Sunday, June 12, 2011


Do you ever wonder (especially if you are a demonstrator) what to do with all those cards you have accumulated (from swaps, card class samples, presentations, etc.)?  Of course we all send out tons of cards through the year for special occasions, etc.; but, I still have tons left over.  I've been saying for years that I should sell some, but I just don't do it.  I always think it is not worth the work involved, nobody will buy, I don't feel it's right, and the list goes on and on.  So a couple of days ago I came up with this brainstorm of an idea when I was working on my heritage album.

Everybody knows that the most important thing we can give to our children is love.  (No, that wasn't part of my brainstorm.)  Besides monetary things like food and housing, second on my list would be teaching them about how to live and providing them with memories.  These two things include many things you do on a daily basis.  But why not include our knowledge and memories with something we love to do:  STAMPING!!  So here is what I am going to do for at least the rest of the year -- not only for my family but my friends.

I will be sending out "Remember When" cards on no specific date or time -- just at least once a month to many people.  My "Remember When" cards will include a printed note telling them about a memory we shared or one that I or my ancestors had when growing up.  In my first card to that person, I will tell them that they will be getting these cards throughout the year, and that I hope they will create a scrapbook using their cards and "Remember When" stories on their album pages.  If I have a picture, I will include that with the card.  How awesome that would be to create a heritage album based on actual stories from the past.  This will be especially important for my children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews because they are always asking me questions about their family heritage, or what it was like when I grew up (I know, that is not the "norm" for kids, but I guess my personality has rubbed off on them more than I thought).  Actually, my mother passed it on to me and my siblings so they would love to do this too.  It also helps because most of my family has scrapbook albums.  I would love to get a handmade card in the mail with a "Remember When" story -- wouldn't you????  I will keep you posted on how this works out, but wanted to share my idea to all those that love to pass on memories.  After all, memories teach us so much about life and values on how to live, plus they can pass them on to their family.

Okay, this is about the most serious post that you will ever read of mine again so don't start thinking it will continue.  What will continue is pictures of my projects.  So with that in mind, here are some pictures of my thank you gifts this month for my customers.  These were so fun and fast to make.  I got the pattern measurements from Holly Krautkremer if you would like to check it out.

I used the Two Tags Bigz and Fun Flowers Bigz L Dies for the boxes, that were embossed with the Elegant Bouquet Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

The gift tags for inside the box were made with the same Big Shot Dies.

And you thought I was going to posts lots of cards, didn't you!!!  Sorry about that, but I will next time.

Until then,

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. . . ." -- Ecclesiastes 3:11
"Every day is a gift, Lord, each moment a treasure, give us eyes to see beauty, hearts to hug pleasure." -- Fred Bauer


  1. Sandi, what a great idea, I love it. You thank you boxes are really fantastic looking. Love the colors and the textures. TFS Lois

  2. Terrific idea--inspiring since I am in charge of my Mother's family heritage.

  3. Sandi, those boxes are adorable! So much work! what a great idea with the two tags die...the flowers are gorgeous!