feeling discouraged and sad.  I’ve heeded the advice of others by skipping over posts, hiding posts, and have even done the very thing I said I would never do- remove a person from my feed…. that ugly word, unfriend!  I’m the girl that loves friends but can take on someone’s emotions in a Mississippi minute.

I don’t have all the answers, but my heart keeps telling me to SEND the encouragement.  If there was EVER a time to send a card and uplift others, it’s now.

You as a crafter and myself, have that ability to send the sunshine through the mail.  One simple card in the mail can send a powerful message with lasting effects.  Social media only provides the sun for a split second.

Can we be the light? 

I believe we can.  Just like the fantastic #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign, we need a new campaign- #bethelight

Let’s encourage each other and uplift each other more.

I shared a card last week using the High Tide stamp set, which is perfect for shining the light on others.

The good news- Stampin’ Up! has plenty of stamp sets with encouraging words.  Here are a few of my favorites in the Occasions Catalog.  Be sure to check them out!

  • High Tide #143006 Photopolymer
  • Beautiful You #143004 Wood, #143637 Clear
  • Sending Thoughts #142962 Wood, #142965 Clear
  • Special Reason #142899 Wood, #142902 Clear

High Tide- Encourage Others

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide

By far my favorite stamp set to use right now is High Tide.  Shoot, just stamping with it helps encourage me!

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide

Incorporating my love of watercolor with this set makes it even more fun.

To recreate this card you can download my free tutorial HERE.

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide

Instead of flooding social media with words, let’s flood the postal service by crafting encouraging words.  Let’s get busy stamping and sharing the sunshine with each other.

Can I count on you? Can we do this together?

Do you need encouragement? Can I send you some sunshine? I realize this could be an overwhelming task, but I’m ready to send encouraging words through my crafting!

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Personal Update: 

I wanted to say a quick thank you to each of you for your comments based on my joy in parenting post last week.  You know how to encourage a mama, and I appreciate your words of encouragement and hearing your struggles.  Parenting can be so hard, yet rewarding at the same time.

Currently, Brandon is still pretty angry with Russ and me over the actions we’ve taken.  We are hoping that during his gaming sabbatical his eyes will be open to new and exciting things as well as prioritizing important issues.

In other news, Alexis had a good gymnastics meet in Birmingham, Alabama.  Overall, she placed a tiny bit higher than the last event.  That means improvement, but there is always room for more improvement.  I cherish these times I get to spend with her.

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17 thoughts on “Crafting Encouraging Words”

  1. I have felt the same way about social media. I wrote 15 cards yesterday thanking people for their inspiration. I am with you in the quest to send positive ideas and energy into the world.

  2. Yes! Thank YOU for sharing your light! We should always share our light because when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. I love your post today!

  3. Hi Kimberly!
    I have been feeling the very same way all day, stressed and sad, so your post is so timely for me! You’re right, we can lift our spirits by brightening someone’s day with a handmade card. Yours today is spectacular! I love the way the ribbon looks just like beach fencing. It took a minute for me to realize it’s ribbon!

  4. I have said for years now, we need to ditch the hollow and shallow world of social media and get back to real letters and cards. It takes more effort, but isn’t that what we want to express, that our friends and loved ones are worth the effort to send an encouraging word to? Keep up your efforts to bring snail mail back.

  5. Amen sister!! The Bible tells us we NEED to be the light! Let’s do it! #bethelight Keep up the parenting, now’s the time! It will reap rewards later!

  6. Thank you, Kimberly, for expressing your words of encouragement! I personally have been staying away from FB as much as possible. I love the idea of sending words of encouragement and kindness…

  7. Laura, I do believe we are all feeling this way. It’s just so sad to me to see the hate spilled from all sides. We can be better and lift each other up. Thank you for reading. XOXOXO

  8. Hello and THANK YOU! Your posts amaze me because when I think all I’m going to do is see a beautiful card, I also read something that inspires, encourages, or enlightens. And even though I am not a parent, when I read about the struggles (and the joys), it helps me to see what I can do to improve my own life. Tell your kids that even your readers hear you and understand the messages; we all need to reflect and remember what’s important! I’ve been a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator for several years and had the joy of hearing you speak at a few Conventions; you’re even more inspiring in person! But truly, thank you!! Your candor and kindness are genuine and I appreciate every word. I pray that God blesses you and your family and always keeps you in the light, so you can continue to be a light for us all. Big hugs, Maria from New Mexico.

  9. Beautiful card and yes I look at sets that not only make a nice card but, also have nice sayings to go with.

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