Friday, 14 December 2012

Volunteer Thank You Sets




One of the teachers at my daughter's school asked me to make sets of thank you cards for the volunteers she coordinates. This is the last big batch of cards I need to make before the holidays (phew!)

She needed 7 sets, so I made 8, so that I could give one set to her.  I spent Thursday making these sets of cards, which she will need first thing Friday morning as the volunteers start their final weekly shifts before our winter break.

Here's my advice for keeping the process efficient:

1) Start with Stampin' Up!'s precut 3.5x5  notecards - they come in sets of 20 with matching envelopes. They are made of Whisper White, which I generally find to be quite flimsy, but in this small size, they're pretty good. This reduces cutting time.
2) Make 8 each of 10 designs. This reduces design time.
3) Use or adapt designs you've used before. Another reduction in design time. (some of these probably look familiar to you!)
4) Make the designs one-layered.
5) Minimize stickles (they take a long time to dry)
6) KEEP YOUR HANDS AND WORK AREA CLEAN! (don't ask how I know this)

If you want the card recipes, click here to go to my splitcoaststampers gallery, where I've listed all the supplies used.

Happy Friday everyone!


18 comments:

Hannelie said...

Every single one looks fantastic!

Laura B. said...

Wow.

Nonni said...

These are fabulous! So professional.

Lynn said...

These are awesome...I'll be coming back here for more inspiration on these one layer beauties!! And...uh oh...I'm write there with you on the last bullet!

Audrey Ann said...

Absolutely STUNNING!! Love love love your CAS style here - you are amazing!! Hugs

Julia Aston said...

Wow Ardyth! what a project! wonderful CAS designs on these pretty Thank you's - I'm sure they will be appreciated!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Okay. Wow. This falls into the category of generous. Thank you, Ardy, SO MUCH for giving us SO MUCH card inspiration in one posting!!

Deborah Frings said...

Absolutely super! Love the coloured thanks in the block! And I think I can guess how you found it important to keep the area clean :)

Bobby said...

My my you have been busy. All these cards are fabulous. But what else did I expect.

Bonnie said...

Goodness, Ardyth! I'm amazed that you have done all these cards and they are all fantastic. Besides that, you comment on everyone's blogs and are on so many design teams. You are amazing and I'm beginning to think you never sleep!

Joyce said...

These are all wonderful, and how nice of you to make so many thank you cards. Each one is different but they are all CAS perfection.

Vicki Dutcher said...

You go girl! Finding the time for that many sets -- yeah - you are organized! :)

Geri said...
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Geri said...

You amaze me! I'm wondering the same thing as Bonnie...do you ever sleep?

These are all simply beautiful. Although the designs appear simple, we all know how many hours you must have spent preparing these! Every design is perfect :)

I love how you presented these photos! How did you make the grid? Looks great!

mypapercraftworld said...

I've been trying to think of a different word than wow ... but it just kept coming back more loudly each time I did ... so WOW! These are amazing, what a totally splendid collection! Anita :)

Kelly Griglione said...

oh my, I have to pin this. I have to say it's not a very useful gift though. How could they send one of these? They would all have to be hoarded!

Tasnim said...

These are awesome! Every single design is beautiful! Love the clean and crisp look.

Bethany S. said...

wow. wonderful cards! I love the "thanks" one where It forms thanks down the middle of all the "thanks" Amazing!