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November 11, 2010

Now I Can Tell You My Fun Little Secret!

Can you believe it?
I must say that I have always wanted to do something in the book or magazine world with both my writing and my crafts.  I have prayed about it and still have never received a clear answer on what I should pursue.

But recently a new magazine has been launched in our local area and I was beyond excited when they asked me...(yes, me!!!) to design some handmade thank you card ideas for kids to create in a time where we face the increasingly lost art of handwritten communication.  

I was ecstatic yet a bit nervous since card making is not exactly my craft.  But as I brainstormed ideas that did not pigeonhole a certain age group, I had loads of fun coming up with unique ideas which still hold true to my style of crafting.  
Click on the cover of the magazine  to see the cards.
I would love it if you would let me know what you think and if you will use any of these ideas.

Below are a close up of the cards and additional photos not included in the layout.
All the directions and materials needed are in the actual article.

Balloon Pocket Card

Fingerprint Thanksgiving Card

Yarn Handwriting Card
I have been so excited to share this with you and I had to wait all week until I could! I thought I would BURST!

P.S.  Do you remember my friend who did that brilliant UP theme costume for Halloween? 
That's Jenny on the cover in the upper left hand corner with her brother, sister, and parents.  
Her Dad, who is one of the most amazing people, wrote a moving article for this issue.  He has a rare blood disease and his faith is so astounding and inspiring that I am consistently inspired by the strength God gives him.  You can read his story on page 38 of the magazine.

Thanks to all of you for visiting me here and being there for me...
I truly mean that.

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  1. Yay!!! I'm so glad I'm up so late, and stopped here before I went to bed! Congratulations, that is wonderful news! Maybe this is just the beginning...

  2. OMGosh JESS!!!!
    Can that I NEED AIR card get any more awesomely cool!!!! NO!! I am SO GOING TO FEATURE THAT!!
    Words cannot express how incredibly Thrilled i am FOR YOU SWEET FRIEND!!!!!

  3. Wow you are amazing. That I Need air card is the coolest thing Ive ever seen. What a brilliant idea. YOu must be so proud of your go girl!!!

  4. LOVE the card ideas! Congrats!!

  5. Congrats! I'm so happy you have such fun and good news to share with us! I have been waiting anxiously :) I liked all the cards, but my favorite was the Thanksgiving card. It was so simple and pretty, and I love when my 3 year old can be involved. I hope this only leads to better things for you and your family!

  6. OH MY I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Your a celebrity! How fun! Really cute cards too! The balloon one is just brilliant. Love it!
    I'm so happy for you Jess!

  7. congrats!! How exciting. I LOVE these cards. especially the balloon one and the fingerprint one. In fact i will be making the fingerprint card for the grandparents for Thaknsgiving. Thanks for the ideas!!

  8. Jess, I am SO happy for you!!!! The cards are fabulous, as usual. You know what little sister...God is good.

    I can hardly wait to see what's next!

  9. How exciting for you! You really deserve it, congrats :)

  10. Wow and congratulations! Your card ideas are awesome! I really like the balloon one, that is so cleaver! This is just the start of amazing things for you and the family!

  11. just found your blog today. love your cards! congratulations.

  12. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! This is so awesome! I LOVE the cards! That balloon card! Cutest thing ever! I love how they photgraphed & laid out the story too! I am so excited for you! This is way cool & honestly I think it is just the begining my dear!!!! I really do! You totally deserve it for your amazing ideas! Congrats!

  13. Yey! So excited for you! Andrew and I made the balloon card today for my mom & dad... we're sending it up to Minnesota on Monday morning in a package. Andrew had so much fun, he made two of them! Our next attempt is the yarn handwriting one. I'm shying away from the fingerprint one because I don't think my tree could turn out as cute as yours! How silly is that? But, just know you not only have inspired, but people are already USING your ideas for thank-you cards!! WOW! Can't wait to see what God has next for you!

    (thanks for your kind words about my dad... love you!)

  14. Congratulations! From what I can see of the cards, it's well deserved. You have some very cute and clever ideas!

  15. Congratulations!!! Your cards are adorable!

    I am sure this is only the beginning. xoxoxo

  16. congratulations!! The cards are great -- very good job!

  17. You go girl...that is so exciting!! I love every single card, they are so creative and very cute! Congrats :)

  18. Newest follower :)

    I love the thanksgiving card and would love to make them with my prek group to go with parent gifts! VERY cute!!
    Congratulations on your publication!

  19. Yay Jessica!! I love your cards - you have such a talent, and praise the Lord that He opened this door. Who knows what's next, right? With Him, ALL things are possible.

    I couldn't be happier for you!!


  20. Congratulations! I found you from One Pretty Thing. Your card ideas are great!

  21. Beautiful cards and I love the fingerprint card, especially with the little pumpkins! I found you via OPT love the idea.


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