Monday, January 26, 2015

Always Something to be Thankful For

Hi Stamping Friends!!

Today's card uses a Sale-A-Bration stamp set called You Brighten My Day. I couldn't decide if I wanted the card base to be Crumb Cake or Whisper White. So I asked my Facebook friends what they thought. (Are you following me on Facebook yet? You should! Find me at: Krystal's Cards - Oceanside.) They were no help at all because it was almost a 50/50 tie between the two. :)

Stamps: You Brighten My Day SAB
Paper: Crumb Cake OR Whisper White, retired DSP
Accessories: Filigree Frame EF (from the Holiday Catalog), Sweetheart Punch, Note Tag Punch, retired ribbon

I needed to make 50 thank you cards. And since my Facebook peeps couldn't help me pick my card base color, I went with the practical solution... I had five packs Whisper White card stock and only one Crumb Cake. And Whisper White is cheaper. And since I am the Queen of Cheap, I chose the white.

All 50 cards done!!!

Currently, our family is in the process of starting a church in Oceanside, CA. So we are essentially urban missionaries at the moment. Every month, very kind supporters send us financial donations to partner with us. I always create thank you cards to send to each donor. Every month I am humbled by the generosity of these families. This month was more than usual. Typically it's between 25 and 30. This month we needed to send 50.

We always address the envelopes by hand. When we send out a great big mailing of say 300 (like our Christmas card list) then we use computer generated address labels. But when sending out our thank you's, I think the hand written envelope is appropriate. We usually print out a Bible verse to include on the inside and then hubs signs them all. It's quite a process, but definitely a labor of love. We want to show people how much we truly appreciate their faith and trust in us.

When making a large quantity of cards like this, I always prep all my pieces first. Stamp. Punch. Cut. Emboss. Etc. Then I assemble about 10 cards at a time. It's always a great sense of accomplishment when you see your pile of completed cards growing. And I chose 10 at a time a long time ago when I used to make cards for other people. When making 300+ cards, it's easier to keep an accurate count if you have them stacked in piles of 10.

When making large quantities of cards, you always find ways to make the process a little faster. For this card, It was quick and easy to make the fun little "banner" strips by notching the ends using the Chevron Border punch. You can easily punch through two strips of DSP at a time. Cuts your work in half that way.

Remember... there is only two days left to join my January Online Groovy Love Card Class or my Tulare County Best. Day. Ever. Card Class.

If you want more ideas on cards using the You Brighten My Day stamp set, visit my Pinterest boards: Krystal's Cards

I hope you enjoy a wonderful week!!

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