Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Postman/woman is my Friend!

Who doesn't love real mail? The kind that you open and hold in your hands and read, pick it up later to appreciate again? This is the mainstay of card stamping. I love my "Cardies" because they are the people that keep this art alive. Really, aren't you tired of nothing but bills & ads in your mail box? Let's get stamping, folks. And even if you don't want to stamp, think about just sending out a little, "Hello, how are you?" note to a friend. You know they will appreciate it!!

I received this card from my friend, Mac yesterday in a manila envelope with some other goodies. Isn't it sweet? It also uses our Mayberry papers which we are featuring in our Paper Trail blog hop this month. I love Love LOVE these papers!!

Other items in that fun envelope are a collection of gorgeous papers she picked up recently and decided to share with me. Am I a lucky girl, or what? These are all very vintage looking and I just can't wait to play with them! Can you tell that the little brads in front are sock monkeys? I literally laughed out loud when I saw them. We have a little family joke (at least my nuclear family thinks it is) about sock monkeys. And you have to say it a certain way, too. Way too cute and I can't wait to use them!!

Shout out to Mac for making my day!! And remember, if you want to receive snail mail, it's important to send snail mail! Get stampin' ladies!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mayberry, May Paper Trail Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Trail Blog Hop featuring Close to My Heart papers. If you arrived here from Lynne's blog, Field's Finery, you are on the right trail. I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far.

This month we are featuring the Mayberry Paper Packet. Unfortunately, I realized too late that I hadn't ordered it. Oops! So instead I am using just the colors used in the Mayberry papers, Cocoa, Olive, Honey & Smoothie. I love the combination, it's a little unexpected but feels very homey.

I made a double slider card/gift card holder. The photo at the top of the blog is the card closed. By pulling the clip on the right hand side of the card, a slider pulls out with the clip and at the same time another slider "magically" slides out of the left side of the card.

Just to make it special, I added a little pocket to hold a gift card. This would be very cool for a graduation card, right?

Close up of right hand slider.

Close up of left hand slider. Below are the beautiful papers that make up the Mayberry collection. You can order this package at my CTMH website, Paper Boutique.

Next stop on the trail is Mary's Blog, The Road to Peace of Mind. I am sure she has something wonderful lined up for you!