Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pocketful of Sunshine

I signed up for a pocketful of sunshine swap, basically we were to make a loaded envelope full of sunshine, or yellow items, we were to include ten items. I had started to make this flip book for the swap that required us to include 4 things from other swaps, and then realized almost all the pages were yellow, so I knew I had to use it for this swap.
 I had a bunch of yellow paper that was cut down to 4x6 for a swap, so I used that for the base. This is actually a journaling card, I added a heart sticker (swap) and some star stickers (swap), they are all gold and glittery and foam. I bound the book with some yellow washi (RAK).
Here's the first flip:
 Close-up of left page:
 I added a clear boot sticker (Hobby Lobby) and clear flower stickers (Hobby Lobby) and cut down a journaling card for the 'you make my world sparkle' quote (Hobby Lobby).
Close-up of right page:
 This journaling card (swap) is layered on two other yellow papers (swaps), I also added some trim (swap) to the top and bottom.
Second flip:
 Close-up of middle page:
I had these cute little 2x2 journaling squares (Hobby Lobby) that I added to the page with some yellow stickers (my stash).
Close-up of right page:
I added the fairy die cut (RAK) and the 'hello sunshine' piece (Walmart).
 Last flip:
 Close-up of third page:
 I added the oval die cut (swap) and the chipboard sparkly star (swap) and the gold stars (Walmart).
Close-up of last page:
I just added this envelope (swap).
Here's the envelope:
 I admit, I'm not that great at these, this is probably the 2nd or 3rd one I've done. Basically I covered it in this chevron paper (Hobby Lobby), I couldn't get it on there right, so there's a lot of wrinkling. I did the whole roll down of the top, I'm also not great at that, I might do something else for the next one I have to do. I know a lot of times, people use the terms loaded bag and loaded envelope interchangeably, but if they say loaded envelope, that's what I'm making. I also didn't have quite enough paper in my 12x12 sheet to cover the whole envelope (probably because it went on crooked), so I had to add a strip to cover up a bare spot. I flipped it over and used the back as the front. I added the pocket at the bottom (swap), and the 'you are awesome' journaling card (RAK) to the bottom here. I added the teacup die cuts (swap) with foam tape to give them a little dimension. I ripped a little of the bottom of the 'v', so I added the butterfly (swap) to cover that up, I also added the pinwheel (swap) to the top.
The back:
 I just fussy cut these flowers out of another paper to cover up all the wrinkling on the back.
Here's what I included:
 The flip book, a pencil, a wand I made, an 'Oh Henry' bar, an emoji sucker, some flowers, sequins, die cuts, lace and acetate pieces. I tried to have some crafty stuff and some fun stuff.
Here's what it looked like all packaged up:
It barely fit in the box, I put it in, I sprinkled a bunch more of those yellow flowers all over it. My partner was very surprised that I made the loaded envelopes to put all the goodies in, apparently we were just supposed to send the goodies.
Here's what I got from my partner:
I don't know if you can tell, but the papers in the back are embossed. I love that, it's almost as fun as getting die cuts. My favorite pieces are the giant chicken, the smaller felt chickens, the angel fish and the bunny borders.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Owl pocket letter

I signed up to do an owl pocket letter in one of my facebook groups because I have way too many owls and I never seem to use them.
Here's what I made:
 I chose a pretty plain background paper (Hobby Lobby) and a bunch of owl stickers (Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, RAK) and a bunch of cactus stickers (Walmart, Hobby Lobby). I was thinking I should use two of the things I seem to collect and never use. I normally would not pair owls and cacti together, but I think it turned out cute. I also added some gold word stickers (Dollar Tree). I added some owl washi (swap) to the side.
The back:
I always try to add some of what I've used on the front, so there's a lot of owl stickers, and owl washi and those gold stickers, and also some tea.
Here's what I got from my partner:
 And the goodies:
I don't think I've received the ends of sticker sheets of what my partner has used before. Nothing was in the pockets, so I don't know if they came out in the mail, or it was mailed that way. She mailed it flat.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mini Hedgehog pocket letters

I signed up for a mini hedgehog pocket letter swap, because hedgehogs.
I don't have separate pictures for each pocket letter. I try to sign up for three when I do mini pocket letters because it's easier because you have to cut up a regular pocket letter sleeve.
So, I used a fall leaf paper as the background, and made them all about the same, but slightly different. I used the metallic dimensional pumpkin stickers (Hobby Lobby) with a hedgehog from a sticker pack (swap), some mushroom stickers (Dollar Tree), some more hedgehog stickers (Target), some gold word stickers (Dollar Tree) and a stamped hedgehog image (Stampin Up). One reason I signed up for this swap is because of those Stampin Up stamps, I bought them years ago because they are hedgehogs, but I find them hard to stamp because of all the detail in them.
Not enough people signed up for me to have three partners, so I got two, here's what I got in return:
 The goodies:
 I love the paper clips and the hedgehog images.
 I had to take a picture of the back, because she made each card into tiny envelopes and put her goodies in those.
What I got from my other partner:
 The goodies:
How cute is that hedgehog reading a book, and the create your own fish bowl sticker set?

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fantasyland flip book

I signed up to do a fantasyland flip book in one of my facebook groups. Here's what I made:
 I used some paper I got from Hollar for the backgrounds, this fairy is a wall sticker from Dollar Tree.
When you flip it open
 Close-up of left page:
 This paper was from my stash, the purple flowers are from a unicorn wall sticker pack from Dollar Tree. The fairy is from a swap, I colored it with gel pens.
Close-up of right page
I added a unicorn to the background (Dollar Tree) and some punched butterflies (a swap), I also added some bling as their bodies (my stash).
When you flip it to the right:
 Close-up of middle page:
 The flowers and leaves are from the fairy wall sticker (Dollar Tree), I added lace to the bottom (garage sale) and some puffy fairies and a toadstool house (RAK).
Close-up of right page:
 I chose monsters for this page. I added half of a journaling card (a swap) for a pocket. I have a lot of monster stickers that I never seem to use. I fussy cut the purple guy (Dollar Tree), added some tiny ones (Walmart) and the kraft colored one (Walmart) as well as the puffy yellow guy (Dollar Tree). I added the ogre to look like he's peeking out of the pocket (Micheal's), I also added the fairy to the pocket (Micheal's). I added some monster tape (Dollar Tree) to the bottom.
When you flip this page to the right:
Close-up of third page:
 I added some rainbow tape (Dollar Tree) to the bottom. I had put the purple unicorn (TJ Maxx) on the bottom first and then decided to add the tape, so one of his legs is sad. I added the pegasus (Dollar Tree) to the top as well as the 'Best Day ever' sticker (Hobby Lobby), it's a clear sticker, so I put it on white paper before adding it to the page. I also added the two small unicorns (Micheal's) to the bottom.
Close-up of right page:
 I added layers of the paper on foam tape to make waves. I put the blue haired mermaid (Dollar Tree) behind one of the waves. I also put the pink haired and purple haired mermaids (Hobby Lobby) so they are partly behind and on top of the layers. I then added the two mermaids (a swap) to the bottom. I also added a sun sticker (TJ Maxx) to the top. I was going to put a few mermaids in behind the top wave, but I forgot.
Here's how I packaged it:
I wrapped some fibers (a swap) around the book, tied them in a bow and added a unicorn charm (garage sale) and a couple unicorn paper clips (swaps). I also included another of the Dollar Tree fairies in the back for my partner.
Here's what I got in return:
 I love the style of this flip book, it's like a bunch of mini file folders.
First flip:
 Second flip:
 Last flip:
 And the goodies:
I really like all the printouts she included.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Flipbook

I signed up to make a flip book in one of my facebook groups, the challenge was to use at least 4 items that I have gotten in other swaps. I'm pretty sure I got that and then some, everything except the base is from other swaps.
 The base papers are from the Newsworthy paper pad from Hobby Lobby. The washi holding it together was from a swap. This piece is actually a metal magnet, but I like the way it looked, so I attached it with foam tape.
When you flip it open:
 Close-up of left page:
 The big blue teacup was from a destash swap. The other two teacups were from two separate RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness, basically someone just sends you stuff in the mail).
Close-up of right page:
 I have no idea what swaps these came from. The film strip is layered on some pink paper and then a strip of watercolor looking paper. I separate out all the goodies I get from swaps and keep them separate from my stuff, so I know they came from someone else. No real reason, that's just how I do it.
When you flip this page to the right:
 Close-up of middle page:
 The background doily is actually on the page backwards, the front color was too bright, it's from my ELF (Esther Luka Family) Swap last Christmas. I'm not sure where the other two pieces came from.
Close-up of right page:
 I used this fairy someone drew for me for a fairy swap as a pocket, I colored it and hot glued it to the page, and added stickers I'd gotten in other swaps.
When you flip it to the right:
 Close-up of third page:
 The green piece is a library pocket that I covered in more paper from swaps. I included some tags and stamped images from other swaps, I also added a bag of leaf sequins and some stickers to the pocket.
Close-up of right page:
 The umbrella is from a RAK, the chick is from a destash swap.
Back:
The leaf is from a destash swap, the pumpkin is from a holiday swap.
I think I used about 20 items from other swaps. Like I said, everything but the base was from other swaps. I started to make a base out of papers from swaps, but it ended up working for something else, so this is what I came up with.
Here's what my partner sent me:
 She said, these flowers were one of the items.
First flip:
 She used the gold words, the sticky notes, the popsicle piece.
Second flip:
 She used the paper to make the pocket.
Last flip:
 Back:
 And the goodies:
I really thought this was a cute flip book. Also a nice way to use some of those goodies we get in our swaps. When I get a swap, I sort out the goodies into a bag, the stickers into another bag, washi samples into a container, bling in another container and paper clips into another one. I was thinking the other day, I get enough goodies from swaps I don't really need to buy more stuff, and since I'm trying to not buy stuff I don't need (that's mostly crafting stuff), it will be interesting to see how much more of the goodies I get from other people that I use, though I usually use some of it anyway.