Monday, April 24, 2017

Mermaid pocket letter

I signed up to do a mermaid pocket letter through one of my facebook groups. I originally planned to do a color copy of this:
I think it's 11x14 size canvas, but I'm not sure. I remember doing more to this, but I can't find the picture, I'm also not entirely sure where this piece is right now, so that didn't work out. I should have seen if I still had the mermaid picture on my computer. Oh well, I like what I did do:
I used a piece of blue vellum that I attached to a blue piece of cardstock because it was a tiny bit too small. I had this mermaid suncatcher that I picked up for the paints at the dollar tree. I never was going to use the suncatcher itself, this was the paper behind it with coloring suggestions. I basically cut her out and attached her to the paper and then cut it up to fit in the pocket. I put some gems over the drops on the image and some stars to cover the stars on the image. Then I just filled in with some stickers I had.
First row, first card: the jellyfish is from Dollar Tree, the sea turtle from my stash. Second card: the ray is from my stash, the yellow fish from Dollar Tree. Third card: the top fish from my stash  the other two from Dollar Tree. They were reward stickers that I cut off the words from.
Second row, second card: the fish is from my stash. Third card: the mermaid is from Dollar Tree, she had some giant googly eyes on her, I traded them out to a more proportional set.
Third row, first card: the seaweed is from Dollar Tree as is the crab. Second card: the fish is from Dollar Tree. Third card: the seaweed on the left is a piece of washi from Walmart, the jelly fish and seaweed on the right is from Dollar Tree. The jellyfish is also a reward sticker. I got this strip of paper in a swap.
I put some washi I got from a swap on the side and added some charms. The fish and dolphin are from a swap, the other beads are handmade from a swap.
Here's what I received from my partner: 
I love her use of die cuts. She also added actual sand to the bottom.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Favorite Animal pocket letter

I signed up to do a favorite animal pocket letter through one of my facebook groups, I chose to have two partners.
I love animals, some I like more than others, I don't know if I have a favorite really. I was going to do whales, because I have a lot of whale stickers, and I was going to do owls because I have a lot of those, but I chose to do frogs as my other one. I do love frogs, I don't have a lot of frog crafting stuff, though.
I picked up quite a few whale stickers last time I was in Michael's (not the Chicago one), and I needed to use them. I also like underwater things, so I have a few underwater themed sticker sheets that have whales on them.
I chose this water looking paper from Hobby Lobby for the background. I used some water looking washi I got in a swap, for the side, I layered some flat back pearl trim I got in a swap on the front.
First row: the first sticker is actually jeweled epoxy?, from Michaels. The second card has puffy whales from Michaels. The third card has a stamped whale image, the stamp was from Michaels and a whale sticker also from Michaels. I put some whale ribbon I got in a swap at the bottom.
Second row: the beluga whale is actually from a Finding Dory sticker pack from Target, the blue whale was from my stash, the shiny whale is from Dollar Tree.
Third row: the sparkly whale I added a googly eye to, he's from Dollar Tree. The red whale is from Michaels, the third whale might be a whale shark, I don't know she's from Finding Dory as well. I added the "you're a real catch" sticker which is from a sticker pack from Target. I also added some whale ribbon from a swap at the bottom.
Here's the frogs:
I basically picked out all the frog stickers I had and stuck them on brightly colored paper from JoAnn's and put them on green paper. The green washi on the side is also from JoAnn's. I only had 8 different stickers, so I had to duplicate one. I added some word washi from Michaels to the bottom of each row. All the stickers are from my stash, I've had them for years and couldn't tell you where they came from.
First row: second card: sticker is from a swap, I actually took the lily pad he was sitting on off and turned him sideways so he would fit, the tiny thing on his foot is a fly and it's belly is a pom pom.
Second row, first card: this is actually a rub-on from my stash.
Third row, first card: I recently got this sticker from a swap.
I at first had them on some patterned paper, but since I was covering it up, I didn't see the point of using it, and switched to the green cardstock, which I like much better.
Here's what I got from my partners:
 I think it's kinda funny that she sent me an owl one, especially since I was thinking of doing owls for hers.
The goodies:
I love the owl magnetic bookmarks and the wooden pieces and that she used a brad to make a paper clip and the felt owl stickers.
Here's what I got from my other partner:


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter Pocket Letter Project Share

I've been watching Missy at Do What You Love for awhile. Periodically, she has these things called project shares which are basically swaps. This one is an Easter pocket letter.
Here's what I sent:
You were supposed to make 9 identical or almost identical cards, she will swap yours out with 8 other people and send it back.
The background paper is from Hobby Lobby. I added some pink washi from Target at the bottom, with some stamped word banners on top. The stamp is from Target, the paper I used for them is from JoAnn's. I went really simple with decorations. The eggs are felt and from my stash. The bugs are from Dollar Tree. Sadly, I ran out of the pink egg, so I had to use a different one on the last card.
Here's what I got back:
I love how different every one is. I have cards from NC, MO, Puerto Rico, NY, PA and HI.
I'm excited to participate in the next project share.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter Pocket Letters

Someone on one of my facebook groups wanted to do a private Easter swap. After finishing my few Easter swaps I signed up for, I realized I still had a bit of Easter stuff left, so I messaged her. Someone else saw my reply to the original poster and messaged me, too. So I had to make two Easter pocket letters. Here's what I made:
 The background on this one is from a paper pad from JoAnn's The side is covered in washi I got at Micheal's, I cut apart a 'happy easter' necklace and glued it down on the side (you can see I'm missing the A in this picture, I found it and glued it back on before mailing it out). I basically just used some stickers I had to make this. The floral washi is from Hobby Lobby.
First row, first card: egg sticker from Target (last year), chick sticker from Walmart. Middle card: chick sticker from a swap, flower stickers from my stash. Last card: chick sticker from Hobby Lobby, egg stickers from a swap.
Second row, first card: chick sticker from a swap, flower stickers from Walmart, bling on flowers from a swap. Second card: egg stickers from a swap, chick sticker from Walmart. Last card: chick sticker from Hobby Lobby, egg stickers from Walmart.
Last row, first card: heart stickers from Dollar Tree, chick sticker from Hobby Lobby. Second card: chick sticker from a swap, egg stickers from Walmart. Last card: chick sticker from Walmart, flower stickers from Walmart.
My second pocket letter: (I didn't realize this was blurry until after packaging it up to send out)
background paper is from a paper pad I bought at Goodwill. The side is covered with fabric tape from Dollar Tree.
First row, first card: foam stickers from Target, flower center stickers from Dollar Tree, chick sticker from Walmart, egg sticker from Walmart. Second card: egg stickers from Walmart, chick sticker from Walmart, glitter washi from a swap. Third card: glitter washi from a swap, chick sticker and egg stickers from Walmart.
Second row: foam stickers from Target, flower center stickers from Dollar Tree, flower stickers from Dollar Tree, bunnies from Target (last year), stamped 'Happy Easter' from Hobby Lobby, egg stickers from Walmart. I colored the stamp in with glitter pens from a swap.
Third row, first card: foam flower stickers from Target, flower center stickers from Dollar Tree, background card from a swap, bunny stamp from Hobby Lobby. I colored in the stamps with glitter pens from a swap. Second card egg piece from Walmart, flower stickers from a swap, bunny stamp from my stash. Third card: pink piece from a swap, bunny stamp from my stash.
Here's what I got in return:
 It's plain but simple.
Here's the second one:
She used an interesting color scheme.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

One of my facebook groups did a scavenger hunt game. We each picked a level: easy, medium or hard, and the hostess emailed us a list of seven things to find, we had to use at least four on an ATC or tag. I picked medium, my list was:
1. Animal paw print
2. card from a board game
3. orange ticket
4. something related to super heroes
5. music sheet
6. tiny shoe
7. token

I found mostly everything in my stash, which goes to tell you I have way too much stuff. The paw print was scrapbook paper, I had just bought a selection of cards from skybluepink.com and there were several board game cards in it, I knew I had an orange ticket but couldn't find it, I had a sticky note set I had picked up at Target that was themed around women super heroes, I knew I had this but took forever to find it I finally took it off an old card, I have tons of tiny toys but of course could not find a shoe I used some washi from a swap, I also know I have some of these somewhere but I couldn't tell you where.
Here's what I came up with:
I wanted to make a tag using only what I was given, I know I could have added other stuff, but I didn't.
The animal paw prints are on the side punched out, the "silver screen" is from a trivial pursuit card, Batwoman was a sticky note, the music sheet is the background, and I ran the washi with the shoe across the bottom.

I like how it turned out.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

ATC swap

I signed up for an ATC swap in one of my facebook groups. We decided to do three ATCs, my mind must have been on Spring, because here's what I created:
 The background cards are actually cut down My Mind's Eye Journaling cards. The first card has a flower sticker from Dollar Tree and another sticker from Hobby Lobby. The second card I spelled out "Hello" in alpha stickers from the Dollar Tree, I added part of a doily and another flower sticker from the Dollar Tree. The third card I cut out some jars from a calendar and added some flower stickers and a butterfly sticker from the Dollar Tree.
I'm ready for colorful flowers outside, so I guess that motivated me.
Here's what my partner sent me:
I know you can't really see the dimension and layers in the picture, but there's a lot of texture on the cards. I feel she used some texture paste. The faces are actually 3D.
I feel I should have done more 3D stuff on mine, done more than just layering stickers. Hers are so much more mixed media.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Easter pocket letter

One of my groups on facebook is doing an Easter pocket letter that has to be double sided. So I used a piece of K&Company paper and created this:
 The 'happy easter' piece is actually part of a plastic necklace from Walmart. I got the idea from Left Handed Crafter. The stickers are from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and Dollar Tree. A few are from my stash. The vintage looking pieces in the middle row are from my stash. The washi is from Dollar Tree.
The back:
I know it's not really Easter, but I liked it.
Here's what I got from my partner:
 I like how she used Hello Kitty, the background is a bit bright for me.
Here's the back:
 I like how she printed out little jokes.
The goodies:
 These were in the envelope,
And these were in the pocket letter:
She told me she is still learning. You can tell she printed a lot of stuff from her computer, which is fine. Any time someone sends me something in the mail, I'm good.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Purple and Yellow pocket letter

I signed up to do a purple and yellow pocket letter swap on facebook. I didn't realize how little purple and yellow embellishments I have, I think that's good, though, kinda took me out of my comfort zone.
Here's what I sent:
Both background papers are from Hobby Lobby.
First row, first card: yellow die cut from a swap, purple flower sticker from Hobby Lobby. Second card: purple paper from a swap, yellow flower from a swap. Third card: yellow die cut from a swap, purple button from my stash.
Second row, first card: purple felt heart sticker from Hobby Lobby, word sticker from JoAnns. Second card: yellow deer head from a swap. Third card: same as first card.
Third row, first card: yellow die cut from a swap, purple flower cut from a calendar from Dollar Tree and colored. Second card: purple die cut from a swap, yellow flower from Hobby Lobby, purple 'dream' from Michaels. Third card: yellow die cut from a swap, purple flower from Dollar Tree.
The purple seam binding is from skybluepink.com, the yellow lace is from a garage sale. I also added some purple with polka dots fabric tape to the side.
I really like how this turned out.
Here's what my partner sent me:
I love it! I love how she used die cuts a lot. She told me her favorite was the monster and the window. I like the monster a lot too.
 Here's the goodies:
 And in those envelopes were even more goodies:
Again, I love everything. I love it when people send me die cuts and punched images. I'm not sure I've done much more than hoard them at this point, but I still love getting them.
I had fun with this swap, as I said above, it took me a bit out of my comfort zone, but I enjoyed that. I should definitely do more swaps that take me out of my comfort zone.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Flower swap

On one of my facebook groups, Paper Crafting Friends, I signed up to do a Spring ATCs swap as well as a Flower themed 3x5 index card swap, I got the same partner for both of them. Here's what I made her:
 For the ATCs, we just had to create Spring ones. I couldn't figure out spring really meant to me. I wanted to make them just spring themed, even though most anything could mean spring.
First card: I used some Target packaging for the background, added the 'you are amazing' piece (from a swap) and the rose stamp that I paper pieced.
Second card: this background is from a thank you card someone sent me. I added some bug stickers (from a swap) and spelled out the word 'spring' with stickers (from Walmart).
Third card: The background was left over from making pocket letters (from Hobby Lobby). I added some turtle washi (from a swap), a kite sticker (from Dollar Tree), bee stickers (from my stash), some butterfly stickers (from my stash) and the word 'amazing' (from JoAnn's).
Here are the index cards:
 I don't actually have any index cards, so I just cut some from cardstock and put some pretty paper on the front of them. We had to have at least three flowers on each card, I probably covered that with the papers I used, but I felt that was sorta cheating.
First card: background is from a card (from a swap), I layered some flowers up on it. The pink flower on the left is from a swap, I added a flower sticker on top of it (Dollar Tree). Next is another pink flower (from a swap), with a jewel flower on top (from a swap). Third is another pink flower (from a swap) with another flower sticker (Dollar Tree).
Second card: background is a scrap, I also added a strip of flower washi on the bottom (Dollar Tree). I cut up a journaling card (Hobby Lobby) because I liked the sentiment. I added a pink flower on the top (Dollar Tree), a purple flower on the left (Hobby Lobby) and a pink flower on the right (Hobby Lobby)
Third card: background is a scrap. I added some lacey stickers that I paper pieced on the backs of them (Dollar Tree, paper from JoAnn's) and also some paper flowers at the top and bottom (from a swap).
I hope my partner likes them. I had a fun time making them.
I thought I'd include a few goodies and package it all up kinda cute:
I just took some packaging from stickers, cut the top off, covered it with paper, punched some holes in it (that was tough, it was through two layers of cardstock), threaded some rick rack through it and put a button on top. I included some flowery stickers and some lollipops.
Here's what my partner sent me, the ATCs:
 I'm not good at coloring, but I love when people send me stuff they've colored.
The index cards:
 I also love how she used quotes.
The goodies:
I am loving those punches, stickers and project life cards.

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: