Being Thankful

Happy Turkey Day.

My Pastor gave the most amazing sermon last night – one of the best I have ever heard.  When leaving, I thought of the perfect way to spend my Thanksgiving morning.

I took a couple hours to create thank you cards for people who would least expect it.  One for Colin's doctor.  The nurses.  The mailman.  The UPS man.  The lady who works at Brueggers.  The grumpy lady who works at Walgreens.  The nurse who gives me allergy shots.  I came up with 17 names… so I made 17 cards.

With my family close by (Kay doing some amazing drawings, Audrey making cards, Colin gluing everything in the room together and Ken looking at football stats), I created these cards using a Hero Arts greeting set, a Papertrey Ink leaf set and some embellishments. 

And I loved it.

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On soft yellow and cream notecards, I stamped the leaves with green ink.  I then added quick shading with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  To add a tiny bit of shine, I scribbled a little glitter pen on the leaves.  My favorite Hero Arts set provided all the greetings and I picked out favorite pearls, flower embellishments and etc. for some added fun.  (Forgive the bad photos – I am too tired to redo.  And there are a lot of them.)

For these first ones, I used gorgeous handmade flowers from Pixiepetals.  I LOVE them and am off to buy more.  You must check them out.

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These next flowers were originally white.  I then pressed Distress Ink on them to color and then spray a lot with pearlized water.  (Perfect Pearls in water.)  They end up so fab in real life.  I make a bunch of them at once. 

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These use fancy pearl doodads from Prima…

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This large pink velvet flower is from Maya Road.  Yum…

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These are the super simple ones.  Just stamped a tiny flower from the greeting set with red ink.

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And, of course, each has a stamped envelope to match.

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Supplies: Hero Arts greetings, Papertrey Ink leaves, Adirondack Lettuce pigment ink (for leaves), colored pencils, gamsol, glitter pen, Pixie Petals handmade flowers, Maya Road velvet flower, Hero Arts pearls and gems, Prima flowers and pearl arrangements, Distress Inks, Perfect Pearls, Mini Mister, Black Memories Ink

I am off to snuggle with the girls in our Snuggies.  Night.

122 CommentsCards

  1. Chris

    Jennifer, Great cards, great idea! If I had your address I’d make and send you a “thank you” card– you enrich my life with your positive attitude, generosity, and wonderful stamping.

  2. Kristen Sydelko

    Always inspiring, whether in a classroom or via email. I keep forgetting it can be simple and still be fantastic! Thanks for sharing :)

    Oh, and if you like Snuggies and have a dog, you might want to check these out - – I’ve heard they are the next big thing. Enjoy your snuggles!

  3. Angie in Utah

    You are wonderful; always thinking of others and how to brighten someone’s day. That is so inspiring to me. You make me want to find the good in everyone, and then do something about it. It sounds like you are a very blessed wife and mother, and I’m just sure that they are so thankful for you. I hope you have a fabulous holiday season, and thank you for all the good you do.

  4. Kerry

    Wow! I love all the different ways you made that set look. Really got me thinking about a lot of embellishments I can use as flowers.

  5. Julie in Edmonds

    What a great way to brighten somebody’s day.

  6. Maria

    Your cards are lovely. What a thoughtful thing to do for someone.

    Hope your weekend is a great one!

  7. Jennifer Hisi

    Which glitter pen do you use to make so thin lines?

  8. ivy

    fantastic collection of cards!

  9. Kerry

    This is soooooo inspiring – both your beautiful cards and the reason you made them – bless you!

  10. This is such an amazing idea. I love the fact that you’re making them for the people who least expect it. I love the simplicity of the card. I know that even a simple card can change someone’s day or week or month. Love it. Great job. :)

  11. What an amazing idea. I love the fact that you gave them to the people least suspecting.

  12. betty

    What a great idea! We don’t stop often enough to appreciate those around us. I’m humbled. Great cards, too.

  13. Jill

    such lovely cards these are! you are going to make their day! :)

  14. Love these — and I bet everyone who received one did, too. (Especially the grumpy lady at Walmart!)

  15. These cards are absolutely wonderful!! I esepecially love the crocheted florals, so pretty!

  16. What a wonderful idea. Love the cards and the cute “Jennifer details”. Your are such a clever cardmaker and scrapbooker and so giving. Thanks Jennifer. Love reading your blog. Solgunn (Norway).

  17. Those cards are absolutely lovely – sweet and simple. Love the idea of making a gratitude list and actually getting the cards made and mailed!

  18. bluemoon

    Gorgeous cards! I’m loving that leafy stamp set. You are so creative. Thanks for all your ideas.

  19. Ann K

    Awesome thank yous – I feel inspired to make some myself.

  20. linda beyer

    these cards are beautiful. where did you get the croched flower pattern?

  21. HI Jennifer, I am impressed with the leaves stamps and just with the most simple card done but look stunning.

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