sharing the love

i have to say that whenever a friend of mine comes to me and says, “you know, i was wondering about the cards you make…how do you do that?” or “what is that cricut thing you keep talking about?,” i probably get a little overexcited and just start yapping about all of my crafty toys. i’m learning to try to not overwhelm, but sometimes i just can’t help it.

so imagine my excitement when one of my lovely neighbors (who’s also a dear friend, fellow mama and someone who probably loves noah as much as we do) told me she had taken the cricut plunge. can you say so excited? i can!

this amazing neighbor (and her family – husband plus three awesome sons) have helped us so much since we moved in. recently, she helped us out with noah, so what better way to say thank you than to share some of my paper source love with her?

this of course meant a trip to our naperville store (which by the way, turned into one of the best customer service experiences ever…that’s a story for another day). my lovely neighbor has been so excited about making cards, so i figured i’d shower her with some new cardstock…in new colors and shapes and sizes. add to that some cute and fun envelope stickers and a new cricut cartridge (cindy loo because, as i told my lovely neighbor, with three boys, she needed some girliness) and we had a great little thank you gift. of course, i couldn’t just throw it all in a bag and call it a day…i had to add a little something special to the goodies.

i started by wrapping different ribbon around each of the three card/envelope packs. (see, in the lower right-hand corner?)

then, i decided to make some small graphic decals for two of the packs…which were super simple. i just took my bicycle rubber stamp and black ink pad, stamped the yellow paper, then took my 1-1/2″ round paper punch and punched out the bicycle. (hint: if you are going to use a paper punch to cut out something you’ve already stamped, slide your paper in the punch upside down so you can see your stamp on the underside of the punch. this will ensure you’re lining up your stamp in the center of your punch shape.)

1-1/2″ round punch

our little thank you gift turned out to be a big hit and i’m pretty sure paper source has a new fan in my lovely neighbor.

the final thank you gift!

i love trying to do something unique and different to say thank you to special ones in our lives. what do you like to do to say thank you and show your gratitude?


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