Happy New Year, Crafters.
I have always loved New Year and always start full of determination and enthusiasm. My first goal is to build up my strength again, particularly in my legs; they are surprisingly weak. Hubby and I try to go to out for a walk each day which we are currently achieving about five times a week. Although the weather is below freezing most days, it’s also very sunny and ideal for walking.
My second goal is to get back to cardmaking!! A big thank you to everyone who has suggested ways to get my mojo back! Last Friday, I followed the suggestion to copy a simple (birthday) card I had seen and liked. I couldn’t resist stepping it up a bit and will share it with you next time. Today, I’m sharing my December customer Thank You card because I used some leftovers for my birthday card. Although the Thank You card was ready to be shared earlier this week, I haven’t had time nor the energy to post it to my blog until now because I’m also suffering with fatigue and tiredness.
This brings me to my third goal and that is, I won’t let the fatigue and tiredness get the better of me. I do have the occasional day when the tiredness is so bad, I give in and go to bed for a sleep. I’ve found that, if I sleep on two or three days on the trot, it affects my sleeping at night and I end up in an ever-decreasing circle of tiredness. To create my December customer Thank You cards I used the Stampin’ Up! card bases which measure 5″ x 3½” and are available, with envelopes, in a pack of 20. Basic White/Very Vanilla.
The Designer Series Paper (DSP) I used is called Flight and Airy and is available free during Sale-a-bration (SAB) for a qualifying order. SAB runs until 29th February 2024. A qualifying order is any order placed during this period for £45/60€. I cut a piece of the DSP which measured 5″ x 3″. Next, I cut a piece of Boho Blue Cardstock (CS) which measured 1″ x 5″. Using the zig zag die from the Basic Border Dies I cut along the 5″ edge making sure I positioned the die so that each end of the strip looked identical once it had been die-cut.
I saved the narrow off-cut strip for use on future projects. NOTE: the zig-zag die has dots one side of the cut line and small dashes on the opposite side. I used the dotted side for my card and the dashes for my off-cuts. I adhered the DSP to the front of the card on the left hand-side. This left a white strip of card exposed on the right-hand side. Next, I adhered the die-cut strip onto the exposed white part of the card and onto the DSP layer. This will make sure all the white front of the card is covered.
I always use the sentiment Thank You for my thank you cards but this time I decided to use Just A Note instead. Both sentiments are from the Go to Greetings Stamp Set and if you haven’t seen it, do check it out – for me it’s a keeper!- I stamped the sentiments onto Basic White CS using Boho Blue Ink and then die-cut them with a non-SU die – the size is approximately 2″ x ⅞”. The position of the sentiment was decided, card by card so that the least amount of birds’ heads were covered.
For my Customer Thank You gifts I used retired SU Ombre Gift Bags. To decorate the front of the bag, I die-cut some of the larger birds from one of the designs in the DSP pack. The circle die was from the Stylish Shapes Dies no. 4 and then I adhered them onto Boho Blue CS circles which I had die-cut with the no. 5 die. Before I adhered them to the bag, I put the gift inside, folded over the top of the bag and tied a piece of Natural Wavy Trim ribbon around it and tied it into a double knot. Then I applied glue to the lower half of the back of the Boho Blue CS circle and carefully placed it on the bag low enough so that it anchored the flap down without gluing it down.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! Hopefully I will get myself into a regular pattern of posting the same time every week. In the meantime, In the meantime, I’m truly for your patience and for waiting for me to come back. God bless you all. 💕
PS I’m having problems with the quality of my photographs which I’m having looked into. xx
Product List 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 JANUARY 2024 is TT9KDF7H Thank you. xx