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August 20, 2009

Thank You, soft lime and pink

The base for this card is white card stock. Here's a tip: buy a package of 65 or 100-lb. white stock from Staples. I used 65-lb. here. It only comes in 8-1/2 x 11" but it is so reasonably priced, you won't mind it if you end up wasting a little in the cutting process.

The front frame is a print paper in summery colours of pink, green, blue and light orange. I could've used any of those colours to complement the print. I used soft lime letters shadowed with a darker green (in the same tonal hue) and inked the edges of the card in green. It just so happens to match my ribbon perfectly! For definition, I inked the edges of the front panel in pink.

Inside the card, I placed a graphic that I created in PhotoShop. Once again, I used the Bible as my source for the inspirational verse from Psalms. I sponged the card edges all around in the same soft green as the front. The finishing touch is a narrow ribbon simply tied in a knot around the fold of the card, with the tails left long.

Thank You, gold gilded

Here is another thank-you card and matching envelope. This thank-you card turned out better than I expected it would. The card base is white, sponged with black ink, then gold. I chose this particular front panel card stock because it works well for men or women. The shade of blue is almost gray, yet works well with my aqua sheer ribbon.

On the card front, 'thank you' is not shadowed but backed with black, using the blackout feature. I did this so that when I added the dimensional pops, you can see the black underneath without it actually outlining the words.

The inside of the card is where all the work is. In PhotoShop, I created the graphic of the trees, layering the images and making them different shades of green. The leaves of the tree are bevelled and embossed. I was thrilled to discover the 'bird' shape in PhotoShop. I couldn't resist making a larger one and a smaller one for the baby. The "Draw near..." Bible verse is the perfect sentiment for this card.

I embellished the envelope in keeping with the elegance of the gold card. I created a monogram, using a gold letter from a purchased alphabet set and punched leaves from the same stock as the card.

I love how this card turned out. In fact, I like it so much, I can't decide who the lucky recipient should be!

Thanks A Bunch, card

This little card was a lot of fun to make. I used an 8-1/2x11 piece of paper that has an earthy look. I cut the paper in half lengthwise, then used one piece folded in half as the card base. It's the perfect size for a thank-you card and fits the standard note-sized envelopes I purchased from Staples. All of the elements on the card were created using my Cricut and the Walk In My Garden cartridge.

I love the idea of my wheelbarrow being full of flowers. Instead of cutting flower centres from yellow cardstock, I decided to use yellow sparkle pen instead. It was less fiddly and added some shimmer.

I always like to decorate the envelopes to match my cards. On this one, I used the Cricut's border feature set at size 1 for the 3-flower embellishment. Leaves were cut from green at the same size and tucked under the flowers. Once again, I typed the sentiment inside on my computer. This card is very informal, but I like the imagery of the "seeds" having been sewn, and the wheelbarrow-full harvest of blessing inside.

Many Ways to Say Thanks

I make a lot of thank-you cards. This one is in the summer colours of sky and sunshine. The word "Thanks" is informal, so I have put back the formality and importance of the word by making the card more formal and elegant in its styling.

The word "Thanks" was cut on my Cricut using the Beyond Birthdays cartridge. The card stock is from a huge package of designer paper (card stock) I purchased from Costco.

Inside, I like to use Bible verses on the top panel. I prepare these graphics in PhotoShop, adding embellishments around the text and varying the fonts. I LOVE finding just the right font to suit the theme.

Fun, Flowers and Flip-Flops

This is my first posting. I have been busy making all kinds of "thank-you" cards this summer, with a few family birthdays thrown in. The fact is, I have been enjoying these cards so much, I thought I should share my ideas with others who, like me, go on a search for new and fresh card ideas.

The first card I'd like to share is called "A Cheery Hello" and features the ever-popular Flip-Flop. The flip-flop has become an icon as a symbol for summer, beaches, and cruise vacations. We see flip-flops everywhere: in jewellery, t-shirts, key chains, purses and the flip-flop is now a popular quilt design. It is so versatile you can use it on cards for birthdays, get well, hello, bon voyage, miss you, and more.

The fun flip-flops come to life with the addition of sparkly ribbon for the thongs and jewel dragonflies. I'd love to own a pair just like these ones!
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