Monday, 25 July 2016

Happy Camper

My pal has received her pocket letter so I can share now! I used all digital elements with this pocket letter - which is a little different to what I normally do.

I created each little scene using digi elements from Kristen Aagard.  Then I printed 2 of each card and fussy cut some of the elements to make them 3D.  I added some gloss, stickers, buttons, leaves and bling.

I had a lot of fun creating the line for the fishing line, creating the smores and adding sparkle to the fire.  The bling was used as fireflies and eyes on the animals.

Here's a little closeup so you can see some of the details.

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Christmas in July

Christmas is almost here! Besides Halloween, Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, so I joined a Christmas in July swap and chose vintage pictures as my theme.  Using a sheet of double sided Christmas patterned paper, I then added pictures of vintage cards to both sides.  One side has green matting, and the other has red.  I then decorated with stickers that I had in my December Daily stash (An album I really must finish before December this year!)

I had so many goodies I wanted to include with this PL that I created 2 pages.  The front page has a shaker pocket, memo cards, tags, pegs and paper clips.  The back of this page has washi tape, ribbon and twine.  Holding it all together is red organzer ribbon and a plastic candy cane decoration.
Here's the opened page.
Here's a closer look at the shaker pocket which has many die-cuts, snow flakes and sequins. I also added the little peg and blackboard.
The bottom right pocket has the full story of The Night Before Christmas.
The back page has songs, pictures and recipes for the festive day.

Thanks for visiting! I hope I bought you some Christmas cheer :)

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Gorgeous Sugar Skulls

I love it when two challenges come together as if they were planned that way!  To begin with I joined a Sugar Skull pocket letter swap and then I realised that this weeks challenge at Southern Girls Challenge Blog - Anything Goes, was in-fact using a beautiful image from SLS Lines - Day of the Dead Calavera Girl.

*Squeal!*

I love sugar skulls and Dia De Los Muertos, so I love every part of creating this PL and tag.


Here is the whole pocket letter - I created the banner across the top using pictures of sugar skull cookies.  I added black gems to their eyes, glued them to some black and white string and then popped on some pretty resin flowers.

The tag was created by colouring SLS Lines gorgeous image with my copics.  I'm still getting the hang of colouring hair, and black has challenges of it's own! The girl had a flower in her hair, so I decided to add 2 pretty paper flowers for dimension.  I added another one at the bottom of the tag and added a tiny skull.  I inked the edge of the image and added it to some black card, then topped it with some ribbons.

I added some black gems to her face and then I glossed her eyes and parts of her hair.
You can see the gloss in her hair in this pic.

On the back of the PL (I forgot to take a pic) I added more pictures and goodies for my pal.
I've entered the following challenges:

Ribbon Girls - Any Image
Robin's Fetish Challenge Blog - Anything but a card
Digi Designs Challenge Blog - Hot bright colours
Creatalicious Challenge - Anything goes + optional twist of flowers

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Rockpool hopping

If there's one thing I love about the beach - it's the rock pools.  They are usually quite a challenge to get to, there's slippery rocks, sharp rocks, crevices, and the waves crashing in.  I love to climb around the rocks, in my own little world and discover shells, little creatures and sea glass.

When the Rockpool ATC challenge popped up on FB I couldn't resist joining in.  I knew exactly how I wanted my ATCs to look and I'm so happy with how they turned out.

I chose several different blues and green papers, one of them is super sparkly, another is embossed with dots.  I freehand drew a shape on each card, each time smaller than the previous.  Once the layers were put together it gives a deep pool effect, and the glitter card gives a little shimmer.  I had some tiny plastic flowers that looked like little corals, so I added one, and then a mermaid sticker.  I placed the card into a pocket and added some gold micro beads, they look a little like sand.  Then I sprinkled in some ocean themed shapes and added a few bling dots.  Each ATC is different and part of a series of 3 that I'm sending to my 2 partners.

Here are the two sets of ATCs. I sealed the tops of the pockets with my Fuse Tool so that the sprinkles and micro beads don't fall out.  ATCs are so much fun, and they use up scraps of card.  Each one is a tiny work of art.  Here are some closeups:

The little sprinkles have starfish, octopus, seahorses, shells, fish and stars in them.
I hope my new pals like them.

Friday, 8 July 2016

It is a happiness to wonder, it is a happiness to dream

One of the swaps of at the Pocket Letter Pals website is Edgar Allan Poe - I of course was all over that like a rash.  I have to confess that I haven't read one of his books, but love anything macabre.  I knew of the telltale heart thanks to a project Lisa Simpson made so I went with that.  The middle pocket hides the telltale heart! I printed two pictures and layered one on the other.  Then I added stickles and zapped it with my heat gun.  This gave the stickles a wonderful lumpy texture, making the heart even more gruesome.  The papers you see in the pocket letter are actual copies of Poe's written works.  I added gloss, stickles and charms to each pocket for dimension and decoration.

I can't wait to see what my pal sends me!

I found a great picture of a Poe bobble head, so I printed it and embellished with an actual feather, gloss and skull.  I also added wooden shapes, stickers, buttons, and charms to each pocket.  All pockets were inked to age the pictures.
This is the back of the pocket letter.  Lots of quotes, a tag, more inking and pictures.

Here's a walk through of each pocket:

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Is there a ghost in the graveyard?

I'm taking part in a Graveyard swap on the Pocket Letter website.  I couldn't wait to start as I had some pretty wild ideas.  I wanted an actual grave in the middle, which I was able to create really easily.  I also added a touch of zombies, some blood and gore, and lot of spooky themes.  I filled the back pockets with gothic goodies - even coffin nails lol

Following are some closeups of the pockets.
Here's the whole pocket letter - the coffin shaped picture to the right is the card that I wrote my message on the back of, to my pal.
First up is the hand - I found this online and then embellished with gloss and stickles.  Not only does it shine in the right places, but the blood looks gooey and wet and has texture.  I curled the fingers a little for realism.
The centre pocket has a lift-the-flap action.  I added a little tombstone which reads:
"Died from not forwarding that text message to 20 people in the next 5 minutes".
I did a little photoshop on this grave so that it fit the pocket perfectly, and dulled the colours so it matched the rest of the photos.
Dig in the grave (lift-the-flap) and who should pop up?! A zombie of course!  I found the image online, she was showing alittle too much...um...chest....area.  So I added a bandage!  She pops up a little when the flap is lifted.  I made the inside pocket look like a freshly dug grave.
Here you can see how she lifts up out of the grave.  Awesome right? Well here's a video:

Thursday, 23 June 2016

I wish it were Spring

I love working with All Dressed Up images, and this week they are our sponsor over at Southern Girls Challenge Blog!  I have used the image Little Flower Fairy and coloured her with my Copics.  I used some bling on the flowers and the wreath on the fairy's head to add dimension.  This image was the perfect addition to my Spring pocket letter that I'm sending to my pal!  It's not Spring here in Australia, so I loved looking for all the beautiful flower pictures. Spring colours are just gorgeous.  I backed the pictures with green cardstock, doodled around the edge and added some matching coloured gems.

In addition to the pocket letter, I made a paper clip with tea-pot charm and a wooden jar tag with 2 sentiments and a ribbon.

This is the back of the pocket letter, with more gorgeous pictures of bright blooms.

Here's a close-up of the image.  I adhered it to the front as it was slightly larger than the pocket.  I also added a little flag with sentiment.

And here is the paperclip with bright ribbons and charm.  The sentiments will be able to be taken off the jar and used by my pal.

I am joining the following challenges:

Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girls - Any Image
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes + a tag
Allsorts Challenge - How Does Your Garden Grow?
ABC Challenges - Just as You Like

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Since beginning my addiction with Pocket Letters I have not made a Star Wars themed PL! So I thought it was about time.  I collected photos from my favourite scenes and matted them on black Bazzill cardstock.  I wanted to do something really fun and different with this PL, so under the middle pocket is a door that opens and music is played!  Yep that's right, one of the Star Wars theme songs is played.  See below for more details:
So first up I'll go through the goodies.  I made 2 paperclips - one with ribbon and the other with Darth Vader.  Then I printed some fun cards - a wanted poster and a diagram on how to look after your light saber.  I fussy cut a gun, badge and Chewie.  Chewie is a paper doll with moving arms and legs. You can see him movie on my pinboard. I also found some really neat buttons at my local EB Games and added them too.  Inside the pockets I added some Star Wars themed sprinkles.  I got these in the party section at Big W.
You might be able to see the sprinkles a little easier now.
This is the back of the pocket letter - you can see some of the shapes in the middle pocket.

Now for the fun part.  Open this door (which I created by cutting out another pocket and using my ATG gun to adhere to the page.  What you can't see is under the Pew Pew Pew & Ewok pictures is the musical mechanism that I removed from a card bought at my local newsagency.  Then when you open the door, music plays!  Check it out below:
Thanks for visiting! 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Oleg the cutest meerkat baby

Oleg is the cutest baby Meerkat that we see regularly on TV through the Compare the Market Insurance adds.  Sophia absolutely loves him and came home one day to find him in a tiny cradle on the front step with his favourite toy Grub by his side.  I couldn't help but make a pocket letter for her - it has lots of family pictures, as there's quite a back story to little Oleg and his adventures are numerous!  I also made certificates, shakers, paper clips and bug filled stationery.


Here's the whole kit and kaboodle.  Sophia now has it all folded up and it sits in Oleg's cradle.
A closer view of the paperclips
A shaker pocket full of bugs and insects and all the things Oleg likes to chase and eat.

Friday, 27 May 2016

That's Nice

There is nothing I love more than sitting down to an episode of Mrs Brown's Boys!  Oh I love that woman and wish Mammie was in my family.

I had the wonderful opportunity to swap with a previous swap pal, and we both love Mrs Brown, so I got to hunt through the internet for some hilarious quotes and pictures to add to this double sided pocket letter.

I backed all my pictures on pink Bazzill, then doodled a black border around each.  I also added a picture of Mammie and some pink ribbon.