Thursday, January 30, 2014

One More Postcard

All the postcards in my previous post have all found wonderful new homes.  This makes me SO happy!  You are all so generously kind with your comments for my beloved postcards.  Thank you so, so much!
But, oops, I've got one more!
Smile (paper)
Do you want to find this postcard in your mail?
If you haven't been chosen to receive a postcard from me, please don't give up.  I create them as fast as I can when inspiration strikes.  New ones are always on the way.  And, if you've already received a postcard but would enjoy more, please don't hesitate to speak up.
I'll crawl into a hole and wither up if I ever run out of postcard requests....please don't let that happen!  lol
Mail Art Love to you all,

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mail Art

You know I love making postcard mail art.  But it doesn't become real "mail art" unless it actually gets sent through the mail.  I have a few postcards looking for good homes.  If you see one you like, let me know.  I'd love to turn these into "real mail art".
Bird's-eye View (paper)
No Postage Necessary (paper)
A Song in Your Soul (paper)
2wenty Thr3e (fabric)
(I'm finally ready to part with this one)
 I've agreed to a couple of Valentine card swaps and got a bit carried away with ideas, so I have these Valentine theme postcards to send out if you'd like to receive a Valentine.
Sissy with Red Flowers (fabric)
Valentine Collage (paper)
Valentine Flourish (fabric)
Sometimes I get brave and just send a postcard as a surprise, but I really prefer sending a card when I know the recipient wants it and already likes it.  Many people say they'd love to have "any" of my cards, but I don't really believe that.  They couldn't possibly like everything I make.  Heck, I don't even like everything I make!  So, hint: your best chance of getting mail is to be specific about which card(s) you like best.
I don't usually share on my blog anymore the postcards that are made specifically for someone.  To see all my postcards, they are posted in my flickr photostream and in my flickr postcard sets.
I can't wait to drop these cards in the mail for some 
good mail days!  Thank you all so much for your continued encouragement and mostly for your support in enabling me to continue making mail art.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Art Journal Calendar 2013

December is complete.

I'm keeping the pages in a scrapbook album that is expandable.

As the album gets fuller, the page spreads will come together.

This is the cover page I've been working on.  Plenty of room to add years, but I'll see how many when the album won't hold any more pages.

I'm continuing this project into 2014, but with a different layout style.  With this change, it's more of a journal as you go, so the month layouts are not made ahead.  Much of the way through 2013, there were days when I felt like I wanted to be a bit more chatty sometimes, but the daily blocks limited that.  When a new page spread is complete, I'll show my progress.
"This moment is the most important thing happening right now."  Rodney White (?)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
to you all
May both your Christmas and New Year
be merry and bright!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sissy Envelope Art

Once again I am inspired by so many envelope artists and I just can't resist playing too.  I'm always drawn to collage art, so I tried that first with this envelope.

This is shamefully a very cheap envelope.  **GASP**  But it bothers me not at all.  With my luck, if it were an expensive quality envelope, it would have ended up in the trash.

That was fun, and I wanted to decorate another envelope. I wanted to get some more use out of those largish face stamps I bought.  I thought this one would be a struggle since it's just the facial features and it's been collecting dust because of that.  However, I got inspired and this is the result.

This one is a little better quality paper.

Scanning does nothing for the bling I added to this envelope.  Extra ounce postage leaves a lot to be desired too.  George Washington is it.  We sure could use some variety in the 20cent stamp category...or even in the 66cent category.  Again, one choice...butterfly.
I like how she went and wanted to have another go at her in that style.  This is that result...back to the cheap envies.  It turns out I love them.  I even like how the inside security design works into the outside design.
I just can't seem to get enough.  This one came next.
It seems I'm kinda hung up on these colors for now.  I must branch out.  And sometimes I get the envie a little too wet and they dry a tad lumpy.  I see it as a beauty of the beast.  **GASP**
The square envelope has been mailed out.  Now I just need to figure out where I can mail the others to.  Any ideas?
Wishing everyone a Good Mail Day!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Altered Dictionary - I and X

This is it, the last two letters of the alphabet for the
Altered Dictionary Challenge.
I and X
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we've been given the last two letters together.
 I couldn't resist a delicious ice cream cone for the word(s) ice cream.
Not many X choices, so I chose X-ray
Then just for fun I went back to the beginning of the book where I left off under A and altered the page with the word absurd.
Many of you dear followers have put up with me and this challenge from start to finish.  Thank you.  I doubt that I will join the new alpha challenge in 2014, but I'll continue to alter pages in this dictionary and bore you with them a few at a time now and again.
It's pretty cool to thumb through this book and happen across the variety of bits of art and altered illustrations.  Although it was rather difficult to take the first step to alter this dictionary, I've not been sorry I did.  This long forgotten book has an amazingly fun new life.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Art Journal Calenar - December

Here we are in
I think I'm back to enjoying filling in the blocks this month, because November turned into such a mess.  I couldn't wait to be done with it!

I so wanted to just toss it out.  But, it's done and I've happily moved on.
So now let's be merry and bright!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Altered Dictionary - S

S is our letter for this fortnight and I had trouble deciding on a word...there are so many S words that are easy to illustrate.  But I finally settled on Skeleton.
Then I went on to stamp as in postage stamp.
I also did some stenciling.
Two more letters to go!  Finally, this is one of two challenges I took on that I will manage to complete!  Amazing for me.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Altered Dictionary - Q

It's time now for the letter Q in this
Altered Dictionary Challenge
Q is or Queen

I found several Q words to illustrate, but first I had to work with the "queen" of all Q words...because I can't resist an opportunity to play with my largish face stamps.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Art Calendar Journal - November

Now, here's November.  I really have lost steam for creating these calendars by this time and sadly, it shows.  **sigh**  What a turkey I am.
 I'll have to brighten it up with some colorful markers for the journaling.  It's hard to believe the holidays are upon us once again .....already.  Time passes so slowly as a child and waaay too quickly as an adult.  Where is the fairness I ask you?! 
October really was trying to fly by as fast as it could.  I struggled to keep up with my daily blocks. 
That would be why the lack of some creative journaling that could have been really fun being Halloween month.