New Year's Resolutions

Every year we make resolutions and most of the time we forget or just quit trying.  Well last year I made the resolution that I would perform one RAK (random act of kindness) per month throughout the year.  Would you believe I made it and honestly it was the most rewarding resolution I could have made therefore I am doing it again.  There a few moments I will always remember...little things do matter and can make a difference.  Let me share a few with you.

1.  One month I was able to make a young single mother cry with joy just by finishing up an electric bill for her.  She thought she had enough on a gift card but was $13 dollars short.  As I stood there I watched this young lady try to explain to the cashier how she didn't have any money and they were going to disconnect her electricity.  I listened to her words and watched as her face changed to one of despair. I stepped up and offered to pay the shortage for her.  The look on her face was enough and the cashier mouthed the words "God Bless You" just as I received the biggest hug from a total stranger. The best $13 dollars I've ever spent. 

2.  I was able to feed a family of three for one week by sharing some coupons and $20.  I overheard a lady tell a small boy that he couldn't have a .99 cent drink because she only had a few dollars for food.  My spirit told me to return some of the junk I had in my cart and to fill her cart with food that would last.  First I was going to offer her $10 dollars but then I remembered that I had coupons (I do hoard coupons), so with my coupons and $20 dollars this family walked out of the grocery store with $78 dollars' worth of groceries and I left with my $22 dollars' worth of snack and junk food.

3.  The last RAK I think made a difference is when I paid it forward for an elderly couple behind me at the pharmacy.  Their medicine was only $10 but the waves and the smiles they gave me were worth so much more.  I could only smile back and hope that someday I will get back the same kindness.

There were others, but these just seem to matter to my spirit and for me nothing more was needed.  Perhaps this year I will find myself in position to once again make a difference or have an impact on someone. Since its Random I can't plan it but I can be on the look-out for the opportunity to help.

Now that I've shared that little story I want to go ahead and share another card that I hope you will enjoy. 

After one week of waiting for the Leafy Vines stamp by Hero Arts it finally arrived.  I didn't get the wood mounted but the cling worked just as well. 

This stamp was needed to practice the "Resist Technique" based on a tutorial I read somewhere out here in Web World.  So with stamp in hand I began to create this simple and easy to do card.  

The first step was to heat emboss the stamp using white embossing powder. I think I used the Zing brand although I could have used WOW as well.  Both of these brands seem to do well for me. 

Once I completed the embossing I selected three blues for my background colors; tumble glass, broken china and stormy sky distress inks.  It was kind of fun watching the image pop as I  started inking the card-stock. 

Being quite pleased with the results of the inking I found room for a few butterflies within the leafs.  I added a bit of glitter stickles (icicles and frosted lace) around the butterfly wings to make them sparkle.

I didn't have a greeting in my stash that I wanted to use so I opted to run up to Michaels for a new stamp.  I found a set that had just what I was looking for or it became what I wanted when I saw it...sure you know what I mean.

Lastly it was a touch of green on the leafs and a sparkle or two randomly added to the leafs that bought this card together in the end.

I finished off the inside to mimic the front with the exception of the butterflies and the greeting.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Crafting From the Heart - #42 Anything Goes (1/17)
House of Cards - Glitter or Color challenge (1/30)
Inky Chicks - #45 Anything Goes (1/29)
Party Time Tuesday (PTT) - #194 Anything Goes
PDE Linky Party - Blue and White (1/18)

That's all for tonight.  Thanks for stopping by and don't forget your comments are appreciated.


Jamie Martin said...

Beautiful, love the resist technique :)

Maxine D said...

What a beautiful and worthwhile resolution Lesia - and a beautiful card too.

Sharon said...

How beautiful!!! Oh gosh. Your card is awesome! I so love the butterflies, the sentiment and how you did the bg. Thank you so very much for joining our 'Blue and White' Linky Party at PDE!!!! :)

vinita jain said...

A classic creation, love the soft look and resist technique!

Mynn xx said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! LOVE the fabulous heat embossing--that stamp was worth the wait! GORGEOUS! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards! Hope you join us again soon! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful card my friend!!!

Janis Lewis said...

Beautiful creation. Thank you for Linking Up at PDE Linky Party.
~Janis, PDE Linky Party owner
Pause Dream Enjoy Page on Facebook

Sabina G. said...

Gorgeous card. Love the resist technique. Thank you for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays.

Tracy Gould said...

Such a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Crafting From The Heart this time and we hope to see you again soon. Tracy DT

Michele Henderson said...

Wow! This is a beautiful card! I love how delicate and light it feels. It's very uplifting and joyful! Thanks for playing along with us over at House of Cards!

Maria Calderone said...

Oh wow, what a lovely card!!! Thanks for joining the challenge at Party Time Tuesdays! :)

Pat Couder said...

Lovely thoughtful you are. Lovely card too! Thank you for joining in with HOC! Pat (DT) x

Katya said...

Beautiful blog post. I can't say that I'm able to give $ every month but it does feel good to give when you can. I always give coupons because I too hoard coupons. LOL Hoping you have a blessed year and your card is very pretty. :)


Katya Bess

Treva said...

Thanks for sharing, love your resolutions; beautiful card!

Cornelia W said...

Just gorgeous! The background and the wonderful white embossed stamp!

Toni said...

So glad you played with us at House of Cards this round so I could read about your resolutions and see your beautiful card. THanks ever so much for sharing!


Christi Conley said...

This card and technique is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us :) XX

Riette said...

I love the resist technique and you did it so beautifully!!

Thank you for sharing with us at Party Time Tuesdays,

Your Party Planner, Riette

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