Thursday 9 January 2014

A three minute designer paper idea

It's always good to have thank you cards ready for the children to write after Christmas. My daughter is very good at cheerful, newsy letters but both my sons tend to take any suggestion that they 'write a little something' quite literally! To encourage more than a sentence or two, I designed a postcard-style card that can be written on front and back. Come and have a look:

These are so quick to put together using designer paper. I've used left over scraps from the Season of Style papers that are not obviously Christmassy to carry over into the new year.

To make the cards, I cut a sheet of A4 Whisper White card stock into four pieces, added designer paper to the top and curved the corners with the corner rounder on my envelope board. The sentiment from Regarding Dahlias was stamped onto a thin strip of card stock and pasted onto the designer paper. And that was it - forget minutes, it took seconds!

Since I've been using up the scraps, I think I'll pop over to Pixie's snippet playground with these. I hear they've been having trouble with wind there this week!

Here's what you'll need to make this project
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias
Ink: Early Espresso
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Season of Style designer paper, Envelope board, stamp-a-majig

Crafting Clare online shop, shopping with Vicky Hayes, Stampin Up clearance rack
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My daughter came home from school yesterday despairing about the amount of work she had to do before her exams. "At least we get three weeks study leave," she said. "Although I don't know what I'll do with it. Probably go..." I interrupted at this point: "...on holiday?" I suggested, " a party?" She glared at me. "I was going to say I'll probably go insane," she said. "What? The river in France?" I said and was finally rewarded by a small and tiny smile. My poor girl really is working very hard with two jobs as well as her school work.

See you tomorrow,


  1. Happy New Year Vicky :)
    I have been stopping by to see what you have been up to,but unable to comment due to major computer issues:( hopefully all sorted now and back on track!)
    Love these note cards with their funky designs .
    Glad you had a lovely Christmas-see you soon,Nessa xxxx

  2. What a great idea Vicky - would be good to pop in customers' parcels too!

  3. Another fab idea for batch making thank you cards. xxx

  4. Fabulous idea Vicky - love the style too. And of course using snippets is like chicken soup for the soul - except they seem to just reappear as fast as they get used!

    Thanks for coming to play. hugs, Di xx

  5. Hi Vicky
    Another fabulous idea..... Love the card for Lizy....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  6. This is a great idea, especially for kids who don't know what to write. I may used these for little quickie notes to friends. Thanks for the idea. Glad you got a smile out of your daughter. I thought it was funny!

  7. I love this idea. I'm going to go make a bunch of these with left over pieces of DSP and give them to my friends and children. There are so many times when you just want to jot down a quick note and send it.

  8. You really do come up with the greatest of ideas and so simple too.

    Love your little story too.

  9. What a lovely idea Vicky. I remember having to get my children to write thank you notes after birthdays or Christmas. Not easy but nice to have nice stationery to use. I've just had a lovely catch up of all your cards and projects over the last week. Internet's been iffy again and then I was out last night. Good to catch up with you.

    Kat xx

  10. Fab idea Vicky, what a great way to use up scraps - Jacqueline xx

  11. I like these notecards...and I think they look like Xmas paper! Great idea.


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