Swap-Bot – Snail Mail

Card Making Challenge #45

I discovered Swap-Bot from reading a comment on Janette Lanes Pocket Letter site http://www.pocketletterpals.com and it got my curiosity, so I thought I would join to trial it out.

My first snail mail was a card making challenge with circles.  Your swap partner is assigned to you by the co-ordinator, and you make the card according to the template of the event.  I sent a message to my partner letting her know I am her partner and will endeavour to complete the card and send off by a certain date.  Once I have completed the assignment, I mark off the event as “Sent”.  When my swap partner receives my card, I will be rated according to the Swap-Bot system and my swap partner optionally sends me a message.  I like the rating system in that the challenge has been met and any extra ratings is a bonus.  There will be another partner assigned to me and that partner will make a card for me.  I will be given the opportunity to rate the card too.

Swap-Bot link  www.swap-bot.com

Swap-Bot Card Making Challenge #45
Swap-bot swap: Card Making Challenge #45
I swap with Swap-bot!

This is my card I made for my Swap-Bot partner.  I made a matching envelop to go with it.

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Nathalie’s Studio CJS 2017 with Natalya Aikens

When I saw Natalya’s video on her artwork using recycle material, I had to give it a go. As part of Nathalie’s Creative Jump Start 2017, Natalya’s take is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Stitch.  It was very inspiring. There are so much plastic shopping bags out there, wouldn’t it be nice to somehow reuse or recycle it.

The base was a light thin foam which I am sure was packaging. Then I glued layers of grey and red plastic bags that I cut into squares or rectangles. I drew a design on tissue paper and tacked it on the plastic layers. Then embroidered following the design. When done I tore off the tissue paper.

Next one I will add a bit of bling to it. Maybe some sparkly thread.

This one will go to a penpal as part of our recycling theme.

Thank you Natalya and Nathalie.  It was an enjoyable session.

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May Mood Board Challenge

I love this months Jot Magazines Mood Board Challenge of blues and greys.

Their challenges are always inspiring and I just love the colour combinations.

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I chose a fun photo to scrapbook and thought the colours would suit.  Its a mini scrap book page of about 14X14cm.  We found his old safety glasses in the barn while tidying it up.  The lens flip up.    I splashed distress ink for the background and used some leftover scraps of gelli prints (brown and blue) and blue acrylic paint stencilled with paste. I added some unused yarn and washi tape.

Thanks again Jot Magazine for the challenges.  Love seeing them and participating when I can.

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Pocket Pal Letters

I discovered Pocket Pal Letters early this year in March 2016.

Besides the opportunity to write to Pen Pals from all over the world or just locally in your country, you create mini cards (9X6.5cm) that fit into a pocket of nine.  Its a plastic sleeve that holds collector cards that you can buy at EB Game stores in Australia or online stores like Ebay or Amazon.

http://www.pocketletterpals.com/ is created by Janette Lane and is a network of Pen Pals.  This is her description from her website:

Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals were created by Janette of Janette Lane Blog as a new way to send and collect penpal letters. The concept is easy and fun! Pocket Letters are penpal letters in pocket format. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Page Protector (or similar) and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap or to your existing penpal(s). You fill the pockets with the components of a typical penpal letter. Items such as stickers, tea bags, ephemera, washi tape samples, and pictures can 
be added. A letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. The Pocket Letter folds up easily and is then sent to your Pocket Letter Pal in a standard 10 size envelope. It’s the perfect way to send and collect letters from other Pocket Letter Pals (i.e. people who are sending mail in this format) around the world. They also fit perfectly in a binder for easy storage! This can be a one-time exchange or you can swap Pocket Letters indefinitely. 

If your into paper crafts, card making, art journalling, mixed media etc, you can apply these techniques to Pocket Letters in miniature form!

My techniques to creating the Pocket Letters are varied.  I love writing a short letter and getting to know my Pocket Pal.  You can join in events which is a theme for a Pocket Letter or search for a group that interests you and find a Pen Pal with similar tastes.

Some other blog sites that delved into Pocket Letters include:

Purple Mail Box: http://purplemailbox.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/pocket-letters.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+ArtsyCraftsyPursuitsOfOneSoaphouseMama+(Artsy+Craftsy+Pursuits+of+one+soapHOUSE+mama)

Cocoa Daisy:  http://www.cocoadaisy.com/blog/cocoa-daisy/23744/mother-may-i/

Art & Whimsy:  http://artandwhimsy.net/category/pocket-letters/

Here are my efforts so far:

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Creative Jump Start 2016 with Birgit Koopsen

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January is always a busy month with summer in Australia, lots to do like watching the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne, Australia Day festivities, gardening outside, catching up with friends etc.
I managed to find time to finish Jean-Michel Basquiat lesson with Birgit Koopsen in the CJS 2016 workshop www.nathaliesstudio.com
I used a photo from my good friend as inspiration.  I will give her the original and print a copy for myself.  I love how it turned out.
I love how Birgit used bright colours and black pen to draw her portrait. So thankful that Birgit was able to show this lovely technique. Thank you Birgit!

I used Jo Sonja’s acrylic paints, Sharpie black and white pens and some gold and pinkish shimmer for a bit of sparkle.

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Creative Jump Start 2016 with Joanne Sharpe

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After a long weekend break down at Port Arlington, staying with friends and enjoying the Mussel Festival, I am slowly catching up with Nathalie’s Creative Jump Start 2016 sessions.
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I enjoyed watching how Joanne easily created her style of letters / fonts.  I gave the Matisse look a go, and here is my efforts.  I added photos of our flowers from our garden that continue to bloom marvelously in our Australian summer heat.  Today is 40 degrees Celcius. The words came from the musical Hair, “… Good morning star shine, the earth says hello…”.  Background is watercolour.  Words, I pencilled first, then drew over with watercolour pencil. After, I went over it with a brush dipped in water.  Heat dried the watercolour and then outlined with black pen.
I’m quite pleased with the creation.
Thank you to Joanne and Nathalie!

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Creative Jump Start 2016 with Michelle Ward

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Third lesson with Nathalie’s Studio Creative Jump Start 2016 is with talented Michelle Ward illustrating her version of Matisse’s cut outs.  She cleverly used spray can paint onto handmade stencils. It was such an experience watching her techniques.

As I did not have spray paints, I tried with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains but did not get the results I wanted.  I did manage to get lots on my hands though!

Next attempt was with Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads where I used ink blending foam and blended the colours onto the stencil.  Much better!

My stencils, I drew on paper first and then cut them out on acetate.

I just love the way you can overlap the stencils, partially paint them, and use both the positive and negatives of the image.  I quite like the white shadow effect too. To cut the patterns, I used a stanley knife.  Next stencil, I will design on the Funtime software and cut them out on the Blackcat Cougar cutting machine.  http://www.de-signsmadebyme.com.au  has more info on the  cutting machine.

Thank you Nathalie and Michelle!

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Creative Jump Start 2016 with Julie Balzer

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Second lesson was enthusiastically presented by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, working with water colour.  Again the theme is Matisse – Portrait of a Lady.
I have never properly painted with water colour, so this lesson just blew me away. I learnt heaps and saw how water colour reacts with the paper and how it can be manipulated to get the look required.  It was fun mixing colours to get the hues I needed.

All this possible via  http://www.NathaliesStudio.com
Thanks Nathalie!

As I did not have the water colour sticks that Julie used, I used what I had.  For my palette, I made do with a cake base plate that a friend brought for dinner which had a yummy cake on it!
For a bit of bling, I used Jo Sonja’s acrylic Burnish Copper on the lady’s button and hat.

Had lots of fun doing this!

✏  QOR Watercolor – Pyrrole Red Light, Sap Green, Hansa Yellow Medium, Paynes Gray, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Magenta
✏  125gsm paper

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