I believe our handwritten note sent through real mail conveys volume of value to the recipient. Sadly, the world has become impersonal through Social Media, email, and texting. It has left many people lonely without the sense of belonging or being loved because nothing replaces human contact. Real mail in the mailbox will change all of that!
As a lifelong card maker, I began teaching others how to make cards. The cards and pretty packaging are well thought out elegant designs with color coordination, and are quick to make using simple techniques and tools. What we make needs to show love before the words are written. Our projects are easily reproducable in numbers. The tools we recommend are essential to achieving our mission, and will last a lifetime. In fact, paper crafting is the most economical craft there is.
My FAVORITE reason to put something in the mail is to send a letter of encouragement! Putting four or five sentences inside a card is the happy medium between signing a greeting card, and sending pages of handwritten letters.
Why a “dandelion”? What we are crafting are Keepsakes of Kindness, and like the seeds of a dandelion, our envelopes waft across the mail planting seeds of kindness in mailboxes.
I contacted Joscelyn Cutchens and created my own hastag stamp that we use on the flap of the envelopes:
I’ve written all about JOURNALING SCRIPTURE in THIS POST. That was a “tipping point” experience as 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. Not just any cards. I developed a proven method for making four cards in thirty minutes, and were clean and elegant.
After I began journaling, 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 a 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 to people about what I was doing, they wanted to join in. Many had wanted a way to reach out to others, and wanted to have cards on hand at all times. Today, there are many, many of us and I am gathering people together in several different states.
As I talked with some of my students about this idea, they asked me to teach them how to do this from home, and on their own. 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. 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.
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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!