“Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true
You’re a pal and a confidant.
And if you through a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.”
Are you singing the Golden Girls theme song in your head now?
I watch virtually no TV at the moment, with one exception: Golden Girls re-runs.
So when I saw the Lots of Happy Card kit from Stampin’ Up! that included a stamp that says “Thank you for being a friend” I knew it belonged in my stamp collection. (Plus the kit includes watercolor pencils, so that sealed the deal.)
This stamp is so perfect for a few reasons besides my personal obsession with Sophia, Blanche, Rose and Dorothy. One, this is the first blog post of mine in collaboration with my friend Anna in the UK! Check out her post here! And two, it’s Valentine’s Day soon and who wouldn’t love to receive a Golden Girls themed card from their friends on Valentine’s Day? How better to celebrate the love for your friends than with a card that is bound to invoke memories of the most classic show that celebrates gal-pal friendship?
So…I threw together a few cards with the amazing stamp from the kit.
I used the core items that I use to make soooo many cards:
1) paper trimmer
2) circle punch (I often use two of them – 2″ and 2 1/2″)
3) 12×12 cardstock
4) stamp pad
5) patterned paper and/or vellum paper (optional)
My favorite punch – 2 inch circle.
Of course, the ever ready paper trimmer.
I made 3×3 inch cards because Stampin’ Up! has some great little 3×3 pre-made envelopes that I thought were begging for some cards. What’s awesome is that a single 12×12 piece of cardstock can make 8 cards at this 3×3″ inch size!
See what 1 single page of 12×12″ cardstock can do! First trim it into 4 strips of 3 inch wide paper, then cut each of the strips in half so you will have eight 3×6″ inch strips. Fold each of those in half and you will have eight 3×3″ cards.
You can also get loads of circles punched from one page of 12×12″ cardstock.
For this card, I used the following steps:
-cut Whisper White card stock into a 3×3″ card
-cut a small piece of patterned paper into an approximately 2.75 x 2.75 inch square
-stamped my “Thank You” stamp onto Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 2 inch circle punch
-punched a 2 1/2″ circle out from a piece of Stampin’ Up! vellum paper
-glued it all together!
Add in some Golden Girls re-runs and a mason jar full of kisses and you have a great easy gift!
Many moons ago I would have tried out 17 different types of Pinterest inspired mason jar crafts,involving spray paint, acrylic paint, etching cream, and myriad other techniques. And those still are fun, but these days I go for practical and easy. Keeping the jar simple is 1) easy for me and 2) makes it a fabulous re-usable food safe jar for the friend receiving the gifts. I have loads of mason jars that I use to store snacks, or as drinking jars. I just hand cut the heart with a pair of scissors out of Melon Mambo colored Stampin’ Up! cardstock and tied it on the jar with some string.
I used a similar process for this card, but used Crumb Cake cardstock.
And for this one, I just used one punched out circle and used the watercolor effect stamp from the Work of Art stamp set. This was actually the very first stamp set I used when I became a demonstrator a few years ago, and it is super versatile.
Make sure to check my friend Anna’s blog here for her Valentine’s Day inspired Stampin’ Up! project. You can also find the two of us on Instagram at @_paperie_
Happy Valentine’s Day!