I made this card for my grandmother, just a note to say hello. My grandmother lives an hour drive away, so I don’t get to see her very often. I really love to send her mail every now and then. She sent me a lovely postcard back, with cats on them!
I loved making this card, so I decided to do a how-to video. It was terrible getting it uploaded, so I hope you’ll enjoy it! If you have any questions, just ask.
– Watercolor paper card stock
– Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– Inkssentials Ink Blender
– Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Script Stamp
– Prima Marketing – Divine Clear Stamp set
– Memento – Tuxedo Black Ink
– Bruynzeel Watercolor pencils
– Small brush
I was informed that Fatima will be going to fabulous London in May. She is crazy about everything UK-related, a true Anglophile. This is the first time she is going to the UK & I wanted to send her something nice. At first, I only wanted to send her a Crumpled City Map of London, but I went a little overboard.
Crumpled City Maps are awesome. These are made from Tyvek, which looks like paper but it really isn’t. It’s a waterproof, indestructable material, on which you can write, protect yourself from the rain, use as a picknick plaid and even throw in the washing machine.
But as it turned out, the postage box was still pretty empty with just the map in it. So I found some nice London-themed goodies to go along. Because, who would go to London without an UK kit? Exactly, noone in their right mind.
I bought a Moleskine and stamped it with a London stamp. Also some handmade Jane Austen soap from PenandCandle. Some UK postcards from Zazzle, half a paper pad, luggage tags & a set of bookmarks from the All Aboard collection from Papermania. A set of 4 sheets of UK themed postal stickers from Sellzang. Some die cuts from the Chronology collection , a facemask & a teabag. On the last minute I made a bracelet with a cute brass key, put it in an apothecary bottle, adorned it with a 7Gypsies bottle label and distressed it with Distress Ink (Ranger).
I had some kraftpaper laying around, so I decorated it with London themed stamps (a crown, a Victorian chair) from the Printery stamp set (Prima Marketing, Inc). To my surprise, everything fit into the box. And it is still small enough to fit through a mailslot!
I painted the box black, cut out an opening flap and stuck 4 photocorners by Tim Holtz on the inside. I slid a Pride & Prejudice postcard (Zazzle) in to cover the backside of the brads I used on the top of the box.
As I said, I used a lot of Graphic45 stickers on the front, as well as some Bo Bunny brads (Camp a Lot), a brass key and gears from the Chronology collection (Papermania), a wooden pocket watch (which I’ve painted black, also from Prima Marketing), some stickers from the Idea-ology Lost & Found collection (Salvage Stickers) & a sticker of Jetta Goudal I found in a magazine.
Next, the box needed to be secure for posting. So I wrapped it in brown kraft paper, stamped it up and used some rubb-ons from 7Gypsies.
I hope the box will arive safely. I wanted to wait a little longer before shipping this project, because May is still a month away. But Fatima started talking about buying a map of London & I tried to talk her out of it (because I had my Crumpled City Map for her). Must have been weird for her. All excited telling me about buying a map to highlight the must-see spots & here I am saying she should wait..
‘T was my grandma’s 91st birthday yesterday, so I decided to give a pair of my handmade earrings. She was very surprised, but: she doesn’t have her ears pierced. So, I promised her to make her a necklace & sent it to her per mail (she doesn’t live so closeby, so mail it was).
I sent her a nice card & the necklace. Because I can never sent mail without decorating the envelope, I decided to make it seem like it had traveled the world.
Distressed the envelope with Distress Ink (tea dye), put stamps on it from India, New York, Cuba, Poland and ofcourse Holland. I stamped it with postal stamps, wrote the address on it in Hindi, Arabic & Chinese and put on some fingerprints. I sealed it with a wax seal on the back.
Now here’s hoping it will reach her safely…
I was invited by Rossi to do a private swap on Swap-Bot. Rossi seemed very nice, she wanted to help my rating get up, because I had none!
So, I went first. I sent her a big envelope with a bracelet, vegan sandwich recipes, a notebook with a swallow on it, a little bag with buttons, an old postcard, some stamps and a very old playing game card. Rossi has let me know that she was very happy with the package!
I contacted Lillian via Interpals. She seems very nice & loves vintage stuff. Perfect! We decided to snailmail, so I made her a sweet package.
There’s a postcard included that says “Thank You”, an old newspaper sticker, a sheet with old stickers, a big playing game card, a small (really old) game playing card, 2 Alice in Wonderland stamps, a note and some old used stamps.