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I used to teach elementary school.  Sometimes life offers up twists and turns that you feel like you are supposed to take until you find yourself in a place that you never imagined but is exactly where you are supposed to be at that time.  That’s how I became a licensed designer.  When I first started my scrapbooking company, we specialized in photo organization.  I had a team of people and we would help a client take their boxes and drawers of photos and organize them.  Sometimes they just wanted everything stored in folders or envelopes.  Sometimes they wanted everything scrapbooked.  We helped them with whatever they decided they wanted to have done at that time.

I started offering 8″x8″ mini-albums with specific themes.  This helped clients to focus on an event or birthday instead of trying to tackle all of the years of memories they had stored.  I asked each client to choose various phrases or quotes that they wanted to accompany their photos in these albums.  Many of the quotes came from lists that I gave them with one of their own put in here or there.  I realized that I had a knack for finding just the right words for different photos.

I took this skill with me throughout my scrapbooking career.  One of our first products that we manufactured years ago were 12″x12″ vellum sheets with various quotes printed on them.  We were the first to do this and the industry picked it up and ran with it.  Now you can find quotes on just about anything.  I believe that it is because of one simple reason – the beauty of a good quote will tell you what you feel or think or wish in words that we may not be able to pen ourselves.

I haven’t created a lot of quotes or phrases for the Silhouette store yet so I decided to go back to my roots this week and give you some.  Click on each image to find them in my store.  A few have to do with Easter like these:

Pair these next two files together by creating a carrot patch of three carrots where the last carrot has a bite taken out of it.  Then add the word “yum” to the end of your patch for a darling springtime decoration or card.  You can layer the carrots or not for a two-toned look.  Everything is included in one file in my store.

The rest are more applicable to living everyday life.  Many would make fabulous wall art.  Just cut it out with vellum and attach it directly to a wall or door.  Or mount them on wood, sheet metal or anything else you can come up with for beautiful but simple home decor.  Did I mention they would look great on cards or framed?  Sure.  Go for it.

Finally, don’t look Grandmas! This one is in plenty of time for Mother’s Day.  My own little Cole has lots of friends and many people who love him and he loves them right back.  But his cousin Claire is three months younger than him and they are like two little peas in a pod.  They get to Grandma’s house and are each other’s shadow as they run and play and laugh.  I hope they stay like that forever.  To celebrate the relationships we develop as cousins, I have created this file.  It comes with each line joined or separate so that you can layer the words if you choose.  I think that’s what I am going to do.  I haven’t decided quite yet.

Enjoy the green peeking through the ground during this time of year.  We’ll probably get another snow but for now we are basking in the sunshine with short-sleeved shirts and buds on the trees.  Happy Spring!

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Today you will find me over at Ali Edwards’ blog with a tutorial on how to use my new Teeny Tiny Card Kits offered in my Silhouette store.  Click here for complete instructions on creating your own glassine envelope notecards using wax paper.  Yep.  Wax paper.  You’ll get a free SVG file or printable template if you want to cut out the shape by hand, plus a free printable to make your project complete.

Here are a couple more ways to use my Teeny Tiny Card Kits that you are going to love.  As I was relaxing in the sunshine with my sister for our birthdays two weeks ago, I mentioned to her that I was going to make little envelope and card sets for my next round of shapes.  She immediately piped up with, “You know what I wish I had?”

I love that question.

Anyone who is in the business of creating wants to know what you wish you had – so we can make it for you!  Often times my expertise doesn’t cover whatever it is they want (an app for folding your laundry or a robotic cook to prepare dinner every night – not an option) but this time, I actually could deliver on her request.

“You know how when you wrap a gift then you want to attach a little card and envelope to it so it doesn’t get lost and you end up having to either tape it to the gift or punch a hole through the whole thing to tie it on?  It doesn’t look cute that way.  I wish I could attach my card to my gift in a cuter way.”

That was the request.  I thought, “Hey, I can do that.”  So I did.

My Teeny Tiny Card Kit instantly went from containing a little card and little envelope to having two envelopes – one with a hang tag and one without.  And for good measure I threw in an extra card – you can either use a flat card or a folded one.  Both fit into either envelope.  To make it even better, if you purchase different card kits of the same size you can mix and match all of the cards and envelopes within each size.  Click here to go to my Silhouette store.

Ta-da!  The perfect little card and envelope set with the hang tag for easy tying.  I used a dimensional butterfly from the craft store to embellish my envelope, tucked a note inside and tied it to my gift.  Simple but gorgeous, don’t you think?  And no chance of that little card getting lost between now and when I deliver the gift.

I used double-sided patterned cardstock and cut out all four shapes simply turned an envelope and card over to get two different but coordinated sets from one file.  Here’s how I used the second envelope – the one without the hang tag.  I created a printable for these little white cards in the 2″x3″ size for Ali’s blog and I have them here for each of the other sizes of my Teeny Tiny Card Kits.  I wrapped a strip of washi tape around the top of the card, popped it in the envelope and was done.  Beautiful sentiments with lovely design and just the right size.  Click on each image to download printables in every size and be sure to head over to the tutorial at Ali’s for the other files.

Teeny Tiny Cards – 2″x2″

Teeny Tiny Cards – 2 1/2″x4″ A

Teeny Tiny Cards – 2 1/2″x4″ B

Teeny Tiny Cards – 3″x3″ A

Teeny Tiny Cards – 3″x3″ B

Teeny Tiny Cards – 2″x3″

Looking for all 10 of my Teeny Tiny Card Kits?  Just click on each name below to be sent directly to the Silhouette file.  And remember, I am in the process of setting up an SVG store here on my blog so all of you who have SCAL software that uses SVGs can purchase shapes here soon.  Don’t worry, I’ll add everything to the shop so you won’t have to miss out on things I offer between now and then.

Here are the links to each file.  Note the image below this list for a visual on each kit.  Enjoy!

Teeny Tiny Card Kit – 2.5″x4″ Bracket

Teeeny Tiny Card Kit – 2.5″x4″ Rounded

Teeny Tiny Card Kit – 2.5″x4″ Scallop

Teeny Tiny Card Kit – 2″x2″ Bracket

Teeeny Tiny Card Kit – 2″x2″ Rounded

Teeeny Tiny Card Kit – 2″x2″ Scallop

Teeny Tiny Card Kit – 2″x3″ Bracket

Teeeny Tiny Card Kit – 2″x3″ Rounded

Teeny Tiny Card Kit – 3″x3″ Rounded

Teeny Tiny Card Kit – 3″x3″ Scallop

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Ahhh…. I’m pretending that I am still sitting under the palm trees with the ocean breeze keeping us cool.  Nice.

Something else that’s nice are these monogrammed notecard sets that I cut out as soon as I returned home.  One is a birthday gift and the other two are thank yous for lovely grandmas that kept Cole while I was away.  He had the time of his life with doting grandparents to cater to his every whim.  Life is rough for this three-year-old.

To find the “Flourished Monogram” file links, click here or go to my Silhouette store.

Two cards fit on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock so I cut two at a time and made sure my blade was positioned far enough down to keep the cuts clean and thorough.  I had two mats going – one cutting and one that I was removing the cards and scraps.  It kept things rolling and I was able to create three personalized gifts in less than an hour.  The flourishes are pretty enough that all you need is a ribbon and a tag and these are ready to give.

Want just the flourished monogram letters?  Each card file comes with the letter as well – visit my Silhouette store here to purchase shapes.  I am working on setting up an SVG file store here on my blog so that these files can be available for non-Silhouette users who have SCAL or other SVG software for their electronic cutters.  Check back often to see what else is new.

Coming Soon: Exclusive tutorial on Ali Edwards’ blog next week where I will be sharing a free SVG file and project instructions.  Stay tuned for more info.

Enjoy!

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Yes.  I’m on a letter-size card kick.  I just love the perfection of this size of a notecard and how easily it fits into a regular business-size envelope.  Simple.  Oh, these look so yummy all lined up together – a phrase for everything.  Possibilities?  Yes, these create possibilities.  And love.  They are all about giving love.  Simply.

This week in the Silhouette store you get 10 sets of cards – all with a different theme and unique phrases.  Here’s what I would do.  Throw those puppies into your cart, get them in your library and cut out a couple of each.  Then stick them in a business envelope so that you can see the words when you flip through them and slide that envelope into a special spot in a drawer or on a shelf to reach for all year long.  Any occasion, any time of year, pop out one of those cards, jot down a note, stick it in a business envelope (or have some of these envelopes cut out already!) and you’re ready.  All it needs is a stamp and an address – or not, depending on where it is going.

Done.

Sometimes we don’t have time to cut out a new design at each moment that we need something to give. These cards solve that problem.  (Whether you need them to or not – they will solve that problem for you.)  Click on each of the above images to head straight to the store.

You will also see some delightful little swallows (Vintage Swallow, Vintage Swallow Perched and Vintage Swallow Perched 2), the perfect Bracket Frame Set and a Thick Flourish Set that match my monogram cards.  A little bit of everything this week.  Click on the name or image to find them in my store.

Oh, how could I forget my favorite shape of all – “Thank You Lace.”  What?  What does that mean?

lace + thank you = Thank You Lace.

This collage of gratitude bundles up all that you would want to say in one 5×7 shape. Perfect for a card but I’ll show you how I’m going to use it in a couple of weeks.  I think it deserves to be framed.  More on that later….

Happy cutting!

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