Card-Making Mania and a *Giveaway*

For several years now, I've been boycotting the over-priced Hallmark aisle in favor of homemade cards. My anniversary card for Rick is the most recent example:

I enjoy making them, but what often happens is that it will be the day before a card-worthy occasion (my sister's birthday, someone's wedding, a graduation...) and I'll be rushing to finish. When that happens, I no longer enjoy doing it, mainly because there are generally about 10 other things that I also need to do. Therefore, one of my goals for this summer was to make cards when I wasn't under any sort of time crunch, with the idea that I would have them to use during the busy school year. So this past week, when it was too hot to do anything but sit and sweat (as opposed to move and completely melt into a puddle), I parked myself in front of a fan and made over 20 cards. They're simple, but they do the trick.

As I was doing this, I was inspired to make some extra thank-you notes that I could offer as a giveaway to my readers.

Blank inside, approximately 4"x5", will be sent with appropriate envelopes.

Why thank-you notes?

1. You so often make me smile, and I am thankful for that! I literally laughed out loud at many of the hilarious comments left regarding my recent imperfect homeowner confession. :)

2. One of our personal goals is to be grateful for and content with everything we've been blessed with, and I plan to send more thank-you notes this coming school year, whether to the secretary who takes care of addressing letters home, or the teacher who shares some of her ideas with me, or the custodian who dutifully cleans up after the students, day after day. You know, those things that people do without expecting a follow-up note to appear in the mail. That small act of gratitude is such a nice way to just say "I appreciate you," and I'm afraid many of us--me included--are guilty of not telling other people that enough.

So here's the deal: I give you the four cards you saw above. You give each one to someone else. You make their day. Want to have this opportunity? Here's what you have to do:

1. Leave a comment on this post, even if you've never commented before! I'd love it if you shared something or someone you were grateful for, but of course you can also just think that to yourself. :)

2. OPTIONAL: Earn an extra entry by linking to this giveaway on your blog. Make sure you leave an additional comment when you do this!

3. Sit back, relax, and try not to melt. I'm trying to be grateful for the warmth that I know I'll miss as soon as it starts snowing. :)

The particulars:
This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only and will end at midnight EDT on Friday, July 29. The winner will be chosen by Random.org and will be notified via a follow-up post on Monday, August 1. (Or make your email address visible in your Blogger profile so that I can contact you directly, as well!) The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the notification and claim their cards. If they aren't claimed within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen via Random.org.

The cards will be shipped by me. The chosen winner will be required to provide their full name and address, which I will promptly flush down the toilet after sending the package on its merry way. (What? Isn't that what you do with all of your private documents?)

And that's all you need to know! Have a fabulous weekend! :)


  1. AWW! I'd love to win those adorable thank you notes? I honestly have so much to be thankful for. And since my son's birthday is in a month I'm sure I'll have a lot of thank you notes to write in the near future!

    lovely designs.

    xoxo, chrissy
    The Perfect Palette

  2. Wow, those are gorgeous! Sign me up for a giveaway! (PS - have you thought about opening an etsy shop?)

    Right this very moment I have three people to send thank-you notes and probably lots more I'm not thinking of. Thanks for offering a giveaway!

  3. I'm thankful that I survived a vacation with my in-laws...

  4. oh my goly! i LOVE these. my daughter dabbles in ty cards. am so going to show her these. oh, new follower, so i'll for sure be back. wonderful work. can't wait to see what else you create.


  5. You are so talented, these cards are prettier than ones you buy in a store.

    I'm thankful for so many blessings in my life, too many to count, but mostly I'm so grateful that I have a wonderful husband and children and we are all healthy and happy.

  6. I would love to use these at school to thank my teacher friends for the many nice things that they do for me.

    You do a wonderful job with making these and could definitely sell them!

  7. Yay! These are so precious! I love each and every one of them. I would find someone to thank just so I could send them a card! :)

    PS - I am with Kelly! Have you considered an etsy shop??

  8. Great job!! Thanks for the blog love! Kristy from www.apronsandapples.blogspot.com

  9. You are a very talented young lady. The cards are super cute. Hope you and hubby are getting good use of the pool. I am pool envious! LOL!

  10. Where oh where have I been?! I've missed a handful of your posts, including this adorable (and as always, funny) post on homemade cards.

    I have the exact same goal you have already accomplished, in that I love handmade cards, but in crunch time, I dislike making them which means the only logical solution would be to have a "card making mania" session as you have had. Well done. It's inspired me to do mine! So much so, that I'm even going to blog about this giveaway by the end of today! :) not only to give me two entries to win (fingers crossed) but to also inspire me to make a stash ASAP!

  11. Here's the link:


    I was also going to say, I thought about how I want to be more appreciative of the everyday people in my life, too. Last week when I was at the gas station, I decided I wanted to bake cookies for the older man who is always so kind and nice to me pumping my gas (I live in Oregon so it is illegal to pump or own). He's been at that gas station for a long time and I love going to talk to him. Little acts of appreciation go so far. Thanks for the kick in the pants to put my thoughts into action!

  12. You are really good at what you do! rawtruegrit@hotmail.com


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