Whatever happened to good manners?

In the world on electronics, it is so easy to forget common sense and general good manners.  We’ve all seen postings online that make us just scratch our heads and wonder about these people.

What we really need to do is step back a little to appreciate the people around us.  Whether it’s a family member, a work associate or your personal customers.

When was the last time you received an actual “Thank You” Card? You know, actual handwritten notes on paper and snail-mailed to you?  I will guess and say it’s been a long time or maybe never.   I know this is an old school thought process but when did good manners become out of date?

As an example: when you receive a fabulous gift, you say thank you, right?   But what if it was mailed to you?  Someone has taken the trouble to buy you a gift, wrap it, mail it (paying the postage) so you can receive it.  Is it too much to ask, to buy a stamp and send them a little note of appreciation?  I don’t think so.

Recently I sent a wedding gift by mail as I was not able to attend the wedding.  I didn’t hear a word back, nothing.  I  found out several weeks later, through the mother (I finally asked), that the gift was received. I never received anything back from the bride and groom, not even to acknowledge that the gift was received.   How appreciated do I feel now?  How likely is it I will spend a similar amount on the next gift I send them (if at all)

What about your customers, do you appreciate their business?  Have you ever told them that?  A simple card sent to say thank you tells them that they matter to you.   It is a class act and helps build relationships which builds loyalty.  If you are in any sort of sales environment, this goes a long way and what did it cost you, a card and a stamp? Keep them on hand so you are always ready.

Think of an experience when you went out of your way to help “get the job done” whether on a personal level or a business one.  You’ve spent  time and effort to help.  If your effort was never acknowledged or appreciated,  how likely is it that you will jump in to help the next time?  A simple thank you card makes you feel appreciated and we all need to know we are appreciated. It only takes a few minutes of your time.

I believe in sending thank you cards. I even make and sell my own cards. I personalize every card I make. You can see my cards online at http://www.ottawaartisans.com if you are interested.

So here are some simple pointers;

  • Send as soon as possible.  Keep cards/stamps on hand, so you don’t forget
  • Mention the gift/assistance/business you received 
  • Keep your message simple;  a line or two is all you need to say thank you
  • Style matters, casual for friends, more formal for business
  • It only takes a few minutes of your time.

Don’t you just love surprises?

The Paper Pumpkin team loves planning fun surprises, so I am VERY excited to let you know that for the month of May: a fabulous kit featuring NEW 2020–2022 In Colors, plus the current colour Purple Posy will be part of the kit.

This means that as Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you will be first to get your hands on the new In Color products. And that’s just the beginning of things to love about this kit!

The upcoming May 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit includes supplies to make 8 full-size cards  (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and 4 note cards (3-1/2″ x 5″) for a total of 12 cards in total. It will feature the new 2020–2022 In Colors (which will be revealed April 24)! This means that Paper Pumpkin subscribers will be among the first to get their hands on new In Color products.  So how exciting is that?

You have until May 10th to order your Paper Pumpkin, if you’re not already subscribed. Just click here to subscribe

What better time than to share the love?


With everyone staying home, it’s a great time to send a card and let people know you are thinking of them. This is especially true with seniors who would love receiving this beautiful card. It’s also a great Mother’s Day Card if you can’t seen them in person.

I made up this card using the Pressed Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP)which has so many beautiful designs so it makes card making easy. This is a perfect card for a beginner to try. I love the Deep blue flowers which are so real looking. To See this paper online, click here.

The card itself is 4 1/4 x 11″ the folded in half at 5 1/2′. The matting is 4 x 5 1/4″ and the flowered DSP is just a smidgen smaller by about 1/8″ all around.

I used the Pretty Label Punch twice, once in the Night of Navy Cardstock and again with Very Vanilla cardstock. I then stamped the sentiment from the Inspiring Iris stamp set. I punched a small hole at one end and threaded the ribbon through both labels and adhered it to the front of the card.

Time is running out, Show your love for family

This is the last day to take advantage of the April Paper Pumpkin kit. It is a perfect kit to put together by yourself or with your family while you stay home.

The kit is all about fun and family appreciation themed cards that make it easy to express your feelings for those you love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving you the perfect way to show your appreciation for beloved parents on their special days with a beautiful, handmade card.

Sentiments include anyone in your life who feels like family; for instance, “brothers” and “sisters” who have helped you along the journey of life.  This beautiful Kit contains all the supplies you need to make 8 beautiful cards/envelopes.

About the April Kit 

Kit contains supplies for 8 cards and envelopes

Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)

Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)

The coordinating colours include Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam

To subscribe, click here

Time to use up those paper scraps

I would bet money that anyone who crafts, regardless of the medium, has a bag or box of scraps that tend to pile up and sit unused. Well I am no different so today I decided to delve into that scrap pile and see what I can do with some of the scraps.

This is the second card I created.

I created two beautiful cards that are perfect to send to someone who is at home, just to let them know you are thinking of them. These cards were very easy to make and perfect for a beginner. This card is also a perfect card for Mother’s Day.

To create the card, I made the card base from Rococo Rose card stock (150882). I cut the 8 1/2 x 11 card stock in half at 5 1/2″ then scored them both at 4 1/4 to create the fold. I then used my bone folder (102300) to crease the fold line. This allows me to make two cards. All supplies used are online, just click here to browse my online store.

The Designer series paper is from the Pressed Petals collection (149500) and each panel was cut at 1 1/4″ by 4″ then glued to the front of the card using Tom Bow Glue (Multipurpose glue (110755) I used the die cut from the Painted Label dies (151605) to cut out the circle swirls behind the sentiment and used my 2″ punch (133782) to cut out two circles in Very Vanilla card stock (101650) . The sentiment came from the Under My Umbrella stamp set (151518)and I stamped “Life’s Showers bring love’s flowers” then used my sponge dauber (133773) to add a little colour around the edge of the sentiment before adhering the sentiment to the swirl. I then put a little Petal Pink Metallic edged ribbon (151194) to the back of the swirl before using dimensional (104430) to adhere it to the card. The inside have a blank piece of cardstock so you can write your own special greeting an taylor the card to suit any occasion. To see all these supplies online click here

What are you doing while staying home?

We’ve all seen the many games on facebook, that are being shared. Add this, multiply that, what sort of flower are you etc. So I decided to come up with my own game. Time to be honest with yourself because what other’s think shouldn’t matter. It’s meant to be fun. So with everyone staying home as much as possible (I hope) here are some questions for you. Answer honestly, I would love to see your responses.

  1. Is your home cleaner or messier than it was before all this started – About the same
  2. Are you wearing your PJ’s – No
  3. Are you wearing the same clothes you wore yesterday – yes
  4. How much weight have you gained or lost – about the same
  5. What activities are you doing now that you didn’t have time for before – I am trying to create videos to showcase my crafts. I am not having much luck so far.
  6. Are you enjoying the additional family time with your kids – sadly they are self isolating elsewhere.
  7. Have you explored new hobbies? – Does trolling for information on creating video’s count?
  8. Are you ordering more or less online – Definitely more
  9. Has the amount of snacks in your cupboard grown – yes, although I am trying not to eat them (in any great quantity)
  10. What are you doing to fill your day – crafting, playing too many games, Facebook, reading online (did I mention the video thing) as well as books, watching a bit of TV (not really my thing) scrolling Pinterest and you tube (I can loose hours doing this), and the usual housework, laundry, cooking etc.

Looking for something to do?

I hope everyone is staying home and remaining healthy. Are you getting bored yet? antsy? frustrated? All of the above? Know that you are not alone. Below are some ideas of what you can do at home to keep busy. While trying not to snack, because eating is my go to when I am bored, I created this gift box for my 11 neighbours and filled them with 6 home baked cookies (yes I had to taste test lol) and they were delivered to each door as a surprise. I wanted to just bring a smile to their faces and to let them know I am thinking about them.

I’ve also put together a few designs featuring the new card suite that will become available April 4th. Normally we wouldn’t see the new products until the new catalog comes out in June so this was a nice surprise. I was able to preorder a month early, which is just one of the perks of being a demonstrator. This suite is gorgeous and includes two sets of stamps/dies, embossing folder, gems and of course matching ribbon.  All of these can be purchased separately as well but the suite includes it all.  To view the online store, click here.

I have also been completing my Paper Pumpkin kits, completing the ones I started and hadn’t finished, and coming up with different ways of using the “extras” that are always included.  I hope those of you who have subscribed are enjoying your kits as well.  It’s a great way to keep busy with something fun to do by yourself or with a family member especially as we self isolate. Since the kits include everything you need to make up the kit, you don’t need to go out to buy additional supplies. I love that.

April’s Kit is about fun and showing appreciation to our families. The card kits make it easy to share your hearts with those you love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving you the perfect way to show appreciation for beloved parents on their special days with a beautiful, handmade card. Now more than ever, we need to do that and what a nice surprise it would be. Should you wish to subscribe please click here

This is also the last day of Sale-A-Bration so if you have been putting off an order, don’t wait. With the new release of products you can still get some beautiful freebies with every $60.00 purchase you make or if you sign up a as a demonstrator you will earn even more freebies (shown) just for signing up. Click here for more information. I would love it if you were join my team.p