Monday, November 20, 2017

Mail It Monday: tips for mass producing cards

Happy Mail It Monday! The holidays are upon us and it is time to get going on cards! There is nothing better than being able to create handmade cards. Today, I have some tips for you to make your holiday card making smooth and easy. Sorry, I don't have any advice for the lines at the post office! :D

1. KISS – Keep It Simple Silly
When mass producing cards, keep the design simple. Something you can handle stamping 73,000 times. Wink. Back in the day when I was making custom wedding invitations, I had a bride choose a tri-fold with two colors of cardstock, and three colors of heat embossing. I quit the custom invitation business shortly after that order of 250 invitations. My bad
2. Gather all your supplies
Make sure that you have all the paper, ribbons, etc, that you will need to complete your cards. Having refills for your ink pad is essential. You do not want to run out of ink half way through your stamping.

3. Complete each step all at once.
Stamp all the green leaves. Then stamp the highlights on all the leaves. Same goes for die cutting, heat embossing, stickers, etc. Doing this also allows you to keep the tools out you need for that portion. You don’t need 30 things on your space, just the two or three things for the current step. You also get into a good working groove this way. Speeding up the time it takes to complete your cards.

4. Break it down into chunks.
Maybe you only have time to die cut all the bases. Go for it. Continue with the next steps as you have time. It’s the old adage; How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

5. Use tools to help you.
Stamp positioning tools such as the MISTI can really save you time. You place your paper in the tool, then the stamp in the desired location on your paper. Once you close the lid and the tool picks up the stamp, everything lines up perfectly each time. Not to mention, if you don’t ink up your image properly, you can ink it again and not miss when you re-stamp. I cannot be the only person with this problem…

6. Bribe your children.
Oh, wait. I mean, engage your children in your project. Ha! Seriously though, my son thinks it pretty fun to use my die cutting machine.

Other ideas/tips:
If you don’t have time, order cards. Seriously, there is no shame. I order my cards every year. One, I like photo cards. Two, I am making too many cards for my job already to have the time. The point is that I mail cards and send our love to our friends and family.

Many companies will send out offers for free printing on envelopes, if you go with the photo card route. Having them print your return address is a huge time saver.

Caution for the companies that use your address book to send your mail, again for pre-printed or photo cards. I have heard a few horror stories about people getting doubles and triples of cards, and others not getting cards at all. Use your judgement.

Save your holiday mailing list in your computer. It makes for easy printing onto labels. And as people move and addresses change, making that change is quick and easy.

Another special card drive:
This card drive is from Vera Yates, the huge heart behind the Caring Hearts Card Drive. 
These are her words:
Card making friends, I need a favor please. The grandson of one of the ladies that help me hand deliver Caring Hearts package is going through some medical hardship. His name is Michael and he is 9 years old. He has a very rare, fast growing tumor that is in his jaw and soft tissue, and has entered his sinuses. He is one of a handful of children in the world that has this. He often has seizures.He has biopsy scheduled at the end of November and major surgery (possible jaw removal) mid December.
I thought he could use some cheering up by showering him with "Thinking of You" cards. Can you please help by sending a card to him? I am really hoping we can build quite a pile of happy cards for him.
Michael Pacheco
1018 Notre Dame Circle
Vacaville, CA 95687

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mail It Monday: 2 card drives

Have you sent any happy mail lately? Today is Mail It Monday and your reminder to drop some love in the mail today. If you are looking for places to send your cards, check out these two incredible card drives happening right now.

Designer Dawn McVey has been an active part of the paper crafting industry for nearly a decade. Not only has she played an important role within the Papertrey community, she has always been a ray of sunshine to others through blogging and social media. Many of you are familiar with the personal health struggles she has had over the past few years, and might have seen the recent news that she is now a proud small intestine transplant survivor. 
The community thought there would be no better way to honor Dawn and support her during her journey to recovery than to make a colorful, vibrant presentation of get well soon greetings. Dawn has always brought color and joy into our lives, and now we are able to do the same for her.
So here's to Dawn. May she find the strength on the hardest days. May she have peace through the recovery process. May she feel the love shining down on her from around the world.
If you would like to mail your creation to Dawn, you may use the address below.
Dawn McVey
Medstar Georgetown
3800 Reservoir Rd NW 
Washington, DC 20007

For more information and details, please visit HERE.

The other card drive is for a 9 year-old boy who will not live to see another Christmas. His greatest wish is to receive Christmas cards. His family is pushing up their holiday celebration for him. He loves penguins, so if you can use those on a card, it would be even more special. The news article about Jacob can be found HERE.

Jacob Thompson
Maine Medical Center
 22 Bramhall Street, Room 653
 Portland, ME 04102

Sincerely Yours,

P.S. Thank you for all your sweet messages. My surgery went well. I am now home resting and recuperating. It will be about 2 weeks worth. I might go crazy. :D However, I will remain thankful for a smooth procedure, for my husband and son who have taken such good care of me, and for my fantastic friends who have been spoiling me rotten and helping out. So much to be thankful for!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Envelope Envy: using stencils and ink

There are so many possibilities with Envelope Envy! I am seriously smiling while I sit down and stamp and create with this kit! Always something new to add beautiful touches to my envelopes.

I started the envelope off with a liner. I die cut the Stormy Seas polka dotted paper and placed it inside. I have found that adhering the top only, makes the envelope close better. Plus, the bottom of the paper isn't going anywhere when it is tucked inside. Apply the adhesive to the top of the flap, tuck it in, matching the liner score line and the envelope score line. Fold the envelope closed, press on the adhesive, and done.

FYI: Video tutorials are coming soon. Lots of them. Once I get back on my feet from my surgery. I love to teach, and share with you, so stay tuned.

The flower border stamp looks sweet in one color. To add a little accent to the center, I used a Fantastix ink tool to apply a little ink. (Its basically an ink pad rolled into a stick. Comes in a rounded and pointed tip. From Tsukineko. I will link you up at the bottom of the post.)

Simple stamped image that adds a nice finish!

More faux postage, because, how can you not? Its so cute!!! :D Oh, and check out that gold seal. So fun!

Here is my favorite part of this envelope, hands-down. The stenciling. I placed the hugs stencil on the flap with repositionable adhesive. I inked over it with Terracotta Tile ink. Going gently, to keep the stencil in place. Then I stamped over the entire flap with the small flower from the stamp set. Same color ink. I kept the stencil in place too, to make the background more impressive. How much would you smile when you saw this envelope? :D

Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Introducing Envelope Envy

I could not be happier today! Today is the day that I get to introduce my latest kit with Papertrey Ink called, Envelope Envy. This kit is above and beyond what I imagined! 

"Envelope Envy has the stamps, dies, stencils, and papers to help make your envelopes beautiful! In fact, your cards might start to get jealous! Envelope Envy Happy Mail stamp set contains 15 images to adorn your envelopes. The large flower border will look beautiful on the envelope flap, or stamped over the address line image. No more crooked addressing with that three-line image. Add heartfelt sentiments anywhere on your envelope with the 6 sentiments. The largest sentiment also fits perfectly with the address line image, so your recipient knows how special they truly are! Line your envelopes with the envelope liner die and the exclusive 4x6 paper pad. This paper pad has been specially designed to be lighter weight, so as to not add bulk to your envelope. You will wish you could see the smiles when the envelope is opened to reveal the liner patterns of happy words, polka dots, a large heart, or even a large hello. Along with the envelope liner die, 6 other dies are included. Use these dies to add custom seals to your envelopes, custom faux postage, or even cut out your own address labels. Take your envelope flap to another level with new stencils designed specifically for embossing. Each of the 7 stencils will leave a beautiful finish on your envelope flap. The mix and match possibilities of this kit are endless! Enjoy creating envelopes that will be the envy of all mail!"

The kit will be available exclusively from Papertrey Ink tonight starting at 10 PM EST.

For a closer look at all the contents and project ideas from Envelope Envy, you can watch the video below:

To watch here, simply click the middle of the video.
To watch in high definition, please click here: Envelope Envy Kit

The mix and match possibilities of this kit are truly endless! Over the next few days I will be sharing several "suites" of envelopes with you. Each of these groupings will show you different and unique ways to use the innovative products that I have designed and included in the Envelope Envy kit. 

The first suite today is definitely a show-stopping piece! I began by stamping the flower border image in black ink around the outside edge of the envelope. Each flower was colored in with pencil. I found that if I placed a piece of cardstock inside the envelope, I could avoid having some of the lines of the envelope showing through the coloring. 

The three-lined address image was stamped in Stormy Seas ink. I love the lines because I cannot write in a straight line!

To line the envelope, I used a striped piece of patterned paper from the paper pad. It was die cut with the envelope liner die in the kit. I love the detail of the small dotted edge all the way around! The light-weight paper also does not add bulk to your envelope. Which is important for mailing costs.

On the back of the envelope, on the flap, I inked through one of the stencils in the kit. Tropical Teal ink was applied. To close the envelope, I die cut a piece of the white sticker paper, also included in the kit, with the postage stamp die. I stamped a small heart and the word friend (masked off from one of the sentiments) onto the stamp and used it to "seal" the envelope.

No more plain envelopes! From simple stamping, to abundantly embellished, your envelopes will shine brightly and add even more love to your handmade cards!

To see more projects and for more information, be sure and visit Nichole's blog.

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mail It Monday: kindness creates joy

Happy Monday! Today I have a quick reminder that when you send your beautiful handmade cards, you are sending kindness and love! Bringing joy not only to others, but filling your heart as well! Mail those cards, friends!

Sincerely Yours,

P.S. Quick updates on a few things...
My next kit from Papertrey Ink is launching soon! Posts soon!
I will be having surgery on Nov. 2. Prayers for the hospital staff, my family, and myself. It will be kinda quiet around here for a tiny bit, but then I will be back with lots to share.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

winner! winner! Spellbinders giveaway

Congratulations to the winner of the $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders! Please email me ASAP with your name, mailing address, and email. You can find my email on the right hand side of my blog.

Thank you to everyone who left sweet comments! They are so appreciated! <3 div="">

Carolyn Steele said...
Thank you for showing a close up of your beautiful poppies. I don’t think I appreciated the detail in the flowers until I saw that. They are simply gorgeous. And I think I may have to look up that paste. It is just lush.
October 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mail It Monday: mail-able treat ideas for Halloween

Its Mail It Monday! Doesn't this brighten your Monday?! It sure does mine. Especially when I see your photos and read your comments about how thoughtful you all are when you send cards! I am so blessed by them all, which encourages me to mail even more! Today I am mailing 12 cards. 12! Its unheard of for me. And it makes me so, so happy!

I have some very sweet littles in my life, including my nephew. I wanted to surprise them with some fun Halloween mail. Remember as a kid how you hoped every day that there would be mail for you?! And how great it felt when there was something for you?! I knew I needed to mail them cards!

While I really didn't have any Halloween supplies suitable to make cards in my stash, I did see a cute pack of cards at Hallmark. No shame in store bought my friends! Its the thought and sending happy mail that matters.

I wanted to include some small treats in my cards, something that was mail-able and would not add too much bulk. After much searching, I saw an ad on Instagram for Wendy's Frosty coupon books. (That was definitely the first, and most likely the last, useful web ad...ha!) And at $1 a book, affordable. I also found a box of Halloween temporary tattoos. Another super find!

Off my cards go to make a kiddo's day. Seriously, the best feeling ever!! Keep sending love and sending cards!! <3 p="">

 Sincerely Yours,