A truly gracious lady knows, sending a handwritten, personalized note is still the right thing to do. Now, here's the fun part - what kind of stationery should you use???
Since I was a kid, I have loved pretty papers. You've got your florals, your polka dots, your toiles - the possibilities are endless! Sad to say, one of my greatest pleasures is opening a fresh box of stationery, feeling the paper, writing a note, then sealing it (with an embossed sealer of course!) and picking out the perfect stamp to accompany it along its journey.
Let's start with the paper. There are so many great places to find just the right look you're after.
Horchow has a wonderful collection of traditional, casual, whimsical and kids papers.
Another great source is DabneyLee, they offer a wide selection of personalized notecards and accessories.
Here's more on my short list:
Now, let's talk about sealers. I've done everything from stickers to the old fashioned wax seal (my personal favorite!) Nostalgic Impressions is a great resource for sealer materials. Try to match the theme of your paper with your sealer, it's a nice added touch.
Okay, stamps. If you're having a girlie affair, you may want to chose florals. The United States post office has a fantastic collection of all different kinds of stamps. I like to search their online store for convenience.
If you're doing holiday thank yous, maybe you'll want to send a stamp with a holiday theme.
Or if it's a kid's thank you, consider sending a personal photo stamp. It's easy, you upload the photo, pick a border and oila! a masterpiece stamp!