Hand-Crafted Note Cards / KateXpressions Giveaway

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I would like to introduce Karen Todd and her beautiful handiwork to you. She has allowed me the treat of giving away one set of 3 note cards from her new Picture Window series. All of Karen’s cards are made by her from start to finish.

Each one is framed with decorative embossing. Actually, the border on these is done by hand with a light table and stylus using one of the Anne Griffin stencil borders. Also, the inside sheet is hand-embossed with her light table and stylus as well. Lovely detailing!

The contest in now over, and we have a winner! Congratulations, Debbie Daunis!

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The colors are truly from nature…she dries real flowers and lays them carefully on the original design before the final print is made.

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 Please enter for your chance to win using the Rafflecopter form below.

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The contest in now over, and we have a winner! Congratulations, Debbie Daunis!

For those who visit KateXpressions.etsy.com, you may use the code FRIENDS15 for an extra 15% off any purchase!

That’s it!! This giveaway ends next Sunday, October 21st, at MN, and I will announce the WINNER next Monday, October 22nd!

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Personal notes can be powerful connection tools. This simple way of making someone’s life brighter is a privilege, not an obligation. You know the pleasure of finding a personal note in your mailbox. Take time today to write someone!

Here are some NOTES to help you:

N ~ Natural: Write as though you’re speaking to that person. What would you say to them if they were sitting across from you?

O ~ Open: Before you write, consider asking the Lord for the words to convey your heart. You’ll be more receptive to what you should say and how to say it.

T ~ Tell: Tell them why you’re writing early in your note. If it’s a sympathy note, you can say words are totally inadequate, but you wanted to reach out to them. In a thank you note, tell them how much you appreciate their gift or what they did for you. In a congratulations note, tell them how pleased and proud you were to learn of their accomplishment. Be sincere.

E ~ Empathize: Allow yourself to be placed in their situation for a moment, and in your mind, visualize them reading your note and how it will make them feel. When you relate to them, the words will come.

S ~ Share: Be as specific as you can. If you’re writing a thank you note, be very specific about what you received and how you are using it or enjoying it. If you’re writing a sympathy note, share a memory of the deceased or something you admired about them. If you can’t imagine what they’re going through, just say that, and don’t try to pretend that you can. Again, be sincere and tell them that you are thinking of them. Possibly share some news of your family.

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 “But I must submit all my Hopes and Fears, to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the Faith may be, I firmly believe.” 
~ John Adams, My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams

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“More than kisses, letters mingle souls.” 
~ John Donne

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~ Jacqueline

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20 Responses to Hand-Crafted Note Cards / KateXpressions Giveaway

  1. Alix says:

    Red barn notecards.

  2. Diane b says:

    So beautiful! They would be amazing framed.

  3. Debbie says:

    Oh my, the notecards are lovely. Karen is indeed one talented artist. I love how she uses the dried flowers in them. I can picture them framed in my new guest room.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  4. Petra says:

    Goodness, Karen has a beautiful talent…letters and notes are such a simple, sweet touch. Doesn’t it make your day to open the mailbox and find a pretty envelope waiting for you? Thank you for the opportunity, as well as your wise words on how to write notes. All very true!

    God bless your day with His joy!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Petra,
      You are so faithful to WRITE to me via the comments…I consider it a loving kindness, not unlike the letter in the mail! Alas, I have a few real notes to write waiting here at my elbow :0 Love to you, dear sister!!

      • Petra says:

        And, you as well, not only your comments but your posts are refreshing and welcome! I enjoy hearing from you anytime, and view it as a treasure to know you better as time goes on.

        Praying for you! In His love, Petra =)

  5. Oh those are quite the most beautiful notes I have ever seen in my life! If I won I would send a note to each of my dear friends who live far away and I miss, just to let them know I was thinking of them. We keep in touch via e-mail but as you say a card in the mail is almost as good as a proper hug from a friend.

  6. Karen says:

    Jacqueline,
    I’m honored that you would hostess this giveaway for me…thanks so much! I’m really happy to share the gifts and talents the Lord has given to me! All glory to Him!

    • Jacqueline says:

      Karen, YOU have so often blessed me as we’ve gotten to know one another better. I value you as a sister in the Lord. Thank you!

  7. Jennifer P says:

    Hello Friend~What a lovely give-a-way!
    Of course, PLEASE use the post you mentioned! Thank you~

    • Jacqueline says:

      Oh, thank you! What a neat help that will be to those who need to do better in the organization department :] And that includes me! Blessings to you and your family, Jennifer.

      • Jacqueline says:

        Nadine,
        Red raspberry is an excellent base for those herbs you mentioned. I think I’ll go harvest more mint to add to our stash. Thanks for the inspiration :]

  8. Kristine says:

    Beautiful note cards! I do still write notes to friends and loved ones. I never get one back but that doesn’t matter. Writing one is a special time for me. I’ve been known to shed a few tears and laugh as I share my heart. It really is a little piece of ourselves that we send. And I’ve heard of someone keeping it for years or that they heard something they needed to hear at just the right time – I always try to be open to the Spirit as I write. I keep a large, beautiful tin with my writing supplies and I have a fountain pen for special letters. With the revival of interest in homemaking skills, I’d love to see a revival of the written note. Thanks for sharing this!

    The Blue Woods card reminds me of walking in the woods at my former home in Colorado at twilight or on a snowy, full moon night.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Thank you for sharing this special part of yourself. It is neat to hear about your tin filled with delightful writing supplies~ I’m imagining now you sitting there at your desk, pen in hand :)

  9. Donna says:

    Those note cards are gorgeous. I like to write thank you notes and send cards of encouragement to church family. I have to purpose to set time aside to do this. It is so important to people to know that you thought of them.

  10. Jill says:

    They’re all so pretty, but I love the grape hyacinths.

  11. Paula says:

    These are absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them with us! My favorite are the Picture Window series, especially the Terra Cotta Floral.

  12. Carol says:

    Dear Jacqueline,

    Thanks so much for your webpage. I do want to explore and enjoy it more, but, for now, I thank you for your encouragement to write hand-written notes.

    One man had the courage to write a letter to our local newspaper column to stand strong against a biblical wrong. He was a gifted writer, and, I was so blessed for his boldness in writing his first letter, and, then a second to refute a counter attack. I was so blessed to see a posted link on facebook by one of my dear friends for your blog. God bless you for sharing godly helps.

    Feeling a kinship with you…Carol

    • Jacqueline says:

      How neat! I thank you for letting me know of this. To God be the glory!! And I’m praying that what he wrote may plant seeds for the Kingdom!
      May God bless you, sweet friend :)

  13. Carol says:

    (Ohhh, I forgot to mention that I plan to acknowledge the gentleman’s good deed of writing the letter to be published in our local paper.)

    Carol

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