Sabbath Cards

I spent some of my Sabbath time this weekend making cards. Not quick and simple cards–those are the ones I make out of necessity–when I need a card ASAP. These are Sabbath cards–made for people I love without regard for how long it takes to make each one. These luxurious expanses of creative time are so very good for my spirit.

I pray that you will find some Sabbath time in your week to do whatever it is that nourishes your spirit and connects you more deeply with the Creator.

For my nephew, who loves Star Wars. And–full confession–whose birthday was this past Saturday.

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For my friend, LaVonne, to send to her baby granddaughter (when she is born next month)!

Scrap Exchange Card Challenge!

I’m in a creative mood these days thanks to 30 Days of Creativity. So I’d like to invite other creative types to join me in a scrap exchange card-making challenge.

Basically, you will send out card making materials to another crafty person. And you will receive card making materials from someone. And you will make a card.

Interested? Here are the details:

  1. Use the “contact” page on my blog (click the tab at the top right) to send me your name and mailing address (and blog address if you have one) by Monday, June 11.
  2. On Tuesday, June 12, I will send you the name and address of  your scrappy card partner.
  3. Gather up some card-making materials to send to your partner. Here are some general guidelines:
  • one card base
  • at least 2 pieces of patterned paper (magazine pages, wrapping paper . . . )
  • at least 2 pieces of colored card stock
  • some sort of embellishments
  • except for the card base, the paper you send should be scraps–don’t cut up a whole sheet of paper
  • embellishments should come from your stash–don’t buy anything
  • materials should be able to be mailed in a card-sized (A2) envelope with regular postage

Here’s something I might send:

  1. Mail the supplies to your partner by Monday, June 18.
  2. When you receive your supplies, make a card with them. You can use your own inks, glue, stamps, and punches, but use just the papers and embellishments sent by your partner. Try to finish your card by the end of June.
  3. Take a picture of the card you make and send it to your partner so they can see what you made from their supplies! (If you have a blog, you can post the picture on the blog and send your partner a link.)
  4. Mail/give the card to someone who will appreciate it.

Questions? Ask them in the comments below. Want to play? Contact me!

*Please know that I will only share your name and address with your assigned partner and you will not be put on any mailing list. I promise to delete your contact info after this project, and my memory for numbers is astonishingly horrible (I don’t even know my own cell phone number) so I will definitely not remember your address.

Weekly Prayer Practice

  I have been privileged to spend some time recently with a woman in our church who is in the final days of her life. She is on her journey home, and her cancer ravaged body is shutting down.

It is a beautiful thing to see the love that her family shares with her and with each other in this sad and stressful situation.

It was an amazing blessing to gather with almost thirty other people from our congregation and sing hymns around her bed. (Someone said, “Maybe she thinks she’s already in heaven.”)

And it is incredibly painful to know that Lola will not be an active, physical part of my earthly life any more.  I love her, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to tell her that.

As a prayer practice for this week, I encourage you to make a card and send it to someone that you love. Tell that person what their life has meant for your life.  And allow your card-making and your note-writing to be a prayer for that person.