Saturday, 13 October 2012

Day 13: A Different View of Birthday Cards

my stash of note cards

I had to buy a birthday card yesterday.  It took me twenty minutes.  Everything was too sentimental or too girly or too contrived or too dirty.  I hate shopping for cards.  In the past I've solved that problem by making my own.  I bought a few Stampin' Up sets, inks, and papers and I love making the cards.  But to be honest, I don't have time to sit down for an hour to make a card for every occasion.  So most of the time people don't get cards from me.

Then this summer I found a new solution.  I've always loved pretty blank note cards.  Whether from a book or gift store, or the dollar bin at Michaels, I can't resist them.  I decided to start using them in place of greeting cards, both hallmark and handmade.  I love that I can write exactly what I want to say in them without duplicating the card's own text.  I can use them for anything--occasions or just because.  I believe the recipients value them more because of the handwritten notes.

So I am going to keep buying pretty note cards when I see them (not forgetting to stock up on some manly ones too!), and telling my friends and family how much I value them.

How about you?  Do you give greeting cards?  What is your favourite kind of card to receive?  Or your favourite kind to give?

PS: After all this, you're probably wondering why I was buying a birthday card.  Well, it was supposed to be Kevin's job.  All cards from this family for men are!  But of course he was at work all day and asked me to pick one if it was that easy!

the card that took 20 minutes to choose


  1. The other day I was looking back at cards that my Grandma had sent me over the years, and in all of them she had filled the whole blank side with a personal note. I have kept and treasured all of those cards and what you wrote here really reminded me of her and how meaningful those cards are to me now that she is not with us anymore. What a great way to love someone a little bit more sincerely, thank you for sharing this :)

  2. Now that I make cards, I very rarely ever buy cards anymore. I do enjoy the freedom a blank card gives me to say what I really want to say to recipient. But, at the same time when I am not sure what to say, other than the standard "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary", I wish there was something written for me.
    My favorite type of card to receive is one that is unexpected.
    I have been meaning to send out more random notes. Thank you for writing this and reminding me.

  3. I love making cards! For all of our anniversaries and birthdays, we always give each other hand made cards. As for making them with cute paper and stock? We could definitely improve. We usually draw a doodle on some arches.

  4. Buying cards is tough! Especially when the person you are buying for doesn't fit the stereotypical idea... I'm not super creative at making cards (I admire people like you who are) but I like keeping a stash of cards on hand. Blank note cards are a great idea. :)

  5. Writing more cards to people I love is something I keep meaning to do more of. I LOVE receiving special.


  6. Love this idea, Jo. You're right about some of the cards being too contrived. I find it best to use blank note cards too. I'm always scouring the clearance bins at Michaels and like to pick some up if I'm vacationing.

  7. I love doing my cards this way! I've started putting a small piece of paper with a set of blank cards that has the names of those I've sent a card to from that set to help me not send the same design twice. This helps when I buy in bulk and have a lot of the same kind of card. Thanks for sharing! I love this blog series you're writing. *Ellen*


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