Thank you cards using left over Wrapping Paper!

thank you cardsWhat on earth can you do with all the left over wrapping paper?  It takes you ages to wrap them and about 5 seconds for the kids to tear them apart.  If I’m honest we do burn a lot of it but I do hold a small selection back for crafting.

I’ve done this in the past for Birthdays but decided to do it again for Christmas as it’s incredibly easy.  I’m a bit of a stickler for Thank you cards as I feel it’s very important  but do find them taxing at times.

You will need

  • Selection of wrapping paper
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • A4 paper
  • Prit Stick
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly Scissors (Pinking or Scalloped)
  • A4 Card – any colour will do.

How to:

  1. Tear the wrapping paper into piecesthank you cards
  2. Mix a bit of PVA glue and water
  3. Cover the A4 paper, the more random the better using the PVA GlueThank You cards
  4. Leave to dry
  5. Cut out a random selection of shapes.  We chose hearts as it as for Thank you cards, but you could be a bit more creative and cut out a big T and Y for Thank (24)
  6. Cut the A4 card in half and then fold to make A5 cards.
  7. Use the Prit Stick to Glue the shapes on the front of the cards
  8. You can use the wiggly scissors to cut the edges of the card.

Voila you’re done!

If you decide to have a go I’d love to see the results!  I’d also love more ideas for using up some of this paper.

I hope you’ve had a fabulous Christmas!






What makes you cry?

I pride myself on being a tough cookie and I rarely ever cry.  I know some think this is unhealthy but it’s the way I roll; in my family it’s a sign of weakness.  We’re the kind of people who just get on with things.  I have well refined techniques for stopping floods of tears, especially if it’s during tear jerking movies.  It’s usually a stern internal dialogue, that goes something like this ‘sort yourself out woman!’

I’m sitting here now trying to remember the last time I cried.  Just give me a minute.  Oh yes, I cried when my dad died, but that was over 10 years ago.  I must have cried since then?  I didn’t cry when my in-laws died in June this year.  Oh, now I remember, I cried when my cousin, who is the same age as me, died about 3 years ago after losing a long battle with liver disease.

However, if I ever have a quiet moment alone (usually when I’m driving), there are things that can almost instantly make me well up.

I won’t be able to give this justice, but when I think back to my in-laws joint funeral in July it almost always brings me to tears.  It wasn’t the arrival of two hearses, nor two coffins, nor the service, nor the music, or the support of friends but when I remember my husband on that day it nearly brings me to tears.  I have a vivid memory, while we were waiting for his parents to arrive, of him standing in the distance in the beautifully manicured rose gardens,  wearing a suit, with his head hanging, hands-in pockets.  He looked like a lost little boy…..

I’m starting to well up again!  For Christ sake woman sort yourself out!

What makes you cry?

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