My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Envelope Please

Hi Everyone and Happy Monday!

The theme this week for the design team at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is "The Envelope Please". As you may have noticed, I'm totally grooving on the square cards lately. I've been making them like crazy! I love the look and the cute shape. Sometimes it's hip to be square! (Insert big, fat groan right here.)

This card was made using the Birds and Branches set and some fun paper from the clearance bin at my local craft store. It measures 4 1/4" X 4 1/4", which happens to be my favorite size. Why, you ask?

Well, the bottom line is...I am cheap. Really. If the card were larger, I would have to use a speciality envelope. And, a square card requires more postage because of its non-traditional size. So, with a 4 1/4" X 4 1/4" card, I can use an A2 envelope and not pay the extra.

Here is a trick I learned a few years ago. Hallmark (you know, the place where people who don't make cards shop?) sells 5" X 5" cards and they seal off an end section of an envelope, so that no extra postage is required. I thought, why can't we do that too?

Take a regular envelope and choose a cute mini punch.

Punch along the corner of the envelope, and cut a piece of matching card stock, 1 1/4" x 3 3/4".

Put some tape along the side of the card stock and insert in the envelope.

Voila! The card will then fit into the envelope without sliding around. Super easy. And did I mention cute?

As usual, thanks for the visit today. Hope you have a great start to the week and be sure to stop by and visit the rest of the team. If you would like a freebie, stop by Lindsay's blog today! With that said, I would like to officially welcome our newest members of the Lindsay team, Rhonda, Jessica and Christie! Yay!

Christie (No Card this week)


Details not listed above-Stamps:Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PTI, Ink: Versamark, Markers:Copic, Bic Mark Its, Paper: The Paper Company, American Crafts, Corner Punch:Fiskars, rhinestones and ribbon from my supplies.


Cassandra said...

What a great idea and so simple hun! Thank you for sharing this. Your card is adorable! Have a great day!

Lindsay Weirich said...

you are a genius! I love the card and the idea is fab!

Mrs. Fence said...

What an excellent tip! Your card and envelope set is adorable! I love square cards also, so I will be trying this one.

Cheryl said...

What a great idea! I think I am going to be moving to this size for square cards and decorating my envie like you did.

The card is adorable!

ljurecek said...

Karin, what a cute treatment for the envelope! I'm going to have to remember this one!

Lynn said...

Love this sweet spring creation with the fabulous dimpled corners, Karin!! And what a fun envelope!! Sensational!

Micki said...

Girl, love your card and that is such a great idea for dressing up the envie!!!! AND use up scraps! Great idea!!!!

O BTW, congratulations on winning the MG Customer blog hop :-)!!!!


Nettie said...

Hey it's not being cheap, it's being thrifty!! It's definetely hip to be square. Fab card Karin.x

Rhonda said...

This card is absolutely gorgeous! I love square cards and the envelope tip is wonderful. I will definately use that one. Thank you for the welcome and your kind words.

TannyP said...

What an amazing idea. Awesome job, Karin! I'm soooo with you on the thrifty-ness =)

YOU make it hip to be square!

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