Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Classic Gratitude

Do you know what never goes out of style?  Gratitude. 

The easier it is to communicate, the less some seem to communicate their thanks for those around them and the things they do.  I'm as guilty as anyone else.  I always have good intentions but sometimes the expression of those ideas gets lost in my daily shuffle.

Recently, a few friends helped me run a test party online to see if it was a good addition to my business.  I was hoping for a way to communicate to my friends and customers when I'm either out of town or if my kids were sick (which they seem to be all the time now!)  These friends lent me an hour of their time to help me fine tune my "script" for my live event.  Their input was priceless.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  In keeping with my balance resolution, I feel I need to give something up that really is a crutch, an indulgence, and a waste.  While I cannot give up coffee, I can give up Starbucks for six weeks to increase my health and increase my pocket book.  Since I pass one several times a week, this is a good check for me.  However, my friends aren't giving that up (hopefully) so I decided to give them gift cards for helping me out.

I really liked playing with product for these.  The heart pieces are the washi tape that comes with the So You Mini Book kit in the Occasions catalog.  The Happy Hearts embossing folder add a nice touch and I finally got to use my Perfect Blend stamp set.  You could easily substitute out a message for the coffee cup and have a great wedding or anniversary or birthday card!

The card is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 card that is scored 3/4" at the bottom.  The left scored area is cut off and the right is folded up and stapled.  The gift card slides in there, though it could be on the other side and leave more room for sentiment.  I included a piece of cardstock in my card with my message so they could reuse the card if they needed one!

  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
  • Stamp Set: Perfect Blend
  • Ink: Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Big Shot & Cutting Mats, Happy Hearts TIEF, Gold Baker's Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, So You Mini Book kit (washi tape), Adhesive, dimensionals, and scissors
Have a craftastic day,

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