Recently I found out that two of my friends were in physical therapy in-patient centers, one with a knee replacement and the other for strength rebuilding after a pretty bad infection and illness. It is unusual to have two friends in at the same time, but the really amazing thing is that they were at the same center only two doors apart. Of course, that meant getting out the stamping stuff and creating cards to go with the little goodies I planned to take.
These cards began with ivory color cardstock, and I embossed a pretty deep blue cardstock rectangle for texture.
I have some pretty floral ribbon, and I glued it to one side, wrapping the cut ends to the backside.
I glued those to the fronts of the cards, then stamped “Thinking of You” on yellow cardstock for the front. I did them a little differently, especially made with each lady in mind. One got a bird, the other a butterfly.
The inside of the one with the bird on the front has a birdhouse inside, with the Get Well sentiment.
The other card has a butterfly inside as well as on the front.
Both cards have my special stamp on the back.
And the envelope got a pretty design too.
I packed up a couple of pretty bags with two paperback novels to read, a puzzle book, a tube of hand lotion and some chocolate in each one. It isn’t a lot, but I know from trying to recover from surgery myself a couple of years ago, keeping the mind occupied is essential. The paperbacks are easy read cozy mysteries, and the puzzles – one a word search and the other a Sudoku – can be done here and there in short increments or longer if they want.
Of course, I had to do a couple of bookmarks to go in as well, to go with the novels.
It was nice to have a short visit to deliver the goodies. Both ladies appreciated the thoughts.
It occurred to me that I should make up a bunch of cards as ‘blanks’, so I can run down and quickly have a card when I need one. There are plenty of times that I have an immediate need but no time – like a birthday almost forgotten, or someone needs a pick-me-up or support at a moments notice. Naturally, if I am rushed or pressured, it is hard to be creative. If I had some made up with the fronts and backs done, I could have the needed card in a minute just by stamping the inside with the appropriate sentiment. Next time I have a burst of stamping creativity, I’ll make a few extras for those times when I need something in a hurry.
Do you keep cards on hand?