I was just fiddling around the other day and making some random note cards. I came up with these. I loved this blue textured card stock and thought I would go with a bird theme with it. I did the basic images and put it all together. Then when I was sleeping, I came up with the sentiment. I thought it was a cute play on words, especially as so many people are tweeting and using social media and the art of the written word and snail mail is diminishing.
I used some Distress ink to give the beige paper a bit more of an aged, vintage look. The cards are about 3"x6", so long and narrow.
I made envelopes to fit from scratch and added complimentary images to them also.
We have done tea, coffee, fill a mug swaps... I don't remember if we did a Cocktails/drinks swap...
Obviously, we cannot send booze through the mail, but I was thinking it could be fun to do a drinks-themed swap, open to adults only...
Some crafty items I am thinking of are (and obviously noted limited to):
recipe books coasters drinks related artwork vintage snark snacks that go well with drinks (spiced nuts, crackers, whatnot) decorated flasks decorated glasses wine charms cocktail picks that awesome cocktails hat a martini hoopla...
... whatever your boozy little heart desires, your rum soaked brain can think of, your bleary hungover eyes can see to make...
I will randomly pick two comments and ship a pendent with a wire necklace out to the two recipients. This will open until midnight EST March 13, 2015.
I will be giving away 1 of each type of pendent (a scrabble and a domino pendent). If you would like to win one, please leave a constructive comment on the link to my blog, and feel free to indicate which pendent you want.
Constructive criticism is always welcome.
... and who knows... I tend to over craft or craft just for heck of it, so you may even get an extra so and so in the package too!
I received yesterday from my partner, Camezzo yesterday. Thank you very much Camezzo for being my partner in this swap and I hope you and your family are feeling better now.
Here is a general picture of what she sent me - several crafted items as well as several teas to try. The chocolate chai sounds like something nice and warming to have after we take the dogs out for a hike today.
This is a coffee coconut scrub and a crocheted wash cloth - I can't wait to try the scrub - my hands get so dry after working a couple of days - the alcohol rinses make them start to peel and flake, no matter how much lotion I use.
DH is going to love these - he is always complaining about not having anything to write notes on, for phone messages, and these are little mini note boards off my pinterest. I really like the little mini clothespins too - I like anything mini and cute!
... and this is my mug rug - I love the contrast of the blues and the cream.
No mug as we agreed to not swap mugs
Thank you Camezzo - and thank you brandyk for organizing!
I made a couple of these for the recent Fill a Mug swap for my partner and I couldn't help but make more because they were fun and addictive to make.
They are made from mini dominoes and scrabble tiles. They are painted with pearlescent paint, and die cuts from a set from Simon Says Stamp that I collaged onto the game pieces, and finished off with a layer of resin.
I'm glad everything arrived safely, and I hope you do like your package. Hopefully that tea I sent will comfort you during the cold and if you are still under the weather.
Thanks Ladybugs for the compliment too!
I can't take credit for the origami fish card - that was kbrison's handiwork from the notecard swap last summer.
I had a lot of fun making all the pieces for this swap - I was really happy how that mug rug turned out, and the swirly blue fabric. I don't remember where that fabric came from, and I wish I knew, because I want more of it! But I especially loved making the pendents - I used some new dies I got in the new year from Simon Says Stamp, and was so happy how they turned out because I was just playing around. I loved them so much I actually ended up making a few more and am giving away a couple on my blog too (I can only use so many myself afterall!)
This is a couple of different pics of the two I sent camezzo. I used pearlescent paint, so they have a neat shimmer to them that is emphasized by the resin
I sent the one on the right - something funky funky happened to the one on the left and I ended up not being happy with it.
I can't believe the swap is almost over! I received both my boxes and now there appear to only be three boxes to be received still. I have updated on the front page, and will update feedback again this weekend.
But on to what I received. First, this is from quaggy... she did a great winter scene with a sweet red bird on a bare tree - funnily enough, I just filled my birdfeeders when I got this, and I think my cardinal was out by them swearing at me for not doing it sooner, when I opened this (he is a saucy bugger)...
I love birds in the winter...
This wraps around the back and there is a hint of glitter in the snow, and of shadow, and I love the appearance of snow flurries.
Here are the goodies - great bits of wintry ephemera - love the teeny weeny snowflakes!
This is my package from Smmarrt... you really went over and above!!!
There are several little small journals on the left hand side, and I am going to pop them into my purses to do a bit of doodling/journaling on my commutes - I especially love the idea of making one from coffee cup sleeves - awesome reuse!!!!
The matchbox also went with the bird theme - a great owl piece with real feathers and great texture.
Thank you both for sending me these thoughtful, beautiful pieces!
It makes me sad to see that there are only a few more left to be seen... but I hope everyone had fun making their tiny artwork!
I am always curious what goodies other fellow craftsters get, whether it is other home made goodies or treats, or items that enable their crafting... so what did you all get?
.... also, what did you all give as crafty gifts?
I did not get a lot of enabling gifts this year, but did get two fabulous ones. SIL gave me a very generous GC to Michaels, and my coworker gave me a fabulous package for our Secret Santa, which had a stamp carving kit, inks, a journal, artisan paper, and gorgeous wood carved stamps.
For giving, we made wood burned wood sliced ornaments for our annual ornament. I made sets of hanging towels for some people. I decorated tins for treats for some of the nephews and nieces, and we made a frame for an embroidered piece Ludi made for SIL. Also I made paper poinsettias for MIL. No food gifts though... oh yes, and I made the Big Box of Masculine Beauty for my friend, and Christmas crackers for our party.
it was a tiring, but fun Christmas, and I wish everyone a healthy, productive, crafty new year!
OK - I first off must apologize, the pics are kind of crappy, but it can get a bit hectic around here with Christmas, since we are off in a few minutes to give the neighbours their gifts, and head off to the in laws for gift exchange and dinner there.
I received from gaudiknight, and she sent a lovely package... I think we will have some of the cocoa tonight when we get home, to wind down before going to bed...
Here is the entire package - a lovely entrelac scarf (love the purple tones - and I don't think I have a scarf with those colours, so that is perfect), a lovely pouch, which I will use for my work gear, and an adorable mini book pendent... maybe I will use that for some of my naughtier thoughts and wear them proudly
Here are a couple of close up pics - thank you so very much. We actually did not do stockings this year, so I was happy to get some stocking goodies!
I received from hazelly earlier too - I really wanted to save everything for Christmas though, since normally DH and I would do our stockings and gifts together on the Eve.
She sent an Altoid tin chock full of ephemera and mini stamps - wonderful! I can't wait to use some of these, and a great little leaf patterned tea wallet and beaded knitting/crochet stitch markers - thank you so much. I love my tea, and I am planning a project for myself that will definitely require the markers, so perfect timing!
Thank you hazelly.
I sincerely hope you both like what I sent you, and thank you both for swapping with me and sending me such lovely goodies!
Thank you also cabaute for organizing.
Happy and safe holidays to everyone; Merry Christmas
I made a bunch of these for the various nieces and nephews. They are a perfect size for holding gift cards, and some treats. They have a hanging ribbon, so they can hang on the tree until being given away.
The tins are decorated with scrapbook paper, and ink, glitter, and gel medium. The shapes are die cut chipboard, decorated with ink and paint, then covered with mod podge and glitter.
I made a pair of these tins. I punched holes on one short edge, added eyelets and a ribbon hanger.