I always need a stack of thank you cards. But lately the need has been even greater. So many friends have helped me as I’ve prepared to move. I’ve had friends come over and help me do a bit of painting, cleaning and packing. Not only was their help wonderful for getting a lot done, it also was just GREAT to have the company and moral support. When I was a kid I used to beg my sister to just come sit in my room with me while I cleaned. I’m a social cleaner, for sure.
I love to find a design that’s cute AND fast. Washi tape came to the rescue on this note card. I started with the note card pack of precut cards and envelopes. And the Gingham Garden Washi Tape comes as a pack of these three patterns that harmonize together. Just tear off three strips and adhere for an instant colorful design.
And four punches really amped up the quick and fun factor. I stamped ‘Gee, thanks’ from Really Good Greetings and punched it out with the Modern Label punch, then punched the end with a corner of the 1″ square punch.
The punched sentiment was layered on the base stamped with the Label Love stamp and punched out with the new and coordinating Artisan Label punch. The center was decorated with a scallop circle punched from Whisper White cardstock spruced up with the Gingham wheel.
I used the same Gingham wheel to decorate the envelope flop for a coordinated surprise. Don’t you just love getting a note card with a decorated envelope?! Not much chance it will be mistaken as junk mail when you embellish the envelope.
I’ve had the idea for this thank you card swimming around my head since the introduction of the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors – Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Pistachio Pudding. If you look closely you’ll see that the front panel is scored into sections, then in each section is a Floral Fusion Sizzlets flower with the ‘gee, thanks’ (from the new Stampin’ Up! Really Good Greetings stamp set) stamped in the top middle section in Strawberry Slush.
I even made a matching envelope. The envelope was stamped with the flowers from Betsy’s Blossoms in Strawberry Slush. I’m making a coordinating envelope with almost every card these days. It doesn’t take much to do and I think it makes the card extra special. But if you are like me you are wondering about the dimensions on this card.
I had to do some real math to get this panel to work out just right. Here’s my math. The card base measures 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. The front panel is 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″. The front panel is scored across at 1-3/4″ and 3-1/2″ and then turned and scored crosswise at 1-3/4″. When you are done, each scored section is 1-3/4″ square. Of course, the Simply Scored Scoring Tool made this a super simple task!
The new Strawberry Slush In Color is definitely one of my favorites, so I used that to stamp the greeting. If you stamp your greeting on an angle, you didn’t have to worry about lining it up just right to make it straight. Plus, I think it adds more whimsy and interest to the card. What do you think?
Each flower was centered with a circle of contrasting cardstock and topped with a rhinestone. I just love the self-adhesive rhinestone Basic Jewels. And I love the fact that they also come with a few rhinestones attached in a line, which was perfect to underline ‘gee, thanks’.
Just stopping by for a few minutes to share this ‘Best Dad Ever’ bowtie Father’s Day card from Stampin’ Up! You can find all the details here. I hope this will inspire you to remember the dads in your life this weekend.
I’m traveling today so not much time to write. As I mentioned yesterday, I drove to Nashville to be here for my niece’s bridal shower earlier in the week and I was supposed to have gone home two days ago, but my family just kept talking me into staying just one more day! Before I knew it I had been here all week and I’ve got to get home and back to work!
It’s been so fun being here. We have watched movies, visited and played a lot of Settlers of Catan.
Have you played Settlers of Catan? It’s addictive! It starts out slow but pretty quickly it starts to get really interesting and then it’s over, which just makes you want to play again. We changed the rules a little though because we were too competitive and it caused problems. I’ve known families that stopped playing it because it was causing so much animosity. So I came up with new rules that we adopted that make it a more friendly game. We do not use the robber at all and I’m sure purists wouldn’t approve of my new rules. Not using the robber does change the ability to stop someone who is racing ahead but in the spirit of family fun, the changes are worth it.
OK, enough about all that. Have a wonderful weekend with the fathers in your life and don’t forget to get that hand-stamped Father’s Day card made! Do it today before you forget. What are you doing for Father’s Day?
I cannot even tell you how much fun I had playing with these new products!!! Label Love and Mosaic Madness stamp sets with the matching embossing folder and punches, and new colors – Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding, and Coastal Cabana.
Remember my cute niece Danideej from here, here and here. She’s getting married!! I went to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend her bridal shower, and I wanted a special card to include with her gift. I made this card with Danielle in mind.
This card measures 4-1/4″ square. The white panel is 4″ square and embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder. I always trim out my panel first before embossing. If you do it the other way around, you run the risk of damaging the embossing while you’re trimming – so cut first.
I also decorated a standard-sized envelope to match the card by stamping Crisp Cantaloupe three times without reinking which created this shaded design.
This cute, clean card is easy to make with the matching stamps and punch. I simply stamp the mosaics in the colors I wanted and quickly punch them out and adhered them to the embossed background. Easy peasy!
By stamping the Label Love ‘just for you’ twice in Smoky Slate and Crisp Cantaloupe and then punching and trimming, I made this two-tone tag. The natural trim is an unexpected element, which is what I was going for. I love the texture and contrast.
This is the fabulous card my sister gave to me for my birthday. She designed these 5″ x 7″ birthday cards in MDS and then sent them straight from the software to Stampin’ Up! to be printed. The printed cards are really nice and they come with envelopes too.
She used the Comfort Café digital dsp for the background on the front, the back and the inside. She added a Crumb Cake band across the middle front, a Very Vanilla decorative label punch and a Night of Navy happy birthday stamp from the Engraved Greetings digital stamp brush set.
After adding the background to the back she included a Night of Navy filled punch with her initials to personalize her creation.
She kept it simple on the inside with more dsp at the top and a ‘make it a good one’ greeting.
Make a few of your own birthday cards and order them today so you’ll always have what you need on hand.
The spring catalog is coming to an end today, May 30th. That means Oh Whale will no longer be available. Sad. :’( I love this little whale from the Oh Whale stamp set (wood-mount #129129 or clear-mount #129132) and the coordinating Happy Whale clearlits die that makes it so easy to trim out with lots of fun little accessories. These happy stamps and accessories are all part of the Sunshine and Sprinkles Suite.
Here’s some more of my favorites from the Spring catalog…
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The Ciao, Baby stamp set (wood-mount #129645 or clear-mount #129648) is also from the spring catalog and includes this adorable little love stamp that punches out perfectly with the Petite Curly Label punch. The Friendly Phrases and Blissful Bird stamp sets also featured on the card above are retiring too.
The Oh, Hello stamp set (wood-mount #130730 or clear-mount #130733) is part of the Tea for Two product suite. I love the chevron patterns, the bold greetings and the delicate flower included in this stamp set!
And I could not resist the Collage Curios stamp set (wood-mount #129099 or clear-mount #129102) with it’s mini Eiffel tower stamp.
Recently I showed you this card created with the Cross My Heart stamp set (wood-mount #126580 or clear-mount #126582). Fun and simple.
That’s just a sampling of my favorites from the Spring catalog.
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I fell in love with this set when it was introduced in the spring catalog. I loved the little butterfly – I’m a sucker for butterflies, as you know! But I also loved the clever crossword puzzle greetings. I like crossword puzzles; not challenging crossword puzzles, just the easy ones that can be completed in a 15 minute break. I don’t do crossword puzzles for the challenge, I do them for the entertainment.
Even though a cute cupcake comes with the set and is a perfect pair for the happy birthday greeting, I still used the butterfly, because I LOVE butterflies! (Have I mentioned that?) And even though the crossword greeting has a whimsical feel, this card has a more sophisticated look I think because of the colors, the die-cut doily and the Natural Composition music paper. My paper snips made easy work of clipping out the crossword.
The layout was inspired by the mother’s day card I showed you Sunday.
I love the note cards and envelopes for quick projects. Already cut and scored and a perfect size for easy crafting! This little card came together quickly with the retiring Stampin’ Up! Circle Circus and Perfect Punches stamp sets. I stamped the background with Regal Rose (going to miss that color!!) and Summer Starfruit. The tag is stamped in Basic Gray.
This card with matching envelope was part of my Birthday Party stamp camp on Friday night. And for the first time I’m making my card class available to my online audience while supplies last! You’ll receive the Birthday Party stamp camp kit with all the precut pieces, accessories and envelopes to create three birthday cards for just $15 - you add the stamping and assemble! This price includes shipping and tax and is only available to those in the continental US. You can order your stamp camp today by emailing me with your address and requesting your bundle. Then watch for a paypal invoice in your inbox.
After stamping the tag I punched it out with the Extra-Large Oval punch. The bitty flower is punched with the shape from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punches and the smallest rhinestone tops it off. Before adhering the tag to the card I tied a Summer Starfruit stitched ribbon knot around it and then added the tag with dimensionals.
I stamped the matching envelope flap with the same colors using a smaller circle stamp for the Regal Rose. To stamp just the flap, tuck a piece of scrap paper under it to cover the rest of the envelope which protects it from the ink, then stamp away.
The Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes measure 5″ x 3-1/2″ of smooth card stock especially designed for stamping. And they are a terrific great value with each pack including 20 cards and envelopes for only $5.95.
Today I’m sharing a wonderful thank you card I received from Kristi B. Isn’t it lovely? Sending a handmade thank you card is special. And as a piano teacher the musical theme was an extra special feature.
This is what Kristi said about making this card, “I made the music paper with a stamp and then distressed the edges. It has been one of my favorites. I need to make some more of them.”
You can see after making the background paper that she then matted it with black card stock and off set that on the front of the card, trimming off the edges where it overhangs. I love this idea and the pictures really don’t do this card justice!
I also love the way she used the clip to hang the tag to the card front. So cute! I’ll definitely be using this card design for inspiration! Thanks, Kristi!