Thursday, August 11, 2011

Positive Thoughts ATC Cards

My husband has been having a rough time lately and I wanted to make him a card to lift his spirits. I received a fabulous stamp set in the mail on Monday (which I won from Erika at Crafty Sprouts - Thanks, Erika!). It is the Positive Thoughts set from K Andrew. There are so many incredible sentiments in this set that I was having a hard time deciding which one to use on my card. I also wanted my husband to be able to carry these positive thoughts with him (and a standard card is not very convenient to carry around) so I decided to make some ATC-sized cards. These are the perfect size for him to carry in his wallet, or even his pocket. Then he can pull one out when he needs a little lift.

I cut out some ATC blanks from a light brown cardstock. Then I covered each of them with paper from my scrap bin. I used my CM Oval Template for some of the sentiments and the others I just cut by hand. Then I added some pen stitching around the sentiments. The cards still felt a little plain, but I didn't want to go overboard with the embellishments for 2 reasons. #1 - these are for my husband, a man, who doesn't appreciate a lot of frills and bling. #2 - the reason for these cards is the sentiment and I wanted to keep those the focus. So to add just a little something, I pulled out my Stickles and added some subtle bling. :-)

Here are some close-up shots so you can see the sentiments better.

I am really happy with how they turned out. And my husband can write notes on the back, or I can write him some messages. He was pleased with them and even said he would enjoy handing them out to people who looked like they could use some cheering up (my husband is such a good man). When he said that, it reminded me of Kristal's post about being aware of those who could use a kind word and her use of Post-It notes to give uplifting messages to people. I can't seem to find the post right now, but if you are a loyal follower of Kristal's, you will probably remember the post anyway. :) Also, this week's Simply Sunday challenge over at Getting Cricky is all about Positive Thoughts. So I am entering these cards into Kristal's challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Great job on your cards Kelly! What a great idea :) You are so kind to make something like this for your husband!

  2. What amazing, beautiful cards, Kelly! Wow, you did such a great job on all of them! What a sweet thing to do for your hubby! These little pick-me-up cards are such a fabulous idea...I may have to scraplift this and have some stashed in my purse to hand out when needed :)


  3. Hi Kelly, what a awesome gesture...I'm sure he'll love them. Great ATC's. ~Shen

  4. what a fabulous idea. You've just given me another reason to use the stamp sets...not that I really need one, but this will be a great addition to a card. A card within a card. WONDERFUL!!!
    I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

  5. These little notes are just adorable! Having fun playing with you over at Getting Cricky this week.
    Hugs, Jenni

  6. Hi Kelly- you won the blog candy over on my blog
    please send me your email address so I can contact you and get your snail mail! Congrats!

  7. I love it all. Such great sentiments and I love all the papers you chose. x

  8. AWESOME Kelly---absolutely awesome! You're the BEST! :)

  9. I found you because of the LUL Party over at Getting Cricky. I have been checking out your blog and came accross this post. I totally love this idea and think I will do the same for my husband!! They work so hard for us and you are right sometimes they need a pick me up too!! Thanks for the idea. If you get a chance please stop by my blog too.

    Ildi-The Craftin Mama

  10. WOW Kelly you have been busy. Great cards.
    I love your
    Thanks for playing with us this week.
    Becka M
    Creations With Becka