Monday, March 29, 2010

Super-Simple Gift Idea

I had two sheets of really pretty textured cardstock left over from another project and wondered what I could do with them. Then, this super-simple idea came to me:



Using nothing but a Martha Stewart border punch, I made notecards and packaged them with envelopes in a PTI clear box. I did have to trim each piece a bit to get the scallops all even, but it was worth it. Especially since the whole project took about ten minutes and would be PERFECT for those times when you need a very quick gift that looks lovely!



To make a super-simple card set like this work, you really do need high-quality, interesting cardstock, though. The texture on this one has lots of right angles, so using a dotty, lacy, curvy punch provides some subtle contrast that adds interest. Plus, the weight of this cardstock is lighter than PTI's white and so punches easier with the detailed lacy punch than PTI's does.



Does this give you an excuse to go buy a few sheets of interesting white cardstock? And a package of PTI clear boxes? I sure hope so!

Needless to say, I'm back from my trip safe and sound. Many, many thanks to all who said a prayer for me as I traveled through wind, snow, rain, and fog to retrieve some family heirloom furniture from Charlotte. Right now, I'm drinking coffee and psyching myself up for a very busy day of rental truck returns, Jack's developmental pediatric appointment, and de-molding the antique dresser. Wooo-hooo! I hope I can make time to stamp something or tomorrow's post will be mighty boring!

Edited to add: Holy cannoli, Batman! Simplicity passed 100,000 hits while I was gone! Thank you all! I'm speechless!

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea! I need to get on the "end of the school year" card set making project - this is the perfect motivation!

    Maybe you should share some pictures of the antique dresser tomorrow :).

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  2. Great gift idea! You were in Charlotte? Hate I didn't see you while you were here! LOL. Glad your trip was safe.

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  3. you come up with the most brilliant ideas!!

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  4. Love this idea, Susan--the cards
    are simply lovely!!

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  5. What a fantastic idea, Susan!!

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  6. Great gift idea! Happy you're back!

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  7. Glad you're back safely, Susan! These cards are lovely! Are they white (even though they look pale pink on my screen)?

    I second Samantha: pictures of the antique dresser would be fun.

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  8. Please don't be speechless! That wouldn't do a thing for us! Glad to have you back, we surely missed you. You came back with a bang, though, with those cute as can be notecards! What a great idea to make some of these up ahead of time, to just have on hand for when you need something. About how many notes & envelopes do you get in a box? Thanks a bunch! Oh, and congrats on the 100,000 hits --- although it doesn't surprise us at all.

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  9. Brilliant - and beautiful!
    Glad you had a good trip and returned safely home!

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  10. Congratulations on 100,000 hits heres to the next 100,000.
    Also lovely gift idea
    Geraldine

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  11. Ahhhhhhh, so glad you're back safely.

    BRILLIANT idea, that punch. We have a church bazaar near Christmas, to benefit a local mission. Every year I try to dream up something useful and different that I can make in multiples fairly quickly. Boxes of these cards will be the perfect idea for this year. Thanks a bunch.

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  12. I love all things simple.It is my style. Your card set is lovely.

    Mary

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  13. I say yes to all the above comments. I would miss you terribly if for some reason you quit sharing your humor, fine writing and creative genius with your MANY fans out here in blog land. You are a treasure!

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  14. Your notecards are lovely... and giving me another reason to covet more MS punches. :P
    Glad to have you back, though it sounds like you returned to a BUSY day!

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  15. What a GREAT idea! I think I will have to try it with every border punch I have. Thanks for everything - you are awesome!

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  16. Welcome back and to 100,000 hits ... WOW many, many congratulations.
    I hope your loss of speech is very temporary ... we need are daily fix of your humour and wit.
    Only you would think to make cards with just textured cs and an MS punch ..... pure genius, absolutely fantastic and so quick and easy.
    I don't think you can get more CAS than this .. or can YOU?

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  17. These are very lovely notecards. You're right, the texture on the cardstock really does enhance the simplicity and complements the fancy border.

    Hope your day isn't too hectic.

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  18. This is a fabulous idea! So quick and simple, yet elegant and lovely!

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  19. That texture with that border punch really and truly is simplicity at its finest! Love this project.

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