Handmade Baby Announcements


Every time I mention making the birth announcements for my babies, people think I’m nuts. And, well, maybe I am a little but I can promise it’s not as laborious as you would think. The main trick is to make most of the card while you’re still pregnant, you can do everything but take the photo of your baby and write up his stats ahead of time – even address your envelopes! Here’s how Baby M’s announcements came together, and yes – I used the same color scheme as his nursery:


I stamped my message and then used embossing powder on it to give it a textured feel.


Once those were dry I cut each one out with a scalloped edge scissor.


Then I used the top of a giant pencil to stamp polka dots on the blank card.


After M’s arrival, we had a little photo shoot and ordered prints. I then placed a photo on each card using photo squares. Then used tape to adhere the “Welcome Baby” message. We included a photo of Z and M on the inside along with his baby stats.


And I had to add a little baby stamp to each envelope as a special touch.

Thank You Note


I like sending thank you notes. Mostly because how exciting is it to receive real mail these days, right? Other than the many cards received around Christmas there’s not much personal mail anymore. So, since the most gift-giving time of year has just come and gone I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share with you a quick how-to for a thank you note I make a lot. A friend of mine gave me a little pack of cards from Target (I think) and French-themed stamps so of course the first card I made? A thank you note to her! This sweet gift was a couple years ago, but I had a card or 2 left from the pack so I thought I’d create a little how-to video for my favorite homemade thank you note.


Handmade Card Class

I have lots of exciting things in the works over here at Styled by Jess and I am SO excited today to tell you about the first one…I am teaching a class this fall on how to make handmade cards! If you read this little blog at all you know I totally love to make and give (and receive – ahem!) handmade cards. And there are so many types of handmade cards – using traditional stamps and ink, jazzing that up with a little embossing powder, using 3D items like buttons and ribbon, and even (as you saw recently) using fun materials like washi tape. So – if you live in the area, please sign up for my class – course description below. Register for the class now!


And for samples and ideas my crafts category has tons of past posts about handmade cards.