Thursday, March 30, 2017

Birthday card

Tuesday, was my friend's birthday, so I made a simple but cute card for her:
She likes chickens and when I saw this on one of my day-by-day calendars I thought it'd be great. I just fussy cut it out and attached it to some cardstock. The washi and sentiment are from Dollar Tree.
She said she really liked it.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

loaded bag for Karlene

I've been saving some stuff up to send to Karlene on YouTube, and I thought it might be more fun to put it in a loaded bag. I also picked up some stuff in Chicago for her.
Here's the front:
 I didn't really decorate the front because I knew it would be stuffed with things. The green horse is a sticker, it's on the plastic it came on (it's from Dollar Tree), so I just added some double sided tape so she could take it off and use it. I spelled out her name in silver letter stickers from Walmart.
The back:
 The hot air balloons are from two different paper pads from Hobby Lobby. On the bottom, I took the clear pockets the Target spring tags are packaged in and affixed them so I could load them up. These stickers are from Michael's.
Here's what was in it:
There's some coloring pages in the back, I don't know if she colors, but the sentiments are kinda snarky and I know she'll appreciate them. I heard in one of her videos, she was looking for sequins, I got these at the Dollar Tree. The sticker sheet is from JoAnn's. I used a 'library card' tag from Target to put some washi on for her. There's a rainbow at the top from a swap, the pink marble is from Target, the next pink one is from a local store, the two word ones are from a swap, and the rainbow one at the bottom is from Dollar Tree. The square stickers are from Dollar Tree. The round stickers are also from Dollar Tree. She also said she liked seam binding, so I included some. The suncatcher I picked up at a thrift store and painted for her. The die cuts are from Michael's. The pink twine is from a swap. The tiny button is from a paper/gift store in Chicago called Foursided as is the unicorn pencil. The Hello Kitty magnet is from a swap.
I wrapped it up lightly in some unicorn paper I picked up in Chicago. I'm pretty sure she'll like it.

mini pocket letter

I signed up to do a private swap with someone on facebook for a mini pocket letter. Here's what I received from her in the mail yesterday:
 I love it. It's very bright and springy.
Here's the goodies she sent:
 I think those little 2x2 pieces would make nice little cards.
I didn't realize she had mailed it, and that I would receive it so quickly, so this is what's going out in the mail for her today:
The background gray paper is from Hobby Lobby. The colorful rectangles are from JoAnn's. I wanted to do springy as well. The flower stickers are from Hobby Lobby (now that I've basically used the whole sheet, I feel I need to buy more), the horses are from Dollar Tree, the words are from JoAnn's. The green washi on the side was from a swap.
I hope she likes it, I LOVE how it turned out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring swap

I signed up for a spring pocket letter swap on one of my facebook groups. Do you remember this pocket letter?
 I decided I'd go ahead and send it out. It's not like an ATC I love, those take up so little room. I did add some blue zig zag felt trim to the middle girl's dress.
All the girls were cut out from an activity book from Dollar Tree, I couldn't bear to throw them away. The washi on the side as well on the top left card were from swaps. The glittery heart stickers are from Hobby Lobby. The yellow butterflies were from a swap. The 'hello spring' is from a stamp set from Hobby Lobby. The puffy stickers on the middle row right card are from Walmart. The butterfly stickers on the bottom row right card are from Dollar Tree. The bag sticker is from Target. If you want to read more about this pocket letter, check out this post.
Here's what I received from my partner the other day:
 It's very simple, but also very cute.
Here are the goodies she sent me:
I love that tiny library card and the envelope and the round stickers on the side. I also love the little Mary Engelbreit card she gave me.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring pocket letters

I signed up to do a Spring pocket letter swap through Megan W's channel on YouTube, I decided to do three swaps. Here's what I sent out:
I admit this one is a little busy for me, but I like it and I hope my partner does, too. I had a hard time doing this one, I'm not sure why. The background is flowers. I added some washi I got in a swap to the side.
First row: I put a "spring" banner across the top, it's actually from some Easter stickers I picked up last year from Target and never used. I used some fuzzy chick stickers I got in a swap, there's one on the first card and one on the last card. The middle card has a chick from Walmart.
Second row, first card: I layered a stamp from Hobby lobby on some yellow paper and framed it with butterfly stickers from Walmart. Second card: I used a rosette from Dollar Tree. Third card: both stickers from Walmart.
Last row, first card: flowers from Walmart, second card: flower sticker from a swap bunny stickers from Walmart, last card: not sure where the flower sticker is from, chick sticker from a swap.
Second PL:
 This one also didn't come together that easily either. I had these girl images that I had cut out of an activity book from Dollar Tree that I wanted to use, but I couldn't get them to flow like I wanted to. The washi on the side is from Walmart. The background is a grey paper from Hobby Lobby.
The hearts are foam glittery stickers from Hobby Lobby. The banner is a cardstock sticker from Hobby Lobby. The butterfly stickers are from my stash. The trim is felt from Dollar Tree. The flowers are from a swap. The moped came from the same sticker sheet as the banner above.
Last one:
The background is a striped paper from K & Company. The washi on the side is glittery from Dollar Tree. I used a set of foam stickers I got from Target and some word pieces I bought at a thrift store that are K & Company. I added some buttons for the centers of some of the flowers.
Here's what I received from Left Handed Crafter, here's what I pulled out of the envelope:
 Here's the PL:
 I love how she put the flowers on the side, they are not covering up the pocket page's holes, so I could still put it in my binder. I believe the letters are wall decals from Dollar Tree.
Here's what I got from Pat S:
 I love that she used butterflies. I also love those flower stickers, I saw them at Michael's the other day and didn't buy them, ugh.
She made it double sided, here's the back:
 And here are the goodies she included:
I love those felt chocolate stickers, very cute!

And here's what I got from Susie:

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mini Initial PL

I've never made a mini pocket letter before, they should be easier than regular pocket letters because you cut the pocket page into threes, fill up one row for the mini pocket letter. I just didn't want to cut up my pocket pages. I had gotten one in a swap that wasn't in the greatest of shape, so I cut it up for this swap.
We had to take our partner's first or last initial and create something with them. My partner's initials were V and C. I really wanted to create something really cool with the V, but even after perusing my dictionary, I really didn't find much that inspired me.
Here's what I sent her:
I actually did use a violet background, and on the first one I used vellum, so I got a little bit of V in there.
I ended up paper piecing this cactus stamp from Micheal's. I used some Dollar Tree stickers for coffee. I used a couple Dollar Tree stickers and a dimensional sticker from Hobby Lobby for cupcake.
Here's what my partner sent me:
 And here's the pocket letter:
 Here are all the goodies:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Loaded spring bag

On one of my groups on facebook, someone had posted some pictures of new stickers she found at Dollar Tree, I commented that I really liked them and she said she'd pick me up some along with some rolls of washi I had been looking for. I suggested we create loaded bags in a spring theme rather than just sending the stickers and washi to each other.
Here's what I sent her, the stickers:
 I picked up this sheet at Books a Million,
 These are from Hobby Lobby,
 These I got in a swap,
 These are from Dollar Tree,
 These are also from Dollar Tree.
Here's what I sent for washi:
I found this two pack at JoAnn's.
And here's what I created for her:
 The front. I changed up my method of making the bags to make the front pockets a little bigger. I take apart the bottom of the bag, smooth it out and fold it up for the pocket. I covered it in this wrapping paper for my stash. I used some page flags and twine to create a little 'hello' banner, sadly it doesn't stand out much against the background. One of the channels I watch on YouTube, Carina Creates does this cool thing with crepe paper and I thought I'd try it out, it's not as neat looking as hers, I just need to work on it more. The orange is some seam binding I got from The blue is part of a cupcake liner from Hobby Lobby. I just added this K sticker I got from a swap on top of it.
The back:
 The flowers are from a swap. The chevron paper is from Hobby Lobby. The pink paper was in my stash. The 'imagine' sticker is from Dollar Tree. If I had planned better, I would have made this into a pocket.
The front stuffed:
 The flower is made from wood, I got it years ago at the state fair. She seemed to like foxes, so I created a fox paper clip from a felt sticker from Hobby Lobby. I added some more fox embellishments, some candy and some cute springy pens from Target.
Here's what I got from her:
 The front of the bag
The back of the bag
The goodies. I love the stickers, they are so much more beautiful in person. I'm not sure I'll be able to use them. They are glittery as well. I love the wand she made me, I'm loving collecting those. I love the tags as well.