Oct 31, 2017
Hey there, crafty friends! Happy Halloween! It’s Day 2 of sneak peeks for our November Release and despite the ghosts and goblins wandering your neighborhood, we’re getting ready for the holiday season with inspiration focused on another one of my favorite gifts to give for the holidays, birthdays, and just because; a set of handmade notecards. Not everyone in my life is a card-maker so I enjoy gifting a set of cards so that they can share the joy of receiving a handmade card with others. We’ve got a little something for everyone’s taste spanning from sweet to snarky so let’s get started!
But before I share today’s inspiration, I want to make sure you know about our special crafty points offer for the November release. For a limited time, earn DOUBLE CRAFTY POINTS when you purchase the Display Easel die!
Use this specially designed die to display works of art along with our mini tear-off calendar, 3×4 calendar, 5×7 calendar. Check out yesterday’s post for lots of inspiration using this die and a chance to win it before you buy it! If you’re not a Crafty Points member yet, it’s free and easy to join. Just create an account at the TE webstore and you’re automatically enrolled to begin earning crafty points with every purchase. What are crafty points? Essentially you get a point for every dollar you spend and you can apply those points as a discount off future orders!
Okie dokie, so let’s get started with the notecard inspiration! One of the most important considerations for me in creating sets of notecards is simplicity. If the design is going to be mass-produced (yes, I consider a set of 8 mass-producing!) then it must be simple. So I sat down with the two newest additions to our Big Blooms collection, plus two of our previously released Big Blooms to create this set of notecards as a gift:
And here’s a quick video if you prefer to watch rather than read:
In addition to the two Big Blooms, I also used the new Friendly Phrases sentiment set and the Double-Ended Flag Stackets designed to coordinate with these sentiments. The coordinating patterned papers are from the new Playful Patterns – Savory 6×6 paper pack designed to coordinate with our Savory cardstock colors.
On this set of notecards, the sentiments have not been adhered to the cards, but instead, are included in a small Kraft sack with foam squares attached to the back of each flagged sentiment so that the recipient can decide what type of card they need when they need it.
Recently, I was talking through ideas for these new products with Jami Sibley and the basic idea behind my set of notecards came from her. We often joke that we share a brain when it comes to design ideas, but she certainly deserves credit for this idea. She also created a set of notecards featuring the Big Blooms, but with the new Playful Patterns – Bold 6×6 paper pack and the striking contrast of white embossing on black cardstock.
Next up, we have a couple new products that I’m super excited about! One of the things I love about the watercolor panels that Danielle Lounds has illustrated is the doodled backgrounds she incorporates are the outside of her illustrations. So many times I’ve wanted to create stamps out of these and size them to work on a card front, but I’ve been held back by the investment a stamper would have to make to own a good variety of doodle borders in that large size. And then one day…. lightbulb! We decided to offer these doodled borders as a pre-printed pack with 2 each of 6 unique doodle borders. The designs are printed on 100 lb. Sugar Cube cardstock for superior stamping and Copic marker compatibility. Check out Boxed In Basics and the large-scale sentiments in the Bubble Greetings stamp set designed to fit inside the borders:
I imagine coloring these sentiments in my favorite ROYGBIV combination for a set of notecards in my near future, but when Noriko sat down with these two products she imagined this totally amazing set of notecards:
It seems like each time I look at this photo I notice a new detail that I hadn’t picked up on before! Her sentiments are stamped onto window sheets which are then used as shaker elements after trimming out the inside of the Boxed In panels. Who wouldn’t love to receive something like this!? They might just find them too pretty to send!
Next up, we have a set of the most hilarious notecards designed by Melody Rupple using our new Pitch Black stamp set. If you’re a fan of snark, then mark this set down on your must-haves. It could be my current life situation with a baby who isn’t sleeping, but I can totally relate to the ‘exhausted pigeon’ sentiment! Ummm… and refusing to put on pants and ‘treat yo’self’! *grin*
All of the gals along today’s hop have packaged up their notecard sets in one of our clear card boxes using the Noteworthy Belly Band. I love this as a quick and cute option for packaging up the gift. Here’s what Melody’s set of notecards looks like with the belly band:
Here’s a look at a couple more new products to keep your eye out for on today’s hop through the creative team blogs. These new sentiment stackers works great with both new and previously released sentiment sets and provide lots of options for both framed and layered sentiments. Keia Shipp-Smith used them with sentiments from our previously released Be Still stamp set in her Big Blooms notecard set:
So that’s it for the TE Blog for today! You’re definitely going to want to check out the rest of the projects from the Creative Team at their links below. They never cease to amaze me and there are so many gorgeous projects that I didn’t get a chance to touch on here. Also, leave me a comment with your answer to today’s Question of the Day for your chance to win one of our new products before you can buy it!
Today I’m giving away winner’s choice of Big Blooms Hydrangea or Big Blooms Cabbage Rose!
Leave your comment before Wednesday, November 1st at 11:59pm PST. One entry per person. Each comment will also be entered into our Grand Prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate! Winners will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017.