Monday, February 14, 2011

love notes {easy note cards}


This weekend I taught a lesson at church that focused on how our attitude can affect the overall feeling in our home. I encouraged the girls to leave little love notes for their parents and siblings to show love and appreciation and make their home a happy place. I wanted to give them each three cards to use, so I had to come up with about 24 cards. Yikes! I decided on this quick and easy design that is also a great paper stash-buster. They'd also make great last-minute Valentines and are perfect to have on hand for gifts!

Little Love Notes {Tutorial}

Supplies:
*Patterned paper
*Plain card stock for card base
*Paper punches (I used a couple of different hearts, a butterfly, and a star)
*Sewing machine and thread
*Scissors


1. Raid your paper scrap stash. Even little bitty leftovers will work. Now punch three of the same shape with a paper punch. Sometimes my three were from the same paper, sometimes they weren't.


2. Cut plain card stock into small cards. Mine were 2.75" x 5.5". I got six cards from one sheet of card stock.

3. Fold each card in half (so you can see where the middle is). Layer three of the same shape in the middle of the front of one card. Open the card and thread your sewing machine. Stitch down the center of your shapes. I didn't backstitch because I didn't want extra holes in my paper, and I don't intend for them to last forever. :)



Whew! All 32 (I had to make a few for myself!).


4. Trim your threads with scissors and "fluff" up your shapes by bending the top two shapes upward a little. So cute! Now go make someone's day.


But wait, here are a few more--they were so cute I hated to give them away! :) Luckily they only take a minute to make and I have TONS of paper left to choose from! These are great to have on hand to attach to a gift, or package up a bunch to give as a gift. Everyone can use note cards!










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74 Responses to “love notes {easy note cards}”

rebkatz said...

So what you're saying is that I SHOULD have bought those paper punches at the craft store yesterday.

These cards are so cute!!

TeenaBugg38 said...

How adorable!!! And waht a great idea!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

These are so cute! What a great way to dress up a plain card

Two Shades of Pink said...

These are RIDICULOUSLY all kinds of awesome! I love every one for their simplicity and they are just plain gorgeous.

kpmattingly said...

Cute!! Easy and fun idea! Thanks!

Judith said...

These are so cute. What a great idea and I cannot wait to try it out. Thank you

Emily said...

EEEP! I'm in love with these!! Gonna try theses for sure!!

Maxabella said...

These are awesome! I would be great to have a stack on hand for teacher's notes and little thank yous. As soon as I get my sewing machine back up and running, I'm going to whip a few up myself.

Incidentally, I make a lot of my own crafty paper for small jobs by putting lots of the images of fabric squares that you find on fabric websites together on an A4 paper in Word and hitting print! Cheap and effective. x

Briana said...

Adorable! I love the butterfly and star!

ker said...

These are super adorable! Going to make some, RIGHT NOW! Thanks for the idea!

Scatter said...

Those are adorable!! TFS!

Lindsey B. said...

Simple & sweet - I love these and might have to make a stash to tuck into stockings and teacher's gift in December (I'm planning early!)

emma said...

OMG!!! thanks so much for this!! what a great idea!

Tammy said...

Those are so cute! Great idea!!! I want to go to the craft store now. =)

Jenna said...

super great idea!

OscarBlogger said...

These are so cute! I love them! It makes me want to get a sewing machine...

Joy said...

Thank you Thank you. I love this idea. I enjoy making homemade cards, but sometimes I just want to do something simple and uncomplicated. I can do this.
I wish you were my Sunday School teacher when I was growing up. So cool!
;)
♥ Joy

♥AnGeLiA♥ said...

wow how CUTE!

Kristen said...

Those are completely adorable! What a great idea. :)

Ashley said...

that's it. Im getting a sewing machine!

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Ah, these cards are just so cute!

Simply Created by Cole said...

These are so pretty and look fun to make!It would be fun to give them to friends!

Jenni Renee said...

Wow. I saw a punch at teh store today but didnt get it because I didnt think I would have a use for it... now Im seeing differently. Maybe I will return tomorrow and get one. These are amazing!!!

Brittney said...

ahh, so cute! i love stitching on paper :)

dottycookie said...

I love these. I am fee,ing in need of a little quick pick-me-up stash busting project - this is perfect. Thank you!

Tracy said...

Wow they are great! We did 'thank you' cards with the children in our group at church on Sunday - wish I'd seen these first they are fantastic!! Will have to remember these for next time!

Fernanda said...

I loved the idea! Things like this make a house a home!

angie said...

thanks for the great idea. I love stitching w/ paper.

Valerie said...

These are completely adorable... and doable! Thanks so much for the good idea! I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com

Thanks for sharing!

jackfrosty said...

BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderfully simple idea!

Jil Casey said...

Very nice, simplistic beauty!

Holly Jones said...

Those are really cute! So simple & fun.

emarci said...

OMG! I love these cards! What a wonderful idea...I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for sharing. :)

beetree said...

SO true about our attitudes! And seeing these cute little cards has improved mine by leaps and bounds! I love this blog- thanks for all the adorable,amazing crafty ideas!

Tandra said...

A.DOR.A.BLE!!!! Beautiful in their simplicity!
I think I recognize the Stampin UP butterfly punch! lol

jackatessa said...

I love these! I have a thing for cute note cards so I must have these!

Tami said...

Darling! I love them. I am totally going to do that for my card club this month!

Sue said...

So pretty! such a lovely way to use up tiny bits of paper you can't bearr to ditch!

Stephanie said...

What a cool project!!!!!

~april said...

i really adore this idea! def one to remember! thanks!

Jenn said...

Super cute, and so easy! Thanks for the great idea!

BrandiB said...

Just adorable! Thanks for the easy tutorial!

summerbummer said...

those are absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing- i will definitely be making these tonight!

Becky said...

Oh! I love these!! Instead of a punch, though, I'm going to cut the shapes out with my Cricut on several different papers. Thanks for the great idea!!

Sofi said...

Hi!
Those cards were so cute, that I knew I had to make some of my own right away!
I posted some pics and a link to your tutorial on my blog- http://www.tapuz.co.il/blog/ViewEntry.asp?EntryId=1905827
Thank you for the great idea!!

Jessi said...

I love these, and have had them on the brain since you posted them! Here's my version: http://the-webbpage.blogspot.com/2011/02/learning-curve.html

Kayleigh said...

I've seen these all over and they are so cute!

Elissa Pearl said...

Love these! :)

Michelle said...

These are adorable! I'd ove to have you link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday at www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

berg4 said...

These are the cutest! I don't sew - but I think I can even manage these. I can't wait to try these out. I love this idea! Thank you so very much.

Sära said...

So super cute! Ok, I'm on my way to go dig out my sewing machine now...:)

Kristie said...

Thanks so much for the cute idea! I shared you tutorial at www.kristieskrafts.blogspot.com, and added some pics of my own creations. :)

Nicole said...

I shared your idea at my site Thrifty Decorating and linked back to you.....I'm going to try some of these this weekend!

Dana Grothaus said...

I love this so much I CASEd it. Fantastic idea. You can see my cards here: http://danasdabblingstudio.blogspot.com/2011/05/just-little-something-card-set.html

Thanks for the inspiration!!!
Dana

Ms Kate said...

My kids loved these, here are our cards! http://blog.mummybrain.com/2011/09/craft-night.html

Leah said...

Seriously cute (I like the easy bit!) Found this just in time to make xmas cards.

Marion said...

Such a wonderful cards! Love your ideas! Can I include the first card to my collection of printing samples? Thanks.

Brin de soie said...

Waaaouhhhh I'm love it Thank's!!!

babar said...

thanks for tutorial i must try to make such a wonderful cards.
plastic discount card
PVC cards

Amy said...

do you think this could be done using fabric scraps?

Little Birdie Secrets said...

Yes, fabric scraps would be darling! Just cut them by hand or with a die cut machine. Cute idea!

Glo said...

I'd love to see how you finish them on the back. When I pull the thread on the back, I leave one empty hole on the front. Yours look so professional!

Shahrul Niza said...

Oh these are super cute! ..I'd love to try make them, even if I had to hand sew each one. What a treat. Thank you.

-Shahrul-

Taguchi said...

Those are so cute and simple! I'll have to try that soon!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Ok, now these are adoreable! And good for any time of the year. Thanks for sharing your idea! :)

glogger said...

What a precious idea. I plan to make a set of sic or eight notecards with envelopes in sets as gifts! Thank you!

Nilde Lima said...

Passeando na NET, encontrei seu lindo blog.

Amei!!! e esses cartões são adoráveis.

Margaux Boucher said...

I've just done it for a letter I will send to a pen pal, that's so cute! Thank you so much! I'll do it again!

Momnstudent said...

Thank you for posting this! I loved these, so I made some today. I used my Cricut to cut out butterflies and hearts, and stitched them onto the cards. They're adorable!

Astrid Purins said...

These look great! Especially with a 'universal' cut out - they can be transformed into anything, which is perfect!

Sinead Cunningham said...

I love this idea and I cant wait to use it. Thank you so much : )

Amelia Kate Smith said...

This blog is like all my Christmas's have come at once!

Susan said...

Adorable!

jjflamingo said...

I am so excited to find these, as well as other ideas on your blog. I will be making some of these to give the children at church to use to write get well/we missed you notes to people who were not at church that day. Who wouldn't LOVE to get a big manila envelope full of well wishes inscribed by children on these cute cards? so simple, yet so unusual and special. thanks for sharing!

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