Can you ever send enough thank you cards? I think not. It reminds me of this quote…

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

When our church hosted a craft and chat, I made lots and lots of thank you cards. Crafting with other people is fun but often I chat more than I craft. This time I was prepared. The day before I took some thank you cards I had designed and cut a whole bunch of card stock to make them. I also stamped my main images and die-cut them out. That way at the craft and chat all I had to do was assemble and chat. Perfect!!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… and what you do with the paper. When I first saw the Moroccan Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I wasn’t sure that I liked it. The colors are a little muted for my taste (I like bright colors!!) and I wasn’t sure what I would do with the designs. Can I tell you that I have used every single last bit of that paper already?!?!! I turned the twelve 12×12 papers that come in the pack into 15 notepad covers (more on that soon) and 99 cards!

These thank you cards were all designed based on my Quick Cards from 12×12 Paper One Sheet Wonder Technique. It’s super easy and if you haven’t tried it yet watch this video. In the video I show you exactly how to cut your paper to make the most of it. You’ll also see more ideas for using these fun 3″x4″ pieces of pretty papers.

These two sets of thank you cards are about as easy as it gets. 3″x 4″ pretty paper on a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card stock mat centered on a card base cut 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. When I do a big stack of cards like this I have one of my daughters score all of my card bases using the Simply ScoredI put a marker at 4-1/4″ and they can score a stack of card bases in just minutes.

Both of these Thank You Card sets would be great for men. Maybe a set of them would make a great gift? Surely some guys send thank you cards. Or you can encourage them to start!

 These sets of fall thank you cards were a bit more time consuming but the bases were just as easy to put together. For the set on the left, I couldn’t decide if I liked the lighter color leaves or the darker ones. I asked on Facebook and the results were mixed there too! So I made some with dark leaves, some with light and some with both.

The “A Little Thanks” was stamped on those little 1/2″ strips of card stock that I always seem to have a ton of and can never throw away. I like to use my old little banner punch to do the ends, but there are lots of ways you can cut even banner ends. The leaves on the left were stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon; the leaves on the right are Cajun Craze and Delightful Dijon. After cutting out the leaves (with dies of course!!) I used a glue dot to attach the smaller leaf on top of the bigger one and tied linen thread around the stems. For a little depth, I attached them to the cards using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Ready to make Quick Cards from your 12×12 pretty papers? Watch this video for more tips!

As we head into the week of Thanksgiving I hope you’ll be inspired to share your gratitude all year long. Start by sending a thank you card to your Thanksgiving Day host! Or if you’re the host send a thank you card to a guest and thank them for coming.

Happy Stamping!


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