This week I started a new job. Starting a new job is always tricky because you have so many new things to take in: new roles and responsibilities, new people to get to know and understand, an adjustment to your daily routine. I have to say that of the three things I mentioned, the adjustment to a new daily routine has to be the kicker for this job. Getting up at 3:30 a.m. to be at work at 5 a.m. has been a serious change of routine for me. (Normally I would get up at 6:15 a.m. when my husband left for work.) Now that I've completed my first week, I've realized that it's certainly doable--as most things are when you just buckle down and do it. Of course, every change we make has a ripple effect and I'm finding out what those are, too. So, as with most everything we experience in life, we find ways to roll with it.
Last weekend I made a stack of Thank You cards. I mentioned that my husband and I just returned from a trip for our 25th Wedding Anniversary last weekend. Before we left, my family gifted us with cash and gift cards for spending money for the trip in a little "aside" event at my Mother's 80th birthday party earlier in the month (which was held on our actual anniversary date). We were so surprised and touched by their thoughtfulness!
I find that when I need to make to make a stack of cards, using a simple design with eye-catching colors is always best.
Since I was making a stack of cards, the first thing I pulled out was a stack of Note Cards & Envelopes. For these cards I decided to go with the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes. I think that the Note Cards & Envelopes is the best value in the entire Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog! You get twenty (20) pre-cut and scored note cards with envelopes in every package for $6.00 (US). At 3-1/2" x 5", these cards are the perfect size for tucking inside of packages, jotting a quick love note, or to use when making a quick stack of cards.
A strip of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Basic Black cardstock and adhered across the center of the card front. The double banner image from the Banners For You stamp set was inked with Peekaboo Peach ink and stamped on Peekaboo Peach cardstock (be sure to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with Photopolymer stamps for best results). The "Thank You" and "So Much" images were stamped on the upper and lower sentiment areas of the banner, respectively, using Basic Black Archival ink. Note that the stamp images are shown slightly curved to match the curving of the banner. Because these stamp images are produced in photopolymer, the stamp itself is flexible and can be curved to match the curving of the banner. Just place the uninked stamp on the banner sentiment area, curving it just how you'd like it, and then press the acrylic block down onto the curved stamp. Then ink the stamp and stamp it onto the banner! The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits and adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The card was good to go with just the banner, but I wanted to add a bit of something more. So looked through my stamp sets for a little something and found this scribble flower in the Swirly Bird stamp set. I stamped it on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink and die cut it with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. Since I had the stamp set open, I decided to stamp a leaf for the flower using Emerald Envy ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding leaf framelit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. The leaf and flower were adhered at the left corner of the bottom sentiment banner using Mini Glue Dots. A tiny rhinestone from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels was placed at the center of the flower.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. A thin strip of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack was adhered along the left edge of the liner.
The label banner image from the Banners For You stamp set was stamped at the lower left front corner of the envelope using Peekaboo Peach ink. The "Thanks" image was stamped inside the label image using Basic Black Archival ink.
I'll be back on Monday with the Stamp Review Crew. You're going to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what we're doing this week, so be sure to stop by!
Have a great weekend!
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Banners For You, Swirly Bird; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock: Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Playful Palette Stack; Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits; Other: Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes