Have You Found A Favorite?

When my husband’s niece got married, she and her husband came to our table at their Wedding Reception. It was mostly a chance for us to be introduced (finally) to her US Marine husband, but also to talk to me about how each of my cards to them had been scrapbooked over the past year. And even more, Jon wanted to tell me that there were baskets in everyone’s barrack full of the cards we made for Operation Write Home! Katie had added those cards to her scrapbook, too! 

It was the first time I knew my mail made a difference to anyone in that family. Have you ever felt that way? Well, that was when I felt encouraged to send cards more often. As I made a lot more cards, I became a lot more comfortable cutting cardstock for the layers, and began recognizing measurements I used all the time, especially when I was making 12 of a certain card.

As you may have guessed by now, I grew to love a certain kind of card … the kind that go through the mail in a normal envelope without ripping it open or destroying embellishment placement. One of the trends that came and went was the use of a stapler to attach layers, ribbon, and I continue to love it.

After a few years, I came up with an A2 card with a stamped layer. This became my happy formula, and I came up with multiple ways to include flat embellishments on that panel. As you have seen in my Online Class, “4 Cards in 30 Minutes“, there are many sizes of a stamped panel possible, and each size saves a lot of money by reducing waste. With those layouts, Also, I stopped saving scraps … because there weren’t any!

While I used Soft Seafoam card here, I fell in love with these measurements using a Crumb Cake card base. Do you have a favorite?


  • STAMPS: Hand-Penned
  • INK: Pebbled Path, Smokey Slate, So Saffron, Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam
  • PAPER: Basic White, Soft Seafoam, Petal Pink
  • TOOLS & MORE: Flower punch, Windowpane ribbon, Baker’s twine, Rhinestones, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini glue dots, Bone Folder

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