Handmade Card, Thank You Card

Paper Play 29

Quick Catch Up

Hello. How’re you today? Wow, how can it be February already?

The rest of January kept us busy. My grandfather passed away and was laid to rest on the 18th. My mom had asked me to deliver his eulogy; her and my youngest aunt put together an informative and wonderful one for him. The first time I checked it out through my mom’s email (at home while cooking dinner) I teared up barely getting half way. At his service, I was okay reading it out loud but when we showed a video of him demonstrating tai chi, I teared up. My grandfather was an amazing man and I learned so much about him from how he came to the US, how he proudly served in the army during WWII, and what he did afterwards. I was happy to learn he knew via a letter from the Chinese American WII Veterans Recognition Project that he will be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his dedicated service during World War II in Washington D.C. this spring. There was also an honor guard at the cemetary where “Taps” was beautifully played and a big and bold American flag covered his casket. My oldest aunt received his folded flag.

The teenager had her first semester finals the last full week of January – three days, two classes each. She slayed them of course; we’re very proud. Her sister, the tween, has been having many a group meeting, working with three, other classmates to build a roller coaster project for Advanced Math. They had to send in a picture of it by the end of month to show their progress; the quartet are now trying to decorate it, an Aladdin’s theme. I believe they named it “A Whole New Ride,” LOL.

It is now the Year of the Rat. Gung Hay Fat Choy! I had cleaned like a fiend the day before the 25th as I was on a time crunch with this post’s subject. These thank you cards were what I considered “old business” that needed to be done and mailed off before the start of the new year.

There are 16 cards here. They were created to thank family and friends who donated to support the sophomore’s tennis team and also to thank the overlapping few who gave Christmas gifts to the kids. You already know all the work from this post didn’t satisfy my perfectionist instincts. I probably spent around three weeks on this project before I was able to get it right.

The Deets

Main Card

I have a large supply of colored cardstock that I don’t use as often as I would like. With the original work (mentioned previously) my color theme was of love and Valentine’s. However this color scheme got me stuck as I’m not used to using those colors. I experimented with other colors but ended up going back to this maroon cardstock because I wanted to go with a parchment-like background and thus, Harry Potter’s Hogwarts acceptance letter became my inspiration.

The main cards are scored with 1/8″ vertical lines for visual interest. When I had the background on top of the cardstock, I felt there was something missing, like a layer and/or texture. Also, because I didn’t want to cut out 16 main cards again, I decided to score the papers.


  • used white cardstock
  • glued scrunched up, coffee filters halfway down
  • blended Distress Oxides: Antique Linen (middle), Frayed Burlap (around AL), & Vintage Photo (outer edges)
  • spritzed with water and dried
  • die cut with one of the Sizzix Thinlits on top and on bottom in opposite corners
  • overstamped in random places with one of the Bo Bunny Press It Is Written Stamps in Aged Mahagony
  • stenciled Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Gothic in places in Frayed Burlap


  • cardstock colored in Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany
  • die cut with Tuoshei Butterfly Set Cutting Dies, the biggest one


  • cardstock as main card
  • die cut with die from My Art-C Die & Stamp Combo Live Life
  • stamp from the same set mentioned above
  • stamped in Versamark black

These were well-received. A few of the recipients let me know they got it and how they liked it. The cards were mailed off the Friday before Chinese New Year and that was a big load off of my shoulders.

Well, I’m off. My fast has ended and I’m looking forward to eating the jai my mama made for the new year as well as a piece of nin gou. Have a good Monday. Thanks for poppin in. TTYS.

24 thoughts on “Paper Play 29”

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I just lost my a Grandpa on Saturday. Very hard but it’s interesting to hear stories about their lives.


  2. So sorry about your grandfather. What a beautiful send off. Your cards are absolutely stunning in their detail and thoughtfulness. Happy lunar new year!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So sorry to hear about your grandfather. Was very happy to hear he knew about the Congressional Gold Medal. What an honor!

    Your cards are beautiful. You have so much patience.


  4. I’m sorry about your grandfather. What a wonderful honor for him to receive the medal. As always I’m impressed with artistry and detailed work on your cards. They are beautiful.


  5. Your grandfather sounds like a very outstanding person. Very brave of you to read his eulogy. His story certainly needs to be honoured and kept alive in the family. Will you go to the medal ceremony? I have just been looking up jai and nin gou to find out about it. Happy New Year. I love the cards, they are gorgeous and so well executed, you are so creative.


  6. I’m so sorry about your grandpa’s passing. Grandparents! They are unconditional love defined. Hugs to your husband and your kids . I hope kitten antics brought some laughter during these hard days. Your cards are amazing! ! The Butterflies are so nice! Be good to you, grief is tough

    Liked by 1 person

  7. I am sorry for your loss, how wonderful that you did the eulogy. He sounds like an amazing man and I thank him for his service! Love seeing your card and the progress you take to getting it to be fabulous.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I feel like I need to take up the habit/tradition of taking care of all the “old” projects before the new year……I will probably fail spectacularly but whatever.

    Also, I’m sorry for your loss. Grandparents are special people. Of the six I had, only one remains (the youngest of them – my step-grandmother). I was glad to have mine as long as I did.

    PS – I’m hoping to go to Stitches West, probably on Saturday and/or Sunday. Friday is nixed as I’m taking Little Man on a tour at Roblox.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Okie. I probably won’t see you at STITCHES this year. I’d rather go on a Friday although I know many will go Saturday. Thank you for your sentiments about my grandfather. My WIPS still carried over to this new year.


  9. Those cards are just stunning Stefanie, you are so talented! I love the butterflies, what a gorgeous way to thank your friends! And I’m so sorry about the loss of your grandfather. He sounded like a wonderful man. xx


    1. Thank you for your sentiments. I’m glad he’s resting in peace now. I’ve always liked how much affect a butterfly can have on a card design.


  10. I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I am glad that he received that news about his medal as well, what an honor.

    Those cards are beautiful!

    I am glad that you had a wonderful holiday, and happy new year!


  11. I’m sorry to read about the loss of your grandfather, Stefanie. What an honor it must have been to deliver his eulogy. And how good it was for him to know he had been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. I am grateful for his service.

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.