I am often inspired by cards or techniques I see on other blogs. I sometimes even jot down notes on a small notepad I keep by the computer, then put the note on my craft table for a time I can create later. When "later" arrives, I don't always have the same enthusiasm I had earlier. Except Laura Fredrickson's card (link above). It has haunted me *** in a good way***. I can't get it out of my head!
I had to make an unscheduled visit to my chiropractor; my neck was not cooperating. He told me to put ice on my neck when I got home, then again before bedtime. He also asked that I walk around a little bit, instead of hopping right back in the car to go home. So, you see, I had to walk down to Michael's. Doctor's orders! And it did not cost any more gas money. I had my 40% coupon I used to buy an adhesive refill, then I went over to see if there was anything in the $1 bins. I saw a set of 6 notecards and envelopes. The notecards are flocked. I bought them to CASE Laura's card.
I went through my coordinating cards & envelopes drawer, looking for larger cards (not my usual A2) and I pulled out an old Value pack from Michael's. There were exactly 6 cards left. Wahoo! It was a sign :) I went through my colored vellum drawer, and chose these three (yellow, aqua, and purple) colors.
I made the first black & white card, "With Sympathy", while I was trying to come up with the dimensions for the layers to re-create Laura's beautiful card. (The other 5 used the vellum and I popped the entire panel on the 5 with dimensionals.)
Then I figured out the dimensions to make room for the brads. I have some brads I bought from the same store I purchased the colored vellum. These were the first brads I ever purchased! They are very hard to use. I used them all up on the first two cards. Wahoo!!! Then I used MM or SU! brads, which are much easier to use :) I made all six cards; 2 "With Sympathy", 2 "Congratulations!", and 2 "Thank you very much". The sentiments are all Anna Griffin stamps.
So I don't feel too guilty about buying those notecards, since I used them all up already. I just had to put the envelopes that came with the note cards in my envelopes drawer.