Today I’m sharing the thank you cards and gifts I made for my March 2022 online customers. The three colours I chose are Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee and Polished Pink. The stamp set I used for the butterfly was the Amazing Silhouettes and I die-cut the word THANKS using the matching dies called Amazing Thanks. The stamp set and dies are being carried forward into the new Annual Catalogue but they won’t be available as a bundle – which saves 10% – after 2nd May 2022. When I’m creating a large number of cards, I find my Stamparatus is my best friend! Although this stamp created a good impression every time, i.e. no re-inking and re-stamping needed, the Stamparatus was still a boon because it ensured that the image was in the same place on every card.
To create the little white butterflies, I used two dies from the Brilliant Wings Dies – these are also being carried forward together with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. Please note that this is another bundle which will only be available until 2nd May 2022. This was the most time-consuming part of creating my cards but using my Big Shot did give my right arm a good work out! Once I had die-cut all the butterflies I needed, I was ready to start putting my card together. I started with the die-cut butterflies first, adhering three to each card and then I started adhering the THANKS. It was easy to use my bottle of Tombow for the butterflies but I found my `non-SU fine tip glue bottle – which contains Tombow – was much better for adhering the words.
The gift I made for my March 2022 online customers was a covered Shopping Pad. I always like to keep one on my kitchen work-surface because it gets used for more than my shopping list! I purchase my shopping pads online and they measure a decent 8¼” x 2 15/16”. My first job is to remove the existing front cover up as far as the black tape which is about half an inch from the top. I decided to use the Host set of Designer Series Paper (DSP) called Pattern Party and selected three designs that would look good with an image of the Amazing Silhouette butterfly that I to match the thank you cards. I didn’t want anything which was too involved and, as much as I love the black and white designs on the reverse, I wanted bright designs.
I cut strips of DSP that were nine inches long and a tad under 3″ wide. I like the cover to be a tad wider than the shopping pad because it makes it easier to open. To adhere the DSP to the shopping pad, I line it up with the bottom of the pad at the front first and again, I always try to allow a tad to go over the edge for ease of opening. Taking great care not to allow the panel to move, I apply Tombow to the half inch tape at the top and adhere the two together. I keep checking that my cover is still in the correct position. After giving Tombow a few moments to grab a hold, I put more Tombow on the narrow strip along the top and then wrap it over. At this stage I put Tombow on the remaining DSP rather than on the tape on the pad. My measurements meant that there was enough DSP to cover the black tape.
To decorate the front of the shopping pad, I stamped more of the Amazing Silhouettes in the either Pool Party or Bumblebee to co-ordinate with the DSP. I used the no 6 straight circle die from the Layering Circle Dies to die cut the image and then I used the no 6 scallop die to die-cut a co-ordinating layer in either Bumblebee or Pool Party Cardstock (CS).
The generated the words SHOPPING PAD on my computer and printed them on Basic White CS. I die cut the words using the no 1 straight cut die from the retired Layering Oval Dies and adhered them on co-ordinating scalloped cardstock layers die-cut using the number 1 scallop oval die from the same set of dies. After I had adhered the layers to the image and label, I adhered them to the front cover of the shopping pad. I didn’t pop them up on Dimensionals or add any gems because this is a practical gift and if it gets popped into a shopping bag or a handbag, which I have been known to do 😀 it doesn’t take much to lose the gems and to make the pad look damaged! I hope you like this gift idea!
Before I go I have two short non-crafting videos to share with you! Do you remember when hubby and I took a couple of days off and went up to Milton Keynes? We were so excited when we star a Starship crossing the road I started videoing it! This video is just over two minutes long and while you’re watching it you’ll probably think will it never cross the road but please be patient because you will see it cross! Don’t miss hubby’s starring roll towards the end! 😀
The second video is even shorter, just 29 seconds. When I arrived home after Church last Sunday, hubby and I went shopping to our local DIY shop and then to the local garden centre. We were on the look out for a new bird bath and were amazed to find solar-powered ones! Somewhat more expensive than we had in mind but I thought what a great idea! We chose the one with the two birds although there was another one that had two children sitting on a bench with an umbrella. There wasn’t any water in it so we can only assume water comes out of the top of the umbrella and runs down the outside. Although we both quite liked that one we agreed it didn’t leave much room for the birds to have a bath in!
I hope one or both of these short videos have made you smile. 😀 I wish you all a very happy Wednesday. Take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
PS I used our Note Cards & Envelopes to make my thank you cards. The cards measure 3½” x 5”.
PRODUCTS USED for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for APRIL 2022 is DQZCK6R3 Thank you. xx