A Cute Thank-You Card

A few of my friends take part in a card swap. Each month, they make 12 identical cards based on a certain theme. Then they meet at a local restaurant to swap cards and chit chat. Each member of the group goes home with one of each of the cards — envelopes included.

They have asked me to join for several years, but I always put them off — mostly because I do not like to create more than one of anything!

But, I decided it would be good to fight my hermit tendencies and get out of the house for a girls’ night each month, so I finally joined.

This month’s challenge was to create a thank-you or sympathy card. Here is what I came up with …

aug card swap by Candy Spiegel

I did not have enough cardstock to make all of one color, so half of the girls will get orange and the other half will get purple.

The sentiment, cardstock and ribbon is from Stampin’ Up.

The patterned papers are from We R Memory Keepers’ Indian Summer collection (I have it in stock in my store).

The ostrich stamp and die are from Local King Rubber Stamp. I love him — especially with googly eyes!

The cards are simple — they have to be when I’m making 12 of them — but hopefully the girls will like them …

 

Sharing a Chicken Card

My cousins came to Michigan to attend the Great Lakes Mega Meet with me this year. Although they are technically my dad’s cousins, we are close in age and have so much in common that our time together is always way too short.

This was their first time visiting my house and meeting all of my chickens. I was, of course, excited to show off my babies. Robin picked up on my love of chickens (like anyone could miss it, I know), and she sent me a beautiful thank-you card the other day.

I do not receive cards very often, probably because I rarely send them out, so it was exciting to get one from her. And, it is so perfect … I just wanted to share it.

Chickens for Candy

She colored it with Copics and then used Glossy Accents on the waddles and combs.

You can read more of how she created this card on her blog, here.

And, if you would like to see Becky’s work, click here. She is a true artist. I am so jealous of her coloring abilities!

Thankful Butterflies

butterfly Candy SpiegelDespite the cold and 2-feet of snow stacked outside my front door, I thought it was time for a little summer. I’ve been hooked on blue and green lately, so I created this thank you card.

002I started with an orange Shimmer Sheetz. I ran it through an embossing folder and then lightly sanded the color off of the top of it.

I added a strip of paper from Bo Bunny.

003Next, I added glitter to Elizabeth Crafts Designs butterfly, flowers and leaves stickers. To see a video on how easy this technique is, click here. I love Elizabeth Crafts Design Glitter because you can color on it with your Copic, Tombow or Distress Ink markers. This is the ONLY glitter I know of that is safe for your markers.

004Here are the colors I used …

005After coloring, I used a craft knife to carefully cut out each piece and adhere it to the card.

butterfly Candy SpiegelI used dimensional foam to adhere the flowers and butterflies to the card.

Then, I added a bit of ribbon and cut out the word “Thank You” from an Elizabeth Craft Die.

I hope you enjoyed this brief peek into summer!