Post-a-Parcel: Valentine's Swap

I've been participating in mail swaps for about a year now and am hooked! Recently I took part in a swap hosted by Nia Neve. Swaps are such a beautiful way to meet people by having the opportunity to send the loveliest packages bursting with creativity and care. My swap partner went above and beyond! So much thanks to you, Alyssa!

The sweetest fabric push pins

Handmade heart garland, which i already have hung up!

My favorite are these paper clips! She sent me a whole box full!

All over these chocolate kisses right now. My cavities are going to ache, but so worth it!

A variety of stickers were also sent, and these colorful ones were my favorite!

It's all in the details…and Alyssa did not disappoint! I mean, whoa. She used a wax seal with my initial!!!

And then there were these sweet earrings, that she also made. Heart studs perfect for Valentine's Day!


Made With Love

One look at my craft room and you'd think a robber had just rummaged through every drawer and box...but nope, it's just a normal sign that I was in there. I'm a VERY messy maker….but I usually emerge from the mess with some pretty things! Take these greeting cards I've been making for example, all made with love and a heap of mess to clean. I love mixing and matching paper to make bright and beautiful cards that are a small piece of art. I think they would all look awesome framed and hung to admire!…

The cards are made with a heavy watercolor paper and each detail is hand drawn then cut by me! Some of the cards have watercolor elements to them. I'm starting to love using mixed media! Thanks for taking a look! These will be sold at a local shop which my husband's family owns, The Karat Patch!

This card might be my all time favorite. Inspired by the ever famous, Geronimo Balloons, I used watercolors, a variety of papers including: watercolor, glittered, and Lokta paper.


Washi Tape: Three Ways!

I love a good craft product, and washi tape is where its at. This stuff is genius and addicting. I'm gearing up to send out Valentines and have started making various items to add to the Valentine packages to make them more special! Here's the three ways I've used washi tape to add a lot of color and fun!

Up first,  an assortment of shapes cut from an empty 12 pack of ginger ale covered in washi tape. The cardboard from those 12 packs is awesome and sturdy. Some were more tedious than others. I'm not sure what I'm going to use these for yet but I was thinking they would be so cool made into a garland! They would even look awesome placed into a cool collage like pattern then framed and hung.

Second project! I simply used a piece of  Baker's Twine and cut off strips of washi tape and wrapped the tape around cutting the edges into a v-shape. My idea for these was to wrap them around a greeting card for a little something extra.

Last on the list are these initial tags! Again, I used an empty 12 pack box….except this one was beer. :) I then traced a business card, used a stamp, embossing powder and a heat tool to emboss the initial on them and finished off the bottom with strips of washi tape. 


Hand Lettered Birthday Sign

I had another opportunity to design and create a hand lettered "chalkboard" sign for a baby girl's first birthday! This may be my favorite one by far!


And a Happy New Year- Letter Exchange Project

My most recent mail exchange was hosted by Rin Dawson of the awesome blog, Papered Thoughts. Our task was to create a little New Years Kit that would fit in an envelope. I made a 2014 headband, two tissue paper party wands, glassine packets of gold confetti, party picks, a gold mask, a NYE Playlist, and noise makers! I hope the kit made its journey safely to Germany!