Gratitude, the Artful Way.


Perhaps the older we get, the more sentimental we are.  I had a lovely day visiting my family, and I thought I should send a card to say thank-you.  Doesn’t everyone like to receive a letter or card from a friend or family member?  Showing gratitude, giving thanks, acknowledging, appreciating those around us, makes everyone feel great.  Why not take a little creative time and make a card, send it to someone and show how much you appreciate them.


Handmade cards are so beautiful, creative, tailored made for that special person.  They can be minimalistic, use lots of embellishments, ephemera, the sky is the limit.  Cardmaking really is an art form that can incorporate all kinds of mediums.  From digital to mixed media there is no shortage on how to show your gratitude.  We live in such a high-tech world now with so many ways to communicate: phone, text, email, and social media, it’s nice to step away from this and communicate in an old-fashioned way.  Receiving a handmade card always brings a smile to your face. It reminds me of when we were children running to the mailbox to see if you got any mail.  The joy and excitement of getting that card were priceless.

Pull out your stamps, ink pads, pens, and paint.  Get all of your papers and ephemera, glue and glitter.  Don’t forget the ribbons, lace, and twine.  It’s time to show someone how thankful you are by dropping a handmade card in the mail.  I know I’ll be working on mine.


Remember to bring creativity into your life every day.  Setting aside a little time for the creative process is good for your mind, body, and spirit.


Artfully yours,



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