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Thank you Thursday

Welcome to Thank You Thursday, a day when you make and give thank you cards to spread good will. All of today's cards are inspired from 31 Thank you cards eBook (shown above). And again the cards are created from Doodlebug Designs create-a-card line. Thanks Doodlebug!

Thank You Butterfly by Robyn
I sometimes struggle with cards because there's such a small space available to work with. I loved card #12 in the eBook that uses a cluster of embellishments to anchor the design. I started with some of the Doodlebug glitter paper and added an embossed die-cut shape that I wrapped with Doodlebug twine and topped with a dimensional embellishment. The "thank you" sentiment sticker in white provides a great contrast on the black background.


Afloat by Ashley
This card was inspired by Heather Nichols Card on pg 12 of the 31 Thank You Cards. The boat and the dad sentiment are what inspired me. I just love this whimsical card that is so true to Doodlebug Design. A fun tip for this card is: Make movement on your card by placing small embellishments such as jewels or brads on the horizontal. That draws the eye across the card and the water moves! :)

Thank you card in black and white by Melissa
This card was inspired by Kristina Werner's card on page 7 of The 31 Thank You Cards Ella Publishing e-book. I love the way she used a mask. I didn't have a mask, so I used a sheet of Doodle Bug Designs thank you sticker and stuck those to my card. A quick spray of mist and I pulled up the stickers. they left a great thank you background for my card.

Two cards by Shemaine

I was inspired by the color combination of black, white and yellow that Kristina used for her thanks card (pg. 22). I love yellow and black together. So for my card I chose to use the same color combo by repeating the sentiment in white Doodlebug Design stickers and added the pop of pink at the end. The 3D flower over the strips of bright pattern paper really pops off the black cardstock.

I was inspired by Kimber mention of how " flowers were a lovely way to let a friend know how much you appreciate all she does for you." and the beautiful felt basket of flowers on the front of her card. (pg. 26) So I chose the Doodlebug bouquet 3D sticker for the focus of my card as well. I love adding color to my cards and these bright colored rhinestones and glitter paper by Doodlebug Designs make it easy to do just that!

Go make and deliver Thank you cards!!

Giveaway: To enter the giveaway leave a comment sharing who you think deserves a thank you note!

Giveaway closes Friday 3/23 at midnight MST

Winners announced Monday 3/26

Learn great card making techniques at the Doodlebug Blog and check out all the awesome stamping ideas at Stampin' Up!

Who should you Thank?

Ways to say Thank You?

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Ways to Say Thanks

Welcome to Thank You Thursday week! We're leading up to a day of thanks this Thursday, so visit our blog every day until then for fun cards and giveaways!

 

Today we are talking about WAYS to say thanks,  and of course sharing thank you cards to get you motivated to make some of your own.

 

Thanks to Doodelbug Designs has sponsored this week of thank you by providing cards from their Create-a-Card line, to some of our designers and by providing a daily giveaway of card goodies worth $40. Also Stampin' Up! is giving away a sentiment stamp each day. Thanks to both of them!!

Thank You card by Grace Tolman
When asked what is my favorite Thank you sentiment or quote, I refer to the sentiment on this card a lot. I think that we don’t thank people enough. I know for me, it’s hard to just say thank you without any reason behind it. But truly, for the most part, we need to be grateful for people in our lives just for being themselves. I also chose to use a yellow palette for this card as my main color scheme because, for me, that color just brightens anybody’s day. I hope this card will do that for you today.

 

Thank you Chick by Melissa Gener

Sometimes you have to think outside the box. When I got this chick, that I am sure was designed for cards about spring, Easter or babies, I was initially a little stumped. Then I thought, what if I had this little chick saying something to my recipient? I wanted something cute and fun. What's more fun than a cool chick right? And so the card was made. It's a great sentiment for girlfriends and teenagers. I'm sending it to my little sister, who is the coolest chick I know.

 

Thank You Hearts by Melissa Gener

Baker's twine in not just for tying up your baked goods anymore. On the card, I used the Doodle Bug Baker's Twine as floss to create my heart shape. I drew a shape in pencil, poked evenly spaced hole, and stitched.

 

Angie Lucas now shares 5 creative ways to express gratitude!

1. Paper piece or stamp a bra image
Outside sentiment: "Thanks For Your Support"
Inside sentiment: "You always know how to perk me up!"

 

2. Stamp, cut,  or die-cut a large heart image, with "Thank You" stamped inside the bottom half of the heart image.
Inside sentiment: "Thank You From the Bottom of My Heart"

 

3. Make a multiple-choice thank-you card. 
Outside sentiment: Thank You For...
Inside, checkboxes:
__Everything
__Being There
__Talking
__Not Talking
__Remembering My Birthday
__All of the Above
 

4. Say thank you for a thank-you card! It would be hilarious. 
Outside sentiment: "THANK YOU for the thank-you card"
Inside sentiment: "It was beautiful." or "I feel very thanked." or "How very thoughtful of you!"


5. If you receive a "THANK YOU for the thank-you card" card, send ANOTHER one back:
Outside sentiment: "NO, thank YOU!"
Inside sentiment: "Thank YOU for the thank-you for the thank-you card!"
Just see how long you can keep it going!

 

What are some other ways to say Thanks? Help us out by sharing in the comments below, and enter our cool giveaway!

 

Giveaway: To enter the giveaway leave a comment sharing your favorite thank you sentiment.

Giveaway closes Friday 3/23 at midnight MST

Winners announced Monday 3/26

Learn great card making techniques at the Doodlebug Blog and check out all the awesome stamping ideas at Stampin' Up!

Who should you Thank?

For the ultimate Thank You card resource check out the eBook 31 Thank You cards! It's on sale through the end of the month for only $5.

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Who Should You Thank?

Welcome to Thank You Thursday week! We're leading up to a day of thanks this Thursday, so visit our blog every day until then for fun cards and giveaways!

 

Today we are talking about WHO should get a thank you card, and of course sharing thank you cards to get you motivated to make some of your own. Doodelbug Designs has sponsored this week of thank you by providing cards from their Create-a-Card line, to some of our designers and by providing a daily giveaway of card goodies worth $40. Also Stampin' Up! is giving away a sentiment stamp each day. Thanks to both of them!!

 

On with the projects

Thank you for brightening My Day by Robyn Schaub
I created this card for the receptionist at my office building who always greets me with a smile and a hello, no matter how many times I walk in and out during the day. She has such a wonderful personality, and I don't think she gets enough recognition for being such a positive first point-of-contact for our company. When I saw the rainbow of colors in the Doodlebug papers, I immediately thought of rays of sunshine, and I knew it would be perfect for this card, which uses a pre-made trifold base from Doodlebug's Create-a-Card line.

 

Thanks to those special people by Ashley Harris
This card was made for my daughter’s primary teacher at our church. She goes above and beyond the call of duty when teaching my daughter. She is such a great lady and loves butterflies! Baker’s twine has so many fun uses. It helps bring a card together for sure!

 

Remember your friends by Melissa
This card was a snap to put together, but still have that lovely handmade look. The inside of the reads "... for being my friend." A simple sentiment for a simple card. My best friend loved getting it as much as I loved making it for her. Sometimes just a simple Thank You is best.

 

Host of major event by Elizabeth Dillow
Each year my husband and I attend a benefit auction on base where we live; all the money raised from auctioning off themed baskets goes to a scholarship fund that benefits local Air Force family members. It's a huge undertaking to plan, organize, and pull it off and this year the woman in charge is brand-new to the event! I thought it would be nice to slip her a thank you card to acknowledge all the hard work she's put in to make the auction a success.


Tip: Cut your first little flag from the sturdy glitter card stock and use it as a template for all the other flags. It's easy to stretch your supplies when you only use a little bit at a time (but a little bit of patterned/glitter paper can still make a big impact!)

 

So who should get a thank you card? besides the obvious of course

  • librarians
  • school teachers
  • mail carriers
  • receptionist
  • military families
  • public servants

Giveaway: To enter the giveaway leave a comment sharing who you think deserves a thank you note!

Giveaway closes Friday 3/23 at midnight MST

Winners announced Monday 3/26

Learn great card making techniques at the Doodlebug Blog and check out all the awesome stamping ideas at Stampin' Up!

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Create a spring card


Hello Ella Friends, I’m Ashley and am so happy to share a project with you today. I’m going to spring forward a bit and jump to Easter. Traditionally, the spring season exudes pastel hues, Easter eggs, and bunny rabbits. Inspired by those seasonal characteristics, I created this card.

 

Instructions

  1. Trim chevron patterned paper to about 3.5” x 4.75” and stitch a border.
  2. Using pinking shears, add decorative border, then adhere to an A2 card front.
  3. Trim polka dot patterned paper to about 1.5” wide and die cut angled shape from tag die. Adhere to top and bottom of card front.
  4. Add ribbon treatment. Attach glittered button with twine to ribbon knot.
  5. Die cut oval, stamp sentiment, and adhere three egg nests. Adhere to card front center with foam adhesive.
     

Tips & Tricks

  • To add ribbon to a card front where a scored line interferes, simply use a craft knife to cut a small opening to allow ribbon to thread through the card front.
  • Use dies to create a decorative edge. I used a tag die to create a pennant element for this card.
  • Carry themes throughout a project. On this card, I was inspired by the chevron patterned paper and used pinking shears to add a decorative edge, then die cut a pinking oval to tie it all together. The pennant elements also follow the same chevron zig zag pattern.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Here, I combined chevron with polka dots. An easy way to accomplish mixing patterns is to combine papers from the same collection, but it is definitely not required. Dig through all of your patterned papers and get the most out of them.

 

Cards are so much fun to create and I try not to let the constraints of an envelope size place limits on my creativity. If a card is a bit too bulky for an envelope, I typically use a larger envelope or package it in a small box. If the card is being hand delivered, my favorite way to package it is in a glassine bag. Since it is a handmade card, I think it deserves the extra packaging and postage.

 

If you are interested in learning more about stamping embellishments, join me for in my video class at Miss Art’s Paper Crafting School.

 

Thank you, Ella, for welcoming me into your blog home for the day and thanks Ella Friends for taking a peek at my project.

 

About Ashley: Ashley Cannon Newell and her husband, McArthur, enjoy a happy life in Manassas, Virginia. By day, Ashley works as a legal editor, but she devotes evenings to her hobbies: cooking, photography, and paper crafting. She began stamping in 2008 and is a member of the Papertrey Ink Release Design Team. Get to know her better at ashleynewell.com/blog.

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Card Making Blog Hop and Giveaways

The Ella Friends have put together an exciting blog hop TODAY featuring handmade cards inspired by our eBook, 31 Thank You Cards: Express yourself beautifull with 138 tips, tricks, and tutorials.


 

Visit each of the blogs below, where you'll find a coupon code that will save you $2 off your purchase of 31 Thank You Cards, and find several chances to win a FREE copy of this fabulous eBook for yourself. Visit one and all for more chances to win!

 
 
Here's a sneak peek of just one of the cards, a simple and stylish Christmas card by ONE of the ladies listed above. The FIRST person who leaves a comment below that includes the correct designer's name and blog title will win a free copy of 31 Thank You Cards (just in time for it to help you with your holiday card-making).
 
 
Now I KNOW you're just dying to see the rest of them. Get hopping!
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More cardmaking from Ella friend Brenda

All of Ella's eBooks are fantastic, but I have to say that this one ranks up there in my top three favorites! You don't want to miss this one! I was inspired by Heather's Thank You card on page six. Before I had children, I dabbled in quilting with a sewing machine that my Mother-in-law picked up for me at a thrift store. I no longer have time for quilting, but I do love to sew on paper. When I saw Heather's card with details of sewing throughout, I knew I had to pull out my machine!

Instead of using squares, I turned to my circle punches.

The sizes I used for this card are as follows:

  • 3/4"
  • 1 1/8"
  • 1 1/4"

For this card I mixed several of my favorite patterned papers. Punch your smallest circle first, then your medium and finally your large. Be sure and hold your punch upside down so that you can see what you are doing and get a perfectly thin circle. I used liquid glue to adhere my thin circle.

Next I lightly tacked my 3/4" circles with my mono adhesive. I stitched a straight stitch through all of the circles and then pulled up the sides of the 3/4" circle to add dimension and interest to my card. I added a birthday sentiment and I've got a simple card ready for giving!


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Hooray card inspired by new eBook 31 Thank You Cards

I was inspired by one of the thank you cards made by Kimber McGray. I was drawn to the design of her card because it was very close to my own style and so I knew I'd be able to easily replicate the design myself.

I wanted to make a general sentiment card, something that could be used for a birthday or any celebration, and so I chose the word "Hooray" for my sentiment.

Once that had been decided I set about selecting a few papers from one of my favorite collections, Simple Stories' 100 Days of Summer.

The overall design of my card is almost identical to Kimber's original and the only changes I made were to use a trio of buttons instead of ribbon and I embossed my sentiment in a coordinating color instead of using a sticker. Even with those changes the card came together very quickly. There are so many great cards in the new eBook and I'm looking forward to going back to this book time and time again for inspiration.

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Project Inspired by 31 Thank You Cards eBook

How was I not inspired by this ebook!? As a card maker, it's always great to see how others approach the craft and 31 Thank You Cards does just that. For the first of what I'm sure will be many cards produced as a result of this book, I took inspiration from several of the projects.

Tags and element clusters - two of my go-to techniques for making cards.

I loved seeing Kimber's take on the tag in card #25 - where she attached 2 to make a card base. I knew I had to try that. I also love the idea of clustering accents together, as Kristina demonstrates in card #12. I used one larger cluster at the base, and a smaller one for balance in the upper left. Lastly, I took inspiration from Kimber's card #4 when I let the largest element on my project hang over the edge.

materials: tag: Jillibean Soup; tape, transparency: Hambly; stickers: SRM, Girls Paperie; string: Pink Paislee; ribbon: American Crafts; pin: Maya Road

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The End

If you look around you today, you just might spot a zombie at the grocery store, or a phantom on your neighbor's lawn, or perhaps a body part hanging out of a trunk. This must be what the end of the world looks like!
 

Luckily, it's not the end of the world; it's just everyone's favorite gore-fest, Halloween. But it IS the end of something at Ella Publishing Co.


Card Making Month ends today!
 



Come on, click the banner one last time. Browse through our complete list of card-related blog posts and eZine articles (Halloween cards, Christmas cards, birthday cards, and more!). AND while you're there, check out the sale prices that END TODAY on three fabulous Ella eBooks.


Today is also your last chance to save 31% off of any one regularly priced Ella eBook.
 


It all ends today. Well, at least our sale does.

Happy haunting!

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Birthday cards with Ella friend Mary Jo

Welcome to card making month here on the Ella Blog!

I’m so excited to share a few projects in the category of “Birthday Card Ideas”. 

Cardmaking has long been a favorite part of paper crafting for me.  Creating birthday cards is no exception.  Festive patterned paper, paper cakes, candles, ribbons and sentiments make each and every birthday card a small canvas of creativity!

birthday card ideas

birthday card closeup

Here are a few cardmaking tips for you:

  • Ribbon can add a wonderful dimension and touch of softness to any card.
  • Use pop dots or foam squares for die cuts and paper embellishments to add just a little dimension to your card.
  • Have a sticker that you’d like to turn into a die cut?  No problem! Sprinkle a little baby powder on the back to lose the ‘sticky’, add a foam square and adhere to your birthday card.

 

cupcake birthday card

  • Try using a ‘tent fold’ for your card to make tying ribbon a little easier.
  • Stitching on your cards is a great way to add that last special detail.

birthday bash handmade card

  • Try incorporating techniques from your scrapbook layouts, onto your cards, on a smaller scale.  For example, I used this banner on a smaller scrapbook layout and then incorporated another into my cards.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Happy Creating!  Mary Jo

Card Making Month at Ella Publishing

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