Saturday, February 19, 2011

For the Friendship Blog Hop: A Notecard Gift Set

Hello, and welcome to those of you joining for the Friendship Blog Hop, sponsored by Jennifer at the Crafty Card Gallery.  I am so pleased to participate in this Hop because your friendship means the world to me.  Thank you to my followers -- long-time and new -- for your support and kinship!

I am Hop Stop #23 ... you're welcome to join in this hop at any point (including here!), and hop along.  If you want to start at the beginning, click the link above to go to Jennifer's blog. 

Jennifer asked the participants in this Friendship Blog Hop to come up with "anything friendship related."  So I've decided to show you a gift pack of notecards that I typically make for my non-crafty buddies' birthdays.  Here is a picture of all of the cards included in the gift pack:

The pack includes cards that my friends can then send on to their friends for a variety of occasions. There is one birthday card, one get well, and the rest are just general greeting cards.  Inevitably though, my friends won't mail these on ... maybe I should include two of each, so they feel comfortable sharing!

I pack the cards in a box (shown below) made from the Cricut "Tags, Bags, Boxes and More" cartridge. (Update: I used the CRAYON BOX image on this cartridge, 12x12" paper, "Fit to size" ... turns out it's a perfect size for 4.5"x6" cards!  Note that the bottom flap is not curved -- it's flat and tucked into the box. I just decorated it with a curve faux stitching.)  It is decorated with white gel pen faux stitching and Jolee stickers, and tied with a bow (not shown):

The full collection (half dozen) is shown at the top of this post. Here the cards are individually.  These have all been made using the Cricut "Just Because Cards" cartridge:

Black card, yellow paper insert;
colored pencils highlight the
word "BIRD".  Gem for eye.

Pink card, white Cuttlebug-embossed ("birthday") insert. Happy birthday Cuttlebug folder embosses the front.
Stickles accent the word "CAKE"

Blue card with gold Stickles, white cardstock liner, faux dotted with black pen; pearls
for sun's eyes

Grey card, pale blue paper insert;
Stickles accent the "water";
black pearl for eye

Metallic gold cardstock,
white paper w/rounded corners
for insert. Martha Stewart
double loops punch for trim.

Kraft card, white paper insert;
wings (and shadow) cut from
AC glitter chipboard. White
gel pen to highlight and for
flight line of the bee.

BLOG CANDY:  What's a blog hop without candy?!  When I am not papercrafting, I am beading.  My favorite project to make and sell are "woven" beaded bracelets using Swarovski crystals, like the one shown here.  I've made one similar to this one (different colors, length) for the winner of my Blog Candy giveaway. Value: $35 sold in stores; priceless in that it's made by your very own CardMonkey!

TO WIN: Just two steps:  either be or become a follower, and leave a comment below.  Please be sure to mention a way for me to contact you, should you win.    UPDATE:  A winner has been selected by Random.Org.  Congratulations to #3 of 41, Sigrid of   Please feel free to leave comment(s) though, as you know I always them! 

This Hop is now over, so I will remove the line-up to conserve space. 

Let's meet next time over a cuppa'joe.  Cheers!
P.S.   Don't forget to stop back next week, when I will be hosting the Motions and Folds Card Hop (February 26).  There are 15 of us who have made cards with unusual techniques that you'll want to try!

p.p.s:  I know I've held you here long enough, but seriously, don't forget to ALSO post on my next message (scroll down).  On "Fairy Cut Fridays" I describe a craft I've made using Fairy Cut software. If you post there you'll be eligible to win a free FAIRY CUT SOFTWARE license ($99 value), drawn monthly.  Check out GLASS ETCHING on the next post down!


Star said...

Where do you get sooooo many great ideas? Thank you for your inspiration!

Scrappin_3rdeeschik said...

That Cart really is the best for really cute cards. Great Job girlie.

lovescrapreflect said...

yes i agree with meighen its a great cart and i love the cards

Unknown said...

Fabulous gift set. Love all the varities

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Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Very nice cards. This would be a wonderful gift.

ShersL84bed said...

Fun gift set. Love how you decorated your box.

Sandy said...

Fun fun gift set, love it!

~ Creating a Crafty Life ~ said...

Love the card set! They're Adorable! I'm your newest follower!

CreatingACraftyLife at gmail dot com

Anna said...

Great card set. Also great giveaway.
I'm a follower.
Thanks for the chance to win.
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Lezlye said...

Great Cards! I love the bracelet too! I do some beading as well, just haven't had time lately!
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I am following you now too!

Sandy S. (CraftyCreations) said...

Love your card set. Thanks for a chance to win. Following now and looking forward to more of your creations.


Shawnee said...

I love your card set. I am looking into buying Fairy Cut soon. I really like what you have done with it. :)


Ashley Nicole said...

I love all the cards. You are so creative and I enjoy everything you share with us.

Jae said...

Wow, great cards! They're all so cute. Love the box for them too. TFS :)
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Unknown said...

Love everything about your project. I have a general idea that is what I would like to do for my friends holiday gifts. TFs
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Unknown said...

love your project. tfs

Unknown said...

Love these cards and the colors you chose. They have a fun, almost retro look! I'm a can find me at and/or ksjennings at gmail dot com

Pammejo said...

Great Cards. TFS

Theresa said...

Love all your cards so much..TFS!

Linda said...

Great card set,I love it.

Anonymous said...

very cute cards and box


AJoy said...

You are so Punny today!

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Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Wow, these are great! What a fantastic gift idea! Thank you so much! And I'm so happy to be a new follower, love the inspiration!

Bunnyfreak said...

Which cut for tags bags and boxes is the box?
Love the set.
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Cut n Paste said...

What a great gift idea! Very very cute!

Sue in CT said...

Wow, love the set....all the cards are great.
I am a follower.
susanslomski at yahoo dot com

Brenna said...

those are beautiful cards!! Your friends will surely love them and the box is beautiful also!! tfs

Creative Diva said...

Wow! Im just amazed of how created you are! Thanks for sharing your amazing work! Newest follower!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you got really busy for this hop! Cute cards, lots of energy, lol. Thanks for subscribing to my blog too! I hope to bring you lots of insperations. I posted a new card for today too! Hopping along over to hit your follower button too :)

Trisha said...

What a great gift idea. I think that I am the only one in my group that crafts. TFS and the chance to win your lovely bracelet. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

wow! You're a great friend!!! Too cute! If I got that I wouldn't send them either!! :)
Thanks for being in the hop!
craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

Great cards! Too funny that your friends don't pass them on though!

ksully4597 at gmail dot com

Karen Y said...

I love all the cards you made.
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Melissa said...

Your projects are great, love them!!!! I just had to hop over and become a follower, your blog hop next week sounds like something I would be interested in!!!! I am sure I will have fun following you, gonna put ya on my blog so I can see when you post...excited!!!!

Moe Creations... thanks for the opportunity to win!

nantastic said...

What a great card set. new

Theresa said...

Love all the cards! I like all the puns lol
The colors on all the cards are just perfect.
TFS Theresa

Jenn said...

What a great gift! I am sure they love getting the card set!!!

Laura said...

Oh my thanks for stopping by my blog and inviting me here.. I will be back next week also for the blog hop!!! With bells on!@!!
I love your cards.. Your bracelet looks amazing!! Thanks for the invite...

Giselle said...

lovely cards :) Thanks for sharing!

Babe O'Mara said...

What a great gift set you made. Very creative. I'm already a follower. Thanks for a chance to win a fab bracelet.


Pink Room Therapy Designs said...

What a great group of cards with fabulous sentiments!

Unknown said...

The blue paper card and its holder give a new touch ,if you can use in red color this card gift looks become more pretty ,try it.
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