February 22, 2009

Thanks, Chickie!

Edit: If you are looking into purchasing Copic Sketch markers, a few places you can do your shopping are Eclectic Paperie and Ellen Hutson's online stores. Their links are under my shopping links at the left. There you will find their prices and different color sets. You can also visit the Copic website and Marianne Walker's blog to find out more about Copics (links at the left). If you go to my *Labels* links on the left, you can also click on Copics to bring up more projects I've done with the Sketch markers.

Whew, what a whirlwind the last week has been. Subbing almost every day, family in the hospital, kids with the flu, 4 basketball games yesterday, 3 basketball games today, trying to diet(3 pounds down, no time to eat), trying to stamp and blog, cleaning house for company.....and tomorrow I start off the first of 3 more sub days in a row. It's life in the fast lane and I can't wait for Thursday because I'm taking a break from it all!!

In the midst of all the chaos lately, I did find some time to stamp while Jordan was home sick. She was feeling better Friday and was getting bored, so I set her up a little stamping station beside me. I put her to work making little thank yous for our friends and family that purchased Girl Scout cookies from her. She used some AMuse tags, a Papertrey thank you sentiment, a circle punch and some ribbon to make quick work of some little thank you cards. I always think a hand written note is a nice touch, so she took extra time to write on each one. I think she did a good job, don't you?I needed some little thank yous of my own, so set out to make some cards too. I like to make smaller cards for thank yous and little notes sometimes. They come together quicker and I can mass produce them easily. I thought you might like to see my process.

Start out by cutting out the basic cards. I used one sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" Papertrey Summer Sunrise card stock, scored in half lengthwise and cut into 2-3/4" strips....enough to make 4 cards that measure 2-3/4" x 4-1/4". I cut my October Afternoon paper from a full sheet of 12" x 12" paper. The finished pieces measure 2-1/2" x 3". I also stamped 4 of Karen Lockhart's cute Buttermilk Hen image onto PTI Vintage Cream card stock.
I then added the patterned paper to the card bases and stamped the Papertrey sentiment on the bottom. (Sentiment is from the Papertrey Handwritten Notes stamp set, Dawn McVey's handwriting). I colored the hens in with Copic Sketch markers.
I punched out the hen images with a Stampin' Up! punch and backed them with pop dots, and added some PTI Aqua Mist ribbon across the card fronts. As an extra accent, I grabbed some coordinating October Afternoon patterned paper and punched some circles. I cut off a portion of the circle using my paper trimmer and then adhered to the card front. Notice how I left a portion of the circles hanging off the left edge. Simply turn the card over and trim off the excess with scissors to look like the card on the very right side.
Then it's assembly time, my favorite part. I adhered the hen images front and center and added some colorful buttons at the last minute. No time for threading them all this time, they'll have to be naked.
Here's a close up shot of the card details. These went right into my own personal stash basket. I'll use these for quick little thank you notes instead of full size cards. No need for envelopes either, I just tuck them inside customer sacks, place on a desk, etc.
Okay, I'm off to the next round of basketball games with some laundry and vacuuming in between. Later, chickies!

21 comments:

Chris said...

Phew...I'm exhausted from just reading what you've been up to! Make sure you take some time to rest too in there somewhere!

Love the card - I must, must, must learn to mass produce like this.

Michelle said...

SUPER BUSY for sure you have been! Those cards that your daughter made are really cute and absolutely a nice touch and love that you are training early to be thankful and show appreciation; this characteristic will last a lifetime.
Your card is cute too - LOL - the sentiment goes perfect with the image!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

As usual, you are the queen of making card/note sets! I love those chickens... your color choices are awesome!

Michelle, would you consider contributing one of your handmade items to the Victorian Bushfires non-raffle? You can see the deets here: http://lisahjulberg.blogspot.com/2009/02/we-need-your-help.html

Thanks so much for considering this... and don't forget to eat your Wheaties, 'cause it sounds like you need 'em!

Dottie K. said...

Wow busy bee!!! Jordan did a beautiful job on her thank you notes. A hand note is so nice to receive. Love your card and those colors. Have a great weekend! :)

resmith said...

These are great!! You are so busy and still find time to craft. Your daughter did a wonderful job on her cards also. What better than to get a thank you note from herself with all her own effort.

Kirsten said...

I think I need a rest after reading this!! Love these chickies, they're very cute.

Karen said...

I think it is wonderful that your girls make thank you notes. It is important for children to learn such great manners. Love the little hen, the papers and the layout. Don't forget to take a deep breath during your busy schedule. Have a great Sunday.

My Little Space said...

Jordan did a fab job with her thank you notes, and such beautiful writing as well. Love your thank yous too Michelle !! What a great image and papers are gorgeous. Hope you manage to put your feet up soon and take a break!

Mandy

Kelly Lunceford said...

These are adorable, Michelle! You are making me wish I would have added this little chicken to my last Lockhart order! LOL! I love the fun colors you used! Sounds like you have been busy! I always like it when those spells come to an end and I can actually hear myselft think!

Cindy H. said...

What adorable cards!! I love the Chickie notecards! The image and sentiment are perfect together. You need a rest!!

Anonymous said...

Totally love your blog and check it almost daily. Thanks for showing these cute little note cards. After reading the size and I went off and cut four and finished them with small items I had already colored and were just sitting there waiting for a home. How fun was that ?!?! Thanks, Tamara

leenda said...

Super cute card! Love the layout!

Busym1 said...

Wow, your as busy as me! I hope Jordan feels better, she did a nice job on the cards. If she felt as bad as my husband and I do, I feel for her! So far my kids didn't get it yet, but the week has not started yet! Love that little hen! Thanks for taking time to share your work and your daughters work with us, your so busy! Michelle

Cynthia Smith said...

I was wondering if you sell copic markers? I want to get the sets but dont know anyone to purchase from also what set should I start with first?? Also how much are they? Thanks Cynthia

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

You are a whirlwind! I don't know where you get the energy, but bless you! I love to read your blog, and thanks for another great inspiration card! Love this chicken! How wonderful of you to teach your children about saying and writing thank-you notes. (Great job, Jordan!) That will be so important later in life for them...bravo for you! TFS...as always! {{smiles}}

ELizabeth V. said...

These are darling! Thanks for sharing the details/sizes/instructions. I made a few yesterday and I can see that size is going to be quite addicting. I'm taking them to work to have on hand to leave on teacher desks or in their mailboxes. Thank you!

Juanita B said...

I have to lay down after reading about your day, WHEW!!

Okay, I'm back now, lol.

Your ideas are always amazing. I LOVE both cards. It is so thughtful of you to make thank you notes for your customer, wow. you are an awesome woman and wonderful mother. I think you have addicted Jordy by now because her work is excellent!

Enjoy Thurs. and TFS.

Debbi said...

These are ADORABLE, Chickie!! What a wonderful thank you from the girls - glad they got the support, and I know the recipients will love these!!

Jenn said...

Great combination of stamps, Mish! Very cute, indeed!

Kar said...

these are cute Mish

createdbywendy said...

Cute cards. I'm loving that chick stamp.

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