Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator
I hope to share some of my favorite things here with you as well as to feed my creative outlet! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mini Album love!

   Hello!  Happy Friday to you!  I have a project to share with you that I have been working on off and on for the last couple of weeks!  It still isn't finished, but I thought I would the share the finished  so far part with you! :)  I absolutely love mini albums!  The mini-er the better! LOL  I designed this one to hold 4 x 6 photos though, so it isn't too mini!

I made the covers from cereal boxes!  Since I am still away from home and away from my stash of craft supplies I had to be extra creative!  Talk about a challenge! LOL I cut and layered two pieces each for each cover and then covered them with this pretty paper.

Here is a close up of the front!  Lots going on here, but I thought it was a sort of fun controlled chaos!

I used the "stack the deck" binding design by Laura Denison to attach the pages.

It will hold 8 pages front and back when I am done and every page does something a little different so far.  Here is an example of one of the pages. It has a pocket with a pull out tag and another tag pulls out of the end.  Lots of room to add pictures!

Another page example.  This tag pulls out making room for up to 3 pictures and the right hand side has a waterfall design with flaps that lift up creating space for up to 9 pictures! See below!

See!  They flip right up!

Here is the back of the album.  I still have to make a few more pages for it before I can add pictures, but I'm pretty tickled with how it is turning out so far!

I am sorry about the lightning in the pics.  It is very rainy and gray here today, but I really wanted to share this with you.

Ok, I am off to get some stuff done!  I hope that you have a wonderful Friday!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hooooooo-lo to you!

Hiya!  Yeah, yeah, cheesy pun I know, but I just couldn't resist!  Today's pocket letter is all about the owl!!  I just love owls and when one of my new pals asked for an owl themed letter I jumped at the chance to put one together!  Here is what I made:

This little guy was so much fun to assemble!!

Close up of one of the pockets. I made and added a little paperclip to the front.  She can pop this off and use it for her planner!

Another close up!  I thought this sleeping  beauty was too cute for words!!  Fun, happy colors too!

I sealed this one at the top after adding some glitter hearts so it is like a shaker card!  The hearts bounce around all over the place in there! 

This is a detachable tag that she can use elsewhere or leave attached!  It dangles from the top corner for a little added fun! :)  I also made some owl themed embellishments to tuck in the back!  Such a cool way to use up scraps!!   

I am really enjoying this project and am going to have to invest in a second binder soon to hold all of the fun letters I am getting in return!  Who knew baseball card sleeves could be so much fun!

Ok, I have a full day ahead, but wanted to stop by and visit with you!  I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Please plan to attend...

Hello there!  Hold on to your hat, but today's post is not about pocket letters! LOL  Thought I would share a different project with you today! My sweet cousin (well  technically she is hubby's cousin's bride-to-be, but that totally makes her my sweet cousin! {{Big grin!}}) asked me to make her wedding invitations for her.  She has started sending them out so I  thought it would be ok to share these now! She wanted a grey and yellow color scheme, so this is what I came up with:

Here they are all assembled!

She wanted to keep them simple, so that's what I did!  Some fun trivia...I stamped that little swirl over 2000 times.  I punched out 900 flower and used 465 pearls to make these!  They were a total labor of love and I hope the happy couple loved them as much as I loved making them for them!

I will be back soonest with more to share!  :)  Have a great day! 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Victorian Pocket Letter love!

Hey there!  I finished up another pocket letter yesterday and thought I would share it with you!  This one started out as a floral theme because my new pal like flowers, but quickly morphed into the Victorian Era!  I cannot help it!  I am hooked!!  Hope she likes it!  I had a great time assembling it for her!

I made a fun detachable tag for my pal.  Her initial is on the flip side.  Thought she could use it as a book mark or planner accessory.   I tucked oodles of fun little goodies into the back of each pocket.  

I am really enjoying this project!  So much fun to meet new people and exchange crafty ideas!  I love seeing all of the fun ideas that people are coming up with too!

My gma is well!  She got up extra early today, so our routine is a bit wonky!  Sun is shining though and there is no snow in the forecast so all is good! 

Hope all is well with you! I will be back soonest with more to share!  Have a wonderful day! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Vintage makes my heart thump!

Hello!  I have a few more pocket letters to show you today!   These have a Vintage/Victorian feel to them.  I think these are my favorite ones to create!  They just look so  finished and pretty once you tuck them into their little plastic homes!

This one has a ton of fun little details!  

The fork, knife, spoon set of tags comes out to reveal a sparkly heart and the date created.  I try to date each letter.

This little banner dangles from the top corner!  It has pictures on both sides so when the string twists around there is still something cute to look at! LOL

This one is really more Victorian than Vintage I think!  I just love, love, love that era!  It was a time of such style and class!   Top hats and bustled dresses!  What's not to love?!

I'm on the lookout for fun, little, flat things to add to my letters and found a pattern to make these adorable little Origami dresses.  Now anyone that knows me,  knows I do not play well with Origami.  In fact, it makes me cuss like a sailor.  These weren't too bad though! LOL :)

Ok, I am off to tackle the day!  Enjoy your Monday!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pocket letters galore!

Morning!  Happy Spring!  Or so we thought!  We woke up yesterday to 7" of snow!  Crazy weather!!  I am so ready to trade in my snow shovel for a pair (or two!) of flip flops!!  Coooooome on Spring! :)

OK, I think I have finally managed to get a handle on my pocket letter pal swap list!  I am almost caught up! Phew!!  Want to see a few more that I worked on this weekend?!  These haven't made it to my pals yet, so shhhh!  Don't tell them what they look like! :)

One of my pals requested a fox theme with this color combo!  This is such a great way to use up all of those little scraps I never throw away!  One day a scrap and the next a beautiful little banner embellishment or corner embellishment!  You gotta love that! :)

One of the little pockets enlarged to show detail.

Another one!

One last fox pocket!

My next pal asked that I just surprise her so I went with a Spring theme since I am jonesin' so hard for it! LOL  This one got a little spring banner that dangles down from the top left hand corner.  Also, see the "spring action" in the two bottom right hand corners...

...they lift to show these little cuties!  The flap part is on the outside!

These are a few of the little goodies that I made to tuck into the back.  I try to match the goodies or accessories to the pocket theme. 

Another few little spring themed goodies!  Tags fit perfectly into the little plastic sleeves!

I hope to get another letter finished today and in the mail tomorrow!  Have I mentioned how much fun this is?! 

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pocket pal letters everywhere!

   Hellooooo!  I hope you are doing well today!  I cannot believe how quickly these pocket pal letters have taken off!  They are everywhere!  They are popping up all over Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest!  LOL  Guess I am not the only one to have been bitten by the Pocket Letter bug!  I do have more of my letters to share with you today!

This one has an Aladdin theme!  My all time favorite Disney movie!!

Let's hear it f or Spring!

Gray and yellow for a pen pal friend!

Minions!!! I grinned to whole time I worked on this one!

One of my other favorites!  This color combo worked so well together! 

My day is a full one today, but I wanted to stop in and say hello!  Hello!  Enjoy the day!  Be creative!  It's good for the soul!  

Much love!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pocket letters continue!

    Hi there!  Are you intrigued yet?!  Ready to dig out your supplies and create a pocket pal letter?  Have I mentioned that they are tons of fun?  It has been such good therapy for me since I have been here care taking for my gma.  (Who is doing well!  Thank you to the folks that have asked!  You guys are the best!)

   I have tried to be really disciplined about arranging swaps because my time is limited and my life is kind of up in the air right now!  I was arranging no more than one or two at a time, but one day last week my inbox blew up and I had 7 requests to exchange letters! LOL  I said yes happily though because I am sincerely enjoying this process so much!  So, I am working through my list right now! When you arrange to swap you decide whether you want it to be a one time swap or more of a pen pal arrangement.  For the most part I am only doing one time swaps, but I have worked out a  couple of ongoing swaps.  Those will eventually become a little more elaborate with a variety of different goodies.  One of the reasons I like this so much is that in addition to making the letters you can also create the little goodies you include!  I will share some of those in another post.

   Ok, on to more pocket letters:

Enjoying playing with the Vintage theme!

A new pal requested red and gold.  Funny story...I had NO gold in my stash so I unwrapped several Hershey candies and used the gold foil wrappers to create this page!  Pretty and smells like chocolate goodness!  *giggles!*

Made this one for a super sweet new pal! She sent me her very first pocket letter (and it was gorgeous!!) plus a second surprise Easter themed bonus letter!  

Vintage,  vintage, vintage! :)

I am going to include a link here to the Pocket Letter Network in case you would like to play along or if you would like to exchange a letter with me just leave me a comment!

Hope that you have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Even more pocket letters...!

   Hellooooo! :)  You guessed it!  I have more pocket letters to share with you today!  I hope I am not boring you to tears with these!  LOL  I am just hopelessly hooked on making them!  There is just something so nice about creating a little something for someone and sharing a piece of your creativity with them!  Ok, on to another batch:

This is one of my all time favorite color combos ever!  Pink, brown, cream and green!  I wanted it to have a bit of a Vintage feel to it so I sponged everything and did a bit of stamping on it.  There are lots of little details on each little rectangle.

Another one using the same color combo!  I do a lot of faux stitching.  It is a fun little details that add so much!

This one was so fun to make!  I wound up making two of these and exchanging both with other Firefly fans!  I am a huge fan of the show and am so excited to get these letters in return to add to my pocket book!  

Ok, truth be told....this one has been my absolute favorite to make so far!  I had the best time with this one!!  I wound up having oodles of requests for one and settled on making 5!  I am even considering making one of these to keep for myself!!  You just cannot go wrong with a happy herd of cows! :)

Ok, I better get to my day!  I hope you are well and happy!  I  will be back tomorrow with more  to share with you! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More pocket letter fun!

   Hi there!  I wanted to stop by and say hello and share some more pocket letter goodness with you!  I am having the best time making, sending and receiving these little guys!  I have met a lot of really nice people so far and am excited about exchanging oodles of pocket letters!  

   I also wanted to share the binder that I made to house all of my incoming pocket letters.  It is called a "Pocket Book!".  How cute is that?!  Here it is:

I started with a pink notebook that I had just lying around waiting to be used!  I cut out the giant image (which I recently learned is called a Penny Farthing! Cool, huh?!) using my Silhouette (a post for another day!).  I added it to a sheet of Very Vanilla card stock, added some half cut circles and a strip of brown (to match the image!) and slid it into the protective plastic front.  The binder clip was made for me by one of my long time wonderful Stampin Up! friends (Hiya Jackie!!!).  

Ok, on to some pocket letters:

When I arrange a swap with a new pal we always discuss theme and or color.  This color combo was requested by a new pal. 

Similar colors on this one too!  I have discovered that I love the typewriter image and have used it on lots of my letters far.  That is usually the pocket I tuck my letter into on the back side!

This color combo has been one of my favorites so far.  

These take me a full day to make!  I literally lay out my little canvases first thing in the morning and just add to them throughout the day as time permits!  I move things and tweak things and finally adhere everything in place once I am happy with it.  

In case you were wondering...!   Once you complete a page and fill it with goodies you fold it into thirds and then again and it tucks right into a #10 sized business envelope!  Fun stuff I tell you! LOL

If you decide you would like to participate in swaps or exchange a letter with me just leave me a comment and I will get you connected to the group! :)

Have a wonderful day!  I will be back soon with more to share!  


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