Baby Cards


Before sharing some cards, I gotta share with you a few comments people left on my blog yesterday. I had mentioned that I had spent a lot of time with my son on his class Valentines and ignored my cleaning and laundry and such. Many of you left comments relating to this choice I made – love that about crafters! Here are two of my favorite comments:

Samantha said, “My girls are 22 and 16. These kind of things, and the time spent together, are what they remember, which is worth every second and cent spent doing them, and all the other things left undone. Screw the laundry.”

So true, so true.

And Karen said, “These are so cute! I can just see you snuggled up together, having some together time getting these done and Colin getting better. BTW, no justification needed. I remember a great stamp (Hanna Stamps maybe???) that said “A clean house is a sign of a lazy stamper.” Now those are words to live by!”

Ha – true also. Just thought these ladies were so right. We crafters know how to use our time well. 🙂

Now… on to another project that took a lot of time and left a lot of dust and laundry to pile up… hee.

My son’s wonderful teacher had a baby on Christmas Eve. So, over the holidays I spent a lot of time coloring little bears to put on a set of notecards for her…

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I printed the baby’s name on Neenah white cardstock and then stamped the Papertrey Ink bear over them. Then my 13-year old step-daughter and I spent lots of time together coloring them all…

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I am not sure how many cards we did, but there were a lot…

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The insides were blank so she could use them as thank you notes. And the bears had a little touch of glitter pen and Glossy Accents for shine. The bows on their necks were colored with Copics to match the bears perfectly…

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And I put them all in a few clear boxes…

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… with matching stamped envelopes and a bow to finish…020211 Vivian 7 JenMcGuire
Yes, it took a ton of time. But it was so worth it. Colin saw me put the care into the gift. And Audrey and I chatted about boys and vacations over hours of coloring. So, if you ask me, it was time well spent. 🙂

And his teacher loved them.

Thanks for stopping by today. I have more giveaways this week. But in the meantime I will be sending some Hero Arts stamps to Samantha and Karen for their wonderful comments. Thanks, girls!

See you tomorrow…


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116 thoughts on “Baby Cards”

  1. Those cards are so wonderful. I bet she had a hard time writing on them and giving them away. I hope she saved one for a keepsake. You do awesome work and are such a wonderful, thoughtful person Jennifer!!

  2. What adorable cards!! What I like the best is what you are instilling in your children! I try to share with my son the wonderful feeling of not only giving something but being able to have pride in having actually made the gift too. We do this more during the holidays but make sure we spread it out throughout the year–nursing homes, elderly living on their own, people with disabilities, etc. Good for you!! I love how much your children mean to you and the time you invest in them! I you are an inspiration!

  3. I agree full heartedly…my laundry is piled up really high too. I think we have to make choices in our life…and crafting/scrapbooking is one choice that I make. It just makes me happy. The cards are lovely and your valentines cards were over the top. Great job!

  4. I have to say reading about you and Audrey coloring in all those bears reminded me of a few things that have annoyed me lately but shouldn’t have. My children are either on their own or in college. I homeschooled them and loved every moment especially the long conversations. My youngest is in London for the semester and it seems that every time I have a moment to scrap she wants to Skype. I was annoyed (very annoyed) so I finally decided to take “her” and my laptop into my scraproom and worked while we talked. Last week we were on for four hours and had several good talks about boys and politics (the topics change a bit as they get older LOL). Thanks for the reminder to not be annoyed! This weekend she is in Italy on “holiday” and won’t be with me in my scraproom-:( Also loved the video on the Hero Arts blog!

  5. What an amazing gift! I love the card sets you do. This is definately one of my favorites … well actually, I love them all … but this comment still counts, right? Anyway, love the simplicity and attention to detail … little bow, the glitter … love the ones what have a different color on each foot! So cute!

  6. Jen,
    Enjoy life. We only have one here on earth!- then we get to go HOME! Time moves too fast..I used to clean-clean-and clean. I still clean, but now I can leave a dish or two in the sink (I still have to do the laundry every day–and get it folded and put away–why??) I love making cards and crafts and giving them to people. That is my blessing! Have a great day!

  7. The teddy bear cards are perfect for the new mom. This is another example of your generous spirit, Jennifer. You are a terrific mom to all 3 of your lovely kids. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. You just gave me an idea for my baby announcement!!!!!
    I love the simple grace of the cards! I could scraplift the front design and add a pic of my baby inside with all his details! Thanks for the idea.

  9. Wow I am sure Colin’s teacher loved these! Babies are alot of work like the time spent on those cards but at the end of the day they are so worth it!

  10. If I weren’t sick, I’d be crafting because I can’t do laundry…the dryer isn’t drying. Why did it happen when I could not care less about sitting at my craft table?

    Colin’s teacher is fortunate to have you in her life. What a beautiful, thoughtful gift you gave.

    Your children are also blessed to have you spend time with them. My children seem to migrate to the craft room when they are home; two are married, one is at college.

  11. Great cards, I love the little bears. Times like that with your kids are the best. Stories are shared, things are said, feelings come out without any “quizzing”…it’s the best! All those little bears paved the way for a great shared time!

  12. When my husband would come home from work when the kids were little, he would say that if the house was clean, then he knew the kids didn’t have any fun that day. One time, though, he came home from work, looked around wistfully, and said, “I wish the kids weren’t having quite so much fun!” What a guy!

    I really believe that the time spent chatting with the kids while crafting or cooking and the time it takes to make a meaningful gift are worth more than a clean house ever could.


  13. So adorable. They look simple, but any of us who have cut anything out, know how much time you spent.
    You and Audrey are so thoughtful.

  14. This is why I added card making/gift making to my scrapbooking hobby. The recipients really do so appreciate the care and love that goes into making them. So much more than running to the store to purchase something. Adorable cards!

  15. These bear cards are so sweet – I was just thinking about what I could make for a soon-to-be new mom!
    I definitely agree to choosing time with children over housecleaning, laundry, etc.
    There will always be laundry to do, but those kiddos do grow up fast. . .

  16. Thanks for the great idea and inspiration! I just love your work and love that you can do this with your children. These are just wonderful and let your daughter know she did a great job too. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Oh, those little ones grow up so fast! Spend every possible moment with those kiddos! As the poem says:

    “The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
    But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.”

    Those other things will always be there. And even when you do the laundry and dusting, you’ll just have to do it all over again before you know it!

    Your cards are wonderful, and I’ve been so inspired by all you do, both as a stamper and as a person. Thanks so much for sharing your creative passion with us!

  18. Reading your post I couldn’t help but hear the lyrics to a song that I always kept as a poem in my children’s rooms. It’s called a “Song for a fifth child” and my favorite line in it is: “Quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby. Babies don’t keep”

    I repeat this to myself every time I think I need to do something around the house rather than something with the kids….the kids almost ALWAYS win.

    Here is the poem in it’s entirety:

    Song for a Fifth Child

    by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

    Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
    Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
    Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
    Sew on a button and make up a bed.
    Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
    She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

    Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
    Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
    (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
    The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
    And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
    But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
    Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

    The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
    For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

    Your cards are darling! 🙂 And your children are so very lucky! Happy Thursday.

  19. I check in on your blog every day and I do not think I have ever left a comment…But I nearly fell out of my chair tonight as I checked in…1st of all…I am SO GLAD that I am not the only one who struggles with “keeping up with the house work” sometimes I go to bed crying b/c I am so tired from house work and I don’t make time for myself and when I do I feel guilty for not do the housework. Ya know what I mean?
    2ndly, I am a SAHM of three girls 12, 8, and 4…My oldest daughter’s name is Vivian Marie…I NEVER see that name in a little girl!!! I LOVE that name!!! I remember people being so rude with their comments regarding OUR Choice for her name…It broke my heart b/c Vivian was named after my grandmother Vivian (she had a twin named Lilian which is my 2nd daughters name) who has been deceased since I was 3 months old. I have been told that she was and AMAZING woman and would have love to have known her.
    Thanks again,
    Valerie Martin
    P.S. In case you are wondering my 3rd daughter’s name is Clairian but we call her Claire Bear!!!

  20. What nice cards. Very thoughtful and I sure much appreciated.
    I am glad to know I am not the only one with a messy house now. lol

  21. OMGosh…being a teacher and a stamper I would have LOVED to have had your child in my class!!! Getting gifts like this would be such a treat!!!!!!! Now, laundry and housework never end, but kids do grow up and move away. Much better to spend time colouring and chatting than dusting and washing clothes (unless of course you have to run around bare-nakedy, hee hee).

  22. Love the bear cards. Never thought about personalizing with your computer. I am going to try that for my Mother’s Day gift and an open flower stamp. You always get me back into the craft room (corner) after I read your blog. Thanks Jennifer!

  23. Those notecards are just darling – Colin’s teacher will just love using them and her friends and family will love getting them! Stamping can’t wait for ordinary things like dusting and laundry… Have fun!!!

  24. Well, I for one am glad you neglected the housework in order to make these baby cards – because now I’ve found the perfect shower gift for my SIL who’s baby is due at the end of March!! I’m going to make her a set of Thank You cards that she can use for all those baby gifts she’ll receive. Thank you so much for the idea!!!

  25. These are so stink in’ cute! I so agree with the cleaning! I mean think back 5 or 10 years…what things do you remember? Good times, right? We never remember if there were a few loads of laundry needing to be done or if the shelves were dusty! Enjoy!

  26. Jennifer; I love the Baby Gift, so sweet and thoughtful. I truly believe that time spent with your children is time well spent. Mine are both grown now & as as working Mom I wish I had cared more about the little things and not cleaning things. The things we did together are the happy memories I have. A clean house has never brought me a happy memory. so enjoy your children, they are a gift; and they grow up before you know. have a wonderful day.

  27. Jen, those cards are so adorable! I’ll just bet that Colin’s teacher loved them. I wish I knew someone having a baby so I could make a set myself! Great job (as always!)

  28. wonderful as usual ! I miss the time spendaing with my daughter doing this and that…awful teen time since a while and always in front of the computer 🙁
    You’re lucky !keep doing it.

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