Sunday, October 14, 2012

Easy neighbor thank-you gift

One night last week our downstairs neighbors invited me and my sister to join them for dessert. It was fun to chat and get to know them a little better. (It was also a little strange because we're not used to visiting with neighbors; we chatted politely with the people in our old apartment building, but we never spent time with anyone there.)

Before we left, our neighbors also gave us some delicious homemade applesauce. I decided I would refill the jar with something before I return it, but what? The jar is fairly narrow, so cookies wouldn't fit very well. I thought about some sort of snack mix, but that seemed too ordinary. Finally I decided to do what I know how to do best: make a set of cards.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!®):
Stamps: French Script
Card stock: Vellum card stock, Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, linen thread, pearls

I designed a simple 3" x 3" card and then used the same design in different colors for the rest of the cards. (I also stamped the flaps of the envelopes to coordinate with the cards.) I used the five 2011 - 2013 In Colors from Stampin' Up! (Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade) and added Summer Starfruit from the 2012 - 2014 collection.

I was excited to have a chance to use my new Elegant Butterfly punch for this card set. I punched two butterflies for each card: one from colored card stock and one from vellum card stock. I adhered the colored butterfly to the stamped card front. Then to give the butterfly and the card some dimension, I adhered just the center of the vellum butterfly over the colored one and gently pulled the wings up. I added pearls for the butterflies body.

Unfortunately I think these cards are just a bit too wide to fit in the jar. When we finish the applesauce I'll check to be sure, but otherwise they're just as cute packaged in a cellophane bag with a little ribbon bow. And I"m sure they will be appreciated just as much.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love these cards! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I just discovered these - they are so gorjuss! What a nice idea to give as a gift! More inspiration from you!

    1. Thanks, Sunshine! This reminds me that I need to make more card sets to have on hand for gift-giving. 🙂