When you get a handmade card, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pass it along for someone else to enjoy? I mean, how many of us get a card (and so few of those come in snail mail these days!) and enjoy the sentiment, only to throw it into the paper recycle bin, never to be seen again? I am sure that is where a lot of the cards I send end up. But I got one recently in the mail, and it had a lovely idea I had not thought of in years. The message was written on a sticky note! Inside, a little printed note was glued to the upper part explaining what to do. The pretty card could be re-used just by changing the note inside. And, what a nice thing if you messed up in writing, just start over! So I took that idea and ran with it.
I rewrote the note in my own style, printed it out and glued it to the upper part of the card.
Here’s how I worded the note.
I thought you might like to do this in your card making sometimes, so I did a free printable for you. Click on RecycleNote. I started writing a note, then realized I needed much more space, so I peeled the little star off, and replaced it with a large rectangle sticky note.
The front of the card has a house, lawn and tree element I cut from a commercial card I had received. I added a bumblebee sticker, and the Thank You stamp. I also put a bee on the envelope. So cute.
Of course, I couldn’t stop there. I had two more cards I wanted to send, so why not use the idea for those as well? Using the sentiment “Thinking of You” could work for many occasions. I sent this one as a get-well to a dear friend. She can re-send it to someone else as a Thinking of You, or Get Well, or Happy Birthday, depending on what she writes on her sticky note. The lower paper has a quilting motif, as she and I quilt, I added a textured paper to the left side that resembles a quilt, topped it with one of my few remaining leaves, and put a flat cardboard button on top. I needed to keep it flat for mailing.
Inside, I used two flower shaped sticky notes (Amazon affiliate link) to stamp and write my message.
Of course, on the back of all the cards is my personal stamp.
Then I wanted to send a Just Because card, so I stamped an image with flowers, used some color pencils to brighten it up a bit, and mounted it on a frame. The textured paper is embossed with a flower design. It is mounted on top of a floral vellum.
Inside, I stamped the message, then added the sticky note to the bottom. DH gave me these star shaped sticky notes in my Christmas stocking as well as the flower ones shown above. Amazon also had cute little assortment sticky note packs with several shapes like hearts and apples.
Isn’t this a fun idea? I have no idea who to give the credit to for the original idea, but I know I first saw something similar some time ago on Split Coast Stampers, a gallery of card ideas using Stampin’ Up sets. I forgot about it for a few years, until one arrived in the mail.
So, are you stamping for spring?