Thursday, April 13, 2006

It's not about the cardstock.

My blogging took a backseat to papercrafting yesterday. I know there are a lot of people who just don't "get" this thing I have with paper, plain or polkadot. But it's more than that to me. It's something that goes much deeper- back to kindergarten and first grade, when I remember being so proud of getting S+ and Os for grades in things such as cutting and basic art. It has to do with an inner characteristic that exists and gets jazzed up inside me when holiday times come around, or any other idea that comes to mind that can be recreated in reality.
For me the fun started when I realized I could pull out a bunny from my great big book of clipart and do something with the silouette. One thing led to another and before I knew it I had an arrangement of bunny cards ready to pop in the mail to say "Happy Easter/Springtime" to some of my family and various friends.
It makes me happy to make stuff- especially when that stuff includes Heidi Swapp photo corners and 3-D embellishments like the cottonball tail on these bunnies. Can't you just feel the love in these simple little cards?! You should, because Bella sat up with me gluing and cutting and "helping" until 11:30 pm. She's my budding obsessive crafter/artist, which of course, I will only continue to encourage her to pursue.
My point here today, besides mentioning how much I love mail, is that we all have something in life that we enjoy doing. As much as I am good at math, I'd go crazy sitting at a desk doing accounting all day long. Yet I know people who love that line of work. Others people love to compete- and they fuel themselves by preparing for sporting events. I get worn out just thinking of what actually goes into running a marathon!
One of the fun things for me to see through this blog is the diversity we all posess. Every person in this world has something to offer. Spring is the season of new beginnings and fresh starts. I encourage you to do something in your own life that taps into the thing that you "shine" at. That thing that gets your heart pumped just thinking about it. You know what it is in your life. Maybe you do it everyday- if you're lucky it's your job and you get paid doing what you love. Consider yourself blessed. If it's not your job and you haven't enjoyed your special talent or gift in life for awhile, I challenge you to carve out time in your schedule to do something that makes you happy- just because. It may be really simple- like my bunny cards- but it will do good for your heart and soul. And doing good things for my heart and soul always creates some sort of positive ripple effect in my life. Some of you will be getting some mail soon. I hope you enjoy the ripple.


Suzelle said...

If those are not the cutest cards...EVER !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Cute cards Jody!!!


Anonymous said...

cute, cute, cute, cute, CUTE!! love those cards

Anonymous said...

Cute, cute, cute!!! I believe that God puts in us a "passion" for which He has created us to have (be) and each of us is unique in that. You have an artistic passion to create~~you do this with paper and words!! Have you ever thought about writing a book and utilizing your fondness (passion) with paper, words, fonts and so forth?????? I think it would be a cool way to expand your ministry!!

Kat said...

Wow those are amazing you are very talented.

renee said...

I think it's pretty clear what your talents are, Jody. Bless you for having recognized and appreciating your gifts!

Anonymous said...

Love your cards Jody. :)