iHanna Postcard Swap Happy Mail

Well, most of the cards have arrived. With the Holidays pretty much upon us, I thought it was a good time to share some of the gorgeous cards I will be adding to my collection!

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The artistry this time around was quite surprising! So much love and care in each card! I loved reading the notes people wrote on their cards, lovely!

IMG_0794Bright beautiful colors all around! The card in the middle was an extra one sent by sweet Jenny, I wasn’t actually on her list, she put me on it though! Thank you Jenny!

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Like I’ve said before, I wish iHanna would do this swap more often! I absolutely love it!

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great day,

~Patty

iHanna Post Card Swap Makings

I think I look forward to the iHanna PCS more every time it comes around! It’s only twice a year, I wish it was at least four! But since I’m on the side of having fun, not running it, that’s easy for me to say.

I haven’t written a process post in a long time, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to share a little of mine.

Warning: this post is pretty photo heavy, so I’ll try to keep the text to a minimum.

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This is what I started out with, pages from a couple of journals that didn’t quite work out that I cut to size. This happens once in a while, I’ll over do it on the journal makings, then decide to move on.

These seemed a bit too bright, and needed a little strengthening up, so step two…

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Hoping these will do the trick! Tissue paper and napkins.

With the napkins you will want to pull the the layers apart, there are usually three, save the printed one to adhere with matte medium. (it’s a whole process I can cover in another post if you would like).

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I was concerned that the colors would fade too much, but as soon as they had dried, I was happy.

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I have had these snarky recipe cards clanking around for a few years. They are the perfect size for post cards with lines for writing to boot!

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The ephemera I have chosen to work with. I will collect things throughout the year that might work for making happy mail. I wanted to go all out “postal” themed with this swap.

IMG_9962The layering process goes as such: card base, tissue paper, main image, large stamps, washi tape, smaller stamps, die cut/punch out, and more washi. Apply a coat of satin varnish if you are so inclined. Let dry, then sand the edges smooth…my favorite part! See the rounded corners, Love!

After all the layering, varnishing, and sanding, they feel quite substantial!

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They look a bit like a mini journal page, no surprise there!

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And because I have received too many cards that look like the mail truck did a burnout on them, I make envelopes out of book pages (again, another process I can share if you would like). These were made from a 1970’s crafting book.

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So there you have it! I had so much fun making these, I decided to make more to send to some of my friends!

If I left out anything, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Once again, thank you for stopping by,

Have a great day,

~Patty

Happy Mail Binders

Because I went back to my old blog and deleted all my posts, I thought it might be a good idea to repost some of my personal favorites here.

I was recently asked about my Happy Mail binders, so I thought this might be a good place to start.

IMG_6829These are what used to be my planners. They worked out great, but the feel of them was a bit rough. They make great Happy Mail binders though! And, because I am lucky enough to have several of these binders, I have distributed my mail throughout by style and color. My love of alternative organizing continues.

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The cards just slide right in and there is a little pocket left at the top for little bits and bobs. Perfect! This is some Happy Mail from the Spring 2015 iHanna DIY Postcard Swap. 

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I absolutely Love vintage playing cards, so these collector card pages are perfect to hold them in. This a collection of goodies I received from Jennifer Perkins, a crafter and decorator extraordinaire!

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This beautiful card is from my pen pal Iryna in Belarus. Love! and a cute little tag from Leslie Ackman, along with the loveliness at the top of the post!

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Lately I have been overwhelmed with kindness from fellow artists, Thank you Judy! These zip pouches are great for holding various stamps and decor for future happy mail projects and swaps.

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And here is the latest addition to my collection, a gorgeous card from the lovely Diane Baker-Williams, along with loads of awesome vintage ephemera!

I really want to start looking for other happy mail swaps, think I’ll do that today!

Hope your having a great weekend in your neck of the woods,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty

Happy Mail

It’s time to share my happy mail from the iHanna Postcard Swap, so much fun, I participate every time she has one!

I even start gathering up goodies for the next one almost immediately! I am also including links with the artists that included them with their cards.

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I’m grouping them in fours. There are supposed to 10, but sometimes there are a few stragglers. Going clockwise from top left is Lynn‘s beautiful work, I took a peek at the other cards she made for the swap, I want one of each please! The next one  is by Claudia. She has a wonderful website with lots of eye candy! Then Jenny’s gorgeous card . Unfortunately, the post office wasn’t as careful as they should have been, and a part was torn off. Sorry Jenny! Last, but not least, is one from Uršala in Slovenia, such craftsmanship!

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Here are my bright and beautiful ones! Again from top left Charlotta’s, from Sweden. Thank you Charlotta! A beauty from Rachel in Texas, so much detail and layering! “Home Sweet Home” from Jan in Iowa, sweet! Then this cute  bird with stamping from Cynthia in Florida, Love!

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All of these will find a home in my Happy Mail binders…

…some of them already have!

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I hope this inspires you to join a happy snail mail swap group. And if you already have, please tell me about it! I have two more of these binders to fill up and lots of goodies to use to make more happy mail!

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great day,

~Patty