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5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

Even if you already send them, today I’ve got some great reasons to write thank you notes. (Plus a pretty dynamite Stampin’ Blends and vellum card to share.)

In the rush of our days, we often don’t stop and give a thanks to someone who made an impact on us. But there are SO many reasons to take that time. Not only to verbally say thanks, but to do what we do best. Pour a little of our own magic stardust into a handmade card just for them.

Let’s look at what we’re making today.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

A pretty special thanks with some cool Blends and vellum circle elements. The card would’ve been great with the embossed Lovely Lipstick panel and calligraphed sentiment alone. But I popped in those circle punches, my Product of the Week, for something unexpected and fun.

You might even say I’ve gone a bit dotty! 🤪

Five Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

I’ll be live Thursday over at Design with Jo Facebook Page at 12 noon MST. I’m sharing a neat decorated gift bag you can create for any occasion – or maybe even Valentine’s Day (just a couple weeks away)!

Let’s take a peek at all the supplies I used before we talk about the 5 reasons to write thank you notes.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

The first reason is to respect the time and effort the other person took to do what they did. Give you a hand, make a meal, send a gift, do a favour. We all know how busy we can get so when someone takes time out of their day to think specifically about us or help us out, it’s an ideal opportunity to say thank you.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

Another reason is the person might really need to hear words of appreciation. Everyone has off days and saying thank you with a handmade card, has the power to immediately give someone a lift. Even when she first glimpses the envelope in her mailbox. (Most especially if the envelope is decorated!) It will reset the tone for the rest of her day!

What about paying it forward? When we express our thanks, we’ll inspire a friend to share his positive energy with another person in his social circle. Maybe not with a handmade card, but by saying a heartfelt thank you. What a great feeling to know we’ve created a ripple effect.

A fourth reason? Improve your own wellbeing. Not only is the act of expressing gratitude good for us, what about the joy of spending time doing what we love – crafting? A sense of accomplishment, stress relief, pure enjoyment. What could be better to boost our own positivity?

And lastly, why do we even need a reason? Sometimes we’ll have a special thought about someone jump into our head out of the blue. Why not jot that thought into a quick card and pop it in the mail to thank them for who they are?

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

Jo’s Design Details

  • the Graceful Glass vellum is almost a perfect fit for the Seaside embossing folder
  • the circles are coloured on the front of the vellum with the dark Stampin’ Blends: Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick and Rich Razzleberry
  • I chose to punch the same size of circle from the Champagne Foil sheet and offset them rather than choose a large circle to mat them . TIP: glue the circles to the foil by using your sponge, Silicone Craft Sheet and liquid glue like I did in this video so you can’t see it through the vellum
  • my circles are cut off so they do not extend over the edge of the Lovely Lipstick panel . TIP: glue first then turn over the panel and trim from the back

If you like the look of Stampin’ Blends on vellum, you might also like this card.

5 Reasons to Write Thank You Notes

There are many more reasons to express our gratitude and I’ll share some of those in upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, I am having a ball (circular, get it?🤪) working with my circle punches to add some pizzazz to my projects. Check back here on Thursday to see another one.

And now you know my 5 reasons to write thank you notes, why not pull your punches out and craft some cards of appreciation?

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Make your own tags for Christmas this year and save a bundle!  Save money?  I’ll bet you’re up for that! 

Let me tell you all about it.  But first, I’m super excited to share my Product of the Week.  The Christmas Traditions Punch Box! 

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Did you miss it in the holiday catalogue? Go grab your catalogue.  You’ll find it on the inside of the front page right under Shelli’s message.

Or maybe you didn’t realize what a great deal it is.  6 stamps, 2 seasonal coloured inks, a clear acrylic block, the Christmas Traditions punch all packaged in a beautifully coordinated metal tin you can re-gift with some yummy homemade Christmas goodies.

Here’s what’s included.

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

The images are a mix of fun, elegant and rustic designs.  Snowflakes, bells, evergreens and wonderful fonts and sayings.  They’ll appeal to just about anyone!

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Plus you just might want to join and check out my Facebook Group for my Steal of a Deal available all this week until midnight December 9th.  Just in case you need a teensy bit more encouragement🤗 . 

Now let me show you how sweet you can make your own tags for Christmas.


Make Your Own Tags for Christmas


SAVE MONEY and make your own tags for Christmas!

Isn’t it so pretty?  Lovely Real Red mixed with shiny silver and bright Whisper White. 

I pulled out my Garden Green for the greeting but the included Call Me Clover would be wonderful too.

Jo’s Design Details

  • an offset silver stitched circle with just a tiny sliver cut off the edge to align with the tag
  • two pretty vellum sprigs (another punch!) peeking out from behind your silvery circle
  • the Softly Falling embossed Real Red tag you make from a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of cardstock
  • sparkly metallic edged ribbon and silver and whisper white baker’s twine
  • matted punch border in Garden Green

So I mentioned something about saving money right? 

Well first of all, this tag is so pretty it can double as your holiday card.  No envelope required!  It takes only minutes to make and can be attached to any gift with Tear & Tape or dimensionals like I did here.


Make Your Own Tags for Christmas Gifts

So here’s the saving money part. Our  tag-card duo comes in at LESS THAN 50 cents.  Yes!  Even with all the sparkly personalized details! 

Here’s the supplies list so you can get busy making – and saving – too 😀.

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

If you’re a punch fanatic like me, you might also like this traditional red and green holly berry Christmas greeting.  (Did you know you can pick up the Holly Berry punch right now on the Clearance Rack at 40% off?)    

And if you want more tag ideas, how about these elegant beauties

I’ve been having so much fun playing with the Christmas Traditions Punch Box.  Check back here Thursday when I’ll share another super idea.  Or if you can’t wait, come visit my Facebook Live on Wednesday.  Jump on over there at 4:30 to join in the fun! 

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

You won’t believe the versatility of this punch box.  From tags to cards to gift items, you’ll use it for years.  Plus make your own tags for Christmas – and save money at the same time – count me in!

Why I LOVE Using Vellum in Card Making

Want to know why I LOVE using vellum in card making? 

  • It adds an unexpected touch everyone raves over.  
  • It’s super classy and elegant
  • It’s versatile.  From absolutely stellar die cuts and punched shapes, to full on card fronts, you can’t go wrong with it.

So if you’ve never tried this almost “frosted” see-through card stock for your designs, you will want to add some to your wish list.  Then add the popular Painted Harvest in a sunflower for a card with a neat surprise!

Using vellum in card making makes beautiful greetings

Pretty right?  The beautiful Painted Harvest set from last year’s holiday catalogue is still one of my favourites.  Here’s another fall inspired card made with this gorgeous set.

And don’t get fooled into thinking this set is only for fall.  How about this friend tag card?   Or look how great it works for these giftable frames.  The possibilities are just about endless.

But where’s the surprise, you ask? 

How about we look at it from this angle?

It's so pretty using vellum in card making

A lovely inside greeting that POPs right out at you through the window! But it’s almost invisible when it’s standing up.

But wait!  There’s another little surprise!  What about if we take a look at the inside too?

I LOVE using vellum in card making

How cool is that?  A fully decorated inside to WOW your recipient!

OK, this card does have a few steps.  But it’s easy to recreate with my tips and tricks.  Read on…


Tips and Tricks for a Painted Harvest See-Through Window Card

Have YOU tried using vellum in card making

  1. My first step was to cut out my window from my card base.  I placed the second largest Stitched Shape square framelit on an angle and cut it out with the Big Shot.
  2. Then rather than try and cut the vellum into a square window, I cut a piece of vellum the same size as the front of my card.
  3. I eye-balled where the sunflower needed to be so it was within the frame. (I chose to NOT centre it in there for more interest.)
  4. And then I stamped the sunflower directly on the vellum and heat set it with my heat tool.
  5. Adhere the vellum.  Squeeze a drop of liquid glue onto the corner of your silicone craft sheet.  Dab your sponge directly into it then dab it all over the INSIDE front of your card.  Lay your vellum piece directly on top to adhere.
  6. Cut your Early Espresso frame. Last I nested the SAME Stitched Shape square framelit inside the next size UP one on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot.
  7. Oh and don’t forget to stamp the inside words and flowers. Again eye-ball the placement so you can see it through the window.

And the rest is just embellishment.😋

Craft up a storm using vellum in card making!

  • A stamped leaf on Lemon Lime Twist cardstock then punched out.
  • I dug into my ribbon scrap bin for a small piece of burlap ribbon and cut it in half lengthwise adhered with liquid glue.
  • My double linen thread bow affixed with a glue dot.
  • Clear epoxy shapes coloured with my dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.

My Top Tips for Using Vellum in Card Making


  • Use dye-based inks like Stampin’ Up! Classic colours
  • Heat set the ink on the number 1 setting of your heat tool (which will dry the ink but not warp the paper)
  • Add adhesive sparingly (like I did with the liquid glue dabbed on with a sponge)
  • Use the see-through nature of the paper to maximum effect (really three different ways here!)

So how about you give this a try now?  Dig out your vellum (which might be ageing gracefully somewhere safe😚) and your framelits.  Then start creating.

And be sure to leave me a comment and tell me which stamp set YOU think would also look great using vellum for card making.  

Plus if you’re itching to make a card just like mine, here’s everything I used.  Simply click on any image to take you directly to my 24-7 online store for ordering.  I really appreciate you shopping with me.  Don’t forget to use host code VWQ3RYAN for free stuff!


I absolutely LOVE using vellum in card making

So now you’ve seen THIS design, I’m curious. 

What’s YOUR favourite way to incorporate this see-through cardstock in your paper crafting?  Let me know in the comments how much you love using vellum in card making.

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