I can’t believe how far into the fall season we are already! I love decorating the house this time of year. My blog today features a few low-priced, quick, and easy projects you can create to show the true spirit of autumn! I shopped Michael’s clearance section to make these crafts for less than ten dollars. I also found these supplies at my local dollar stores.
What is a pocket letter?
Pocket Letters are pen pal letters with mini surprises inside. Who doesn’t love surprise mail? The good kind, of course. Pocket Letters are made from a nine sleeve trading card page. Similar to making an ATC, (check out my ATC blog from earlier this month) instead of creating one card, you make nine! There are several different groups online that provide specific themes for making your PL, such as, Disney, summer and holidays. After you’ve designed the front of the page, you fold your written or typed letter and tuck it inside one of the pockets. Fill the remaining pockets with small flat-like goodies, such as, stickers, paper clips, die cut shapes or tea packets. Fold your page and insert inside a standard size ten envelope.
Where do you find pocket letter pals?
Janette, the creator of pocket letters, is the owner of the official pocket letter website. You can join her network for a small fee (including a free 7 day trial) and find a variety of groups that may suit your interests. You can also find and join a PL group on Facebook. I’ve had great success with swap groups on Craftster. There are several rules in place, but only to ensure there are no flakers. I do not recommend searching random people on social media to swap with. There are often no firm agreements associated with personal swaps, which can lead to people backing out or not sending a promised package.
Who created pocket letters?
Janette Lane is the founder of pocket letters(TM). She is a full time craft designer, blogger and online shop owner. You can watch her video tutorials on YouTube. Jeanette also loves planners, journaling and watercolor.
Let’s be honest. We all spend more than we would like to admit! You might go a little crazy (ok, maybe a lot), buying supplies you really don’t need. Two questions I ask myself are, do I need this? and do I already have a product that is similar? We should all be practicing self control. Often times before I step foot in a craft store, I set a limit of how much I can spend, otherwise, there is no telling what will end up in my shopping basket or cart. It will be piled to the top before I know it.
Can you believe Christmas is only five months from now? I’m already seeing holiday products, on store shelves! What a perfect time to celebrate Christmas in July. Many stores are offering discounts this time of year.
Card making is a relaxing activity, during a rainy afternoon. I’ve got some really fun summer themed cards planned for today. Grab your scissors and let’s begin!
Besides paper, these are my six must haves, for card making:
- Paper cutter and/or scissors. My paper cutter is from Michael’s. I use Fiskars micro-tip scissors, that are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation. The spring-action design helps reduce hand strain while cutting. They are definitely pricey, but worth it!
- Adhesives, such as, Scotch double sided tape or a tape runner. I use Scotch advanced tape glider. It’s a little tricky to set up, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to use.
- Rubber stamps and ink. I really like clear stamps, which are used with transparent stamping blocks. You can achieve more precise images, due to, seeing exactly where you are stamping on the paper. I can never seem to get an image where I want it, when using wood stamps. My preferred black ink is Tsukineko VersaFine. Its great for very detailed stamps! I’m currently using Tim Holtz distress ink in various colors.
- Ribbon or trim. All colors, designs and textures!
- Die cutting machine and die cut templates. The die cutting machine I use is a Sizzix Big Kick.
Three useful tips:
- Instead of cutting cards freehand, from a sheet of card stock, I buy packs of pre-cut and pre-scored cards. It saves me a lot of cutting time, when I’m making a batch of cards. My preferred card sizes are 5 x 7, which is A7 and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, which is A2. A2 is a popular size, as it’s very easy to make, from folding in half, a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.
- Choose lighter colors for the inside of the card, where words will be stamped, or written. No one can read writing on heavily deep shades of blue, brown, or purple, even with black pen and ink. I always use white or cream for the base card.
- Use tape, not glue, to attach paper to paper. Glue is messy and can leave your cards feeling sticky and looking not so pretty. Also, liquid glue will make your paper soggy, (especially thin paper) causing it to tear easily.
Shaker cards have dimensional transparent windows with moveables inside, such as, sequins, beads, rhinestones, glitter, etc.
Happy 4th of July to my USA followers! Today, I’ve put together a few fun, easy and quick craft’s while we celebrate the holiday.
Stars and Stripes Shadow Box
I had a lot of fun putting together this mixed media canvas, along with the ladies from my bible study group. I enjoy witnessing the unique art pieces each woman creates. We meet every other week to discuss our faith and afterwords we make a low-cost craft. The current book we are studying from is called, Mind-Body-Soul Sisters. I’m blessed to be able to share my talents with this wonderful group of Godly women.
Suggested Supplies List:
White canvas. Any size.
Decorative scrapbook paper
Ribbon and lace
Beads and charms
Artificial flower embellishments
Mixed media is when you use a variety of materials, to make one piece of art. It’s a combination of several different media’s, whether its paint, beads and ribbon, or flowers, lace and rhinestones. You can really let your imagination run wild with mixed media! There is no right or wrong way to make this.