The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mr Cardmaker Makes the Mostest for the Hostess

Well, we were invited to dinner last week, and I didn't happen to have a good bottle of wine hanging around the house. The temps were well below zero ALL DAY, so I was NOT about to head out in the cold to shop around for a hostess gift, so, of course, it was off to the craft room!

My hostess had given us some lovely flowers at Thanksgiving and with the flowers came a lovely little gift card.
A handmade gift card, mind you, which I had not made.
Now, this girl has received MANY a card from me, so she KNOWS that I make cards. Oh, she KNOWS....

Now, I managed to restart my breathing, and got my vision cleared, and I decided that I would give her the benefit of the doubt, and believe desperately cling to the idea that she got this card as a GIFT from somebody, and did not seek them out herself.

HOWEVER, I was not about to let her go wandering the streets with only some interlopers gift cards on her person.

I had to make her these--

So, do you make cards like these?

DO you make them a 3" square like I see so many people do?
Can I just ask, WHY?
I guess the answer is clear, if you're starting with a 12x12 piece of card stock. Then, mathematically, you are perfect.
I don't have heavy weight 12x12 card stock, so I used my 8 1/2 x 11 usual stuff, and it occurred to me that if I made these cards 3" square, I'd chop up a ton of paper, with tons of waste, for nothing.
HOWEVER! If I did them at 2.75", I could get SIX cards out of one sheet of card stock, with a tiny 1/4" strip of waste.

It's the evil card stock hawkers at work, with these 3" cards, I tell ya...

Anyway, the cards are super simple, a couple of stamped leaves, some washi tape, a die cut leaf and banner, and a punched and stamped flower. And some white gel dots, because they make everything better. Easy.
I did punch up the flower a bit by adding some white enamel accents dots around the center pearl, but you could go without, no problem.

Now, these would have been a lovely gift, right?
But, no. I HAD to do more. Because I'm crazy like that.
Because I needed envelopes if I was going to make those other gift cards look puny and insignificant.
And, that's REALLY what I was making here...
But we all knew that, didn't we.....?

SO, out came the vellum, which DID make me have a TON of scraps, because I had to make those big enough to HOLD the perfect sized cards I so cleverly came up with...
Lots of glue dots, perfectly lined up so they all just make one dot on the vellum....and some of that Lick&Stick liquid envelope glue, so you can seal the envelope.

BTW--This is taking WAY more time than I allotted for this project, as you can imagine...

BUT WAIT! Whatever shall I deliver them in? I just used the last of my acetate boxes for my last gift....
I'll make a BAG! Because of the aforementioned "crazy like that."

So, more vellum (oh, and I ripped the first one by scoring too hard, so DOUBLE that effort), some scor-tape and some washi.

Then you have to pack it up so it looks gorgeous, with SOME of the cards IN the tiny envelopes, so you can see how that works, but some of them OUT of the little envelopes, so you can see the card through the BAG, and one of those has to face the FRONT of the bag, and one has to face the BACK of the bag, and the empty little envelopes have to be hidden in the middle of the whole thing, so they don't look all lonely....

Oh, and the cherry on TOP of the crazy--

I just couldn't walk away until I had clear embossed my name and website on the outside corner of the bag. 

So, lifting my exhausted, sweating, got-nothing-else-done-today butt off the craft room floor, I go to the front of the house to see that Charlie has come home with a lovely bottle of wine for our hostess that night.

We brought the wine with us. Just the wine.

I left the cards at home.

Anybody wanna buy a set of gift cards?


Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best--


  1. They are lovely!!! I have thought about making a set of cards as a gift, but have never done it. It might be a good ida to have a set 'on hand'. LOVE the stamp with your name on it, may I ask where you got it?

  2. These are gorgeous! Great colors and I super love that flower!

  3. I had a great laugh at the pondering. It's the same universal predicament as hot dog to bun ratio. You'd have to buy 4 packages of hot dogs and 5 packages of buns to suffice equivalence and I for one feel that 40 hot dogs in one's fridge is just asinine. But then again, I'm a chicken lover so....
    I just hope there was a glass of wine at the very end of this story for you and no matter where those fantastic 2.75" cards end up....they will be LOVED! The vellum envelopes made me squeal! :)
    I like your personalized stamp very much...I still like your trademark "I made this" on your stuff too.

  4. Oh gosh! I laughed RIchard!! I'm sorry :) Your cards are so lovely, I can't believe you didn't take them along with the bottle of wine! She would have been crazy not to love them!! Well, now you have the perfect gift ready for your next hostess! I just love the vellum bag!!

  5. OMGSH, I am laughing so hard! You are hilarious! "Interlopers cards"! And hand made envelopes?! Then you FORGOT THEM at home? When she sees your blog post today she will jump all over you because these are FAR better than wine, In my opinion! I work with 12x12 and make a lot of A2 size cards so I have 3 1/2 X 12 inch scraps to use for little cards. I love them, they are as addictive as tags!

  6. Wow.... what a fantastic set! The vellum envelopes are the perfect touch. I can't believe you chose to take the wine bottle, though!?

  7. Richard I am laughing out loud with you not at you! Oh this story could have been about me and some of the acrobatics I have done for the last minute gift. Your gift cards and instructions are fantastic. What a thoughtful gesture and one that anyone would love! keep them on hand their will ALWAYS be another moment that you will be so glad you have them!

  8. Okay, this was hilarious....I think we all have that same though process.
    Your card set is absolutely wonderful!

  9. Beautiful Richard. I make card sets for gifts quite often. They are so fun. I love your name stamp. Where did you get it?

  10. Hahaha, sorry! Now you have a hostess gift for 'next time'!

  11. These are adorable and I luv the idea of the vellum envelopes. Yes, I guess 3X3 cards are economical in a sense if you plan on making a ton of them .. but no, I don't often make them :)


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