Send Birthday Smiles with Hallmark

Send Birthday Smiles with Hallmark

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Ever since I first saw this idea from Shannon at Sewing Barefoot linked up at The Creative Connection party a few months ago, I was eager to put together my own mini card binder.  As I’ve mentioned before, I come from a long line of “card givers”, and what better way to always be prepared for card giving than putting together a binder stocked full of awesome Hallmark greeting cards from Walmart?!

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The Hallmark Birthday Card selection {and pretty much any occasion you could imagine} is awesome at Walmart!

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I mean, come on.  If you can’t find the card you need in that aisle…something is up, people!

While I was browsing the selection at Walmart, I came across some perfect cards for upcoming birthdays and knew they’d be a great way to start my greeting card binder.

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To keep up with all the birthdays and other special events throughout the year, I do a number of things.  I like to look on Facebook at the beginning of each month to see who has a special day coming up.  I then write them down in my planner because that thing goes EVERYWHERE with me and then I make a note of it in my new greeting card binder.

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Usually I don’t give a birthday gift to every single person that I send a card to {I just don’t have the bank roll for that}!  But I don’t think there’s anything nicer than getting a card on your birthday and maybe a handmade gift or some cookies.  It’s nice to just be remembered on your special day!

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If I’m hand delivering the card I like to take the time to make the envelope look bright and colorful.  If I’m mailing it, I tone it down a bit!

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What is inside my greeting card binder?  Well, I mentioned before that I bought a mini binder to use for this particular project.  I chose this size for two reasons, one, it’s the perfect size for a greeting card and two, it might be the cutest thing ever!

Inside the binder I’ve got 5 tabbed sections, one for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Thank Yous, Miscellaneous, and Stamps.  Behind each tab there are a few sheet protectors that I can slide the cards and envelopes into and in the very back I’ve got lined paper to organize important events for each month.  So, at the beginning of each month, I check Facebook to make sure I’ve got all the important dates written down and pull cards accordingly.

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It’s easy to keep my greeting card binder fully stocked with great deals from Hallmark.  I browse their selection at Walmart pretty much every time I head to the store.

How do you keep track of important birthdays?  Are you a habitual greeting card giver like me?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Toddler Valentine Cards}

{Toddler Valentine Cards}

A few week’s ago, I shared the thank you cards that Jackson made for his Christmas gifts.

Toddler Thank You Note

They were such a hit with his grandparents, that I wanted him to make something similar for Valentine’s Day as well.  So I came up with another punched card/coloring project for him.

To make Toddler Valentine Cards, you’ll need:

blank white cards and envelopes

crayons

a hole punch

washi tape

heart stickers

fine tip Sharpie

materials

I began the project by letting Jackson color inside the cards.

color

He takes his art work very seriously!

While he colored, I began to apply washi tape to the leftover heart punches from his thank you cards.  Yes, I saved them.  I knew Valentine’s Day was coming up and figured I could probably use them for something!

hearts

I let the tape hang off the edges…

washi heart

…and then used scissors to trim around the heart shape, so they looked nice and neat.

washi hearts

To assemble the cards, I punched holes at the bottom, used double-sided tape to attach the heart to the front, and wrote out

I love you a “hole punch”!

Toddler Valentine Card

Inside each card, I also signed Jackson’s name and wrote the year so his grandparents could remember when this masterpiece was created!

coloring

hole punch card craft submission

I think the beauty of making these cards is that no one card is exactly the same.

I hope you and your loved ones have a

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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I’ll be linking up here!

About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{“Hoppy” Valentine’s Day}

{“Hoppy” Valentine’s Day}

Before I share my handmade Valentine cards, I wanted to remind all of you to enter to win a box {or two, or three} from The Epic De-Stash Bash that I’m participating in with 20 other fabulous bloggers.  There SEVEN WINNERS, each getting THREE AMAZING BOXES of unused crafting supplies from our own personal stashes!  You don’t want to miss it! :)

I’m pretty sure that most ladies involved in the Create.Craft.Love Valentine’s Day Card Exchange have received their cards from me by now.  If not, sorry ladies, don’t read this post!  I am so excited to share my simple handmade card idea with all of you; I just can’t wait any longer.

I think these could easily be made for a child’s card exchange as well.

handmade valentines

To make “Hoppy” Valentine’s Cards, you’ll need:

cards & envelopes {any size or shape is fine}

frog stickers

fine tip Sharpie marker

heart stickers

washi tape

materials

I was fortunate enough to fine pre-cut heart cards that came with envelopes for $1.50 per pack of 12 {score}!  If you can’t find a pre-cut card, I think using card stock and a paper punch would be a great alternative.  Plain square or rectangle cards work just as well.

On the front of the card, I attached the cute little frog sticker and wrote out “hoppy” valentine’s day!

Inside, I added a heart sticker or two, signed my name, and placed a piece of pink and white polka dotted washi tape for fun.

inside outside

Once I addressed the envelopes, I added a piece of washi tape to that as well.  Hopefully the post man doesn’t mind!

I had a lot of fun making them and participating in the card exchange with Jill.  I’m anxious to start receiving all of the handmade cards over the next few days too!

hoppy valentines day card

Have you sent out your Valentine’s Day cards yet?

I’ll be linking up here.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Toddler Thank You Notes}

{Toddler Thank You Notes}

I come from a family of card givers.  My husband thinks it’s comical.  To me, there is nothing better than receiving a card or letter in the mail, call me old fashioned I guess.  I’m passing that card giving gene down to my little guy early, as he created his first thank you notes this past week.  So many people sent him gifts for Christmas, I wanted to send them a little thank you in return.

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I randomly saw it on Pinterest, yet sadly neglected to pin it, so I’m not sure of the source.  Do you ever do that?  I swear, it’s been happening to me more and more…

These are so easy to make and could easily be a Valentine card this year instead of a thank you.

Thank You Notes

To make a Toddler Thank You Card, you’ll need…

blank cards/matching envelopes

heart punch

crayons

black fine tip Sharpie

washi tape

Materials

I chose a square card and envelope set from Michael’s {take your coupons people}!

envelopes.washi tape

And I’ve slowly accumulated some cute washi tape over the past year that I’ve yet to really use.

To get started, I made sure Jackson was well fed and happy, so he’d be in the mood to do some coloring for a few minutes.  No one likes to try to get a hungry, grumpy toddler to do something!  While he ate, I punched the hearts in the front of each card.  I didn’t really care about the exact placement.  Some are in the middle, some are in the corner.  Do whatever you like best!

I then sat him in his high chair, gave him some crayons, and let him create his masterpieces.

coloring

He is currently ambidextrous.  Impressive, huh?!

Overall he colored 8 cards and it took two sittings.  About halfway through the cards he decided to throw the crayons at our dogs, so I knew he needed a break.  Soon he had some pretty good little works of art if I do say so myself.  Keep in mind, he’s 18 months old.

Toddler Thank You Notes

I added the saying on the front…”My art is yours” and wrote out his thank you inside each card.  To make the cards pop a bit more I also added a few pieces of washi tape to the front and as an envelope seal for fun.

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I just love them and think they are so cute.

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Linking up here.

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.