These two stamp sets were given to me as freebies from Twopeasinabucket.com and Simply Scrapbooks (in Kettering OH). I thought I would pass them along to one of you. How do you win? Leave a comments with a random act of kindness you did for someone else or one that was done to/for you. This way we all get some great ideas on how to make someone else's day. Can't wait to read your comments!
I will draw the winner on Wednesday evening. Good luck!
I want to share some Random Act of Kindness ideas. I hesitated posting this. This is NOT NOT about glorifying or praising me for doing the things I'm suggesting. It's all about glorifying Him and as you read further I hope that will be clear.
Does anyone remember years and years ago when Oprah did a thing on Random Acts of Kindness? I lived in Chicago at the time and she started the "pay for the person behind you at the toll booth" thing and lots of people were doing it. I did too - such an easy way to pay it forward. Ever since then, that phrase pops into my head often. And it brings such joy to do something no one expects.
In recent years I have gotten into the habit of paying it forward when I'm at Kroger. It could be anywhere. I started by cashing in my coins at the Coinstar machine but not using the cash voucher, but handing it to someone else. I would pray to God to put someone in my path who could really use it. Invariably someone would come around the corner at that moment and I would give them the voucher. Be prepared -- it's kind of awkward because people are pretty shocked. I usually say that God has blessed me and I am simply passing that blessing on. I want them to know that it's from Him, not me, without being preachy. And I like doing this vs the toll booth (which I must admit I still do when I come across them) because it allows me just a second to praise Him to the person I'm giving it to.
Sometimes I will pray to God to put someone behind me in the checkout line whose groceries I will pay for. I will never forget when I did that last Thanksgiving. I was watching and watching for who was going to come in behind me. A woman and her daughter came in with a rather full cart -- filled with turkey and the holiday fixings. Imagine that two days before Thanksgiving! :-) My first thought was, geesh, God... I didn't mean that much! But, no, I promised Him. So after I paid for mine and she began to unload hers I told her I wanted to pay for her groceries today. She asked me why? And I told her about God's blessings. She started crying.... came over to me and hugged me. She was crying saying she was having Thanksgiving for her family but didn't know how she was going to pay for groceries after that. And how did I know? So now I'm crying, we're hugging, and I said but HE knew that, I didn't. She was placed behind me for a reason. More crying from both of us. It was so cool because it wasn't about me at all..... Seeing God work in an instant is just the most fantastic thing...
Today I meant to do the coin thing and forgot. So on my way out I bought a Kroger gift card and then randomly handed it to the first person I came upon who hadn't paid yet. You could just as easily hand it to the person behind you or someone in the aisle. And this way you can control how much you are giving someone.
I remember a sermon when a minister challenged us and asked if anyone would be in Heaven because of us. A sobering and serious question. I sure hope so but he went on to talk about the seeds we plant that we may never know until Heaven what a difference they made. It's hard for me to talk to people about God unsolicited. But these small acts allow me to talk about Him, glorify Him in a way that is comfortable for me -- and who knows, in the process planting a seed.....
Thank you for indulging me on this Sunday sermonette.
This is another card we will make in the Paint Dabbers classes I will be teaching in April (see my last post for class information). I am really into the contrast of color on white right now and love how this green jumps off the card.
I am having so much fun making cards for my upcoming Paint Dabbers classes in April. This paint is so simple to work with and in great colors. Can't wait to give you all ideas on how to get the most of these paints.
Here's is a card we will make in class (sorry for the bad photo). I stamped with the paint. Such a pretty look...
There are still openings in my classes:
Simply Scrapbooks (Kettering, OH) - Saturday, 4/10 - 12-2 (And don't miss that Jennifer is teaching a card class right after mine. Sign up for both and your price is discounted!) Call 937-299-6288
Stamp Your Art Out (Blue Ash, OH) - Saturday, 4/17 - 2-4. Call 513-793-4558
Thanks to everyone who came to the Distress Ink class at Stamp Your Art Out today. I had alot of fun and hope you did too - and learned some new things! Every time I teach this class I fall more in love with Distress Inks.
There's something about kraft cardstock, and white on kraft cardstock, that I love.
I stamped and heat embossed the flower from this Hero Arts cling stamp set. This is a great stamp to color in with Copic markers but I decided to fill in the flower with Glossy Accents. The beautiful thing about that product is that it can be applied to make whatever you are working on look like Epoxy or it is a great glue for attaching embellishments.
Other supplies: Text stamp from Hero Arts; Greeting stamp from Papertrey Ink
no excuse just super busy. I am excited to be teaching a Distress Ink class at Stamp Your Art Out in Blue Ash tomorrow. My all time favorite product to teach. I am teaching it next Saturday also at Simply Scrapbooks in Kettering, OH. We still have 3 openings so come and join us! Off to cut out tiny pieces of paper! :-) (otherwise known as KITTING - heehee)
At the retreat this weekend Latrice brought some Zing embossing powders and she let me play around with them. I wanted to create some quickie cards with it. As you can see, there isn't alot of work on this card but I love the colors. Color around the kraft is actually yellow like the button. Not sure why it's showing up as cream - ugh.