Aloha, crafty friends!
Perhaps this isn’t what you were expecting as a Hallmark-ish version of a Thanksgiving card. However, technically, is is every bit of a really appropriate giving of much thanks!
My oven has been dying and unreliable for several months. For the most part, we’ve been putting off the repair and getting by with the stove and the microwave until I’m out of school and …well…. employed! However – the holiday season is upon us! How can we go through Thanksgiving (and Christmas) with no pies and cookies, and an extra heat source in the house that has the bonus of smelling heavenly! So, when my sister asked if I could bring the pumpkin pie for turkeyday, I had to throw in the towel on being a house-repair-miser. (And, believe me, this is only the first of several that were/are on my ‘once I’m re-employed’ to-do list.)
So, Social Media Maven that I now am(bwaahahahaha), I went on Facebook (currently the 3rd largest search engine in use) to find a reliable local repairman. I found Richard’s Appliance Service in Santa Rosa, CA. They advertise: “Your Time is Valuable, so we provide fast service and we’ll call ahead at work or cell… No waiting!” I called a 9:30am; they were at the house at 1:30pm. Sean did a great job and now I am Holiday-Ready and genuinely SO very grateful to have my oven working again that I thought they rated a personalized card! Here goes!
To celebrate my newly repaired oven, the second the repairman left I immediately started baking cookies, of course! With this card in mind, I took pictures. (Taking an acceptable picture was the most time consuming part of making this card! Those pans of cookies just wouldn’t settle down!) I uploaded the pictures to my computer and created the front of the card with MS Word 2007 <–which is a bit difficult once you are used to using 2010!!!
Next, I set out to create an envelope big enough for my card, which means an adventure in my craft room. YAY! Here are the supplies that I used:
With large cards I find it’s easiest to make an envelope using 2 pieces of paper appropriate for covering the size of card you made and taking into consideration a coordinating print. if desired. After printing my card out, I folded it and trimmed it down a little to about 5 x 8 inches. Since my card was going to men, I felt I should use craft paper would give it a masculine feel. For the envelope:
Trim one piece of Craft paper (or your choice of cardstock) a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch larger than your card. This will be the ‘Back’.
Trim a second piece of paper to 1/2 inch larger than the first on 3 sides, and 1 1/2 inches on the fourth side. This 4th side will be the opening of the card pocket. This piece will be the ‘Front’ of you envelope.
Next, I used my Martha Stewart Scoring Board and scoring tool to gently compress the pending folds of the envelope at the 1/2 inch and the 1 1/2 inch measurements. Then I cut out the corners using my corner rounder on the 1 1/2 inch flap, and pressed the folds with the scoring tool and glued the smaller piece of paper in place as the back of the envelope.
I wrote my letter of gratitude (Zig Archival Ball pen – purple) and used the Tsukineko Terra Cotta,Walnut Ink spray in my fancy-schmancy spray box. I had to dry it a bit with my heat tool because it stayed wet for quite a while! (I don’t think I had this problem in the summer. Hmmmn…) I sponged the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany and Dusty Concord. Next I used my favorite go-to rubber stamps with the Dusty Concord distressed ink on both the envelope and the card.
I’m so grateful that you stopped by to visit today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and Aloha~
PS. Don’t forget to check in next week to see who will win the Give-Away from last week. If you haven’t entered yet – You and your crafty friends still have till December 1st.