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Sunday, April 20, 2014

my birthday mail

thank you to everyone who sent mail for my birthday. i was out of town again, and was so happy to have a huge stack when i finally got home. who knew your flight could be cancelled because there was so much sunshine and the pilot forgot his sunglasses and did not want to get crowsfeet from squinting.

these will be appearing individually in the future. i just wanted everyone who sent birthday greetings that i was very happy to hear from you.

if you missed my birthday, it will roll around again next year. and if anyone wants a birthday card from me, just tell me the week before you want me to send it. i have been thinking of doing one birthday idea a week, just to remind people to be sure to send birthday greetings. everyone enjoys getting mail on their birthday.

egon schiele

this is an envelope from egon schiele to carl reininghaus 5/23/1913 but i lost the link. egon is long gone, so i don't think he'll mind that i don't have any link. i have always liked his art, so it was fun to come across this. his art is not light and flowery. neither is his envelope

Saturday, April 19, 2014

i [heart] ferns

i love ferns. i saw a zentangle tutorial on pinterest. i didn't follow it exactly, but, it was fast and fun. i used a g-tec for the fern. then i used walnut ink and a nikko g nib for the name.

here is a link to the website where the tutorial is posted

Friday, April 18, 2014

jan's file folders

 these are actual file folders. the top one in each photo is the practice one. the bottom one is the second one she did. the bottom photo shows the side that will have the address. she decided that she did not like that blue around the address *label* although i think it will be just fine after she layers over it with a bunch of white gel pen.

she used all the postoid rubber stamps in her collection as well as a variety of stickers. the only thing i would add, it they were mine would be googlie eyes.

i guess on the one with the blue and hot pink, i would add an intense yellow blob in the upper right corner. jan already knows that i like thing in groups of three. i know the stamp will go in the upper right corner...but, i think a blob of bright yellow would be just fine in the back ground.

i want to steal this idea. i do not have rubber stamps any more....but i still have stickers.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

exploration post card

 jeri hobart enteried a piece in this exhibit. julie wildman did the logo on the front. that looks like jeri's addressing on the back. wish i could see the exhibit. i am sure there are many wonderful pieces. i hope jeri sends me a scan of her piece so i can post it, too.

in the meantime, i will be writing some longer names around the corner in big loops and filling in some of the loops :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

head pecker

cathy sent this fun envelope with the bird pecking on mark twain's head. so instead of a woodppecker it is a headpecker.

she used colored pencil.
nice colors
and this would look pretty with the fern stamps too.

could have done without the double cancel.

i'm thinking it will be fun to find other combinations of stamps that look nice together but also involve some kind of interaction between the subject matter.

i have been hording the coffee pot stamps. now i need a twain stamp, so i can have coffee pouring over his head
and the spill will spell out the name or zip code or just one letter....

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

jan - capsule font

i made a video showing how to make these letters. then, when i tried to upload it, the computer went berserk and it took me 4 re-boots and a full-blown exorcism to get the computer back in order so now i am afraid to try again. i need to find someone who will let me upload and post videos on their computer.

i call it capsule font because the shapes remind me of pill capsules. i remember when contac allergy medicine was invented and i thought they were beautiful. i loved the little polka dots in the clear end. i just enjoyed a surf through google images of old vintage contac images. i missed jan's cold. i would have turned this into an adorable get well soon card/envelope. but she's all better now. next year, she should alert me as soon as she comes down with a cold.

Monday, April 14, 2014


this is one chuck received in an exchange. the C reminds me of some of my ribbon writing, with the extra detail of being broken into segments. a nice stealworthy idea. the subtle color is a nice way to tie in the stamp with the design.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

smash - doodley-doo

i hear a stampede of people running to their drafting tables to steal this idea.

anyone wondering why i have been posting only envelopes from smash? i line up my posts ahead of time. and while clearing out the 1500 emails in my inbox, i discovered quite a few from smash, so, i decided to just post them all in one series. i may bump a few, here and there if i have things that i need to insert. but this is a good way to insure that the blog continues, uninterrupted until i go to that happy scriptorium in the sky.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

smash - owls

very fun owl design. i noticed on Pinterest that one of the earlier owl envelopes by smash that i posted is one of the envelopes that is re-pinned a LOT. owls must be very loveable birds. and there are so many kinds. there was one in my back yard and i wanted to figure out which kind and google *owls* and found a gazillion different kinds. i never did find out which one was in my back yard.

my favorite on this envelope is the one in the upper right corner. although i like all of them. thank you!

Friday, April 11, 2014


this one is really fun. notice how she took a variety of elements from the stamps and scattered them all over the envelope. she also decided to use lots of colors rather than just the red and black. she used red and very little black. i think more black in her artwork would have been distracting. very fun. thank for sharing it with us.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


i love the rectangle within a rectangle and the white space at the top. the proportion of the inky rectangle repeats the proportion of the stamp, which is a different proportion from the envelope. this is a nice design principle to use when composing your envelopes.

it can be so frustrating when the colors in a stamp are perfect, but the proportion is all wrong for the other elements on the envelope.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

smash hiding the stamps

this is from a series where smash was hiding the stamps. it looks a bit like a map to me.
it also appeals to the part of me that likes grids. not tight grids, just some horizontals and verticals.

very pretty.
thank you for sharing

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

8th of the month - rena/mccreedy

4th month with an article link.

this is a link to kathy mc creedy. that name rings a bell. but, it just goes ding ding ding. i can't connect it to anything. but, she has an article and links if you feel like surfing today.

i like this one. those three stamps go together because they are large/medium/small, in pattern. and they share red.

Monday, April 7, 2014

from jan

i used to give jan a hard time because i sent her quite a bit of mail and was not getting anything in return. then she sent a couple things and had some reason that i should not post them on the blog. so i am posting this one before she tells me why i shouldn't post it.

i love it. the colors are so perfect. it is glossy paper. it might have been a calendar. she has a typewriter and types her labels.

thanks, jan. it was a happy-mail-day at 420.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

jeri's orange butterflies

of course, this will look better when her address is filled in. how lucky that 4 of these stamps adds up to enough to send it.

the white is just gel pen. someday i hope to do a video on how to fit any wording into any space. there are a few tricks. stacking is the most obvious one. maybe i should make a list before i do the video.

jeri sent me this image of how it looked after it arrived