Friday, April 15, 2011

Semi-Homemade is Good

Now I know I wasn't speaking very kindly the other day about some of the greeting cards that we get in the mail as a thank you for a donation. It is a very nice gesture but quite honestly I would rather have them allocate that money to the charity. There must be some expense in printing those cards and mailing them.

Anyway, I do look at pre-made note cards very differently. Some of them are very beautiful, and did I mention CHEAP! With a little imagination you can turn them into semi-homemade cards! Move over Sandra Lee!

Michael's $1 bins are a great place to start your hunt. Be selective--don't just buy anything. There will be new ones before you know it--when a design speaks to you and you think it has possibilities, then buy it. The DCWV boxes of 50 assorted cards is another place to look and they are often on sale.

I found this package of note cards at Big Lots back in the fall--12 for a $1 with lined envelopes.The lined envelopes sold me.. They were 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. I just used the front, cutting it down to just outside the cranberry border. Then I ran it through the embossing folder (European) and mounted it on white cardstock. The packaging had a piece of cranberry cardboard at the back, so I used that to punch the oval with the SU large oval punch. The sentiment is stamped in cranberry and then punched with the SU small oval punch.

As you can see, the two papers did not match but I was ok with that.

What do you think?
Cream cardstock?

I made two gift  card sets out of it.
Now that's what I call economical.

Another idea--if you are making 3 x 3 gift card enclosures like I did here, you need envelopes, right? Michael's often has these 3 x 3s  in the $1 bins too. Throw the cards away or find another use for them and now you have envies for your cards! 

Freebie Friday--Free downloadable links every Friday

Cards, bunny ears, bunny garland, basket tags and labels, paper chains
and so much more!
While you're there, check out the other Easter categories such as:
decorating, table crafts and favors



  1. Donna, it looks stunning! I love the way it is! You are so clever!

  2. What a great idea Donna! Love it! 8-)


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