Be Kind + Awesomeness

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Hi, I’m sharing a small project today that goes perfectly along with the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge run by Jennifer McGuire.

But first, check out a site called Postable! By sharing your personal link, your friends can add their contact info and birthdays. This is perfect for keeping all the addresses in one place — I’m constantly checking my Facebook message history or e-mails or even texts to find someone’s address. I mean, I’m organized, but I’m also disorganized in many aspects. 🙂 Here is my link if you want to add your address and birthday. I think I’ve been sending about 25-50  cards per month, especially in the last few months. I’ve already got a growing list for November – 30 and counting and it’s only the 5th. 😉 I definitely won’t be able to do this next year…

For today’s project, I used Just Dandy Studio’s Happy Blooms gift wrap and cut it down to 4 x 4 so it would fit into a photo frame that I have had since last year. I received it in a Stampin Up kit once but linked to a different 4 x 4 frame below in the product list. I stamped an image and sentiments from Concord and 9th’s Being Classy and Love You, Mean It (I won one of their gift cards on Instagram so I bought these adorable stamps). I heat set the word ‘kind’ using clear embossing powder to give it a nice shine. I inserted the paper in the frame and that’s it. So simple but sweet. This is going to a close friend of mine.

be kind frame

I also used one of the white tags that Melissa from Just Dandy Studio sent to me. I stamped the small images from Love You, Mean it and stamped the sentiment “I happen to adore you.” Seriously, that’s it. So easy. Have you noticed that my style keeps changing? We all take inspiration from one another. It would be incorrect for me to say that I’m original because all my craft friends inspire me. Maybe someday I’ll find one style that works for me, but for now, I enjoy trying everything (except mixed media…haven’t really gotten into that yet).

i happen to adore you tagbe kind projects

I’ve started a daily gratitude challenge on my main Instagram account if you want to check it out. I’m determined to incorporate some writing in my posts because I miss that part of myself. You have no idea how much I appreciate knowing that people enjoy reading my posts. Vulnerability is not something I’m comfortable with. I’m usually tempted to delete things, but I remind myself that what people think, do, or say is only a reflection of who they are and that doesn’t have to define me. It doesn’t have to mean anything. My goal is to practice detachment from praise or criticism. Sure, I love comments and feedback, but I don’t let it get to my head. I am not a top crafter, and I just have so so so much to learn. I love that there’s a lot to learn. It doesn’t make me upset that I haven’t gotten to a certain place. The learning is the part I love most. Because even if we achieve a particular goal, we’ll always want something else. Right?! Do I make sense!? 😉

I wanted to end on a good note and share that I have accepted a job offer. I’m going through the unhurried hiring process and will eventually be busy with work life. After the holidays, my crafting will slow down, but don’t worry — I don’t plan to give it up altogether (I’ve spent too much money?!?!) I usually need time to make adjustments to major life changes. Thank you for your patience and all the love! ? 

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate disclosure can be found here). Your purchases help me to run my blog. Thank you!


  1. Miriam Prantner

    November 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    So pretty and CAS. I really love the color combination and the placement of the images!

  2. Rosali

    November 10, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Congrats on your job!!!

  3. Erum

    November 6, 2015 at 3:08 am

    LMAO! I too search through messages for addresses!! I am glad I found about this site..

  4. Simply Sandy

    November 5, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Congratulations on the new job! I know you will do great and we will be patiently waiting for all your wonderful creations!

  5. Jessica

    November 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I have such mixed feelings about your new job; on the one hand, I am so super excited for you…but on the other hand, I’m going to miss our daily afternoon chats. 🙁 I’ll just have to wake up early to talk with you! 😉 Yes, that was a wink…CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  6. Virginia L.

    November 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    You always put your heart and soul in your beautiful work. I truly applaud you for that. Congrats on your new job offer, Ruby! Keeping on creating! Hugs!

  7. Tracie Pond

    November 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I totally agree with Cynde’s response! =)

  8. ~amy~

    November 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Yay for your new job!!!!!

    Love this sweet duo!!

  9. Holly

    November 5, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulation to you !

  10. Leigh Penner

    November 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    These are so pretty! Best wishes to you on your new job!

  11. Yuki

    November 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Your frame and tag are so pretty! I wouldn’t never thought to use gift wrap! I have so much pretty gift wrap I’ve been hoarding lol.

    Congratulations on the new job!! So happy for you! I know you’ll need some time to transition to your new schedule, but we’ll all still be here for you! 🙂

  12. LauraJane

    November 5, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Congratulations on the new job and dedication to writing! Remember to nurture that creative side daily….even if its a small doodle:)

  13. Cynde Whitlow

    November 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I think you do amazing things Ruby! Crafting and otherwise. A “top crafter” is only a matter of perspective. You are Ruby and I’m so glad you are!

  14. Tracie Pond

    November 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I {heart} everything about this post, Ruby! Kindness / organized & disorganized at the same time (grrr) / Just Dandy and Concord & 9th….such lovely projects and happy new companies / always growing & learning new things without worrying about hierarchy / new job….you’ve been in my thoughts and I am so happy for you. Hugs, Tracie

  15. Kay Miller

    November 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Your two projects are just beautiful!! Congratulations on your new job! Good luck with everything! 🙂

  16. Mayra

    November 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    This is such a beautiful post , not only for the gorgeous projects you have created but for your wonderful words ! I 100% agree with everything you wrote and I truly do admire you ! I am very happy for you and your new job ! I always love seeing what amazing projects you create !

  17. Roxy

    November 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I love the colors and the white space it is so bright , clean and beautiful..

  18. Roxy

    November 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    A big congrats and hugs on your new adventure Ruby.. wishing you the best always..
    I have been taking a little break from it all. I lost another one of my old furry family and it has just got me knocked down a bit .. , your kind sweet heart just warmed mine. I greatly appreciate your Kindness❤️

  19. Patti Willey

    November 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Ruby what a sweet little pairing here! Love the happy flowers in happy colors! Best of Luck with your new job! Patti

  20. Berina

    November 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Congratulations on your job Ruby ? Love the tag. I enjoy your IG posts every day.

  21. Rachel Bergfeld

    November 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Congratulations on the job! Love seeing all your beautiful work!

  22. Helen Gullett

    November 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Great and beautiful gift, Rubee!

  23. Ruth

    November 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hurrah for your new job! And I do enjoy reading your posts, and I think you’re doing just grand on all this crafting. You’ve been on an amazing journey and it’s been fun watching you grow. Xx

  24. Jacquie

    November 5, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Congratulations on your new job! I’m very happy for you. I really enjoy reading your IG posts and your thoughtful writing. I am not a good writer, I am so technical and tend to just write without feeling.

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