Jewels picked the French Willow and a corresponding quote that I really like . . .
Who so loves believes the impossible.
~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
For this swap we were required to use the new postcard tags shown below from Collage Stuff. No problem there for me! I found them intriguing. I sewed a piece of my fabric paper with a flower theme to the front of the tag . . .
|one of the envelopes and contents -click for details!|
|The back, BS=Before Stamping!|
|The fronts of all 5 envelopes - not sewn together on the edges yet!|
|The edges were sewn up on my sewing machine, but first I added parts |
of a fishing net that I found last year (empty!) on the beach . . . .
I attached it with a little bit of sewing and a lot of Tacky glue!!
|The envelopes drying . . . I ended up working on the floor for this project.|
|More stamping and netting added to the backs of the envelopes . . .|
Her eyes brimmed with tears as she realized there wasn't a single piece of personal mail today!!
Isn't that an interesting theme for an ATC swap, Blue & White China? If you follow that link you can read all about it! My dear (and talented) friend Frieda Oxenham hosts one swap after the other on ATCs for ALL and I join them ALL! She always has great themes that inspire me and she runs a tight ship-meaning everything is done according to plan, on time, and nothing is overlooked! My kind of swap ; 0) I am always pleased with my returns, the chance to create . . . and I get to meet a lot of people I am not familiar with, so it is a lot of fun.
The first thing I did to prepare for this swap was to gather up my blue and white china and take photographs! Above you'll see a small collection of Burleigh Ware that I collected when I worked retail at Stonewall Kitchen in Avon, CT. On a side note, my friend Joy Hancock who is the Assistant Manager of the Avon SWK store is coming to visit Steven and I for a much needed mini-vacation May 19-23rd ~we cannot wait!!!
Burleigh Ware is described as "Hand-crafted pottery from Burleigh is made in England with pride and the same intricate attention to detail since its 1851 inception. Beautiful heritage quality pieces crafted for inheritance." There is just something about these pieces that I adore and working where they were sold I got my pieces on sale. When Frieda announced this swap I also stopped in a local Thrift shop and found the cutest blue & white tea cup for only $3.00! It seemed to match my other pieces well enough and gave me more to work with.
|Front of ATC #4|
|Back of ATC #4|
|Front of ATC #3|
|Back of ATC #3|
|Front of ATC #1|
|Back of ATC #1|
|Front of ATC #2|
|Back of ATC #2|
A few weeks ago I saw a link on someone's blog about a Postcard swap that iHanna was hosting. When I went to her site to check it out, I learned that I was visiting "the blog of a Swedish woman in love with creativity." That sure made me smile! Then I found out I had visited iHanna's blog just in time. I had only one day left to ask to be included in her postcard swap! I signed up and Hanna sent me a list of 10 people from around the world to send to. My Job? To create 10 hand made postcards and send them on their way. Off they flew this afternoon and here is how I made them!
|I took a scan of the back of a vintage postcard and combined it with|
iHanna's Post Card Swap logo in Photoshop. Then I added my message!
The postcard back was complete.
|I flipped the postcards over and stamped a BIG fish from Fred Mullet|
using a StazOn permanent ink pad.
|I tried out some new acrylic inks I bought after reading about them in |
Quilting Arts magazine - FW by Daler Rowney. I spritzed with water too!
These inks are different-more pigmented than Dye-Na-Flow, which I usually use.
|some of the colour patterns made from spritzing and sponging.|
|I added Perfect Pearls interference powders to the wet ink . . .|
|I decided to over stamp the fish with wet pigment ink and to emboss it|
with Psychedelic embossing powder - wow!
|some of the results -look at it sparkle!|
|I added a hello from Florida . . . this is a very international swap.|
I sent my postcards to Japan, Finland, Texas, New York (x2),
Australia, Utah, California, Sweden and Germany!!
|more stamping with a favorite Magenta stamp.|
|The backs got a little messsy with all my inking and sponging on the front,|
but I decided I love it!
|I added MORE rubber stamping front and back and I was done!|
Off to the post office I ran because tomorrow was the deadline to send!
|Linda created her envelope out of a manila folder -so cool!|
|back of her envelope|
|the envelope and the contents!|
I run my creative art swaps through a separate blog and anyone is welcome to join, even beginners. There is a registration fee for the swaps that runs between $10-$15. It always includes a lesson. Well really, it's a mini workshop written by me for you to help you jump into the swap! The registration fee also includes return postage for your swap pieces to anywhere in the world. Most anyone will tell you that my swaps are well worth the registration fee!!
I hope you will join us sometime soon. These swaps are a great way to learn new things and exchange art, plus make new friends! If you would like to keep up with any of my blog posts via email, you can sign up here. There are 3 email "newsletters" you can sign up for: creative lenna -all the posts I write here, delivered to you as email. creative swaps -all the posts I write on creative swaps delivered as email. The Swap participants newsletter, the last choice on the list, is different. This is simply an email announcing a new art swap with one follow up reminder and that's it! No posts.
I hope this is all helpful to you!! creatively yours, lenna