A simple ‘Thank You’ is all it takes …

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotHave you ever received that little gift during the holidays from a friend or co-worker you weren’t expecting it from? It seems to happen periodically and it can catch us off-guard and unprepared. Years ago I would feel very awkward about accepting it and not giving a gift in return, but as I grow older, I’ve learned over time to graciously accept the gift in the spirit in which it is given, smile and say ‘thank you.’

I do, however, like to acknowledge the receipt of the gift and so I have taken to making holiday-themed ‘Thank You’ and note cards. These are quickly made with leftover papers and embellishments from your Christmas cards, tags and wrappings. You can simply send the pretty hand-made thank you card to the gift-giver or even better, give them a set of note cards in a pretty little gift bag for them to use!

This is a set of four Christmas-themed cards I made using leftover papers from Authentique’s Festive line, my Xyron Mega Runner with permanent adhesive, bookboard accents from Globecraft & Piccolo and some pretty twine from The Twinery.

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As you can see, these are your basic A2 card (4 1/4 inches-by-5 1/2 inches). I basically used coordinating scraps, cut and inked them and stuck it all down on a plain white card made from 110 lb. white cover stock from Staples. I added some borders punched with a Fiskars Border Punch, popped some of the elements up with dimensional foam tape and added a few embellishments.

The Globecraft & Piccolo (G&P) bookboard pieces are left natural and coated lightly with G&P Glastique Gloss to give it that beautiful shiny finish. I love these because they’re thinner than most chipboard elements on the market and will easily go through the mail.

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I like to present them in a hand-made gift bag. The bag is made from a 6-inch by 12-inch strip of cardstock and then just add pretty papers to the front, back and sides. Tie a pretty ribbon for a handle or braid some colored twine from The Twinery. All the papers, including the gift bag, are stuck down with the Xyron Mega Runner using permanent adhesive.

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These make perfect gifts any time of the year. They’re easy enough to make that you could keep several extras on-hand for that last-minute gift for co-workers, teachers, etc. January is also a great time to take the time to sit down and make your Christmas cards for 2013!

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