May 21, 2007

Make and mail 'em, girls!




Do you ever feel like you don't have enough time to stamp? That you purchase all these wonderful supplies but then don't make and send out cards? Then stay tuned this week cuz I'm gonna give you my best tips for organizing your card list, mass producing cards and getting them mailed out! We all know how wonderful it feels to receive a hand made card....and on time. So let's get on the ball and get rolling!

Tip of the day: Organizing your list of cards to send out. First, get all your birthday, anniversary, etc dates on ONE calendar and keep addresses organized in an address book of some sorts. We all have some sort of system...get it in order all in one place. Next, make a monthly list of all the cards you need to send out. Refer to your master list and also add occasions that pop up like get well cards, sympathy cards, baby cards, etc. So for June, I would look at my calendar towards the end of May and make my list. I just use sticky notes and write the name, occasion and date. So for example, my list might look like this:

June Cards:
1-Mary birthday
13-Sue birthday
13-Jane birthday
Mark-get well
Lori-congrats

I keep my list with my postage stamps in a little basket with some nice writing pens. As I get cards made for the month, I add them to the basket. I also write the birthday or occasion date on the corner of the finished card envelope where the stamp would go. This way I can look at the cards and send them out a few days in advance. When it's time to mail out a card, I place the postage stamp over the date I had written. Easy peasy and my cards get sent out ON TIME!

Okay, I gotta get to work so I need to wrap up. I take that sticky note list that I compiled and then stamp all my cards for the following month or months if I have time. Those cards go in that organized basket. For today, I'm showing you one sheet wonder samples made with the two step stamping technique. I chose Papertrey's new Little Lady ladybug set, so cute! I stamped one sheet of ladybug and flower images but you could stamp several sheets depending on the number of cards you need or to keep in a file for future use. I got 4 cards out of this one sheet. Depending on what occasion cards you need, stamp different sentiments on one style card. By using images that are *generic* like the ladybugs, flowers, etc, you can make a lot of cards out of one style.

Stay tuned tomorrow for some tips on how I actually stamp in mass production. Have a great day!

39 comments:

Dottie K said...

Mish, I'm a very organized but love your tip about the date on the enevelope. Will use that one and love the basket idea - I put my cards in a drawer but I like the idea of seeing them out. I can't wait for more information on mass producing. I learn so much from your tip of the day. TFS so much!!! Have a great day!

Kim said...

Great ideas on getting organized and getting those cards in the mail! I'm terrible about getting cards in the mail on time!

asela said...

wow thanks for the tips! They are wonderful and I will definitely be using them as I'm the worst about sending out cards.

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Just adorable! And what great tips! Thanks!

Bethany Paull said...

Wow! You are organized girl. Love those cute little ladybug cards.

Anonymous said...

Michelle...first of all, LOVE your blog. I love that you add the "tips" from a seasoned stamper, so someone newer like me can skip the "live and learn". I can't wait to see your tips for mass production. I just finished a card lunch tin for my mom and want to fill it. I'm sure these tips will help. TFS. Janet

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

Mish...LOVE your blog! I am so looking forward to your Tips this week! I feel like I learn so much from you (and others that I visit). Thank you so much for all that you do!

Linda (LSN on SCS)

diane mcvey said...

This is just what I needed! Love your OSW, and the cards are adorable! YOU ROCK!!!

Flossie's Follies said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

Peggy Maier said...

I'm glad you had this idea for your blog - I really need it! Thanks.

Amy said...

Great cards and great ideas! I can't wait to see your tips this week. I am terrible about getting cards out on time. It is so agitating!

Have a great weeek!

PJBstamper said...

I think I'm doing great when I get hand stamped cards sent out, and now you're telling me they're supposed to be on time, too??? That's just too much.


note: yes, that's my way of saying I haven't sent your card yet... okay, I haven't made it yet either.

Meli Mitchell said...

I use most of these tips already...they are so handy! I love your osw cards...the lady bugs are so...just cheerful!

Beth said...

Oh Mishy Lou Who - I cannot wait!!!

Jenny said...

Great ideas! Thanks so much for the tips!

ker said...

OHHHHHHHH MYYYYY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!! They are adorable! I love them!!! And your tips are TO DIE FOR!!!

Anonymous said...

MOre of a question than a comment, I notice that when you make 1 card, you have also made several more of that same card. I'd like to start doing this. Do you design the card first then duplicate or do you have another method? Thank you so much for sharing.

Jessica

Otter said...

Mishy have I told you lately that I love you?!?! Except for the fact that you jus made me hit send on that order over at papertrey!!!

Rose Ann said...

Thanks for the wonderful tips! Love your "One Sheet" Ladybug cards!!

QC said...

Mish ~ you never cease to amaze me! I *love* these bugs and can't wait until mine arrive! LOL!!

You make it all look so easy! ;)

Thank you for sharing so much with all of us! Who loves ya, baby?!

Karrie Baker said...

I am going to start using this methoad ASAP!! I am so terrible, I make tons of cards and I still can't get them out on time. URGH!! Anyway, thank you for the helpful tip!! :)

Juile Masse said...

Great tips and I love the ladybug cards! ! I need a bunch of thank you's so I'm off to case! :)

Prinny said...

I think you need to change the name of your blog to MISH MASTER!!

Can't wait for the rest of the tips this week Mish. :)

Jami Speidel said...

Wonderful ideas! I'm going to go get an empty basket right now and start organizing!!! TFS!

Anne Marie said...

thanks Michelle for the inspiration and the great tips to get (and stay) organized!

Sherrie said...

Love this combo of colors Mish, it is a nice quick design that really pops! Fantastic little tips. I'm curious to read your mass production tips....see if we do things the same way!

beate said...

Your Ladybug cards are gorgeous, Mish!

Sarah said...

I really enjoyed your post. What great tips! I'll have to put several of these into use ASAP!! Thanks for sharing them.

Lyndsay said...

It's official. You are a GENIUS!

Monica said...

Thanks for the awesome tip! I so need to get organized. I started out the year running about two weeks behind on B-day cards, and it's only getting worse. I'm really embarrassed to admit that. I'm going to try to put your idea into use.

Love your ladybug OSW! I got my set last week too but haven't had time to play!

Susanna said...

Great idea! (almost as great as the new haircut!) Considering that I'm someone who stamps a lot, I never have the right card at the right time. I think it's a great idea to have one day of the month that I just knock out a supply for myself.

Mindy said...

That is a wonderful idea, hope that I can get organized enough to actually send out the ones that I do make. Thanks for the tip....

Angel W said...

GREAT ideas here!!! I have a HUGE stockpile of cards, but find I am running low on female b-day and anniversary cards, so I am going to follow your tips here. AND I am definitely CASEing this adorable ladybug card. TOOOOOO Cute!

Linda Bullard said...

These cards are adorable, and your advice, as always, is so motivating. I'll be hanging on your every word about "getting organized" and "just do it!" Linda

Rhonda said...

Hi Mish - my first time commenting on your blog. I noticed you thanked your "West Virginia girls." I'm not one of them, but I AM in West Virginia!

Anyway, I love your organizing ideas and thought I would add a tip of my own. I do birthday/anniversary cards for our church and one thing I do is pre-address the envelopes. I sit down and do the whole month of envelopes (and put the dates on them like you do) and then I go through my stock of cards, pick out what I want, put the cards with the pre-addressed envelopes. Then, as I have time I sit down and write my personal greetings and sign the cards. Usually within one or two settings I have all the cards in their envelopes and ready to mail. Some months I have had as many as 30 greetings to send out, so doing these things is a GREAT time saver and stress reducer!
Rhonda from West Virginia
SCS - navywifearmymom

Kathyc said...

I just love your blog! You work is always awesome and these tips are just fantastic! I REALLY appreciate that you share so much information. Thank you! I'm lovin the ladybugs and your next post too with the OSW!

Tex said...

How totally fun these are!
Ladybug, ladybug fly away home!

Juanita said...

THese are such FABULOUS ideas. I love your Little Lady paper. Thankk you for all these wonderful ideas.

Whimsey said...

You've convinced me to buy the Little Lady set from Papertrey; I don't have it yet. How did you get the words to curve around on your envelope? Such cute, cute cards!!!

whimsicalexpressions@yahoo.com Thanks for your time Mish.

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