I Am Thankful For You!

During the Turkey Day season, it is so easy to get wrapped up in making sure the house is decorated, the dinner is prepped, and travel plans are in place. But sometimes we just need to take a minute and really think about what we are thankful for (just like they used to make us do in elementary school, remember?). While there are a lot of things in my life that I am grateful for, the first one is the group of people with which I surround myself.

So I thought it would be fun to tell them how much I appreciate them with some handmade cards!

This DIY card is super easy! Here are the basic steps:

I Am Thankful For You Card

White card stock – either flat or fold over
Custom Stamp Setting Kit – I got mine from Michaels a while back
Ink pad
Pen or marker – I used a Sharpie pen (super fine Sharpie markers)
Artificial fall leaves
Glue gun (pre-heated)

1. Using the stamp setting kit, spell out “I AM THANKFUL FOR” backwards (haha seems like simple logic but I learned that the hard way!) and stamp onto the upper-middle part of the left side of the card stock.

2. Write the word “YOU” under the stamp in cursive with your pen or marker.

3. With a hot glue gun, run a thin line of glue along the back of the card stock (about an inch or so from the bottom) and glue on your ribbon, leaving plenty of room on either side for the front side and tying the bow.

4. Flip the card over and run a thin line of glue along the bottom left side of the card, all the way from where the ribbon folds around the side of the card to where you would like the bow to be. Keeping the ribbon taut, start from the fold over on the left side and press the ribbon down.  Repeat this step on the right side, gluing only to the bow location.

5. Tie a bow with the remaining ribbon and trim the ends to size. Use a lighter to quickly seal the edges if the ribbon is fraying.

6. Run a thin line of glue down the center vein of the leaf and glue it to the card stock, slipping the stem under the bow as you go. Add thin lines or dots of glue to the underside of the leaf to keep the sides of it attached to the paper.

7. Finally, add a dot of glue under the bow and press it down to keep everything in place.

Add a little message to the back (or inside if you used a fold over card stock) of the card and send it off to someone you love. I know I would be so blown away to receive this wonderful sentiment via snail mail!

Here is one for all of you: my loyal blog readers.  I am thankful for YOU!

P.S. On Monday I will be sharing this craft with Dare to DIY: Be Thankful hosted by Decor and the Dog. Make sure to stop back and check out lots of other Thanksgiving DIYs!

P.P.S. Don’t forget to enter the signed Nate Berkus book giveaway!
Today is the very LAST day to enter! :)

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28 Responses to "I Am Thankful For You!"

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  1. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    November 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Awww! These are so cute! And I’m thankful for you too! ;)

    • Erika

      November 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Have a great weekend! :)

  2. Mom

    November 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I am thankful for the sparkle in my life…..my mini-me. Love you baby!

    • Erika

      November 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      I’m thankful to the woman that taught me to be sparkly in the first place! I love you Mom! xoxoxox :)

    • Nicole

      November 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      I am thankful for the both of you!!! :D

      • Erika

        November 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

        Awww and we are thankful for youuuuuu!!! xoxo

  3. Maria @ Redecorate Blog

    November 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    How lovely! These turned out beautifully. I wish I was good at making cards. I am in awe of everyone who can do them so perfectly!

    • Erika

      November 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much Maria! I only make them once in a while because it is usually a lot of effort that doesn’t end up turning out very well. But these were simple enough to try and I am very happy with the result! Have a great weekend! :)

  4. Courtney

    November 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Erika, these thank you cards are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    I just stumbled on your blog today & started following you thru bloglovin’, have a great weekend!


    • Erika

      November 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Hello Courtney and welcome! So glad you found us! Your blog is so adorable and I have added it to my blog reader as well! :)

      Enjoy your Sunday!

  5. Melanie

    November 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Erika! these are so freakin’ cute! :)

    • Erika

      November 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Melanie! :)

  6. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    November 19, 2012 at 8:46 am

    How sweet! I love the combination of the stamp + your handwriting. Very cute!

    Stopping by from the Dare to DIY link party :)

    • Erika

      November 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thank you Caitlin and welcome! So glad you stopped by! Your dry erase board is awesome! :)

  7. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    November 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

    These are adorable!! I always want to start making home made cards but never actually get there. These look easy and do-able though!

    • Erika

      November 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Thanks so much Christine! Yeah these were quite easy to do… I usually never finish handmade cards if there are too many steps either! ;)

  8. K @ Shift Ctrl ART

    November 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Such a pretty card. Love the color combination and the fonts! Great project!

    • Erika

      November 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thank you very much K and welcome! :)

  9. Martine

    November 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

    These cards look great! Sometimes the simplest craft is the best craft!

    • Erika

      November 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

      Thank you so much Martine and welcome! I agree completely! :)

  10. Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    November 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This turned out so nicely> I love the leaf and the sentiment is just lovely. Thanks for linking up with Dare to DIY!

    • Erika

      November 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Thanks so much Kim! I loved your “Gobble” sign… adorable. Happy to link up! xoxo

  11. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    November 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    What a pretty card! Thanks for sharing!
    I am visiting from the DIY party…

    • Erika

      November 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Kelly and so nice to meet you! I love your Gobble Gobble sign! :)

  12. michelle@decorandthedog

    November 20, 2012 at 6:14 am

    These cards are beautiful. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! Thanks for joining in on the DIY fun!

    • Erika

      November 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Michelle! Thank YOU for hosting. There were so many great projects! :)

      P.S. My thumbnail on your link party is messed up. Would you be able to fix it or delete me so I can re-link? THANKS!!

  13. Rachel

    November 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Erika, these are beautiful! I love how they are so simple yet so lovely. The addition of the leaf is so perfect–simple, nice, not super Thanksgiving-y (so the people you give them to can keep them on display anytime if they want!). I love it all. What a great idea! Thanks for joining in!

    • Erika

      November 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel! I am a big fan of all-season decor… it means less work for all involved! ;)

      I was happy to join in and look forward to the next Dare To DIY!


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