THE USUAL … WITH A TWIST: Day 15 of 31 Days of Creative Caring


Greeting cards

I consider them to be “the usual” response for many of us when we see a need. Illness? Send a Get Well card. Death? Sympathy card. There’s nothing at all wrong with that. In fact, there’s something very right about reaching out to let someone know we care.


Some artsy-creative people, however, like to take “sending a card” a step further. One reader of this blog recently wrote…

A lady (who became a dear friend) sent us a handmade card thanking us for visiting a Sunday School class. It was something she loves to do, and probably didn’t take too much time, but it was very meaningful to me!

In this day of email and instant messaging, I’m always blessed to receive ANY kind of card, but when someone takes the time to turn scraps of paper and embellishments into a handmade card … or write a personal note in a store-bought card … it’s always a special treat! I suspect you agree.
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There was a Blogland woman a couple of years ago who took the handmade card even one step further. She had a ministry of sharing tags with people and once sent me this beautiful handmade tag. It was such a passion of hers that she made and gave away her wonderful tags. Wouldn’t it be nice to make some … then share the blessing with those within your circle of influence?

When’s the last time you received …or sent … a handmade card or tag?

This is part of a 31-day series. To read previous posts, go HERE.
I’ll be joining:
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Hi, Susan. How nice to hear from you! I haven’t been a very active blogger lately…life has been wonderfully full. But I do miss my blogging friends when I’m out of the loop–a wonderful surprise to blogging. I loved this post, because I love paper and pens and handmade cards and handwritten cards. I hope we’re not a dying breed, with Facebook the choice of many to stay connected. Nothing like a handwritten note or letter, especially on a handmade card! I hope your travels take to you fun and enriching places. ~Zuni

  2. This series is so inspiring, Susan. I love making cards to share, too.

  3. Making cards does take a bunch of time, so that Sunday School lady was a love. Thanks for sharing.

    I look forward to reading your comment on my blog.

    Happy Blue Monday, Susan.

  4. I need some of those cards to send out for the upcoming holidays!

    Visiting from Blue Monday- hope you can stop by..

  5. Susan, now you’re making me cry…a good cry that is. 🙂
    Thank you, my friend. I am honored.
    The best word I can use to describe how I feel when I give is delight. I wish I could take credit for it, but Grace has provided every bit of it, from the making of the tags, to the prayers that travel with each one, and the passion I have for all of it from beginning to end. The more I give, the more I want to give, and I am blessed by it more than words can say. It brings me treasures of immeasurable worth, such as joy and peace. Following His leading typically does for any of us. I KNOW you know exactly what I speak of for you are also a giver. This post itself is a gift. 🙂

    Thank you so much.
    Off to browse your series.
    Love and blessings,

  6. I should own a card shop far all the cards I buy and send. I love sending and receiving. I do not h ave the talent to make them tho.

  7. Simply beautiful!

    Visiting from Blue Monday
    My BLUE
    Your comment on my entry will be much appreciated!

  8. that was a huge selection of cards 🙂 I love sending cards to my love ones. I think it is sweet and loving 🙂 Happy Blue Monday!

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