Cardmaking 101 Tips: Mailing Your Beautiful Handmade Creations With All Those Embellishments

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There are some points to consider when mailing those beautiful handmade creations with embellishments.
 
You know the cards I am talking about here, right? The ones with bows, jewels, brads, buttons...all. the. things.
 
Here are a few tips (from personal experience) for mailing these types of cards:
 
  1. Try using a piece of cardstock as a "buffer" to protect the card and prevent those embellishments from poking through the envelope. Cut a piece of card stock the size of the card so that it will slide easily into the envelope.

  2. You can also try dry embossing this piece of cardstock with an embossing folder. This will give it a better fit around those beautiful cards with embellishments...some extra padding if you will. :)

  3. Postage?
    If the card inside the envelope will not fit through a 1/4" slot (referred to as non-machinable) or weighs more than 1 oz., you will need extra postage. I have been using a first-class stamp plus an extra ounce stamp but the post office employee shared this 2 oz stamp with me recently. #pretty 


  4. What about size? From the USPS site... For a mailpiece to be eligible for First-Class Mail letter rates, it must be at least 3-1/2 inches by 5 inches by 0.007-inch thick, and no more than 6-1/8 inches by 11–1/2 inches by 1/4-inch thick. If the mailpiece falls within these dimensions, it is classified as a letter.

Here are a few examples of these handmade cards with embellishments that probably need extra postage and a little TLC:

  • Using ribbon and dimensionals on these cards made these pretty "bumpy".
  • The extra layers, ribbon, and rhinestones on this card...yes, extra postage.
  • Fun fold cards like this one are usually more than 1/4" thick.

Now that you've read these tips, leave a comment and let me know to whom you plan to mail your next card!

Protect those beautiful handmade creations with all those pretty embellishments when you send them through the mail and your gifts from the heart will be blessings to those who receive them.


Lisa's Maui Trip- Another Giveaway!

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So many of you have helped me to earn the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Maui! Jackie and I are beyond excited to visit this island paradise and visit with many of our friends we've made through Stampin' Up!

While we are away,  I am offering a chance to win some prizes! Winners announced after our return.  There is no purchase necessary to be entered into the drawing.  (Only United States residents and addresses are eligible.)

Read on for the details...
There are two ways to be entered into the drawing for prizes:
  • Leave a comment on this post to receive one entry into the drawing. 
    Tell me if you prefer the beach or the mountains!
    Your comment must be on this post. (I will have limited internet access and will not be able to check if you comment on the correct post.)
  • Receive two entries to the drawing by placing an online order with me from May 14th-May 31st.  (If you comment and place an order you will have THREE entries!).  This is a great time to order some great products from the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog!
  • Only U.S. Residents and addresses are eligible to order from me or for this giveaway.

Winners will be posted here on the blog during the first week of June!

There will be drawings for 4 prizes!   Three will be stamp sets from the new catalog and I will also be giving away one Mini Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine! 

Don't forget to leave a comment in the comment section on this post (below).  Then be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I hope to be able to post photos of our Stampin' Up! Maui Trip!

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From 4 May–14 June 2021, qualifying orders will receive generous Stampin’ Rewards PLUS additional rewards!  Stampin’ Rewards are available to those who place individual orders that meet the order totals shown here.

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Thanks for tuning in today and remember to comment below for an entry into my special giveaway during my Maui Trip!


Lisa's Road Trip - Special Giveaway

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The rest of this month will be packed full of fun for Jackie and me! Tomorrow we will be leaving on a road trip to Utah to visit five National Parks. (Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Mesa Verde... Hooray!) Our daughter, Kristen, and her family will be joining us and we are beyond excited!
 
While we are away "from the desk",  I am offering a chance to win some prizes! Winners announced after our return.  There is no purchase necessary to be entered into the drawing.  (Only United States residents and addresses are eligible.)

Read on for the details...
There are two ways to be entered into the drawing for prizes:
  • Leave a comment on this post to receive one entry into the drawing.  Tell me your most favorite place you've ever visited! Your comment must be on this post. (I will have limited internet access and will not be able to check if you comment on the correct post.)
  • Receive two entries to the drawing by placing an online order with me from April 21st- April 30th.  (If you comment and place an order you will have THREE entries!). Remember that the Last Chance Special continues and retiring stamp sets are only guaranteed through April 23rd.
  • Only U.S. Residents and addresses are eligible to order from me or for this giveaway.

Winners will be posted here on the blog by May 5th!

There will be drawings for 4 prizes!   Three will be stamp sets and I will also be giving away one Mini Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine!  It's so cute!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Don't forget to leave a comment in the comment section on this post (below).  Then be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.  I hope to be able to post photos of our road trip to Utah!