Monogram Notecards

Last month I delivered a late birthday gift.

I used some cute pink notecards, cut out the label shape and letterpressed the monogram in navy.  I haven’t played much with my letterpress and hope to use it more.  I love the look of it.

These label dies are one of the best craft purchases I’ve ever made.  I use them for so many things, especially for gifts.  They were, once again, the perfect shape.

I’m so glad that navy blue is back in style.  I’ve always loved it and I like it with so many colors.  These pink and navy cards are no exception.  I hope my friend at least finds them useful.

Playing with glue and ink…


little Christmas project

got me excited about gluing cabochons to everyday objects and I’ve wanted to do it again.  Recently I found more flowers as well as some bobby pins with glue plates on them.  My daughter’s friend was being baptized so I tried my hand at a pair of hair pins, hoping it would make a simple but cute and useful gift.

A couple of months ago I experimented with my letter press supplies and made a bunch of these little cards with green chevron stripes on them, then had no clue what to use them for.  I set them aside and after the glue dried on the pins I noticed the cards and wondered how they would look together.  A couple of tiny holes were punched, the pins inserted, and another chevron gift bag was retrieved.

I think they turned out great!  I love the purple and green together, and a cute card made the pins look more like a gift.  The entire gift cost me less than $1.00 and I’m so pleased with how the package came together.

Wouldn’t this be a great idea for party favors at a birthday party, Christmas gifts for friends, or even an activity for girls to do together?  I think we’re going to be making more of them, and soon!


Handmade Cards

I’m working on being a better friend this year, and remembering birthdays is one of the way I intend to do it.  I also plan to make handmade birthday gifts this year for several reasons:  it allows me to be creative, it encourages to use my supplies and allows me to personalize gifts.  A box of handmade notecards was my first gift this year.

These notecards were made for an amazing friend, one who uses the art of the handwritten note liberally to bless the lives of others.  I wanted to make something she could use anytime she wanted to send a note in the mail.  I ended up going with ultra simple designs, letting them speak for themselves.

I was pleased with how the bicycle card turned out.  The stripes, the scallop edge and the image of a bike are all simple but happy.

I also made some little gift tags that can be used anytime, complete with baker’s twine and a little chevron bag to keep them in.

I bought a box for the notecards to fit in and personalized it on the front.

Then I tied the sets of cards with green and white twine and placed them in the box.  I like how it turned out and I hope that she likes them, too.  She is one of the best people I know.

A simple, but I hope a useful, birthday gift.  I finished the project with a birthday card and some ribbon.

What have you made lately?

Hopeful Homemaker

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