Good morning sweet friends! Day of Giving Friday is definitely on my mind – the winners list is current and a batch of cards is sitting on the credenza waiting to go out in the mail. Won’t you join us here? You can win this card. I have a fabulous new Quietfire Design sentiment to share – I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world. I love this!! I think these are welcome words for a trying time in the world.
Because every once in a while you deserve to throw together a simple card! It is indeed rare that I think of a card, sit down and make exactly from inspiration and it goes together as planned. I’m thankful that from somewhere – ease and simplicity found it’s way into my process, sometimes that’s what creativity writes on your heart. My desk didn’t even get messed. This is simple, on a background I mounted two Spellbinders Swirl Bliss Pocket die cuts – one and the top and one at the bottom with the opening towards the center. Inside I placed Spellbinders Oval Bliss with the sentiment stamped on Spellbinders Classic Oval LG. C’mon, I just know you have a sentiment laying around that deserves to be highlighted and sent on to someone to tickle their heart.
About Day of Giving Friday
For new readers, every Friday it’s my pleasure to give away a card. The card goes to a randomly picked reader (worldwide) who leaves a comment in our conversation. Want to know more about Day of Giving, here’s a link to my FAQ’s just check out #11. You can check to see if your name is on the list of winners HERE.! For your comment: What advice would you lend to someone who is discouraged?
Rubber Stamps: Quietfire Design – I Will Write Peace
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Natural White – Cover – 80lb smooth, Papertrey Ink – Aqua Mist
Ink: Versafine – Onyx Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Oval LG, Spellbinders Swirl Bliss Pocket, Spellbinders Oval Bliss, Paper Source Double Sided Satin Ribbon – Pool. ButtonHave a fabulous weekend friends! I’ll be back soon.
This card is lovely and the sentiment is POWERFUL! I would encourage those who are discouraged to Let Go and Let God! Because this is easier said than done, I would keep those who are discouraged in my sincerest prayers.
Beautiful card Becca and touching sentiment!!! Speaking from experience this past week and a half since my husband went to Heaven, give the person who is discouraged/hurting a great big HUG and tell that person they are loved by God and by you. It truly does make a difference!
What a lovely card and a beautiful sentiment too. I live by the words, ‘what will be, will be’. They have served me well in my trying times.
A gentle smile and reall hug serves well too.
Hi Becca, another beautiful card , i so agree this sentiment is beautiful.
I would say have faith and believe.
Elaine H X
What a gorgeous cardb you have today! I have my eye on that very sentiment from Suzanne’s latest release–just love it!
Hmmm advice? Circumstances change and things won’t always be as they are, however, that depends on why they are discouraged. It may be that what they are facing will not get better and platitudes don’t help then. I think a reminder that they are not alone and that, to the best of my ability I will walk with them and pray with them is always a good starting place.
What a gorgeous card and the sentiment is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today! More than you would ever know.
I have alot of bad health issues attacking me all at once that are trying my soul. The pain is out of this world. So to see this today is just the precious reminder I needed to see that Yes, God does still love me! A friend encouraged me yesterday as I wept before her and gave me the shove I needed to get out of my Pity Party …or at least I am trying to…not easy when negativity and trauma are all you have known your entire life (44 yrs.). But through it all God has been so good to me.
Have a wonderful time getting ready for the Holidays y’all! I know I will :) I am already itching to get my Christmas tree up. If you knew my past you would wonder why, but I tell you –it is about my Lord and His Gift to us rather than the tragic thing that happened to my family on Christmas Eve.
Karen, I just want to encourage you and celebrate you! I love that you are pulling yourself up out of negativity and trauma, and are conquering each day as it comes to you. Awesome! May God bless you!
When I am discourage and no creativity flows…I sit at my desk and take out some paper I have loved, bling, riboon and some flowers. I sit and look them for a while, I even leave the room. Usually all the pretty things on my desk talk to me and something beautiful comes up.
Another beautiful card!!! I have learned in my lifetime that sometimes a hug is more powerful than words. Just being there for the person holds value.
Love, love, love this card!!! So beautiful. The sentiment would also make a great Christmas sentiment.
Gorgeous details on this pretty card!
For someone who is discouraged… I would offer the advice to keep trying!
Wonderful card! I really love those Bliss dies! Yep, one look and my jaw dropped! Thank you for sharing!
As to encouragement advise, relax and start remembering all you are thankful for, all your blessing, everyone who loves you, all things positive…..then after your mindset has changed to a more positive place, think on what is discouraging you and see what you can do to change it and what is beyond your control. Ask your angels/universe/God to aid you in changing what you can and accepting what you can’t. Another good question is does it really matter? Prayer, inner contemplation as well as attitude and thought change makes a big difference.
So simple; so elegant. Beautiful sentiment as well. For someone that is discouraged I would say all you have to do is look around you and find someone with lots bigger problems making a go of it. Use them for some inspiration.
Be quiet in the Lord. Beautiful card.
Right now it is hard for me to give advice as I’ve felt discouraged for a while. So, maybe I’ll sit back and read what others have to say.
Bunny, I hope you will find your joy again. Thinking of you…
Bunny, sending you hugs! I always say, this too shall pass… Just that thought is so powerful because it means that time will heal and move you along on your journey. Sending hugs!
Again you have given us another wonderful card. I think I would just hug the person and whisper God’s love to them. I would also let them know that I am a phone call away. Checking back with them a few days later may also help. taking them out for lunch or making a meal may also convey love and concern. Have a blessed weekend
Hello Becca, beautiful card today. I would encourage someone to keep their chin up and take one day at a time, one hour at a time if necessary. i always tell someone that tomorrow will be a better day!
gorgeous as always, it reminds me of Ephesians 6 to “Put the sandals of the Gospel of Peace!”
To the discouraged put the full armor of God and do one step at a time!
Another beautiful card! This, too, shall pass. Give a hug and keep in touch.
Oh Becca! I wish my “simple” looked as stunningly beautiful as this. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Great verse, Carol. Thanks for posting it.
Another gorgeous card, Becca. The sentiment is lovely. To someone who is discouraged, I would say God loves you, stay positive, and keep smiling.
Becca this card is so stunning…just beautiful. Love the colors. My advise is always Turn it over to Jesus .. HE’s already worked it out.
Beautiful card Becca! For words of encouragement, I tell my children to never give up……things will get better…its all part of becoming a stronger person.
Fantastic and elegant card design. The arangement of Spellbinders dies are stunning with the bow and button.And the sentiment is so beautiful.
Kind regards Petra
Becca, you knocked it out of the park yet again! Your talents are amazing! To someone who is discouraged I would say to remember Isaiah 40:31 –
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. I sometimes have to grab this bible verse with both hands, but it has gotten me through many discouraging moments.
OOoo, such an encouraging verse, Debbiep. Thank you!
What a beautiful card and sentiment. My advice don’t give up keep trying the sun will shine after the rain. Christine S.
Becca, You knocked another one out of the park! Your talents are amazing!! When I am discouraged I try to hold on to God’s promise from Isaiah 40:31 – But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Some days I have to grab hold of this promise with both hands (LOL), but it has gotten me through many discouraging moments.
OHHHHH I love this card! All your cards are beautiful. Have a blessed weekend.
And here I was, thinking I didn’t need that Swirl Bliss die. Now, after seeing this card, I HAVE to have it! What a great card – beautiful colors, beautiful layout. I just love it!! Thanks, Becca.
As for advice for someone who is discouraged, I would say trust in the Lord with all of your heart. He has you! He knows how it all works out, and it will be for His glory! Don’t lean on your own understanding of a thing. What we see is temporal and limited and distorted. The Lord has the best perspective on our lives and trusting in Him will bring true peace.
Such a beautiful card, but the sentiment is really special. My daughter Claire’s baby and our 1st grandchild was born sleeping in March this year. The reason I tell you this is because where ever & when ever we go or her friends go away on holiday they write Evelyn’s name in the sand on their beach holiday’s or out of twigs or flowers on a forest walk and I thought that is exactly what we are all are trying to do, to let our baby fly the world with everyone who loved her as a bump and still love her as a beautiful angel baby. Could you please tell me anywhere I could purchase this stamp in the UK
I sent you an email early this morning. If you follow the link in my blog post with the name of the stamp – you will reach the Quietfire Design website. Once there, I’d encourage you to leave a message for Suzanne Cannon. She may have a distributor in the UK. It can be ordered and shipped to you from Canada if she has no distributor. Please let me know how I can help.
Siovan what a beautiful thing to do for Evelyn’s memory hope you
get your stamp as I am sure you will PAM
This card is special the colours are beautiful and the verse
well it would be wonderful if there was peace all over the world.
Be there for people in need by asking are they OK and then stopping
to take the time to listen to them hugs Pamxxxxx
Hello Becca! Your card today may have been simple but it looks elegant and very detailed. It is gorgeous and one b I am inspired to creatively borrow from you.
I’ve had to deal with a lot of difficult life events in the last 3 years. My Dad passed away, my husband”s best friend unexpectedly passed, two foot surgeries, a bad fall with multiple broken bones and a surgey resulting in lifestyle changes that now include daily use of a wheelchair and a very complicated open heart surgery for my hubby this summer. I share so I can also share that it is possible to overcome and you can get through the discouragement and sadness that comes when life brings lots of rain. I admit to being depressed and dicouraged at times, especially losing my Dad but I have tried to hold onto the spirit of gratitude and thankfulness. I am a child of God and I am blessed. By remembering my blessings the dark days don’t turn into weeks, months or years. It isn’t always easy but a thankful heart can’t dwell in sorrow. God bless those going through discouragement.
Thank you for sharing Sandra. There’s so much hope and optimism in your wisdom!
Wow oh wow – this card is absolutely stunning. I think what you can do for someone who is discouraged is to be there for them and be a good listener.
oh, becca, this card is wonderful. the color the bow the center and the sentiment. love this. I usually tell someone that things will get better. just give it time.
What a WONDERFUL CREATION, Becca! I LOVE this sentiment, as it IS SO FITTING for our world today, & I LOVE the cool light blue you chose to do it in too. Light blue like this is SO COMFORTING I think! What would I do to encourage someone in times of discouragement? I would tell them to go to the one who has ALL of the answers, God! To spend time in prayer & read His Word! There is NOTHING BETTER than that! Just to SOAK IN ALL THEY CAN from HIM!!!
Oh….oh…..oh…..! Simply breathtaking! The colour combination is superb. And that sentiment is just wonderful!
My mother used to say that it is easy to look around and find people who are much worse off than yourself – and she wasn’t talking about finances! We only need to glance at the news on the TV and see the horrors and injustices around the world. As a Christian, I remind myself that this life is not all there is. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
Anne (UK) x
What a stunning and elegant card, Becca!
Beautiful colours. Love the sentiment you have used. It’s so sad that it’s impossible to buy Quietfire products in Norway.
Would love to have stamps like this one :))
What a gorgeous card today! Not that is unusual! Love the pale blue/Aqua colour, the design and the sentiment. In fact all of it. Thank you again for sharing your enormous talent with us!
Beautiful! My favorite color, soft blue, lovely filigree. and soothing sentiment. I would and have told discouraged friends that God is always in control, always wants the best for us, and that
while discouragement is natural, it isn’t meant to last. We have to lay our burdens at the feet of God and let them go, even for a while.
Hi Becca. Fab card as always. Love the colour and the die combo. My words would be never give up. Somehow things work out for the best in the end. Happy weekend.
Happy Friday, Becca,
Your use of aqua for this card conveys the peace message so beautifully. My time for card making is so limited right now I love that this design isn’t time-consuming but still looks elegant. I have high standards to uphold! ;->)
Gosh, in regard to advice for the discouraged…look no further than your blogs. This is where I go for a spiritual lift – beautiful cards & sentiments, and connecting with like-minded generous women. It’s been so heart-warming to read the inspirational comments and seeing people reaching out to others in support. Encouraging others is always a healing antidote for discouragement.
Love, blessings & gratitude,
Absolutely lovely and delicate looking card!
This, too, shall pass. One of my favorites. Tomorrow isn’t promised, yesterday is gone, and all we have is now. Pray, pray, pray. Pretty card today. I love your bows. They are always soooo perfect. Myra from Florida
Such a beautiful card and it looks so serene – both the colour and the sentiment. I always think of the hymn “Trust in the Lord and don’t despair!” Prayer changes things! Hugs Christine xx
Becca your card is amazing – love the simple elegance and the colour is beautiful.
To encourage someone who is struggling, I would assure them of my love, give practical help where possibe and most importantly, assure them of my prayers
Beautiful card! When someone is discouraged I tell them I will help them through it and always be there for them!
Love, love, love the pale blue card stock and how the Bliss dies go so beautifully together! Advice to give to someone who is discouraged: I know you can’t currently see past the trouble you are having, but someday you will look back and realize how strong the trials and tribulations made you!
gratitude in today faith in tomorrow
be gentle with yourself God isn’t finished yet
Great saying, and a beautiful card! Not so sure about the simple part it looks like you took time to make it it’s just beautiful! My favorite color too! To someone who is having a difficult time I always just say “you never walk alone ” Have an amazing week.
In this trying time for our nation when we’re in doubt as to what will happen next I have to quote from a wonderful woman, Jan Markell, of Olivetreeviews.org. When everything is falling apart stand still for With God everything is falling into place.
What a beautiful card.
Someone that is discouraged,
I would hug them & tell then that I an there for you.
Call me any time & I will help you.
Good morning Becca, another beautiful stunning card!!! I would just say I’m here for you anytime!!!
Have a good one!!!
this card really speaks to me. Thanks so much Becca! and for using quietfiredesign
So, so beautiful Becca! You must have faith and pray. The answer will come if you believe.
Gorgeous card, I love this color of blue and the sentiment is so awesome
Hang in there…This too shall pass
Becca, a gorgeous card. So elegant. The sentiment is very special.
Reading the comments above there are some simply beautiful words too.
To encourage I would listen and then let them know that I am there for them when needed. Xx
This is so beautiful. My words of encouragement would be “I’m coming to see you”
Becca as always your card is beautiful! The advice I would give to someone who is discouraged is to not give up. Every storm eventually passes and the sun will shine again. Keep your head up and I am ALWAYS here if you need me. I would also give the person a big hug!
Have faith, it will lead you through all the difficulties in this world, and will prepare you for your next life.
Absolutely gorgeous. How do you do it? Would love to have it!
Absolutely stunning. I love all your work, but this one looks like so much went it to.
The soft colors and delightful framing make this card such fabulous eye candy to behold!
I often tell my friends who are discouraged or depressed how I’ve benefitted by keeping a Journal of Positive Thoughts… making a point to write down things that I read and find especially uplifting. That way, when I’m down, I have a treasure trove of encouragement at my fingertips. I then give them a pretty journal and pen. But since I know from experience is hard to start a blank book… more so when you’re discouraged, so I copy a few pages from my journal that I think they will like to get them started. I have gotten much positive feedback from this.
Oh Becca, what a beautiful card. I have those dies and will try them out tomorrow! Must finish Thanksgiving’s tea lights for my grandson’s school (day care “school”). I told the teacher I would make the table decorations. Love this card! Think this card has my name on it.
So love your card, I might be able to make….no way could I hand write like u do…just a beautiful card!!! I would tell that person,. Another day is coming and we will make it a better day…when u tell someone, things happen for a reason, most people don’t like that, they r hurting or etc. then we pray together …
My first inclination to your question is not what to say but be willing to just be there and listen. If opportunity arises advice to them to start reading psalms to comfort their soul and hear how great and mighty God is that He can do all He says He can
Absolutely beautiful card and sentiment, Becca! Advice? I have to remind myself (and others) that the Lord is in charge and to have faith. That and a big hug.
Sometimes just a hug, sometimes This too shall pass . . . beautiful card.
I would tell them to give it up to Jesus. He will answer them
Morning Becca, A truly pretty card, I’m loving all the dies you have used and your compilation is gorgeous !!
Enjoy your weekend.
Lots of love from Patricia xx
I was given a card earlier this year that says – “no matter how big the storm, the sun always comes out again” It is now permanently on display and I have held onto that many times in the past year or so.
Once again Becca, you have created not only a beautiful card but a thoughtful one as well. I would love to wander around in your mind for a day, just to feel the creativity.
One of the pieces of advice I can offer, as one who has intractable pain is: Just do it! It just works for everything…..and everyone.
Another stunning work of art! My advice would be ot lean on friends. They are there for yoU!
What a beautiful card and perfect sentiment!! Amazing how simply made yet looks the opposite! Love the aqua mist paper! Advice for someone discouraged? First, just be there, listen to them talk about what they are feeling. I just encourage them to not give up and tell them they can get through it. Then let them know I am there with them through it all. Most importantly remind them that God is with them always! Don’t give up!
Wow that is totally stunning, those dies are just gorgeous!!Love that button to top off the lovely bow!
The advice I would give is lean on God first of all and as much as it seems the feeling is never going to end it will.
An elegant card with a beautiful message! Thank you for your idea using the / “your” pocket die. I wasn’t sure just how to use this die. Advice that I offer someone who is discouraged is advice I give myself: Turn the issue over to the Lord. HE knows what is happening and knows what to do. Take care of what you can and do not be troubled with what you can not change. I found it important to acknowledge what was troubling me and move on. If I do not acknowledge the issue running around and around in my mind, the issue just continues to be foremost in my thoughts.
Beautiful Card Becca. Would not have thought to put these two die sets together, but the outcome is stunning.
My advice: never give up, just means back to the drawing board for some tweaking before proceeding forward.
What a beautiful card. It is powerful. I like the soft tone used.
It is a work of art…beautiful blue, cut and embossed, outstanding with the pearls…
Oh Becca, this is one of my all=time favorites! The color the bow and the great part is I have all the dies to make this one. Your bows continue to intrigue me. I have been able to make some pretty good ones since I have YOUR bowmaker. Just have to keep practicing. And that would be my advice to just keep trying and keep your chin up. Sometimes life seems hopeless; just pray and things have a way of correcting themselves.
Have a wonderful weekend.
What a beauty of a card! Elegant and peaceful.
I would encourage them to go for a walk in the countryside or a park with me. To feel natures quiet restful spirit and to try to help them find one small thing to be thankful for.
Hya Becca stunning card as always !!!
I would say take each day one day at a time and things will sort themselves out
Fond regards Ang from GB xx
Such a beautiful creation, Becca. My oldest daughter is 33-and now a widow with three children. Her husband committed suicide in August. Through that tragedy, pain, and discouragement, I continue to remind my daughter that God is still in control, and He is still on the throne of Heaven. I am glad to say that they are making progress through each day, still with a few bumps along the way.
Devy so sorry to about your Daughters loss she is lucky to have
her Mum for support .
Her children will keep her strong I am sure God bless your family
What a lovely sentiment! Your card is gorgeous!
What a beautiful card! I would tell them God has a plan and we just have to have faith. It will get better.
Absolutely beautiful card and sentiment! When I am down and discouraged, I try to trust in the Lord and take just 1 day at a time, cry on a trusted friend’s shoulder, and not put pressure on myself to just ‘snap out of it.’ I know that God will get me thru it.
Pray, Pray & Pray!
Instead of advice I think I would just be there for them, hug them, show my support and love them most of all.
I love the soft color on this card. It is gorgeous.
Me gusta mucho los proyectos que haces, se ve que están hechos con mucho amor, y te agradezco los compartas, en cuanto unas palabras para alguien que esta desanimado le diría que levantara la vista, y observe las cosas maravillosas que Dios nos regala cada día, una flor, una sonrisa, un pájaro, un sonido o un recuerdo