Friday, 23 December 2016

December Thank You Cards

Hello, Crafters.

I had such a delightfully busy day yesterday! 

While I was working on a special order, I had my iPad on YouTube, only "sort of" watching it! I saw something by Sam Hammond that inspired me to challenge myself for my December Thank You cards. 

The challenge was to make my Thank You cards using Christmas Designer Series Papers (DSP), so it didn't look as if I've used Christmas DSP!

I'm not sure this challenge is actually possible because, having worked with these designs since August, even the non-Christmas designs look like Christmas to me now!

In all, I made ten different designs but the amount of cards I did in each design varied, depending on how much paper I had left of that design! The first six cards have been made using the This Christmas DSP, and with the exception of the two flowery designs, are all neutral designs.

To create these cards, I started with our Note Cards that come in a pack of 20, are pre-scored and measure 5" by 3.5" inches. The pack also comes woth 20 envelopes. 

With both the music design and the flower design, I made one card portrait mode and one card landscape mode. Although there's quite a lot to each card, they were quite quick to put together.

Once I'd made the first card, which was in landscape mode, I made a note of the measurements for each layer, and cut all the cardstock, and DSP layers I needed. I used the same measurements for the card pieces needed for the portrait mode cards.
I used Cherry Cobbler Cardstock (CS) as backing for the my layers on the This Christmas DSP cards. The stamp for the bow is from the Holly Berry Happiness Stamp Set, and has been stamped in Cherry Cobbler Ink on Cherry Cobbler CS. I punched them out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch.

The Thank You stamp is from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set. I have also tried to vary the position where I adhered the bow. The only design I felt restricted with was the flowery design - the design is just too busy.

I found the Candy Cane Lane DSP a much bigger challenge! There were only four designs of DSP that I could use but I was totally out of one them, and with the Crumb Cake and White design, I only had enough for one card! 

For these cards I used Real Red CS for layering and the bows, and Real Red Ink for the stamping, otherwise everything was just the same as above.

Finally, the special order I mentioned earlier, that I was working on yesterday was the Matispa boxes, that I featured in last Wednesday's video. Sharon had asked me if I could make some boxes for some of the Matis products she sells in her beauty salon.

I stamped three different designs, tone on tone, for Sharon to choose from. They were from the  First Sight, Gorgeous Grunge and Merrist Wishes Stamp Sets.

In the video I said Sharon wouldn't like the First Sight scroll-like design because it was too flowery! When I took the three designs to her last weekend, she loved all three and said she'd start with an initial order of four of each design. Today, I made the four First Sight designed boxes. 

I have rather a lot off photographs I want to share with you, so I'm going to sign out now and let you scroll down to look at them. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. JanB.



  1. The thank you cards are a great idea to use up DSP, and the boxes are gorgeous. Love the colour :o)

    1. Hi, Audrey. It's not a bad idea is it? LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Your Thank You cards are just super, Jan ... love them all, and a great idea too! And so pleased that your friend loved her boxes you created ... they really are gorgeous! You HAVE been a busy lady! Thanks for sharing all the photo's too and have a super weekend and a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS with family and friends.

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I'm pleased you like this idea - it'll use up a few scraps too! Never enough ideas for that! I wish you and yours a ver happy Christmas too! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. I love the idea of using the music paper. It could be used for Happy Birthday too. Merry Christmas from California

    1. Hi, Nanci. Yes, it would be great for birthdays, too! Apparently it's upside down! A very merry Christmas to you and sunny California from cold and very windy UK! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.