Over the past several months, I’ve hemmed and hawed over whether I should create a stationary “line”. I am so in love with creating custom designs, meant to suite the needs of the individual customer, and I have no doubt in my mind that I will continue to create as many custom designs as I can get my hands on.
BUT, I have been intrigued by the idea of creating something for the masses. I contemplated where to start, and immediately thought of a thank you note design as my first line of greeting cards. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for the perfect thank you note to pass along to a loved one.
I set out to create a line that was bright, cheery, and got the point across : thank you bunches!
This post goes out to all of my friends, and family, (especially my BPP family) who have given me their unwavering support over these past few years. I am who I am today, because of you loving me, and I thank you so much for that. Here’s to you…my “Bunches of Thank You” line…
A little over a month ago, my parents and sister Coli came and visited me and Adam in Seattle. I was so excited for their visit, especially since it was my Dad’s first time to Seattle; and I LOVE seeing my city through the eyes of a newcomer. Every time I explore Seattle with a friend or family member who is visiting for the first time, I learn something new and exciting about this amazing city.
I am BEYOND in love with Seattle, and moving here with Adam almost three years ago (wow!) was the best decision I have EVER made. Well, of course, second to marrying him!
It was so fun to have my family out to visit, and I had been wanting to send them a little note thanking them for coming to see us. I found this adorable paper, that reminded me of raindrops, full of pops of green and pink colors which I used for the card and envelope liner. I added some lime green twine, and a teenie tiny Space Needle charm to complete the design.
I miss my family everyday, and wanted them to know how much it meant to have their presence in our home. Love you guys!
I remember when I was a little girl I would make every attempt to avoid my mother for days after Christmas, or a birthday, or any other holiday or event in which I had received a gift. I dreaded the words “it’s time to write your thank you notes” coming from her mouth. It was as if it was a nightmare….the words slowly creeping from her lips…the phrase tormented me. I would whine “No! Can I do them tomorrow?! Mom please!” I was given about two opportunities to “wait until tomorrow” until my mom realized that I was only trying to push-off writing them forever.
Now, it wasn’t that I wasn’t grateful for the gift I had received, but sitting down to write a thank you note as a child was, well, what do you call it? Boring! Eventually I stopped resisting and began writing my thank you notes practically at the same time I opened my gift. I realized if I just “got it over with” I wouldn’t have to worry about my mom seeking me out to do them. AND I could brag to my younger sisters that I was “already done” with my thank you notes, while my mom followed them around the house begging them to do theirs. What’s an older sister without a little bragging?
I now realize as an adult that thank you notes are one of my most favorite greeting cards to send. Sending a thank you note signifies that someone in your life loved you enough to give you a gift or do something special for you. I now pride myself on getting my thank you notes done in a “timely” manner (whatever that means) which is a far cry from my days as a child. I love sending thank you notes that are colorful and include art images. I used to buy my thank you notes from museums, or fun, eclectic stationery stores in the cities I visited, but realized when I started this blog that it would be fun to instead create my own thank you notes. I still love purchasing beautiful and “artsy” blank greeting cards, and have found that they are actually perfect to place inside photo frames around our home. Art is so fun!
Here are some of my newest thank you card creations, which I am sending out to thank my family and friends who were kind enough to give me a birthday gift. These particular creations are a bit different from a traditional card, because they don’t open and close, but are more like postcards – one flat piece. Instead of saying “Thank You” as the greeting, I used “Merci Beaucoup” because I LOVE LOVE LOVE french detailing! I wrote my thank you messages right on the front of the cards, tucked the postcard thank you notes into their respective envelopes, and placed them in the mail. Voila!
There are so many opportunities in life to thank those around us for all that they do. Whether it be a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or someone I meet on a random day on a random street corner, I find myself saying “thank you” A LOT. And that makes me such a blessed person! How lucky am I to have kind gestures or nice things done on my behalf that allow me so many chances to express gratitude!?!
I truly have some of the most amazing friends and am constantly flabbergasted by the amount of love and support I am given day in and day out. This past weekend was NO exception. Adam and I had a couple of our closest friends Brendan and Steph visiting us from Portland to attend Evan and Amy’s wedding. As enjoyable as the weekend was, our Bailie Bug became ill again and we had to take her back to the vet. I was VERY nervous to leave her alone all night on Saturday to attend the wedding and was brainstorming ways to come back home to check in on her and feed her dinner at 6pm.
…In steps my fantastic friend Emma and her amazing fiance Jason (love them by the way). I called Emma and left a voicemail stating my predicament and within minutes I received a phone call back saying that she and Jason would come over to our house, let Bailie out to go potty, and feed her dinner. Emma never once showed any hesitation in her ability to come and help me out. I was BEYOND grateful and Emma and Jason’s gesture assured that Adam and I were able to fully enjoy Evan and Amy’s big day. Thank you Emma and Jason!!
I decided to make Emma and Jason’s thank you card using decoupage. I LOVE DECOUPAGE and have previously used this technique on art canvas, cardboard and wood. I have never used decoupage to create a greeting card, but there is a first time for everything…right? : )
For those of you who may not know what decoupage is, it is an art technique where you use paper cutouts (from magazines, newspaper, books, pictures, tissue paper, wrapping paper, greeting cards etc.) and you create a collage using the cutouts. You then use a special adhesive to glue all of the pieces together onto the object. For this particular project I used metallic colored tissue paper and cutouts from a magazine I had lying around. Here is the end result…
I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their love and support with regard to my blog. The comments I have received have inspired me to keep going and are the fuel to my fire! I am so grateful to have such a supportive group of family and friends. Thank you!