I send a lot of thank you cards. It's funny because my grandmother was such a stickler for us sending thank you cards for birthday, Christmas, and other gifts received. With the advent of the internet, it became second nature to quickly pop off a "thank you" email and call it a day. I'd fallen out of the habit of sending a handwritten note. Then, when I joined Stampin' Up!, one thing that my mentors teach is the value of a handwritten, handmade thank you card. If this is what we do, then we should share that with others. It started out small. I'd send 5-6 cards per moth. In two years, I send ten times that many every month! Needless to say, I have several Thank You stamp sets! This set, All Things Thanks, has a great large font that just speaks volumes: thanks for everything! Plus it's on my favorite Painted Autumn paper.
Yesterday, was my Second Sunday Coffee & Cards class, featuring the Painted Harvest Suite. Earlier in the week, we wondered if Hurricane Irma was going to ruin our Sunday afternoon crafting. We were all thankful the storm path had changed and we were in the clear, but still were worried about family and friends in the direct path. Coming together yesterday was just what we needed as we sat, shared, stamped, and laughed our way through the afternoon. For a couple of hours, we were able to take our mind of the devastation be wrought by Mother Nature just a few hours away.
To celebrate the cooler weather, and the fall-like atmosphere, I made a scrumptious pumpkin cake to serve with our coffee. The house smelled of pumpkin spice early in the morning and I'd cut squares and had out my pretty floral dessert plates. No paper plates here yesterday! I told the ladies that the cake was called "Better than Sex Pumpkin Cake", so they could go home and tell their husbands that crafting at my house is better than sex! We had a new lady join us yesterday, and she announced that since she is a widow, she better have two pieces!!! Susan asked for the recipe, so I thought I'd share it with you today.
Better than Sex Pumpkin Cake
In a large mixing bowl, beat:
Pour into greased 13" x 9" pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Immediately pour 1/2 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk over the top (I used the fat free version) and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting (below). If you frost it too soon, the frosting will start to melt. Swiftly put it in the refrigerator to set. (Ask me how I know this little trick!)
For Frosting, beat until smooth and fluffy:
This cake is sweet and super moist. It goes great with a large cup of coffee. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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My grandmother, who's birthday was today, was a stickler for us sending thank you cards for all gifts received for holidays and special occasions. I remember feeling so guilty when, months after my wedding, she mentioned, "Aunt Mary told me she never received a thank you card from you." To this day, every time I use my favorite paring knife, I think of Aunt Mary, my grandmother, and that thank you card!
It's been a very busy month and I found myself needing a new stack of thank you cards. I wanted something cheerful and summery and the new Delightful Daisy Daisy Designer Series Paper (available June 1) is just the perfect thing. I really like this bigger patterns for creating quick, simple cards. it really doesn't get much easier than this! The hardest part is going to be sitting down and addressing all of them!
I send thank you cards each month to everyone who attends a class or makes a purchase from me. So, you should be watching your mailbox for your own very special thank you!
Base: Daffodil Delight or Calypso Coral, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2",
scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper , 5 1/4" x 4
Layer 2: Whisper White, 1" x 4"
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The Scenic Sayings stamp set was on my "Must Have" list last year, and is retiring at the end of May. I'm pretty sure I bought it just for the "Oh Happy Day" sentiment! And as you can see, I used it a lot! It was just the perfect size and could be used a a nice variety of happy occasions.
And the set made perfect thank you cards, too!
Sadly, the Serene Scenery paper is all sold out, but the navy and white Floral Boutique and Seaside Shore papers are still available. Inventory is low though, so order your soon! The Scenic Sayings stamp set will be available through the end of May. Click the links below to view the full retiring list.
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This Friday's sketch challenge was rather fun. It takes very simple layers, and gives you a fun opportunity to showcase some of that designer series paper you have collected. It also gave me the chance to use the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper and 3/8 Metallic Duo Ribbon from the Sale-a-Bration catalogs.
Cutting & Measurments.
Base: Whisper White 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Tip Top Taupe 5 3/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 2: Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper 5 1/4" x 4", cut again lengthwise at 1 1/2" and flipped to show both sides.
Layer 3: Mint Macaron 4 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 4: Whisper White 4" x 3"
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