Monday, November 11, 2019

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - November 2019

The November calendar is now available for FREE download and printing! Sorry the calendar is a bit late. My apologies!

If you are new to The Ultimate Calendar for Card-Mailers, welcome! This calendar is published each month with national days of the month. From the silly to the downright ridiculous to the serious holidays, each day has something to inspire your card-making and more importantly, your card-mailing!

For example, November 12 is National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day. What popped into my head first was a stamp set I have from Lawn Fawn, called "On the Mend." In the set is an image of a bowl of soup. I can use that set to make a card. And then I am reminded to send a card to a friend who has not been feeling well. I love how this works! 
You can download and print this month's calendar for FREE! Simply click the link below. Save the image, save the PDF, or simply print. Enjoy!


If you are new to Mail it Monday! Welcome!

We are so glad to have you join in our growing community of card-mailers! We are all working on encouraging one another to mail our handmade cards. Or even store-bought cards. The idea is simply to send love, send cards! From this calendar, to posts on Instagram, to sharing card drives, everyone in this community is passionate about sending cards. Are you? If so, follow us on Instagram at @MailItMonday.

It is FREE to belong. And to help you find others in our community, when we post, we use the hashtag #mailitmonday in our text. Once you click that hashtag, you will see all the posts made with it. Its a wonderful way to find new friends and to continue to grow our community!

Sincerely Yours,

Friday, November 1, 2019

Caring Hearts Card Drive 2019


Sharing information today about this beautiful card drive started by my friend, Vera, back in 2010! She works hard to send cards and love into the world, and I am all about that! Please consider getting involved and help Vera reach her goals this year!


My name is Vera Yates and I am the founder of Caring Hearts Card Drive. I started this card drive 10 years ago thanks to my mom suggestion. When I started this card drive in 2010, I honestly thought it'd be for that year only as I wasn't sure whether I will even have people participating. I was cranking up a lot of card myself just in case I don't receive many cards. That first year I collected  about 750 cards. 

I was super green and so very thankful to have Jennifer McGuire's guidance and with her support she really helped me in keeping this card drive going year after year. LOL, every year I always thought it's going to be the last one, but then I feel certain commitment to those who are looking forward to receiving these cards.

The purpose of our card drive is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes or live alone.

The holidays are about family, kindness, and joy. During this time many of the elderly living in nursing homes may feel extra lonely or miss their families. We can bring a smile to their faces and brighten their holiday season simply by sharing our love of card making. A simple gesture to let them know that they are not forgotten. That someone is still thinking of them. We all love making cards and what’s better than knowing that our creations can bring a smile to others, right?

We send packages of cards to hundreds of nursing homes throughout the US, Canada and Australia. I have an amazing group of volunteers who helped in collecting and distributing the cards. From some of the nursing homes they express how much their residents love receiving the cards and comparing where they're from. It's one of the thing they look forward to. I hope many of you will join in and contribute.

IMPORTANT DETAILS:
  • This card drive will be run from October 4 to November 8, 2019. We need to receive your cards by November 15, 2019
  • Please make the cards for Christmas or Holiday Wishes only.
  • All cards need to have a message inside (can be stamped or hand written).
  • Sign your name and where you are from inside the card. 
  • Include an envelope for each card and please don't seal the envelope.
  • Please stick to standard size A2 or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card as this will help us in packing more efficiently. 
  • Please don't use any pins or loose glitter (for safety reasons). 
  • This is totally optional, but if you'd like to include $3 or $5 to help with shipping, it'll be much appreciated. We cover the shipping cost ourselves & postage prices have increased. Last year we struggle to cover the postage cost, so any donation toward shipping would help us tremendously.

For US, you can mail the cards to:
  • Vera Yates, 1314 Roy St., Houston, TX 77007 (Note: if you're in Houston and would like to drop off the cards directly please email me at: wirianta at hotmail.com)
  • Cindy Groh, 111 10 Mile Rd NW Sparta, MI 49345 

For Australia:
  • Deb McCleary, CHCD, PO Box 54, Watsonia, VIC, 3087 Australia

For Canada:
  • Caroline Bredeson, 11 Ave. des Oblats, Unit 112, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5V8, Canada
  • Rita Andrews, 28 West Gissing Rd, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1L6, Canada 

In each package, PLEASE include THIS 2019 SUBMISSION FORM. This helps us in keeping track for prizes! For each card you send, you will get a chance. So the more cards you send, the better your chances.

For complete details on the prizes please go to my blog post HERE.


Sincerely Yours,

Monday, October 7, 2019

Die cutting + Planner Pages

Honestly, I never thought about die cutting for my planner pages. It never crossed my mind. But my assignment for We R Memory Keepers was just that. Boy, am I glad it was, because I have a TON of ideas for incorporating die cutting into my planner pages!

I started off slowly. I had this cute, but basic bat clothespin from Pebbles, Inc. I added a die cut circle of patterned paper and a suuuper cute brad. Ok, cute idea. But what else?

Well, I wanted to layer this pre-made tag on the page. So, why not die cut a cute banner for more color and a change of shape? Done and more cuteness. Now this was becoming pretty fun!

Then I remembered this cool label tape and embossing folders I had...adorable borders with dimension! EEEEE!! 

Finally I needed to add a space for my days. I was going to draw them with a pen, but as I flipped through my stash of dies and saw some scalloped frames from My Favorite Things the lightbulb went off! I think I will be using these squares all the time! They add texture, color, and a whole lot of cuteness! For the complete details on this layout, visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog today!

So have you ever used die cuts in your planner?

Sincerely Yours,
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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - October 2019

October?! I think I say that every month when it is time to change the calendar. But wow, the days sure fly by! Once again, the Mail It Monday calendar is now available for FREE download.

You can click the link here and download the calendar. Either save it to your computer, or print it. The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers October 2019

Or feel free to save the image below and keep a digital copy. Choose whichever option works best for you.

If you are new to Mail It Monday, once again welcome, and we are so glad to have you join in our growing community of card-mailers! We are all working on encouraging each other to mail our handmade cards. From this calendar, to weekly posts on Instagram, to sharing card drives, everyone here is passionate about sending love when they send cards.

Each month a calendar is released. This calendar is full of national days. The idea is to inspire your card making with serious to silly days. Or to inspire you to think of someone who needs their day made with happy mail. I hope this calendar truly inspires you!

If you have not joined our community on Instagram, please visit @MailitMonday and follow. It is completely FREE to belong. Use and follow the hashtag #MailItMonday to find other card-mailers. Find friends and inspiration and encouragement.

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Halloween Cupcakes - Quick and Pinterest Worthy

I love decorating cupcakes and treats. I want things to look Pinterest worthy and get all the oohs and aahs. But let's be real honest here, who has the time for that?!? Its one of the reasons that I love designing for We R Memory Keepers. They have the tools to make these projects quickly. But more importantly than that, my projects look fabulous as well! Decorating these adorable Halloween cupcakes took me maybe 15 minutes. No joke! 

To start with, I used a DCWV paper pad called Happy Halloween. The paper pad had these super cute tags with iridescent foil accents. I simply cut them from the paper, glued a tooth pick to the back, and added a couple of stars I punched from patterned paper. The glue took longer to dry than making these! There were so many cute and punny sayings, I had a hard time choosing!

The next step was making the cupcake wraps. Using the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Board, I was able to make several cute wraps. The toughest choice was picking which papers I wanted to use. The standard cupcake wrap needs a 7"x7" piece of paper. With two cuts, the wrap is ready for adhesive. I place some on each end and secure it closed.

I did take the cupcake wraps another step and added some fun fringe. I used the We R Memory Keepers DIY Party Fringe around the inside edge. One piece wrapped around twice, adding a nice fullness. The Fringe has adhesive on it already, making it quick to apply to the wrap.

I found a few candy pumpkins at my local grocery store and knew they would be a perfect finishing touch.These definitely make me smile. 

What kind of treats do you like to make for Halloween? Will you try cupcake wraps and picks this year?

Sincerely Yours,
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Monday, September 16, 2019

Mail It Monday's 2nd Anniversary Celebration!


Welcome to the 2nd Anniversary celebration of Mail it Monday! It is hard to believe that it has been two years since my very first post about starting Mail it Monday!


This image was in my very first post. You can see the post HERE. The words from this post still ring true today and I know that so many of you can relate! 

"I have an confession. It is embarrassing. I don't mail the cards I make. I have every intention of mailing them, but life always gets in the way. Its not a good excuse. But I still use it. Please tell me that I am not the only person who does this!

Its time to change that. Now. Time to start new habits. Time to start sharing love and kindness with friends and family. Handmade, straight-from-my-heart, love.

Today is the start of that change. Today I am starting Mail It Monday. Monday will become the day we remember to send cards. Even one card. A post card. Not a bill, that is just sad. :D

Every Monday I will be sharing the reminder to mail your cards.

Growing a community of card-MAILERS, not just card-MAKERS. 
That is the goal. Encourage one another. Send love to one another. Mail those cards!" 

So on Mondays since then I have been reminding you to mail your handmade cards. And now it is not only me, but a growing and lovely community of card-makers, sharing love and kindness with the world! Almost 1900 lovely card-makers! Isn't that incredible?!

Really, this is a celebration of YOU! And for the entire week we will be having prizes and giveaways! Please join us for all of the fun and giveaways on Instagram @MailItMonday!

A HUGE thank you needs to be sent out to the following people! 


These sponsors who are generously giving away prizes this week!!

Thank you to the following people who will be sharing their talents and their hearts with posts this week!!


Let's celebrate by making the world a brighter place -
by sending cards!

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Two Stamping Techniques, Two Cool Tools, One Fall Card

Moments of fall seem to be peeking through the days of lingering warm weather. One of my favorite fall color palettes is this one here. Mostly because I can create fall without diving head first into reds, yellows, and oranges. Because those colors somehow don't feel right when its still 85 out and the air conditioning is running. :D

Check out the We R Memory Keepers tools I used to create not only the beautiful sort-of fall color background, but also the shadowed sentiment.

For a full tutorial please visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog.

First set of tools up is the Impressions Daubers. These foam-handled tools are perfect for blending inks on your card stock or patterned paper. You can even use them to create unique backgrounds by using them as a stamp. There are two shapes as you can see. I personally love the circles, but when you need to get into a smaller spot, the triangles really are helpful. The Impressions Daubers come in a handy case that closes nicely. A fun and useful tool to add to your stash!

Then I used the Precision Press to create a very cool shadow effect behind my sentiment. The Precision Press is very helpful with lining up stamps so they line up perfectly. The part that I like the most about the Precision Press is the fact that the lid is not attached to the base. You can use the lid to stamp on its own. Nice for creating backgrounds.

Visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog for the full details on using these tools. Plus a few very helpful inking and stamping tips! 

Sincerely Yours,
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