If you've been involved with Stampin' Up! as a customer or as a Demonstrator, you are probably aware of the plan in early 2016 to bring back mailing Birthday cards through the mail instead of sending a Facebook message. I've gone even further with this idea to bring back Snail Mail altogether!
The world has become impersonal through the use of Social Media as the only form of communication between friends and family. It's left a lot of people lonely and depressed at the very least. Without face-to-face time, and with even fewer telephone calls, the trip to the mailbox can become the final blow with just junk mail and bills to look forward to.
Well, for a card maker like me, this is just unacceptable, and I won't stand for it! As a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 2008, and a lifelong card maker, the lack of cards in the mail just seems insane to me! Is that too strong a word? Insane? Maybe ridiculous would be a better word.
Any way, I just refuse to be one of the people who stops sending cards for any reason, and my FAVORITE reason to put something in the mail is to send a letter of encouragement! Putting five or six sentences inside a card is the happy medium between signing a greeting card, and sending pages of handwritten letters.
So, while I saw the stamp from Stampin' Up! with a hashtag greeting about bringing Birthdays back, I contacted Joscelyn Cutchens and created my own hastag stamp for bringing Snail Mail back:
I've written all about JOURNALING SCRIPTURE in THIS POST. That was an earth shattering experience as I changed my focus away from being a Demonstrator of Stampin' Up! products, and I went to work building Celia's Paper Garden into a classroom teaching people how to bless others with little gifts, covered chocolates, and of course making greeting cards.
After that major earthquake experience, I continued to get more and more little ideas that I knew was where I needed to be working. I've created Card Ministries in churches before and they eventually fizzled out as just another job for someone to have to do instead of the blessing to the recipients that it was intended to be. So in March 2016, I started my own Card Ministry from my kitchen table. I make the cards, I hear of the people needing a note of encouragement, and I send them myself.
As I talked excitedly to people about what I was doing, they wanted to join in. Many had had feelings of wanting to be that person that sent a card of love and concern, and wanted to have cards on hand at all times. There are many, many of us and I am gathering people together in several different states.
As I talked with former students in the Texas Hill Country about this idea, they all got excited and asked me to teach them how to do this from home, and that they needed to know how to make their own card kits. I wrote about the class I taught them in GETTING STARTED IN CARD MAKING in THIS POST. In order to have lots of cards on hand, I'm also teaching 4 CARDS IN 30 MINUTES and wrote about this in THIS POST.
There are enough of us now working a Card Ministry from our kitchen tables, I formed a Society for all of us to stay connected through. It's in its baby stages as I write this on December 1, 2016. This is a busy time of year, and as I make out my envelopes for this year's Christmas cards, I am still hearing from God that this is the way He wants me to go, and this is where I am to lead.
I have created a document that you can download on what THE DANDELION SOCIETY is all about. If you think this might be what you would like to do, and especially if you want to teach card making and sending to others, please accept this INVITATION TO JOIN THE DANDELION SOCIETY.
Isaiah 43:18-19 Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth. Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
The Dandelion Society as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator: Thank you for reading this far, and I hope that something stirs inside you. I am much more relaxed about what my classes will look like and I'm no longer striving to do more than God puts on my heart. I have recruited several new Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who want a new way of benefiting from their discount and have, in fact, recruited Dandelions of their own! I welcome you at any level, regardless. As a customer of card making materials, or as a Hobby Demonstrator wanting to run your own Card Ministry from your kitchen table. If you'd like to join my Team as a Dandelion, you can click this picture to get started!