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I finished my card for this challenge early yesterday morning, but them I had major computer troubles so I am just uploading it now...This was a very fun challenge for me
Thanks so much for posting it!!
I also do not buy cards from stores but have a great idea for cards received from others. When a store-bought greeting card or note card is sent to me, I dismantle it and/or cut it up and use the pieces to make a new card to send back to the originator for their future use - kind of like sending a small prize back to them. Even if the note card received was a simple gold-embossed card with their initial. Cut out the initial, layer it, use dimensional dots and place on a card layered with plain and maybe printed card layers. Add embellishments or ribbon if desired. A clean, simple, classy technique is best though. My friends just l-o-v-e getting the beautiful surprise back in the mail. Along with the recreated card I enclose a 3 x 5" piece of deckle-edged white card stock on which I write my handwritten note. At the bottom of the deckle-edged card stock is (computer) pre-printed at the bottom "This card was created for you and is provided for your future use". I use a 5 3/4" x 4 1/2" clear mailing envelope from Stampin' Up into which I place the newly-created card for their future use, the deckle-edged card stock with my handwritten note, and a plain envelope for their future use. After affixing a large mailing label, postage stamp, and return address sticker to the outside of the clear mailing envelope, I mail it with one stamp. It is amazingly rare that the envelope requires more than one stamp. If you add embellishments that add weight or bulk, take it inside the post office to verify if one stamp will be sufficient. Have fun!