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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

January 2017 birthdays!

Inside of a card that I hand created when I was making paste paper.
I needed to wipe off my brush and this was the result. I liked it!

Birthday card for cousin, Jay.  I remember when he was just a baby.
NOW, he's 31.  How can that be?

Our friend LOVES Trish Trash and sometimes gets lonely in Alaska.
I thought I would surprise him this hand made card (background)

A homemade birthday card for my friend, Monica!

Fun card created for my "namesake". This is the front of the card and envelope

This is the back of the card!!! It was cut from an old Calendar Page!  
I love to reuse and recycle!

I had fun making my return address FLOURISH! 

Monday, January 23, 2017

More 2016 Catching up!

Inside the CCS Card Exchange Card (Yama got it!!)

Outside CCS Card exchange card
Paste paper and gold webbing spray

Homemade card and envelope to Karon

Christmas card with Zazzle Stamp...(I hope it got there!)

My buddy, Sandy, sent me directions on how to make
this little Santa card so I had to try it out and sent to my niece and Great nephew.

Some of the Christmas Card envelopes that were mailed

Hand made paper and card, graphite pencil on envelope... delivered to recipient. Too fragile to send through the mail

Same as above (Gabi)
Birthday in December 27th

Birthday in December 25th

Birthday in December 26th

Monday, January 9, 2017

Catching up! Favorite 2016 envelopes!

"Envelope Book" for outgoing President!

This was the book closed.... it was about 8.5 X 9.5 inches
It housed all the well wishes inside via the black photo corners,
you see.  We had all members use a specific size and collected them
all beforehand to secure in the book to be presented to the outgoing President
or our calligraphy guild.  The cover was made with her favorite colors: Black
and Red.  It was a handmade paste paper I had made and then sprayed gold
webbing over the top.

This was the book fully open.  There was space on the front and
on the back to house about 40 or so cards with a pocket in the back
for more cards that came after the deadline.

The back of the book.

Some of the cards with the black photo corners mentioned from above.

I created this for her and it was just inside the front cover.

Ooooops! Make sure you protect them!

Yeah, returned to me!  This ink was not used on the outside ever again after
these two envelopes.  I sprayed fixative on them, but apparently not enough!
While I sometimes get envelopes returned to me, this time the
recipient, Holly, received it and sent me a picture!  Luckily I used
waterproof ink for the address. I guess it got wet and the stamps even came off.
I'm glad they didn't send it back to ME!

Sometimes, I use stamps that I bought from Zazzle.com. 
Usually, they get to the final destination but sometimes, they get returned to me.
I asked the attendant at the local post office and she said that the USPS stamps
have some of magnetic quality in theirs and other suppliers, such as Zazzle, may not
so they get returned to sender for postage.  Hmmmmm... interesting. I've just put
another, smaller denomination stamp for the post office on the envelope along with the
Zazzle ones, for now, and I haven't received any of them back lately!