Friday, December 15, 2017

Winter Wonderland file folder pocket letter

In order to get posts up sooner and so they're not so long, I'm posting what I made and what I got in return in separate posts. I also hope it gets me to post the stuff I made quicker.
I'm loving these file folder pocket letters, so am trying to sign up for every one I see. This one was supposed to be a winter wonderland theme, that's whatever I thought of as a winter wonderland:
 I used another manila envelope as my base. I had this tree from a gift bag I picked up at Dollar Tree for another one of these. I just fussy cut it out and added little yellow gems to each of the candle flames.
Inside:
 I had recently bought a pack of mixed loose 12x12 papers at Hobby Lobby, there were 4 sheets of this woodland forest paper in it. I added another one of those hot chocolate treat bags from Dollar Tree to it.
Pocket letter:
 I had picked up this loose page at Hobby Lobby for a different pocket letter, but it didn't work out. It's cardstock with foiled snowflakes. I started at the bottom with the button cut out trees and the foam trees. I added some more trees to the pocket letter cards. The middle just has some winter wonderland creatures. The top has a flying dove from an envelope, some rub on mice pieces and a cardinal sticker. I also added more snowflakes on top of the ones already on the paper throughout. There is a wooden one, some 3D stickers, some gems, some metallic stickers.
The goodies:
 I added some cupcake liners, tea, words, stickers, washi, twine, and some erasers.
 I started doing this with the first pocket letters I made and then for some reason stopped. I'm trying to do it again. I just pick some paper that goes with the theme and use it to cover the goodies in the back. It's not like I don't have enough paper. This one is candy canes from a Winter Wonderland paper pad from Hobby Lobby.
Back page:
 Here's that woodland forest paper again. I put some snowflake straw decorations on it with some 3D stickers I got in a swap. I also created the snowglobe. It's the cover from a sticker book, so I covered up the writing with some woodgrain paper and metallic ric rac. I love how it turned out. I also tried to add some embellishment to the snowflakes so it wasn't so flat. I added some 'Christmas lights' along the border as well.
The back:
I didn't do anything other than add some snowman paper and washi to cover up the folder.
Like I said, I love these swaps and will continue doing them. I think it's a fun way to do a pocket letter.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Envelopes Swap

I signed up for an advent calendar like swap, I had to make 24 envelopes and fill them with goodies for my partner. We decided to do a small gift for the 25th day.
Here's what I sent my partner, I used a couple different paper pads from Hobby Lobby for the actual envelopes, the plaid patterns are from , the other larger envelopes are made from Christmas patterns from , and the smaller patterns are from . The numbers are cut from a project life journaling card.
Day 1:
 I added the wreath a poinsettia sticker.
Day 2:
I added the clear ornament sticker.
Day 3:
 I added a foam polar bear sticker and some adhesive ribbon.
Day 4:
I added the ornament ephemera.
Day 5:
 I added a tree sticker.
Day 6:
I added a 4x6 project life card and some snowflakes.
Day 7:
 I added some stickers. 
Day 8:
 I added a picture I printed from my computer and a 'home for the holidays' piece of ephemera.
Day 9:
 I added a felt tree and some adhesive ribbon. 
Day 10:
 I added a bunny sticker.
Day 11:
 I added some felt present stickers and 'merry Christmas'. 
Day 12:
I added some stickers.
Day 13:
 I added this cute felt Christmas pudding sticker.
Day 14:
I added this felt snowman.
Day 15:
 I added another project life card.
Day 16:
I added a skating girl sticker.
Day 17:
 I added a rub-on, some snowflake stickers and some flat back pearls.
Day 18:
I added a tree sticker and a raccoon sticker.
Day 19:
 I added the ornament.
 Day 20:
 I added a cupcake liner and the poinsettia sticker.
Day 21:
 I added the 'fa la la' sticker and some adhesive ribbon.
Day 22:
 I added the snowman/santa sticker and the sequin ephemera.
Day 23:
 I added the reindeer sticker.
 Day 24:
 I added a project life card.
 Day 25:
 All I did was wrap the present.
Here's the goodies I sent her:
I added another pack of sequins to the envelope with the snowflake sequins, I changed out the washi for something else.
Here's what I got from my partner:

They are all just patterned paper with washi and a number, so I won't post them all separately. If you're interested in what's in them, check out my other blog, I'm posting every day up until Christmas.

Christmas paper clips

I was telling a co worker yesterday that I love making (altering) and collecting paper clips, but I don't actually use them. I signed up for a swap where we made 6 Christmas paper clips for a partner.
Here's what I made:
The bird is a 3D sticker from Walmart, as is the owl, I picked them up after Christmas last year. The red present is a foam sticker I got in a swap. The blue present is from a tag. The tree is a sticker I got in a swap. The stocking is a felt sticker I got in a swap.
Here's what I got from my partner:
I think my favorite is the penguin in a scarf.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas pocket letter

Last week, I bought a Christmas sticker book at Hobby Lobby and then realized I didn't really have a swap to use it on. Shortly after that, someone posted in one of my facebook groups asking if anyone wanted to do a Christmas pocket letter. I jumped at the chance.
Here's what I made:
 The funny thing is, I didn't use any of the stickers from the sticker book on it. The background paper is from a paper pad called Winter Wonderland from Hobby Lobby. All the little words are from that same paper pad. I had seen some stickers that were these words popped up on foam tape and was considering buying them, when I saw the page in the paper pad, I just cut it up and layered the words with foam tape myself. I also put them on the side of the pocket letter.
The first row I used some stickers from a swap. Second row are print outs from my computer. Third row are stickers from the Dollar Tree.
Here's the back:
 I used to do this all the time, where I chose a paper and covered up the goodies in the pocket letter. These are letters to Santa.
The goodies:
gems, a clear stamp, washi samples, tea, ribbon, more of those words, Christmas stickers.
Here's what I received from my partner:
 And the goodies:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas ornament kits

Every year I make some kind of small ornament for my co-workers, I picked up a couple kits within the last weeks at Hobby Lobby.
Snowmen:
 The kit came with enough pieces to make 6 ornaments, but I used one of the snowmen on my Countdown to Christmas envelopes swap. I also swapped one of the hats with the gingerbread ornament hats.
Gingerbread:
The felt pieces on these did not want to stick, so I glued them down with hot glue. I also added pearls to their bobbles on the hats and some tiny buttons to some of them. 

Christmas Advent pocket letter

One of the swaps I signed up for recently was a Christmas Advent pocket letter. Basically we decorated 3 pocket letters for the Advent calendar. So, 25 pockets of goodies for our partners and 2 extra pockets that are decorated but did not need to have goodies in them.
Here's what I made:
 I used a plaid paper pack as my background. On this pocket letter I used a bunch of stickers from some sticker books. I added some thin winter washi and some half circles with the numbers for the Advent on top.
Second pocket letter:
 Again, I used the plain paper pad for the background.  I added some star ephemera and some sticker sentiments to the top row. I added some circle ephemera to the second row. The two trees on the bottom row are tags that I cut the top off of. I also added a package ephemera and the sticker sentiment. I also added some thin plaid washi to the top with the numbers.
Third pocket letter:
 I used some cute kid stickers and sentiments on this one. I put a '25' journaling card for the 25th day.
Here are the goodies:
 My partner said she likes chocolate, ephemera and planner stuff. So, I added some vintage playing cards, a mini tape runner, some Christmas tags, some clear acetate pieces, planner stickers and chocolate.
 I added sequins, stickers, flat back pearls, word stickers, chipboard stickers, more planner stickers, buttons, and paper clips.
 Bigger acetate pieces, sticky notes, coloring cards, foam tree stickers, Christmas die cuts, tea, washi and some more die cuts.
I put most of the goodies in coin envelopes and covered them with Christmas paper. For the few goodies that didn't fit in the envelopes, I added some Christmas paper to cover them, so my partner wouldn't flip the pocket letter over and see the goodies.
 I planned to make it so the same pattern wasn't next to another envelope with that pattern, but I totally forgot.
Here's what I got from my partner:
Second pocket letter:
 Third pocket letter:
 And there were a few items that were bigger than the pocket letter:
Since I have three different Advent calendars, I will post each day on my regular blog, here.