Friday, July 24, 2015

Mail Art

Hi, everyone!  It's been a long time since I've been on the blog.  Summertime is always a busy time and I love every minute of it!  I do a lot of dabbling in the summer and a lot of gardening but not a lot of computer time.  I love being outside enjoying the long days.  So, studio time suffers and that's okay because ideas keep percolating and eventually I'll get to them.  For now I want to share something I did finish yesterday.  Our young goddaughter is going to Girl Scout camp alone for the first time next week.  Her mom asked if we would send her a snail mail letter to make her feel more comfortable.  Apparently, the leaders suggest this for first time campers.  So, of course, I said we would send her a note and I would do some mail art on the envelope.  So, that's what I did this week and I had a blast doing it!  I decorated the front and back of the envelope and the front of the note card.  I hope she'll like it.  I think she will!  She loves art and crafting so I think she'll enjoy getting this in the mail.

Here is the front of the envelope.

I traced a stencil for the flowers and another for the leaves.  Then I filled in with Zentangle patterns and colored it with colored pencils.  I didn't want to use water soluble markers in case it got wet and I don't have enough colors of permanent markers to make it as colorful as I wanted.  The back of the envelope looks like this.
I think this phrase, which I first saw on a Mary Engelbreit card, is so cute.  I thought it would make her giggle so I put it on the back of the envelope.  

This is the front of the notecard.  Once again I traced a stencil and used Zentangle patterns to fill in each petal and colored it with pencils.  I love doing those little Zinger flowers and the related patterns so I used them for a border along the bottom of the card. 
I'm really pleased with the way the whole thing turned out.  It's bright and cheery and I hope she enjoys getting some mail.  I think she'll do fine with her first trip to camp on her own.  She decided she wanted to go with her friends so I think she'll have a great time. 
Thanks for joining me today.  It's been a long while since I've shared anything with you and I appreciate you stopping by to visit.  Have a great day!


  1. That is so cute! She's going to love it :)

  2. Those are great! my girls are off to camp as well this weekend, and they do really love to get mail. And so does mom! I bet your goddaughter will love getting these

  3. And just who would not love receiving that ray of sunshine in the mail??? I miss "snail mail", in this computer-driven era! I know she will love this, too!!!

  4. This card makes my heart HAPPY!!! This will be positively delightful to receive in the mail. And frankly - I'm thinking of stealing this idea for an art project this summer with jackson! hah!

  5. Hi Maryanne! It was good to hear from you! I absolutely love the note card you made for your goddaughter!!! She is going to love it and probably show it off to all of her camping friends! Snail mail is something that I miss writing and receiving! I hope you have a great rest-of-your summer, too! It sounds like you are enjoying it. I cannot believe that it is going to be August on Saturday already!!! Time flies, so enjoy your time outdoors! Hugs to you, my friend!

  6. Super cute, love the saying!

  7. It's just so cute and I'm sure your Goddaughter will love it - I hope she has a great time at camp. I love getting 'snail mail' but it's becoming rarer nowadays sadly. It sounds like you are having a lovely time with your garden - enjoy it while the sun shine lasts!


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