Gift box thank you cards

Gift box holds 5 cards and envelopes

I made up this gift box using the new in-color Card stock and Matching DSP. The gift box is approximately 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. It holds five 3×3 cards with matching envelopes I left the inside of the cards blank.

I think this would make a great gift for a friend or to keep a stash of cards for yourself so you always have a gift tag on hand. Tuck a few of the cards in your purse and hand out to your favourite hairdresser, a waitress, a care giver or anyone you wish to show appreciation for. They are also perfect to attach to gifts as a gift tag.

Note: The cards are too small to stick in the mail.

To make the cards

Cut a piece of 3 x 6″ card stock, and score at 3″. Fold in half and crease with your bone folder to make a nice crisp fold. I love using the bone folder for that. The DSP is cut at 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ and adhered to the front fo the cared.

I added the sentiment to the front. It is cut in white card stock with the 2″ circle punch. I also used the starburst punch in matching cardstock behind the sentiment to finish off the look. Voila! you have a card and really, how easy it that?

To make the envelopes

Cut coordinating DSP at 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″. I used the envelope punch board to make the envelopes for the cards, following the punch and scoring lines for the 3×3″ cards. However if you don’t have a punch board (retired now) you could just fold all the corners in so that you have a 3 x 3″ square. Tacking three sides down with adhesive.

To make the card box.

Cut your Card stock at 9 1/8″ x 8 1/4″. This is for the card box.

Score on the long side at 7/8″, 4 1/8″, 5″ and 8 1/4″

Score on the short side at 7/8″ and 7 3/8″

It should look like the picture, when finished.

FYI, I made a couple of these boxes so chose two different colours in the pictures to best show off the score lines

Trim up the tabs as shown then crease all the fold lines using your bone folder. I find trimming is easier before I fold but that is a personal choice.

Adhere the tabs using the Stampin Seal Plus as this gives it a stronger seal for 3D projects.

This is what it looks like when completed. I notched the top of the lid with a 1″ punch to provide a bit of an opening.

As you can see, the notch is slightly off centre because I eye balled it. I recommend you make a small pencil mark for the centre before punching. Live and learn right? It never ends…

Cut a second piece of card stock at 7 15/16″ x 4 1/16″. This if for the insert

Score on the long side at 3 1/4″, 4″ and 4 3/4″

Score on the short side at 1/2″ at ends

Trim ends so it looks like this then fold. The middle score line is mountain and the other two are valley folds. The tabs should be folded outwards

This is what is will look like.

Add adhesive to the tabs on the sides then position it inside the card box, gently placing the tabs to the front and back on the box.

This is what the finished box looks like with the insert and cards inside.

Cut matching DSP at 6 1/4′ x 3″. This is for the top of the box

Cut a mat (Optional) at 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Adhere to the front of the box. I chose to add the same sentiment to the front of the box as the cards inside.

This is a similar design. If you choose to create this card box along with the cards/envelopes inside, a word of caution. They are very addictive to make.

Supplies used

Card stock

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.

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.

July Paper Pumpkin Refills are now available

Didn’t your just you love the Paper Pumpkin kit for July?  

Would you like more supplies to add to your collection? Well now is the perfect time to order the refill kit, but you need to hurry because the refill kits sell out quickly. You must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order this item.

Don’t forget about July Bonus Days, for every $60.00 CAD spent, you will earn a Bonus Day Coupon which you can redeem in August for additional products.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, Why not? This great kit is like getting a Christmas present every month and you will be amazed by all the unique cards you can make.

This refill kit contains supplies for 9 cards and envelopes.*

Your refill kit includes: 
• 9 card bases
• 9 envelopes
• 9 die-cut accent sheets and pieces
• 1 foil die-cut label sheet
• 3 laser-cut sheets
• 5 yds. linen thread
• 30 adhesive-backed sequins
• 3 silver paper clips
• 100 mini dimensionals
• 3 dimensional rings
• 150 adhesive dots

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: 

Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty Peacock, Sahara Sand, Seaside Spray, and Terracotta Tile