Happy Mail – Artist Trading Cards – Swap mail

Happy Mail – Artist Trading Cards – Swap mail

Swap mail is a great way to make new artist friends. A quick search on facebook for artist trading card groups (ATC) will allow you to find other artists willing to share these tiny treasures with you.

An artist trading card (ATC) is a small card that is only 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and can be made from any material you choose, but typically it is on paper. Most groups will have a monthly theme to help determine what will be on the card, and then a quantity as well whether it’s 1 or 2. Two people get paired, and there is a deadline you must mail the cards out by.
Now it is not required, but often the traders will put extra goodies in the cards for their partner.

This last month in April I swapped with a friend that lives in Sweden. We met thru an ATC exchange and now swap several times a year. It is always fun.

So our theme for April was Spring and below are the cards I sent her.

They were watercolor paper, with scrapbook paper, Tim Holtz paper dolls and some lovely embossed flowers.

Then I received her wonderful cards and goodies.

As noted in swaps you don’t have to add anything other than your cards but it’s nice to add a little extra surprise for your partner. It can be something from your area they may not have where they live. You can put in scraps of paper or some ephemera from your stash. It really is a great way to share Happy Mail and meet other people.

Happy Trading!

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Art Journal Wednesday Circle Journal Quote Page

Art Journal Wednesday Circle Journal Quote Page

For this Art Journal Wednesday I had fun playing in my 8″ circle journal. I enjoy doing pages that are quick, so I can fit them in throughout the day and get a bit of art and me time.

This particular page revolves around a new stamp I purchased from Darkroom Door. I found it at my local craft shop, and it reads “I am creative, you can’t expect me to be neat too!”. Doesn’t that capture our essence as art journalers? After this page, I was covered in splatter, and it felt wonderful.

So be sure to check out the video here to see all the fun, and I’ll list some of the materials I used it.

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April Mid Month Mission Inspiration Challenge “Move”

April Mid Month Mission Inspiration Challenge “Move”

Hello and Happy Thursday!

Once again this month I come to you with a challenge art journal page from the Facebook mission inspiration group. This time we have the April mid month mission inspiration page. The mid month ones are even more of a challenge because instead of a list of prompts you get one word to use. This really gets the creative juices flowing. With spring in the air I wanted to use some vibrant colors, so with a little collage and some Dylusions paints, this page came to life.

This is what this month’s mid month challenge was:

You can watch how I made the page in my video:

Here are some stills of the page:

 

Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating!

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This Weekend – Happy Mail and Recharging

This Weekend – Happy Mail and Recharging

Hello there!
Here we go again, another Monday morning but it’s the start of a fresh week. It’s time to leave last weeks worries behind and start anew.

My weekend was low key, just resting (darn allergies and cold season) and trying to work on a few videos for my YouTube channel. That was of course until my phone overheated and stopped filming. Sigh, the learning curves of life. Time to look for a video camera!

Now, let’s get down to the good stuff. This weekend I received several “Happy Mail” packages. I call them that because even though I ordered the items, its fun when you get them.

One package I received I’m going to share in a separate blog post because it deserves it’s own write up. It’s about ATC’s and Swap Mail!

So the second package was a new delivery of mala beads, cord, and spacers, which means, time to put some new mala necklaces in my Etsy shop!

Below is a sneak peek of two new ones I made. The blue one is using Aquamarine, and the brownish orange one is using Crazy Lace Agate.
These will make their appearance the week of 4/23 in my Etsy store.
(If you want to snag one ahead of time e-mail me)

 

Some of the new beads and spacers (cute buddha heads):

6mm crazy lace agate, 6mm druzy quartz, 6mm bronzite

6mm black matte agate, 6mm haitianĀ rhodonite

6mm dalmatian jasper, mahogany obsidian, black matte agate and botanical moss agate

The other goodies I got this weekend was my order of new stencils from Mike Deakin Art. I was looking for some Summer/Spring stencils and some more background texture ones, and these were perfect. I got some spring blossoms, a new lotus stencils, a honeycomb, and arrow pattern. See below:

So, be sure to stay tuned because these new stencils mean more art journal pages are coming to my YouTube channel soon.

Have a fabulous week, find a moment each day to be thankful for something and talk to you later.

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April Mission Inspiration Challenge

April Mission Inspiration Challenge

One of my goals this year is to try and do more art journal prompts or challenges.

A great way to do this is to join Facebook groups that have art challenges or monthly prompts.

To me these sort of challenges will help me grow as a journaler because I will learn to combine things I hadn’t thought to and it pushes you.

One group i’m in and have fun with is the Mission Inspiration Group by Mike Deakin

This is what this month’s challenge was:

Here is what my version of these prompts turned out like. I had a lot of fun, loved the colors!

You can watch my process video and see how I did this on my youtube channel:

https://youtu.be/y5dqDZSbkjU

 

Thanks for stopping by and come join the fun!

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