Thursday, February 11, 2016

Outgoing Valentine Pocket Letters

Hello everyone, hope all of you are doing well! I've taken a bit of a break from crafting and blogging lately to catch up on several things including some much needed rest. Most of the pocket letters I'm sharing today were arranged for swaps back in December. I'm not one to renege on a promise so I created a flurry of these last month for mail out at the end of the month. There's a total of 5 with four going to US pals and one going to my new pal in the United Kingdom. In fact the one above went to Natasha and she hails from Royal Windsor in merry 'ole England. Her pl features one of my favorite paper collections - Be Mine - by Echo Park. It's been in my stash awhile and that's because I tend to use it sparingly. The papers are so pretty and I love the color scheme of pinks, grays, black, cream and white.

A closer look...
She goes by Tasha at PLP's so I spelled it out on her greeting pocket. A mixture of Verve stamps and die cuts were used on each pocket.  

The cupid (left pocket) is a punch and the row of small hearts on the far right pocket is a die border by Taylored Expressions.

I also used a Fiskar's heart punch, heart shaped gemstones and liquid pearls to dress up my pockets. So happy Natasha likes her pl and that we've agreed to swap letters again!

The next pocket letter is different in style and it went to my new US pal, Cherise, in Michigan.

I used 4 different papers on this pl-metallic hearts, diamonds, roses, and black foil. It was hard to photograph but in person you can really see the detail of the foil paper. A few years ago I picked up a box of chip and glitter elements and I used several, including the tag on the spine, on this pl.

White glitter thicker alpha's spell her name and I used two chip hearts on her greeting card. Another chip can be seen on the 3rd pocket and I added a band of pretty trim. For the middle pocket I spelled out "be" using the pretty glitter alpha's from a Twilight chipboard collection. Not a big fan of the movies / books but it included some great pieces I knew would come in use someday. 
PS, no offense to Twilight fans...just not my cup of tea. :) 

The roses on the outer pockets are chip pieces as well as the "sparkle" tag. I added pretty bling scrolls and punched two small hearts under both roses with a $1 punch from Michael's.

The double hearts were a gift from another pocket pal and the little red cupid (middle pocket) was punched from red glitter paper. More glitter thicker alpha's spell out "xo" and the final touch was to spell out "mine" with the red glitter alpha's. 

For the next letter I continued with a black, red and white theme. It went to my pal Glenda in Florida and we're regular swap partners. 

I'm fond of diamonds (as you can tell) and enjoyed using this dp to contrast with the red flocked paper. Ribbons, trim, doilies, stamping and die cuts brought this pocket letter together.

I used glitter thicker alpha's to spell her name and cut a heart doily and attached it to her greeting pocket. The middle and far right pocket both have stamped images from Graphic 45 and I added ribbon to both outer pockets.

More stamped images (click to enlarge), a chipboard piece from the collection I used on the prior pl, another heart doily and more ribbon / trim.

The pretty heart on the left is a stamped image by G45 and I stamped "valentine" by Verve Stamps on it. The middle pocket has two die cut hearts by Verve and a flair button by Prima. The other pocket has a heart doily with ribbon and "xo" glitter thicker alpha's. So happy Glenda likes her pl!

The next pocket letter continues the same color scheme and it was for a group swap at PLP's. Happy to have a new pal, Nori, in Massachusetts. We had to include fabric (which could include paper / trim / ribbon) and mixed media on our Valentine-Fabric w/Mixed Media pocket letters. 

For the fabric I used a flocked paper (red) and a canvas print. I brought the mixed media in with embossing paste, micro beads, a fun technique by Tim Holtz, liquid acrylic paints and drywall tape.

I used Tim's foil tape embossing technique on the far left heart. A band of drywall tape was added to the bottom with black lace and I spelled out her greeting with Authentique alpha's. The middle pocket is canvas print and it has text on it so I didn't want to cover that up therefore a simple bling treatment was all it needed. The far right pocket has a die cut heart which received a layer of silver embossing paste and then a coat of micro beads for more texture. I die cut Tim's lattice corner and "love" and added to my pocket. The black trim finishes it off.
Note: You can purchase drywall tape at any Lowe's / Home Depot or hardware store. 

(sorry for the glare, you can click to enlarge and hopefully see it better.)
I die cut corrugated black hearts for the outer pockets and added drywall tape for some texture. The Prima bling continues on the middle canvas pocket. I spelled out "Happy" and "Valentine" with the same alpha's by Authentique.

I did the same thing in reverse for the two other pockets as I did on the first row. The middle pocket has two die cut hearts, one from black corrugated paper and the other is from a resist paper pack by Heidi Swapp. A pretty band of black trim with gems add sparkle and I finished my Valentine greeting on the the small heart. So happy Nori likes her pl and that we're going to swap again!

My final Valentine pocket letter is for my pal Mary in Florida. We are regular swap partners and for this one I went with a clean and simple look. 

The glare made this one difficult to photograph but hopefully you can click on each image to see the pockets better. The red dp is actually a metallic paper with heart images and love the way it shimmers. 

More glitter thicker alpha's to spell her name, pretty white lace trim and a swirl bling on the left outer pocket. For the middle pocket I stamped images by Verve Stamps. The far right pocket includes a punched cupid image, pink ribbon and a heart charm by Tim Holtz.

I tucked an acrylic stamp set for her in the middle pocket and stamped sentiments by Verve Stamps on the outer pockets.

A key charm by Tim was added to the left pocket, more stamped images from Verve's Twitterpated Stamp Set and a mirror image of the greeting pocket on the far right pocket. 

This wraps my Valentine pocket letters for 2016. If you're interested in learning more about pocket letters and how to sign up to become a Pocket Letter Pal visit the founder's blog - Janette Lane. She began pl's in January of 2015 and launched the PLP's website two months later. It grew exponentially last year and it's such a fun way to meet new people around the globe. I'll be sharing all of my incoming pocket letters at the end of the month. Have I said how much fun it is to receive happy mail? It's awesome, thanks pals!!!

Wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day, wherever you are. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Outgoing Pocket Letters

Hello! I found myself up most of the night with insomnia again and decided to post my outgoing pocket letters for January. Not as many this month due to real life but nevertheless I wanted to share them before February rolls around. This pocket letter was created for my pal in India and it's our second swap. The theme was winter wonderland and I hope she likes it.

The deer cut outs are by Recollections and so are the snowflakes to his left. I layered three together for dimension. 

This time a silver deer from the same pack of cut outs and more layered snowflakes. The white snowflake stickers are by Recollections as well.

Love the pretty Prima bling on the spine and I know she'll find a good use for it. I also used clear word stickers by Mambi which you can see on the top left pocket. The camera didn't pick up the glitter effect on the paper but it sparkles like snow which I thought was neat.

Next up is a snowman themed pocket letter that went to a new pal in Idaho. I was already in the blingy sparkly mode...yes I know that might not be grammatically correct but I've been up all night, literally, and I'm going with it. 

Everything is on the outside on this pl and I used a deeper shade of blue glitter paper which also sparkles. The "Let It Snow" is a 3D dimensional sticker from Jolee's Boutique while the remaining bling-snow couple, snowflake and mini snowflakes are all by Recollections. I added silver washi tape and three bows tied with snowflake ribbon.

Last but not least is a pocket letter (first one actually) that was created from recycled Christmas cards. It went to my pal in Illinois and I'm so glad she suggested the swap. 

I fussy cut one of the poinsettias and added it to this pocket then stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn on it.

This is another single pocket and I cut this house out from a winter scene. Love the kids playing in the snow!

This guy provides a rest stop for every bird around and looks like he made friends with this sweet fawn. I placed a clear Mambi sticker that says jolly on this pocket.

For the rest of the remaining pockets I chose to do a scene from cards that were large enough to do so. I fussy cut a snowman (on right) and glued him in place and on the outer pocket I added a dimensional stamp with lanterns.

Love this little boy pulling his sled in the snow and looking up at the star. I fussy cut a greeting and placed it on the outside of the pockets.

Love the night scene on this card and decided to add gemstones to mimic stars. Finished it off with a clear sticker from Mambi. 

Those are my outgoing letters for January. I've had to curtail some of my activity over at Pocket Letter Pals but it was fun to create these and I think all three were made in the middle of the night. I seriously need to get some joke.

Have a great weekend, wherever you are and thanks for the visit today. I have so much catching up to do in the blog world but know that when I can I'll be by for a visit. Oh and please look over any grammar errors...spell check is on the fritz and I'm too tired to edit. ;) Just realized it's nearly 7 to make coffee now.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mimi's Brag Book

Hi everyone, if you were waiting for my post last Friday it obviously didn't happen and believe me you didn't want me blogging either. Not a good day. :( But enough of that, I'm back to share a brag book I made to celebrate the grandbaby we have on the way. It was inspired by Annette Green and it features the Graphic 45 Mother Goose 8x8 paper pad, coordinating embellishments and G45 kraft tag album. 

Before we get to photos of my brag book I'd like to share how our son and DIL announced the wonderful news to my hubby, daughter and me. We met them for dinner and after the waitress took our drink orders they slid this box over to our side of the table and said it was a belated Christmas present. Now last September they celebrated their 3rd anniversary and originally our son wanted to wait until they were married 5 yrs before starting a family. He's been pretty adamant about it while our DIL was ready when they married lol.  
So imagine our surprise...
when we opened this box and read the note below

When we opened the box only the note was on top so we were looking at each other and then we lifted the tissue paper to see the cutest pair of baby sneakers ever. I remember thinking my DIL had a glow about her that night when she walked in. It was a precious way to make this announcement and we'll never forget it, thanks for making it so special B & J. We love you!!! Also thanks for sending me these photos because once I learned the news I didn't have sense enough to snap a photo lol. It's a wonder I didn't scream out loud in the restaurant and embarrass everyone. ;)

So what are our names going to be? We decided on Mimi, Pop and our daughter is going to be Aunt Gigi. Neither of us wanted to use a name that our children called their grandparents. All of them, except my mom, have passed away and we just wanted to start fresh with names that haven't been used before. My daughter thought Mimi sounded French so she laughingly suggested Gigi and we all loved it. Let me tell you, this Mimi, Pop and Aunt Gigi can not wait for September to get here!

Thanks for letting me share that with you! As I mentioned my brag book was inspired by a DT project that Annette Green made for G45 and if you click the link above it will take you directly to that post. She did a video tutorial on this project and she also includes instructions for creating the accordion binding in case you're interested. 

Thought I'd share what the front cover looked like before I embellished it with ephemera, die cut stars, foam alpha's and Tim's (?) alpha's.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, The Cow jumped over the Moon, The Dish ran away with the Spoon, Mary had a little Lamb and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are all childhood nursery rhymes we remember from Mother Goose. :)

I used Annette's layout style using 2 patterned dp's and one solid color cardstock. She shared how she made her template in the video tut so you can check that out. Ephemera and cardstock pockets slip under the checkered band. I used a cardstock slide buckle and 2 floral circles plus a cardstock sticker from the collection. My book differs in that I added liquid pearls on every page...I just have a soft spot for them.

A large photo mat and more ephemera from the collection. I lucked up and found the cardstock flowers and pocket sheets at a Tuesday Morning recently. I didn't use the flowers on this book because we don't know the sex of the baby yet and I'll most likely use them to decorate an altered photo frame if it's a girl.

The little pockets are so cute and I filled this one with ephemera that I can journal on and place a small photo on the back. I used a border strip to connect the two pages from the 8x8 pad.

This is a fun little page, it has an accordion style booklet that folds out with ephemera and photo mats. Behind it is another piece of ephemera where I can record special memories.

Ephemera and 2 photo mats on each side.

A piece of ephemera for recording precious memories and you can see the cute little banners on the left. This collection has all of my favorite colors and it just makes me happy.

The next page spread has a large photo mat on the left surrounded by stamp cut outs from the 8x8 paper pad. They'll help hold the photo in place and I added a Twinkle Twinkle little star cardstock sticker.

The opposite side has a Mother Goose pocket which is holding 3 pieces of double sided ephemera for journaling and photos.

The Humpty Dumpty images are so cute and I love the background paper as well. This is another adorable pocket and I placed it on top of a mini polka dot dp and added a cardstock sticker to the upper left.

I liked Annette's idea to create a tri-fold booklet and a Basic Grey magnet helps keep it closed. I added  Humpty Dumpty and photo corner cardstock stickers, fussy cut a border from the paper collection and popped a cardstock flower on top of the magnet to hide it. 

When you open it you can see a postage stamp cardstock sticker and another flower cardstock piece hiding the other magnet. I cut several postage stamps from the 8x8 pad to use throughout this book.

Three photo mats with the outer ones having a checkered border which I pieced by cutting strips from a dp in the 8x8 paper pad.

The back cover features a Mother Goose cardstock sticker with a border. The row of flowers on the edge of the spine is also from the cardstock sticker sheet.

This was such a fun project! Like Annette, I use a gingham ribbon from May Arts to keep it closed and I simply can't wait to fill it with pictures. It'll be a while though so in the meantime I am also going to make a few things for my DIL. They've certainly made a lot of folks happy and our prayers now are for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.  

Thanks for looking at my brag book! I'm going to try and schedule some posts and share some of my outgoing and incoming pocket letters that haven't made it to my blog yet. Also my apologies for being a terrible blog buddy as far as commenting goes. I'm pulled in a lot of directions these days but I promise to drop by and visit all of you very soon.

Take care,
Lisa xx

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