For Our Friends

Today a friend of mine commented that I’m “brave” because I mentioned that I’m preparing for a presentation to give to several dozen people. She told me she could never do this – it takes too much bravery! I had to laugh at that. I’m not brave! I’m terrified!! Getting up in front of people is never easy. Will they be receptive to my message? Will it go well? Speaking in public is intimidating and yes, scary.

Even though I was scared to accept the opportunity, I did it anyway. I knew I’d be terrified, especially as the presentation got closer, but that’s okay. I know I can do the presentation while being scared at the same time.

I’m a big believer that if we’re not doing things that terrify us, we’re not growing. This presentation is a little less scary because I’ve done presentations before. With each time I do one, it gets a little easier. Maybe one day I won’t even feel scared. Who knows? But until then, I plan to keep saying YES when asked. This will make sure I keep growing.

Is there something you do even though it’s scary? If you have kids, I bet there’s a lot you do that scares you every day!! LOL.

Friend Card

My card today would be terrific to send to a friend who is going through something hard (or scary!). We all need to feel loved and often, the platonic love of another friend can help get us through whatever hardship we’re in.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
This card would also be delightful to send your bestie for Valentine’s day!! My favorite part of this card is the large flower. Although it looks very colorful and difficult to make, I was able to cheat by using Stampin’ Up’s new Falling in Love DSP. The paper has beautiful color gradations and looks so pretty doesn’t it?

Tips and Tricks

– If you don’t have the special platform for cutting intricate dies, run the die through your Big Shot a few times to make sure it gets a great cut.
– I love the Big Shot Die Brush for getting all the little pieces out of the die once it’s cut. This tool is a must-have staple in your craft room!
– To glue on the beads (Sprinkles Embellishments), I used a little dab of my Fine Tip Glue Pen.
– The “Friend” sentiment is embossed with gold (though it’s really hard to see in the picture). The gold goes along with the elegant feel of the card.

Valentine's Day Card using the Bloomin' Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!
If you live in the US, our nation is feeling divided right now. Let’s show some love. Send a card to a friend, showing that you are thinking of her. And if you have a friend going through something scary, send her a card, too! Our card-making hobby is a gift we can use to lift others. Let’s use it for good and show everyone around us that they are loved and valuable.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Bloomin’ Love
Ink: Versamark
Other: Linen Thread, Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits, Sprinkles Embellishments, Big Shot Die Brush
Paper: Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Falling in Love DSP

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