May 10, 2015

May Your Cup Always Be Half Full!

Just as promised, I am sooo happy to share another pocket letter today!  This gorgeous coffee themed PL was created for me by my new pocket letter pal and ATC trader Phyllis, also known as artchick501 at ATCs for

Look at this beautiful work of ART!   I have been staring in amazement of all her wonderful detail.   She has hand crocheted around several of the items which give it the warm and cozy feel that coffee deserves.   There are terrific quotes, pretty embellishments, chipboard words, humor and so much more!

 The flipside makes me giddy! . . .

Isn't it simply AWESOME?!  
 I *love* it and will treasure it as the very first pocket letter I've received.

Phyllis and I are thinking our next pocket letter trade will be a sewing theme.
Stay tuned!

Be Happy!   Be Creative! 

May 09, 2015

For the love of Pocket Letters!

Surprise! Surprise!
Yes, I'm back for the first time in over a year, 
surprised my blogger account was still active
and that I remembered the password to log on.  :)   

So, where have I been?   Just busy with life like all the rest of you and going in different directions.  My exciting news is that I'm a grandma for the second time!   Our first beautiful granddaughter,  Emery, is almost 4 and our precious new grandson, Rory, is already 5 mo old and growing like a weed!  Since we're in Nebraska and they live in Nevada, we don't get to see them nearly as often as we would like!   

I  still thoroughly enjoy spending free time in my craft room, but I haven't been participating in challenges or making as many greeting cards.   My Etsy Shop is basically on hold for now while I simply have FUN creating what I feel.

For the past year or so, I've been creating and trading Artist Trading Cards.  There are countless Facebook groups and websites that specialize in these little miniature works of art.    Just in case, there is someone out there that doesn't know what they are, here is the definition from Wikipedia:  
"Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 212 by 31inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets."

One of my favorite Artist Trading Card sites is ATCs For All and it is through one of my trading friends there that I learned about Pocket Letters™.    She asked if I had heard of them and would like to trade with her.   Of course, I had to Google and Pinterest pocket letters and learned that it is a very new and popular trend started by Janette Lane, an artist and blogger from California.  

On her blog, Janet states that she created Pocket Letters™ as a new way to send letters to our new or existing penpals.  Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 pocket trading card protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you.    If you want to know more, there are photos and informational videos on her blog.   She also hosts a Facebook group -  Pocket Letter Pals where you can find loads of inspiration and new friends to trade with.

So, enough reading about it all, let's get to the photos!   Here is my very first pocket letter created and sent to my creative friend Phyllis.   We didn't set a theme, but knowing she loves ART and being creative, I went with that.  .  .

This is the front side of my pocket letter.

My pocket letter included coordinating designer papers by Basic Grey, stitching, stamping, ephemera, digital images, tags, envelopes and a variety of embellishments.

I also decorated the backside of my pocket letter and added more goodies.

And, then of course, you want to wrap it up all nice and purdy too!   I created a personalized tag and used kraft cardstock, washi tape, paper lace doilie and baker's twine.   Truth be told, you are supposed to be able to fit these into a standard #10 business envelope.   I chose to use a small 6 x 9 padded envelope instead to protect all the goodies.

Now, if you're interested in pocket letters
 and want to see the amazing coffee themed pocket letter
that Phyllis sent to me, come on back tomorrow!  

Be Happy & Be Creative!

April 05, 2014

{CTD286} Be Strong...Go With Your Heart...

...and Believe in MIRACLES...because anything can happen!

Here I am playing along with the Color Throwdown Challenge again this weekend because I *love* this combination of Springtime colors!   If you haven't already, you really must hop on over to the CTD blog and look at all the fabulous creations by the design team and those participating!  They are all equally impressive!

The base cardstock is Daffodil Delight layered with some random designer paper from my scrap drawer.  I've added Old Olive grosgrain ribbon and what I'm calling a "Pool Party" button that coordinates with the dp background.  :)   This is another of my bargain Stampabilities clear stamps.  For the bargain $1.99 price, it sure gives a nice distinct stamp impression... and I love the saying too!

Thanks so much for blogging by!   Enjoy your weekend!

March 30, 2014

{CTD285} Some People Strengthen Others...

...just by being the kind of person they are! 

Isn't this a terrific sentiment?   Better yet, it was 50% off at Hobby Lobby and the original price was only $1.99!  What a deal!  

Today, I'm playing along with these beautiful *springtime* colors chosen for the Color Throwdown Challenge #285.   My base cardstock is Pear Pizzazz and I used Blushing Bride for the embossed banner under the sentiment, which is stamped and framed with Early Espresso.  The polka dot strip across the top is what I'm calling Sahara Sand.  ;)  

The BIG jumbo button is from a Tim Holtz idea-ology set I found for a bargain price on one of my favorite Facebook groups - Purge to Splurge Scrapbook Surplus.  You may want to check it out...some great buys and you can sell too if you want! 

The polka dot and the floral designer papers were taken from one of my new 6 x 6 mat pads by American Crafts - Dear Lizzy Neapolitan.

I'm sure you want to see the inside too. . .  left blank for a personal message, but decorated to coordinate with the front.

Is it feeling like SPRING where you are?  It's a lovely day here in Nebraska and I really should be outside cleaning up the yard after a loooooooong winter with unusually wild winds that have blown almost every corn husk from miles around into our yard and piled them up around the bushes and trees.  I know many of you have had record snowfalls and continue to see snow so I'm not complaining!   

Happy SPRINGTIME & Smiles to you!  

March 16, 2014

{ CTS #68 } Thanks a Ton!

There are so many *wonderful* sketch challenges and CAS(E) this Sketch is one of my favorites because it is what the name implies - "Clean and Simple"!  

Today's card was created using the cute little {BIG} elephant from Unity Stamp's IttyBitty *Love You Tons. You know, I'm a big fan of Unity's red rubber stamps mounted on cling foam.  They stay attached to the clear blocks and you get a very nice stamped image as well.

This is a terrific way to use us your designer paper scraps!

I made several of these for a friend to send as "thank you's" 
so I kept the inside very clean and simple too!  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   
Please don't leave without a *smile* on your face.  :)