If I can make someone smile or perhaps get a smile on MY face when I open my mailbox (which not one day goes by that I don't HOPE to find something FUN popping out of my mailbox) then I think I've done my job and tried to make the world is a BETTER place by making just one person happy! Addresses are sometimes altered for protection so the overall visual of the envelope may or may not be the way it was.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Great Snail Mail!

There is nothing like one of Anita's POP UP cards!  She's the best!
Brightening my day is just what the doctor ordered when I got this in the mail.

Anita's envelope to me...
Birthday card to my sister
Congratulations card envelope to a friend
Birthday card to a friend....

Some of my Gratitude cards.... Addresses obscured to protect the senders.....

With love....

and gratitude....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Left handed renderings *(addresses altered for protection)

The names were done with a parallel pen left handed.. (I'm right handed).
She has since moved...so this is an defunct address.

They sure added a different, fun look to the whole thing.. TRY IT!

After learning how to make pots with Connie Ferguson at Legacies I in
Dallas, 2005, I fell in love with the process.  This was one of the
cards I made for a friend's birthday!

Watercolors are so fun!

This is my OLD neighbor!

Here are a bunch of envelopes for a Pointed pen exchange.... a few years ago.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Recent envies and cards

Addresses altered for protection

I received this, one day recently, out of the blue from my friend Judy Hovde.

This was on the inside... what a nice surprise!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My latest envelopes...

Copperplate Gold ink on dark envelopes really just pops off the paper!

Less is more when it comes to flourishing here....

I love the copperplate gold on black envelopes...

Walnut ink and FineTec Gold palette with Copperplate gold ink

More Copperplate Gold ink

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Great card from an old friend...

I met Heather Matthews Lee in Dallas at legacies back in 2005.
We hit it off right away... not sure who we even knew each other,
but it didn't matter... we have been friends ever since.

It was great to see her again at IAMPETH in Albuquerque this past July!
We reconnected and it was so nice!  Julie Gray, one of her best buds,
was there as well and I was happy to see her again!  Facebook is
one thing, but FACE TO FACE is another! 

Heather had a lovely necklace on and I admired it. 
She remembered and included it in her card to me.
It just floored me when I opened the card! 
The necklace says:
Love and Be Loved!!!
You know, us calligraphers, we need to see and have our letters!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Blessed Beyond Belief

Since Anita doesn't have a Facebook account, I thought I would
document this post here so perhaps she would see it and how much she means to me!
My dear friend and calligraphy comrade, Anita, penned this envelope with class and grace!

This was the card included inside the most beautiful envelope

Sandy gave me this at lunch...

Dearest Kate, with her whimsical writing blessed me with this in my mailbox this week...

Love my friends.... they're the best!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Black, Paste Paper and webbing spray

Here is a piece of black, Strathmore, Artagain paper with paste paper technique
using heavy body acrylics to get the texture

After it was completely dry, I sprayed it with Krylon
Black and Gold Webbing spray

This is the back of the card.  I really like the affects it makes
Here is a very, jewel-toned piece of paste paper... with the black paper
as the base.... see the webbing spray affect in the photo below

This is the same piece of paper as above..
I think the lighting was just a little different ..
Flash vs. No Flash
Another with just the black webbing spray,
NO Gold

This one has both gold and black

This one just has the gold webbing spray
The only thing I don't like about the spray is
that you have very little, if any control over
where the spray goes.  Sometimes, the
density of the spray is too much or too little and
it's hard to actually have " desired placement" of the stuff.

Envelopes galore....

Using Walnut ink with a parallel pen I wrote Juanda and then
added some doc martin's Bleedproof white for the accents when it was
completely dry

Here is a little closer view

I left the white lines on there to show that it is BEST if you use LINES
if you want your lettering to look good. 

This was a "left over" wedding invitation from my
sister's wedding  few years ago.  I made quite a few of
these "outside covers" with acrylics, a cuttle bug folder and
some elbow grease.  I thought that was just lovely. The
hand created marbled paper for the band adds a nice contrast.

Inside of the card... coordinating colors and the use of some
marbled paper I created for accents.

A birthday card sent to Toni... my shared birthday girl...
This was done on Tyvek paper.. which is the stuff that you
use when you send the USPS envelopes at the Post Office...
Very durable... like plastic and not the easiest to write on...
You can get some really nice, leather type affects, though just by
rubbing some ink or paint on the papera
Altered the address for protection

Trudy... THE SURVIVOR!  A card of encouragement!
Altered the address for protection

Trying out some swash letters that Holly sent me... not real happy with them...

a bookmark inserted into a card for a dear lady: Sharon M.

Sent to Houston with love... using a technique that Barbi Close taught
at the latest CCS workshop...using black in and then spritzing it with water.
Altered the address for protection

To a friend whom was sick.... altered the address for protection