Mail It Monday!

 Happy Mail It Monday everyone! Today, I thought I’d make a quick post to share the movement of mailing cards! By movement, I mean literally moving them from your desk to a loved one’s mailbox. ;). My crafty (and WAY talented) friend Kimberly Crawford started the fun on Instagram (find her HERE), and asked me to share a little tidbit about the bags I use to store/mail/etc. So, here I am! Kimberly is also having a GIVEAWAY!! Details below!: )

My favorite bags are these from the Container Store and are reasonably priced. They sell a few different sizes, so I’d recommend deciding what works best for YOU! I have a few of the medium ones and a couple larger ones. I use the larger ones for various things at home too. Big fan! They are really durable and I like that protect things from sprinkling rain or spilled water. (Ask me how I know… 😐 )

Here is a link to them below. I have never ordered online, but I imagine it’s a breeze. The Container Store is dangerously close to where I live. I try very hard to avoid it. πŸ™‚ It MIGHT be my favorite store. πŸ˜‰

Container Store Aqua Vinyl Mesh Pouches

I have purchased similar ones on Amazon before also and they have been great too. I think the blue one (below) is from Amazon? It’s been a long time…. I also believe I used to get them at the art supply store Utrecht and possibly Dick Blick, but don’t quote me on that. πŸ™‚ Like I said, I use a lot of them so I’ve acquired them from different places over the years. πŸ™‚

So what do I use them for right? Well, admittedly I love to send cards. However, let’s face it, life can be really cookoo busy. Often. I mostly send cards on the go! It is WAY more realistic for me to write one or three out while on the train, in waiting rooms, waiting in the car line, waiting at practice, etc.. You peeps know the drill. You wait. A lot. However, I almost look forward to it when I have my bag o’ cards and supplies ready to go. And it is always ready to go…sometimes more well stocked than other times, but ready nonetheless. πŸ™‚

This is a tote bag I’ve had for years, and has just happened to become my “card mailing bag”. Everything fits in there, including the extra envelopes I just threw in to reload my other pouch. πŸ˜‰

In one of the zipper pouches, I have all my postage stamps (I just restocked!), including international stamps. If the card is not addressed, stamped, and sealed before I leave wherever I am, it will not get mailed for days. I know that sounds pathetic, but I’m keeping it real. I just forget once I get home! ;(

Also, I have pens for addressing (Silver, White, and Sharpie) and pens for writing (one would suffice, but I have a pen “thing”. LOL!). I also have return address labels and washi for sealing the envelopes. Lately, I have been carrying these white cardstock panels. I often find I need a little “cushion” for mailing cards with bulk or embellies, and these work great for that. I sometimes write out a message on these panels and adhere inside a card later. Double duty! If I want to send a certain card to someone, I’ll write my message on this white panel and adhere it inside the card later! This has made those cards chances of mailing better too! (Note: I trim those panels about a quarter-inch in each dimension for ease!)

I generally have enough envelopes with me to mail each card twice. Haaaaa! I just never know what color I’ll want! And you know, just like patterned paper, you never have just the right one! LOL!

(Most of my envelopes have been acquired from Paper Source. They are headquartered in Chicago, so I always like to support them. And support them I do!  Haaaa! Plus, I have always loved their envelopes! And their cardstock, and their patterned papers, ….the list goes on and on! πŸ˜‰ )

I use *Hello* labels and name badges for addressing packages/envelopes sometimes. It makes quick work of it…and it’s fun!

And, of course, my bag of cards! No matter how many cards I have mailed, there are always more to send! πŸ˜‰

I hope sharing what I’ve learned gives you an idea or two! This on-the-go method has definitely made mailing manageable and enjoyable! πŸ™‚

Be sure to follow Kimberly on Instagram HERE and use the hashtag #mailitmonday to spread the word! Also, Kimberly’s Blog HERE! πŸ™‚ Kimberly will be having a GIVEAWAY for a few bags, so be sure to check it out on IG!! You can also follow me on Instagram HERE. πŸ™‚

Spread some love! Even a scribbled note or quick doodle is fun to send and receive. πŸ™‚ There are few simpler ways of brightening someone’s day than REAL mail from far and near! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by today! It turned into a crazy long post! BIG crafty Hugs to my friend Kimberly ❀  for including me in her fun! πŸ™‚

Drop some mail in the post, friends!

Take care- Jill πŸ™‚

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*Right at Home with MISTI!*

Good Morning, All! You should have arrived to my blog here via Ceal Pritchett‘s blog! πŸ™‚

Today, we are having a fun blog hop between the My Sweet Petunia and the Right at Home design teams! And oh, how FUN is THAT?! DE-lightful. πŸ™‚

Buckle up, there are prizes!!

There will be a drawing for two winners from all the comments on the hop, so please leave a comment on every blog to be eligible to win one of two prizes: Winner’s choice of an original or mini MISTI, and a prize package from Right at Home (Sunflower stamp set, Harvest Blessings stamp set (new release) and two Distress Oxide Inks – in Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint).

Deadline for comments is September 8th at noon Central, and winners will be posted on the My Sweet Petunia and Right at Home blogs on Tuesday September 12th.

I’m excited to be sharing two cards today that I made with Right at Home stamps and the Most Incredible Stamping Tool from My Sweet Petunia!

My cards were all made with Right at Home’s super easy to use Anemone set! It’s an awesome set that can be used in quite a variety of ways.

For this card, I used an ombre ink pad. This solid fade is quite lovely with these flowers! I think I would have a hot mess if I had to stamp this repeatedly with an acrylic block vs. MISTI. I have never been good at lining things up. (If I made this one again, I might add a few white pen details. πŸ™‚ #hindsightΒ  What do you think?)

This sentiment is from RAH’s set, Make Something Beautiful.

Apparently, I was on a pink kick when I made these. ❀ ! But they look lovely in pink, right? I also learned how many pink ink pads I have. #completelynecessary  Haaaaa!
The MISTI makes using this RAH layering set flawless to line up or offset consistently. This is a must for me–I often need to fix spots I missed or need better ink coverage. πŸ™‚
Β For the first card above, I also used Right at Home’s Color in Sentiments and Grid Background Stamp. Love this wonky grid!
Such fun! I often don’t know what I did before MISTI?! Too funny! I do however use my MISTI backwards. Does anyone else do this? I know it’s “backwards” because whenever I see anyone else use it, they do it the reverse way. Also, as you can see in my photos above, my numbers are upside down. Another indication I use it backwards. But it works awesome any which way, so there you go! πŸ™‚ LOL!
Here’s the list of all the fun stops today! Be sure to hop along and leave comments for your chances at the prizes spelled out above! πŸ™‚

I hope you have a chance to hop through all these sure to be amazing stops!Β  Also, be sure to check out the latest Right at Home release and if you don’t have a MISTI, add it to the top of your Holiday Wish List. It is a complete game changer in the stamping world. πŸ™‚

Head on over to Maria Sabina‘s blog stop next! πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Jill πŸ™‚

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Sending Good Vibes!

Good Monday Morning to you! I was up extra early today to squeeze in a full day before the eclipse! But the weather is calling for a cloudy day, so yikes!

Anywho, on with this fun card to give! ❀️


For this card, I used Neat & Tangled’s Schoolhouse Good Vibes, and also the Geomentric Blooms stencil with Fossilized Amber Oxide Ink. There are a couple of things I learned and I’d do differently next time, but I never know what I’m doing until I do it. My cards are thought through as I go. I don’t know if that’s good or bad? Probably both. πŸ˜‰
 LOVE these little mice! I colored them with Copic markers. πŸ™‚

I’m joining in the Little Tangles Challenge this month. I was excited to see the challenge was birthday, and thought I’d catch up on making a bunch of birthday cards. Well, so far I have the one here. LOL!! But there’s still time! So, we’ll see!   πŸ™‚

Check it out HERE! πŸ™‚ And a BIG HAPPY 5TH Birthday to Neat & Tangled! How awesome and exciting is that!?

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Jill

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Right at Home’s Anemone set

I’m over on the Right at Home blog today, sharing a few more cards I created with the latest Right at Home release! You can also check out the whole release HERE!
All of these cards are made with the super easy to use Anemone set! It’s a lovely set that can be used in quite a variety of ways. I’ll share the cards here, but please head over to the RAH Blog to read more! πŸ™‚
This first card, is one of my favorites!
I used a scalloped circle to mask off the stamping area. Which is why the edge is “blurred”. You can easily make it a crisper edge with a solid circle. πŸ™‚
 And here is a PURPLE card! πŸ˜‰ Rare!
So easy to layer exactly OR slightly offset! πŸ™‚
And here is a whole set, one of which I shared a couple weeks back!
You can make this simpler and crank them out much faster in a pinch.
I’m digging the blue one! I didn’t think I’d like it, but it looks good!
I used a white Prismacolor pencil to color in the sentiments. I go back and forth on if I like it or not? I wish I had thought ahead and left the sentiment stamp to be stamped precisely on top again. But, I make decisions as I go vs. planning ahead on cards. Ha! πŸ™‚

Also, I used sentiments from RAH’s previously released set, Make Something Beautiful for a few of these cards! ❀ that set!

I hope you have a chance to check out all of the new Right at Home release! Thank you again to Nicole! I’ve loved inking up all these Right at Home stamps and I’m looking forward to more! πŸ™‚

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Jill πŸ™‚

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12th Birthday!

Hola! I’m sharing this card I made for my niece, who is turning 12!!!??? How!!?? I swear she was just turning 3 yesterday. Yup, I’m that adult that cannot digest that children just keep on growing! Haaa! πŸ™‚  ❀

I thought this bear would be fantastic to hold some fun balloons! AND a cupcake, while sporting a party hat! Busy little dude! πŸ™‚

I colored the cutie bear and his accessories with Copic markers, added some Stickles and Wink of Stella sparkle. I tied silver thread to each balloon (which, while time consuming, is a fun detail) and finished it off with a little washi tape and stitching. In the end, it’s a little bit busier of a card than I generally make, but it is a PARTY! πŸ™‚

For this, I used Essentials by Ellen All Inside ( and dies), EH’s Silver Linings, and Avery Elle’s Numbered Balloons and Party Animal  stamp/die.

I’m adding this for the Mix-It Up Challenge with Avery Elle over at Ellen Hutson! Perfect! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Biggest birthday wishes to E on Monday! Shhhhhh! πŸ™‚ ❀

Jill πŸ™‚

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You’re Rad-ish!

Hooray for the weekend! I was trying to do nothing last night, but apparently I cannot do that because I ended up making this card. πŸ™‚Β 

Let me just say: I used more purple on this card than I’ve used all year? Haaaaaa!

For this, I used Essentials by Ellen stamps set,Β  Wonky Backdrops and Avery Elle’s Punny Pantry stamps. I completely enjoy this Avery Elle set because PUNS! πŸ™‚Β  I was fortunate (and super excited!) to be gifted this at a crafty retreat. Thank you, Avery Elle! ❀

I colored this radish with Copic markers and fussy cut it out. I stamped the Wonky Backdrop with a Hero Arts ombre ink pad. Love how that turned out! πŸ™‚ I stitched on some patterned paper and cardstock strips before I added the lot with foam adhesive. Such a fun card!

I’m adding this for the Mix-It Up Challenge with Avery Elle over at Ellen Hutson right now. Plenty of time to join in, so hoping to make another one day. Wishful thinking anyway ;)! Check it out and join in! πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Jill πŸ™‚

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We’re Rooting for You

Hooray for summer! (But it’s going TOO fast!)

Today I am sharing a card I made for my son. I’m trying to *slowly but surely* build up my lunchbox/backpack stash for the school year. I am also a fan of the post-it and a sharpie, so don’t think I send these daily or anything. Haaaaa! πŸ™‚

My red layering detail kept getting absorbed into the Lawn Fawn Lobster ( ❀ ), so you can barely make out those little lines there. Googley eyes to polish them off, of course! πŸ™‚

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You stamp set. πŸ˜‰ Always such fun to use these cutie veggies and their puntastic sentiments! This patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn, as well as the Lobster and Carrot color inks.

Here are a couple other cards I made with these little guys…. HERE and HERE. ❀ These crack me up!

I am playing along with the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge color combo inspiration board! It’s pretty summertastic, if you ask me! πŸ™‚ There is still time to enter too!! Join in!

Hooray for summer!

Have a great rest of the week!! πŸ˜‰

Jill πŸ™‚

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