I had a totally different post planned for today but I really felt the burden to share with you WHY I make cards! Why do YOU make cards?
A couple years ago my husband and I heard about Simon Sinek and his message Start with Why. I started asking myself WHY a lot after that including WHY do I make cards and WHY do I like teaching others to make cards? The answer came back to me that I make cards because I want to bless others by giving them a little piece of myself…my time, my thoughts and my creativity! Let me paint you a little picture…
You go to the mailbox and pull out a stack of mail…bills, advertising flyers, newspapers and a personal envelope. How do you feel when you see that personal envelope??? You open the envelope and it’s a handmade card from a friend, family member or [gasp] a stranger! How does that make you feel? For me, I love getting cards and letters via snail mail! And I don’t think I have ever thrown away a handmade card! That’s how rare and special they are!
A study was done in England where a brain scan was done on those receiving email/Facebook greetings as opposed to cards and letters received in the mail. The brain scans showed the brain lighting up when physical greetings were received; not so much with electronic greetings. Am I saying you should stop sending electronic greetings? Not at all, any greeting is better than none at all. However, I am just trying to encourage you to make and send a handmade greeting when you can.
I am going to start a weekly blog post called Card Ministry 101! I will be sharing cards with you that can be made quickly with minimal supplies…cardstock, stamps and ink! You will be able to use whatever stamps you currently have to make a similar card but of course, you can always purchase the supplies I use by clicking the Shop Now button on the sidebar. You will be able to type Card Ministry 101 in the Search window to see ALL Card Ministry 101 cards as I post them. I like to participate in what’s called Mail It Monday so I hope I inspire you to mail at least one card every Monday.
My next post will tell a little more about the card pictured…an example of what I plan for Card Ministry 101 posts! Plus I will show you how to step the card up a notch or two to make a WOW card!
Thanks for visiting today and bearing with my wordy post! More pictures next time, I promise!