Monday, April 7, 2014

Thank You | Thanks

We've restocked Scenery: Big Bang Confetti and The Big, the Bold and You!

Hello!  It's Shay (Winnie's human) here today.  As I am so behind on my thank yous {hanging head in shame}, I thought I would share some thank you cards this week with you.  I think having a healthy stash of thank you notes or cards is always smart.

Not only do I make thank you's to use for myself, but my family also put in orders.  My mom wanted some thank you notes for friends and family for various reasons and demanded asked me to make them using w&w stamps (so as my mom said, "I can brag").  What I do like about receiving my marching orders is that I use the person I am making the cards for as my inspiration.


For the super simple cards I am sharing with you today I picked favorite colors of my mom.  I *love* stencils and have been collecting them for years so this was a perfect opportunity to use one of them.

We interrupt your program to share this fun (totally unsolicited) service announcement:

Virginia Lu has a brand new challenge blog, Virginia's View Challenge, and this month's challenge Virginia's View Challenge #2 is all about using stencils.  So pull out your stencils, have some fun craftventuring (craft + adventuring--it should be a word and so I am making it one!) and make sure to enter her challenge! 

And we're back.


I also love chevrons so I pulled out an older chevron stencil from Studio Calico and my handy Distress Inks (they've been needing some love lately) along with an ink blending tool (got to get a mini or two!) and sponged on the color.  The blue is stormy sky and the pink is worn lipstick.  Last month we released The Big, the Bold and You (now restocked!) that includes "thanks".  This comes in so handy.  I stamped it in Versamark ink and then heat embossed it in gold.


I pulled out the sweet bow from The Write Stuff: Leave it to Mom (a motto of my mom's could be "stick a bow on it!" rather than a bird).  Using Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow inks in navy and royal red I stamped the bow on a scrap piece of white cardstock.  With Distress Inks once again, I painted the bow in with a water-brush using stormy sky along with chipped sapphire and then worn lipstick along with festive berries.  After doing some easy and fun watercoloring, I let the bows dry a little (I was a bit too impatient and I would recommend setting it aside for twenty minutes or so to dry) and then cut them out.  To give them some more pizzazz I painted on some Mister Huey's Calico Shine by Studio Calico.  I adhered the bow onto the card with dimensional adhesive.  So easy!

When I showed my mom these cards, she liked them but said they needed bling so for those like my mom who want more add some bling, sequins, flowers or whatever else makes your heart happy.  These cards are so easy to customize by changing up the sentiment, colors, image(s) and stencil design.

Thank YOU for visiting today!  Should you like to play along with making thank yous with me this week, please link up your project on our join in to win! page so you get a chance to win a stamp set of your choice at the end of the month.



  1. First, I was admiring these two lovely cards with SC the gold embossing BTW. And then I noticed the "announcement" (gasp!). Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  2. I really like stencils too! The gold embossed 'thanks' looks stunning - I so love that font.

  3. Beautiful - Love the gold embossing! I have a few stencils but tend to forget about them (hangs head in shame) Thanks for the reminder! Have a great day!

  4. I was (unfortunately) working LATE last night. And low and behold - here comes an e-mail saying that Big Bang Confetti was in stock. Oh REEAALLLYY?????? Let me just go ORDER that before it's out of stock again! YAY. It's on its way to me any time now. I'm so happy I get to go CASE the fantastic Jennifer McGuire card here ( you can NEVER get too much Jennifer McGuire.

  5. Love your Thank You cards, so simple yet so pretty!

  6. Love your "Thanks" cards, Shay. I love the chevron background stencil, and have been using stencils lately for backgrounds. I love my W&W stamps, and always look forward to seeing what you and Julie come up with next!


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