My 14 year old daughter just had a delightful birthday and received some fabulous gifts. However, following every birthday, I assume the responsibility (and the bearer of bad news) to advise her that she needs to do thank you notes for her gifts as soon as possible. Worse yet, she has to make them (this household is a "No Hallmark" zone). I can assure you from past mother/daughter stamping projects that she has clearly not caught the card making bug (yet) like her mum.
OK, I’m not all that bad. She primarily dislikes the part about having to come up with an idea from scratch (second only to her belief that I am too particular about her work, "what, me?"). I felt if I could help her come up with something fresh, quick and easy, it might actually be fun together.
After I came up with a simple layout and concept, we decided to add a little interest by timing the construction of 7 "mass" produced cards. It took 20 minutes flat. Less than 3 minutes a card (using two of us, of course). I did subtract for a short break when we enjoyed some cookies we made simultaneous to the card production (ah, we women are the consummate multi-taskers). Here’s how it broke down:
Cutting, scoring and punching: 10 minutes
Piercing (I confess, I did this part): 3 minutes
Stamping: 3 minutes
Attaching flowers with super cool brad: 2 minutes
Adhering everything else: 2 minutes
Admiring final results with daughter: Priceless (and timeless!)
Stamp Set: Time Well Spent (Hostess, 111054)
Paper: Elegant Eggplant (105126), Green Galore (101768), Orchid Opulence (100969), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant (105210)
Cool Tools: Perfect Layers (retired), Paper Piercer (Crafter’s Tool Kit, 104310), Marvy Giga Scallop Circle and Mega Circle Punches
Perfect Touches: Pink Rhinestone Stick-Ons, Polka Dot Brad, Layered Flowers (All Non-Stampin’ Up!)
Inspiration: Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It Challenge WR147