Tuesday Tips for mailing!

Good Tuesday to all! Today’s post has some tips for mailing and I think that you will walk away with a good “nugget” that hopefully you will find useful. You know that I love to share things that work for me but at the same time I hope you know that it is ALWAYS a work on progress!

These tips might work for me TODAY…and then YOU  will share with me something that is even better or should I say, “works for me” (remember….we all see things differently) and guess what? THAT IS OK!!! 🙂  At the end of the post I will fill you in with the surgery yesterday!

We all know that there are times that we just cannot help ourselves and that we have fun adding embellishments and thickness to our cards, (and also SQUARE CARDS) that require extra postage! Here are some tips that I hope you find useful!

Confession time….I do try to play a game with myself to make cards that will mail with a regular stamp and I have also found that going to the same post office and I am fortunate enough to see either “Trish or Cathy” ~  they know there are times that I am “pushing the limit” but then I give them a funny look and say, “Can you PLEASE hand stamp this?”

By having your cards hand stamped, they will not go through the machine and get all messed up! I have heard from many of you that your post master will not do that….I do not know what to say but try baking them cookies…..it goes a long way! 🙂 I am in my post office quite often and I can tell when it is time to “sweeten them up” and yep, cookies….muffins work!

First, I like to purchase these envelope from Amazon. They are lifesavers and if you do not think that you can use 50 of them, split them with a friend. I think that you will be amazed at how handy they come. Yesterday’s card….the shaker one – I did not make an envelope and I just slid it in one of these envelopes with a goodie for Catherine Ann to read and POOF – works like a charm!

The are “ok” quality but for the price – you cannot beat it. 50 for $11.00 – GREAT DEAL! The are 6″ X 10″ and it you have something smaller that you do not want to roll around, simply fold over the end to make it smaller, seal – add extra tape and off to the post office!

 

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If you have a card that YOU KNOW needs extra postage ….using one of these will be a huge protector and in the long run., it is just a wee bit more to mail than the extra postage and you know that it will some safe and sound and in perfect condition because of the padding. I think that they work out to be .22 a piece!

 

Here is another GREAT idea…wow let’s look at this gem. I say BRILLIANT as this was made by downline, Nancy Farrell. I am sure she will chime in on the comments and lat us know how many she makes but my guess……she makes a bunch, has them cut and ready to go when needed!

I love the font she used and the little added touches of hearts…the year….her initials – FUN!

 

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Lastly, this is one that I think the message is a KEEPER! You can see how Donna stamped off in the background an image and then has this amazing, uplifting message that would surely brighten someones day!

I think that we all will remember this about “HANDMADE” – you know how I feel about Handmade/Homemade….Gifts from the heart ALWAYS win in my eye….priceless!

 

HANDMADE

Hoping A Note Does Make A Difference Everyday

 

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Simple things just make that special difference. I just love this tips and tricks like these and I hope that they turned a lightbulb on for you!

Here is an update on my friends son. He did not get out of surgery until 2:30 (started at 7) and in a nutshell, he is doing great – the doctors feel like it was successful but the next 24 hours will be critical. He is on a ventilator which is normal for that surgery and his beautiful Mom send me a text around 7 last night saying that she had the chance to see him and he did a “fist bump” with his brothers and mouthed I love you to his parents!

Now if that doesn’t make your day…I do not know what would! He is soooooo lucky as he is a super athletic and active young man ~  lacrosse and baseball and thank goodness something was picked up at a physical for school, they thought is was a heart murmur but it was a bunch more! God is GREAT and there have been a powerful group of people praying for this family!

Here is a quote for you today…..anther keeper in my  eyes!

 

Quote of bravery

 

We are ALMOST at the end of the month…..lots to still take advantage of…remember the Thoughtful; Branches Bundle will be leaving tomorrow….it is a beauty and then up on top of my post, you will see the product share offerings, the Paw Print card offering….FUN!!!!!

 

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dog shop now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sweet shaker for my friend….

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Today is the day that my friends son is having his surgery, please keep him and the family in your thoughts. Today I have a fun shaker card that I made for my friend! I am trying to stock pile several different types of card to brighten their day!

The card was made with the Sweet & Sassy Heart Framelits as the base for my shaker! Because they are all graduated sizes, it is easy to do! You can see in the below picture the “makings of the shaker” (sorry for the icky picture but it will give you the idea)

 

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The “key element” that makes it easy is using the foam adhesive stripes. Here is a great tip!!!! ~ peel off both sides of the strips as it makes it super easy to bend around and adhere to whatever base you are using. I should have used one long strip and worked around…this IS the easiest wat to do it as when you start cutting into little pieces, it just makes it harder!

 

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Here is another tip! To prevent your shaker elements from sticking to the sides and the top of the window sheet….take either the stampin’ buddy or a swifter cloth ~ this really help with the sticking and the static.

I used the beautiful sentiment from the Thoughtful Branches Bundle (love this font) for the message inside the heart! I thought that it was appropriate to add little hearts (from the hearts border punch) and I also threw in some sequins…

The over all size of the card is a 4 1/2″ square card. The strip of the GORGEOUS DSP is 1 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ and then a 1/4″ strip of the Daffodil Delight!

 

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Now to the flowers on the Mint Macaron Base. They are from the Love & Affection Stamp Set and I used Versamark to stamp. Remember, I have blogged before that this is a great way to add an accent. You just need to play with the paper as sometimes it works better using the same color of ink and then there are times that the versamark works better. I love the effect it gives!

That is about it….have you tried to make a shaker card? If not, how about giving it a try! It is like all things we do…if we have the right tools/products, it works…it is as simple as that!

 

 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need help with a shaker card or even any card. I often have people email me a picture of a card they have seen on the internet and they say, “How did they do that?” Trust me, I do not have all of the answers but if I can help, it is my pleasure!

I know that Catherine Ann will love this card. I can see her just want to look at it and then she will shake, shake, shake…and then flash that beautiful smile she has.

 

 

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Now to the weekend post….I adore the comments but I must say, my pick was Sunday’s card. I do love Crumb cake for the holidays…and i think that when you see the DSP paper stack, you will see why! I will say that this card is in the running for a holiday card from my family!

This is the home stretch…this week is special! The end of the month…and the UNVEILING or should I say….purchasing from the NEW HOLIDAY CATALOG!!!! YIPPEE!!!!!

Have a great day, we all have so much to be thankful for….please remember my friends and I hope that this quotes touches you! There truly is power in kindness, love, belief and prayers!

 

We Rise by Lifting Others

 

 

Step It Up Sunday!

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Hello…hello – I am super excited to get your feedback as to which one you like better – I know that many of you enjoy the 2 day posts where I take a card on Saturday and then on Sunday make some changes and then get GREAT feedback from you guys….I have my pick but I am not going to tell you….(until tomorrow)

I know that I shared with you earlier this week that it seemed to be hard to get int he swing of creating a Christmas Card when it is soooo darn hot out…but I decided to give it a “scout’s try” and play with some of the new kids on the block!

 

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Not many changes but you can see that there is a totally different “feel” to the card1 The white is so clean and crisp and then the Crumb Cake is so warm and homey.

Yesterday I did some simple scoring on the sides of the panel and today I used the Holly Embossing folder (remember, all of the products are always listed at the bottom of the post)

Yesterday I did not add the “berries” from the Christmas Pines Bundle and today I did, I think that extra POP is key!

 

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I loved and appreciated the comments yesterday…This “pine” bundle is a TOTAL HOLIDAY CLASSIC. I am the very first to realize that purchasing framelits and dies can get expensive but I ask you….what is more classic than fresh greens at the holidays!

I encourage you to add all sorts of different shades of green (even it you think they look strange together) because in the end…it all works out! Isn’t nature wonderful – please do not get stressed with getting the colors and placement perfect – let it roll!!!

 

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Embossing folders add a super fast WOW and this one, Holly is beautiful. I like the fact that the holly has swirls all around to continue a clean, crisp and classic feel! One think I discovered when I made this was when you look at the flip side, it is a fun pattern and actually it is hard to tell that it is holly~ I am going to play around it for a future post!

One thing that I wanted to share is how I adhered the pine…Believe it or not, I used glue dots!!!! They were right there in front of me so I thought, why not? Fast and DONE! I did add dimensionals behind the ornament!

 

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Before you get to your last photo I want to give you the dimensions and a GREAT TIP!!!! This is SOOOOOO SILLY as the dimensions are a no brainer….just an A-2 card, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ and then the Mat is the good old 1/4″ smaller, 5 1/4″ X 4″ and then run through the Big Shot.

NOW HERE IS YOUR TIP: The Big Shot and the precision plate…YOU NEED IT…it is like “peanut butter and jelly” – they just go together! These pines are soooooo detailed and beautiful. Trust me, you will loose your crackers if do not use the precision plate.

I will also share with you…at first I was even frustrated in the fact the the pines were not coming out easily but after I cut about (3) of them….it was MUCH BETTER. This might be crazy but I think that there are times that our “tools” need to get “conditioned”…anyway – I ADORE this die and it is one for eternity as it is truly timeless!

 

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Remember, shopping in your jammies is in style!!!

Here is a BIG PAW PRINT for you to hit and go to my online store! Rememeber to check out my Paw Prints Program where I reward you with free stamps but shopping with me! I know that there are sooooo many AMAZING SUD’s out there and WOW – so much talent but I thank you for your support, your time and your feedback!

Please keep my friends son in your prayers, his surgery is tomorrow at 7:00. This is such a wonderful family.I took them dinner on Friday night and they are all so positive. It was hard not to shed a tear, I am just so sorry that they are going through this but we all know how blessed we are with medicine and technology today!

For you animal lovers out there…..the Dad is a Medevac Paramedic for the State and they just added another dog to their great home. The dog was a bomb search dog that needed to go out of service and talk about AMAZING….their other rescue dog loves to jump on a trampoline – I should take a video of it as it is a hoot – if you even say the “trampoline word” in front of him….he goes bonkers!!!

Thanks all…I know that most of the times I get off topic but…that’s just me! I truly love what I do and I love helping you reach your goals!

 

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Simple Saturday!!!

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Happy Weekend….I have a Simple Saturday card for you today but I do hope that you will pop back tomorrow to see the “stepped up” version…side by side – YOU decide! I adore reading your comments and getting feedback – this is how we all learn…each of us have gifts…have “nuggets” of tips and tricks and when we share through our comments…we all learn!

Before we get to the card for today….we have a BLOG CANDY WINNER…WOOT-WOOT to “Karen L” ( see her comment below) and please email me your address so I can get your goodies in the mail! I did enjoy reading your comments – WOW……I WANT TO GO TO A STAMP CAMP….LOVED that comment – wouldn’t it be a HOOT of a weekend if we could all be together.

When I was a Creative Memories Consultant, I held along with others a FANTASTIC WEEKEND retreat…it was filled with FUN, LAUGHTER, INSPIRATION and ENDLESS MEMORIES! I admit, it was a TON of WORK but days after the weekend…I was always ready to do it again!

Thanks for all of the great comments….

 

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Now I must say, this is my kind of card…right up my alley and I am eager for you to see tomorrows to get your feedback ( I DO TREASURE your ideas and comments) – but I will say, this weekend post will definitely be in the running for one of my cards (I like to make up several different cards as I admit, I have a hard time deciding on just one)

 

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Clean, Classic, FUN & DONE! Here is a great glimpse of the Regal DSP Paper Stack (Garden Green) – I LOVE these stacks and that is exactly why I always offer them with my product shares…so many of you have not had the opportunity to try them or many of you have overlooked them in the catalog, trust me…..I think I went almost 2 years before I discovered them!  Remember my motto…

 

“When in doubt, pull the DSP Paper Stacks OUT!”

 

 

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Here are the products used for this beauty! Pop back tomorrow to see the stepped up version but better than that for many of you…the dimensions and all of the tips and trick I did to make this clean and simple card! I can’t wait to hear how you like this card…I think it is a great way to KICK START Holiday Cards as I have really not shared a bunch yet (Truth be told, I found it hard to get int he mood for the Holidays when it is 95 degrees!) 😀

 

 

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Again, many thanks for all of the comments yesterday – it was great fun to read through them. I will say, at least I found that I had other friends on the Island of not being a fan of that Paper Pumpkin Kit last month…..BUT….

I hope it showed you that there are ways to take something we have….change it to make it work for you! I think that the thing I liked the least about the kit was the paper, I am a traditional paper-crafter and it was just not my favorite but I loved the sentiments and  floral stamps!

See you in the morning….I am excited for your feedback!