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The enclosure card {updated}

I heart enclosure cards.  They are great to grab and go on the way out the door to the birthday party.  I have my kids write a small sentiment on the back and voilà; you have a cute personalized card for any occasion.  And, if you know me, you know that we are often running out the door to one birthday party or the other.  We had two this weekend.  These enclosures came in handy for both events.  –And you know what events these kids birthday parties are turning into.–

The enclosure card is a not-so-distant cousin the the carte-de-visite or calling cards of yesteryear.  And, I love yesteryear…  Not that I want to go back in time, but I appreciate things that are classic or timeless.  I want to savor some of these time-honored/tested/worn traditions.  {And that doesn’t mean that everything that is old should be saved either… you can probably think of dozen of ridiculous traditions that we should do away with, but you can ponder that later.}

In our age of smartphones and speed-dialing, I forget my friends’ and family’s phone numbers or even how to spell their name.  It seems like my smartphone is making me less smart {or at least less attentive to others’ personal details.}

So, in lieu of spending hours pondering a card at the store, print and enjoy this freebie.  {Each card measures 3.5″x2″  • the same as a business card.}  In Acrobat Reader, you can personalize them and then print as many as you’d like.  But first, you need the font.  I printed mine on watercolor paper, but they would work just as well on standard cardstock.   They are available in two fairly unisex colors.   Click on the image below to download.  If you print it, please leave a comment below.  I always love to hear how someone is using my designs.




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Party hat template

I am coming out the the crafty closet. Yes, I’m crafty. You got a problem with that?

So,  it’s end-of-the- school-year party time and I got my craft on with some party hats for my son’s class.
I have included the template and directions below.

The hats were a great success, but I could kick myself for not getting a class picture with them on. Too bad.
Enjoy what I do have.

Click the image below to go to the download site.

Party hat template

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It's a weave!

I don’t tell everyone this, but I am crafty.  Yes, I make crafts (but not in the hot glue gun kind of craft way, or the macaroni angel wreaths kind of way… not that there’s anything wrong with that– well, there is, but that’s a topic for another day.)

So today, I am releasing my inner-crafter as I saw this on Photojojo a few weeks ago.  It mixes photography and cool crafting.  That is something that I am all for.  See the how-to’s here.


Original photo as seen in my PA post (I made two copies.)

Voila, the "polaroid" of my work.

Here's the finished work in the living room. Not sure how I feel about having a woven bull in the living room. The dog will like it, I guess, as she naughtily lounges on the couch.


Maybe it’s time to release your inner craftiness.  Throw down the fake flowers and floral foam and pick up a few photos, some scissors, tape, ruler and pen and try this

Enjoy.  SPL