A Box of Cards for a Friend

It’s a simple fact – we all love to make greeting cards.  Some people enjoy the creative process, while others only enjoy creating.  Some actually send our cards to loved ones and some collect the cards they’ve made, while others love to sell or give cards that others can send.  It takes all kinds of people, right?

When my friend’s husband was horribly injured in an automobile accident (he was on his bicycle and was struck by a car), people from all over reached out to help – helping with her children, feeding their family.  I knew Marti would have lots of “thank you” notes to send out.  I also knew she would not be happy to send out store-bought cards.  With two young children and a hospitalized husband, Marti had no time or energy to make elaborate cards.  When she reached out to me to order a few packs of Stampin’ Up! notecards, I obliged (with a wink).  I knew I wasn’t going to place that order for her – I had another project in mind.

That weekend, I sat down with four packs of Stampin’ Up! Notecards (one of my favorite products in the Stampin’ Up! catalog) and made thank you notes to give to Marti.

Quick-and-Easy Thank You Notes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

80 Notecards and the corresponding envelopes (see them in the back?) fit snugly into this storage container I picked up years ago at Office Depot.  The lid fits perfectly over top and clamps down on the side.  Here are the four designs I created with some simple stamped images and super-quick layers:

Quick-and-Easy Thank You Notes, Stampin' Up!, Brian King I intentionally created each with a simple “thank you” and a masculine appeal.  I wanted to make sure they’d represent Marti’s thankfulness but also her husband’s.  Since some of these cards would be sent to her husband’s friends, I wanted to make sure they would work for almost anyone.  Here are the products I used for each of the cards (left to write):

  • CARD ONE.  Stamp Sets:  Another Thank You  Papers:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Basic Black), Basic Black, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  Extra-Large Oval punch,  Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • CARD TWO.  Stamp Sets:  Happy Happenings  Papers:  Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crumb Cake Notecards and Envelopes  Inks:  Mossy Meadow  Accessories:  1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Washi Label punch,  Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • CARD THREE.  Stamp Sets:  Tin of Cards  Papers:  Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, Soft Suede, Tangelo Twist, Whisper White, Whisper White Notecards and Envelopes  Inks:  Tangelo Twist  Accessories:  Tags & Labels Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • CARD FOUR.  Stamp Sets:  Something to Say  Papers:  2014-2016 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Lost Lagoon), Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Crumb Cake Notecards and Envelopes  Inks:  Lost Lagoon  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

If you plan right, you can make a bunch of cards in a short time with limited supplies.  These were fun to crank out, and I couldn’t be happier than to know that Marti could grab a couple at a time to send out without a lot of hassle.

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  1. I am the extremely grateful recipient of these cards. My husband and I were deeply appreciative of Brian’s sweet, thoughtful gift and I feel humbly special to call him my friend. Because I would never send store-bought cards (*gasp*), I was able to spend my time tending to my husband and kids and resting, instead of burning the midnight oil making them. A true gift! I am so touched by the kind words offered on this forum from fellow stampers – what a wonderful community we have in one another via a common hobby. We feel confident my husband will make a complete recovery, but the journey through healing may be a long one, so I covet your continued prayers and positive thoughts. Thank You for taking the time to comment on Brian’s post and offer your sweet, sweet words of encouragement.

  2. You are an amazing friend and human being! Hoping her husband is doing well! Thank you for sharing your special project and know she loved the cards and you!

  3. Wow, I love gifting friends with cards, however this is truly a wonderful set of thank you notes and what a thoughtful reason for giving them.
    Now…sending a special prayer for complete healing for your friend Marti.

  4. What a lovely lovely thing to do. I’m sure that lifted a weight from her shoulders. Wishing for a fast and complete recovery for Marti’s husband xx

  5. Brian, you are simply AWESOME!

  6. What a thoughtful gift. I am sure it was very much appreciated.

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