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Day Twenty-eight: Shameless Plug Day

shameless plug

Production of the letters has begun. I printed my first test print yesterday. They just need a few tweaks and they’ll be good. I hired my super crafty sister-in-law to sew some really nice muslin bags for them. Because packaging is everything, right? I can’t wait to see the whole prototype put together.

The one thing I can’t decide is if should I hand-punch every single corner to be rounded? Round corners look really really nice but do I have time to sit around punching punching punching? Maybe I do. I’m always jealous of you folks who can sit and knit or crochet while you watch a movie. Maybe I can watch a movie and punch.

I hope to list them on etsy by next week! In the meantime, check out my gift tags.


  • josephine

    Heh. She’s not supposed to be up there. It’s been an on-going battle. The cats are allowed on the table (I know, shocking to those of you who don’t have cats… but we don’t really eat at this table) and BB has been throwing a fit that the cats are allowed up on the table and she is not. For this picture she scrambled up from my lap while I was reading emails. When she started playing with the cards I grabbed my camera for a photo op instead of getting her down like a good mom.

  • Alissa

    I can’t wait for the cards. They look great. I don’t have a printer so I’ve been waiting to buy them.

    That table looks just like ours :) (Ikea) I’m sorry I haven’t posted more comments recently but I’ve been snowed under with a 2 year old. I’m glad your feeling better. I have also had similarly rubbish days of late.

  • The Chatty Housewife

    I think punching would be a lot of work, but that it would make the cards look professional (not that they don’t already) and also help them to last longer. Rounded edges don’t tear, bend or start to come apart as easy.

    They look awesome by the way! It must feel great to be done!

  • Kerry

    Thank you so much for sharing these awesome letters! I have been downloading them all to start using with my son.

    But, did I miss something? Is there a Z?

  • Michelle

    The letters are awesome! And what is it about kids and wanting to be on the table – lol :o) My kids have a facination with “getting to sit on the countertops” – truth be told, I did too at that age! I thought it was cool to sit there and talk with my mom and dad about “stuff” :o) Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us SAJ – we love ya!

  • Melmarie

    I was a little bit inconsistant on the card downloading so I will buy them! I love the gift tags too, you are so freaking talented! Thanks for sharing.

  • Katie

    They look awesome! Also, punched corners would probably be better for the kidlets, but honestly, punched or not, they are still just perfect.

  • andrea from the fishbowl

    Gorgeous… all of them, rounded corners or no. :)

    You know what would be amazing? If you offered single letters printed at a larger size that’s suitable for framing. I bet you could sell a lot more of them. (I’m assuming these are high-res images …?)

  • Gretchen

    Nothing shameless about it – If I could do the work your do, I’d be shouting it from the rooftops.

    I’d go fo the rounded corners as well. Get a good movie and punchity-punch-punch away. Last night I watched The Sopranos while crocheting.

  • dee

    Love the cards and the gift tags too. I was really bummed that I missed downloading some of the cards so I’m hoping I can buy some when you get them put together.

  • Michelle

    I think it would be adorable too in poster form….people would buy them up so fast! I can just picture a bedroom or playroom filled with the letters in funky frames! That would be too cool!

  • jane

    Hi Brenda, i really love your site. I think your alphabet cards are awesome. As a teacher though, just wanted to make a comment about your ‘G for giraffe’ card. The more common sound g makes is a hard sound, rather than the ‘j’ of giraffe. Just in case your cards become big hits (which I’m sure they will!), some teachers/parents may make a comment like that too. Good luck!

  • ~moe~

    I love these! I, like many others, haven’t printed them yet and I think I’ll just buy them instead. My niece is going to love them! YAY!

  • Helena

    Cute! I can’t wait to get a set.

    So. . .gift tags, hmmmmm? How about some stylish luggage tags?? I would buy some!

  • Tara

    Punching rounded corners is totally easy. I highly recommend the Creative Memories corner rounder. No, I don’t sell CM, I just know that their tools, particularly the punches, are the best in the biz. Find one on Ebay, they’re so much cheaper that way. If it gets dull, punch aluminum foil a few times to sharpen it up.

    You can totally do it during a movie. You push the card all the way into the punch till it won’t go anymore and just press. So easy.

  • Kathleen

    Any idea on the cost and when they will be ready? I’m getting the sense you won’t be able to print and corner-stamp enough sets to meet demand by Xmas — unless you have a LOT of movies to watch!

  • Jennifer

    They are beautiful!! I’ll definitely have to get a set. We are really big on alphabet cards over here. Audrey uses them and blocks a lot in speech therapy.