Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thank You All Around!

It’s a blur of activity around here and we are loving it!Blur picture

One thing we accomplished while the excitement is high is...
 handmade thank you cards.
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It is so much easier to work on these before Christmas! My girls are happy to make them and even happy to address the envelopes --which we do as the gifts arrive. After the gifts are opened and the excitement dies down, all we have to do is write the thank you note and it is ready to go.
Quick, easy, and no whining!
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And, obviously, these aren’t just for Christmas!

Would you like to make some too?
I will make it even easier for you!
Here are the instructions with several printables to get you on your way.

And, I prepared all of the materials, but my children put most of it together.
 This is just as easy as it looks!

For all cards, cut a piece of cardstock in half “hamburger” style.
Fold each in half.
Smooth and flatten the fold with a bone folder.
(For Thank "ewe” card, print first then cut cardstock.)
Diagram copy
Jumping for Joy Card
To make the little girl (or boy), print out the picture.
(click to enlarge)
TY Cards copyTY Cards Boy
Cut around it in a rectangle shape using a paper cutter.
Add photo corners to each corner and stick it to the front of the card. Thanks 1

Thank “Ewe” Card
Print the message on your cardstock then cut into cards.
(click to enlarge)
Thank ewe copy

Cut 2 inch circles out of cardstock. With paint or a stamp pad, have your child stamp his/her thumb and fingerprints into the shape of a sheep. We added a little distressing ink to the edges to help it pop a little. When it is all dry, just glue it onto the center.
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You can go back and add features if you would like, but it may not improve the look. Use your imagination!
Sheep picture

Embellished “thank you” Card
Cut cardstock and place fold at the top.

Cut strips of scrapbook paper so the length is the same as the width of the card. The width of the strip is up to you.

Print out the “thank you” message sheet.
Cut around it in any shape you would like.
Decorate each shape.
(click to enlarge) TY Phrase copy
Glue it all in place and you're good to go!Thanks 2

Ahhh…I love the feel of this little stack!
Or maybe it is the feeling of having something else done!?
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Anything that minimizes whining, crying, or complaining in my house
is something I want to try!

And, while I am on the subject of “Thank you,” I’d like to tell you how much I appreciate your kind comments and emails.

Thank you for joining me on my crafting adventures!
Merry Christmas!

(I'm linking HERE. )

6 comments:,  said... December 22, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

O.k. you're killing me with all the cute craftiness going on around here and I'm not even that crafty myself--but you inspire me! another idea that I want to do! i hope i can keep up with all this. i recently found out about tumblr. i'm going to have to sign up for that to save all your cute ideas.
if you want to do a blog button swap that would be awesome! if you want to do it for a month at a time that would be fine! just let me know. :)

Anonymous,  said... December 28, 2010 at 12:37 AM  

These are super cute! I especially love the little girls jumping! I'm impressed you got these made before Christmas! Congrats! Will be sharing this with my readers tmw! Thanks for your awesome tutorials! :)

Stacey,  said... December 28, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

Hi, I made the cards and my nieces loved them. I gave them each a set of 8. Thanks for sharing.

Driving Miss Stacey

kbloems27,  said... December 29, 2010 at 8:42 AM  

These are so cute! I am on it for next year...but we'll give it a try for this year too!! Thanks for sharing!


Big D and Me,  said... January 1, 2011 at 5:25 PM  

We are currently making our way through thank you cards - we didn't make the cards this year but we are hand writing them - that can be a tedious process with our 5 year old but I think it makes the card extra special

The Preppy Strawberry,  said... January 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

I found your blog from one pretty thing while searching for a card template! I was in need of an idea for a thank you card my daughter could make - these are perfect! I just posted about it on my blog with examples of the cards we did. Thanks so much for the cute idea!!

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