Over the weekend I assembled a batch of 41 birthday cards for the church birthday card ministry. May is one of the bigger birthday months, and I put together 41 cards using this card layout. I always love doing grid-style cards, and it’s a relatively easy “go-to” for me. Every time I need to do some math, and cutting paper into thirds is especially tricky. Thankfully, with my handy-dandy guillotine cutter it is easy enough for me to shave off a super-thin piece of the paper to get it to work out evenly. I purchased my guillotine cutter several years ago and it is still cutting like a champ.

One of the things that I love about doing the birthday card ministry is that it gives me a chance to use some of the massive stash of retired paper that I have on hand. For this card I used the Sunshine & Rainbows paper that was one of the Sale-A-Bration offerings that was offered at the beginning of this year. These bright colors and patterns are perfect some some cheerful cards that any of our church members would enjoy receiving. I also used a past Paper Pumpkin stamp set for the greeting, and it was sized perfect for this card. Every time I drop off a batch of cards the gal that coordinates the ministry always tells me how appreciated these handmade cards are. The small army of volunteers that send the cards enjoy sending these unique bits of love, and the people that receive them really love the homemade wishes. The card ministry has been around at a church for a super long time, and I’m glad that I offered to do the card-making ~ 3 years ago. At first a group of volunteers would gather each month to assemble cards that I had prepared, but since the pandemic started I’ve had to do it on my own. I miss that bit of social time, and I hope that we might get back to doing that soon. I haven’t seen any of those card helpers in person since the pandemic started, and I really miss them!

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