|these two were from the exchange where we all agreed to use the goofiest spellings we could think of...and they were all delivered successfully.|
Friday, January 31, 2014
should have put some dots on the zip code.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
i have a robot penciled in...have not decided if i am going to actual add it or not.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
this happens all the time. after i put the street address on, i see a way to improve something. in this case, just putting a double stroke and dots on the zip code numbers made them look a lot better.
by the way, that estate in tahoe city (or maybe just south of tahoe city) that they used for the scene in the godfather movie is up for sale, if we all chip in, we can buy it and turn it into a penmanship retreat. google it if you want to see photos.
Monday, January 27, 2014
several people who participated in the envelope exchange have expressed an interest in another exchange. it might be a while before i have time to organize another one, so, in the mean time, just keep sending mail to each other. if you send one, the other person will probably reply. if you don't receive a reply, then just let it go - or try someone else.
(haha - i'm only that way on tuesdays)
Sunday, January 26, 2014
oh...the kindly thing. kindly didn't look right, so i tried it with an e, that looked worse, so i must have had it right the first time. the street will go in tiny purple above the des moines. design lesson....
use your dried up markers. then outline.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
thank you for sharing these with us, carol.
other variations to put in every 4th or 5th letter....a wavy line, a different size pen.
and i really like using a variety of pens.
my next idea...using a variety of colors.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
will probably send it to finnbadger.
remember when snoopy used to say *curse you red baron*
well, i have been tempted to say, curse you finnbadger for luring me into the world of making envelopes out of catalog and magazine pages. i do not need any new distractions. and i am seriously over board on these envelopes. i think it was worse during the holidays with all the catalogs.
it's too bad you can't see how this envelope is folded. it is a clever fold and when jan and i get our film studio set up, we'll include a tutorial on how to make this envelope....out of one sheet of paper and the stamp holds the whole thing together.
Monday, January 20, 2014
the article is here
i discovered the rest of the poems i wrote and will not insult emily by including them in this post. maybe on april fools day, if i can figure out a way to include them on an envelope.
the zip code is a little weak.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
then there are the dots.
can't really go wrong with dots.
although, i thought some of the dotty, snowflakes that i put on the gingerbread houses were ho-hum.
i'm thinking the street/city/state will be super tiny in the upper left corner. or inside the C.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
not necessary at all....but fun, if you like to add details. i need to finish the cable and hook it on to the flourish on the h.
and you can see how i mimicked the variety of the big lettering when i did the tiny address line.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
skip isn't jubilee - i was doing one of each building a nation stamp with a jubilee style address. until i got to this one and it just said *traintrack* so i went with that.
and the bottom one was the first one i did (for carol) and something about it made me feel like i had to do it over, but now i don't even remember which was the offending letter. probably that L in carol. it is pretty weak.
i like the o in oregon
and i like the stacking in oregon and also the zip code.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
and since i had to bump the previous scheduled envelope to make a place for this one, be forewarned that you will be enjoying gingerbread houses well into march.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
odd hobby, eh?
i love that little house on the right. i would do a whole village if i had more time.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Friday, January 10, 2014
a couple people would like another exchange. so, i will think of something and post it later this month. if any of the participants are disappointed, or have suggestions, please send your thoughts and comments to me so i can tweek the format, if necessary.
i love this one. this is a highly stealable idea. and jack, we would like to know what you used to make the big W. it looks like it might be one of those giant copics. great way to use the little bonus sticker that came with the harry potter stamps. i am hoarding my bonus stickers. i have to think of something way-cool and unexpected, to do with them.
and trust me....professionals make those kinds of mistakes all the time. sometimes i wish i had kept a portfolio of all my bloopers. there are some doozies. making mistakes is sign that you are still alive...and you can quote me on that.
and speaking of mistakes...finnbadger has a mental block on my house number (420 - 44th)
the same way i have a mental block on the spelling of keith-kieth - luckily, my mailman knows me and brings me my mail...but remember, he is retiring this year...so, i worry that the new people will not be as attentive. finnbadger's full envelope will appear in a few weeks, i am stockpiling posts into the future.
is anyone else having as much fun as i am with DuBosch JUBILEE script?
Thursday, January 9, 2014
the gingerbread santa stamps are the piece de resistance.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
i have added my own variations to the ones carol uses and i am up to 350 different characters, including numbers.
besides a broad edge tool, i use fine line markers and also a fat bullet tip marker, like the zig writer, (a 1.2 tip) to make the big fat dots (the O in carol and the dot on the A in Ave and the dot between portland and OR.
WARNING: for the next 3 weeks, half of the envelopes are going to be DuBosch JUBILEE Script. i have been obsessed with it and while it may become boring for some of you, stick with me because i have also been on a harry potter binge, a handmade-envelope-out-of-magazine-pages, and finish up those 30 half-done ideas that are in a stack.
once again, johnny cash is a wonderful complement.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
below is the card that came in the envelope. i love the contrast of the script in the center. it is especially nice because she has the circle in white. it is either thermography or, she might have used that embossing powder and a heat gun.
i saw her comment on facebook that she did, indeed, do all the thermography by hand. i know they call it embossing powder, which implies that it is raised, which it is, but, in my book, it is still thermography because the materials and process is the same.
thank you carol :-)
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
i think i would put the stamp someplace else.